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

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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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Fake council website taken down as merger hostilities intensify

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North Shore Council does not exist.
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But for almost a year, a website for the fake council had been informing residents of Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai their local councils had been abolished and replaced with the new super council.

In a bizarre twist, the fake council – North Shore Council – was cooked up by the communications department of Hornsby Shire council, and unleashed upon the internet even though no such merger had yet taken place between the two councils.

By Monday morning, the website had been taken down, leaving Hornsby Shire council red-faced and claiming it was unaware the site was live until it received media inquiries that morning.

“The website was not meant to be public. That was a simple mistake which has now been rectified,” a council spokesman said.

The domain, northshorecouncil南京夜网, was registered by Hornsby Shire Council last year, shortly after the NSW government announced in May their intention to amalgamate Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai councils.

The new council’s name, a decision which ultimately resides with the NSW government, was “simply a guess” by Hornsby Shire’s PR department.

“Hornsby Council has no information that North Shore Council will be the name of the new merged council,” the spokesman said.

“This was simply a guess by our communications team so that a domain name could be registered and work commenced on drafting a site.”

The website remained live, declaring the existence of the new council even as Ku-ring-gai council launched legal action to fight the forced merger last year, indefinitely prolonging the creation of a new merged entity.

It is understood that neither the mayor nor the executive of Hornsby Shire council were aware of the existence of the website until Monday morning.

However, the issue has intensified hostilities between the two councils, which have fermented around Ku-ring-gai’s vehement opposition to the merger and Hornsby’s support for the amalgamation to occur as quickly as possible.

Ku-ring-gai council confirmed on Monday it was not consulted about the website, and was only made aware of its existence after receiving inquiries from confused residents as to whether the merger had already occurred.

“This action by Hornsby council is another appalling example of the arrogance with which they have approached the merger issue all along,” Ku-ring-gai mayor Jennifer Anderson said.

“To make this website live shows a level of disdain for Ku-ring-gai and does not bode well for any future merger.”

Cr Anderson she had lodged a formal complaint with Premier Gladys Berejiklian over the issue, and said council lawyers would examine whether it had potentially prejudiced the council’s Supreme Court of Appeal case.

But Hornsby Shire defended the move as “just one example of the preparations” the council was undertaking to prepare for the merger.

“If the merger goes ahead, we want to be in a position to deliver the full level of service to ratepayers from day one. This includes keeping everybody fully informed,” the spokesman said.

The website debacle is the latest example of bad blood between the two councils, foreshadowing the potential difficulties which will confront a newly merged entity.

Earlier this year, Hornsby Shire mayor Steve Russell accused Ku-ring-gai councillors of “clinging to the selfish fiefdoms they’ve carved out using ratepayers’ money” by resisting the merger.

It prompted a stern response from Cr Anderson, who maintained ratepayers were opposed to “propping up Hornsby” with Ku-ring-gai’s assets.

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Knights utility Dylan Phythian is facing a second reconstruction of the same knee

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IF Knights fullback Dylan Phythian looked distressed as he was helped from the field at Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday, it was not just because of the pain in his left knee.
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SHATTERED: Dylan Phythian is helped from the field on Sunday by Newcastle’s medical staff. Picture: Getty Images

He was also suffering an unwelcome sense of deja vu.

Two years ago, playing in the NSW Cup, the Belmont-born utility back tore the anterior-cruciate ligament in his left knee, an injury that left him facing six months of rehabilitation and recovery.

Thehealing process was delayedwhen he developed a blood clot.

Now it appears he has sustained basically the same injury to the same knee, after catching a bomb in Sunday’s 26-22 loss to the Warriors and immediately collapsing.

Newcastle’s medical staff believe he has again ruptured his ACL, although they are waiting for the results of scans to confirm the extent of the damage.

It is a cruel blow for the 21-year-old, who appeared in two NRL games last year and trained so well in the pre-season he secured first shot at Newcastle’s fullback vacancy. If his worst fears are realised, he will be unlikely to play again this season.

