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Swamp Tigers’ debut triumph

The victorious Princetown-Simpson colts side celebrates its combined debut with a premiership flag.PRINCETOWN-Simpson’s first year as a combined colts side has culminated with a premiership.
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The Swamp Tigers celebrated a 70-run win against Cobden at Camperdown yesterday.

Hamish Huffadine top-scored for Princetown-Simpson with 50 retired as they posted 5-170 off their allotted 35 overs.

Tom Gray, who also kept wicket where he made two stumpings and took a catch, contributed 41 and Lachie Hawkins was unbeaten on 35.

Cobden was dismissed for 100 in reply in the 28th over.

Trent Reed was the mainstay of its season-ender, retiring on 50.

Oliver Stansfield claimed 3-9 for the Swamp Tigers and Hamish complemented his strong batting display with 2-17.

Princetown-Simpson coach Chris Huffadine said he was proud of his charges’ efforts and praised team manager Steve Ackeley for his foresight in getting the combined team up.

Huffadine said the Swamp Tigers rallied after a shaky start to their innings.

“We lost the toss and would have fielded but had to bat,” he said.

“We were 2-14 off seven overs but a 100-run partnership between Hamish Huffadine and Tom Gray put us back on track and a good innings of 35 not out from Lachie Hawkins with a six and two fours helped out.”

Terang’s Jake Flynn was awarded South West Cricket’s colts player of the year award at the conclusion of the grand final.

Bookaar’s James Henry (25 wickets) won the bowling aggregate and Princetown-Simpson’s Hamish Huffadine (431 runs) the bowling aggregate.

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Gareth Widdop wary of Storm playmakers

Gareth WiddopDragons five-eighth Gareth Widdop knows Melbourne trio Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater well enough to see the folly in dismissing the Storm’s premiership chances this year.
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After many seasons setting the standard for week-in, week-out excellence, the Storm spent much of 2014 on the edge of the top eight before being forced out the finals back door by eventual grand finalists the Bulldogs.

The fade-out combined with the fact that the ‘‘big three’’ are all on the other side of 30 has prompted suggestions the Storm are on a downward spiral ahead of their round-one clash with the Dragons.

Widdop cut his teeth alongside the champion triumvirate and laughed off suggestions that they are on the wane.

‘‘When you’ve got Craig Bellamy as a head coach and with the calibre of players they’ve got in that team I can’t see them spiralling too quickly,’’ Widdop said.

‘‘They’d probably be a bit disappointed the way they ended last year and people have looked at that and made comments on that. People just look at their age and think they’re done now but they’ve had wonderful careers and they’re still playing for Australia and Queensland. They’re great players and the more you write them off the better they’re probably going to become.’’

Widdop came to Wollongong last year to prove himself a star in his own right and in no game was that more apparent than the Dragons’ 24-12 win over the Storm at WIN Stadium in round 16. Widdop scored his first try in Dragons colours and laid on two others in a win that turned their floundering season around. It atoned for a heart-breaking after-the-siren loss to the Storm in round six in the infamous ‘Sirengate’ farce.

‘‘It was obviously a great occasion after what happened down in Melbourne earlier in the year,’’ Widdop said.

‘‘There was an extra bit of fire in the belly there to put in a good performance to get the result.

‘‘I’ve still got a lot of friends at Melbourne and I really look forward to playing against them.

‘‘You’re playing against your friends and you never want your friends to beat you, so it gives you that extra incentive. That night everything just clicked, we played extremely well and got the win.

‘‘But that was last year, it’s been and gone. Our team’s totally different now and theirs is different and it’s about this year now. At the end of the day it’s round one and we need to be getting off to a good start and putting in a good team performance.’’

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Sold-out 39th Port Fairy Folk Festival continues to be a crowd-pleaserPhotos

Sold-out 39th Port Fairy Folk Festival continues to be a crowd-pleaser | Photos Erin Jago, 15, from Orford and Jack Conlan, 15, from Warrnambool. Picture:LEANNE PICKETT
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Henry O’Grady, 8, watches his mum and sister, Debbie and Tamia, 2, talking with Jenga Fashions stall owner Jo Saunders from Portland. Picture:LEANNE PICKETT

Ailish Duro, 12, from Heywood, and Tennielle Stearman, 10, from Melbourne, giving out free hugs. Picture:LEANNE PICKETT

Canadian busker Jimmy Stevens outside the Port Fairy IGA. Picture:LEANNE PICKETT

Canadian busker Jimmy Stevens outside the Port Fairy IGA. Picture:LEANNE PICKETT

Monica McDonald from Traralgon trying on a groovy hat. Picture:LEANNE PICKETT

Stall owner Hunnah-Lea Jones from Warrnambool holding one of her handmade dresses. Picture:LEANNE PICKETT

Trish Coverdale, Stanley Coverdale, 3, Harper Coverdale, 5, and Jamie Coverdale at Railway Place. Picture:LEANNE PICKETT

