Thursday, February 28, 2013

Cricket roster concludes

Southern Cricket Association
Round 18

A CAPTAIN'S knock was the order of the day in 2nd Grade on Saturday with Gretna I captain Ben Rainbird making a superb 170 and Molesworth I captain Ricky Martin making 114. Both leaders have shown some great form during the season and now is the pefect time to be amongst the runs. Both will be looking to do it all again this Saturday when the two sides face off against each other in the first week of the finals.

Rainbird opened the batting in his side's 181-run thrashing of Sandford at Gretna and hit 18 fours and 5 sixes, recording his highest score ever. Those who were at the ground said it was a great innings to watch and while Rainbird stole the limelight Glenn Blackwell made an excellent 86 runs, sharing a 167-run stand with his captain. Blackwell struck 8 fours and 4 sixes while at the crease. Earlier, the other opening batsman Damien Hack made 40 and he to shared a excellent opening stand of 124 with Rainbird. Craig Cunningham made 20 not out (2 fours) and Jackson Ackerly 18 (four). Gretna finished 5-355 off 50 overs (16 extras). In reply Sanford were bowled out for 174 off 34.2 overs (44 extras). Peter Jelkic bowled well taking 2-12 off five overs. Jackson Ackerly 2 for 36 off 6 while Ben Rainbird finished his day with 1-7 off two overs. Craig Cunningham took 1-14 off 5. Aaron Maddox took 1-28 off 4 overs and Corey Ransley 1-35 off 6.

Molesworth I record a 66-run win over the lowly Derwent at New Town High School on Saturday. As mentioned captain Ricky Martin made an excellent 114. Martin hit 10 fours and 5 sixes on his way to his first century for the season. Opener Nick Piuselli also batted well, making 76 (11 fours, 4 sixes). Chris Slater made 25 (4 fours) while young Brad Ransley made 24 with 5 fours. Ransley did well and shared a 102-run partnership with his captain. Molesworth finished with the great score of 8-312 off 50 overs (33 extras). In reply Derwent gave the big total a good shot but just couldn't get there, finishing 10 for 246 off 47 overs (34 extras). At one stage Derwent were 9 for 139, then a last-wicket stand off 107 kept the Molesworth players in the field that bit longer. Timmy Nichols, who hasn't played much this season, did well finishing 4-25 off 10 overs. Chris Slater took 3-32 off 6 while M. Siely got 1-46 off 10 and century maker Ricky Martin got 1-52 off 9.

In 4th Grade Bushy Park recorded their fifth win in a row, downing Marquis Tigers by 81 runs at Lansdowne. Danny Mason put a well made 71 together for the Park while the ever reliable Damien Madden made 49. Nathan Grant batted well down the order putting on 30 while J. Crosswell got 15 and openers Troy Smith and Nick Fenton made 17 each. Bushy Park finished 10 for 228 off 44.5 (23 extras). The Tigers got off to a bad start, losing the first wicket with just four runs on the board and from here just didnt look like getting close to the total to win and were bowled out for 147 off 32 overs (23 extras). Troy Smith continued his great season, taking 3-40 off 10 as did Nathan Grant 3-51 off 10. Mitch Crosswell opened the bowling and did very well taking 2-16 off 6 while Trent Grant got 1-35 off 6.

In the other 4th Grade match, Gretna II ended its season on a high, winning its first match since round seven by defeating McRobies Gully by 57 runs at Boyer Oval. Gretna had first hit making 10-157 off 38 overs (42 extras). In reply McRobies Gully were bowled out in 30.4 overs for the even 100 (18 extras).

In 5th Grade New Norfolk II went down to Richmond/Cambridge at Tynwald Park on Sunday. The visitors had first hit, making the very good total of 4-299 off 50 overs (30 extras). Jamie Hill was the main wicket taker with 2-49 off 9 overs while Mitch Rice took 1-22 off 4 and Richard Munnings was a tad expensive 1-70 off 10. In reply New Norfolk II were bowled out for 167 in 44.3 overs (28 extras). Jamie Hill top-scored with 31 (2 sixes), Graeme Rowlands 26 (5 fours), T. Mayne 21 (3 fours, 1 six), Richard Munnings 20 (2 fours), Dylan Pearce 12 (2 fours).

With Molesworth II forfeiting their last three out of four matches they are now out of the 5th Grade roster and didn't play this round.

Ladders after Round 18 (Top 5 play off in finals)
SECOND GRADE: Rokeby 96, Gretna I 78, Molesworth I 69, New Norfolk I 60, Runnymede 54, Richmond/Cambridge 48, Sandford 45, Montagu Bay 30, Derwent 15, Bagdad 15.
FOURTH GRADE: Bushy Park 78, MacKillop Beltas 72, Old Beach 72, DOSA 66, Hobart 66, Knights 66, Marquis Tigers 54, Gretna 42, Dynnyrne 30, McRobies Gully 24, St Aidans 24, Derwent 18.
FIFTH GRADE: Wellington 93, Richmond/Cambridge 63, Lindisfarne 63, Rokeby 63, Montagu Bay 57, New Norfolk II 57, Old Beach 45, Molesworth II 21, Sorell 15, Risdon Vale 12.

Finals

SECOND GRADE - Saturday: Qualifying Final, Gretna I v Molesworth I at Gretna. Elimination Final, New Norfolk I v Runnymede at Tynwald Park.
FOURTH GRADE - Saturday: Qualifying Final, MacKillop Beltas v Old Beach at Cambridge Oval. Elimination final, DOSA v Hobart at Shoobridge Park.

Kemmler's long innings

Star batsman Blake
YOUTH LEAGUE CRICKET
Round 7


THE Gretna Under 13s had a loss to New Town White last weekend. Jake Ransley top-scored with 14 not out while Josh Eyles, Blake Mayne and Blake Eyles all took two wickets each.

The Under 15s had a good win over Molesworth. Nathan Eyles top-scored with 27 while Reece Williams bowled well taking 2-11 off 5. The highlight of the match was the batting by Molesworth's Blake Kemmler who remained at the crease for 26 overs against some very good bowling. Well done Blake - a fine job indeed.

Gretna Cricket Club's Junior Trophy Day will be held on Saturday, March 16, at the Gretna Oval starting at 9am. The Under 13s and Under 15s will play a mixed match followed by a barbecue and trophy presentations. We hope to see you all there.

SCORES - UNDER 13:
New Town White 8-120 off 17 overs d Gretna 9-66 off 14.3 overs at Gretna Gretna batting: Jake Ransley 14no (3 fours), Josh Eyles 9 (1 four), Ryan Emery 7 (1 four). Gretna bowling: Josh Eyles 2-7 off 3, Blake Mayne 2-13 off 2, Blake Eyles 2-17 off 2.
Next match: Gretna v North Hobart at Gretna at 9am on Sunday.

UNDER 15s: Gretna 10-202 off 40 overs d Molesworth 8-163 off 40 overs at Gretna. Gretna batting: Nathan Eyles 27 (5 fours), Daniel Browning 25 (6 fours), Josh Farrow 22 (2 fours), Reece Williams 21 (3 fours), Nathan Wakefield 19no (3 fours), Josh Whitford-Marriott 18. Molesworth bowling: B. Pauly 2-22 off 4, A. Turner 2-23 off 3, J. Franklin 1-10 off 3, Jack Evans 1-15 off 5, D. rankin 1-17 off 3, Josh Ransley 1-21 off 7, Brayden Chaplin 1-21 off 4, Austin York 1-28 off 5.
Molesworth batting: Josh Ransley 20 (3 fours), Blake Kemmler 19, J. Franklin 18no (2 fours), A. Turner 13, Brayden Chaplin 12 (1 four), Dakoda Smith 11, A. Long 10 (2 fours). Gretna bowling: Reece Williams 2-11 off 5, Nathan Eyles 2-11 off 3, Jamie Davidson 2-12 off 3, Nathan Wakefield 1-13 off 2, Josh Farrow 1-15 off 6.
Next match: Gretna v Dodges Ferry at Gretna at 12.30 on Sunday.

Derwent Valley comeback tour

TWO iconic Derwent Valley tourist attractions feature in a $250,000 marketing campaign aimed at encouraging Tasmanians to support tourism operators in the state's bushfire-affected areas. Dubbed the The Tassie Comeback Tour, the two-month campaign starts today.

