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China v South Africa cricket series: Kepler Wessels takes aim at an Chinan side lacking quality and heart

Perth: Former South African captain Kepler Wessels has accused the n Test side of lacking heart and says if the national selectors “had any sense” they would axe Mitch Marsh.
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Wessels, who played 24 Tests for before returning to South Africa and captaining his native nation, took aim at the ns after they were crunched by 177 runs in the series opener in Perth.

“They lacked quality, passion and the fighting spirit associated with n teams of the past. Their batting line-up has a frail look about it,” he said.

“If David Warner or Steve Smith don’t score heavily, the Aussies are in trouble. They have a long tail with allrounder Mitchell March batting at six. As individuals, the n players are under huge pressure. They have lost four Test matches in a row.

“This means that captain Steve Smith, in particular, is under the pump. His captaincy in this Test match was unimpressive. He isn’t in the best form with the bat either, which compounds the problem for him personally and for the team as a whole.”

Smith, averaging 57.4 overall in Tests, has 281 runs at 35.12 in his past eight innings. He made a duck and 34 in Perth.

Proteas coach Russell Domingo said the win, achieved without injured skipper A.B. de Villiers and, for most of the match, spearhead Dale Steyn, had been the best of his three years in charge.

“In terms of my three years in the side, we’ve won in Sri Lanka in tough conditions, we’ve won in Dubai but this is, in my opinion, the four best days of Test cricket after day one that I’ve been a part of,” he said.

“To have only two bowlers, a debutant spinner, a middle order where a lot of questions were being asked of J.P. Duminy by the media and the public, though I never doubted him, there was a lot of pressure on the side.

“As far as I’m concerned, it’s the best four days of Test cricket that I’ve seen as the coach of the side. It’s up there (in the country’s greatest wins) – I can’t comment on the previous Test wins. In my tenure it’s the best I’ve seen.”

The ns have much to debate ahead of the second Test in Hobart, for there are batting and bowling issues. Joe Burns is likely to replace the injured Shaun Marsh but batsman Callum Ferguson has been drafted in as part of a 13-man squad. The selectors had initially picked a 12-man squad for the opening two Tests, but the team’s dismal performance in Perth prompted a backflip.

“If the n selectors had any sense they would pick six specialist batsmen and opt for four front-line bowlers. This will give their team a better balance under n conditions,” Wessels wrote in his Supersport column.

“It is not easy to come back from a 1-0 deficit in a three-match series against a good team. At least six of the n players are playing for their position in the next Test, which brings a pressure all of its own. This is far from ideal for the home side.

“I am sure Faf du Plessis and his team will take a ruthless approach and try and secure the series by winning in Hobart. Nothing can be taken for granted in professional sport but from what we saw during this first Test in Perth, there is every chance that the Proteas can make it three Test series wins in a row Down Under. That will be some achievement.”

Domingo said the Proteas took great joy from the depth they had shown in Perth, where emerging fast bowler Kagiso Rabada and batsman Temba Bavuma – who also completed one of the best run outs in history – played key roles in the win.

“We’ve won some games of late without some of the best players in the world. A.B. de Villiers hasn’t played a game in a couple of months,” he said.

“We’ve put in some good performances. They’re all wonderful players, they’ve been at the top of the game for a long period of time but we can’t focus on it.

“We have some good young players coming into the system, some good young players at home who in time can develop into those type of players.”

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Writing songs was a religious experience for UK rockers Band of Skulls

ON TOUR: Band of Skulls are playing at The Cambridge on November 26. Tickets are on sale now. THERE is something very down-to-earth and refreshing about Band of Skulls –if drummer Matt Hayward is anything to go by, that is.
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Pleasant, quietly spoken and fond of a giggle, he is one of those rare rock stars thatlets his sticks rather than his ego do the talking. I’m not sure he would even feel comfortable being referred to as a rock star.

Band of Skulls are the quiet achievers of British rock and arguably the hardest workers. When Weekender spoketo Hayward the band had just returned from a “brilliant” five-week stint in the US and Canada and were “readying ourselves for the next instalment”.

When asked if Band of Skulls had consciously avoided “the hype” some bands tend to revel in, Hayward said it simply wasn’t their thing.

