Andrew Cowper on the tee at Dubbo Golf Course yesterday.A brilliant one-over-par round of 72 scratch and 68 nett saw Peter Allan finish on top in Division 1 of the Genysis Consistency Pointscore that finished after four rounds on Wednesday at the Dubbo Golf Club.
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Club president and principal of Genysis Wealth Advisers, Sandy Dunshea presented the trophies with Alan Tolman claiming Division 2 honours for the second year in succession.

Both Allan and Tolman won $500 shopping vouchers at Brennan’s Mitre 10.

The competition was conducted over four Wednesday events with Allan’s scores very good considering the windy conditions in the latest round.

“I think the four-round competition was a fantastic concept and thanks to Sandy for his sponsorship,” Allan said.

“Last year I was the leader after three rounds and fell away at the last bit, I didn’t want the same thing to happen again on Wednesday.

“One of the main things in my favour was in the recent club championships I had the lead in the seniors championships on the last day and really put my head down – the same aspect of my game was needed this week.”

Consistency was certainly the key to Allan’s success with his round on the 1 to 18 layout made up of just one birdie (on the par-5 7th) and two bogies.

The win capped off a big week for the Allan twins as on Saturday Peter’s brother Grahame won the Tiger stableford with a sub-par round of 42 stableford points.

“I reminded Grahame that he may have had the best round, but I was more consistent remembering that he was also in the race for the Genysis prize but crashed with 80 on Wednesday,” Peter Allan said.

The Division 2 prize for Alan Tolman was also noteworthy having won the event the previous year and like this time, he was three shots behind the leaders before charging home.

On Wednesday he carded a round of 90 scratch and 71 nett to win from overnight leader Tony Geraghty and Jim Oriel.

Geraghty on Wednesday didn’t play up to expectations with a round of 102-80 while John Reynolds who was running second behind Geraghty also had trouble carding a round of 110 and 88 nett.

“I wasn’t feeling all that well after golf on Wednesday so I didn’t hang around for presentations but it was nice to find out that I had won.” Tolman said.

“Thanks to Sandy Dunshea and Genysis for putting on the event and for me to win it again is very pleasing.”

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In the club events on Wednesday, the winners were Peter Allan (72-68) and Andrew Dunkley (77-69 c/b) from Ray Moulds (79-69) in Division 1; and Brian Kinsey (95-69) and Alan Tolman (90-71 c/b) from Sandy Dunshea (91-71) and Ken Lynch (91-71) in Division 2.

For the scratch prizes, Allan (72) and Ian Williams (90 c/b) were best.

In the golf ball competitions, the mark in the top grade was 72 and it was 73 in Division 2.

Finally, for the nearest to the pin balls, the winners were: (5th) David Harper 36cm, Ted Alder 113cm; (11th) John Swan 162cm, Brian Turrell 409cm; 18th: Glenn Morrison 589cm, Tom Gray 710cm.

RESULTS

DIVISION 1

275: Peter Allan 72-67-68 68

283: Terry Sloggett 69-70-70-74

290: Max Reid 71-76-69-74

290: Grahame Allan 71-75-68-76

291: Richard Duffy 71-77-72-71

291: Ben Amor 72-78-69-72

296: Barry Hillian 73-71-77-75

302: Peter Hartley 72-78-74-78

DIVISION 2

288: Alan Tolman 78-66-73-71

294: Tony Geraghty 71-69-74-80

296: Jim Oriel 71-76-77-72

300: Ivor Trapman 76-80-68-76

303: John Reynolds 73-75-69-88

307: Greg Vane 73-78-72-84

310: John Beith 78-76-75-81

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Macquarie back-rower Zac Rennick has retained his spot in the 17-man Group 11 squad for Saturday’s Centenary Championship semi-final against Group 19 at Apex Oval.Group 11 selectors have made six changes to their squad for Saturday’s Centenary Championship semi-final at Apex Oval.
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In an effort to rebound from last Saturday’s 56-24 drubbing at the hands of Illawarra, selectors have selected a speedier, more mobile outfit than the one which travelled to Wollongong last weekend.

Out goes Cobar’s Col Jermyn, Parkes’ Semi Tora and CYMS trio Tom Yeo, Steve Madden and Nick Wilson, and into the squad comes Macquarie’s Chris Daley, CYMS winger Epa Navale, Wellington’s Nathan Smith and Nyngan flyer Damian Smith.

Cobar prop Adam Betts will move from the bench to the starting line-up with Parkes’ Heami Lavaka selected as a reserve.

