Lions looking for new members

The club meets in the evening on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Call Amanda Olson on 63954347 or Stephen Griffin on 63951323.
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Max Walker loves legacy of change

Badge of honour: Max Walker in Wollongong yesterday to support Legacy.FOR a guy who played cricket for Australia, often coming into the attack as the first change bowler, Max Walker views his success as the ability to embrace change.Walker, who has variously been an architect, sportsman, a media celebrity, sports commentator and author kicked off the annual appeal for Legacy Wollongong and South Coast at a business lunch yesterday.The sold-out event heard Walker speak on the various stages of his life and career from his childhood in Tasmania, to his success as an author. In an engaging and entertaining speech, Walker discussed how his father’s early influence and support provided the platform for all that he has achieved. Despite not having a plan, Max has navigated a career path that is both an inspiration to many and is a reflection of both his own and his father’s dream. The key to success is the ability to embrace change, whether it be in the sporting world or in business, he said. Max’s talk provided lessons from his own experiences, however he also drew on the experiences of some of the major influences in his life starting with his father (Max Senior), and including Norm Smith (the outstanding VFL/AFR super coach), Kerry Packer and Sir Donald Bradman. In a brief chat with the Mercury, Max spoke of his admiration for Sir Donald Bradman and commented on a Sydney Morning Herald report suggesting that his Test average may have been recorded incorrectly. “Whether the real number was 100 is really a matter for sports statisticians. However, for the man in the street, the generally recognised number (99.94) has attained an iconic status of its own,” he said.The Business Lunch is the second activity that Legacy has launched locally this year after their successful golf day held on May 2 at the Grange.The money raised will go towards supporting around 1334 widows and dependants in the Illawarra. The six individual Wollongong and South Coast Legacy clubs support almost 3000 widows and dependants.
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Kemblawarra keep faith

Facing off: Kemblawarra’s Meryl Robertson and Woonona’s Toni Dobbs with the Illawarra Women’s Football Association trophy. Their teams will meet in Sunday’s grand final. Picture: HANK van STUIVENBERGTHEY have only nine players, don’t train, have no coach or regular goalie.Yet Kemblawarra are convinced they’ll win Sunday’s Illawarra Women’s Football Association grand final against Woonona at Ocean Park. “We have only had nine players all season, and we’ll probably only have nine or 10 on the weekend,” Kemblawarra player Christine Clemente said. “Our seconds (in the division three grand final) train, but we don’t because a lot of us live in Sydney.”We don’t really have coaches – Drew Robertson (husband of Kemblawarra player Meryl Robertson) and Paul Clemente help us out on weekends a bit. “Myself and Camden Macrae have swapped as goalkeepers at half-time all season, and we’ll probably do the same on Sunday,” Clemente said.Why only nine players? “We had a few bad injuries at the start of the season and a couple of girls went overseas. “We’re pretty stoked with making the grand final and we’ll be trying our hardest,” Clemente said.Kemblawarra walked the sudden-death tightrope throughout the finals, trailing 2-0 at half-time in round one against Kiama before they prevailed in a penalty shoot-out during extra time. The next week, Kemblawarra defeated Fernhill 1-0 to book a spot in the deciding match. Woonona captain Toni Dobbs believes Kemblawarra will field a full side, but expects a tough battle either way. “They will give us a real run for the money, no matter how many players they have,” Dobbs said. “We won’t be taking them lightly.”Woonona, however, deserve favouritism after defeating defending grand final winners Shellharbour 2-0 and league champions University 3-1 in sudden-death matches during the play-offs. Furthermore, they will play the decider on their home turf. “We have struggled to beat University for a long time,” she said. “The win over University was unreal – the only thing we could ask for now is another win this Sunday.”Woonona are keen to avenge back-to-back grand final losses (to Fernhill in 2004 and University in 2005) and win their first trophy since the 2004 league title.The Division 1 decider will kick off at 12pm.
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Early Childhood A special feature

Make different sounds such as a bell ringing, tapping a spoon on glass or clapping.
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Give your baby time to find the sound with their eyes.

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Soward back in business

Try: Dragons’ Jamie Soward shows the sort of stuff his coach hopes to see finals time if he recovers in time from a back injury. Picture: GETTY IMAGES Sublime: Mark Gasnier was in fine form last Sunday. Picture: WAYNE VENABLES
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DRAGONS coach Nathan Brown is confident star five-eighth Jamie Sowards back injury won’t prevent him playing in the NRL finals series.His replacement, mid-season recruit Ben Rogers yesterday vowed to rise to another level in Saturday night’s blockbuster against Parramatta at ANZ Stadium.Rogers has been part of two polished St George Illawarra victories since being rushed into the Dragons line-up after his switch from South Sydney earlier this year.But Rogers admitted to making a number of errors in Sundays 34-6 victory over the Warriors and believes he can deliver much better.”I’m a little bit disappointed with my personal game on the weekend,” he told the Mercury.”I spoke to Browny about it and I’m thankful enough he’s picked me this week. I had a few handling errors, but on the flip side I was happy with my defence, so it gives me something to build on.”The Dragons hoped Soward would only be forced out of the Brisbane clash a fortnight ago, however, the injury to his lower back has barely improved.But Brown remained confident the pint-sized playmaker would be fit for the Round 26 showdown with the Roosters next Friday at Sydney Football Stadium.”His back’s not quite right,” he said.”The doc’s pretty confident that with one more week off and a bit of training this week, that he’ll be able to do one more week of training and be right for next week.”Without Soward, Dragons captain Mark Gasnier put his teammates on high alert, declaring the Eels will be a dangerous opposition on Saturday night, even though they’re missing star halfback Brett Finch.Finch was ruled out with a cheekbone injury after the Eels victory over the Bulldogs on Saturday night, as Parramatta are facing a desperate struggle for survival this season.”Finchy is a big loss to them,” Gasnier said.”But they’re still a desperate team and I think any desperate team is a dangerous team.”It’s a simple equation for them. If they lose they’re out, if they win they’re still a chance.”The Eels are ninth on 26 competition points and face the Warriors in the final round, while the Dragons are still hopeful of securing a place in the top four and a home semi-final with victories over Parramatta and the Roosters.

