Cats in fine form to maul Robins

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WYNYARD 24.26 (142) -d- ULVERSTONE 11.10 (76)WYNYARD started the new season from where it left off last year, beating arch-rival Ulverstone last night.
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The Cats went through the 2014 season undefeated and have started in similar fashion, casting aside one of the teams expected to give them a run for their money this year.

It was a familiar sight at Wynyard with key forward Gregg Sharman kicking eight.

Zane Murphy came off the field in the last term to rest a minor ankle injury but he should be fit to play against East Devonport next week.

Although many of last year’s premiership players are missing, the Cats are still going to be a formidable force.

Sharman, the competition’s leading goalkicker in 2014, is likely to get plenty of support this season as brothers Nick and Tom Mitchell kicked three goals each, as did Stuart Turner.

Turner is on the comeback trail this year after missing last season with a shoulder injury.

Ulverstone went into last night’s game under-manned with several of its top players missing. New Robins’ coach Justin Rodman made his presence felt with three goals in the opening half.

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Rule change too negative

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THERE had to be a definitive statewide ruling from AFL Victoria on finals eligibility.
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The ruling it did make was just too negative.

AFL Victoria has declared this week that any player who plays more than 10 games in the Victorian Football League will be barred from returning to their nominated home grassroots club for finals.

This is designed to stop players fine-tuning their game at the state’s top level – against and alongside AFL-listed players – then dropping back to dominate country and suburban flag bids.

Something had to happen because there was no uniform ruling to restrict VFL players.

AFL Victoria community football operations manager Gerard Ryan told The Courier there had been concerns raised with the game’s state governing body about this.

Ballarat Football League club presidents Peter Carey (North Ballarat City) and Jack Ogilvie (Sunbury) have been outspoken against the ruling and deny any consultation on concerns.

Imagine the uproar – probably a happy roar from the Lions – should decorated North Ballarat Roosters ruckman Orren Stephenson suddenly appear onfield for Redan in September if the Roosters missed the finals.

Unlikely, but still possible.

The crunch would be felt more on fringe VFL players and their community club.

A more positive ruling on finals eligibility would be to flip the AFL Victoria stance.

In the Ballarat Football League there is a mandatory three-game standard to qualify for finals. Why not adopt this across the state’s club competitions? Even lift it to four or five games if you want to make it a little harder for VFL players looking to return home.

This would instead encourage predominantly younger, developing players to keep striving to take their game to the highest level they can, rather than worry about potential game-count repercussions.

Those playing key VFL roles are unlikely to return to community football enough to qualify under this alternate standard anyway. The Roosters, for example, have two byes this season and there is no break for interstate football because the VFL has the year off.

Senior players clocking up serious minutes – and those carrying niggling injuries or sore bodies – do not return to grassroots football in their breaks.

This is all part of player management. Clubs know this when they take on a VFL-listed player.

Generally, when a VFL player is returning from injury via a home club, it is only for a week or two, in the same way AFL clubs might work a star player back through its VFL arm.

The Roosters had North Melbourne captain Andrew Swallow in action for two games last season.

If a VFL player takes to the field for a home club longer than that, struggling to find form or struggling for selection, then they, too, deserve a chance to represent their home club in finals.

Sunbury duo Jack Sheahan and Daniel Toman each chalked up the mandatory three games in the BFL home-and-away season to play finals for the Lions last year.

Under AFL Victoria’s new rule, both would have been deemed ineligible due to their game time with the now-defunct Bendigo Gold.

Lions president Ogilvie raised an interesting point in what would now happen should either have played 11 VFL games and then been dropped.

What club would want such a quality player whose season would end in the final round?

VFL players who return to grassroots clubs are a bonus for their home team and league to which they return.

Any time a high-calibre player, or developing player exposed to high-level competition and training, makes a homecoming, they lift the standard of those around them.

Access to such players ultimately makes the game stronger and more exciting across the whole state.