Group 11 selector Ross McDermott said the loss to Illawarra highlighted a deficiency in the squad, and he and his panel were keen to rectify that and hopefully book a place in the final.

“Chris Daley and Epa Navale were out last week through injury and illness while Nathan Smith had work commitments but we think we have picked a very mobile squad of 17 players for this week,” McDermott said.

“We are playing under a limited interchange of 12 so we needed to go with a squad of guys that can go for the 80 minutes.

“The good thing about this tournament is that this week will be our fifth match together so the guys are getting good, consistent footy together.”

Group 19 heads into Saturday’s match on the back of high-scoring wins against Group 2 (48-42) and Group 4 (44-38) and a 60-26 loss against Northern Rivers last Saturday.

McDermott believes they will provide stiff opposition for Group 11, with the winner likely to face Group 9 in the final in a fortnight.

Group 9 will meet Castlereagh Cup in the other semi-final at Apex Oval on Saturday, one of four matches to be hosted at the venue.

“There’s obviously a fair bit of ability in the Group 19 squad so we weon’t be taking them lightly,” McDermott said.

“The good thing for us, after three weeks of road trips, is that we will be playing at home and hopefully in front of a pretty good crowd of supporters.”

GROUP 11 SQUAD: 1. Chris Daley (Macquarie), 2. Epa Navale (CYMS), 3. Shane Martin (Cobar), 4. Nathan Smith (Wellington), 5. Damian Smith (Nyngan), 6. Mick Clarke (Narromine), 7. Tom Clyburn (Parkes), 8. Steve Lyons (Cobar), 9. Darren Jackson (Macquarie), 10. Adam Betts (Cobar), 11. David Robinson (Forbes), 12. Ash Conn (Macquarie), 13. Peter Ford (Cobar). Replacements: Luke Jenkins (CYMS), Zac Rennick (Macquarie), Danny Read (Parkes), Heami Lavaka (Parkes).

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VETERAN halfback Brett Kimmorley believes he has done enough to deserve a recall to the NSW Origin team – and last night publicly appealed to the selectors to name him at No.7 over young guns Peter Wallace, Mitchell Pearce and Jarrod Mullen.
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Four years after his wild pass allowed Matt Bowen to intercept and score the winning try in golden-point extra time in the first game of the 2005 Origin series, the 32-year-old Kimmorley said he was a smarter footballer than ever before.

While rising stars Wallace and Pearce shared the No.7 jumper last year, Kimmorley feels he has matured to again be a force at representative level, and believes his combination with Bulldogs hooker Michael Ennis would be a boost to the Blues’ hopes of avoiding a record fourth series defeat.

Kimmorley believes Origin selectors have forgiven him for that disastrous pass in 2005.

"I got to play again after the intercept," he said. "I played two games [in 2007 Origin series] after I threw the intercept so it obviously meant I didn’t have a line through my name.

"I’m enjoying footy. I think I’m smarter, which means you sit back and assess things a lot better. I’m not dominant any more. I think now we’ve got a good No.9 here [Ennis], who will probably be the NSW hooker. That might help all our causes. He’s playing great. If he doesn’t play for NSW then I think they’re not looking for a bloke that is aggressive and competitive and meet any challenges thrown at him."

In 2007, Kimmorley was granted a reprieve by then Origin coach Ricky Stuart, who selected him for games two and three after Mullen was injured. He was part of the 18-4 win in game three. The veteran halfback has played 15 Tests and eight Origin games.

Yesterday, Kimmorley was heavily involved in the demolition of Parramatta and scored a try, sprinting 75 metres in the 75th minute. The Bulldogs won 48-18.

While he might have been distracted by the hype of Origin in the past, Kimmorley believes he has the poise to handle the big games better.

"I think it’s just suited to handling better occasions," he said. "So it’s not so fast and frantic any more. I heard ‘Gus’ [ Herald pundit Phil Gould] say that I play better in the wet because you have to slow everything down. Maybe [I] can take some advice on board, where maybe when I was younger it was all one hundred mile an hour."

Kimmorley enjoyed a glowing endorsement by Bulldogs chairman George Peponis, who dubbed him the form halfback in the game this year, while coach Kevin Moore also backed his No.7.

"If they pick him, he certainly won’t let them down," Moore said. "He’s a champion competitor and he’s achieved everything. If they happen to pick him, I’d be rapt for him. He’d certainly do NSW proud.

