Lions facing an uphill battle against St Pat’s

Craig Johnson and the Dubbo Lions will be hoping for an improved showing at Bathurst on Saturday. Photo: CHERYL BURKE Andrew Murrell and the Dubbo Lions will be determined to turn their seasona round at Bathurst on Saturday. Photo: CHERYL BURKE
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THE Dubbo Lions have had little to cheer about so far in 2016 and on Saturday they face another challenge when they make the trip to Bathurst.

Following last week’s 5-2 loss to the Orange Wanderers the Lions meet second-placed St Pat’s.

The Bathurst side have been in fine form this season, losing just two of eight matches so far, and the only thing keeping them from the top of the ladder is the fact they lost four points due to playing an unregistered player.

The Lions were also dealt that punishment and it put them on the bottom of the ladder, somewhere they remain.

Despite being winless, their one win in the opening round was stripped as punishment, there have been positive signs for the Dubbo side.

On Saturday they will be desperate to show improvement again as they look to make up for the embarrassment of last time they met St Pat’s.

The Bathurst side dominated that match back in mid-April, winning 12-0 and coach Graeme Waters will be determined to avoid that kind of score this time out.

Matt Waters and Stuart McKenzie will again be key after finding themselves on the scoresheet numerous times this season.

The action at Bathurst gets underway at 1.35pm.

Elsewhere, Orange Wanderers are looking to build on last week’s win over the Lions when they take on Lithgow Zig Zag.

The Wanderers won comfortably last week and now face two crunch games.

Player-coach Matt Johnson said wins in the next two matches will keep them within reach of the top two on the ladder.

Despite dominating the game against Dubbo, Johnson wants to see his side still play better against Zig Zag.

“They’ve been flying under the radar a bit,” Johnson said of the Lithgow team.

“We’re going back to our basics. Our passing and trapping probably wasn’t up to scratch against Dubbo, if we can execute our basics the rest should take of itself.”

In the women’s PLH, the Dubbo Blue Jays enjoy the bye.

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Christmas rose great for winter

The Christmas rose, helleborus niger, is so called because in the northern hemisphere where it originated it blooms over Christmas.
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Comfrey is great for the compost heap.

It is not a rose but its white flowers resemble a single rose.

DELICATE: The helleborus niger is not a rose but its white flowers resemble a single rose.

It grows best in a shaded place where the soil is deep and contains much humus and moisture.

Plant it where you might grow ferns and protect it from strong winter winds.

The best time to plant a Christmas rose is in autumn. A common mistake is to plant it too late in spring.

Unless planted well before this, it will not build up enough reserve energy to enable it to bloom the following winter.

Christmas roses must not be planted too deep and special care must be taken that the roots are not damaged.

Plant them so that the crown is no more than two or three centimetres below the soil surface.

A plant will last for many decades so the soil must be well prepared with humus. Leaf mould and peat moss can be dug in too. Only very old and well-rotted manure should be used.

The soil should be about neutral rather than acid.

Christmas roses here can bloom any time from May to August, depending on weather conditions.

Comfrey

Comfrey is a very tenacious plant. Once you have it in your garden you will have much trouble in getting rid of it.

It is rich in calcium, phosphorus, potassium and trace minerals and in vitamins A and C.

Comfrey has long been used medicinally for all sorts of ailments, both internally and externally.

But medical experts now believe that excessive internal use can cause irreversible liver damage and say it should be taken very sparingly, or better still not at all.

But there’s one good thing about comfrey. It’s great for the compost heap.

Conifers

Conifers, as we all know, come in all shapes, sizes and many colours.

The most familiar ones range from shrubs to gigantic trees.

Not so well known is the fact that there are many which are low growing ground covers, and these can give you year-round colour.

Most ornamental conifers belong to two families, juniper and cypress.

You’ll be bewildered by the botanical names on conifer plants in garden centres.

If you’re looking for ground covers watch out for junipers with the names horizontalis, depressa or prostrata.

Juniperus communis depressa aurea is a good example.

