Essendon to phase out third-term lapses ( admin posted on August 27th, 2018 )

Essendon coach John Worsfold is looking at how to stop the Bombers’ third-quarter fade-outs.Essendon admit they’re reviewing how to handle halftime in an attempt to phase out their third-term AFL fade-outs.
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It’s far from the only issue on Bombers coach John Worsfold’s plate after a 2-4 start to the season.

But going into a blockbuster MCG meeting with Hawthorn on Saturday, it’s a nut Worsfold is eager to crack.

“We’ve looked at what our program is (and) we’ve challenged each other to think of how it could be different,” he said on Friday.

“We’ll potentially do a couple of minor changes otherwise it’s just getting out there with a mindset to play strong footy.

“Certainly we’re aware we haven’t won a third quarter but we’ve lost a lot of other quarters as well.”

On that point, Worsfold is right.

Only Brisbane (six) have won fewer quarters than Essendon (seven) this season.

That won’t force Worsfold into changing from the club’s bigger-picture approach, where the club toys with positions in attempt to build for the future.

“We’ve got to work out what squad here, what playing team is going to be good enough to win a premiership at the Essendon footy club,” he said.

“We’ve got to keep exploring and finding that.

“That will mean looking at some new players and giving new players like (Adam) Saad and (Jake) Stringer the chance to grow into our team.

“(We have) an absolute focus on becoming a great team. We don’t want to panic and pick teams with a weekly focus.”

Essendon’s approach to team selection this week is influenced by their four-day break last week, when they lost to Collingwood and Melbourne.

Matt Guelfi and Jackson Merrett have been rested, with Conor McKenna and David Myers coming in.

Matthew Leuenberger’s suspension also allows Tom Bellchambers to return.

Worsfold said Orazio Fantasia was “very close” to a return and would play a half in the VFL in an attempt to return in round eight.

Travis Colyer looms as a round nine return.

Opponents Hawthorn have made two changes, with David Mirra and James Cousins dropped for James Sicily and Liam Shiels.

The Bombers and Hawks last met in round one last season, when Essendon returned a host of banned Bombers in a 25-point win at the MCG.

Despite that, Worsfold played down the traditionally strong rivalry between the two teams, which has been on the wane since the 2004 “line in the sand” contest.

“Essendon-Hawthorn. Essendon-Collingwood. The marshmallow game. The country game … Dreamtime … the Jacket wave game. We’ve pretty much got a rivalry with every club,” he said.

“(ex-coach Kevin) Sheedy created a few of those.”

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Newcastle’s growing pains have created identity crisis ( admin posted on August 27th, 2018 )

METROPOLIS: Newcastle needs to abandon the persistent parochial association with a town and proudly and aggressively embrace its city status. Picture: Paul ScottOUR town. Our turf. Our team. How quaint and nostalgic is “our town”? Ever heard of a globally-emerging town or a smart town program? There’s been lots of “our town” palaver this past week. I’m down on town.
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Like mutton chop facial hair or a bespoke butter churn, reference to Newcastle as a town makes me want to tie my high-horse to a pole and crochet a close-knit quilt for this close-knit community. It’s a nostalgic idea but it’s wrong for now.

Despite the fetishising of revitalisation and all things new by the development lobby and its various cheer squads, nostalgia still seems to matter around Newcastle. What else could possibly explain the numbers of Novocastrians who flock to trendy Maryville or the Newcastle City Farmers Markets at sparrow’s on weekend mornings to voluntarily queue in the rain – as if it’s 1932 in the Soviet Ukraine – to buy bread?

Surely the nostalgia is for the queuing rather than the bread. Because it’s hard to be nostalgic for low glycaemic seeded spelt brought to life by skilled artisans who have nurtured a special dough-blend fermentation from field to plate with the loving assistance of non-rhyming poetry and an intense mindfulness involving yoga whales. “That’ll be eight bucks in our town thanks love. Careful of your teeth.”

