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Eyes on RDAQ conference | Photos

The 27th RDAQ conference attracted health professionals and their families to Caloundra for three days last week to discuss all aspects of rural and remote medicine.
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The first night gave attendees the chance to let their hair down before they dove into hot topic discussions throughout Friday and Saturday.

Check out our photos from night one here!

Eyes on RDAQ conference | Photos Dr Dan Manahan, Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service, Stanthorpe, and Natalie Taylor, Downs Rural Medical, Oakey, caught up on the first night.

Cara Graepel, JCU, Julia Skelton, JCU, Emily McLeod, ANU, Ally Ozi, Griffith University, Nikitha Venkathachalam, JCU, and Ritvik Gilhotra, JCU, shared a laugh at Caloundra.

Dr Ebony van der Meer, Queensland Health, Aitkenvale, and Dr Marika Goodman, Townsville Hospital, at the conference.

Dr David Walker, Director of medical services, Longreach, Veronica Kelly, Ipswich, Dr Tom Battisson, Bundaberg Base Hospital, and Dr David Rimmer, executive director of medical services, central west hospital and health service.

David Molhoek, Rockhampton, and Steven McLaughline, Emerald, enjoyed a night out at the conference.

Associate professor Osman Sanyer, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, and Kellee Gray, Health workforce Queensland, shared experiences at the conference.

Professor Lucie Walters, Australian college of rural and remote medicine, Dr Mick Reinke, Bowen Hospital, and Chloe McKenna, Townsville.

Nicole Graves, Mackay Base Hospital, Laura and Michael Pfeffer, Hervey Bay, and Dan Faux, Toowoomba Hospital.

Deb Smith, Cloncurry, Carmel Cockburn, Ingham, Rebecca Devereaux, Kingaroy, Jessica Gaughan, Emerald, Brooke Davies, Emerald, and Christine Koss, Longreach, took the chance to share a drink at the conference.

Josh Nicholls, Fiona Ryan, and Veronica Kelly, Ipswich.

Sue Mosel, Goondiwindi Hospital, nurse Kimberley Dwyer and Luke Dwyer, Wambo Medical, Jandowae.

Kay Brumptob, QRME Toowoomba, Claire Walter, RDAQ Toowoomba, and Josephine Pearson, Toowoomba Hospital.

Katie Squires and Alison Blair, rural generalist pathway, were happy to extend advice to health professionals at the conference.

Dr Greg Hill, Gladstone Hospital, and Dr Clare Walker, RDAQ Longreach, caught up at Caloundra.

Dr Tjaart Grobbelaar, Mareeba, and Dr R.T Lewandowski, RDAQ Kingaroy.

Stephen Johnstone, Mackay, James Tsakisiris, JCU Townsville, and Chelsea Parker, Townsville, shared stories at the RDAQ Caloundra conference.

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$5m airport upgrade: Melbourne direct next

Airport upgrade: Regional Development Minister John Barilaro arriving in Port Macquarie on Friday where he announced a $5 million upgrade for the local airport. Pic: Matt McLennanPort Macquarie-Hastings Council is taking a ‘build it and they will come’ approach to establishing much-anticipated direct flights to Melbourne.
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This follows a $5 million upgrade announcement tothe airport facility on Friday.

State government minister for regional development John Barilaro and the state member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams joined council mayor Peter Besseling to unveil the multi-million dollar plans.

The funding will see an overall increase in the footprint of the building, construction of an internal baggage claim carousel and a more convenient check-in area.

Importantly, it will include a dedicated arrival area and upgraded security facilities to provide easier access for travellers.

The overall plans are designed to provide a smoother flow of passengers and visitors around the facility.

Mr Besseling said the upgrade was ‘part of the push’ for direct flights to Melbourne, which he accepted was a favoured option for many local travellers.

“While that –attracting direct flights to Melbourne –is a commercial decision for the individual airline operators, council’s attitude is that we want to ensure that the infrastructure is in place to accommodate the increased visitor numbers,” he said.

“We need to be prepared and council is pushing hard (to achieve that).This investment …will continue togenerate interest in Port Macquarie.”

