Ballarat’s 40 Under 40

ALLISTER MORRISON – Age: 35, Occupation: General manager of Ballarat Real Estate Pty Ltd
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KATRINA BEER – Age: 32, Occupation: Vocation program manager, Ballarat and District Aboriginal Co-operative

STUART BENJAMIN – Age: 37, Occupation: Property developer

SCOTT BERTUS – Age: 26, Occupation: University of Ballarat student and extensive community involvement.

SAM BORNER – Age: 24, Occupation: Real estate consultant

JANE BUNN – Age: 33, Occupation: Meteorologist and weather presenter – WIN News Victoria

KATE BURROWS – Age: 31, Occupation: Director, Eventique Consulting

SIMON COGHLAN – Age: 37, Occupation: Hotelier

BEN DAINTON – Age: 21, Occupation: Youth pastor

KERRI GORDON – Age: 32, Occupation: Health management team leader and dietician

STACEY GROSE – Age: 29, Occupation: Director and commercial solicitor of BJT Legal Pty Ltd. Extensive involvement in community organisations.

NICK GRYLEWICZ – Age: 37, Occupation: Developer

TAMSIN HINCHLEY – Age: 32, Occupation: Mum, pro-beach volleyballer, coach.

JAALA PULFORD – Age: 38, Occupation: Labor Member of Parliament for Western Victoria

AMY JOHNSON – Age: 25, Occupation: City of Ballarat councillor

CHRIS KARAMEROS – Age: 38, Occupation: Physical education teacher , sport co-ordinator

ALDONA KMIEC – Age: 35, Occupation: Professional photographer and multicultural ambassador of the City of Ballarat (2012 – 2014)

LARELLE KUCZER – Age: 29, Occupation: Youth worker, currently working in youth drug and alcohol

ROGER LE GRAND – Age: 37, Occupation: General manager Victoria, Go Transit Media Group

ASH LIEB – Age: 30, Occupation: Artist, comedian, writer

TIM MATTHEWS – Age: 33, Occupation: Director, The Forge Pizzeria.

JADE MORRISON – Age: 30, Occupation: Advertising manager, The Courier, Fairfax Regional Media

JANE NIELD – Age: 38, Occupation: Radio announcer at Power FM and 3BA Ballarat. Extensive community involvement.

PAUL NOLAN – Age: 36, Occupation: Director of community development at St Patrick’s College

BRENDAN O CONNELL – Age: 34, Occupation: Partnership,broker,team leader Highlands Local Learning & Employment Network.

TESS PEARCE – Age: 20, Occupation: Law student

DREW PETRIE – Age: 30, Occupation: Sportsperson (AFL)

WAYNE RIGG – Age: 39, Occupation: CFA operations officer instructor

BRAD SEWELL – Age: 28, Occupation: AFL footballer

KATIE SPURGO – Age: 33, Occupation: Editorial manager, Fairfax Regional Digital Media

REBECCA STEWART – Age: 27, Occupation: Youth project officer,producer (radio) / early childhood carer

JARED TALLENT – Age: 28, Occupation: Athlete (race walker), three-time Olympic medallist

BEN TAYLOR – Age: 36, Occupation: Sales manager at Southern Cross Business Machines

TULLY SMITH – Age: 27, Occupation: Sales and marketing manager, Ballarat Turf Club. Extensive involvement in other organisations.

STEPH WALLACE – Age: 33, Occupation: Owner of Red Brick art gallery and shop

JOSHUA MORRIS – Age: 30, Occupation: Ballarat City councillor and physical education teacher

JULIA ZASS – Age: 29, Occupation: Breakfast announcer on 103.1 Power FM

NICOLE BARTLETT – Age: 30, Occupation: Events manager at Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute and mum of two boys

JANELLE RYAN – Age: 28, Occupation: Communications and marketing director

JOANNA STEVENS – Age: 37, Occupation: Managing director of a PR company

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Christmas devils

A three month old Tasmanian devil gets into the Christmas spirit at Trowunna Wildlife Park, Mole Creek. Photo: SCOTT GELSTON. A three month old Tasmanian devil gets into the Christmas spirit at Trowunna Wildlife Park, Mole Creek. Photo: SCOTT GELSTON.
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A three month old Tasmanian devil gets into the Christmas spirit at Trowunna Wildlife Park, Mole Creek. Photo: SCOTT GELSTON.

