Crows unbeaten after nine

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

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

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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Four poisoned using barbecue coals to heat Sydney unit

Tragic deaths: Helena Curic and Derek Kehler are believed to have suffocated in their sleep as a woodchip fire burnt through the night in the converted shipping container in which they were staying. Photo: SuppliedFour people were taken to hospital with carbon monoxide poisoning on Sunday morning after using barbecue coals to heat their Bankstown unit.
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A spokesman for Fire and Rescue NSW confirmed that firefighters attended premises in Bankstown, with paramedics, about 3am on Sunday.

The victims were taken to hospital. Their condition is unknown.

The incident comes just a few weeks after a couple were found dead inside a makeshift cabin in Kurrajong, about 75 kilometres from Sydney.

Derek Kehler, 32, and Helena Curic, 31, are believed to have suffocated in their sleep as a woodchip fire burnt through the night in the converted shipping container in which they were staying on what was meant to be an idyllic long weekend with family.

Fire and Rescue NSW has again repeated its warning for people to avoiding using outside cooking appliances and heaters indoors, especially in inclosed spaces where there is no airflow.

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GrainCorp lays out plan to ride out El Nino as investors dump its stock

GrainCorp. Photo: Rob HomerInvestors have begun ditching Australia’s biggest listed agribusiness, GrainCorp, as a looming El Niño weather pattern threatens to erode earnings.
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The company’s price has lost much of this year’s gains, plunging 13.7 per cent to $8.73 since early May, when it said a drought-afflicted crop had pushed its interim profit down 40 per cent to $30.2 million.

The Bureau of Meteorology expects El Niño – a weather pattern caused by warming water in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of South America – to hit Australia this year.

Although it has led to severe drought in Australia in the past, farm commodities forecaster, the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES), says it is difficult to gauge the impact of El Nino on grain production.

“While reduced rainfall is often associated with El Niño, the timing of the rainfall can have a significant effect on crop production,” ABARES said in its latest crop report.

“For example, several of the El Niño events in the past three decades have not had any significant effect on winter crop production in eastern Australia.”

Morgans analyst Belinda Moore said “it is only early days, with threat of El Nino”.

Nevetheless, she downgraded her 2016 earnings forecast for GrainCorp, which was the target of a failed $3 billion takeover bid in 2014 from US agribusiness titan Archer Daniels Midland.

Ms Moore pointed to ABAREs’s estimates for the 2015/16 eastern winter crop, which is expected to be smaller at 14.1 million tonnes, compared with an average of 16.5 million tonnes.

“We have consequently made large downgrades to our forecasts,” said Ms Moore in a note to investors.

Morgans has slashed its 2016 and 2017 profit forecast for GrainCorp by 48.8 per cent and 16.7 per cent respectively.

But Ms Moore cautioned that “a lot can happen between now and harvest”, which runs from October to January. “While the outlook for the 2015/16 crop isn’t great, we stress there is a long way to go until harvest.”

She retained a hold rating on the stock, with a share price target of $9.40.

“Despite the poor seasons, management is not standing still. There appears to a clear strategy in palace to improve ROE [return on investment] and EPS [earnings per share] growth  over time.

“In FY18, GrainCorp is targeting a more balanced portfolio of businesses with one-third of earnings coming from each of malt, oils and storage and logistics. The initiatives in place to strengthen the business along with growth projects should set GrainCorp up for a big FY18”.

GrainCorp managing director Mark Palmquist told investors last month the company was spending $500 million on growth projects to provide earnings stability in drought years.

Projects include a $50 million expansion of its oilseed crushing capacity in Victoria to meet growing demand for products such as canola oil.

It will also spend $US75 million ($96.50 million) increasing its malting capacity in the US, as well as $A200 million storage and rail upgrade called “project regeneration”.

“We are very excited about the benefits this investment will deliver to growers and other customers using our network,” Mr Palmquist said when he announced the upgrade.

