17 Dec

Eagle Shuey’s dog rumour is half true

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West Coast Eagles’ Luke Shuey has been chuckling over rumours his dog injured his ankle.Finals time always sends the rumour mill into overdrive, but did you hear the one about Luke Shuey and his dog?
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Shuey is a certain starter for Saturday’s grand final against Collingwood despite injuring his left ankle in last week’s win over Melbourne.

After injuring his ankle in that game, whispers emerged that Shuey may have actually tweaked it in the lead-up – and that his dog played a part in the saga.

As it turns out, the rumour is half true.

“I had to chase my dog in the backyard and I tripped over, and my missus thought I might have hurt my ankle,” Shuey said with a chuckle.

“But it was fine. It wasn’t as bad as what people thought.

“I don’t know how the rumour got out. And the dog’s fine.”

Another rumour doing the rounds is that Jeremy McGovern has broken ribs.

West Coast have flatly denied that is true, saying the star defender is merely nursing a corked hip.

September has already been a big month for Shuey after welcoming his first child into the world – a boy named Oliver.

Shuey wants to cap off the month with premiership success.

“The new bub’s good. I’m very lucky to have him out happy and healthy,” Shuey said.

“My partner (Dani Orlando) has taken a fair share of the load and taken him into the spare room and let me have my seven or eight hours sleep every night.

“Hopefully I can bring something back to show off to him.

“It would be pretty special to win the grand final. It’s really the only reason you play football.”

Shuey tallied 26 disposals, six clearance, and a goal in the 46-point loss to Hawthorn in the 2015 grand final.

The 28-year-old is confident the Eagles are far better prepared this time around to deal with the big occasion.

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17 Dec

Rooster Ferguson set to break 5km barrier

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Blake Ferguson is set to crack 5000 metres run in 2018 during the NRL grand final.Sydney Roosters star Blake Ferguson isn’t just eyeing a maiden premiership and an n recall, he can also claim a share of NRL history during Sunday’s grand final.
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After the best season of his 10-year career, the Roosters winger is on the cusp of becoming just the third player to break the 5000 metre barrier in a single season.

According to Fox Sports Stats, the 28-year-old goes into the game with 4878m from his 26 appearances.

And considering he has gobbled up 188m per game, he’s expected to make the requisite 122m at ANZ Stadium against the Storm.

The only two players to achieve the feat are Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (5795m), in his magical final season with the Roosters in 2015, and Jason Taumalolo (5050m) when he led North Queensland to the grand final last year.

Roosters fullback James Tedesco is second in the league for running metres with 4306m and even he was floored by his teammate’s output.

“That’s so good,” Tedesco told AAP.

“I’ve been feeling for him for a bit because he had a rough start to the year. But he’s played consistently throughout the year.

“He’s one of my favourite players to play with. I’m going to miss him next year.

“Whenever we get the ball on our 10 metres or inside our own 20, he’s there taking that carry, creating that quick play-the-ball to start our whole set.

“He’s huge for our team and I don’t think a lot of people see that.”

The Parramatta-bound 28-year-old has bounced back in emphatic fashion after the twin disappointments of being dropped from the n squad for last year’s World Cup and losing his NSW State of Origin jersey this year.

After swearing off alcohol and getting his life right off the field, he was rewarded on Tuesday night when he was named the Dally M winger of the year.

Despite being overlooked for state selection, Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga has said he was keeping an eye on Ferguson.

He has plenty of competition to earn an n recall in the likes of Valentine Holmes, Josh Addo-Carr, Tom Trbojevic and Dane Gagai.

However he’s put his best foot forward – sitting in the top five for tries (4th, 18), linebreaks (2nd, 24) and runs (1st, 516) this year.

“He’s been massive,” Ferguson’s right-side partner Joseph Manu said.

“He’s been doing it consistently. He takes those hard carries, he does them all game.

“He’s special for me and he’s been special for the team.”

