Soward loving mountain life, says criticism won’t affect Marshall

22/07/2018 // by admin

Jamie Soward with the Dragons in a game against Canterbury Bulldogs on May 31, 2013. Picture: Cameron Spencer/Getty ImagesST George Illawarra Dragons fans are the most unforgiving in the NRL.
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Benji Marshall is finding that out even before he’s played a game.

But Jamie Soward is enjoying life without them.

The Penrith five-eighth revealed he was made to feel alone in his final years in the Red V and, until now, hadn’t enjoyed his football since Wayne Bennett left the Dragons back in 2011.

After parting ways with the Dragons midway through last year, Soward had a brief stint with the London Broncos.

Results were poor but a more low-key experience in the English Super League allowed him to release the pressure valve and appreciate how trying life had been at the Dragons.

After he recruited Soward, Penrith boss Phil Gould described the 30-year-old as a marquee signing and general manager Phil Moss made him feel as though he was joining a family.

Ready to rock: Jamie Soward in action at the Panthers vs Knights game on May 11, 2014. Picture: Ryan Osland

Soward was back to his classy best in Sunday’s comprehensive win over Newcastle, and said the more supportive Penrith fan base has also played a role in reigniting his career.

“I’m really enjoying my football and I haven’t enjoyed it since … Wayne left,” Soward said.

“I loved the playing group I was with [at the Dragons] but I wasn’t enjoying my footy.

“The best thing is I don’t feel alone any more. I feel the whole [Panthers] club is with me and they’ll help protect me.

“I just love going out to Penrith. The whole community really respects the effort you put in every week and the club is moving forward in a nice direction.”

Soward was a central figure in the Dragons’ landmark premiership win in 2010 and had several impressive seasons for the club, yet fans never seemed to appreciate the playmaker and ultimately rejoiced when he walked out the door last year.

Returning from his failed venture in rugby union, New Zealand great Marshall is now experiencing a similarly harsh reaction, even though the Dragons are languishing near the bottom of the table and have chopped and changed halfbacks on a regular basis all season.

Marshall hasn’t strapped on a boot but he’s already under enormous pressure to perform.

Soward said criticism won’t affect Marshall.


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Moree abuzz for derby

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MOREE has been buzzing with rugby league fever this week as the local derby re-ignites for the first time in 21 years at Burt Jovanovich Oval tomorrow.
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During that time the former Group 5 area dissolved and the Moree Boars started playing Group 4.

The Moree Boomerangs were in the rugby league wilderness for twelve of those years before coming back to the game a few years ago.

This year the Boars made the move to Group 19.

The Rangs won the comp last year for the first time since 1994, a year after the Boars beat Armidale in the final.

That year was the last season the two sides met.

Rangs’ coach Chris Binge said the game had been the talk of the town this week.

“There is definitely a buzz around town and the players are looking forward to it,” Binge said.

“As a coach, it has been an easy week because there is plenty of motivation already there.”

After a big weekend of rep footy and some niggling injuries, the Rangs will be at full strength.

Unfortunately, the Boars will not be, according to vice- president and selector Mick Fernance.

Rep players Joe Henderson, Ben Williams and Matt Marshall are all out with injuries, as are Dave Reading, Jay Kennedy and BeauMcMahon.

Moree Boars back Sam Armstrong has been in great form and will have to have a blinder if they are going to beat the Rangs tomorrow. Here he tries to slip one past Scone’s Joe Adams at last weekend’s Greater Northern Championships.Photo: Barry Smith 170514BSC19

“It is obviously a bit of a shame and will test our depth,” Fernance said.

Despite not having played each other for over 20 years, Fernance is keeping the same tactics they used to use in local derbies.

“Keep the ball off them and play it straight up the middle.

“Complete your sets and when you kick it, make sure it is out or dead.

“That is the way we have always done it.”

The Boomerangs were hoping to play a full-strength side.

“That is how you want a local derby,” Binge said.

“You don’t want any excuses after the game.

“We won’t have any.”

Despite all the hype, the coach is treating it like any other game.

“The build-up is great for the town and supporters but it is just round seven,” Binge said.

“It doesn’t matter if you win by one, four or 40, you only get two points in the end and that is all we are after.”

A bumper crowd is expected for all four grades, with a grand final-like atmosphere.

For 21 years, supporters of both teams have been comparing and claiming who is the better side while they were in different groups.

Tomorrow, some of those claims will be put to bed.

