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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Junior league cricket

Round 12 last Sunday

Kingborough 7/103 off 29.4 overs defeated New Norfolk 8/102 off 32.3 overs at Sherburd Park, Blackmans Bay.
Batting: Chris Hall 49 with 7 fours, Jack Morgan 22 with 5 fours. Bowling: Luke Jarvis 3-14 off 4 overs, Tate Browning 2-16 off 3 overs, Chris Hall 1-8 off 5 overs with 1 maiden, Jack Moodie 1-6 off 3 overs.

New Norfolk forfeited to Clarence.

Round 13 this Sunday

New Norfolk v North Hobart at Tynwald Park, New Norfolk, 9am start.

New Norfolk v Sorell at Tynwald Park, 12.45pm start.

Final round of local cricket played

Gretna players Trent Grant, left, and Rhys
Browning before last weekend's match at
Kookaburra Southern Cricket Association 
Men’s One Day matches
Round 14

THERE were runs a-plenty in the final round of the Southern Cricket Association last weekend, with a century made and some scores in the 90s, and 70s, plenty of 100-run-plus partnerships and five-wicket hauls. Some teams made the finals and some missed out, and one team was bowled out for 17! Yes the final round had it all.

New Norfolk I booked itself a double chance for the finals when it defeated ladder leaders St Anne's by seven wickets at Cadbury Oval No.1. Winning the toss, the home side had first knock, making 9/168 off their 50 overs. Opening bowler and captain Jason Rigby bowled 10 overs 2-20 in a very good spell. Seb Wishart was good with 2-28 (8), Josh Rowlands also got among the wickets taking 2-38 (10) as did Jye Laster 1-21 (7) and Jamie Maddox 1-29 (10). In the run chase, the Red Caps did it comfortably, finishing 3/169 from 34 overs. A 102 opening partnership from Seb Wishart 71 not out from 90 deliveries and Jordan Willoughby 60 from 59 got the team off to the perfect start. Mathew Bowden made 16 (18) and Jordan Banks-Smith made 11. Jason Rigby remained 7no. A very big win to New Norfolk right at the business end of the season.

Rhys Browning made 102 runs in Gretna I's
big win last weekend.
Gretna I booked itself a spot in the 2nd semi-final with a big 226-run win over Derwent on Saturday. Playing at Lindisfarne, Gretna made the big score of 8/294 from its 50 overs. The big total was due to some very good batting from openers Ben Rainbird in a welcome return to form, making 56, and Craig Cunningham, 48, with the pair putting on a 110-run stand. With the foundation laid, Rhys Browning continued on with the good work, batting superbly to make an excellent 102. During his century, Browning hit seven fours and four sixes, sharing a 64-run partnership with Todd Jarvis 42 and 73 with Corey Ransley who made 15 not out. In reply, Derwent was bundled out for just 68 off 32.3 overs. Of the Gretna bowlers, Craig Cunningham continued his good season taking 4-16 from 6.3 overs; Corey Ransley sent down 10 overs to finish with the very tidy figures of 3-16; Mathew Burns was tight with his 10 overs, taking 1-11 with four maidens; and Aaron Maddox back from injury took 1-22 (6).

Playing at Collinsvale, Molesworth I was defeated by the Knights by five wickets. Batting first, Molesworth made 10/191 off 31.2 overs. Openers Josh Ransley made 43 from 39 deliveries and Daniel Coppleman made 19 from 16. First drop, captain Brad Coppleman swung the willow from the word go, making 92 from just 37 deliveries. Not wasting any time, Coppleman clubbed 12 sixes and 5 fours. When the captain went, the team then lost its last six wickets for 28. Liam Triffitt made 15. In reply, the home side finished 5/193 off 30.2 overs. Daniel Coppleman took 2-47 (10), Liam Triffitt got 2-58 (8.2) and Brad Ransley got 1-34 (6).

New Norfolk II is undefeated at the end of the roster matches after a 121-win over Wellington at Eady Street. New Norfolk had first hot and made the good score of 6/260 from the 50 overs. Opener Nathan Rice played an entertaining innings and was unlucky not to get his century after he was caught on 99. Rice hit the ball to all parts of the ground and shared a 112-run stand with fellow opener Leigh Berry who made a very good 64 from 87 deliveries. Chris Ashcroft made 27 from 29 balls, Aaron Triffitt was run out for 24 (25) and Josh Walsh smacked 21 not out from 9. In reply, Wellington was dismissed for 139 off 37.4 overs. All bowlers played their part with opener Stewart Rice taking 2-27 (9), Josh Walsh 2-17 (6), Cody Morgan-Coleman 2-29 (6), Richard Graham 2-25 (3.4) and Jamie Hill 1-16 (6). Nathan Rice capped off a good day with 1-18 (5) and the Red Caps train keeps on going.

Bothwell won its last match of the season, defeating Claremont by 46 runs at Abbotsfield Park on Saturday. The Bucks had first hit, making the good score of 6/285 from their 50 overs. Opener Simon Eyles got the day under way with an excellent 85. Eyles shared a 131-run stand with opener Anthony White who made 33. Tyler White made 43 and Brock Nichols 24, the pair putting on 76 for the fourth wicket. Blake Eyles and Kelvin Eyles both remained 20no, while Joey Eyles made 13. In reply, Claremont fell short finishing 8/239 from its 50 overs. Brock Nichols did well taking 2-37 (10) with 3 maidens; Kelvin Eyles got 2-44 (10) and Tyler White 1-42 (10); Stuart Eyles 1-6 (4); Simon Eyles 1-47 (7); and Anthony White 1-19 (3).

Gretna II lost its last match, going down to Weily Park by seven wickets. Playing at home, Gretna batted first making 9/134 off its 50 overs. Opener Jake Campbell top-scored with 25. At number seven, Wade Gleeson remained 22 not out with one six. Jordan Hastie made 16, Sam Booth 15 and Ross Langford 13. In reply, the Rockers finished 3/136 off 30.2 overs. Wicket-takers were Josh Whitford 1-30 (7), Jackson Ackerly 1-37 (9) and Jake Campbell 1-36 (5).

