Injuries, judiciary put Manly in strife

October 10th, 2018 / / categories: 南京夜网 /

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: 南京夜网 /

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: 南京夜网 /

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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Death flats marketed as ‘fire proof’

September 12th, 2019 / / categories: 南京夜网 /

The Bankstown apartment block that exploded in flames last week leading to the death of one Chinese woman and critical injuries to another, was specifically marketed to the Chinese community.
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The Euro Terraces, also known in Chinese as the ”European Garden”, were promoted as the first luxury apartments built in Bankstown on a Chinese real-estate investment website, which also featured a photo of its developer, Diab Finianos.

A glowing review of the upmarket apartments said they were constructed using a new technique, Architectural Framing System, which had ”good fire and shock proof” qualities and complied with certification standards of the Architectural Association of the United States.

It was reported in The Sydney Morning Herald yesterday that the roof which covered an interior atrium in the building may not have been in plans that were approved by the council. The private certifier who oversaw the development said he would not have approved the building had the roof been in the plans.

The NSW Fire Services Commissioner, Greg Mullins, has said that, because of the enclosed atrium, thick black smoke amassed outside residents’ doors hindering their access to internal fire escapes.

Fire broke out in the building on Thursday morning. One woman known as Connie died after jumping from the window of a fifth-floor apartment to escape the flames. The second woman, Yino Jiang, 27, is in a critical but stable condition in Liverpool Hospital.

A man who went missing after the fire has been found. Jianwei ”Jason” Zeng apparently managed to escape the fire before disappearing, but presented himself to Surry Hills police station. Police said no charges would be laid.

Residents of the West Terrace building were allowed back into their homes briefly yesterday to collect clothes, food and other necessities.

Ahmed and Maha Hamy, both 29, collected their bridesmaids’ dresses and groomsmens’ suits from the apartment of Maha’s mother Nadia, where they had been stored before their wedding yesterday.

They had barely slept and were still in the same clothes as the day before. They were worried the clothes would smell like smoke.

“We are so stressed out,” Maha said.

The building is one of a number built in the Bankstown area by Mr Finianos’s family-owned and run company, the Silky Group which has been in the industry for 30 years.

A police spokesman said the apartment block will this week be assessed by council and structural engineers to determine the structural integrity of the building.

Coronial inquiries are continuing into the cause of the fire.

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Moore win could benefit Greens

September 12th, 2019 / / categories: 南京夜网 /

Lord mayoral candidate … Angela Vithoulkas.A THIRD straight term as lord mayor of Sydney for Clover Moore would be a bittersweet victory that could open the door to the Greens taking her seat in State Parliament.
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Cr Moore was confident of being returned to Town Hall as 4627 candidates vied for positions on the state’s 150 local councils holding elections yesterday.

The race for City of Sydney, which was also being fought by Christine Forster, the sister of the federal Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, among others, will spark a critical state byelection with a Moore victory.

Under laws introduced by the O’Farrell government, state MPs will no longer be allowed to wear a second hat as a councillor after yesterday’s election. That has forced a number of MPs to step down from councils while Cr Moore chose to instead forgo her seat in Parliament.

The Liberal Party will now go all out to win her state seat of Sydney in a byelection but The Sun-Herald understands the move may backfire, with Liberal polling suggesting Cr Moore’s vote will largely migrate to the Greens.

Liberal sources said polling suggested the 53 per cent to 47 per cent two-party preferred margin that Cr Moore claimed victory with over the Liberal candidate, Adrian Bartels, in last year’s election would be replicated by the Greens.

The state battle will be between two former City of Sydney councillors – Shayne Mallard, the openly gay Liberal who has been endorsed to run, and the Greens candidate, Chris Harris.

Antony Green, the ABC’s election analyst, said the result would be tighter than the Liberal Party polling suggests but he agreed Labor would run a distant third.

Cr Moore is expected to endorse Alex Greenwich, who leads the group Australian Marriage Equality, which supports same-sex marriage.

Cr Moore said re-election would be ”bittersweet”. ”Eighteen months ago, the people of Sydney voted me in for a four-year term and I should be able to see out that term,” she said.

Federal Liberal frontbencher Malcolm Turnbull joined the sister of his former rival for the party leadership on the hustings in Potts Point yesterday. Ms Forster is the No.2 candidate on the Liberal ticket, alongside lord mayoral candidate Edward Mandla.