It spreads outward with curved branches drooping at the tip. It changes colour charmingly throughout the season. It starts with bright gold in spring, fades to green and gold for summer and then takes on beautiful silver purplish hues, flecked with bronze, for winter. It will thrive in poor soil.

For a fast grower try juniperus horizontalis douglasii. It is steel blue in summer, purple in winter and has stiffish, spreading branches.

Even more attractive is juniperus horizontalis glauca, which grows closer to the ground and has blue berries. It is blue-green.

All of these plants are not fussy about soil or even about rainfall.

Jobs to do

Many areas can expect frost from now on. Any pumpkins that are still outdoors should be brought in and stored in a dry place.

Remember not to lift them by their stems and don’t let them touch each other on the shelf.

Perennials such as delphiniums and foxgloves should have their dead stalks cut off and removed. Fork in some dolomite around them and bed them down for winter with a mulch of hay.

You can also dig up perennials now and divide them, unless you are in a very cold area, in which case leave them until spring.

Kitchen herbs can be divided or planted out. Thyme, sage and marjoram can be split up. So can chives.

Conifers come in all shapes and sizes.

Bring in pumpkins and store.

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Natural disaster cash grants sought to help relieve dairy farmer pressures

ADF President Simone Jolliffe and Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce in Victoria this week after discussing the federal government’s response to the dairy price cut crisis.
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AUSTRALIAN Dairy Farmers are asking government to adjust the eligibility criteria for $20,000 in cash grants that normally aid communities hit by natural disasters like floods and fires, to support embattled dairy farmers impacted by the shock milk price cut crisis.

ADF President Simone Jolliffe welcomed various support measures promoted by different groups to promote support dairy farmers this week including banks easing debt pressures and financial assistance by State governments.

Ms Jolliffe was one of several industry leaders and dairy farmers who met for talks this week with Agriculture and Water Resources Minister Barnaby Joyce near Shepparton in Victoria, to address a response package.

Ms Jolliffe said support measures from the major banks and State governments had been declared but federal government grants remained a core priority.

She said a verbal request was made to Mr Joyce this week to amend the eligibility criteria for disaster relief assistance to provide $5000 grants for professional business advice for farmers suffering the heaviest impacts of the price cut crisis.

That request also applied to $15,000 cash grants that can be provided to assist immediate recovery efforts for dairy farmers which are normally issued for community support following extreme weather events.

Ms Jolliffe said the support package also needed to be bipartisan and she would speak to Shadow Agriculture Minister Joel Fitzgibbon, and Mr Joyce, in understanding the caretaker conventions of government due to the federal election.

“ADF is extremely welcoming of any support that can assist those dairy farmers who have been impacted by these unplanned price cuts by milk processors,” she said.

“We are using our own resources to assist farmers at this time but we also need more federal government assistance to support those most heavily impacted, including fast-tracking Farm Household Allowance.

“We also need to amend the criteria for concessional loans and to help with access to cash grants that are provided to communities hit unexpectedly by natural disasters like floods and fires that help them with recovery efforts.”

Ms Jolliffe said improving resources to strengthen the delivery of Rural Financial Counselling Services for the dairy industry, was also a priority.

She said about 4000 of the nation’s 6100 dairy farmers were impacted by Murray Goulburn’s retrospective price cuts which were followed by Fonterra and the exact number of businesses needing the cash grants was still being determined.

After this week’s meeting near Shepparton, which included Health Minister Sussan Ley and Regional Development and Health Minister Fiona Nash, Mr Joyce said various measures were being considered, to implement an assistance package.

That included resources to assist effected farmers with managing paperwork on Farm Household Allowance applications.

Mr Joyce said he would also talk to the Finance Minister about changing the criteria for delivering concessional loans, at a cheaper rate.

“We have access to a quarter of $1 billion per year which we got through the White Paper and concessional loans so let’s see if we can make more of that available to people in the dairy industry,” he said.

Mr Joyce said dairy industry members had promised to provide him with a statement on their support requirements after the meeting which Ms Jolliffe said was due early next week.

“There are a couple of other issues that we said we are going off-line with to make sure that we get a result,” he said.

