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Junior basketball Round Robin draw

On Friday night (March 1), the Millicent Basketball Stadium will play host to the junior basketball Round Robin competition for 2013.

There will also be a market night held upstairs in the Grand Hotel Hoops Tavern during the evening.

The round robin has been scheduled to give all players the chance to experience a different aspect of basketball and to allow parents to enjoy a social evening at the stadium. The cost for the night is the normal $5.00 per player.

Each team will play all teams in their competition in a series of 13 minute games. Parents and family members are encouraged to attend, and by supporting and watching your child play it will ensure an enjoyable evening for everyone.

There will be meal specials available at the canteen, and refreshments available upstairs in the Grand Hotel Hoops Tavern.

Following is the draw for the Round Robin competition (if you are viewing this on a mobile device, turn it sideways to view the full program.). The program can also be downloaded as a PDF by clicking here

Time Court 1 Court 2 Court 3 Byes
4.45pm U12B
Devils v Tigers
U12G
Roos v Eagles
U12G
Pumas v Tigers
U12G
Bye Devils
5pm U14G
Pumas v Tigers
U12B
Eagles v Roos
U12B
Pumas v Demons
U12B
Bye Saints
5.15pm U14G
Roos v Eagles
U14B
Roos v Eagles
U14B
Pumas v Tigers
U14G
Bye Devils
5.30pm U14B
Saints v Devils
U12G
Tigers v Eagles
U12G
Devils v Roos
5.45pm U12B
Pumas v Saints
U12B
Tigers v Eagles
U12B
Devils v Roos
U12G
Bye Pumas
6pm U14B
Pumas v Saints
U14B
Tigers v Eagles
U14B
Devils v Roos
U12B
Bye Demons
6.15pm U14G
Devils v Roos
U12G
Pumas v Devils
U12G
Tigers v Roos
U14G
Bye Pumas
6.30pm U14G
Tigers v Eagles
U12B
Devils v Pumas
U12B
Saints v Roos
6.45pm U12B
Eagles v Demons
U14G
Pumas v Devils
U14G
Tigers v Roos
U12G
Bye Eagles
7pm U16G
Roos v Devils
U16G
Tigers v Eagles
U12G
Pumas v Roos
U12B
Bye Tigers
7.15pm U14B
Tigers v Roos
U14B
Pumas v Devils
U12G
Devils v Eagles
U14G
Bye Eagles
7.30pm U12B
Roos v Pumas
U16G
Roos v Eagles
U16G
Tigers v Devils
7.45pm U12B
Devils v Saints
U12B
Demons v Tigers
U14B
Saints v Eagles
U12G
Bye Tigers
8pm U14G
Pumas v Roos
U12G
Devils v Tigers
U12G
Pumas v Eagles
U12B
Bye Eagles
8.13pm U14B
Pumas v Roos
U14G
Devils v Eagles
U14B
Devils v Eagles
U14G
Bye Tigers
8.26pm U12B
Roos v Demons
U12B
Pumas v Eagles
U12B
Saints v Tigers
8.39pm U14B
Tigers v Saints
U16G
Tigers v Eagles
U16G
Roos v Devils
U12G
Bye Roos
8.52pm U14G
Pumas v Eagles
U14B
Pumas v Eagles
U14G
Devils v Tigers
U12B
Bye Devils
9.05pm U14B
Saints v Roos
U14B
Devils v Tigers
U14G
Bye Roos
9.18pm U16G
Tigers v Roos
U16G
Eagles v Devils


Local lasses losing their lovely locks

Take one last look — Kat Hicks, Amy Lawlor and Cristy Crouch will be losing their hair on July 6 for their Cancer Council SA fundraiser.

Take one last look — Kat Hicks, Amy Lawlor and Cristy Crouch will be losing their hair on July 6 for their Cancer Council SA fundraiser.

by Clint Bowering

Three local women are swapping their curlers and straighteners for clippers and razors, but it’s all in the name of charity.

Amy Lawlor and Kat Hicks, of Millicent, and Cristy Crouch, of Mount Gambier, have joined forces to raise awareness and funds for the Cancer Council SA by shaving their heads.

Their motivation for wanting to participate in a Cancer Council SA fundraising event was simple — all three women had friends and family who had been affected by cancer in some way. With the statistics of 1 in 2 Australian men and 1 in 3 Australian women being diagnosed with cancer before the age of 85, the Cancer Council SA was chosen primarily due to their work on all forms of cancer, not just a specific type. The women agreed that helping the sufferers of all forms of cancer was the most beneficial use of their fundraising efforts.

For several years, Amy and Cristy had discussed raising funds through a head-shaving event, and after finally committing to the idea they decided to go ahead with it this year. Kat is part of Amy’s family circle and when she learned of their campaign she was more than happy to become part of the team.

Their fundraising efforts during the year will culminate with the main event taking place at Somerset Hotel-Motel on Saturday, July 6, 2013, from 3.30pm. A local hairdresser will be given the duties to ‘crop the tops’, and during the afternoon there will be raffles and prize draws, with an opportunity to give last-minute donations.

Donations consisting of small change or made without issuing a receipt will be passed onto the Millicent and Mount Gambier cancer support groups, and the girls would like to thank these groups and Karla Werchon for their support with the campaign.

With a goal of $2,500, donation tins will be made available at Mid South East football and netball games, as well as on local businesses countertops. Donations can also be given through the girls’ Cancer Council SA Sponsor Page by clicking here.

Amy, Cristy and Kat appreciate any and all donations made to their cause, and would love to see everyone attend the head shave on July 6.


National Rural Health Alliance ‘Donate Life Week’

This week, February 24 to March 3, is Donate Life Week, Australia’s national awareness week to promote organ and tissue donation.

This year’s theme is “Make Your Wish Count”.

The good news is that Australia’s rate of organ donation is increasing. Last year 354 organ donors gave 1,052 Australians another chance to live. However, we need to do better. There are 1,600 people waiting for an organ donation in Australia.

Mitchell wanted to be a paramedic. The Donate Life website http://www.donatelife.gov.au has his story on it. At 18, driving in a bad storm, he lost control of his ute, hit a tree and was killed. Mitchell’s heart, lungs, liver, both kidneys and his pancreas were donated – saving the lives of four different people.

Because accidents and death can happen in a split second, it is never too soon to talk about organ donation with our families and let them know our wishes, regardless of our age.

Johnny, another person quoted on that website, who was dying of liver disease at 22, said that after receiving his life-saving transplant it took him months to sit down and write a letter to the donor family. “It took me six hours to write. … What do you say to thank someone for saving your life?”

“Organ donation is the ultimate act of human kindness, offering hope instead of despair to those awaiting transplant,” said Simone, former Young Australian of the Year, in an interview on the Donate Life website.

Donate Life makes the assurance that “the quality of care for a potential donor at the end of his or her life, and the wishes of their family, is always the foremost consideration of those involved, and is never compromised by the potential for organ and tissue donation”.

Becoming an organ donor is simple and quick to do. Such generosity could save a life, or more than one life, and could transform the lives of recipients and their families. You can register your decision to become an organ and tissue donor at any Medicare branch or phone 1800 777 203 or register online at the Australian Organ Donor Register by clicking here.