Mr Turnbull denied speculation about fresh leadership tensions with Mr Abbott last week.

”Some people have said so but Tony and I don’t think there’s any tension,” he said.

Mr Turnbull said he thought the Liberals would increase the number of seats they held on council from one to at least two.

”I think Clover’s obviously the favourite, Ed Mandla’s the underdog, but we’ll see … I think this will be a very good Liberal vote in this election,” he said.

Ms Forster was more confident: ”I think Edward’s going to give Clover a great shake.”

Other candidates in the race for lord mayor were Living Sydney candidate Angela Vithoulkas, Irene Doutney of the Greens, Labor’s Linda Scott and the Sex Party’s Zahra Stardust.

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Fighting dirty to clean up town

September 12th, 2019 / / categories: 南京夜网 /

The car of a mayoral candidate was stolen and torched, another vehicle belonging to a council candidate had its tyres slashed, while other candidates were accused of skulduggery as voters went to the polls in local government elections.
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Leo Kelly, a former mayor of Blacktown who is standing again as a Labor councillor, woke up to find the tyres slashed and lamented that it was an ”unhealthy sign” of what had happened to local politics in western Sydney.

A vehicle owned by the Greens’ mayoral candidate for Ballina Shire Council, Jeff Johnson, was stolen on Wednesday night. Its burnt out shell was later found an hour’s drive away.

And the Liberal team in Strathfield have been breaking the council ban on political posters on power poles. In the last days of the election campaign, posters for the Liberal team led by Giuliano Vaccari suddenly appeared on power poles across the leafy inner-west suburb, including some right in front of the council chambers.

The independent mayor, Paul Barron, told The Sun-Herald that the Liberals had been told to take them down and they had not done so.

In Fairfield, there were several reports of independents trying to benefit from the Liberal brand, recycling old election posters and slogans using the word Liberal.

Former state Liberal candidate turned independent for Fairfield, Dai Le, was reportedly using her old state election campaign posters with stickers over the Liberal logo.

Candidates running on an un-endorsed ”independent Liberal” ticket in Penrith were also seen to pop a large number of balloons bearing the slogan ”Think Liberal”. Mark Neeham, the state director of the NSW Liberals, said the party would consider disciplinary action if any members running as independents had used the party to promote their candidacy.

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Speaking of drafts and delays …

September 12th, 2019 / / categories: 南京夜网 /

THE Premier, Barry O’Farrell, and
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the Transport Minister, Gladys Berejiklian, are chatting before a press conference when they are joined by Duncan Gay, the Roads Minister.

Gay: Hi, Glad. Hi, Premier. Well, folks, here it is, the transport master plan, hot off the press. I’ve got a whole boxful.

O’Farrell: Look at these little beauties, would you? Eighteen months in the making. This, dear colleagues, is what the O’Farrell government is all about.

Berejiklian: Navel-gazing?

O’Farrell: No!

Gay: Glossy wish-lists that we won’t be around to deliver on?

O’Farrell: No! This is tangible evidence of a government getting on with the job. This is a plan. A long-term plan. In fact, this is more than a plan, this is a MASTER plan. We are the masters of the universe … of plans.

Berejiklian: Labor released quite a few transport plans, too, Barry.

O’Farrell: Those were written on the backs of envelopes before a press conference. This is different.

Berejiklian: How so?

O’Farrell: For a start, this wouldn’t fit on the back of an envelope. Look at it. It’s 368 pages and weighs two kilos.

Berejiklian: So I guess we don’t need any more plans.

O’Farrell: Correct.

Gay: What about Nick Greiner? Isn’t he announcing a plan in a few weeks?

O’Farrell: Er, yeah. Well, for the moment, this is the plan. Now look, the press is going to want to drill down into the minutiae of this thing. They love pesky details.

Gay: You mean like how we’re going to fund any of it and what we will build first?

O’Farrell: Exactly.

Berejiklian: How about I just keep rabbiting on about Labor’s 16 years of failure regardless of the question?

O’Farrell: That’s why I love you, Glad. And for God’s sake, Duncan, don’t mention the word ”tolls”.

Gay: But the plan commits us to a trial of network-wide distance tolling.