“We are already working towards the solution right now – we will be continuing on with the solution.”

The Nationals leader said the snap milk price reduction would be “more widely felt later on” but was currently concentrated on Fonterra and Murray Goulburn.

However, he stressed there was a strong global outlook for the dairy industry which he said was not suffering a “systemic downturn”.

“It’s got a short-term problem and we will find our way through this and we will continue on,” he said.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is also looking into the circumstances underpinning the milk price cuts as is the Australian Securities & Investments Commission.

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NSW teachers say ‘full Gonski’ a must

WE NEED IT: NSWTF deputy president Gary Zadkovich said it was clear there was widespread support for the Gonski funding.THE NSW Teachers’ Federation (NSWTF) said a powerful message was delivered to New England candidates at their education forum – “New England kids need the full Gonski”.
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The forum featured representatives from the local community, who talked about the importance of seeing out the needs-based public school funding program proposed in the Gonski report. The report recommended a federal government funded program for six years, until the end of 2019.

However the government has only guaranteed to provide extra funding until 2017.

Independent candidate Tony Windsor and Greens candidate Mercurius Goldstein outlined their education platform at the forum, with both supporting the fullGonski reforms.

Statements were also read from the Country Labor candidate David Ewings and independent Rob Taber, again supporting the reforms.

A NSWTF spokesperson said those at the forum were left feeling ignored by incumbent member Barnaby Joyce, who could not attend and did not provide a statement for the meeting to consider.

NSWTF deputy president Gary Zadkovich said in 2013 there was bipartisanship for full Gonski funding.

“Politics were put aside and students put first,” he said.

The seat of New England has received $14.1 million in extra funding – the second highest after Parkes – but would miss out on a great deal more, with most of the Gonski funding coming in the last two years.

Mr Zadkovich said the money is there but politicians were not prepared to allocate it to schools.

He suggested building one less submarine would provide the full Gonski funding.

“Gonski is the fairest system of education funding we’ll ever see in our life time – every child has the right to an equal opportunity to a quality education,” Mr Zadkovich said.

“The message from the forum is to stand up for our children and grandchildren and call on all political parties and candidates in the New England to support full Gonski funding.”

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Election 2016: When a pollie promises to cut, you know they’re serious

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten during the People’s Forum debate at the Windsor RSL. Photo: Andrew MearesParty leaders are criss-crossing the country. No baby is safe from political puckering, no shopping centre free from the risk of a made-for-television walk-through from those who would be prime minister.
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Springtime might bring on the shearing, as the old Australian folk song would tell us, but election time brings on the something altogether unique – the dark art of election promises.

It’s true that the less likely you are to win power, the more fanciful your promises can be. After all, if you never have to implement it, you can promise to paint the Sydney Harbour Bridge pink and pave Carlton’s Lygon Street without fear of breaking them.

Of course, the only reason you’d make fanciful promises is the slim-but-springing-eternal hope that they might, just might, do the trick and get you elected. Which then becomes an election you’re almost sorry you won, as you have to then either pony up for the pink paint or tell the Australian people that, well, sorry, I didn’t mean it.

In the latter corner sits almost every prime minister of the past two decades. No cuts to the ABC? Um, yeah, about that… L-A-W Law tax cuts? Well, not so much. Non-core promises? No carbon tax under the government I lead? “Never ever” a GST?

It’s enough to make you wonder why we listen before an election at all. The pollies we deserve?

I have some sympathy for our politicians, though. It’s how the game is played, in Canberra, in the media and in our homes. “Boring but honest and responsible” is a great way to govern, but a terrible way to try to win government, I’m afraid. Self interest and a lack of attention from voters is a bad start. And when you’re the only party playing by the rules, you’d be at an enormous disadvantage.

So, bring on the promises and the pork barrelling – it’s election time.

Maybe the only promises we should believe are those that’ll actually cost us something. After all, no pollie is going to risk losing votes before an election, then fail to follow through on the policy. Who wins the cutting war?

The superannuation system is a good starting point. The Coalition has announced changes that limit the size of the tax-free portion of our super.

