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Going from dirt to awards in four years

WIN: Southern Cotton general manager Kate O’Callaghan addresses the packed auditorium at the Telstra NSW Regional Business Award. Picture: Supplied.
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Southern Cotton have won the prestigious Telstra NSW Regional Business Award.

They were recognised for their contribution to the establishment of the cotton industry in theMurrumbidgee.General manager Kate O’Callaghan said the support of theirdirectors, team andthe local growers – who together had shown an ongoing commitment to becoming the best gin in Australia – was the reason they had been successful.

HONOURED: Kate O’Callaghan attributed the award to a solid team effort. Picture: Supplied.

“In just four years, we have built the Southern Cotton business from the ground up,” Ms O’Callaghansaid. “The Telstra award is such an honour.We are proud to continue our support of the growing cotton industry.”

Chairman Scott Hogan said it was an honour to accept the award.

“Congratulations to the other finalists in the category – Highlands Drive Safe, RTC Group Holdings Pty Ltd andSouthern Cross Resorts – on your incredible and diverse achievements,” Mr Hogan said.

“We are very proud tohave been selected alongside you and wish you every success in your future endeavours.”

CELEBRATION: The Southern Cotton team celebrates after winning the presitigious award. Picture: Supplied.

The win was announced at a gala event in Sydney, and recognised the efforts of the whole Southern Cotton team whohad dedicated the last four years to transforming a Whitton paddock into a $26 million operation through thedevelopment of the cotton ginning business.

Southern Cotton has operatedfor just three seasons andhasprocessed more than 500,000 bales.

The company employs40-plus seasonal workers and 11 full-time staff.

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Powell escapes serious injury

GREAT NEWS: Elliott Powell’s knee injury isn’t as bad as first thought.ALBURY has finally received some positive news on the injury front, withElliott Powellcleared of any major structural damage to the knee he injured on Saturday.
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The midfielder had to go under general anesthetic to straighten his knee after the game, but the Tigersremainoptimistic Powell could play after the split round.

Powell was stretchered off in the second quarter againstRaiders, before being taken to hospital by paramedics.

Meanwhile, Lavington will be without ruckman Jamarl O’Sullivan for its big clash with Wodonga Raiders in the second week of the split round.

O’Sullivan has takena one match set penaltyafter being reported by the matchreview panel for striking North Albury’s Luke Holman.

Wangaratta defender Daniel Boyle faces the tribunal on Wednesday night.

He was reported by the match review panel for engaging in rough conduct withRovers’ Cam Bishop.

Bishop was knocked unconscious by atackle in the second quarteron Sunday.

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Willaston round up

Willaston had a pretty good day out at Freeling winning three out of the four games played. We start with our Friday night lads who played a really good game. The boys had a lot of good passes and ran with the use of slick handballs and accurate kicking. Hayden Gray played an awesome game taking marks and getting plenty of the ball. Alister also played well with good kicking and a skilful snap for goal.
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The Under 13s played a disappointing game compared to the last time the two sides played. The boys were outsmarted and that proved to be the difference in the game. The positive is that it is a simple fix and can be worked on during the week at training. The boys will come back better next week and will be eager to rejoin the winners list.

Our Under 15s put in a great team effort resulting in a great win. Willaston opened the account with the first three goals of the quarter. Midfield managed to get on top setting up the forward line with several different goal kickers. The back line stood up with a tight defence. All in all it was a great team effort from the lads.

Our Under 17s also had a fantastic win against Freeling with the boys jumping out of the blocks putting the opposition under pressure from the first bounce. It was a great four quarter effort by the whole side with a well deserved win.

Our B grade’s game was another must win to keep our hopes alive coming up to finals. First half was pretty scrappy but once settled players like Johnathan Hurst and Curtis Marks opened up the game and that let the rest of the team to play flow on football. Coach Max Bornholdt was happy with the win and commented that it was a good team effort.

Our A grade had a tough day at Freeling. The first half we dominated but inaccurate kicking kept Freeling in the game. The second half Freeling stepped up a gear and kicked truly to finish the day giving us a football lesson. Congratulations to Leighton Mells and Lee Sutton for their debut game for the A grade.

Next week is a bye weekend for our club except for our Under 13s who will be playing at Nuriootpa.

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Trainer rates medal highly

IT’S CLOSE: Athletes sprint for glory in the City of Greater Bendigo Thousand (120m) at the 2012 Bendigo International Madison carnival. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHYTHERE have been many wins Bendigo athletics trainer John Burke has celebrated over the years.
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Burke rates the Don Cameron Medal he earned in 1979 as one of his most cherished possessions.

The Cameron Medal is presented to the trainer of the Bendigo Thousand winner at each Bendigo International Madison athletics-cycling carnival.

Burke earned his in 1979 when Frank Cornish sprinted to a memorable victory.

The medal was struck to honour Don Cameron, winner of the first Bendigo Thousand in 1947.

“Being presented with the Don Cameron Medal meant a lot then and still does,” Burke said.

Cameron passed away recently, but his feats on the athletics track are not forgotten.

The South Australian capped his trek to Bendigo in 1947 by winning the Thousand. The thousand pound purse made the race one of the richest in the world.

Cameron later married Pauline Mason of Bendigo and worked at the Ordnance Factory, now Thales for many years.

He was speedy wingman for YCW and South Bendigo football clubs.

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Junior Blues endure losses

In very cold conditions the young Blues battled againststrongopposition in all gradeson Sunday.
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The footballers had a unlucky day out and came home without a win.

The under 11sagain put in a sound performance when they played theGriffith Swans Red but weren’t able to take away the win.

The endeavour of the whole team is to be commended.

Best:Lachlan Fattore, NickGraham, James Clarke, Thomas Scott, Max Rainbird, Chase Neutze.

The under 13s also went down to Griffith Swans Red.

The side continues to gain confidence in their own abilities and that oftheir team-mates.

The group is a positive and talented unit who just keep on keeping on.

Best: Zac Fairweather, Chris Hayes, Elli Hay, Jack Cullen, Bryce Rogers, JamesBuchanan.

The footballers enjoyed a trip to Canberra withthe Auskick Kids last Saturday when they got to seeGeelong play GWS in the AFL.

TheAuskick Kids joined in with the half time game while the older ones did a lap of honour withother footballers from around the Riverina.

The netballers also had a tough day at it but came away with plenty of positives.

The under 11splayed a taller team in Griffith Swans Red which made it very difficult for the young,smaller Coly girls.

The girls never gave up as theypersistedthroughout the entire match.

Right up to the final whistle the girls werefighting for possession of the ball.

The award went to Emily Hibbert for her strong work indefence.

The under 13swere soundly beaten by Griffith Swans Red, sufferingtheir biggest defeat for the season, 37-8, in theprocess.

The Griffith team demonstrated why they are near thetop of the ladder with their fast and effective team work.

The award went to Hannah Clarkefor her consistent determined efforts.

The under 15s brought home Coly’s only win of the day, beating the Crows36-21.

Coly were in a comfortable position early in the game, whichenabled coach Kim Mannes to make positional changes.

The changes gave Mannes a chance togauge her optionsheading into the final round of the regular season before competing in the finals.

The awardwent to Laura Hogan for her excellent shooting and strong presence in Wing Attack.

Next week the juniors will be at home atColeambally.

The matcheswill be the last games of the home and away season andthey take on the Narrandera Eagles.

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