Kangaroos’ centre stocks thin: Renouf

first_imgManly’s Dylan Walker – the Dally M Centre of the Year – was an unfortunate casualty of the Prime Minister’s XIII game in Papua New Guinea and would almost certainly have earned selection, but his absence leaves Chambers and Dane Gagai as the only Kangaroos to have played a minimum of five NRL games in the centres this season.Instead, the proliferation of fullbacks at the representative level continued with Meninga selecting five players who have spent significant time in the No.1 jersey during the course of the season.Having played in the centres in all three State of Origin matches for New South Wales this year as well as four times for St George Illawarra late in the season, Josh Dugan is the man favoured to partner Chambers in the centres against England in the World Cup opener in Melbourne on October 27.Dugan has scored five tries in his past four appearances in the centres for the Kangaroos but he is a long way from possessing the attacking potency displayed by Renouf who crossed for 11 tries in his 10 Tests for Australia.Laurie Daley used Dugan and Jarryd Hayne in the centres for the NSW Blues, and throughout the finals series we witnessed Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson employing Mitch Aubusson and Ryan Matterson in the centres for the Tricolours. The practice of substituting bigger-bodied back-rowers out wide was one regularly employed by other clubs also.Whilst that is primarily done to shore up the defensive line, Renouf says by using part-time centres a team can actually become more vulnerable.”I’m one of the true blue centres but it is a shame to be honest,” Renouf said of genuine centres being overlooked in representative teams.”I got offered the chance to play fullback back in my day but I bluntly said no to Wayne [Bennett] that I didn’t want to be fullback so I hung in there.”It is a very specific position and teams find other teams out.”If yoou’re not a true centre and you haven’t played most of your time there, defensively you can get caught out very easily.” “You don’t have the beauty of having that tight pack a bit closer in. You’re out there and you’re calling the shots with just you and your winger.”Ironically, Renouf will be one of the few Australian centres travelling around the country during the World Cup as he delivers the Deadly Choices program that encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to have regular health checks.When the former Bronco made his Test debut in 1992 he did so alongside one of the most imposing centres to ever play the game in Meninga himself, but is somewhat disappointed that size is preferred over speed in the modern game.”Size is a big thing these days,” said Renouf, who played 183 games for Brisbane and scored a double in his final Test appearance in 1998.”We relied a lot on our speed both in attack and defence. I can remember Wayne saying to us – because we had a very quick back-line – his big thing to us was to show them the sideline.”If they beat you on the outside good luck to them but don’t let them ever go through you.”He had the faith in us that we’d run them down, which nine times out of 10 we did.”last_img read more

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Kiskatinaw Fall Fair offers affordable fun for the whole family

first_imgThe fair grounds are located about five kilometres west on the 214 Road off the Braden Road, which can be accessed from Highway 97 about 34 kilometres west of Dawson Creek. For more information on the Kiskatinaw Fall Fair, contact Joe Breti at 250-843-7361. Breti said the fact it is a smaller, less competitive fair than others gives riders of all ages and skill levels the chance to try out new techniques or equipment.”It’s a great place for young people to start, and for the more serious competitors, they like the Kiskatinaw Fall Fair because it is a great place to take a run at things before you get into more serious events.”He added there will also be classes for cattle starting at 10:30 a.m. if enough entries are received.He said the fair offers lots to see and do for children, including free face painting.There is no fee for admission, though donations are appreciated, said Breti. He said that model has allowed them to keep the fair affordable for families, while still allowing them to be successful due to the generosity of their patrons.Advertisement One of things that makes it attractive is that is has stuck to its humble, agricultural roots since being established in 1934, said Joe Breti, chair of the Kiskatinaw Fall Fair Association.”It’s a country fair that harkens back to a long time ago. I really do not believe our fair has changed a lot in 70 years,” he said.The fair will begin on Friday morning as it plays host to a show by the Percheron Breeders Association of BC from 8 a.m. to about noon. The first events of the heavy horse division start late that morning at around 11:30 a.m. with the log-skid and halter classes. Breti said the log-skid event challenges horses and their handlers to navigate through pylons dragging a log behind them.- Advertisement -“It’s pretty interesting, especially when you get into the teamed event.”Saturday continues with the heavy horse hitch classes that will include wagons and carts.”The highlight of Saturday is going to be the heavy horse pull, where we actually weigh the horses off first, and then they enter a competition of how much weight they can actually pull,” said Breti. “It’s something that requires a very well-trained team, and a darn good teamster to be able to get these horses to pull.”Advertisementcenter_img He added there are about 100 classes of heavy horse events, with participants competing for cash prizes and for points that carry forward to other competitions.Saturday will also include agricultural and handicraft exhibits featuring all kinds of animals – rabbits, chickens, geese, turkeys and much more – as well as displays of field crops and vegetables, horticulture, home cooking, school works and more. Each category will be judged, with ribbons and cash prizes awarded to the winners.In the evening, patrons can enjoy a roast beef supper for with all the fixings for only a few dollars a plate.On Sunday, breakfast will be served at 7 a.m., followed by an open-air church service. The competition continues with a light horse show featuring the Western and English disciplines that starts at about 9:30 and carries on through most of the rest of the day.Advertisementlast_img read more

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