A new Code of Practice to help reduce horse-related injuries and fatalities among novice and beginner riders has been released in NSW. Of the 133 fatalities that occurred Australia-wide between 2000 and 2014, 18 per cent involved people under the age of 20. The Code will help prevent horse-related injuries and fatalities among beginner and inexperienced riders and aims to ensure that the temperament of the horse and the experience of the rider are adequately matched. The Code has been developed following extensive consultation with more than 100 responses to calls for comment from key industry groups and individuals. Numerous businesses across the state offer horse-related activities and this Code will provide them with the practical tools they need to ensure they are complying with their obligations and doing everything they can to prevent injuries and fatalities. The NSW Government is committed to improving safety for inexperienced and novice horse riders, such as those participating in pony clubs, at jackaroo and jillaroo schools and trail riding schools. The Code includes practical tools such as a checklist for riders and a checklist for horses, to evaluate the level and skill of the rider and also to help assess the suitability of the horse for the activity being undertaken. The Code will come into effect on 1 February 2017. The Code of Practice is available from www.safework.nsw.gov.au
Narrabri Tennis conducts coaching lessons Monday to Friday morning and afternoons and also Saturday.
Lessons are conducted at the Dangar Park Tennis Centre, Narrabri West, located near the soccer fields, Dangar Rugby Park and Netball Courts.
Boggabri feature Chris Bath The Northern Daily Leader
Boggabri and Dungowan will also break the deadlock when the two clubs clash in Boggabri.
SECOND Division will kick back into action this weekend with a huge round of clashes, especially in the top tier Shield where first plays equal second and the other two sides tied second also clash as the logjam at the top of the table turns into a finals race.
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Another cold and damp weekend saw the Blue Boars headed to Tamworth to take on the Pirates in four grades as all Narrabri teams finally got to play at the same venue for the first time this season.
The Under 16’s kicked off the day’s play as they took on the young Buccaneers. For both junior grades it was the first time the Boars and Pirates had met for the season as the 6 team draw had somehow kept them apart for the first 8 rounds. But with two more clashes to between them to come it would give a good indication of where the two clubs colts were at. Unfortunately the Piglets struggled to get in the game and went down 40-5. The disappointment was clear to see, no more so than on Big Ben Atkinson’s face. Benno refused to be consoled after the match but will no doubt use it to lead the charge when Pirates come to visit Dangar Park.
June 26, 2016, The Northern Daily Leader
URALLA pulled three points clear at the top of the Second Division Shield table with a big win over Wee Waa, while Boggabri’s 34-18 victory at Bundarra and Werris Creek’s 50 point win over Dungowan has caused a log jam at the top with three sides tied in second place.
Great day at the Wee Waa Shankers day. Thanks to all the teams that played especially the team from Coonabarabran. We are going to make this a annual event with all proceeds going to support our golf club.
Namoi Valley Independent22 June, 2016
TWELVE Australian horseball representatives will have their last training run this weekend ahead of their trip to Portugal for the sport’s world cup in August.
The two Australian teams are among five teams playing at the North West Horseball Carnival at Wee Waa this weekend.
The team, made up of players from Tamworth, Barraba, Gunnedah, Wee Waa, Limbri and Armidale, have been playing in their representative teams for the past two carnivals, with the senior team reaching the A-grade finals at both events.
The Bulldogs secured back-to-back victories for the first time this season last Saturday, defeating the Narrabri Eagles by a comprehensive 83 points in their Tamworth AFL clash.
Stephen Young May 12, 2016 Namoi Valley Independent
In the early years, Boggabri teams were composed almost entirely of members of the Eather family.
In the 1920s, Boggabri had great successes in the inter-town competition, the Spicer Cup, and also the Bollard Cup which was played in the Boggabri area.
In 1946, Boggabri’s Trevor Eather played for Australia in a Test against Great Britain.
Sam Newsam May 7, 2016 The Northern Daily Leader
The Novocastrians were the Kookaburras’ nemisis with the opens clipping the Kookaburras wings 33-18.
The Kookaburras were chasing their first Caldwell Cup since 2001 and really took the fight to last years runners-up.
There was nothing in it in the first half, Simon Newton putting the Kookaburras ahead 3-nil with a few minutes remaining, before Newcastle hooker Steve Lamont ploughed through a few tired Central North tackles in the shades of half-time to give them a 5-3 lead at the break.
May 6, 2016
HE lifted the Richardson Shield last year and now Central North skipper Matt Schwager is hoping to get his hands on the Caldwell Cup.
The Kookaburras will in Armidale this weekend be chasing their first Caldwell Cup since 2001 and, with the squad they have assembled, are confident they can give it a good shake.
“We’ve got probably the best team we can pick out of the whole of Central North,” Schwager said.
Pretty much everyone coaches Tom Cullen and Hunter Harley asked committed to being involved.
Stephen Young May 5, 2016 Northern Daily Leader
On a balmy Sunday night of the October holiday weekend in 1963, Tony and Genevieve Hassab were hosting a 21st birthday party for son Paul at their Laidlaw St property in Boggabri but the birthday boy was late.
Local Coonamble/Pilliga Ned Hannigan has been chosen in the 2016 squad
Local Coonamble/Piliga, Ned Hannigan has been chosen in the 2016 squad to represent the Waratahs this season.
Last year he played in the under 20's side and toured OS with them. After watching many games with him in it at St Josephs College, Hunters Hill it's nice to see the hard work pay off.
A great career for an outstanding sportsman.
From the Daily Liberal
NED Hanigan is a star on the rise.
The Coonamble boy earned Australian Schoolboys selection in 2013, and last year represented Australia at the World Rugby 20s Championships in Italy, where he was named Australia's MVP.
Now his career has soared to new heights, with Hanigan elevated into the core training squad for the NSW Waratahs just before Christmas.
"I think it was a bit surreal," he said.
"Daryl (Gibson, Waratahs head coach) called me into his office and said 'you've been training well and we want to pull you on full-time'.
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Local sporting clubs can apply for the NSW Government’s Local Sport Grant Program to get more locals involved in sport and recreation activities when applications open on Thursday. The Program aims to increase regular and on-going participation in sport and active recreation. We all know that sport is incredibly important for health and wellbeing, as well as bringing people in the community together. Whether it be funding towards training programs to secure more volunteer coaches or helping with that much-needed change room upgrade, these grants are designed to encourage more people to keep active. There are four project types within the Program, these being:
1. Sport Club Development;
2. Community Sport Events;
3. Sport Access; and
4. Facility Development and Capital Equipment.
Applications open on 26 November 2015 and close 11 February 2016. For more information and to apply, visitwww.sportandrecreation.nsw.gov.au.
Former Tamworth apprentice Tim Bell has been killed in a non-racing related accident in Singapore.
The Narrabri-raised jockey, who was pursuing a three-month riding contract in Singapore, was killed after reportedly falling from a high-rise building.
Bell, 22, started his apprenticeship with Sue Grills at Tamworth and was leading apprentice in NSW in his first two seasons with more than 170 winners, Racenet reports.
Two weeks ago he won his first Singapore major, the $150,000 Group 3 El Dorado Classic (2200m) riding stayer Sebrose.