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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Christmas winners

UPDATED with more details:
ON the eve of the new year, here are the details of the winners of several Christmas-related events in New Norfolk.

New Norfolk Christmas Parade
Best emergency services presentation: Tasmanian Ambulance Service (New Norfolk volunteers)
Best business presentation: Derwent Valley Community House
Best decorated vehicle: Derwent Valley Players' Alice in Panto Land
Best school presentation: Combined Aussie Christmas, Glenora/Ouse/Westerway/Maydena schools
Best community activity presentation: Combined Churches of New Norfolk nativity scene
Best overall presentation: New Norfolk Primary School

New Norfolk Business Alliance shop window competition
Winner: Terry White Chemist
Runner-up: 20th Century Artifacts
Honourable mention: Big Red Box
Highly commended: Country Florals Florist, Choo Chews, Salvation Army, Mitre 10, Guardian Pharmacy, Glasser and Parker, New Norfolk Newsagency, Camelot Fashions, GN Electrical, Keitha's Salon and Nails, and Morf Antiques.

Derwent Dollars Giveaway
1st: Suzanne McDonald
2nd: Carly Munnings
3rd: Sally Coleman,Wendy Burdon,Veronica Honey

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Head to the mountain for fun

A PROGRAM of family-friendly events at Mt Field National Park had its start yesterday and continues until February 3. The first few days' activities are listed below.

The annual Summer Discovery Ranger Program was launched by Environment, Parks and Heritage minister Brian Wightman. “Summer is a wonderful time to get outdoors and celebrate how lucky we are to live in a beautiful, natural place like Tasmania,” Mr Wightman said. “This program offers many opportunities ... led by a skilled and passionate team of rangers, who provide a really memorable experience,” he said.

Summer Rangers will be based at 15 parks and reserves across the state, providing a wide range of free programs for all ages. Details are available on the Parks and Wildlife Service website at

Mt Field National Park discovery activities
Friday, December 30
10.30am: Kids Caper - discover some of the incredible adaptations of Tasmania’s wildlife through fun games and activities. Meet at the visitor centre foyer. Under 12s  must be accompanied by an adult. One hour.
7.30pm: Platypus Prowl - learn how this unique animal lives and thrives here. You may even see a platypus in the nearby streams. Meet at the visitor centre foyer. One hour.

South-West National Park
Saturday, December 31
8am–5pm: Southwest Wilderness - the Discovery Ranger will be visiting the South-West National Park’s popular campsites and lookouts. Campers and day visitors are welcome to come and chat. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring appropriate clothing, footwear, sunscreen, hat and water.

Friday night at the speedway

TASMANIA'S most sought-after speedway title will be up for grabs at the Hobart International Speedway near New Norfolk this Friday night (December 30) when the Tasmanian Sprintcar Championship is contested, sponsored by New Norfolk Mowers and Chainsaws. The Friday night program gets under way at 6.30pm and will also feature the fifth round of the Junior Sedan Championship Series, plus support class racing from lightning sprints, street stock sedans, Tassie sixes and bombers.

The championship will also be round four of the Sprintcar Series. Series leader Jamie Bricknell will start among the favourites for the title as he chases his first championship. Fellow Launceston driver Jason Dawkins has also put in some impressive drives in recent weeks, including a victory at Carrick on Monday night's Boxing Day program in the final hit-out before the state title. Bricknell finished third in that race, but may have been a little conservative ahead of the championship. Reigning champion Kurt Luttrell will defend his title in what will be his first race on home soil this season, having been racing in Victoria.

Meanwhile, the junior sedan championship series round should see an exciting battle between series leader Josh Smith and the much-improved trio of Brodie Piper, Nathan Russell and Josh Stephens.

Hobart International Speedway (presently branded as Mountain Dew Raceway) is on the Lyell Highway at Sorell Creek - ignore the television ads saying it's at Granton. Future events at the speedway are on January 14, 27 and 28, February 18 and March 17.