The insistence of the Knights utilising the Doug Parkinson Oz-rock belter with the lyric “this game is our game, this town is our town” doesn’t help the argument to insist Newcastle be called a city. There’s been a few other cracks at creating a matchday song for the Knights, but Doug remains the go-to tune for the man at the stadium with his finger on the button.

I think most of “We Built This City (On Rock and Roll)” is way better for a contemporary Newcastle anthem, as long as it is re-recorded by a supergroup comprising some members of Silverchair, The Screaming Jets and all of JPY.

Another influence for the longevity of ‘town’ – besides that provided by those in the media who can’t resist the rallying cry of “our town” whenever Newcastle teams drop the wooden spoon – was the Prime Television commercial from around 20 years ago that featured the Go-Betweens’ song “Streets Of Your Town”. While trumpeting the local sites – always referred to as icons by locals even if it’s the Jesmond roundabout – the advert chose to exclude Grant McLennan’s key lyric that “this town is full of battered wives”.

A combination of misplaced patriotism and predictable parochialism, “town” gifts the opportunity for convenient confusion to various state and Commonwealth funding opportunities. Whether either see Newcastle as regional or metropolitan varies between projects. The criteria determining metropolitan or regional status is as rubbery as a five-dollar counter lunch.

The Newcastle City Council – perhaps soon to be rebranded as Newcastle City without the bothersome council bit – has unanimously supported that Newcastle be regarded as a metropolitan area.

Bush pollies have long claimed NSW is a smokescreen acronym for the triumvirate of Newcastle, Sydney and Wollongong. Keeping Newy and Wooly snouts from the trough available for regional projects leaves more for LGAs such as Lake Macquarie. But having to put in bids in the metro funding pot alongside Sydney leaves Newcastle (bugger Wollongong) in quite a spot.

Because when Newcastle gets into bed with Sydney, we all know who gets the blankets.

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Bishop condemns Abbas’ Holocaust comments ( admin posted on August 27th, 2018 )

Mahmoud Abbas suggested Jews were responsible for their persecution in Europe.Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is “deeply concerned” the Palestinian president has suggested European Jews caused their own historical persecution.
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Mahmoud Abbas commented on the Holocaust in a speech at the Palestinian National Congress, sparking condemnation from Israel, the United Kingdom and now Australia.

“We condemn any such comments by anyone, anywhere,” Ms Bishop told reporters on the Gold Coast on Friday.

“It’s deeply regrettable that such statements should be made.

“They are anti-Semitic, they go against the facts – the historical facts – and I’m deeply concerned that a leader would make such comments.”

Israel has accused Mr Abbas of anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial after the Palestinian leader suggested in a speech that historical persecution of European Jews had been caused by their conduct.

“The Jewish issue that was widespread in all European countries… was not because of their religion, but rather their social role related to usury and banks,” the 83-year-old Palestinian leader reportedly said.

Britain’s Middle-East minister Alistair Burt said any attempt to justify or explain away any element of the Holocaust is unacceptable.

“President Abbas has shown a commitment to non-violence and a two-state solution. But his recent rhetoric does not serve the interests of the Palestinian people and is deeply unhelpful to the cause of peace,” Mr Burt said in a statement.

Mr Abbas was on Friday re-elected as chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation.

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Imminent centurion Rohan thanks AFL ( admin posted on September 28th, 2019 )

Sydney’s Gary Rohan has thanked the AFL community for their support leading up to his 100th game.On the eve of attaining a 100-game milestone he frequently thought he would never reach, Sydney star Gary Rohan has thanked the AFL community for their support during a difficult time.
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The speedy 26-year-old utility will finally get to three figures on Saturday against North Melbourne in his ninth season.

Injuries restricted him to 27 games in his first four seasons.

A broken leg virtually wiped out two seasons and the physical hardships were compounded by the mental hurt of missing out on the Swans’ 2012 premiership.