A three month old Tasmanian devil gets into the Christmas spirit at Trowunna Wildlife Park, Mole Creek. Photo: SCOTT GELSTON.

A three month old Tasmanian devil gets into the Christmas spirit at Trowunna Wildlife Park, Mole Creek. Photo: SCOTT GELSTON.

A three month old Tasmanian devil gets into the Christmas spirit at Trowunna Wildlife Park, Mole Creek. Photo: SCOTT GELSTON.

A three month old Tasmanian devil gets into the Christmas spirit at Trowunna Wildlife Park, Mole Creek. Photo: SCOTT GELSTON.

A three month old Tasmanian devil gets into the Christmas spirit at Trowunna Wildlife Park, Mole Creek. Photo: SCOTT GELSTON.

A three month old Tasmanian devil gets into the Christmas spirit at Trowunna Wildlife Park, Mole Creek. Photo: SCOTT GELSTON.

A three month old Tasmanian devil gets into the Christmas spirit at Trowunna Wildlife Park, Mole Creek. Photo: SCOTT GELSTON.

A three month old Tasmanian devil gets into the Christmas spirit at Trowunna Wildlife Park, Mole Creek. Photo: SCOTT GELSTON.

A three month old Tasmanian devil gets into the Christmas spirit at Trowunna Wildlife Park, Mole Creek. Photo: SCOTT GELSTON.

A three month old Tasmanian devil gets into the Christmas spirit at Trowunna Wildlife Park, Mole Creek. Photo: SCOTT GELSTON.

A three month old Tasmanian devil gets into the Christmas spirit at Trowunna Wildlife Park, Mole Creek. Photo: SCOTT GELSTON.

A three month old Tasmanian devil gets into the Christmas spirit at Trowunna Wildlife Park, Mole Creek. Photo: SCOTT GELSTON.

Source: The Examiner

South Mandurah prove too strong for Hillman

PINJARRA notched up its fifth win of the season when they met Shoalwater Bay at home in round 10 of the Peel Cricket Association competition.
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Pinjarra won the toss and elected to bat with openers Jamie Lee and Ryan Pack putting Shoalwater on the back foot early.

Lee was the first to go for 32.

When Shoalwater dismissed Nathan Porth for only two runs momentum looked like it may have shifted.

That was not the case with Chris Zadow joining Pack at the crease.

The pair put on an 82-run partnership before Zadow fell for 39.

Pack went onto make 81 runs which included nine fours to be his sides top run scorer.

Pinjarra finished their innings at 8/221 leaving Shoalwater with a difficult, yet manageable, task.

Shoalwater put up a good fight but Pinjarra’s bowling attack did the job dismissing Shoalwater in the 47th over for 173.

Dylan Skipper was the pick of the Pinjarra bowlers taking 3/24 off his 10 overs.

Phillip Walshaw also took three wickets for Pinjarra.

The win moved Pinjarra into fourth position only on percentage above Warnbro.

In other results South Mandurah proved to strong for Hillman.

Hillman won the toss and sent South Mandurah into bat.

The Hillman bowlers were able to dismiss South Mandurah before they completed their allocated 50 overs though South Mandurah’s score of 208 was still going to be hard to beat.

Jimmy Reed was the pick of the bowlers taking 4/40.

Hillman would have been hoping to start strongly but that was not to be with the side left at 5/63 before Reed (38) and Michael Burgess (54) settled the innings.

Hillman couldn’t fight their way back from the early loss of wickets ending their innings all out for 164 in the 46th over.

The win secured South Mandurah’s position in the top four.

