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Can’t rake problems aside

How to solve a problem like Robbie Farah: Robbie Farah needs to provide halves Luke Brooks and Mitchell Moses with more ball so the young halves’ attack can flourish. Picture: Tony Feder/Getty ImagesIntimes of crisis, it’s best to channel your inner Monty Python and Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.
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Rather than looking atthe 60-6 defeat Wests Tigers suffered at the hands of the Canberra Raiders likea glass that’s half empty, let’s treat it like a glass that’s half full.

A glass containingwarm, flat light beer it may be.

But it’s still half full.

Saturday’s result was diabolical, there is no other way to look at it.

The defence was as frail as a 95-year-old’s hip,the attackas entertainingas a Real Housewives of Melbourne marathon, and the effort as genuine as Donald Trump’s “hair”.

But there is good news Wests Tigers fans because things can’t possibly get any worse.

The chances of an NRL side conceding 60 or more points in a game twice in one season, are astronomical.

If it happens again this yearI’ll run naked down Queen Street singing Glory, Glory to Souths Sydney.

But the question now is‘where do the Wests Tigers go from here?’.

What exactly is the problem and how can a team of “professionals” be so bad?

Part of the issue, I believe, stems from Robbie Farah.

Firstly, let me stress I think Farahhas been one of, if not the greatest, Wests Tigers to ever put on the jersey.

But now, while his individual form may be good,his style of play is detrimental to the team.

In Brooks, Moses and James Tedesco, there are three genuine playmakers –there’s no need for a fourth.

Farah has been one of the side’s main attacking weapons since 2005.

But with the current set-up he needs to rein in his attacking instinctsand sacrifice personal form for team success.

Makeshift hooker Dene Halatau showed the way in the early rounds when Farah was injured.

Halatau didn’trun too much and didn’t take it upon himself to make the big play.

He simply picked up the ball and passed it to one of Moses or Brooks and let them run the show.

The result was wave of attack after wave of attack.

And it scared teams –just ask Manly Sea Eagle Jamie Lyon who still has singed hairs from the amount of times Tedesco burnt him for speed in round two.

It may be underutilising the talent Farah has but he needs to simplifyhis game for the good of the team.

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Dairy’s youth learns range of skills as industry comes together

THE futureof the dairy industry was honing its skills as part of the sixth SA All breeds Dairy Youth Camp, held at the Adelaide Showground last week.The camp is held every two years, with 35 entrants – almost half from non-dairy backgrounds.
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NEXT GEN: Champion handler Lucy Newman, Meadows. Photo: MIKE HENTSCHKE PHOTOGRAPHY

ALL SMILES: Hayley Madden, Seaford, and Bridget Liebelt, Paris Creek.

SA Holstein Youth coordinator Mandy Pacitti said the event was a chance to retain those with an interest.

GOOD TIMES: Saffron and Mungo Yates, Mount Torrens, practice their washing skills.

“We’rereally trying to foster and upskill the next generation to have dairy farmers into the future,” she said.“Without them, we won’t have an industry in Australia.”

YOUNG GUNS: Coordinator Mandy Pacitti with the “Stud Sire” Andrew Gray, and “Stud Heifer” Kelsey Adams. Photo: MIKE HENTSCHKE PHOTOGRAPHY

Mrs Pacitti said the camp involved a mix of theory and practical, covering topics from new milking and breeding technologies, anatomy, cow conformation,photography and presenting animals for showing.She said they were always trying to find new topics, and this year introduced nutrition and show ethics.

The camp culminated in a show on Wednesday last week withLisa Thompson, Allendale East, as judge.

INDUSTRY TALK: Tom Treloar, Keyneton, gets some handling tips from Jack Bramley, Parawa.

Mrs Pacitti said the camp was supported by industry with people volunteering timeto pass on their knowledge.

