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Paul George. Picture: Dylan Burns. THE Ballarat Red Devils were left to rue a missed opportunity on Saturday night after falling a goal short of the St Albans Saints, going down 3-2.

The in-form visitors wasted no time getting on the scoreboard at Morshead Park, firing the ball into the back of the net in the third minute after a cross was punched away by Reds goalkeeper Aaron Romein.

From there the boys in red managed to wrestle back control of the ball and begin to play a more open, aggressive brand of soccer. Paul George continued to pose a threat to the Saints’ defence, while a Simon Murphy header narrowly missed the target in the 10thminute.

Stand-in captain Daniel Tinker would prove to be a workhorse throughout the contest, refusing to give the St Albans strikers an inch while making offensiveruns of his own down the wing.

But despite the Reds’efforts, it would again be the visitors who would find the goals, with danger man Yaw Otuo Acheampong breaking free of the Ballarat defence before beating the keeper from a distance.

While the play was with the Reds after the restart, however an exceptional lobbed through-ball in the 69thminute again allowedOtuo Acheampong to break free of the Ballarat defence to give the visitors a comfortable three goal lead with 20 minutes remaining.

However the Red Devils refused to go away, and their hard work paid off in the 76thminute when George managed to weave his way through multiple defenders before outfoxing the St Albans keeper.

With the wind in their sails, the hosts continued on the offensive, and managed to cut the lead to just one goal in the 80thminute when the head of David King got on the end of a curling corner kick.

The St Albans defence was under intense scrutiny in the final 10 minutes as the Red Devils fought hard to find an equaliser. However the deficit prove too great, with St Albans taking the points and reaffirming its promotion credentials.

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Carlo Di Federico

A rare 852gBlack Winter Trufflesold for$2425 last Wednesday, with proceeds going to a charitable cause.

ThePerigord Truffle was harvested from The Truffle & Wine Co.’s hazelnut sectionin Manjimup onJuly 2.

The donation was made to Ausudan Inc. –a Perth based not-for-profit organisation actively involved in developing projects of asustainable nature that can educate and bring hope to future generations ofSindiru inSouth Sudan.

The winning bidder was Carlo Di Federico, who is the manager of a gourmet deli –Bossley Park General Store & Deli – in New South Wales.

The auction on eBay garnered 42 bids,which Mr Di Federico prevailed as top bidder.

The Truffle & Wine Co. delivered the truffle toMr Di Federico last Friday,and gifted himwith abottle of TheTruffle& Wine Co. Vintage Sparkling and atruffleslicer –a kitchen gadget he made full use of over the weekend.

“I have loved truffle for a very long time, to get one of that size is very rare.

“Also, it’s going to a good cause so I’m happy to put a bid.”

He said he intended to incorporatesome of the truffle into his own homemade sausages and cold meats.

Mr Di Federico hosted a truffle-themed banquetwith his Italian family this pastweekend.

He froze the rest of the truffle to preserve it.

“I’ve had small ones before, but to have one of this size [was]quite an experience,” he said.

Amber Atkinson, TheTruffle& Wine Co. marketing manager, saidit was remarkable to have atruffleof this size that did notcontain rot or insect damage.

Thebiggesttrufflefound in theirtruffiere was back in 2010 andweighed 1084g, she said.

“That was an extremely exciting time for us, and after six long years we couldn’t be happier to have found the [852g truffle].

“We did find an 890gtruffleearlier in the season, but unfortunately – as with many largetruffles– there were internal quality issues.”

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BEST IN THE WEST: Ricardo Montalban, Victor Jory and Gilbert Roland portraying War Chief Little Wolf, Chief Tall Tree and Chief Bull Knife in John Ford’s 1960s western Cheyenne Autumn.When I was a young boy atCardiff, one of my mother’s favourite words was skedaddle.

I took “skedaddle” to mean something like “get lost”.

On a cold and wet day recently I watched the movie Cheyenne Autumn.

John Ford’s film told the story of 300 half-starvedCheyennes’ long walk from the reservation in theOklahomaTerritoryto their home inWyoming.

Twice in the movie they used the word skedaddle. I said to my wife “Here’s where they say skedaddle” but she wasn’t that interested.

The second time,a man near a railway line was asked if he had seen them and he replied that they seemed “to have skedaddled”.

TheCheyennes’ walk started in 1878. My thoughts were that the word skedaddleddidn’t enter the English language until well after this.

Investigations showed that I was wrong in the assumption. It was an American Civil War word, although I still wonder how this backwoods man standing in the snow beside the railway line in the middle of nowhere and warming his hands by a fire knew of the word skedaddle.

My bigOxfordsays the word skedaddle, of uncertain origin, was probably Swedish or Danish, and it became prominent in the Civil War.