That’s smart and responsible – a system that was supposed to take the place of pensions was never meant to be the equivalent of a Cayman Islands tax haven.

Then we have the bizarre situation of Labor – for purely political purposes – wanting to water down the changes.

When PM Turnbull is trying to take money away from millionaires, and former AWU boss Shorten is giving it back, you know we’re in an election.

Super is overly generous, and changes need to be made. A points victory to the Coalition. Gearing up

The parties go back to their respective ideological corners for the next round – negative gearing. At issue are the dual (related) concerns of housing affordability and the fairness of tax concessions on interest.

Labor is flagging cuts, while the Libs have decided it will cause the sky to fall down. The Baby Boomers want negative gearing left alone, while Gen Y/Millennials want it gone. Kids blaming their parents for being out of touch? Plus ça change.

Housing affordability is a real issue that needs to be addressed.

But if we allow companies to deduct their interest costs, why not property investors? This round is a draw.

Then there’s Labor’s plan to halve the capital gains tax discount on assets held longer than twelve months. Self-interest rears its head here, too, but the policy question is simple: what social or economic good is created by the current 50 per cent discount, and would it be materially undone by reducing it to 25 per cent.

There are good reasons for investing for the long term – but those reasons are self-generating (ie great returns), and not reliant on the tax system for those benefits.

Without a clear reason to keep it, Labor wins this round. Restoring balance

Not returning the budget to surplus as quickly as previously promised is a change from both parties. With nothing to split them, this round is a draw somewhat by definition. If history was a guide, we might think that a Coalition government would restore the budget balance more quickly, but history owes more to circumstances than policy. A draw it is.

Cutting medical funding feels like a terrible move – but targeting GPs and testing (think radiology and pathology) is Coalition policy. Labor opposes it. For many years, federal governments of both stripes have been reining in subsidies to pharmacies and their wholesalers, delivering much-needed savings.

Freezing increases in the Medicare rebate for doctors and cutting incentives for scans and testing is a smart move that can always be reversed if they result in unfavourable patient outcomes.

A victory for the Coalition. Foolish takeaway

What does all of this have to do with investing? Nothing and everything.

If you plan to negatively gear an investment property, or you own shares in a pathology business, you’ll be keenly interested in the specific outcomes. But more broadly, to assist continued economic prosperity, the budget needs to be balanced – over time – by getting the combination of spending and tax into better shape, as well as making sure policy decisions boost economic activity, not just economic wealth.

There’ll be plenty more promises to come before election day, but the true long-term investor knows that self-interest (as well as sensible public policy) is making sure the economy has the right long-term settings, to maximise growth – which in turn leads to economic and investor success.

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Footy comes to the fore at Pyengana

SIXTY YEARS IN THE MAKING: East Coast Swans and Winnaleah line up before the historic match on Saturday. Picture: SuppliedEverything Australians know and love about country footy came to the fore at Pyengana Oval last Saturday.
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Hosting its first game in 60 years,the town of 120 attracted an estimated crowd of 1200 to a match which sawhome side East Coast Swans snatch a7-point win ina windy, see-sawing clash against Winnaleah.

The historical significance of the occasion was not lost onthose involvedas the Swans kitted out in 1950s replica Pyengana guernseys, which were auctioned off after the game.

Such was the success of the event that match organiser Michael Lefevre’s arguably optimistic pre-match estimate of 1000 spectators was well and trulyexceeded,and plans have already been made to bring netball as well as an NEFU clash to the ground next year.

Despite the six-decade gapbetween matches, the oval more than met expectations.

“A lot of players commented on it – they reckoned it was probably the best ground they’ve played on in the NEFU,” Mr Lefevre said.

“It’s a nice ground and we’d done a bit of work to it -we’ve been working on it for a couple of years.”

After conceiving the return of football to the ground several years ago, Mr Lefevre and a ten-strong team set about preparing the ground for use.

Leading up to Saturday’s match, the team spent many aweekendclearing the ground’sperimeter of blackberries and dead trees, a feat which eventually allowed council workers to access the ground with mowers.