“Reduced complexity, faster rail loading times and shorter train cycle times will increase the volume of grain transported by rail and reduce supply chain costs, which translates to improved grower returns.”

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Despite council lodging plans, Joanna Gash not in favour of car park

OPPOSED: In her personal opinion, Shoalhaven Mayor Joanna Gash does not support a multi-storey car park on the corner of Berry and Worrigee streets.SHOALHAVEN City Council’s development application for a multi-million dollar, five-level car park on the corner of Berry and Worrigee streets in Nowra is to ensure the project is shovel ready if any funding became available.
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Mayor Joanna Gash said the DA had been lodged and would be considered by the Joint Regional Planning Panel, the consent authority for this project.

The DA was submitted on June 12.

“Lodging the DA was to see if we would get approval,” Cr Gash said.

“If any funding became available we would be ready to go.

“It is now being prepared to go before council and will go on public exhibition for 40 days.

“Businesses and residents in the area have been notified.

“We always said we would get to this stage of having the project shovel ready.

“There has been a lot of water under the bridge but we are just doing what we said we would do,” Cr Gash said.

However, secretary of the Berry Court Owners Corporation John Watt said the proposal was still in the wrong place.

“It’s the wrong site, it belongs in Stewart Place and it’s far too big,” Mr Watt said.

He said the DA was no surprise to him. He had worked with council staff on a shadow diagram, but still believed the building should not go ahead where the proposal has it.

“Once we get a multi-storey car park in Egans Lane that will take any pressure off parking in Nowra anyway.

“At least with this DA being lodged we will have another opportunity to write a submission against the proposal,” he said.

Cr Gash said in her personal opinion she was not in favour of the car park.

“The question has to be asked, is this still what the area needs? Or are there other things that should take priority?

“There is more car parking now in the CBD, the Egans Lane project will change parking again, the shopping centre at Vincentia makes another change. The dynamics of the whole CBD is changing.

“Those are my personal opinions.

“People say we all vote together in council but we don’t. Council is a democracy and everyone has their right to be heard. I’ve been known to change my mind on many occasions.

“But we made a resolution that we would do this car park DA and now it’s in.

“This project is not in the budget and we will definitely be looking for the majority of funding towards it,” she said.

Cr Andrew Guile said he was confused by Cr Gash’s personal comment that she did not support the car park.

“The mayor said [in her personal opinion] she doesn’t support the car park at the corner of Berry and Worrigee streets in Nowra and yet since at least 2012 council has had a policy in support of it.

“Should we now expect two media conferences from the Mayor – one with the corporate position of council then one from the Mayor’s alter ego expressing the contrary view?

“Given the availability of federal funding through the Stronger Regions program, we need to have some applications of sufficient detail to have merit.

“Unless we can show potential investors in the CBD of Nowra that we have strategies to cope with increased economic activity in Nowra, we will not gain their confidence.

“The CBD Masterplan is a part of that, the Riverfront is a part of that and a practical expression of it would be an approved DA for this car park.

“That does not suggest for one moment that a multi-storey car park will solve all the problems of Nowra. It certainly won’t go near addressing the retail issues and it is not meant to do that. It may not even eventuate in the form that is intended, but that doesn’t mean that this is a futile exercise. It is another step of progress for the Nowra CBD,” Cr Guile said.

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Ex-Services can’t stop Souths

TIGHT: Ex-Services’ Ebony Press pushes the ball on as Bathurst Souths’ Ash Corby closes in. Photo: PHILL MURRAYHOCKEY
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BATHURST Souths have further entrenched themselves in the women’s Premier League Hockey top three thanks to a strong 4-1 win over Ex-Services on Saturday.

The two blues were in charge for most of the contest at Bob Roach Field, but had to withstand a second half comeback from their opposition.

Leading 3-0 with 20 minutes to play, the hosts were given a minor scare as Larissa Atkinson put her side on the board from a penalty corner.

