RECIPE: Make your own haloumi

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THE DISHHomemade haloumi with fresh tomatoes and basil
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INSPIRATIONI like to source the milk for this recipe from local dairy farm, Udder Farm in the Hunter Valley. I enjoy haloumi with fresh tomatoes, basil, olive oil and salt. Serves 4.

CHEF’S TIPSYou need to be mindful of cleanliness so the cheese does not spoil. Wear plastic gloves and clean all utensils before use and ensure you cook to the exact temperatures for the best results.

INGREDIENTS4 litres full cream milk (Udder Farm)

100g table salt

1 litre water

2ml rennet

EQUIPMENTCheese cloth or Chux

Large cheese hoop 10cm x 10cm

METHODWarm milk in saucepan to 32 to 34°C.

Mix the rennet with 50ml of bottled or filtered water and stir into the milk.

Leave to set for 40 minutes, the milk will set like a soft jelly

Cut into 25mm cubes using a palette knife.

Leave to stand for 5 minutes, the curds and whey will separate from each other.

Stir gently and heat to 40°C over 20 minutes.

Scoop the curd into a cheese hoop using a sieve or slotted spoon, making sure the hoop is sitting over a wire rack in a tray.

Leave to drain for 30 minutes.

Place all the excess whey back into the saucepan and heat to 90°C.

THE CHEF: EXP. restaurant’s Frank Fawkner.

Carefully take the curd from the hoop and place into the whey, cook for 20 to 30 minutes or until the haloumi floats to the surface.

Take haloumi out and place on a tray in the fridge for 2 hours.

In a separate saucepan place water and salt, warm to dissolve the salt and then cool in the fridge.

Store haloumi in the refrigerator in salted water until ready to use.

To serve, cut to desired size and pan fry both sides on a high heat until golden brown.

SEASONAL: Fresh ingredients make a dish taste extra special.


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By Margaret HaddonAustralia Day celebrations and a barbecueLansdowne will celebrate Australia Day at the Lansdowne Bowling and Recreation Club with a sausage sizzle which will be run by Lansdowne Rural Fire Brigade from 11am to 1pm.
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Monies raised from the barbecue will go the brigade.

There will be face painting and for the adults, cricket on the green andsix shot pool as well as ‘how to bowl’ sessions for the children.

From 1pm to 5pm there will be entertainment with a band on the green, Smoke Stack.

Organisers promise that it will be a great family day with lots of fun activities.

Also, the club bistro hasa new summer menu. The bistro isopen Friday, Saturday nights and Sunday lunch.

The club courtesy car will also be available for these days as well as forraffles every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Football clubThe Lansdowne Football Club isnow acceptingnominations for coaches and managers.

Interested parties are invited to lodge an expression of interest,citing experience and contact informationvia email to [email protected]论坛.

Season 2017 Lansdowne football player registrations will soon open and need to be finalised (including payment in full) before February 28.

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Goals for Grassroots grantCongratulations Lansdowne Football Club.By virtue of Newcastle Jets scoring two goals in round 15 of the 2016/2017 Hyundai A-League, the junior Lansdowne club has scored a $3000 Hyundai Goals For Grassroots grant.

According to the president of the club, Scott Morrison “these funds will help their small club improve the standard of their facilities and playing surface as well as assist with the purchase of essential equipment for training and match days.”

Red Balloon Day honours fire fighters“National Red Balloon Day” will be held on February28. This event is held each year and was created and is held to honour and thank our brave and courageous fire fighters Australia wide.

The idea is simple, fly a ‘Thank You Fireys’ balloon from your letterbox, fence, business window on February 28 (the last official day of summer in Australia), to let our fire fighters know just how much we appreciate their dedication, hard work and tireless efforts in protecting our lives, our homes and our communities throughout the year.

Often our fire fighters (both professional and volunteers) leave their family, home or community to help protect ours.

Yoga resumesYoga classes have resumed for this year at the Upper Lansdowne Hall. The classes are held each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm by Libby. Classes are suitable for beginners to experienced. Mats are supplied. For fuer information please phone 0474 322 672.

