David Lowe: The Lowedown

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Well, where do I start? Make a list and prioritise, David, I can hear an old teacher of mine preaching. Bugger that, sounds like hard work I reckon. Let’s start with something completely left field.
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Happy 65th birthday Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards, cool cat, hero to millions, and cricketing genius. I trust the Antiguan age pension will supplement your lifestyle comfortably!

Sorry for that indulgence, relieving my youth momentarily.

But it helps my left-field theme, which probably started with Mark Jones’s starting selection on Sunday. I have to say I was more than surprised to learn that he had left captain Nigel Boogaard out of the starting at 11, and also relegated Morten Nordstrand to the pine.

It’s hard to say whether that move worked or not, the Jets leading 1-0, courtesy of a debatable penalty, when the whole flow of the game changed with the sending-off of Jason Hoffman on 32 minutes. Regardless it left me scratching my head pre-game.

COLLISION COURSE: Newcastle’s Jason Hoffman and Brisbane’s Brett Holman clash on Sunday. Picture: Getty Images

In searching for a reason, I can only guess that Jones wanted the yard of extra pace that Jackson and Koutroumbis possess, to cope with the impressive movement and mobility of Roar striker Jamie McLaren.

That choice, plus the inclusion of Wayne Brown for Nordstrand , suggested the Jets would look to play a little more directly through or over Brisbane’s press.

To be fair to Brisbane, they played forward earlier and with more purpose, than they often do, and Maclaren was a lively beneficiary of that mindset. By the same token, it was justifiable reward for some clever and incisive movement off the ballfor Brisbane’s No.9.

The sending-offmakes it a difficult game to critique or analyse.

Would Brisbane have tired towards the end of 90 minutes 11 v 11, given the schedule they have endured recently?

Would the Jets have been pegged back by the Roar, who were already creating good chances for Maclaren, and getting Brett Holman on the ball too comfortably in front of the Jets’ back four, before Hoffman’s departure?

I don’t think anyone can answer that question definitively, and therein lies the frustration for fans.

A decent game of football was brewingbefore the send-off, but its shape altered and twisted permanently in one (or I guess two) moments.

For one very mild piece of dissent (and cruelty to a football), punching said sphere with the heel of ahand, and a flailing arm, being used to shield the ball, not swinging with intent, Newcastle were punished for almost an hour.

Compare that to a fortnight ago when dangerous tackles, threatening serious injury to both teams, and only yellow cards resulted, and you will understand my beef.

That said, could the Jets have done a better job of preserving the half-time lead? I think they could have, despite the fact that Brisbane are a well-structured possession side, adept at taking advantage of numerical superiority.

The home side weren’t helped by the penalty for Andrew Hoole manhandling Thomas Broich at a defensive corner. I have no problem with that award, as long as you punish every instance at every set piece, because the practice is a blight on the game.

Memo to match officials and lawmakers, it’s quite simple to police. Just remember, the attacking team wants to have a free heading contest, the defensive team does not.

Any contacts or grappling will be initiated by the defender. Any player not facing the ball at the moment of contact is in the process of fouling or preparing to foul his or her opponent.

Apply the rule equally at both ends, send off persistent perpetrators, and awardpenalties by the bucketload if players don’t respond.

Don’t please, pick out one per game in the 62ndminute .

Feel free to penalise the attacking team if they attempt to block off the goalkeeper’s opportunity to come and claim any crosses.

Is it naive or ancient to hope for reward for accuracy, good jumping ability and heading technique to triumph at set pieces?

Sorry, off the high horse, and back to the Jets, and their management of the second half.

I think they got caught a bit half-and-half in approach, one eye on attacking to try and slip into the top six, make the home fans happy, and one eye on protecting the lead for as long as possible.

Everyone is different in philosophy and approach in situations like these. Some in my group at the match were adamant that the Jets still had to try and win the game, not just sit back and defend.

Others felt sitting in, frustrating the Roar as much as possible, then springing on the counter was only way to go.

There are many considerations, first and foremost the quality of the opponent, and your own players’ best assets.

I’m not sure how much communication Jets coach Mark Jones was allowed or afforded to his team at half-time, or during the remainder of the match, but it seemed to me that the Jets tried to have an each-way bet tactically.

Theywent with their most mobile midfield combination, hoping to get up and support striker Kokko after protecting the back four.

The alternative wasprobably playing very narrow, using Hoole or Nabbout up front to threaten in behind, sacrificing a forward-type player to play a third defensive midfielder, and allowing Brisbane freedom and time to cross from wider areas, essentially relying on Boogaard and Jackson to win everything aerially.

Then relying on perhaps two chances on the break in a half of football to provide another goal.

That approach requires acceptance of a draw as not too bad a result, and some would disagree with that totally.

Considering the teams around the Jets could largely only draw, perhaps a conservative point would have been fine.

Could it have been scrounged with a more cautious approach? Or even a more aggressive one? We will never know.

Tigers admit they tried to ‘look after’ injured Inglis

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The Wests Tigers have made the stunning admission that they tried to ‘look after’ Greg Inglis as he battled through what turned out to be a season-ending knee injury last Friday night.
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Tigers skipper Aaron Woods says he was surprised Inglis spent the majority of the match on the field despite unknowingly tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in the eighth minute of the match at ANZ Stadium.

While the Tigers tried to target his wing when they had the ball, Woods admits his teammates didn’t want to attack the knee of the South Sydney No.1 when he was vulnerable.

“We went at him in attack because he couldn’t move laterally – he couldn’t move at all. But when he had the ball we tried to look after him,” Woods said.

