‘I’m no man hater’: Ford speaks in Bendigo

Clementine Ford covered a range of topics during her speech at Ulumbarra Theatre on Saturday. Picture: GLENN DANIELSRelated: Bali Nine lawyer, Ombudsman and judge discuss justice in Victoria

CHANGING the law starts with changing attitudes, and changing the way women are often blamed for sexual assault against them is crucial to curbing crime against women.

That was the message from writer and feminist activist Clementine Ford, who spoke at a forum on gender and diversity in Bendigo on Saturday.

She used her speech to address allegations that she is a “man hater” for her views on rape and rape culture.

Ms Ford speaks regularly about the Jill Meagher case, in which she objects to the view that Ms Meagher would have been safer had she walked home with a male colleague.

She points to statistics which show most victims are sexually assaulted by men known to them, rather than by strangers lurking in “dark alleyways”.

“I don’t believe that men in groups, or individuals, will be so provoked by the sight of a girl in a short skirt that they’ll be motivated to assault her,” Ms Ford said.

“Funnily enough, that is what the narrative around rape culture believes.

“That’s language that creates the idea that men are just rapists waiting for an opportunity.”

She said when people respond to sexual assaults with comments like, ‘Look at what she was wearing. How much did she drink? Why was she talking to him? Why did she go into his house?’, it creates the perception that men cannot control themselves.

Victim blaming, including during court judgements in rape cases, also came in for criticism from Ms Ford.

Her comments came during the forum at Ulumbarra Theatre, which also included Victoria’s first gender and discrimination commissioner Rowena Allen, and retired Supreme Court judge Howard Nathan.

Rowena Allen discussed the new role, and the goals during her time as commissioner.

One of the goals was for Victoria to become a leader in Australia for gender diversity.

“We’ve come a long way already, but we still have a long way to go,” she said.

“As Tim Wilson said to me once, Victoria is a bubble. It’s not like Queensland. But what we have to do is to be the leader, because so many states are so far behind us.”

The forum was part of Talking Justice, a series of events run by the Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre, under the banner of ARC Justice.

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Protesters gather to stop oil dig

UNITED: Protesters gathered at Sisters Beach in response to BP’s proposed oil dig in the Great Australian Bight. North-West Tasmanians stood united with Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson at Sisters Beach to highlight the threat of BP’s proposed oil venture on the coastline.

The proposal would see BP drilldeeper in Australian waters than the Gulf of Mexico, where drilling caused the2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

SenatorWhish-Wilson said the drilling would createthe potential for a “catastrophic oil spill” along Tasmania’scoastline.

“We don’t need oil anymore…we need to transition the economy,” Senator Whish-Wilson said.

A BP spokesperson said they understand theimportance of sharingplans for the Great Australian Bight.

“BP recognises that there are a wide range of views on exploration in the Great Australian Bight and respects and supports the opportunity for these viewpoints to be shared,” a spokesperson said.

Independent modelling showed an oil spill is highly likely to have significant impact onTasmania’s North-West coastline, a statement released by the Wilderness Society said.

More than 50 people participated in the National Day of Action event.

Whish-Wilson said we need to do everything to protect our coastal areas.

“The reason we’re losing the battle on climate change is because of companies like BP lobbying politicians.”

BP said theyexpectand welcome scrutiny by regulators to ensure theirwork is safe and environmentally acceptable.

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Clear weather on day one of Trout Weekend attracts 2000

THE annual spawning migration of brown trout in the state’s Central Highlands attracted more than 2000 people to view the spectaclein just one day.

Inland Fisheries Services eventTrout Weekend opened at Liawenee on Saturday.

Attendees were treated to fishing instruction,fly casting, exhibits of native fish, a giant lobster display, cooking displays and an egg stripping demonstration.

Children could catch a fish in the junior angling pond and the more adventurous could take in the scenery from a helicopter.

Inland Fisheries director John Diggle said the weekend had evolved into a family-friendly event.

“Initially when it started off it was builtaround the over-collection,” he said.

“Back in the day, Inland Fisheries would come up to collect brown trout eggs to take back to the salmon ponds.

“Now we have a higher proportion of children –it’s more than your crusty old anglers, it’s families as well.”

The event, which is drug, alcohol and dog-free,will continue on Sunday from 10am to 3pm.

Entry is free.

ANGLING: Ashley and Tyler Summers fish for a trout with the help of Fishcare Tasmania volunteer Mike Heazlewood. Pictures: Phillip Biggs

FOCUSED: Fishcare Tasmania volunteer Jeanette Gilbert helps Isabelle Wigg and Grace Levett.