The visitors then poured the pressure on for the next seven minutes and threatened a couple of times to bring the margin back to a single goal.

Kate Butcherine up front and Chloe Barrett were the pick of the Ex-Services side.

“I was pretty happy with the way the girls played in general and the determination they showed, but it was pretty frustrating at the same time,” Ex-Services coach Mitch Kennewell said.

“Our last touches in the circle were a bit off and we just struggled at times to get into the right positions.

“There is a bit of a gap now between us and the top three, so we just have to focus on making sure we’re in the finals and give ourselves a chance.”

BATHURST SOUTHS 4 (Ash Corby, Tahlia Cranston, Ali Stanford, Michelle Somers) def ORANGE EX-SERVICES 1 (Larissa Atkinson).

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THAT’S THE LAW: Marriage reform – who gets to say I do?

GOOD CITIZEN: Michael Kirby.SAME-sex marriage has over recent months become one of the hottest news topics.
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It is a very complex issue with interaction between religion, family, sexuality, personal living arrangements and personal finances, among many other things.

It is only natural then that there are a myriad of different angles that the subject can be viewed from, and each different view point will be coloured by subject background and values.

One element of the current debate that has been, to some extent, neglected is what the current legal position is, and what the proposed amendments are.

Marriage is regulated in Australia by the marriage act 1961 (Cwth). The act defines marriage as the “union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life”.

This is a very neat, short, definition which packs into it many predominantly western, and traditionally Christian values. Not only does the definition make clear that same-sex couples cannot be married, but the act goes further and expressly states that same-sex “unions”, one can only assume that the choice not to use the term marriage was deliberate, entered into overseas will not be recognised as a marriage in Australia.

There have been numerous attempts to amend the act.

The most recent is a private members’ bill introduced by Bill Shorten, leader of the opposition, called the marriage amendment (marriage equality) bill.

It takes a very straightforward approach to amending the act, by simply amending the definition to substitute “two people” for “a man and a woman”. There are also several minor, consequential wording changes, and provision for regulations to make consequential changes to other acts as a result of the changed definition.

Opponents of legalising same-sex marriages often point to the practical in highlighting why a change isn’t required.

It is true that de facto same-sex couples do have many of the same rights as married couples in areas such as social security, succession law and workers’ compensation law, to name but a few.

There are problems with this argument, notably there are time requirements for a relationship to be considered de facto, whereas a marriage is valid from the moment registered, as well as the practical problems with people immediately recognising what being married means and it being quickly proven, whereas de facto is not always immediately understood.

There is also the powerful symbolic difference of marriage, and indeed for a relationship to be a valid de facto relationship it is an express requirement that the two people not be married.

Other critics of reform point out that the consequences of the changes are not yet fully known.

One example cites the situation of a marriage breakdown and child custody. In a heterosexual breakdown, so the argument goes, the mother usually gains greater custody of the children.

What happens then when there are two mothers in the relationship, or none at all only fathers? This, with respect, seems to be pretty flimsy, and could easily be dealt with by the courts applying the same principles they do currently.

Another example is that some states ban same-sex couples from adopting children, so an amendment to the act would lead to the strange situation where a couple could be married, but not allowed to adopt. Again, this is seems to be situation that could very easily be dealt with by some simple legislation. In summary, it is probably fair to say that an amendment to the act would have more symbolic consequences than practical ones. In saying that it is important not to trivialise the symbolic importance of this step.

As anyone who has attended a court can tell, particularly one where the barristers and judge are robed, symbolism plays a very important role in the law.

Perhaps the best way to end this column is to use the words of the extremely well respected and deservedly admired former high court judge Michael Kirby AC, CMG who said: “It’s still a shocking thing really to me that as a person who has served on the highest court and served the country and been a good citizen, had a stable family life, family values, that I’m still a second-class citizen in my own country.”

