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Tremain set to make Sheffield Shied debut

Tremain set to make Sheffield Shied debut

OH YEAH: Orange’s Chris Tremain (left), with Steve O’Keefe, has been selected in the NSW Sheffield Shield side for this week’s match. Photo: GETTY IMAGESORANGE quick Chris Tremain is preparing to make his first class debut after being named in the New South Wales squad to take on Victoria in the final Sheffield Shield match of 2011-12 at the hallowed turf of the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
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The Yeoval product is one of three seam bowlers, along side Bathurst quick Trent Copeland and right-arm Randwick-Petersham spearhead Scott Coyte, yesterday named in the 12-man squad to take on the Victorians in a four-day game starting Thursday.

A final 11 will be named on the morning of the match but the early signs point towards Tremain making the cut.

“Obviously the selectors can’t put anything in black and white at the moment, but when I got the call on Monday they said to me there is only three seamers in the 12, come to the ground prepared to play,” Tremain said.

“I’m pretty excited, but I’ll try to keep a level head.

“I’m jumping out of my skin to pull on the blue cap and play for my state.”

His selection in the NSW squad caps off a remarkable rise through the ranks for the former Kinross Wolaroi tearaway.

In solid form for his University of NSW side in the Sydney Grade Cricket competition this summer, Tremain soon made his debut in NSW colours, taking 2-32 against Western Australia in their Ryobi Cup clash at the WACA ground last month.

His 31 scalps at 20.29 this year have obviously made those who count sit up and take notice.

But Tremain knows he can get better.

After taking the wickets of Travis Birt and Luke Ronchi in his first state outing on February 22, Tremain admits to being a little nervous about taking the new ball at a place many believe is the home of fast bowling.

“Obviously at the WACA, I watched the game the other day and it looked like my rhythm was a bit off,” he concedes.

“I have had a problem in the past with front-foot no balls and with it being a free hit in the one-dayers, I looked a bit hesitant.

“If I can get my rhythm right without having to worry about free hits, I’ll be able to go out there and just look to bowl well and keep things tight.”

Tremain, 20, is just one of a number of promising young cricketers being given a shot at the Sheffield Shield level by NSW selectors this summer.

Young batsman Nic Maddinson is another at just 19 years old.

Tremain believes the enthusiasm both he and the likes of Maddinson have brought to the Blues over the back end of the season will propel NSW – set to miss out on both the Shield and one-day finals this year – into a successful 2012-13 campaign.

“Stephen O’Keefe said in the huddle after we won (at the WACA) that it was great to have young blood in the team. He said the team was just going through its paces in the previous couple of games and to get young blood in wanting to play for their state was great,” Tremain said.

NSW BLUES: Stephen O’Keefe (captain), Trent Copeland, Scott Coyte, David Dawson, Phil Hughes, Simon Katich, Usman Khawaja, Nic Maddinson, Peter Nevill, Ben Rohrer, Steven Smith, Chris Tremain.

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Number’s up for graffiti vandals

Number’s up for graffiti vandals

RING THE HOTLINE: Member for Orange Andrew Gee hopes a new graffiti hotline will help clean up the streets of Orange. MEMBER for Orange Andrew Gee says he hopes a new graffiti hotline will not only make it easier to notify authorities of the crime but also hasten its removal from public areas.
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Mr Gee said graffiti was a “blight on community pride” and the new hotline was a step in the right direction.

“Until now there has been no single number to notify authorities about graffiti, which has caused confusion and delays in removal,’’ Mr Gee said.

“[Now] After receiving a report, hotline operators will send the information to the government agency or local council responsible for cleaning it up.”

Mr Gee said graffiti was a particular problem in parks, bus shelters and on roads.

“It’s not exclusive to any suburb although some areas do have more graffiti than others,” he said.

Mr Gee said removing graffiti was very expensive, costing Orange ratepayers thousands of dollars a year.

“It’s not only [costly to] council, but also other organisations such as Housing NSW as well as private homeowners,” he said.

“The cost of graffiti vandalism is spread across the entire community.”

Mr Gee said is was important to remove graffiti as it had a “flow-on effect on the community”.

“If you let it go it can set the tone for a community or a neighbourhood,” he said.

He said anyone who defaces property without permission had no right to call themselves a graffiti artist.

“They might like to think of themselves as artists, but they are really vandals who show no respect for other people’s property,” he said.

The number for the NSW graffiti hotline is 1800 707 125 and callers are able to remain anonymous.

It will operate from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.