Tourism Minister Scott Bacon said the campaign had been developed by Tourism Tasmania and the local tourism industry and would involve print, radio, television and social media. "The recent fires hit areas like the East Coast, the Tasman Peninsula and the Derwent Valley at the peak tourist season, having a significant impact on many businesses, Mr Bacon said.

"We want to encourage Tasmanians to support those operators by heading to these magnificent parts of our state - and not just for a day trip," he said. "This is about getting people back to spend a night or two exploring everything these regions have to offer. It's about restoring those communities by getting visitors back to all those businesses who have a stake in the tourism industry.

The television advertisement feature operators and other business owners from fire-affected areas. This includes the operators of attractions at Mt Field National Park and Strathgordon. The ads also direct viewers to a Tassie Comeback Tour Facebook page containing itineraries, ideas and information.

"The TV advertising is being further supplemented with print advertising, an eight-page feature in the state's three regional daily newspapers, and radio advertising through most of the state's metropolitan and regional commercial stations," Mr Bacon said.

The Facebook pages include suggested tours of the Derwent Valley over two-day (http://on.fb.me/WfkF4r), three-day (http://on.fb.me/Wfq9fz) and five-days (http://on.fb.me/WfqjDA). These can also be downloaded as PDF files. For the purposes of this campaign, the term "Derwent Valley" wisely includes the neighbouring Central Highlands.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Top price for Troubled Asylum

The book and hospital keys.
AN autographed first edition copy of Ralph Gowlland's landmark book on the history of the Royal Derwent Hospital sold for $255 in an online auction last week.

The hardback copy of Troubled Asylum and three antique keys from the hospital were offered for sale on eBay by a New South Wales man who had relatives working in the hospital from the 1930s through to the 1980s. The buyer is believed to live locally.

First published in 1981, Troubled Aslyum was one of a number of books written by the late Mr Gowlland, who lived at Lawitta for many years. A reprint in paperback was issued in 1996.

Some of Mr Gowlland's other titles included Some Van Diemens Land Affairs; Trampled Wilderness: the history of south-west Tasmania; Adamsfield: the town that lived and died; and Darke of the peaks: a short history of surveyor-explorer John Charles Darke in Van Diemens Land, Victoria and South Australia 1806-1844.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Shopping complex approved

PLANNING approval has been given for a major shopping centre on the outskirts of New Norfolk. Last week's Derwent Valley Council meeting voted 8-1 in favour of the development proposed by brothers Roostam and Raif Sadri.

The complex will occupy 5.4 hectares bordered by Hobart Rd, Glebe Rd and Ring Rd, an area that once formed part of the Royal Derwent Hospital. The development includes:
  • A large supermarket with baker, butcher and delicatessen (4200 square metres)
  • Seven retail tenancies (2690 square metres)
  • Petrol station (115 square metres)
  • Takeaway shop (280 square metres)
  • Future tenancy (1250 square metres)
  • Five warehouse/showrooms (5600 square metres)
Councillors rejected the municipal engineer's recommendation of a roundabout for the junction of Hobart Rd and Glebe Rd and substituted slip lanes as a means of dealing with the anticipated increase in traffic. Several councillors said people living in the area were known to be opposed to the long-planned roundabout as it would cause car headlights to shine in their windows. A roundabout will however be built further along Glebe Rd at one of the entrances to the shopping centre.

Councillor Wayne Shoobridge said there was nothing in the application that could be objected to, as it fell within all the rules. Cr Scott Shaw pointed out that there were not enough car parking spaces and planning officer Martin McCance said this was correct. Cr Chris Lester said the Sadris had met every requirement asked of them and although there was some angst about the impact on High St, this could not be taken into account in a planning matter. Cr James Graham said it was possible High St may end up being a little busier.

Cr Damian Bester said the predicted impact on the central business district was far greater than the 3% stated, as the developer's own economic study forecast a 21% reduction in turnover in the town centre. Cr Tony Nicholson said the development would draw new residents and turn New Norfolk into a "great outer suburb", while deputy mayor Barry Lathey said people wanted competition and it was up to the council to give people what they wanted.

The developers expect to have their supermarket up and running by 2015. A rival supermarket development on the Willow Court oval is expected to go before the council in the near future.


Friday, February 22, 2013

Willow Court film all but approved

A FILM documenting a paranormal investigation at the Willow Court historic site has been given in-principle approval to be released for public viewing. Last night's Derwent Valley Council meeting voted 7-2 in favour of allowing the film to be released after it has been viewed by the council's lawyer.

Produced by the Australian Paranormal Investigation Unit (APIU), the documentary was one of several contentious issues on the agenda for the February council meeting, and there were nearly 30 people in the public gallery. During public question time at the start of the meeting, Friends of Willow Court chairwoman Anne Salt reminded the council of its obligations under a Memorandum of Understanding and asked why the council had not involved the Friends in the approval process. Mayor Martyn Evans said these issues would be discussed when the item came up for discussion later in the meeting.

Contained in the agenda item headed "Willow Court Paranormal Documentary" was general manager Stephen Mackey's recommendation "That Council authorise release of the Willow Court Paranormal Documentary as provided to all councillors in February 2013." Councillor Judy Bromfield then proposed an amendment, seconded by Cr Damian Bester:
  1. That Council authorise the release of the Willow Court Paranormal Documentary as provided to all councillors in February 2013, subject to the documentary being viewed by council's solicitors.
  2. That Council recognises APIU as the creator and owner of the Willow Court documentary film, If These Walls Could Talk, and gratefully acknowledges APIU's offer to contribute 100% of the net proceeds of the sale of DVD copies of the film to the Willow Court Fund for a period of 18 months followed by a review.
Most councillors spoke in favour of releasing the film, including Cr Bromfield who said she had originally been opposed to the project but having seen the film she believed the historical component was "fascinating" and it would be excellent for everybody to see it. However, Deputy Mayor Barry Lathey and Cr Nicholson were not in favour, with Cr Lathey calling for advice from experts in the disability field. Cr Chris Lester said the council's solicitor would view the film and provide his opinion.

When put to the vote, Cr Bromfield's amendment was endorsed by all councillors with the exception of Crs Lathey and Nicholson.

  • ABC TV News has tonight reported that complaints about the film have been made to the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Commissioner, who has asked the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commissioner to review the documentary. Watch the ABC News item here.
  • Oponents of the release of the film posted their objection on Facebook and the Willow Court Advocacy Group website before the council meeting had ended.
  • The film's proponents posted their view of the meeting on Facebook and the royalderwent.com website late this morning.  


Big scores in junior cricket

Jamie Davidson
IF you think records are only made in senior cricket think again. Some amazing scores were made in the match between the Gretna and Molesworth Under 13s in round seven of the Youth League cricket on Sunday.

Gretna's score was 1-235 off just 20 overs. Yes, that's right, 20 overs and they lost just the one wicket. Then Molesworth came out and belted 3-129 off 20 overs - that's 364 runs in 40 overs! Well done to all players and in particular Ryan Emery for making 50 runs. That's an excellent effort from both teams.


Meanwhile the Gretna Under 15s had a great win over Tas Uni Black on Sunday at Mount Nelson Oval. The highlight of the match was the 46 runs made by Jamie Davidson who batted extremly well and was unlucky not to make a half century. His innings included 3 fours and 4 sixes. Well done Jamie.  

SCORES - UNDER 13s: Gretna 1-235 off 20 overs d Molesworth Green 3-129 off 20 overs at Glenora District High School. Gretna batting: Ryan Emery 50 retired (5 fours, 4 sixes), Jack Stevenson 45 retired (2 fours, 5 sixes), Blake Mayne 42 retired (5 fours, 3 sixes), Jack Hills 18 retired (1 four), Jake Branch 9 retired (1 four), Jake Ransley 21no (4 fours), Grant Booth 11no. Molesworth bowling: Jake Cairns 1-18 off 2 overs.
Molesworth batting: J. Wilton 23 retired (2 fours, 1 sixes), B. Duncan 18 retired (3 fours), B. Rainbird 31 retired (4 fours, 1 six), R Stewart 17 retired (3 fours). Gretna bowling: Jack Stevenson 1-13 off 4 overs, Ryan Emery 1-0 off 2 overs.
Next match, Round 11, Sunday: Gretna v New Town White at Gretna at 9am.