New Norfolk III made it three wins in a row when it belted Brighton by 250 runs at Pontville Park. Batting first, New Norfolk made 8/267 from the allotted 50 overs. After losing their first wicket with just seven runs on the board, the Red Caps then got on with business. Steve Sillifant hit up a very good 76 and he put on 127 with Coby Kemmler who knocked-up a well-made 54. Dave Maddox also made a half-century with 52. Maddox put on 51 with Brad Kemmler who made a handy 33 and John Murray remained 14no. In reply Brighton was absolutely skittled by New Norfolk’s opening bowlers, Rhys Franklin and Nathan Heron, who bowled Brighton out for just 17 runs. Franklin claimed the amazing figures of 5-6 off just four overs, with four of his wickets being bowled. Heron took 4-11 off just three overs, his wickets being four of the top five batsmen and he also helped himself to a runout. In one for the record books, the innings included six ducks and two extras. Fall of wickets. 1-1, 2-1, 3-11, 4-11, 5-16, 6-16, 7-16, 8-16, 9-16, 10-17. Although they didn’t make the finals, it sure was a good way to end the season, nice work New Norfolk III.

In the match at Bushy Park, the home side finished the season with a good six-wicket win over the Knights. The visitors were bowled out for 106 from 36.1 overs. Aaron Newbon sent down 7.1 taking 3-19. Geoff Crosswell was very tight taking 2-15 from his 10 overs as was Jack Evans with 2-20 (8). Troy Smith did well with 2-28 (8) and Dylan Grant effected a runout. In reply, Bushy Park finished 4/107 off 19.1 overs. No batsmen's scores were available.

In the battle for a finals spot, Molesworth II defeated Bothwell II by seven wickets at Bothwell. The home team batted first and was bowled out for 106 off 24.3 overs. The small total was brought about by some great bowling, in particular from spinner Kye Tomkinson who sent down 6.3 overs taking 5-27. Tomkinson was well supported by Brayden Hodge who took 3-35 from eight overs. Opener Dean King bowled very tightly taking 1-22 (7) while Jayden Wilton took 1-19 (3). No Bothwell batting scores were available. In reply, Molesworth finished 3/110 off 24.3 overs. Batting at number three, Dean King made it a good day, using his experience to make 52 not out and Brad Jarvis made 15. The pair put on 53 for the third wicket. Anthony Murray remained 7no and put on 39 with Dean King. There were 27 extras. Nathan White took one wicket for Bothwell as did Peter Hansch, and Adam Clark effected a run out.

Friday: fire weather warning

Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 3:39 pm on Thursday 28 February 2019.

Weather Situation

Temperatures in the mid/high thirties, low relative humidity, and west to northwesterly winds averaging 20-30km/h with gusts up to 50km/h are expected about the southeast of Tasmania on Friday afternoon.

For Friday 1 March:

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

The Tasmania Fire Service advises you to:
  • Action your Bushfire Survival Plan now.
  • Monitor the fire and weather situation through your local radio station, and
  • Call 000 (Triple Zero) in an emergency.

For information on preparing for bushfires go to

The next warning will be issued by 5am Friday.

Tomorrow: total fire ban

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Declaration of Total Fire Ban for Friday and Saturday

THERE will be a total fire ban from 2am tomorrow (Friday, March 1), until to 2am Sunday (March 3) for all municipalities in southern Tasmania due to severe fire danger expected for much of the region.

The Tasmania Fire Service says conditions will be hot, dry and gusty, with record-breaking March temperatures expected. Any fires that break out will be very difficult to control, particularly given the significant amount of fire already in the landscape.

A Total Fire Ban means no fires can be lit in the open for any purpose - including for cooking and campfires. This total fire ban also includes a ban on harvesting practices, and the use of domestic lawn mowing equipment is strongly discouraged as they can cause sparks that start fires.

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The TFS strongly recommends people living in other areas not affected by the Total Fire Ban also reconsider their need to use fire in the open. TasWater encourages people to reconsider non-essential water use on days of Total Fire Ban.

The total fire ban will apply in these municipalities: Derwent Valley, Central Highlands, Hobart, Glenorchy, Clarence, Brighton, Sorell, Tasman, Kingborough, Huon Valley, Southern Midlands and Glamorgan-Spring Bay.

For more information on Total Fire Bans visit

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Federal Labor promises $2m for sport

THE apparent renewal of a promised $2 million in funding for the upgrading of sports facilities in the region has been welcomed by the Derwent Valley Council.

In a statement issued this afternoon, council communications officer Daniel Cheetham said the Australian Labor Party had committed to funding the redevelopment of sporting and recreational facilities in the Derwent Valley if elected to government in this year's Federal Election.

In 2016 it was announced that a federal Labor Government would invest $2 million for the first stage of a Derwent Valley Sporting Precinct at the Boyer Oval at New Norfolk, including a new amenities pavilion with AFL-size changerooms and undercover seating, as well as a new grandstand capable of seating 350-500 people.

The council's statement today said that Labor's regional services spokesman, Stephen Jones MHR, had visited New Norfolk this morning to announce that a Bill Shorten Labor Government would fund $2 million for the redevelopment of sporting and recreation facilities in the Derwent Valley.

In the statement, Mr Cheetham quoted the Federal Member for Lyons, Brian Mitchell, saying that the  redevelopment was an important project for the many sports and community groups that use local facilities.

Mr Cheetham said Jamie Hill of the New Norfolk Cricket Club had said the funding would help to grow women’s sport in the Derwent Valley, with new "gender-friendly" facilities helping to strengthen the club's membership in general. A new function area would improve comfort levels for players and spectators and help the club to raise money for future projects.

No detail was provided about the specifics of the project or whether it was the same as the 2016 plan.

