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18 Jun

Scott to keep bringing the fire for Storm

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Melbourne’s Curtis Scott says he wont be baited during the NRL grand final.Melbourne centre Curtis Scott wants to make one thing clear: baiting him won’t see him throw another punch like the one that had him sent off earlier this year.
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But that doesn’t mean he’s about to shy away from any one-on-one battles in Sunday’s NRL grand final against the Roosters.

Suspended for two games for a hit that fractured Dylan Walker’s eye socket in May, Scott became the first player to be sent from the field in almost three years in round 12.

It also sparked questions over whether Walker had exposed a weakness in Scott – namely that he could potentially be baited to lose his cool in a key moment on the field.

But the pacy outside back insists that wasn’t the case then, and he’ll only thrive on that kind of battle this weekend and into the future.

“I didn’t do it because he baited me. I did it because he was trying to blue me,” Scott told AAP this week.

“I just thought if you want to try and blue me, I’m not going to shy away from it or anything like that. He didn’t say anything that pulled me in or hurt my feelings.

“I enjoy the banter in the game and it’s one of those things that makes you more competitive on the field because you don’t want to let someone get one up on you.”

Scott will mark up against Roosters youngster Joseph Manu on Sunday night, as he prepares for a second grand final in two full years of NRL.

And punching aside, he’s not about to change his aggressive approach to the game and tenancy to make one-on-one battles personal.

“I’m not the type of person who is going to shy away from something like that, I’m going to embrace it,” he said.

“If someone wants to do it … obviously it’s something I’ve learned from and I’m not going to punch someone but it’s something I’m not going to shy away from.”

Scott will turn 21 next month and he’s the first to admit he belongs to an era from before he was born.

A talented Cronulla junior, he moved to Melbourne at the start of 2016 and has been able to adopt a similar approach to fellow centre Will Chambers.

“I probably should have been playing a couple of decades ago,” he said.

“But it’s something I think the fans like: The physicality and seeing one-on-one battles.

“Not in particular fighting. But they like to see players going at each other. Like during Origin with Latrell Mitchell and Will Chambers

“I remember being a young fella and sitting on the couch I used to like seeing Michael Crocker and Carl Webb get stuck into players.

“Sometimes games get a little bit boring. I know me, I like seeing physicality in the game.”

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18 Jun

Reds veteran Slipper signs with Brumbies

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Veteran Wallabies prop James Slipper has left the Queensland Reds to play for the Brumbies.The Brumbies are confident they can rejuvenate the career of veteran Wallaby James Slipper after signing him on a two-year Super Rugby deal.
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Slipper leaves the Queensland Reds after nine seasons and 104 games, having been on the outer following his admission of cocaine use.

The 86-Test prop has also struggled with mental health issues but Brumbies coach Dan McKellar believes he can thrive again in Canberra.

Slipper was banned for two months in May and fined $27,500 after twice testing positive to cocaine.

The 29-year-old subsequently opened up about his battle with depression following the death of a family member.

He welcomed the chance offered by the Brumbies, where he will effectively replace the retired Ben Alexander and join Wallabies Scott Sio and Allan Alaalatoa in a potent propping rotation.

“The Brumbies have always had a long history of making players better through their program, so to get a chance to be a part of that is very exciting and something I am looking forward to,” Slipper said.

“When I spoke with Dan about 2019 and beyond I was very impressed and cannot thank both him and the Brumbies organisation enough for the opportunity to take my rugby career forward with them.”

Slipper returned to the field in the Wallabies pre-Rugby Championship trial four months ago.

He has continued to impress with Queensland Country in the National Rugby Championship, showing glimpses of the power and mobility that made him a first-choice Wallaby for much of his career.

His last Test was nearly two years ago but McKellar believes the pathway is there for Slipper to return.

“When performing at his best James is a quality international prop,” McKellar said.

