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Once, the prizes in the Reefton
Nuggets Darts Tournament were
gold nuggets but half a century on,
contestants are happy to be playing for
e Reefton Nuggets Darts
Tournament set to be played on
Easter Saturday, will be marking
its 50th anniversary at the Reefton
Teams of pairs will be playing for the
Lindsay Keily Memorial Trophy as well
as cash prizes.
e tournament was begun in 1964
by Reefton residents Bert Waghorn
and Alan Ferrari who were respectively
president and secretary of the club's
e prizes in the opening years were
actual locally sourced gold nuggets
that were awarded to the winning
"When word got out out that the
prizes were gold nuggets, and they were
good sized nuggets too, participants
came from all over. Most were from the
West Coast, but teams from outside the
area were also drawn in," Waghorn said.
For the rst several years, the Reefton
club team, which in those days was
sponsored by cigarette company
Rothmans, was consistently the winner.
" at rst year we had 128 teams
playing o 12 boards. It was a big
event," Waghorn said.
"Back then gold was only a hundred
and something dollars an ounce but
now, with the price of gold being what
it is, the trophies have to be gilded
e tournament will begin at 11am
and food will be on o er.
Team registration can be made by
phoning the club.
PICTURE: Trevor Johns
Bert Waghorn, one of the founders of the 50-year-old Reefton Nuggets Darts Tournament, gets in a bit of
practice at the Reefton Workingmen's/RSA Club.
Reefton darts tournament
celebrates 50 years
Daniel Ricciardo says a rejected
appeal against his Australian Grand
Prix disquali cation has made him
hungrier to get back on the podium.
Red Bull today failed in their bid
to overturn a decision to strip the
rising Australian driver of his second
placing in Melbourne because the team
breached fuel ow regulations.
e Formula One team pleaded their
case against the ruling in a six-hour
hearing in Paris but ruling motorsport
body FIA stood rm, announcing today
it had decided to uphold the decision.
e nding means Ricciardo misses
out on 18 points for nishing second in
the Melbourne season opener, leaving
him in 10th place in the championship
with 12 points --- 49 behind Mercedes'
pacesetter Nico Rosberg.
It also robs the 24-year-old of the
honour of o cially being the rst
Australian to nish top three at a home
grand prix since the event joined the F1
world championship in 1985, but he is
using it as motivation.
"It's disappointing not to get the 18
points from Australia but if anything it
gives me more motivation to get back
on the podium as soon as possible,"
Ricciardo said. "I'm still really happy
with my performance in Australia and
for having had the experience of being
on the podium in front of the home
crowd. I said that week, I'd rather have
a great race, nish on the podium and
then be excluded than to have had a
rubbish race and then retire with a car
problem halfway through."
Australian Grand Prix Corporation
chairman Ron Walker said the result of
the appeal was disappointing.
"But we must look for ward and the
future is bright," he said.
Red Bull said in a statement it had
accepted the decision.
Ricciardo did not attend the hearing
in Paris as he focused on preparations
for Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix.
At the appeal, Red Bull came under
re from rivals Mercedes, who claimed
the team deliberately outed the rules.
e case represented the rst major
challenge to this season's sweeping
rule changes, in which F1 ditched 2.4
litre V8 engines for smaller 1.6 litre V6
turbo hybrid engines.
e rules are forcing teams to be more
fuel e cient, restricting the rate at
which fuel is burned to no more than
100kg an hour at any time.
Red Bull was accused of consistently
overstepping that mark with Ricciardo's
car in Melbourne but argued the FIA-
approved sensor used to measure the
delivery of fuel to Ricciardo's car was
faulty and so the team relied instead on
its own fuel- ow measurements.
Mercedes lawyer Paul Harris argued
that Red Bull was in " agrant breach"
of F1 rules.
"We are frankly, and with great
respect, concerned that Red Bull have
shown such a agrant and deliberate
disregard for these rules," Harris said.
Ricciardo's rst season for Red Bull
has already been a turbulent one.
His Melbourne disquali cation was
followed by a retirement in Malaysia
where he also copped a 10-place grid
penalty for the third round in Bahrain.
At the Middle East track, he quali ed
third, started in 13th spot due to his
Malaysia rap before storming to a
fourth-place nish, just missing out on
a podium place.