SUCCESS: Jamie Nott and son Ryan, of Kingston, with their catch.

EYE TO EYE: Kate Deane, 11, of Ulverstone, eyes a freshwater crayfish.

CASTING CALL: Devonport Fly Fishing volunteer Wayne Bellette teaches flycasting to seven-year-old Jordyn Schnackenberg, of Devonport.

ALL HANDS ON DECK: Inland Fisheries director John Diggle.

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Davison’s stun at bull show

Alistair and Pam Davison show off their winnings from the day after bull Viva Mario took out the grand champion male this afternoon. IT WAS a fairytale ending for Alistair and Pam Davison today, when their bull Viva Mario took out the grand champion male at the World Brahman Congress stud bull show.

Viva Mario was proven to be a success at last year’s Beef Week, when he took out the champion junior bull.

Viva Mario blitzed the competition in the senior champion male, where Kenrol Brahman Stud’s Kenrol Jesseppi 2736 came in reserve, before he took out the grand champion.

Weighing it at 1128kg with an EMA of 144sqcm, Viva Mario truly stood out in the crowd.

Earlier in the juniors it was Ross and Natalie Olive’s Olive Monarch who was sashed as the junior champion male, with Clint and Robyn Whitaker’s Whitaker Mr Humphrey with the reserve sash.

Brett Nobbs was in luck in the calves, with his NCC Randolph (IVF) taking out the calf champion.

Andrew and Roxanne Olive’s Raglan Mr Mason 2280 took home the reserve sash in the calves.

After the stud bull show wrapped up the competition heated up for the sires progeny stakes, where Kenrol Brahman were again in with a win.

The stud’s Kenrol Mr HJ Ray 0366 sire took home the first place out in front of a large field of competitors.

It was Hazelton Brahmans’ Bungoona Ravalli Manso with the second place.

In the exhibitors group at the end of the afternoon it was again Brett Nobbs out in front, with him snagging the first place.

In second was Alistair and Pam Davison.

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Greek goddess Effie welcomes Paniyiri to Brisbane

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 22: Mary Coustas, aka Effie at the launch of the Paniyiri Greek Festival at The Greek Club in South Brisbane. on March 22, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Glenn Hunt/Fairfax Media) Photo: Glenn Hunt Mesmerising honey puffs at Paniyiri. Photo: Robert Shakespeare

Effie and Katerina with Yemista and honey puffs at the Paniyiri Greek Festiva. Photo: Robert Shakespeare

An array of ,any different foods are served up at the weekend-long festival. Photo: Robert Shakespeare

The honey puffs were sprinkled with sugar and the haloumi was sizzling as Musgrave Park transformed into what Greek goddess Effie termed “Wogstock” on Saturday.

Barbecues fired up and the dance floor in front of the main stage was laid down as Paniyiri opened itself up to the public for a weekend-long love affair of all things Greek.

2016 marks the 40th anniversary of Queensland’s largest cultural festival and Paniyiri’s 2016 ambassador and Greek goddess Effie Stephanidis made sure her hair was ready for the event.

“I just make sure my hair is looking as big and magnificent as possible, and that I bring visually all that is expected of a goddess,” she said.

“I have never disappointed yet so I think I have that sorted.”

With over 20 hours of entertainment lined up for the main stage, expect a Zorba-thon, grape stomping and hellenic dancing, Effie said the festival was a great place to settle in and, like honey to the puff, soak up all the festival has to offer.

“It is like Wogstock, it is just the ultimate feel good couple of days where you can just lounge on the blanket and enjoy the weather and great food and just chill,” she said.

“It is organised by passionate professionals that bring so much of what they are good at in their lives to this event.”

While official eating competitions are scheduled over the two days, unofficial eating competitions will no doubt be underway as the jam-packed stalls offer up 100,000 souvlaki, 1600 grilled haloumi, 12,000 dolmades, numerous coffees and Effie’s favourite, the honey puff.

“You hang out for those, the secret recipe, they are like the Colonel those people, I don’t know what the combination is but it is incredible,” she said.

Athelfotis Zarakioton stall volunteer Theo Georga said it had taken months to get the food and volunteers, who were busily packing yiros and turning souvlaki, organised.

“We have more workers than I can count, at least twenty people,” he said.

“This is our biggest fundraiser for the year.”