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17 Dec

War of words between AFL stars erupts between Mo Hope and Mick Malthouse

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A grand final luncheon in Ballarat today resulted in controversy after AFLW star Moana Hope stormed out of the function over comments made by league legend Mick Malthouse.
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The feud at the luncheon, hosted by the North Ballarat Sports Club, started over commentsHope labelled as “disgusting”.

Hope wasfront and centre of the event when she stormed out and did not return.

The furore erupted over a discussion regarding proposed rule changes in the AFL and injuries to women.

Hope says she took offence to the comments, but Malthouse claims his words were taken out of context.

Watch The Courier’s interview with Malthouse, Hope and Jason Akermanis before the function.

After the event, Hope told AFL苏州楼凤.au she felt Malthouse was insinuating women shouldn’t play football.

“He was saying stuff about how women get injured and women should just not play AFL because it’s a man’s game,” Hope told AFL苏州楼凤.au.

“When he was asked about the AFL changing the rules of the men’s game and the square (goalsquare), he then went onto talk about the game back in his day and if the AFL did change the rules, they may as well put skirts on the men, let them play netball and call them women.”

Hope posted this on Instagram on Thursday afternoon.

“The fact he said it’s a man’s game and women shouldn’t be playing and only should play without contact, it really upset me.

“I put my mic down and left the appearance, something I’ve never done before. I was so disgusted and embarrassed, I almost cried, I almost had a panic attack.”

Malthouse responded on Thursday night, believing Hope had taken his comments out of context.

“It was a very unprofessional way of approaching this… clearly she had the opportunity to talk, and to get up and walk out because of a different opinion, I’ve never seen it before.”

“I was asked about the rules and I said the 18-metre rule is ridiculous,” he told Fairfax Media.

The AFL Competition Committee has recently signed off on recommendations that would see the length of goal square extended from nine to 18 metres, and six-six-six starting positions enforced at every centre bounce.

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“Two, I said a game divided up into divisions is netball and they wear a skirt. We do not want to make it into divisions… we do not need a football ground broken into divisions.”

He said he would “never apologise” for his opinion that there should be a modified game for women.

“As far as AFLW, I don’t like it in its present format… they subject themselves to massive injuries. I suggested the ball should be smaller and should be no bumps and only tackle, not go to ground, that would make it uniquely women’s football,” he said.

“I’m all for women playing sport, however the casualty wards in hospitals have too many girls with broken collarbones, busted knees etc.”

In a now deleted post on Instagram, Hope’s partner – model Isabella Calstrom- also spoke out against the former Carlton coach.

“I cannot believewhat this disgrace of a man just said while on stage in front of so many kids and my partner. It’s sickening. How can you have a daughter and speak so poorly of woman and woman in sport,” she wrote.

Onlookers at the event toldThe Courierthe event continued with little fuss after Hope’s dramatic exit.

Hope and the North Ballarat Sports Club did not respond to requests for comment.

– with The Age

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18 Mar

Symbolic move against Suu Kyi in Canada

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Canadian legislators have voted to strip Aung San Suu Kyi of her honorary Canadian citizenship.Canadian legislators, in a symbolic move, have voted unanimously to strip Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi of her honorary citizenship in response to crimes committed against the Rohingya minority.
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The move by the House of Commons lower chamber has no immediate effect because honorary citizenship is conferred by a joint resolution of both the House and the upper Senate chamber and officials say it must be removed the same way.

Suu Kyi received hers in 2007.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters on Wednesday that he was open to looking at stripping Suu Kyi of the honour but said doing so would not end the crisis in Myanmar, where more than 700,000 Rohingya have fled a government crackdown.

The motion on removing the honorary citizenship was proposed by Gabriel Ste Marie, a member of the opposition Bloc Quebecois party, who told reporters after the vote that “I think it’s a great symbol”.

The House of Commons last week unanimously voted to call the killings of Rohingya a genocide, a move that Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said at the time was significant.

“Our government supported this motion in response to her (Suu Kyi’s) continued failure to speak out against the genocide of the Rohingya, a crime being committed by the military with which she shares power,” said Freeland spokesman Adam Austen.