Top of the ladder Halls Head extended their winning streak when they defeated Singleton in their round 10 clash.

Singleton was sent in to to bat and were immediately put under pressure from the Halls Head bowling attack.

Chris Phelps tore through the Singleton attack taking 5/26 off his 10 overs.

Singleton ended their innings all out for just 137.

The run chase didn’t all go Halls Head way with opener Andrew Tatterson falling for four however Cary and Mitchell Green were able to settle the innings making 28 and 31 respectively.

Number five Sam Inward took away any chance of a Singleton win making a well made 53 to push Halls Head towards the modest 137.

Halls Head finished their innings on 166 off 38 overs.

It was White Knights Baldivis who came out on top in its clash against Old Irwinians Cricket Club.

Irwinians won the toss and elected to bat first but failed to gain any momentum ending their innings all out for 138.

No batter made it above 19.

The pick of the Baldivis bowlers was Kyle Gardiner who took 3/17 off his 10 overs.

Although not dominate, Baldivis managed to eclipse Old Irwinians’ score ending their inning all out for 160.

Leigh Sibley top scored with 37.

Ian Bowes was the highest wicket taker taking 3/45 off 10.

In the final game of the round Warnbro Swans defeated Mandurah in a low-scoring game.

Dane Ugle was the only Warnbro batter past 10 making an impressive 86; his side all out for 126.

In reply Mandurah would have been confident of victory but it was not to.

The side was dismissed for 117 in the 42nd over. Jared Motu was exceptional with the ball taking 5/10 off his 10 overs.

The win saw Warnbro move past Mandurah to second on the ladder.

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ACT swimmer hoping he’s not out of his depth

ACCOMPLISHED swimmer Jayde Martens-Shaw has been juggling a busy work schedule to try to train as much as possible for Saturday’s Wagga’s Sports Champion event.
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Martens-Shaw is one of eight new faces who will take part in the male division of Wagga’s Sports Champion on Saturday and will be the man to beat when the athletes hit the pool.

The 25-year-old athlete left Wagga when he was 16 and has spent time in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Perth as he pursued a career in swimming.

Martens-Shaw has since put swimming on the backburner as he balances his time between a double degree in sports science and sports management at University of Canberra, along with his job at Red Bull.

While he admits it is a busy lifestyle, Martens-Shaw explained yesterday he had been trying to fit in as much training as possible before of Saturday’s Wagga’s Sports Champion at Bolton Park.

“I’m based in Canberra and work between there and Sydney so there is a lot of driving between both which keeps me really busy,” Martens-Shaw said yesterday.

“Finding time to train is challenging but I’ve tried to do as much as I can, when I can, in order to try and match it with the full-time athletes.

“Like all athletes, I’m doing it because I like a challenge and it should be a bit of fun.”

Martens-Shaw will be the one to beat in the 50-metre freestyle given his background in swimming. It will also give him a handy advantage come the multi-sport challenge at the end of the day, which involves a 200-metre kayak, 800m run, 200m swim and 40m sprint finish.

He said the 100m sprint, plus the AFL goal kicking will be two of the more challenging events for him.

Martens-Shaw said he would love to walk away with a top-five finish.

“Who knows, it would be a dream to compete with the top guys,” Martens-Shaw said. “My goal is just to be able to mix it with those boys, it would great if I could finish top five.”

Martens-Shaw was unsure which athlete will be the one to beat on Saturday.

He said he was looking forward to competing with good mate Rob McMahon and described him as the dark horse of the competition.

Jayde Martens-Shaw

Age: 25

Sport: Swimming

Strengths: 50m freestyle, multi-sportchallenge

Weaknesses: 100m sprint, AFL goal kicking

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OPINION: Actions speak loudly

AS someone who’s only lived in this city for 18 months, I haven’t witnessed how the city has changed for better or worse like many of my colleagues.
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I still get lost in inner-city suburbs and don’t have intricate knowledge of much of the city’s history – though I was working as a cadet in Newcastle in 1994 when the second earthquake struck in Ellalong, I just didn’t feel the earth move beneath my seat in a city cinema.

