Crunch … Bulldog Josh Jackson is slammed in Friday’s game against Manly.JAMIE LYON believes Manly can still mount a title defence even if a calf injury rules him out of Friday’s elimination final at Allianz Stadium.
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Injuries and probable suspensions are sure to test the Sea Eagles’ depth after a brutal loss to Canterbury at ANZ Stadium on Friday night. The fallout from the opening night of the play-offs include:

❏ A calf injury that forced Lyon off in the first half;

❏ Co-captain Jason King being placed on report for a high shot on Aiden Tolman;

❏ Steve Matai also being placed on report, for clocking Kiwi counterpart Sam Perrett high;

❏ Joe Galuvao in doubt with a calf injury;

❏ An injury cloud over forward Tony Williams following reports he hyperextended a knee.

Lyon limped off after just 25 minutes, forcing NSW utility Jamie Buhrer to cover for him in the centres.

”Not sure – hopefully it settles down well and we’ll see how it is,” Lyon said of his chances of playing this week. ”I was just going to sprint off and felt something go. I would have rather have been out there but these things happen. Hopefully it’s not too bad … Definitely, it’s not the best. We’ve got to grin and bear it, and hopefully the [scan] results are good.”

Asked if the premiers could rebound with so many stars in doubt, the former NSW and Australian representative said: ”It’s going to be tough but we’ll still field a strong team. We’ll come out firing next Friday and hopefully we’ll put in a good performance.”

The Sea Eagles face the prospect of having both their centres ruled out, meaning Buhrer will probably take one of the spots.

”I think he did a good job tonight and if he gets that opportunity next week I’m sure he’ll be able to handle it,” Lyon said. ”We’ll just have to wait and see how many troops we’ve got next week.”

Perrett has no memory of the Matai incident – and large patches of the game – that left him with a sore jaw. ”To be honest, I don’t remember a whole lot,” he said. ”I copped a whack in the head. I just can’t remember patches. I’ve got a sore jaw. I guess he got me somewhere there … I guess I was on autopilot.

”I felt fine, but just memory-wise I just had glimpses of the game, pictures and bits and pieces.”

Asked if Matai deserved to be suspended, he replied: ”He got put on report? I don’t know, I’d have to see it. It’s never nice anyone getting suspended but I guess I’d have to see it.”

Matai has 46 carry-over points and a 70 per cent loading from two previous charges, meaning a grade-one charge will rule him out for two weeks.

”It was a tough, physical game,” he said on the Manly website. ”It didn’t look too bad to me.”

Galuvao hopes for a swift recovery, saying: ”I’m pretty confident I’ll be out there next week. I think I’m just more old than anything. I got a sore calf as well and they took me off for precautionary reasons. I’ve got scans on Monday.

”I’m not ruling myself out. We’re all professional players and need to do what we do, do the rehab.”

Manly came into the match as premiership favourites but the Bulldogs now have that mantle, firming into $3. After defeating Des Hasler’s former team, his side enjoys a two-week break and is one victory away from a grand final appearance.

However, the Sea Eagles, who will need to win three on the trot, are not discounting their chances of becoming the first team since the 1992-93 Brisbane Broncos outfits to go back to back in a unified competition. ”We’ve faced adversity like this all year,” Galuvao said. ”We’ll get in on Monday and prepare as normal. All the boys are mentally tough and it’s what we’re known for.”

Tolman, who was awarded man-of-the-match honours, did not want to be drawn on the hit by King.

”Not too much,” he said of his recollections. I was a little bit dazed but that’s just part of the game. To be honest, it doesn’t really bother me. The judiciary is there to handle that sort of stuff.”

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Mulloway answer is obvious

October 10th, 2018 / / categories: 南京桑拿荤场 /

There’s something seriously wrong when our fisheries managers call for public submissions to help save the mulloway (aka jewfish) while letting commercial fishers take big breeding specimens in their nets.
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We’ve campaigned here before, but the beach-haul fishery on the north coast supposedly chasing sea mullet nets an awful lot of mature 20-30 kilogram female jewfish.

Boxes upon boxes of the fish are put through the fish co-operatives every year. The bycatch of beach-haul netters, some 500 kilograms allowed to each fisher annually, seems to be the target instead.

Meanwhile, you can see hundreds more dead juvenile jewfish floating on the surface after their prawn trawlers empty their nets around estuary mouths.

More than once I’ve seen a stream of dead jewfish float past on the Hawkesbury. These fish aren’t counted in the catch rates.

I’ve also watched a local pro pick boxes of school jewfish out of his gill net while moored at Brooklyn. Anglers, on the other hand, are allowed to keep only two fish over 70 centimetres in length and no more than five over 45 centimetres. To catch a big jewfish is no mean feat. It’s a measure of great skill and a pinnacle of one’s fishing career.

The Department of Primary Industries concedes that mulloway have been overfished and a recovery program is required to help rebuild the population to a sustainable level.

It’s asking anglers to have their say on mulloway. Doubtless we will be restricted some more, but what the DPI needs to do is look at unsustainable commercial fishing practices instead. The mulloway recovery web page links from fisheries.nsw.gov.au.

Our central coast stringer Scott Thorrington has been taking more big kingfish on the deep reefs on jigs and live baits. Line-snipping leatherjackets hunting in packs are proving costly, however.

Colleague Paul Minto was scoring snapper, morwong and flathead out wide before the wind came up. Reef fishing has been pretty good all the way south to the Hump near Stanwell Park. Aussie salmon schools are around the headlands and beaches, while big black drummer are patrolling the washes. Bread berley and bait will be their undoing. We also hear of a good early run of lobsters on the kelp beds.