Legislator Andrew Leslie, who serves as Freeland’s parliamentary secretary, told reporters “that the machinery of government will chew over the details of what specifically is required to implement” the motion.

A US government investigation last month found Myanmar’s military waged a “well-planned and coordinated” campaign of mass killings, gang rapes and other atrocities against the Rohingya.

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18 Mar

US regulators sue Tesla’s Musk for fraud

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been accused of fraud by securities regulators.US securities regulators have accused Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk of fraud and sought to ban him as an officer of a public company, saying he made “false and misleading” tweets about taking the electric car company private.
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Musk, 47, is one of the highest-profile tech executives to be accused of fraud by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Losing its public face and guiding force would be a big blow for money-losing Tesla, which has a market value of more than $US50 billion ($A68.8 billion), chiefly because of investors’ belief in Musk’s leadership.

Tesla shares tumbled 12 per cent in after-hours trading. Tesla was not immediately available for comment.

The SEC’s lawsuit, filed in Manhattan federal court, comes less than two months after Musk told his more than 22 million Twitter followers on August 7 that he might take Tesla private at $US420 per share, and that there was “funding secured.”

“Neither celebrity status nor reputation as a technological innovator provides an exemption from federal securities laws,” Stephanie Avakian, co-director of enforcement at the SEC, told a news conference announcing its charges against Musk.

Musk has long used Twitter to criticise short-sellers betting against his company, and already faced several investor lawsuits over the August 7 tweets, which caused Tesla’s share price to gyrate.

According to the SEC, Musk “knew or was reckless in not knowing” that his tweets about taking Tesla private at $US420 a share were false and misleading, given that he had never discussed such a transaction with any funding source.

The SEC said he also knew he had not satisfied other contingencies when he declared unequivocally that only a shareholder vote would be needed.

Thursday’s complaint also seeks to impose a civil fine and other remedies. The SEC does not have criminal enforcement power.

On August 24, after news of the SEC probe had become known, Musk blogged that Tesla would remain public, citing investor resistance.

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18 Mar

Bogey Hole rescue in Newcastle prompts warning for rock anglers

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A MAN was pulled from the water after being swept off rocks near Newcastle’s Bogey Hole on Thursday.
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The incident has prompted a safety warning forrock anglers in the region.

About 10.40am Thursday emergency services were called to the Bogey Hole, after a 28-year-old man, believed to be fishing, was washed off rocks and into the ocean.

The man was rescued by Surf Life Saving NSW and taken to Newcastle Beach.

He was treated for a hand laceration at the scene and taken to hospital for further assessment.

Meanwhile, all rock anglers are urged to follow these safety tips when they venture out:

* Always wear a life jacket

* Make enquiries and check weather and conditions before you leave home

* Observe first/fish later: watch your intended fishing spot to get an idea of the conditions over a full swell/wave cycle

* Carry safety gear; head protection, as well as a float and line to help anyone else who might be washed into the water.

* Never fish by yourself and always stand within sight of each other

* Make sure you let family and friends know where you are going and when you’ll be back

* Carry a mobile phone

* Never fish in exposed areas during rough or large seas and be aware that conditions may change dramatically in a short period of time

* Stay alert. Never turn your back on the sea

* If waves, the weather or swell threaten your fishing spot, leave immediately

* If in doubt, don’t go out

* In the event of an emergency, call Triple-0 immediately.

Further safety information can be found at:www.safefishing苏州夜总会招聘.au.

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18 Mar

Eagles forward Liam Ryan charged with drink driving on eve of grand final

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West Coast’s preparations for a second grand final in four seasons have been thrown into disarray after impressive first-year forward Liam Ryan was charged with drink driving over a car crash in early July.
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The 21-year-old allegedly crashed a Toyota Rav 4 into a tree on July 2 and was found by police nearby at an Armadale park just after 6am, before being taken to Armadale Hospital for a health assessment.

West Coast’s Liam Ryan has been charged with drink driving on the eve of the grand final. Photo: AAP

Ryan said the mid-season incident “straightened me up” in an interview following West Coast’s comeback victory over the Pies at Optus Stadium in the first week of finals.