Youngsters into cricket

Aiden Featherstone and Kiara Moodie
DRESSED in Australian colours and aspiring to be just like their favourite cricketing heroes, 30 girls and boys aged 5-10 years have taken part in a Milo In2Cricket program run by Glenora District High School and Cricket Tasmania.

Every Friday afternoon for the last eight weeks of the school year, the young cricketers enjoyed all the fun and games the sport has to offer. Co-ordinators Annie McKenzie and Natasha Farrow have run the program for the past two years. "It has really grown. We had nearly 20 children last year, to have 30 this year is just fantastic and it was great to see so many parents getting involved," they said.

In the final week the future cricketing heroes had their last session at the Gretna Cricket Club. Afterwards they enjoyed a barbecue before being presented with certificates and gift bags which contained a medal and many novelty items for them to enjoy.

The group's last get-together was at Bellerive Oval on the first day of the second test between Australia and New Zealand, where 16 children from the group were lucky enough to be selected to participate in the opening ceremony. Among them was Jacob Blackwell, 7, of Macquarie Plains, who said "we got to stand next to the players and I got to shake hands with the New Zealand captain."

During the test match lunch break, Milo In2Cricketers from all areas showed off their skills on the oval, which was a big thrill for all.

The children, their parents and the Gretna Cricket Club say a really big thank you to Annie, Natasha and also Wendy Hickman for all their hard work and extra special treats each week. It has been an excellent program. If you would like your child to participate in Milo in2Cricket next season, contact the Glenora School or go to the website.
Wade Gleeson

Valley farm the pick of the bunch

THE Clark family's Westerway Raspberry Farm is the biggest in Australia, the Mercury newspaper reported this week. Reporter Roger Hanson's article says the Derwent Valley farm has an annual production of 200 tonnes of raspberries and 300 tonnes of blackcurrants. The family employs 150 pickers at peak times and has invested in an American-made mechanical harvester. The article can be read here.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas lunch in New Norfolk

A FREE Christmas lunch will be available at the St Matthew's Church Hall in Bathurst St, New Norfolk, from noon on Christmas Day (Sunday). The lunch is provided by the churches of New Norfolk, particularly for those who may be on their own at Christmas. The theme is "bring a friend or come and make a friend." Lunch starts at noon and there will be a concert at 2pm. For more information, to request transport or to make a booking (to assist with catering) phone 6261 1528 or 6261 1627.

Season's greetings to all readers of the New Norfolk News.

New jetty nearly finished

CONSTRUCTION of a new jetty is nearing completion on the northern bank of the River Derwent at New Norfolk.

The jetty is a Federally-funded job-creation scheme under the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program.

The $64,000 facility is intended to improve tourist access to the river. It was described as a "ready to go" project when the funding was announced in February 2010.

The new jetty seen from the Esplanade

The view from the new jetty off Rocks Rd

Last chance to see Santa

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Cricketers break for Christmas

ROUND 10 of the Southern Cricket Association was played last weekend and the teams now have a break until the first weekend in January.

Molesworth openers Bradley Coppleman and Mark Reggett were unstoppable in the 2nd Grade match with Richmond/Cambridge at Richmond last Saturday. Coppleman 116 not out and Reggett 105no had the opposition scratching their heads for answers but Richmond/Cambridge was not to be denied and nearly turned the match on its head. With one wicket in hand and needing two runs for victory with three balls remaining, the home side was bowled out after Baxter Oliver used his quick thinking to run out the final batsman to give Molesworth a win to remember. Molesworth can also thank Nathan Eiszele for his efforts - he skittled the opposition batsmen by taking 6 for 44. Adding to the individual performances, captain and wicket keeper Nick Piuselli took five of the six catches.

In another exciting match in 2nd Grade, Gretna I pulled off a gutsy win against Runnymede at Gretna. Gretna I 9 for 274 off 48.1 overs defeated Runnymede 6 for 273 off 50 overs.

