Crows unbeaten after nine

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HAPPY: Beaufort coach Dale Power has his team up and firing after the opening nine games of the year. File picture: Adam Trafford.
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BEAUFORT remains one of only two sides yet to drop a game this season and arethe new Central Highlands Football League ladder-leadersafter claiming victory over Dunnstown by 36 points.

Saturday’s winhas lifted the Beaufort boys from second spot on the table to bepercentage clear of Waubra, which is also unbeaten after the opening nine gamesof 2015.

The Crows and the Roos played out a draw in round five.

On the weekend, the tough and disciplined Crows overcame a slow start to eventually take control ofthe game and force the Townerson the back foot.

Dunnstown’s ability to slow things down and force a defensive scrap early wasadmirable, but the Daville Building Surveying Towners struggled to maintain their intensity as the contestwore on.

After an inaccurate (1.6) opening term, Beaufort was able to gradually get the gameon its own terms, as the Crows got on top at stoppages and largely controlledpossession.

Defender Lachlan Pfeiffer was particularly influential for the Graintech Crows, as his ability tonullify the classy Aaron Sawers was a key reason why his side took a 16-point leadinto half time.

Dunnstown flashed in and out of the game after the main break, but whenever itseemed that the Towners were on the verge of a comeback, Beaufort quickly repliedon the scoreboard.

Crows’ forward Matt Begbie was instrumental in the victory, proving a handful upforward and kicking goals at crucial times in the second half.

Coach Dale Power said it was a solid performance from his team and lauded an evenspread of contributors.

“We’re a pretty even side across the ground, which is important in this league,”Power said.

“We’re not really deficient in any one area and we’re not outstanding in any onearea. If we all play our role, we seem to get the result at the moment.

“There were only maybe two patches I can think of where we didn’t control the play.It felt like we had hold of the tempo and hold of the clearances.”

Despite the loss, it was once again an improved performance from Dunnstown.

The Towners impressed with their ability to defend and slow Beaufort’s ballmovement, but despitepersevering to the final siren, were unable to keep up withthe Crows after quarter time.

Coach Justin Abrams said the signs were promising for his side, which sits justoutside the top eight in 10thspot, but is now two games adrift ofthe finals bracket.

“We’re getting there,” Abrams said.

“As I said to the boys after the game, take Gordon last week. They were cellardwellers for about four years and it’s taken them that long to rebuild. Beaufortweren’t dissimilar – they were really battling and now they’re unbeaten.

“We’re in our first year of a rebuild. To be within 20 points last week and 36 pointsthis week, it’s pleasing. There are more positives than negatives.”

Experienced ruckman Mark Stewart was once again excellent for the Towners,providing a target around the ground as well as up forward, while Daniel McGrathand Mitch Kennedy both stood up in defence.

Beaufort has a big clash with Gordon to plan for next weekend, while Dunnstown has another difficult encounter with Buninyong.

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Always read the fine print

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Free trade agreements (FTA) such as the one with China have always been sold as a massive win for the economy, but there’s always the fine print they’re hoping no-one notices.
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On the one hand, our agricultural exports will be able to compete freely for an additional 1.3 billion customers. On the other hand, imported goods are about to get a whole lot cheaper, which may not necessarily be a win for consumers.

We’ve yet to come up with a set of guidelines for country-of-origin labelling, and until that happens you’ll see the big supermarkets bring in a lot of cheap frozen produce of questionable safety. Frozen berries, anyone?

Our manufacturing sector too, will struggle to compete with products built by hands paid $1.50 an hour, but that’s okay, because theagreement appears to allow Australian firms to bring in an unlimited number of temporary workers from China.

Businesses have already been agitating for a reduction in penalty rates, what impact will a supply of cheap labour have on our jobs market?

There will be far-reaching consequences that no-one seems to want to think about.What ever happened to responsible government that looked out for the people and not just for businesses? Is our way of life being sold off?Something to think about while you wait to replace that cheap imported hair dryer for the third time.