Hawkesbury reports are rare, but there’s generally more talk of flathead and flounder in most estuaries. That said, it’s the luderick that is omnipresent, with some real thumpers about.

As if to prove as much, Harbour guide Stuart Reid had a cracker week on the luderick around the mouth of Middle Harbour and at Sow and Pigs. Middle Head is a better option for land-based anglers.

Rippling schools of Aussie salmon have been parked between The Heads, especially midweek, while trevally are holding in the deeper holes, including those in Botany Bay.

There have been some big whiting mooching around Manly and doubtless other harbour beaches.

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Religion, according to Law

August 8th, 2018 / / categories: 南京桑拿荤场 /

Benjamin Law: ‘I find humour in discomfort’.A self-confessed Catholic atheist, a politician who once called for a religious monument to be built on Mt Bartle Frere and an author is at home discussing Marcel Proust as he is bodily fluids.
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All debating the Bible and whether reading it, is good for you.

In public.

What on earth could go wrong?

A whole bunch of things, according to Brisbane Proust-discussing, bodily fluid aficionado, author Benjamin Law.

“I find humour in discomfort,” Law said.

“And the fact that Germaine Greer and Bob Katter are on the same side, on the same team, I think is going to be just hilarious.

“I have a feeling that even though they are on the same team, they are going to contradict each other while me and [fellow debaters] Richard Holloway, Jacqui Payne and Rachel Sommerville just smile along smugly with our hands behind our backs.”

Whether the audience watching the Brisbane Writer’s Festival Great Debate tonight shares that smug smile is yet to be seen, but Law said at the very least it opens the topic up for discussion.

“I quite like the Bible; I spent 12 years at a Christian school,” he said.

“I’m not religious myself, but it is an interesting book. I think that people should read it; I just don’t think it is necessarily good for you.

“The debate topic is that reading the Bible is good for you and [my argument] is that it is good for you, but only if you have religious and theological authorities to put the Bible into context for you, to translate it as a guide for good modern living.

“If you just pick up the book and read it, which is how most people read text, it is not going to be necessarily a healthy outcome.”

Which brings Law to a topic close to many writers and readers hearts; context.

“Context is everything. You can’t read Huckleberry Finn, or any of the books by Mark Twain now without coming across the N-word,” he said.

“These are really lovely books, but words which were acceptable then are not acceptable now and as a child, you can’t just read Mark Twain books and come across the N-word and think that is OK.

“You do need someone explaining to you that these were written in a very certain cultural context in a very certain period in time.”

And the same goes for the Bible, he said.

“I think even if God looked down at the Bible now, he’d probably think it was a little bit dated and it was probably worth updating for the 2000th anniversary edition,” he said.

“It is not just about providing context, it is about debating context as well, which is exactly what we are doing on Saturday night.

“I never think it is a great idea to say ‘here is a text’ and say ‘here is how you must digest it, or interpret it, or apply it to your life’. There needs to be a level of free will and critical analysis too.”

As a member of Queensland’s small but passionate author’s club, Law is used to critical analysis, both of his work and his state.

But with the Brisbane Writer’s Festival in its 50th year and the recent show of support for Queensland’s literary scene after the axing of the Premier’s Literary Awards by the new government, Law remains proud of his home state’s “incredibly supportive and really tight” writing scene.

“One of the reasons I have stayed in Brisbane, even though a lot of my friends have moved on to Melbourne to become writers, is that there is a really great scene here,” he said.

“You’ll go to book events or go down the street and there is Nick Earls and there’s [brisbanetimes南京夜网.au columnist] John Birmingham, some of the really great Australian writers out there and they are just so easily accessible.

“It has always been a really great supportive scene and even with an institution like the Premier’s Awards being cut, the writing and the publishing community is robust enough to make an award of their own and I think that is a testament to the people’s passion in this town for writing and literature.”

Which leaves Law feeling that writing and its Newtonian result, reading, is in a pretty good place in 2012.

“There has just been this glut of books, fiction and non-fiction, it has just been so good, internationally and Australian,” he said.

“There is nothing like reading a book and to me, it really doesn’t matter if you are reading it is a paper back or reading it on your e-reader, the thirst for good writing hasn’t diminished at all.”

More information on the Brisbane Writer’s Festival can be found at the BWF website.

Benjamin Law’s second book, Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East, is out now.

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Canberra to launch Carney blitz

January 10th, 2019 / / categories: 南京桑拿荤场 /

CANBERRA have signalled their intention to smash the life out of former teammate Todd Carney to limit his influence in today’s elimination final.
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The Sharks match-winner can expect to walk off Canberra Stadium battered and bruised as the Raiders attempt to find a way to contain the brilliant playmaker. Carney has already hurt the Raiders once this season, carving up his former side with a virtuoso display in the round-eight 44-22 flogging in Canberra.

To prevent that happening again, injured Raiders captain Terry Campese warned Carney would be in for a busy afternoon whenever he looked to get into the play. ”If we can shut him down, give him less time and knock him down every time he touches the ball, that will put a lot of pressure on him,” Campese said ”Hopefully he doesn’t have the game like he did last time he was here.

”When you give a guy that kind of confidence during the game, that’s what he builds his game on.”

Carney has a 3-2 record against the Raiders since he was sacked in 2008 for a string of off-field indiscretions, before he also parted ways with the Roosters last year.

He has found a new lease of life with the Sharks, the talented five-eighth establishing himself as the NSW No.6 and guiding the Sharks to the finals for the first time since 2008. Campese caught up with his former halves partner at the Dally M awards in Sydney during the week, Carney more than happy to divulge how he planned to cut the Raiders to pieces. ”Talking to Toddy during the Dally Ms he made it obvious where he will personally attack us – in the forwards,” Campese said. ”He always seems to target our big forwards.