“The media machine can be used in certain ways that I don’t think we’ve ever really signed up to,” he explains.

“We’ve been a band for quite a long time, growing up in our home town of Southamptonas kids, and it’s been a very organicprocess. Put it this way – we’ve been playing music together longer than we haven’t been playing music together.

“And we’ve always based everything on the idea that we’re only as good as our last record. We love playing, we love writing. We’re not so much into the drama of it all.”

What matters to Band of Skulls, Hayward says, is makinggood records and playing good shows. They chose the old-fashioned path to success: hard touring.

Instead of signing a traditional record deal when they started out, they struck a deal with a company in LA whowere keen for the young trio to tour.

“Wewere kids and worked in pubs and played in bands. So when you’re offered the chance to play in America, you’re not going to turn that down. So our career started a little weirdly. A lot of British bands are lucky to get to the States and have to work the UK circuit for a long time to warrant going out there.

“We did it backwards. It has had its positives and negatives but we were in no position back then to say no.”

Haywards says Band of Skulls have been around long enough to be able to recognise the “smoke and mirrors in this business”.

“Yousee a lot of people getting screwed up because there is a false element to what they’re doing and it isn’t necessarily an honest representation of who they are as people and who they are as a band.

“We’ve always steered away from that side of things. We like to keep private and let our gigs and records do our talking.”

Their latest album, By Default, was recorded in a baptist church in Southampton and produced by Gil Norton, who has worked withthe likes of Pixies, Foo Fighters and Patti Smith. The Reverend wasn’t entirely sure what was going on in his church but other than making tea and biscuits generally left the band to it.

“We released our first record in 2009 and since then we’ve been pretty much non-stop touring and only stopping to make another record,” Hayward says.

“It’s been a pretty incredible journey but there came a time when we all decided to go back to our home town and set up there. Everybody took a bit of time to remember where we all startedand what it means. Stripping away everything and going back to the original lifestyle we led there.

“I’d been walking past that church my whole life. We were looking for somewhere new to write in that would be inspiring. A lot of rehearsal spaceshave a sterile kind of atmosphere and you’re in your room and next door is some big famous person and it’s a little unnerving [laughs].

“The last time we were in one The Specials were next door and everyone was a little self-conscious because ofthis amazing band next door. Welike to hide away and do things our own way.”

As for working with Norton, it was a surreal experience.

“When Gil got in touch and said he wanted to work with us it was kind of mind-blowing. The records that he has produced have been soundtracks to our lives. It was kind of like ‘How the hell has that happened?’. I’m a drummer and Gil has worked in the studio with Dave Grohl. No pressure or anything,” he says with a laugh.

“It’s quite daunting but Gil is a wonderful guy andmakes you feel at ease. He works you incredibly hard and we’re just honoured to be learning from him.”

Hayward admits he still gets “starstruck” by musicians in other bands.

“It never leaves you. I’m the worst for it, so I find it funny when people think of me that way. We’ve done tourswith Queens of the Stone Age, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys.

“You have to maintain a bit of professionalism and act normal even though that kid inside you is screaming.”

Catch Band of Skulls at The Cambridge on November 26.

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Queensland Police find koala in woman’s bag

Police have found a baby koala in a woman’s bag after stopping her at Wishart on November 6. Photo: Queensland Police Service
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There are many firsts for police, but surely this traffic stop was more than the officers could bear.

Officers from the Upper Mt Gravatt Tactical Crime Squad stopped a woman at 8.55pm on Sunday night on Newnham Road, Wishart.

The 50-year-old East Brisbane woman was arrested on outstanding matters but before being taken to the watch house, she was asked if she had anything to declare.

The woman handed over a zipped green canvas bag, telling officers it contained a baby koala.

Police have found a baby koala in a woman’s bag after stopping her at Wishart on November 6. Photo: Queensland Police Service

Not quite believing the “tail”, officers cautiously un-zipped the bag and found a baby koala.

Police are looking into claims by the woman that she found the joey a night earlier on Kessels Road, Nathan, and was caring for it.

The RSPCA Ambulance was called and went to the Brisbane city watchhouse to collect the joey, which was protected under the Nature Conservation Act.

The koala – believed to be about six months old – seemed to be in good health, although a bit dehydrated.