Festival of Voices fundraising concertAt the Upper Lansdowne Community hall on the Sunday,February 19 there will be a Festival of Voices fundraising concert.

Both the major local choirs Kantabile and Wingsong will be performing, so you can expect the best of both two different styles of vocal music.

Kantabile is an established chamber choir based in Taree. They began as a small ensemble in 2000 under the baton of Catherine Jeffree, who retired at the end of 2014 and the role of music director has been filled by Heidi Lambert. Heidi Lambert has a strong musical background and brings a wealth of experience to the position.

Kantabile performs regularly throughout the Mid North Coast and have recently performed excerpts from Handel’s Messiah and Vivaldi’s Gloria.

Wingsong is a community choir based in Wingham. It has been in existence in some form or other for more than 20 years.

They sing songs from all over the world and especially like songs with a positive, uplifting message. Their focus is the Joy of singing with other people. A generous country style afternoon tea is included in the price.

These two choirs have kindly donated their time and expertise to help the hall raise funds for a Kitchen refurbishment so please go along and support their hall.

Country Fair at Upper LansdowneThe Upper Lansdowne Country Fair – Sustainable Living Past and Possible will be held on March 12,from 10am to 4pm.

This event will be a unique treat for all ages, with entertainment, competitions, information and demonstrations.

Activities include goat milking, butter and cheese making, whip cracking, corn cracking, rope making, antique engines at work, bamboo growing and uses, bio-dynamics, permaculture, 3D printer, solar power, natural lighting, baby animal petting, pony rides, rope bridge challenge, upcycled art, locally made craft, food and wine… and much, much more.

Meet their wandering swagman, sample the renowned country cooking, sip superior coffee.

Don’t miss the Upper Lansdowne community’sfirst country fair, hopefully to be an annual event in the village, in the scenic ‘Valley of the Views’.

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Joe Wilks
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RIVERINA producers are cashing in on a New Year high for prime lambs.

The opening markets have rocketed to higher levels than at the same time last year buoyed by an escalatingnational restocker lamb indicator.

According to Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) the restocker indicator averaged 657c/kg for the week which was up 139c/kg on the same time last year.Elders Wagga livestock agent and auctioneer Joe Wilks said the lamb market had certainlyopened higher this year. “Each week we are seeing prices of up to $6 a kilogram,” he said.

Mr Wilks said the demand was being felt across all categories and the market had aligned with meat buyers trying to source orders and restockers also competing to secure numbers.

“We feel that the bigger numbers may not be there, we are a bit concerned that they are just not in the paddock to come in (to sell),” he said.

“A lot of store lambs were bought last year and have been fattened.” He said there was also keen demand from the processing sector to secure numbers.

Mr Wilks said there has been plenty of calls from people seeking to take sheep and lambs on agistment too because the purchase price was high.He said there was dry feed available but some producers felt the market was too dear.

The high prices did stop with lambs either and mutton had commanded some strong competition. Mr Wilks said buyers were looking for sheep with a “jacket” so they could cash in on the high wool price.

MLA figures showMerino lambs lifted 65cto settle on 525c, while light lambs gained 127c to average 600c/kg cwt. The National Trade Lamb Indicator (NTLI) averaged 591c 77c higher year-on-year, while the heavy lamb indicator gained 53c to settle on 581c/kg cwt.

Meanwhile, vendors are set to sell 44,650 sheep and lambs at the Wagga market on January 19.

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Victor extends Elector Review

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City of Victor Harbor mayor Graham Philp.VICTOR HARBOR –The second round of public consultation for the City of Victor Harbor’s elector representation review has been extended to Friday, February 10.
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While the consultation was initially due to close on Friday, January 20, council had to extend the consultation period because of a bungle in the distribution of feedback forms.

At its October meeting elected members supported the second round of consultation to include a mail out to all residents and ratepayers, which was not done.

The Victor Harbor Community Action Group (VHCAG) saidproblems emerged regarding the delay in letter boxing the feedback forms to 5211 postcode areas.