”He’s got good footwork at the line, and when we get a bit tired that’s when he seems to get his hands on the ball and takes us on.”

Campese believed the opening 20 minutes would be a fiery contest as both sets of forwards tried to gain the upper hand. Sharks captain Paul Gallen has challenged his pack to lift its aggression after being outmuscled in recent weeks.

Raiders coach David Furner has backed Sam Williams to withstand the physical intensity of finals football after he was cleared to return from injury for today’s do-or-die semi against Cronulla.

The halfback missed last week’s win over the Warriors in Auckland with a strained trapezius muscle in his left shoulder, but passed a searching examination at a training session yesterday.

Williams has been pivotal in helping the Raiders defy the odds by making the finals without chief playmaker Campese. Furner knows Cronulla’s hard as nails pack will test out Williams in defence, but said he wouldn’t play the 21-year-old unless he was fully fit.

”He’s fine and ticked all the boxes, he’ll be ready to go,” Furner said.

”He’ll be able to handle it, I have no doubt. I think Sammy knows what’s coming his way and previously before missing that [Warriors] game, he’s defended quite well.”

Williams’s developing combination with five-eighth Josh McCrone has risen another level late this season.

Raiders fullback Josh Dugan is also a certain starter after missing the Warriors clash with an ankle injury.

Forwards Joel Thompson [back injury] and Tom Learoyd-Lahrs [hamstring] have also been given the green light.

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All this talk about Tim Sheens facing the chop at the Wests Tigers is beyond me – I still think he is the best coach in the game.
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He’s second to none not only in terms of how he reinvigorates the game, but also the manner in which he keeps up with changes in the game. A great example is how he had the Tigers playing when we won the comp back in 2005. Now everyone plays that way.

If anyone can rebuild the club it’s Tim. He’s been around coaching for such a long time. Even though we didn’t have success this year, I still feel he is the man for the job.

Put it this way, if I was the CEO or on the board of any club, the only reason I’d change the coach would be if there was someone better – I don’t feel there’s anyone better.

The people who say he’s grown stale being at the same club for a long time don’t see what he does with us – every week at training, Tim pulls out something new. We’re practising things that he gives us the confidence to do, like me with flick passes, so that when we’re in a game situation, they’ll come off.

In terms of the respect of the players, on and off the field, he still has it in spades at the Tigers and I don’t see that changing.

He always drums into us that the most talented players don’t make it in the NRL because their attitude is not right. He keeps us on our toes.

We are all disappointed we’re not in the finals. At the start of the year we didn’t expect to be feeling sorry for ourselves at this time of year and I think we owe our fans an apology for the way our season turned out. As players, we expected better.

We have big expectations on ourselves and we not only let ourselves down, but the coach, the club and the fans.

It was the players’ fault. The coach gave us great game plans all season, but our execution let us down. We were way too inconsistent.

We know, deep inside, that we were good enough to make the finals. But the hardest part is the simple fact that we weren’t successful.

A lot of things didn’t go our way, with injuries and Robbie Farah’s mother tragically dying knocking us all around, but we can’t blame anyone but ourselves. It just wasn’t our year. It’s a hard one as we weren’t far off where we wanted to be all year but, in the end, we were so far away.

It’s the usual thing at this time of year for the teams that didn’t make it – you look back at the games you could have or should have won. We lost to Souths in extra time when Greg Inglis kicked a field goal and there was the game a couple of weeks ago against the Dogs which they also won in golden point.

Looking ahead to next year, the good thing for the club out of this season is we’ve unearthed some stars of the future in Aaron Woods, Curtis Sironen and Marika Koroibete.

We’ve also got a few new players coming in. I can’t wait for Braith Anasta to come over from the Roosters, it will be great. I’d be happy if he played halfback and I can go back to five-eighth. I think that’d suit my game and his. I’d have a bit more room to move and he could do a lot of the organising, which is what he’s been doing all his career anyway. His experience in big games will also help us out a lot.

I just want to get on the training field so we get back to where we want to be next year. I know we can be a lot better in 2013 – and I know changing the coach is not the answer.

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Sheikha sets standard at Dapto

January 10th, 2019 / / categories: 南京桑拿荤场 /

With $25,000 on offer to the winner of the Dean Industrial Maiden series at Dapto on September 20, a brace of high-quality youngsters plied their trade in impressive fashion in last Wednesday’s series opening heats.
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Many hopefuls had trialled at the track six days earlier and very slow times were the norm but, on a blustery night, the well-related Sheikha cleared the cobwebs from clock watchers in heat one.

A three-quarter sister to High Earner, Sheikha was poorly away from box 5 but secured an inside run to the first turn and, after wresting the lead from Kay Tee Perry with 150 metres to run, went on to score by two lengths in 30.02 seconds. The standard had been set.

Only two races later, Kellmatt’s Melody overcame difficulties to gun down the speedy Paua To Punish in 30.15. Twenty minutes on and it was Dark Assassin’s turn.

A son of 2010 National Futurity and Ladies Bracelet winner Daydream, Dark Assassin showed high speed in his 29.91 s offering, registering best-of-the-night sections of 5.36 s and 17.17 s on the way to potting almost 12 lengths between himself and runner-up Bit Kool.

But the fireworks were far from over. Jason Magri’s Rebel Vigilante (Bombastic Shiraz – Ferly Gain) finished with gusto to take heat six in 29.98 s while his kennelmate Stuzzichino (Bit Chili – Winsome Silver) showed speed to lead from box 5 and register 29.95 s.

Heat eight went to Tubba The Weapon in a tight decision over Les Ogden in 30.15s while Fancy Choice’s 30.23 offering in heat 10 made secured trainer Anthony Azzopardi a third runner in Thursday’s semi-final round.