And the one thing helping him through the two-day smorgasbord of food and dance?

“Coffee, lots and lots of Greek coffee for everybody,” he said.

If you’re lucky you might see Effie carve up some moves on the dance floor.

“I was born to dance, I am going to be busting out every dance I get,” she said.

Paniyiri runs Saturday May 21 from 12 noon and Sunday May 22 from 10am at Musgrave Park & The Greek Club, South Brisbane. More information can be found online.

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Progeny tests show fast growth path key to eating quality

Cattle from the Brahman BIN project with Mark Wilson, Banana Station, North Queensland, where steers are backgrounded and finished, and chairman of the ABBA technical committee Brett Coombe and MLA board member Jeff Maynard.THE increasing emergence of scientific evidence indicating the condition of a beef animal and how fast it grows is what affects eating quality has northern Australian producers turning up the heat on calls for hump height to be removed from Meat Standards Australia criteria.

However, it doesn’t appear the controversial calculation is likely to be removed from the equation any time soon, with MSA representatives pointing to consumer taste testing as being the ruling factor.

At the moment, those tests are saying non-hump is better eating quality, according to MSA operations manager Sarah Stachan.

The world-leading Brahman benchmarking progeny test, Beef Information Nucleus(BIN), which has involved 844 steers from 73 bulls, is showing with good growth paths, hump height has no correlation to MSA grading.

MSA is the key eating quality measurement tool for Australian beef, and in the last financial year delivered an average premium of $91 a head to cattle which made the grade, equating to $240m across the industry.

As the results of the BIN project were outlined at the 2016 World Brahman Congress in Rockhampton, Queensland, this week, producers questioned MSA representatives on why hump size was still measured, saying it discriminated against Bos Indicus cattle.

Their calls gained some support from research scientist at Central Queensland University Nick Corbet, who said the BIN data showed no relationship between hump height and shear force (tenderness) measurements.

He said intramuscular fat and marbling had a big impact on eating quality and could clearly be selected for within the Brahman breed.

Ms Sachan told the congress changes to the MSA model would only come about via consumer testing protocol.

Hump height had so far proven a ‘relatively good indicator’ of potential impact on eating quality, she said.

Chairman of the Australian Brahman Breeders Association technical committee Brett Coombe said the way to get hump height out of MSA was to identify the bulls that produce a better quality product.

He explained the MSA model was driven by continual growth, which was one of the big challenges of beef production in northern Australia.

“Our cattle simple don’t have the growth paths available in southern Australia,” he said.

“Where .8 to .9 kilograms a day on pasture is common in the south, we struggle to get .5,” he said.

The BIN project was making great advancements in allowing the breed to identify genetic variations and select for eating quality, amongst other traits, which would allow for optimising MSA pathways in northern Australia, he said.

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Next of kin of passengers on MH17 airliner downed by missile seek $10 million each

Aerospace engineer Fatima Dyczynski who died aboard Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. Photo: Supplied Cockpit wreckage reconstruction of MH17 at the Gilze-Rijen Military Base in Netherlands. Photo: Dean Mouhtaropoulos

Families of Australian victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 downed by a missile over the Ukraine in July 2014 are seeking compensation of $10 million per passenger in what could result in one of the largest aviation disaster payouts in history.

The claim served by Sydney legal firm LHD Lawyers on May 9 to the European Court of Human Rights lays the blame squarely at the door of the Russians.

Proposed respondents to the claim are the Russian Federation and President Vladimir Putin. It argues that Russia recognises an attack on a passenger plane is an egregious act having offered “a $50 million reward in connection with the terrorist downing of an Egyptian Airline that killed a large number of Russian citizens”.

There are 33 next of kin named in the application, eight from Australia, one from New Zealand and the remainder from Malaysia. There were 298 occupants on the plane which, lawyers say, could potentially take the compensation bill to almost $3 billion.

Among the claimants named are the parents of 25-year-old aerospace engineer Fatima Dyczynski

Her parents, Jerzy, a cardiac surgeon, and Angela, who live in Perth, told Fairfax Media that even after almost two years since the shooting down of MH17, no words could describe their loss.

Using an analogy to space science that their daughter was so passionate about, they said: “Fatima made us aware we are all together on the spaceship Earth and that the crew has a power to make changes of the whole planet, even sometimes we feel small and insignificant.

“We have to remember that our actions can produce the “butterfly effect”, a small change within us or in our environment will result in a significant, massive outcome for the mankind.

