Action week about information

INFORMING: Julie McNeil, left, Lynette Bullen and Kerryn Griffin staffed an information display at Centrelink yesterday for Drug and Alcohol Action Week. Photo: JUDE KEOGHAN information display was set up at Centrelink yesterday to mark the beginning of national Drug and Alcohol Action Week.
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Representatives from the Lyndon Withdrawal Unit, the Magistrates for Early Referral Into Treatment (MERIT) program and Kite Street Community Health informed Orange residents about the city’s drug and alcohol programs.

“It’s all about bringing our programs out to the community. The Lyndon unit is the only detox unit west of the Blue Mountains,” said Lyndon Withdrawal Unit drugs and alcohol counsellor Lynette Bullen.

“I think it’s extremely important to let people know what programs are out there and what certain substances are doing to us. We don’t want to hound people today, it’s just a nice and relaxed way to get the information across.”

MERIT case worker Julie McNeil promoted MERIT’s positive role in helping offenders with drug and alcohol problems.

“MERIT is aimed at getting people out of the criminal justice system and into help, so they can get their lives back together,” she said.

Community Health drug and alcohol counsellor Kerryn Griffin said she wanted to publicise the centre’s drug and alcohol helpline.

“We want people experiencing problems with drugs and alcohol to call 1300 887 000,” she said.

“When they call they will receive an assessment and be referred to the most appropriate service for them.”

Ms Bullen, Ms McNeil and Ms Griffin agreed that alcohol was the most commonly abused substance in Orange.

“People don’t realise that alcohol is the main killer, through binge-drinking and the likelihood of accidents,” Ms McNeil said.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Civic plan go ahead

NOT FOR SALE … YET: Cr Pam Ryan argued that connecting the sale of the Function Centre to refurbishment of the civic precinct was “putting the cart before the horse”. Photo: BETHANY HALLORANGE City Council will push ahead with a plan to redevelop the Civic Square but the sale of the Function Centre has been taken off the agenda in the short term.
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Last week’s council meeting voted to develop a five-year master plan for the block bounded by Lords Place and Byng, Peisley and March streets. The plan will look at consolidating council services to the civic precinct and to provide space for growth.

Support for the master plan killed off a $633,800 proposal to refurbish the council chamber and associated administration areas.

About $100,000 of that will be used almost immediately to convert two committee rooms into office space and $300,000 will employ additional planning staff to deal with increased development activity. The funds will also be used to develop the master plan.

A report by general manager Allen Dwyer was tabled at Thursday night’s meeting.

“Council should be considering, say a five year plan to create a Civic Square precinct and consolidate operations for the next 30 years,” it said.

Cr Pam Ryan told the meeting that including the sale of the Function Centre and council buildings in Kite Street in the development of the master plan was “putting the cart before the horse”.

She said the development of the master plan should determine what was needed in the civic precinct redevelopment.

Cr Jeremy Buckingham said a master plan was a good idea but the sale of the Function Centre should be dealt with as a separate matter.

While a reference to selling the Function Centre was removed from the master plan investigation, general manager Allen Dwyer told the meeting the sale was pivotal to future expansion.

He said without selling the Function Centre and Kite Street buildings, council would need to win Tatts Lotto for the Civic Square redevelopment to go ahead.

Mr Dwyer said the intention was to retain the Function Centre until there was a suitable replacement.

Cr John Miller told the meeting the Function Centre was outdated and had become a burden on the council and community.

“The key here is that we are looking to replace the Function Centre with something that is more workable,” he said.

Cr Dick Niven said the Function Centre was built 40 years ago as a result of a great community effort.

“[But] it’s outlived its original purpose. It was a great thing. Amoco contributed to it, the Tilston family, the Glenroi people and a great number of people contributed … But we mustn’t have this attitude that it is there forever,” he said.

Cr Niven agreed the sale reference could be removed from the formal recommendation but council staff should not be forbidden from including the sell off in a master plan investigation.

Cr Niven also said the addition of a third floor should be part of the investigation.

“I can recall the time in 1976 when this [Civic Centre] was being built. Kell and Rigby were the contractors and the council at the time had absolutely stretched their budget as far as they could.