The American Civil War lasted from 1861 to 1865. Also spelt skidaddle, the word’s meaning was something like fleeing the battlefield.

History of skedaddle

The word, according to Michael Quinion, crossed theAtlanticquickly and appeared in Anthony Trollope’s novel The Last Chronicle of Barset in 1867.

Although some words in other languages have sounded similar to skedaddle, almost nobody can pinpoint the word’s origins.My bigOxfordsays the word is colloquial, and adds “probably a fanciful formation”.

August 10, 1861, is the first use in print that I could find. On that day the New York Tribune said: “No sooner did the traitors discover their approach than they ‘skidaddled’ (a phrase the Union boys up here apply to the good use the seceshers make of their legs in time of danger).”

The big dictionary says that in general use the word means to depart hurriedly. It could find only one use of skedaddle in the milk sense when the New York Times in 1863 said somebody was “skedaddling all that milk”.

I have no idea what that meant.

Reality rose: JoJo Fletcher stars in the latest season of the US version of The Bachelorette, which screens on the 9Life channel in Australia.Regional fans of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and the US version of The Bachelorette will have their free-to-air feed of junk TV restored on July 17.

Southern Cross Austereo says the lifestyle and reality channel 9Life will be back on the air in the TV markets of Wollongong, southern NSW, Canberra,regional Victoria and regional Queensland from 6am on Sunday, July 17.

Southern Cross Austereo, which switched over to showing Nine’s channels on July 1, had expected 9Life to be off-air until mid-August as it scrambled to install the required transmission equipment.

But the regional broadcaster says fans of 9Lifewill find their favourite shows on channel 54 within days.

WIN launched the 9Life and 9HD channels in regional markets in March.

The first-run international lifestyle and reality programming of 9Lifehas made the channel a surprise ratings success.

Southern Cross Austereo initially advised the 9HD channel would be off-air until mid-August too, but managed to switch on the high-definition channel last week after its technicians scrambled to upgrade equipment.

On July 1, the Nine, Gem, GO!, 9HD and 9Life channels, and such programs as The Voice, Love Child and A Current Affair, moved from WIN channels 8 and 80 to 84 on viewers’ remote controls to channels 5 and 50 to 54.

WIN’s channels changed to carrying such Network Ten programming as Family Feud,MasterChef andThe Project.

WIN is relaying Ten’s primary channel on 8 under the WIN brand, Ten’s HD channel on 80, ONE on 81 and Eleven on 82.

Southern Cross Austereo says9Life will not be broadcast in Tasmania or Spencer Gulf/Broken Hill.

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TEN goals from superstar Corey Jones turned Saturday’s North Central Football League top-of-the-ladder clash into a one-sided romp for Wycheproof-Narraport against Charlton.

Corey Jones

The Demons continued their unbeaten season and moved three games clear at the top of the ladder with their 22.11 (143) to 11.13 (79) hiding of the Navies.

Wycheproof-Narraport extended its lead at every break, with the Navies having no answer to the brilliance of Jones, who now has 50 goals from the eight games he has played this season.

As well as Jones, the Demons’ better players included Boe Bish, Ricky Allan (three goals) and Dane McLennan.

The loss was Charlton’s first defeat at home since round eight last season, while the 64-point margin was the first time in their past 66 games the Navies have been beaten by more than 10 goals.

Jye Sandiford, Kieran Sait and ruckman Tim Nicolson played well for the Navies, who had Luke Kyriakides kick four goals.

• The race for fourth spot has tightened after Birchip-Watchem flogged Boort by 55 points at home.

With 6.3 on the board, the Bulls had already scored more at quarter-time than the Magpies would for the match.

Birchip-Watchem won 12.12 (84) to 4.5 (29) and is now just percentage behind the fourth-placed Magpies, with both teams at 5-6.

Brendon George (five goals) was again influential for the Bulls as his purple patch of form continued. Jacob Noonan, Michael Monteith and ruckman Lochlan Sirett were also pivotal in the crucial win.

Jarrod Fitzpatrick, Jack Baker and Riley Lehmann were the best for the Magpies in their second loss in a row.

• Sea Lake Nandaly Tigers closed to within a game of the top four following its 31-point win over an inaccurate Wedderburn.

The Tigers made the Redbacks pay for their missed chances in winning 12.10 (82) to 6.15 (51).

Simon Weekley was outstanding for the Tigers in booting eight of their 12 goals to be their best player, while Brad Collins kicked three.

For the fourth time in the past six games stalwart Ben DeAraugo was Wedderburn’s best player.

• Eight goals from the classy Seamus Young steered Donald to a 19.10 (124) to 7.11 (53) victory over St Arnaud that moved the Royals back into second spot.

Down the other end Nick Coghlan kicked five of the Saints’ seven goals.

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