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南京夜网 13/06/2018

Payne opts to try for other goals

Retired: Bulldogs forward Corey Payne will focus on business opportunities. Picture: James Brickwood.BULLDOGS forward Corey Payne had been holding onto a secret before Christmas.
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“I’ve had it in the back of my mind since then,” the St Johns Park local said.

When Payne spoke with Bulldogs chief executive Todd Greenberg he was told to “have a good think about it”.

So he dropped the bombshell last week.

“I decided that now was the right time to retire,” Payne said.

“I’ve got my commitments off field and I just wouldn’t be able to give the time and dedication required to the club and my teammates. I just don’t want to let anyone down.”

The news of the end of the 28-year-old’s footy career came as a shock to most of his teammates.

“A number of them were genuinely shocked but some understood my commitments off field so they were supportive of my decision,” he said.

Payne himself didn’t think he would retire so early.

“When I was 18 or 19 years old I thought I’d play the game forever,” he said.

“But the more I talk about it, the answer is clear.

“Since then I’ve developed into a different person with different goals and ambitions.

“Now I’m hungry for them and it’s time to commence this next chapter of my life.”

Payne wants to finish a masters degree at Sydney University and complete his Churchill Fellowship.

He also has to carry out the responsibilities of being NSW Young Australian of the Year. The title recognises his work with disadvantaged youth.

Next year he plans further postgraduate business studies in Europe.

“Hopefully this path will be just as rewarding as footy has been for me,” he said.

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南京夜网 13/06/2018

Daniel Morcombe died soon after his abduction, court told

Daniel Morcombe was murdered almost immediately after he was abducted, choked to death as he struggled to get away from his alleged killer, undercover officers allege.
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The second half of the committal hearing for Brett Peter Cowan, the man accused of abducting and killing the 13-year-old on December 7, 2003, heard from the principal investigator of the case.

Detective Senior Sergeant Stephen John Blanchfield gave evidence that two undercover police officers had conversations with Mr Cowan on August 9 and 10, 2011, in which he allegedly explained how he killed the teenager.

Mr Cowan allegedly told the officers he had driven past where Daniel was waiting for a bus on the Nambour-Connection Road and decided to turn around and park in a nearby church parking lot.

He allegedly described walking through scrub and bushes to reach the underpass where Daniel was waiting and stood behind the teenager, pretending to wait for the bus.

When the pair were passed by, Mr Cowan allegedly said he approached Daniel and offered him a lift to Sunshine Plaza, the Maroochydore shopping centre Daniel was trying to reach, pretending he too needed to go shopping.

Instead, Mr Cowan allegedly told the undercover officers that he drove Daniel to a demountable building he knew of along Kings Road in Beerwah and told Daniel he needed to call his wife, offering the teen a glass of water.

Once inside the demountable, Mr Cowan allegedly told the officers it all went wrong.

“Yep, I never got to molest him or anything like that,” the 42-year-old allegedly says in the transcript of the recorded conversation.

“He panicked and I panicked and I grabbed him around the throat and before I knew it, he was dead.”

In another conversation, Mr Cowan allegedly described how he pulled Daniel’s pants down and the teen said “oh no!”‘ and struggled to get away.

“I thought he as going to get away,” Mr Cowan allegedly told the two undercover officers.

“I had hold of his pants and when he went ‘oh no’ and pulled his pants back up and tried to run away…I just pulled my arm in tight and heard a chhhhhh [sound].”

Mr Cowan allegedly said he heard a bone snap in the teen’s neck.

He then allegedly said he put Daniel’s body back in his car, drove down the road and reached an area where he could drive no more.

He allegedly explained dragging the body to an area near a tree and a small area of water, where he left it, after stripping Daniel’s clothes of, attempting to cover his body with branches and leaves and throwing his clothes and shoes into the nearby water.

Mr Cowan allegedly took the two undercover officers to the area where he said he had left the body.

Remains, which have been determined to be Daniel’s, were found in the area that Mr Cowan allegedly pointed out to the two men.

Why Mr Cowan was speaking to the men was not explained.

Mr Cowan sat in the dock looking gaunt and unkempt.

Wearing a grey suit, pale blue shirt and cross hatched tie, his clothes appeared to fit him better than the first half of the committal trial held late last year, but his hair was unbrushed and his face didn’t alter in expression as Senior Sergeant Blanchfield gave evidence.

Daniel’s parents Denise and Bruce Morcombe were in the public gallery to hear the detective’s evidence.

