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Peninsula exhibitors win at Royal Easter Show
Flying fox colony established near the Everglades
Sandstone steps to be installed on coastal walk
Free morning activities
Fox bait warning
New president for community group
Rotary presents Opera proceeds
Council website lists 60 Peninsula projects
Council waits for details while Woy Woy channel silts up
Rotary provides early morning tea and biscuits
Medals reunited with family
Association life member dies
Volunteer lifesavers carry out double rescue
Application for adult shop in Woy Woy
Beach erosion and shoaling addressed at Patonga
Identified for temporary protection
Council adopts coastal management plan
Roads to be included in council condition assessment
Townhouses proposed for Ettalong
Ridge walk is featured
Comment wanted on planning notice changes
Independent members appointed
Council webcast to continue
Dry month after a wet start
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NBN so poor telephone connections are lost
Sewerage and water is overpriced
Another tree goes with a developer-friendly decision
Dawn service special at Patonga
Wrong colour
We deserve our fair share
Where is the evidence for sustainability?
Is letterhead next in displacement operetta?
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Coast Shelter starts awareness campaign
Rotary club back campaign for palliative care facility
Retirement village commemorates Anzac Day
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School to celebrate Star Wars Day
Suiting up for science at Empire Bay
Pacific Island group performs
Dance group selected
Easter hat parade
Students and staff attend Anzac march
Students join veterans
Students in Anzac ceremony
Naplan advice at Ettalong
New teacher at Woy Woy South
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Coach is confident of successful season
Woy Woy players selected for Barcelona tour
Silver medals for aquatic rescue

Coach is confident of successful season

Woy Woy Rugby Union coach John Stokie is confident the club is in for a successful season even though the First XV lost its two opening games.

"We are in something of a transitional period having lost a few players who have been mainstays over the last three seasons," he said.

"But we have shown enough in our games so far to know we will be very competitive as the season progresses.

"We could have won both games against two quite strong sides, Kariong and Warnervale.

"A little bit of inexperience and a couple of poor options cost us dearly.

"On the credit side is that seven players from last year's reserve grade premiers have experienced first grade already.

"These blokes are just realising they are genuine first graders.

"Matty Graham at prop and Jack Dewar in the second row have been outstanding.

"In the backs, Blake Arahill, Corey Fleming and Zack Doake-Stride are ex-juniors who have the potential to be mainstays of the future.

"We also have some exciting new outside backs who have joined the club and they will give us plenty of scoring potential."

Much of the coach's confidence came from the fact that training the top two teams as a squad has brought a very close feeling within the group.

"We've got young blokes learning every training session from the old hard-heads.

"Rivalry for spots is keen," Mr Stokie said.

"We are all pulling in the same direction.

"The newer boys are thriving on the experience."

Early success in the minor grades has also pleased the coaching staff.

Reserve grade won its first two games,

Third grade has won three from three and the under 19s have won two from three.

Under-19s coach Nick Nikora said the Under 19s also train regularly with the first grade squad.

"As these youngsters get their chances through the season they will find it easy to fit in to the pattern of play," Mr Stokie said.

Woy Woy resumes with an away game against North Lakes on Saturday, May 6, and then play their first home game at Woy Woy Oval on Saturday, May 13, against Gosford, a game which would give a real indication of how well their season was unfolding.

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