Meanwhile, at Ipswich on Friday, the ill-fated High Earner sired the winner of the Ipswich Futurity (Velocity High) and his son, Alex The Great, dead-heated with Never Tell in the final.

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Sheens free to double up

January 10th, 2019 / / categories: 南京桑拿荤场 /

WESTS TIGERS boss Stephen Humphreys is adamant there will be no pressure on Tim Sheens to give up his Australian coaching commitments to focus solely on club duties.
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The coaching merry-go-round took another turn during the week with Trent Robinson appointed to replace sacked Roosters coach Brian Smith. That leaves the Warriors job vacant, with Sheens linked to the post despite being under contract until the end of 2014.

Sheens is the most experienced coach in NRL history, winning four premierships in a career spanning 28 years. However, the last of those titles was seven years ago with the Tigers and his teams have only made the play-offs three times in the past 15 years. The club was under pressure to perform after entering the season as premiership favourites but failed to qualify for the finals. While there have been mitigating circumstances – key players Robbie Farah, Keith Galloway, Gareth Ellis and several others spent stints in the casualty ward – the pressure is growing after another season ended in disappointment.

Coaches under similar pressure have given up their representative roles in recent years – Neil Henry stepped away from the Maroons and David Furner gave up assisting Sheens at the Kangaroos last year, although he has returned to the national set-up. Humphreys said Sheens won’t be forced to follow suit.

”We think Tim coaching the Australian side brings more positives than it does negatives,” Humphreys said. ”The schedule is more manageable these days now with a stand-alone Test during the year against New Zealand. That’s no issue and the rest of it is at the end of the year, so it’s hardly a distraction. Tim’s the kind of guy who works an enormous amount of hours and it won’t detract from what he’s doing with us.”

According to a market framed by Betstar, sacked Eels mentor Stephen Kearney is the $2.50 favourite to take over at the Warriors, ahead of David Kidwell ($4.75) and Sheens ($5).

The Warriors are in the market for a new coach after recently parting ways with Brian McClennan, who was contracted until the end of 2013.

While the Roosters have resolved their head coaching future, Robinson will be under immediate pressure. The club has parted company early with their last five coaches – Smith, Brad Fittler, Chris Anderson, Ricky Stuart and Graham Murray. One of them, dual-premiership winner Anderson, warned Robinson would be next if he didn’t perform immediately.

”They don’t muck about, there is no superannuation in the coaching jobs there,” Anderson said. ”At Eastern Suburbs they are ruthless in the fact they want success and they’re not prepared to wait for it. If you can’t give it to them, they’ll get someone else. I feel for any coach getting the sack, it’s not a good time for anyone. We rely on our results and they’re not there – especially when you go to a place like Easts – you don’t get much time to create what you want to create. It’s a warning for anyone who goes there. Results are the only thing you’re going to be judged by.”

Assistant coach Matthew Elliott said he felt for Smith, the man who brought him to Bondi Junction. He was unsure how the development would affect his future. ”I’ve got a contract for next year, but that’s all I can tell you at the moment,” he said.

Roosters CEO Steve Noyce said the club had yet to finalise its coaching structure, including Robinson’s assistants.

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Defied death … Tulloch, ridden by Roy Higgins.The Tulloch strain, as well as the curse, raged in Tullmax. Probably the greatest horse of our time, Tulloch was a dud at stud. Few of his offspring showed the attributes – a little of the aristocrat, brute force and courage – that made Tulloch a champion.
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Trainer Tommy Smith reckoned he was retired to a Bathurst sheep property that ”wouldn’t sustain a rabbit”. Of course, Tulloch nearly died with a scouring affliction and missed two years of racing. Only the genius of super vet Percy Sykes, at first with a tincture of opium, saved him. While Smith maintained he was never the same following that illness, Tulloch still won 14 more races.

Tulloch retired in 1962 but it wasn’t until nearly 20 years that Tullmax, a far cry from Tulloch Lodge and Royal Randwick, surfaced in most unlikely circumstances. By Prince Max, Tullmax was out of Tullrigo, a Tulloch mare. When he arrived at Trevor Doulman’s Molong stables after being knocked back by other trainers, Tullmax had plenty in common with Tulloch at his lowest ebb.

”I remember him coming off the float, just bones, the float was a mess, he was scouring so badly,” Joan Giffen, wife of Doulman, recalled last week from Molong, which she described as still a ”lovely town with lovely people, and not going backwards”.

Tullmax couldn’t be left at the stables because it was feared he would contaminate other horses, so he was sent to Jack Cantrill’s property near Orange which had an apple orchard. ”When Trevor took him out there, ‘Dexter’, a worker, shouted ‘we’d better start digging today because he’ll be dead tomorrow.”’ Tulloch was also fed tormented apples with a special clay. It proved successful for Tullmax, the bag of bones, which made his racing debut for his new owners at seven and won 14 out of his first 17 starts. Doulman worked at the Molong post office and Tullmax was trained earlier on the Molong golf course, once a racetrack.

”After being very patient Trevor decided to give him a bit of hit-out and couldn’t believe the time he ran,” Giffen said, but her timing system didn’t entail the distance between the third and eighth green. ”Hit the button on the stopwatch at a certain point and stop it at the winning post.”

Tullmax created a furore in Sydney and Herald chief of staff Peter Bowers, a wizard news hound, sent Bert Lillye and a photographer in an office car to capture the Molong action. Ken Sutcliffe and his photographer arrived from another outfit and Giffen gave them morning tea. ”Ken told me he had been a barber in Mudgee,” Giffen said. Tullmax went on to win races in town, including the weight-for-age George Main Stakes, a group 1 mile at Randwick, after being a certainty beaten in the Epsom, says Allan Williams, the MP for Hawkesbury.