“You know when someone isn’t right. And it’s a dog act if you go in and rip at the knee. We knew he had done some damage to his knee, and a couple of times we tackled him we held him up high, and you could tell he was in a lot of pain.

Inglis still managed to score a try while hobbling on one leg, chasing down a kick from the scrum to score on the stroke of half time.

“When he scored that try I thought that was going to be the last I saw of him on the night,” Woods said.

“When he came out again in the second half, I couldn’t believe it. It’s their club who made the decision to send him back out there. You know how damaging and destructive Greg Inglis can be, and to see him limping and running on one leg, it didn’t look good for him. I would have been more happy to see him off the field.”

Tigers fullback James Tedesco was in sublime touch on Friday night, sending an ominous message the Panthers ahead of their round two clash on Sunday afternoon.

Bryce Cartwright’s horror week, which saw him struggle against the Dragons before having to deal with headlines over his private life, is set to continue when he squares off against the Tigers.

Cartwright and Te Maire Martin were vulnerable in defence against the Dragons, an area the Tigers and Tedesco will no doubt look to exploit.

“I went and watched the game and he was sensational,” Panthers coach Anthony Griffin said of Tedesco.

“He has started the year in great form. He is a real key for them obviously. He is great when it comes around the back on either side of the field. We got burnt the first time we played them last year three or four times. He is a real elite talent. He has blinding speed. If you’re a little bit disorganised … he is going to get you. “

Griffin said he was disappointed with his team’s performance against the Dragons, but was keen to write it off as a bad day in the office.

“In a 24 weeks season my experience is you are going to have a couple of bad days,” Griffin said.

“You never want to have them and you don’t accept them. It’s important how we respond to that now. You can over-analyse it and try to find too many answers. We will do a normal review of a game and see where we went wrong.

“We won’t over-react to it. You get rolled by the opposite and we were very disappointed in that happening on Saturday. By the same token it was probably the best game of football St George have put together in a couple of years.”

Meanwhile, Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire admitted the decision to leave Inglis on the field was wrong.

“Hindsight is a great thing and obviously we put our hand up and we didn’t get the call right,” Maguire told News Corp.

“Unfortunately it was the wrong call.”

“When I got to him at halftime and I spoke to the doc he was determined to go back out and he thought it was going to be okay,” Maguire said.

“Unfortunately, it didn’t come across as any of us would have liked.

“Yes, we could have made a different call. But it just goes to show that he is a tough kid, and he wanted to do it for the club.”

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Moama drowning: Pit bull ‘Buddy’ spared by police who say dog acted to save boy

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The pit bull involved in the Moama drowning tragedy will not be put down after police found the dog was trying to save the nine-year-old boy who survived the ordeal.
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The dog “Buddy” was seized by Murray River Council on Thursday at the request of police after it mauled the nine-year-old boy in the shallows of the Murray River.

The boy had survived an attempted drowning, allegedly at the hands of his mother, before he was confronted by the dog.

Buddy allegedly mauled the boy, and his mother.

It is alleged the nine-year-old boy managed to struggle free from his mother in the river, before she drowned her five-year-old son.

The 27-year-old woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, has been charged with murder and attempted murder.

The surviving nine-year-old boy was flown to Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital, where he has since had surgery.

Buddy was seized by the council on police orders, leaving his owners fearing he would be destroyed.

On Monday, however, police advised the council they believed the pit bull cross was acting to protect the young boy.

“The NSW Police have since advised us that their investigations to date have deemed that the dog in question was responding to extreme circumstances,” Murray River Council interim general manager Margot Stork said.

“It is likely that the dog was acting in reasonable defence of the nine-year-old boy.

“The NSW Police have advised council that they will not be seeking an order to destroy this animal.”

It follows a significant public campaign to save Buddy from being destroyed, including a plea from the nine-year-old boy’s grandfather.

“I own a similar dog, and I know he was trying to save the boys, it’s their nature when they are raised with kids,” the grandfather said.

“Let the ones who his actions affected decide. I have one grandson left, because this brave dog took action as required.”

An online petition to “Help save Buddy”, which was created on March 4, gathered more than 40,000 signatures in two days.

The nine-year-old boy’s condition improved on Monday morning, with a hospital spokeswoman saying he was in a stable condition.

Multiple members of the community expressed concerns about the dog’s welfare after the attack last week.

But Buddy’s owners insisted the dog “reacted and attempted to save the boys [and] in doing so he has bit the eldest boy in his rescue attempts”.

“Our dog has been seized when he should be labelled a hero instead,” the owners said in a post on the petition website.

“Buddy is a member of our family and has grown up around children his whole life and has been the most gentlest dog, he has clearly seen a child in distress and attempted to help.

“Dogs don’t have hands to help like us humans they have to use their teeth and in doing so it’s being portrayed as this dog has attacked the young boy.”

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We called Australia’s peak business groups on a Sunday – they didn’t answer

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The argument is self-evident: weekend penalty rates are out-of-kilter because in a modern, secular, 24/7 economy, Sunday has become just like any other day.
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So why pay loadings for hours that are no longer unsociable – no longer deleterious to family and home life?

Here’s one reason. Because, it turns out, the loudest, clearest proponents of this change take a different view about their own leisure time.

Indeed, these new-economy warriors guard their Saturdays and Sundays so jealously, they close their offices on the weekend to guarantee quality family time.

Who knew?

While the Coalition parties, right-wing think-tanks and business groups defend the Fair Work Commission’s recent ruling to cut the pay of Sunday and public holiday workers in retail, fast food, and hospitality, their own weekends remain sacrosanct.

In the spirit of this 24/7 economy, Fairfax Media telephoned the switchboards of the main groups on Sunday afternoon: the Institute of Public Affairs, Business Council of Australia, the Australian Industry Group, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and even the small enterprise body, the Council of Small Business Australia also known as COSBOA.