The hearing continues.

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VSDCA: Late wickets give Waters sniff of victory

THREE late wickets to all-rounder Bryce Galvin has given Bayswater a late reprieve in its Victorian Sub District Cricket Association battle with second-placed Plenty Valley at Bayswater Oval on Saturday.
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The Waters were put in by the Valley on a difficult pitch and the visitors made the most of the conditions bowling out the Waters for 136 in 61 overs.

The Valley also looked sharp with the bat cruising to 0-35 before Galvin struck, taking three late wickets as the visitors ended play on 4-60 with Darryl Stranger taking the other wicket.

Waters captain Sean Flynn said his side had not made enough runs but Galvin’s wickets, two of which knocked stumps out of the ground, left his side hopeful it could still win.

“We need six wickets and they need 76 runs so we are still in it,” Flynn said.

“Galvin bowled beautifully and turned the game in the last 45 minutes of play. He generated some good pace and bounce.”

Earlier, the Waters batsmen were unable to form enough partnerships, with only Dean Connell (37), Galvin (32) and Harry Cowling (22) looking threatening against the in-form Valley attack.

“We didn’t get enough contributions from the middle order,” Flynn said. “It was a good toss to win and I would have bowled as well but we would have liked to make more runs.”

Regardless of their small total, Flynn still believes a good first hour could swing the match his side’s way. “Hopefully, we can generate some more nicks and can get a few early wickets,” he said.

“We have had some good individual performances this season, with Galvin in form and Luke Turner taking wickets recently. Hopefully, we can have a good hour and set up a memorable win.”

南京夜网 13/06/2018

Round up from golf clubs

Kapunda Golf 2/2/2013
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Lower North Hire & Civil monthly medal winner: W Skinner 68.

A grade D. Carson 71, M. Mickan 72,C. McKnight 72, J. Shephard 72

B Grade M. Dew 70, M. Menzel 70, D.Crockett 73

C.Grade T. Moritz 72, D.Perry 74


Women winner: I. Smith 75, C.Pfitzner 78, W. Wilson 79

Tanunda Golf

Saturday stroke competition and medallist qualifying round.

Overall winner G Vassiliadis 68.

A grade

B. Grocke 71 c/b, r/u S. Maddaford 71

B grade

C Fechner 71 c/b, r/u P Lawrie 71

C grade

G Vassiliadis 68, r/u P Othams 72; Ladies P Henschke 76, r/u D Reichelt 79.

Long drives:

A grade M Zubriinich

B grade C Lockhart

C grade P Giersch

Ladies P Henschke; Rockford Hole J Blechynden.

NTP 6th G Vassiliadis (Peter Lehmann); 8th J Gooden (Langmeil); 11th P Othams (Yalumba); 16th T George (Rusden); 7th hole 2nd shot J Cullen (TPGC).


M Woodrow 72, P Lithgow 72, R McDevitt 73, T George 73, M Rodda, B Veevers, M Schulz, R Casey, T Jenkins all 74.

Sunday stableford competition:

S Escritt 38, R McDevitt 35, J Phillips 32, F Blackwell 31, S Rawlinson 30, B Burns 30, R Casey 28, G Phillips (Links Lady Bay) 27, A Robinson 15.

Wednesday Men’s stableford competition.

Individual Overall Net

B Hage 37, J Hongell 36, F Contestabile 35, J Denley 34, W Fechner 34, J Gooden 33, J Blechynden 33, A Coutie, B Veevers, G Vassiliadis all 32, C McMillan 31, G Lamshed 31, D Cock 29, M Allanson 28, S Rawlinson 28, B Andrews 27, G Bittner, C Crichton, D Forrest all 26, B Ronan 25, B Eckermann 25, D Hemsley 24, N O’Brien 22.

Individual GA Net

A grade: B Hage 37, J Blechynden 33, A Coutie 32, B Veevers 32, C McMillan 31, M Allanson 28, S Rawlinson 28, G Bittner 26, C Crichton 26, N O’Brien 22.

Individual GA Net

B grade: J Hongell 36, F Contestabile 35, J Denley 34, W Fechner 34, J Gooden 33, G Vassiliadis 32, G Lamshed 31, D Cock 29, B Andrews 27, D Forrest 26, B Ronan 25, B Eckermann 25, D Hemsley 24.

Ladies Par competition:

L Price -1, A Myatt -2, L Montfort -3, J Jeffries, D Ahrens, C Lienert, L Semmler all -4, F Blackwell -5, J MacPhail -7, C Hongell -7, D Reichelt -8, A Wells -8.