And by the time he has recovered, star signing Kayln Ponga will have arrived in Newcastle, where the teenage dynamois almost guaranteed the No.1 jersey.

Knights forward Mitch Barnett said Phythian was “really positive’’, considering a situation that would have many others wallowing in self-pity.

“He’s obviously shattered,’’ Barnett said. “It’s a big blow. We’re all here for him, though.

“He’s still walking around with a bit of a smile on his face.

“He’s up in Sydney now seeing a specialist and getting scans.’’

Phythian’s expected absence from Saturday’s clash with Gold Coast at McDonald Jones Stadium leavesKnights coach Nathan Brown pondering his fifth fullback since the start of last season.

Jaelen Feeney, Dane Gagai and Jake Mamo rotatedas custodian in 2016.

Peter Mata’utia switched from centres to replace Phythian against the Warriors, and would appear the likely long-term candidate.

That would open a spot at left-side centre, which could possibly be filled by Brendan Elliot or Cory Denniss.

Denniss scored two tries against the Warriors in NSW Cup, while Elliot was standby player for first grade.

Brown’s other option would be to shuffle Sione Mata’utia from back row to centre, as he did on Sunday.

English import Joe Wardle did not play in round one, as he is still building fitness after knee surgery last year. He is expected to be available between round three and round five.

Gordon Wood’s barrister issues apology to former DPP Nicholas Cowdery

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???Gordon Wood’s barrister has publicly apologised to former NSW Director of Public Prosecutions Nicholas Cowdery, QC, withdrawing serious allegations of misconduct.
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Mr Wood, who was acquitted of the murder of his girlfriend Caroline Byrne by throwing her off a cliff, is suing the state of NSW for malicious prosecution, and his statement of claim originally accused Mr Cowdery of “misfeasance in public office”.

The document before the NSW Supreme Court claimed Mr Cowdery had “acted in bad faith in carrying out his duties in connection with the prosecution of [Mr Wood] and for the dominant purpose of harming the plaintiff”.

But, on Tuesday afternoon, Bruce McClintock, SC, withdrew those allegations.

“I wish further to apologise to Mr Cowdery,” Mr McClintock said.

Justice Elizabeth Fullerton said: “It’s a grave allegation to make in a pleading filed. Mr Cowdery … is a person who gave high public service to this state over many years.

“It was entirely unwarranted, as I see it, that he be named in this litigation at all.”

Mr Wood was found guilty of murdering Ms Byrne by throwing her off a cliff at The Gap, in Watsons Bay, during a high-profile trial in 2008, but was acquitted by the Court of Criminal Appeal in 2012.

Mr McClintock told the court the police investigation and the prosecution against Mr Wood were “flawed”, driven by malice and conducted under intense political and media pressure.

Peter Neil, SC, for NSW, opened his case, and said the police investigation was “thorough, professional and competent”.

“It was completely devoid of malice or ill will towards the plaintiff and the police were not out to get him,” Mr Neil said.

Mr Neil said the Crown prosecutor at Mr Wood’s trial, Mark Tedeschi, QC, was highly experienced and ran a fair case.

“He always had a genuine, conscientious belief based upon his professional judgment that there was a proper case to be brought.”

Associate Professor Rod Cross, a physicist who testified that Ms Byrne must have been thrown, and who was heavily criticised by the appeals court, was well regarded in his field, Mr Neil said.

“He conducted experiments, he got results, … as far as he is concerned the results were correct and that allowed him to form certain opinions,” Mr Neil said.

“Both the police and prosecution service, in particular Mr Tedeschi???, were entitled to put the evidence before a jury and did so on a proper basis.”

Mr Neil said the police were not negligent in failing to take photographs of Ms Byrne’s body at The Gap, as alleged.

“The police knew this much: the vast majority of people who do leave The Gap do so voluntarily. Their loved ones … are avid for information.

“Police did not consider photos of very badly broken people on the rocks to be necessary.”

The hearing continues.

