The next gen ACT Brumbies who grew up together dreaming of Super Rugby glory

Jordan Jackson-Hope is one of three Canberra players picked in the Australian under-20s team. Photo: Elesa Kurtz Nick Jooste and Joe Powell are expected to be the Brumbies’ long-term halves partners. Photo: Rohan Thomson
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Lock Tom Staniforth signed a new deal with the Brumbies this week. Photo: Rohan Thomson

ACT Brumbies rookie Jordan Jackson-Hope still has to pinch himself when he walks into the club’s change rooms just to make sure his childhood dream is actually reality.

The kid dubbed “The Future” by some of his older teammates is part of a new generation of Brumbies players that are forging a bond that is built on delivering Super Rugby success to Canberra.

Jackson-Hope is the blonde playmaker who gets likened to Justin Bieber, then there’s self-confessed mummy’s boy Tom Staniforth, wavy-haired “Grommet” Joe Powell, “Bernie Junior” Nick Jooste and potential Wallabies bolter Allan Alaalatoa.

Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham is prepared to throw his faith in them all to give them a taste of Super Rugby now while they’re surrounded by superstars and then take the reins in the coming years.

All are 22 or younger, and Jooste is the baby of the group at just 18 years old.

Jackson-Hope and Staniforth have been plucked from their jobs working as barmen, while Powell was a carpenter before the Brumbies came knocking.

“There’s obviously an exciting future and a lot of potential in the squad … ideally we can stay together for the next 10 years and play for this club,” Jackson-Hope said.

“I never thought I’d be in this situation, I never thought I’d be here playing for the Brumbies when I was working behind a bar earlier this year.”

Jackson-Hope took the first steps in his Super Rugby career when he set up a match-winning try with his first touch against the Melbourne Rebels.

He’s on the verge of signing an upgraded deal in Canberra after only being on training incentives this year.

Staniforth finalised a new two-year contract earlier this week, while Powell and Alaalatoa both re-signed this season.

Larkham spent the first part of the year trying to lock in players like David Pocock, Christian Lealiifano and Scott Sio.

 

But he landed three more rising stars on Friday when the Brumbies recruited Canberra junior Ryan Lonergan, Ben Hyne and Robert Valetini.

One of the biggest knocks on the Brumbies in previous years was that they were scouring player ranks around Australia to try to find recruits rather than developing their backyard youngsters.

“But [Jackson-Hope], Tommy and Joe show that there are players in Canberra that are getting opportunities,” Larkham said.

“The plan is always to have a balance between progression and established players. The pathways through the Brumbies are there at the moment and Russ [Ingram] has done a fantastic job setting it up.

“All of the junior coaches are doing a great job and we’re seeing that because the next generation of players are coming from the local competition.

“That’s what we’ve always wanted down here. To be competitive with the other Super Rugby teams we need local talent coming through.

“But we’re not in the business of giving guys a go just because they’re local. They’ve got to prove they’re up to the level, and these guys have.”

Jackson-Hope and Jooste, who has the nickname of ‘Bernie Junior’ because of his resemblance to Larkham, will play for the Australian under-20s at the junior World Cup in June.

Staniforth, Powell and Alaalatoa are all graduates of the junior Australian program and are rated as future Wallabies.

Staniforth had to wait 700 days between his first and second Brumbies games, but his patience was rewarded with a two-year contract extension.

“The Canberra connection is starting to come back into the Brumbies, which is important for the team,” Staniforth said.

“It’s something special to us because we grew up watching the heyday of the Brumbies when they were carving up the competition. It’s something that’s not spoken about, but it’s there.

“The guys we grew up watching like Stephen Larkham and George Gregan … they were once in a generation players. But the success they had is something we all want to recreate.”

Scrumhalf Powell was a paying Brumbies member for 17 years before he made his Super Rugby debut last year.

“I’ve played since Tommy since under-10s, I remember him because he was always the tallest and everyone thought he was going to make it because he was two-feet taller than anyone else,” Powell said.

“When I made the Australian under-20s is when I thought I could make a career out of rugby.

“Some of the guys call [Jackson-Hope] and Joostey ‘The Future’ because it’s exciting to know there are boys coming through in that next generation. I’d love if we can stay together, it would be amazing.”

SUPER RUGBY ROUND 14

May 28: ACT Brumbies v Japan Sunwolves at Canberra Stadium, 7.45pm. Tickets available from Ticketek.

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WA’s own Gage Roads Brewing Co takes top gong at Australian International Beer Awards

Gage Roads Brewing Co awarded Champion Australian Beer for their pale ale, Little Dove. Photo: Gage Roads Brewing CoWA’s own Gage Roads Brewing Co has taken out the top prize at the 2016 Australian International Beer Awards held in Melbourne on Thursday night.
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The Palmyra-based brewing juggernaut won the award for Champion Australian Beer for its pale ale Little Dove, as well as Best New World Style Pale Ale.

Gage Roads brewing manager Dirk Penny said everyone at Gage Roads was stoked to hear the news.

“It was fantastic and really great for our family down here at Gage Roads to be recognised for our hard work,” Mr Penny said.

Their award-winning 6.2 per cent pale ale was judged by 63 beer industry experts alongside more than 1700 entries from 326 Australian and international breweries.

