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Noradjuha-Quantong Football Netball Club members Lucy Brand, Chloe Gabbe, Georgia Francis, Bianca Anson and Brooke Pay pick grapes at Norton Estate Wines. Picture: PAUL CARRACHERWIMMERA winemakers are praising an ideal growing season for the outstanding quality of this year’s grapes.
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Noradjuha-Quantong Football Netball Club members contributed to the region’s grape harvest, while raising money for the club.

Club members have picked grapes at Norton Estate Wines for the past two weekends, finishing on Sunday.

Norton Estate Wines owner Chris Spence said it would possibly be one of the best vintages the vineyard has ever produced.

‘‘With the sauvignon blanc, the quality of the fruit was excellent, as were the yields,’’ he said.

‘‘The flavour of our red grapes – the shiraz and cabernet sauvignon – was also superb.

‘‘We had very even yields across the vineyard, after a near-perfect growing season.’’

Mr Spence said a cool spring and start to summer made for an ideal season.

‘‘The cooler temperatures helped with the flowering and fruit set,’’ he said.

‘‘Then the heat in the past few weeks helped ripen any unripe fruit.’’

Mr Spence said picking was now complete, about a week ahead of schedule.

He said the grapes had been transported to Great Western, where they would be turned into wine.

‘‘It will be a vintage to look out for,’’ he said.

Mr Spence thanked the Noradjuha-Quantong Football Netball Club for its time.

‘‘It is the 12th year they have picked for us and they did an outstanding job,’’ he said.

Club president Tim Kelly said picking grapes was a great fundraiser for the club.

‘‘It’s a day that everyone can get involved with, from juniors to older members of the club,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s also a great opportunity for people to get to know new members.’’

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THIS healthy eating plan has been on the go for the past three years at least and little creative, innovative or impacting images or marketing have been seen around Mildura.
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Colour: The Darwin markets are a huge drawcard.

Sporting clubs would be a great place to start along with some innovative names for horse races and harness races that reflect the Mildura food bowl.

This is about networks and connecting some eat-well, live-well messages as well.

Maybe some gourmet healthy food images in the Mildura Mall as well or on the walls of Coles and Woolworths CBD stores about local healthy produce.

The markets have many fine fresh items and this should be taken further to capture cultures/nationalities and food choices that are historically healthy.

Like the many Darwin markets, cafes and restaurants that participate in the markets to showcase their foods and eateries.

Have a look at Parap markets or Nightcliffe or Rapid Creek markets for some fine examples of vast healthy prepared foods for all around the world.

If eateries here participated, it could become a great event for locals and bring many tourists as well. I have said it before and it gets no traction.

It is sad because it captures so much.

The healthy eating issues need firm plans with outcomes and not careers out of the problem.

Stuart Davie,

Mildura

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STICKY UNDERFOOT: Maitland’s Harry Maguire playing against Cooks Hill in the FFA Cup at Speers Point on Saturday. Picture: Brock Perks

NORTHERN NSW Football will re-evaluate its policy on playing matches in hot conditions at the Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility after concerns from coaches about extreme heat coming off the new synthetic pitches.

National Premier League teams played on the artificial surfaces in round three of the FFA Cup on Saturday.

For many players from the region’s top competition, it was the first time they had experienced the pitches, which were laid in December as part of the new $11.3million centre.

NNSWF implemented a FIFA-standard heat policy, which called for games to stop if temperatures reached 33degrees or a 30-degree wet-bulb reading was registered.

The maximum temperature on Saturday at Speers Point was 28.7, but a game at the centre was abandoned on Sunday due to the heat.

Charlestown coach Shane Pryce said some of his players had come away with blisters on their feet because of the heat coming off the surface.

‘‘It’s made for winter, and as a wet-weather ground or for catch-up games at night, it will be wonderful, but it’s not made for summer,’’ Pryce said.

Adamstown Rosebud coach Graham Law said ‘‘my players did not enjoy it’’.

‘‘I grew up playing on synthetic surfaces in Europe, but they are not made for this heat,’’ Law said.

Lambton Jaffas coach David Tanchevski said his players had suffered blisters during a trial game on the surface a week earlier, but they had used Vaseline on Saturday to prevent a repeat.