“Fatima was, is and will be a source of inspiration for us the parents, for young students, scientists beginning their careers and the enthusiastic entrepreneurs establishing their high-tech start-up companies.”

Also named is Tim Lauschet, the son of Sydney teacher Gabriele Lauschet, who has been forced to sell the family home since the tragedy. The New Zealander named on the application is Sharlene Ayley, a mother of two young boys who lost her husband, Robert.

The documents allege that the Russian Federation has worked to keep its involvement hidden. It has failed to conduct an internal investigation, refused to participate in the cockpit reconstruction and its “Pawn Storm” cyber warfare unit hacked into the Dutch Safety Board investigative website,” it states.

Jerry Skinner, a co-associate of Sydney law firm LHD based in the US whose signature is on the application, has a reputation for achieving large compensation awards for his clients. He helped negotiate $10 million in compensation from Libya for each family who lost loved ones in the Lockerbie disaster.

He argues in the application: “Similarly, this Court to deter the Russian Federation from violating the sanctity of passenger flights should order the Federation to pay each applicant $10 million.”

Currently in Sydney, he told Fairfax Media that the European Court could make a determination of ‘just satisfaction’ that the respondent(s) is accountable for the acts that occurred. It could then move to the International Court of Arbitration to put a figure on the award.

“Hopefully they [the Russian Federation] will want to talk about it before we get to moving from one court to an arbitration,” he said.”

Of Putin, he added: “He lost a plane himself over Sinai [a Metrojet Airbus 321 carrying Russian holidaymakers in October 2015] and he offered $50 million to anybody who would give him evidence to find anything.

“Having done all this in public I am afraid the idea is to get him to stand up to his word and pay for his own mistakes, which are very similar to what happened to his people.

“My clients want accountability for the deed. They want enough money to reflect that the Russians take this seriously and serve as a deterrent. I have encouraged the Russians to contact me to discuss how much money that is … but I have heard nothing from Russia, from their embassy or from the contact points that we established to indicate that they are willing to talk about negotiating.”

Skinner added: “We have now seen a rash of ‘let’s take it out on the airlines’ because they are easier targets than everybody thinks.

“The issue [over MH17] is will the Russians acknowledge accountability? This is about justice and accountability, not about the biggest sum of money you can get.”

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Waverley Park blackout: 20 years on

In 1996, Gary O’Donnell decided he had to call Ian Collins directly. The Essendon skipper and AFL Players Association vice-president wasn’t going to allow his side and St Kilda to be forced back to Waverley Park without a fight.

He was hopeful he could twist the arm of the league’s football operations manager. But Collins was having none of it. “I rang Ian Collins direct and said: ‘This can’t happen’,” O’Donnell recalled. “He said: ‘It’s happening’.”

June 8 will mark 20 years since one of the strangest nights in VFL/AFL history. It was the night a fault at a nearby United Energy substation caused darkness to descend over the Saints and Bombers’ round 10 encounter.

Lights out: Peter Everitt and the Saints head to the boundary line. Picture: Ian Kenins

By 1996, night football at Waverley was nothing new. It was 19 years since the first night series match at the venue – a Fitzroy-North Melbourne match delayed after the lights failed shortly before the game’s scheduled start.

But home and away fixtures under lights were relatively infrequent when the Saints and Bombers arrived for their Saturday night clash – one of the first matches to be broadcast exclusively on Optus Vision.

Two-and-a-half months earlier the Saints had celebrated one of their finest hours – thumping reigning premiers Carlton in the Ansett Cup grand final. But Stan Alves’ men hadn’t been able to live up to their pre-season promise. They had lost their first three matches before winning four straight. However, consecutive losses to Adelaide and the Blues had them on the back foot again.

The Bombers’ campaign had started sluggishly, but the premiers of three seasons earlier entered the clash against the Saints unbeaten in four games. They were however, without James Hird, unavailable because of a fractured finger.

Essendon led by 11 points at half-time, and had extended their lead to 20 at the 22-minute mark of the third quarter.

St Kilda stopper Matthew Young was tasked with nullifying Dons livewire Mark Mercuri. They were standing in the Bombers goalsquare, ready for a pocket throw-in, when things suddenly went black. “I looked at Mark and we thought, ‘what do we do here’?,” Young remembered.

“We stood around for a couple of minutes, and the runner came out and brought us into a huddle.

Dark times: Stan Alves talks to his players.

“Obviously we all sort of moved over to the bench where the race was, and Stan came down and spoke to the group.

