We are Ishmael: Cricki Leaks captures its white whale

SLEEPING BEAUTY: Ryan Sinclair, fitting in some preparation before he goes out to bat.TO paraphrase perennial underachiever George Costanza – “we’re back baby, we’re back”.
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Cricki Leaks will never apologise for anything – ask Ned Morrish, we provide a public service – but after an extended hiatus we do feel like we owe our fans an explanation.

Rumours were abound Orange cricket of a legend, drifting through Orange committing cricketing atrocities but always flying under Cricki Leaks’ radar.

Not anymore.

We searched, and we hunted.

While Cricki Leaks was absent from these pages he became our white whale – unable to be caught, and determinedly inscrutable.

He even took to boasting about his ability to remain out of Cricki Leaks’ watchful eye.

“They can’t get me, I’m untouchable,” he reportedly quipped to his teammates.

But after several long weeks, this desk succeeded where captain Ahab could not. We caught our white whale.

His name?

Ryan Thomas Sinclair.

There are few cardinal sins on, or on the sidelines of, a cricket field.

Wearing the wrong cap, shirt or pants is one, as is falling asleep at the ground or dropping a catch for a five for or a hat-trick – Sinclair’s committed all of them this season.

While sporting pants of pale fuschia after washing his whites with his lucky red pantaloons, the Laurie Daley look-a-like has become Orange City’s very own Sleeping Beauty.

In fact this desk is convinced Sinclair is completely nocturnal, so rarely is he sighted awake during the day.

Sinclair continuously channels his inner narcoleptic to fall asleep anywhere, and everywhere on the sidelines of Orange cricket fields, often asking to shift further down the batting order in a bid to catch some more zeds.

We’re fairly certain he also waits for the kiss of a Prince Charming – we hope it’s Mick Corby – to awaken him in time to bat.

But it was Sinclair’s most recent game where Cricki Leaks finally nailed its target.

After showing up to the ground wearing his old club’s shirt, and claiming “it doesn’t matter what shirt I wear, I’ll still take five wickets”, Sinclair regularly flouted skipper Shaun Churchill’s orders.

He did not bowl to his field, taking just one scalp, but then did the unthinkable. He dropped a catch on a hat-trick ball.

Showing all the tactical nous of a jellyfish Sinclair once again disobeyed his captain, who requested he stay where he was at square leg, instead deciding short leg was more appropriate for Paul Flitcroft’s hat-trick ball.

Naturally, the batsman clipped the ball off his pads straight through Sinclair’s splayed out hands before landing, you guessed it, in the exact spot Churchill requested he remained.

At this point we, you stand and applaud the one, the only, Ryan Thomas Sinclair.

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Novak, Fraser perform at festival taster

TOMMY TASTER: Tommy Novak will perform at an appetiser for the Granite Town festival.
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If you are already missing Granite Town, this year’s festival is offering a preview next month.

The Sandbar event on Sunday, April 5 is an appetiser for the Moruya’s Festival of Jazz, Funk and Food in spring.

Granite Town President Jeff Afflick said LJ Hooker Moruya had agreed to sponsor the taster, a pop-up bar at low tide on the Moruya River.

“The Sandbar is the first in a series of events that will lead up to the festival,” Mr Afflick said.

“It will capitalise on Moruya’s greatest assets – our history, our river, our food, great music and our fantastic community.

“After being ferried out on the river, guests will enjoy fresh local oysters, gourmet canapés, drinks, and live music.”

Malua Bay-born artist Tommy Novak will perform.

“Tommy sings and plays with unreserved emotion making full use of a voice reminiscent of Roy Orbison,” Mr Afflick said.

“He will be supported by the highly talented jazz and Latin instrumentalist, Matt Fraser.”

Whether it’s enjoying local delicacies, sipping a glass of something in a unique location or listening to live music, this event is sure to entertain.

Tickets are $66.

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Canberra woman threw shoes, spat at police

A CANBERRA woman will have to complete 120 hours of community service after spitting and throwing her shoes at police while under the influence of alcohol.
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Tabisa Biech Makoi, of Light Street, Manuka, appeared at Queanbeyan Local Court this week facingfive counts of assaulting an officer in the execution of duty and one charge of refusing or failing to comply with direction.

Magistrate Michael Antrum described the accused’s behaviour as “disgraceful”. She repeatedly cursed at police and assaulted three different officers while being arrested.

“The language you used on New Year’s Eve was disgraceful, that sort of language isn’t acceptable anywhere…there were families there and kids. You were using the Fs and the Cs and throwing them around as if you were on a ship or somewhere,” he said.