“I think last weekend was proof enough of who has the stronger competition,” Binge said.

“I think the Boars realise that and have definitely lifted their standard.”

“But on Saturday afternoon someone is walking away with the bragging rights.”

The ladies’ league tag will kick off at 11am, with first grade to start at 2.45pm.

In the other games, leaders Glen Innes will travel to Inverell, Ashford will host Goondiwindi and Tingha will be in Armidale.

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Liberal MP George Christensen tells budget complainers to live like impoverished Asians for perspective

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George Christensen: called for a reality check. Photo: Andrew Meares MP George Christensen with Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Photo: Nat Bromhead
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Unhappy about cuts to health, education or pensions in the Abbott government’s budget? You should get some perspective and visit Asia before you complain, according to a government backbencher.

George Christensen, the LNP member for the Queensland electorate of Dawson, has sparked outrage on twitter after he posted a photo of an impoverished child and called for a reality check from Australians and their first world problems.

“Aussies should do a tour of Asia & live like locals to put these 1st world complaints re budget in perspective,” he wrote.

Aussies should do tour of Asia & live like locals to put these 1st world complaints re budget in perspective #auspolpic.twitter南京夜网/FR4MvkxxI1— George Christensen (@GChristensenMP) May 22, 2014

The tweet prompted an immediate backlash with one user tweeting “Translation: Aussie battlers should take a glimpse at LNP model for Australia’s future”.

Mr Christensen did not taken kindly to the criticism, and replied that Australians concerned about tough budget measures needed to realise how “minuscule” their complaints were on a global scale.

He followed up his original tweet with: “Try getting any serious form of welfare in Thailand or other SE Asian nations.”

In a later tweet, the MP, whose electorate is dominated by the mining, agriculture and fishing industries, accused “the lefty twitter warriors” of going into meltdown.

“Sometimes the truth hurts,” he wrote.

Mr Christensen’s comments come as the budget slashed $7.8 billion from foreign aid spending over five years.

The chief executive of the St Vincent de Paul Society, John Falzon, said Mr Christensen had it wrong.

Dr Falzon said the public response to the budget reflected a deep feeling of injustice over a budget that “hurts and humiliates” people they care about: young people, older people, people with a disability, single mums and struggling families.

He added the budget was “deeply offensive” to Australians who were fighting a daily battle to make ends meet and survive.

“This budget rips the guts out of what remains of a fair and egalitarian Australia,” Dr Falzon said.

“But, as we can see from the strength of the response to it, now is the time not to watch and weep but rather to stand and fight.

“The government would do well to listen to the people it has set out to hurt and humiliate, as well as to the people who stand in solidarity with them.”

Mr Christensen was contacted for comment.

@PoliticsFairfax Before the election we never had it so bad. Now we never had it so good.— White Rock Vineyard (@WhiteRockWine) May 22, 2014

I suppose this is why the Libs are banning MP’s and staffers from airing their views on Twitter:— Lewis Hamilton (@lewisnhamilton) May 22, 2014

Or, @GChristensenMP, why don’t you live 6 mths in Aust on no income (as u want under 30s to) & tell us how you get on— Adam Bandt (@AdamBandt) May 22, 2014

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Wake Up, Wimmera: May 23

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PIC OF THE DAY. Send your photos of the Wimmera to [email protected]南京夜网.au or tag us on Instagram @wimmeramailtimes and use the hashtag #wakeupwimmera to have your pic included!Photo: SAMANTHA CAMARRIWEATHER
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Though the warm weather continues today, with a top of 21, don’t expect to see the sun! A cloudy and possibly windy day ahead.


A truck accident at Nhill haskilled hundreds of ducks boundfor Nhill’s Luv-a-Duck processingplant.The truck, carrying about 5000birds, was travelling east along theWestern Highway, three kilometreswest of Nhill, at 11.45pmon Wednesday when it overturned.

ACCIDENT: Nhill police sent this photo of a truck accident on the Western Highway, three kilometres west of Nhill, which killed hundreds of ducks bound for Nhill’s Luv-a-Duck processing plant on Wednesday night.


“Can you imagine what it would be like to ride around on a horse with your eyes closed? I couldn’t do it.” – Margaret Howard talks aboutChris Hall, who is blind, as he prepares tocompete in dressage events with a former racehorse.


A Wimmera Uniting Care program credited with saving lives and re-engaging struggling community members is struggling for funding.

PHOTOS:Wimmeraresidents have raised a cup to beating cancer at Biggest Morning Tea events throughout the region.