If amending the act can stop gay people feeling the way Michael Kirby describes, and accomplishes nothing else, it seems like an extremely worthwhile endeavour.

l Michael Evans is a solicitor at Whiteley Ironside & Shillington Solicitors

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Rave party ends in arrests

A man will face court today after police allegedly discovered large quantities of prohibited drugs during a vehicle search in Glenreagh, north-west of Coffs Harbour.
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Shortly before 5pm (Saturday 20 June 2015), officers from Coffs / Clarence Local Area Command stopped a vehicle on the Orara Way.

The vehicle contained six people allegedly on their way to a ‘rave’ party in Glenreagh.

Police searched the occupants and the vehicle and allegedly located 97 MDMA (‘Ecstasy’) capsules, a quantity of cannabis, amphetamines and two bottles of LSD liquid in a back pack.

A locked safe was also located in the vehicle which police later allegedly located an additional 93 MDMA capsules and a small amount of cannabis.

A 22-year-old man in the car was arrested and conveyed to Coffs Harbour Police Station.

He was charged with several offences including:

Supply prohibited drug > indictable quantity (MDMA); Supply prohibited drug (Cannabis); Supply prohibited drug > large commercial quantity (LSD); Possess prohibited drug (x4).

The man was refused bail to appear before Coffs Harbour Local Court today (Sunday 21 June 2015).

Another male and female occupant in the vehicle were also allegedly found to be in possession of cannabis and were issued with Cannabis Cautions.

Inquiries are continuing.

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Knights go down to Sharks by two pointsPhotos

Knights go down to Sharks by two points | Photos Newcastle v Cronulla, June 21, 2015, Hunter Stadium: Knights start off strong against the Sharks but go down 30-28 to continue their losing streak. Picture: Ryan Osland
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Newcastle v Cronulla, June 21, 2015, Hunter Stadium: Knights start off strong against the Sharks but go down 30-28 to continue their losing streak. Picture: Ryan Osland

Newcastle v Cronulla, June 21, 2015, Hunter Stadium: Knights start off strong against the Sharks but go down 30-28 to continue their losing streak. Picture: Ryan Osland

Newcastle v Cronulla, June 21, 2015, Hunter Stadium: Knights start off strong against the Sharks but go down 30-28 to continue their losing streak. Picture: Ryan Osland

Newcastle v Cronulla, June 21, 2015, Hunter Stadium: Knights start off strong against the Sharks but go down 30-28 to continue their losing streak. Picture: Ryan Osland

Newcastle v Cronulla, June 21, 2015, Hunter Stadium: Knights start off strong against the Sharks but go down 30-28 to continue their losing streak. Picture: Ryan Osland

Newcastle v Cronulla, June 21, 2015, Hunter Stadium: Knights start off strong against the Sharks but go down 30-28 to continue their losing streak. Picture: Ryan Osland

Newcastle v Cronulla, June 21, 2015, Hunter Stadium: Knights start off strong against the Sharks but go down 30-28 to continue their losing streak. Picture: Ryan Osland

Newcastle v Cronulla, June 21, 2015, Hunter Stadium: Knights start off strong against the Sharks but go down 30-28 to continue their losing streak. Picture: Ryan Osland

Newcastle v Cronulla, June 21, 2015, Hunter Stadium: Knights start off strong against the Sharks but go down 30-28 to continue their losing streak. Picture: Ryan Osland

Newcastle v Cronulla, June 21, 2015, Hunter Stadium: Knights start off strong against the Sharks but go down 30-28 to continue their losing streak. Picture: Ryan Osland

Newcastle v Cronulla, June 21, 2015, Hunter Stadium: Knights start off strong against the Sharks but go down 30-28 to continue their losing streak. Picture: Ryan Osland

Newcastle v Cronulla, June 21, 2015, Hunter Stadium: Knights start off strong against the Sharks but go down 30-28 to continue their losing streak. Picture: Ryan Osland

