Cowboys saddle Broncs 19-18

North Queensland Cowboys captain Johnathan Thurston celebrated his 250th match for the club in grand style after nailing a 75th minute field goal which gave the Cowboys a 19-18 victory against the Brisbane Broncos in Townsville on Friday night.
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The North Queensland Cowboys got their revenge against the Brisbane Broncos with a 19-18 win in front of a packed capacity crowd at 1300SMILES Stadium in Townsville on Friday night.

It was the Cowboys who came out on top this time after their heartbreaking 21-20 loss to Brisbane back in Round 4 off a miraculous Anthony Milford kick.

Each of the last three contests between the two clubs has been decided by a single point which illustrates how evenly matched they are.

It was the sweetest of victories for Cowboys skipper Johnathan Thurston who celebrated his 250thmatch for the club by puttinghis game clinching field goal attempt throughthe uprights in the 75thminute.

But it was an excellent allround effort by the squad over the final 20 minutes that got the northerners in position for the two competition points after being put on the ropes by the Broncs for the majority of the game.

The Cowboys got off to a confident start with Matt Scott scoring off a Jake Granville assist in the 12thminute.

The home side dominated possession up untilthe 25 minute mark but the Broncos sturdy defence held up well, it was at that pointthemomentum of the match shifted with Matt Gillett brushingoff four Cowboys defenders on his way to the goal line.

A penalty goal to Jordan Kahu in the 29th minuteevenedthe score at six, which was followed byan easy second try for Gillettto give the Broncos a 12-6 lead after the Kahu conversion.

The Cowboys playedtheir worst football since their error filled performance against the Eelsin Round 2 -which resulted in a loss – from that first Gillett score up untilmidway through the second half, and the defending premiers looked set for a humbling loss.

The feeling of impending defeat only grew stronger when Kahu scored early in the second half to put the visitors ahead 16-6 which quickly became a two convertedtry margin after he successfully struck another penalty attempt.

It was when the game clock hit 58 minutes that the Cardiac Cowboys reemerged and even though he hadn’t had his best game of the yearLachlan Coote displayed some magic when it mattered after recovering his own Broncos deflected grubber to get the margin back to six after Thurston’s conversion.

Thurston then set up a rampaging Justin O’Neill for a 64th minute try with the captain’s successful conversion tying the match up.

Michael Morgan nearly sealed the game with a piece of individualbrilliance in the 70thminute but unfortunately was a finger short of grounding the ball, but Thurston’s ice cold connection soon aftersecured the win.

After playing the hero for Brisbane last time around Milford cost the Broncos a chance to go ahead when the scores were deadlocked at 18 whenhe coughedup the ball while lining up for his attempt at goal.

In the dying stages of the match he had a chance to force the game into golden pointbut his attempt saw him shank the Steeden wide right after having all the time in the world to get his eye in.

Ben Hunt also had a chance to even the scores and only narrowly missed his booming longrange shot.

The Cowboys will have to dig deep to get an away win against the Dragons on Saturday with severalplayers away trainingin preparation forOrigin Game 1.

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Highway robbery: use Bells Line of Road or pay distance-based toll on the M4

MOTORISTS travelling from the Central West to Sydney will be forced to use the Bells Line of Road or pay a toll as the government introduces a distance-based toll on the M4.
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The move will result in an increase in traffic on the notorious Bells Line of Road says Orange councillor Jeff Whitton.

Cr Whitton, travels to Sydney regularly for work and says the implementation of a toll on the M4, by the state government, was revenue-raising and left regional people out-of-pocket because the alternative route was a far more difficult road to drive on and had patches of no mobile phone reception.

“Well the Bells Line is a road, not a highway like the Great Western Highway which is designed for that type of traffic,” he said.

“A lot of people from regional centres don’t have e-tags so they will avoid the tolls and have to use the Bells Line.”

From mid-2017 motorists travelling from the Central West to Central in Sydney, via the M4 will have to pay $4.21.

The toll has been introduced to pay for the upgrade and widening of the M4 to four lanes in each direction from Church Street to Homebush Bay as part of the first stage of WestConnex.

According to a Roads and Maritime Services spokeswoman the toll charge is based on distance travelled, similar to the tolls on the M7.

“This is a fairer, more equitable system made possible by electronic tolling and ensures motorists are only paying for the roads they’re using,” she said.

“The maximum toll for the M4 widening between Church Street, Parramatta and Homebush Bay Drive, Homebush will be $4.21, with a minimum toll for travel between Silverwater Road and Hill Road of $1.63.”

The spokeswoman said all tolled roads have alternative options for motorists.

In the case of the Great Western Highway, which becomes the M4, the Bells Line of Road is the alternative.

According to the Bells Line Expressway lobbyists there are 19 speed variations on the Bells Line of Road, it has up to 26 kilometres where motorists are without a safe overtaking opportunity and the Bells Line of Road experiences around twice the typical rates of crashes as other roads in NSW.

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Highway robbery: use Bells Line of Road or pay distance-based toll on the M4

MOTORISTS travelling from the Central West to Sydney will be forced to use the Bells Line of Road or pay a toll as the government introduces a distance-based toll on the M4.
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The move will result in an increase in traffic on the notorious Bells Line of Road says Orange councillor Jeff Whitton.

Cr Whitton, travels to Sydney regularly for work and says the implementation of a toll on the M4, by the state government, was revenue-raising and left regional people out-of-pocket because the alternative route was a far more difficult road to drive on and had patches of no mobile phone reception.

“Well the Bells Line is a road, not a highway like the Great Western Highway which is designed for that type of traffic,” he said.