”My dad, the late Allen Williams, was Trevor’s cousin and whenever he had one smart enough to win in town, which he regularly did, he would bring it to our place at Box Hill, days prior to the race, to ensure as little travel fatigue as possible for the horse on race day,” Williams said.

”Horses were their lives and Trevor obtained his trainer’s licence when still a teenager. My father followed his chosen career in the boxing ring, winning the Australian and South Pacific heavyweight title belts in the 1950s, later obtaining his own trainer’s licence when the boxing career finished. Trevor and dad would discuss his work pattern over the phone and ensure a good supply of Molong water was available for him to drink, together with his special diet. Nothing was left to chance with kegs of water and his feed from home trucked over the mountains to ensure even the slightest chance of a recurrence of the problem being averted.”

Alas, the gelding had a bleeding attack in the Newcastle Newmarket and after his three-month break was favourite for a Sydney race when disaster struck. ”Reg Paine’s son from Cowra, Neil, an apprentice, was to ride him but after a trot getting ready for the race he came back with a trickle of blood and Trevor ended his career. ”Everyone said ‘why did you do that?”’

But Doulman wasn’t going to risk a young apprentice. ”If Max fell I’ve got to live with it and he’s given us more than we expected. We can’t race him if he’s not well,” the trainer said.

Since it was his second bleeding attack, Tullmax was barred for life in Australia. The gelding returned to Jack Cantrill’s apple orchard. He lived until he was 29. Doulman, 62, died 16 years ago. ”It’s a stressful game,” Giffen said.

Once the trainer gave his wife cause for concern when he went to a presentation for Tullmax. He was wearing a shirt, frayed at the collar and not the special one laid out by her for the occasion. Why? ”I don’t want anybody thinking I’m getting too flash because of Max,” he replied.

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American pop-punk band Good Charlotte have been locked in to headline the NRL grand final entertainment. International superstars Joel and Benji Madden will bash out their hits Last Night and I Don’t Wanna Be in Love at the decider at ANZ Stadium on September 30. Ireland’s The Script, will also feature as part of the day-long festivities. ”We are excited to play at the NRL grand final; we always feel so at home in Australia, so to be included in a sporting event like this is really exciting for us,” the Maddens said. ”Hopefully we don’t screw up in front of such a big crowd! Can’t wait to see everyone there! Thank you, Australia.” Joel Madden is well known to local audiences after his stint as a coach on The Voice. A finalist from the show, Sarah De Bono, will perform the national anthem, while the Mindfield Project, a group of young musos from Sydney’s south west, will also play a track. The Script will perform their hit singles Hall of Fame and Breakeven as part of a pre-match tribute to this year’s retiring NRL players, including Nathan Hindmarsh, Luke Burt, Petero Civoniceva, Ben Hornby and Dean Young. They will also perform another song during the half-time break. The Madden boys will squeeze in a three-concert tour – in Melbourne, at Luna Park and in Newcastle – the week before the grand final.
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FRIDGE RE-OPENED

The Fridgegate investigation has been reopened. Sin Bin revealed in January that Manly backer Steve Reilly had pulled his sponsorship of the club over allegations that one of the fridges provided for the players had been appropriated by former media manager Peter Peters. Club officials claimed they were powerless to act because ”Zorba” was no longer affiliated with the premiers. However, it’s understood the matter is back on the agenda after Reilly fired off an email – obtained by Sin Bin – to club bosses on Thursday. It read, in part: ”Peter Peters was never fully investigated or was prepared to give a full statement of facts because allegedly he was no longer employed or legally connected to the Manly Warringah NRL Team. On reading recent media comments, this has now changed and I request that Kerry Chrysiliou now follow up with what her fellow board members directed her to do and that was to interview and obtain a full statement of facts with regard to my complaint regarding my stolen fridge unit.” It was resolved that a full report into the matter be tabled at the next board meeting. It wasn’t the only bit of argy-bargy at the fiery meeting. The Penn faction sent a letter to directors calling for long-serving official Bob Reilly to be stood down from the district club, claiming he was damaging the brand. Every single director, bar one, dismissed it out of hand. ”The Sea Eagles are proud to have Bob on board,” said board spokesman Phil Sidney, who is also the boss of part-owner Quantum. ”He brings a lot of insight and he’s always dealt ethically with everybody. He brings a lot of experience to the football club.”

BLAKE STAKED

We’re hearing very strong mail that former leaguie Phil Blake is the favourite for the vacant Waratahs coaching job. The former Manly, Norths, Souths, Dragons, Raiders and Warriors playmaker has impressed the right people and has the inside running. An announcement is imminent.

BEAR BACKERS

The Central Coast Bears are taking a leaf out of South Sydney’s book in their quest to gain admission into the NRL. The Bears have posted a petition and are calling on all rugby league supporters to sign up. At the time of writing, 1713 supporters had done so. ”As South Sydney commence their finals campaign, it is worth remembering it was only through people power that they are still competing,” Bears boss Greg Florimo said. ”All fans of the Bears – and anyone who believes the league should respect its history – are urged to sign the petition.” You can check it out at change南京夜网/bringbackthebears

THAIS IN TOUCH

Cronulla sponsor Shark Energy Drink may extend its association with rugby league … all the way to Asia. Apparently a Thailand team has been in touch about forming a relationship with the company.

RELAXED TO THE MAX

NSW Origin Legends president Chris Anderson has downplayed talk of a feud with colleague Max Krilich. The NSWRL has distanced itself from the organisation following its failure to supply financial accounts. ”No, we’re fine,” Anderson said of Krilich. ”We’re growing from turning over $200,000 18 months ago to turning over about $1.3 million and with that comes some growing pains. We’ve had some blues along the way in terms of what direction we want to take with resources, but it’s just the normal hassles that comes with growing a business five times [its size] in 18 months.” Anderson said he was hopeful the NSWRL would realign itself with the NSW Origin Legends when they provided their audited accounts at a board meeting in coming weeks.