Newcastle v Cronulla, June 21, 2015, Hunter Stadium: Knights start off strong against the Sharks but go down 30-28 to continue their losing streak. Picture: Ryan Osland

Newcastle v Cronulla, June 21, 2015, Hunter Stadium: Knights start off strong against the Sharks but go down 30-28 to continue their losing streak. Picture: Ryan Osland

Newcastle v Cronulla, June 21, 2015, Hunter Stadium: Knights start off strong against the Sharks but go down 30-28 to continue their losing streak. Picture: Ryan Osland

Newcastle v Cronulla, June 21, 2015, Hunter Stadium: Knights start off strong against the Sharks but go down 30-28 to continue their losing streak. Picture: Ryan Osland

Newcastle v Cronulla, June 21, 2015, Hunter Stadium: The selfies ahead of the game, this one from Instagrammer @roxyamp.

Newcastle v Cronulla, June 21, 2015, Hunter Stadium: The selfies ahead of the game, this one from Instagrammer @thekdogawakens.

Newcastle v Cronulla, June 21, 2015, Hunter Stadium: The selfies ahead of the game, this one from Instagrammer @mellyharro.

Newcastle v Cronulla, June 21, 2015, Hunter Stadium: The action from the grandstand. Picture via Instagram @hendoish.

Newcastle v Cronulla, June 21, 2015, Hunter Stadium: Fans out in full force. Picture: via Instagram @missholliemaree.

Newcastle v Cronulla, June 21, 2015, Hunter Stadium: Knights start off strong against the Sharks but go down 30-28 to continue their losing streak. Picture: Ryan Osland

Newcastle v Cronulla, June 21, 2015, Hunter Stadium: Knights start off strong against the Sharks but go down 30-28 to continue their losing streak. Picture: Ryan Osland

Newcastle v Cronulla, June 21, 2015, Hunter Stadium: Knights start off strong against the Sharks but go down 30-28 to continue their losing streak. Picture: Ryan Osland

Newcastle v Cronulla, June 21, 2015, Hunter Stadium: Knights start off strong against the Sharks but go down 30-28 to continue their losing streak. Picture: Ryan Osland

Newcastle v Cronulla, June 21, 2015, Hunter Stadium: Knights start off strong against the Sharks but go down 30-28 to continue their losing streak. Picture: Ryan Osland

TweetFacebookNEWCASTLE is in danger of collecting a second footballing wooden spoon in the same year after the Knights slumped to their fourth successive defeat -and ninth loss in 10 games -at Hunter Stadium on Sunday.

The 30-28 defeat by Cronulla, after Newcastle twice led by 10 points, left the Knights in 15th position,equal last with Parramatta and Manly.

The Sea Eagles occupy the bottom rung of the ladder because of an inferior points differential.

Manly have won only four games to Newcastle’s five, and are level on points courtesy of an extra bye, but would appear capable of finishing the season more strongly than the Knights.

Newcastle already has one wooden spoon in its possession for 2015, after the Jets finished last in the recently finished A-League campaign.

The unthinkable prospect of the Knights emulating their round-ball counterparts now seems a realistic outcome.

Unbeaten competition leaders after four rounds, the Knights need a miracle to reach the finals.

With 10 games to play, including some tough away trips, they would need at least seven wins.

Sunday’s win lifted Cronulla, who were without skipper Paul Gallen, from 10th to ninth on the ladder.

Newcastle led 16-6 late in the first half but suffered a setback when they conceded a try seconds before the interval.

Bursting onto an inside ball from Luke Lewis, Sharks five-eighth Jack Bird scored, leaving a simple conversion for fullback Michael Gordon to reduce the deficit to 16-12.

The lead fluctuated during the first 40 minutes.

Newcastle skipper Kurt Gidley kicked two penalty goal in the opening seven minutes, before the Sharks equalised when winger Valentine Holmes got outside his opposite number, James McManus, to cross in the corner.

