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Who’s at the Wimmera footy and netball grand finals? See the crowd | Photos Megan O’Connor, Jess Nuzum and Tori O’Connor, WFL Grand Final.
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Anne-Marie Gaulke and Lisa Sordello cheer on the Saints. WFL under 14 Grand Final. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Horsham Saints fans supporting their u14 team, WFL under 14 Grand Final.

Lynne Iseppi, Toni Williams and Lauren Iseppi, Supporting Stawell. WFL under 14 Grand Final.

Sisters Stephanie, Paige and Emma Glover supporting Dimboola reserves, WFL Grand Final.

Eamon Pyers and Alex Jakiel supporting Dimboola reserves.

Jarni Hansen and Marita Rinaldi supporting Horsham Saints.

Bec Clyne supporting the Saints.

Good crowd at the Grand Final, Horsham Saints v Horsham WFL Grand Final.

Good crowd at the Grand Final, Horsham Saints v Horsham WFL Grand Final.

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Students can’t bear a dirty riverbank

IF EVER there was a job for Superman, a clean-up of the banks of the Peel River behind the skate park was probably it.
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SUPER EFFORT: McCarthy students were joined by Superman (Lauchlan Walters), his alter-ego Clark Kent (Chris Ninness) and a helpful bear (Kathryn O’Sullivan) in their riverbank clean-up. Photo: Gareth Gardner 170914GGA02

McCarthy Catholic College students, the majority dressed in a colourful assortment of second-hand clothes courtesy of Tamworth op shops, embraced their Wacky Wednesday theme as they carried on a tradition pioneered by past Year 12 classes.

The school’s stage 6 co-ordinator, Dan Mitchell, said in line with the school motto of “Receive, Worship and Serve”, Year 12 students each year embarked on a community service activity in the week prior to leaving for their HSC study period.

It wasn’t all work though, students got to go tenpin bowling and visit Bicentennial Park after the clean-up.

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Call  to  stop damage  ofcatchments and environment

Greens candidate for Ripon Rod May.A NEW audit report has found the existing approaches to catchment management in Victoria are inadequate.
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Auditor-general John Doyle said the statewide approach was fragmented and short-term focused, while catchment condition and changes over time were poorly understood.

“Despite these issues, Catchment Management Authorities have developed regional catchment strategies that promote long-term catchment management for their regions,” Mr Doyle said.

“I have made seven recommendations aimed at addressing the issues identified in the audit, and DEPI and CMAs have committed to implementing improvement initiatives.”

Greens candidate for Ripon Rod May said something needed to be done to stop the deterioration of Victoria’s environment.

“There is no evidence of a statewide strategic approach to integrated catchment management and even the regional strategy which has been recently completed lacks consistent prioritisation of tasks.”

He said the major concern was landscape restoration and the overarching strategy.

“The confusion over weeds and their status as new Australians examined in recent weed society meetings and also the subject of internal DEPI rethinking, plus the urgency of restoring functional landscapes, suggests that much of the effort in weed control may be futile and a waste of resources,” Mr May said.

“Other concerns are the consistency of the authorities, and with their composition the subject of political will through the appointment process, I think the time has come when we need to consider election of these boards, much as local government, through a democratic process.”

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Jake Friend back in the roster

The Sydney Roosters’ medical team have given livewire hooker Jake Friend the green light to oppose the Cowboys. Picture: GETTY IMAGESRUGBY LEAGUE
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Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson is comfortable the club’s medical staff have done everything to ensure Jake Friend has fully recovered from a serious chest injury and can face North Queensland on Friday.

Friend suffered a life-threatening haemothorax following the Roosters’ win over Melbourne less than three weeks ago and had surgery to drain two litres of blood from the affected area.

But he has passed a barrage of tests and pulled up without any problems from a contact session on Wednesday, so Robinson has no issue with his decision to select him for the do-or-die semi-final clash at Allianz Stadium.

“It’s not a normal injury and it’s hard to know if it’s right or wrong,” Robinson said.

“But he’s proved himself enough this week and will be ready to go.

“He came through a contact session yesterday and all the physical markers are there.”

Friend returned to training last week and wanted to play against Penrith, only to be held back by Robinson and his medical team.

“Friendy has been hounding us since even before the last game,” he said.

“He’s not asking the question, he’s telling us. We’ve done lots of scans and tests to make sure his blood levels are up, given the amount he lost.

“Plus we’ve also looked at all the cartilage in that area to make sure that’s all repaired and he’s passed everything.

“He wanted to play the last game, but I didn’t think it was right. Everything that we have done is right. The medical team have taken a cautious approach.”

The Cowboys arrived in Sydney on Thursday and will revisit the venue where their finals campaign has ended in the past three years.

They were left fuming in 2012 and 2013 after being on the receiving end of two poor refereeing decisions against Manly and Cronulla.

Coach Paul Green was a part of Robinson’s back-room team that helped the club win last year’s premiership and his former boss was critical of some comments coming out of Townsville in the lead-up to the game.

Robinson was particularly upset by the front page of the Townsville Bulletin which depicted retiring Roosters skipper Anthony Minichiello as a chicken.

He also challenged Green’s decision to question the NRL judiciary after the club accepted Tariq Sims’ five-game suspension for a shoulder charge – a move that cost him a $10,000 fine.

“I don’t know why Paul did it, but it was his choice. It was a shoulder charge,” Robinson said.

“If it was three weeks, four weeks or five weeks, it was always going to get charged.

“There has been a bit of talk about disrespect in the last week … they are building it up there, they are having a go at ‘Mini’.

“They have him as a chook on the front page of the paper … a guy who has played 300 games and is about to retire.

“They have definitely tried to build it up there. But they are coming down to Sydney – we’re ready for them.” – AAP

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