He paid particular tribute to Eagles full-forward Josh Kennedy and defender Lewis Jetta for helping him through some personal issues.

But on Thursday the club confirmed Ryan had been formally charged by police, who had been waiting for blood test results taken from the mature-aged AFL rookie.

Ryan will appear at Armadale Magistrates Court on October 9 on a drink driving charge of exceeding 0.08g alcohol per 100ml of blood.

The livewire forward has had a brilliant debut season for West Coast and an impressive first finals series to help the club qualify for its second grand final in four seasons.

West Coast in a statement on Thursday afternoon said it would continue to support the no.26 draft pick in dealing with the incident.

“While Ryan was suspended for two AFL games by the club at the time, it has and will continue to work closely with him, with his health and wellbeing always being a priority,” the club said.

“The club has kept the AFL informed of all circumstances around this incident and Liam has at all times co-operated fully with police.

“The club understands the media interest around the situation, but as this is an ongoing legal matter and it involves sensitive personal issues around Liam’s health and well being, there will be no further comment until the legal process has been concluded.”

Ryan earlier this month said the car crash came at a time of personal tumult.

“I had a bit of stuff going on off the field. But now I’m fine, I’m all cleared with all that, and just focused on finals footy,” he said.

Ryan has averaged 12 disposals and just under two goals a game in 12 matches for the Eagles in 2018, including six majors in his past three outings.

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18 Mar

‘Vicious, unprovoked and relentless’: Quartet charged after group attack

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Calling another teenager a “dog” allegedly led to a 19-year-old woman with a “below average learning ability” being kidnapped, burnt, stabbed andthrown, bound and blindfolded, into the Hawkesbury River by four of her former friends.
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The alleged victim, who Fairfax Media has elected not to identify, was picked up from a friend’s house on Saturday by four of her friends – Brooke Browne, 19, Matthew Leuthwaite, 22, a 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl who both cannot be named.

Matthew Leuthwaite did not appear in a brief mention in court on Thursday, where he did not apply for bail. Photo: Facebook

Police facts seen by Fairfax Media suggest that on the way to collect her, the foursome allegedly decided to attack her.

Upon arriving at the Ambarvale address, the alleged victim was physically forced into a Holden Commodore where Mr Leuthwaite allegedly stole her iPhone and she was ordered into the car’s boot.

Ms Browne drove to her family home in Whalan, where the 19-year-old was tied to a chair with a phone charger and subjected to six hours of what investigators called “a vicious, unprovoked and relentless group attack”.

Brooke Browne, a mother-of-one, allegedly stabbed the victim in her right thigh. Photo: Facebook

Blindfolded, the alleged victim was repeatedly punched and hit in the head, hit with a wooden bat, stabbed in both her thighs and had 15 centimetres of her hair cut off. She was left with two stab wounds, deep bruising to her head and face, soreness, burn marks to her hand and “severe emotional trauma”, police say.

Police facts state that while her co-accused were allegedly torturing the victim, Ms Browne cleaned the kitchen and had a shower. When Mr Leuthwaite told her she had not done anything to the victim, Ms Browne, a mother-of-one, allegedly stabbed the victim in her right thigh.

What police facts call a “significant birth defect” meant the teen was “not able to physically resist any attack”.

After six torturous hours, the group allegedly decided to throw the victim in the Hawkesbury River about 5am on Sunday morning to avert police suspicion.

The foursome then got back into the Commodore and Ms Browne drove back to her home at Whalan.

The alleged victim managed to swim to shore and knocked on the door of a nearby home, where police and an ambulance were called. She was taken to Nepean Hospital.

A 19-year-old woman was allegedly thrown from the Windsor Bridge into the Hawkesbury River on Sunday. Photo: Tamara Dean

Police facts say Ms Browne attended Windsor Police Station on Monday and denied any involvement in an interview. She returned on Wednesday where police facts say she “freely implicated her involvement in this matter as alleged and agreed that her actions could have caused the death of the victim and would have caused her significant pain and distress”.