In the other 2nd Grade game, New Norfolk 7 for 224 off 50 overs defeated second-placed Rokeby Wanderers 9 for 182 off 44.1 overs at Tynwald Park.

In 4th Grade on Saturday, Bushy Park continued on its merry way, recording their sixth straight win over Gretna II at Bushy Park. Bushy Park 10 for 236 off 43.4 overs (batting first) defeated Gretna II 10 for 118 off 28 overs

In 5th Grade on Sunday, Old Beach  9 for 204 off 45.5 overs defeated Molesworth II 10 for 97 off 30.4 overs at Boyer Oval

SCA ladders at round 10 (unofficial)
2nd Grade
Sorell 45pts 1.72%
Richmond/Cambridge 45pts 1.48%
Rokeby Wanderers 45pts 1.47%
Molesworth I 39pts 1.36%
Gretna I 39pts 1.27%
New Norfolk 27pts 0.84%
Hobart 24pts 0.74%
MacKillop Beltas 21pts 0.69%
Runnymede 9pts 0.63%
Montagu Bay Sharks 6 pts 0.51%.

4th Grade
Bushy Park 42pts 1.97%
McRobies Gully 42pts 1.00%
Sandford 36 pts 0.95%
Marquis Tigers 33pts 1.27%
Knights 33pts 1.10%
Sorell 33pts 0.94%
Claremont 27pts 1.13%
Dynnyrne 27pts 1.00%
DOSA 21pts 0.61%
Gretna II 6pts 0.48%. 

5th Grade
Old Beach 48pts 1.63%
Risdon Vale 39pts 1.36%
Montagu Bay Sharks 36pts 1.60%
MacKillop Beltas 36pts, 1.34%
St Aidans 36pts 0.80%
Campania 27pts 0.89%
Lindisfarne 24pts 0.89%
Moonah 18pts 0.80%
Molesworth II 18 pts 0.73%
Runnymede 18pts 0.59%
Next Matches
2nd Grade
Sunday, January 8: Gretna I v Sorell at Sorell No.1; New Norfolk v Runnymede at Tynwald Park;
Molesworth I v MacKillop Beltas at Boyer Oval.

4th Grade
Saturday, January 7: Gretna II v Marquis Tigers at Gretna; Bushy Park v Claremont at Bushy Park.

5th Grade
Saturday, January 7: Molesworth II v Campania at Tynwald Park.

Twenty/20 Super Bash results, December 13
Old Beach 8 for 126 off 20 over's defeated New Norfolk 8 for 125 off 20 overs at Pontville.
Batting - New Norfolk: Stewart Rice 65, Chris Ashcroft 26, Josh Walsh 10. Bowling - New Norfolk: Stewart Rice 2 for 6 off four overs (one maiden), Josh Walsh 2 for 24 off two overs, Jamie Maddox 1 for 19 off four overs, Josh Rowlands 1 for 20 off four overs (one maiden), Rohan Heron 1 for 23 off two overs, Graeme Rowlands 0 for 26 off four overs.

Bushy Park in the swim

BUSHY Park Swimming Pool open for its summer season today. Hundreds of students have received learn-to-swim lessons in the last fortnight and the pool will now be open to the public from noon-6pm on weekdays and 10am-6pm on weekends and public holidays (closed Christmas Day).

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Reader's letter - fox baiting

TODAY I noticed several signs posted within the Peppermint Hill Estate area in Kensington St in relation to 1080 being laid on December 13. Where are the public notices about this and the fox?

Nicole Lawrence

Junior selected for southern side

AFTER being nominated and attending several months of trials in Cricket Tasmania's "Emerging Tigers" program, 12-year-old Gretna junior cricketer Joshua Farrow has been selected in the southern team for the Under 13 Intrastate Cup.

The Ouse District School Grade 6 student will have three training sessions with the team before they travel to the North-West Coast in January where they will play four games over four days against the North and North-West teams.

