A BLISTERING start propelled Hampden Green to an upset victory in the Western Regional State League 17 and under netball grand final at Warrnambool Stadium last night.
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Green, which scraped into the final with a last-minute goal last week, defeated Hampden White 46-38 in a fiercely-contested match.

Hampden was unable to fly its colours in the open final, with its White team falling 50-39 to Camperdown Night.

Green set up the Hampden Football Netball League’s third 17 and under title in five years with a stunning four-minute burst in the opening term.

Between the four and eight-minute mark, Green scored six consecutive goals as it swiftly moved the ball to dominant goal attack Skye Billings, who shot 10 goals without a miss for the term.

Assistant coach Jackie Smedts said her side’s ability to stick to its game plan was the difference between a win and its semi-final loss to White.

“They went out strong and fell in a bit of hole in the second quarter,” she said.

“White played a very hard, fast game and we got sucked into that and we lost our process. But in the end it came down to we had to keep attacking and stick to the plan, slow down a bit.

“It just goes to show when it comes down to it, it’s all above the shoulders. If they can keep their head and not get down, then things don’t go your way.”

Smedts said the work by goal defence Jordan Billings in intercepting and providing lightning rebounds was a crucial factor in the result.

“The Billings girls were outstanding. I thought Jordan Billings was unbelievable,” she said. She said Green had been unable to play star Annie Blackburn because of basketball commitments. “To actually win the game and not have Annie Blackburn on court was a credit to the girls on the court,” she said.

White coach Kate Kearney lamented her side’s start.

“To say I’m disappointed would be an understatement,”she said.

“I didn’t anticipate making the amount of changes we had to make. We had a bit of a reality check at quarter-time.”

Kearney said her girls started nervously.

“We probably panicked when we got the ball and we made silly mistakes, which led to turnovers,” she said.

Kearney said the way her side responded after quarter-time was pleasing.

“They came off at quarter- time and addressed that and said it wasn’t good enough. They fought for 60 minutes. I couldn’t be prouder of the way they did that,” she said.

Green’s slick ball movement in the opening quarter contrasted with White’s tentative forward moves. White fought hard, especially in the midcourt after quarter-time, and broke even. After trailing by nine at three-quarter time, White got within five midway into the last term but an ankle injury to wing defence Lisa Couch halted momentum.

Both sides had members selected in the all-star team, with White goaler Kate O’Meara and defender Ebony Stacey joined by Green’s Annie Blackburn, Skye and Jordan Billings and wing attack Chelsea Swarbrick, who was named player of the match.

n Full details of the open grand final and award winners in both grades will be featured in tomorrow’s issue of The Standard.

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Warrnambool Aero Club secretary Jeff Davies and vice-president Paul O’Rourke (back) are looking forward to hosting the RAAF Roulettes this weekend as part of the club’s 50th anniversary celebrations.THE Warrnambool Aero Club was higher than a kite after landing the famous RAAF Roulettes to celebrate it’s 50th anniversary this weekend.
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The skilled aerobatics team will arrive at the Warrnambool Airport on Sunday at 10am, giving the public a chance to see their aircraftup close and meet the pilots before their aerial display at 1pm.

As well as the acrobatic planes, the airport will host a Sikorsky S-76 helicopter, a Russian single-engine biplane, a display by the Warrnambool Model Aero Club and the Warrnambool Airport’s Hems-4 air ambulance.

Club vice-president Paul O’Rourke said people would have the unique opportunity to see aircraft up close, talk with pilots and learn more about the airport and the south-west’s aviation history.

“When we were thinking about what we wanted to do the Roulettes were the first choice,” he said.

“You live in hope so it was quite a pleasant surprise they said ‘yes’.

“We thought it was too big a thing to keep it to ourselves so we wanted to open it up to the community to come down and enjoy the day with us.

“It’s the perfect opportunity for families at the start of school holidays to have a fun day out with something a bit different,” he said.

The biplane will arrive today to allow the public to book joy rides on the weekend.

The club is holding its 50th anniversary dinner tomorrow night, celebrating the history of aviation in south-west Victoria.

“Not many people know that Paul McGuinness, who co-founded Qantas, lived in Warrnambool and was born in Framlingham,” Mr O’Rourke said.

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SOUTH-west leaders have expressed concerns at having missed out on the next phase of the National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout.
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The federal government yesterday announced the stage-one schedule of the eventual nationwide network, which will connect 3.5 million homes in 1500 towns and suburbs to high-speed fibre-optic broadband over the next three years.

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Great South Coast Group chairman Matt Makin said he and his colleagues were “disappointed and confused” at the logic that exclude the south-west and its need for internet upgrades.