Beryl Lampard does her part at the Horsham Cancer Council’s Biggest Morning Tea. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

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Manyana seeks to knock Culburra from top of the table spot

22/07/2018 // by admin

MANYANA will wander into Culburra Cougars territory this weekend hoping to knock the competition leaders off their pedestal.
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WIN IN SIGHT: Manyana Wanderers’ Mitch Butel will have a top of the table position in mind when his team faces the Culburra Cougars this weekend. Photo: GILLIAN LETT

The Shoalhaven Football first grade competition is one of the closest of the past few years with not much separating the top six teams.

Defending premiers Culburra fought hard to win 1-nil against Shoalhaven Heads last round and will be keen to hold on to their number one position in their home game at Culburra Oval on Saturday.

Undefeated Manyana sits in third position, on equal points with defending competition champions Shoalhaven United, but just below them on for and against points.

Culburra are expected to embrace the possible return of striker Corey Ryan, who is likely to join Jack Miller up front.

Between them they have scored a massive 90 first grade goals in the last three years.

This is more than the bottom two sides have scored as a total for the last three years.

Manyana coach Matt Tooley said the return of Ryan could make it a challenge for his team.

“We will be going up there to get the three points obviously, but it will be a tough game anyway,” he said.

WIN IN SIGHT: Manyana Wanderers’ Mitch Butel will have a top of the table position in mind when his team faces the Culburra Cougars this weekend. Photo: GILLIAN LETT

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Former Catholic brother charged with sex offences

09/07/2018 // by admin

A FORMER Catholic Brother who taught at St Michael’s Regional High School in Wagga in the 1970s has faced court over alleged sex offences at a western Sydney school.
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Michael Stanton, 59, and now living at Lithgow, appeared in Parramatta Local Court on Wednesday after his arrest on Tuesday.

He is charged with eight counts of indecent assault on a male, and one count each of buggery, attempted buggery and common assault.

Police allege Stanton committed the offences against an 11-year-old boy in 1980.

Stanton did not enter pleas to the charges and they were adjourned to July 18 for a reply to the prosecution’s brief of evidence.

Before Tuesday’s arrest, Stanton was already facing 13 counts of indecent assault on a male, five counts of indecent act on a male and two counts of buggery.

Stanton has not yet entered pleas to those charges, which also stem back to the 1980s and will also be mentioned on July 18.

He is on bail and excused from attending court on the next occasion if legally represented.

None of the existing charges relate to Stanton’s time in Wagga.

The charges follow an investigation by police officers from Strike Force Avia, which was established in October, 2011, to investigate alleged assaults on a number of children at a Catholic college at Blacktown and a Catholic primary school at Lalor Park in the 1980s.

Four men – two teachers and two former Brothers – have been arrested and charged by Strike Force Avia detectives.

Police said anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse, no matter how long ago it happened, was encouraged to make a report at their local police station.

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ABC may shift TV stations online

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The ABC is considering following a BBC move to shift some programming exclusively online. Photo: Peter BraigABC managing director Mark Scott says it is likely some of the network’s secondary television stations will eventually only be available online as part of a long-term plan to cut costs.
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If implemented, the move would mirror the BBC, which announced it would stop broadcasting its BBC 3 channel by mid-2015 and stream the content via its on-demand internet player.

Mr Scott said a similar plan to move content to its iView Player would need to be considered, however no definitive timeline had been set.

“Between SBS and the ABC we spend about $100 million a year beaming the signals from the top of Mount Coot-tha to your home and to do that all around the country, that’s a very big cost,” he said at an Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Brisbane on Thursday.

“One of the questions at some time in the future will be, ‘can savings be made by turning off some of those services and delivering that content in other ways?’ The big question is when.

“Would you bet that within 13 years that some of that switch would happen? I think you probably could.”

Mr Scott said about 18 million programs were watched on its online iView service each month.

Earlier this year the BBC announced its plan to shift its youth-focused BBC 3 channel online, a move that would save the public broadcaster about $91 million each year.

The ABC currently has four local digital television stations, including a 24-hour news channel launched in 2010.

Following last week’s budget announcement that $120 million would be cut from the ABC over the next four years, Mr Scott said management was yet to determine the number of redundancies or if Australian regional bureaus would close.

Mr Scott said the biggest impact would be felt by staff in the ABC’s Melbourne Asia-Pacific news centre, following the government’s decision to cut all funding to the Australia Network.