-STEPHEN MUDD

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Power outpoints Pioneers

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SPEEDY: Moama’s Lachlan Schultz was the Bendigo Pioneers best against Gippsland Power. Picture: BILL CONROY
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THE Bendigo Pioneers could not halt Gippsland Power’s charge to victory in the TAC Cup football clash at Craigieburn on Saturday.

Gippsland’s dominance in and around stoppages proved telling as it gained a three-goal lead by quarter-time.

Power racked up nine scoring shots to one in a brilliant start to the match.

By half-time Gippsland held a 28-point buffer.

Bendigo did lift its play in the second half, but Gippsland had all the answers as it kicked away to record a 33-point victory.

Pioneers’ coach Brett Henderson said Gippsland’s strength around the packs was telling.

“They had one or two players dropping off back into defence and were able to take quite a few intercept marks or spoil a pass,” Henderson said.

Power’s pressure meant a lot of Bendigo’s attacks were forced sideways, backwards or came unstuck through disposal errors or wrong decisions.

“There was no doubt the effort was there, but our play to the forward half was chaotic at times.

“The pressure on our midfielders meant some passes to the forwards were not so great.”

Despite the loss, Henderson said there were positives to take from the match.

Moama’s Lachlan Schultz followed up his great play in the breakthrough victory against NSW-ACT the previous round by being Bendigo’s best.

“Lachy was outstanding. He works so hard from the start of the match until the finish,” Henderson said of the wingman’s play.

Sandhurst’s Lachlan Tardrew provided plenty of run and dare in the second half.

Golden Square clubmates Isaac Miller and Jayden Burke were again strong in defence.

Echuca’s Isaac Johnson and Jordan Bath played well in their first TAC Cup under-18 games, while Sandhurst’s Braidon Blake and Cooper Jones are two youngsters developing well.

Mildura’s Jayden Fox tore a hamstring just before half-time and is likely to miss four to six matches.

After next weekend’s bye, Bendigo plays Oakleigh on July 4 at the QEO.

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Educational forums on internet safety

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Photo FDCTWO educational forums on youth internet safety will be presented in mid-July and early spring.
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Sydney child psychiatrist Dr Philip Tam will present a practical overview of internet psychology and addiction.

The forum is intended for doctors, allied health professionals and other interested child-related workers.

It will be held on Thursday, July 16, from 6.30-8pm at the Gibraltar Hotel on Centennial Road in Bowral.

Cyber safety expert and former Victorian policewoman Susan McLean will speak about managing online risk.

The forum is intended for parents, schools and other interested child-related community groups.

It will be held on September 17 from 6-7.30pm at the Mittagong RSL Club on Bessemer Sreett, in the auditorium. Organiser Cath Brennan said the forums arose from the experience of local doctors helping children suffering cyber bullying.

She said many children were presenting to local health care providers with anxieties and distress after nasty online encounters.

“The forums will answer audience questions to help empower parents and carers in cyber safety practices,” Ms Brennan said.

The free forums are a BDCU Children’s Foundation initiative, supported by the Rotary Club of Berrima District.

Drinks and refreshments will be served at both events. RSVP to [email protected]南京夜网 by Thursday, July 9.

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Demand for plasma – Changes to blood collections

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BLOOD collections at towns including Narrabri and Quirindi are closing as the demand for plasma increases and there is less demand for whole blood.
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Narrabri’s blood collections were being done at the Crossing Theatre when collectors visited.

The Red Cross Blood Service have stopped the visiting collections in small towns as they increase the hours of collection is major regional centres, including Tamworth and Armidale.

The service said changes to the northern NSW blood collection network was being driven by advancements in healthcare.

“We’re getting better as a nation at determining when to use blood, leading to fewer transfusion-related complications for patients,” NSW/ACT donor services manager Steve Eldridge said.