“We also understand that the last 12 months have been a challenging time for James and his family. However, following several meetings and discussions with James it is clear he is in now in a very good head space and is highly motivated to get back to professional rugby and prove a point.”

McKellar said off-field support would be put in place for Slipper to improve not only as a player but as a person.

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18 Jun

Wing backing Roosters rookie O’Sullivan

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Sean O’Sullivan is set to be the least experienced NRL grand final halfback in history.Sean O’Sullivan is shaping as the most inexperienced NRL grand final halfback in history.
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But he’s received a much-needed confidence boost with Sydney Roosters great Craig Wing throwing his support behind the one-gamer to handle the pressure cooker should be he asked to fill in for Cooper Cronk.

Given Cronk’s injury was described by the club as a “severe” rotator cuff problem, he seems long odds, but Wing said he had spoken to Roosters players who insisted they were “confident” that the master No.7 will take the field.

The question has become who will fill in for Cronk if he falls short?

Mitchell Aubusson has been named at No.7 but that’s considered a smokescreen.

Ryan Matterson, who filled in for Luke Keary in the halves late in the year, and Brisbane-bound O’Sullivan remain more likely options and could share playmaking duties alongside Luke Keary.

O’Sullivan has only played one game – in the Roosters’ round 18 win over the Gold Coast when he was awarded one of the most controversial tries of the year.

Should he run onto ANZ Stadium, he will surpass South Sydney pair Arthur Moynihan (1949) and Ray Mason (1951) – who had just two premiership games to their credit – as the least experienced grand final half in history.

“Most people will say yes, that’s too much,” Roosters premiership-winger Wing said.

“All that will revolve around Trent Robinson, putting him in the right frame of mind, giving him a set task, not over-complicating things.

“If you were going to be philosophical, it’s a game of footy and he’s played hundreds and hundreds of those.”

Should he get the nod, Wing said O’Sullivan would be told to keep his game simple and a lot of the organising will be done by Keary.

“I’ve seen him play a bit and he’s pretty crafty,” Wing said.

“When I was watching him play, he seems to know his way around the field, he’s got a very handy kicking game.

“If he had to play, I’m sure Trent Robinson would just give him a set task that he needs to do and not worry about too much.

“That will just be enough for the other guys in the team to shine.”

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18 Jun

Short Takes October 1 2018: readers have their say on the day’s news

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AFTER a council meeting on Tuesday, I had a bad fall.It was my own fault, I wasn’t watching my feet.The care and attention I was givenwas over and above anything you would expect, from the CEO down.As a senior citizen, you tend to hit the floor hard.I was driven home by councillor Robbo(I don’t know his full name), and my car was put into storageand delivered to my door the next day.I was even given a hug from our Lord Mayor.I don’t always agree with council decisions, but the kindness made me feel very proud to be called a Novocastrian.Thank you.
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Joyce Foster,WickhamI AM sure the surviving businesses in Hunter Street were looking forward to a boost to sales now the work is finished (‘Light rail construction comes to an end as streets set to reopen’, Herald 28/9).However, having walked the length of Hunter Street recently, it looks like there is going to be no street parking at all. Indeed, even stopping looks to be a no-no. Well done, council.

David Buchan,Speers PointLIGHT rail does not explain bumping the nation’s most n place off global Sydney’s train network. Nor losing the great advantage of trains to the NSW coast. Cut and cover, and/or a “futuristic” single-stanchion corridor, to ideal Newcastle Station, would have got trains out of the way. Revitalisation means frequent 90 minute services putting Sydney on our doorstep, that’s something to celebrate.

Graeme Tychsen,Rankin ParkANYtruth in the rumour doing the rounds thatAndrew Bolt was interested in taking up the top job as chairman of the ABC? Not a good idea in my view.He is a constant critic of the ABC and would like to have it dismantled to his requirements. Imagine! Bolt and Tony Abbott planning the next revolt of the Liberal Party before the next general election.Too horrible to imagine. MrAbbott has already done much damage to the Liberal Partysince he was dumped.