"I'm very excited and very pleased to be chosen for the team," Josh said. His parents Natasha and Craig Farrow will be going to watch Josh play. "It's just great that Josh has this opportunity," Natasha said. "We, along with Josh's sister Sophie, are all so pleased for him."

In just his second season, Josh has shown early signs of becoming a very good cricketer. In the six matches played this season so far, Josh has had five innings with the bat, making 141 runs. His highest score is 45 not out. In fact Josh has been dismissed only once in those five innings and hit a total of 18 fours and two sixes.

His bowling performance is just as impressive, capturing a total of nine wickets at the expense of just 25 runs off 25 overs with four maidens, with best figures of 3 for 1 off two overs. To cap it off, his Gretna Green Under 13s coached by Darren Stevenson have won all six matches so far.

Josh's cricketing ability has had a slight helping hand - his great-grandfather the late Les Cunningham is regarded as Gretna's finest ever cricketer. He captained the senior teams to many premierships over a career that spanned five decades, 50 centuries and many wickets. It sure is in the genes, that's for sure.

Gretna Cricket Club wishes Josh all the best and will be certainly keeping a close eye on how he and the team perform in January.

Strathgordon motel to reopen

THE Lake Pedder Chalet will reopen on January 1 after being closed for more than two years. Situated on the water's edge at Strathgordon, the chalet has been leased to private operators Susan and Neville Quarrier to run as tourist accommodation.

Located at the far end of the Derwent Valley municipality, the village is a recognised gateway to the south-west wilderness. The chalet has been undergoing a $300,000 refurbishment prior to reopening.

Hydro Tasmania CEO Roy Adair said he was pleased to see the chalet back in business. It had been closed to the public in 2009 due to excessive operating costs and the need for the Hydro to "realign its priorities" following three years of drought.

“The chalet is located in a magnificent part of Tasmania right next to the World Heritage area,” Mr Adair said. “More and more people want to experience this type of natural attraction and the chalet is in the perfect spot on the banks of Lake Pedder. We are confident the chalet will be a successful business under the enthusiastic and professional guidance of the Quarriers,” Mr Adair said.

The new operators will also open the restaurant and bar and are keen to upgrade the sports facilities and introduce kayaks, bikes, native gardens and a children's playground. “The area is what Tasmania is all about – it is unique, historic, diverse and untamed,” Mrs Quarrier said.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Woolies carpark "dangerous"

CONCERN about the new layout of the New Norfolk Woolworths car park was expressed at tonight's meeting of the Derwent Valley Council. New line markings have been painted in readiness for the expected opening of McDonald's next week.

Councillor Wayne Shoobridge said the car park now looked dangerous. Following the reorganisation it is no longer possible to drive in a straight line between the Burnett St and Charles St entrances. Cr Shoobridge said there were blindspots in the new layout. Cr Judy Bromfield agreed, describing the situation as very bad, particularly when the car park was busy. Mayor Martyn Evans said he would investigate.

Earlier this year, the council approved the construction of the McDonald's Restaurant in the Burnett and George St corner of the supermarket car park. This has reduced the number of spaces available for car parking and the impact was felt soon after the building works commenced, with busy times encountered more often than in the past.

Earlier in tonight's meeting, Cr Evans noted that the new McDonald's had created about 75 jobs, many for young people.

See Santa in New Norfolk

FATHER Christmas made his first visits to Glasser and Parker in New Norfolk today and will return tomorrow (Friday) between 11am-1pm and again from 2-4pm for chats and photos (bring your own camera). He will be back again on Saturday between 11am-1pm.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Riverside access restored

The popular sightseeing spot at Plenty
PUBLIC access has been restored to the river's edge at Plenty after a lengthy process. Many were caught unawares about three years ago when a fence went up across the popular area in front of the No 1 Railway Bridge.

What was long presumed to be public open space turned out to have been private property and a new owner exercised his right to fence the land.

