Crows unbeaten after nine

HAPPY: Beaufort coach Dale Power has his team up and firing after the opening nine games of the year. File picture: Adam Trafford.
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BEAUFORT remains one of only two sides yet to drop a game this season and arethe new Central Highlands Football League ladder-leadersafter claiming victory over Dunnstown by 36 points.

Saturday’s winhas lifted the Beaufort boys from second spot on the table to bepercentage clear of Waubra, which is also unbeaten after the opening nine gamesof 2015.

The Crows and the Roos played out a draw in round five.

On the weekend, the tough and disciplined Crows overcame a slow start to eventually take control ofthe game and force the Townerson the back foot.

Dunnstown’s ability to slow things down and force a defensive scrap early wasadmirable, but the Daville Building Surveying Towners struggled to maintain their intensity as the contestwore on.

After an inaccurate (1.6) opening term, Beaufort was able to gradually get the gameon its own terms, as the Crows got on top at stoppages and largely controlledpossession.

Defender Lachlan Pfeiffer was particularly influential for the Graintech Crows, as his ability tonullify the classy Aaron Sawers was a key reason why his side took a 16-point leadinto half time.

Dunnstown flashed in and out of the game after the main break, but whenever itseemed that the Towners were on the verge of a comeback, Beaufort quickly repliedon the scoreboard.

Crows’ forward Matt Begbie was instrumental in the victory, proving a handful upforward and kicking goals at crucial times in the second half.

Coach Dale Power said it was a solid performance from his team and lauded an evenspread of contributors.

“We’re a pretty even side across the ground, which is important in this league,”Power said.

“We’re not really deficient in any one area and we’re not outstanding in any onearea. If we all play our role, we seem to get the result at the moment.

“There were only maybe two patches I can think of where we didn’t control the play.It felt like we had hold of the tempo and hold of the clearances.”

Despite the loss, it was once again an improved performance from Dunnstown.

The Towners impressed with their ability to defend and slow Beaufort’s ballmovement, but despitepersevering to the final siren, were unable to keep up withthe Crows after quarter time.

Coach Justin Abrams said the signs were promising for his side, which sits justoutside the top eight in 10thspot, but is now two games adrift ofthe finals bracket.

“We’re getting there,” Abrams said.

“As I said to the boys after the game, take Gordon last week. They were cellardwellers for about four years and it’s taken them that long to rebuild. Beaufortweren’t dissimilar – they were really battling and now they’re unbeaten.

“We’re in our first year of a rebuild. To be within 20 points last week and 36 pointsthis week, it’s pleasing. There are more positives than negatives.”

Experienced ruckman Mark Stewart was once again excellent for the Towners,providing a target around the ground as well as up forward, while Daniel McGrathand Mitch Kennedy both stood up in defence.

Beaufort has a big clash with Gordon to plan for next weekend, while Dunnstown has another difficult encounter with Buninyong.

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Always read the fine print

Free trade agreements (FTA) such as the one with China have always been sold as a massive win for the economy, but there’s always the fine print they’re hoping no-one notices.
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On the one hand, our agricultural exports will be able to compete freely for an additional 1.3 billion customers. On the other hand, imported goods are about to get a whole lot cheaper, which may not necessarily be a win for consumers.

We’ve yet to come up with a set of guidelines for country-of-origin labelling, and until that happens you’ll see the big supermarkets bring in a lot of cheap frozen produce of questionable safety. Frozen berries, anyone?

Our manufacturing sector too, will struggle to compete with products built by hands paid $1.50 an hour, but that’s okay, because theagreement appears to allow Australian firms to bring in an unlimited number of temporary workers from China.

Businesses have already been agitating for a reduction in penalty rates, what impact will a supply of cheap labour have on our jobs market?

There will be far-reaching consequences that no-one seems to want to think about.What ever happened to responsible government that looked out for the people and not just for businesses? Is our way of life being sold off?Something to think about while you wait to replace that cheap imported hair dryer for the third time.


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Power outpoints Pioneers

SPEEDY: Moama’s Lachlan Schultz was the Bendigo Pioneers best against Gippsland Power. Picture: BILL CONROY
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THE Bendigo Pioneers could not halt Gippsland Power’s charge to victory in the TAC Cup football clash at Craigieburn on Saturday.