The mayor said the funding announcement was further confirmation of Port Macquarie’s recognition of city status in the recent North Coast Region Plan.

“It reflects the growth in our area,” he added.

Mr Barilaro and Mrs Williams said the upgrade will accommodate increased visitor numbers and confirmed the government’s push to invest in the development of regional airports.

“It will also stimulate the local and regional economy for years to come,” Mr Barilaro said.

“The NSW government will continue to invest in regional infrastructure to unlock new economic growth and job creation opportunities.

“Airports are a key entry point for regional communities,helping channel business and tourism spending and assisting health and emergency services.”

Mrs Williams saidshe was pleased to see the continued investment being made across the regions by the NSW government to secure new opportunities for economic growth and job creation

“This funding is in addition to the $1.8 million investment in Lord Howe Island as part of round 1 of this investment,” she said.

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Aiming to build better businesses

LEARN: Josh Hancock, Reedy Creek (left) and Russell Kamp, Willalooka (right) with Limestone Coast Red Meat Cluster coordinator Ann Aldersey and chair Peter Stock.
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Members of the Limestone Coast Red Meat Cluster (LCRMC) have been busy completing a series of workshops aimed at building better businesses.

Producers from across the SE are three quarters of the way through the four-part program, titled“Build a Better Red Meat Business by Your Design”.

Ann Alderseysaid the program had participants from Western Flat to Reedy Creek and everywhere in between, with manyagreeing it has helped their business management.

“We’ve staged it so that they are learning the fundamentals of livestock production profitability,” Ms Aldersey said.

“After learning the basic lessonsthey were applied to case studies before then being used on their own businesses.

“It’s important that producers see how buildingtheir skills can help them improve their business… there are often greater gains to be had by getting better rather than bigger from a business perspective.”

The program has also attractedinterest from potential new participants in the Limestone Coast and elsewhere in SA.

“After three sessions, we now know where to focus our efforts to improve profitability and have a clear plan to make it happen,” said Josh Hancock, livestock producer from Reedy Creek, one of the fourteen Limestone Coast red meat production businesses participating in the program.

“I’m looking forward to the final session whenwe’ll have the opportunity to build on what we’ve learnt with board-style mentoring with other participants.”

Addressing the group on Thursday, LCRMC Chair Peter Stock said that even the smallest increase in the red meat sectormade a huge difference to the overall financial health of the SE.

The LCRMC,in conjunction with business management consultancy ProAdvice, developed ‘ABetter Red Meat Business by Your Design’to build stronger red meat production businesses in the region.

The program comprises four one-day workshops, as well as coaching from experienced business consultants and mentoring between participants.

The LCRMC has developed the program’s benchmarksspecificallyfor red meat production businesses in the Limestone Coast.

This has been done through analysis of wide-ranging industry data including National LivestockIdentification Scheme, PIRSA, ABARES and Australian Bureau of Statistics.

This is the first time data from these sources have been accessed, brought together and analysed in this way with a focus on the Limestone Coast.

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Windsor streetlights to be fixed – after six months

These streetlights between Percival Street and Rickabys Creek bridge will be fixed on July 6 according to Endeavour Energy. Picture: Geoff JonesStreetlights along Hawkesbury Valley Way either side of Percival Street will finally be repaired on July 6, an Endeavour spokesperson told the Gazette, after six months of being out.
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A retired Integral Energy employee who lives inthe Hawkesbury has been trying for months to get the streetlights replaced, with no joy until now.

The resident, who did not wish to be named, said the lights that were out were from the secondlight west ofRickabys Creek Bridge to Percival Street at Windsor, and also from Percival Streetalmost to the child-minding centre atClarendon on Hawkesbury Valley Way. “Either side of the RAAF overhead landing lights,” he said.

“I notified Endeavour of the lights betweenRickabys Creek bridge andPercivalStreet beingout which werecaused by a fallen tree inmid January, on April 18.” He contacted them again on May 22 when they still hadn’t been fixed.

