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Canberra to launch Carney blitz

January 10th, 2019 / / categories: 苏州美甲学校 /

CANBERRA have signalled their intention to smash the life out of former teammate Todd Carney to limit his influence in today’s elimination final.

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.

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: 苏州美甲学校 /

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.

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: 苏州美甲学校 /

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.

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.

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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