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Complaint about Bakers Delight ad for mini finger buns with M&Ms upheld

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A complaint that a Bakers Delight billboard was “advertising lollies on bread for school lunches” has been upheld by the Advertising Standards Board.
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The advertisement, which was displayed on signs in shopping centres, depicted three Bakers Delight products beneath the wording: “School lunches? Problem solved.”

Another version in the ad series highlighted that the product was for a “limited time only,” along side the message:”Go on. Make their Day!”

A cheese and Vegemite scroll, a cheese and bacon roll and a four-pack of mini finger buns covered in chocolate M&Ms featured on one of the signs, with the latter forming the focus of the complaint.

“Advertising of lollies on bread for school lunches is appalling. Lunch and healthy food choices is challenging enough for most families and to have this as an acceptable choice is unfathomable,” the complainant said.

“Bakers Delight is specifically targeting children to include M&M finger buns as a day-to-day lunch box item. Such products, should rarely (or preferably never) be eaten by children, let alone promoted and ‘normalised’ as an everyday food …”

The complainant argued that amid Australia’s “obesity crisis,” it seemed “incredibly irresponsible and unethical to market such products to children and their carers”.

The Advertising Standards Board ultimately found the ad series undermined the promotion of healthy balanced diets through “the combination of images and text” and that it did breach a section of the AANA Food Code.

“The reader may interpret the advertisement as being a suggestion of some items to go in the lunch box, however … the text ‘your lunch box solution’ strongly suggests this is all you could have (a scroll and a finger bun),” the judgment said.

The board referred to a similaradvertisement forKellogg LCM Golden Joys, in whichtheitem was in a lunch box alongside “a piece of fruit and a sandwich”, making it clear the sweet itemwas to be a small component of the total lunch.

Elements of the Bakers Delight sign, such as the brightly coloured M&Ms and brightly coloured pencils, were found to be appealing to children, but the board found the overall content was just as likely to appeal to carers and parents.

Therefore it said the advertising Children’s Codedid not apply, as the advertisement was not directed primarily to children.

In response to the finding, Bakers Delight said it was “surprised” and “disappointed in [itself]” that the ad had come to the attention of the board, but acknowledged it would not continue the campaign.

“Specifically, the campaign was designed to only be a special treat for a child; although purchased by a parent, who would make the buying decision,” Bakers Delight said.

“At no point was the finger bun product implied or otherwise as being a lunch replacement for a child. The campaign was a limited-time promotion with a limited quantity product …”

Bakers Delight general managerGerry Gerrard said he was disappointed that the brand had come before the board for the first time in 37 years.

“The product isactually half the length of ourregularfinger buns … a treat for children to put in their lunch. It was never neverintended or implied this would become a lunchsubstitute.”

Mr Gerrard said the company had received two complaints amid the 1 million customers it serves every day, but they were two more than he needed.

“Now we have a protocol, any [advertising] we do for children’s products we will come to the Advertising Standards Board first … we live and learn.”

‘We didn’t talk to any children’: Panel reviewing abuse in detention

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An independent expert panel contracted by the Federal government to examine allegations of abuse, neglect and exploitation in immigration detention failed to interview any victims, a royal commission has heard.
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The three member Child Protection Panel was convened in 2015 in the wake of two inquiries which raised serious allegations about abuse in detention in Australia and offshore.

Panellist Margaret Allisontold the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse none of the members had recent experience in interviewing children.

“We didn’t talk to any children, except incidentally, as we walked through detention centres,” said the former senior bureaucrat in Queensland’s child protection department.

Ms Allison, former chief executive of the Australian Crime Commission John Lawler??? and former senior Commonwealth public servant Dominic Downie were charged with analysing 214 of the “most serious” alleged incidents involving children in detention between 2008 and 2015.

Ms Allison told the commission the panel was concerned interviewing children might re-traumatise them.

“Some of those incidents would be a long time ago for children and I doubt that some of them would have recollection of things that would have happened when they were very young,” she said.

“For those who did have a memory of things that might have happened to them we were concerned about adding further trauma.

“Also, given the volume of our work, it was fairly clear . . . it would need to be, by and large, a desktop review.”