“Kell and Rigby were on site and said ‘for another $200,000 we can put the third storey on’. But council couldn’t stretch any further … It could be a solution now,” he said.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Keeping up with kids no easy task

Tuesday, June 22, 2004
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CABONNE Council received seven letters from students in recent weeks.

The year 9 students from Molong Central School are learning about government and community action.

The letters all expressed a similar sentiment – the students were concerned about a lack of activities for young people in their local communities.

Suggestions for possible solutions to the problem included a heated pool, skate park, cinema, more discos, a youth centre with a games room, cycle paths and more sports events.

Some of the suggestions fall well outside the council’s jurisdiction – for example, it is not for the council to organise local sporting activities, build cinemas or run youth discos.

However, it is certainly within council’s capabilities to help fund and develop infrastructure such as skate parks and cycle paths. The question for the council to consider is – can the development of these sorts of facilities be justified, given they will cost tens of thousands of dollars?

The council has decided to undertake a review of the needs of the youth within the shire. It will consult with young people at community meetings and organise visits to the shire’s 18 schools.

Mayor John Farr observed that times had changed and the needs of young people had changed too. He said our young people were a product of a computer age and many were no longer satisfied with activities previous generations enjoyed.

Cr Peter Carman said the needs of youth appeared to be cyclical and the length of the cycles getting shorter – they were constantly needing something new to keep them entertained.

The council has adopted a sound course in undertaking the review. But as all 12 councillors recognised yesterday – it will not be easy.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

City colts continue to climb

ONE OF CITY’S BEST: Trent Colley takes on the Dubbo Rhinos’ defence in Saturday’s colts match won 10-0 by City. Photo: JUDE KEOGHRUGBY UNION
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ORANGE City colts have moved into third spot on the ladder after a 10-0 win against Dubbo Rhinos on Saturday.

Dom Maley, playing his first game for Orange City colts since returning to Orange from South Sydney, showed that he is going to be a great asset to the colts team.

Todd Morrissey, Oliver Stone and Trent Colley were Orange City’s best on the day and Dave Farr continues to impress on a weekly basis.

Maley and Dave Armstrong scored City’s tries.

A superb try to Darren Davis was the highlight of an otherwise dour third struggle that finished 5-all in the wet and muddy conditions.

Orange City had the chance to win the game in the dying seconds but was held up short by the Dubbo Rhinos defence.

However, this wasn’t the only opportunity that Orange City had throughout the game and with an ounce of luck going their way could have won the game.

Full credit to the Rhinos’ defence which managed to hold out the Lions.

Tui Masila continues to lead by example and Davis was impressive out wide.

Orange City’s 17-5 win in second grade was one of the most impressive games the team has played this year.

The forwards continually pressured their opposition and this allowed the backs to show some flair in the muddy conditions.

Steve Drain, Darren Davis and Tim Barrett scored tries and Baden Curren kicked one goal.

Billy Nunn had a great game as did Matt Nunn who is starting to get his confidence back since returning from a serious shoulder injury.

With a number of players returning to the club from injury and work commitments, the seconds will be able to test the opposition teams as well as pressure the first grade players for positions in the top grade.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Ben’s just a Country boy at heart

TOUR OF DUTY: Orange Hawks forward Ben Murphy who will join the NSW Country squad today. Photo: JUDE KEOGHRUGBY LEAGUE
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AS Ben Murphy prepares for the NSW Country tour of New Zealand, he knows this season could have been a lot different.

The NSW Country team head to Queensland today for a three-day camp, with a game against the Queensland Country team on Saturday before they fly out to Auckland on Sunday.

But in his first season back in Group 10, the Orange Hawks forward originally decided not to play representative football.

“It wasn’t in the plan,” Murphy said of his selection in the NSW Country team.

Murphy originally withdrew from the Group 10 side for the Western Division trial against Group 11.

He also made himself unavailable for the Western Division team, but a phone call from coach Dave Scott changed his mind.

“Scotty rang me up and asked if I would play. Luke O’Connor (Dubbo Macquarie) got injured so they needed someone,” he said.

Murphy accepted and became part of the Western side which won the AAMI Country Divisional Championships.