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Ballarat Heritage Weekend to pay homage to Anzac centenary

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On song: Ballarat City councillor Samantha McIntosh with members of the Federation University Graduating Actors Company, who will perform as part of Ballarat Heritage Weekend. PICTURE: LACHLAN BENCESTURT Street was alive with the sound of Federation University performing arts students on Thursday.
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The Federation University Graduating Actors Company students were warming up their vocal chords for next month’s Ballarat Heritage Weekend.

The students have been behind the scenes preparing to perform a series of war-themed shows, including the epic 1960s musical Oh, What a Lovely War.

The musical will be performed nightly at the Helen Macpherson Smith Theatre.

Students will also perform in a pop-up concert featuring iconic songs from both World Wars at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.

Director of the project Bryce Ives said all the performances were about retelling iconic chapters in Australia’s history.

“It will be a rigorous work of art,” Mr Ives said.

“The idea behind the concept is to connect and draw comparisons between now and what people were experiencing during wartime 100 years ago.”

He said students would also be taking patrons on a walking Anzac tour, which will retrace the steps of World War I soldiers in Ballarat.

Mr Ives said students will be reading personal diary passages and letters from World War I soldiers during the tour.

People are also invited to bring along their own war memorabilia.

City of Ballarat councillor Samantha McIntosh said Ballarat’s unique historic streetscape would come to life for the weekend.

“We all know history lives in Ballarat all year round but Heritage Weekend really is our chance to celebrate and discover parts of Ballarat you may have never explored before,” Cr McIntosh said. “It will be a particularly significant historical showcase this year as we come into the Anzac centenary.”

Other highlights of the weekend will include an extensive display of military vehicles, steam train and double decker bus rides around the city.

Fashion enthusiasts can step back in time with a Charlotte Smith war-themed fashion parade and an exhibition dedicated to vintage aprons.

Special guests will include archaeologist and ABC television host of Who’s Been Sleeping In My House, Adam Ford.

Ballarat Heritage Weekend will be held from May 9 to 10 from 10am to 5pm.

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Walters takes medal after Dockers thump Magpies

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Burnie Dockers ruck-rover Harry Walters capped a dream start to the season.BURNIE 16.13 (109) -d- DEVONPORT 9.5 (59)BURNIE Dockers ruck-rover Harry Walters capped a dream start to the 2015 State League season when he took out the inaugural Cameron Baird Memorial Medal after his team’s 40-point win over Devonport.
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The 27-year-old on-baller was in the thick of play all night in the game played at West Park and was presented with his medal before an appreciative crowd after the final siren.

Cameron Baird was Australia’s last Victoria Cross winner and lost his life in a gunbattle in Afghanistan.

His father Doug, a former player with Cooee, came from interstate and made the presentation of the medal to Walters.

The Baird Medal will become an annual feature for the best player in future Burnie-Devonport derbies.

Burnie overcame a slow start last night to reel in the Magpies and go on to a big win in perfect conditions at West Park.

Devonport led early by three goals before the Burnie machine moved into top gear and the Dockers were clearly the better team on the night.

Walters gained great assistance from Darren Banham who challenged him for the Baird Medal and it was also the Burnie big men led by Nick McKenna, Jason Laycock and “fly-in” Cameron Cloke who caused damage to Devonport.

McKenna, recognised as one of the best defenders in the competition, found himself on the forward line and was effective kicking four goals.

Laycock was credited with eight marks in the first quarter and went on to take 13 for the game in an impressive start to the season while Cloke made his presence felt as the game progressed.

Devonport was left to lick its wounds with new coach Mitch Thorp assisted off in the last term, and he is in doubt for next week’s clash with the Tigers.

Thorp had played well until he was injured, and the Magpies would have been happy with the debut of former Wynyard big man Sam Douglas.

Kade Pitchford appears ready to continue on from where he left off last year while Sean McCrossen and Ben Hawkes were impressive.

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Burnie unable to match the experience of Devonport

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DEVONPORT 19.24 (138) -d- BURNIE 6.7 (43)THE Devonport Magpies are on top of the ladder after making a brilliant debut against the Burnie Dockers in their NWFL match at West Park yesterday.
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The Magpies, sprinkled with many players who have had State League experience, stamped their authority from the opening bounce, and the outcome was never in doubt.