“It’s been a very long road, one that means a lot what I’ve been through, to get to 100 games,” said Rohan, who played in the Swans’ 2014 and 2016 losing grand final teams.

“A heap of times I’ve probably thought to myself that it probably wouldn’t have happened injury-wise, especially when I broke my leg.

“It definitely shattered my confidence, but it feels much better dealing with all these downs, eventually it’s turned around and I’ve got a win and playing 100 games.”

Rohan’s ability to produce high-impact plays such as chasing down an opponent or streaking away from one, grab a big mark, or kicking a vital goal have made him a massive crowd favourite at the SCG, where he will reach his milestone.

Their support for him was evident in Sydney’s last home game, when a huge roar greeted his goal.

It was Rohan’s first game back after the news that one of his twin daughters, Willow, had not survived long after birth due to a condition called anencephaly.

Rohan said the surviving daughter Bella, had gone home on Wednesday.

“It’s been a tough rollercoaster, but we had two beautiful girls, but lucky we have one to bring home,” Rohan said.

He described as amazing the support he and his wife Amie had received from their families, and the Swans and the AFL community.

Rohan said they had been contacted by other AFL clubs and players outside Sydney.

He and his wife had found out at the 11-week stage of the pregnancy about the brain defect and spent about five hours with Willow before she died.

“It was a very memorable time that I will never forget,” Rohan said.

He has occupied a lot of different positions up forward, down back and on the wing, but earlier in his career was often reduced to cameo roles.

“Funnily enough probably half of my games have probably been as a sub, to be honest, so I’m glad that rule is out so I can actually have a (full) game,” Rohan said.

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Bulldogs, Hasler settle over sacking ( admin posted on September 28th, 2019 )

Former coach Des Hasler has reached an out-of-court settlement with NRL club Canterbury.Canterbury and Des Hasler won’t be heading back to court over the former NRL coach’s sacking, with the two parties agreeing to an out-of-court settlement.
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Hasler and the Bulldogs were due back in the NSW Supreme Court later this month after the two-time premiership-winning coach attempted to sue the club following his axing last September.

But that’s been avoided after the Bulldogs announced on Friday night the two parties had reached an undisclosed financial settlement, with the agreement covered by a non-disclosure cause.

“It was important for the club to be able to bring this matter to a close and move forward. Our members and fans deserve that,” Bulldogs chief executive Andrew Hill said.

“With this matter resolved we can now look forward to the future and making sure that we put all our energies in to making the Bulldogs great again.

“It is a time for stability and to build a strong base for the future. With this matter now closed we are in a position to do that.

“We we would also like to wish Des all the best for the future.”

Hasler was sacked by the previous Bulldogs administration at the end of last season, after he failed to guide the team to the finals for the first time in his six-year tenure.

However it came after the club announced his re-signing just five months earlier.

At the time of his sacking, former chairman Ray Dib claimed that April renewal was only a heads of agreement, and it was therefore non-binding and that Hasler was not entitled to a payout.

However the former NSW and Kangaroos playmaker contested that, filing papers for breach of contract in the NSW Supreme Court last November.

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Souths upstage Knights 36-18 in game one of epic double-header ( admin posted on September 28th, 2019 )

WHAT has been touted as the biggest weekend in Newcastle’s sporting history kicked off in anti-climactic fashion on Friday night when South Sydney beat the Knights 36-18 at McDonald Jones Stadium.
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At the same venue on Saturday night, the Newcastle Jets will host Melbourne Victory in a sold-out A-League grand final expected to attract a crowd of 30,000-plus.

TRY TIME: Souths five-eighth Cody Walker scores against Newcastle. Picture: Darren Pateman, AAP

Combine that with Friday night’s attendance of 22,718, and a collective tally of around 53,000spectators will have ventured through the turnstiles within the space of 24 hours.

The Novocastrian faithful will be hoping the Knights’ performance was not an omen as the Jets chasetheir first title in 10 years.