More recently, lines and goal posts were erected – allwith the help ofwell-wishing friends and acquaintances.

“There’s a bloke who lives not far down from Pyengana, he’s got a crane and we just asked him and he said he’d bring the crane up one weekend and lift the posts up.

“We dug the holes by hand and we mixed the cement by ourselves -we just had a level and a few boards and tried to keep it simple and we got the job done.”

A 100-person grandstand and two marquee tents were also donated to add to the atmosphere on game day.

“At St Helens you’d go down there and tell them what we were doing and they’d say “yeah we’ll help you, we’ll donate them”.

“Everyone got behind it and we couldn’t be more thankful for those people that helped –that’s what happens out here, people get onand do whatever they can do to help.”

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Supercoach Surtees

TAMWORTH’s own supercoach Ron Surtees has been recognised with a Tamworth Community Sports Award this month after over 45 years of developing talent across the region.
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The monthly Sportsmans Warehouse-backed award never misses its mark, although few awardees can boast a record as impressive as the former Tamworth High teacher and coach, who has a litany of sporting and coaching achievements to his name including the mentoring of a few local Olympians.

Specialising in water polo and rugby league, Surtees first hit the coaching spotlight when he took up a teaching and coaching role at his former school Tamworth High in 1970, remaining there until retiring in 2008.

In that time Surtees coached the school’s water polo team to 14 state water polo championships and into a golden era of local players, with five of them going on to the Institute of Sport and then the Olympics. Nathan Thomas captained the Australian team in Atlanta along with fellow Surtees mentee Craig Miller.

Sportsmans Warehouse managers Bob Barber and Ricky Craig flank local sporting identity Ron Surtees who was recognised with the Tamworth Community Sports Award this month. Photo: Barry Smith 190516BSA01

In rugby league Surtees is one of the only people in the country that can lay claim to winning a University Shield as part of Tamworth High’s 1965 side, and winning one as coach in 1978.

“I was privileged to coach one and play in one,” Surtees said.

Surtees also took the school hockey team to three state finals, winning one and losing the other two in shoot-outs.

Overall the supercoach directed Tamworth High teams to 49 state finals across the three sports, that number climbing to an even 50 including his University Shield win, and more impressively coming away with 30 titles for a winning percentage that would be the envy of any coach.

While still at Tamworth High, Surtees was invited to help out at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, where his next brainchild and passion began along with Wally Franklin, the Tamworth Regional Sporting Hall of Fame and following that the Olympian Honour Wall on the front of Ray White House.

“When I was working at the Olympics I had the idea and knew that we had at least eight Olympians from Tamworth,” Surtees said.

“We formed a committee and decided to go for it.”

“It was a real highlight to have all the athletes turn up to the unveiling of the plaques, and all of them said it was an honour.”

“It was an absolute thrill.”

Surtees only concern now is who he and people like chairman Wally Franklin can pass the baton to.

“We need to keep adding the future Olympians and recognising the achievements from this region,” Surtees said.

He believes that Bill Chaffey and John Porch will likely take the next two plaques for para-triathlon and rugby sevens respectively, and also believes that the talent in the region can keep the plaques coming at a good rate.

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Two in a row for Guy and Hulme

Justin Guy and local Eric Hulme in their Pro Buggy (PIC: Sean O’Leary)Maitland driverJustin Guy and navigator Eric Hulme made it two in a row when they took out overall honours in the Scott’s Hydraulics Dondingalong Off Road Challenge hosted by the Kempsey Macleay Off Road Club
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Guy and Hulme in their Pro Buggy beat home Peter Carr and Matthew Windham in their Polaris UTV Superlite with Glenn Hoffman driving solo completing the podium positions. KMORC secretary David Spokes with Glen Hayes alongside finished fourth, only 1.15 seconds behind Hoffman after nearly 45 minutes of racing over the technical 2.2km Dondingalong course.

Spokes was happy with how he had gone and how the racing had panned out over the weekend.

“From my own point of view I was pretty happy with my race, we were testing a new gearbox and it was good to get a top four result,” Spokes said. “In the end it was Justin Guy and local Eric Hulme who took the win from Peter Carr in a UTV Superlite Polaris.