Richard Ryan,Summerland PointWOULD Dick Smith stop moaning about Aldi (‘Aldi labelled ‘unbeatable’ as Dick Smith closes grocery food line’, SMH 26/7)? They are not the only company that send profit out of the country. I believe Dick is blaming them for his failure because he didn’t market his own product properly. That’s his fault, not Aldi’s. In my opinion, if he had given his product a decent name and got the price right he might have succeeded.

Barry Spaulding,CardiffWHEN is the NRL going to movethe grand final back to Sunday afternoon? I really miss the days of having family and a few mates around for a BBQ, and everyone I speak to feels the same. The Victorians have nailed the whole weekend and it’s about time the NRL realised it.

Neil Meyers,Warners BayTHE POLLSIS 2AM too late for pizza?Yes 27%, No 74%

COULD you live without internet, computers and phones for a whole month?Yes 56%, No 44%

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18 Jun

Jye Parker sues Bar Beach Bowling Club and Carlton & United Breweries over beer keg explosion that cost him his left arm

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RECOVERY: Jye Parker in 2014 as he recovered from the beer keg explosion that blew off his left arm. Mr Parker has now launched legal action against Bar Beach Bowling Club and Carlton and United Breweries. Picture: Marina Neil JYE Parker – the man who lost his left arm when a beer keg exploded at the Bar Beach Bowling Club in 2014 – is suing the club and the beer supplier,Carlton & United Breweries, claiming they breached their duty of care.
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Mr Parker, who was lucky to survive the explosion in the cool room of the Kilgour Avenue club in October, 2014, has launched legal action in the NSW Supreme Court and is seeking damages, interest and costs as a result of the injuries he suffered.

Mr Parker claims the beer keg exploded as a result of being “over-pressurised” and that both the club and the brewery were negligent.

In astatement of claim filed in the Supreme Court, Mr Parker alleges that Carlton & United Breweries supplied Bar Beach Bowling Club a “party keg beer dispensing system” without any pressure regulating device –a risk of harm he says was foreseeable and significant.

READ MORE:Bar Beach explosion:Jye Parker’lucky to be alive’On October 10, 2014, a staff member tried unsuccessfully to set up the keg.

Mr Parker, who lived next door in the greenkeeper’s house at the time and was working as a bartender at The Delaney Hotel, was at the club on the night and was asked to help out, according to the statement of claim.

“[Mr Parker] inspected the keg and formed the opinion that one of the hoses connected to the [gas] bottle may have been blocked,” the statement of claim reads.

“[Mr Parker] used a shifting spanner to remove a fitting from the gas bottle, disconnected the hose and installed a second hose.

Bartender sues bowls club over beer keg explosion that cost him his left arm TweetFacebook Paramedics at Bar Beach Bowling Club after the explosion Picture: Jonathan Carroll“[Mr Parker] then reconnected the hose to the gas bottle and tested the system.”

A short time later the beer keg exploded, seriously injuring Mr Parker, who woke from an induced coma the next day to see his left arm had been amputated.

The statement of claim alleges the bowling club breached its duty of care by requesting or allowing Mr Parker to set up the beer keg when they should have known there was no pressure regulating device present.

In reply, lawyers for Bar Beach Bowling & Sporting Club have filed a defence which claims Mr Parker was“very experienced” at setting up party beer keg dispensing systems and should have known that a pressure regulating device was required.

“If [Mr Parker] has suffered injury loss and damage as alleged, which is not admitted, then such injury loss and damage was caused by [Mr Parker’s] own negligence,” Bar Beach Bowling Club’s defence states.

“The plaintiff failed to take reasonable care for his own safety.”

Carlton United said it supplied the club with a keg and cooler box but the club advised it would source its own gas bottle, gas lead hoses and pressure regulating system.

The civil suit will be heard in the Sydney Supreme Court next month.

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