“[Police] have enough to do on New Year’s Eve without you engaging in this disgraceful conduct.”

The incident occurred on January 1, 2014 while the woman was celebrating New Year’s Eve at Bondi Beach.

Police approached Makoi, 22-years-old, after they witnessed her in the middle of an altercation with a male.

She was directed to move on and warned about her offensive language. Her friends tried to take her away but she threw her shoes at the police, according to court documents.

Makoi was arrested and while being walked to the cage truck swore and spat at officers. Her saliva hit one officer in the eye and another one on the back of their police vest and down their right arm and hand.

The woman continued to be uncooperative kicking the door onceshe was secured in the cage truck and then refusing to get out of the truck whenthey arrived at the station.

While officers tried to get her out of the truck, she struck one and spat again.

Once in the charge room she was verbally abusive and violent. She was not afforded the opportunity of an interview.

Makoi told the court she was under the influence of alcohol during the time of the incident.

She was ordered to comply with a nine month good behaviour bond and to pay a $110 fine in addition to the 120 hours of community service.

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Throwback ThursdayMarch 1978

Throwback Thursday | March 1978 Basketball presentation , Ross White, Reg Cowden, Allan Mundey and members of the winning PBC womens team Ethel May, Vivian Knight, Leeane May and Helen Dul
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Basketball news – Kath McCraken joined the exclusive ranks of life member of the Lithgow District Basketball Association

Baseball action – Lansdowne No 2 runner Kevin Baker comes home while stopgap catcher Billy Boundy looks for the ball in the outfield

Baseball action – Trevor Mills was set to trap G Muir sliding back to base. Was he out??

Cute: Christie Thurlow’s pet rabbit Peter was the grand champion of the RSPCA pet show held at Lithgow Primary School back in 1978. With over 60 exhibitors it was considered a success.

Girl Guides – Zoe Burgess received the honor of going to Sydney to receive the Queen’s Guide certificate from the Governor of New Sale Wales

Baseball action – Grand finalists Workies Animals; M Seckold, P Fenton, I Pilley, G Hilliard, D Collins, G Goodwin, P Nightingale, K Hanrahan, G Dean, K Lewis.

Baseball action – Grand finalists Lansdowne CIG; D Evan,s T Mills, W Robson, G Vought, G Nicholls, A Dellabosca, P Kearney, P Burden, S Casey

Around the school – Some students from Class 2 ten at Cooerwull infants school took part in a project named “our community”. They dropped into Cook Street fire station to see what type of equipment the fire brigade used. Brett Roach, Roger Smith, Angelique Brown, Lisa Piggott and trying to squirt the photographer is Scott Williams

Lucky shopper photo taken at the Co-Op Society’s Supermarket

Esme Finn had to make a run for cover in 1978 after a sudden storm hit.

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Some of the specials available at Bracey’s

Woolworths specials available in 1978.

Lithgow High School sports afternoon, a tense moment in the mixed doubles as Bronwyn Baker gets ready to take a shot while partner David Jennings keeps his eye on the ball

Floodtime, some shots of the water gushes across farmers creek bridge and across the driveway of the Golden Fleece service station at Bowenfels

Floodtime, frustrated drivers trying to get across the flooded section of road at Great Western Highway Bowenfels.

Floodtime, The swollen farmers creek

Specials at Coles just in time for Easter

Floodtime, The heartbreaking scene for residents of Coalbrook street as the flooding neared its peak. This was the scene at the intersection of Coalbrook and Albert Streets

Floodtime, The Salvation Army was there to assist people in Lithgow whose homes were flooded. Fayle Feltham, Marie Cockburn, Helen Rowling, Cherrie Rowling, Kerry Rowling and Trevor Rowling were among the evacuees from Coalbrook street

Floodtime, the Glanmire looking back from the hermitage hall

Floodtime, A view from Albert Street Bridge

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Floodtime, McCauley Street

Floodtime, flooded farmers creek swirls around homes near the intersection of Albert and Coalbrook Streets

Floodtime, The scene in the Vale of Clwydd

Baseball action, Garry Vought slides into home plate ahead of catcher Jeff Goodwin. The game was played in torrential rain

Baseball action, Willy Henderson provides a dry towel for team mate Ken Lewis

Floodtime, Marcus the station dog at Lithgow ambulance station became stranded when water flooded through the premises. He was rescued by Deputy Superintendent Warren Boyle

Floodtime, Sisters Kylie and Peta waiting patiently for their school bus which was delayed due to the deluge of rain

Baseball or water polo?, Robert Hawes found an unorthodox use for his chest guard during the downpour.