And guess what? No answers. Not one of these offices – unless you consider an answering machine as service – was open or staffed on a Sunday afternoon.

The avowedly free-market IPA is, of course, a muscular advocate of labour-market deregulation and would do away with centrally established pay rates entirely. But call on Sunday to speak to a person and you get a machine.

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is, similarly, just a week-day operation. “The office is currently unattended,” the message at 2:58pm instructed.

The Australian Industry Group answered at 3:02, via a recorded message advising that office hours are from Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5:15pm. No danger of any penalty payments there then.

The Business Council of Australia? No answer at all at 3:04 pm.

COSBOA was called at 3:10. The small business lobby’s machine offered to take a message – presumably to get back to us on Monday.

So much for the seven-day trading week. If you work for one of these bravely new-world organisations, your weekends are safe even as you call for others to take a haircut, on the grounds that Sunday is no longer so special.

But politicians are different, right? No.

Both Liberal and Nationals headquarters were decidedly unattended despite their unblinking confidence that lowering take-home pay for Sunday work is the right answer.

So weekends are special after all. Theirs any way.

Tell it to people who never go to the footy, or a matinee, or get Sunday brunch, or see their kids play sport, because they work the hours when others don’t. These are the ones who ensure we get our smashed avocado, can buy petrol, or even do the shopping at a time of convenience.

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Cheika steps up his ‘bring back Beale’ campaign

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Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is dangling the Australian No.12 jersey in front of Kurtley Beale as a carrot to lure home his prized playmaker in time for the coming Test season.
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Beale is weighing up whether to trigger a second season option in his big money deal with English Premiership side Wasps or surrender it to return to Australia two years out from the 2019 World Cup.

The Australian Rugby Union cannot compete with the riches on offer in Europe and after a breakout debut stint with Wasps, in which the 28-year-old scored three tries in six games, Beale’s star has never been brighter.

But Cheika is employing other means to entice Beale back, including hinting at a Test starting role for the former Waratah.

“He’s obviously got to validate his position by his form when he comes back and plays for whatever [Super Rugby team] he’s going to play for,” Cheika said.

“Beale before wasn’t starting, he was hole-fixing, but I think it will be different for him this time, because I’ve got a clear vision of what I want him to do in the team.

“I know it’s only been a year but in that year there’s been a big change in the Wallabies squad as well. He’ll come back with a slightly different stature I’d say and I want him to play according to that.”

Cheika’s proposal, however contingent it is on Beale’s form, would be weighing heavily on the 60-Test playmaker’s mind as he makes his decision which, according to Wasps director of rugby Dai Young, could be as soon as a week away.

While he was immensely valuable to the Wallabies in the “super sub” role in which Cheika used him, starting in just three of the 13 Tests he played under his former Super Rugby coach, Beale made no secret of the fact he wanted to be a Test starter and the issue was a point of contention between the pair in an otherwise close relationship.

A season-ending injury to the 60-Test back came at the same time he was weighing the Wasps offer last year and Beale made no further appearances in the gold jersey before his departure for England in October. His exit allowed Rebels rookie Reece Hodge to cement a spot in the Wallabies line-up, becoming one of the finds of the season in an otherwise tough year for Cheika and Australia.

Beale, too, appears to be flourishing during his time away from the Australian system. Contrary to the predictions of many and in spite of a rehab timetable that delayed his debut for Wasps, he has gone on to play an integral role in the club’s journey to the top of the Premiership and appears to be well-liked by his teammates and the wider Wasps community.

Young’s comments at the weekend demonstrated the regard in which Beale is held: “It was always agreed that we see how this season goes and how he and his girlfriend settle in,” he said. “He’s got his international career to think about.

“If it ends up being a year, it’s a year we wouldn’t have changed. If we can extend it, which we are hoping to do, we’ll be really pleased. If we can’t, it will have been a worthwhile exercise.”

Complicating matters for Cheika is that under the so-called Giteau Law, Beale is eligible for Australian selection wherever he is playing in the world, so a return home is not a necessary condition of World Cup selection. Instead, Cheika appears to be dangling a carrot close to his former charge’s heart, relying on Beale’s keen sense of loyalty and love of the Wallabies’ team culture to trump the lure of the pound.

“You never know, I didn’t really think he was going to leave in the first place,” Cheika said.

“It hasn’t been complicated, we’ve been going back and forth, we’ve said what we think, that we want him to come home, this is what we think his place in the team is, and he has to assess that.

“Whatever happens, it’s going to be less than he gets offered at Wasps, even based off what he got offered last time. It’s going to be a matter of whether he wants to come home, be an instrumental part in the Australian team in the lead-up to the World Cup, that’s what it’s going to come down to.”

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Cities Minister Taylor promises ‘billions’ for Western Sydney

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Sandra Fraser spends hours on a packed train commuting from her home in western Sydney to the city three times a week. But she counts herself lucky – at least she owns her own house.
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“I think most people need to travel for work,” the social work student from Fairfield West said. “You’ve gotta go where the work is, and most people can’t afford to live anywhere near work. So they’re living further and further out, because they can’t afford their way in.”

It’s a problem the federal government wants to spends billions of dollars to fix, as part of a “city deal” to be finalised later this year that will focus on jobs, roads, rail links and environmental planning in western Sydney.

“It can take me an hour and a half to two hours to get into the city from where I live,” said Ms Fraser, who is doing a work placement at the Sydney Alliance.

“I get a bus to Fairfield Railway Station then I get a train from Fairfield to Town Hall. It’s packed. There’s a whole lot of people piled on. You’re lucky if you even get space to stand.”