I’m probably not as jaded as those who have heard successive state governments promise they’ll move heaven and earth to revitalise the city centre.

But as a city worker and city resident – and one who is so centrally located I can’t get a residential parking permit, but don’t get me started on that – that doesn’t mean I don’t despair about how the CBD has gone to rack and ruin and don’t wonder when things will finally start rolling.

The glorious images of a thriving Hunter Street in my learned colleague Greg Ray’s books on the town are a painful reminder of what has been and what could still be.

But amid all the depressing talk about what hasn’t been done, it’s important to consider what is happening behind the scenes, and often on a smaller scale.

From public organisations and private groups to residents imbued with a sense of place and civic pride who are simply cleaning up their patch, good things are happening and they are worth noting.

The first batch of Renew Newcastle graduates are mostly now running thriving commercial operations, a bunch of 20 and 30-something groovers who have the talent to work wherever they want in the world – and some have – but choose to work their magic in Newcastle, all adding to the value of the creative economy.

There’s new blood at Newcastle Now, with entrepreneur Michael Neilson all het up about placemaking and bringing Village Well, the people that put the mojo back into key Melbourne and Sydney hot spots, into town.

The newly formed Hunter DiGiT taskforce is working to put the Hunter on the map as a leading digital regional economy with a global reputation by 2020, and it’s being driven by the likes of Brendan Brooks, Steph Hinds, Gordon Whitehead and Craig Wilson – people who are in business and know what needs to be done to make many sectors more efficient.

Nouveaux nosheries like Restaurant Mason, Le Petit Deux, The Landing and Subo are bringing food currency to town, with hatted establishments here cutting it with their sizzling Sydney and Melburnian counterparts. City residents, from the East to West End in particular, are getting behind small projects to just make the place look better. From mounting sculptures and building community gardens raided daily by city chefs, to applying for grants to widen footpaths and cleaning up parks – it’s all helping.

At the bigger end of town, business folk including Keith Stronach and Jerry Schwartz, armed with can-do and cash-flow, are pushing ahead with commercial projects and doing their best not to let the red-tape brigade dull their visions for the town.

Hunter Development Corporation chairman and Infrastructure NSW chief Paul Broad no doubt admires them, given his colourful spray at last week’s Australian Property Council Hunter Chapter luncheon.

He preceded his wide-ranging soliloquy on the strengths and infrastructure priorities of the Hunter Region with mutterings about his disdain for time-wasting pollies of all creeds.

Whether or not he agrees with our lord mayor’s move to create another layer of bureaucracy in forming a special taskforce of Hunter businessmen to cast their collective eyes over council finances is another matter.

As for the rail line, while I get the views of the naysayers and progressives, actions will always speak louder than words.

And when all is said and done, it’s easy to despair but easier to support the doers.

Santa goes solar for Christmas

SANTA’S SHIP: Passengers for the SolarSailor waiting to board for a cruise as the vessel arrives at the Speers Point Park jetty on Thursday evening. Picture: MAX MASON-HUBERS SANTA’S SHIP: Passengers for the SolarSailor waiting to board for a cruise as the vessel arrives at the Speers Point Park jetty on Thursday evening. Picture: MAX MASON-HUBERS
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SANTA’S SHIP: Entertainers on the SolarSailor Ninan Matthew, aka Santa’s chief safety officer Sparkey Opensleigh, with singers Chloe Jeffery-Williams and Emma Sutton. Picture: MAX MASON-HUBERS

A SOLAR- and wind-powered vessel will do this year’s traditional Christmas Eve cruise around Lake Macquarie.

The word is that Santa is happy about that because he’s a bit of a greenie.

Decked out in solar Christmas lights and spreading festive cheer, the SolarSailor will have Santa and his elves aboard to give out bags of lollies at stops on the shore.