On the other hand, Burnie was playing with many youngsters who were at senior level for the first time, and it showed as the Dockers had been able to kick just one goal by three-quarter-time before playing their best football in the final term, when they kicked five goals.

Devonport was led by former State League captain Al Clements, who dominated from the backline.

Clements has worked hard over the summer months and is at his fittest and lightest for a couple of seasons.

He had good support from Jake Howard and Quentin Rataj, who picked up plenty of possessions during the afternoon.

Rover Brad Taylor, making a comeback after a couple of years away from the game, showed he had lost none of his tenacity for the football and was one of his team’s best.

Another making a return to football was former Tassie Mariner Clint Matthews in the ruck, and Will Huxtable showed the benefit of State League experience by being the team’s best forward.

Judging on yesterday, the Magpies will be top-four contenders.

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Domestic violence must stop

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No longer silent: Domestic violence victim Caroline Pascoe with her parents Gladys and Grant Pascoe.PICTURE: LACHLAN BENCEToday, The Courier can finally tell the stories of two very brave women.
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Both have been victims of one violent man.

Both are bravely speaking up because they don’t want any other woman to suffer what they went through.

Caroline Pascoe and Kate Moffatt both took their attacker to court, but he received a suspended sentence in one instance and a community-based order in the other.

Both are also speaking up because they are concerned domestic violence sentences are too lenient, and the legal system fails the victims.

As Ms Pascoe says: “Society and the legal system say you have to speak up and have a voice, but you need to be supported when you do speak up.”

Both women also wanted their assailant named, as his criminal convictions over their assaults are a matter of public record.

And they want all women to live free of fear, with both determined to make a difference.

Ms Pascoe is now a passionate anti-domestic violence campaigner.

“I don’t want any other woman to go through what I went through. I may have laid down for a little while, but I never gave up the fight,” she said.

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Woodcock’s injury takes shine off strong Latrobe win

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East Devonport’s Stuart Carter gets a handpass away under pressure from Latrobe pair Michael Flint and Rodney Coghlan yesterday. Pictures: PHILLIP BIGGS
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LATROBE 18.13 (127) -d- EAST DEVONPORT 6.11 (47)LATROBE’S 80-point win over East Devonport was soured by a serious injury to onballer Gavin Woodcock.

The former Baldock Medalist snapped his hamstring just before half-time and is expected to miss at least six weeks of football.

“Gavin’s our spiritual leader and was having a good game until he was injured,” Latrobe coach Wade Anthony said.

“It’s very disappointing for Gavin as he did so much work over the summer,”.

Anthony is in his first year of coaching at Latrobe after making a return to the game and said he was satisfied with Latrobe’s 80-point victory.

He was a former senior player with Devonport and Latrobe and in 2000 was selected in an All-Australian team after the national country football championships were held in NSW.

“We were a bit scrappy and inaccurate in front of goal but I couldn’t fault the guys with their endeavour,” he said.

The Demons gave Anthony little cause for concern by winning the toss and kicking with the breeze in the opening quarter and kicking 7.7 to 1.2.

“We started well and although we slipped away a bit in the second quarter, it was a satisfying result,”.

Anthony was full of praise for Michael Flint who was a dominant player for four quarters while rover Rodney Coghlan showed his tenacity to win the ball.

Over summer Coghlan had considered switching to East Devonport but at the last minute decided to stay with the Demons and made his presence felt yesterday.

Anthony believes Latrobe will be a competitive side as the season rolls on and said the team still had Rory Gurr, Matthew Sheehan and Zane Good to return.

Although beaten, East Devonport showed signs of improvement from last year when it went through the season without winning a game.

The Swans now have some big-bodied defenders such as Nathan Gore and Stuart Carter who both played well and former best and fairest winner Nathan Applebee won his share of the ball in his first game back with the club.

East Devonport does have a deficieny in the forward line with another big player needed to support Michael Bloomfield and Sam Borlini.