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Sharks swimming with the tide

WOONONA Sharks took a huge step toward promotion to next year’s Illawarra Premier League competition with a strong 3-1 away win against Balgownie Rangers in the first leg of the District League play-offs at Judy Masters Oval on Wednesday night.With a little bit of luck Balgownie could have kept the scores closer.However, the Sharks took the game away from the home side with good build up and quality finishing, also goalkeeper Adam Herron produced some stunning saves including keeping out a penalty.Woonona scored first when a cross from Shane Risby was headed down by Matt Radnidge towards striker John Chapman who made no mistake from five metres in the 11th minute.Soon after, a cracking shot from Chapman’s strike partner Cameron Banks just missed the upright.The Rangers had a great chance late in the first half when a Travis Faulks header was just wide of the mark and Woonona led 1-0 at the break.The first 20 minutes of the second half is where the Sharks took a stranglehold on this game with Banks setting up a goal for Mark Porter, then Banks scored off a through ball by Chapman to make it 3-0.Bally then began to take control and Sharks ‘keeper Herron was put under a lot of pressure and called on to make some telling saves.The best was when he he saved a penalty shot by Bally’s Daniel Lewis in the 79th minute after Sharks defender Neil Ryan brought down Jeff North in the box.Bally deservedly scored in the next minute with a fine shot from the edge of the box by Jerremy Winner.”Credit must go to referee Alex Glasgow who kept the game flowing from start to finish and did an exceptional job,” Illawarra Football Association director Paul Mahanidis said.”The second leg is on Sunday at Ocean Park, Woonona, with a 2.30pm kickoff.”With the away goals rule in place it will be a real test for visitors Balgownie to pull this one off.
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Royals dramatised
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[BB] LONDON – A film is to be made about the love triangle between Prince Charles, Princess Diana and Camilla Parker Bowles, it was revealed yesterday. ITV bosses are planning to dramatise the events in a two-hour- long programme entitled Whatever Love Means, according to the Daily Mirror newspaper.

ITV drama boss Nick Elliott said: “Our film is a love story, which concentrates on the three years from when Charles and Diana met and takes us up to their wedding.

“It is very sympathetic to both of them, painting them as characters in a complicated relationship.”

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Love wanted in court

LOS ANGELES – A judge ordered embattled singer Courtney Love, wanted on a separate arrest warrant, to appear in court within a day of being released from a New York hospital. Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg granted a defence request to postpone Love’s sentencing for being under the influence of drugs to August 6 after she was taken to hospital last Friday.

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Dandenong South train crash: Police ask witnesses to come forward

Picture: Gary SissonsPOLICE are appealing for witnesses to help their investigation into a fatal collision between a truck and a train at Dandenong South last Saturday.
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Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives say a prime mover with a trailer was travelling west on Abbotts Road when it struck an outbound commuter train shortly after 11.40am.

A 43-year-old Cranbourne West man died at the scene, and 11 other passengers were hospitalised with ‘‘minor injuries’’.

SEE: ‘I can’t explain the horror of it all’

SEE: One dead, 11 injured.

SEE: Truck appeared to crash into gates.

CLICK HERE for our gallery showing cranes clearing the tracks.

CLICK HERE for our gallery of the tragic aftermath.

CLICK HERE for our gallery from Saturday night.

CLICK HERE for more images from the crash site.

The white-coloured Western Star prime mover with a semi trailer, six axles and burgundy coloured curtains, had left the Footscray Market on Footscray Road around 10.30am and travelled south on the Bolte Bridge to the Monash Freeway.

The truck then headed south on the South Gippsland Freeway, before exiting the freeway and travelling west on Abbott Road towards the collision site.

The 30-year-old train driver, Trevor King, was conveyed to The Alfred hospital where he remains in a serious condition.

The truck driver, a 69-year-old Narre Warren North man, has been interviewed and released by police.

Detectives also want to speak to the driver of a white Kenworth cabover prime mover, towing a semi trailer with white curtains. Soon before the crash, it was seen driving ahead of the truck that was struck by the train.

Any information to Crime Stoppers on 1800333000 or www.crimestoppers南京夜网.au.