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Emily Barnett and Natalie Jovicic at Le Festival at the Cultural Forecourt, South Bank. Photo: Michelle SmithA moveable feast has hit Brisbane’s South Bank with Le Festival bathing the Cultural Forecourt in a Bordeaux red.

Queensland Premier Annastasia Palaszczuk with the French ambassador and general consul of France opened the festival, now in its sixth year.

Festival director Betty Moinet was hoping the French themed stalls, food, fashion and wine would help exceed last year’s crowd, which hit more than 40,000 people.

“The festival is a significant event for almost 5,000 local French-Australians, as it allows them to embrace and share their heritage with their friends and family,” Ms Moinet said.

“Le Festival also highlights Queensland’s affinity with France, as evidenced by the state’s compassionate response to the Paris attacks last year.”

The festival’s popularity had spurred the director to expand the French celebrations from a three day festival to an entire week.

Brisbane’s first French Week, extending from July 11 to 16, will coincide with the French national celebration, Bastille Day.

“French Week will see us work in partnership with local French organisations, to host a range of activities and further immerse locals in the ‘fantastique’ French culture,” Ms Moinet said.

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THE Ballarat Miners were pipped at the post in the dying seconds against the Albury Wodonga Bandits on Saturday night in their third consecutive loss, going down 88-87.

Roy Booker. Picture: Dylan Burns.

Miners coach Eric Hayes watches on. Picture: Dylan Burns.

Coming off the back of a humbling defeat at the Geelong Supercats last Saturday, the Miners were looking to make amends. Neither side was able to create a buffer in the opening term, heading into the first break tied at 25 a piece.

The Miners came out firing in the second quarter, with big man Ollie Bailey getting busy in the paint en route to 25 points for the match. However the Bandits refused to go away, with Greg Mays landing two consecutive dunks to put the visitors within one point of the Miners at the change of ends.

Albury Wodonga hit the ground running after the break, with Claybin McMath leading the charge as the Bandits wrestled back the lead in the opening minutes.

However it was crowd favourite Roy Booker who came to the rescue for the Miners, hitting eight points in a row including two from three point range to put Ballarat back on top. Some fancy passing from the point guard helped to free up the likes of Bailey and James Hunter as the Miners took a healthy seven point lead into the final quarter.

After going down by one point to Mount Gambier on Friday night, the Bandits looked determined to not let another tight match slip. Clutch efforts from the likes of Deba George allowed the Bandits to hit the front with five minutes remaining.

Again it was Booker and Bailey forcing the issue for the hosts in the final minutes, as the slender lead switched between the two sides. With the Miners up by a single point in the last 10 seconds of the match, the Bandits managed to make one last charge, with atip-in enough to put the visitors over the line.

The loss could potentially see the Miners fall out of the east conference top four. They will be hoping to take the points on Sunday afternoon when they travel to Frankston to face the Blues.

Meanwhile, the BallaratRush powered past Albury Wodonga 108-67 to register their third win on the trot in co-captain Kristy Rinaldi’s 250thouting for the club.

The visitors were no match for the in-form Ballarat outfit, as the Rush stormed to a 21 point lead at quarter time, which was extended by eight points going into the change of ends.

Kerryn Harrington was virtually unstoppable for the hosts, scoring 31 points including five three-pointers in just 26 minutes.

Joy Burke was again pivotal for the Rush, scoring 24 points while amassing six rebounds.

The Rush will have the chance to make it four in a row when they take on the Lady Blues on Sunday.

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It will hardly go down as one of their most convincing results, but for North-West Thunder coach Phil Thomas, a win is a win.

The Thunder stayed in the SEABL South conference top four with a 85-78 win over Kilsyth at Ulverstone, but the margin belied the fight the home team had to show to stop itself from giving the game away.

Thanks to a 14-6 run to end the third quarter and a strong start to the final term, the Thunder appeared to be sitting pretty with a 15-point lead and seven minutes remaining in the contest.

But from nowhere the Cobras, who were embarrassed by 40 points in Hobart the night before, suddenly burst into life with a barrage of three pointers.

Led by Joel Naburgs, the visitors reduced the margin toone point with just under two minutes leftto leave the crowd stunned.

Fortunately for the Thunder, the long-range bombing ceased long enough for them to regain their composure and ice the game from the free-throw line.

It’s not the first time that Thomas has watched his team almost snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, and he was at a loss to explain why it keeps happening.

“We are serial offenders and I don’t know what it is,” he said.

“Teams just make the big shots against us –last week it was Hobart, this week it was Kilsyth.

“They’re making shots that statistically they don’t make during the game then all of a sudden in the last quarter they are going down.

“But it was a strong win in the end and quite frankly as I said to the boys, I’m not too concerned about how it looks or how we have to get the job done, the fact we won the game and got the points gives us a real buffer on Kilsyth.”