It was the Rabbitohs’ ninth consecutive win against Newcastle, a streak dating back to 2012.

Souths and the Knights scored three tries apiece before half-time, but the home teamtrailed 16-12 after missing every shot at goal.

Souths burst out of the blocks with tries by winger Robert Jennings and five-eighth Cody Walker in the first five minutes, both times exposing alarmingly soft defence.

Newcastle, chasing their third successive win, hit back in the 12thminute when winger Shaun Kenny-Dowall burst clear deep in his own territory, then finished off a try at the other end of the field.

The visitors reasserted their ascendancy in the 24thminute when rookie winger Campbell Graham scored in the corner after a cut-out pass from Adam Reynolds.

The Knights rallied late in the first half. In the 36thminute, centre Sione Mata’utia crashed through a Greg Inglis tackle to score, then they kept the ball alive after the half-time siren sounded and created an overlap for Kenny-Dowall to cross again.

The momentum swung dramatically early in the second half when Newcastle winger Ken Sio appeared to have scored, only to lose the ball in a desperate Angus Crichton tackle as he tried to improve his position nearer to the posts.

In the following set of tackles, Reynolds hoisted a bomb, Sio was unable to catch it, and former Knight Dane Gagai pounced on the loose ball to score.

Reynolds’ conversion made it 22-12 to Souths, when Newcastle could easily have been leading had Sio scored.

Ten minutes later, Souths hooker Damien Cook exploded out of dummy-half to score and push his case for a NSW Origin jersey.

Two Reynolds penalty goals put the result beyond question, before Knights fullback Kalyn Ponga created a consolation try for Lachlan Fitzgibbon with a trademark short ball.

Champion Souths centre Greg Inglis scored his fifth try in six games from a set play in the 78thminute.

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Bon Amis on black-type trial ( admin posted on September 28th, 2019 )

Bon Amis winning at Rosehill. Picture: AAPNewcastle trainer Jason Deamer has one eye on the Ramornie Handicap when Bon Amis returns to a more preferred distance of 1200 metres at Rosehill on Saturday.
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The four-year-old was luckless fifth in the Provincial Championships Final over 1400m at Randwick on April 14 after finishing second over the same distance in the Newcastle qualifier when missing the start.

Bon Amis won his first four starts, all at 1100m orless, and was a $2.90 favourite for the last at Rosehill, a benchmark 86, after drawing gate five with Jason Collett aboard.

“He went well and he obviously should have won at Newcastle, but then he got caught wide in the final but still ran on well,” Deamer said.

“He’s donewell since.Three weeks between runs and we’ve just freshened him up a bit and now probably back to his ideal distance. Good barrier, good jockey. Everything looks ideal for him.”

Deamer was keeping options open with the lightly raced Bon Hoffa gelding and said the $160,000 listed Ramornie Handicap (1200m) at Grafton in July could be a target.

“Hopefully he wins tomorrow and we’ll make a plan,” he said.

“Maybe the Ramorniemight suit him, but then again you have these races in Sydney each week worth $100,000, so there’s maybe no need to travel too far.”

Deamer will chase a double at Rosehill with mare Bonita, which will be second-up from a third at Muswellbrook in the 1100mbenchmark 83 handicap.

“She was good first-up with no trial and after beingcaught three wide,” he said.

“She’s a rough chance and will run an honest race, and take improvement from the run.”

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Midnight Oil doco captures critical moment ( admin posted on September 28th, 2019 )

A just-released documentary catches Midnight Oil at a seminal moment in their long career.For 26 years, filmmaker Ray Argall has been sitting on some of the most compelling live concert and backstage footage of Midnight Oil, captured at a seminal moment in their career.
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In 1984, Argall followed the band during the tour to promote their album Red Sails In The Sunset. It also happened to be the year frontman Peter Garrett made his first steps into the political arena as a Senate candidate for the Nuclear Disarmament Party.

