Trio crossed out of race for gold

WINTER OLYMPICS: Australia's hopes of collecting its first gold of the Sochi Winter Games came to a thudding halt last night.

The three Aussies competing in the men's snowboard cross, including two-time world champion Alex "Chumpy" Pullin, all failed to make the final.

Both Pullin and Jarryd Hughes crashed in their respective quarter-finals, suffering falls before finishing fourth and fifth respectively.

Cameron Bolton, the least heralded of the trio, reached the semi-finals, but followed his two countrymen out of the race for gold after he got caught up in a mid-race collision and missed a spot in the all-important top three to progress.


Reel fun at fishing festival

Reel fun at fishing festival

A total of 85 teams took part in the competition

Clinics bake change for furry friends in need

Clinics bake change for furry friends in need

Give in to the cravings and grab a cupcake to help an animal in need

Colours shine at regional culture festival

Colours shine at regional culture festival

The event was hosted in Laidley on the weekend