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The number of South Aussie smokers running out of puff

HAND MODEL

Local smoker  and hand model, ‘JS’  took up smoking a long time ago,

he’s not sure why, but may butt outsoon, he said.

by S Lowe 5THE FM & WRN

The number of smokers in South Australia is continuing to decline, according to recently released data. Marking World No Tobacco Day today, Health Minister Jack Snelling said the smoking rate for South Australians aged 15 years or older had dropped more than four per cent in the last two years.

“The message is getting through, South Australians are butting out when it comes to smoking,” Mr Snelling said.

“Over the last three years, there has been a concerted effort by both State and Commonwealth Governments to encourage smokers to give up and to protect non-smokers from passive smoking.

“I encourage all smokers to use World No Tobacco Day as an opportunity to think about the impact that smoking is having on their lives and the lives of their families.”

Key new statistics include:

The smoking rate for South Australians aged 15 years or older is now 16.2 per cent, compared to 17.6 per cent in 2011 and 20.5 per cent two years ago;

The proportion of daily smokers aged over 15 years also reduced to 13.9 per cent of the population, compared to 15.2 per cent in 2011;

The biggest improvement in 2012 was in the 45 to 59-year age group, which saw a significant decrease from 21.7 per cent of smokers in 2011 to 17.3 per cent;

The daily smoking rate for younger South Australians aged 15 to 29 has reduced from

17.3 per cent two years ago to 14.8 per cent; and

The number of secondary school students who smoked in the last fortnight has dropped by two-thirds in the last decade.

Around 15,000 Australians die each year from tobacco-related diseases, of which 1140 people are South Australian.

The statistics come from the Health Omnibus Survey and the Australian School Students’ and Alcohol Drugs Survey.

If you need help breaking the habit, call the Quitline on 13QUIT (137 848), visit http://www.quitsa.org.au or talk to your doctor, pharmacist or other health professional.


SA Country baseballers head to Queensland to compete in the Nationals

The representatives of the SA Country Baseball team competiting in the National Baseball Championship in Queensland.

The representatives of the SA Country Baseball team competiting in the National Baseball Championship in Queensland.

From tomorrow (June 1) until Wednesday (June 5) the SA Country baseball team will be competing in the National Baseball Championships held in Tallebudgera, on the Gold Coast, Queensland.

The boys will compete against teams from around the country, playing four games on the first three days, with the last two days scheduled for finals. On the Thursday (June 6) the contingent will take in the rides and amusements at Dreamworld and Whitewater World before returning home on the Friday.

Their match program is as follows:

  • Saturday, 10.30am v West Coast
  • Saturday, 3.00pm v Sunraysia
  • Sunday, 2.45pm v Adelaide South
  • Monday, 10.30am v Perth North

If you would like to follow how they are going on Facebook please click here to Like their page.

Below is a small bio on each of the players selected to represent SA Country in the national competition.

Thomas Vanderhorst

Thomas Vanderhorst

Thomas has played baseball for three seasons with the Millicent Bandits. Thomas loves catching, pitching and short stop. In Thomas’s most recent season with the Bandits he won the Batting Average and RBI’s. Thomas’s favourite team is the New York Yankees.

Koby Chant

Koby Chant

Koby plays for Centrals Baseball Club. He likes to play first base and also plays outfield. Koby’s favourite teams are Adelaide Bites and LA Angels. His favourite players are Richard Olson and Tori Hunter.

Emerson Marks

Emerson Marks

Emerson plays for Tiger Baseball Club and enjoys pitching and likes first base. His favourite teams are Canberra Cavalry and Philadelphia Philies. Emerson’s favourite players are Joe Atkins and Roy Halliday.

Brock Keding

Brock Keding

Brock plays for Centrals Baseball Club and he likes playing second base. His favourite teams are Adelaide Bites and San Francisco Giants. His favourite players are Stefan Welcha and Buster Posey.

Mathew Porter

Mathew Porter

Mathew has been playing for the Federals Baseball Club in Mt Gambier for the past five years. Matthew’s favourite position is first base, his favourite baseball teams are The Adelaide Bites and the New York Yankees.

Tom Rundle

Tom Rundle

Tom began playing baseball for the Port Adelaide Baseball Club five years ago, He moved to Mt Gambier three years ago and has been playing for the Federal Baseball Club as well as the Kensington Baseball Club in Adelaide. His career highlights so far has been this seasons grand final win with the boys at Federals. His favourite baseball team in the Tampa Bay Rays.

Ethan Chuck

Ethan Chuck

Ethan has been playing baseball for three years for the Central Baseball Club. In the most recent season Ethan won the teams Best and Fairest and Batting average. His favourite positions are pitcher and short stop. His favourite team is the New York Yankees and favourite player is Derek Jeter.

Jack Lockwood

Jack Lockwood

Jack started playing T-ball when he was seven years old for Reidy Park Primary School. He started playing for Central Baseball Club in 2010 at the age of eight. He loves being catcher and having a pitch. Jacks favourite teams are the Adelaide Bite and Boston Red Sox. His favourite players are Stefan Welch and David Ortiz. Jack’s nicknames are JackL (Jackal) and Locky and he loves his dog Pedro.

Liam Vanschaik

Liam Vanschaik

Liam has been playing for the Tigers Baseball Club since the age of eight, in that time he won a premiership. Liam likes 1st base but pitching is his preferred position. His favourite team is the LA Angels. This is his second year at Little League.