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Contractor may be answer to Wirrinya’s waste woes

Wirrinya Progress Association volunteers Nadine Mattiske (left) and Wendy Chudleigh at the Wirrinya Waste depot. Employment of a private contractor to collect household rubbish from Wirrinya homes is one option that will be considered after a public meeting between residents and Forbes Shire Council earlier this month.
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Residents asked for the meeting to put forward their own options, to raise their concerns, and discuss their options after submissions were called for council’s draft Rural Waste Facilities Option plan earlier this year.

Council’s director of environmental and planning services Paul Bennett said the meeting was a positive one with a number of different options raised for council to consider and investigate.

“These options ranged from leaving the operations as they are now (open twice a week at allocated hours) to closing it down,” he said.

“There was another suggestion to facilitate a private contractor to collect household waste from individual residents,” Mr Bennett said.

“There was interest in the meeting in the use of a private contractor.”

Council will look at how other local governments deal with rural household waste, like Bathurst which he said does employ a private rural waste contractor.

Mr Bennett said this options means council was not involved in the rubbish collection process, save for making the introduction to residents.

“A private contractor may be more expensive, but it could be a trade off (for getting rubbish collected),” he said.

It was unfeasible for rubbish trucks used for town services to undertake rural collections as they were not designed for out-of-town use, with distances, planning, roadways to be considered, he said.

Investigations into the various options will be conducted over the following weeks.

The waste depot at Wirrinya was closed after a fire in August last year, and has remained shut while council considered the new plan in accordance with changing waste regulations.

Since its closure, residents have been forced to cart household rubbish at least 30km to neighbouring waste facilities, a particularly unpleasant task over the summer months, and are anxious that a solution be found.

The Rural Waste Facilities Options plan encompasses all of Forbes’ rural waste depots, including Wirrinya, Garema, Warroo, Bedgerebong and Ootha.

Editor’s note: There was significant social media feedback on our story, “Smooth start to new bin system” published on Friday, about Forbes’ new kerbside rubbish pick-up.

There were nearly 40 comments, most saying they wanted to be able to bag their food waste in the green bins to prevent odour and maggots.

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Piper praises heavenly event

LIFE OF ITS OWN: This year’s Heaven Can Wait regatta raised $35,000, which was donated to the Hunter branch of the Cancer Council of NSW.LAKE Macquarie MP Greg Piper has publicly praised a charity sailing event that is heldannually in his electorate.
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In parliament last month, Mr Piper spoke on theHeaven Can Wait charity regatta, which for 10 years has been organised and hosted bythe Royal Motor Yacht Club in Toronto.

“Our community is blessed with people who just dig in when the chips are down and do the things that create the sort of community we feel proud to be a part of,” Mr Piper said.

“An example of such people is those associated with an event called Heaven Can Wait, an annual sailing regatta on our lake, which is not just a wondrous display of human spirit but also a fascinating display of human endurance.”

The idea for Heaven Can Wait was conceived by Lake Macquariesailor Shaun Lewicki, who had previously battled cancer.

Mr Lewickiinitially established the event to promote sailing, shine a spotlight on the region’s aquatic assets and to raise some funds for cancer research along the way.

The event took on alife of its own and has now raised about a $250,000 for cancer-related charities including the Domestic Support Services Program run by the Hunter branch of the Cancer Council.

The regatta is held as part of Lakefest, which this year raised $50,000 for charities.Mel Steiner, vice commodore of Toronto’s Royal Motor Yacht Club and Heaven Can Wait committee chair, andMr Lewicki donated$35,000 of money raised this yearto the Hunter branch of the Cancer Council of NSW.

Speaking about the number of yachts that took part in February’s regatta, about 70,Mr Piper took the opportunity to raise the issue of access to theSwansea Channel.

“There is no doubt that uncertainty around the ability to access Swansea Channel would impact on the number of yachts willing to visit Lake Macquarie to participate,” Mr Piper said.

“This issue is commonly raised with me,but it is a side issue that cannot overshadow the wonderful Heaven Can Wait regatta.”

Mr Piper thanked organisers of the Heaven Can Wait charity regatta.