Thursday Twilight Golf stableford competition:

P Jeffries 30, J Cullen (Highercombe) 20, K Owen 20, P Othams 19, L Semmler 19, P Lawrie, S Escritt, L Montfort, B Andrews all 18, P Giersch, R Newstead, S Rawlinson, M Allanson all 17, T Saegenschnitter 16, B Owen 16, D Reichelt 15, M Woodrow 15, D Newstead 14, A Henschke 13, S Othams 11, A Robinson 10, P Sumner (Highercombe) 10, J Kleinig 9.

Mt Pleasant Golf

Saturday stroke (Roesler Cup) competition

A grade: P Sando 66, S Tregenza, T Mitchell, D Higgins all 71, A Wake 73.

B grade: T Vine 67, E Bishop 68, C Noble 68, D McQueen 70, T Lehmann 72.

NTP 2nd A Wake; 12th K Vine; 14th A Wake; 18th T Lehmann.

Birdies: T Lehmann 12 & 2.

Ladies stroke – Beth Wright Summer Trophy: M Need 68, B Wright 71, F Henschke 76. NTP 18th B Wright.

Gawler Golf

Wednesday Ladies

The ladies competition is back in action for the year and Marion Bow managed to take the Hi-Beam Car Wash sponsored voucher. A nett 79 saw her win, followed by Kaye Korber with nett 81. Kay won NTP on the 4th hole, also holing the birdie.


Many players started, not too many finished. The rain at Gawler drowned a few of the players out, but those who finished the stroke round in the rain scored relatively well. Jeffery Norman Williams came out on top, shooting a nett 70 in the ACR 73 course conditions. Runner up was in-form Dale Elleray, with nett 71. NTP 4th S Noack (Elders Real Estate); 6th J Williams (Spencer Flooring); 11th D Nguyen (Elders); 18th D Dare (Criterion). Ball winners: S Noack, R Morris, D Nguyen, B Pipe, P Pogas, M Dawes, P Heffernan, C Swinstead. Birdie balls: J Williams, D Elleray, B Pogas, D Nguyen, J Assender, R Flett, T Bow, H Smits, S Noack.


David Weatherly came back from the brink and shot 39 points, with runner up being Rob Malone shooting 38. Ball winners: R Lyons, J Martin, G Barber, R Fraser, B Santini, M Richer, A Yule, J Fowler, D Stewart, T Korber all 35. Birdies: S Francas, D Stewart, M Williams, I Chaplin, M Richer.


The monthly medal sponsored by T&S Refrigeration was up for grabs. In the weather, competitors played stroke off the back markers with tricky pin-positions. Dane Vidakovic had no problems with the longer course at all, shooting a nett 65 and winning the monthly medal. Lesley Jeffery won the ladies competition, with nett 71. A grade: B Marsh, M Williams, B Pogas all 71; B grade: D Vidakovic 65, D Goodwin 68, J Vandommele 69. C grade: M Barlow 70, T Milics 72, C Atkinson 72. Ladies winner: L Jeffery 71. NTPs and long drives: 2nd A Sota (Uleybury Wines); St Kilda Hotel 3rd long drive C McKenzie; 4th D Nguyen (Giannitto Hotel Group); 6th C Ramsay (Kingsford Hotel); 3rd shot 9th D Nguyen (Roseworthy Hotel); Fasta Pasta long drive 10th D Nguyen; 11th C Thornton (Hi Beam Car/Dog Wash); 14th M Cogan (Pizza Works Pizza); 16th D Pascu (Willaston Hotel). Comp balls: G Caldwell, G Gray, B Leighton, D Harte, G Page, R Roy, R Taverner, R Polito, D Steel, A Gardner, G Barber, J Agar, G Schultz, C Ramsay, A Amber, D Heywood, T Dowling, A Paul, D Pascu, D Wall, C Swinstead, G McCollum, C Thornton (c/b 74).


Good weather saw a fantastic field play in the competition at Gawler. Low scores saw Doug Stewart win on a count back from L Chiappetta, both with 37 points. Ball winners: G Barber, P Heffernan, J Agar. Birdies: G Barber, R McNamara, P Heffernan, D Stewart, L Chiappetta, K Songer.

Barossa Golf Report


Saturday stroke competition winner C Hughes 67. A grade R Thiele 70, r/u S O’Neil 70; B grade P Temme 71, r/u G Fechner 71; C grade C Hughes 67, r/u K Bockmann 71.