“No one knew what was going on.”

Alves’ admittedly scratchy memories of the night mirror those of his charge. “I think the bottom line is it was pandemonium and confusion,” Alves said.

“We didn’t know what to do. I can remember, we tried to go in the rooms and then we came out again. I can remember talking to the guys virtually down the end of the race because that’s where we had some light.”

O’Donnell was expecting the match to be re-started soon. “You just sort of think they’ll come back on again,” he said. “They don’t.”

With no hint of the light returning, the teams headed into their respective rooms.

Up in the stands, then-AFL chief executive Ross Oakley was entertaining people in one of the ground’s corporate suites when the lights went off. “It was quite a shock,” Oakley said.

“I immediately went down to the ground management office and asked them to investigate what had happened and also to contact the various authorities, and see if there was any explanation.

“Once it became clear that it wasn’t going to be fixed up quickly, we called the game off.”

Meanwhile, fans were becoming restless. A sizeable group ventured onto the field, dislodging goalposts and lighting fires. It was akin to a looting spree.

Fans light a fire on the oval after the lights went out Photo: Vince Caligiuri

“It was Lord of the Flies,” says O’Donnell.

“There was anarchy. It was amazing what people do when they’re in a mob mentality. Ripping goalposts, lighting them up, lighting fires, destroying things. It was a poor night in the AFL’s support base.”

O’Donnell’s coach Kevin Sheedy wasn’t too concerned though.

“They’ve still got to get home with a goalpost over their shoulder. That’d be difficult,” Sheedy quipped.

“Obviously it would have been all those St Kilda fans.”

Not that things were ideal down the race. “There was no power in the rooms,” Young said.

“There was only emergency lighting. It was a matter of ‘grab your gear, grab what you can and get out’.”

The match was abandoned at around 10:15pm, 50 minutes after the power failure. “I still had my playing gear on. I went home, had a shower and that was it,” Young said.

What next? Discussion in the Essendon rooms: Photo: Ian Kenins

Minds then turned to what would happen next. O’Donnell was one of many who wanted both teams to be awarded four points.

But Oakley and the AFL had other ideas. “I rang [the commissioners] that were around just to tell them what the administration’s views were about it,” Oakley said.

It was eventually decided that the match would be completed on the Tuesday night over two 12-minute halves.

“It wasn’t perfect, but what do you do? Do you declare the game finished at that point in time and then one team gets really upset because they think they could have come back and won the game. It was probably the best outcome.”

Some of the players had strongly disagreed. O’Donnell’s teammate Mark Harvey had criticised AFLPA president Justin Madden for agreeing to the Tuesday night finish without consulting O’Donnell, who describes the arrangement as “ridiculous”.

But while O’Donnell was angry to be coming back, the Saints were infuriated by an allowance for fresh legs.

The AFL had granted both teams permission to change their teams. An extra three days was all Hird needed to prove his fitness, and as such the soon-to-be Brownlow medallist was one of five Dons inclusions, named alongside Justin Blumfield, who made arguably the most peculiar debut in the history of the league.

The Saints were riled by Hird’s presence. “We thought that was a little bit ridiculous,” Alves said.

Young – who ran with Hird on the Tuesday night – agreed with his coach. “They were able to make some changes which I suppose from our perspective wasn’t in the spirit of the game. But it is what it is.”

There was a silver lining though. “It was a bit weird, but I think from a player’s point of view – myself and a few others – we didn’t mind it because we didn’t have to train that week!”

Sheedy – a man well qualified to discuss bizarre ideas – thought the right call was made. “We just felt that you couldn’t run out there with the same side,” Sheedy said.

“We reached a common sense solution for once in our lives. It’s like anything. If it rains, it rains for both teams. If the lights went out, they’re out for both teams.”

More than 17,000 turned out on the Tuesday night to watch 45 minutes of football. The Saints never really challenged, and the Dons prevailed by 22 points.

Gavin Wanganeen and Stewart Loewe after a collision: Pic: Jack Atley

A subsequent rule change means a repeat of the sequel is now impossible. Games called off before half-time are now deemed to be draws. When the abandonment takes place after the break, the team in front gets the points. As Oakley noted, so long as there are clear rules for what happens when things go awry, then there are few grounds for complaint. “As long as there’s a rule, and that everyone understands what the outcome’s going to be, then that’s fine.”

Two decades on, the occurrence can be viewed as one of the quirkiest chapters in football’s rich history.

