Cup on the line

Captains Lee Stockdale (Ex Students) and Sam Marks (Glengarry) are prepared for this weekend’s TDCA A grade final. photograph alistair finlayTCDA
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This weekend’s Traralgon and District Cricket Association A grade grand final will be one for the ages.

The season’s two in-form teams, Ex Students and Glengarry, will go head-to-head for the second time in three years in the battle for top honours.

Playing in their fifth consecutive grand final, and having won two of them – including last year, the Sharks are a chance to go back-to-back, while Glengarry broke a 35-year drought when they staged a great win two years ago against Ex Students.

Both teams have been in sensational form after Christmas and picking a winner will be hard as both sides also had resounding semi-final wins, with star players performing well.

The key to the Sharks are their big three guns.

Captain Lee Stockdale, Jordan Gilmore and Rob Voss are all capable of playing massive games.

“You get to a grand final and anything can happen,” Stockdale said.

“Five grand finals in a row’s a big achievement, we haven’t been able to go back-to-back in the five, so hopefully this is the one.”

Glengarry’s three match winners are skipper Sam Marks, Hayden Ross-Schultz and Adam Brady.

“We’re definitely not here for second,” Marks said.

“We had a slow start to the season but our form’s been really good leading up to it.”

The sides are pretty even but the Sharks may have a slight advantage via their spin bowling options.

“I think we play spin pretty well,” Marks said.

“In both our finals the sides had a couple of good spinners and we’ve handled them really well.”

Look to players like Andy Mathews or Ric Battista from the Sharks or Alistair Jenkin or Paul Henry from Glengarry to step up.

It’s not just A grade that has Ex Students in action.

The club is going for a sweep of all senior comps, a feat it has accomplished twice before by winning the TDCA A, B, and C grade grand finals in the one season.

In B grade Ex Students look almost unbeatable and is aiming for its fifth consecutive premiership.

However the Sharks’ opponents, Imperials, will be out to spoil the party.

In a really close contest, the experts have Ex Students down as being too good.

C grade will be a mirror of the main game with Ex Students aiming for back-to-back flags in a fight against Glengarry.

Another great contest looms with the pundits tipping Glengarry to come out in front, just.

A grade – grand final – Ex Students v Glengarry – Duncan Cameron Park, Traralgon -11am start

B grade – grand final – Ex Students v Imperials – Yinnar Recreation Reserve one – noon start

C grade – grand final – Ex Students v Glengarry – Yinnar Recreation Reserve two – noon start

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Govt opens cellar door to consultation on grants

COME IN: Annual cellar door grants worth up to $100,000 will support wine regions to boost tourism and regional economies says the Winemakers Federation of Australia.THE wine industry is welcoming a consultation paper on the annual $10 million cellar door and regional tourism grant.
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The federal government has confirmed a commitment to consult with the wine industry, inviting itsfeedback on the grant’s proposed eligibility criteria.

“Eligible producers will haveaccess to an annual grant of up to $100,000 (plus GST) for their eligible sales,” said Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston.

The government wanted to support producers who added value and contributed to their communities by encouraging visitors to wine regions.

The consultation plan was part of the package of Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) reforms announced by Canberrain December.

Winemakers Federation of Australia (WFA), chief executive, Tony Battaglene, welcomed the criteria’s release and the opportunity for industry to comment.

He urged members to carefully consider the proposed grant details and to provide feedback to WFA to relay to the government.

“This is an important part of the WET reforms and we are very pleased to see the government working to deliver on its commitment to industry very quickly after its announcement last year,” he said.

“The grant will support the cellar doors of our important wine regions to boost tourism and regional economies.”

Importantly, the grant was ongoingand provided certainty for the industry to boost investment in regional communities.

“This grant, in conjunction with the WET reforms and the $50m Export and Regional Wine Support package, is a broad-based strategy that will enable us to achieve export and development goals in say two to five years, rather than 10 years, for example,” Mr Battaglene said.

“This turbo-charges exports and investment.”

Minister for Revenue and Financial Services, Kelly O’Dwyer, said the wine industry was not only one of our signature export industries, but also made an important contribution to tourism, particularly in regional areas.

“It’s also one of the only agriculture-based industries where the majority of the value chain is located in Australia.”

Senator Ruston notedpromising growth in exports to overseas markets, with the value of Australian wine exports increasing seven per cent to $2.22 billion in 2016.

“It’s important that this success continues to deliver economic and social benefits in the regions where these products originate by supporting producers’ cellar doors in attracting visitors,” she said.

“These grants will go a long way in helping achieve that.”

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Fruit fly fight continues

Project officer for the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area (PFA) Sam Testa said it was important to make sure the male and female fruit fly traps were separate from each other.Over the last few weeks, Swan Hill residents have received fruit fly traps as part of the new roll-out.
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Project officer for the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area (PFA) Sam Testa has urged people to ensure they make use of the new traps.

“It’s important that everyone hangs both their traps up immediately, as the traps are of no use if left in the sealed bag,” Mr Testa said.

“The main message we want to get to people is to hang up your traps, pick fruit up off the ground and consider multiple strategies to combat fruit flies.”

Mr Testa said he still encountered confusion about the role of the traps and what they did.

“The traps are designed to attract and kill flies, but the yellow ones only attract them from 10 metres away,” he said.