She is acutely aware of the housing affordability crisis affecting many people in her area. She bought her three-bedroom home 15 years ago and said since then, house prices in her suburb have “gone through the roof”.

“Most of the houses are $600,000 or $700,000 around us. It’s ridiculous. Rents, you can’t get a three-bedroom house from under about $500 a week where we are.”

The city deal could form a key element of the government’s housing affordability package – a central plank of the May budget – as the Coalition attempts to offer relief to renters and would-be buyers.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Monday the key to improving housing affordability was building more homes – which would require state governments to release more land – and explicitly linked it to the federal government’s infrastructure spending plans.

“Our whole cities agenda is about improving the liveability of cities, and improving housing affordability is a big part of that,” he said.

“What we are looking to do is reach agreement so that as Commonwealth funding is made available for infrastructure, for road or rail or whatever, that is then part of the deal and a commitment to deliver, for example, more dwellings [and] more dwelling approvals.”

Mr Turnbull welcomed the housing affordability package unveiled by the Victorian state government on Sunday and said his government was prepared to do a city deal for Melbourne, as it was doing with the NSW government for Western Sydney.

Cities Minister Angus Taylor told Fairfax Media on Monday that two million people already lived west of Parramatta; that number would rise to three million by 2030; and the Western Sydney city deal would provide better infrastructure and tackle housing affordability.

He declined to answer questions about what specifically would be in the budget for Western Sydney, but said the city deal would create local jobs – with Badgerys Creek airport to play a key part in that – focus on improving both road and rail links and create a region-wide strategic environmental plan to protect areas such as the Cumberland Woodland.

“We are spending billions and we will spend more billions in the coming years, on Western Sydney airport, roads and potential rail projects. This is one of the biggest areas of investment for the federal government,” he said.

“On the supply side in the decade to 2015, Sydney should have been building 35,000 homes to keep up with population growth but in fact was building 17,000. In the last two years that supply growth has matched demand but the decade-long backlog hasn’t been addressed.”

The Western Sydney deal is the third one the government has worked on following Townsville and Launceston.

Other housing affordability measures being examined for the federal budget by Treasurer Scott Morrison include “rent to buy” and shared equity housing models used in Britain.

Reductions in capital gains tax concessions and allowing first-time buyers to use their superannuation as a home deposit have been discussed, though these latter two measures are considered less likely to be adopted.

Mr Morrison has also signalled that social housing is in his sights, while the National Affordable Housing Agreement – which costs the federal government about $1.3 billion a year in payments to states – is likely to be scrapped and the money re-purposed.

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Checker returns to Matildas squad after “toughest year of my life”

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Canberra United defender Emma Checker has overcome the “biggest challenge of her life” and made a triumphant return to the Australian squad following a knee reconstruction.
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Checker was kept out of action for almost all of 2016 after rupturing her anterior cruciate ligament on Christmas Eve the year before.

The 20-year-old spent 361 days sidelined and just two months after making her return for United, Checker is part of the Matildas’ squad in Portugal for the Algarve Cup.

“It was definitely the biggest challenge I have been faced with in life so far. I probably experienced more emotions within the year injured than I had throughout the rest of my life,” Checker said.

“There were so many ups and downs but it really did only make me stronger.”

First and foremost Checker wanted to crack back into Canberra’s W-League side, but said adding to her three Australian caps provided an extra incentive.

“It was a great feeling [returning] and one that I will never forget, just being able to be back out in green side by side with the group of girls and staff who had been there for me through it all was so rewarding,” she said.

“The added motivation of wanting to be back in the Matildas squad though was massive. There were certainly some challenging times within the rehab process where my mind ran wild and I lost sight of my way but thankfully with great people around me I got back on track.”

The defender said the lessons she learnt in her time away from the game were “never ending” and the injury changed her approach to football.

“Despite all of the negatives, the life lessons I have gained are ones I’ll carry with me forever. Simply not taking anything for granted and not becoming dependent on one certain aspect of your life,” Checker said.

“When every decision you make comes back to football you can lose sight of balance and the other important areas of life. But I gained a whole new appreciation for football and experienced a wild feeling of drive and desire that I hadn’t felt before that made me realise how badly I want to succeed.”

Checker described being back in Matildas camp as “unreal” and now that she has secured a national recall, her new goals are to stay healthy and cement her spot in the team.

“Going into 2017 my major goal was breaking back into the Matildas squad and it was definitely a pleasant surprise to come so early on in the year,” she said.

“Now it’s about maintaining my spot and it’s by no means an easy spot to keep with so much talent and competition, but it’s something I’m working hard towards.”

Canberra finished W-League minor premiers but were denied a grand final berth after a shattering semi-final loss in extra-time at home against Melbourne City.

“It was definitely a tough way to finish such a great season off, but as brutal as it was that’s a part of sport and we just have to learn from what went wrong and take the positives into next season,” Checker said.

The Matildas lost their first match in Portugal against Sweden 1-0, but bounced back on Saturday morning to down the Netherlands 3-2, and next face China on Tuesday.

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Barty time: Ash reflects on huge night in KL

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Ash Barty awoke to a phone full of text messages in Kuala Lumpur on Monday after becoming the first Australian woman not named Sam Stosur to win a WTA singles title in six years, but one from a fellow fisherwoman with whom Barty has formed a close bond was particularly special. Evonne Goolagong Cawley was among the well-wishers and Barty was thrilled.
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“I love Evonne, she’s an amazing person,” Barty said of the dual Wimbledon champion with whom she shares an Indigenous heritage. “She just said ‘congrats’ and obviously she knows what it’s like, so it was just nice to wake up and see a message from her. It certainly brought a smile to my face.”

