Sunday, October 22, 2017

Meet Thommo at Gretna next month

Australian cricket great Jeff Thomson is coming to the Gretna Green Hotel on November 10, writes WADE GLEESON. 



The event at Gretna will be a free event for all you cricket fans and alike, with the opportunity to meet and greet the great man from 4-10pm (closing time).

Thomson played 51 test matches for Australia, taking 200 wickets with a bowling average of 28.00. He also played 50 one-day internationals taking 55 wickets for a bowling average of 35.30.

Regarded by many cricket greats as the faster bowler of all time, in December 1975, during the second test match against the West Indies at the WACA, Thomson was timed with a release speed of 160.45 km/h. Measurements were also made of three other fast bowlers - Dennis Lillee, Andy Roberts and Michael Holding - and the study found that Thomson's fastest delivery was significantly quicker than the next best bowler, Andy Roberts, whose fastest delivery was measured at 150.67 km/h.

Australian wicket-keeper Rod Marsh kept wicket to Thomson for most of his Test career and has claimed that Thomson bowled upwards of 180 km/h.

Jeffrey Robert Thomson was born on August 16, 1950, in Greenacre, New South Wales, and was the opening partner of fellow fast bowler Dennis Lillee. Their combination was one of the most fearsome in Test cricket history.

So come along and listen to some great stories from the man himself when he visits the Gretna Green Hotel on November 10. For more information you can call the Gretna Green Hotel on ‭6286 1332‬.

WADE GLEESON

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Derwent Valley could be Australia's battery backup

Hydro Tasmania's Gordon Power Station is 183m underground,
supplied with water from Lake Gordon, above.
TWO Derwent Valley power stations are in line for multi-million-dollar upgrades to serve as part of the proposed "battery of the nation" as Hydro Tasmania investigates the prospect of using "pumped hydro" to double the state's energy output and support the national grid.

A shortlist of about 30 potential pumped hydro energy storage sites has been identified and funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) will help narrow that list to between 10 and 15 possible development sites. When fully realised, pumped hydro could generate up to 2500 megawatts of electricity, which would double Tasmania’s current hydro capacity.

It has been said this could also create up to $5 billion of infrastructure investment and 3000 jobs over a 10-15 year construction period. Hydro Tasmania chief executive Steve Davy said Tasmania was uniquely placed to help lead Australia through its energy challenges.

“The Battery of the Nation is about energy security and affordable prices,” Mr Davy said. “Doubling Tasmania’s renewable energy capacity addresses three big challenges at once. It will lock in full energy security for Tasmania, help give Tasmanians some of the nation’s cheapest power prices, and give us plenty of spare energy to support mainland Australia."

ARENA has recently committed up to $2.5 million for Battery of the Nation project studies, with funding to be matched by Hydro Tasmania. The ARENA funding includes $300,000 for the initial study to assess and prioritise potential pumped hydro sites, and $500,000 to support feasibility studies into the Tarraleah and Gordon Power Station projects - which will boost efficiency and reliability.

Mr Davey said Hydro Tasmania had ruled out developing any pumped hydro sites in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, and was not investigating new on-river dams. Pumped hydro storage works by pumping water uphill (when surplus energy is available) so it can be re-used to generate electricity later.

Tarraleah and Gordon Power Stations

With the support of ARENA, Hydro Tasmania is conducting pre-feasibility studies into the redevelopment of the Tarraleah Power Scheme and the augmentation of the Gordon Power Station at Strathgordon.

The Derwent Valley's Tarraleah Power Station is more than 80 years old. Its redevelopment would involve building a new power station, which would cost up to $650 million and increase the energy output by up to 200 gigawatt hours a year.

Meanwhile the augmentation of the Gordon Power Station would involve building a new turbine at Tasmania’s largest power station. To manage environmental water flows, one of the largest turbines is currently being run at very low efficiency. The proposed improvements would allow more efficient generation from existing environmental water flows to the Gordon River.

The initial stages of the Tarraleah and Strathgordon studies, jointly funded by ARENA and Hydro Tasmania at a cost of $1 million, are due to be completed by the end of the year. Based on the outcomes of the studies, construction on augmentation of the Gordon Power Station could start next year.

Derwent system

Energy Minister Guy Barnett recently spoke about Hydro Tasmania's $275 million upgrade program the entire Derwent system, including a $28.5 million investment in the Cluny Power Station.

