League tag competition change confirmed

LINING IT UP: Miranda Andrews (throwing the ball) from Pacific Palms during last week’s primary school league tag gala day in Taree. GROUP Three Junior Rugby League will play girl’s league tag in north/south divisions next year.
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“That’s a definite,” NRL development officer Kylie Hilder, who is assisting with establishing the competition said.

Hilder is also the co-coach of the Forster Tuncurry Hawks Ladies League Tag side.

This will mean Forster-Tuncurry, Wingham, Taree Panthers, Taree RSL Red Rovers and Old Bar Pirates will be in the same group to cut down the travel with northern clubs involved in a separate competition.

At this stage, it is planned to play two age divisions – under 12s and 14s – but the final decision will be based on registrations.

“We might just go with 14s for next year and look to expand in 2016,’” Kylie said.

She added there is also some thought to playing matches on Friday afternoons with all matches at the one venue.

“We could play one week at Wingham, then Taree, Old Bar and Forster,” Kylie said.

She understands that league tag will be in opposition to established winter sports including netball and hockey.

“It’s going to be baby steps for us next year,” Kylie admits.

“So we’ll have to be a bit flexible.”

Kylie was enthused by the response to a primary school league tag gala held in Taree last week. Seven schools were involved with 15 teams playing.

“It was hot but the girls really enjoyed it and as the day went on they started getting a better understanding of the rules and the matches improved,” she said.

Kylie will hold come and try days in conjunction with the junior league clubs early next year, where registrations will also be taken. No dates have been determined yet for the come and try days.

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New gala event to help bring cinema back to Bunbury community

A series of fundraisers hopes to centre cinema to the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre. BUNBURY Regional Entertainment Centre fans have been crying out for the return of cinema to the centre – but they need to get behind a new gala event to make it possible.
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Film has been a popular part of the centre’s program since it opened in 1990.

A trusty 35mm projector had allowed the screening of a wide range of film over the years, including children’s films, classics, shorts and the latest international and arthouse films from across the globe.

But the worldwide roll-out of digital cinema has meant the centre’s selection of films has diminished over the years and there is no longer an Australian distributor that offers the latest international or arthouse films in 35mm prints.

The cost for the Bunbury centre to set up digital cinema and conform to the industry standard is about $80,000, so the team has come up with a fundraising plan to bring back the popular Summer and Winter Film Festivals and be involved in events such as CinefestOZ.

The fundraising efforts will include an Australia Day Gala Spectacular in the new Sky Bar overlooking the Leschenault Inlet fireworks show.

“The whole community has been crying out for cinema to come back to the centre and we hope that people get behind us and purchase tickets to this fundraiser,” centre manager Joel McGuiness said.

“I can’t think of anywhere else I would rather be than on the awesome balconies of the newly expanded entertainment centre on Australia Day, with great food, entertainment and a cocktail in hand.

“I really think that this event will become a ‘must-do’ on the social calendar, like the annually sold out events in Perth at places like Cocos and Frazer’s restaurants, especially with people knowing that the funds will go to a great cause.”

Fundraising for the digital projector will also include a diamond ticket raffle between now and Australia Day, which will give the winner a free double pass to every Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre presented show in 2015.

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Tokyo, Japan: The world’s best small bar scene

Make no mistake – Melbourne has some great small bars. They’re up there with the best.
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Try Bar Americano, a tiny place in the CBD, down an alleyway (of course), with no sign (of course), and room for about 12 people if you really squeeze in. There are no seats, the cocktail menu is printed in Euros, and the bartender wears a waistcoat. It treads that line between trendy and pretentious with precision.

And Melbourne is full of similarly great places, small, friendly bars where you can get a drink without having to hear to the TAB in the background, where you can listen to the music you like and imbibe the drinks you like with just a few other people.

But still, Melbourne doesn’t have the world’s best small bars. Neither does Sydney. Great cities like New York, Berlin and Buenos Aires can’t even claim that title, although they’re worthy contenders.

The world’s best small bar scene, without doubt, is in Tokyo.

No one else can compete. This is a city of hundreds, thousands, probably tens of thousands of the smallest, coolest little bars you’ve ever seen. Serving world-class food and painstakingly chosen drinks. Playing great music.

Small bar fans: welcome to paradise.

Start with the izakayas, the bars that double as tapas-style restaurants, the neighbourhood eateries where people go to drink a few flasks of sake, maybe a cold beer, and eat small plates of amazingly good food. To find an izakaya, look for the signature red lanterns out the front. You may not speak the language inside, but that’s OK: everything is good.

Izakayas are everywhere throughout Tokyo, ranging from the fancy, upmarket joints serving haute cuisine to the dingy street-side places that dish up stripped-back Japanese fare at its finest.

That’s a good start to the night. But there are plenty more small bars to be enjoyed.