Dramatic fire at Boyer mill

Smoke rising from the fire in the woodchip
conveyor system at Boyer today.
THERE were dramatic scenes at the Boyer newsprint mill this afternoon when a fire broke out in the woodchip conveyor system.

Units from local fire brigades were soon on the scene at the Norske Skog plant outside New Norfolk, but the location of the fire in a tower about 35m above the ground, required the use of the Hobart Fire Brigade's snorkel unit.

Reported to the emergency services just after 3pm, the incident was initially thought to have been a bushfire by some onlookers.

Multiple resources were dispatched from several fire brigades, including two heavy pumpers, three heavy tankers, two light tankers, a hydraulic platform (snorkel) and several other vehicles at one point. This was in addition to the company's own emergency response staff.

The Tasmania Fire Service reported the incident closed five hours after it was first reported. At the time of writing there has been no statement about the damage sustained at the mill or any disruption to production.

The mill produces newsprint for Australia's newspaper publishers and high-grade paper for books and magazines, made from plantation radiata pine.

A jet of water being directed onto the woodchip fire high above the ground.

Bushfire recovery sessions this week

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PEOPLE affected by this year's Tasmanian bushfires are invited to attend information and support sessions being hosted by the Bushfire Recovery Taskforce, in collaboration with local councils.

Bushfire Recovery Taskforce co-ordinator Michael Stevens said no appointments were necessary at the sessions, which will provide access to services and advice from organisations including Red Cross, Insurance Council of Australia, Centrelink, Business Tasmania and Council of Churches.

Information about the sessions and other recovery support is also available via the TasRecovery website and social media:

People affected by the Gell River fire beyond Maydena are invited to community information sessions at Westerway and Maydena this week.
  • Westerway Community Hall, Gordon River Rd, Westerway, between 2-7pm on Wednesday, February 27
  • Maydena Community Room, Maydena Bike Park, Kallista Rd, Maydena, between 2-7pm on Thursday, February 28
For more information, call the Bushfire Recovery Taskforce on 1800 567 567, or email

Monday, February 25, 2019

2019 Relay for Life in pictures

Craig Farrell MLC introduces the Governor,
Professor Kate Warner at the opening
ceremony on Saturday afternoon.
MORE than 260 people in 15 teams registered to take part in the 2019 Derwent Valley Relay for Life at the weekend.

Fundraising totals are still being tallied and donations remain open at online, but it was announced at yesterday morning's closing ceremony that more than $30,000 had been raised at this, the fourth Derwent Valley Relay for Life.
Cancer Council Tasmania chief executive Penny Egan, left, Craig Farrell MLC,
and the Governor of Tasmania, Professor Kate Warner.

Danny Yates, left, and his grandfather Milton Kennedy, reciting the Relay for
Life oath, with Governor Kate Warner and Mr Richard Warner listening.
This was the third Relay for Life held at Tynwald Park since the original local event was held at Boyer Oval in 2015.

Read more about this year's relay here.
Milton Kennedy, left, Danny Yates and Governor Kate Warner approaching
the Relay for Life starting line to cut the ribbon.

Governor Kate Warner taking part in the Survivors
and Carers Walk at the Relay for Life.

Richard Warner and Professor Warner in the
Survivors and Carers Walk.

Walkers taking part in the Survivors and Carers Lap.

Walkers taking part in the Survivors and Carers Lap.

The Governor, right, walking with the Kennedy family.

One of two boys who were kicking a soccer ball during their laps in the
Relay for Life. Both had an arm in plaster.

Boys running their laps in the Relay for Life.

Children enjoying a circus-skills workshop with the Sands Family Circus. 

Walkers in the Relay for Life.

Walkers in the Relay for Life.

Bruce Lamb, left, Debbie Hutchinson and Katrina Foxton leading the
Luminary Ceremony.

The Luminary Ceremony to remember those lost to cancer.

Candles were placed in bags around the oval. 

New Norfolk Lions Club members Viv Cardwell, left, Craig Waterhouse, Roger
Triffett and Greg Hudson presenting their club's donation to Relay for Life state
manager Anthony Edwards.

Lions Club of New Norfolk volunteers arrived around 5am to cook breakfast.

Derwent Valley mayor Ben Shaw, left and Derwent MLC Craig Farrell listening
to Cancer Council speaker Greg Peterson.

Claremont Fire Brigade receives the Spirit of Relay award.

The closing ceremony on Sunday morning.

The closing ceremony on Sunday morning.

Plenty man injured in quad-bike crash

POLICE say a 52-year-old man from Plenty was last night in a critical condition in the Royal Hobart Hospital following a quad-bike crash about 8km east of Glenora on Saturday.

Senior Constable Adam Hall said the incident had occurred at about 5pm on Saturday, on a forestry trail off Bluff Rd. He said the rider had failed to negotiate a right-hand curve in the road and hit an
embankment before being thrown from the vehicle.

"At the time of the crash the male was in the company of three other men who were also riding in the area and were able to alert emergency services to the crash," Senior Constable Hall said.

"Two police rescue helicopters attended the scene and with the assistance of local paramedics and a doctor, the male was stabilised before being flown to the RHH for surgery where he remains critical," he said.

"Local police along with Forensic Services and Crash Investigation Services attended the scene and carried out an investigation of the scene and the area leading up to the crash. The area is well-known to the riders and they visit the area often."

Police are seeking information, which can be provided anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Second Saturday market on the cards

The Saturday market in High St, New Norfolk.
A SECOND weekly market in New Norfolk is on the cards following acceptance of the concept of a twilight market at last week's Derwent Valley Council meeting. The council backed away from outright approval of the new venture but agreed to further discuss it with the proponents.

In a written report, recently-appointed community development officer Kelly Simms recommended that councillors agree to pursue the concept of a twilight market being held on the Derwent Esplanade in New Norfolk, based conditions similar to those for the weekly High St Market.

Deputy mayor Jessica Cosgrove as the operator of the High St Market declared a conflict of interest in the proposal and left the room while the report was considered. The meeting was held in the community meeting room at the Maydena Bike Park, with all councillors except Cr Anne Salt in attendance. Cr Rachel Power declared a potential perceived interest in the market proposal but opted to remain in the room.