Barty had not counted the SMS tally by the time she chatted to Fairfax Media, but admitted “there was certainly a lot of love there – I’m a lucky girl”. And, understandably, a slightly weary one, having come through qualifying to clinch her maiden singles title in a rain-interrupted final 6-3, 6-2 against Japan’s Nao Hibino, before combining with close friend Casey Dellacqua to claim her third career doubles crown.

It was midnight by the time Dellacqua, Barty and coach Craig Tyzzer made it back to their hotel. “Everything was closed, so we just went down to the lobby, and had a little room service dinner, and had a chat for about an hour, but then we had to come up and get organised to fly to Indian Wells today,” Barty said. “A short-lived celebration, but it doesn’t matter for me. It’s all right.”

It was, indeed, more than enough to have become the first non-Stosur Australian woman to triumph at WTA Tour-level since Jelena Dokic’s 2011 success at the same event. The 20-year-old joins Stosur (8 titles), Dokic (6), Alicia Molik (5), Jarmila Wolfe (2) and Nicole Pratt (1) on the collective post-2000 honour roll, simultaneously vaulting from 158th into double-figures for the first time, at No.92.

“Probably the best tennis week of my life, for sure,” said Barty, who dropped just one set over seven singles matches. “We’ve had some amazing results, but the pleasing thing is we were able to keep that consistency throughout the whole week, for the first time … It would have been a good week if we’d come away with five or six matches, let alone 10 or 11, so it’s a big week and obviously it’s a monumental one with a title and cracking the top hundred, but the result’s a bonus.”

Especially when one considers that after walking away from the game and – eventually – to a head-clearing season of Big Bash cricket, Barty is already far ahead of schedule. She paid tribute to Tyzzer and conditioning guru Narelle Sibte – “I wouldn’t have been able to achieve half of what I did during the summer or this week without Tyzz and Narelle” – and played well during January, including reaching the third round at the Australian Open. But it was in Malaysia that, in Barty’s words, “the stars aligned”.

Never mind that it means missing the qualifying event at Indian Wells, where she and Dellacqua nevertheless hope to “ruffle a few feathers” in the doubles. The Queenslander has no individual rankings points to defend until the grasscourt swing in June, while her sub-100 ranking brings with it the bonus of direct main draw entry at the majors. Another first. “That top 100 is a big barrier that every tennis player strives to break into. We’re just super-excited… I feel like this is just the tip of the iceberg.”

And yet, only 12 months ago this week, the young woman who won the 2011 junior Wimbledon title first dipped her toe back in the doubles water after 18 months out. It was never “set in stone” that the break would be permanent, she says, having just known that a separation was needed. The cricket, which she loved, took her mind off tennis, but wielding a bat rather than a racquet in the summer of 2016 also made her realise how much she missed her original love and eventual calling.

“I knew then that this is sort of what I was meant to do,” said Barty, who is happy again, regardless of what the scoreboard may say. “Now it obviously looks like an amazing decision, but even if I hadn’t have been so successful as I have been at the start, in my eyes it was still the right decision.”

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Your guide to what’s happening around the Hunter

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GIG OF THE WEEK: Rock legends The Living End return to a sold out Cambridge Hotel on Friday night supported by The Bennies and Newcastle band Split Feed.MUSIC5 Sawyers Friday, DJ Timmy Coffey.Saturday, DJ Shots Fired.Sunday,Good Company.
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Adamstown Uniting Church Sunday, The Australian Army Band.

Albion Hotel SingletonFriday, James Naldo.

Anna Bay TavernSaturday, Pat Vs Cat.Sunday,Mick Jones.

Argyle HouseSaturday, Hotel Motel –Bieber tribute.

Australia Hotel CessnockSaturday, Whiskey Business Duo.

Bar Petite Friday, CrocQ. Saturday, Ron Knight.

Battlesticks BarThursday,Nicko.Friday,Jade Lee Wright.Saturday,Audie Franks.Sunday,Little Cents.Monday,Dan Southward.Tuesday,Richard Walker.

Beach Hotel Friday, GW Freebird. Sunday, Hot Fox.

Belmont 16sFriday, Adam Brand & Band,Ryan Daley, Jake Rattle & Roll. Saturday, The Years, Melody Feder. Sunday,Rich & Famous.

Belmore HotelSaturday, Hummingbirds.

Beresfield Bowling Club Friday, 24 Hours. Saturday, Snape Trilogy. Sunday, Red Dirt Country Band.

Blackbutt Hotel Friday, Viagro. Saturday, Overload.

The Bradford Friday, Counterpart. Saturday, Outerphase. Sunday, James Naldo.

Burwood InnFriday, Audie Franks.Saturday,Mel & Jade.

Cambridge Hotel Thursday,dave,Hey Lady,Treasure Troves. Friday,The Living End, The Bennies, Split Feed.Saturday,Twelve Foot Ninja,Majora.

Cardiff RSL Club Friday, Aqwa. Saturday, Hellrad.

Carrington PlaceThursday, The Frenchman St New Orleans Jazz Band. Friday, Joe Cox. Saturday, Loui Abell.

Catho PubSaturday, Jamie Martens.Sunday, Hurricane Fall.

Caves Beachside Hotel Friday, Zane Penn. Saturday, The Remedy.

Central Charlestown Leagues ClubFriday, Hayden Johns.Saturday, Beth Gleeson.

Central HotelStroudSaturday, Lennie Live.

Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, The Big Bang.

Charlestown Bowling Club Friday, Banddits. Saturday, Greg Bryce.

Charlestown Golf Club Sunday, Roxy.

Clarendon Hotel Friday, Arley Black.