“So you’re not attracting flies from all over town to come to your backyard.”

He said the ideal place to hang the traps was high up in the tree canopy and in the shade.

“If the traps are in direct sun, the gel and other chemicals will dissipate and break down quicker,” he said.

“Flies usually hang around the tree canopy anyway.”

Mr Testa said it was also important to make sure the male and female traps were separate from each other, ideally on different trees, adding the traps were only one part of the solution when breaking down the fruit fly life cycle.

“People must not forget that hygiene practices need to still be in place,” he said.

“Since the weather is still quite warm, over ripe and infested fruit will be falling to the ground.

“Preventing the fruit from falling on the ground in the first place means you are helping break down the life cycle of the fly.”

Once an infected piece of fruit falls to the ground, the maggot will exit and bury itself into the ground to pupae and transform into the next generation fly.

It only takes approximately two weeks for a fly larva to turn into a fully grown fly.

“People must be vigilant with their fruit trees and use multiple strategies like putting up nets or spraying,” he said.

“If all this sounds like hard work or you decide you no longer are able to look after your tree or trees to the level required to protect against fruit fly, give the PFA Industry Development Committee a call and we can assist urban residents by arranging to have their trees removed at no charge for a limited time.

To read more fruit fly prevention tips, pick up a copy of Wednesday’s Guardian (March 15).

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Call for more palliative care

Cancer Council NSW and local campaigners want peopleto jointhe I Care for Palliative Care campaign.
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They’re calling on the NSW Ministerfor Health to end the shortage of specialist palliative care services across the state.

Speaking in Wauchope, Tim Chapman from Cancer Council NSW said currently, there are notenough palliative care doctors and nurses to meet the needs of the NSW community.

“NSW needs 10 more full time palliative care physicians, at a minimum, to be brought in line with national recommendations and 129 more full time palliative care nurses to bring us up to the standard of the rest of Australia,” he said.

The council also wants culturally appropriate palliative care for Aboriginal people.

They say that when someone has a terminal illness, they should be able to keepdoing the things they love for as long as possible, and that families should be able tomake the most of the time they have left.

“We know that the current palliative care doctors and nurses do a wonderful job, but they are stretched to meet demands across the state,” he added.

One campaigner from Lake Cathie said her partner was terminally ill and wished to die at home, and the palliative care team made that possible.

“She was diagnosed with Stage Four lung cancer. She wasn’t afraid to die, but she wanted to be at home around the garden she loved, with her children and grandchildren, and her books and familiar things around her.

“The palliative care team organised the things she needed, like a walking frame, and they organised her pain management really well. They were just awesome. You couldn’t do it without them.

“What they gave my partner and the family wasdignity,” she said.

Judy Hollingworth’scampaign, Manning Valley Push for Palliative raises community awareness about the issue, advocates better resourcing, anda range of support services, as well as ancillary palliative resources.

As a palliative care volunteer, she helps people through the difficult time as their life is ending, giving them companionship, and she is on the board of Palliative Care Australia.

“We want tohave occupational therapists, physiotherapists, grief counsellors who can come and help the person live in the community, rather than go into hospital which can be hugely depersonalising.

“It’s a hugely vulnerable time for the person who is ill, their carers and the professionals who come in,” said Judy, who cared for her sister while she was dying.

Community members across the Hastings regioncan support the I Care for Palliative Carecampaign by signing the pledge for Minister Hazzard to end the palliative care shortage. Go to 梧桐夜网canact南京夜网419论坛/palliative_care_pledge

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Viki pleads: welcome our new refugees

WELCOMING ATTITUDE: Viki Koriaty is urging Wagga residents to open their arms to refugees from the Middle East. Picture: Ken Grimson
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BORN in Australia of Lebanese parents, Viki Koriarty knows what it feels like not to be accepted inmainstream society.

“I tried eating Vegemite when I was seven, I thought if I ate Vegemite I would be Australian, and I told people I ate Vegemite, but it didn’t make a difference,” Viki said.

A couple of years earlier, in kindergarten, she took a sandwich to her Wagga school for lunch – halava on Lebanese bread.

“Everyone was looking at me funny and the teacher sniffed at the sandwich,” Viki said.

“On my first day of school I was not allowed to hold the Australian flag.

“It made me realise it was going to be hard to make friends.”

From this background of being ostracised simply because of her heritage, Viki is appealing to the Wagga community to be welcoming of refugees from the Middle East who are being resettled in the city.

Viki believes there are still barriers between Wagga residents and refugees that can be broken down.

“Everyone knows there are refugees in Wagga from Mosul in Iraq, who are the yazidis, and there are Syrians coming,” Viki said.

“With these refugees it is important people realise they are coming here because of trauma in their countries and they can’t go back, but also expect them to be different.

“We can learn from them, from their culture, from their history and their work ethic.

“They are humans who want to make their way in the world just like everyone else.”

Viki urged Wagga people to be aware of refugee sensitivities created by traumatic experiences in war-torn Iraq and Syria.

She said one family was gifted a box of food, but it was left on their front step.

When they discovered the box they were frightened.

“They thought the food could be poisoned, because that is what has happened in their home country,” Viki said.

“Before you give them food or ask them to your home get to know them.”

Viki wants Wagga residents to introduce themselves to the refugees.

“Theyare happy to talk to you, they are happy to interact with you,” she said.

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