A grade

(34 players): P Twelftree 70, N Ward 71, D Brook 72, J Gerhardy 72, J Alderson 73, P McCarthy 73.

B grade

(29 players): P Baldwin 73, D Venning, S Miller, C Campbell all 74, G Laucke 75.

C grade

(34 players): L Hampel, C Sims, G Dungey all 72, C Laucke 73, G Maxted 73, M Graetz 74.

Ladies competition winner P Homburg 69, T Ross 70, C Farley 70.

NTP 3rd J Kay; 4th 2nd shot P Twelftree; 6th L Hunter; 10th 2nd shot R Thiele; 12th N Ward; 17th D Batterbury.

Long drives

A grade T Turnbull; B grade G Fechner; C grade A Small.

Putting competition: Men’s – G Hunter 24 putts; Ladies – B Both 27 putts.

Midweek stroke competition winner I Wigley 68, r/u C Linden 69.

Ball winners: M Pfeiffer 70, K Bockmann 70, R Hampel 71, A Edwards 72, L Collins, J Mosey, B Perry all 73, B Lythgoe 74.

NTP 6th T Giles; 15th J Mosey.

4BBB: B Lythgoe, R Hampel 45.

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南京夜网 13/06/2018

Brisbane’s $60.5 million repair bill after wild weather

Brisbane’s repair bill for the storms, winds and floods last week is $60.5 million, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has told reporters touring the renovated City Hall.
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But changes to the national disaster funding arrangements now meant the council had to pay about $23 million of that bill, Cr Quirk said.

He said the situation would be discussed with Senator Joe Ludwig who is the federal government minister assisting Queensland’s flood recovery.

“I suspect there will be some negotiations occurring between the state and federal governments,” Cr Quirk said.

“I hope so. To remove the restoration of damages to community groups and to parks, I think is unfortunate.

“I would hope that they would be restored.

“But as of December they were removed from the national disaster guidelines.”

Brisbane’s $60.5 million in flood costs includes $16.4 million for roads, $13 million in park damage, $9.4 million in damage to bridges and the seawall near Sandgate, $11.2 million for the city’s counter-disaster funding and clean-up, plus $845,000 in damage to community facilities.

The $23 million that cannot be claimed by BCC under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements scheme is the $13 million in parks damage, one-half of the roads damage, $1 million in clean-up costs, plus the $845,000 damages to community group facilities.

He said he had yesterday asked council staff to breakdown the repairs to the city into fortnightly time frames.

All repairs should be finished in 12 months.

Cr Quirk said it was too early to judge the impact of finding the additional $23 million on Brisbane City Council rates rise for 2013.

The $23 million was on top of the $100 million that Brisbane City Council still had to find from the 2011 floods.

More to come …

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Accidental arrest: Corowa kidnap thwarted

1.20PM: TWO men and a woman have been arrested over a knife-point kidnap at Corowa.
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The kidnappers were caught when police stopped a driver caught using his mobile phone.

While police spoke to the Ford Falcon driver, a 41-year-old man sprang from the back seat, ran to the police car and jumped inside.

There, he told officers he had been abducted from his Corowa home.

He also claimed his car had been stolen and he had been forced to withdraw cash from an ATM.

The Ford’s driver, a 29-year-old Lavington man, and a woman, 31, were arrested by police and taken to Albury police station where they were charged with several offences, including take or detain person in company with intent to obtain advantage.

Shortly after midnight, another man, 36, was arrested by police in the Albury area.

He was charged subsequently charged with aggravated break and enter in relation to an incident in the early hours of Sunday 20 January in which a man and his pregnant girlfriend were threatened by two armed intruders at their Albury home.

The man was also refused bail to appear in Albury Local Court today.

Inquiries into the incident are ongoing and anyone with information is urged to contact Albury Police Station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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南京夜网 13/06/2018

Hodge’s late Ashes bid comes to an end

BRAD Hodge’s late bid for an Ashes comeback has failed, with Victoria turning down the veteran batsman’s offer to come out of retirement to play in the Sheffield Shield.
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The Bushrangers have informed Hodge he won’t be selected at first-class level for three reasons.

First, Hodge left his run until too late in the season, then took off to play in the Bangladesh Premier League, from which he is not due to return until February 15. He would only have been available for Victoria’s last two shield games.

Second, Victoria is determined to plan for the future in an effort to produce a regular Test batsman. To bring back Hodge, 38, would have been perceived as a backward step.