KMORC secretary David Spokes and Glen Hayes finished fourth (PIC: Sean O’Leary)

“The Superlites go really well at Dondingalong, being four-wheel drive on what is a tight track so it is no surprise to see them at the front.”

The racing consisted of five heats with every class having at least two runs on a track soaked with water to keep down the dust. Spokes said this adds to the unpredictability of the result of the race.

“The different classes race on a water soaked track at different times so their heat race times vary and you usually don’t know the result until the last Pro Buggy heat on a dry track, but if you get a shower of rain in there that can really jumble the result,” he said.

Spokes next competitive outing is the famous Finke Desert Race in the Northern Territory in June teamed with fellow club member Craig Anderson Finke is a 229km blast in each direction from Alice Springs to Finke River.

“This will be our second go at Finke,” Spokes said. “Being a point to point race rather than a lap it relies a lot on experience because you only see the track once in each direction.”

The next local off road competition will be the Wittitrin race in August

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UPDATED: Hopkins River stand off

Police are in a stand off with a man behaving erratically in a boat near the mouth of the Hopkins River.UPDATE Saturday 10am: A man whocommandeereda boat on the Hopkins River has been remanded in custody and will appear in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court on Monday.
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Police are calling for witnesses who may have seen the man, who was believed to be heavily drug affected,driving before the river incident.

Sergeant Kim Wheeler fromWarrnambool police said anyone who saw a blue Ford XR6 sedan with no number plates driving south along the Hopkins Highway outside Warrnambool was urged to contact the station.

“Police observed the car near North Warrnambool Football Club at Bushfield,” Sergeant Wheeler said.

“The vehicle was travelling south before going east along Wangoom Road and then turned right, travelling along Aberline Road.”

She said police attempted to intercept the vehicle but it failed to pull over. Police lost sight of the car along Aberline Road.

“The driver of the vehicle was then located near Proudfoot’s on the Hopkins River,” Sergeant Wheeler said.

“He was remanded in custody and will appear in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court on Monday.”

The vehicle was later found to be stolen and police believe the man was heavily drug affected.

Anyone who saw the car driving is urged to contact Warrnambool police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

FRIDAY 8.30pm:Police are attempting to negotiate with a man on a boatbehaving erratically near the mouth of the Hopkins River.

The man, who had been out on the water since about 7.30pm,is in his 30s and is known to police.

“Basically we’re negotiating with him at themoment and we’re trying to get him to come back in and he doesn’t want to come back in,” detective senior constable Danny Wright said.

“He’s commandeered a boat and we’re at a stalemate at the moment.”

More to come.

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Josh Kennedy boards flight for Adelaide while baby waits to make debut

Josh Kennedy has boarded a flight to Adelaide for the clash against Port on Saturday.West Coast star Josh Kennedy has made a late dash to Adelaide to be with his side for their important Saturday clash against Port, but he will no doubt be nervously checking his mobile phone until the first siren.
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Kennedy and his partner Lauren are expecting their first child and with only three weeks to go – and anything can happen, as any sudden new parents will know.

The rest of the Eagles squad of 23, which included the yet-to-debut Tom Cole, left for the city of churches on Thursday.

Kennedy told Radio 6PR on May 10 that he was counting down to the birth of his first child and could miss the Port Adelaide clash as a result.

“We’ve got a baby due in about three more weeks, which is pretty exciting,” he said.

“The Port Adelaide game might be a bit touch and go depending on how she’s going, however the doctor said everything’s running smoothly.”

Kennedy said the couple didn’t yet know whether the baby would be a boy or a girl.

“It’s a surprise, which will be good.”

When asked what he would do if forced to make a decision between football and the birth of his first child, Kennedy was very clear.

“Yeah I’d definitely, definitely [be with Lauren]. I’m not going to miss this.”

A win against Port Adelaide will be crucial for the Eagles if they want to challenge for a top four spot, with last season’s runners-up not having won outside Perth since round 16 last year.

