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Cup dreams: OHS claims Astley title

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OHS’ BARMY ARMY: Orange has claimed the 2016 Astley Cup. Photo: NICK GUTHRIETHE skies were black, it was cold and it had even started hailingbut the smiles couldn’t be wiped from the faces of Orange High School (OHS) students after they claimed the 2016 Astley Cup on Friday afternoon.
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Thursday and Friday’s tie against Dubbo College Senior Campuswas tight at times, both schools won four sports each, but Orange scored bigvictorieswhen it mattered andwon 428-372 away from home.

After defeatingBathurst 451-349last week, it ensured the Cup will return to the colour city, regardless of the result of next week’s final tie between Dubbo and Bathurst.

OHS’ win in Dubbo was so convincing the final event, the boys’ soccer, was irrelevant, the black and golds had already claimed the tie by then thanks to wins in hockey and girls’ soccer.

“It’s a pretty exciting feeling to regain the Cup,” OHS Astley Cup co-ordinator Tegan Dray said, before speaking about her school’s approach to the tri-school tournament.

“You’ve got to go in with the understanding every point matters and it doesn’t matter if you’re up or down.

“Every point matters and you can’t go out expecting to win or lose so it really, truly is a whole team effort in every sport in that regard.”

OHS took an 84-point lead into Friday’s second day, which they kicked off with a thumping 4-0 victory in the hockey fixture.

Although, as Dubbo co-ordinator Rebecca May said, considering OHS’ penchant for scoring double-digit wins a four-goal loss wasn’t a terrible result for the hosts.

CAPTAIN COURAGEOUS: OHS skipper Josh Swain leads his side on to Caltex Park on Friday afternoon. They lost, but won the tie overall. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Dubbo bounced back though, predictably winning the rugby league 38-6.

At that point OHS led Dubbo 343-257 overall, setting up a grandstand finish should the latter side win the girls’ soccer.

They didn’t, the visitorsdid, sealing their victory and guaranteeing them the Cup as well.

May and Dray both made a point of praising all the students for the spirit in which the tie was played.

The atmosphere at every event was near-deafening while the schools’ colours weresplashed all over Dubbo for the two days of competition.

May added she had no doubt that will continue next week when Dubbo travels to Bathurst, butthere was no doubt the final word belonged to Dray and Orange High.

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More dairy pain for suppliers

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One of Victoria’s smaller milk processors has told one of its suppliers her milk payments would work out at less than 40 cents a litre, next season.
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National Dairy Products (NDP) supplier Wyena Holsteins, Donna Edge said her income estimate was 34.7c/l.

“That’s my income estimation for next year,” Ms Edge, of Carpendeit, said.

As an NDP supplier, Ms Edge is not eligible for the Federal government’s concessional loans, which only go to Murray Goulburn and Fonterra farmers.

NDP suppliers also had their price cut from $5.90 a kilogram of milk solids to $5.18/kg for April through to June.

It’s 2016-17 net price is $5kg/ms, but Ms Edge said heraverage fat and protein was4.2 and 3.3 per cent.

NDP managing director Tony Esposito thanked suppliers for their support, “through what has been a very tough time.

“National Dairy Products will continue to work with customers and follow the market conditions, to ensure that we are maximising the margins that are able to be passed on to our supplier base,” Mr Esposito said.

Ms Edge said she had a herd of 125 cows, which were highly productive, but the cost of production had gone up by more than $5000 in 12 months.

HARD TIMES: Processors are continuing to reveal milk solids prices, causing further shocks for farmers. Picture: Andrew Miller.

“We look after our cows, even though we need to feed them, its still profitable – the last three years, when it was so dry, we had to borrow quite a bit to feed them.”

She said, on the estimates supplied by NDP, she would be down $50,000 this year.

“That’s $50,000 less next year, than what we got this year, that’s $50,000 we don’t have to spendin the local economy,” Ms Edge said.

“It’s not as if we are going to put it in the bank and leave it in the bank.”

She said she was working, off farm, to try and stay in business.

But she said repairs and machinery purchases would have to be deferred, or let go, altogether.

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Wine industry in fine form

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SHIRAZ SUCCESS: Grapegrower Jamie Nietschke said the SA Winegrape Growers’ Summit reaffirmed that Barossa shiraz was the “right place to be” for his family’s Moppa vineyard.THERE was a sense of positivity at the annual SA Winegrape Growers’ Summit this year, with preliminary figures showing the crush was up 15 per cent on last season’s figures.
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Wine Grape Council of SA consultant Sandy Hathaway said cool climate regions were up 35pc, while warm climate regions had a 0.6pc increase.

“We’ve got a crush slightly up but prices slightly up as well,” she said.

Cool climate cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay had a 50pc increase, while cool climate shiraz had a 30pc increase.

Pinot grishad an 80pc increase in warm regions and a 47pc increase in cool regions.