Club KotaraFriday, Andy Abra.

Club LemonTree Friday, The Dreamcatchers. Saturday, Brenton Williams.

Club Maitland City Friday, Jon Matthews.

Commercial HotelBoolarooFriday, Kaylee Bell.

Commercial Hotel MorpethFriday, Daniel Arvidson.

Country Club Hotel Shoal Bay Friday, Party Crashers. Saturday, Big Night Out.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Friday, Roxy. Sunday, Ben Travis.

Criterion Hotel WestonSaturday, The V Dubs.

Customs HouseFriday, Bonny Rai. Saturday, Surian. Sunday, Howard Shearman.

Cypress LakesSaturday, Tom Christie.

D’Albora Marina Sunday, Kim.

Duke Of WellingtonFriday,Greg Bryce.Saturday,The Duo Tones.

East Maitland Bowling Club Friday, The Remedy. Saturday, The Lamplighters. Sunday, Karen O’Shea.

Edgeworth Bowling Club Friday, Original Sin –INXS tribute. Sunday, Adam Eckersley & Brooke McClymont, Boney Rivers.

Edgeworth Tavern Friday, Misbehave. Sunday, The Pete & Kate Duo.

The Edwards Thursday,ADKOB,Bella Fugazi (Loui Abell & Friends),Jack The DJ.

Family Hotel MaitlandSaturday, Allstar.Sunday, Michael Passfield.

Finnegans Saturday, Chunky Dip.

FogHorn BrewhouseFriday, Marissa.Saturday, Anyerin.

Gallipoli Legion Club Thursday,The Musicians Club.

Gateshead TavernFriday, Pat Vs Cat.Sunday, Skin Thing.

Gateway Hotel Saturday,The Eclipse Movement, DJ-Danny Selecta FriedRy.

George Tavern Friday, Beau Hatch. Saturday, 4 Letter Word.

Grain Store Saturday, Truman Smith.Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Grand Hotel Tuesday, James Ryan 3.

Grand Junction Hotel Friday, Andy Golledge, Colin Jones & The Delta Revue, Dan Southward. Saturday, Autumn Hearts, Commonside. Sunday, Alby Pool Band. Wednesday, Jordie Lane.

Great Northern Hotel Teralba Saturday, Phil McKnight.

Greenroof Hotel Friday, Damien. Saturday, Loren Ryan.

Greta Workers ClubFriday, Soundabout.

Gunyah Hotel Friday, KR Duo. Saturday, Gen X. Sunday, Jackson Halliday.

​Hamilton Station Hotel Thursday, Whatever, Forever, Blue Velvet, Eat Your Heart Out, All In A Year. Friday, Shake You Blood, Trataka, Boneman.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Friday, Purple Rain. Saturday, Jayde Corner, Allies. Sunday, Troy Kemp.

Holmesville Hotel Sunday, Kings Road.

Honeysuckle HotelFriday, Hot Fox.Saturday, Hurricane Fall.Sunday, CrocQ, Chris Ah Gee & Jazzella.

Hotel DelanyFriday, AK Morris, Project XI. Saturday, Code Red.

Hotel JesmondFriday, Shivoo.

Iron Horse InnSaturday,Phonic Duo.

Jewells Tavern Friday, Eye On You. Saturday,Jungle Duo. Sunday, Bobby C.

The Junction Hotel Friday, Frets With Benefits. Saturday, Bobby C.

Kent Hotel Friday, Sundays Record. Saturday, Project XI. Sunday, Motown Magic, All Access 80s, Dean Kyrwood, Keith Hall Blues Band.

King Street Hotel Saturday, Flux Pavilion.

Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre Sunday, Waratah Brass.

Lake Macquarie TavernFriday, Tom Christie.

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Friday, Dai Pritchard. Sunday, Andrew G.

The LandingSaturday, Michael Muchow. Sunday, The Andy Show.

Lambton Park HotelFriday, Nicko.

Lass O’GowrieThursday, Haestings,Taylor King,Boots Porter.Friday, Bin Juice,The Breakfast Club,Coast & Ocean. Saturday,Truman Smith,Underachiever,We Are But Citizens.

Lizotte’sThursday,Germein Sisters. Friday, Every Breath You Take… A Tribute to Sting & The Police. Saturday, Kevin Borich. Blues Brothers Rebooted.

Lochinvar Hotel Saturday, Karen O’Shea.

Lucky Hotel Friday, Dean Kyrwood. Saturday, Tori Forsyth, Carl The Bartender. Sunday, Matt Purcell.

Mark HotelSaturday, Grand Theft Audio.Sunday,The Big Bang Quartet.

Mary Ellen Friday, Redline. Saturday, Phase III. Sunday, Zane Penn.

Maryland Tavern Friday, Matt Semmens.Saturday,The Levymen.

Mattara HotelFriday, Tim Harding.

Mavericks On The Bay Friday, Pistol Pete. Saturday, Kim. Sunday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Mavericks On Darby Friday, Jake Davey. Saturday, Mike Owen.

Merewether Surfhouse Saturday, AK Morris.

Mezz BarFriday,4 Letter Word.Saturday,Shivoo.Sunday,Brien McVernon.

Morisset Country ClubFriday, Spank N The Monkey.Sunday, Maryanne Rex.

Murray’s Brewery Sunday, Jim Overend.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Neath Hotel Saturday, Matt Scullion.

Nelson Bay DiggersFriday, Scratch.Saturday,Adam Brand & Band,2GoodReasons.Sunday, Tim Harding.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht ClubSunday, Love That Hat.

Newcastle Entertainment Centre Saturday, Daniel O’Donnell (IRE), Mary Duff.