The Western side defied all odds to win the championship, with a 36-22 win over Monaro in the final in Bathurst this month.

Their run to the final included upset wins over Newcastle and Riverina.

“I decided to have a game (for Western) and because we were winning it made it a lot more fun, so I was enjoying my footy,” he said.

“It was just a bonus to make the Country team.”

Murphy, playing in the front row for Western, became one of the key players in the team and was rewarded with selection in the Country side for the second time.

Murphy was part of the NSW Country team that toured France in 2002, the same year he played in Orange CYMS’ grand final loss to Mudgee Dragons.

The 2002 Country team played three games in France, coming away with two wins, but Murphy said it would be a lot harder against New Zealand opposition this time.

Last year Murphy, Western Division team-mate Matt Williamson and current Hawks captain-coach Wayne Hill played in Queensland, but all three returned to Orange this year.

Murphy admitted he did not expect to be playing for NSW Country again this season.

“At the start of the year it was a bit much to play rep footy because I was working 10 hour days,” he said. “So, I didn’t really think I would get this far again.”

Despite playing front row for Western, Murphy will line up in the second row for Country, a position he plays for Hawks.

Murphy will miss two games for Hawks, against Mudgee this week and Bathurst Panthers the following week.

The NSW Country team met in Sydney yesterday, from where they will have a bus trip to Murwillumbah for a three-day camp with coach Scott Mieni.

On Saturday they will play the Queensland Rangers, then fly to Auckland before their first game against Auckland on Tuesday.

The team will play a second game later that week against a New Zealand representative team.

Murphy is one of five Western Division plays in the squad, alongside Darren Jackon (Dubbo Macquarie), Kip Maranda (Lithgow Workies), Warick Colley (Mudgee) and Kurt Hancock (Bathurst St Pats).

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Little things that count

TEAM LEADERS: Orange High students hoping to regain the Astley Cup. Back: Jess Lawford, Elise Newton, Allana Williamson, Mitch Williamson, Tim Fogarty. Front: Scott Bouffler, Charles Prestidge-King, Brianna New and Aaron Waterson. Photo: BETHANY HALLASTLEY CUP
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ORANGE High School expects a tight battle with Dubbo Senior College in their defence of the Astley Cup in Dubbo over the next two days.

The defending champions of the historic inter school sports competition believe it will be the small victories that make all the difference.

Orange High physical education teacher Michelle Barrett said the Cup will most likely be won on the athletic field.

“I expect it to be very competitive and tight,” she said.

“Our athletes showed a lot of heart to pick up places against Bathurst we didn’t expect. It’s the individual athletic events and little points that make all the difference.”

Both Orange and Dubbo convincingly beat Bathurst High in the first round of the Cup, Orange trumping Bathurst by 288 points, while Dubbo outshone them by 175 points.

Rugby league and soccer matches were predicted by Barrett to be close contests.

Judging by the performance of both sides against Bathurst these sports will play a pivotal role in the final tally.

In league Orange beat Bathurst 32-24, while Dubbo won their game 34-22.

In soccer Orange lost to Bathurst 1-0 and Dubbo had to be satisfied with a nil-all draw.

The local students should win the softball, with their representative team returning from their Combined High Schools Top 16 game to back up against Dubbo.

Despite losing key players to injury and representative commitments, the Orange High netball and basketball teams still believe they are in with a chance.

“We’ve got a few people playing out of position but it will still be very interesting,” said netball captain Brianna New.

After a surprise win against Bathurst, the tennis team is expected to produce another strong performance.

The rugby league team also played well against Bathurst to win their first game after a run of losses, leaving them in high spirits for the Cup finale.

Although Orange reclaimed the prestigious trophy from Dubbo last year there is a high feeling of expectancy for Dubbo to reverse the result this time round on home turf.

Barrett believes Dubbo will be advantaged by the home crowd but she is sure the bus load of 40 Orange High School spectators will make a big difference, evening out the competitive atmosphere.

The students will be billeted by Dubbo Senior College families tonight and according to Barrett this will boost the mateship between the rival students.

“There’s a noticeable boost in sportsmanship. Our players have a high esteem for the other team,” she said.

“The billeting definitely builds camaraderie. But they all know what’s at stake when they step onto the field.”