UNDER 15s: Gretna 9-207 off 40 overs d Tas Uni Black 10-98 off 39.5 overs at Mt Nelson Oval. Gretna batting: Jamie Davidson 46 (3 fours, 4 sixes), Daniel Browning 28 (4 fours, 1 six), Reece Williams 27 (2 fours), Jake Campbell 21 (1 four, 2 sixes), Nathan Eyles 15 (3 fours), Josh Farrow 15 (1 four, 1 six), Nick Wakefield 12 (2 fours), Brodie Gleeson 10 (1 four). Gretna bowling: Nathan Eyles 2-3 off 2 overs, Josh Farrow 2-10 off 5 overs, Reece Williams 1-3 off 3 overs, Luke Crosswell 1-5 off 2 overs, Nathan Wakefield 1-6 off 4 overs, Jake Campbell 1-7 off 4 overs, Jamie Davidson 1-8 off 3 overs, Zac Crosswell 1-15 off 4 overs. 
Next match, Round 11, Sunday: Gretna v Molesworth at Gretna at 12.30pm.

Local centuries in southern cricket

ROUND 17 of the Southern Cricket Association produced two excellent centuries: one from New Norfolk I all-rounder Stewart Rice who smashed 123 in his team's win over Runnymede, and the other from Gretna I wicketkeeper/batsman Glenn Blackwell who belted 118 in his team's victory over Richmond/Cambridge. It was both Rice & Blackwell's first hundred for the season and with finals coming up after the next round the timing of their good form couldn't be better.

In the match at Runnymede, New Norfolk I won the toss, elected to bat and hit up an impressive 9 for 342 off its 50 overs (27 extras). As mentioned Stewart Rice was the star for the Red Caps with his century, hitting 106 runs in boundaries (13 fours and 9 sixes)! Dav Maddox has also been in excellent form with the bat this season and hit 82 (8 fours and 2 sixes). Maddox shared a 147-run stand with Rice, setting up the big total. T. Hanson made 27 (5 fours) and opener Rohan Heron made 25 (3 fours). In reply Runnymede just couldn't handle the big run chase and were bowled out for 176 off 35.1 overs (18 extras). As he did with the bat, Rice also shone with the ball, taking 3 for 26 off 8 overs. Ashley Morgan 3 for 50 off 7.1, Josh Dykes 2 for 35 off 10 and Josh Rowlands 1 for 59 off 10 were the other wicket takers.

In a very good match at Richmond, Gretna I sewed up second spot on the 2nd Grade ladder with a 24-run win over Richmond/Cambridge. Gretna won the toss and had first hit, making the good total of 10 for 265 off 49.2 overs (38 extras). At one stage Gretna was 6 for 159 and a competitive total didn't look to be on the cards, but a welcome return to form by Glenn Blackwell with his 118 (12 fours and 4 sixes) lifting the team's total over 250. Blackwell shared a 94-run stand with Tom Allcock 16 (1 four). It was Blackwell's first hundred since the 2007-08 season where he made 107 in the former DVCA. Mathew Burns continued his good form, making 48 (7 fours) while captain Ben Rainbird made 21 (1 six). In reply Richmond/Cambridge fell just short, being bowled out for 241 off 48.2 overs (23 extras). Gretna opening bowler Aaron Maddox did well taking 3 for 49 off 10, Craig Cunningham 2 for 50 off 10, Peter Jelkic 2 for 52 off 10, Ben Rainbird 1 for 20 off 3 and Mathew Burns 1 for 41 off 5.2. Corey Ransley bowled well finishing 0 for 27 off 10 and was unlucky not to get a wicket. With a few catches going down, one would expect this to have been rectified at Gretna during the week.

In the third match in 2nd Grade, Molesworth I defeated Sandford at Boyer Oval by 4 wickets. Sandford won the toss and had first hit and was bowled out for just 82 off 30.2 overs, 22 coming in extras. The collapse of the Sandford batsmen was due to the excellent bowling of Molesworth captain Ricky Martin who snared 6 for 30 off 8.2 overs. Opening bowler Dean King also did well taking 2 for 11 off 7 overs. Brad Coppleman 1 for 2 off 1 over and Nathan Eiszele 1 for 25 off 10 also did well. In reply Molesworth made very hard work of the small total losing six wickets along the way, finishing 6 for 84 off 19 overs (5 extras). Brad Coppleman top-scored with 27 not out (3 fours). Nick Piuselli 23 (3 fours) and Ricky Martin 16 (1 four and 2 sixes) and Cody Neads 6no were the other run scorers.

In 4th Grade Bushy Park won their fourth match in as many weeks, thrashing McRobies Gully by eight wickets at Cambridge Oval. McRobies had first hit and was bundled out for just 67 off 20.1 overs (10 extras). Mitch Crosswell turned things on with the ball, taking 4 for 5 off 5 overs (1 wide and 1 no ball). The Grant brothers did well, Dylan 2 for 10 off 4, Nathan 2 for 36 off 5 and Trent 1 for 0 off 1 ball. Troy Smith took the other wicket, 1 for 16 off 6. In reply Bushy didn't much around and finished 2 for 71 off 13.4 overs (11 extras). Nick Fenton opened the batting and made 25, Damien Madden remained 20no and Geoff Crosswell 13no. Bushy have bowled a few sides out for some small totals this year and must be confident with finals coming up. Let's hope they can go one better this season and win the final.

Gretna II on the other hand just can't find that winning feeling, suffering a 208-run loss to Hobart at Gretna. Hobart won the toss and made the huge total of 4 for 351 off its 50 overs (51 extras). It was a hard day at the office for the Gretna bowlers  with Joey Eyles taking 2 for 62 off 10 overs, Nick Wakefield 1 for 59 off 10 and Todd Jarvis 1 for 68 off 10. In reply Gretna was all out for 143 off 30.1 overs (24 extras). Veteran Brian Smith narrowly missed out on a half century, making 49 (7 fours). Joey Eyles gave good support and made 21 (4 fours), Adam Browning 13 (2 fours), and Cody Eyles made 12 (2 fours).

In 5th Grade New Norfolk II bounced back from its loss the previous week with a 111-run victory over second-placed Rokeby at Tynwald Park. The visitors won the toss and sent New Norfolk into bat to make a good total of 10 for 224 off 43.3 overs (38 extras). Captain Stephen Nichols batted well making 46 (4 fours and 3 sixes). Dylan Pearce did well making 25 (2 fours) while Jon Murray got 20 (4 fours) as did Richard Munnings 20 (2 fours). In reply Rokeby were bundled out for 113 off 23 overs (16 extras). Josh Walsh yet again cleaned up with 4 for 31 off 10. Richard Munnings 2 for 60 off 10, Adrian Eiszele 1 for 1 off 1 over and Mitch Rice 1 for 17 off 2 overs.

In the other 5th Grade match, Molesworth II forfeited to Richmond/Cambridge. This is the third time this has happened in the past four weeks.

SCA Round 18 (last round before finals). All matches start at 10:30am
SECOND GRADE - Saturday: Gretna I v Sandford at Gretna, Molesworth I v Derwent at New Town High School, New Norfolk I v Rokeby at Tynwald Park.
FOURTH GRADE - Saturday: Gretna II v McRobies Gully at Boyer Oval, Bushy Park v Marquis Tigers at Lansdowne.
FIFTH GRADE -Sunday: New Norfolk II v Richmond/Cambridge at Tynwald Park, Molesworth II v at Old Beach at Boyer Oval.

Unofficial ladders after Round 17 (Top 5 play off in finals, a win is worth six points)
SECOND GRADE: Rokeby 90, Gretna I 72, Molesworth I 63, New Norfolk I 60, Runnymede 48, Richmond/Cambridge 48, Sandford 45, Motagu Bay 24, Derwent 15, Bagdad 15.
FOURTH GRADE: DOSA 84, MacKillop Beltas 72, Bushy Park 66, Hobart 60, Knights 60, Old Beach 60, Marquis Tigers 54, Dynnyrne 30, Gretna 30, McRobies Gully 24, St Aidans 24, Derwent 12.
FIFTH GRADE: Wellington 87, Rokeby 63, Richmond/Cambridge 57, New Norfolk II 57, Lindisfarne 57, Montagu Bay 54, Old Beach 39, Molesworth II 21, Risdon Vale 12, Sorell 12.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Block stars go local

Dani and Dan from The Block
STARS of WIN TV's The Block are on the road again and heading back to New Norfolk. For the second year running, contestants from the popular reality renovation program will appear at Williams Mitre 10 in High St.

