Monthly Archives: January 2019

  • Will Hawthorn’s Isaac Smith play? It all comes down to Thursday training


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    Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has indicated that a final call on whether injured speedster Isaac Smith will play in the qualifying final against West Coast on Friday will be made after training on Thursday afternoon.

    Clarkson has been surprised by the rate of progress Smith has made in the five days since the game against Carlton and suggested the outlook for the dual premiership wingman was more positive than it was earlier in the week.

    Smith, who flew to Perth with “five or six” teammates on Wednesday night before the main group flew on Thursday, damaged a medial ligament after being tackled by Blues midfielder Jason Tutt.

    “We said it was 50-50 and probably needed everything to go right for it to be a selection opportunity for us this week, but he’s progressed really well,” Clarkson said at Melbourne Airport on Thursday morning.

    “He’ll do some training while we’re in Perth and we’ll make an assessment over the next 24 hours as to whether he’s right to play.

    “All will be determined by how well he can move this afternoon when we have a run around, so if he’s OK then we’ll make a call right there and then or if he’s not.”

    Despite the lure of a home preliminary final hanging on the match, Clarkson insisted he would not risk playing Smith if he was deemed unfit.

    “We’re going to take our best team in, but we’re not going to take in blokes who aren’t quite right. If he can’t prove his fitness then he doesn’t play, it’s pretty simple really,” Clarkson said.

    Clarkson drew confidence from the fact his side beat West Coast at Domain Stadium just five weeks ago in the same kind of wet conditions which are being forecast for Friday monster encounter.

    “It’s good to know that you’ve won in the west against this opponent in more recent times, but you don’t just think that it’s all just going to roll out that way this time around,” he said.

    “It’s a different game, a couple of different changes to the side.”

    One of those changes for West Coast is the inclusion of influential ruckman Nic Naitanui who sat out the round 19 meeting due to the passing of his mother.

    Clarkson agreed that stopping the All-Australian nominee would go a long way to ensuring a Hawthorn victory.

    “If he has a significant influence on the game, it’s going to make it really difficult for us to win,” Clarkson said.

    “He’s quite possibly going to be All-Australian ruckman and has been very, very important to their side.”

    West Coast and Hawthorn possess two of the most potent attacks in the competition.

    For the Eagles, Coleman medalist Josh Kennedy (75 goals), Mark LeCras (45), Josh Hill (35) and Jamie Cripps (32) have combined for 187 goals.

    For the Hawks, Jack Gunston (52), Luke Breust (45), Jarryd Roughead (43) and Cyril Rioli (35) have slotted 175 majors between them.

    It’s for that reason that Clarkson believes whichever team wins the midfield battle, and supplies their forward line with more opportunities to score, will probably win the game.

    Clarkson dismissed a suggestion his team had to silence the parochial West Coast crowd as quickly as possible.

    “It was five goals to two against in the game that we played there five weeks ago,” he said.

    “Every game that you play you’d like to get off to a good start, but if you don’t it’s not absolutely catastrophic, you can still find a way to get back into the contest.”

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  • Johnathan Thurston says he would boycott Dally M awards over pay dispute


    NRL players may boycott Dally M awards
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    Johnathan Thurston says he would happily boycott the Dally M awards in grand final week over an ongoing pay dispute between the NRL and the Rugby League Players Association.

    Thurston, a three-time Dally M winner, has made it clear he will consider giving up an almost certain fourth medal if the financial demands of he and his fellow players are not met.

    Speaking to the Triple M’s Grill Team on Thursday morning, the North Queensland halfback said he would abandon the NRL’s showpiece awards night to make a point that he and other players, including Melbourne and Cronulla skippers Cameron Smith and Paul Gallen, are unhappy about receiving what they believe is an unfair share of the game’s revenue.

    “I was one of the boys that actually raised that [boycotting the Dally M awards], we have done it in the past,” Thurston said.

    “I have got no qualms or worries in doing that [not attending] if that’s what the RLPA and the players are united in doing.

    “Whether that affects the NRL I’m not too sure. Of course it will a little, but I think there’s probably better ways going around it where we can be better in that area of affecting the NRL.”

    The Rugby League Players Association have been discussing with the NRL the prospect of players receiving a slice of the $925 million free-to-air television deal beginning in 2018.

    A number of NRL players including Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, James Maloney, Wade Graham and Ryan Hoffman retweeted a link to a Fairfax story outlining the demands of the players and the possibility they might boycott the Dally M awards.

    Thurston said players are not asking for an increase in their salaries, but are more focused on retirement funds and extending the amount of annual leave from six weeks to eight.

    “The biggest concern that we’re having at the moment is with the player welfare and the retirement fund,” Thurston said. “As a playing group we are 100 per cent united behind the RLPA and we feel we aren’t getting a return of serve in a professional manner.

    “None of this type of stuff has been done before us, and now is the time that we believe as the players association is to stand up and be counted.”

    Thurston, who is preparing for North Queensland’s clash with the Brisbane Broncos on Saturday evening, said the RLPA and players were hoping to eradicate five-day turnarounds to prevent teams, like the Melbourne Storm in recent weeks, playing three games in just 10 days.

    Asked about the potential of boycotting NRL matches, Thurston remained coy and said it could be a discussion point if the NRL were not open to change.

    “We haven’t spoken about boycotting games or anything like that, but if we feel as though the NRL aren’t coming to the party then we will have to have a chat and go from there and get everyone’s view on the positioning,” Thurston said.