“This is great news, and to be celebrated. Patients are receiving better health care, and medical advances by clinicians means less blood is needed.”

Plasma now has more uses and is used to treat burns victims, trauma and cancer patients, those with blood and immunity disorders, and is used increating vaccinations against chicken pox, hepatitis B and tetanus.

So, the larger regional centres will have more appointments to collect more plasma as of August.

“In the context of declining use of red cells and increasing need for plasma, staff will return to their base of operations, as those centres have the capacity to accept more donors, and the equipment to collect precious plasma donations,” Mr Eldridge said

“It also means they can no longer staff the demountable mobile services.”

Mr Eldridge said that in his time at the blood service change was constantand they needed to put their resources where they were most needed.

“Losing the ability to give blood might feel like a loss, and I want our donors in towns affected to know that we truly appreciate their generosity over the years,” Mr Eldridge said.

“You have been a lifeline for many Australians.”

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More Hazelmere charges as police announce out-of-control party dog squad

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Liza Harvey with a police dog handler and a member of the new party dog squad. Photo: suppliedMore charges could follow Hazelmere out-of-control party havoc
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Police have laid more charges over an out-of-control Hazelmere party last weekend – on the same day that a new dog squad was unveiled to deal with such episodes.

Last weekend’s party saw train services temporarily shut down and police revealed on Sunday a 17-year-old boy had been charged with organising a gathering that became out-of-control.

A number of stolen media devices were also allegedly found at a Hazelmere property and the 17-year-old has been charged over these.

He is due to appear in the Midland Children’s Court on July 8.

An 18-year-old man from Bayswater has also been charged over the Hazelmere party.

He has been charged with organising a gathering that became out-of-control and is due to appear in the Midland Magistrates Court on June 26.

Two other teenagers were earlier charged after revellers from the same party jumped onto the tracks at the Woodbridge train station.

Meanwhile, party trouble-makers will soon face some new recruits whose bite is definitely worse than their bark.

Police Minister Liza Harvey announced nine new police dogs would be joining police ranks to specifically help officers crack down on out-of-control gatherings.

Mrs Harvey said that the dogs acted as a very effective deterrent.

“Police tell me it’s quite remarkable the effect one of these dogs can have on an unruly mob. They may abuse officers, but quickly quieten down when a police dog lunges towards them,” Mrs Harvey said.

The minister said of the nine additional dogs, eight had graduated and were on duty, while the remaining dog was still in training.

Mrs Harvey said the canine boost was in addition to fitting out two new riot trucks equipped with shields, helmets, portable video scanning units and computer equipment.

“Out-of-control parties were almost a nightly occurrence on any weekend before we brought in the out-of-control gatherings legislation,” she said.

The legislation allows a court to order the person convicted of hosting an out of control gathering to pay back WA Police costs associated with breaking up the party.  Courts have ordered more than $37,000 be repaid so far.

“The message is getting through to parents that if their child hosts a party which is splashed all over the internet and it gets out of control, it’s going to cost them a lot of money,” the minister said.    Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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Esperance men’s hockey teams fired up on the fields | MEGA GALLERY Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.
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Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

Esperance men’s hockey teams were fired up on the field. Photo: Jake Meadley.

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Star gets good news

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DARLEY star Steve Kennedy has been cleared of serious damage after a scary incident on Saturday in which he was taken to hospital by ambulance.
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CLEARED: Darley’s Steve Kennedy.

The match between the Devils and Sebastopol was pausedin the third quarter as Kennedy was stretchered off the ground with suspected spinal injuries.

Kennedy, one of the genuine stars of the Ballarat Football League, hassuffered a serious back injury in the past, leading to fears he may have again done serious damage.

However, hospital scans cleared him of any fractures and it is even possible he could return to the field next week.

Devils coach Jarrod Edwards said his star midfielder had copped a knee to the back in the exact same spot where he fractured it three years ago.

Kennedy missed almost a yearof football with that initial injury, with fears he might have done the same thing on Saturday.