Cr Paul Belcher was the first to speak when the report came up for discussion, and he proposed that the market be approved and that the requested operating hours of noon-6pm be approved. Cr Belcher's motion lapsed when no other councillor was prepared to second it.

Cr Martyn Evans then moved the original recommendation put forward by Ms Simms, seconded by Cr Luke Browning, and this was carried unanimously when put to the vote.


In her report, Ms Simms - who is also a Glenorchy City Council alderman -  said a community member had approached the council on behalf of a community group with a proposal for a weekly twilight market. "The proposal is to be located at the Esplanade and would operate from 12pm-6pm," Ms Simms said. "Council officers provided the community group representative with relevant  information relating to the proposal and outlined the likely position of the council at this time."

Addressing risk implications, Ms Simms said a adding another market "could saturate the overall commercial market for marketplaces within the Derwent Valley municipality." She said the proposed timeframes overlapped with the already established market and "would be facilitated by council at high risk to the organisation and general community outcomes."

"When assessing a relevant unsolicited proposal guide for submissions and assessments, it was also noted as not meeting most criteria. This included but was not limited to categories such as uniqueness, value for money, strategic fit with council’s future plans and procurement processes."

Ms Simms was not present at the council meeting to take questions about her report. In the debate, councillors spoke positively about the concept of another market but questioned whether noon was the right starting time for a twilight market. "I like the concept of a twilight market and my interpretation of 'twilight' is probably not from lunchtime onwards, it is probably from 4pm onwards, especially in the peak time of the year when Daylight Savings is about," Cr Evans said.

"I have seen what the other market has done on a Saturday to invigorate and if we can keep people here for this ... if it had different times apart, it could actually attract stallholders from one to the other and they could be there for the whole day."

Cr Power agreed that the term 'twilight market' did not bring a lunchtime start to mind. "Being able to attract people, keep them here longer, that's what all the messaging is about, the ability to extend that stay and have more to see and more to do," she said.

Cr Luke Browning said he supported the recommendation, which was just to endorse a concept. "We're not sure how it looks at the moment, so let's not get too carried away with things and all the little details, and have a good think about it and a good chat about how to go about it."

Relay for Life fundraising tops $30,000

Participants in the Survivors and Carers Walk at the start of the
Derwent Valley Relay for Life on Saturday.
CANCER research and support will be boosted by more than $30,000 thanks to the efforts of the participants in this year's Derwent Valley Relay for Life. Conducted at New Norfolk's Tynwald Park over a 20-hour period from Saturday afternoon until Sunday morning, the event attracted 264 registered participants as well as other supporters.

With many donations still to be added, the fundraising tally may well reach $40,000, Derwent MLC Craig Farrell said at the closing ceremony this morning. Mr Farrell urged all participants to encourage as many people as possible to take part in the next local Relay for Life in two years' time.

"Whether you increase the size of your team or you know other organisations that you think should have a team, the way to grow this is really by everyone here encouraging people to become involved," Mr Farrell said.

Milton Kennedy, left, Danny Yates and Governor Kate Warner
approach the Relay for Life starting line.
The relay started at 11am on Saturday, officially opened by the Governor of Tasmania, Professor Kate Warner, who spoke about her own cancer journey since being diagnosed with non-Hodgkins  lymphoma late last year.

Joining the governor in cutting the ribbon to start the relay were teenager Danny Yates who last year walked from Launceston to Sorell to raise funds for the Cancer Council, and his grandfather, cancer survivor Milton Kennedy.

While other walkers carried on with the relay, a special afternoon tea was held for cancer survivors and carers, provided by the Magra CWA with the support of the New Norfolk Guardian Pharmacy. The next major event on the program was the luminary ceremony at nightfall, remembering all those lost to cancer.

Bruce Lamb, left, Debbie Hutchinson and Katrina Foxton in
front of the "Hope" sign during the Luminary Ceremony.
The relay continued throughout the night, with walkers rugging up as the temperature plummeted and dew began to settle on the ground. Some team members opted to camp on site, while others headed home for the night and returned this morning. Among the early arrivals were members of the Lions Club of New Norfolk, ready to cook a breakfast of egg and bacon rolls.

The final lap was walked just before 9am, followed by the closing ceremony. Cancer Council representative Greg Peterson said 15 teams had registered for the event and he said the "Boyer's Boisterous Bumblers" group headed by Peter Barry was top fundraiser. The award for the best baton went to "Pop's Angels" (captain Tanya Russell) and the "Spirit of Relay" encouragement award went to the Claremont Fire Brigade team (captain Todd Bennetto).

Claremont Fire Brigade receives the Spirit of Relay award.
The other participating teams were (in no particular order): 65th Australian Cadet Unit (captain Justin Derksen), 98.9 Tyga FM (Roz Chapman), Cook's Angels (Flo Ransley), Council Conquerors (Belinda Graham), Derwent Valley Youth Future Action Team (Matt Hill), Family Ties (Janelle Maw), Freedom Crew (Anita Vagg), Night Owls (Sonya Downie), Odd Balls (Hannah Mann), St Brigid's Catholic School (Tracey Morgan), Team Red Caps (Tania Morgan), and Vick's Angels (Suzanne Manser).

Professor Peterson said the recruiting of 264 relay participants was an outstanding achievement for the Derwent Valley event, being about one third of the number taking part in the state's major Relay for Life in Hobart. "The Derwent Valley community is renowned for its generosity and that has been proven again in the last 20 hours."

Congratulations to the organisers and all who took part. Online donations can still be made here.

See the New Norfolk News tomorrow for a photo gallery.