Cronulla nudged 6-4 ahead in the 21st minute when Knights prop Kade Snowden was penalised and placed on report for a high tackle on Sharks forward Matt Prior.

Seven minutes later, Newcastle regained the ascendancy when centre Dane Gagai burst clear and grubber kicked ahead for fullback Jake Mamo, who regathered to score.

They increased their advantage to 16-6 in the 34th minute when Gidley put Robbie Rochow into a yawning gap and Origin enforcer Beau Scott backed up to score.

A freakish piece of play by Mamo gave the Knights a boost five minutes into the second half.

Chasing his own kick, Mamo launched himself when the ball was in mid-air over the dead-ball line and flicked it back in-goal.

Five-eighth Carlos Tuimavave was on the spot to score between the posts. Gidley converted to make it 22-12.

Far from wilting, the visitors surged into the lead with three tries in seven minutes – by Lewis, Ben Barba and Bird – all converted by Gordon.

Adding to Newcastle’s concerns, back-rower Tariq Sims was placed on report for collecting Lewis with a swinging arm as he scored his try.

A 78th-minute try by Snowden, converted by Gidley, left the game in the balance at 30-28 and gave the Knights about 90 seconds to salvage a miraculous victory.

But the Sharks withstood one last barrage to secure the two points, their second win against Newcastle this year.

CRONULLA 30 (J Bird 2 B Barba V Holmes L Lewis tries M Gordon 5 goals) bt NEWCASTLE 28 (J Mamo B Scott K Snowden C Tuimavave tries K Gidley 6 goals) at Hunter Stadium. Referee: Gavin Badger, Alan Shortall. Crowd: 14,081.

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Hanwood FC outplay Leeton

POWERFUL: Hanwood FC’s Dem Toreno winds up for the kick in the Billabong Cup game against Leeton. Picture: Anthony Stipo.
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Hanwood FC got the better of an in-form Leeton United side in the Billabong Cup, recording a 3-0 victory at Hanwood Oval on Saturday night.

Leeton came into the match fresh off their table-topping victory over Yoogali SC, but it was second-placed Hanwood FCthat got in front early thanks to a perfectly placed free kick by Daniel Johnson.

Some good one-two play from Hanwood’s Andrew Quarisa and Blake Potts led to Johnson bagging his second of the day.

Hanwood FC went into the break 2-0 up.

The home side wasn’tcontent to just sit back and defend in the second half andcontinued to take the game to Leeton.

Hanwood FC’sthird and final goal came from the boot of Jordan Beltrame, who put the result beyond doubt.

Hanwood FC co-coach Anthony Agresta said it was a strong effort by his side.

“It was a pretty good game overall,” he said.

“They had their moments,but no clear shots on goal.

“We did give the ball away too much in parts, though.”

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Eagles tear apart struggling Doggies

HEAT OF BATTLE: Jesse Browne (Daylesford) and Chris McGuigan (Gordon) fight for the ball. Picture: Kate Healy.
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GORDONreturned to a more conventional mode of winning on Saturday, putting in a four-quarterperformance to annihilate Daylesford by 168 points on its home patch.

It was the Bulldogs that drew first blood via Matt Bolton from directly in front and Pat Rowe kept the visitors in touch with a clever snap mid-way through the first term.

From then on, however, the Gordon juggernaut began to roll, piling on the next 17 majors before Rowe added his second deep in the third term.

For the Eagles, in a very even performance, Chris McGuigan booted six goals, Ash Munari and Steve Patterson set up countless attacks and Tye Murphy was imperious in the centre of the ground. Adam Toohey booted four goals from all points of the compass, while Matt Raworth and Luke Gunnell continued their good form.

The Doggies were best served by defenders Ben Cooper, Jason Mackley and the indomitable Jesse Brown,who harassed, tackled and smothered all the way to the very end.