Later that day, the 17-year-old girl also handed herself in. Both were charged with attempted murder, aggravated kidnapping, wounding a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, and robbery with wounding.

The 17-year-old appeared in a Children’s Court on Thursday, while the 19-year-old unsuccessfully applied for bail at Penrith Local Court on Wednesday and will remain in custody until her next appearance.

Mr Leuthwaite also handed himself into Windsor Police Station on Wednesday night, and was charged with attempted murder, detain for advantage in company, aggravated robbery and wound person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

He did not appear in a brief mention at Penrith Local Court on Thursday, where he did not apply for bail which was formally refused.

On Thursday, the 16-year-old boy was arrested at a home in Wallacia and charged with attempted murder, detain in company with intent to get advantage occasioning actual bodily harm, aggravated robbery and wounding a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

He will appear in a Children’s Court on Friday.

On Thursday, the alleged victim’s father thanked investigators for their work.

“I would like to say from the bottom of my heart a huge thank you to the police and detectives you have done a fantastic job,” he wrote on Facebook.

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18 Feb

Kavanaugh accuser denies working in Aust

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Christine Blasey Ford gave evidence at the Senate Judiciary Committee.US professor Christine Blasey Ford, who accuses Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers, has been quizzed about her n work history at an intense US Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.
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Arizona sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, hired by the 10 male Republican senators who control the committee, was probing Ford about her fear of flying.

“In fact, you fly fairly frequently for your hobbies and you have had to fly for your work. Is that true?” Mitchell asked during Thursday’s hearing in Washington DC.

“Correct, unfortunately,” Ford replied.

Mitchell then appeared to presume Ford had worked in .

Ford, 51, is a professor at California’s Palo Alto University and teaches in a consortium with Stanford University.

“You were a consulting bio-statistician in Sydney, ?” Mitchell asked.

“Is that right?”

Ford denied it.

“I have never been to , but the company that I worked for is based in and they have an office in San Francisco, California,” Blasey said.

In a rare moment of levity during the hearing the professor laughed about the prospect of taking the long flight to .

“I don’t think I’ll make it to ,” Blasey said.

Mitchell, also breaking the stark tone of the hearing, smiled.

“It is long,” the prosecutor said.

Ford alleges Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982 at a party by pinning her to a bed, groping her and attempting to pull off her swimsuit.

Kavanaugh vehemently rejects the accusation, but Ford’s claims have the potential to derail his hopes of being appointed to a lifelong seat on America’s highest court.

There had been reports Ford was reluctant to fly from California to Washington DC for Thursday’s hearing and her fear came from the alleged decades ago Kavanaugh assault.

Blasey, a keen surfer, did confirm she has flown to Hawaii, Costa Rica, other South Pacific islands and French Polynesia.

“It is easier for me to travel going that direction when it is a vacation,” Blasey said.

Critics, including US President Donald Trump’s son Don Jr, jumped on her comments.

“I’m no psychology professor but it does seem weird to me that someone could have a selective fear of flying,” Trump Jr wrote on Twitter.

“Can’t do it to testify but for vacation, well it’s not a problem at all.”

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18 Feb

Hazlewood, Marsh perfect in interview

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n Test cricketer Josh Hazelwood has been appointed vice-captain along with Mitch Marsh.Josh Hazlewood is used to being judged by coaches and captains but not so much chairmen, admitting Cricket ‘s search for new leaders took him out of his comfort zone.
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Hazlewood and Mitch Marsh have been appointed vice-captains of the Test side.

Selectors settled on David Warner’s replacement some six months after the banned batsman was stripped of the vice-captaincy.

The governing body broke with tradition by naming two vice-captains while the method it used to select Hazlewood and Marsh was also unprecedented.

Players voted on which of their teammates were leadership material.

This shortlist, which also included uncapped players Aaron Finch, Travis Head and Alex Carey, was then cut down after a formal interview.