Spurred into action following the loss of public access to the river's edge, the Derwent Valley Council started a compulsory acquisition process that was completed only recently.

The No. 1 Railway Bridge across the Derwent River at Plenty

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Round nine cricket

MOLESWORTH II scored a good win over Lindisfarne in their 5th Grade match at Lindisfarne yesterday. Molesworth won the toss and sent the home team in to bat and after their 50 overs put up a very competitive 6 for 222. (51 Extras). In reply Molesworth did very well thanks to their opening batsman Jade Hodge who just missed out on a century scoring, a well made 98. Molesworth finished at 7 for 227 off 46.2 overs.

2nd Grade
In the game at Boyer Oval, Molesworth I made it a double for the club after close encounter with New Norfolk. Molesworth won the toss and elected to bat only to be bowled out for a low 121 off 43.5 oves. In reply New Norfolk fell short by just seven runs of a victory, 10 for 115 off 36.3 overs.

Rokeby Wanderers 6 for 372 off 50 overs defeated Gretna I 9 for 200 off 31 overs at Clarendon Vale yesterday.

4th Grade
Bushy Park made it five wins from their last five starts with an easy win over DOSA, which had just nine players at Shoobridge Park yesterday.

McRobies Gully 5 for 139 off 40.3 overs defeated Gretna II 10 for 138 off 38.4 overs at Gretna today. Sunday.

Last Sunday (Round 4) saw Knights 10 for 286 off 43.4 overs defeat Gretna II 10 for 180 off 34.3 overs at Cosgrove High School.

Twenty/20 Super Bash results
New Norfolk 9 for 75 off 18.1 overs defeated Montagu Bay Sharks 10 for 74 off 14.1 overs at Risdon Vale.

St Annes 1 for 56 off 6.5 overs defeated Molesworth 10 for 55 off 15.5 overs at Pontville.

Claremont 7 for 126 off 20 overs defeated Gretna 8 for 98 off 20 overs at Pontville.

Sports scholarships for local three

THREE New Norfolk Rowing Club members are among 104 athletes who will receive Tasmanian Institute of Sport Scholarships for 2012. Lyons Labor MHA Rebecca White said the scholarships, now in their 26th year, provided invaluable support to talented Tasmanian athletes striving to achieve at the highest level.

“The State Government is committed to supporting our sporting stars, and this year we have contributed $2.11 million to assist elite and promising Tasmanian athletes,” Ms White said. “Next year will be a very important one for our elite athletes as they aim to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games in London."

“These scholarships will help them balance the demands of competitive sport with their personal, work and academic commitments,” Ms White said. “The athletes will receive elite coaching, sports science and technical analysis, strength and conditioning coaching, training and competition equipment, national and international training and competition experiences, career and education advice and financial support."

Locally resident 2011 rowing world champion Anthony Edwards has received another TIS scholarship, along with fellow NNRC members Kate Hornsey and Kerry Hore.
Edwards and Hore were also finalists in this year's Tasmanian Athlete of the Year Award.

Film society proposed

THE first meeting of a proposed new film society will be held in New Norfolk in the new year. This first meeting of the Derwent Valley Film Society will be held in the St Matthew's Church Hall, Bathurst St, on the evening of January 21.

A website has been established at and anyone wanting more information can email

Christmas parade gallery

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Christmas parade

THE sun shone brightly on High St this afternoon as the New Norfolk Christmas Parade made its traditional two laps of the central business district. With nearly 40 entries in this year's pageant, it remained one of Tasmania's biggest annual celebrations of the Christmas season.