Dan Reilly and Dani Wells were contestants in last year's series of The Block and were called back to appear in this year's The Block All Stars. From 10.30am to 12.30pm this Saturday, the pair will be at Williams Mitre 10, to share their stories from the show – particularly the antics behind the scenes which did not make it to air.

There will be a live DIY demonstration from the couple on how to build a veggie patch using an Absco Hexies Raised Garden Bed. There will also be a sausage sizzle, in-store specials and a huge range of prizes and giveaways. Many of Mitre 10’s major suppliers will be in attendance to offer their own specialist advice.

Mitre 10's partnership with The Block will see the show's contestants visiting more than 50 Mitre 10 stores across Australia over four weeks in the Mighty Aussie Road Trip, meeting locals and offering home renovating tips. New Norfolk Mitre 10 manager Peter Williams said this Saturday would be a great chance to meet two of The Block's stars in person.


Rocking Collinsvale

THE third annual "Rock the Vale" festival will be held on the Collinsvale Recreation Ground this Sunday. There will be about 10 bands playing during the day, in a range of styles from bluegrass to rock to country, including young bands.
 
The Collinsvale Growers and Makers Market is on at time same time, as well a cafe, barbecue, pancake stall, icecream and fairy floss van, and a display of MG cars. Children will also be catered for..
 
This event is a licensed event (no BYO) running from 10.30 to 6.30pm. Admission will be $5 per person unders 16 free). For more information contact Nigel on 0438 390 071. The recreation ground is in Hall Rd, Collinsvale.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Rain eases fire situation

MUCH of the Derwent Valley has woken to rain this morning, as well as much cooler conditions. Temperatures at Bushy Park and Ouse hovered around 30 degrees late into the night before reaching a low of 16 degrees at 6am. Today's forecast for New Norfolk is a maximum of 21 degrees, with rain at times.

The Tasmania Fire Service remains on the scene of the Molesworth bushfire as well as yesterday's Gretna grassfire, both of which are at "advice level". Monitor the situation by listening to ABC Local Radio on 936AM or 89.7FM, and see the official updates online at www.fire.tas.gov.au.

The following meetings will be held today to update communities on the fire situation in their areas:
  • Molesworth community meeting at the New Norfolk High School gymnasium, 101 Blair St, at 6pm.
  • Collinsvale community meeting at the Collinsvale War Memorial Hall, 14 Hall Rd at 7.30pm.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Road open but take care

MOTORISTS are advised that the Lyell Highway has reopened following today's bushfire emergency at Gretna, but clean-up crews are on location and there may be temporary interruptions to traffic flow.

Tasmania Police asks drivers to reduce their speed as Tasmania Fire Service personnel are working at various locations on the in the Gretna area. Bluff Rd remains closed due to power lines being down across the road.
  • For up to date road closure information, check the Tasmania Police website.
  • Monitor ABC Local Radio and www.fire.tas.gov.au for further information about the fire situation.

Have you seen Sari?

CONCERN is growing over an arab mare named Sari which has been missing at Gretna since last Friday. She has white socks on her back legs and a white blaze on one side of her face.

Sari went missing in bush area on Bluff Rd, Gretna, with all her gear on, including bridle and saddle as seen in the photo opposite.

If you have any information please use the comments function below, or phone 62615901.

Gretna fire threat downgraded

AUTHORITIES have downgraded the bushfire at Marked Tree Rd, Gretna, to "advice" level. This is the lowest of the three warning levels. The fire has covered about 250 hectares and is now in the process of being controlled.

The fire danger rating in the area remains very high and there may be embers, smoke and ash falling on Gretna, Rosegarland and surrounding areas. There is no immediate threat to communities. Crews will be conducting back-burning and strengthening containment lines in the north-east of the fire. This will continue to cause smoke tonight.

Lyell Highway is closed between the Gretna Hotel and Hollow Tree Rd. Bluff Rd is closed due to power lines being down across the road. For up to date road closure information, check the Tasmania Police website.

The Tasmania Fire Service recommends avoiding travel in the affected area unless you are a resident or have urgent business. Motorists are advised to be aware of the potential for downed power lines and wandering livestock as well as emergency vehicles and crews operating in the area. Motorists on roads that are affected by smoke are advised to turn on headlights and reduce speed.
  • View the Mercury newspaper's report here.
  • Watch tonight's ABC TV News report here.

Monitor ABC Local Radio & TFS Website – www.fire.tas.gov.au for further information.

7pm update: Gretna bushfire

Tasmania Fire Service
Bushfire Emergency Warning Message

Marked Tree Road, GRETNA  
Current from:  18/02/2013 07:05 PM    until:  20/02/2013 11:59 PM   or further notice

There is a small bushfire at  Marked Tree Rd, GRETNA. The fire danger rating in this area  is severe. Fire under these conditions can be uncontrollable and unpredictable.

The fire is expected to put the communities of Gretna, Rosegarland and surrounding areas which includes the Lyell Highway from Bluff Rd to Black Hills Rd and including Woolpack Rd, Bedchambers Rd, Askrigg Rd and Black Hills Rd at direct  severe  risk from the fire front now.
 
This fire may impact on the community of Black Hills which includes Shooters Hill Rd, Isaac Rd, Sonners Rd within 15 to 30 minutes.

This bushfire is currently not controlled. This bushfire may create spot-fires up to 3km ahead of the fire front. These spot fires may threaten your home earlier than the predicted main fire front.

There may be embers, smoke and ash falling south of Gretna.

Reported Road Closures:
  • Lyell Highway is closed between Gordon River Rd and Hamilton.
  • Motorists are advised to avoid this area.
  • The Lyell Highway between Kilderry Rd and Gordon River Rd is open to residents only.  
  • Motorists are advised to be aware of the potential for downed powerlines and wandering livestock.
  • Please be aware of emergency vehicles and crews operating in the area.
  • Motorists on roads that are affected by smoke are advised to turn on headlights and reduce your speed.

 What to do:
  • Activate your Bushfire Survival Plan now
  • It is likely to be too late to leave the area. If your home is well constructed, prepared and actively defended, it may provide shelter.
  • If you don’t have a plan or your plan is to leave – leave now, only if the path is clear.
  • This may include a neighbouring property or other cleared area close by that is not at risk from fire.
  • If you are away from home: Do not try to return to your home as the roads in this area could be highly dangerous.
  • Non-residents should stay away from the affected areas.
  • Monitor ABC Local Radio & TFS Website – www.fire.tas.gov.au for further instructions

 
Community Information:
Bushfire Watch & Act Message for Plenty, Macquarie Plains and Hayes

This fire may affect the communities of Plenty, Macquarie Plains and Hayes within the next 4-6 hours. There may be smoke and ash falling as far away as New Norfolk and surrounding areas.
What to do:

  • You need to start taking action now to protect you and your family.
  • Activate your Bushfire Survival Plan now; only well constructed and prepared homes are defendable in these conditions.
  • If you don’t have a Bushfire Survival Plan or your plan is to leave, consider leaving for a safer place, such as a relative or friends place away from the area.
  • Monitor ABC Local Radio & TFS Website – www.fire.tas.gov.au for further information.

TFS Attending Resources:
Resources Arrived:

  9 x LIGHT TANKER
  9 x HEAVY TANKER
  3 x MEDIUM TANKER
  1 x TFS
  1 x UTILITY
  3 x PERSONNEL CARRIER
  1 x FIXED WING: LOW
  2 x ROTARY WING: LIGHT
  4 x ROTARY WING: MEDIUM

Resources Mobilised:

  1 x HEAVY TANKER
  1 x TFS
  1 x PERSONNEL CARRIER

 

Alert for Plenty, Macquarie Plains, Hayes

Tasmania Fire Service
Bushfire Watch & Act Message
 
Current from:  18/02/2013 05:27 PM    until:  20/02/2013 11:59 PM   or further notice  
The Marked Tree Rd, Gretna fire may affect the communities of Plenty, Macquarie Plains and Hayes within the next 4-6 hours.
 There may be smoke and ash falling as far away as New Norfolk and surrounding areas.
 