Baseball or water polo?, Peter Kearney sloshes his way towards the batters plate.

Floodtime, Massive washaway at the top end of McCauley street caused by the intense force of the flood water rushing down the mountain after days of rain

Floodtime, it was anything but a happy easter for the residents of Coalbrook street. John Kinkade attempting to hose mud out of a piece of carpet

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Floodtime, John Schwager of Stephenson street found the best to clean the much from his car was to remove the seats and hose out the debris

Floodtime, New homes between Tank and Union streets come under threat during the flood

Floodtime, a fence in Ferro street could not withstand the downpour.

New Leaders for Lithgow High school, Craig Gillard, Carolyn Neville, Ald J Hall, Pincipal W. Stephenson, Margot Warren and Stuart Charlton the 1978 School captains

Star Wars was showing at the Theatre Royal

Another amateur boxing champion, this was Ken Bolt’s predication about Brett Young back in 1978

Easter gesture, The students of Sunnybank Special School were entertained by youngsters from the Ineract Group at Lithgow High school with songs and an Easter pantomime. They also presented the students with Easter eggs

Croquet Anyone?, Mrs Buck, Mrs Glass and Mrs Hanrahan taking a break.

Croquet Anyone?, Mrs Gladys Glass marks the ball with her mallet on the green. Mrs Nell Ross, Mrs Dot Hanrahan and Mrs Win Buck look on

Swimming Stunners, Dianne Bell and Debbie Gaynor enjoying the pool before it closed for the winter season.

Lithgow High school girls Debbie Partridge going up for a basket.

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The Salvation Army’s new place of worship in Cook Street received an update to allow it to seat at least 60 people and create a Youth Centre.

Lithgow farewelled two golfing stalwarts Max and Jean Emmerton who left Lithgow for Taree back in 1978. The Emmertons had joined the club in 1966.

Popular sporting personalities, Barbara Watters and John Sheppeard at the Lithgow Golf Club for the Friday night beef and burgundy night

A dinner dance was held at the Hydro Majestic back in 1978 for the princely sum of $5 per head!

A “worms eye view” of a baseball match taken from behind the pitcher. Batter Peter Kearney ready to hit it out of the park

Giving a new top class view of all the races at the greyhound track was the “multi-thousand dollar” grandstand complex. The well grassed interior section of the track was being used by Workies under 12 and under 14 league teams under coach Dave McCann

The sad and sorry state of the laneway looking west to east from near the rear entrance of the old Mort Street TAFE college. In 1978 it was a cul de sac laneway off mainstreet and therefore not maintained as an “all-through passage”.

Caddies restaurant was serving French Cuisine to the locals in 1978.

A classic add for Hassans Walls Motors. Would you buy a car from these lads?

Social pages; well known golfing quartet, Flo Hill, Peg Hoy, Jean Gregory and Patsy Beljon enjoying the Beef and Burgundy night at the Golf Club.

Social pages; John Sutton having a turn or two on the dance floor at the Golf Club Beef and Burgundy night

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Social pages; Janice Evans, Deidre Culla, Neville Kerrison and Pam Kerrison.

Social pages; Westy Jenkins, Jack Wilkinson and Pat Wilkinson full of good cheer on a night out.

Social pages; Col Rawsthorne and wife Fay having a splendid time.

Social pages; Elaine Millar with a big smile for the camera.

Social pages; Shirley Kable, Phil Evans, Jim Cronin at the farewell for Max and Jean Emmerton.

Social pages; Gordon Case and his wife Lorraine, Col and Fay Rawsthorne

Classic add from Merv Moore’s Discount Carpet Centre

Lithgow City Bowling Clubs Bill Bradley lends a hand at the club.

City Club’s head greenkeeper, Ray Lovett and apprentice greenkeeper Chris Davie hard at work at the club.

Real Estate prices back in March 1978

Some classics were showing at the Theatre Royal in March 1978

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Another shot of Lithgow City Bowling Club head greenkeeper Ray Lovett working hard on the No 3 green.

Baseball action – A GT Blues player is about to send down a “stiff arm” delivery.

Baseball action – Pat Mason (Wang Greens) clobbers the ball into the outfield. Margaret Benson was the catcher for the GT Blue Angels.

Lucky Shopper – taken at the Co-op Society’s supermarket

Tracy Graves from Sodwalls with brother Andrew, her father Neville Graves (busdriver), mother Sue Graves and brother Geoffery. Tracy suffered from Hydatid which took a long time to diagnose but thankfully it was discovered.