“It sounds like there is just swelling where is previous fracture was,” Edwards said.

“He’s been cleared of any structural damage or fractures so it’s the good news we all wanted.”

“He’s even a slight chance to play next week.”

Edwards said there was a collective gasp around Darley Park when Kennedy went down on the wing.

“You could see he was in a fair bit of pain so it was hard not to think the worst,” Edwards said.

“It’s great for him and us that he’s all good now, we can just focus on getting him right to play again.”

The incident was the second time an ambulance was required at Darley Park on Saturday, with reserves player Liam Davie suffering concussion after hitting his head on the ground in a tackle.He toohas been cleared of major damage.

The good news topped off a brilliant day for the Devils, who smashed Sebastopol by a massive 192 points.

Continued, page 37.

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Even our elite sportspeople can get the blues

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WITH a disarmingly honest account of his depression, former rugby union starClyde Rathbone showed even elitesportsmen were not immune to mentalillness.
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SPEAKING OUT: Former Wallaby Clyde Rathbone shared his journey into mental illness at Tamworth Rugby Club. Photo: Barry Smith 200615BSC04

The former Wallaby and Brumby gave a warm address at Tamworth Rugby Club at the weekend in a bid to raise awareness of the crippling scourge of depression.

Tamworth Rugby Club president Sam Scott said he had “tremendous feedback” from attendees who heard Mr Rathbone’s message – that it is OK to speak up andseek help if you a battling a mental illness.

“They were all blown away with how open he was, and how he told his story,”Mr Scott said.

“It was very powerful … for someonewho has played at an elite level to say‘even people like us get it’.”

The day was also a fundraiser forTamworth headspace, raising $7000dollars for local youth mental healthprograms.

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Wimmera councils to lobby state government for financial sustainability

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West Wimmera Shire chief executive Mark Crouch wants Wimmera councils to lobby the state government to achieve financial sustainability. SAMANTHA CAMARRI
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WIMMERA municipalities will work together to fight local government sustainability issues.

The Municipal Association of Victoria and the Australian Local Government Association have launched a campaign opposing the federal government’s decision to freeze indexation on Financial Assistance Grants to local government.

The North West Municipalities Association, which includes all Wimmera municipalities, will also lobby the state government about proposed rate capping and a lack of funding.

West Wimmera chief executive and association secretary Mark Crouch said councils needed to lobby as hard as they could.

‘‘We need the freeze on Financial Assistance Grants removed as soon as possible,’’ he said.

‘‘Councils need to keep pushing things and keep it in the politicians’ faces.’’

Association chairman and Swan Hill councillor Gary Norton said a new independent report about the financial sustainability of Victorian councils highlighted the many challenges councils faced.

‘‘Low populations, large geographical areas to maintain and manage, challenging socio-economic realities, higher relative costs and lower relative capacity to generate revenues all make for a difficult operating environment,’’ he said.

Cr Norton said councils faced increased community expectations, fewer resources and challenging issues with infrastructure investment and maintenance.

‘‘Local government will need better and improved support from the state and federal governments if the sustainability issue is to be addressed,’’ he said.

‘‘Whenever local government sustainability is raised, there will inevitably be those who pose council amalgamations as the panacea for the future. This is not the appropriate response going forward.’’

Cr Norton said it was vital councils had improved and ongoing funding, a reduction in red tape and an innovative resource sharing service.

West Wimmera councillor Ron Hawkins said it was shocking the state government had not committed any funding to local government.