“A lot of people from regional centres don’t have e-tags so they will avoid the tolls and have to use the Bells Line.”

From mid-2017 motorists travelling from the Central West to Central in Sydney, via the M4 will have to pay $4.21.

The toll has been introduced to pay for the upgrade and widening of the M4 to four lanes in each direction from Church Street to Homebush Bay as part of the first stage of WestConnex.

According to a Roads and Maritime Services spokeswoman the toll charge is based on distance travelled, similar to the tolls on the M7.

“This is a fairer, more equitable system made possible by electronic tolling and ensures motorists are only paying for the roads they’re using,” she said.

“The maximum toll for the M4 widening between Church Street, Parramatta and Homebush Bay Drive, Homebush will be $4.21, with a minimum toll for travel between Silverwater Road and Hill Road of $1.63.”

The spokeswoman said all tolled roads have alternative options for motorists.

In the case of the Great Western Highway, which becomes the M4, the Bells Line of Road is the alternative.

According to the Bells Line Expressway lobbyists there are 19 speed variations on the Bells Line of Road, it has up to 26 kilometres where motorists are without a safe overtaking opportunity and the Bells Line of Road experiences around twice the typical rates of crashes as other roads in NSW.

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Focus on killer’s mental state

ON TRIAL: Ian Robert Turnbull. Photo by James Alcock.
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AS HE awaited trial for the shooting murder of an environmental officer, elderly farmer Ian Turnbull told a psychiatrist he was “resolved to spending the rest of his life in jail”.

“I can’t believe what I’ve done,” the 81-year-old told Dr Adam Martin in February, 2016, a Sydney court heard on Friday.

“I’m sorry about it now, but I’m at the end of my life.”

“I’m just about buggered.”

Turnbull shot Glen Turner with a rifle several times at his Croppa Creek property north of Moree in July, 2014 amid land-clearing disputes.

The man admits killing Mr Turner but is fighting a charge of murder on the basis thathe “snapped” and lost self-control.

His Supreme Court murder trial has previously heard from a psychiatrist who claims Turnbull was suffering from major depression and wasn’t thinking rationally when he shot the 51-year-old environmental officer.

But during yesterday’s testimony, Dr Martin said it was unlikely Turnbull, who had increased his workload leading up to the shooting, would have been able to function if he suffered from a type of major depression.

He said an adjustment disorder could cause him to overreact to stressors, but doubted whether such a condition would have a significant impact on his functioning.

“He obviously understood what he had done was … wrong in the eyes of the law,” the psychiatrist said after being quizzed on evidence Turnbull went home andwaited for police after the shooting.

And the fact Turnbull did not also shoot Turner’s colleague, who allegedly pleaded with the gunman to put down his rifle, showed he had “some ability at least to make positive actions around his behaviour,” Dr Martin said.

On Thursday, treating forensic psychiatrist Professor David Greenberg told the court that his client was not thinking rationally when he shot Mr Turner.

“In his perception, he saw the world in dark-tintedglasses,” he said.

“He had a major depression, and it’s not a temporary or transient thing.”

Professor Greenberg rejected crown prosecutor Pat Barrett’s claims, saying he wasn’tsatisfied the shooting waspremeditated.

“He only developed the intention to shoot Mr Turnbull when he drove up to the laneway,” he said.

Professor Greenberg said Turnbull did not try and present himself as mentally ill, but

the brief of evidence he had collected on the farmer said otherwise.

He said Turnbull had a family history of mental illness and had been prescribed anti-depressants by his doctor after an episode in the 1970s.

His delusions on his situation were apparent, Professor Greenberg said.

“In his mind, he perceived he was ruined … he was bankrupt … that everything was over,” he said.

The trial continues before Justice Peter Johnson.

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Highway robbery: use Bells Line of Road or pay distance-based toll on the M4

MOTORISTS travelling from the Central West to Sydney will be forced to use the Bells Line of Road or pay a toll as the government introduces a distance-based toll on the M4.
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The move will result in an increase in traffic on the notorious Bells Line of Road says Orange councillor Jeff Whitton.

Cr Whitton, travels to Sydney regularly for work and says the implementation of a toll on the M4, by the state government, was revenue-raising and left regional people out-of-pocket because the alternative route was a far more difficult road to drive on and had patches of no mobile phone reception.

“Well the Bells Line is a road, not a highway like the Great Western Highway which is designed for that type of traffic,” he said.

“A lot of people from regional centres don’t have e-tags so they will avoid the tolls and have to use the Bells Line.”

From mid-2017 motorists travelling from the Central West to Central in Sydney, via the M4 will have to pay $4.21.

The toll has been introduced to pay for the upgrade and widening of the M4 to four lanes in each direction from Church Street to Homebush Bay as part of the first stage of WestConnex.

According to a Roads and Maritime Services spokeswoman the toll charge is based on distance travelled, similar to the tolls on the M7.

“This is a fairer, more equitable system made possible by electronic tolling and ensures motorists are only paying for the roads they’re using,” she said.

“The maximum toll for the M4 widening between Church Street, Parramatta and Homebush Bay Drive, Homebush will be $4.21, with a minimum toll for travel between Silverwater Road and Hill Road of $1.63.”

The spokeswoman said all tolled roads have alternative options for motorists.

In the case of the Great Western Highway, which becomes the M4, the Bells Line of Road is the alternative.

According to the Bells Line Expressway lobbyists there are 19 speed variations on the Bells Line of Road, it has up to 26 kilometres where motorists are without a safe overtaking opportunity and the Bells Line of Road experiences around twice the typical rates of crashes as other roads in NSW.

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