"I've had a few setbacks in the rst
couple of races this year, but in Bahrain
I demonstrated that, if anything, I'm
stronger for it and hungrier than ever
to get back on the podium," Ricciardo
"Not that I need any more motivation,
Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski struck
twice in a 3-1 win over West Ham
United today to take them back into
the Premier League top four as they
maintained their bid for a Champions
Germany international Podolski
equalised before the break and capped
a ne display with the third goal after
Olivier Giroud had put Arsenal in front
10 minutes into the second half.
e result means Arsenal move up a
spot to fourth on 67 points, one place
and one point ahead of Everton who
have a game in hand and host mid-table
Crystal Palace tomorrow.
West Ham winger Matt Jar vis had
given the resolute visitors a deserved
lead after 40 minutes when he reacted
quickest to nod home a loose ball in the
e home side's response was swift,
though, and they levelled in the 44th
when Podolski found space in the
Hammers box and his precise, driven
nish beat goalkeeper Adrian.
Frenchman Giroud made it 2-1 with
a sublime goal after 55 minutes before
Podolski blasted in his second to seal
the win in the 78th minute much to the
relief of the home fans. --- Reuters
NSW hooker Robbie Farah hopes to be
t for the State of Origin opener on May
28 despite being told by doctors he will
miss six weeks of action after dislocating
Farah sustained the injury in the nal
minutes of the Wests Tigers' 16-4 win
over North Queensland on Saturday
after being clattered by team-mate Adam
Blair. e Tigers' medical team managed
to pop the joint back into place and scans
revealed there was no fracture, meaning a
shorter stint on the sidelines than initially
" e doctors think six (weeks) --- I am
hopeful of being back before that," Farah
said. "I won't leave any stone unturned
and I am pretty diligent with my rehab
so hopefully I can strip a couple of weeks
Farah has become a key member of the
Blues' side after returning to the fold in
2012 following three years out of the
team. However his injury has potentially
opened the door for someone to take
his place with Parramatta's Nathan
Peats, Canterbury's Michael Ennis and
Newcastle utility Kurt Gidley all in the
Farah says if he is not t, he will give
whoever replaces him full support.
"I don't see them as rivals. I am not
ghting for a place any more," he said.
"If somebody else gets picked, I'll be
there doing everything to help NSW
win that rst game if I'm not there. It's
not about me. I just want what's best for
Ennis and Gidley have both tasted
Origin before and are likely to have the
nod on Peats, who has been outstanding
for the Eels this season and a huge factor
in their best start to a season in 10 years.
Peats was due to speak with media
yesterday but was barred from doing
so by Eels coach Brad Arthur. Past and
present team-mates were happy to talk
up the 23-year-old in what would be a
remarkable rise for a player who could
not get a regular game with South Sydney
last year. "He's a tough player who can
play 80 minutes and is one of the form
players in the comp at the moment," Eels
prop Darcy Lussick said. "I don't think
he'd let anyone down."
Childhood friend and ex-Souths team-
mate Adam Reynolds has no doubts
Peats also has what it takes to step up to
"He's a great competitor, he works really
hard at his game and he deserves all the
raps he's been getting," Reynolds said.
Farah hoping to make Origin
NRL referees boss Tony Archer admits
the on- eld o cials should have blown
fulltime before Melbourne scored their
dramatic winning try against St George
Illawarra on Monday.
e Dragons were left fuming after
winger Young Tonumaipea dived over in
the corner to score a try and seal a come-
from-behind 28-24 victory at AAMI
Park, claiming the Storm had not played
the ball before the siren sounded and the
game should have concluded.
Archer agreed Matt Cecchin should
have called time, but said he was only able
to come to that conclusion after watching
several freeze-frame shots of the incident.
" e siren and the play the ball were all
but simultaneous," Archer said.
"But, technically, the siren sounded a
split second before the Melbourne player
heeled the ball. So, in that sense, the
referees' call was wrong and the nal play
should not have proceeded.
"We were only able to work this out
by going through the nal moments of
the game, frame by frame, so you can
appreciate how di cult it would be for
a referee to make a call with so much to
consider with that degree of accuracy out
in the middle."
Dragons were wronged, says NRL refs boss
fires up Riccardo
Podolski strikes twice
in Arsenal win
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