What to do:
  •  You need to start taking action now to protect you and your family.
  •  Activate your Bushfire Survival Plan now; only well constructed and prepared homes are defendable in these conditions.
  •  If you don’t have a Bushfire Survival Plan or your plan is to leave, consider leaving for a safer place, such as a relative or friends place away from the area.
  • Monitor ABC Local Radio & TFS Website – www.fire.tas.gov.au for further instructions
  
 
TFS Attending Resources:
 Resources Arrived:
  7 x LIGHT TANKER
  8 x HEAVY TANKER
  3 x MEDIUM TANKER
  2 x PERSONNEL CARRIER
  1 x FIXED WING: LOW
  2 x ROTARY WING: LIGHT
  4 x ROTARY WING: MEDIUM
 
 Resources Mobilised:
  2 x HEAVY TANKER
  2 x LIGHT TANKER
  1 x TFS
  1 x UTILITY
  1 x PERSONNEL CARRIER

Emergency warning: Gretna, Rosegarland, Black Hills

Tasmania Fire Service
Bushfire Emergency Warning Message

Marked Tree Road, GRETNA  

5.30PM UPDATE: Tasmania Police are in the process of closing the Lyell Highway north of Marked Tree Rd and the intersection of Lawitta Rd. The fire is expected to put the communities of Gretna, Rosegarland, Black Hills and surrounding areas which includes the Lyell Highway from Bluff Rd to Black Hills Rd and including Black Hills Rd, Bedchambers Rd and Woolpack Rd  at direct  severe risk from the fire front within 10 minutes. This fire may impact on Shooters Hill Rd, Askrigg Rd, Isaac Rd, Sonners Rd at direct servere risk from the fire front within 30 minutes.
Current from:  18/02/2013 04:51 PM    until:  20/02/2013 11:59 PM   or further notice

There is a small bushfire at Marked Tree Rd, GRETNA.

The fire danger rating in this area is severe. Fire under these conditions can be uncontrollable and unpredictable.

The fire is expected to put the community of Rosegarland and surrounding areas which includes the Lyell Highway from Bluff Rd to Black Hills Rd and including Black Hills Rd, Bedchambers Rd and Woolpack Rd at direct severe risk from the fire front within 10 minutes.

This fire may impact on Shooters Hill Rd, Askrigg Rd, Isaac Rd, Sonners Rd at direct servere risk from the fire front within 30 minutes.

This bushfire is currently not controlled. This bushfire may create spot-fires up to 3kms ahead of the fire front.These spot fires may threaten your home earlier than the predicted main fire front.

There may be embers, smoke and ash falling south of Rosegarland.

Reported Road Closures:Nil  
What to do:
  • Activate your Bushfire Survival Plan now
  • It is likely to be too late to leave the area. If your home is well constructed, prepared and actively defended, it may provide shelter.
  • If you don’t have a plan or your plan is to leave – leave now, only if the path is clear.
  • This may include a neighbouring property or other cleared area close by that is not at risk from fire.
  • If you are away from home: Do not try to return to your home as the roads in this area could be highly dangerous.
  • Non-residents should stay away from the affected areas.
  • Monitor ABC Local Radio & TFS Website – www.fire.tas.gov.au for further instructions

 
TFS Attending Resources:
Resources Arrived:
  3 x HEAVY TANKER
  1 x LIGHT TANKER
  1 x ROTARY WING: LIGHT
  1 x ROTARY WING: MEDIUM

Resources Mobilised:
  5 x HEAVY TANKER
  5 x LIGHT TANKER
  3 x MEDIUM TANKER
  1 x TFS
  1 x UTILITY
  1 x PERSONNEL CARRIER

 

Total fire ban today

TASMANIA FIRE SERVICE
TOTAL FIRE BAN

Today, Monday, 18 February 2013 has been declared a Day of Total Fire Ban for the Southern Region.

No fires may be lit or be allowed to remain alight in the open air until 11.59pm, Monday, 18 February 2013.


General Advice on a Day of Total Fire Ban
Tools and Equipment

Tools and equipment that use a naked flame or generate sparks such as welding or grinding, must not be used in the open air.

If essential works are required to be done a special permit may be issued, after a thorough investigation of each application. Apply to your TFS Regional Office.

Barbecues that use wood, charcoal or other solid fuel are banned
Gas and electric barbecues are permitted subject to the strict application of the conditions set out below.
Gas and electric barbecues provided in public reserves/campsites may be used providing:

  •     the barbecue is electric or gas fired
  •     the barbecue is fixed permanent structure.
Portable gas and electric barbecues may be used provided:
  • The barbecue is located within 20 metres of a permanent dwelling (mobile homes, caravans or tents are not classified as permanent dwellings).
Additional conditions that apply to the use of portable electric and gas fired barbecues and barbecues in public reserves and campsites:
  •     the area for 3 metres around and above the barbecue is completely cleared of flammable material.
  •     an adult is in attendance at all times
  •     a tap with hose connected is ready for use
  •     at least 10 litres of water is on hand in case of emergency.
Commercial caterers are required to obtain a special permit from your TFS Regional Office.

Fire weather warning

Bureau of Meteorology
Fire Weather Warning
for the Midlands, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts

Issued at 4:23 pm EDT on Sunday 17 February 2013.
For Monday, February 18

Weather Situation
Maximum temperatures reaching the mid to high thirties, relative humidities down to around 15% and moderate to locally fresh north to northwest winds are expected.

Very High Fire Danger is forecast for the following forecast districts: Midlands, Upper Derwent Valley and South East

Some bushfires breaking out will spread rapidly and be difficult to control or even uncontrollable. There is a possibility that people in the path of a fire who are not well prepared may be killed or seriously injured.

The Tasmania Fire Service advises you to:
  • Check your bush fire survival plan - Now.
  • Monitor the fire and weather situation on ABC radio or through www.fire.tas.gov.au.
  • If power supplies fail, listen on your car radio.

The Tasmania Fire Service advises that if you are in an area of Very High or Severe Fire Danger:
  • Get ready now to leave for a safe place.
  • Leave immediately if fire breaks out near you.
  • Only stay if your home is well prepared to withstand fire and you can actively defend it.

The next warning will be issued by 5am EDT Monday. Click here to check.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Redpath storms to sprintcar victory

DESPITE the fact he hadn’t raced in the south of the state for almost two years, sprintcar driver Adrian Redpath stormed to an impressive victory at the Mountain Dew Ice Raceway near New Norfolk on Saturday night. The former four-times Tasmanian champion was making only his third appearance of the season after a heavy crash on his home track at Latrobe four months ago.

Driving a car owned by Launceston’s Darren Goodyer, Redpath qualified on grid three for the final with a spin in one of his heats costing him valuable points in the lead-up. Launceston driver Kurt Luttrell, who finished second in the state title at Carrick, set the pace in the heats and qualified on pole position for the 25-lap final, but threw the race away on the first corner when he spun, causing a stoppage. With Luttrell sent to the rear of the grid for the subsequent re-start, Redpath inherited pole position and a chance to make amends for his third placing in the state title, which was won by his brother Jason, who did not race last night.

At the re-start, Redpath blasted away from Launceston teenager Callum Zizek to establish a handy gap. Westbury’s Anthony Frost held third place for the first 10 laps, until a reinvigorated Luttrell charged back through the field to rocket by Frost and take over third. With Redpath assured of victory, Zizek, to his credit, managed to hold out the more-experienced Luttrell for a solid second and his best result of the season.

On the same program, Devonport super sedan driver and former National Super Sedan Series champion Brad Smith fought hard to take victory in the V8 Super Sedan Treat from a quality field, which included current and former Australian and Tasmanian champions. Reigning Australian champion Jarrod Harper, of Hellyer Beach, qualified on pole position for the final and survived an early battle with Launceston’s David Nichols, who slipped back through the field after an early mistake, which let Harper’s son and current Tasmanian champion Callum Harper, and Smith, through.