“People think of the more current history of him (Garrett) in the band and they’d sort of forgotten that in actual fact he’d run for the Senate back in 1984,” Argall told AAP.

The filmmaker had been working with the band since 1982, first on a concert film at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney, and then on music videos for Power and the Passion and Read About It.

“It was a very busy vibrant time in the 80s with Australian music, and in particular Australian music video. There were five different shows running on television in Australia at the time showing music video content including Countdown, which was prime time,” he said.

The band granted Argall access in all areas to follow them over a dozen different performances. At the same time, Garrett was becoming increasingly vocal in Australia’s anti-nuclear movement, as genuine fear bubbled over the arms race between the US and the Soviet Union.

“(Garrett) was impressive. He was very articulate, he knew his subject, he knew his topic and he wasn’t reading off a cue sheet and he wasn’t just doing those little sound bites,” he said.

What Argall’s film also captures is the fervour of the Oils’ fans at the time; the sweaty audiences who hung on their every word and became politically and socially motivated by their music.

“Just to be side of stage during that and to see close up how performers respond to an audience, and particularly how they communicate with each other as musicians, I think that was the key thing I was interested in capturing on camera,” he said.

At the end of it all, the Oils weren’t happy with the sound quality of the live performances and didn’t want to release the footage, so Argall put it in a cool dark place.

With recent advances in digital technology, he decided to revisit the footage and created Midnight Oil 1984, which has come at a time where nuclear power is once again a topic up for discussion.

“A lot of young people who’ve seen it have really commented on that and it’s good, you know, because you’ve got a new generation of young people who can do exactly the same thing.”

* Midnight Oil 1984 is released in select Australian cinemas on May 10

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Xi praises Marxism to win China’s future ( admin posted on August 28th, 2019 )

Chinese President Xi Jinping says China must continuously improve the ability to use Marxism.Chinese President Xi Jinping has hailed Karl Marx as “the greatest thinker of modern times,” in a speech seen as part of an effort so shore up his power against domestic critics.
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Xi’s address at the Great Hall of the People in central Beijing was one of a series of events in China marking the bicentennial of the philosopher-economist’s birth in 1818 in Germany.

“We must win the advantages, win the initiative, and win the future. We must continuously improve the ability to use Marxism to analyze and solve practical problems,” Xi said beneath a massive portrait of the white-bearded Marx on a stage bedecked with scarlet and gold curtains.

“Today, we commemorate Marx in order to pay tribute to the greatest thinker in the history of mankind and also to declare our firm belief in the scientific truth of Marxism,” he said.

Promoting Marx is seen in part as a way for Xi to strengthen ideological control and counter critics within the ruling Communist Party unhappy with his move in March to eliminate presidential term limits. Xi is also general secretary of the ruling Communist Party, an official that is also not term-limited.

Marx’s work became the inspiration for communism, an ideology that aims for shared ownership of the means of production and the absence of social classes.

China launched market reforms three decades ago but the party keeps an iron grip on power.

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Theoharous set to miss A-L grand final ( admin posted on August 28th, 2019 )

Christian Theoharous’ chances of playing the A-League grand final “doesn’t look great,” says coach.A crunching tackle from Luke Wilkshire looks set to rob exciting Melbourne Victory young gun Christian Theoharous of the chance to play in Saturday’s A-League grand final.
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The 18-year-old winger has barely trained all week and barring a miraculous late recovery in the morning, is all but certain to watch the clash from the stands at McDonald Jones Stadium.

Theoharous spent the first half of the week in a moon boot after the crude challenge from Wilkshire – which went unpunished – late in Victory’s 3-2 extra time win over Sydney FC in last weekend’s semi-final left him with strained ankle ligaments.

“It was a tackle that obviously got him pretty good,” coach Kevin Muscat told reporters.

“He’s struggled all week, if I’m honest.