New Norfolk golf results


Saturday 23/2/19 Club Championships, Round 1
A Grade gross: L. Post 68, B. Rainbird 70, C. Youd 74. Nett: W. Coleman 76-9-67 c/b, L. Post 68-1-67, G. Heron 75-6-69.
B Grade gross: K. Wilton 81, M. Minton 82, B. Withers 83. Nett: M. Minton 82-15-67, B. Prentice 86-18-68 c/b, K. Wilton 81-13-68.
C Grade gross: L. Dittman 90, L. Withers 91, B. Hall 93. Nett: L. Withers 91-29-62, L. Dittman 90-22-68, J. Rainbird 104-34-73.
NTP: 3rd I. Holthouse, 6/15th J. Hall, 8/17th R. Weber, 11th L. Post. Superpin: J. Hall

Thursday 21/2/19 Twilight Stableford
Division 1: D. Williams 19c/b, S. Ackerley 19 c/b, B. Watts 18, C. Youd 17 c/b, A. Lowe 17.
Division 2: B. Withers 20, A. Watts 19, L. Giles 18 c/b, B. Coy 18, R. Dureau 17 c/b.
Division 3: L. Withers 21, P. Triffitt 20, A. Bead 19, D. Giles 18, B. Crosswell 17 c/b.
Superpin: D. Williams.

Wednesday 20/2/19 Stableford.
18 hole: T. Banks 42 c/b, D. Hack 42 K. Horne 40, B. Wilson38 c/b, D. Claxton 38.
Birdie hole: J. Wilton.
9 hole: B. Crowley 23 c/b, T. Banks 23, J. Wilton 22, D. Hack 21, K. Horne 20.
Birdie hole: D. Hack.

Saturday 16/2/19 Stroke
A Grade: J. Hastie 40, J. Wilton 39, B. Rainbird 37.
B Grade: K. Horne 39, G. Triffitt 38, G. Duggan 36.
C Grade: D. Martin 39, L. Dittman 37, M. Woodhams 37.
NTP: 3rd G. Triffitt, 6/15th, D. Lowry, 8/17th, L. Griffith, 11th J. Rainbird. Superpin: L. Griffiths.

Anyone interested in joining the New Norfolk Golf Club as a playing member or social member, or looking for a function venue, is welcome to contact the club for further information:
1 Howell Drive, New Norfolk, Tasmania. Phone: (03) 6261 2653
The club is available for hire for weddings, private functions etc.  The venue cost is free for a function of more than 40.

Friday, February 22, 2019

NNHS student leaders introduced

The 2019 New Norfolk High School prefect board.
NEW Norfolk High School has introduced its new prefect board members for the 2019 school year.

The traditional roles of head prefects have been replaced by co-presidents, and this year they will be Tahlia Zabel and Victoria Woodham

The other executive members are vice president Montanna Ward, secretary Tahlia Walker, treasurer Dimity Davidson, and communications officers Lane Britten and Sophie Cox.

Congratultions to the 2019 prefect board. In the photo are, back from left: Josh Whyte, Tyler Zabel and Lane Britten; middle: Montanna Ward, Victoria Woodham, Tahlia Zabel and Sophie Cox; front: Dimity Davidson, Tahlia Walker, Maddison Sturzaker and Emily Wrigley.

Local women's and junior cricket

Round 11, last Sunday

Kingborough: 5/276 off 30 overs defeated New Norfolk: 8/65 off 18.4 overs at Sherburd Park, Blackmans Bay.
Batting: Cale Browning 32. Bowling: Fearghus Joyce 2-22 off 3, Tom Murray 1-9 off 3, Frankie Jones 1-36 off 4.

New Norfolk 3/94 off 12 overs defeated Lindisfarne 8/92 off 37 overs at Cambridge Oval. 
Batting: Chris Hall 30 with 1 four and 3 sixes, Jack Morgan 29 with 3 fours and 2 sixes, Cam McMaster 11no with 2 fours, Luke Jarvis 10 with 1 four.  Bowling: Jack Morgan 3-5 off 5 overs with 1 maiden, Jake Sorrenson 2-11 off 5 overs, Cam McMaster 2-15 off 4 overs, Zayne Field 1-10 off 5 overs.

Next Matches
Round 12 - Sunday
Under 13: 9am start, New Norfolk v Clarence Roos at Cambridge Oval.
Under 15: 12.45pm start, New Norfolk v Kingborough at Sherburd Park, Blackmans Bay.

Women’s Round 9
T20 Matches

In the match between New Norfolk and Montagu Bay at Geilston Bay, the home side emerged victorious. Montagu Bay made 9/128 off its 20 overs and New Norfolk made 5/83. No other details were available at the time of writing.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Local cricket - Round 13

Tyler White and Brock Nichols take care of the scoring during
their match against Gretna at Bothwell.
Kookaburra Southern Cricket Association 
Men’s One Day matches
Round 13

WITH just one round remaining before finals, the cricket season is starting to really heat up. Some teams are now out of contention for a finals spot, while others are working out all the scenarios of their potential position. One match to look out for this weekend will be the seventh grade do-or-die match between 4th placed Molesworth II and 5th placed Bothwell II at Bothwell. The winner plays finals while its curtains for the loser. Here's how last weekend's games played out.

Playing at Cambridge, New Norfolk I went down to St Aidans by seven wickets on Saturday. Batting first, the visitors made 6/214 off 48 overs and in reply St Aidan's chased down the target, finishing 3/216 from 26.5 overs. With the bat for the Red Caps, captain Jason Rigby led from the from with nearly a run a ball, 71 from 78 deliveries, including four fours and one six. Openers Jordan Willoughby made 47 (three fours, one six) and Rohan Heron 34 (four fours). Aaron Drew remained 33 not out (33). Best of the wicket takers was Jordan Willoughby with 1-27 (5).

Playing at home on Saturday, Gretna I lost its second match in as many weeks, and in turn gave up top spot on the ladder when they went down to St Anne's by six wickets. Batting first, the home side batted through the 50 overs and made the score of 9/147. Mathew Burns made 36 in the middle order, Jamie Duggan put on a handy 28 at number eight and opener Ben Rainbird made 19. In reply, St Annes finished 4/148 off 39.3 overs. Peter Jelkic was the main wicket taker with 2-27 (5.3).