O’Farrell: See this word ”draft” in front of ”plan”? We’re at a draft stage and nothing is set in stone. Nothing is current government policy. I love that phrase.

Gay: OK, but I think they will want to know why there is no reference to a second Sydney airport.

O’Farrell: That’s an easy one. I will not impose more aircraft noise on our most important marginal electorates – I mean the people of western Sydney – and I am very much committed to high-speed rail to Canberra.

Berejiklian: But there’s no reference to high-speed rail in the plan.

O’Farrell: Hmm, you don’t think I seem committed enough?

Berejiklian: It’s a 20-year master plan, Barry. This is going to guide everything we do until, well, until Greiner puts out his plan.

O’Farrell: Duncan, hand me that red pen. I’m sure one more dotted line on this map won’t hurt.

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Lyme disease sufferers rally for recognition

September 12th, 2019 / / categories: 南京夜网 /

THERE is no conclusive evidence Lyme disease caused by ticks exists in Australia – that is if you believe the NSW Health Department website.
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But try telling that to sufferers of the disease planning to rally outside the department’s offices in North Sydney on Friday. They are calling for recognition of the disease, which they believe affects as many as 200,000 people across the country.

They say there should be more research, increased accredited testing processes and education for doctors to recognise, test and treat both early- and chronic-stage Lyme disease.

The protesters will include outdoor workers in national parks who have contracted the disease and are backed by the Public Service Association. The PSA’s industrial officer, Geo Papas, said: “It is outrageous that our government health authorities have buried their collective heads in the sand over this issue.

”This is a public interest issue and I call on the NSW government to initiate a public inquiry into this disease with a view to recognising its existence, educating medical professionals in its detection and treatment so as to minimise the impact it has on the lives of workers and the general public.

“I would not like to be someone who contracts this disease in NSW in the course of their employment because of the changes to the workers’ compensation legislation, as you would have to fund your own legal challenge on the basis of a disease that is not recognised by government health authorities.”

The protest organiser, Danielle Ryan, a 29-year-old project manager, was bitten by a tick at Mona Vale in 2002 and has suffered symptoms for 10 years without diagnosis. In May last year, she was finally diagnosed with chronic neurological-stage Lyme disease. She said: ”The chronic pain I have suffered from later stage Lyme disease was the most horrible time of my life, especially being unable to walk at one stage at the age of 28 without explanation. Most doctors treated me like I was some kind of psychotic crazy woman wanting attention. My family and I have been through hell and back over this.

”I had one of the leading infectious disease specialists in Sydney tell me, ‘You can’t have Lyme. It’s not here.’ I’m now trying to sell my house to move to the UK for a few months for treatment where they actually recognise Lyme disease and want to help patients get better.”

The director of health protection in NSW, Jeremy McAnulty, said an expert panel convened last year found there was no conclusive evidence of locally acquired Lyme disease but that the disease would be monitored.

The Health Minister, Jillian Skinner, said in a statement to The Sun-Herald the department was staffed by ”recognised specialists in monitoring and evaluating potential public health risks and developing appropriate responses when necessary”. A team of experts dealing with the potential incidence of Lyme disease ”has my total support”.

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Hells Angels’ RAW deal

August 10th, 2019 / / categories: 南京夜网 /

The Hells Angels outsourced the shooting and bashing of rival gang members to a feeder group calling itself RAW, bikie sources have said.
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Last Saturday, a Rebels bikie associate was shot and three other men were seriously hurt when a group of balaclava-clad men armed with bats and a gun stormed their gang’s clubhouse in Huskisson on the south coast.

Bikie sources have told The Sun-Herald the attacking group is known locally as Red And White, or RAW, and has links to the Hells Angels, who rely on the men to disrupt the Rebels’ illegal activities.

”They are a gang of about 30 blokes and the Hells Angels use them because if they tried to push in there themselves there would be a serious blue on,” a source said. ”They don’t ride bikes or are that organised but do the Hells Angels’ dirty work in the area.”

Shoalhaven police confirmed the existence of the RAW group but said the NSW State Crime Command’s Gangs Squad had taken over the investigation into the shooting.

The Gangs Squad Superintendent, Arthur Katsogiannis, declined to comment on theories behind the latest bikie attack.

”We are concerned there could be retribution for this incident and we are appealing to anyone who may have information to assist police,” he said.