“We have asked our elected representatives, that you direct the CEO to grant a two week extension of time,” VHCAG spokesperson said.

“TheVHCAG is considering submitting a formal complaint to the Electoral Commission and the Minister for Local Government about the way this process has been conducted.”

City of Victor Harbor mayor Graham Philp said council has received a clear message from thecommunity that they want more time to consider the elector representation review proposal before providing their feedback.

The City of Victor Harbor is seeking community feedback on council’s representation structure.

The elector representation review looks at the council’s representation composition and structure, and considers whether any changes would provide greater benefit to the community.Key points to be decided are the retention of a mayor or have a chairperson, have wards or no wards and how many councillors.

“It is all about the community and how they want to be represented at a local government level,” Mr Philp said.

“It is really important we hear from as many people as possible so council can be sure the decision we make will be best for our broader community.”

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All councils are required to review their elector representation periodically. This generally occurs every eight years.

The City of Victor Harbor commenced its current review in May 2016 and stage 1 had 317 submissions with most supporting the election of a mayor and for the council to be divided into wards.

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Colin’s our top citizen

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Mayor Mark Honey with Imogen Bakewell and Colin Rathbone. Veteran sports administrator and charity fundraiser Colin Rathbone was “absolutely stoked” to be namedKiama’s 2017 Australia Day Citizen of the Year.
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The Kiama resident said his wife Veronica had won the Citizen of the Year honour in 2000.

“I’ve been following in her footsteps, trying to catch up ever since,” he joked.

Mr Rathbonewas acknowledged for a significant contribution to the Kiama municipality through his volunteer work, including 30 years with the Kiama and District Sports Association, as well as Red Cross, Friends of Blue Haven and Friends of Vision Australia.

“There were a lot of other worthy people nominated,” MrRathbone, 70,said.

“A dear friend of ours, Lina Brennan, saidmany years ago she would get my wife and I into volunteering work.

“She got us started and we’ve just kept going from there. I don’t plan on quitting.”

Mayor Mark Honey said MrRathbone was a worthy recipient of the award.

“Colin is a highly-respected member of the community, who is approachable, uncomplicated and helpful with the patience and willingness to go ‘above and beyond’ when required,” Cr Honey said.

“As well as his tireless efforts for the Red Cross and other charities, he has been for many, many years, an invaluable link between all the local sporting organisations in Kiama, managing challenges such as booking sporting fields.”

The recipients of the various Australia Day Awards.

The Young Citizen of the Year for 2017 is Imogen Bakewell.

Ms Bakewellwas a member of the Student Representative Council at Minnamurra Public School and Kiama High School.

As the 2014/15 school captain she helped organise many fundraising and social events and leadership workshops as well as successfully lobbying for improvements to student facilities.

She was also the Member for Kiama for Youth Parliament in 2016.

The 19-year-old will soon be relocating to Griffith University to study nursing.

“I like to keep busy and give back to the community,” she said.

“I’m very honoured to win the award because therewere so many great nominees.”

Vince ‘Vinnie’ Hardman, a Kiama Surf Club member for more than 40 years, has received the Australia Day Sports Award, in recognition of his pioneering work creating the South Coast SLS Radio Room and communication operations.

David Evans and Tamara Campbell have received the Australia Day Community Arts Award for their work developing and running the KISS Arts festival.

Former councillor Howard R. Jones has received a Kiama Council Achievement Award for Service to the Environment, particularly his work on the Environment Committee, developing the Local Environment Plan, and continued involvement in planning proposals and legislation.

Jean Elaine Pratt has received the Community Achievement Award for her more than 50 years of volunteer work across a wide range of organisations and causes.

These include Kiama Public School, Kiama High School, Red Cross, Kiama Anglican Church, Kiama Spinners and Weavers, Kiama Show Society, Blue Haven Auxiliary, Meals on Wheels, Kiama’s Coach-house Arts and Crafts Centre and Illawarra Embroiderers Guild.

The Youth Achievement Award went to award-winning photographer Ryan North. Herecently won the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year and RAW Wollongong Festival photographer of the year.