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Win for depleted Ranges

Eastern Ranges 19.9 (123)defCowell10.5 (65) A GRADE: Cowell’s Kieran Fiegert and Eastern Ranges’ Jonothan Forrest leap for the ball.
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WITHa brisk northerly and temperatures close to 30 degrees, Cowell ventured to Rudall with an improved side loaded with youth, to take on the reigning premiers, who were missing several quality playersand had added fivefirst game players to their list.

After the Anzac ceremony, the Ranges won the toss and kicked to the silo end. Theywere immediately on the attack with early goals to Rhyce Beinke and Damien Hannemann, who were reaping the rewards of Rick Leonard and Beinke’s own hard work out of the centre.Jonothan Forrest was winning the ruck, and continued to do so all day, supported by Jared Siviour.

Pat Jenner was on the end of a Forrest pass, goaled, and then worked hard for Cameron Taheny to kick his first A grade goal on the run. Shortly afterwards Hannemann again roved the pack to post his second for the quarter.

Cowell’s first foray forward resulted in a goal from Klay Smith late in the quarter, and Ranges went to quarter time leading 5-3 (33) to Cowell’s solitary goal.

Cowell started the second quarter with more intensity using the breeze, targeting Kieren Fiegert up forward, but Ranges rebounded from missed opportunities to goal through Forrest, and then a slick pass from Beinke set up Jenner who kicked his second.Rick Leonard was in everything, and rewarded with a goal on the end of a chain of handballs, and Ranges had set up a match-winning lead.

Pat Jenner was again the recipient of fast clearance and slotted his third from 45 metres.

Cowell showed a bit of endeavour to work the ball forward to Kyle Wildman who marked strongly and goaled, and shortly after was on the end of a good pass from Nathan Mills to kick a second.

Ranges finished the quarter on a positive note with another goal to Jenner, as a result of more strong work by Leonard, tolead 10.4 (64) to Cowell 3.3 (21).

Cowell went on the attack from the centre through Tyler Franklin but Ranges rebounded and Rhyce Beinke again goaled to extend the already handy lead.

Cowell continued to force the ball into the breeze and their forward lines with little reward. Aturnover allowed Jenner and James Kellett to combine down the wing, enablingTaheny to kick another with a good left leg snap.

Brock McFarlane kept trying hard to set up some positive forward movement together with the Mills twins, but again Ranges capitalised on turnovers and Jared Siviour and Alex Sampson combined to deliver to Hannemann, who kicked truly.

The momentum had well and truly swung Ranges’ way late in the quarter, and Jake Stutley was outstanding in defence.Cowell made one last forward movement to Wildman, but only a minor score resulted.

The final quarter started with another good centre clearance from Ranges, with Jenner finding Harry Dunn, who notched his first A grade goal.

Cowell repliedthrough Justin Mills, but Stutley set Dunn up for his second, and when Jack Weiss found Jenner for his fifth, the game was out of Cowell’s reach.

Nathan Byrnes added another for the Ranges after a 50m penalty, but to their credit Cowell kept fighting, and pushed forward to Wildman who took a great horizontal mark in front of goal, to post his fourth.

McFarlane and Alec Klingberg combined to peg another back, and the Cats had gained the momentum.An errant kick out from Cowell allowed Byrnes to intercept and find Dustin Beinke, who kicked truly.

Cowell replied through another fine mark from Wildman, and Alec Klingberg applied good pressure to allow McFarlane to snap another on his left.

As the game meandered to a conclusion Wildman again marked in a pack to kick his sixth for the afternoon.

Cowell won the last quarter, Brock McFarlane was awarded the Alan Moore-Wilson ANZAC Medal, but Ranges came away with the two points andencouraged by the fact they have up to eight players to come back. The young players held their own all day.

Best players for Ranges were Rhyce Beinke, JonothanForrest, Pat Jenner, Jake Stutley, Jared Siviour and Rick Leonard.Cowell was well served by Brock McFarlane, Kyle Wildman, Nathan andRiley Mills and Tyler Franklin.​

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