“We are in the thick of unprecedented growth and yet we’re already so far behind urban Australia in terms of broadband access and speed,” the Corangamite mayor said.

“A lot of the investment flagged for our region could be jeopardised without access to the NBN.”

His frustrations were echoed by member for Wannon Dan Tehan and Warrnambool businessman Rod Brugman, co-owner and director of IT support company eResources.

Mr Brugman said regional businesses would be disadvantaged without high-speed broadband access.

“A whole range of industries and businesses are dependent on the internet,” Mr Brugman said.

“(This announcement) puts us three years behind other centres like Melbourne, Ballarat and Geelong who, because of high-speed broadband, are now going to be a whole lot more competitive and a whole lot more attractive to investors.”

Mr Brugman said his business worked with around 150 small to medium enterprises in the Great South Coast region whose futures could be reliant on having access to high-speed internet services.

“It’s not so much that we’ll feel it today, but in three, five, even 10 years’ time, we won’t be able to do what the world is expecting us to do because we won’t have the access we need to high-speed broadband.”

An infuriated Mr Tehan yesterday described the rationale for the three-year rollout as a “complete joke”.

“The problem is this is a city-centric federal government, which is not allocating broadband on a needs basis,” he said.

“It finds all the excuses in the world to just deliver to major capital cities because they can get the commercial gains they need for the $50 billion the NBN is costing to roll out.

“One lives in hope it could be based on a needs basis but everything we’ve seen indicates they will continue to operate on an ad hoc basis on the whim of the NBN and the minister.”

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STEVEN Krybolder couldn’t quite believe his ears when he was named the Australasian Schools Cycling Cup under 17 champion yesterday.
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The Camperdown Cycling Club member did not enter the 75-kilometre scratch race in Dookie, near Shepparton, in full health.

“I was sick last week with a cold,” he said. “I wasn’t feeling too great (yesterday) morning, so I just thought I would go for a ride and see how I went.”

The Mercy Regional College student surprised himself by taking out the race, although he wasn’t aware of his victory when he crossed the finish line.

It was because the race consisted of both under 19 and under 17 competitors, with the sprint to the finish including several older riders.

“I finished third in the bunch sprint but, because there were under 19s, I didn’t know which riders were in which race,” he said.

“They called my name out over the speaker and said that I won.

“I thought it must have been wrong.”

It wasn’t, with the 15-year-old claiming under 17 honours after featuring in the main bunch for most of the race, which consisted of three laps.

“On the last lap, we got dropped off the back and then chased them back down with about five kilometres to go and got back on,” he said.

“It was a tough race but they were perfect conditions.”

He completed the race in one hour, 44 minutes and 43 seconds. The Timboon resident has trained under Warrnambool coach Andy Graham since the start of the year.

He has also been part of the South West Academy of Sport (SWAS) cycling program for about a year.

Steven, who thanked Graham and SWAS chief executive officer Glenn Singleton for their support, believes he has improved over the past 12 months. The teenager won’t have much time to rest after yesterday’s win.

He is travelling to Swan Hill with his father this morning to compete in the Murray to Moyne with the Timboon Cruisers.

Meanwhile, Emmanuel College’s Sam Lane was third in the under 17 individual time trial.

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A WARRNAMBOOL magistrate has warned a woman who punched her victim in the mouth at Lake Pertobe on Australia Day that the court would not tolerate such behaviour.
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Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt pointed out to Brook Moana Collier, 20, of Princes Highway, that a man involved in similar behaviour had been sentenced to serve two years and six months in prison.

Collier pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to recklessly causing injury and was convicted and fined $1000.

Police alleged that on Australia Day this year the victim was discussing ongoing issues with a mutual friend at Lake Pertobe.

Collier approached her friend and asked if the victim was giving her a hard time. The victim asked Collier her to leave them alone so they could keep talking, to which Collier replied: “I don’t want to talk this out, I want to fight it out.”

She then punched the victim to the mouth, cutting her lip and swung a number of punches the victim was able to deflect.

A large group of people then gathered around the women and encouraged them to fight before the victim fled and contacted police.

Collier told police the victim had kicked her first and called her a derogatory name.

Mr Klestadt said the community was appalled that anyone would consider it appropriate to get drunk and fight on Australia Day. He said the court had to condemn such behaviour in the strongest possible terms.

The magistrate also warned Collier that if she continued to to drink alcohol and engage in violence she would end up in jail.

Mr Klestadt said that in a recent Court of Appeal case a 25-year-old man had been jailed for two years and six months for bashing his victim.

He said the victim in that case had two plates and 14 screws inserted in his face to repair injuries.

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