More to come, including photo gallery

Thursday, December 8, 2011

New Norfolk's big weekend

IT'S a big weekend of pre-Christmas activities in New Norfolk this weekend. Here's what we know of:

Friday, December 9
  • New Norfolk High School fair, Blair St, 3-7pm
  • Molesworth carols by candlelight, recreation ground, Molesworth Rd, 6pm

Saturday, December 10
  • New Norfolk Christmas Parade, High St, noon
  • Speedway, Sorell Creek, 3pm
  • Christmas pantomime, Memorial Hall, 2pm & 5pm

Sunday, December 11
  • Powerboat racing, Granton circuit
  • Christmas pantomime, Memorial Hall, 2pm & 5pm

Big night at the speedway

Hobart International Speedway
CHRISTMAS will come early for southern speedway fans when the Hobart International Speedway outside New Norfolk stages its fireworks spectacular race meeting this Saturday night.

As well as providing a big night of family entertainment including a fireworks display after dark and an appearance by Santa Claus, the sparks will fly on the track with round three of the super sedan series and round four of the street-stock sedan series. Support-class action will include racing for V8 AMCAs, Formula 500s, wingless sprintcars, bombers and speedway karts.

The speedway is off the Lyell Highway at Sorell Creek, where the gates will open at 3pm, with racing for the karts at 4.30pm and other divisions from 6pm. Read more at

Former Tasmanian V8 super sedan champion Steve Latham leads the series, but has opted to miss his home round as he prepares for an assault on the national super series, which starts on the mainland later this month. The series will include three rounds in Tasmania in January. Latham’s absence will open the gate – and the series - with reigning Tasmanian champion Jarrod Harper the driver in the best position to take advantage and possibly the series lead. Harper won the second round of the series at this venue last month and will be keen to back up with another victory this weekend.

The street-stock sedan series will provide an opportunity for Corey Bauld to extend his lead after strong results in earlier rounds, with his main challenge likely to come from Matt Templar, Robbie Fisher, Todd Russell and Todd Auton.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

New faces but same great coffee

SUE and Larry Hill are the new owners of Number 10 cafe in High St, New Norfolk. The couple has been running the popular coffee shop for about two months, introducing daily morning and afternoon tea specials.

Number 10 is open from 8am-4.30pm Monday to Friday, and 8am-2pm on Saturdays (closed on Sundays and public holidays).

Congratulations to Sue and Larry on their new venture.

Hair-raising times at Gretna

A WELL grown moustache and a hairy chest is all that was need to raise awareness for men's health issues at the Gretna Green Hotel last Wednesday evening. Todd Jarvis, 20, of Magra, had most of his body hair waxed and shaved after spending the month of November growing a well-groomed moustache for Movember - the fundraising month for men's health.

Amongst the large crowd in attendance was Todd's grandmother, Jan Ransley, who had the pleasure of pulling the first wax strip off her grandsons chest! Mikayla Lathey from Classic Hair Design in Moonah was their to make sure all Todd's hair came off smoothly. Todd raised $700 during the evening, with paying to have a turn ripping off the wax strips off or just donating to the cause.

The biggest donations came from a group that put up $120, along with Phil and Colleen Sharpe of the Gretna Green Hotel who put up $100 as did the Gretna Cricket Club of which Todd is a member. Todd's girlfriend Amanda McCall had the pleasure of removing her partners moustache - I'm sure she wont miss it.

At the end the evening Todd received a round of applause from all, not only for enduring the painful hair removal but for his support of men's health issues during the month. "It was more than worth it," Todd said afterwards. He also said a big thank you to Mikayla Lathey, Phil and Colleen Sharpe, Ben Shaw, the Gretna Cricket Club, all those who also donated, and not forgetting his mum Trudy for holding his hand through the waxing.    
Story and pictures by Wade Gleeson

Amanda McCall tackles Todd Jarvis' moustache

The crowd at the Gretna Green Hotel

Swimming school

Monday, December 5, 2011

Fruit farms in focus

TWO Derwent Valley fruitgrowers were featured in today's issue of the Mercury newspaper. Michelle Paine's article features Sorell Creek cherry grower Craig Fraser and Westerway raspberry grower Richard Clark. Read more here.

Round eight cricket

AFTER a convincing win on Saturday, Gretna jumped further ahead to be the best of the Derwent Valley teams on the second grade ladder.