Gippsland’s dominance in and around stoppages proved telling as it gained a three-goal lead by quarter-time.

Power racked up nine scoring shots to one in a brilliant start to the match.

By half-time Gippsland held a 28-point buffer.

Bendigo did lift its play in the second half, but Gippsland had all the answers as it kicked away to record a 33-point victory.

Pioneers’ coach Brett Henderson said Gippsland’s strength around the packs was telling.

“They had one or two players dropping off back into defence and were able to take quite a few intercept marks or spoil a pass,” Henderson said.

Power’s pressure meant a lot of Bendigo’s attacks were forced sideways, backwards or came unstuck through disposal errors or wrong decisions.

“There was no doubt the effort was there, but our play to the forward half was chaotic at times.

“The pressure on our midfielders meant some passes to the forwards were not so great.”

Despite the loss, Henderson said there were positives to take from the match.

Moama’s Lachlan Schultz followed up his great play in the breakthrough victory against NSW-ACT the previous round by being Bendigo’s best.

“Lachy was outstanding. He works so hard from the start of the match until the finish,” Henderson said of the wingman’s play.

Sandhurst’s Lachlan Tardrew provided plenty of run and dare in the second half.

Golden Square clubmates Isaac Miller and Jayden Burke were again strong in defence.

Echuca’s Isaac Johnson and Jordan Bath played well in their first TAC Cup under-18 games, while Sandhurst’s Braidon Blake and Cooper Jones are two youngsters developing well.

Mildura’s Jayden Fox tore a hamstring just before half-time and is likely to miss four to six matches.

After next weekend’s bye, Bendigo plays Oakleigh on July 4 at the QEO.

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Dangerous weather warning for Esperance

Esperance residents are being encouraged to secure their houses as a dangerous weather warning has been issued for all areas southwest of Bunbury, Narrogin, Hyden, Salmon Gums and Israelite Bay.
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The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) issued the dangerous weather warning for Esperance this morning, saying the unusual weather could damage homes and make travel dangerous.

“This is unusual weather that could cause damage to homes and make travel dangerous,” the warning said.

“If you live in an area southwest of a line from Bunbury to Narrogin to Hyden to Salmon Gums to Israelite Bay you need to get ready now for the bad weather coming today. This includes people in, near or between Bunbury, Busselton, Margaret River, Bridgetown, Narrogin, Katanning, Albany and Esperance and surrounding areas.”

“The worst weather is expected along coastal parts between Margaret River and Esperance.”

Widespread damaging winds of up to 100 kilometres per hour could result in damage to homes and property are expected said the DFES.

In isolated areas south of Busselton and Hopetoun dangerous gusts in excess of 125 kilometres per hour may also cause significant damage or destruction to homes and property. Conditions are expected to ease by Monday.

Isolated thunderstorms and small hail are also likely.

Surfers along the south coast between Augusta and Israelite Bay are discouraged from entering the ocean as tides may be higher than usual and beach erosion is likely said the DFES.

The DFES advises residents who are away from home to contact family or friends to help prepare vacant properties for the widespread of damaging winds that is expected.

“If you are away from home contact family or friends to prepare your property.”

The weather warning also encourages people to:

Store or weigh down loose objects around your home like outdoor furniture that could be picked up and thrown by strong winds, causing damage or injury.

Ensure your emergency kit is complete including a battery operated radio, torch, spare batteries and first aid kit.

Ensure pets and animals are in a safe area.Move vehicles under cover.

Boat owners should securely moor their boats.

Campers should find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams.

If your home has significant damage, like a badly damaged roof or flooding, call the SES on 132 500 or to report powerlines down, call Western Power on 13 13 51.

In a life threatening situation call 000.

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Council tilt for vineyard owner

Nick CuguraGIVING the the city’splanning department greater power to approve private developments is one of the key platforms of Bendigo businessman Nick Cugura’s campaign for election to local council.
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As owner of Big Hill Vineyard,Mr Cugura is no stranger to council’s planning process. He said he spent $45,000 successfully appealing to VCAT the council’s decision to deny him a permit to build accommodation facilities at his winery.