THAT’S MY BEN

Even Ben Barba’s father has been ”Haslered”. Ken Barba revealed he had a tear in the eye watching Ben play finals footy on Friday night. Asked how premiership favouritism sat with him, Ken replied: ”No, no, we’re just flying under the radar.”

PEACHEY KEEN

Sharks under-20s forward Tyrone Peachey, the nephew of Cronulla legend David, will sign a one-year extension to remain at the club.

HUMBLE HADLEY

We revealed last week that Andrew Voss had brought defamation proceedings against fellow Nine Network commentator Ray Hadley. The matter was set to be heard this week but was settled out of court on Thursday – Voss’s birthday. As part of the six-figure settlement, Hadley had to read out an apology to Voss on his 2GB breakfast show, saying his ”criticisms were unwarranted”. Voss told Sin Bin: ”I am happy Ray has conceded his comments were unwarranted and for acknowledging the unnecessary hurt it caused my family. He regrets making the comments. We can all make mistakes, I guess.”

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Beetson offers many options

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Trainer Peter Trevor-Jones has waited more than 12 months to have Beetson back in his stable. Now he has the headache of what to use as the starting point for the 2010 Bathurst Gold Crown winner.
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The Art Major five-year-old is a prospect for the Canola Cup at Eugowra but there is also the rich country races series, which ends in a final at Menangle.

Beetson has not raced since April last year after suffering a tendon problem. “He had a little bubble on his tendon so I had it scanned and was given the advice that the best thing for him was time off, so he has had a good break and everything is perfect with his leg now,” Trevor-Jones said.

“I have two options for him. I would love to target the Canola Cup at Eugowra at the end of September or I can try and qualify him for one of the rich Menangle country finals.”

Beetson won a trial at Bathurst on Monday, rating 2:01 and zipping home in 28.4 seconds for his final quarter, showing he has lost none of his talent. Trevor-Jones would love to take him to Eugowra but is unsure whether there is enough time to have him ready for the heat and final a week apart. “It is the best country event in NSW and I have had some success in consolations in the past, however, I have never been able to win the big one,” he said.

Meanwhile, three weeks after a fire at Leeton Paceway, the fund-raising effort for affected trainers and drivers has moved to eBay as three stallion nominations are being auctioned. A service to For A Reason, valued at $2500, has been donated by Wagga’s Yirribee Stud and the McCarthy family. Alabar Bloodstock had previously donated services to stallions Art Official and Safari. Harness Racing NSW board member Rob Nalder has offered a service to Armbro Operative.

Five horses were lost in the fire as well as the gear of several trainers and drivers.

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Tigers faction sounded out Stuart

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THE faction trying to get rid of Tim Sheens from the Wests Tigers failed in a secret play to bring Ricky Stuart to the club – but they live in hope of moving Sheens to the Warriors. The big problem is the Tigers can’t afford the $1 million payout to Sheens, who is contracted until the end of 2014. There was a quiet push to bring Stuart to the club before the NSW coach signed with the Eels last month with the idea that Sheens could be placed at Parramatta. Those pushing for that to happen now admit they moved way too slowly. Sheens is not unpopular with the Tigers players and is still considered an excellent coach – there’s just a feeling it may be time for a new voice at the club. The usual suspects, including ex-St George Illawarra mentor Nathan Brown and Royce Simmons, are getting a mention at the Tigers. Sheens negotiated a deal worth about $600,000 to stay with the joint-venture club – he is set to receive a 75 per cent payout if his contract is terminated early. The move to place him at another club is designed to lighten the financial burden on the Tigers, who would then need a new coach. The fact the Tigers can’t afford to pay him out shows they have some money issues and Sheens has been forced to work under that constraint. Sheens remains confident he has board support.Andon’s words of inspiration
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TO MANY, Laura Andon has lived the dream life. Professional surfer, presenter, actress and now author. The 27-year-old Sydneysider has just penned a book documenting her journey through life in an effort to inspire people to chase what is important to them. Called The Ride of Life, it also doubles as a manual to teach people to surf. ”I was lucky enough to be a pro surfer when Billabong sponsored me and I just hope that people can pick up this book and be inspired to get out there and give the sport a go,” she said. Andon has tried her luck at acting – she has learnt it’s a tough gig – but at least she got to audition for roles in Man on a Ledge and Charlie’s Angels. ”Yeah, I missed out to Rachael Taylor,” she laughed. Andon has just fronted a new travel adventure program called Miss Adventure, which looks like being picked up in America.Roosters for Quade?

FORMER Wallabies coach Eddie Jones has urged Quade Cooper to quit rugby and go and play for the Sydney Roosters in the NRL. Cooper is yet to re-sign with the ARU despite having a contract with the Queensland Reds but Jones, a long-time Cooper fan, says the star Wallabies No.10 looks completely out of sorts playing in a team coached by Robbie Deans. Jones caught up with Cooper’s manager, Khoder Nasser, in Tokyo last week where the pair had a long discussion about Cooper and Sonny Bill Williams. ”It’s clear to me that Quade has lost all confidence playing in the current set-up and I think it’s time for him to go and start something new,” Jones said. ”Quade is a brilliant player who could succeed at anything and I think the ideal home for him would be playing fullback for the Roosters next year. I don’t know what their salary cap situation is like but I think they should make room for him if they can. And this isn’t an insult to Anthony Minichiello. I’m sure he would be just as comfortable playing wing for the Roosters and with someone like Cooper at the back it would give the Roosters a dynamic set-up.” Cooper has made no secret of the fact he’d like to play in the NRL one day, however, there have been no talks with the Reds about negotiating a release from that contract.Against the odds