Newcastle Jockey Club Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Northern Star HotelFriday,Ben Murphy.Saturday,Codi Kaye.Sunday,Carnivale Fest ft. King B Fine,In Motion,Black Snake Blues Band, Reynolds & Co.

Paxton Bowling Club Saturday, Hayden Johns.

Pedens CessnockFriday, Michael Bryers.Saturday, Viagro.

Pippis At The Point Friday, Pete Gelzinnis, Mardmax. Saturday, Dos Eager. Sunday, Ashley Knight.

Potters Brewery Friday, Chad Shuttleworth.

The PourhouseSaturday, Sami.

Premier Hotel Saturday, Mercy Street. Sunday, GW Freebird.

Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Gerda +1. Sunday, Howard Shearman.

Queens Wharf Hotel Friday, Alessandro. Saturday, Bel Enks, Perry Carter. Sunday, Jason Bone, Wharf Life.

Racecourse Hotel Saturday, Mardy Leith.

River Royal Inn MorpethSaturday, CJand Sam.Sunday, The Fruittrees.

Royal Federal HotelBranxton Friday, Soundabout.Saturday, StateFX.

Royal Hotel SingletonSunday, The Way.

Royal Inn Waratah Friday, Phil McKnight.

Royal Motor Yacht Club TorontoFriday, Sami.Sunday, Mick and Annie.

Salamander Shores Friday, Loose Bazooka.

Seabreeze HotelFriday, Whiskey Business Duo.Sunday, Jacinta.

Seven Seas HotelSaturday, Michael Muchow.

Singleton DiggersSaturday, Frets With Benefits.

Shortland Hotel Friday, Mick Jones. Saturday, Brien McVernon.

Soldiers Point Bowling Club Friday, Big Pete.

South Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Deb Sinclair.

Spinning Wheel Hotel Friday, Jackson Halliday.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Friday, PJ O’Brien Band. Saturday, Time On Earth, Good Grief.

Star HotelFriday,DJ Benny B.Saturday,Spank N The Monkey.Sunday,Bobby C.

Stockton Bowling Club Saturday, DJ Symon. Sunday, Purple Hearts.

Stockton RSLClub Saturday, Hellcat.

Swansea HotelThursday, Chad Shuttleworth. Saturday, Zane Penn.

Swansea RSLClub Saturday, Earthbound.

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Boney Rivers.

Tilligerry RSLFriday, Witchery.Saturday, James Naldo.

Toronto Diggers Saturday, 40 Up Club.

Toronto Workers Saturday, KR Duo.

Town Hall Hotel Saturday, Jim Overend. Sunday, Brendan Murphy.

Unorthodox Church of Groove Friday,Debapriya & Samanwaya (IND) ft BobbySingh. Saturday,Ross Daly(Crete) & VillNavio(Portugal).

Victoria Hotel Hinton Friday, Troy Kemp. Saturday, Robbie T. Sunday, Damien.

Wangi HotelSaturday, Lee Rolfe.Sunday, Sami.

Wangi Wangi RSLClub Friday, Ron Knight. Sunday, Chris Unicomb.Tuesday, Beau Smith.

Warners At The Bay Friday, Brien McVernon. Saturday, Sundays Record.

Warners Bay Foreshore Friday, Twinsanity.

Warners Bay Hotel Saturday, Triple Zero.

Westfield KotaraSaturday, Pete Gelzinnis.

Wests CardiffSaturday, Cruzers.

Wests New Lambton Thursday, Angamus. Friday, Tre Soul. Saturday, The Sue & Mikey Show. Tuesday, Angamus.

West Wallsend Workers Club Friday, Big Night Out.

Wickham Park HotelFriday, Bad Luck Kitty.Saturday, Little Cent$.Sunday,Jye Sharp, The Schtick Men.

Windale Gateshead Bowling Club Friday, Snape Trilogy.

Windsor Castle HotelSunday, Pete Hibbert.

MOVIESA Few Less Men (MA) In the comedy sequel to A FewBestMen, David, Tom and Graham must transport their friend’s coffin back to London after a forced plane landing strands them in the middle of the Australian bush.

A United Kingdom (PG)In the 1940s, Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana shocks the world when he marries a white woman from London. (Regal)

Alone In Berlin(M) Working class couple Otto and Anna Quangel receive the news that their only son has lost his life in the battlefield and decide to resist the Nazi regime in their very own way. Soon the Gestapo is hunting “the threat”.

Before I Fall(M)February 12 is just another day in Sam’s charmed life until it turns out to be her last. Stuck reliving her last day over one inexplicable week, Sam untangles the mystery around her death and discovers everything she’s in danger of losing.

Fifty Shades Darker(MA)While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her.

Fist Fight(MA)When one school teacher (Charlie Day) gets the other (Ice Cube) fired, he is challenged to an after-school fight.

Gold (M)Kenny Wells, a modern-day prospector, hustler, and dreamer, is desperate for a lucky break. Left with few options, Wells teams up with an equally luckless geologist to execute a grandiose, last-ditch effort: to find gold deep in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia. (Lake Cinema)

Golden Years (PG)Arthur and Martha Goode won’t take the loss of their pensions lying down. It’s time for these retirees to rob some banks and take back what was theirs in the first place.

Hidden Figures(PG)A team of African-American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program’s first successful space missions.

Jackie(MA)Following the assassination of her husband, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband’s historic legacy.

Jasper Jones(M) In the dead of night during the summer of 1969, Charlie is startled when he is woken by local mixed-race outcast Jasper Jones outside his window.

Kong: Skull Island (M)A team of explorers and soldiers travel to an uncharted island in the Pacific, unaware that they are crossing into the domain of monsters, including the mythic Kong.