“Pinot griswas up substantially off a low base –we know there’s a lot of new plantings coming in there,” Ms Hathaway said.

SA’s total planted area declined marginally to 75,858 hectares with less than 500ha of new plantings. Shiraz accounted for 50pc of new plantings, with cabernet making up 25pc.

Winegrapes Australia general manager Paula Edwards said C grade fruit moved “far quicker and earlier” than A and B grade fruit this season.

“There’s been a real move infocus,” she said.“I think that’s a reflection of what’s driving sales and what price points are moving.”

Ms Edwards said many SA grapegrowers had not achieved a profitable return growing white grapes and the demand volume for alternative varieties remained low.

Continued strong demand for Barossa shiraz and cabernet sauvignon was pleasing for Moppa grapegrower Jamie Nietschke.

“As a Barossa grower, the message for us was Barossa shiraz is still the easiest thing to sell,” he said.”It reaffirmed we’re in the right place.”

Mr Nietschke said it was encouraging to see more positivity at the summit.

His Nietschke Moppa Estate had a “significantly” better year than last year.

“We had no frost issues and utilised irrigationbetter, whichcontributed to our increased tonnage,” he said.

Mr Nietschke said frost fans and increasedirrigationhad contributed to sustainability and reduced fluctuation inproduction.

Outgoing WGCSA chair and berry2wine principal Simon Berry underlined the precarious nature of the industry in his opening address by calling on attendees to let their voices be heard.

“We have a lot of opportunity to work better as growers and winemakers,” he said.

“We don’t want to be dominated by processors and brand owners, butwe want to be partners in jointsuccess.”

Mr Berry said the industry had lost some of its “mystique” and needed a new way of engaging consumers.

“Fine wine is doing well, we have a strong presence, but we need to recapture success across a broader range of wines,” he said.

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Just a bunch of ‘Friday Night Heroes’ having fun: video

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LEADFINGER: Just four average guys who love making music. They launch their fifth album at Bulli Herit age Hotel on July 23. Picture: Supplied
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Some men play golf, some go fishing, others invest their spare time in cars, but for Stewart Cunningham playing in a rock band is his hobby.

The gardener from Helensburgh startedLeadfingerin 2007 as his creative outlet and avenue for “adventure”.

Nearly a decade on and four-pieceof men aged around 40are about to release their fifth album, Friday Night Heroes, with a launch party at Bulli Heritage Hotel on July 23.

Cunningham reckons they’ve lasted thislong because they’re grounded people and don’t let the band take over their lives, keeping it “real”.

It’s the first time an image of the group has featured on an album cover, something that Cunningham admits was a tough decision.

“We’re not movie stars,” he said. “We’re real people and this is real music.”

They chose not to Photoshop their imperfections on the imageso to expose their“raw grit”, emulating the“soul bearing” songs.

Cunningham, who’s the lead songwriter of the group, faced the sudden death of his mum during recording and said there was a lot of emotion poured into the mix as a consequence.

The result, “down the line rock’n’roll” said Cunningham.

“There’s no money in it,” he said. “But when we get together we know we have areally good time.”

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Group urges water study for pipeline

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Edenhope’s Friends of Lake Wallace group has urged West Wimmera council to create a business study for a pipeline extension.AN EDENHOPE lake lobby group fears a state government proposal to extend the Wimmera-Mallee Pipeline could be lost because of the electorate is asafe seat.
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The state government invested $1 million into a feasibility study, which will look at extending the pipeline to West Wimmera and Ararat municipalities.

Friends of Lake Wallace has urged West Wimmera council to commit to thestudy and spend to create a business case.

The group’s Andrew Farran said water authorities seemed supportive of a pipeline extension to Edenhope.

“To ensure that those authorities will support a pipeline that is sufficient enough to restore and sustain Lake Wallace, a business case is strongly recommended,” he said.

“This should be done professionally and could cost about$50,000.”

The group’s Trevor Domachenz said the pipeline extension project might come downto the state government choosingbetween West Wimmera and Ararat, seeing asboth councils were part of the feasibility study.

“We are a marginal seat and Ararat isn’t, so I wantto know how we can present our case when it’s between us and Ararat Rural City,” he said.

Mayor Annette Jones said council had allocated$15,000 in the 2016-17 budget for a business case.

She said council hadlobbied extensively for the pipeline.

“Every opportunity we get, we refer tothe water situation in our shire and the need for apipeline,” she said.

“Even though it’sraining now, we can’t let this project die –it needs to bespoken about.

“We arenot just sitting on our hands with this.”

Cr Jones said council would not have a role in the decision making.

“We will work to build as good a case as we can,” she said.Chief executive David Leahy said only the state government could decide about the future of the pipeline.

“This is a process steered by state government and weare a player in it,” he said.

“We can’tdetermine how the government will spend its money, we can only advocateto ensure all opportunities are explored.”

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