The vessel will wind its way around the lake from Warners Bay to Rathmines, with each stop to last about 20 minutes and musicians playing Christmas songs onboard.

The iconic Wangi Queen had traditionally done the Christmas cruise for many years, but it left the lake in September.

Up to 25,000 people usually gather on the shore to see the vessel’s Christmas lights and wave to those onboard.

SolarSailor owner Robert Dane said he felt privileged to take over from the Wangi Queen.

‘‘It’s been great working with Santa on this project,’’ Dr Dane said, adding Santa loved coming to Lake Macquarie.

‘‘He liked the old boat, but he’s really excited about using the SolarSailor because he believes in renewable energy.’’

Santa and the elves will be wearing life jackets to send a safety message to the community.


SolarSailor Christmas Eve cruise stops on Lake Macquarie

4.25pm to 4.45pm Warners Bay

4.55pm to 5.15pm Eleebana

5.30pm to 5.55pm Valentine

6.15pm to 6.35pm Toronto

6.35pm to 7pm Coal Point

7.20pm to 7.40pm Kilaben Park

7.45pm to 8.05pm Rathmines

Ready to run and win at Bendigo Bank Stadium

LONDON Olympic 4x400m team member Ben Offereins will be running in the $10,000 Peel Health Campus (PHC) 120m Peel Gift to be held at Bendigo Bank Stadium on January 5 next year.
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Sanctioned by WA Athletics the event will also feature the 550m Peel Health Campus Classic, Australia’s richest 550m race with $3000 to the winner.

2012 WA State Open 800m champion and AFL boundary umpire Jace Collingridge will contest in this event.

The event is made possible by funding through the PHC Community Fund and the Peel Thunder Football Club.

The City of Mandurah has also contributed funding for the event.

Offereins grew up running for the Rockingham Little Athletics Club and ran in a 2010 Commonwealth Games 4x400m heat.

The eventual final was won by the Australians without Offereins, but he received a gold medal for his efforts in the heat.

West Coast Athletics League (WCAL) chairman Paul Edmiston said the event was a “huge bonus” for WA athletics.

“With a Premier Gift race in WA absent from the athletics calendar for almost a decade, the Peel Health Campus Peel Gift and Classic is now the major professional event in Western Australia giving our local athletes a major goal in the WA Athletics season calendar,” he said.

Mr Edminston said the timing of the race could not be more appropriate with a new WCAL board formed earlier this year to promote the professional side of athletics.

The Peel Health Campus Peel Gift will be a headline event on the WA Pro calendar.

“We look forward to expanding the Peel Health Campus Peel Gift into Australia’s Premier Professional footrace carnival,” Edmiston said.

Event organiser Peel Thunder Football Club chief executive Russ Clark thanked PHC for the support of the initiative.

“The Peel Health Campus Board were very positive in their support of this community event from the start,” Clark said.

“The event is based at encouraging a healthy lifestyle of exercise, athletics, outdoor activities and family entertainment and is something both Peel Health Campus and Peel Thunder have a strong connection to.”

There will be a free bouncy castle, face painting, a footballer’s race and a mascot race to keep families entertained throughout the afternoon.

The community event has already attracted some of the best sprinters and 550m runners in Australia with the names growing by the day including 2012 Queanbeyan Gift winner Dean Scarff.

Scarff will join Offereins in the main 120m race for the $10,000 prize.

Also entering the competition is local Mandurah resident Brett Blanco – Master’s Record holder in 60m, 100m and 200m, Dylan Panizza – 2011/12 Sprint Athlete of the Year, Tenneille Trigwell –2011/12 Female Athlete of the Year, Adam Moore – $3000 Mullewa Gift 2011 winner, Cole Unasa, Alex Glorie, Chad Perris, Aldis Jaunzems and Sophie Watts.

A full form guide with heat draws will also be released in the week leading up to the race.

Gates will open at 2pm at Bendigo Bank Stadium with a gold coin donation entry fee.