Kaleb Bowd

Kaleb Bowd

Kaleb had been playing baseball for the past three years, his first season with the South Indians and then with the Central Baseball Club. In 2011/2012 Caleb was voted Best Team Person. His favourite position is catcher and short stop. Caleb’s favourite team is St Louis Cardinals.

Alex Harkness

Alex Harkness

Alex has been playing for the Tiger’s Baseball Club for the past four seasons. In 2012 he was voted the Under 12’s Most Valuable Player. His favourite position is catcher and his favourite team in the San Francisco Giants.

Matthew Heesemans

Matthew Heesemans

Matthew has played for the Federals Baseball Club for the past four years, he represented Mount Gambier at the 2012 Little League Championships. A supportive team member, Matthew gives 100% in any role the coach gives him. He can be relied upon to contribute consistent performances for his team. Matthew came runner up in the MGDBL U/13’s for batting average. A passionate Collingwood, Manchester United and Adelaide Bite supporter, Matthew loves watching and playing all sports. Being a talented all rounder, Matthew has also represented Mount Gambier is soccer and tennis in the past year.

Branden Telford

Branden Telford

Branden has played for Central Baseball Club for the past two years and absolutely loves the game. His favourite position is pitching and he also loves to bat. His favourite teams are the Adelaide Bite and Boston Red Sox.

Lauchie Tilley

Lauchie Tilley

Lauchie has played for the Millicent Bandits Baseball Club for the past five seasons. His favourite position is pitching and his favourite team is the New York Yankees.

The coaching staff is made up of Roger Chuck (Head Coach, Centrals), Darren Keding (Assistant Coach, Centrals), Peter Harkness (Assistant Coach, Tigers) and Chris Rundle (Executive Officer, Federals).


Tantanoola to be no match for Hatherleigh

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by Tammy Auld

This weekend the MSENA finishes off the first half of the minor round for season 2013.

All teams will be looking forward to the week off following which will give them a chance to review the first half and regroup. The field has separated a little with the top four spots on the ladder reasonably comfortable for those at the top. Irrespective of the results this weekend, the positions in the top four are safe. Kalangadoo remain undefeated and Hatherleigh have only had the one loss to the Pies. While Robe and Glencoe have only suffered losses to the other top four sides.

After a tough battle with Hatherleigh last weekend, the Murphies have a couple of weeks rest with the Bye this weekend followed by the long weekend.

Hatherleigh v Tantanoola

The Eagles have had close to a perfect season so far, which will make it a tough day out for the Tigers this Saturday. The Tantanoola girls have not had the first half they would have wished for, but will certainly fight hard to maximise their impact.

The Tigers defence is strong with Simone Little, Kate Bromley and Ash Ditchum all combining well as required. They all have the ability to read the play well and pick off any sloppy passing. They will have to step it up another notch this weekend though, as the Eagle’s Keston Green feeds the ball with strength into Tara Fabris, who shoots with accuracy. At the other end of the court, the defensive pressure applied by Georgina Brooks and Kaitlyn Smith will be tough for the Tigers’ goalies Jami Walker and Karly Teasdale who will need to work the ball around to make sure they hit the target.

This is likely to be the match of the round, however it is unlikely to be a close one with the Eagles taking the points.

Nangwarry v Kalangadoo

The Saints have been fighting well this year and have navigated their way closer to the middle of the ladder than previous seasons, but they will be up against it this weekend as they battle a dominant Kalangadoo side.

While Kalangadoo have suffered a loss with Kirsty Egan injuring her calf, their side has not been weakened, with some talented juniors stepping in to help out. Mikaila Pitt has hit the court in the last few weeks and has been an important contributor. Kylie Allen has been shooting nicely for the Pies, and she combines well with any selection of her teammates. The Saints have a reasonable amount of height in their defence with Ebony McDiarmid rebounding well, which will make the Pies work for every shot. Ebony Cunningham has been solid in goals and unstoppable on the wing, and she will make it tough for her opponent on the weekend.

The Saints will work hard but the Pies will be too strong and will take the points.

Port MacDonnell v Mt Burr

This is the match that could see an upset this round, if Mt Burr are not on the ball. They will need to make sure they play four solid quarters to ensure they stay on top of a determined Port MacDonnell team this weekend.

The Demons centre court drive from Tegan Merrett will be well matched by the Burr’s Hayley Agnew. Both players are quick and talented which will drive the game from the centre court. Accurate shooting by the Mozzies Kate Sporer will be required to beat the defence of Ash Heald, who will pick off any loose passes and rebound with strength. Brianna Reilly has been strong in defence for the Burr, and will match up well against the Bay’s Candice Merrett this weekend.

While both teams will fight hard, Mount Burr will be too strong and will deny the Demons a second win.

Kongorong v Robe

The Hawks will see this weekend as one last chance to notch a win for the first half of the season and will hit the court firing. However, the Roosters have had a close to perfect run with their only losses being to Hatherleigh and Kalangadoo, so they will not let this one slip.

Sam Loughhead is tough under the goal ring and will create plenty of headaches for Leanne Cameron, however Cameron will make the most of her height and prevent the Hawks from lining up for goal. Combined with the height of Kimberley Austin, the Hawks will struggle to convert. At the other end of the court, the fight between Hayley Smart and Phoebe Douglas will be tough on the wing, and the Hawks would be wise to play young Megan Hein against a fit and agile Chloe Dawson in their defensive goal circle. Keeley Mason holds and shoots with skill under the goal ring for Robe and will be a tough match for Callie Lewis or Holly Smith.

Unfortunately for the Hawks, this weekend will see them remain without a win for the first half of the minors with the Roosters taking the points.