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AUSTRALIA'S lofty target
of six gold medals at
the Delhi Commonwealth
Games remains its focus,
according to national coach Rex
While Australia topped the medal
count at the recent eight nation
test event at the host venue of
the Delhi Games, the anticipated
gold rush on the closing day of
the competition failed to materialise
with a final haul of four silver and
one bronze from six disciplines.
With less than six months until
the Commonwealth Games com-
mence, Australia will have little
time to reflect on the results,
facing off against New Zealand
in Bundaberg this month as it
continues its preparations for India.
But Johnston believes the sojourn
to the sub-continent has provided
an invaluable learning experience
before the event proper in October.
"It was a great learning curve
for everyone, including the coach-
ing staff," Johnston said.
"Nothing could prepare you
for India other than being there.
Right on track for medals at
the Commonwealth Games
By RICHARD GOODBODY*
WE take a moment to remember
those that fought for our freedom
on ANZAC Day (April 25), but with
very few World War II veterans left
to recount their stories, it is left to
the current generations to pass them
on to their descendants, who would
struggle to comprehend a time when
18 year olds were conscripted into
battle and food shortages were a
One such story can now be expe-
rienced with the publication of Au
Revoir My Darling, a collection of
Au Revoir My Darling
An Intimate War Correspondence 1940-1945
By Heather Haughton
hundreds of letters between Ken
McFarlane and his wife Eileen.
Separated by war but bound by
their love, Eileen and Ken wrote to
one another every week of his six-year
service in World War II. Their letters,
since inherited by their daughter,
are both funny and moving, a richly
descriptive reflection of the experience
of being separated from those you
love for a lengthy period of time.
Stationed first in Victoria before
being sent to Syria, Palestine and
New Guinea, Ken vividly conveys the
physical and emotional hardship of
wartime, his yearning to be reunited
with his family never far beneath the
surface of his writing.
Eileen's letters, equally moving,
tell of the challenges so many war
wives faced, adopting the role of
breadwinner and caring for their
families on their own. Taking up
poultry farming to provide an income,
she must learn to build chicken sheds,
deal with recalcitrant chooks, quell
family tantrums and control her two
Bringing the Australian homefront
to life, Au Revoir My Darling is a
moving and entertaining tale of a
love that lasted a six year separation
under the hardest of conditions, told
first hand through the letters that
kept that love alive.
We have 10 copies of "Au
Revoir My Darling" as prizes
to give away to lucky readers.
For a chance to win one of
these great prizes, simply print
your name and address on the
back of an envelope.
Send it to:
Au Revoir Giveaway
PO Box A2186
Sydney South NSW 1235
It must reach us by 31 May.
The winners will be selected at
random from among all of the
entries received by the closing date.
Naturally, the decision of the judges
"I still think six gold medals
(at the Commonwealth Games)
wouldn't be unrealistic ... but we'll
need a bit of luck to achieve it.
"It was basically the cream of
the crop at the eight nations, so
it was a good test."
With its women ranked number
one in the world, and its men
ranked number two, Australia has
set a goal of clean sweeping the
six disciplines in Delhi, building on
its haul from Melbourne four years
ago when it walked away with
three gold, a silver and a bronze.
Having confronted the unique
conditions at the Jawaharlal Nehru
Stadium Bowling Complex for the
first time, Australia will spend
the next six months plotting
the downfall of its rivals ahead
of the game's showpiece event,
commencing in Queensland this
month against its arch-nemesis.
"The Trans Tasman against
New Zealand is our next focus,"
"Like us, they are yet to name
their Commonwealth Games team
so it will be interesting to see
which side they send across, but
it's another chance to test our
combinations and to see which is
the best team (to send to Delhi).
The annual Trans Tasman series
will be held at the Bargara Bowls
Club in Bundaberg from May 12
to 13, with both the men and
women poised to play six tests
apiece across singles, pairs and
Women -- Julie Keegan, Sharyn Ren-
shaw, Beth Quinlan and Kelsey Cottrell
(St Johns Park, NSW), Karen Murphy
and Claire Duke (Cabramatta, NSW),
Natasha Van Eldik (Raymond Terrace,
NSW) and Lynsey Armitage (Club Hel-
Men -- Leif Selby and Mark Berghofer
(St Johns Park, NSW), Wayne Turley
(Taren Point, NSW), Aron Sherriff
(Halekulani, NSW), Terry Antram (Nel-
son Bay, NSW), Brett Wilkie and Mark
Casey (Club Helensvale, QLD) and Mark
Jacobsen (Moonee Ponds, VIC).
* Richard Goodbody is Bowls
Australia's Communications and
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