"Experience and knowledge are a great thing. You certainly get smarter between the years, and ‘Noddy’ is smarter than most."

Bulldogs fullback Luke Patten said the fierce halfback would enliven the NSW team, adding that if the Dragons’ Wendell Sailor’s name was being bandied about for Origin selection then why not Noddy.

"You know what you’re going to get with him, he’s a tenacious little bugger," Patten said. "It’s always weird, I always used to hate playing against him, because you always knew what you were going to get with Noddy; the kick-chase, he’s always in there. He doesn’t care how big you are. You saw today he tried to put a shot on Fuifui [Moimoi] at the end. I know he’s been talking himself up. I don’t know if there’s many 40-year-olds that can play Origin. If they’re talking big Wendell up then why not Noddy? He’s been doing a great job for us. He’s really enjoying his footy as well."

It could be the series of the veterans with the 34-year-old Sailor being endorsed by Queensland coach Mal Meninga at the weekend.

"He’s every sort of chance if he keeps playing really well and keeps gaining good metres," Meninga said. "Who knows? His opportunity might arise."

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Dubbo taxi driver Michael McArthur at the Macquarie Street rank yesterday.Rising gas and fuel prices are eating away at the pockets of local taxi drivers, and before long could spell the end of jobs for many.
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While many cabs run on gas, taxi drivers are still feeling the pinch with gas prices

soaring to an extra 40 cents a litre over the past few months.

Chairman of Dubbo Radio Cabs Greg Collins said cab owners were feeling the burden of rising fuel and gas prices, and they feared what may be ahead.

“Fare rises are controlled by the Department of Tourism so we don’t have the power to raise prices ourself to keep up with gas and fuel costs,” Mr Collins said.

“If fuel prices keep rising there will be drivers unemployed because it just won’t be feasible for the owners of the cab to keep them on.

“We are feeling it just like any other consumer, it is eating away at our pockets.”

Mr Collins said that while cabbies were

feeling the heat, their service to the Dubbo community would not change.

“We will continue to serve the Dubbo community just the same,” he said.

“It will just mean the owners of the cabs will have to work a lot harder and do a lot more hours.”

To date there has been no change to how much customers pay for their cab fares, however,

Mr Collins said he hoped something would

be done to help the cabbies.

“We hope for some subsidising to help relieve us a bit,” he said.

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CHRIS HICKEY is ready to revamp the Waratahs back line in a desperate bid to kick-start a finals charge.
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While the NSW coach was pleased with his side’s defence – second only to that of the Crusaders in points conceded – he is frustrated by his back line’s lack of firepower. The Waratahs’ season points tally of 169 from 10 rounds is ranked 11th.

The Waratahs fell to sixth place on 28 points after Saturday night’s defeat to the Western Force at the Sydney Football Stadium.

When asked if he might reconfigure his back line now opponents seem able to read their game, Hickey said: "That’s an area we have got to have a really close look at. Our defence is right up there. But in attack, we haven’t really been able to fire."

Hickey is set to name a 26-man squad on Wednesday for the Waratahs’ tour to South Africa for games against the Cheetahs, Sharks and Lions. The squad that leaves on Saturday during their bye round will include the 22 who were picked for the Force game, two players recently back from injury in tight-head prop Al Baxter and centre Rob Horne plus an extra forward and back.

The latter two should be openside breakaway Beau Robinson, who impressed for Warringah in the Shute Shield on Saturday, and utility back Matt Carraro or winger Ratu Nasiganiyavi, who played for Randwick after being sidelined for three months with a fractured foot.

As for back-line tweaks? Tom Carter has been strong at No.12 this season but his eagerness to carry the ball up has become predictable. Assuming Horne will return to outside-centre, one option could be to shift Timana Tahu from No.13 to 12.

Another is to bring Sam Norton-Knight in from fullback to five-eighth and move Daniel Halangahu from No.10 to inside-centre. While relatively slight in build, Halangahu has the mettle to be a physical distributor at No.12. His calming influence has been shown in his games at No.10 recently, performances that may have even brought him into contention for a Wallabies squad place at five-eighth.

Force playmaker Matt Giteau is a clear leader there, followed by Reds pivot Quade Cooper. But, along with the Brumbies’ Christian Lealiifano, Halangahu – whose experience is another valued quality – has done wonders to raise his profile this season.

The Waratahs, expected to announce several contractual developments this week, still risk losing Halangahu altogether. Doing so would be a huge mistake.

Now off contract, Halangahu hopes to settle his future soon, having received half a dozen offers from clubs in the United Kingdom, France, Japan and even Australia.