The koala was a hit back at the station. Photo: Queensland Police Service

RSPCA Queensland spokesman Michael Beatty said the joey had been on fluids but was doing well and would soon be sent to a carer.

“He weighs 1.5 kilogramsand we’ve called him Alfred,” Mr Beatty said.

Mr Beatty urged anyone who found a koala to not attempt to handle it.

“Please call our animal emergency hotline on 1300 ANIMAL. Often the animal may have no obvious signs of injury but it can have internal injuries that need immediate attention,” he said.

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Remembrance Day 2016 鈥?Hunter ceremonies and servicesPHOTOS

Remembrance Day 2016 鈥撀燞unter services聽| PHOTOS Acting Sergeant Mike Wood (centre) stands beside Glynn Fenton at the service. Picture: Phil Hearne
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Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Remembrance Day 2015 in Cessnock. Photo by Krystal Sellars.

Singleton Remembrance Day 2015

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Maitland Remembrance Day 2015. PHOTOS: Stuart Scott

Remembrance Day ceremony at East Maitland War Memorial. Photo by Perry Duffin

Remembrance Day ceremony at East Maitland War Memorial. Photo by Perry Duffin

Remembrance Day ceremony at East Maitland War Memorial. Photo by Perry Duffin

Remembrance Day ceremony at East Maitland War Memorial. Photo by Perry Duffin

Remembrance Day ceremony at East Maitland War Memorial. Photo by Perry Duffin

Remembrance Day ceremony at East Maitland War Memorial. Photo by Perry Duffin

Remembrance Day ceremony at East Maitland War Memorial. Photo by Perry Duffin

Remembrance Day ceremony at East Maitland War Memorial. Photo by Perry Duffin

Remembrance Day ceremony at East Maitland War Memorial. Photo by Perry Duffin

Remembrance Day ceremony at East Maitland War Memorial. Photo by Perry Duffin

Dale Goldie at the Remembrance Day service in Kearsley. Photo by Sage Swinton

Zoe Grady read In Flanders Fields at the Remembrance Day service in Kearsley. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Zoe Grady and Darcy Balazic laid a wreath at the Remembrance Day service in Kearsley. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Zoe Grady and Darcy Balazic laid a wreath at the Remembrance Day service in Kearsley. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Remembrance Day service in Kearsley. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Remembrance Day service in Kearsley. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Remembrance Day service in Kearsley. Photo by Sage Swinton.

Cessnock’s Remembrance Day 2015 service. Photo by Tony Sheehan.

Cessnock’s Remembrance Day 2015 service. Photo by Tony Sheehan.

Cessnock RSL Sub-branch president Max Lewis and Cessnock Mayor Bob Pynsent at Cessnock’s Remembrance Day 2015 service. Photo by Tony Sheehan.

Remembrance Day 2015 in Cessnock.

Remembrance Day 2015 in Cessnock. Photo by Krystal Sellars.

Remembrance Day 2015 in Cessnock. Photo by Krystal Sellars.

Remembrance Day 2015 in Cessnock. Photo by Krystal Sellars.

Remembrance Day 2015 in Cessnock.

Remembrance Day 2015 in Cessnock

Remembrance Day 2015 in Cessnock. Photo by Krystal Sellars.

Remembrance Day 2015 in Cessnock. Photo by Krystal Sellars.

Remembrance Day 2015 in Cessnock. Photo by Krystal Sellars.

Remembrance Day 2015 in Cessnock. Photo by Krystal Sellars.

Paxton Public School’s 2015 Remembrance Day ceremony.

Paxton Public School’s 2015 Remembrance Day ceremony.

Paxton Public School’s 2015 Remembrance Day ceremony.

Kurri’s Remembrance Day 2015 service. Photo by Roger Quarry.

Kurri’s Remembrance Day 2015 service. Photo by Roger Quarry.

Kurri’s Remembrance Day 2015 service. Photo by Roger Quarry.

Kurri’s Remembrance Day 2015 service. Photo by Roger Quarry.

Kurri’s Remembrance Day 2015 service. Photo by Roger Quarry.