The team suffered a blow when it was confirmed Jake McDermott had broken his ankle.

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Cavs and Hawks cruise to wins

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NORTHERN Hawks and Cavaliers both recorded easy state netball league victories in pre-Easter matches with wins over Devon and Burnie.
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Northern Hawks opening quarter against Devon was a one-sided affair with Steffi Grenda, Zoe Gough and Jacky Bennett turning the ball over repeatedly for the home side to establish a 22-6, lead at quarter-time.

Hawks defensive pressure around the circle edge also reaped the rewards with Bennett and Ashton Whiley covering Devon’s attacking options with tight one on one defence to lead 43-15, at half-time.

In the second half, Hawks were flying out of defence with Sarah Lyons driving well through the mid-court as the ball was sent quickly back into attack.

Hawks intensity and pressure proved too much for Devon’s less experienced team with a 91-28 win.

Player of the match was Kate von Stieglitz.

Hawks’ 19-and-under team defeated Devon 64-33, with Jen Guy player-of-the-match.

Cavaliers came away with a solid 53-29 win over a resurgent Burnie Tigers.

Missing Sandra Bennett following a training injury and Shelby Miller, Cavaliers built an early lead with good returns under the ring in goal from Estelle Margetts and Lucy Thannhauser providing plenty of drive from the mid-court.

At half-time Cavaliers held a 10-goal lead and with Cavaliers defender and player-of-the-match Sarah Guest closing out Burnie goal shooter Vanessa Martelletti.

In the second half, Cavaliers ran away from the determined Burnie outfit to record a 24-goal win.

In a physical 19-and-unders match, Cavaliers height and speed held sway over Burnie to record a 63-33 win.

Cavaliers’ player-of-the-match Sarah Stuart in goals received great support from her mid-court with Lydia Coote a stand out winning numerous intercepts and turnovers.

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Caroline never gave up the fight against violence

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NO LONGER SILENT: Caroline Pascoe continues to live in fear but has decided to speak up. PICTURE: LACHLAN BENCE
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WHEN Caroline Pascoe met David Farquhar through a mutual friend, she thought he was genuine, kind and humorous.

“I thought I’d met someone charming and lovely,” Ms Pascoe said.

Now, she lives in fear she will one day open her front door and have a gun pointed in her face.

She also knows by speaking out against her attacker she will be his “number one target” again.

After all, Mr Farquhar has already been convicted twice of assault, against Ms Pascoe and a former partner.

Both times, he has received suspended sentences.

So Ms Pascoe is telling her story to push for court and legal system reforms to better care for domestic violence victims.

“Society and the legal system say you have to speak up and have a voice, but you need to be supported when you do speak up,” she said.

“Women are already filled with fear. They should not have to stay in the same room as their attacker to get an intervention order.

“I don’t want any other woman to go through what I went through. I may have laid down for a little while, but I never gave up the fight.

“I don’t want him doing this again.”

Ms Pascoe’s story began in late 2013 when she struck up a relationship with Mr Farquhar, unaware of his domestic violence history.

But only a few weeks later, he began verbally abusing her.

“He stripped myself away from me. I felt stupid and worthless,” she said.

“I started hiding it from family and friends. I didn’t want to upset him. I watched everything I said, but no matter what I said it was wrong.

“I found out later everyone could see I had changed. I went from my bubbly usual self to being dead silent. He totally ruined what I was.”

On January 1, 2014, the by now constant verbal abuse escalated into physical violence where Ms Pascoe was twice kicked in the stomach, knocking her to the ground.

“He said he was sorry and that he didn’t want me to leave,” she said.

“He convinced me it was nothing, but it wasn’t OK. I didn’t go to the police because I was too scared. He said if I did he’d bury me.”

But two weeks later, Ms Pascoe was forced to visit her doctor with constant stomach pains.

At this point, she decided to leave and reported Mr Farquhar to police.

“He started stalking me, sending me 200 text messages a day. It was just constant.

“He would park outside my friend’s house, telling me to come out, but I knew by then he had a history.”

