Trainer suspended

Another trainer has pleaded guilty for presenting a horse to race not free of a prohibited substance at a race meeting held in Young on Friday, July 5.

Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) last week conducted an inquiry into a report from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory that Total Carbon Dioxide (TCO2) above the prescribed threshold was detected in a pre-race blood sample taken from Three Point Turn NZ prior to Race 1, the Form 700 Pace (1720 metres) at the Young harness meeting.

Mr Townsend was disqualified for a period of 22 months to commence from July 10, 2014 the date which he was stood down.

When considering the penalty, Stewards were mindful of the nature of the substance and the levels detected.

Stewards also considered the guilty pleas entered and personal subjective facts.

Three Point Turn NZ was disqualified from the July 5 race.

The disqualification comes only a few weeks after HRNSW concluded an inquiry into local trainer Mark Hewitt after a positive swap was taken from Chloes Venture following its win in Race 3 of the Turners Furniture One Pace (2100 metres) in Young on Saturday, March 15, 2014.

Mr Hewitt had previously pleaded guilty to the charge for presenting his horse to race not free of a prohibited substance.

He was disqualified for a period of six months to commence from May 28, 2014, the date Mr Hewitt was stood down.

In considering penalty, Stewards said they were mindful of the nature of the substance, the guilty plea entered and personal subjective facts.

Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, Chloes Venture was disqualified from the March 15 race.

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Elderly man hit by taxi in Port Kembla

Police attend the scene where an elderly man was hit by a taxi near the corner of Keira and Illawarra streets Port Kembla. Picture: ROBERT PEET2.40pm:The 76-year-oldmanhas been flown to St George Hospital in a serious condition.

EARLIER: A man believed to be aged in his 70s has been injured after he was struck by a taxi on Monday.

An Ambulance NSW spokeswoman said the man was treated for injuries to his hip and leg on the corner of Keira and Illawarra streets in Port Kembla at 6.20am.

There were unconfirmed reports the man also suffered head injuries, she said.

He was taken to Wollongong Hospital in a stable condition.

Lake Illawarra police inspector Andrew Koutsoufis said they believed the man had walked out in front of the taxi.

The crash unit attended the incident.

Police attend the scene where a elderly man was hit by a taxi near the corner of Keira and Illawarra streets Port Kembla. Picture: ROBERT PEET

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Canellis up with the best

REPRESENT: Will Canellis representing the NSW Combined Catholic College’s at Sydney. (sub)For the first time in more than 10 years the NSW Combined Catholic Colleges Under 15s Country squad has won all four of their matches against city teams.

And right there to mark the milestone was Year 9 Hennessy Catholic College student Will Canellis who was selected for the side earlier this year.

The second-rower’s journey began with a series of four trial matches that saw him fight for his place in the squad against about 600 contenders across NSW.

Canellis eventually came out on top and secured himself a place in the 20-man squad consisting of the best Under 15 league players in Country NSW.

An extraordinaryachievement for the junior who only two years ago underwent open heart surgery to treat a condition known as Aortic Stenosis.

But it was only a minor setback for Canellis who has bounced back and dreams of playing First Grade rugby league.

“I know this is how I can achieve my dream and it’s another step closer to reaching that goal,” he said.

Canellis and his team mates travelled to Sydney where they spent a week finding their feet as a team in a training and development program. A sure way to get the side ready for the high standard of competition they’d be playing in.

The Country side played their first match of the competition on June 30 when they met the likes of St George and Illawarra Under 15s teams.

The newly-formed Country side were victorious in both games, a trend they continued to set in their remaining two games against the Tigers and Penrith.

“To have won all our games against kids that have been together for a while and a lot of them were much bigger than all of us felt pretty good,” Canellis said.

“It was great that we could come up against some kids who have been in some sort of system with these clubs and we could not only compete but beat them as well.”

And to make the potential outcome of the journey really hit home, the side was given special access to watch First Grade NRL teams train at Centrebet Stadium and meet with Panthers players and coaches including Trent Barrett who played in the same side when he was growing up.

“It was a really good camp, we got to go to Win Stadium with the Dragons before their game against the Storm on the Monday night, and also to the Tigers training session and as I said the Panthers, so it was great to see how they train and prepare for games,” Canellis said.

Canellis has since returned home, but will head back to Sydney tomorrow where he is to undergo season-ending surgery on his ankle to correct a foot condition he was born with, known as Tallopies.

“It’s going to make me come back stronger for next season,” he said.

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Carrington garage fire threatens house, warehouse: photos

Carrington garage fire threatens house, warehouse: photos Firefighters at the Carrington scene. Pic: Simone De Peak

The fire at Carrington. Pic: Supplied

The fire at Carrington. Pic: Supplied

TweetFacebookA WOMAN has been taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation after a house and industrial shed were damaged when a garage caught fire at Carrington on Monday.

Fire crews worked to stop the blaze from the Mathieson Street garage from spreading after being called to the blaze about 9.15am.

A Fire and Rescue NSW spokeswoman said the garage was destroyed and an adjoining house had lost its roof and at least one bedroom.

A large industrial shed also suffered internal and external damage to a corner.

Four fire crews were called to fight the blaze after flames took hold and began licking at the adjoining properties.

A woman, believed to be aged in her 60s, was treated by paramedics before being taken to Calvary Mater Hospital in a stable condition.

A second person was treated at the scene.

The clean up operation has been hampered after asbestos was found within the garage.

Club celebrates

CHAMPION: Ben Fuller and Jarryd Stead chair off 100 game hero Dane Fitzgerald. BALRANALD honoured the 100th game of a favourite son with a good win over Tyntynder on Saturday.

The 15.16 (106) to 7.7 (49) win over Tyntynder at Greenham Park was celebrated in style by local fans delighted to see the club secure a win for Dane Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald played for Bendigo Pioneers in the TAC Cup, before heading over to play SANFL for Port Adelaide.

He returned to the Roos in 2007, winning the club’s best and fairest in 2008-09-10 before signing with South Mildura in the Sunraysia league.

His return this year has heralded the rise of the Roos, with a number of players expressly stating a desire to play with Fitzgerald.

After the game he thanked the club for its support throughout his career.

“It was good to play on our home ground today and to have a win like that,” he said.

“Thanks to the club… for helping me throughout my career, I wouldn’t have got where I was without this club.”

Fitzgerald said it was “an honour to wear the blue and white”.

“Every game I have played for this club, I have enjoyed. I’ve enjoyed every moment of it,” he said.

“I love the people around it so thanks to everyone who makes it so enjoyable to be here.”

Fitzgerald offered words of encouragement to the Roos’ loyal band of young stars.

“It’s great playing with the kids and watching you come up and get amongst it… So enjoy it, and enjoy the year,” he said.

Jarryd Stead joined in the party against the Dogs with five goals to mark Fitzgerald’s milestone, while Ben Fuller and Cam Barrett each slotted three.

Bryce Delmenico and Kane Griffiths were among the Roos’ better players.

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