The Remembrance Day service in Civic Park. Picture: Phil Hearne

The Remembrance Day service in Civic Park. Picture: Phil Hearne

The Remembrance Day service in Civic Park. Picture: Phil Hearne

The Remembrance Day service in Civic Park. Picture: Phil Hearne

The Remembrance Day service in Civic Park. Picture: Phil Hearne

The Remembrance Day service in Civic Park. Picture: Phil Hearne

The Remembrance Day service in Civic Park. Picture: Phil Hearne

The Remembrance Day service in Civic Park. Picture: Phil Hearne

The Remembrance Day service in Civic Park. Picture: Phil Hearne

The Remembrance Day service in Civic Park. Picture: Phil Hearne

The Remembrance Day service in Civic Park. Picture: Phil Hearne

The Remembrance Day service in Civic Park. Picture: Phil Hearne

The Remembrance Day service in Civic Park. Picture: Phil Hearne

The Remembrance Day service in Civic Park. Picture: Phil Hearne

The Remembrance Day service in Civic Park. Picture: Phil Hearne

The Remembrance Day service in Civic Park. Picture: Phil Hearne

The Remembrance Day service in Civic Park. Picture: Phil Hearne

The Remembrance Day service in Civic Park. Picture: Phil Hearne

The Remembrance Day service in Civic Park. Picture: Phil Hearne

The Remembrance Day service in Civic Park. Picture: Phil Hearne

The Remembrance Day service in Civic Park. Picture: Phil Hearne

The Remembrance Day service in Civic Park. Picture: Phil Hearne

The Remembrance Day service in Civic Park. Picture: Phil Hearne

The Remembrance Day service in Civic Park. Picture: Phil Hearne

The Remembrance Day service in Civic Park. Picture: Phil Hearne

The Remembrance Day service in Civic Park. Picture: Phil Hearne

LEST WE FORGET: Remembrance Day 2015 at Raymond Terrace. RSL Sub-Branch president Jim Walker opening proceedings. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

LEST WE FORGET: Remembrance Day 2015 at Raymond Terrace. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

LEST WE FORGET: Remembrance Day 2015 at Raymond Terrace. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

LEST WE FORGET: Remembrance Day 2015 at Raymond Terrace. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

LEST WE FORGET: Remembrance Day 2015 at Raymond Terrace. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

LEST WE FORGET: Remembrance Day 2015 at Raymond Terrace. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

LEST WE FORGET: Remembrance Day 2015 at Raymond Terrace. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

LEST WE FORGET: Remembrance Day 2015 at Raymond Terrace. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

LEST WE FORGET: Remembrance Day 2015 at Raymond Terrace. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

LEST WE FORGET: Remembrance Day 2015 at Raymond Terrace. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

LEST WE FORGET: Remembrance Day 2015 at Raymond Terrace. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

LEST WE FORGET: Remembrance Day 2015 at Raymond Terrace. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

LEST WE FORGET: Remembrance Day 2015 at Raymond Terrace. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

LEST WE FORGET: Medowie RSL Sub-Branch vice president Bob Parish addressing the town’s Remembrance Day crowd. Picture: Facebook/Medowie RSL Sub-Branch.

LEST WE FORGET: The 335 Squadron n Air Force Cadets performed the Catafalque Party at Medowie RSL Sub-Branch’s Remembrance Day service. Picture: Facebook/Medowie RSL Sub-Branch

LEST WE FORGET: Nelson Bay Remembrance Day service.

LEST WE FORGET: Nelson Bay Remembrance Day service.

LEST WE FORGET: Nelson Bay Remembrance Day service.

LEST WE FORGET: Medowie RSL Sub-Branch’s Remembrance Day service. Picture: Facebook/Medowie RSL Sub-Branch.

LEST WE FORGET: Father Chris Yates, from St John’s Anglican Church in Raymond Terrace, speaking at Medowie RSL Sub-Branch’s Remembrance Day service. Picture: Facebook/Medowie RSL Sub-Branch.

LEST WE FORGET: Nelson Bay Remembrance Day service.

LEST WE FORGET: Nelson Bay Remembrance Day service.