Superintendent Katsogiannis said police investigations ”had hit a brick wall” because of Rebels gang members refusing to talk to them.

”It is difficult to investigate when people don’t co-operate with police,” he said.

While details remain sketchy, police confirmed a 27-year-old was shot in the leg, a 39-year-old was left with serious head injuries, fractured ribs and a fractured hand, and a 37-year-old sustained severe head injuries. The men went to Shoalhaven Hospital on Saturday night with a fourth man arriving later with head and back injuries.

On Tuesday, a Seven Hills tattoo parlour, Confederate Ink, which has links to the Rebels, was set on fire.

Police sources said there was no connection between the two attacks.

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Melbourne slip into top gear

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MELBOURNE last night returned to their relentless best against a South Sydney side that was simply outclassed. Craig Bellamy’s men ran in four tries to one and handed their well-fancied rivals a 24-6 beating in a performance that will have them pushing for favouritism for the title given they now have a two-week rest and a home preliminary final.
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Souths, making their first finals appearance since 2007, were only in this game for as long as it took the Storm to open the scoring – and that was early in the first half, after they had weathered an early offensive from the visitors.

After that it was one-way traffic, and Souths did not even get on the scoreboard until Eddy Pettybourne spared the Sydneysiders’ blushes with a try seven minutes from time. Ryan Hoffman’s toughness epitomised the Storm’s desperation when he recovered from an early knock-out to put his side in front in the seventh minute. The Storm stretched the advantage to eight points in the 13th minute when Cameron Smith kicked a penalty goal. Greg Inglis, for so long a favourite of the fans in purple, is now the poster boy for the Rabbitohs, but there was little in the way of threat from the superstar in the opening period. In fact, one of his best moments came when he intervened to deny Mahe Fonua a first NRL try as the Storm piled on the pressure.

It paid dividends for the home side in the 23rd minute when Billy Slater went over and, after a delay for the video referee, the all clear was given for another try. Smith’s kick stretched the lead to 14 points but worse was to come for the Rabbitohs in the shadows of half-time.

Fonua, the first player to have come through the Victorian junior development system and progress to first grade, got his first NRL try in his first final after being set up by some good approach work by Storm’s English five-eighth Gareth Widdop. The move happened because of a mistake by South’s winger Nathan Merritt, who knocked on the ball to give the Storm possession in a dangerous position, but it would be unfair to single out that error as numerous teammates made other blunders at critical points of the opening half.

The improbable became the impossible for the Rabbitohs soon after the interval when the Storm’s pace and movement opened them up again, Widdop once more feeding the winger, this time Sisa Waqa, in space on the right. Smith’s conversion made it 24-0 and Storm could afford to take a breather and look ahead to the preliminary final.

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Bowen weaves his magic spell

August 10th, 2019 / / categories: 南京夜网 /

MATT BOWEN taught us you can grow knee cartilage in a petri dish. On last night’s evidence in the first elimination final against rivals Brisbane, you can grow premierships in them too.
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Playing the 250th game of an NRL career that seemed to be over more than once, Bowen was nothing short of dazzling as North Queensland ended Brisbane’s season and the decorated career of prop Petero Civoniceva. The 30-year-old fullback scored the Cowboys’ first try, kicked for their third and beat two defenders cold to set up their fourth before finishing with a field goal in a 33-16 win before 21,307 fans, setting up a qualifying final appointment with defending premiers Manly at Allianz Stadium on Friday.

The stands were full of members of the Bowen family. ”Every second week, Mum and Dad come down,” he said. ”This time there was a truckload. I don’t know where I’ll be sleeping tonight. We’ll be all dogging up on the floor somewhere.”

Not even the great Johnathan Thurston could outshine his foil in a commanding, entertaining performance which featured a hat-trick to halfback Michael Morgan. It was 18-0 at half-time and 26-6 with 16 minutes left before the Broncos made it somewhat more interesting with consecutive touchdowns to captain Sam Thaiday and winger Dale Copley.

Winger Ashley Graham looked like being tackled over the right touchline – before an amazing piece of play. Graham lobbed an infield pass with his entire body out of bounds and airborne, Bowen on the spot to flash over. Brisbane had two scoring chances over the next six minutes – and missed out on both.