“Both times they thanked me and spilt the old bull about taking no longer than 12 working days. I checked on Tuesday (June 7)and they had still not carried out the necessary repairs.”

He contacted them again this week, saying “I find this service deplorable, when it only requires a travel tower and twomen for approximately fourhours”, he said.“With the flooding recently this is a low-lying area and without lights could be extremely dangerous.”

The Endeavour spokesman said those lights were much more difficult to fix than just replacing the light, as it wasn’t the lights that were the problem but the electricity supply, as when a tree fell in January it took out the mains which were then cut off for safety until crews could get to the repair job.

The spokesman said the job had been scheduled for June 6 but the RMS cancelled their road occupancy licence due to the continuing flood situation on that day.

The new licence issued was for July 6. When asked why it took that long for the crews to get to the job,he said it was due to having to prioritise the workloads, and businesses and residences took priority.

In other streetlight news, Council announced last week that 550 streetlights had been updated by Endeavour Energy crewsto LED lights. The oldmercury vapour lights that were replaced were in Bligh Park, Clarendon, Cornwallis, Freemans Reach, Oakville, Pitt Town, South Windsor, Wilberforce, Windsor, Windsor Downs and Vineyard, representing more than 15 per cent of thelights in our LGA.

The replacement project, part of a larger oneacross western Sydney, began in late 2014.

Report broken streetlights by calling 131 003, or via the Endeavour website endeavourenergy南京夜网419论坛.

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Draw will help Rue’s cause

COURAGEOUS RUN NEEDED: Mat Rue will be attempting to drive Im All Courage to victory in tonight’s NSW Breeders Challenge Two-Year-Old Semi-Final, but knows it will be tough with Gold Tiara winner Dont Think Twice (pictured) in the mix. Photo: PHIL BLATCH 032616pbtiara3PACING
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IM All Courage will face fierce competition in tonight’s NSW Breeders Challenge Two-Year-Old Fillies Semi-Final (1,609 metres) at Menangle Park, but the inside draw has given driver Mat Rue a shot of confidence.

The runner from Peter Trevor-Jones’ The Lagoon stable will need the sort form which got her into the Bathurst Gold Tiara Final in March if she is to advance to the decider.

Rue feels gate one could be the help she needs to find it.

With Gold Tiara champion Dont Think Twice starting alongside Im All Courage in the night’s second semi-final, Rue said there is a good chance he can sit behind the likely favourite for the majority of the run.

“She’s got good gate speed, but the favourite for probably the whole series has drawn in three, so she should be handy enough to come out and just take a sit on it. We’re a very good chance of qualifying from there, so we’re very happy with that draw,” he said.

“I’ve driven her in all her starts but one. She gets off the gate really well and if she behaves herself, then she will definitely be a chance.

“She was in the Gold Tiara Final where she finished sixth, but she was probably the only horse in the race who made ground from back in the field. With this kind draw in this grade, she’s definitely not out of her league.”

A top-six finish tonight is needed to qualify for the final – that means beating home at least five rivals.

The gate one draw is timely for Im All Courage, who has endured some horror barriers thus far in her career.

Of her 10 starts, seven have been from wider than sixth on the front row or from the second line of runners.

The Courage Under Fire x Erin Jean filly snuck into the NSW Breeders Challenge semi-final after a disappointing fifth place in last month’s heat at Menangle.

That came after a forgettable seventh place in a heat at the Bathurst Paceway, but Rue thinks those results are not a true indication of Im All Courage’s potential.

“She can get better. Her racing manners probably haven’t been up to scratch lately, so she’s got to get everything right. She’s been doing a few things out of the ordinary lately,” Rue said.

“Dont Think Twice will be the hardest to beat. She’s got the form on the board. Nearly everything she’s been in she’s won and won it well.”

Georges Plains trainer-driver Bernie Hewitt will have two runners featured in tonight’s fillies semi-finals. Im With Lexy will join Im All Courage in semi-final two, while Might And Main starts in the first.

It’s not just the juveniles who will be hunting for bigger things tonight as the Breeders Challenge Four-Year-Old Mares Semi-Finals (1,609m) round out the meeting.