The panel examined alleged incidents of sexual and physical abuse, neglect and exploitation involving children. The commission heard sexual abuse was involved in about one-quarter of cases in detention centres in Australia and about one-third of cases in community detention and in the regional processing centre in Nauru however Ms Allison said the figures needed to be treated with caution.

“Probably the community detention one was the most concerning,” she said.

“There were matters involving actual sexual assault, grooming and high risk of sexual assault.”

Ms Allison told the commission organisations contracted by the Federal government to support asylum seekers in the community were inadequate.

“The existing service infrastructure for community detention was struggling a bit to deal with the challenges of providing services to children and families,” she said.

The Child Protection Panel finished its report last May but it was not released until December 16 with immigration boss Michael Pezzullo??? telling the commission that its release was delayed while a safeguarding framework was determined.

There are about 240 children in immigration detention in Australia, with the majority in community detention. On Nauru, there are 45 children in the regional processing centre and 130 living in the community on protection visas.

Mr Pezzullo told the commission ensuring the protection of children was one of his “highest priorities”.

The royal commission is holding a four-day hearing into child sexual abuse involving government institutions, including the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, the Australian Defence Force as well as state and territory justice and community services departments.

Australian Defence Force vice chief Raymond Griggs told the hearing the cadet organisation had been reformed in the wake of testimony about sex abuse presented at the commission last year.

The hearing, before Justice Peter McClellan, continues.

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UPF leader in court for mock beheading in Bendigo

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Blair Cottrell faces the Melbourne Magistrates Court.THE leader of far-right anti-Islam group United Patriots Front has appeared in court in Melbourne on charges relating to a video stunt in front of the City of Greater Bendigo Council offices.
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Dozens of anti-racism protesters clashed with UPF supporters outside the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday as Blair Cottrell appeared on offensive behaviour charges.

Cottrell has been charged with helping make a video “with the intention of inciting serious contempt for, or revulsion or severe ridicule of” Muslims on October 4, 2015.

He has previously said on Facebook he wascharged over an incident in which UPF members filmed themselvesbeheading a dummy with a knife outside the Bendigo council’s office in a protest against plans to build a mosque.

The video reportedly shows the dummy spilling fake blood on to the pavement, and men shouting “Arabic” phrases.

Fellow UPF members Christopher Shortis 45, and Neil Erikson, 32, were also charged over the video.

The High Court last yeardismissed a final legal challengeagainst the council’s approval of the Bendigo mosque, paving the way for it to be built.

Cottrell is also charged with defacing a footpath and the wall of a garden bed next to Bendigo City Council offices, causing $1100 worth of damage to council property and behaving in an offensive manner near the council offices.

On Monday, the anti-facist protesters screamed slogans such as “No Nazis, never again”, “Muslims are welcome, racistsare not” and “You’ll always lose in Melbourne, f— off” and pushed against a police guard surrounding Mr Cottrell and his supporters as they left the court.

About a dozen police officerswere also standingguard outside the court room.

In a rare move usually reserved for cases involving serious violence offences, police required members of the public to register their IDs in order to enter the room.

Police said a magistrate had directed that only 30 people be allowed into the court room at a time and that all of them must be seated.

Cottrell’s court hearing was adjourneduntilMay 23, when he will appear again to contest the charges against him.

Outside court, he told Fairfax Media he would fight the charges, which represented a state government attack against the group, and more broadly “against Australian values”.

“It’s an attempt to silence us, to intimidate us, and also to create a new standard through which they can attack Australian values, break down our free speech, put us all under control.”

He dismissed the court protest as minor, saying there were more police at court than protesters.

Debbie Brennan, a spokeswoman for Campaign Against Racism and Facism, said they had organised the protest to prevent the United Patriots Front forming arumoured”guard of honour” outside court ahead of Mr Cottrell’s hearing.

“We know the importance of exercising our free speech to stop their hate speech,” she said.

“If we weren’t there doing that they would have a public platform and they would be able to grow from people who are suffering from economic crisis and are prepared to look at others to blame instead of the system.”