“The judges basically said it smelt amazing, had a great aroma and was well balanced,” he said.

Little Dove was a joint effort from all the brewers at Gage Roads and was only in production for two weeks before it was submitted for the awards.

“It was a collaboration, we are lucky enough to have great brewers at Gage and we got them all together to create it,” he said.

“We all brought our favourite beers and tasted them, decided on our parameters and eventually came up with our pale ale.

“It was a very organic process, we basically picked the best bits of all our favourite beers.”

Named after the strip of ocean which separates Rottnest Island and Fremantle, Gage Roads has been brewing for 14 years, and Mr Penny said WA’s craft beer scene has come a long way since then.

“For such an isolated state, we do well,” he said.

“We have a good craft beer scene, it’s a really good environment here.

“The public are starting to catch on too, it’s definitely growing.”

Gage Roads has frantically produced kegs today to get the winning brew to beer enthusiasts across Perth.

“Now we’ve won this award, we’re rushing around trying to get kegs out, but we got 80 out today.”

AIBA head judge and head brewer at Little Creatures in Fremantle Warren Pawsey said it was another successful year for the competition.

“As in previous years, the process was intense and the judging panel were impressed with the quality and range of styles that were presented this year,” Mr Pawsey said.

“This year the medal round was particularly hard to judge with some truly cracking beers entered.”

This victory for Gage Roads comes hot on the heels of Albany’s Limeburners Distillery winning Australian Distiller of the Year in April.

Others winners include Boston Beer Company taking out Champion International Beer and WA’s Eagle Bay Brewing Co, Mash Brewing, and Feral Brewing Company for various other awards.

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Grieving family mourn crash death of Chidlow ‘father, husband, son and brother’

Chidlow man, Rod Hasson, 38, was killed in a head-on crash in Mogumber on Wednesday.A family is mourning the loss of a 38-year-old Chidlow man they described as a “loving father, husband, son and brother”, after a head-on crash at Mogumber on Wednesday that claimed two lives.
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Rod Hasson and a 32-year-old Three Springs woman died when their vehicles collided around 7.50pm on Wednesday night on the Bindoon-Moora Road in Mogumber, about 140 kilometres north of Perth.

His family issued a heart-rending statement:

“The family is absolutely devastated and heartbroken,” it read.

“Rod was a loving father, husband, son, and brother. Our hearts go out to the other two families involved in this tragedy.

“We thank everyone for their overwhelming support.

“We would like to grieve in private with our family and friends. Thank you.”

Major Crash officers are investigating the fatal crash and a spokeswoman said it appeared that a Ford Territory station sedan had been travelling south while a Holden Epica sedan had been travelling north.

“Mr Hasson and a woman (details yet to be confirmed) died at the scene,” she said.

A passenger in the Ford received critical injuries and was flown to Royal Perth Hospital by the RAC rescue helicopter.

Police would like to speak to anyone who saw either vehicle before the crash or the crash itself.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at 梧桐夜网crimestopperswa南京夜网419论坛*/]]>Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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EgyptAir flight MS804: Pilots named in plane believed crashed in Mediterranean

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The two pilots who were flying EgyptAir flight MS804 before it disappeared on Thursday have been named.

News network CNN has identified the pilots as Mohamed Said Shoukair, the captain, and Mohamed Mamdouh Ahmed Assem, the first officer.

The network cited an official close to the investigation and a security official as their sources.

Mirvat Zaharia Zaki Mohamed was reported as the head flight attendant.

Sixty-six people were on board the Airbus A320 when it disappeared on a flight between Paris and Cairo in the early hours of Thursday morning.

The 56 passengers, from 12 countries, included three small children. Thirty of the passengers were from Egypt, 15 were from France, two were from Iraq, and one passenger each was from Canada, Chad, Kuwait, Sudan, Portugal, Belgium, Algeria and Saudi Arabia. One of the those on board was an Australian-British dual national.

Of the 10 crew members on the flight, three were security officers, two were the pilots and five were flight attendants.

By Friday morning, Mr Assem’s Facebook page had been turned into a memorial by Facebook.

Friends shared his profile picture, showing him in the cockpit of a plane, and expressed their disbelief.

“My heart is burning ever since I woke up to the news,” one friend wrote. “How could something so horrific happen to such a kind soul. Even those who were not close to you have always stated how kind and [what a] polite type of a dreamer you were.”

It was initially believed no Australians were on the flight. On Friday, foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop announced an Australian-British dual national was on board.

Ms Bishop did not release a name, however the only British national on board was Richard Osman, 40, a geologist who had just welcomed the birth of his second child.

Mr Osman was flying to Cairo on MS804 for his job as a geologist with an Egyptian goldmining company, his brother, Alistair Osman, told the South Wales Evening Post.

An air and sea search which scoured the Mediterranean for a second day has not yet found a trace of the plane.

On Thursday, Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos said the plane swerved left and right then plunged by 22,000 feet before it disappeared off the radar.

Though EgyptAir continued to refer to the plane as missing, French president Francois Hollande said the plane had crashed.

“The information we have managed to gather – the ministers, members of the government and the Egyptian authorities – confirm alas that this plane had crashed,” Mr Hollande said.

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