Hickey is not worried that negotiations involving Halangahu and other NSW players will distract the Waratahs from their preparations this week. The Waratahs have courted players from other sides as well including Force centre James O’Connor and winger-fullback Drew Mitchell.

"It is unfortunate the middle of the Super 14 is when the contracting season is on," Hickey said. "I am sure players on every team have been approached. That is the way business operates. I don’t see it as a distraction or anything."

But the enormity of NSW’s challenge in South Africa is not lost on any of the squad. "We have made life hard for ourselves," Hickey said after Saturday night’s loss, when he was left believing the Waratahs needed to win all three of their games in South Africa.

But yesterday he was more optimistic. "If we can win two games with a bonus point in each, given the log jam in the comp, we are still in with a chance of the four," he said. "If we win all three, I reckon we are still in with the possibility of hosting a home semi."

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ONE welcome consequence of Willie Mason’s quiet night in with a few beers a fortnight ago was proof, at last, that one of the best Kiwi talents of his generation had finally come of age. And, indeed, that Craig Fitzgibbon knows his way round a kitchen.
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Frank-Paul "The Wrecking Ball" Nuuausala has been wearing Mason’s No.10 jersey for the three weeks since big Willie was dropped to Newtown for his indiscretion, and it fits rather well. Last year, when Nuuausala weighed 114 kilograms, it would have been a much tighter squeeze.

But with Fitzgibbon providing organic meal plans, the big man has shed 10kg and now feels well capable of the required 50-minute efforts of a starting front-rower. "I’ve been looking at Fitzy and he’s been giving me advice on how to eat properly," says Nuuausala. "I cook it all myself. Fitzy gives me the recipes, and I ring him up and tell him how I went. He’s a good role model for me."

Such influential figures were in short supply when Nuuausala emerged as the next big thing from the Mangere East club in the heart of tough old South Auckland. But he never made it at the Warriors, generally considered to be overweight and a lazy trainer, and he was punted at the end of 2005.

"I just took it for granted," he says. "I was hanging with the wrong people. I came from a rough background, and I needed to give it up. Then ‘Sticky’ [former Roosters coach Ricky Stuart] gave me another chance. It took me a while to adjust to being away from home, but it is better for me."

Despite the Roosters’ implosion at Mt Smart yesterday, Nuuausala turned in another tidy effort in his 20th NRL game. "Losing weight has made a big difference for me," he says. "I feel fitter than last year, which is good for me and good for the team."

While he is already 22, those lost years have left him behind his peers and he firmly dismisses as "too early" any talk of New Zealand representation.

Instead, his focus this year will be on a more pragmatic target: buying a house for his family, who still live in south Auckland. Fortunately, Nuuausala won’t be expected to accommodate all of them: he is the fifth of 14 siblings.

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THREE Australian players face a $US5000 ($7000) fine and 12-month ban from the Asian Tour for teeing up in the inaugural OneAsia Super Series tournament, the China Open, which will conclude later today. OneAsia, backed by the Australian PGA and the Chinese and Korean golf associations, has been accused of hijacking events by the Asian Tour, which has threatened to impose the sanctions on members of its tour if they play OneAsia events. But the threat does not affect all Asian Tour members; European and Chinese players who are members have been given a release to play the China Open at the Beijing CBD International course. The three Australians among the 15 players who have defied the Asian Tour are Chris Gaunt, who played so well at home late last year, Jason King and Ashley Hall, but four others – Tony Carolan, Terry Pilkadaris, Scott Barr and Darren Beck – all withdrew. Ben Sellenger, the Australasian Tour commissioner who heads the new series, is confident OneAsia will grow to become the third major tour behind the US and European versions. Of those who have defied the threat of sanctions, he says: "They see the strength of opportunity as greater than the threat." SHARK’S SILVER LINING
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Greg Norman left Augusta disappointed after missing the cut, but with his head held high. Time will not erase his bad memories of the US Masters but he does have a few mementos at home to remind him of the good times, including 16 crystal goblets, a pair for each of the eight eagles he’s scored, five crystal vases for low round of the day and, of course, three runner-up trophies which are a silver medal and silver salver. UNKIND CUTS

Adam Scott first broke into the top 20 in the world rankings in September 2003 when he won for the first time in the US at the Deutsche Bank Championship, and he remained there until the past two weeks. Scott, who got to No.3 two years ago, has dropped to 26th despite declaring that he is fully fit after a series of injuries, the most recent of which was dislocating his knee in the surf on the Sunshine Coast last November. He began the year promisingly in the US, finishing tied second in the Hawaiian Open in January but has missed the cut in his past three events, including last week’s US Masters. He has not broken 70 since Hawaii. SHANK THANKS

And, finally, a giant thank-you to US Masters champion Angel Cabrera from all us hackers. He proved even the best can shank a ball, which is exactly what he did on the eighth at Augusta last Sunday.