International volleyball player and Olympian Aidan Zingel has been inducted onto the Kiama Sports Honour Roll, while singer, pianist and actress Eleanor Weston (deceased) has been added to the Arts Honour Roll.

Kiama council hostedtheAustraliaDay2017 Awards Ceremony on Tuesday at The Pavilion.

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Stevens’ art picked from more than 50

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WINNER: Guest judge Peter Bok with major prize winner Sarah Stevens and her entry Hidden Valley.A local artist has won the top prize at this year’s Port Lincoln Art Prize.
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This year’s art prize attracted more than 50 entires, which were revealed at the opening andpresentation night at the Nautilus Arts Centre on January 12.

Entries also came from outside Port Lincoln, including Ceduna, Elliston, Snowtown and Adelaide.

Port Lincoln artist Sarah Stevens was awarded the $5000 major prize for her entry titled Hidden Valley.

Miss Stevens said it felt amazing to have won the major prize.

“It was completely unexpected, I was entering thinking I didn’t have much of a chance,” she said.

Miss Stevens, who has been painting for about 15 years, said the award win hadalready opened up opportunities for her including a chance to showcase some of her art in Adelaide.

Other winners included Ceduna artist Pungkai who received a $1000 highly commended prize for his entry Tali Tjuta –Many Sandhillsand Sally Kunze who won the $1000 Picture Perfect Local Artist Prize for her piece Boston Bay.

Adelaide Horlin-Smith won the Encouragement Award for Awakeningand Ann Fuss received the Hangers Award for Kaleidoscope.

Special merits were also awarded to Sarah Cavill for Fire Fairies, Emma Fuss for King Proteas, Makenzie Dickie for Fading Part 3 and Dave Trengove for Towards Sir Isaccs.

Adelaideartist Peter Bok was guest judge for theart prize.

Port Lincoln mayor Bruce Green said Mr Bok provided great insight as to how the winners were selected.

“His words were very encouraging with many of the artists present filled with a new sense of confidence,” he said.

Nautilus Arts Centre officer Vivianne Sarret said entries were up on recent years.

“We’re notjust reaching out to local people but reaching out to outside areas which is great,” she said.

The entries are now on display in the Nautilus Arts Centre until February 18 with the public invited to cast their vote for the People’s Choice Award, which will be announced after the exhibition.

The Port Lincoln City Council thankedart prizesponsors Picture Perfect Framing and Artists Supplies, Pedemonte Jewellers, Port Lincoln Hotel and Regional Express.

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Fatal quad bike crash in Barellan, NSW, the second tragedy for Connor Irvin’s family

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Connor Irvin, 7, with his sister, Shenaye, died after he fell off his quad bike. Photo: FacebookThey are the biggest cause of death on Australian farms and, on Monday, claimed yet another life.
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Seven-year-old ConnorIrvin, from the small Riverina wheat town of Barellan, waskilled by a quad bike on Sunday afternoonwhen he turned a sharp corner on his family’s farm and fell off.

He was crushed by the kids’ model bike but anine-year-old family friend who was sitting behind him survived.

Both boys were wearing bicycle helmets and were under supervision, a police spokesman said.

Connor’s family, including twin brother Bailey and parents Mel and Dennis, were watching as the crash unfolded and tried to save the boy’s life, it isunderstood.

“He was a very special, soft boy who loved his twin brother Bailey and his sisterShenaye[and] loved his dad’s farm,” a statement from theIrvinfamily said.

Connor’s death,the108th quad bike deathin six years,hasprompted fresh callsfor the state government to implement a coroner’s 2015 recommendations to make helmets, minimum riding ages and licensingmandatory.

However one of the country’s leading quad bike researchers said the machines overall are too dangerous.

“These machines have a very low stability,” said ProfessorRaphaelGrzebieta,from the Transport and Road Safety Research Centre at the University of NSW.

“They are equivalent to driving a heavilyoverladentruck on a bumpy, undulated terrain. Now would you do that? I don’t think so.

