Savoys target title

THE big clashes keep coming for Myrtleford’s senior men’s soccer team and on Sunday they can move another step closer to securing the league title with victory over Cobram.

The Savoys beat St Pats 5-1 in round 13 and will be hoping to extend their winning run to six games and maintain their buffer over their AWFA rivals.

“It’s another massive game this week,” co-coach Jayden Vescio said.

“We lost 2-1 over there at Cobram which was the same result as last year but like last year we’ll be hoping to reverse the result at home.”

Cobram dropped from second to third in the standings after losing 3-2 to Albury United on Sunday.

Myrtleford has been near untouchable in their past five games scoring 24 times and conceding only three goals.

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Right message is in the bag

IN THE BAG: Will Hughes and Halen McIntyre adding their artistic touch to some future Boomerang Bags under the watchful eye of Arlene Zozula. PHOTO: Brad Worrall

MYRTLEFORD after school care is saving the environment – one bag at a time.

Lead educator Arlene Zozula has united with Myrtleford Landcare to make Boomerang Bags.

The fabric bags are designed to reduce the reliance on plastic bags for shopping and have already proven a huge hit in nearby Beechworth.

Ms Zozula first came across the bags in Wangaratta.

“I was looking for a project that we could do with the kids,” she said.

“I Googled them and I was hooked but the more I looked into it I realised that this was just the tip of the iceberg – it’s a huge project.

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Yes will open gates

COMMUNITY VOICE: The Myrtleford community turned out strongly at Monday’s meeting to hear the facts of the 10-week mill lock-out. PHOTO: Jamie Kronborg

CARTER Holt Harvey chief executive Prafull Kesha has told Alpine mayor Ron Janas that Myrtleford mill workers will be invited to return to work if they vote later this week to accept the company’s contentious pay deal.

Councillor Janas on Monday night relayed to a packed meeting at the town’s Ablett pavilion his conversation earlier in the day with the New Zealand-based company boss about the impact on the community of what has become a 10-week lock-out.

The mayor told the 150-strong crowd of business and community organisation representatives, residents, union and non-union mill employees, union leaders and parliamentarians that Mr Kesha had said the mill had turned one profit of $650,000 in the past six years.

“So, financially, it’s not a great business to have, but he did say it is viable and (CHH) would like to keep it going,” Cr Janas said.

“So there is great hope there.”

But Mr Kesha had indicated to the mayor that the company needed industrial stability to maintain its Myrtleford operation.

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Reserves top Tigers

UTILITY: Jack Fraser played a number of roles in Bright’s senior loss to Glenrowan last weekend. The reserves continued their winning ways.

BRIGHT has overtaken Glenrowan in second place on the Ovens and King reserves football ladder with victory over the Kelly Tigers in round 10.

The Mountain Men ran away with the match late kicking seven goals to one in the final quarter to triumph 14.12 (96) to 8.3 (51).
Bright has not lost nice going down to Milawa in the first round of the season.

They own a 7-2 record after being stripped of their points for playing an ineligible player against Whorouly in round five.

On Saturday Rick Weimer and Euan Rennie starred with four goals each while Sam Buckley, Liam Packham and Daniel Sgambelloni also played key roles in the victory.

The success of the reserves side has come at the expense of Bright’s senior team with a number of the club’s better players electing to only play in the lower grade in 2017.

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Charity drive hits right note

A girl, her car and a guitar have raised more than $60,000 in 200 days

SINGING FOR A CAUSE: Mel Yeates is more than halfway and 23,500km towards her $100,000 goal for charity. PHOTO: Justin Jenvey

A LOCAL woman’s charity crusade across Australia has returned to Bright after 23,500km and over 100 gigs in a little more than 200 days.

Mel Yeates began her A Girl, Her Car and Her Guitar adventure on December 1 last year and has so far raised more than $60,000 for Beyond Blue and Love Your Sister

The former Mt Hotham worker was back in the Ovens Valley last weekend as she continues her year-long journey to raise $100,000 for the two charities.

“I’ve been to so many places and met so many people, it’s been amazing so far,” Ms Yeates said.

“I’ve been all the way up the east coast as well as Tasmania and South Australia and have played at everything from five-star resorts to dingy little pubs with crowds as small as five people to 100s.

“The generosity that’s been gifted to me has been amazing, people have turned up and not only donated to the charities but helped me with fuel vouchers too.”

