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The Sister Olive - the race that stops Yea.

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If you fancy a game of golf at Yea, please wait for the running of the last. The last at Yea races that is. The course has holes both inside and around the racetrack. Buggies and three-woods were replaced by bookmakers and silks last Saturday however when the town held their pre-Christmas picnic meeting.

The crowd estimated at around 1,200 mingled between the bars and marquees on the front lawn. On a hot day the cold beer became a punter’s best friend. Groups had set up camps along the lawn, cracking champagne and tearing at chicken. The Mr. Whippy ice-cream van was keeping children busy with fast melting delights while the more dapper in the crowd dined along the balcony of the club overlooking the lawn.

Road trains, road houses and sixteen dollar hamburgers.

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It was the dream of two Melbourne fire fighters. Ride in relay with ten colleagues around Highway 1, taking in 15,000 kilometres and the diverse and contrasting landscapes of Australia.Their mission, to increase the awareness of prostate cancer, a disease that affects men aged over forty, men like Mark O’Connor and David Doherty. When the pair rode into the MCG recently to finish the adventure, not only had the ride raised thousands of dollars, it had delivered the message to thousands of males of all shapes and sizes throughout the country.

 

 

Yea or nay in the Yarra Valley Mountain District Football League

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Nestled in Victoria's high country about a one-and-a-half hour drive north of Melbourne is the town of Yea.It was originally known as Muddy Creek settlement after the Yea River which was called Muddy Creek until 1878. The town was named after a Colonel Lacy Yea who was killed in the Crimean War.

In 1859 gold was discovered in the area. The town has a population of around 1,200 despite suffering through two severe floods in 1934 and 1973. No floods however during round six of the Yarra Valley Mountain District Football League Division 2 clash between the travelling Yarra Junction and the mighty Yea Tigers.The Eagles were third on the ladder but only a game and healthy percentage clear of Yea who were second last.

A symphony of car horns - Country football in Tasmania

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Former Richmond VFL star and ex-Tasmanian Michael Roach was once asked what he thought the biggest difference was between playing in the big league in Melbourne to the quiet backdrops of rural Tasmania where he began. The roar of the crowd compared to the tooting of car horns after a goal is scored was his reply.

Roach played on the wings of the Longford ground in Tasmania’s north before signing with the Tigers of Punt road and becoming one of their greatest ever goal kickers with more than 600 majors. It certainly would have been an eye-opener for the skinny kid from country Tasmania, running out onto the hallowed turf at the MCG in front of tens of thousands of hysterical fans.