“He tried to train yesterday without any assistance, an injection or anything like that and he was still pretty sore.

“It’s another 24 hours so we’ll see how he pulls up but it doesn’t look great for him.”

It’d be a heartbreaking outcome for Theoharous, who made his A-League debut last season but only announced himself this campaign with a string of electric performances off the bench.

Muscat will instead have to count on a similar late impact from Jai Ingham, who appears the most likely replacement for him in the extended squad, against the Newcastle Jets.

Striker Pierce Waring is another option.

Reports have linked Theoharous with a move to Germany at the end of this season but how the injury might affect those hopes of an overseas contract remains to be seen.

Muscat has given the rest of his squad a clean bill of health and says the gruelling impact of their 120-minute battle with the Sky Blues won’t have any negative physical affect on them whatsoever.

“Yes, Newcastle have had an extra day and they’re at home but our methodical training led by Anthony Crea will deliver to the players,” he said.

“It was said last week we were less physically prepared (than Sydney FC) but it was the opposition walking around with cramps after 115 minutes.

“We’ve dispelled that and the confidence and belief they’ve got in Anthony to deliver them to a grand final with maximum energy is great.”

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Newcastle Beachwatch: Friday, May 11, 2018 ( admin posted on August 28th, 2019 )

Newcastle Beachwatch: Friday, May 11, 2018 STYLE: A surfer grabs a neat wave on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.
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BUILDING: The swell at Bar Beach on Thursday, May 10, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

CARVING: A /Newcastle surfer on Monday, May 7, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

MORNING DIP: Conditions at Newcastle city beach on Friday, May 4, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

SCENES: A surfer cuts across a wave on Thursday, March 3, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

SUNRISE: The morning sky on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

FIRST LIGHT: The scene before dawn on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Newcastle beach. Picture: Dave Anderson.

CALM: Conditions at Nobby’s beach on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

CARVING: Newcastle surfer Mark Richards at Ladies Lefts on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

WAVES: Surfers in the water at Dixon Park on Monday, April 16, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

Conditions on Sunday, April 15, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

SWELL: Conditions in Newcastle on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

SUNRISE: A surfer out for a morning paddle at Merewether on Monday, April 9, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

CARVING: A young surfer on a wave at Merewether on Thursday, April 5, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

STORMS: Merewether Baths on Wednesday, March 4, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

SURFING: The beautiful autumn weather in Newcastle on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

DAWN: Sunrise at Merewether on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

CLEAN: Shore rides at Dixon Park on Monday, March 26, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

WAVES: A surfer catches the big swell at Newcastle point on Friday, March 23, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

SURF: A surfer at Nobbys bank on Thursday, March 22, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

SWELL: The view of Nobbys breakwall on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

VIEWS: Sailor’s Rock at Merewether on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

GROMS: Merewether surfers on Monday, March 19, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

SHINING THROUGH: Sunrise at Merewether on Friday, March 16, 2018, Picture: Dave Anderson.

SPRAY: Dawn surfing at Pogo’s on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

BARREL TIME: A surfer finds the right wave on Monday, March 12, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

OVERCAST: Rough conditions at Newcastle City Beach on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

KEEN: A young surfer at Merewether on Monday, March 5, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

MORNING: Surfers at Dixon Park. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: A surfer cuts loose at Merewether on Friday, March 2, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

SURF: Taken on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Photo: Dave Anderson.

Photo taken at Newcastle Beach on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

SURF: Taken on Friday, February, 23, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

Photo taken on Monday, February 19. Picture: Dave Anderson.

GIRLS RIP: Photo taken at Merewether on Thursday, February 15. Picture: Dave Anderson.

