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Robinvale reminisce: Eagles faithful will celebrate 20 years since ’97 premiership triple treat

NOSTALGIC: Robinvale will hold their 20-year premiership reunion next weekend. All three Senior football sides, plus netball and junior footy grades, won flags in 1997. Leading the celebrations are Senior premiership player David O’Connor, Reserves premiership coach Nick Foster, Senior premiership player Joseph Zappia, and Senior premiership co-captain Don Falvo. Photo: PAUL MENSCH By MITCH RODD AS Father Time continues to flick over the calendars, stories of yesteryear seem to get taller. The bonds of premiership teams, however, remain as strong as ever. Robinvale will experience that first-hand next weekend for their 20-year Sunraysia Football and Netball League (SFNL) premiership reunion. The Eagles claimed the ultimate victory in all three Senior grades of football in 1997, the only club in the competition’s history to do so. The club’s B Grade netball and Under 15 football teams also won flags to round out a brilliant season. The celebrations at John James Oval coincide with the current Robinvale-Euston side hosting Red Cliffs in their heritage round in honour of the legend the oval is named after. Under coach Simon Jorgensen  in his first year at the club, the Eagles Seniors led Wentworth by just two points at three-quarter-time in the ’97 play-off. A massive 11 goals to three in the final quarter, however, saw them fly home for their first premiership since 1991. Club legend Don Falvo, who co-captained the premiership...

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Need for speed

READY TO RACE: Nathaniel Kuchel, 8, will compete in his first Australian drag racing series championship round at Darwin this weekend. Photo: PAUL MENSCH By MITCH RODD AT just eight-years-old, Nathaniel Kuchel is a pint-sized pocket rocket. Being the son of Sunraysia Drag Racing Association (SDRA) president Kingsley Kuchel meant the youngster from Red Cliffs was destined to tackle the tarmac. Nathaniel will have his first competitive meet in Round One of the Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman’s Series Australian Championships in Darwin this weekend, before Round Two in Alice Springs the following week. Nathaniel, who will race in the...

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Like brother, like sister!

SPEED SIBLINGS: Ava and Ned Faulkhead claimed podium finishes at the Australian Junior Long Track Championships. Photo: PAUL MENSCH   THE Faulkhead household might need a few more trophy cabinets. Siblings Ned and Ava Faulkhead have both claimed podium finishes at the weekend’s Australian Junior Long Track Championships held at Jambaroo Park. It was the first time the North West Victorian Motorcycle Club (NWVMCC) had hosted the event since 2001. Ned, 15, finished a personal best second in the 100-150cc two-stroke class, as well as third in the 250cc four-stroke. He also managed a fifth-placed finish in the 200...

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Police search for missing Merbein teen

MILDURA Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing girl Nicky Dolheguy. The 16-year-old was last seen at her Merbein home at 6pm on Saturday, July 15, with police concerned for her welfare given her age. Nicky is described as being 160cm tall with a medium build and long dark hair. It is not known what Nicky was last wearing, however, she was carrying a black backpack. She is also known to frequent Dareton in New South Wales. Anyone with information about Nicky’s whereabouts is urged to contact Mildura Police Station on 5018...

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Workshops to help residents avoid online scammers

THE Mildura, Merbein and Red Cliffs libraries will host Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) Scam Awareness Sessions this Thursday (July 20) in a bid to help older Sunraysia residents stay safe online. According to CAV, older Victorians are considered “attractive targets” for scammers given they often own substantial assets, and have access to their life savings and superannuation. They’re also amongst the fastest growing online user groups in the country. Using the catch phrase ‘if in doubt, don’t!’ the one-hour sessions will provide information about the most common types of scams, and how to avoid them. Mildura Rural City Councillor...

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