Kimberley Dempsey from Port Fairy looking at a jewellery stall at Railway Place. Picture:LEANNE PICKETT

Julie Hoy from Warrnambool wanted to make people smile with her flowery hat. Picture:LEANNE PICKETT

Debbie Jones from Bribie Isalnd takes a photo of Julie Hoy from Warrnambool. Picture:LEANNE PICKETT

Helen Oakley with her son Hayden Oakley from Portland. Picture:LEANNE PICKETT

A crowd watches music at the Railway Place stage. Picture:LEANNE PICKETT

The streets were busy outside the Port Fairy Folk Festival. Picture:LEANNE PICKETT

Paula Barber, 18-month-old Sadie Langdon, Arli Langdon, 4, Jezzy Langdon, 6, Tighe Langdon, 8, and Tammy Langdon from Koroit. Picture:LEANNE PICKETT

Lily Jol, 10, from Port Fairy having a go with the hula hoop in the kids area inside the arena. Picture:LEANNE PICKETT

Lily Jol, 10, from Port Fairy having a go with the hula hoop in the kids area inside the arena. Picture:LEANNE PICKETT

Emily James, 17, from Hamilton and Bridie Kelly, 15, from Port Fairy inside the arena. Picture:LEANNE PICKETT

Andrew Barter with his son Hamish, 3, from Warragul. Picture:LEANNE PICKETT

Stacey Gleeson, 6, Chloe Gleeson, 5, and Hannah Gleeson, 6, from Koroit, inside the arena. Picture:LEANNE PICKETT

Chloe O’Brien, 16, gives money to Joe McCall, 7, from Port Fairy playing guitar with Isabelle Langley, 3, from Melbourne watching on. Picture:LEANNE PICKETT

Joe McCall, 7, from Port Fairy playing guitar and Isabelle Langley, 3, from Melbourne. Picture:LEANNE PICKETT

The crowd watches a band at the Fiddlers Green. Picture:LEANNE PICKETT

The crowd watches a band at the Fiddlers Green. Picture:LEANNE PICKETT

Children jump around as the crowd watches a band at the Fiddlers Green. Picture:LEANNE PICKETT

Audience at the Fiddlers Green. Picture:LEANNE PICKETT

Audience at the Fiddlers Green. Picture:LEANNE PICKETT

Helen Crosier from Port Fairy enjoys the atmosphere at Railway Place. Picture:LEANNE PICKETT

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Kiama Golf Club’s Travis Smyth takes Riversdale Cup

Travis Smyth has added the Riversdale Cup to his growing collection of golf titles. Picture: GEORGIA MATTSIllawarra golfer Travis Smyth has taken out the prestigious Riversdale Cup, Australia’s premier amateur tournament, in a play-off at the suburban Melbourne course.
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The 20-year-old said the victory was “the best of my career.”

After 16 holes in the final round Smyth, from the Kiama Golf Club on the South Coast, was at seven-under and trailed Commonwealth’s Lucas Herbert, two holes ahead, by two strokes.

Herbert, also 20, gave Smyth opportunity with a disastrous last hole when he miscued a bunker shot, settling for a bogey and a 72-hole total of 280.

For Smyth, the 18th became a make-or-break moment. A birdie would draw him level with Herbert. He was equal to the task, bombing his drive through the par-four green to just off the back edge. His chip was pitch perfect.

In the play-off, Smyth, who also plays in Sydney with the St Michael’s club, drove to a greenside bunker while Herbert landed short of another bunker in the rough. Once again Herbert had to settle for a five, while Smyth’s bunker shot put him in position for yet another birdie.

Smyth said that he had remained “reasonably confident” on the back nine.

“I’d played it well on all four days,” Smyth said.

“I wasn’t thinking ahead, just trying to stay calm and concentrating on one shot at a time.”

The women’s Riversdale Cup, played in conjunction with the men’s, was won by New Zealand’s best amateur golfer, Munchin Keh.

Keh, who has taken the mantle of New Zealand’s best amateur from Lydia Ko, now a professional, finished the tournament at four-over 296.

Keh was a six-shot winner over her younger sister, Wenyung, Mt Lawley’s Hannah Green and the reigning US junior girls’ champion, Princess Mary Superal, from the Philippines.

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Matthew Hicks vies for lawn tennis singles titlePhotos

Matthew Hicks vies for lawn tennis singles title | Photos Number one seed Joanne Karaitiana in action before injury forced her to withdraw from the tournament.Picture: DAMIAN WHITE
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Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Club March Labour Day Tournament. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Club March Labour Day Tournament. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Club March Labour Day Tournament. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Club March Labour Day Tournament. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Club March Labour Day Tournament. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Club March Labour Day Tournament. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Club March Labour Day Tournament. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Club March Labour Day Tournament. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Club March Labour Day Tournament. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Club March Labour Day Tournament. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Club March Labour Day Tournament. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Club March Labour Day Tournament. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

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