"Currently, one of the turbine runners is being modernised to make it more efficient, increase
energy output from the Station and reduce environmental risks. Following the completion of work on the Cluny Power Station, Hydro Tasmania will then begin upgrades to the Repulse Power Station," Mr Barnett said.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Water out at Westerway

A BURST main has cut the water supply  of about 30 properties in the area of Gordon River Rd at Westerway this morning. TasWater says repair crews are on site and the water supply should be restored by 2pm.

Friday, October 20, 2017

This weekend's cricket

Southern Cricket Association

T20 Super Bash, Round 2 this Saturday

First Grade: New Norfolk I v St Aidans, at Cambridge, 4pm.

Second Grade: Gretna I v St Annes, Cadburys No.1, 4pm; Molesworth v Knights, Boyer Oval, 4pm.

Third Grade: New Norfolk II v Marquis Tigers, Ogilvie High School, 1.15pm.

Fourth Grade: Bothwell I v St Aidans, Cambridge, 12.30pm; Bushy Park v Gretna II, Bushy Park Showground (Bushy Park have forfeited).

Seventh Grade: Molesworth II v Knights, Boyer Oval, 12.45pm; New Norfolk III v Old Beach, Tynwald Park, 10.30am.

Eighth Grade: Bothwell II v MacKillop Beltas, North Warrane Oval, 9.30am.

Junior Cricket
Junior cricket will start on Sunday with Gretna fielding Under 13s and Under 15s while New Norfolk will field an Under 13s team. To view the Cricket Tasmania Youth League Rosters, go to MyCricket and select the appropriate age group.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

SCA T20 Super Bash - Round 1 results

THE Southern Cricket Association season got under way in great conditions at the weekend, with the Twenty20 Super Bash matches starting on Saturday. A match-winning innings of 97 from New Norfolk I batsman Stewart Rice was the highlight of the triple header at Tynwald Park against Montagu Bay.

Batting first, the Red Caps made the huge score of 4-180 off 20 overs. The innings from Rice was superb and included nine sixes and six fours. Rice put on 35 with fellow opener Rohan Heron (10), and then went on to a 100-run stand with newcomer Mathew Bowden who made 38 on debut, striking one six and four fours. Captain/coach Jason Rigby was 13 not out.

In reply, the Sharks could only manage 9-88 off their 20 overs. This was down to some excellent bowling from the Red Caps. Nathan Rice took 2-18 off his four overs, Seb Wishart got 2-1 from two overs and Jamie Hill bagged 2-5 , also from two. Nathan Eiszele also did well taking 1-14 (2), while big hitter Stewart Rice got in on the action, taking 1-24 off four overs.

In Second Grade, Molesworth I defeated Gretna I by 19 runs at Gretna. Batting first after being sent in, Molesworth scored 7-122 off its 20 overs. Openers Josh Ransley (21) and captain Brayden Hodge (14) put on 30 for the first wicket.

Brad Coppleman found early form, scoring a very entertaining game high 56. Coppleman hit fives sixes and three fours in his innings that really set up his team’s winning total.

Coppleman was out with the score on 2-103 when he was well stumped by Gretna keeper Glenn Blackwell off the bowling of Zac Crosswell. Daniel Coppleman scored 14. The main wicket takers for Gretna were Craig Cunningham with 2-5 off two overs and Peter Jelkic 2-29 off four.

In reply Gretna finished 9-103 off its 20 overs. Rhys Browning top scored with a good 35, that included two fours and two sixes. Vice-captain Todd Jarvis did well, making 21, and opener Glenn Blackwell got 17, including two fours.

The Molesworth bowling attack did very well with young Jeremy Nichols taking 3-14 off his four overs in a great spell. Josh Ransley also did well with 3-17 from three overs and Brayden Hodge 2-22 from four.

In Third Grade, New Norfolk II was defeated by Montagu Bay off the last ball of the match at Tynwald Park. With one ball remaining and the scores tied, the Sharks got bat on ball and scrabbled through for a single.

The Red Caps were sent into bat and made 7-122 off 20 overs. Young Jye Bearman was the star of his team’s batting line-up , making an excellent 46 not out. Bearman hit three sixes and four fours in his innings . Will Banks made 27 (three fours), Aaron Triffitt 19 and opener Aaron Drew 12.