He said the council lacked common sense on planning issues, holding back development.

“As a councillor I would be pushing for the planning department to have more power to rubber stamp developments.Provided they comply with planning regulations, developments should just be approved,” he said.

Mr Cugura said providing the planning department with more power would help the city’s economic development.

“We’ve got huge unemployment issues in Bendigo. Councillors should be doing everything they can to create more jobs,” he said.

He said he hoped the current crop of councillors would get the boot next year.

“The current councillors are too often fighting and arguing. Let’s do what’s in the best interests of Bendigo,” he said.

Mr Cugura said the debate over the proposed Kangaroo Flat pool was an example of council lacking common sense.

“We already have a pool on the outskirts of town that isn’t being utilised enough,” he said.

“If we have another pool it needs to be in the middle of Bendigo so no community is disadvantaged.”

A new pool would need to be 50 metres, not the 25mpool currently mooted, he said.

Hesaid his agenda for council was simple – create jobs, reduce rates and improve consistency of decisions.

Mr Cugura, who also co-owns wine management software company Ezy Systems, has lived in Bendigo 23 years.

“I came up here from Melbourne and fell in love with the country lifestyle,” he said.

“I’m really happy with the opportunities Bendigo has provided me.”

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Community relieved after Cobar woman found safe

FOUND: Cobar woman Danielle (Nelly) Martin.COBAR woman Angela Green says she “shook with emotion” when police phoned her to say her missing cousin Danielle Martin had been found alive some five days after she was last seen in the town.
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“It was just the best outcome, I took the call and just looked at everyone and screamed ‘We found her!’,” Ms Green said.

Danielle (Nelly) Martin was last seen at her Hartmann Street home on Monday and was reported missing to police on Wednesday.

Police began an investigation and made a statewide appeal for information about Ms Martin’s whereabouts, issuing a photo of the 26-year-old mother and a white Toyota Hilux they believed she may have been travelling in.

A member of the public found Ms Martin on the Lerida Road, about 5km outside Cobar, about 2.40pm Saturday.

She was taken to Cobar Police Station then to Cobar Hospital for treatment for hypothermia.

Ms Green said she had hoping for the best but admitted she feared the worst.

“My stomach was churning the whole time, all we wanted was for her to be found alive,” she said.

Ms Green said Ms Martin remained in hospital and her injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

What happened in those few days Ms Martin was missing was the subject of a police investigation.

But one thing that was clear, Ms Green said, was how community-minded Cobar had rallied to help one of its own.

“On Friday afternoon I put a post on Facebook asking if people on motorbikes might be able to meet at the truck bay on the Wilcannia Road to search for Nelly and within an hour there were about 18 motorbikes there ready to go,” she said.

“Property owners throughout Cobar, Tilpa, Louth, Mt Hope and Nymagee were checking their properties and pilots and property owners were doing aerial searches.”

Ms Green thanked the Cobar Roosters rugby league club for allowing a command post to be set up there to coordinate the search, along with local residents who had helped organise meetings, food and other supplies for those taking part in the search.

“Without them we would have been lost – there were so many people who helped, from the police and the people searching and even those people who didn’t live in Cobar but shared a post on Facebook to get the word out there, we can’t thank them enough,” she said.

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Tower green light for Sebastopol

CLEAN UP: Resident John Grigsby says a 35 metre tower would be an improvement on a vandalised fence. Picture: Justin WhitelockRESIDENTS set to live in the shadowof a proposed35-metretelecommunicationstower in Sebastopol have given the proposalthe green light.
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A home owner livingadjacent to the vacant site which has been earmarked for a Telstra telecommunications facilityon Spencer Street said he did not mind if the controversialtower was built, while another said it might actually improve the appearance of the street.

The City of Ballarat will consider a planning permit on Wednesdayfor the development of the facility which will include an equipment shelter, 2.4m high security fencing and the 35m tower with six antennas. Thecouncil report has recommended the development be approved.

The report said there were 11 objections to the notice of application, including a petition with 70 signatures, but those in the immediate areasaid they were less concerned.

John Grigsby, who has lived across the road from the proposed telecommunications centrefor nine years, said the existing site was a frequent target forvandals.