Weston coach Trevor Morris said his side had pulled up well, but ‘‘the boys said it felt like their feet were melting through their shoes’’.

Hamilton coach Michael Bolch, Edgeworth’s Damian Zane and South Cardiff boss Greg Asquith said their players had no problems with the surface and came through the games well. Maitland’s Chris Turner said his players had told him ‘‘it felt sticky underfoot’’, but he ‘‘wouldn’t mind taking the team there again’’.

Broadmeadow coach Robert Virgili, who lost midfielder Alex Kantarovski for the season with a knee injury suffered on the surface on Saturday, said ‘‘the heat coming off the surface was unbelievable and the feedback from players was that it was a concern’’.

Law and Virgili have experience with watered synthetic turf overseas and were among coaches who believed a wet surface could help cool the ground and create better ‘‘give’’ underfoot.

But NNSWF chief executive David Eland said: ‘‘The surface is not designed at all to be watered. It is not like hockey.

‘‘This is state-of-the-art technology and the drainage is so good that watering it is a waste of time.

‘‘The water will go straight through the drainage cells and leave the surface.’’

Eland said rain on the pitch created extra humidity and even more heat.

He said he was ‘‘absolutely comfortable with having pre-season games’’ on the surface, but NNSWF would consider feedback from clubs and look at potentially delaying early FFA Cup fixtures until later in March, starting fixtures earlier in the day, having breaks in the middle of the day, having more games under lights and decentralising matches.

The FFA Cup qualifying series for Northern NSW will be at Speers Point in June.

Eland said ‘‘heat coming out of the surface is the only disadvantage that we have discovered’’ and the pitches had been brilliant despite been ‘‘absolutely thrashed’’ since being laid.

He said NNSWF had invested in underlay rubber which was purported to be 20per cent cooler, but there was no escaping the fact that the surface, filled with rubber and sand, would be hot in summer.

Horsham Fishing Competition assistant secretary Prue Beltz with her stake at the Wimmera River ahead of Sunday’s fishing competition. More than 1000 people have registered for the event. Picture: PAUL CARRACHERTHE Wimmera’s biggest fishing competition is again on at the weekend.
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More than 1000 people have already registered for the 38th annual Horsham Fishing Competition.

Prizes worth $60,000 are up for grabs, including a car, holiday giveaways and cash prizes.

Horsham Fishing Competition assistant secretary Prue Beltz said about 300 people queued on Saturday morning to receive their stakes for the competition.

‘‘We were setting up at the Apex shed on Friday and there were people lining up to collect their stakes from 3pm who stayed overnight,’’ she said.

‘‘People line up for fishing and iPhones these days it seems – they probably didn’t need to queue because we cleared the line in about 18 minutes.’’

Mrs Beltz said people could register for the competition until 5pm Friday.

People can also register on Saturday between 8am and 9am at the soundshell at Sawyer Park, Horsham.

Mrs Beltz said the competition still required extra stewards.

‘‘We would gratefully take anyone who is willing to steward along the river and if anyone wants to help they can call me,’’ she said.

There was doubt about the competition’s future last year, due to a lack of volunteers.

Mrs Beltz said she was grateful for Apex Club Horsham and Wimmera Uniting Care, who helped organise the event this year.

‘‘It was never an issue of the competition being unviable or unsuccessful, it was just the number of people we had doing the work for it,’’ she said.

‘‘The two organisations have come on board and helped the committee members with the event.’’

Mrs Beltz said the person with the heaviest catch of the day would win a new Kia Rio, while the second and third heaviest catches would win holidays.

‘‘It will pay to be a fisherman for a number of people this weekend with the number of prizes we have,’’ she said.

Mrs Beltz had heard good reports from Wimmera anglers about the quality of fish in the Wimmera River.

‘‘We are expecting plenty of yellowbelly to be between one and two kilograms,’’ she said.

‘‘One of the things we have done in the past few years is we have taken some of the larger catfish that have been caught and put them back in to help restore catfish numbers.

‘‘We’ve taken some of them to areas like Lake Lascelles up near Hopetoun to help support the numbers.’’