In reply, the Sharks snuck home, making 4-123 off their 20 overs. Mitchell Rice tried hard taking 2-11 off three overs, as did Josh Rowlands with 1-9 off his four overs.

Fourth Grade saw Gretna II go down to Bagdad at Gretna. The home side won the toss and batted first, making 7-104 off its 20 overs. Gretna was in early trouble at 4-17 , but a quickfire 38 from Jon Smith got things back on track. Smith’s total came from 13 scoring shots, hitting three sixes and two fours. Luke Crosswell did his bit down the order with a well-made 20 not out (two fours).

In reply Bagdad finished 2-109 off 15.5 overs. Jake Campbell 2-19 (2) and Luke Crosswell 1-23 (4) were the wicket takers for Gretna. Well done to Matthew Coulson on his first game for Gretna. Matthew is the 301st player at the club since 1977-78 .

Bushy Park forfeited to Bothwell in the other Fourth Grade match involving Derwent Valley teams.

In Seventh Grade New Norfolk III started the day well in the triple header at Tynwald Park, defeating Montagu Bay by 29 runs. The Red Caps had first hit and looked like they would make a low score at 9-69 but a 44-run match-winning partnership between veteran Adrian Rowlands (31no) and Liam Kalbfell (6) got the Red Caps to 10-113 off 18.1 overs. Rowlands, who was a late inclusion, hit four sixes.

In reply, the Sharks made 8-84 off their 20 overs. Stuart Muir bowled superbly, taking two wickets for just five runs off his four overs. David Mitchelmore , 2-28 (4), and Liam Kalbfell, 1-10 (4), capped off a great day.

In the other Seventh Grade match, Molesworth II was no match for Derwent at Boyer Oval. The visitors had the first knock, making 6-132 . Liam Triffitt was the standout for the Molesworth attack, taking a game-high 4-24 off four overs in a great display. Jake Sorensen took 1-22 (4) and captain Sam Triffitt 1-27 (2). Mark Jablonski didn’t take a wicket, but finished with the very good figures of just seven runs off his four overs.

In reply Molesworth, playing one short, finished 8-48 off 11.4 overs. Josh Nichols (13) was the only batsman to get double figures. Number 10 batsman Larry Menzie did not bat.

Eighth Grade saw Bothwell II get off to a great start with a 19-run win over Brighton at Bothwell. The Bucks had first knock, making the good score of 4-134 off 20 overs. In reply, Brighton finished 5-115 . Bothwell opener Shayne Wood top scored with 39. Wood put on a 68-run stand with No.3 batsman Adam Clark, who made 20. Captain Blake Eyles made 27 not out and Stuart Eyles got 24. For the Bothwell bowlers, Mathew Glover was the main wicket taker with 3-31 from four overs, while Peter Hansch took 1-19 (4) and Simon Eyles 1-18 (3).

AFTER forfeiting to Bothwell in their Fourth Grade match at the weekend and also next weekend against Gretna, the Bushy Park Cricket Club is looking for more players. The club has one team and is struggling for numbers. Old and new players are invited to come along for a game. Training is on Thursdays from 5.30pm. For more details call Shaun Fenton on 0418 839 688.

Agrarian: What the Good Food Guide said

Good Food Guide 
2018 Santa Vittoria Regional Restaurant of the Year

The best beyond metro limits. The winning establishment must provide a restaurant experience comparable to anything in the city but remain uniquely regional.

The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery & Store, Tasmania

It's fresh on the Tasmania scene, but The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery & Store has deeply established roots through Rodney Dunn and Severine Demanet's Derwent Valley cooking school, the Agrarian Kitchen.

Pickling. Fermenting. Local. Seasonal. They're techniques and terms chefs are infatuated with, but this newcomer presents a masterclass in all, using ingredients from barely beyond the doorstep, delivered in a sun-drenched room. It's a gun team from kitchen to cocktail bar.

The menu might read simply – carbonara macaroni; a caesar-like salad of broad bean leaves with smoked ham and alpine cheese – but the techniques drill deep into the collective cooking wisdom from around the globe and emerge as close to the ideal as it seems possible to get.

Both ideas and produce have been germinating and fermenting for a long time to result in a restaurant that calmly, cooly and deliciously screams a sense of place.