And, third, the Victorian hierachy received a cool response from the national selection panel when gauging Hodge’s prospects of breaking back into the national team almost five years after his last Test.

“If the race was going to be run it’s run out of time because he has taken himself off [to Bangladesh],” said Victoria’s chairman of selectors, Andrew Lynch.

“We would have had to have got going in South Australia which couldn’t have occurred because he’d left.

“That, combined with the fact we’re going in a different direction … We’re looking forward rather than back and while it was nice to think it might have been a fairytale selection for the Ashes, the bottom line is they told us they would be unlikely to pick him. Never say never, but highly unlikely.

“We add all those pieces up; not being here, our situation where we want to look to the future and the highly unlikely possibility of it and it would have been all too rushed. So we’re not going forward with that.”

Hodge floated the idea of returning to first-class cricket and making himself available for Ashes selection after Mike Hussey’s retirement left a gaping hole in the middle order and a void in experience.

His offer accentuated the lack of depth in Australian batting, but Victoria’s decision to look to the future signals an encouraging willingness to provide opportunities for the likes of Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb and Michael Hill.

Though Hodge played six Tests and Rob Quiney was promoted for a series against South Africa this summer, the Bushrangers have not had a regular Test batsman since Matthew Elliott, who played the last of his 21 Tests in 2004.

Given the strong domestic form of opening batsman Chris Rogers, the state selectors were not prepared to deprive a young batsman of a spot by picking a second veteran in the top order.

“[Glenn] Maxwell is on the verge as an all-rounder but we want to get a batsman into the Test side.

“It would have been a very short term focus and we’re not going to go down that road,” Lynch said.

Hodge is still expected to play club cricket for Melbourne late in the season to keep his eye in ahead of the Indian Premier League season, in which he will represent Rajasthan.

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RDCA: Sharks find bite to bowl out Knights

BAYSWATER Park looked on shaky ground after the first day of its RDCA Lindsay Trollope Shield clash against Croydon North.
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The Sharks were all out for 172 and couldn’t lay a hand on the Knights openers who got their side to 0-40 when play ended.

Wicket-taker: Bayswater Park’s Justin McConchie bowls against Croydon North on Saturday. Picture: Sam Stiglec

But soon after the start of the second day, openers Ryan Heyres and Jade Boyd were out with just one run added and their teammates followed with the Knights found short of the total, bowled out for 158 with only Chris Noy (54) threatening the Sharks.

Josh Temple took 4-36 and Justin McConchie 3-33 for the Sharks who batted out the day finishing on 1-85 with Marcus Adams (48 not out) showing some form.

Wantirna South had to work to keep hold of its mammoth first day total of 8-295 against a cagey Mooroolbark. Brendan Ricci’s 109 was the backbone of a dogged Barkers chase which looked threatening at 5-226 before Ricci was run out. The Barkers fought on but were bowled out for 279 in 78.1. Star paceman Drew McKay (6-70) took some telling late wickets.

LINDSAY TROLLOPE SHIELD: North Ringwood 64 points, 1.42 per cent; South Croydon 48, 1.38; Wantirna South 44, 1.34; Ainslie Park 40, 1.03; Mooroolbark 36, 0.86; Bayswater Park 32, 0.97; Warranwood 24, 1.07; Norwood 24, 0.81; Croydon North 24, 0.74; South Warrandyte Hawks 16, 0.71.

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Camilleri wins monthly shoot

CLOSE to 30 shooters attended the Moss Vale Small Bore and Rifle Club’s monthly shoot on Saturday, January 26, to contest the program of 20 pair Double Rise (cash divide) followed by 50T Double Barrel (trophy event).
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The weather was rather warm with some strong breezes throughout the day, however, as can be seen by the results, this didn’t affect the shooting too much.

The highlight of the day was to have four possibles shot in the Double Barrel event, with the shoot-off resulting in two shooters achieving 100 target breaks, the biggest break shot to date on the new grounds.

The club congratulated all shooters for providing the level of competition which produced these results.

They thanked everyone who assisted on the day, especially to Elaine (and Barry) in the caravan, and Chef Don in the kitchen.

In the 50T event, the overall winner was Lawrence Doyle from Taree shooting 105 out of 105 following a 55 target shoot-off with Noel (Nick) Nichols (86 years) from Crookwell.

Moss Vale club captain Barry Kable will be investigating whether Nick has set an ACTA record for his age group.