The competition will take place along a stretch of the Wimmera River in Horsham, with registration fees of $40, $15 and $2 for different age groups.

Mrs Beltz said people could call her on 0439 826 187 to register as stewards.

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SHAUN JOHNSONNEWCASTLE coach Rick Stone said containing Warriors wizard Shaun Johnson rather than closing him down was all he expected of the Knights at Hunter Stadium on Saturday.
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The 24-year-old halfback has developed into one of the game’s most lethal attacking weapons, and he secured the 2014 Golden Boot as the world’s best player by sparking New Zealand to a 22-18 win over Australia in the Four Nations final at Wellington in November.

‘‘He touches the ball as much as anyone there,’’ Stone said. ‘‘His ability to conjure up tries and score some tries himself is pretty important to the Warriors, and his speed and what he brings to the table with his footwork and the variation he’s got in his all-round game makes him one of the most dangerous ball-runners in the comp.

‘‘We know he’s a really important cog to their wheel. And it’s really about minimising his effect on the game rather than shutting him down altogether.

‘‘Good players like that have an influence, so it’s trying to minimise his effect on the game which is important. The amount of ball we give them is important as well.

‘‘But Shaun Johnson, current Golden Boot winner, his last couple of seasons have been real break-out seasons, and everyone’s seen the best of what Shaun Johnson can do, and it’s our job to try and stop him doing some of that stuff on Saturday.’’

Stone said the Knights had to restrict Johnson’s time in possession by minimising their errors and being vigilant in their defensive assignments.

That attention to detail will be critical against a Warriors team boasting size and skill across the park from fullback Sam Tomkins to front-rower Ben Matulino, as the Knights try to back up their 28-22 victory in the corresponding game last August.

‘‘They’re a terrific attacking team. We all know that,’’ he said. ‘‘They’ve got heaps of skilful players, they’re powerful, they’ve got offloads in them, they’re really good scoring tries from kicks, they’ve got weapons all over the park, so they’re a really dangerous attacking team, that’s for sure.

‘‘Their record away from home is probably not the best, but their record I would suggest in Newcastle isn’t too bad, in the time that I’ve been here anyway.

‘‘All first games are important, and the discipline and the mistake rate and the penalties and all those things are massive contributors towards the result, and this one will be no different.

‘‘So being tidy, and defensively being strong, they’re things you have to be against the Warriors because they have such an array of talent and they’re such a powerful footy team.’’

Stone challenged his forwards to match the Warriors in the middle of the field.

Korbin Sims has been named with Kade Snowden in the front row, giving the 23-year-old Queensland Origin hopeful first crack at filling the void left by Willie Mason.

Sims and Snowden will be supported by Knights debutant Jack Stockwell and veterans Chris Houston and David Fa’alogo off the bench.

‘‘Their pack is always big and mobile and skilful, as well and nice and aggressive, so any pack of forwards has got to be on their game and hold their own at least in the ruck,’’ Stone said.

AAP reports: Five-eighth Anthony Milford will make his Broncos debut while Glenn Stewart, Sutton and Ben Lowe make up a new Rabbitohs back row when the season kicks off on Thursday night in Brisbane.

Manly’s 2014 injury curse has carried over into the new season before their Friday trip to Parramatta.

Steve Matai (shoulder) Jorge Taufua (knee), Tom Symonds (elbow) and Josh Starling (knee) are all missing from the Sea Eagles line-up, and centre Jamie Lyon (knee) is in doubt.

‘‘I’m not sure yet,’’ Lyon said. ‘‘I’ve just got to get into training and rehab and see how I go.

‘‘It’s just some old scar tissue around the knee. Fingers crossed, but I’m 50-50.’’

Anthony Watmough will make his Eels debut against his former club, and another former Sea Eagle, Will Hopoate, will replace San Fransisco-bound star Jarryd Hayne at fullback.

None of the five players facing drug charges have been named in the Titans side for Wests Tigers’ visit to the Gold Coast on Saturday.

Blake Ferguson will play his first NRL game in almost 22 months when the Roosters travel to Townsville to play the North Queensland Cowboys on Saturday.