During the match at Gretna,  celebrities Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman were reportedly in the red helicopter that was flying over the ground. The famous duo were said to have been staying at Woodbridge in New Norfolk, and then Truffle Lodge at Gretna. Was it really them?

In the match at Boyer Oval, Molesworth I went down to Sorell by 168 runs. Sorell had first hit, making 6/289 off 50 overs. In reply, Molesworth finished 9/121 off 29.5 overs. With the ball, Jeremy Nichols did well taking 3-48 from 10 overs. Kye Tomkinson 2-58 (10) and Daniel Coppleman 1-54 (10). Although batting one short, Molesworth got of to a good start with Josh Ransley who topped scored with 34 and Daniel Coppleman 29, the pair putting on an opening stand of 64. From here, wickets fell regularly. Larry Menzie tried hard and remained 25 not out and Jamie Adams made 14.

Thanks to a century from opener Ryan Banks-Smith and a five wicket haul from spinner David Mitchelmore, New Norfolk II posted its 13th win for the season, with a massive 219 run win over Bagdad on Sunday. Batting first, the Red Caps made the big score of 10/330 off their 50 overs. It all started with Banks-Smith and Leigh Berry (32 runs, five fours) who put on 48 for the first wicket. Chris Ashcroft then went for 12. The century maker then pilled on 124 with Cody Neads who made 52 from just 50 deliveries. Next in, Stewart Rice didn’t waste any time and smashed a quickfire 54 from just 26 balls. Rice clubbed four fours and four sixes, which left nearby golfers dodging a bigger white ball than normal. The pair putting on 86 runs together and Banks-Smith brought up his hundred and was eventually out for 116 off 109 balls. The youngster hit a game-high 14 fours and three sixes in a terrific display of controlled hitting. Cody Morgan-Coleman at number 11 made 13 and the big total was set. Bagdad was never in the hunt and was dismissed for 111 off 30 overs. Enter spinner Dave Mitchelmore who took full control of the batsmen, taking 5-23 from 6 overs in an excellent spell of bowling that snuffed out any chance of a home team win. Opener Cody Morgan-Coleman also bowled with great control taking 1-16 from 6. Nathan Rice 1-27 (8) and Josh Walsh 1-31 (5) chipped in and the Red Caps now sit 25 points clear on top of the third grade ladder with one match to play.

Jackson Ackerly, left, played his 200th club match for Gretna,
making a half-century, while Jake Campbell made 68, and Adam
Browning played his 150th match for the club.
Playing at Bothwell, Gretna II recorded its third win of the season with a 40-run win over Bothwell I on Sunday. Winning the toss, captain Brian Smith elected to bat and his openers didn’t let him down. Jake Campbell 68 runs and Jackson Ackerly 52 runs, batted superbly, putting on a fine partnership of 109. Campbell then shared a 41 run stand with Ross Langford who made 22. Brian Smith remained 11 not out and the team made 9/181 from its 50 overs. Nathan Eyles was the best of the Bucks bowlers, finishing with the good figures of 10 overs, including two maidens, taking 4-30. Tyler White 2-32 (10) and captain Brock Nichols 1-32 (10) did their bit while veteran Joey Eyles used his experience taking 1-10 from 4 and also effected a run out. In reply, Bothwell fell short, finishing 9/141 from its 50 overs. At number six, Brock Nichols top-scored with 32. Kelvin Eyles gave good support making 29, while Nathan Eyles made 12 and Brad Eyles 12 not out. Of the Gretna bowlers, Adam Browning made a welcome return taking 3-19 (10) with two maidens. Ross Langford 2-26 (10) and Josh Whitford 2-28 (10) were very good with the new ball. After his good knock, Jake Campbell finished with 2-34 (9) in what was a team lifting win. Congratulations to Jackson Ackerly on playing his 200th club match for Gretna and also to Adam Browning on playing his 150th club match. Well done fellas, great stuff.

New Norfolk III made it back-to-back wins when it defeated Bagdad by 85 runs at Tynwald Park on Saturday. Batting first, the Red Caps made the good score of 10/212 off 48.3 overs. Opener Steven Sillifant top-scored with 51. Sillifant put on 46 with fellow opener Nathan Heron who made 20 and then 69 with Coby Kemmler who made 22. Brad Kemmler made a very handy 30 at number six as did last-in Christopher Hall who got the tail wagging with 26 not out. Jake Sorrenson made 13. In reply, the visitors never really got going and were bowled out for 127 off 41.5 overs. This was due to some very good bowling of spinner and captain Nathan Heron who sent down seven overs with three maidens taking the very tidy figures of 3-9.! Heron skittled through the top order, taking three of the first four batsmen. Corey Field also finished with very tidy figures claiming 2-19 from seven overs, while Jake Sorrenson, Coby Kemmler and Jack Morgan-Miller all took one wicket each. Nathan Heron and Jake Morgan-Miller got a run out each.

In the other fifth grade match, Bushy Park forfeited to Lindisfarne at St Virgil’s College.

Bothwell I allrounder Nathan Eyles waiting
for his turn to bat in the 4th grade game.
Bothwell II kept its finals hopes alive with a 7-wicket win over St Anne's at Cadbury’s Oval No.1 on Sunday. Batting first, the home side, playing two short, made 8/85 from 28 overs. The duo of Nathan White 3-9 (7) and Brodie White 2-19 (6) bowled superbly for the Bucks, giving nothing. Jamie Divine took 1-13 from 4 and Ashley Browning 1-7 (1). There was one run out. In reply, Bothwell finished 3/88 with young Brodie White the star of the day top-scoring with a fine 48 not out.