For more information and times go to wcal南京夜网.au or peelthunder南京夜网.au

Former Rockingham local Ben Offereins will take part in January’s $10,000 Peel Health Campus (PHC) 120m Peel Gift. Picture by Getty Images.

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LIZ LOVE: The Bistro

Where: 102 Darby Street, Cooks Hill.
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Prices: To start, $2.50 to $12.50; entrees, $18 to $23; beef, $34 to $38; mains, $34 to $36; sides, $8.50; desserts, $16, cheese, $12 for one, $28 for three.

Chefs: Thomas Green and Dylan Evans.

Wines: Well chosen and eclectic list of Australian, French, Italian, German and Spanish wines; 19 by glass.

Hours: Lunch, Friday; dinner, Tuesday to Saturday.

Vegetarian: Three snacks, one entree.

Bookings: 49294854.

Bottom line: Entrée, main, dessert about $150 for two.

Wheelchair access: Good.

Website: thebistrorestaurant南京夜网.au

Last time we were at The Bistro there was a fresh breeze blowing through this popular Darby Street institution. We are back and the vibes are as invigorating as ever, but there’s now a settled, established air.

They are busy tonight with a large function in the next room. Linen-covered tables keep the noise level under control and the service in the main area is not suffering although it might have been a good idea if the waiter had not relied on memory and written our order down. Two dishes are mixed up; one was confirmed before it was served, but the prawn beignets didn’t arrive.

Fortunately the sweet corn and mushroom fritters with parmesan cream which came instead provide four scrumptious mouthfuls, so I don’t complain.

Warm, marinated olives – large fleshy Spanish, bright green Sicilians and tiny Niçoise – are an ideal choice to span the gap between ordering and the first course.

An entree of sauteed spanner crab ticks all the right boxes. Plenty of sweet crab meat, tiny crisp young artichokes, finely sliced fennel and basil providing a refreshing aniseed note.

A previous starter of crunchy pork-cheek kromesky shows up as a perfect partner to pinkly moist pork loin. You have to love the texture and flavour contrast from roasted almond pieces, sweet and creamy butternut pumpkin puree, tiny peas and double-peeled broad beans.

But the go-to dishes are all about beef. Tonight there’s a 250 gram sirloin, 200 gram eye fillet and 350 gram Scotch fillet, all carefully sourced from producers around Australia. Eye fillet can be disappointing but this one is bursting with flavour and cuts to reveal perfectly rested flesh, cooked medium rare. Caramelised roast onions and garlic puree come with all the steaks. Red wine sauce, my preference, is rich and unctuous and waiting in a tiny jug.

The non-beef mains really don’t need any extras but you might like some kipfler potatoes roasted in beef fat, garlic and rosemary or a dish of buttered green beans and asparagus to have with the steak. This kitchen knows how to cook greens – not too crisp, but still keeping the vibrancy.

I like that the number of wines by the glass has increased. A bottle is not always a good idea when there are just two diners. I’d just like my glass poured at the table so I can see the bottle.

The dessert list hasn’t changed much. There’s no panna cotta but the dark chocolate mousse is still there. There’s caramelised-banana tart with almond crumble, and passionfruit pavlova with in-season mango and berries appeals.

I just have to see if the raspberry soufflé is as good as I can remember and am not disappointed. It’s a texturally perfect, airy delight, rising well above the dish. The already intense raspberry flavour gets a boost from the raspberry coulis in a jug on the side.

There’s a confidence about this place that gives the impression they are here for the long haul. This is a worthy update to the already impressive Newcastle restaurant portfolio.

DELIGHTFUL: The revamped Bistro is a worthy addition to the Newcastle restaurant portfolio.PICTURE: MAX MASON-HUBERS

CYMS eye off semi berth

A WIN for CYMS in today’s Orange District Cricket Association match would mean more than five-straight Saturday victories for the side.
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CYMS vice-captain Dave Neil says a win would help them take a step closer to cementing a semi-final berth.