    “We’re just trying to set up a better working environment for players that are coming through and for players that will be there when the likes of myself and other players are at the back end of their careers.” 

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  • Jim Carey lights up the golf course


    LAST Saturday’s stroke event at the Singleton Golf Club was played on recently renovated greens; however some players seemed to see this as an advantage with strong scores being recorded in all grades.
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    Jim Carey was the standout player on the day.

    ON PAR: Golfers took on the greens at the Singleton Golf Club at the weekend.

    He easily won B grade with a nett score of 64 as well as nearest the pin prizes on the sixth, seventh and ninth holes.

    Bob Fry also had a great event.

    His net 68 won the B grade runners up prize and also the weekly secret 9 competition.

    A tight finish in A grade had captain Mark Newman using a countback to separate Brady Hay and Ben Harris.

    Hay’s superior back nine was an advantage and he was given the nod.

    Steve Moore moved straight to the top of C grade with his nett score of 67.

    This was one of his best outings for a while and this die-hard golfer deserves all his success.

    Singleton’s finest educator Mick Daley managed second place for his 69 nett.

    Fry’s secret nine winning score was 33c/b.

    All the other placegetters were also on that score.

    They were Reese Brinkworth, Shane Porteus and Tony Fay.

    This Saturday’s event is an individual par and with the greens improving by the day we should expect some sharp scoring.

    The Lancaster Holden Scramble has been rescheduled for Sunday week, September 20.

    There will be two shotgun starts; one at 8am and the other at 12.30pm.

    All teams wishing to play mustre-enter for the competition through the touch screen or Pro Shop.

    This year’s championships arefast approaching and the timesheetwill be taking entries from September 19.

    Entries must be made only through the Pro Shop.

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  • Elders out to teach young Babes a lesson: Profiles


    ELDERS will be hungry for a win on Saturday, but must get past the Babes to earn the premiership.
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    After securing the minor premiership, Elders is looking for another strong match from its line up.

    The club put together some player profiles to showcase its roster ahead of the match.

    Here is how the side will line-up.

    Sam Earnshaw (goalie) – The super goalie! Sam is experienced in this position with very quick reflexes. She has only let in three goals this season.

    Michelle Bartlett –

    Strong and reliable in the backs with great skills to run the ball herself.

    Jacinta Griffin –

    Jacinta is another reliable back with great skills. She plays a pivotal role and is a vocal member of the team.

    Joccoaa Rogers –

    Captain-coach and all rounder, Joc will be all over the field and is crucial to the team’s attack and defence this weekend.

    Casey Curtis –

    Casey has great ability and is a solid defender. She gets play out of danger with a powerful strike.

    Jodie Smith –

    Strong in attack and defence, Jodie is always hungry for the ball.

    Casey Matthews –

    Fast and skilful, Casey will stay strong in tough situations. Watch out for her stealth attacks.

    Tracy Byrnes –

    Tracy is the team’s main goal scorer this year with skills to bring the ball down the sideline fast.

    Rosie Gray –

    The quiet achiever and the most improved player in the team. Rosie is vital in attack with great patience.

    Sophie Parbery –

    Sophie packs unbelievable speed and strength, don’t underestimate her strike potential.

    Barb Rogers –

    An experienced and very hardworking team member, who always puts her body on the line. She will be vital in attack this weekend.

    Jennifer Leary –

    You wouldn’t know it was only her first season with the team. A good fit with her skills improving each game.

    Tiarne Pointon –

    Tiarne is another fast and solid player who can defend, attack and score goals.

    Anne Pointon –

    An experienced campaigner and important team member, who leads by example.

    Ebony Pointon (floater) –

    Ebony is one of the fastest members of the competition and will play any position to her best.

    Emma Roberts (floater) –

    Emma has stepped up this year and will defend all day and never give up against much older and more experienced players .

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  • Breakfast helping kids in need


    ANOTHER HELPING: Golden Square Primary School students Nusaiba, Matilda, Lily and Sofia and Bendigo West MP Maree Edwards get ready to fill their bowls for a nourishing breakfast.Local families doing it tough and barely able to provide breakfast for their children will get some reprieve under astate plan.
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    From the first day of school next year, 14 schools dotted across Bendigo will be part of the Breakfast Clubs program.

    Golden Square Primary School will be one of the 500 schools across the state to get a healthier start and set students up for an energetic day of learning, Bendigo West MP Maree Edwards said.

    “We know there are many children who come to school everyday and theyhaven’t had an opportunity to have breakfast,” she said.

    “There are families struggling for a number of reasons, cost of livingbeing one of them.”

    Have you had breakfast today? These kids will be served the most important meal in state plan for struggling families pic.twitter南京夜网/ZG6UGtAOAH

    — Erin Handley (@erinahandley) September 10, 2015Bendigo Advertiser revealed rising costs of living were taking their toll on local families, includingelectricity bills, fuel prices, rentals and groceries.

    Ms Edwards said the state government was keenly aware of joblessness in Victoria, which she suggested would worsen when Toyota and Holden close in the state.

    “The unemployment situation is dire,” she said.

    She said thebreakfast program was just part of a broader package –including uniform and school camp help –to support struggling families.

    She called on the federal government to do more to support unemployed people.

    Axedale Primary, Bendigo Primary, Bendigo Special Developmental School, California Gully Primary, Egalehawk Primary, Epsom Primary, Kalianna Special School, Kangaroo Flat Primary, Lightning Reef Primary, Raywood Primary, Specimen Hill Primary, Weeroona College Bendigo and White Hills Primary schools will all be part of the breakfast club program.

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