“People should wear helmets, yes. As for licensing, that’s not the causal factor here. The vehicles have a poor design feature, they are unstable when you hit a rock, a stump or a rabbit hole.”

Connor Irvin, right, with twin brother Bailey. Photo: Facebook

It’s understood the bike that killed Connor was a Kanga kids model that did not have any warning stickers on it to reflect the user manual, which states it should not be ridden by anyone aged under 16.

The brochure describes it as an “easy, exciting yet fun way for the kids to get into the four wheel thrill”.

ProfessorGrzebietawas part of a team todevelop safety ratingsfor quad bike models.

“Theyreally need to be ridden by people that have been trained,” he said.

A 2015 inquest into nine NSW quad bike deaths found that most involved roll-over accidents on unstable terrain and that most ridersweren’t wearing helmets.

Deputy State Coroner SharonFreundrecommended the government consider legislationfor mandatory licensing or training, helmets, seat belts, age restrictions and safety ratings.

She found there was apressing need for cultural change among quad bike riders.

However, Fairfax Media understands the state government is keen to stick to itsnon-regulatory approach andfocus on safety awareness.

“We will be implementing a public awareness campaign in the first half of the year that will include information on child safety risks,”said Minister for Better Regulation VictorDominello.”Sunday’s incident is a tragic reminderaboutwhy this work is so important.”

A $2 million rebate package introduced last year offersfarmers $500 to put towards the purchase of compliant helmets.

A coroner found in 2015 that most quad bike deaths were caused by roll overs on unstable terrain. Photo: Peter Stoop

Connor wasone of seven people aged under eightto dieon quad bikes since 2011.

His adult sister,Shenaye,was among several people who posted tributes online, saying:”Fly high my big blue eyed angel… Promise I’ll look after your best mate until you’re together again.”

Another family member posted “No more. Please no more!” as news filtered through of the second death in the family in as many weeks.

The extendedfamily in Barellan were still mourning the death of truck driverMichealIrvin, 29,in a truck crash on January 3.

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Riverina scores two wins in Bradman Cup

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Reece Matheson is in Newcastle with the Riverina Bradman Cup team.Riverina coach Mark Favell thought the opening day of the Bradman Cup would be the hardest hurdle for his side to overcome but the players secured a first-up win with ease on Monday.
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Riverina met Central Northern at George Farley Oval, Wallsend and overcame Central Northern’s strong middle order.

Central Northern batted first and were sitting pretty at 4/106 before Riverina hit back.

Led by opening bowler Max Harper (3/15), Riverina turned the match on its head to bowl Central Northern out for 135.

With 50 overs to get the runs, time was never going to be a worry for Riverina.

Opener Blake Harper (39) got things going before Eddie Keogh (32) put a handy knock of his own together.

Central Northern’s Conrad George (4/32) was a constant thorn in Riverina’s side but it did little to stop the team.

Reece Matheson (31*) and Rupert Lilburne (17*) put on a 34-run stand to see Riverina score the required runs in 37.3 overs.

Riverina backed up its opening day by putting on a mammoth total in the day two match against Western.

Blake Harper (5) fell early as Riverina batted first.

From there, every player made a start with Harry Rosengren (35), Keogh (13), Dean Bennett (10) andReece Matheson (16) all contributing.

However, it was the final two partnerships that shone through.

Riley Gow (70*) combined withRupert Lilburne (39) for 77 runs first.

Gow then partnered with Joshua Staines (37*).

They put on an unbeaten 71-run stand to push Riverina to 6/259 after 50 overs.

Jack Cattanach (4/43) removed Brock Larance (7) early in Western’s run chase on to put Riverina on the front foot.

Western then fought back before Dean Bennett (1/9) found immediate success when he was brought into the attackto break a 42-run stand.

Nicholas Broes (79) and Henry Railz (44 retired) held the key toWestern’s innings.

However, Eddie Keogh (3/25) broke the partnership and continued to take wickets before Cattanach helped clean up the tail as Riverina won by 67 runs.

Riverina take on North Coastal today before finals commence on Thursday.