“I don’t mind (the 35m tower),” Mr Grigsby, 89, said. “It’s no worsethan looking at that bloody ugly fence.If they build it they might finally clean (the graffiti)up.”

The site is located in an industrial zone but is located oppositea residential area.

Another nearby resident who did not wish to named said many in the surrounding area were opposed to the tower but that didn’t include somewhose homes directly faced the site.

“We don’t care. It’s an eyesorenow,” the woman said. “It won’t look great but it might look better than it is now. It has always had graffiti and we’d hope for they’d do something about it.”

The woman said she understood some people in the area were concerned about radiation from the facility but her husband was not.

Other concerns mentioned in objections to the development included the contrast with the rest of the neighborhood, potential property devaluation, and that the tower will be visible from public parks.

The council report said there was a strategic justification for approving the facility, as part of a general upgrade of broadband telecommunications.

Telstra has declared in its proposal the highest level of electromagnetic radiation from the facility will be 0.55 per cent of the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency standard.

According to the council report, while there is information both positive and negative with regard to potential health issues caused by telecommunication towers, cases before VCAT involving the potential healthside effects have been consistently dismissed.

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St Brigid’s College students organise sleep-out for homelessness

St Brigid’s College students organise sleep-out for homelessness Horsham’s St Brigid’s College students and Young Vinnies committee members Millie Friend, Imogen Chesterfield, Esther Craig, Aily McAuliffe, Ashley Hobbs and Claire Burke with one of the blankets they have made for St Vinnies. The Young Vinnies group has also organised a sleep-out for Thursday night. The event will raise awareness of homelessness. Group member Kathryn Op de Coul is absent. Pictures: PAUL CARRACHER
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Horsham’s St Brigid’s College students and Young Vinnies committee members Millie Friend, Imogen Chesterfield, Esther Craig, Aily McAuliffe, Ashley Hobbs and Claire Burke with one of the blankets they have made for St Vinnies. The Young Vinnies group has also organised a sleep-out for Thursday night. The event will raise awareness of homelessness. Group member Kathryn Op de Coul is absent. Pictures: PAUL CARRACHER

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Baa Baas maintain focus

BARBARIANS continued their surge with a 42-7 win over Glen Innes at Alcatraz onSaturday.
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After rolling St Alberts last week, Baa Baas were intent on going back to back, which they did.

“It was good,” co-coach Sam Piddington said.

“We were actually able to score a few tries.”

The foundation was set up front.

“The forwards laid the platform,” Piddington said.

“They’re a big strong pack, the Glen Innes boys.”

It allowed their backs to shine.

The class of their backs was probably the difference in the end, Piddington felt.

The second half was better from them.

There were a few things at half-time they weren’t quite happy with.

“Our attitude in defence in the first half was pretty ordinary,” Piddington said.

“We really stepped that up in the second half.”

Their willingness to run the ball also picked up.

They were a bit soft into contact at times in the first half.

One of the most pleasing aspects was the set pieces.

“We hardly lost a lineout all day, which is something we’ve been struggling with,” he said.

The scrum also did well, which was encouraging.

League convert Mitch Cooper was again very strong in the centres.

“He’s really starting to find his feet,” Piddington said.

Second-rower Sam Noakes, fullback Keith Ellis and hooker Aaron Mackay were other standouts.

The other first grade game was deferred until after the university holidays.

TABLE: Armidale 34, St Alberts 25, Robb College 18, Barbarians 15, Glen Innes 1.

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Pirates get out of jail at Barraba

BARRABA almost repeated their 2013 heroics, while Inverell accounted for Quirindi and Moree and Narrabri continued on their merry ways in an absorbing round of Central North action onSaturday.
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It did little to make the top five picture any clearer though.

All it did was probably secure Pirates third, although it was a close call for them at Barraba.

They “got out of jail”, as coach Andrew Verrell put it, sneaking home 21-16 after trailing 13-nil at one stage.

They have struggled at Barraba in recent years, with the Rams famously upsetting them 20-15 two years ago.

At Inverell, it finally started to click for the Highlanders as they outgunned Quirindi 46-7.

The first half was where they set it up, laying on 36 unanswered points.