Mr Farquhar also approached Ms Pascoe’s parents, begging them to convince her to drop the charges.

“He came and saw my dad and said, ‘I’ll end up in jail if she goes ahead with it’.”

On February 4, 2014, Ms Pascoe applied for a temporary restraining order, but Mr Farquhar fought it and claimed she was making up the allegations.

The temporary AVO was still issued.

He fought two other attempts to extend the AVO and even put in a counterclaim that he was in fear of his life from Ms Pascoe.

On a third occasion, he failed to show and a permanent AVO was granted.

However, Ms Pascoe was still in so much fear that she fled Ballarat for Bendigo. “I was so scared, I couldn’t stop shaking. I just wanted him not to come near me,”she said.

In early September, 2014, Ms Pascoe returned and insisted Mr Farquhar be charged over her assault.

“It took me breaking down and revealing what I was like 24/7 for them to do something about it.”

Twice, Mr Farquhar had his hearing in Ballarat Magistrates Court adjourned. “I’d fought so hard but each time I had to wait there like an idiot,” she said.

But the third time, he pleaded guilty to unlawful assault and assault by kicking. He received a 14-day jail term, suspended for six months.

“At first I was excited that it was over. But then I realised I’d fought a whole year and I was on medication, I had a nervous breakdown.

“I felt like it was all a bad dream.

“This man came into my life and was like a whirlwind of destruction.”

Ms Pascoe now knows Mr Farquhar’s charming veneer was just a facade.

“He does kickboxing, so he’d spar with you but he’d make sure he hurt you. If we were running together, he’d push me in the back and say, ‘Go faster’.”

Ms Pascoe said if Mr Farquhar had received a tougher sentence for his previous assault, he may not have been able to hurt her.

“Everybody makes a choice in life. But these people constantly try to trick you so you don’t know what’s going on. They pick people who like to help.”

Shortly after the court case, Ms Pascoe decided to write down exactly how she felt:

“The more he hides his violence in your silence, the more he will continue to be violent.

“The most powerful weapon a woman has is her voice. The more she uses her voice to speak out, to scream out, the safer she becomes, the monster is revealed.

“He wants your silence, he grows stronger with your silence.

“He can’t be stopped with the cold dark silence. The terrifying silence.

“I want you to rage against the violence.

“My silence is no more.”

• Ms Pascoe recently had the intervention order extended to 10 years in Ballarat Magistrates Court. Mr Farquhar was con-

tacted for comment on these stories but did not respond.

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Scouts award three years in the making

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14-year-old Lachlan Slater was awarded the highest honour in scouts the Scout Medallion. It took three years to prepare for and is the highest of its kind. Picture: Jason Hollister
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A COMMITMENT made at age 11 has come to fruition for Ulverstone’s Lachlan Slater, now 14.

The Turners Beach Scouts Group Venturer will be awarded the highest Scouts honour, the Scouts Medallion, which is worked towards over three years.

“I’ve seen other people do it and been motivated by them,” he said.

“I’m in Venturers now [the level after Scouts for ages 14-18] so I can just work my way towards my Queen’s Scout [award].

“It’s starting again, but on a lot bigger scale.”

Lachlan undertook the three-year preparation off his own bat, according to his mum, Gill Slater.

“The photo on the front of his passport, he was a little boy when he started,” Ms Slater said.

“It’s spilled over into everyday life into getting organised, getting work done when you’re supposed to, being on time.”

“When we go up to Cradle Mountain for a walk you’ve got in your backpack spare food and equipment because you’re prepared.”

The biggest challenge – and on reflection, the greatest triumph, Lachlan said – was the organisation of a three-day hike in Narawntapu National Park.

“We went from West Head, it was 32 kilometres overall. The leader who was with us was ahead so it was just us four boys,” Lachlan said.

“It was good even though on the second day it was raining a lot so we ended up going to bed at 4 o’clock.

“I have grown up a lot because when I started Scouts I wouldn’t have been able to organise a hike, or I wouldn’t have had the confidence to do that.”

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