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Ray Carroll’s ‘From the Boundary’: July 9, 2024

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Ray Carroll
Ray Carroll is the author of the Review's longest running segment, 'From the Boundary'. A retired coach from Assumption College Kilmore, Ray writes passionately about social affairs within the community, giving the much-loved editorial space over to much-loved current and ex-locals.

EMMA’S STORY

Emma Tomlin is one of the smiling friendly faces at Kilmore Pharmacy (formerly Simon Yu). A popular student, she graduated from Assumption College Kilmore (ACK) in 2021. She loves working as a Pharmacy Assistant with her work colleagues. A Kilmore lass, Emma has a younger sister while her mum is a finance manager and dad a mechanic. Her best schooldays memories are the friends made and the many college events that were great fun, plus meeting so many students and teachers. A keen Richmond fan in the AFL, Emma likes watching sport on TV, and she likes baking and gardening. It’s good to see a modern ‘gen’ girl enjoy the staple past times of precious generations. She lists a number of good friends as simply Chloe, Kate, Liam, Amy, Jordyn, and Mikayla. Emma’s favourite holiday places are ‘anywhere warm and sunny’. Her aims are to complete a Batchelor of Agriculture Degree and have a career within that field. Like so many of her age, she hopes to travel within Australia and overseas to take in different cultures and some of the world’s wonders. Emma is certainly an impressive young lady.

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ACK FOOTBALL

Assumption First XVIII must defeat Trinity and Mentone in its next two games to book a finals place. At the moment, Yarra Valley, PEGS, and Ivanhoe lead the field with ACK in fourth place. In its last game before the winter break, ACK defeated Camberwell 13.7 (85) to 8.3 (51).

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The SHC Adelaide v ACK annual clashes will resume in late August this year. Way back in 1957, the fixture began and has only been cancelled due to Covid lockdowns. It is Assumption’s turn to host the gala weekend which will embrace a number of boys’ and girls’ sports.

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THE ONLY JOY

Afghanistan’s historic defeat of Australia at the recent T20 World Cup brought joy to the millions of people in a country ruled by the evil Taliban. As captain Rashid Khan stated, ‘It’s the only happiness our people have got. The dark ages regime is brutal, especially in its treatment of women. It does not allow them to be educated beyond primary school, attend university, or play cricket, or any sport. Afghanistan is a landlocked nation of 42 million people. Many who are able to flee the war-torn country – nearly 80,000 – are now residents in Australia. Afghanistan is the only country in the world that prohibits women from getting an education. It is hard to believe this is happening in today’s world. There was dancing in the streets at Kabul and other cities to celebrate the defeat of Australia, but girls were not allowed to join the throngs.

BEYOND BELIEF

Population of the USA is around 350 million. Surely there would be younger candidates to run for the top job in the world’s great democracy. But no – its Biden v Trump again. As one pundit remarked ‘Biden’s lucky to be President – he wouldn’t qualify for any other job on earth’. Trump is the probable winner in the November poll, but it is by no means certain. A diverse figure loved or loathed in near equal proportions. He is uncouth, with a massive ego. But he can’t be bought as so many political figures are and he will stand up to Russia, China, and Iran – the dangerous trio that threatens democracy. The weak leaders of the West certainly won’t.

TRUE CHAMP

Swimmer Ariarne Titmus of the Aussie stars is expected to perform brilliantly at the Paris Olympics. The 23-year-old superstar of the pool was born in Launceston, Tasmania. At the Tokyo Olympics she beat USA’s Katie Ledecky (who is rated the greatest female distance swimmer of all time) in the 400 metres and 200 metres. She has recovered from a shock health setback last year and is primed for Paris. Expert analysts tip Australia to tally 40 medals (gold, silver, bronze) and finish fourth. The United States is certain to finish first, a fair way in front of China.

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Carlton football legend John Goold died recently. He was a good friend of Kilmore’s Dr Jim Butler, the eminent skin specialist. Goold was a flamboyant character, much loved by Carlton fans. He played 108 games for the Blues as a fine defender. He was a key member of Carlton’s 1968 and 1970 premiership sides and played for Victoria three times. Goold died in Camperdown surrounded by his family, after a tough cancer battle. He is a Blues Hall of Fame legend. On his farm in Southwest Victoria, he bred polo ponies and was a very good polo player himself.

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