Hazlewood and Marsh won over a panel consisting of selectors Trevor Hohns and Greg Chappell, CA chairman David Peever, CA board member Mark Taylor, coach Justin Langer, team psychologist Michael Lloyd and CA high-performance boss Pat Howard.

The paceman and allrounder both spelled out their vision for the team, highlighting the cultural changes they’d like to help impart while also stressing how they wanted to support skipper Tim Paine.

“It was pretty nerve-racking to be honest,” Hazlewood recalled.

“I’d probably rather be out there in front of 50,000.

“A few greats of the game (were on the panel) and it’s not something we do every day.

“It was a little bit different … but a good process to go through. I guess we learned a bit from it, each individual that did it, and we’ll be a bit more comfortable next time we do it.”

Marsh expressed similar sentiments in Dubai.

“With the calibre (of people) in the room, it was quite daunting,” Marsh said.

Hazlewood will miss next month’s two-Test series against Pakistan because of a back injury.

The paceman’s comeback game was against David Warner in grade cricket last weekend while he is hoping to return for NSW in Monday’s one-day clash with Queensland.

If all goes to plan, Hazlewood’s next game for will be an ODI against South Africa in Perth on November 4.

The 27-year-old should have plenty of time to build match fitness before ‘s four-Test series against India starts at Adelaide Oval on December 6.

“There’s a bit of an underdog mentality going into this summer. India are the No.1 side in the world,” Hazlewood said.

“Even though they’ve never won in , you could see them as favourites.

“That will bring out our best cricket.”

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18 Feb

Sidebottom “phenomenal” for AFL’s Magpies

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Steele Sidebottom has been phenomenal in the Collingwood’s AFL finals run, teammate James Aish says.Steele Sidebottom has been so good this AFL season, there are times when Collingwood’s game plan is simply to give it to him.
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The Brownlow bolter and lock-down favourite for the best player of the AFL finals has been un-containable this season.

He’s also the man judged most likely to win the Norm Smith medal.

And that’s evident when you consider the esteem he’s being held in by his teammates.

“If I see him I’ll give him the ball because that’s the best thing almost always,” fellow Magpies midfielder James Aish said.

“His year has been phenomenal. I’m sure he has to win the finals award.

“You know whenever he has the ball you’re safe as a team and he’s going to do something.”

Eagle Mark Hutchings is the man most likely to get the job on Sidebottom, who finished runner-up to Brownlow Medallist Tom Mitchell in Monday’s count.

A strong tag will be crucial to delivering West Coast its fourth premiership.

It’s unlikely to stop Sidebottom winning the Gary Ayres Medal as best finals performer.

Sidebottom is six votes clear of Eagle Jack Redden, the only man who can catch him.

Irrespective of that prize, Aish said he and Pies captain Scott Pendlebury had played a significant role in setting the tone for Collingwood’s unlikely finals run.

The pair both played in the 2010 success and have been crucial sounding boards for younger players.

“During the whole finals, Pendles and Steele have both been enormous,” he said.

“After our first loss to West Coast, they were the first ones to talk after the game. They said we’ve got to treat that as a normal game, learn from it and move on.

“They’ve also made a point to make an effort to enjoy it … to enjoy and take it all in. I go off those guys, they’ve got the experience and know the occasion.”

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18 Feb

Melbourne’s Smith ambiguous on NRL future

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Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smith is remaining ambiguous about his intentions for NRL in 2019.Cameron Smith insists he wants to play on at Melbourne in 2019 but has again refused to confirm that Sunday’s grand final against the Sydney Roosters won’t be his last NRL match.
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A week after dropping a bombshell that he could consider retiring alongside Billy Slater if the Storm win back-to-back titles with a victory on Sunday, the Melbourne captain steered away from the topic in Thursday’s joint press conference.

With coach Craig Bellamy beside him adamant he wanted the superstar hooker to remain at the club next year, Smith again pushed home the fact he remains unsigned for 2019 when asked about last week’s comments and if he would retire if the Storm won.

“I don’t have a contract for next year. I don’t know,” Smith said.