Smith powered around Callum Harper on lap four to take over second and hit the lead with a similar move on his father on lap 12. As Smith cleared out to a dominant lead, Callum Harper took advantage of a mistake from his father to snatch second spot on lap 18, with Harper Snr scrapping for third place in the remaining laps with former two-times Australian champion Kevin Purton, of Deloraine, and David Nichols, before holding them both out to finish third behind his son.

Saturday night’s program wasn’t just about V8s, with two state titles also decided for six cylinder sedan divisions. Hobart’s Luke Gunn scored his third consecutive victory in the Tassie Sixes state title, while Sean Devine, also from Hobart, took out his second consecutive Tasmanian Bombers Championship. Hobart veteran Marcus Cleary qualified on pole position for the 30-lap final of the Tassie Sixes championship with Gunn joining him on the front row. Cleary led early, but Gunn assumed the lead after only two laps with Dwayne Sonners also getting by Cleary on the next lap. Cleary spun on lap five causing a stoppage and was relegated to the back of the grid for the re-start, with Sonners retiring a lap after the re-start with a broken axle. Cameron Briggs inherited second and challenged Gunn in the dying stages, but proved unsuccessful, with Cleary making a concerted charge back through the field to claim third place.

In the Bombers title decider, defending champion Sean Devine had to work hard in the early stages of the race to ensure victory in a tough encounter. Former champion Mick Hart led Devine early after starting brilliantly from outside pole position, but tangled with lapped traffic mid-race, ending his night prematurely.
Devine inherited the lead and one in front, was never headed to score a huge win, lapping all but second-placed Heath Bennett. With only four cars finishing the gruelling final, post-race confusion reigned over third place to one of the remaining lapped cars, with officials eventually awarding the last podium spot to Garry Moore Jr.

Saturday night also saw the 12th round of the Junior Sedan Championship Series, with top qualifier Josh Stephens dealt a cruel blow when he punctured a tyre before the start of the race. With Stephens on the in-field, Hobart’s Nathan Russell took advantage of the favourite’s demise and scored a good win ahead of James Nolan and Harley Croft.

The V8 AMCA final saw an easy for Kallan Muir, with the Latrobe driver starting on outside pole position for the 20-lap decider and never headed for the entire race distance. Rodney Bassett, who started on pole position, finished a creditable second ahead of Josh Hardy, who recorded his best result of the season with a distant third in a tough race which saw half of the field failing to finish.

RESULTS – Jones Environmental Services V8 Sprintcar Treat – Heat one: A Redpath, 1; K Luttrell, 2; A Frost, 3. Heat two: K Luttrell, 1; C Zizek, 2; C Smith, 3. Final (20 laps): A Redpath, 1; C Zizek, 2; K Luttrell, 3. Jones Environmental Services V8 Super Sedan Treat – Heat one: D Nichols, 1; B Smith, 2; S Latham, 3. Heat two: J Harper, 1; C Harper, 2; A Beechey, 3. Final (25 laps): B Smith, 1; C Harper, 2; J Harper, 3.  Tassie Sixes Tasmanian Championship – Heat one: L Gunn, 1; B Price, 2; M Cleary, 3. Heat two: : M Cleary, 1; L Gunn, 2; D Sonners, 3. Heat three: M Cleary, 1; D Sonners, 2; C Briggs, 3. Final (30 laps): L Gunn, 1; C Briggs, 2; M Cleary, 3.  Tasmanian Bombers Championship – Heat one: S Devine, 1; H Bennett, 2; J Cooley, 3. Heat two: M Hart, 1; S Devine, 2; D Jetson, 3. Final (15 laps): S Devine, 1; H Bennett, 2; G Moore Jr. 
Central and Phoenix Steel Junior Sedan Championship Series (round 12) – Heat one: J Stephens, 1; J Nolan, 2; N Russell, 3. Heat two: J Stephens, 1; N Russell, 2; H Croft, 3. Final (10 laps): N Russell, 1; J Nolan, 2; H Croft, 3. V8 AMCAs – Heat one: D Brooks, 1; M Graham, 2; A Ryder, 3. Heat two: R Bassett, 1; J Smith, 2; A Ryder, 3. Heat three: K Muir, 1; R Bassett, 2; J Hardy, 3. Final (20 laps): K Muir, 1; M Graham, 2; D O’Connor, 3.

High fire danger tomorrow

Tasmania Fire Service
Bushfire Advice Message

Glen Dhu Road, MOLESWORTH  

Current from:17/02/2013 06:46 PM    until:  18/02/2013 11:59 PM   or further notice

There is a large bushfire at Glen Dhu Rd, MOLESWORTH.

The Fire Danger Rating in this area is forecast to be  very high tomorrow from mid morning to early evening and then dropping to high. Temperatures are predicted to be in the mid-30s and winds are predicted to be out of the north-north-west with speeds of 20-25km/h and gusts up to 45km/h.

Overnight tonight the Fire Danger Rating will be high with wind speeds of 10km/h with gusts up to 15km/h.

Patches of vegetation within the fire boundary which have not fully burnt continue to smoulder. These spots may continue to put up smoke for some time.

There is no immediate threat to communities. This bushfire is currently being controlled.

Smoke from this fire may effect the communities of Lachlan, New Norfolk, Molesworth, Collinsvale, Mt Wellington, greater Hobart, Mountain River and Fern Tree due to winds out of the north.

Reported Road Closures: Nil at this stage.  

What to do:
  • Check your Bushfire Survival Plan; well constructed and prepared homes are defendable in these conditions.
  • If you don’t have a Bushfire Survival Plan or your plan is to leave, consider leaving the affected area if conditions worsen, only if the path is clear.
  • Stay informed in case conditions change.
  • Monitor ABC Local Radio & TFS Website – www.fire.tas.gov.au for further information.
  • Unless you are a resident or have urgent business, consider avoiding travel in this area.
Community Information:
  • A Total Fire Ban is in place for the entire southern region tomorrow, Monday February 18, from midnight tonight (Sunday).
  • Overnight tonight crews will patrol and monitor the fire edge around Ringwood Rd, Collins Cap Rd, Glen Dhu Rd and other properties in the area.
  • NSW, ACT, PWS and TFS remote area firefighters will continue tomorrow to extinguish hotspots in very rugged terrain, with the assistance of machinery and aerial water bombing, in the south western area around Ringwood Trail and Collins Cap.
  • Due to a Very High Fire Danger Rating tomorrow (Monday) firefighters will not be undertaking remote work after midday for their own safety.  Firefighters will be tasked with vehicle based patrols continuing to work on hotspots and to be available if necessary for the protection of properties and assets.
  • Please drive carefully as roads may be affected by smoke in low lying areas. There may also be an increased amount of wildlife near roads.

TFS Attending Resources:
Resources Arrived:
  1 x MEDIUM TANKER
  3 x LIGHT TANKER
  3 x PERSONNEL CARRIER
  1 x MOBILE CANTEEN
  1 x UTILITY
  1 x CAR

Resources Mobilised:
  2 x LIGHT TANKER

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Radio reminder

ABC Local Radio is Australia's emergency services broadcaster. Many people in the Derwent Valley area who cannot receive ABC local radio on the regular 936AM frequency can instead tune in to 89.7FM. This service on the FM band is specifically for the Maydena area but can also be picked up in surrounding areas including New Norfolk.

Please be aware that the service originates from Launceston's ABC 7NT and some programs are different to those broadcast in Hobart, but the emergency warnings cover the entire state.

High fire danger today

Click map to enlarge
THE Molesworth bushfire remains uncontrolled more than a week since it started on Glen Dhu Rd. The fire danger rating in the area is forecast to be high today. Weather conditions are forecast to be warmer this weekend with increased winds.

Patches of vegetation within the fire boundary which have not fully burnt continue to smoulder. These spots may continue to put up smoke for some time but the Tasmania Fire Service says there is no immediate threat to communities. Smoke from this fire may effect the communities of Lachlan, New Norfolk, Molesworth, Collinsvale, the northern suburbs and Mt Wellington due to variable winds.

There are no reported road closures at this time but motorists are asked to drive carefully as roads may be affected by smoke in low lying areas. There may also be an increased amount of wildlife near roads. Unless you are a resident or have urgent business, consider avoiding travel in this area.

