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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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It’s D-Day for local rivals

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

HAMILTON OLYMPIC coach Michael Bolch is expecting a fiery start to the NBN State League grand final against local rivals Broadmeadow Magic at their home ground Wanderers Oval today.
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The teams met two weeks ago in the qualifying semi-final with the Magic dominating the opening half before Hamilton asserted themselves on the game, eventually running out 3-1 victors.

”They surprised us last time with their intensity which I think was a result of us losing focus after having a week off and resting seven or eight players the week before,” Bolch said. ”We lost a bit of momentum last time out and credit where it’s due, they had us on the back foot. But we worked ourselves back into the match and took control in the end.”

Olympic claimed the minor premiership on the back of a 12-match unbeaten run, an outstanding response to a poor start to the season. ”After being on five points from the opening five games this year we’ve done really well to be in the position we’re in now and this grand final is a reward for the boys for all their hard work,” Bolch said.

”The major-minor premiership double is the main goal for every club at the start of the year, and now that it’s within reach, it’s something we’re desperate to achieve. You don’t need much motivation for a grand final, especially for a Hamilton/Broadmeadow grand final.”

Added incentive for Hamilton’s players is the prospect of sending captain Mat Austin into retirement in style. The 36-year-old defender has been a stalwart with the club, claiming five titles with Hamilton, with coach Bolch aware how this could motivate his players.

”For sure it will motivate them, but they don’t need any more motivation. They’re in the grand final. Mat’s such a professional, every time he goes out there he delivers a professional and disciplined performance.”

It will also be the last game for right-back Joel Witherdin who has signed with Oakleigh Cannons.

Hamilton had an injury scare midweek with Witherdin cracking his wrist in training but Bolch is sure he’ll play.

Broadmeadow are struggling with injuries, with striker Peter Haynes battling to prove his fitness after finding hairline fractures in his shoulder.

”Haynes is one of the best strikers in the competition and if he doesn’t play they’ll miss him. But I’m expecting him to play,” Bolch said.

Captain John Bennis will miss the match as well for the Magic with ankle ligament damage while striker Michael Kantarovski will also be absent through suspension.

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Cutters plot to break Jets’ stride

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

ILLAWARRA Cutters coach Paul McGregor knows a thing or two about league. When his team faces Newtown in an elimination final in the first round of the NSW Cup finals at Win Jubilee Oval today, he won’t be changing a game plan that qualified the Cutters for the finals in their first season in the competition.
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”Forwards win games of footy, mate, the backs finish them off,” the 14-game NSW Origin centre said.

Illawarra missed out on a top-four finish by just one point, and the club’s success has surprised many. McGregor pinpointed his strong forward pack as the catalyst.

”Our forwards have been outstanding. I don’t hide from the fact that I think our forward pack, barring one or two games, has been the dominant factor in all our success this season,” he said. ”That’s where I think we’ve laid a good platform and that won’t change for the finals.

”I’m expecting our front-rowers [Jack Stockwell and Leeson Ah Mau] to take the challenge up to Newtown, who I know will be really aggressive and at a hundred miles an hour,” the Illawarra legend said.

The Cutters will be without one vital ingredient this week with second-rower and player of the year David Gower to miss the clash with compartment syndrome in his lower leg. While the Cutters have used more than 50 players throughout the year, McGregor is realistic about his team’s loss. ”That will affect us, there’s no doubt about that. Dave [Gower], he’s been fantastic for us. It was touch and go this week but he hasn’t been able to run properly all week. Fingers crossed he’ll be there next week if we are.”

Despite losing twice to the Jets this season, including a heart-breaking one-point loss in round 25 that kept the Newtown season alive, McGregor is confident his team can continue its dream run into week two of the finals.

”It’s a semi-final – that loss has been forgotten, to be honest,” he said. ”Obviously we took a lot out of it to come up with a game plan for Sunday but we’re not worried about that one-point loss.

”We want to get out there and play the way we know we can, we’re the second-best defensive side in the competition and we know that we are going to have to defend well against the quality of Newtown. To limit Newtown scoring points, you’ve got to restrict their field position.

”They’ll be relying on their big front row to do some damage with a smart No.9 in [Kurt] Kara.

”Their danger comes in the form of momentum from their quick play-the-ball.

”But we’ve got a fair bit of resolve in our unit defensively and semi-finals are won on defence. We’ve got to have good discipline, not give away any cheap penalties, we’ve got to hunt together as a pack because Newtown come at you one-out and when they win the play-the-ball, they get on a roll so our biggest focus tomorrow will be our defence.”

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McGlynn’s woe as Sydney celebrates

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

SYDNEY’S joy at being one win away from this year’s grand final has been soured by a hamstring injury to midfielder Ben McGlynn.
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McGlynn was visibly upset as he sat on the bench after breaking down in the third quarter of the Swans’ stunning upset over Adelaide at AAMI Stadium.

The former Hawk will have scans tomorrow or Monday to find out the severity of his injury but with 21 days the standard recovery time for a hamstring injury, he would be at long odds to take part in the preliminary final in a fortnight.

It is a cruel blow for McGlynn, whose toughness and nous around goals have added an extra dimension to the Swans in recent seasons.

His woe was in contrast to the excitement in the Swans dressing room as they celebrated an unlikely 29-point victory over a side they had beaten just twice in their previous 14 matches.

It leaves them within reach of a grand final berth many thought was beyond them after they lost three of their last four home-and-away matches and the services of key defender Heath Grundy to suspension.

But coach John Longmire was guarded when asked whether the Swans could emulate the class of 2005 and win the flag.

”It’s a fair way off,” he said. ”We’re fortunate now we’re in a position where we can sit back and plan and prepare for a home preliminary final in two weeks, and that’s all I will be focusing on.”

Longmire paid tribute to Adam Goodes, who rediscovered his best after a quiet run since recovering from injury in June.

”His first half was outstanding,” he said. ”As captain and someone we look for to stand up in big games, he did that and he was huge; it really lifts the entire side.

”We knew it was coming with Adam. He’s received some criticism outside the footy club. We knew his work rate is second to none.

”The way he started, he was involved in a lot of our scores and he understood the tempo of the game really well.”

Gun ball-winner Josh Kennedy hailed the win as Sydney’s best in recent years.

”In the context of what was on the line and the position we’re in and now the opportunity we’ve given ourselves, as long as I’ve been here it’s been the most valuable win, for sure,” he said.

The seven days off could prove decisive for the Swans, many of whom were last night nursing aching bodies.

”It was a real hard-hitting, tough game and [we’re] really feeling the effects now,” Kennedy said.

”We’ve got a lot of sore bodies [but we’ll] enjoy the week off and look forward to the prelim in Sydney. It’s a bit surreal.”

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