In AA Grade, Joe Camilleri finished first with 78/79 and was followed by Leon Cuzner with 61/62.

Noel Nicholson took out A Grade with 104/105 and Brendan Walsh was second with 49/50.

B Grade was won by Lee Webb with 48/50 and Mick O’Dowd finished second with 43/50.

In C Grade Patrick Haynes was the winner with 46/50 and Ryan Webb took out second place with 45/50.

The next shoot will be on February 9, which will be a practice shoot (DTL and Skeet) at 12pm.

On Saturday, February 23 the monthly shoot will be held starting at 10am (gates open at 9am for set-up, assistance requested).

The program will be 25Pr Southern Zone Double Rise Championship and 20 Pr Southern Zone Deauville Double Championship with catering provided.

Noel Nicholson, Barry Kable and Lee Webb

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FTGDCA: Panthers claw back against Tigers

EILDON Park Panthers and Upwey-Tecoma will fight it out for the tag of premiership favourites when the two sides resume play at Upwey Recreation Reserve in the FTGDCA Norm Reeves Shield this Saturday.
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The Tigers looked to have taken ascendancy on the first day as returning bowler David Bell (3-13) and captain Sam Taylor led their side as they bowled out the Panthers for 139.

But the Panthers didn’t lay down and instead went about the job of dismissing the reigning premiers.

That tactic proved a raging success with the Tigers reduced to 4-73 at stumps with star batsmen Matt Mulcahy, Taylor and Michael Hewitt all dismissed as Mick Sinclair (3-24) powered the Panthers attack.

The flood of wickets has set the stage for a devilish opening hour on Saturday as the Panthers need six wickets and the Tigers 66 runs.

Panthers captain Cameron Cosstick said both sides would be disappointed in their batting performances although he believed the synthetic pitch provided inconsistent bounce making it hard to bat on.

“We went out and had a go and now we are in a position to come back this Saturday and have a go at winning the game of cricket.”

Cosstick said the intensity of play went up when the two sides met, whether their batsmen were on song or not. “We have played Upwey two times already this season. In our one-dayer, there was clearly more feeling in that game — it felt like we went up another level and our Twenty20 game was like that as well.

“The pressure is higher for these matches and it always seems like there is more intensity out on the pitch.”

Laughlin Storey produced his maiden century (113) for Ferntree Gully Footballers who were dismissed for 244 at Knoxfield, with Nick Bogar continuing his good season with 71.

Knoxfield skipper Scott McKenzie and spinner Jayson Scanlan claimed four wickets apiece. Ferntree Gully is looking to consolidate its position in the four after knocking over Knox Gardens for 155.

The young Falcons batsmen, who were in form prior to Christmas, have fallen off the face of the earth, and it was left to experienced Travis Mulder leading the way with 39.

Patrick Lee (3-33) produced the best figures for the Blues.

In-form Johnson Park opener Bryn Gaunt became the first player to pass 500 runs this season, contributing 68 in his team’s 186 against The Basin at Batterham Park.

The Bears were 1-11 at the end of play and not out of the game. Johnson Park (fifth place) must win to stay in touch with the four.

Hard-hitting Upper Gully batsman Paul Henry belted 88 at Kings Park against Belgrave, giving his team some breathing space with 268. The Kings are sitting third on the table and have the runs on the board to retain that position.

Decoite Shield action was dominated by former association representative Todd Burley who took 7-56 for South Belgrave against leaders Monbulk in its total of 195.

Burley was well supported by spinner Daniel Maxwell (3-34) taking some media off his brother Glenn. Blake Walter continues to dominate with the bat scoring 84.

Rowville (1-27) is in the box seat chasing Mt Gate’s 153, notably due to the return of Darren Hill with 5-51 and Lysterfield posted a winning score of 275 over St Johns Tecoma on the back of Tyden Latty’s 66.

Reeves Shield

Eildon Park 139 (B Morris 30; Taylor 3-21, Bell 3-13) v Upwey Tecoma 4-73 (Sinclair 3-34).

Knox Gardens 155 (Mulder 39; Lee 3-33) v Ferntree Gully 0-6.

Upper Gully 268 (Henry 88, McDonald 35, Colee 32, Slack 30) v Belgrave

FTG Footballers 244 (Storey 113, Bogar 71; McKenzie 4-42, Scanlan 4-76) v Knoxfield.

Johnson Park 186 (Gaunt 68, S Devenish 46; Heskes 3-66) v The Basin 1-11.