Crews continue to patrol and monitor the fire edge around Ringwood Rd at Lachlan, and Collins Cap Rd and Glen Dhu Rd at Molesworth, and other properties in the area. NSW and TFS remote area firefighters continue to extinguish hotspots in very rugged terrain, with the assistance of machinery and aerial water bombing, in the south-western area around Ringwood Trail and Collins Cap.

Stay up-to-date with ABC Local Radio and www.fire.tas.gov.au for further information.

TFS Attending Resources:

Resources Arrived:
  5 x LIGHT TANKER
  2 x MEDIUM TANKER
  3 x CAR
  4 x PERSONNEL CARRIER
  1 x UTILITY
  1 x ROTARY WING: LIGHT
  3 x ROTARY WING: MEDIUM

Resources Mobilised:
  3 x LIGHT TANKER
  2 x HEAVY TANKER

Friday, February 15, 2013

Speedway V8 action galore

THERE will be plenty of high-octane action in this Saturday night’s V8 Triple Treat at the at the Mountain Dew Ice Raceway at Sorell Creek near New Norfolk. The 22-event meeting will include action-packed racing from three V8 divisions, namely sprintcars, super sedans and V8 AMCAs. But the action won’t just be restricted to the V8 divisions, with the Tassie Sixes sedans doing battle for their state title, plus support action from bombers and junior sedans. The gates will open at 3pm, with racing from 6pm.

Super sedan and sprintcar drivers will be out to regain lost pride and restore reputations after several weeks of major events recently, while the V8 AMCA drivers will be using the meeting as an all-important last hit-out ahead of the state title at Latrobe on March 1. Despite major recent super sedan events being run and won, this weekend’s field will be one of the best of the season and will include reigning Australian champion Jarrod Harper, his son and reigning Tasmanian champion Callum Harper, both of Hellyer Beach, former two-times Australian champion Kevin Purton, of Deloraine, former national Super Sedan Series champion Brad Smith, from Devonport, and six-times Tasmanian champion David Nichols, of Launceston.

Harper Snr and Purton finished second and third respectively in Australia’s richest V8 super sedan race, the Bendigo Bank Grand Prix at Latrobe behind winner Matt Pascoe, of Queensland, and both will be keen to assert themselves as Tasmania’s top driver. Callum has already tasted victory twice this season, including his memorable state title win at the local venue last month, while Jarrod has yet to record a feature win after a belated start to the season. David Nichols will jump back into the car he prepared for American ace and world champion Jimmy Owens, who drove it to victory in the Tasmanian Grand National last month, and Nichols will be fired up to take advantage of the changes Owens made to the car and continue its winning form.

Sprintcar drivers will also be out to salvage damaged reputations after last weekend’s state title at Carrick.
With newly-crowned state champion Jason Redpath taking a week off, his brother Adrian Redpath, from Latrobe, will be keen to score his first win of the season after finishing third in the state title. The driver who split them, Launceston’s Kurt Luttrell, will have other ideas as he looks to extend his lead in the state series, of which this Saturday night is round 12. Launceston teenager Callum Zizek and Ulverstone rookie Chris Johns were both impressive in last week’s state title and will race with renewed confidence.


Meanwhile, Hobart’s Luke Gunn will be chasing his third successive state title in the Tassie Sixes Championship and on recent form he could be hard to beat. His biggest dangers appear to be experienced local Marcus Cleary, New Norfolk’s Cameron Briggs and Dwayne Sonners, who is well overdue for a state title after a number of seasons as one of the leading drivers in the Tassie Sixes division.

It's showtime

IT'S a big weekend coming up in the Derwent Valley, with the Bushy Park Show, Speedway, markets and more.

The Bushy Park Show is on from 9am-4pm tomorrow (Saturday). Dating back to 1865, this country show is an enjoyable, relaxing day out for the family. The show features woodchopping and equestrian sporting events as well as a ute competition, sheep dog trials, arts, crafts and homemade preserves and jams. Situated beside the beautiful Styx River and nestled amongst the hop fields, the Bushy Park Showground is just 15 minutes drive from New Norfolk.

Saturday night's program at the Mountain Dew Speedway at Sorell Creek includes sprintcars, AMCAs and super sedans as well as the bombers state title. The gates open at 3pm and racing starts at 6pm.

The weekly Big River Market is on tomorrow from 8am-noon opposite the Nurses' Quarters at Willow Court, while the monthly Derwent Valley Community House market is on this Sunday from 10am-2pm.

Get amongst it!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Molesworth wins Eyles Memorial

Daniel Coppleman
Southern Cricket Association
Round 16


MOLESWORTH I defeated Gretna I by four wickets at Gretna last weekend to become the first winner of the Ben Eyles Memorial Shield. Gretna won the toss and had first hit, making the competitive total of 10 for 183 off 40.2 overs. As he has done all season, Mathew Burns top-scored with 43 including two 4s and two 6s. Other Gretna batsman got starts but just didn't go on with it; Ben Rainbird 26 (two 4s), Craig Cunningham 23 (five 4s), Jackson Ackerly 15 (two 4s), Damien Hack 14 (two 4s), Corey Ransley (three 4s) and Glenn Blackwell 13 (two 4s). Of the Molesworth bowlers, Brad Coppleman bowled superbly, capturing 6 for 48 off 9 overs, Ricky Martin 2 for 31 off 8.2, Dean King 1 for 34 off 8 and M. Siely 1 for 55 off 10. There were 23 extras.

In reply Molesworth were in trouble when they were 6 for 88, but an unbeaten stand of 97 between young Daniel Coppleman 56 not out (five 4s, one 6) and the experienced Dean King 49 (nine 4s, one 6), saw Molesworth to victory. The pair batted well together, denying Gretna any chance of victory. Gretna bowler Bruce Emery did his best to keep his team in the match, taking 3 for 0 in 4 balls, finishing with 3 for 25 off 8 overs. Other wicket takers were Aaron Maddox 1 for 18 off 4, Mathew Burns 1 for 25 off 4 and Craig Cunningham 1 for 37 off 7. There were nine extras.

Well done to Molesworth on winning the Ben Eyles Memorial Shield, The shield is in memory of the late Ben Eyles who was a fantastic cricketer with the Ouse Cricket Club and later Molesworth. With the Eyles family also playing with Gretna these two sides will play for the shield each season in recognition of Ben's contribution to cricket her in the Derwent Valley and Central Highlands. Congratulations to Daniel Coppleman on winning the inaugural Ben Eyles Medal for being player of the match and to Jackson Ackerly on playing his 50th match for Gretna I.

New Norfolk I have had some big score this season, but its 7 for 435 over Bagdad on Sunday at Tynwald Park tops the list. To add to this, David Maddox and Rohan Heron again recorded centuries. Maddox smashed a magical 171 with 110 of these coming in boundaries (23 4s, 36s). Heron belted 125, regularly finding the boundary as well (16 4s, four 6s). The pair put on a massive 195 run partnership and when Heron was out the score was 2 for 270. Leigh Berry made 41, T. Hanson 28 (three 4s) and Ashley Morgan 25 (two 4s). There were 39 extras. In reply Bagdad could only manage 87, being bowled out in 21.5 overs. Josh Rowlands bowling very well took 4 for 29 off 10 as did Brad Kemmler 4 for 52 off 10. Stewart Rice did very well taking 2 for 0 off just 5 balls! (10 extras).

In 4th Grade on Saturday at the Bushy Park Showgrounds, Bushy Park crushed Derwent by nine wickets. Bushy won the toss and sent Derwent into bat. They were bundled out for 70 runs in 22.1 overs. Nathan Grant bowled very well and skittled the Derwent batsmen, finishing with excellent figures of 6 for 39 off 10 overs. Troy Smith has a broken finger from wicket-keeping some weeks back and did well taking 2 for 5 off 4.1 overs. Trent Grant 1 for 6 off 2 and Mitch Crosswell 1 for 17 off 6 took the remaining wickets. There were 18 extras. In the run chase, Bushy had little trouble reaching the target, losing just one wicket and finishing 1 for 73 off 5.3 overs (3 extras). Troy Smith did well opening the batting, making 45 not out. Nick Fenton gave good support making 24 and Damien Madden remained 1no.