Allan Bentley assistant greenkeeper at the Lithgow City Bowling club, takes a breather.

Extensions to the Lithgow City Bowling club cost $7,600. Mr Clarrie Parnaby checks out the fitting of the new aluminum windows installed at the club.

Greyhound club new grandstand and judge’s box cost $70,000.

Huxley homes opened a display home in Macauley street back in 1978. Mrs Lorraine Wilkinson, Ald Ian Holt, Mrs Elizabeth Holt and their daughter Jennifer at the Huxley homes “house warming”.

Huxley homes display homes – Mr Mike O’Donnel, Ald John Hall. Mr Wes Anderson and Mr Keith Werry inspect the new Huxley homes display house.

Honeymoon on Magnetic Island, Karen and Philip Bell were married in 1978 at St Patrick’s Catholic Church.

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Baseball fan, a young toddler found the catcher’s garb just a little too large.

Enjoying the sun Kerry and Karen Morris enjoyed the last of the hot summer weather at the Lithgow pool.

Baseball action.

A field of 15 runners got away for the start of the womens open 3km cross country event, Lithgow’s Christine Stockley (far right) broke away from the field and went on to win in 11 minutes and 57 seconds.

Scouts were losing numbers due to lack of interest in 1978 – some of the local boy scouts.

Scouts boys enjoying some activities

Baseball action, Russ Jeffery makes the sand fly as he scurries home in the Workmans Club Eagles versus the Wallerawang match.

Lucky Shopper – another lucky shopper snapped at the Co-op Society’s supermarket.

Brand new CTS Coal Waggons loading from the dumps in Hermitage Washery storage. These were the latest design and the pride of the Public Transport Commision. Truck handlers Joe Thompson and Keith Northey give the new coal waggons the once over.

Girls baseball action

Girls baseball action

New flat type accommodation was built in Sandford Avenue back in 1978. Being described as modern it was built on the old Lithgow Motor Body Works site. These flats were built due to lack of accommodation in the Lithgow area.

Basketball presentation, Ann Bright was named womens player of the year, Geoff Knight was male player of the year pictured with Jim Riley and Merv Emms who helped pioneer basketball in the Lithgow area.

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Roy, Gael or Robbie? Your chance to choose

SHORT LISTED: Roy Billing stars in a short-listed film to be screened in the Eurobodalla. SENIORS Week will be celebrated with screenings of shortlisted films for the ‘It’s Your Call’ awards at Moruya and Batemans Bay libraries.
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Eurobodalla Shire Council has joined The Festivalists and the National Relay Service for the awards, which are hosted by Australia’s senior film festival, Young At Heart.

The festival recognises actors aged 55 and over for their contribution to the Australian film industry.

This year’s seven finalist films will be shown at Batemans Bay Library on Thursday, March 19 and Moruya Library on Friday, March 20.

The audience will have an opportunity to vote for the best short film.

Films include Crumble, starring Roy Billing, Love Song Devotions, which was an official selection for the Melbourne International Film Festival, and the world premiere of Now You See Her, starring Gael Ballantayne.

Each film will be shown in 60 communities during Seniors Week, from March 14 to 22.

Screenings are free, but bookings are essential.

Phone your local library to reserve your place.

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Thursday storm warning for Illawarra

3:40pm:The Bureau of Meteorology has warned of a severe weather system bringing large hail stones,damaging winds and heavy rainfall over the next several hours that could lead to flash flooding. The system is likley to affect Camden and parts of the Illawarra.
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3:10pm:The Bureau of Meteorology has warneda severe weather system bringing large hail stones,damaging winds and heavy rainfallthat could lead to flash flooding is likley to affect Camden onThursday afternoon.

The severe weather warning earlier included the greater Illawarra but according to the BOMthe storm has headed north towards the Hunter Valley.

If severe thunderstorms develop inWollongong or surrounding areas, a more detailed severe thunderstorm warning will be issued.

2.15pm: The Bureau of Meteorologyissued a severe weather warning for Thursday afternoon for destructive winds, large hail stones and heavy rainfall in the greater Illawarra, Wollondilly and Wingecarribee areas.

In a repeat of Wednesday afternoon’s predicted thunderstorms, theBureau of Meteorology warns thatsevere thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Bargo and Hill Top at 2.10pm.

Wollongong missed out on the worst of the weather on Wednesday, however the region is expected to experience storms on Thursday.

According to the BOM thethunderstorms are moving towards the north from Bargo.