In the other match, Molesworth II also keeping their finals chances alive with a 59-run win over the Knights at Collinsvale. Batting first, the visitors made 10/207 off 36.3 overs. Opener, young Jayden Wilton top-scored with a solid 42 setting the innings up. John Fowle at number four made 37, while Daniel Williams made 26, Michael Murray a handy 19. Last-in Craig Vernon made 17 and Brad Jarvis made 15. In reply, the Knights were bowled out for 148 off 26.1 overs. All the bowlers did a terrific job for Molesworth, with John Fowle taking 3-18 off 7.1 as did Jayden Wilton 3-31 (6) and Michael Murray 3-48 (6). Brad Jarvis 1-32 (4). A good victory at this stage of the season.

Round 14 - last before the finals
All matches start at 10.30am

New Norfolk I v St Anne's at Cadbury Oval No.1.

Gretna I v Derwent at Lindisfarne Oval No.1
Molesworth I v Knights at Collinsvale Oval.

New Norfolk II v Wellington at Eady St.

Bothwell I v Claremont at Abbotsfield Park.
Gretna II v at Weily Park.

Bushy Park v Knights at Bushy Park Showground.
New Norfolk III v Brighton at Pontville Park.

Bothwell II v Molesworth II at Bothwell.

after Round 13

(Top five play off for finals)
St Anne's 78
Wellington 62
New Norfolk I 57
St Aidan's 52
Rokeby 42
Claremont 36
Old Beach 26
Montagu Bay 0

(Top four play off for finals)
Sorell 65
Gretna I 58
Knights 57
Richmond/Cambridge 55
St Anne's 47
Derwent 27
Molesworth I 23
Marquis 12

(Top four play off for finals)
New Norfolk II 88
Wellington 63
Campania 60
MacKillop Belta’s 59
Bagdad 40
Old Beach 24
Sandford 16
Richmond/Cambridge 14

(Top four play off for finals)
Hobart 72
Weily Park 71
Montagu Bay 62
Wellington 58
Bothwell 37
St Aidan's 37
Gretna 19
Claremont 10

(Top four play off for finals)
Lindisfarne 76
St Virgil’s 66
St Anne's 55
Knights 52
Bushy Park 39
New Norfolk III 34
Brighton 33
Bagdad 0

(Top four play off for finals)
Wellington 61
St Aidans 61
Sorell 59
Molesworth II 59
Bothwell 56
MacKillop Beltas 55
Montagu Bay 54
Knights 43
St Anne's 41
Old Beach 36
St Virgil’s 22

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

All welcome in survivors' lap at Relay for Life

Governor Kate Warner, left, cutting the ribbon to start
the 2016 Derwent Valley Relay for Life. 
ALL cancer survivors and carers are welcome to take part in one of the key events of this weekend's Derwent Valley Relay for Life, alongside the registered participants.

Tasmanian Governor Kate Warner will be a special guest, attending both in her vice-regal capacity to officially open the event, and as a person undergoing treatment for cancer. Professor Warner opened the second Derwent Valley Relay for Life three years ago and will return to open the fourth event this Saturday.

There are now 15 teams and more than 200 participants registered for the event at Tynwald Park, New Norfolk, which raises money for the Cancer Council Tasmania. More teams and walkers are welcome, with online registrations open until midnight tonight. Registrations will also be taken on the day from 11am. Registration costs $25 per person, or $30 on the day.

The official opening at 1pm will be followed by the Survivors and Carers Walk. This special lap of the oval is for anyone who has had a cancer diagnosis or cared for someone affected. "They do not need to be a registered participant and it is free to join the Survivors and Carers Walk. We strongly encourage anyone affected to take part," Cancer Council spokeswoman Katrina Foxton said. "The rest of the participants will join in for the second lap. After this, survivors and carers are invited to enjoy afternoon tea prepared by the Magra CWA and sponsored by Bel Bird's Guardian Pharmacy," Ms Foxton said.

Other catering will be done by the New Norfolk Cricket Club via its canteen on site, while the Council Conquerors team will cook up a barbecue tea. The next major event of the relay is then the luminary ceremony at 8.30pm which is a special time to remember those impacted by cancer.

The relay continues throughout the night, with a big breakfast cooked by the Lions Club of New Norfolk, and then the final lap at 8.45am, followed by the closing ceremony.

Special activities during the event will include the Sands Family Circus providing both entertainment and circus skills workshops, as well as Freedom Fitness conducting challenges for young and old. The Derwent Valley Concert Band will headline the musical entertainment, followed by a line up of local talent.

Relay For Life merchandise will be available at the event after 3pm, with most items priced under $10. To register as a participant or to donate to the fundraising, visit or phone 1300 65 65 85.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Aboriginal recognition urged for council meetings

Diane Cowburn making her
statement to the council.
A LOCAL resident took the Derwent Valley Council by surprise when she delivered an Acknowlegement of Country before last month's council meeting. Molesworth resident Diane Cowburn rose to her feet at the start of the public forum preceding the council meeting and made a statement acknowledging Tasmanian Aborigines.

"As we meet together we pause to remember and acknowledge that the land on which we meet, Lutruwita, is the traditional land of the Palawa people. This place has been and continues to be sacred to generations of people who have shaped and been shaped by the land, waters and sky for thousands of generations. We acknowledge today's Aboriginal community as ongoing custodians of this land and its ancestral stories and we commit ourselves to the ongoing work for justice and healing in our relationships."

At the end of her statement Ms Cowburn, a retired teacher, suggested that the council include a similar statement at the start of each council meeting and again on Australia Day, which she referred to as Invasion Day, and in the council newsletter. Ms Cowburn's statement was heard in silence, except for her reference to Invasion Day, which prompted Mr Len Butterworth to say there was no such thing.

Mayor Ben Shaw invited Ms Cowburn to provide a copy of her Acknowledgement of Country. "If you want to provide us with the words we can put it to councillors and see if they want to adopt that at the start of meetings," he said.

Immediately prior to Ms Cowburn's statement, Cr Shaw had read a statement of his own, requiring everyone to behave in a quiet and respectful manner at council meetings. While this had not been put to councillors for approval, he said it would be read at the start of all workshops and council meetings.