The Astley Cup has brought Orange, Dubbo and Bathurst high schools together for over 80 years.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Pushing to the limit

FASTER THAN EVER: Wheelchair racer Kurt Fearnley.WHEELCHAIR RACING
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The countdown is on for Kurt Fearnley as he prepares for the 2004 Olympic Wheelchair Demonstration Event trials in Atlanta next week.

Fourth in the event at Sydney in 2000, Fearnley anticipates tough competition in the selection trials and looks forward to challenging his rivals.

Due to fly out from Sydney today, Fearnley will arrive in New York ready for his first challenge, the Long Island 10km road race.

Fearnely will race in a long list of wheelchair track and road events leading up to the Paralympic Games in Athens later this year.

Although he has been battling the flu in the last two weeks, Fearnley is determined to stick to his training plan.

“It’s all on my doorstep now. I’m pushing a lot faster than ever before,” he said.

The 23-year-old, originally from Carcoar, gained a scholarship at the NSW Institute of Sport in Newcastle where he has been living and breathing racing since he deferred university last year.

Fearnley said he is confident going into the 1500m demonstration event trials and his training times are promising.

“I’ve been brushing up against the world record in training. But it’s one thing to do it in training and another to do it consistently when it really counts,” he said.

A world class field including the four athletes holding the sport’s major titles and world records will be competing in Atlanta next Thursday for a berth in the Olympic demonstration event.

The trials include heats, quarter finals, semi finals and finals, where the top three in each race go through to the next round.

The eight finalists will secure a position in the demonstration event in Athens.

Fearnley said the electric atmosphere of the Olympic Games can be compared to nothing else.

“It is a really special event because to date only 48 people in wheelchairs have ever competed in the Olympics,” he said.

“It is just really special to be part of such a select few. But the hardest part about the event is the pressure of a knockout competition.”

Fearnley’s 2004 America Series timetable over the next few weeks begins on Sunday with the Long Island 10km in New York, followed by the demonstration event trials next Thursday in Atlanta as well as a 5km road race in Atlanta over the weekend.

Fearnley will remain in Atlanta for the Peach Tree 10km road race on Sunday week.

This is a ride he calls his “favourite race” after recording the fourth fastest time in the world there last year.

Fearnley remains the fifth person ever to break the 19 minute barrier in the 10km event.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Some good news but not for police

Wednesday, june 23, 2004
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THERE was some good news for Orange in yesterday’s state budget. But what will resonate most strongly for many residents is what did not appear.

Premier Bob Carr said the budget would inject more than $50 million into building new or upgrading existing infrastructure in and around Orange.

Yet the Orange police station, which opened with 14 officers in 1954 when the city had a population of 18,247, will not be replaced any time soon. It has again been recognised as being a “high priority” for an upgrade but that will give little comfort to the 85 officers and staff who are spread across four buildings.

Likewise nurses will feel hardly done by. The government will spend $500,000 recruiting more nurses and medical staff needed across Mid Western Area Health Service. The health service is responsible for 22 hospitals between Lithgow and Lake Cargelligo and $500,000 is not enough.

The MWAHS budget has been increased by five per cent to $198 million but it is questionable if that will make ends meet.

Each year expenses go up and last year the service was $5.5 million in the red.

On the positive side of the ledger the Carr Government has reaffirmed its commitment to the development of a new base hospital in Orange, with $1.5 million allocated for more detailed planning.

However the budget did not include funds to set up a specialty cardiac unit in Orange despite the fact that Central West residents raised more than $500,000 for the service through the Mid West Heart Fund appeal.

That decision should be reviewed as the Heart Fund appeal is a matter of survival for some country heart disease patients.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Independent captain now in State team

TOP EIGHT: Kinross No8 Ben McCalman has been picked in the NSW All Schools under 16s.RUGBY UNION
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BEN McCalman has been named in the under 16s NSW Schoolboys team after captaining the Independent Schools Association team on the weekend.

The Kinross Wolaroi student captained the ISA team which was beaten by the Combined Association Schools 27-12 in Chatswood on Sunday.

Despite losing the game, McCalman was named in the state schoolboys side which will compete in the Australian under 16s Championships in Sydney in September.