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‘It is looking very grim’: fears grow for William Tyrrell

Poignant date: Missing toddler William Tyrrell would be four on Friday. Photo: SuppliedThe father of murdered Queensland teenagerDaniel Morcombe​ fears William Tyrrell, who would be four on Friday, won’t be found alive.
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Speaking ahead of the poignant date Bruce Morcombe,father of 13-year-old Daniel, who was abducted and murdered on the Sunshine Coast in 2003,said familymembers would be at different stages of acceptance of William’s fate and that special dates such as birthdays would be “incredibly upsetting”.

MrMorcombesaid some in the family would be still hoping William is alive, some might be thinking that, with every day passing, thatis less likely and some would believe that the search was now for William’s remains.

“This can cause some families to fracture,” he said

“Everyone is hopeful but logic suggests statistically, as the months go by,he is not coming home.We strongly want a good news story to come out of this. We have been there and genuinely hope he will be found alive. I am sure the police are working incredibly hard to find the answers but with no sightings and no physical evidence, it is looking very grim for sure. Miracles do happen. Let’s hope there’s one here.”

Mr Morcombesaid that, 12 days after Daniel,a twin,disappeared, he faced with his wife, Denise, tryingto celebrate [twin brother] Bradley’s birthday.

The father of Daniel Morcombe says special dates like birthdays would be “incredibly upsetting” for William Tyrrell’s family members.Photo: Supplied

“There was one cake when there should have been two,” he said.

Bruce and Denise Morcombe now visit schools to educate youngsters to recognise danger. Picture: Chris Hyde

“There are all these milestones. You just don’t forget. The 100-days anniversary or the 12-month anniversary are incredibly tough. We tried to be positive and tried to reactivate the investigation by appealing to the public for more information.”

Mr Morcombewas speaking the day after lawyers for Brett Peter Cowan, who was found guilty of the abduction and murder of Daniel,lodged an application for leave to appeal against his conviction.

In a separate development on Friday, whitegoods repairmanBill Spedding, repeatedly questioned over the disappearance of William Tyrrell, and named as a person of interest,was granted bail on charges of historical child sex offences.

Mr Spedding, 63, was arrestedin April and charged with unrelated child abuse offences and at a previous hearing his lawyer, Robert Hoyles, told the courtroom his client would deny the charges “until his final breath”.

Mr Morcombe​ and his wife, who have set up the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, tirelessly visit schools to get across their message to youngsters torecognise danger, react by getting themselvesto a safe place and then reporting it.

He said that they had taken their message toHerons Creek Public School,just five kilometres from where Daniel disappearedfrom his grandmother’s home in September, 12 months previously.

He also said that the family, from his experience, would be likely to be receiving distracting information from psychics.

“Personally, we found it quite distressing, a fair amount of it was bizarre and offbeat. I don’t place any amount of faith in psychic information. On our taskforce, it was an incredible distraction. They would say there’s a shed or a water tank…we had dozens or hundreds of leads and logic suggests that William’s case is similar to Daniel’s,” Mr Morcombe said.

“You can’t ignore them just in case it is a disguised confession, someone trying to get it off their chest and that they really do know something.”

From hisexperience there would be mountains of information coming infrom the community including timelines of where people were at the time andvehicles of interest.

“An important role is capturing data from CCTV at local service stations andATMs,which may be incredibly useful when the noose is drawn more tightly around a person of interest;it can perhaps break an alibi,” Mr Morcombe said. “If they can prove a vehiclewas at a particular place, that sort of informationcan solve a case.”

In a message to the Tyrrell family, he added:”Remain positive, that’s all you can do. The police will be working hard; they want to solve it as well. They, I am sure, go to work not filling in the hours; they go to work to find the answers.”

NSW Police declined to comment on the progress of the investigation.

Free education resources for schools can be downloaded from the Daniel Morcombe Foundation website.

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