The Department of Premier and Cabinet's protocol section describes the Acknowledgement of Country as "respect and recognition of Tasmanian Aboriginal peoples’ survival and continual connection with the land spanning more than 60,000 years. An Acknowledgement of Country pays respect to the Aboriginal community, both past and present."

This differs from a Welcome to Country, which is given by Aboriginal people, welcoming visitors to their land. "Only Tasmanian Aboriginal people can give a Welcome to Country in Tasmania. It is highly disrespectful for anyone else to do so. A Welcome to Country might involve: a speech from a Tasmanian Aboriginal Elder or community representative; a speech in Palawa Kani (Tasmanian Aboriginal Language); short history of the people and the area; story telling; singing and dancing; ceremony. This depends on who is giving the Welcome to Country, and to whom it will be given."

"Tasmanian Aboriginal people have a distinctive and age-old connection with their ancestral lands and waters. They are custodians with particular responsibilities. When an Aboriginal person talks of ‘Country’; this encompasses not only the land and water but also culture, knowledge, and the environment."

Acknowledgement of Country has been made by speakers at the local Australia Day observances in New Norfolk in recent years, as well as by former councillor James Graham on some formal occasions during his term in office. Prior to the council's suspension and dismissal in 1996, each council meeting started with a prayer given by local ministers of religion on a roster basis, but this did not continue when the council was reinstated two years later.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Bridle Track closed for six weeks

A temporary traffic light has controlled a lane-closure on
Molesworth Rd in recent months.
THE section of Molesworth Rd known locally as the "Bridle Track" is scheduled to be closed for six weeks from today.

The road has been partially closed for some months since it was discovered that heavy rain had dangerously undermined the road during last year's floods. Temporary traffic lights and water-filled barriers were installed soon after.

Electronic signs posted at each end of Molesworth Rd indicate that the road will be closed from today, February 18, until March 22. This is a week later than the original start-date of February 12.

The affected section of the road is within the Glenorchy municipality, which has appointed Batchelor Construction Group to carry out the works. The Glenorchy City Council says Molesworth Rd will be closed to all through traffic during the project. The Brooker and Lyell highways are the suggested alternative route.

The area of the road closure between 815 and 1024
Molesworth Rd.
The council says local residents living up to 815 Molesworth Rd will continue to have access to their properties from the Lyell Hwy. Residents above 1024 Molesworth Rd will have access to their properties from the Glenlusk end.

Glenorchy City Council has apologised for the inconvenience this may cause, and asks all residents, motorists, cyclists and pedestrians to obey all signs.

Police seek witnesses to highway crash

POLICE are seeking witnesses to a four-car crash on the  Lyell Highway yesterday morning. The road was closed between Granton and Sorell Creek for five hours while emergency services attended to the injured and investigated the scene

Senior Constable Richard Keygan said a 28-year-old Glenorchy man had been admitted to the Royal Hobart Hospital following the crash, which occurred at Sorell Creek at about 10.25am on Sunday.

Police say a Hobart-bound green Nissan Pulsar was involved in a collision with a Toyota Hilux utility which was travelling towards New Norfolk. The Toyota ended up in shallow water at the side of the road. There was then a further collision involving the Nissan Pulsar and two other oncoming vehicles, a silver Toyota Camry station wagon and red Mitsubishi ASX station wagon.

"As a result of the crash, the driver of the Nissan Pulsar had be cut free from the vehicle by SES crews," Senior Constable Keygan said. He underwent surgery at the Royal Hobart Hospital and was  listed as being in a critical condition.

"The 27-year-old Howrah man driving the Toyota utlity was transported to hospital with a suspected
shoulder injury. The 22-year-old New Norfolk man driving the Toyota Camry was uninjured. The 60-year-old male driver of the Mitsubishi ASX, who is from the United Kingdom, and his wife, were transported to hospital ... for observations."

Senior Constable Keygan said all drivers had been tested for alcohol and drugs. The Lyell Hwy between Granton and Sorell Creek was closed for five hours to allow forensics and crash
investigation services to examine and survey the scene, and to allow for the vehicles to be removed.

Traffic was diverted along Boyer Rd between New Norfolk and Bridgewater, and Molesworth Rd. between Sorell Creek and Glenlusk.

Investigations are continuing and police would like to speak to anyone who saw a green Nissan Pulsar driving between New Norfolk and Sorell Creek prior to the crash. Information can be provided to New Norfolk police, anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at

Potato peeling picture special

Derwent Valley councillor Paul Belcher, left, Lyons MHR Brian Mitchell, Bushy
Park policeman Peter Gibson and Derwent MLC Craig Farrell in the first heat of
the Pollie Potato Peeling contest at Saturday's Bushy Park Show.

Cr Belcher, left, and Mr Mitchell, peeling their potatoes in the first heat.

 Senior Constable Gibson and Mr Farrell in the first heat of the Pollie Peel Off.

Senior Constable Gibson wins the first heat.

State Opposition Leader Rebecca White, left, and her daughter Mia, Derwent
Valley deputy mayor Jessica Cosgrove, Labor Lyons MHA Jenna Butler, and
Bushy Park Show Society president Neville Fenton at the start of the second
heat of the Great Pollie Peel Off.

Ms White, left, watched by her daughter Mia, and Cr Cosgrove in the second heat.

Ms Butler, left, and Mr Fenton at work in the second heat.

Mr Fenton finished first in a dead-heat
with Ms White.

Ms White after finishing equal-first with
Mr Fenton.

Ms White was declared the winner of Heat 2
with her cleaner potatoes.

Waiting for the start of the Pollie Peel Off final, Ms White took a fancy to
Mr Mitchell's potato.

Ms White makes her move and switches potatoes with Mr Mitchell.

Mr Mitchell reacts after realising what Ms White had done.

Mr Mitchell, left, won the potato peeling final, ahead of Constable Gibson
in second place. The final was contested with one potato rather than three.

Ms Butler reacts after winning the final contest, for the longest peel.

Confirmation that Ms Butler had the longest unbroken potato peel.