Bathurst trainers will be represented in both semi-finals – Amanda Turnbull’s Hey Porsha and Wayne White’s Miss Rodriguez will do battle in the first, with Andrew Hall’s Hallnightparty and Ashlee Grives’ Ameretto in the second.

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Letters to the editor

NEARING COMPLETION: Lions Club of Leeton president Karen Bradley delivers a community telephone book put together by the organisation. Community phone books are valuedTHE Lions Club of Leeton’s community telephone book project is coming to a close for the 2016-17 year.
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Final deliveries are being made in the Leeton and Yanco area.

The telephone book has been a bi-annual project of the Lions Club and has been a working project for the past 12 months.

This has culminated with the distribution of books to the business houses and residents in Leeton shire.

Residents looked forward to receiving the book as the print size made it easy to read.

The book was also a good reference for businesses in Leeton shire.

Books will be available at the Yanco Newsagency, Broso’s Farm Supplies, Leeton Steel Retail and the Market Plaza Newsagency.

Anyone that has missed out on having a book being delivered can pick one up from these outlets.

Leeton Lions would like to thank the businesses that supported the club by advertising in the phone book.

Without their support this project would not be the success that it is.

Karen Bradley

President

Lions Club of Leeton

Hard work appreciatedI AM a client of Leeton shire community transport.

I am blind, deaf and have other disabilities.

I believe Lesley Steedman who co-ordinates community transport for so many, with sometimes a very limited number of volunteer drivers, should be recognised for the caring and respect that she shows at all times to everyone that uses this service.

Lesley deserves a massive pat on the back for the work that she does.

It she was paid a million dollars for the service she provides through community transport –it still wouldn’t be enough.

Leslie Byrnes

Leeton

Meeting proves fruitfulTHIS week I hosted a meeting with council general managers and departmental representatives to discuss strategic road corridors, skills training demands and broad planning issues in the MIA.

Following on from the successful western Riverina development forumin May, I am now hosting a number of further meetings to more closely refine the actions needed to deal with some of the issues raised at the forum.

The meeting lastweek with council general managers, Roads and Maritime Services, Training Services NSW and Planning NSW included discussions on the creation of co-ordinated strategies that will support the ongoing growth and development of business across the area.

During consultations at the meeting the link between the development of efficient road corridors and jobs growth was emphasised.

Discussions centred around identifying road priorities such as the northern and southern by-pass of Griffith, keeping trucks out of the CBD and residential areas, and by-pass options for Leeton.

With one of the most important and encouraging outcomes from the forum being the estimated 1100 new jobs earmarked for the next three to fiveyears in this area, the identification of training demands for industry and how this training can be provided to cater for the skills required was also discussed at length.

This increase in jobs will present a greater demand on other factors such as residential land availability in both Griffith and Leeton, so work towards ensuring that adequate land and services are in place is also a key area to work on.I look forward to organising a forumin the coming weeks to specifically target skills and employment as part of this ongoing process.

Adrian Piccoli

Member for Murray

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Springwood’s supermarket mystery

Centre of speculation: Springwood’s Supa IGA supermarket in Raymond Road shortly before its closure this month.The three major supermarket chains have remained coy about their plans for Springwood following the closure of one of the town’s two supermarkets this month.
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The closure of the Supa IGA supermarket in Raymond Roadhas left the prominent site vacant.

But inquiries by the Gazetteshed little light on the site’s future. Aldi, Woolworths and Coles all stated they have no specific plans to come to Springwood –although Aldi and Woolworths both showed interest in entering the market.

“Aldirecognises the need for increased grocery competition in the Springwood/Winmalee area to save local residents the time and expense of travelling to other retail destinations,” an Aldi spokeswoman said in a statement.“[But] we have not identified a suitable site at this stage.”

Woolworths said it hasno “confirmed plans yet” for Springwood, leaving open the possibility of a future development.

“We are always looking for great opportunities to bring one of our local community supermarkets to a new area but we have no confirmed plans yet in Springwood,” a spokesman said.