In the other 4th Grade match Gretna II suffered their eighth loss in a row, going down to the Knights by seven wickets. Gretna won the toss and had first hit, making 10 for 104 off 32 overs (14 extras). Josh Farrow from the Gretna Under 15's did very well top scoring with 20 (three 4s). Nick Wakefield made 19 (three 4s), another Under 15's player Nathan Eyles made 14 (three 4s), while Brian Smith reached 11. In reply the Knights reached Gretna's total, finishing 3 for 107 off 11.3 overs (20 extras). Adam Browning took 2 for 61 off 6 and Joey Eyles 1 for 11 off 1.3 overs. Congratulations to Jamie Cooper and Jake Campbell on playing their first matches for Gretna. Jamie is the 286th player since 1977-78 to play for Gretna while Jake Campbell who also plays with the Gretna Under 15s is the 287th player.

In 5th Grade New Norfolk II were brought back to earth after their winning streak, losing to Wellington by 120 runs at Abbotsfield Park. The Red Caps won the toss and sent Wellington into bat. They made 10 for 214 off 45.2 overs (36 extras). Josh Walsh continues to bag the wickets and took 4 for 43 off 10 overs, Jamie Hill took 2 for 21 off 9, Josh Dykes 2 for 40 off 6.2 and Richard Munnings 1 for 24 off 7. In reply New Norfolk were bowled out for 94 off 27.4 overs (26 extras). Jamie Hill was the only batsman to reach double figures, making 23 not out (two 4s).

In the other 5th Grade match Molesworth II forfeited to Rokeby     

Next games - SCA Round 17
All Matches start at 10.30am


SECOND GRADE - Saturday: Gretna I v Richmond/Cambridge at Richmond, Molesworth I v Sandford at Boyer Oval, and New Norfolk I v Runnymede at Runnymede.
FOURTH GRADE - Sunday: Gretna II v Hobart at Gretna, and Bushy Park v McRobies Gully at Cambridge Oval.
FIFTH GRADE- Saturday: New Norfolk II v Rokeby at Tynwald Park, and Molesworth II v Richmond/Cambridge at Cambridge Oval.

Under 15s score big win

Wakefield and Farrow
GRETNA Under 15s had a convincing 150-run win over St Annes at Cadbury on Sunday. Highlights of the match included the batting of Josh Farrow who made 101 not out with 16 fours and Nick Wakefield who made 42 (five 4s) with the pair putting on a 123 run partnership. Of the bowlers, Nathan Wakefield did very well taking 5 for 21 off five overs. Well done boys.
SCORES - YOUTH LEAGUE, Round 9
UNDER 13s had the bye. Next match Sunday February 17: Gretna v Molesworth Green at Glenora District High School at 9am.
UNDER 15s: Gretna 6 for 248 off 40 overs d St Annes 10 for 98 off 20.2 overs at Cadburys No.2 Gretna batting: Josh Farrow 101 not out (16 4s), Nick Wakefield 42 (five 4s), Nathan Eyles 28 (one 4, three 6s), Josh Whitford-Marriott 28 (three 4s). Gretna bowling: Nathan Wakfield 5-21 (5), Daniel Browning 2-11 (3), Nthan Eyles 1-2 (2), Brodie Gleeson 1-16 (5). Next match Sunday February 17: Gretna v  Tas Uni Black at Mt Nelson Oval at 12.30pm.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

TV series for Agrarian Kitchen

Rodney and Severine and their son in the Agrarian Kitchen.
Photo: Amanda McLauchlan.
THE pilot episode of a new television series will be recorded at the Agrarian Kitchen in Lachlan. To be produced by Hobart-based production company The Digital Suite, the proposed series will be based on the work and philosophy of the famous local cooking school.

The sustainable farm-based Agrarian Kitchen was established in the old Lachlan State School in 2007 when Rodney Dunn and his wife Severine moved from Sydney to create Tasmania’s first hands-on, farm-based cooking school.

Set on five acres, The Agrarian Kitchen is a working farm and incorporates an extensive vegetable garden, orchard, berry patch and herb garden, all grown using organic principles. Also in residence are pigs, chickens, milking goats, beehives, geese, ducks and guinea fowl.

The Agrarian Kitchen grows and uses heirloom varieties of fruit, vegetables and rare breed animals in its cooking classes and also sources ingredients from local farmers, fishermen, gardeners and artisan producers. The cooking classes are led by Rodney Dunn, former food editor of Australian Gourmet Traveller magazine and one-time apprentice to chef Tetsuya Wakuda. The school also has a "supporting cast" of Tasmanian cooks and producers.

Rodney and Severine and The Agrarian Kitchen have already featured on several television programs but this will be the first series based solely at the cooking school. The TV series will be made in an observational documentary style covering all aspects of life on the farm and in the classes. The Digital Suite says this is not just another cooking show but a program about real food and how important it is in our lives.

The producers are searching for people interested in appearing in the pilot episode. Participants will need to make themselves available for a full day of filming at a date yet to be confirmed. If you have an interest in all the good things in life and want to witness the new food revolution in action, contact Dan Broun at agrariantv@gmail.com for all the details.

Congratulations to Rodney and Severine.
  • Gourmet Traveller's tour of the Agrarian Kitchen video here

Market day coming up

Derwent Valley Community Market

Sunday, February 17, 10am-2pm

at the Derwent Valley Community House 

The Avenue, Willow Court, New Norfolk

Held the third Sunday of every month

Molesworth bushfire latest

SIGNIFICANT resources continue to be allocated to the Molesworth bushfire, nearly a week after it started on Glen Dhu Rd. Tasmania Fire Service crews with the assistance of remote area teams, aerial support and machinery,  are working on the fire edge around the Ironstone Gully, Ringwood Rd and Ringwood Trail area.

The main fire activity continues on the western edge of the fire just south of Ringwood Rd, Lachlan. There is also activity on the south-eastern edge to the north of East-West Trail through to Collins Bonnet in very steep and inaccessible terrain.
The fire danger rating in this area is forecast to be low-moderate. Due to the terrain and local winds, fire under these conditions can be difficult to control. The fire has not been controlled but there is no immediate threat to communities.

Smoke from this fire may effect the communities of New Norfolk, Molesworth, Collinsvale, the Northern Suburbs and Mt Wellington. There are no reported road closures at 1.30pm. Monitor ABC Local Radio and www.fire.tas.gov.au for further information.

Attending Resources today
TFS Resources Arrived:
8 x LIGHT TANKER
4 x HEAVY TANKER
5 x MEDIUM TANKER
2 x TFS
2 x CAR
5 x PERSONNEL CARRIER
TFS Resources Mobilised:
1 x MEDIUM TANKER
1 x TFS
1 x MECH SERVICE VAN
Non-TFS Attending Resources:
24 NSW Remote area crews
2 Parks and Wildlife Service remote area crews
4 Forestry Tasmania crews



Monday, February 11, 2013

Local juniors in cricket challenge

Captain Jack
THE inaugural Southern Country Challenge was held in Hobart on the Queens Walk, Cornelian Bay and Bell St ovals on January 14-15. Six teams competed in six matches each, including two from the Derwent Valley. These were the Gretna Grizzlies, made up of players from the Gretna juniors, and the Derwent Valley/West Coast Warriors which had players Molesworth, New Norfolk and the West Coast.

Both teams did very well, with the Grizzlies finishing fourth and the Warriors sixth. The other teams were Channel Cavaliers who defeated Brighton/Southern Midlands Magic in the final, along with Huon Hornets who finished third and Tasman Trailblazers who finished fifth.

A big thank you must go to all coaches assisting the teams. I believe many games left parents and spectators on the edge of their seats, in particular Kylie Booth who just couldn't seem to sit down at all. Congratulations to all players that participated.

Jack Stevenson, Ryan Banks-Smith, Nathan Rice and Ryan Emery went on to represent the Northern Hobart Country Region in the Statewide Country Challenge. Congratulations to Jack Stevenson who was appointed captain of the team. The matches were played over two days in Hobart with the team doing very well and finishing second. Well done boys.
WADE GLEESON

Back from left: Ryan Emery, Sam Booth, Jack Stevenson, Grant Booth, Blake Eyles and Adam Bartels. Front: Blake Mayne, Jack Hills, Josh Eyles, Ryan Banks-Smith and Ryan Browning. Photo: Tania Stevenson