First centre Jack Reed skilfully fielded five-eighth Corey Norman’s bomb in intense traffic but what would have been the final pass before a Broncos touchdown was intercepted by Bowen. Before long, the Cowboys extended their lead. Thurston’s bomb was dropped by Broncos fullback Josh Hoffman and Morgan capitalised to scoop up the error and score. Thurston made no mistake with his close-range conversion attempt, and the scoreboard ticked over to 10-0.

Andrew McCullough’s 40-20 gave Anthony Griffin’s men some territory but they did nothing with it. Instead, Reed was pinged for blocking Brent Tate and Thurston opted for a 12-0 lead from a penalty goal.

That decision seemed contentious – for six minutes. That’s the period that elapsed before Morgan scored another eye-catching, skill-laden try. Bowen’s little dab bounced tantalisingly in Hoffman’s face – before the Cowboys star reached out with his right claw, snatched it out of the air, and raced to the try line. If the scoreline at that stage was an insult to Brisbane, then injury was soon added to it. Hoffman was struggling with a rib injury, Copley’s leg was causing a pronounced limp and Reed had a head knock. The Cowboys lost hooker Aaron Payne to a leg injury early and he did not return.

Brisbane’s 46th minute try put the Cowboys on the back foot, before a Thurston penalty and a Tate try steadied the ship for the victors.

Coach Neil Henry said the Cowboys were better placed than 2011 ”given that we limped into the finals last year”. ”We know it will be a tough game against the defending premiers so. We’ll get ourselves ready.”

Brisbane counterpart Griffin said: ”Referees didn’t cost us the game tonight. They got in the way a bit but they didn’t cost us the game.”

NORTH QUEENSLAND 33 (M Morgan 3 M Bowen B Tate tries J Thurston 6 goals M Bowen field goal) bt BRISBANE 16 (D Copley C Norman S Thaiday tries P Wallace 2 goals) at Dairy Farmers Stadium. Referee: Matt Cecchin, Gerard Sutton. Crowd: 21,307.

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Storm within an ace of the big dance

August 10th, 2019 / / categories: 南京夜网 /

One measure of Roger Federer’s sustained brilliance was that, during an incredible stretch, he reached 23 consecutive grand slam finals. In a similar vein, it is testimony to the Storm’s enduring excellence that, in two weeks, they will contest their sixth preliminary final in seven years.
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Indeed, on the strength of a powerful 24-6 win during which they overwhelmed a Souths team replete with big names, Melbourne will not merely contest another grand final eliminator. Regardless of who they play, the Storm will start heavy favourites at their AAMI Park fortress – just as they had when ambushed by the Warriors last season.

The memory of that defeat will, no doubt, ensure any sense of complacency is banished from Melbourne’s collective subconscious. Just another motivational bullet in coach Craig Bellamy’s already well-loaded gun.

It has been difficult to tell in the past two seasons whether Melbourne’s trademark was excellence or bloody-minded defiance. Yesterday, there was a touch of both – a comprehensive victory produced despite the withdrawal of winger Anthony Quinn and forwards Jason Ryles and Sika Manu.

The lines through those names seemed to have tipped the balance in South Sydney’s favour. Instead, as a tribute to how the Storm’s system is almost as important as their personnel, Melbourne were left with the pleasant dilemma of adding those three to a team that had hardly missed a beat.

For the Rabbitohs, a finals campaign that presented the best opportunity in decades to break the now 41-year premiership drought hit a speed hump. Was it big-game nerves for a club that had not reached the play-offs since 2007? The excellence of vastly experienced opposition? The exposure of a Rabbitohs team that had the worst big-game record of the so-called Big Four?

Whatever the reason, coach Michael Maguire will have his work cut out restoring the confidence of his team before the cut-throat semi against Canberra or Cronulla – a task made no easier by the arm injury to centre Matt King. At least the new finals system guarantees a home final.

But yesterday was, in every sense, a Melbourne sort of day. Bright sunshine replaced, just before the kick-off, by showers. But, more pertinently, it was a Melbourne day in the manner the home team produced its customary blend of disciplined defence, highly structured attack – peppered with sufficient individual brilliance to befuddle a bigger, more cumbersome, opponent. In the much anticipated battle of the fullbacks between Billy Slater and Greg Inglis, Slater scored the first points on his way to a resounding victory. Seven minutes in, Slater dodged and weaved the first 40 metres of a 90-metre burst by the Storm that led to Ryan Hoffman’s opening try. Although, given Hoffman had earlier been stunned by a heavy blow, the veteran forward might well have thought he was on a ride at Wet’N’Wild rather than sliding across the AAMI Park turf.