Mr Scott said the ABC had previously used efficiencies it found to create new content and options for viewers, such as its iView player and the ABC News 24 station.

“If we don’t have money to re-invest we’ll be diminished. We’ll be smaller. We won’t be able to innovate the way we’ve innovated, we won’t be able to create new services,” he said.

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Brisbane buildings to light up ahead of G20 summit

09/07/2018 // by admin

A scene from last year’s City of Lights display during the Brisbane Festival. Photo: Jon BaginskiAn interactive light show will drench Brisbane buildings with colour and images in the lead up to the G20 summit.
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Premier Campbell Newman and Arts Minister Ian Walker announced the light display as the centrepiece of G20 Cultural Celebrations.

“We’re going to have thousands of delegates, thousands of members of the world’s media converging on Brisbane,” Mr Newman said.

“We’re going to make every opportunity to promote Queensland count … the cultural and arts sector will be a very important part of that.”

Creative director Jono Perry – who was responsible for last year’s City of Lights display during the Brisbane Festival – said the evening show would run for 17 nights before the summit begins on November 15.

“People will be able to interact with the colour of buildings within the CBD,” he said.

“We’re also going to have an interactive projection onto major civic buildings around the city, including Parliament House.”

The bulk of the buildings used will be on the lower end of George Street, including the Executive Building and Parliamentary Annexe.

But not all had been selected yet, as Mr Newman hoped to establish partnerships with the private sector.

“Obviously there are corporate tenants and the like who might like take the opportunity to promote what they’re doing, and that might greatly mitigate the cost,” he said.

But he added that would not mean advertising slogans or logos would be projected on the buildings.

“Nothing as gauche as that,” he said.

Mr Perry said the light program was being designed to delight all ages.

“People will be able to interact with the control and chose the colour of certain buildings,” he said.

“My hope is that the people of Brisbane will be asking ‘What colour is Brisbane tonight?’ as the lighting spreads across building facades.”

Mr Walker said there would be other cultural events as part of the program, including in Cairns, where the G20 finance ministers will meet in September.

“If there’s one thing that Queenslanders can do it’s party,” Mr Walker said.

“The celebrations won’t just be limited to the city, but will also involve community-based free activities throughout the suburbs of Brisbane.”

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Lisa Curry to visit Port Augusta

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TOUR: OPAL are encouraging locals to attend a free seminar to be held by former Australian swimmer Lisa Curry next week.Former Australian swimmer Lisa Curry is bringing her One Life, One Chance Aussie Road Trip tour to Port Augusta next week.
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A free community seminar open to the public will be held at the Institute Theatre on Tuesday, May 27 from 6pm.

OPAL coordinator Carmel Daw said Lisa is keen to share her message in as many regional communities as she can.

Lisa will be sharing her firsthand experience and skills to help others and will talk about her background and what has motivated her to want to share these positive lifestyle messages.

The seminar is designed to encourage people of all ages to help combat the growing problem of obesity and heart disease in Australia, Lisa will explain in a fun and interactive way, how to lose weight and get fit and healthy, anytime, anywhere and on any budget.

Ms Dawsaid locals will leave the session with the understanding of why a healthy lifestyle is important and that it can be easy.

“Most importantly people will leave feeling motivated and encouraged that they can do it,” Ms Daw said.

Registrations for the seminar are not essential but can be made through the website oneroadtrip南京夜网.au

During her time in Port Augusta, Lisa will be making visits to some local schools encouraging local children to live a healthy lifestyle.

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Competition front runners to battle it out

09/07/2018 // by admin

THE Shoalhaven Senior Football Competition had another round of close games last week.
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HE’S BACK: Culburra’s Corey Ryan is back in action. Photo: PATRICK FAHY

Culburra won the top of the table clash 1-nil against Shoalhaven Heads to remain at the top of the table.

The news for Heads was not as good as they dropped from second to fifth. Shoalhaven United moved to second after defeating Illaroo 3-1, while Manyana moved to third with their 1-nil win over Huskisson.

GAME ON: Manyana’s Billy Zappas will need to be in form this week against the strong Culburra side. Photo: GILLIAN LETT

Bomaderry complete the top four due to their 4-nil win over Basin.

There are four great games scheduled this week in what should be the closest round of the year.

Match of the round

THE match of the round is between the competition front runners Culburra and third placed Manyana.

At the start of the year these two sides were thought of as the ones to beat according to most opposition coaches.

Not much has changed as both are at the pointy end of the table.