So far this season the Eagles have lost to Hawthorn at the MCG, Sydney at the SCG and Geelong at Simmonds Stadium.  Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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Hawthorn v Sydney: Stadium-wide applause for Jarryd Roughead

Two minutes into the second quarter of Hawthorn’s match against Sydney, a ripple of claps turned into stadium-wide applause.
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Despite Hawks’ officials insisting that Jarryd Roughead did not want any fuss made over him, it seemed inevitable that fans at the MCG would go ahead with their tribute to the favourite son who this week discovered his cancer had returned.

Many fans from both clubs stood up to show their support, at a time chosen to reference the number two Roughead wears on his jumper.

Club president Richard Garvey said before the match Hawthorn was focussed on giving Roughead and his family love and support in the wake of his diagnosis.

Garvey said it had been a difficult week for the “Hawthorn family,” who had been shocked and saddened by the news.

But he said one positive was that doctors had diagnosed the disease early and the footballer was getting the best possible care.

“As a club we are united in our support of Roughy,” Garvey said. “Our focus is firmly on wrapping our arms around him and his family.” Garvey said the week’s events had served as a reminder that football was not all-important, and that no one should take their health for granted.It was a touching moment as the crowd showed their support for Jarryd Roughead. #AFLHawksSwanshttps://t.co/2AnPjg8sej— AFL (@AFL) May 20, 2016

Roughead had felt the love of the AFL community this week, he said. “The love and support that has been shown to Jarryd this week has been overwhelming,” Garvey said.

“As we sit down to enjoy the footy tonight, let’s take a moment to appreciate those around us, be it our spouses, our partners, our children, our families and our friends, and take stock of what matters most in life.”Proof footy backs you no matter which club you play for @[email protected]#AFLHawksSwanspic.twitter南京夜网/0VDqFzvSTO— AFL on 7 (@7AFL) May 20, 2016

Hawthorn midfielder Isaac Smith said Roughead had been with the team before the match as usual.

“He’s in good spirits and he wants to be involved,” he said.

“I don’t think he wants to talk about it too much, he just wants everyone to move on with it and he’s going to give it a fair crack.”

It was not until late in that second quarter that the Hawks scored their first goal, but Smith denied the team had felt flat before the match.

“I think we were up by contested possessions 20 minutes into the game, I don’t think we were flat at all, I just don’t think we got the connection going forward,” he said.

“Credit to Sydney, they played really well, we just couldn’t get the score on the board.”

Sydney are a team with deep connections to Roughead – several of their key players once wore the brown and gold.

Swans coach John Longmire said Lance “Buddy” Franklin and assistant coach Stuart Dew had visited Roughead on Thursday.

Josh Kennedy and Ben McGlynn also knew him from their time at the rival club and Longmire said the team had spoken about the matter in small groups prior to the match.

“In the general sense Jarryd is one of the most respected players in the AFL. Even blokes that don’t know him that well but have played some big games against him really felt for him,” he said.

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Commonwealth Games 2016: chair Peter Beattie says Gold Coast could be template

Commonwealth Games chair Peter Beattie pitches Gold Coast 2018 as a template for future Games. Photo: Tony Moore Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive David Grevemberg. Photo: Tony Moore
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The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018 was the chance to set the template for Games to come, incoming chair Peter Beattie told a media conference on the Gold Coast on Friday.

The former Queensland premier was the surprise announcement as new chair of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games organising committee on Wednesday.

He replaced Nigel Chamier, noted for driving the restoration of the badly run-down Brisbane City Hall.

In Friday’s “report card” of planning schedules for the ‘Games in April 2018, it was revealed that Mr Chamier had overseen a construction phase that was “on budget” and “on time”.

However Mr Beattie’s ability to present the bigger picture of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games was quickly on show.

“One of the things that I’ve found most interesting was the legacy issues,” Mr Beattie said.

“Where do the Commonwealth Games go from here?”

Success on the Gold Coast in 2018 meant success for the next Commonwealth Games in Durban.

Mr Beattie said a longer-term goal: aside from meeting budgets, meeting construction deadlines and the sports event itself, was ensuring a “long-term niche” for the Commonwealth Games.