Maybe you’ll go for a weird theme bar like the Lock-Up or Alcatraz E.R., places in the district of Shibuya that are decked out like dungeons and spooky hospitals. They’re a little cheesy, but definitely fun.

Then you might head somewhere with a more subtle theme, like 8-Bit Café, a Shinjuku bar where customers play old Nintendo and Sega gaming consoles while they consume their drinks. Or Bar Plastic Model, a tiny joint nearby that’s decked out with small plastic toys from Japan’s early-80s boom.

The true joy of the Tokyo small bar scene, however, is a place without a theme. It’s one of the hole-in-the-wall establishments that the city is littered with; quiet drinking dens that have no need for a theme or any fancy decoration. They’re just great places to drink.

Try Bar Martha in Ebisu. Something feels familiar here: it’s down an alleyway (of course), with no sign (of course), and space for about 12 people if you really squeeze in. This is one of Tokyo’s many whisky bars, a dark, cosy place where bottles of expensive spirits are lined up on the bar, and a DJ spins ’60s and ’70s classics on vinyl records.

Japanese whisky is served with a single, perfectly chipped sphere of ice. Bar snacks are free. The place oozes class.

And a bar like that is no anomaly in Tokyo. They’re everywhere. Above the street, below the street, unmarked doorways that lead to nighttime perfection.

There are jazz bars with live bands. Punk clubs in trendy Shimokitazawa. Gaming bars in Shibuya. English theme pubs. Anime bars in Akihabara.

The Golden Gai district in Shinjuku is a huge network of alleyways lined with small bars, some that have room for only four customers, some that don’t take to foreigners too kindly, but others that will provide the best night of your life. There are themed bars, fancy bars, dingy bars and plain, middle-of-the-road bars. All are worth exploring – if you can get in.

People get drunk in Tokyo, but they don’t get rowdy. You might have a few businessmen, ties askew, attempting to drunkenly practice their English on you, but this is not a city where you’re likely to run into serious trouble.

The Tokyo bar scene is all about good drinks, good food, good music, all taken in an establishment that’s about the size of your lounge room.

No other city can compete.

Which city do you think has the best small bar scene? 

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More charges laid against former Armidale dentist

A former dentist at Armidale has been charged with two additional historical indecent assault offences during a court appearance today.
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The 79-year-old man appeared at Armidale Local Court about 10am where 12 counts of indecent assault and four counts of sexual intercourse without consent were mentioned.

The charges relate to alleged assaults against two boys, one aged 16, the other between nine and 10, inside a dental surgery in the early 1980s.

At court, the man was additionally charged with two historical indecent assault offences in relation to another boy, aged 14, in 1982.

The man remains on conditional bail to reappear at Armidale Local Court on Wednesday 18 February 2015.

Detectives from State Crime Command’s Sex Crimes Squad are continuing their investigations into the incidents under Strike Force Holbeach.

They are appealing for anyone who can assist them to come forward.

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Gray has the golden touch

WINNING WAYS: Kyah Gray’s sporting career just keeps getting better. THE golden run of Shoalhaven Heads hockey star Kyah Gray continued recently but this time the success was indoors.
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Gray was a member of the winning NSW open women’s hockey side that proved too strong for its rivals in the national tournament in Canberra.

Gray’s NSW side was far too strong for Victoria in the final and recorded a 5-2 win.

She said it was a good all round effort from her team.

The defender produced a strong all round effort.

“I scored two goals from penalties and also saved some goals,” she said.

For those not familiar with indoor hockey it’s played within an area a little bigger than a basketball court, on floorboards or vinyl/lino and there are boards around the playing area.

Players can hit the ball into the boards, to get an advantage, if they want.

“The boards were dead and they just did not bounce,” Gray said.

NSW played eight games – won six, lost one to the ACT and had a draw against Western Australia.

Gray loves playing indoor hockey and said it was a fast game with lots of action.

The outstanding sportsperson is also equally at home playing field hockey.

“I like both forms of the game and playing both formats can help your all round game,” she said.

“I find the change of seasons – from field to indoor – keeps me fresh.”

Gray found the speedy indoor format helped her skill level and she also now gets the ball away quicker.

The past few months resulted in a run of success for Gray.

Gray was a key member of the NSW Arrows opens side that won the Australian Hockey League titles and was a member of the NSW under 21 side that won the Australian Championships.

She was then nominated for a NSW Institute of Sport award.

“It has been a good year,” she said.

“However, winning does not come easy.

“This success has been a long time coming.”

She can remember a time when winning did not come at all and before this run Gray said the last time she similar success was when she was in the under 15s.

Gray is now off overseas to take part in the FIH Indoor World Cup in Leipzig, Germany, early next year.

Details of Gray’s section will appear in an upcoming edition of the South Coast Register.

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