Gary Johnson staged a physical battle with Cobras centre Tim Lang to end the game 22 points, with Garrett Jackson adding 19 points on just 11 shots.

However it was the performance of Mason Bragg that drew the most praise from Thomas, with the point guardduelling with NBL-listed player Kyle Adnam to finish with 18 points and eight assists.

Court leader: Point guard Mason Bragg advances down the court with Kilsyth’s Avery Johnson by his side. Picture: Cordell Richardson.

“Mason’s been really good for about two months now, and one of our best players in the team,” Thomas said.

“He and Adnam had a good battle all night and they have probably broken even over their two encounters this season.”

Naburgs finished with a game-high 23 points for Kilsyth, with Adnam adding 21 and Lang 18.

The Thunder will get another thorough examination of their credentials this Saturday night when they host East conference leaders Bendigo.

Garrett Jackson finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds.

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ORGANISERSare expecting a large turnout for theinaugural Lake Mac Winter Fest at Speers Point Park this month.

The winter festival will be held from 4pm to 8pm on July 22 and is set to become an annual fixture on the Lake Macquarie City Council calendar.

Council’s Acting Manager Community PlanningStephen McAlistersaid the event had plenty to offer Lake residents and visitors to the area.

“Lake Mac Winter Festwill feature market stalls, mulled wine and cheese tasting, live entertainment and more,” MrMcAlister said.

“We received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback from last year’s Christmas night markets, so I am sure Lake Mac Winter Fest will prove tobe just as popular with visitors.”

Mr McAlister said the festival was another way council were trying to engage the community all-year round.

“I’d encourage everyone to come down to Speers Point Park to pick up something unique from one of the boutique market stalls, sample delicious food and wine, and enjoy a great night out,” he said.

Showcasing their premium wines on the night will beHunter Valley wine producers, PetersonHouse andHanging Tree Wines and Comyns and Co.

There will also be thethe ever-popular Lake Macquarie City Farmers Markets full of fresh produce plusnumerousboutique stallholders.

Home-grown musicians Michael Muchow, Codie Kaye, Brendan Murphy and Jayde will provide live entertainment.

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BIG MEN FLY: Strathfieldsaye co-coach Bryce Curnow and Golden Square’s Travis Baird soar for the ball at Flight Centre Park on Saturday. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

STRATHFIELDSAYE hung on just long enough to deny hard-charging Golden Square to win Saturday’s BFNL match-of-the-round by three points and re-claim top spot on the ladder.

After a dour low-scoring opening three quarters at Flight Centre Park, the last stanza was an absolute cracker.

Tom Bartholomew nailed the first two goals as the Storm eased out to a 27-point lead.

Then the Bulldogs slammed home the concluding four majors of the game to fall agonisingly short: 7.10 (52) to 7.7 (49).

It took Golden Square until the 15-minute mark of the second term to land its first goal. Paul Symons collected a Dylan Johnstone handpass inside the goal square as he slotted the Dogs’ opening major.

By then skipper Shannon Geary and Tom Dowd had nailed Storm majors. They’d landed those inside the first two minutes of the second term.

Straight after Symons had scored, Storm’s Jake Hall screwed home the goal-of-the-day from the Tannery Lane end’s pavilion flank.

Travis Baird kept Square in touch by capping off a chain of three handballs with a major as the time clock ticked down to the 41 seconds mark.

A mere two goals were landed – one to each team – in the third quarter. Defenders were clearly on top: co-coach Bryce Curnow and Sam Simmons for the Storm, with Brayden Dorrington and recruit Michael Roberts hard workers for the Dogs in their back half.

And so the stage was set for an electrifying last quarter. It didn’t disappoint.

After Bartholomew had taken his personal goal tally to three following a play-on across-the-body ripper and then a set shot from a sliding mark, Square flicked the switch.

Adam Baird speared home a long shot at the Sheepwash Creek end followed by Clayton Anderson soccering through another when a high bomb from Comanche Walls landed in the goal square.

When Travis Baird capped off a long ball from Johnstone suddenly it was an eight-point game: 7.9 to 6.7.

The Storm defence was under all sorts of pressure. Roberts sent a high kick into Square’s forward 50, Anderson ran onto the ball and eased home his second goal of the term.

With four-and-a-half minutes to go the Storm defenders took over. Curnow and his teammates chipped the ball around the midfield and back half as they clung to their three-point advantage.

They managed to keep the Square midfielders and forwards from gaining possession and were clearly relieved to hear the sound of the final siren.

Curnow said it was definitely a nerve-wracking last few minutes and reminiscent of how his players had defended against Kangaroo Flat in round seven.

“We all see how retaining possession works in AFL games, so if we can adapt our game that way it’ll obviously help us in tight situations,” he said.

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