The Blue Boars rolled the Rams 31-17.

They led 17-7 at the break, with the Rams scoring a runaway try late in the half to give them a sniff.

The home side then kicked away in the first half of the second half but had to withstand a late charge from the visitors.

At Scone, Moree’s defence was again impenetrable, with the Bulls accounting for the Brumbies 64-nil.

It was the competition leader’s third shut-out in as many games and, with the Blue Boars’ win, ensures a mouth-watering finale to the first round next week.

Both teams will head in undefeated.

“The boys played pretty well. They controlled the ball and got it wide, and the backs carved up,” Bulls co-coach Peter Copeman said.

Heath Riggs led the onslaught with three and was the only multiple tryscorer.

They set the tone early, running away to a 17-nil lead after about 20 minutes.

“They (Scone) had their moments but never really looked like threatening,” Copeman said.

He’d spoken leading in about just looking for more of the same and they delivered on that, with the core of the win again their defence.

“The defence was excellent once again,” he said.

They got off the line and put a lot of pressure on the Brumbies.

He said Jordan Cosh was strong at five-eighth.

Skipper Ben Colley was the pick of the forwards at breakaway, along with Fraser Brown and number eight MattWannan.

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Plenty of support for DREAM Festival

Funding for the Dream Festival, or the lack thereof, has prompted a flood of submissions on Dubbo City Council’s draft budget.
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During the 2015/16 Draft Operational Plan and Budget public exhibition period 79 submissions were made, 70 of which were in regards to the Dream Festival.

All but one submission were in support of council maintaining funding beyond 2015/16.

In her submission, Dubbo Ratepayers and Residents Association president Merrilyn Mulchay said while the Ratepayers Association supports the organisers of the Dream Festival, they did not think council should continue its funding.

“We can not find reason for council to justify spending $40,000 on the festival each and every year,” Ms Mulchay said in the submission.

“There are plenty of other worthy community based organisations that do not secure once cent of rate payers funds.

“We also can not understand why council pointedly supports an organisation that is clearly skewed to the big end of town.

“If council were to support an event, surely support such an event that incorporates all of its citizens as opposed to an elite few.”

Primary teachers, exchange students, festival volunteers, Sydney residents who travel to Dubbo every year for the festival, medical students considering working in Dubbo, and many concerned residents have all written submissions.

Twelve-year-old Kate Fuller was full of praise for the festival.

She said she couldn’t believe council didn’t consider the festival important enough to continue funding.

“I really look forward to the Dream Festival every year because there isn’t much for kids my age to go to in Dubbo,” she said in her submission.

“My mum and dad always take our family to the Dream events because it’s heaps of fun and doesn’t cost a fortune.”

Angie White from Western Studio of Performing Arts said the funding should be continued to help keep dreams alive.

“I bring my students to Dubbo each year and they are thrilled to be able to take part in the dance components particularly given that we live so far away,” she said.

“It is a wonderful opportunity for these kids to gain exposure to amazing dancers, to take part in a big performance and to meet like minded kids in a safe and open setting for all.”

Director community services David Dwyer said due to the level of community interest in the festival it was recommended council determine its position. Others included concerns about water charges, the establishment of an ice skating rink and combining a caravan and camping show with the Dubbo Show.

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Magic too tricky for South Armidale in Cup

SOUTH Armidale Scorpions’ FFA Cup run came to an end in Newcastle on Saturday as did the unbeaten NIF Premier League run of Inverell’s Joeys FC at Doody Park, Armidale.
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While the Scorpions were bundled out of the FFA Cup 7-1 by Broadmeadow Magic, East Armidale were delivering the Joeys their first loss of the McDonald’s-sponsored PL 3-2 at Doody Park.

It left Oxley Vale Attunga the only unbeaten NIF side when it snared a 1-all draw with Moree FC at Moree.

In other games, Tamworth FC leapfrogged Gunnedah United with a 4-2 win over the home side in Gunnedah after a hat-trick from Englishman William Webb.

Countryman Michael Roberts also scored for the visitors on a good day for the club after its second grade won 6-2 to remain top of the second grade Southern Conference.