Coles, which already has a major supermarket in Winmalee, was more definitive.

“We are not currently pursuing any site opportunities in Springwood,” a spokeswoman said.

The Gazettereported last March that approaches were made to the council “in late 2014 expressing interest in development sites for supermarkets in the Springwood town centre precinct”.

Since then council has started a town centre masterplan process.

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Harvest wraps up

Pete Johnson.
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With the last of the southern cotton fields having just wrapped up picking, cotton growers across Queensland and NSW are now reflecting on the season that was.

Cotton prices have rallied somewhat over the past month and while average dryland and irrigation yields look promising, it’s certainly not been a season without challenge.

Pete Johnson from Left Field Solutions said the dry start to the season created plenty of headaches while significant rain events on the Central Highlands in February and southern NSW last week have also impacted both quality and prices.

“Most growers are feeling pretty positive about the season but it hasn’t been all beer and skittles,” Mr Johnson said.

“It was not an ideal year in terms of moisture.

“Others were impacted by rain and some of those price penalties on the Emerald cotton would be close enough to $100/bale, which hurts. Some have achieved a better result by tendering their cotton.”

Mr Johnson said average yields had largely exceeded expectations and created plenty of optimism about new technology such as Bollgard 3.

“There has been some variability but there are plenty of people who have yielded up to and in excess of 15 bales to the hectare, which is outstanding,” he said.

“Some dryland producers yielded close to 10bales/ha.”

Mr Johnson said this year’s crop was expected to produce just over 2.6 million bales compared to 2.35 million in 2015.

He said prices had rallied over the past month, with Border Rivers growers currently looking at $480 to $485/bale while growers on the Downs were achieving $490/bale.

“There is also a fleeting chanceto lock in next year’s crop at $500 a bale.When growers started picking in March, prices were$420/bale so they have been able to balance things out. Cotton seed values have risen as well, which has helped overall values.”

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The Greens and a red flag on parliament

Roz Ward, co-ordinator of Safe Schools.If you vote for The Greens in the coming election, you are voting to have the Safe Schools same-sex teachings imposed on your children – no choice, no parental input, your school will have to participate.
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Asked about no parental permission, Roz Ward, co-ordinator of Safe Schools said, “Tough!”

Sydney’s Catholic Archbishop, Anthony Fisher, has described The Greens’ policies as “nasty” and contravening “basic moral standards”.

I’m not a Catholic, but I am pleased that at last a church leader is prepared to lead.

InThe Australianhe condemned the Safe Schools program as even more radical and dangerous social engineering than same-sex marriage.

He went on to say that Safe Schools was foisting an extreme form of LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and intersex) agenda on children.

He also went on to condemn The Greens’ support for removal of religious exemptions, which is important to the likes of Ms Ward if they are to have their way.

Ms Ward is a prominent figure in Victoria’s Marxist movement. Marx had nothing to say about gender fluidity, but a lot to say about the state undermining the family unit. All this gender fluidity propaganda is just a front for a desire to change society by corrupting our children.

She praised the Victorian government for raising the rainbow flag over parliament house – itself a sign of things to come if we get a Labor/Greens government. She then used Facebook to say, “Now we just need to get rid of the racist Australian flag on top of state parliament and get a red one up there and my work is done.”

There was a kerfuffle about the red flag. She was temporarily suspended by La Trobe University, and forced to resign from her Victorian government advisory role. That was window dressing, because La Trobe and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews were well aware of her radical agenda.

So Ms Ward, co-ordinator of Safe Schools, shows her true colours. When a red flag is flying over each school and families have been undermined by her radical teachings, will she be satisfied?

And it gets worse. The Greens have pledged to remove longstanding safeguards for churches from Australia’s anti-discrimination laws.

The Greens would force church schools to teach the same-sex Safe Schools program, and employ people who may not share the school’s basic beliefs.

Parents are entitled to expect that if they choose a religious education for their children, that their school would have teachers who reflect that religious ethos. Not if The Greens get their way!