DAVID FURNER asked this column not to write about his wife Kellie’s battle with breast cancer several weeks ago, but he made it public at the Raiders’ presentation dinner when he marvelled at her toughness this year. It was a moving moment from a man who has long been considered one of the toughest to have played the game. Furner is the first to acknowledge what his wife and others who have been involved in a cancer fight know all about real adversity. But it’s also a mark of his courage – he’s coached the Raiders in a difficult environment throughout the year – with calls for his head a common thing for the majority of the year. He didn’t flinch or lose his belief in what he was doing. Now everyone knows where he got his resolve. More strength to the Furners.The main man

NEWS LTD boss Kim Williams may be the man who determines what Craig Bellamy does next. What is certain is that the Warriors or any other club that wants him will need to shell out big dollars. His agent, John Fordham, made a quick trip to Auckland two weeks ago but it is believed that trip was for pleasure not business. However, my spies saw him with Warriors officials after Tuesday night’s Dally Ms. It is my understanding the Warriors tabled a $4 million offer for three years – that kind of contract will put him in Wayne Bennett’s pay league. With Ricky Stuart signed at the Eels, the Roosters board were known to be urging chairman Nick Politis to try to secure Bellamy but it would have required the co-operation of the Storm’s owner, News Ltd. Fordham knows Williams is the key and told Roosters powerbrokers he would seek a meeting with the News boss if Bellamy wanted a change of scenery. It’s my understanding Fordham was talking to Roosters board members but not Politis. They had a falling out several years ago but are back on talking terms with Fordham a regular in the Roosters’ corporate box. Politis had been told by a third party Bellamy wanted to coach the Roosters but was wary he was being fed that information to pump up Bellamy’s already considerable price tag. Trent Robinson was always favoured by the playing group for the top job – the players give him plenty of credit for the club’s appearance in the 2010 grand final. Politis was keen to stick with Brian Smith but he started to hear stories about the playing group losing respect for the coach – and he smelt a tricky year coming up. Politis chased Tim Sheens before appointing Smith.Kicks keep coming

THERE were plenty of people keen to kick Brian Smith when he was up – and there are more keen to boot him now he is down. He seems to make enemies of players easily. From my perspective he has always been interesting and polite. Former Roosters sprint coach Roger Fabri, who was removed during Smith’s time tweeted “karma” once the news started to spread; Todd Carney replied with “ha ha”. Carney is clearly still seething about comments Smith made to him after he won the Dally M Medal in 2010. He felt Smith didn’t give him the credit he deserved for winning the award. Smith’s departure from the Roosters will open the way for a potential return to the club for Carney, no doubt on big bucks. When Carney left the Roosters his relationship with Braith Anasta was strained. Anasta switching to the Wests Tigers means the coast is clear.Barba a cut above

WHEN Des Hasler was walking out of the Dally M awards on Tuesday night he saw Ben Barba preparing to face the media. He smiled and said: “Take it easy on him.” But he’d know that Barba would have no trouble handling the situation. He was as polished in front of the media as he is on the field. He says he hopes his win is a message to all of those who have been doubted in some capacity. “I just want people to get something out of this if they can, and that is to believe,” he said. “To believe in themselves and not to listen to people who say you can’t do something. I know how that feels and it’s not good. Anything is achievable if you dedicate yourself and you put your mind to things.” As recently as last year Barba was being questioned as a player. “I won’t lie, last year I was affected and I was wondering if I could play fullback or play first grade. There were doubts in my mind about my ability but I just put my head down and dedicated myself to giving it a real go and now I have the rewards. But I’d give it all back to win a premiership.”Parramatta prayers

Ricky Stuart has dealt with some interesting rumours in his long career, and this is up there. He was said to be courting Parramatta signing target Israel Folau by going to church with the GWS Giants drawcard. Stuart had heard the rumour. He politely said it was not quite right.

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Time is the enemy as the anointed Nissan team for the 2013 V8 Supercars series, Kelly Racing, works feverishly to get four Altima lookalike cars on the grid for next year’s opening race, the Clipsal 500. The pressure is on to quickly lock in the technical specifications for the entry of the Japanese brand into the category. Nissan will be the long-awaited third brand in the series, which, since its inception in the early 1990s, has been a simple Holden versus Ford formula which flourished for many years but recently has been showing its age.
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Go back a few seasons and V8SA was demanding a pile of money from the likes of Mitsubishi and Toyota to join the series. Today there are inducements for interested brands. V8 Supercars Australia is hoping desperately Nissan’s arrival will give the series the required fillip. Certainly there is considerable interest in the campaign by the Japanese manufacturer, once a stalwart in the Australian Touring Car Championship (until forced out 20 years ago by V8 Supercars’ two-make rule).

The Kelly gang’s contribution is hugely impressive. From Australia’s biggest, flashiest race facility in Braeside, Melbourne, a 60-strong Kelly Racing workforce has been toiling (initially in secret) to develop a five-litre engine while adapting an Altima body to the general-issue 2013 Car of the Year chassis. Nineteen departments at Kelly Racing contribute to the creation of the Nissan Altima V8 Supercar. Just about everything, bar some technical assistance from Nismo Japan, is done in-house. Todd Kelly, a co-owner of the team with his brother Rick, described Tuesday’s engine unveiling as his ”proudest moment in 15 years as a race car driver”.