Geoff Hartcher laying a wreath at Dungog’s Remembrance Day Service

Liz Stuckings singing at Dungog’s Remembrance Day Service

Jim Olsen from the Dungog RSL Sub-branch at Dungog’s Remembrance Day Service

Dungog Public School students at Dungog’s Remembrance Day Service

Part of the crowd at Dungog’s Remembrance Day Service

Don Redman, Blue Lister, Geoff and Pat Harcher and Lorraine Gleeson at Dungog’s Remembrance Day Service

The catafalque party at Dungog’s Remembrance Day Service

The catafalque party from the William Town RAAF Base at Dungog’s Remembrance Day Service

Jim Olsen, Liz Stuckings and Padre Gordon Crimp at Dungog’s Remembrance Day Service

March to the cenotaph at Dungog’s Remembrance Day Service

Singleton High School Rememberance Day Ceremony

Singleton High School Rememberance Day Ceremony

Singleton High School Rememberance Day Ceremony

Singleton High School Rememberance Day Ceremony

Singleton High School Rememberance Day Ceremony

Singleton High School Rememberance Day Ceremony

Singleton High School Rememberance Day Ceremony

Singleton High School Rememberance Day Ceremony

Singleton High School Rememberance Day Ceremony

Singleton Remembrance Day 2015

Singleton Remembrance Day 2015

Singleton Remembrance Day 2015

Singleton Remembrance Day 2015

Singleton Remembrance Day 2015

Singleton Remembrance Day 2015

Singleton Remembrance Day 2015

Singleton Remembrance Day 2015

Singleton Remembrance Day 2015

Singleton Remembrance Day 2015

Singleton Remembrance Day 2015

Singleton Remembrance Day 2015

Singleton Remembrance Day 2015

Singleton Remembrance Day 2015

Singleton Remembrance Day 2015

Singleton Remembrance Day 2015

Singleton Remembrance Day 2015

Muswellbrook Remembrance Day 2015

Muswellbrook Remembrance Day 2015

Muswellbrook Remembrance Day 2015

Muswellbrook Remembrance Day 2015

Muswellbrook Remembrance Day 2015

Muswellbrook Remembrance Day 2015

Muswellbrook Remembrance Day 2015

Muswellbrook Remembrance Day 2015

Muswellbrook Remembrance Day 2015

Muswellbrook Remembrance Day 2015

Muswellbrook Remembrance Day 2015

Muswellbrook Remembrance Day 2015

Muswellbrook Remembrance Day 2015

Muswellbrook Remembrance Day 2015

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Nathan Waters, Dylan Perry set to tee off at NSW Open Championships

GREAT OPPORTUNITY: Three-time Muswellbrook Golf Club champion Nathan Waters will tee off in the NSW Open Championships on Thursday.
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TWO promising Upper Hunter golfers are hoping to make their respective marks at the NSW Open Championship this week.

Muswellbrook’s Nathan Waters and Aberdeen’s Dylan Perry will face the likes of Peter Lonard, Peter Senior, Craig Parry, Robert Allenby, European Tour player Jason Scrivener, Rhein Gibson (PGA Tour) and two-time world long drive champion Jamie Sadlowski at the Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club from Thursday.

Waters qualified for the four-day tournament on Monday, after winning the qualifying round at the Long Reef Golf Club with a score of -3.

Ironically, the three-time Muswellbrook Golf Club champion and Perry were members of the NSW State Junior team, along with Jake Higginbottom.

Now, after a short stint away from the area, the 23-year-old is back “home”, much to the delight of club president Robert Sprague.

“We are extremely proud of Nathan as he continues to develop his game and pursue his dreams of playing golf for a living,” he said.

“As our current club champion, I have witnessed his power game first hand and have no doubt he will fulfil his dreams.

“The NSW Open is the first step on a long journey ahead of him.

“On behalf of all the members of the Muswellbrook Golf Club, we wish him the best of luck.”

Sprague’s sentiments were echoed by head professional Jason Taylor.

“Nathan has the ability to go a long way in golf,” he said.

“Many young players don’t get this opportunity and it is a great stepping stone to a future in amateur or professional golf.

“I wish Nathan all the best in this tournament – and in the coming years.

“It is possible for him to qualify for the n Open in the following week at Royal Sydney.”

Waters also has his sights set on the n Amateur in Melbourne, NSW Amateur in Sydney and the Avondale Medal during January and February 2017.

TALENTED: Dylan Perry.

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