While Bill Shorten has tried to distance Labor from The Greens’ extreme policies, we have become accustomed to him saying whatever the moment requires. Labor’s national policy platform calls for a review of religious exemption from discrimination law, and anyway, let’s be frank: if Labor wins, they will almost certainly have to govern as a Labor/Greens Government.

Our religious freedoms will be gone.

I double-checked my facts. The 2011 Census showed that 1.2 per cent of Australians identify as gay or lesbian.

Same sex couples represented about 1 per cent of all couples.

Mark Latham is quoted as saying that one of the tactics of political correctness is to brand anyone expressing mainstream views as a bigot.

I am proud to be part of the mainstream.

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Former Jaegers lift Newcastle for state championship campaign

Bronwyn Denham
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CO-COACH Trude Yen says home-court advantage and a core group of experienced players will give Newcastle its best chance in years of winning the State Netball Championships open division.

Newcastle has won NSW titles atunder-17 and under-19 level over the past 10 years but has not claimed the open tournament.

Newcastle Netball Association will host the top open division, under-21s and top two under-17 divisions of thechampionships from Saturday to Monday at National Park. Charlestown will host the open second division and under-17 third division.

Yen said former Hunter Jaegers Narelle Eather, Tiffany Gilmour and recent squad addition BronwynDenham would form an experienced foundation for the senior team to challenge for the title.

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​Yen was disappointed to lose Central Coast Heart defender Tianna Cummings and shooter Katelyn Stansfield after the NSW Premier League club declined to release them but was happy to have a defender of Denham’s pedigree as a replacement.

Denham played for the Queensland Firebirds and Jaegers at national league level and for 12 years with Newcastle in the state league before taking a break from the sport in2013.

“Bron has only just registered with Nova Thunder, but she has also played with Nova before with Tiffany Gilmour,” Yen said.

“It’s lovely to have her on board. The experience will be great for the girls as well. She’s worked with Tiffany and Narelle before, so she’ll fit in quite easily.

“She only just came into the team in the last two weeks. We haven’t even really had a training session with her, but I’m sure she’ll just slot in beautifully because she’s an experienced player.”

Yen said the addition of players with national league experience should bring the team closer to a title.

“Over the last couple of years we haven’t had the big names like Narelle and Tiffany and Bronwyn in the team,” she said.“They’ve done very well without those names. There’s some very strong players who are in the team again this year who know how to push through those really tough games.

“We havea lot of grit and determination in our team, and now we’ve got a lot of names.With that combined we should really be starting to make a dint in that top three.

“I think the three teams, the under-17s, the under-21s and the opens, have got a real chance of getting in the top three.”

Yen described the carnival as a “marathon”for the players, who must survive 20 26-minute games, or almost nine hours of netball, over three days.

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“After three days of hectic and consistent netball, sometimes some teams break down, some girls break down, the bodies are starting to waver, so it will depend on who is the strongest at the end of the day,” she said.

“These championships are minefields as far as injuries and team spirit are concerned. It really is about making sure the girls are physically and mentally stable for those three days.

“It’s always been a marathon, since the year dot, but it’s one of those things that the girls love about it, just the fact that it puts all that energy on the line. It brings out the best in the netballers.”

Manly have won four of the past five open championships, but Yen said they and some of the other strong Sydney districts could struggle playing outdoors in unfamiliar surrounds.

“We know which way the wind blows, we know the courts, we know how slippery they can get if they’re wet.Because we play on them every Saturday, we know the atmosphere of how to shoot and how to play in that atmosphere.

“Other teams like Manly and Campbelltown and Randwick that we’re going to be coming up against, a lot of them play indoors down in Sydney.Our advantage is that we play outdoors and we’re used to the wind and we’re used to the sun in our eyes.”

The Charlestown team that has beaten Newcastle in the past two under-21 finals will contest the open division this year.Port Stephens, Maitland, Scone and Nelson Bay will also field teams in the top open division.

Newcastle: Narelle Eather, Tiffany Gilmour, BronwynDenham,Kimberly Goodearl, Lara Johnson, Eliza Lewis, Ellie McVey, Georgia McVey, Dominique Murphy, Emma Prince.