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ACT Brumbies’ loose trio put on a clinic against Stormers in Cape Town

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CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – JUNE 20: Brumbies at the start the Super Rugby Qualifying Final match between DHL Stormers and Brumbies at DHL Newlands Stadium on June 20, 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images) Photo: Gallo Images1. Brumbies’ loose trio put on a clinic in Cape Town. The hosts would have fretted once Duane Vermeulen was withdrawn, and even more so when Schalk Burger was a late scratching – but even they couldn’t have imagined just how dominant Ita Vaea, Scott Fardy and David Pocock would be over 80 minutes. In every facet of the game the Brumbies’ unit put pressure on the Stormers: Fardy with his presence at lineout time, Pocock (and Fardy) with their strength over the ball, and Vaea on the first-up tacklers with his steam-train carries. As a collective, they were brilliantly balanced and relentless. In fact, everything the Brumbies did – save for the scrum – had the Stormers on the back foot. The kick chase was outstanding, and the aggression in the tackle was such that whatever ball the Stormers did get was messy.
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2. Henry Speight’s red card takes the fizz out of the champagne. There isn’t a malicious bone in Speight’s body – his only crime is the occasional burst of over-exuberance – but he knew he was in trouble the instant he lifted Juan de Jongh and dropped him on his head. And given the recent rulings on dangerous tackles, there is little chance of Speight being cleared to face the Hurricanes on Saturday. Clearly, it’s a massive blow with Julian Savea lurking on the left wing and the Brumbies desperate for every bit of experience. They have a strong recent record against the Hurricanes, including a fine 29-21 win in New Zealand last year, but it’s clearly a vastly better Hurricanes this year – better organised, more patient. Without Speight, it’s a herculean task.

3. Christian Lealiifano and Joe Tomane send a timely message. With the door being so obviously opened for Matt Giteau, Lealiifano is one of the players who stands to suffer and Tomane’s work has somewhat been overshadowed by the sizeable presence of Taqele Naiyaravoro. But both have been in tidy form even before standout displays in Cape Town, making Michael Cheika’s selection decisions all the more difficult. Even if the Wallabies take 14 backs, there is no guarantee both will make it. Lealiifano and Matt Toomua might unknowingly be locked in a battle for the sole Wallaby spot, and the same with Tomane and Henry Speight.

4. Waratahs on Waisake Naholo alert. The All Blacks’ wings in recent years have had a range of attributes – power, footwork, security under the high ball – but none have had the sheer pace of Fijian Naholo. Not only that, but he has the ability to shear off at acute angles without losing pace. He’s a gift to the All Blacks selectors; someone that can add something else to their game in a World Cup year. For the Waratahs, they have to be aware of all those abilities, plus his frequent carries from first receiver using his power. The most impressive thing about the Highlanders’ win against the Chiefs, however, was the tight five. They scrummaged superbly and players like unfancied tight-head Josh Hohneck were tremendous around the park. That pack has earned a lot of respect this year but the Waratahs are no doubt clever enough to afford them that.

5. South African Super Rugby is in trouble. It’s not clear what was most worrying – the sight of so many empty seats at Newlands, or a Stormers’ display that was as close to embarrassing that you’ll get at this stage of the competition. Joe Tomane has probably had tougher opposed training sessions in crossing for his three tries, and the Brumbies were able to put up midfield bombs, hit the catcher, power over the ball and win a turnover with far too much ease. They have a lot of depth in South Africa, but it’s clearly being stretched by relentless raids from European rugby, and teams such as the Sharks and Bulls clearly underperformed given their talent. It’s not good for the competition, and it’s certainly not good for Australia or the Wallabies.

Team of the week

1. Brendon Edmonds (Highlanders)

2. Stephen Moore (Brumbies)

3. Josh Hohneck (Highlanders)

4. Alex Ainley (Highlanders)

5. Brodie Retallick (Chiefs)

6. Scott Fardy (Brumbies)

7. David Pocock (Brumbies)

8. Ita Vaea (Brumbies)

9. Aaron Smith (Highlanders)

10. Christian Lealiifano (Brumbies)

11. Joe Tomane (Brumbies)

12. Damian de Allende (Stormers)

13, Malakai Fekitoa (Highlanders)

14. Waisake Naholo (Highlanders)

15. Damian McKenzie (Chiefs)

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Essendon chairman Paul Little threatened to cut ties with coach James Hird in 2013

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A series of text messages has revealed that Essendon chairman Paul Little threatened to sever ties with coach James Hird in August 2013 unless Hird accepted a 12-month coaching ban.
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The messages, revealed in a book by Chip Le Grand to be published this week, were allegedly sent to Hird while Little was at the home of then AFL deputy Gillon McLachlan negotiating a deal for the Bombers.