McCalman, who was one of seven Kinross students in the ISA team, scored a try in the loss to CAS.

The No.8 has never represented his state before and said he was looking forward to competing at the national championships.

McCalman was the only player from the ISA team selected in the NSW team.

He was named in the starting 15 for the team that will hold its first training run in August to prepare for the national titles.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Jason misses top 8

TENPIN BOWLING
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ORANGE’S Jason Belmonte has finished 11th in the Malta Open Championships from a field of 175.

Belmonte went into the fourth round in third place but failed to make the top eight match play by 27 pins.

The 20-year-old started the fourth round well with a 231 game – the third highest of the 18 bowlers left in the tournament – but slipped badly in his second of four games with 141.

He finished the round with games of 194-188 and an average of 208.5 but it wasn’t enough to retain his place in the top eight against an international field.

Bowlers from Holland, England, Sweden, Finland and Germany qualified for the match play series.

Belmonte’s attention now turns to the World Ranking Masters in Russia, a tournament involving the top eight bowlers from each of the world’s zones.

Belmonte and Australian team-mate Michael Little will represent the Asian Bowling Federation.

The tournament starts tomorrow.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

All-Bathurst finale no longer foregone conclusion

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THERE are now four serious contenders for the Group 10 premiership after the two top sides were beaten for the second week running.

Coleaders Bathurst St Pats and Bathurst Panthers suffered their second straight losses for the season on the weekend, with Mudgee Dragons and Lithgow Workies now just two wins behind the Bathurst teams.

Mudgee beat St Pats 30-20 at Jubilee Oval on Sunday, just a week after beating Panthers in Bathurst.

Workies defeated Panthers 20-8 in cold conditions in Lithgow on Saturday and will face St Pats this week.

Only two weeks ago, Panthers and St Pats were eight points clear at the top of the Group 10 premeir league ladder, with no team looking capable of stopping an all-Bathurst grand final.

But in two short weeks Mudgee and Workies have stood up as serious contenders for the Group 10 crown, the pair sharing third position.

Workies’ captain-coach Kip Maranda said the Lithgow side was improving with each game after a poor start to the year.

“We’re still getting better each week, the win (over Panthers) will give us a little bit of confidence,” Maranda said.

“It wasn’t real good conditions, it was pretty much snowing out there.

“They had three of four players out, but we haven’t beaten them in a few years, so it was good to get the win.”

Maranda will miss the next two games with the front rower representing NSW Country on its 10-day tour of New Zealand.

He said assistant coach Michael Rushworth would take over while he was away.

Mudgee will also be without a key player thanks to the NSW Country tour, with captain and halfback Warick Colley part of the team.

Mudgee coach Tony Pascoe said the return of Colley and Matt Lang from Western Division duty as well as the return of players from injury have helped the Dragons.

“Early on our results didn’t look that flash for an outsider looking in,” Pascoe said. “But we had a few new faces at the club, so it’s taken a while for them to gel.”

Pascoe said the team was confident after beating the two top sides in consecutive weeks.

“The boys were saying in the sheds the other day that we have beaten every team in the comp now,” Pascoe said.

Greg Ward will take over the captaincy in Colley’s absence, with back rower Lang also set to play a bigger leadership role while the halfback is away on tour.

For Workies, the win over Panthers is their second straight win, with Maranda saying the change of form comes down to having the same players on the field.

“We have had the same side on the paddock for the past few weeks, it’s something we haven’t been able to do this year, whether it’s because of injuries or players not playing well enough.

“But we have been able to build a few combinations now.”

With the race for a top three position hotting up, the fight for the final semi-final position is also up for grabs.

Only a week after beating co-leaders St Pats, Orange Hawks lost 32-22 to Cowra Magpies thanks to four tries to Jason Pitt.

The result means Cowra are now only two points behind Hawks, who hold fifth position.

The Magpies host Hawks before the semi-finals, with the winner of that match likely to take the fifth and final Group 10 semi-final position.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Colts slip up in late bid to snatch winner

IN STEP: Canobolas Rangers’ Luke Shepherd (left) tangles with City Colts’ Simon Evans during their Western Premier League clash. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOKSOCCER
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CITY Colts coach Tony Clancy wasn’t blaming the mud, but if it didn’t cause him to slip with 30 seconds left on the clock Sunday’s Western Premier League clash with Canobolas Rangers wouldn’t have been a 1-all draw.