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Lifting fertility in flocks

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BOOSTING THE BOTTOM LINE IN FLOCKS: David Brown of Holmes Sackett, Wagga is pictured with his dog Salty. Picture: Nikki ReynoldsFERTILITY is key when it comes to increasing the bottom line in sheep flocks.
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Producers will have the opportunity to learn about maximising conception rates and achieving the best results from top-performing genetics at an upcoming series of seminars.

Holmes Sackett consultant, David Brown, Wagga said the aim was to provide information to producers before joining.

Mr Brown said it was also timely given the fact that prices at a saleyard level were high and this combined well with the auction returns for wool.He said part of the workshop would focus on evaluating the best way to get value from rams.

Mr Brown said one of the main focuses of the workshops was to“up-skill” producers in conducting their own ram inspections before joining. “If you are perusing rapid genetic improvement in the flock you can’t do this if there is a bogus ram in there,” he said.

The workshops will focus on ram management and provide best practice pre-joining information.

Mr Brown said the workshops were an initiative ofSheep Connect NSW, and partners Zoetis and Holmes Sackett.

Sheep Connect NSW project manager Megan Rogers said the aim was to provide “hands on” practical information.“With the high prices for sheep, any benefits from improving ram performance will translate directly into dollars into producer pockets, and that can only be a good thing,” she said.

Ms Rogers said ram purchases were a key investment for any sheep operation, and ensuring that sires are performing to potential gives better returns.

One of the speakers isveterinarian Matt Playford, Dawbuts who will provide information on howto complete pre-joining ram inspections.

There will also be discussion and practical sessions on inspecting rams for soundness. Plus attendees can learn about making financial decisions in terms of spending money on rams.

The aim was to run the work shops before joining in southern NSW.

Dates and locations:

January, 30 –Harden January, 31 – YassFebruary, 1– Bombala February, 2 – CoomaFebruary, 3– Tumbarumba Registrations HTTPS://SHEEPCONNECTRAMINSPECT.EVENTBRITE.COM.AU

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Magpies ready to fly

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ALL SET FOR A BIG SEASON: Berry-Shoalhaven Heads’ Blake Dryden, Adam Vanzanten (coach) and Caleb Liddicoat will all play a big part in the Magpies success in 2017 . Photo: COURTNEY WARDTHE Berry-Shoalhaven Heads Magpies have already returned to the training paddock ahead of what is looming to be a big season on the field.
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Despite a disappointing year on the field in 2016, the Magpies have retained most of their core, while adding a couple of key exciting pieces.

“From the squad we had last year, we have only lost Jack O’Brien (England) and Trent Burns (retirement),” Magpies’ club president Jackson Bramley said.

“To combat their losses, we have added Albury duo Andrew Cowhan and Mitch McLeod, which is exciting.

“Coach Adam Vanzanten is excited to add these two, to what already was ayoung and exciting core from last season.”

The club’s three other sides –reserve grade, under 18s and women’s league tag -are all preparing well too according to Bramley.

“Lloyd Sharpe and Alex Stokes have taken over the reins of reserve grade and have big plans for the squad,” he said.

“Ted Bowley will again be in charge of the under 18s team, which looks to be very strong this season

“And the women’s league tag squad are looking to build on last year’s strong year. But at the moment, with club legend Wayne Strong stepping down, the team is still on the lookout for a coach this year.

“If anyone out there wants to coach the WLT team, please contact the club.”

With the start of the Group 7 less than three months away, the Magpies have already locked in two important trial matches.

“The annual Blaine Rosz memorial match against Mittagong is set for March 4 at the Berry Showground,” Bramley said.

“Following this match, we will hit the road to take on Adam’s old club Junee, from Group 9, on March 18.

“We went to Cootamundra last season and it proved to be a good bonding weekend for the club before the season starts, so we decided to do it again.

“The next weekend, on March 24, we have our season launch, which will kick-off what we hope is a very successful 2017 season on and off the field.”

If you are interested in joining the Magpies as a player, member or sponsor, please contact club president Jackson Bramley on 0421 193 028.

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