CYMS will take on Kinross in today’s one-day match at Kinross, the last round before the holiday break.

Neil said the CYMS players had no shortage of motivation.

“If we win it’s five straight in Saturday cricket,” Neil explained.

“While it’s too early to look ahead to semi-finals, it’s clearly important to try to cement a place in the top three as early as possible. We’re on our way to doing that but there’s some good teams chasing us.

CYMS had a bye last weekend but didn’t lose any momentum as they enjoyed a Royal Hotel Cup win over Centrals on the Friday night.

CYMS might be in good form but Neil said there was plenty of pressure from the club’s second grade players for spots in the top side.

This competition from within was pushing the first grade side to perform well.

“There’s some boys in second grade – Tommy Evans, Michael Campbell, Grant Koch – who have been playing well, so there’s a healthy amount of pressure coming from beneath,” Neil said.

“Jake Sands, who captained first grade until three years ago, is also back in town, so the competition for first grade places will intensify, and that can only help us.”

Kinross are yet to win a Saturday game but they’re still not a side to be taken lightly.

The students will be without player-coach Andrew Litchfield as well as Charlie Litchfield and Louis Kostoglou.

They will be ably replaced by Stuart Crisp, Peter Crisp and Angus Gilmore.

For Peter Crisp and Gilmore, it will be their first grade debuts.

Both boys have shown they’re ready to step up to the top grade.

Gilmore has been a consistent performer for Kinross in the ODCA second grade competition, with 213 runs from six matches this season, including an unbeaten 62.

He is also still young enough to play in the Orange District Junior Cricket Association’s under 16 competition, where he regularly scores runs.

Peter Crisp could be an all-round threat like his father, having shown ability with bat and ball in second grade and under 16s.

Andrew Litchfield said senior players Stuart Crisp and Chris Gavin, along with captain Tom Bristow, would keep the Kinross players on track today.

“The boys have just got to put their best foot forward and try to do everything as well as possible,” Litchfield said.

“The talent and ability is there, we’ve just got to have it fire for 80 overs.”

Today’s game at Kinross Oval will start at 1pm.

ON THE RUN: Kinross captain Tom Bristow will try to steer his side to a first grade win today. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 1124sgcrick5

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Transplant saves PNG doctor’s life

LIFESAVERS: The team, from left, Dr John Ferguson, Steven Kendaura, Dr Kapiro Kendaura and transplant unit director Dr Paul Trevillian. Picture: RYAN OSLANDGAINING access to health care in Papua New Guinea is difficult but becomes even more so when the doctor delivering the services gets sick too.
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That is what happened at Goroka Hospital in Papua New Guinea’s highlands, when acting medical services director Dr Kapiro Kendaura suffered kidney failure.

Despite receiving regular dialysis treatment he was only months from death before the intervention of Hunter New England health infection prevention and control director John Ferguson.

Dr Ferguson travels to the country each year to teach and heard of his colleague’s plight.

Some months and a massive community and logistical effort later, Dr Kendaura was flown to John Hunter Hospital to receive a kidney transplant from his brother Steven, a high school teacher.

Dr Kendaura was released from hospital a week after his surgery on December 3 and will soon return to the country where his 100-bed hospital serves some of the 300,000 people who live in the highlands.

‘‘I’m so lucky. I owe the hospital a lot. They spent a lot of time and resources helping me,’’ Dr Kendaura said.

‘‘I don’t know how to thank these people.’’

The surgery was made possible after the health care service offered its services pro bono and hospital staff raised $15,000 for travel, accommodation and medication costs.

The hospital has done work for Papua New Guinea previously, but nothing as major as a transplant.

The staff also had to conquer challenges such as cross-matching blood across international borders.

‘‘Chronic renal failure is a death sentence in Papua New Guinea,’’ Dr Ferguson said.

The hospital is also part of the Hunter Transplant Research Foundation, a subsidiary of the Hunter Medical Research Foundation, that works to improve outcomes in transplant patients.

Alison Branley