“Because every athlete wants to know that there is going to be ongoing Commonwealth Games.”

Bruce Robertson, the chairman of the co-ordination commission monitoring the Games planning, defended the decision to replace Mr Shamier with Mr Beattie, GOLDOC’s third chairman in as many years.

“You have different skill sets at different points in time,” Mr Robertson said.

He said Mr Chamier had overseen the earlier construction and “set-up” phases.

“Whereas Peter’s skill set looks more towards the Commonwealth and the rest of the world.”

Mr Beattie said the countdown to the Gold Coast really began after the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

“And that’s when we have to engage the rest of Australia; Sydney, Melbourne and the rest of Australia,” he said.

“And that’s one of the things I can do.”

On Friday, at GOLDOC’s headquarters at Benowa on the Gold Coast, the fifth “report card” on Games planning was presented.

However the actual report is not available to journalists until it is uploaded to GOLDOC’s website in a week.

Mr Robertson summarised the findings two years out from the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Construction of venues is “on track and on budget”, marketing and sponsorship was ahead of the progress made in the preparation of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

The location of 15 park and rides, to be established on a mix of state government and Gold Coast City Council land, will be finalised in six months and announced.

Meanwhile, David Grevemberg, the Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive officer – and former Glasgow Games CEO – praised the Gold Coast Games decision to promote Indigenous reconciliation.

“Gold Coast Commonwealth Games is establishing an Indigenous Reconciliation Plan as part of the Commonwealth Games plan,” he said.

“For the first time in an Australian (Games) event, a reconciliation action plan has been developed,” he said.

Mr Grevemberg said that would guide the involvement of Indigenous people in Australia into the Games in 2018.

“From the Commonwealth Games Federation point of view, we feel this is a real distinguishing factor.

“It is an amazing, amazing opportunity, not only across Australia, but across the Commonwealth and the globe.”

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Jarryd Hayne set to join Fiji side for London Sevens rugby

Code changer: Jarryd Hayne during a Fijiian Rugby Union training session in London. Photo: Martin Seras Lima/World RugbyWhy my journey with Jarryd is over
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After initially being snubbed for Fiji’s squad at the London Sevens, Jarryd Hayne was standing by to join the side on Friday night after a last-minute injury to a teammate.

There was confusion about Hayne’s position in the squad after Fiji Rugby released a statement on Friday evening saying he had been included in their final 12-man squad for the tournament.

However, Hayne’s name was nowhere to be seen on World Rugby’s official team lists page last night. Sides are supposed to submit a list of 12 players for the tournament 24 hours in advance.

In the statement, Fiji said playmaker Vatemo Ravouvou had been ruled out after failing to recover from a knee injury – opening the door for Hayne to come into the squad, subject to clearance from World Rugby. It was unclear on Friday night if the Fijians had received clearance.

It could be the slice of luck Hayne needs after coach Ben Ryan all but made the tough decision to omit the two-time Dally M winner from the squad despite his dream of pursuing a spot on Fiji’s Olympic team.

Hayne was also not named in Ryan’s initial 12-man squad earlier in the week.

It appears likely Hayne will get one chance to prove his worth in sevens, with scores of experts  predicting the task of adjusting to the abbreviated form of the game in such a short space of time will be beyond him.

Should he receive clearance, Hayne is set to make his debut against England just at 9.04pm Saturday, Sydney time, before coming up against Australia early on Sunday morning (2.54am, Sydney time).

Code hopper Hayne only landed in London on Monday, hours after quitting American football where he played last year or the San Francisco 49ers.

He cited the August Rio Olympics as his primary motivation for walking out on a lucrative NFL contract to link up with the world beating Fijians.

Fiji sevens squad:*

Apisai Domolailai, Jasa Veremalua, Waisea Nayacalevu, Isake Katonibau, Viliame Mata, Amenoni Nasilasila, Osea Kolinisau (c), Masivesi Dakuwaqa, Seremaia Tuwai, Kitione Dawai, Samisoni Viriviri, Jarryd Hayne.

* Provisional

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