The texts pressured Hird to accept the deal that the AFL was offering, in order to protect the  league’s deal with Essendon.

“James AFL telling me you are trying to change the negotiated deal. I can’t help you any further James as Fitzpatrick has the s***s and the Total deal now has the wobbles up. I will have to cut you loose. I thought you & I had an agreement. I need to know this afternoon what your decision is. Paul,” reads the first message from Little to Hird.

The second message, which reportedly came about an hour and a half later, said Hird would be “selfish” not to take the ban.

“James AFL have said they will not do EFC deal unless we stand you down. Your decision not to take 12 months is going to impact the total club. This dispute is about to get very messy because you won’t take another 6 months ie a total of 12. If you really want to do what’s in the best interest of the club & its players take 12 months. Anything else will be selfish. Paul.”

Le Grand’s book also reports that Little called Hird later on that night and told the Bombers coach that if he refused to take the suspension, the AFL would have him sacked.

The chairman was worried that if a deal wasn’t reached, Essendon would be stripped of all premiership points in the 2014 season.

“Rather than sack him I just told him I couldn’t protect him anymore. You have got to do what is in the best interests of the club now,” Little said in an interview with Le Grand.

Hird agreed to the deal a short time later and was suspended, while the Dons were kicked out of the 2013 finals series, as well as given draft penalties. Hird has previously claimed that he took the deal under “duress, threats and inducements”.

The negotiations between the AFL and Essendon were facilitated by John Wylie, chairman of the Australian Sports Commission and friend of both Little and AFL commissioner Mike Fitzpatrick.

Little said in another extract from the book: “It was a genuine offer of help from John to try and create a settlement package that I could sign off on, to all intents and purposes from the club and Hird’s point of view, and Fitzy could sign off on, to all intents and purposes from the AFL’s point of view.

“Whether John wants to be remembered for that, I don’t know. Whether Fitzy would agree to it, I don’t know. But that is what happened. It was quite helpful.”

At the time, the AFL Commission was close to handing down sanctions to Essendon and other individuals over the supplements saga.

The text messages put a spotlight on Fitzpatrick’s involvement in the deal. Little’s message – “Fitzpatrick has the s***s and the Total deal now has the wobbles up” – suggests that Fitzpatrick was closely involved in the negotiations.

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Sexting investigation in Highlands?

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Photo: FDCSCHOOLS in the Southern Highlands may be under investigation for incidents of ‘sexting’.
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Hume Local Area Command police officers have responded to reports of it in some schools in the region.

Hume LAC senior constable Gary Mutton said the police declined to comment on or name particular schools.

The Hume LAC encompasses the Wingecarribbee, Goulburn Mulwaree, Upper Lachlan and Yass Valley council shires.

Sexting is the use of online or mobile media technologies to share explicit pictures, with or without consent.

Although New South Wales’ law permits consensual sexting from age 16, an overarching national law bans it until age 18.

As such, sexting is a crime when it involves children (under 18) or anyone of any age who sexts without consent or to harrass.

This includes images of genitals covered by underwear, or exposed while dressing, toileting, bathing, or during intercourse.

Sexting of or between children can constitute child pornography, regardless of whether it’s a real or digitally altered picture or video.

The offence is committed if someone asks for, or takes, or receives and keeps, or sends/posts an explicit image of a minor.

Maximum penalties for criminal sexting can include jail time and/or sex offender registration, even for minors.

The Hume LAC has powers to seize any media devices used in criminal sexting as part of investigations.

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