Who will be the first to rat­tle the pick­ets?

Dubbo Photo News - - Sport - By GE­OFF MANN By GE­OFF MANN Beau Robin­son

DUBBO crick­eters have had a week off for the Derby Day party at Dubbo Turf Club but there is a way they could be lay­ing the odds again this Satur­day.

Who will be the first to put a bright red cherry on the brand new bound­ary fences at Vic­to­ria Park’s No.2 and 3 Ovals? Who will be the first to clear the white planks? Who­ever it is will bring smiles to com­men­ta­tors who will be scream­ing down the wire – “he’s cleared the pick­ets”!

The newly con­structed picket fences stand as a tes­ti­mony to the vi­sion of Coun­cil and Dubbo Cricket and Rugby who have worked for years to ob­tain fund­ing to fur­ther up­grade the muchused grounds.

The ju­nior Roos will think they are at Syd­ney Uni­ver­sity or Coogee Oval, the home of the Rand­wick Gal­lop­ing Greens, when they jog out for the first round of rugby next sea­son.

It will have par­ents and grand­par­ents “ruck­ing and maul­ing on the fa­mous fields of their youth” as they per­am­bu­late around the perime­ter re­flect­ing on the glory days of their youth!

Last month Dubbo Photo News sportsshooter Mel Pocknall cap­tured images ON a per­fect day for a car­ni­val, over 250 swim­mers from across the west­ern plains con­verged on Dubbo for the Dubbo City Swimtech Car­ni­val.

Swim­mers trav­elled from Orange, Narrabri, West Wya­long and all around the west­ern area swim­ming dis­trict in­clud­ing Mudgee, Nyn­gan, Coon­am­ble, Nar­romine, Gil­gan­dra and Welling­ton.

“It was a re­ally friendly at­mos­phere at the pool which al­lows for qual­ity com­pe­ti­tion while swim­mers en­joy catch­ing up with their com­peti­tors from other towns across the state. They meet in in­ter-school and re­gional car­ni­vals and of course at the ma­jor club events like this one,” Cath Os­borne, DCS Pub­lic­ity Of­fi­cer and one of the coaches, told I’M sit­ting at the Dubbo air­port ready for the 4.45 flight to Syd­ney. I’m off to Syd­ney for the week to un­der­take two dif­fer­ent work­shops – a three-day work­shop fo­cussing on busi­ness and so­cial me­dia, and a two-day work­shop only for Ac­tion Coaches on the renowned DISC per­son­al­ity pro­file as­sess­ment train­ing, with Dr Tony Alessan­dra who is com­ing over from the US specif­i­cally to train the Ac­tion Coaches.

If you haven’t done a per­son­al­ity pro­file as­sess­ment, or a DISC per­son­al­ity pro­file as­sess­ment, I highly rec­om­mend it. The test gives you a greater self-aware­ness and why you be­have like you do, and how this af­fects the peo­ple you in­ter­act with, at work and in your per­sonal life, both friends and fam­ily.

I love learn­ing. For me it is quite ful­fill­ing and gives a real sense of The view from the shade: This shot sets the scene, taken from un­der the trees and look­ing across the new picket fences. Right: The work crew in­stalling the last of the fence pan­els last week. of the be­gin­ning of the trans­for­ma­tion; now the ex­traor­di­nary trans­for­ma­tion; next week the white pick­ets pock-marked by red in­den­ta­tions and happy crick­eters with a new spring in their steps!

“There were plenty of per­sonal bests from all com­peti­tors. The lo­cal pool has been open eight weeks, so the se­ri­ous train­ers have started to build fit­ness and they are look­ing now for state and coun­try qual­i­fy­ing times.”

It was a bit of a dif­fer­ent scene for Cal Smith and Aspen Moore who had con­tin­ued their train­ing ahead of this year’s Na­tional Schools events in a 25-me­tre out­door pool right through un­til June!

Cath said the day was run ef­fi­ciently and on time thanks to the many par­ent vol­un­teers in­clud­ing time­keep­ers, starters, Mar­shalls and of­fi­cials.

“The tire­less hard work of Ter­ri­anne Sandry and her su­per as­sist Julie Wood in the record­ing room needs spe­cial men­tion. These ladies give up many hours dur­ing the week to set up the on­line en­tries, elec­tronic pro­gram and then run the elec­tronic tim­ing and re­sults race af­ter race all day.

“This be­hind-the-scenes role is done so well that swim­mers know the re­sults within min­utes of each race fin­ish­ing, as they pop up on a ded­i­cated swim­ming app on phones all around the pool and all over the state as oth­ers mon­i­tor progress of friends and com­peti­tors,” Cath added.

NSW Swim­ming Coun­try Coaches De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cer, Chris My­ers, at­tended and has been in Dubbo this week for up­skilling and re­fresher cour­ses with lo­cal clubs. This has pro­vided a great op­por­tu­nity for coun­try coaches to ask ques­tions and keep up to date with de­vel­op­ments in swim­ming.

“DCS has many new mem­bers this year and for some swim­mers this was their first ever car­ni­val. It was so sat­is­fy­ing to see the smiles as com­peti­tors ex­pe­ri­enced a sense of achieve­ment when they par­tic­i­pated and set new goals,” Cath added.

Co­bar hosts its Car­ni­val over two days this week­end. Like so much of sport in the west, the pro­gram means swim­mers and their fam­i­lies are trav­el­ling far and wide to at­tend meets. FOR the sec­ond week in a row, the Dubbo Ducks trav­elled west for a swim in the Nar­romine Pool.

With the days warm­ing up, num­bers are be­gin­ning to grow.

“Ducks are com­ing out of hi­ber­na­tion,” Club Pres­i­dent Dave Sparkes quacked, not­ing that the mixed metaphor “ap­plies equally to Dubbo Ducks and bears”!

This Sun­day the Ducks will gather at the Ceno­taph in Vic­to­ria Park to re­mem­ber those who served in World War I.

“The Cen­te­nary of Ar­mistice Day has spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance for the RSL Dubbo Ducks, many of whom have served their coun­try in many the­atres,” Dave said.

“Although there are no Great War swim­mers now, there were men and women who had played a role in those con­flicts who made the Ducks swim a ‘must do’ ev­ery Sun­day.

“The club still sup­ports Le­gacy and con­trib­utes both time and money to the wi­d­ows and fam­i­lies of those who are in need,” Dave added.

“LEST WE FOR­GET.”

Next Fri­day, Novem­ber 16, the Ducks are head­ing to Har­bord for the bi-an­nual swim. The bus will leave the RSL at 9am.

Re­sults from Ducks on Nar­romine Pond 4/11/18.

50 m freestyle: (1) Marg Ross; (2) Glen Smith, (3) Bill Green­wood, (4) Ian Hen­der­son.

z 50 m Back­stroke re­lay: (1) John Wher­ritt/tony Wall, (2) Mark Scullard/ian Hen­der­son, (3) Peter Smith/marg Ross.

z 50 m Breast­stroke: (1) Mark Scullard, (2) Peter Smith, (3) Glen Smith, (4) Bill Green­wood, (5) Marg Ross.

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PHO­TOS: MEL POCKNALL

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

Rac­ing gets un­der­way at Sun­day's Dubbo City Swimtech Car­ni­val.

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