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NSW Women’s Bowling Association match committee chairperson Lyn Skeen at West Dubbo on day one of the State Carnival.Nearly 700 women bowlers have thumbed their noses at professional sport by coming to Dubbo for the 79th State Carnival where the winning team of four players will win just $2000.
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With big money being offered in sport around the globe, just as evident in some lawn bowls tournaments in New South Wales, it was refreshing to know the women this week are here more for the sport and friendship.

Just a couple of weeks ago the Dubbo Railway Master Pairs offered $25,000 in total prize money for the men, the women on the other hand are looking at their tournament from another direction.

“This tournament is not about big prize money and the big name players in the game, it’s more about the average club bowler who wants to take part in a week-long carnival,” Lyn Skeen, match committee chairperson of the NSW Women’s Bowling Association, said yesterday.

“All the clubs in New South Wales had the opportunity to enter and as one of the ladies remarked today ‘it’s open to everyone from the scrubbers to the champions.’

“Naturally enough we do have a lot of State and former State players here and they will mix with everyone, no matter what their stand of bowls is.

“The major clubs in the State including the big ones in Sydney such as St Johns and Merrylands are represented which is really good as well.

“Our tournament is an open draw when every one of the 168 teams of four will play six section games before we start the finals on Thursday and Friday.

“A feature of this tournament is meeting a lot of friends from all over the place, many of whom we only see each year at this carnival.”

The prize money breakup on Friday afternoon is $2000 for the winners and $1200 runners-up, plus $960 for third and $840 for third. As well there will daily and section winner trophies.

Skeen said the plan by the State body to bring the tournament was Dubbo was well received.

“This is the 79th State Carnival held and we’ve never had trouble getting the number of teams we have,” she said.

“In the past it’s been held mainly in at the metropolitan clubs, on the Central Coast or Illawarra, but last year we went to Port Macquarie and this is the first time we’ve come over the Blue Mountains to Dubbo.

“You have some wonderful facilities here at all the Dubbo clubs and at Narromine and everyone at these clubs has chipped in to look after the ladies during the day with morning tea and lunches.

“Without their support we wouldn’t be able to pull it off.

“I’m certain at the end of the week we will have had another successful carnival.”

Besides the 672 players representing 168 teams, another 300 supporters, organisers and others have boosted the numbers, proving to be a huge boost for the Dubbo economy.

Amongst the entries are 11 teams from the host Mid West District and teams from Inallo in Western Australia and from Mulawa in Victoria.

Railway team in fine form

Dubbo Railway Bowling Club’s team in the State Carnival has come away with two outstanding wins on day one and looking for similar success today.

Playing in Section 1 yesterday at West Dubbo, the Railway combination of Bub Foxall, Heather Purcell, Ruth Shanks and skip Shirley Honeyman defeated Seaforth 24-4 in the morning game of 15 ends and got the better of Northmead 20-5 in the afternoon.

“We were really pleased with those results,” Ruth Shanks said.

Twelve teams are in the 14 sections but only the winner of each section, plus two wild cards, will get into the draw of 16 for the start of the finals on Thursday leading into the semi-finals and final on Friday.

A composite team skipped by State junior Stacey Woodhouse (Railway), made up of Loris Lawson (Dubbo City) and Trangie members Maureen Coffee and Sue Clark, had to be satisfied with one win and a loss.

All four Dubbo clubs are being used for the tournament – Dubbo City, Macquarie, West Dubbo and Railway, as well as Narromine.

The morning games start at 9.30am and 1.30pm in the afternoon.

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THE South Coast contender for A-League expansion has denied it plans to merge with Lucas Neill’s proposed second Sydney team, instead boldly declaring its intention to claim the city’s west as its own.
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The Sun-Herald can reveal the Tim Cahill-backed South Coast FC bid now plans a regional super team representing western Sydney, Campbelltown, and the NSW South Coast.

"There is definitely no merger with the West Sydney bid," South Coast bid chairman Eddy de Gabriele said. "We have not been approached by the West Sydney group and we have not approached the West Sydney group.