Culburra have only had the one loss and this was when they were under strength. Since then they have won their games quite comfortably despite the scores not reflecting that.

Reports indicate that they are creating many chances but have been unable to finish in the last couple of games.

This problem appears as though it will be rectified with the return of super striker Corey Ryan.

He is likely to join Jack Miller up front and between them they have scored a massive 90 first grade goals in the last three years.

To put this into perspective, this is more than the bottom two sides have scored as a total for the last three years.

With the likes of Dale Blundell, Kieran Witt, Steve Gray, Mitchell Blundell and Rob Hill also in the squad, they now appear invincible.

Manyana have gone about their season with a minimum of fuss and are still undefeated.

They have wins over Basin, Huskisson and United and draws with Illaroo, Bomaderry and Heads.

Their win against United was probably their most impressive and they will need to find that form again to compete with the strong Culburra outfit.

Manyana coach Matt Tooley will hope to have Rohan Daley on deck as he certainly makes a difference to the side’s performance.

Defensively they are quite strong with Matt Sindon, Mark Dixon, Tim Dixon and Matt Ringland all playing well.

This should be a close game however at home Culburra should take maximum points.

Battle of third and fourth

THE game between Bomaderry and Shoalhaven United will also be a blockbuster. Bomaderry currently sit in fourth position only one point behind United.

They showed what they could do with a win over Culburra earlier in the year and coach Doug Foley will hope they can put in a similar performance against United. Michael Hampton and Cameron Nelson are both in the top goal scorers list and have been scoring regularly.

Ben Foley, David Hampton, Daniel Frew and Blake Munilla have also been good. Foley will be hoping Matt Kellett and Nathan Aldridge return to the side so they can be close to full strength for this important game.

United have played well in recent weeks with strong wins over Basin and Illaroo. Last week against Illaroo they struggled to score in the first half but came home with a wet sail after the injection of Kris Brant.

United have been known as an older side over the last few years, however with the inclusion of young guns Taite Arney, Jake Hush, Josh Mackaness and Billy Wallington, the average age has dropped significantly.

There are still the likes of Nando Lattanzio, Shane Button and Matt Fuz in the side but this has proved to be a good mix of youth and experience for coach Trevor Skingle.

This should be another close game with a draw the likely result.

Must win game for Illaroo

ILLAROO will host Shoalhaven Heads in what should be another great game between two evenly matched sides.

Illaroo are strong up front with Aarron Crittenden and Brandon Politano and in the midfield with Trent Bray, Evan Leedham and Brady Warren.

Their backline is weakened without the likes of Joe Leedham and Andrew Timbs, and if they are to be at their best one of these guys needs to return in the next few weeks.

Illaroo are currently in sixth position and a loss in this game may see them lose touch with the leading sides.

While Shoalhaven Heads have dropped to sixth position they have only had the two losses.

These losses were against the two sides currently at the top of the table. They pushed Culburra all the way last week and have had good wins over Bomaderry, Huskisson and Basin while they drew with Manyana in the first game of the year. Their form has been consistent with their worst result being a 3-nil loss to United.

They have the worst goal scoring record out of the top six sides and this will be an area coach Ross Tasker will want to improve.

Dane Tasker is one of the leading scorers in the competition while Conor Edenden and Ian Martin have been known to find the back of the net in the past. Like most of the other games this weekend, this match will also be close and it is unlikely the teams will be split at full-time.

Both teams battle for a win

THE last match in the round will also be a good game with both Huskisson and Basin looking to open their account for the year.

Huskisson have been thereabouts in most of their games and have in fact pushed Bomaderry, Illaroo and Manyana all the way and have only been beaten by a goal on each occasion.

With an ounce of luck a couple of these results could have been reversed.

They have several quality players including Sam Boardman, Jayme Delehenty, Josh Fuz, Brendan Hobbs, Alex Boardman and Jake Mulligan and their results could very well be different in the next round.

Basin had their worst half of the year in the first half against Bomaderry and the normally reserved Scott Aldridge let them know it.

To the side’s credit they put in an improved performance in the second half and Aldridge will hope that form continues this week.

Basin’s improvement in the lower grades will help the top grade as it will put pressure on players to perform.

In Dane McGinn the Basin side have one of the best strikers in the competition, however he has only found the back of the net on one occasion this year. Aldridge will be looking for McGinn to be more consistent if his side’s results are to improve as the year progresses.

Basin will be in this game for a long way, however at home Huskisson should win.

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