Gretna's score of 7 for 266 off 50 overs was just to big a target for Molesworth yesterday, bowled out for 171 off 39.2 overs. In the other 2nd Grade game New Norfolk was too good for Hobart at Tynwald Park. New Norfolk sent Hobart in and bowled them out for 102 off 44.4 overs. In reply New Norfolk made 4 for 105 off just 20 overs.
4th Grade

Bushy Park 2 for 77 off 10.5 overs defeated Sorell 10 for 73 off 24.4 overs at Sorell No.2
Knights 10 for 286 of 43.4 overs defeated Gretna II 10 for 180 off 34.3 overs at Cosgrove High School.
5th Grade
MacKillop Beltas 2 for 107 off 15.5 overs defeated Molesworth II 10 for 105 off 26.1 overs at Cambridge Oval.

This weekend's games, Round 9
2nd Grade - Saturday: Gretna I v Rokeby Wanderers at Clarendon Vale; Molesworth I v New Norfolk at Boyer Oval
4th Grade - Sunday: Gretna II v McRobies Gully at Gretna; Bushy Park v DOSA at Shoobridge Park
5th Grade - Saturday: Molesworth II v Lindisfarne at Lindisfarne No.2

This week sees the start of the Kookaburra Twenty/20 Super Bash. These are the matches involving the Derwent Valley clubs.
  • Tuesday, December 6, 5.20pm: Molesworth v St Annes at Pontville
  • Wednesday, December 7, 5.20pm: Gretna v Claremont at Pontville
  • Thursday, December 8, 5.20pm: New Norfolk v Montagu Bay Sharks at Risdon Vale

Junior cricket - round six

Youth League results

Under 13
Tas Uni 2 for 94 off 20 overs defeated Gretna Gold 6 for 80 off 20 over at Gretna.
Batting - Gretna Gold: Hannah Mann 27, Ryan Emery 15 (two 4s), Zac Crosswell 13 not out (one 4), Blake Eyles 11no, Joshua Eyles 8no, Adam Bartels 2, Colby Monks 1, Grant Booth 1.
Bowing - Gretna Gold: Adam Bartels 1 for 5 off 2 overs, Hannah Mann 1 for 6 off 2 overs.

Gretna Green 5 for 92 off 20 overs defeated Kingborough 5 for 73 off 20 overs at Lightwood Park.
Batting - Gretna Green: Josh Farrow 32 retired (three 4s,  one 6), Reece Williams 16 retired (one 4), Jack Stevenson 5 (one 4), Jake Ransley 4 (one 4), Jack Hills 2, Josh Hills 2no,  Dylan Downie 1, Jacob Bowerman 2.
Bowling - Gretna Green: Ebony Downie 1 for 5 off 2 overs, Jake Ransley 1 for 8 off 2 overs, Jacob Bowerman 1 for 10 off 2 overs, Jack Stevenson 1 for 13 off 2 overs.

Under 15 (Twenty/20 match)
Gretna 6 for 121 off 20 overs defeated Wellington 8 for 60 off 20 overs at Gretna.
Batting - Gretna: Brock Nichols 44 (four 4s, one 6), Dylan Pearce 35 (three 4s), Cody Eyles 15no (three 4s), Alex Blair 6.
Bowing - Gretna: Wade Lockley 3 for 7 off 2 overs (hat trick), Jeremy Nossiter 1 for 3 off 2 overs, Connor Salter 1 for 11 off 2 overs, Kai Wilton 1 for 12 off 2 overs.

Next games - Round 7 -  January 29
Under 13: Gretna Green v New Norfolk at Gretna
Under 13: Gretna Gold v St Anne's Crows at Cadbury No.2
Under 15: Gretna v Old Beach at Pontville Oval

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Flexibility for oval development

COMMERCIAL development of the Willow Court oval is expected to be more "flexible" following a planning scheme amendment for the site. A special meeting of the Derwent Valley Council last Monday accepted a report recommending that the oval be removed from the "core" and "peripheral area" of the greater Willow Court site. The draft amendment will be displayed for public comment for at least three weeks. The oval was sold to a developer earlier this year. The cost of the planning scheme amendment will be borne by the council.

