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08 Jul 2024
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Council cuts $1.44 million from Peninsula capital works
Steady flow of visitors at Bays Art Show
Mary Mac's seeks donations for meal service
Kevin Brooks announces run for council
Nominations sought for community champion awards
Klaas celebrates 90th birthday
Mingaletta to hold Naidoc gathering on Friday
Woy Woy volunteer wins 'rising star' award
CWA branch starts next stage of hall renovation
Woy Woy Rotary club receives bulletin award
Incoming president honours Scottish heritage
Marine Rescue volunteers undertake training exercises*
Reid welcomes 'cost-of-living measures'*
Men's Shed encourages members to new location
Patonga fire brigade boat crew called to assist
Bushcare group seeks new members*
Represented at Bathurst changeover*
Butter cake was demonstrated by cookery officer
Recommended by CWA book club*
Naidoc storytime session to be held at library
Beginners' workshop with craft cutting machine*
CWA branch has lunch in East Gosford*
Group urges residents to ask for more tree planting
Council provides plants for bushcare group
Track from Patonga to Pearl Beach is promoted*
Elders and seniors wellbeing gathering*
Man dies in St Huberts Island house fire*
Level crossing incident
Volunteers wanted on day of festival*
Library hosts Mod Podge Hats workshop*
Mingaletta holds free school holiday program
Wildlife show at Woy Woy library*
Monthly youth yarn-up on Thursday
June rainfall 40 per cent above average
Application for $2.6M beachfront house at Pearl Beach
Residents association holds planning workshop
Seven complying developments approved
Stage two work starts at aged care home
Parking fine despite absence of signs or yellow line
Good news for council election
Reasons why Blackwall Reserve should be saved
'Deferred matters' decision shows lack of good faith*
Replace the deadly Rawson Rd level crossing
Knitted goods and cash donated to Mary Mac's
Visitors asked to wear masks at aged care home
Referral program proves successful recruitment strategy
New bus takes its first excursion*
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Six plays selected for Flash Festival
Enrolments open for term three painting class*
Documentary about Palestinian struggles screened
Woy Woy to lose 'immensely popular' teacher
Woy Woy South plays in basketball gala day*
Girls soccer team win Bill Turner Cup
Students meet Local Member in Canberra
Three-way conferences to replace of interviews
Umina Beach students take part in First Aid course
Futsal team wins State championship*
St John's appoints new parent engagement co-ordinator
School produces digital reports for the first time*
Aboriginal education officer wins cultural award
Year 11 subject selection information evening*
Roosters appear vindicated with 20-year ban on fan
Peninsula Swans had a mud bath
Mixed fours championship play in cold wet wind
Everglades bowls awards night held
Bridge club holds Novice Pairs championship
Southern Spirit seeks grade captains
Three Tour de Central Coast rides involve Woy Woy
Umina surf club members win Central Coast awards
Eagles lose with depleted side*
Joint rubgy league team has first win*
Ocean Beach surf club elects new committee
PCYC offers 'Mini Olympics'
Outrigger club presents awards
Park run is short of volunteers
High-scoring rugby union match for Woy Woy*
Berkeley Vale beat SEU for second time*
Umina surf club elects life member*
Registration opens for winter water polo



Roosters appear vindicated with 20-year ban on fan

Woy Woy Rugby League Football Club appears to have been vindicated with reports that NSW Rugby League has placed a 20-year ban on a fan who racially-abused Roosters captain-coach Andrew Fifita.

NSWRL chief executive Mr David Trodden said yesterday, July 7, the racial vilification received by True Blue and Woy Woy coach Andrew Fifita was disgusting.

"The NSWRL treats such matters very seriously which is reflected in the fact the person responsible has received a 20-year suspension.

"Justin Bayley was suspended from all facets of Rugby League for 20 years after last week being found guilty of code of conduct breaches including racial vilification against Fifita following a Rugby League Central Coast First Grade match between Woy Woy Roosters and Wyong Roos at Woy Woy Oval on Sunday, June 9."

Mr Trodden said: "I have had a number of private conversations with Andrew Fifita and they will remain private.

"Andrew is one of our valued True Blues and he knows where I stand on the matter."

The Roosters' committee described the incident as "the lowest in club history" and said it did not condone "that behaviour".

"We do however support Andrew and our players for sticking up for their rights," the committee said last Wednesday.

The committee claimed there was a "lack of acknowledgement from the governing bodies to address the issues at hand regarding the racial vilification Andrew copped, especially after the game that evening".

"Our issue is everyone has focused on the incident outside the ground and not why it happened and the online vitriol that Andrew has received which is quite disturbing."

In a public statement, the committee said: "We do apologise for any families or children who may have been caught up in the incident and for that we are particularly sorry.

"We don't believe any club in our competition is racist as, like us, they have many indigenous and players of Pacific Islander heritage at their club."

However, the committee claimed that "certain clubs" had colluded "to boycott playing us" without the opportunity for the Roosters "to defend ourselves".

"Where was our right to reply?

"Our club was sanctioned after the June 9 incident.

"We were not allowed to have spectators, canteen or bar.

"We copped the punishment as much as we didn't agree with it.

"We, as a club, just want to get back to playing footy, for our club, for our sponsors and supporters and our players families who are suffering also.

"We thank the Dora Creek club for backing their own judgment and playing us on the weekend and seeing that incident at our home ground for what it was, an isolated incident.

"We pride ourselves in welcoming the opposition clubs to our home ground.

"That will never change."

The committee said the "ugly and unfortunate incident" was outside the ground at the end of the day and was not alcohol-related.

Otherwise, the committee said, the day was run well by the club.

"The whole day was a success on and off the field.

"We celebrated Old Boys day.

"We have been in this competition for 95 years.

"We are a very proud footy club."

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