Clancy was waiting on the top of the box to meet a cross from Jason McClements, and while the ball fell at his feet leaving him with only goal keeper Aaron Stedman to beat, he slipped as he took his shot.

The ball went wide of the net and 30 seconds later the final whistle sounded, City Colts posting their second draw of the season against the 2003 grand finalists.

Playing at Proctor Park, City Colts and Rangers were desperately seeking competition points to keep them in touch with the top four and a semi-finals berth.

David Clancy and Phil Amery covered plenty of ground for Colts while Tony Clancy worked hard to win the ball up front.

For Canobolas David Kostitch showed endeavour with several attacking runs in a scoreless half.

Jeff Clancy was called on to make a diving save for Colts early in the second half, but when the men in white attacked three minutes after the resumption of play a goal finally came.

Good lead -p play from Simon Evans released Tony Clancy and from a one-on-one with Stedman he sent the ball into the corner of the net.

With 15 minutes left to play Canobolas were awarded a soft free kick from which Luke Shepherd headed home.

l Bathurst ’75’s courageous 2-1 State League win against Mt Pritchard at Alec Lamberton Field on Sunday was reward for consistent effort, according to coach Brian Rosewarne.

Rosewarne said he was delighted with ’75’s fourth State League win this season and how his side gives their all despite sitting in 11th spot.

“Finally we got some reward for our endeavours,” Rosewarne said.

Replacement striker Kerry Johns’ role in midfielder Anthony Gaeta’s 88th minute match sealer was crucial.

Earlier ’75 grabbed the lead after 13 minutes when nice lead-up work from new signing Garrett Dowling set up Ricky Guihot’s finish.

l They may not have won the match, but Bathurst City Panthers showed they were competitive against the best in Women’s Super League when defeated 2-0 by competition leaders Marconi at Proctor Park on Sunday.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Waratahs end Spurs’ ubbeaten home run

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WARATAHS inflicted Orana Spurs’ first loss at home this season with a 2-0 win in Dubbo in Western Premier League action on Sunday.

The win extends Waratahs’ unbeaten run to six games, with the Orange side just two points behind Spurs on the ladder after they lost top spot to Westside Panthers.

A goal midway through the second half to Andrew Loxley from a free kick secured the win for Waratahs, but player-coach James Dean said it was defence that got the visitors the points.

“The three at the back were very solid,” Dean said of defenders Matt Brakenridge, who was named players’ player, Steve Hooper and captain Michael Hare.

“We didn’t start overly well, we were rushing a bit too much with the ball,” he said.

“But once we started knocking the ball around and played our natural game, it paid off.”

The Orange side took the lead five minutes before half-time, after they received a free kick.

Brakenridge put a simple ball through for midfielder Tim Davidson, who chipped the goalkeeper.

The lead was doubled when Loxley scored his goal after striker Ben Ashcroft was fouled just outside the penalty box.

Dean said it was pleasing to win away, with the team now focused on next week’s away game against Westside.

It was the second straight loss for Spurs after being beaten by the same score last week against Bathurst 75.

The loss means Waratahs are only two points behind Spurs on the ladder and with the Dubbo side having a bye next week, a win over Westside would put Waratahs in second spot.

“It’s very pleasing to come away with the win,” Dean said. “They are a very solid side, pretty physical, but we settled down and played our own game.”

Dean said his team could have had more goals if it wasn’t for some poor finishing, but was happy to be the first side to come away from a Spurs home game with three points.

“We’re coming good, we haven’t lost in six weeks, but there is still a whole round to play yet,” he said.

In the other Western Premier League game Westside defeated 75 1-0 in Dubbo, meaning they are now two points clear at the top.

Waratahs are the only side to have beaten Westside this year but will face a tough test in Dubbo next week.

The weekend results mean Waratahs are now eight points clear of fourth placed 75, with Bathurst City Colts and Canobolas Rangers a further two points back.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.