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High flying tourism

BRIGHT’S reputation as an adventure sport destination will reach new heights next year when it hosts a round of the Paragliding World Cup.

The North East Victoria Hang Gliding Club will hold the international event in February after a successful bid following on from the Pre-Paragliding World Cup event earlier this year.

It will be the second time Bright has hosted a round of the World Cup after doing so 20 years ago in 1998.

Alpine Shire Council manager of economic and community development Elaine Burridge said it was a major coup for NEVHGC and Bright.

“Bright has attracted some major events in recent years but this is the first on an international scale,” she said.

“It’s another event on what is already a very successful events calendar and will contribute significantly to our area.

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Savoy sets sights on the silverware

Myrtleford on top after win over Albury Utd

DETERMINED: Savoy captain Brenton Cook was again outstanding in the heart of defence.

MYRTLEFORD Savoy took a huge step towards more silverware with a 2-0 win against Albury United on Sunday.

The defending Cup champions are now three points clear on top of the ladder after being equal with United ahead of their round 12 matchup.

It was another strong all-round team performance by the Savoys who went ahead early and avenged a 3-0 home defeat to the green and white hoops in the second week of the season.

Will Dennis found the back of the net in the sixth minute, while an Arron Redman shot was deflected into the net just short of the hour.

Co-coach Jayden Vescio said it was the perfect start to another tough month of soccer for his side.

“To get that win was really good, Albury United’s a team we have a lot of respect for,” he said.

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Tough day at Bonnie Doon for Bright

LOOKAWAY: Kim Farmer sends a pass to Jedda McIntosh.

BRIGHT‘S position in the A grade netball top six is hanging by a thread after a surprise loss to Bonnie Doon on Saturday.

The Mountain Maids weren’t able to recover from a slow start falling short in a final quarter comeback, 36-38.

A win would have given Bright an eight point cushion from seventh place but the result means they are now equal with Goorambat and Bonnie Doon on four wins.

Bright was lucky to only be down by five goals at the first break after the home team made only 13 of their 23 opening-term shots.

They were six goals behind at halftime and five again at three quarter time before they mounted a fightback in the last.

Emma Warnock, Madds Bussell and Emily O’Neil tried to get Bright over the line but the team’s 11-8 effort wasn’t enough.

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Hunting, fishing show coup for Myrtleford

National expo expects to attract 10,000

BIG PLANS: Pete Costin and Alpine Events Centre manager Allan McGuffie discuss the layout for the expo next year. PHOTO: Brad Worrall

A NATIONAL hunting expo is expected to attract hundreds of exhibitors and more than 10,000 people to Myrtleford in March.

Just as significantly the major expo will use the former tobacco co-op building as its venue in what is seen as a landmark step in the warehouse becoming a venue for other events.

The Hunting Guiding and Fishing Expo will be held over the weekend of March 3 and 4.

Rutherglen-based organiser Pete Costin said the expo will have 250 sites and more than 500 exhibitors covering everything from hunting, guiding, taxidermy, guns, knives, fishing gear, swags, archery, camping, 4WD accessories, GPS, communication, optics, ammo, quad bikes, generators, camper trailers, boats and marine and dune buggies.

“We have exhibitors travelling from overseas and from past experience we know that the hunters will travel too,” he said.

“We had close to 15,000 at one of our previous events at Bendigo but believe we will still get more than 10,000 here.

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Partnership puts great opportunities “in their hands”

PARTNERSHIP: Alpine Cycling Club’s Andrew Miller says the partnership supports community events and delivers innovative and creative ideas. PHOTO: Justin Jenvey

INTO Our Hands Foundation have announced an ongoing partnership with the Alpine Cycling Club.

The organisations will work together to raise funds and awareness for Into Our Hands’ role in supporting bushfire-affected communities in the Alpine, Indigo and Wangaratta shires.

In return Into Our Hands will provide support to the ACC to engage young people to work on the Tour of Bright.

Last year the Bright-based cycling club donated a percentage of profits from Tour of Bright entry fees and a cocktail evening, to the Into Our Hand Foundation’s Public Fund.

Into Our Hands board chair Loretta Carroll said a reliable income stream was vital to ensure the foundation can continue to support local communities and projects once the initial money runs dry.

Into Our Hands was allocated $1million from by the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund to assist in bushfire recovery efforts over a 10 year period.

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