Slater’s next move was less stunning, but equally devastating. Seizing a pass from Hoffman, he rolled to the line – and not one centimetre further – with the video referee ruling momentum had taken him that far. More spring in Melbourne’s step, more air out of Souths’ tyres.

On the rare occasions Souths penetrated Melbourne’s defensive 20, they coughed up possession far too easily with misdirected chips or bombs that Slater easily defused. Only late in the first half did the Rabbitohs create any concerted pressure, and then winger Nathan Merritt’s fumble at the other end led, indirectly, to the Storm’s third try.

By half-time, it was hard to tell whether the 18-0 scoreline, or the crowd of 19,750 jubilantly performing the actions to YMCA, was the best indication of where the game was heading. Sisa Waqa kept the party going six minutes into the second half with the game-clinching try. Melbourne’s tireless defence did the rest, with Eddy Pettybourne’s late effort mere window dressing. Thus, with the inevitably of Federer in his pomp, the Storm had made the final four. All that is missing is the single-handed backhand, and the trophies in the cabinet.

MELBOURNE 24 (M Fonua R Hoffman B Slater S Waqa tries C Smith 4 goals) bt SOUTH SYDNEY 6 (E Pettybourne try A Reynolds goal) at AAMI Park. Referee: Shayne Hayne, Jason Robinson. Crowd: 19,750.

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AUSTRALIAN wool growers are being ”ripped off” an estimated $64 million a year by counterfeit products marked by the well-known Woolmark label.
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Australian Wool Innovation, which owns the trademark, has been involved in 44 counterfeit cases in 2012 compared with 12 in 2010. Two cases have been in court this year with legal action taken in another 12 disputes.

Employing a team of lawyers internationally to protect the mark for products made from 100 per cent Australian wool, AWI has found that most infringements are being committed in China and southern Europe.

The industry body has invested heavily to promote the label in recent years and commissioned world-renowned Australian photographer Anne Geddes to take images of babies in nests of wool. She is also currently shooting a calendar for Woolmark.

Now the body is fighting back against counterfeit products with the introduction of high-tech identification labels known as Near Field Communication, where a chip is identified and read by a smartphone app. The chip is usually placed on the washing instructions label and likely to appear on an increasing number of garments as the technology is rolled out. Some products are embedded with a Woolmark hologram that can only be seen with a magnifying glass.

AWI chief executive Stuart McCullough, said: ”We know we are getting ripped off and we know that our brand is being used out there illegally. In one court case won by the AWI a company had even painted the logo on the front of its building, it’s not like they were putting it on a handkerchief.

”We are very touchy about it because in the ’90s every physical asset the Australian wool industry had was sold … The Woolmark is one of the few that we have left – it is a wonderful asset and it is certainly worth protecting and we will protect it vigorously. If our licence holders are buying a licence we don’t want them competing against someone who hasn’t paid for it, one that’s a rogue and providing an inferior product. We want to protect them.”

In January, a Queensland manufacturer, Gold Coast Wool, had to pay a $6600 fine after being pursued by the ACCC for contravening consumer protection laws. ACCC tests found wool doonas and underlays sold mainly to Asian tourists as pure Australian wool contained 42 per cent polyester. The Woolmark logo was falsely used by the company.

Global wool retail apparel sales equate to about $80 billion a year. It is estimated that 8 per cent of this is marked with the Woolmark logo. The AWI estimates that about 1 per cent of that – or $64 million a year – is counterfeit and illegal use of the logo by retailers.

AWI’s chief marketing officer, Rob Langtry, said the crackdown on fake products was also about protecting jobs. ”When people don’t have strong brands they have tried to use the woolmark as a substitute and that’s about pricing,” he said.

”Their belief is, if it has got a recognisable symbol on it, then they can sell it for more. I think if it were allowed to go unchecked and we weren’t doing the policing that we are doing then it would cost jobs.

”If merino wool out of Australia, which is a certain quality, is substituted for a poorer quality wool fibre from a different place, that costs an Australian wool grower a sale opportunity.”

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