OVA’s second grade also had a 3-2 win over Moree while its first graders snatched a 1-all draw thanks to a Lachlan Browne goal which equalised Ryan Kemp’s strike.

North Companions also grabbed a narrow away victory when 1-nil victors against Namoi United, Ben Davis the goalscorer.

In Newcastle the Scorpions also scored the lone goal, a Cody Watts penalty, as their FFA Cup run ended at the hands of the Magic.

Newcastle sides dominated the regional match-ups.

West Wallsend beat Jesmond 5-4 on penalties after the two sides were locked at 4-all.

Adamstown then beat Valentine 4-nil and Edgeworth had the same scoreline in their win over Coffs City.

The Scorpions fell 7-1 but were far from disgraced, coach Joe Campbell said.

“It was great experience for the boys,” he said of the Newcastle trip.

“It was a tough game. 7-1 sounds bad but we played well and were right in it in the first half.

“They only led 2-1 in the first half with 10 minutes to go before half-time.”

Cody Watts had scored from the penalty spot to make it 2-1 after Chris Berlin and Rhys Tippet had scored for the Magic.

Tippet bagged his second just before the break and he and Berlin added a couple more in the second half for the six-goal success.

They were to play West Wallsend yesterday in one game with Adamstown playing Edgeworth in the other, with the two winners automatically qualifying to represent NNSWF in the Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32.

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Tamworth pips Gunnedah to go fifth

TAMWORTH snuffed out a late push from Gunnedah to win a see-sawing tussle at Tamworth Rugby Park on Saturday and push their way into the top five.
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The Magpies twice came from behind in the second half to claim the points 25-22 and, with the bonus point, leapfrog the Red Devils and Barraba into fifth.

Their top five hopes were on the line and they had dig deep to save them.

Co-coach Mark Daly admitted it was difficult to watch at times, especially the final minutes after Red Devils winger Tom Adams had brushed his way out of a couple of tackles to make it a three-point game with four minutes to go.

Not long after, fullback Keegan Loughrey looked like he might step his way through to steal it but the Magpies managed to cut him down and hold on.

It was typical of what was a rollercoaster second half, with the Red Devils hitting the front through half-back Dave Heyman just a couple of minutes in.

The home side had led 10-7 at the break on the back of tries to Lewyn Rapana and Patrick Strong.

Strong had the crowd on their feet, the fullback chipping and winning the race to the ball to finish off a spectacular 50m raid.

Harry Veitch instigated it, slipping an offload to Sanimo Navatu.

The big number eight then popped a pass to Sam Wheaton and quick hands found Strong out wide.

It pushed them out to 10-nil with just over 15 minutes to go in the first half.

Minutes later though they were reduced to 14, with second-rower Simon Vumilagi binned and the momentum started to turn.

The Red Devils were virtually camped in Tamworth’s 22 for the last 15 minutes, most of which the Magpies had to play a mand down after Sam Scott was yellow-carded with a couple of minutes to go.

But they managed to weather the storm until just after the half-time buzzer when prop Josh Leys crashed over.

Strong’s second – this time running off a great pop off the ground from Vumilagi – put the Magpies back in front, but only briefly, with Pete Henderson kicking the Red Devils two in front with 25 to go.

Their time in front was equally brief, with winger Nick Humphries crossing minutes later to restore the Magpies’ lead.

They were never headed from there, a perfectly executed driving maul off a lineout giving them a more than converted try buffer which, in the end, proved invaluable.

“We were our own worst enemies at times,” Daly said.

“We looked fantastic ball in hand but we just gave away a few silly penalties.”

He thought their defence was where they won it and their pressure at thebreakdown.

Tamworth number eight Sanimo Nevatu tries to power his way out of the clutches of Gunnedah’s Joe Duffy (left) and Dave Heyman. Photo: Barry Smith 200615BSF22

They won the battle there and pilfered a lot of ball from the Red Devils in attack.

In the first half alone they would have turned over the ball four or five times with the Red Devils hot on attack.

That was where it was lost for Gunnedah.

“We just turned over too much ball in that first half,” Red Devils co-coach Tim Walsh said.

“We’d make 50m breaks then we’d turn the ball over.

“Hence we didn’t have enough ball.”

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