They are forecast to affect Picton, the area south of Wilton and Thirlmere by 2:40 pm and Camden, Appin and Oakdale by 3:10 pm.

Large hailstones, damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding are likely.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:move cars under cover or away from trees,secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony, keep clear of fallen power lines,keep clear of creeks and storm drains andavoidwalking, or drivingthrough flood water.

If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue.Unplug computers and appliances.Avoid using the phone during the storm.Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well.

For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES (NSW and ACT) on 132 500.

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Funding brightens future of Qbn basketball

Queanbeyan and District Basketball Association president Jan Browne with Roadrunners (L-R) Jacob Rhodin, Cameron Pender, Eve Buchaniec and Riley Rhodin. Photo: Steph Konatar.THE Queanbeyan and District Basketball Association have gone from teetering on the verge of closure to planning to extend thanks to a $60,000 state government grant.
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NSW Premier Mike Baird and Member for Monaro John Barilaro announced the funding on Tuesday.

Queanbeyan and District Basketball Association president Jan Browne said the grant will repair the 30-year-old stadium further and plan an expansion.

“This could not have come at a better time, because fixing the roof left us broke,” she said.

“Now we can upgrade the toilets, replace the lights and plan for a further expansion.

“The new expansion will include a four full-sized courts, change rooms and a showcourt.”

The club saved for five years to replace the damaged roof, which Browne said exhausted all the club’s funds.

“We can use the money to pay back our committees- we borrowed from our uniform committee and other committees to pay for the roof.”

“At the moment we are asking players to pay a levy and now we can stop that.”

Queanbeyan City Council has allotted a section of land behind Allinsure Park, formerly Dairy Farmers Park, for the proposed $7 million facility, Browne said.

“We will work towards planning for the new facility, that way when there’s funding around we’ll be ready to go,” she said.

Browne said the club is turning a number of groups who are interested in hiring the facility “on a weekly basis” because the facility is already struggling to cope with the 1,300 registered junior and senior basketballers.

The new facility would not only benefit the Queanbeyan and District Basketball Association, but also the “whole of Queanbeyan”, Browne said.

“Once we get the new facility built we can either sell the current stadium or rent it out for netball, indoor soccer, volleyball; and use the money to fund other projects.”

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Beachcombers, water babies sought for marine survey

Eurobodalla beachcombers and water babies have been asked to help researchers design a marine citizen scientist project.
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To improve how people power is used in coastal science, a national survey was launched this week.

It is the first survey that seeks to understand why people do or do not get involved in citizen science, says Southern Cross University researcher Vicki Martin.

She has launched an appeal to people on the South Coast to respond to the survey, which will help researchers improve how they work with the community.

“Observations from ocean users and beachgoers have enormous potential to increase knowledge about marine species along Australia’s coastal regions,” Ms Martin said.

“The aim of the Marine Exchangessurvey is to find out what the public thinks about helping scientists, how they want to get involved, and how scientists can better communicate with them,” she said.

Ms Martin is a researcher and PhD candidate in the School of Environment, Science and Engineering.

“The results of the national survey will help scientists understand how to tap into the invaluable observations of those who frequent coastal regions,” she said.

“More than 85 per cent of us live within 50 kilometres of the ocean, meaning the majority of Australians use the marine environment in some way.

“Marine users include fishers, divers, surfers, beachwalkers and boaties; anyone that loves getting into or on the water.

“Public input helps improve marinescientists’ understanding about where marine species are shifting with environmental changes, such as warming ocean currents.

“Anecdotally, we know fishers and other marine users are reporting an increase in the shark activity off the east coast.

“With the southern states experiencing warmer currents than usual, people have been sighting what would normally be called northern species more regularly.

“For example, fishermen in Tasmania are now catching snapper, yellowtail kingfish and striped marlin.

“If these observations were able to be harnessed and collected in a way that patterns can be established, it would increase everyone’s understanding about marine species and changes going on in the water.”

She says digital technology is connecting individuals with scientists through the use of smart phones.

“While a small number of studies have focused on people who are already involved in citizen science projects, so far there has been no research into the general population of marine users to work out how much interest there is from the public,” Ms Martin said.

“The results of the Marine Exchanges survey will help scientists create research projects which are more interesting and engaging for the public.

“The survey team wants to hear your thoughts about public involvement in marine science regardless of whether you think it’s a good idea or not.”

Any Australian citizen or resident over the age of 15 years can participate until 20 April 2015.

The survey and further information can be found at www.bit.ly/marinestudy or on Facebook at www.facebook南京夜网/MarineExChanges.

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