Nissan has been keenly pushing the point that its five-litre VK56DE alloy quad-cam 32-valve V8 is technically superior to the rival push-rod engines in the Fords and Holdens. It’s also about 15 kilos lighter, though this will be addressed with lead ballast. But in a series of barely disguised four-wheeled socialism, all cars are supposed to be equal in performance. The headache for the V8 supercars’ parity committee is to get the Nissan V8 to produce power curves close (within 1 to 2 per cent) of those of the Holden and Ford V8s. The parity process starts in earnest in a matter of days when a prototype Nissan race engine is handed to V8SA, starting a process of trial and error. ”We may have to tune back torque and chase top-end horsepower,” Todd Kelly suggested. ”We’ve complied with every single engine rule applying to the Ford and the Holden, other than having four camshafts instead of two.”

At the same time, V8SA has to conduct aerodynamic testing on the Altima body, which the Kellys agree is sleeker than the Commodore and Falcon Car of the Future shapes. Kelly says the team has built some drag into the Altima race car’s bumper and side skirts and even raised the body a little to make it less slippery at speed. On-track aerodynamic testing will decide the ultimate body package for the Nissan.

With 14 Nissan V8 race engines and four Nissan V8 Supercars needed to be goers by February, Kelly concedes there isn’t any time for hiccups, and that the team needs to condense two years’ worth of work into six months. Decisions need to be made on drivers too, with Kelly indicating he has been inundated with calls from would-be Nissan speedsters from other teams. Kelly is confident even diehard V8 fans will welcome the Nissans next year, and there will be no repeat of the booing that marred the brand’s last Bathurst 1000 triumph in 1992.

An estimated $25 million has been ploughed into the facility, and that’s before the race budget is tossed in.

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Kelly’s heroes get him on track

December 10th, 2018 / / categories: 南京桑拿荤场 /

Before he was ready for another NRL berth, Albert Kelly had to go through the other kind of birth. ”It definitely puts things into perspective,” Kelly says of his newborn daughter. ”I look back on myself growing up and I want her to have some of the things I missed out on.”
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Over the past two months, Kelly has gained valuable life experiences to go with those he picked up while contracted at Parramatta, Cronulla and Newcastle. The 21-year-old has two important additions to his life – daughter Brida-Lee and mentor Brian Dowd. The pair have given him the motivation to return to the highest levels of the game.

”Definitely – it’s still one of my goals to get back up there,” Kelly says. ”I wouldn’t mind getting there and having another shot. I can make something out of it now. I’ll put it all in. Make sure I don’t leave any stone unturned and see what comes of it. Any opportunity I get I’m going to grab with two hands and go at full speed. I don’t think I hit my straps when I was in Sydney. Now I’m ready for the experience of the NRL.”

By his own admission, he wasn’t ready for the responsibilities that come with becoming a professional athlete the first time around. Even before he had played a single first-grade game, the hype was overwhelming. The cousin of Greg Inglis. The scorer of the fastest try in league history (a nine-second effort for Wentworthville against Newtown in May 2009, one of five he scored that day). The next Brett Kenny.

”In every article, I was ‘the cousin of Greg Inglis’. It’s overwhelming,” he says.

The incident that ultimately cost him his chance at the Knights was a trivial one. Wayne Bennett handed him a contract in the Hunter, which was torn up after he smashed a light outside Fannys nightclub. He paid the $100 required to replace the bulb, plus an additional court cost of $150. But because he was on a ”one strike and you’re out” policy, the ultimate price was much higher.

The common denominator in all his misdemeanours was alcohol. But with the help of Dowd, his mother, Hannah Donavan, and his partner, Mtia Tass, great progress has been made on this front. For proof, look no further than the latest community events he has been involved in. Kelly recently attended a party for a friend who had died, the function marking what should have been his 18th birthday. It’s the sort of occasion that would normally result in a big night. Not any more.

”I’ve been off it for a while and that makes me make more rounded choices,” Kelly says. ”[Dowd] has helped a lot in that process with alcohol and the issues I had.”

Dowd knows what Kelly is going through better than most. He, too, was a young Aborigine who came down to play for Newcastle, at the age of 23, but a raft of personal issues meant he never made it. He battled ”every problem under the sun”, including depression and bankruptcy. At the age of 27, he attempted suicide. ”I know what it’s like to be Albert Kelly because I was that man once upon a time,” Dowd says.

But after turning around his own life, Dowd dedicated the rest of it to helping others. Six years ago, he founded Black on Track. It started as a modest pilot program in Newcastle and has become a Deadly Award winner as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment program of the year.

”It pretty much set me free,” Kelly says of the venture. ”He’s got tools to set people free to make choices for themselves and manage their lives. I’ve learned about my responsibilities, how you carry yourself, [knowing] that younger kids look up to you as a role model. It puts things in perspective, having little kids come up saying ‘Can I get your autograph?’. It puts a smile on your dial. It makes you feel happy putting a smile on someone’s face. I just want to be the best dad I possibly can be and a full-time role model for my daughter.”

At the moment, Kelly is a ”full-time dad” and part-time footballer, playing for the Central Charlestown Butcher Boys in the Newcastle competition. But there is unfinished business in the NRL. When Bennett was accused of poaching Dragons forward Beau Scott in March, he defended the early signing by saying ”there’s no one to recruit in September”. Kelly is one of the few high-profile NRL players without a contract for 2013 alongside the likes of Wests Tigers winger Lote Tuqiri, Bulldogs veteran David Stagg, Titans forward Michael Henderson, Eels prop Justin Poore and Rabbitohs co-captain Michael Crocker.

While some of the comparisons to Inglis annoy him, he makes this one himself. ”I know Greggo has done a lot of good things for himself and the community back home,” he says of the Kempsey product. ”He’s one of the biggest stars in rugby league and definitely a role model. I look up to him myself and to be like Greggo would be great.”

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