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Bush, wetlands now on solid ground with zoning

Bush, wetlands now on solid ground with zoning

PROTECTED: Environmentalists Neil Jones, Margaret Weaver, Ian Starr, Ros Valentine, Stephen Nugent and Fiona Hawke at the Ploughmans Wetlands, which has been zoned as a public recreation area. Photo: MARK LOGAN 0302mlploughmans1THE environment and the community have had a win with two prominent stretches of land saved from future development.
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Under Orange’s recently approved Local Environmental Plan (LEP), the Bloomfield bushland is now an environmental conservation zone and Ploughmans Wetlands has been zoned as a public recreation area.

“It’s exceptionally good news, it’s the best outcome we could hope for,” Orange councillor and Environmentally Concerned Citizens of Orange president Neil Jones said.

“We now have publicly zoned land from Wentworth Estate to Ploughmans Valley, it opens up huge opportunities for walkways and cycleways.”

Under the new zoning all residential and commercial development is banned at the bushlands, while the wetlands can only have recreation or eco-tourist facilities.

Cr Jones said both areas will have enormous benefits for the community and environment.

“It ensures these areas of open space and remnant bushlands will be protected for all time,” he said.

“There were fears the land could be earmarked for commercial and residential development.”

The bushland’s close proximity to the hospital, Bloomfield campus, future Ronald McDonald House and Western Care Lodge will be of ongoing benefit, Cr Jones said, with future walking tracks in the area a possible outlet for patients and visitors.

“There are wonderful opportunities for bushland experiences,” he said.

Cr Jones admits there will be “enormous challenges” to maintain the area including controlling the exotic woody weeds.

He hopes the chief advocates of the area, the Bloomfield Bushland Advancement Group, will be able to form a community based bushland care group including staff from the health campus.

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Clinics bringing cricket to kids all over the world

Clinics bringing cricket to kids all over the world

LIVE AND LEARN: Fabien Leonard and Shane King. Photo: JUDE KEOGHEVERY child has the right to play cricket.
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It’s a simple motto.

And one The Movement Disorder Foundation, with help from both Rotary NSW and the Bradman Foundation, is hoping will resonate the world over.

In place since October 2010, The Movement Disorder Foundation has been running kanga cricket-like cricket clinics, with modified rules, to help children with disabilities around NSW get involved in the game.

And there are already plans to expand the initiative to countries on the sub-continent like India, Sri Lanka and Malaysia as well as New Zealand.

Over 100 children from right across Orange enjoyed the clinics over three sessions at Sir Neville Howse Stadium on Wednesday and Thursday last week in Orange.

Bradman Foundation cricket ambassador Rick McCarthy said he was blown away by the support the clinics have received.

“It really has caught on like wild fire,” McCarthy said.

And McCarthy believes it can only get bigger.

“There has been (a lot of support), but we’d always like more,” he said.

“I believe, there are still a lot of people out there who believe some children can’t play cricket. All you have to do is come down and see the enjoyment these kids are getting out of this to see that’s not the case.

“We’re hoping to spread the word.”

The students practiced their throwing, bowling, batting and catching across a number of drills last week.

And later this year, school children from across the region will converge on Wade Park for what McCarthy calls a “Dream Cricket Day.”

“That’s the idea. The kids will learn more by continuing these clinics at their schools and then at the end of the year, we’ll get Bathurst, Orange, Mudgee or Blayney or Millthorpe, where ever, all together for a dream day,” he said.

The Wade Park Dream Cricket Day will be played on November 1.

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Fardell’s winning training run

Fardell’s winning training run

WINNER: Jane FardellORANGE’S recent cool weather was perfect for one competitor in the Orange Colour City Running Festival yesterday.
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Dubbo’s Jane Fardell took out the women’s half-marathon yesterday as part of her preparation to race overseas.

Fardell (pictured right) stopped the clock in just over one hour and 22 minutes for the 21.1km event, in what was essentially a training run for her.

She will go to Europe later this month to participate in the European Spring Marathon Series.

For this reason alone she was happy with Orange’s cooler conditions.

“I’m pretty glad actually because it will make it easier to acclimatise,” Fardell laughed.

Fardell said she had planned to do a long run on Sunday morning as part of her training and thought the Running Festival would be suitable.

She took out the women’s half-marathon in 2011 and was happy to make it two in a row.

“I felt like having a bit of a hit out but I’ve got a big race coming up in a couple of weeks so I didn’t want to push it too hard,” she said.

Heavy rain during the week meant the half-marathon course had to be changed and Fardell said it provided a solid challenge.

“It was much harder than last year,” she said.

“I know they had to change the course for the weather. They did a good job but the hills were just … yeah. I didn’t see any flat today. It was just up, down, up, down. That made it a bit tougher.”

The second woman to finish the half-marathon was Sarah Mycroft, the Running Festival’s ambassador.

Mycroft was the first woman to run around Australia in 2010 so she had no problems finishing the half-marathon yesterday.

Wendy Walker turned in a strong performance to finish third.

No official times were available due to a technical problem.

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