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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.


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.”


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.


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苏州美甲学校/bringbackthebears


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.


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.


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.”


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


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.

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

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.

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: 苏州美甲学校 /

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.”

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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