Yet for all their TV rights money, the AFL can’t guarantee it won’t happen again, given that blackouts have halted stages far grander than a run-of-the-mill home and away match. The Super Bowl power outage of 2013 shows that regardless of the magnitude of an event, best laid plans can be thwarted when no one can see what’s going on.

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Group bands together young creatives

Picture: Morag McCannBALLARAT may be a long way from the likes of Barcelona or Paris, but the city’s young artists have banded together to create a group in the spirit of avant-garde cliques of the past.

The#BallaArt group has been formed with its home at the Art Gallery of Ballarat in response to a resurgence in art appreciation among under 30s.

Luke Gahan, Art Gallery of Ballarat Association Council member, said he helped co-found the group to create “a social and energetic place” for young people to develop their love of art and meet others like themselves.

“The aim of #BallaArt is to create a space where young people who are interested in art can get together and be creative,” Mr Gahan said.

“They do not have to be artists themselves, nor know much about art or art history. The group is open to all young people, regardless of their artistic abilities, or knowledge, who simply want to get to know others and appreciate and learn more about art together.”

Mr Gahan said Ballarat had a tradition of supporting and encouraging young artists.

“Ballarat schools have amazing art programs that rival any of the Melbourne schools,” he said.

“The Art Gallery of Ballarat also has an annual exhibition, Next Gen, which showcases artwork by VCE students. Federation University also has fantastic creative arts programs at the Camp Street campus providing many opportunities for young artist from Ballarat and beyond.”

Mr Gahan said while many young artists eventually moved to Melbourne for university or work, they tended to return home to Ballarat for weekends, looking for activities to be part of.

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Hawthorn v Sydney: Alastair Clarkson laments the Hawks’ uncharacteristically sloppy skills

Alastair Clarkson doubted Hawthorn’s poor form and uncharacteristically sloppy skills were attributable to the emotional impact of the upsetting news of the return of Jarryd Roughead’s cancer.

The Hawks were beaten by 14 points by Sydney in a game where Clarkson felt neither side played well.

“We lost a game of footy where we didn’t play particularly well and neither did Sydney. It was a pretty ordinary spectacle I reckon and we just played a little bit worse than what Sydney did,” he said.

“I am sure Sydney would be rapt to get the four points and move on but they have some improvement in their game as well.”

Clarkson said he was pleased with the way the club handled the news of Roughead’s cancer and felt that once the immediate shock rippled through the public, it would be better for the player, his family and teammates in dealing with it.

When asked if he thought the Roughead news had an impact on the team’s poor game, especially in the second quarter Clarkson was doubtful.

“I thought the club as a whole handled a difficult situation really well. The players’ effort and endeavour was there but we just couldn’t finish our work whether that was shooting for goal or just in general play some of our field kicking and handballing was nowhere near the standard we would like,” he said.

“Had we kicked a little bit straighter we would have given ourselves a chance to get in front.

“The sooner the hysteria goes out of this battle that he has got to confront, the better it will be for Roughy, Sarah and his whole family.

“We are trying to keep it as normal as possible for him. It’s difficult for people outside the football club because their manner of trying to provide him with support is what they can do publicly or saying things on radio or television.

“We are going to deal with it in the best manner we can as a footy club. Lot of support from his teammates, in particular, but also his family and those back at home at Leongatha.”

Sam Mitchell, who was averaging 33 touches before this game, was kept to just 14 possessions by Tom Mitchell who got the ball 21 times himself in what Sydney coach John Longmire said was his best game for the club.

Clarkson said despite Mitchell being down on possessions and the Hawks being beaten in contested football, his side had won the clearances, had more inside 50s and one more shot at goal and so should, on those statistics, have been expected to win the game.

“Sydney are averaging well over 60 inside 50s for each game thus far and they have 40 tonight. If we were presented with that stat at the start of the game we would have said ‘we are going to win this game of footy’ but we had 54 chances ourselves inside forward 50 and we just didn’t capitalise.

“Some of that has got to do with Sydney’s good play but I feel like most of it was that we just didn’t convert our chances anywhere near as well as what we could have and that was not just set shots but hitting targets inside 50.

“We made real crucial and fundamental errors that created Sydney opportunities.”

The most glaring error was when ruckman Jon Ceglar handballed to Will Langford when the player was running away from him with his back to him. The turnover went to the other end where Lance Franklin took a long shot at an empty goal square and the ball rolled through from 80 metres out.

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