Field and game club

INDIFFERENT weather saw good use being made of the clubhouse facilities at the Derwent Valley Field and Game Club recently. "Whilst the weather was not fantastic we still enjoyed ourselves and being able to retreat to the clubhouse when it was raining is a much better scenario than for many other sports," spokesman Ray Williams said.

The results at the end of the 90 target five stand event on November 20 was an overall best score of 80/90 to young Tom Jenkins of Plenty in B Grade followed by Darrell Evans in A Grade 75/90 and finally Keith Howells in C Grade with a 63/90.

Clay target shooting of various styles can be enjoyed by people from age 12 right through to 80 plus. Hobart Gun Club member Trevor Newman still competes at 92 years of age. Anyone interested in trying out at this sport should contact Ray Williams on 6261 3444 during business hours.

Successful students

SEVERAL New Norfolk youths were among the Claremont College students who received Duke of Edinburgh's Awards recently.  Silver and bronze awards were presented during a ceremony at the Police Academy, Rokeby. Recipients included:

  • James Tassell, 18 (silver)
  • Joshua Walsh, 17 (bronze)
  • Trent Mayne, 17 (bronze)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Remembering Rotary

New Norfolk Rotary Club 1964
WITH moves afoot once again to revive the New Norfolk Rotary Club, it is interesting to look back at the men who made the club such a success in its formative years.

This photo from the New Norfolk Historical Information Centre's collection shows the New Norfolk Rotarians of 1964.

In the back row are, from left: Arch Andrews, Ron McCrickard, Gordon Bradshaw, Don Lennox, Joe Salter, Barry Churchill, Vern Fyle, Ron Jacobs, Bob Hansen. Middle row: Eric Windsor, John Craw, George Johnson, Jim Hamilton, Ludos Krasauskus, Rex Traill, Bevan Robinson, Dave Traill, Eddie Wigston. Front row: Clyde Webb, Keith Downie, Ken O'Brien, Fred Potter, Alan Wilson, Ray MacArthur, Terry Scoles, Keith Goodrick and Dave Barnes.

The club was chartered in 1959 and went into recess shortly after its 40th anniversary.

Askew family agony

THE elder brother of missing person Eve Askew has spoken of his fractured family's two decades of agony. Jake Askew, now 38, and his brother David, 36, were the last people to see Eve before she disappeared from the family's Derwent Valley home in 1991. The Mercury has the story here.

Fire probe stalemate

POLICE are waiting for a report from the Tasmania Fire Service before investigating the blaze that destroyed Ward 1 at the former Royal Derwent Hospital a fortnight ago, Derwent Valley mayor Martyn Evans said tonight.

Councillor Evans told tonight's council workshop that he had contacted the police as requested at the last council meeting, and had been advised the police would act once they had been informed that the fire had been deliberately lit.

Such a report seems unlikely to be received. The building was demolished within hours of the fire, following the fire service's announcement that the incident would not be investigated. "Because our meeting with Tasmania Police some time ago it was determined that any investigation would probably come up with very little evidence and chances of succeeding a prosecution now is virtually nil," a Tasmania Fire Service spokesman told the ABC at the time.

Deputy mayor Barry Lathey told tonight's workshop that it was a "very bad practice" not to investigate the fire. A former chief officer of the New Norfolk Fire Brigade, Cr Lathey agreed that firefighters did not need to enter potentially unsafe buildings, but said they "could do an offensive attack and extinguish the fire" from outside, particularly as the hospital wards were "wide open". 

The same workshop heard from council general manager Stephen Mackey that Ward 1 had not been one of the hospital buildings approved for demolition.