​La La Land(CTC) The story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling),a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts.

Lion(PG)A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Kolkata, thousands of kilometres from home.

Logan(MA)In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.

Moana(PG)A young woman uses her navigational talents to set sail for a fabled island. Joining her on the adventure is her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui.

Monster Trucks(PG)Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, a high school seniorbuilds a monster truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars.

Moonlight(M)The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality. (Regal)

National Theatre: Saint Joan (CTC)Bernard Shaw’s classic play follows the life and trial of a young country girl who declares a bloody mission to drive the English from France.

Rings(MA)A young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it.

​Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale (PG)Is Ordinal Scale just another game? Players are about to find the line between the virtual world and reality beginning to blur and their worst nightmares coming true.

T2: Trainspotting(R)20 years have gone by. Much has changed but just as much remains the same. Mark Renton returns to the only place he can ever call home. They are waiting for him: Spud, Sick Boy and Begbie. Other old friends are waiting too.

The Great Wall(M)A mystery centered around the construction of the Great Wall of China.

The Little Mermaid (G)A mermaid princess makes a Faustian bargain with an unscrupulous sea-witch in order to meet a human prince on land. (Event, Glendale)

THEATRELGBTI Theatre FestivalLively delivery by Hunter performers of songs, short plays and comedy routines with lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and intersex themes and characters.Catapult Dance Studio, Newcastle West. Friday, at 7pm.

Neighbourhood WatchAn 80-year-old Hungarian migrant woman and an out-of-workyoung actress form an unlikely bond in an Australian suburban street; heart-warming comedyby Lally Katz. Stooged Theatre, at the Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Thursdayat 11am,Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, until March 18; plus Thursday, March 16, at 8pm,and Saturday, March 18, at 2pm.

PicnicA job-seeking drifter stirs emotions when he arrives in a small town celebrating apublic holiday with an outdoor gathering; Pulitzer Prize-winning play by William Inge.Newcastle Theatre Company, Lambton. Wednesday, Friday andSaturday, at 8pm, until March 18; plus 2pm Saturday, March 11.

Queen of MarsA young woman with a passion for space exploration competes for a one-way vessel trip to Mars; premiere of a comedy-drama by Newcastle writer-director JohnWood. Theatre on Brunker, at St Stephen’s Church Hall, Adamstown. Friday and Saturday,dinner and show at 7pm, show only at 8pm, until April 1; show only Sunday, March19, at 2pm.

The Empire Strips Back… AWAKENS! – A Star Wars Burlesque ParodyThe Star Warscharacters become involved in striptease, song and dance, troupe routines and comedy.EmpireStripsBack南京夜网, at the Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Saturday, at 8pm.

Pattinson eyes English stint on road to Ashes

Posted February 20th, 2019 by admin and filed in 南京夜网
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James Pattinson is eyeing a stint in English county cricket in a bid to have himself fortified for next summer’s Ashes series.
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Pattinson, 26, is still being managed carefully in his return from back and leg injuries and will continue on a pre-planned program when he spearheads Victoria’s attack against Western Australia in a crucial Sheffield Shield clash in Alice Springs, beginning on Wednesday.

He may then sit out the final regular-season Shield clash, against Queensland at Allan Border Field, and return for the final, should the Bushrangers make it.

It’s understood Cricket Australia initially had reservations about Pattinson heading to England over winter, keen to keep a close eye on his progress. However, Pattinson is of the belief that issue has been all but settled, and he is now considering his county options.

He is keen to keep bowling, believing this is the best way to keep his body supple and able to deal with the rigours that come with the toughest craft in the sport.

When fit, the former Test quick remains a major weapon for Australia. The national selectors had left open the opportunity of another fast bowler joining the Indian tour after this week’s second Test, but Pattinson would now appear unlikely to do so. He could yet be in the running for the Champions Trophy tournament in England from June, while there is also a two-Test tour of Bangladesh in August and September.

The primary aim is to have Pattinson and Pat Cummins, the latter set to play his first Shield match in almost six years, fit and ready to add to his 17 Tests (70 wickets at 26.15) during the home Ashes campaign.

Pattinson claimed 3-87 in his lone innings with the ball against the Warriors in Perth last week.

There is much at stake for the top-of-the-table Bushrangers at their second home this week, as they seek to atone for a humbling innings-and-38-run defeat.

Victory could secure a home final in Alice Springs but defeat to the surging Warriors – seeking a fourth-straight win – could see the Bushrangers slip to fifth.

The Bushrangers will need to find a way to curb the influence of fast bowler Jason Behrendorff, who finished the Perth clash with 14-89, the ninth-best haul in the 125-year history of the Shield.

??? Brad Hodge has opted to pull out of contention to fill the vacant head coaching role with the Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League. Interviews were held on Friday but Hodge, 42, decided not to attend, in part because he cannot sign a binding contract as a player because of the embargo in place as CA and the Australian Cricketers Association haggle over a new memorandum of understanding. He had expressed interest in being captain-coach.

However, Hodge, told he was no longer wanted by Adelaide Strikers despite being their captain and best batsman, is keen to keep playing in the BBL, and could yet do so with the Hurricanes once the embargo is lifted. It’s understood the Melbourne Renegades have not yet ruled him out.

It’s understood former New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond is a strong candidate for the Hurricanes coaching role, while Indian great Rahul Dravid and South African great Jacques Kallis have been linked to the job.

New Cricket Tasmania chief executive Nick Cummins had recruited Kallis to the Sydney Thunder during his rebuild of that franchise, leading to the 2015-16 championship. Cummins did not wish to comment about Kallis and Dravid when contacted on Monday.

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