"[Football Federation Australia CEO] Ben Buckley has not called us in and said ‘This is my idea, can you and Western Sydney get together and have a chat about that’. I promise you that.

"But what we are doing is exploring the possibility of having a larger geographical footprint. If we make it a bigger market, there is a stronger possibility that our corporate supporters and backers will say, ‘Hey we like it, this is a really big corridor now from west Sydney to Campbelltown and the South Coast’."

De Gabriele denied that South Coast’s tactical shift came after the failure of WIN Stadium to meet A-League standards ended realistic hopes for a team to be based in Wollongong on its own merit.

"I have heard that but we have not been told that [by FFA]," de Gabriele said. "Our assessment comes from FFA and they have said to us up to date that the biggest issue is [only] the western grandstand at WIN Stadium. They have not said the demographic is no good. For the last World Cup game, our region had four Socceroos in the squad. That is not a bad nursery."

De Gabriele believes growing links between the NSW South Coast and Western Sydney made plans for a regional super team a forward-thinking vision of the future rather than a South Coast sell-out. "We are not selling out the South Coast," he said.

"It makes good sense that we would have a stronger link with western Sydney, economically and politically. We need to make sure that we have a bigger market for the South Coast bid, anyway."

De Gabriele said no plans were in place for how fixtures would be shared between Wollongong and Sydney’s west. "We haven’t mapped that out but given the number of home games available, I would say that we could be playing home games in the two regions," he said.

"What the configuration of those games would be will be decided by the two communities and various stadia. But that corridor is perfect, from Western Sydney to Campbelltown and Wollongong."

FFA boss Ben Buckley is supportive of the proposal but cautious of diluting regional identity.

"Ultimately, a club has to reside in the proximity that it plays, but that doesn’t mean it can’t have a relationship with a region or a team that sits outside that region," Buckley said.

"For a club to be successful, it has to be based principally in its defined territory. How does western Sydney feel? We have to consider all that."

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The driver of a car had ample room to stop before plunging into a collapsed section of NSW’s Old Pacific Highway but was affected by drugs and alcohol at the time, a Sydney inquest has been told.
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Forensic pharmacologist Dr Judith Perl yesterday told Glebe Coroners’ Court blood samples from the body of Adam Holt showed he was just over the legal blood alcohol limit for driving – at .052.

Mr Holt, 30, his partner Roslyn Bragg, 29, their daughters Madison, two, and Jasmine, three, and Ms Bragg’s nine-year-old nephew Travis, died after their car plunged into a collapsed culvert at Piles Creek, at Somersby on the NSW Central Coast, during heavy rains on June 8 last year.

Dr Perl told the inquest into their deaths that Mr Holt also had a reading of .006 for tetrahydrocannabinol, indicating recent cannabis use, and that this alone would have resulted in “some impairment” to his driving.

“The effect of alcohol is to slow reaction times. The effect of cannabis is to slow reaction times,” she told Deputy State Coroner Paul MacMahon.

“The combination of the two would be much greater than expected.”

Ms Bragg had also tested positive for alcohol and cannabis use, Dr Perl said.

The inquest was told the incident happened about 3.30pm, when it was raining heavily, and Mr Holt was driving with his lights on.

At least two vehicles had already stopped on the other side of the chasm, one with its hazard lights on, and at least two people were standing on the roadside.

The court heard Mr Holt’s vehicle was travelling at about 50km/h and there was no indication of braking until the car began skidding just metres before the collapsed section.

The car plunged into floodwaters and the five drowned.

A NSW Police Force crash scene investigator told the inquest a re-creation of the crash indicated the deep hole in the roadway would have been visible when Mr Holt was up to 100 metres away.

“That is the actual distance of the line-of-sight,” Leading Senior Constable Aram Kraefft said.

He also calculated the stopping distance required, given the vehicle was travelling slightly uphill and in the wet.

Snr Const Kraefft said that if the vehicle was travelling at 50km/h, the driver could have reacted and then braked to a halt in a minimum of 40 metres.

If it had been doing 70km/h then the minimum stopping distance would have been just under 70 metres – but still within the 100 metres.

“Vehicles stopped in the middle of the road would increase your awareness of what’s going on,” Snr Const Kraefft added. “You would be on a higher state of alertness as to any dangers that could be around.”

The inquiry has previously heard that both local and state authorities had been aware for years that the section of road that collapsed was deteriorating.

Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) officers will be called to give evidence today when the inquest continues.

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