“I worry about this week and preparing well. Hopefully helping the team prepare well and go out and play well on the weekend.

“That’s all I asked to do for my coaches and teammates and whatever happens after the year will happen.”

Pushed on whether he wanted another contract, Smith said: “I’ve said this year several times that I would like to play on next year but at the moment I’m not in that situation.”

Bellamy claimed he hadn’t spoken with Smith about his future since Friday’s press conference, but admitted he’d be mad not to want to the former Kangaroos captain at the club next year.

The 35-year-old has played a record 383 NRL games, and will almost certainly become the first to pass the 400-mark if he plays on in 2019.

He still shows no real signs of letting up, and has been just as influential in the Storm’s run to this year’s grand final as he has in their other seven appearance during his tenure with the team.

However some have argued the fact he retired from representative football at such short notice earlier this year gives some credence to the suggestion he could retire with a win.

“He knows I want him to play on, but it’s up to Cam and his management and our club have to come to some sort of agreement,” Bellamy said.

“There is no doubt in my mind that Cameron going on is the best thing for our club.

“I want him to play on and I can’t see any reason why he can’t go on for another couple of years to be quite honest, but at his age he will go year by year.

“We all know what he has done for the game and our club and the sides he has played for and he is still playing as well as he has ever played.

“I’d be an idiot if I didn’t want him to play on next year.”

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18 Feb

Newcastle Potters Studio marks 50th anniversary

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Back to Back Galleries’ current exhibition tells the story of the city’s love of clay. Photo: Denise Spalding
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The exhibition at Back to Back Galleries until October 14 marks an important anniversary for Newcastle Studio Potters Inc. Fifty years ago the area’s ceramic artists and amateurs formed an association, which continues to flourish.

But the start of Newcastle’s love of clay was earlier than 1968. The first pottery classes date from 1961 when London-trained Madeleine Scott Jones was encouraged to set up classes by a groundswell of women keen to join the trend for handmade pottery, then sweeping much of the world. There were brown glazed mugs and casseroles, along with caftans and internal raw brick walls. There were dinner parties with avocados, chilli con carne or canard à l’orange, all servedon handmade dishes. Life was suddenly more casual. Art was big. Anne von Bertouch set up her gallery.

Madeleine initially had four full classes, confirming to a previously sceptical Technical College administration, which provided the facilities, that there was a real local demand. Students learned simple hand-building processes and, after a year, graduated to the wheel. Everything they made was designed for use. Is the only surviving link with those earliest days Barbara Blaxland Pengelly, with her long history of supplying hand-built tableware for Hunter Valley resorts?

The Studio Potters maintained momentum and around 80 members, with audacious plans to set up a workshop and gallery. The former Back’s butcher shop was bought in 1973, but it took until 1992 before the gallery opened in a thoroughly renovated building, funded by the members themselves and a series of moneymaking events. Who can forget the Great Platter Auction of 1991, with large plates thrown by American virtuoso professional potter Sean Nicholson and decorated by celebrities? The gallery has exhibited work by many major ceramic artists. The workshop provides facilities for popular classes and a shop was later added.

Styles have evolved. Pottery became ceramics, taught in art schools. In the Newcastle context, charismatic lecturers such as Ken Leveson and Michael Keighery expanded the artistic horizons of their students to include ceramic sculpture, sometimes at the expense of traditional craft skills. Feminism and other forms of protest ideology entered the craft world. Porcelain was rediscovered, leading to a renaissance of decoration, with elaborate surface treatments such as we see in the present tea party-themed exhibition in work by members using different sets of skills.

The whimsical teapots of Claire Locker-Potter are designed not for pouring tea, but as handsome decorative objects. Other highlights include Patricia Luck’s boldly painted designs and Sue Stewart’s well-thrown mugs and bowls, as well as her miniature still life wall pieces, blurring the contemporary division between art and craft.

These terms are not mutually exclusive, as we regularly observe at Timeless Textiles or in the widely prized work of Newcastle-born international jeweller Helen Britton.

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