SURF: Jesse Adam four times winner Open Mens Division Merewether Surfboard Club 2017. Piucture: Davbe Anderson

BEACH: Ollie and Felix with dolphins at Merewether. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: The view at Merewether Beach on November 9. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: The view at Merewether Beach on November 8. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: The view at Newcastle Beach … Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Beautiful morning. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Chris Davis at Merewether on October 25. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Nick at Merewether on October 24. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Todd at Merewether on October 24. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Dawn at Merewether on October 23, 2017. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Erosion at Cliff. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Axel-Rose Curotta at the Mattara Classic. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Amelia Bourke at Merewether on October 20. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Amelia Bourke at Merewether on October 20. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Kite-surfers at Nobby’s. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Sunday arvo at Newcastle. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Merewether morning on September 21. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Dixon Park. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Nobbys Spit on September 20. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Stockton on September 20. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Gleaming grom at Merewether on September 19. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Hollow shorey at Pogos on September 19. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Heavy shorebreaker at Nobbys on September 18. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Backpacker surfer at Nobbys. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: The spit at Nobbys on September 18. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Morning SUP at Pogos. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Ski Paddle at Dixon. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Nobbys. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Cleaning at Merewether beach. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Ollie at Merewether. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Ollie Ryssenbeek navigates The Ladies on September 12. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Dixon Park on September 12. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Morgan Cibilic at Merewether training for the Junior Worlds on September 11. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Morgan Cibilic at Merewether training for the Junior Worlds on September 11. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Off-reef at Nobbys on September 11. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Paul Snow at Merewether. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Backside glide Merewether. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Dawn sets at Merewether on September 7. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Gulls at Nobbys on September 7. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Twin Peaks at Merewether on September 6. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Nobbys spit on September 5. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Sanding-up at Merwether on September 4. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Super Grom at Merewether on September 3. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Father’s Day at the beach. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF:Photo taken on Thursday, March 1, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

SUNNY: Sunrise at Dixon Park beach on Thursday, March 13, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

TweetFacebookBEACH WATCHMuch cooler day along the coast with strong offshore winds which will knock the swell down. Conditions smaller and not too consistent. Low pressure moving down the coast to provide an increase for the weekend. Swell from the East to S/E around 1m. Wind fresh to strong Westerly. Early high tide to fill some breaks and try the more protected southern corners. 1st up check Cowrie Hole,Bar Reef and Merewether. Newcastle Beach towards late morning low tide. Southern corners of Dudley and Catho. One Mile up at Port Stephens. Swimming conditions okay and it will be warmer in than out. Bar Beach, Nobbys and Merewether are patrolled. Water temp 19C.

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HUNTER BOATINGWindsWesterly 25 to 30 knots, reaching up to 35 knots offshore north of Norah Head early in the morning and again in the late evening.

Seas2 to 3 metres. Swell: Northeasterly around 1 metre.

WeatherPartly cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm offshore.

NEWCASTLE SHIPPINGARRIVALS

Yesterday:Kanda Logger, 12.48am; Sincere Pisces, 7.10am; Pheonix Ocean, 7.36am;Taiyo, 9.30am; Sealink, 2.42pm; Ttm Hope, 7pm; New Leonindas, 11.45pm.

Today: Tohokumaru, 12.15am; Ns Silver, 2am; Spirit Of Ho-ping, 7.45am; Hl Boryeong, 12.45pm; Crystal Wind, 4pm; Ocean Rhea, 8pm.

DEPARTURES

Yesterday: Cape Harvest, 2.24am; Shinchi Maru, 3.36am; Nanakura, 4.10am; Nanchang, 8.24am; La Briantais, 3.25pm; Star Jennifer, 4.30pm; Maria Carla, 6pm; Pheonix Ocean, 10.30pm.

Today: Asahi Maru, 2.45am; Sincere Pisces, 3.30am; Cape Zenith, 4.49am; Taiyo, 2.45pm; Tohokumaru, 5.30pm.

AIR QUALITYNewcastleGood

WallsendGood

BeresfieldGood

SingletonFair

MuswellbrookFair

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Six-storey deep sinkhole opens on NZ farm ( admin posted on August 28th, 2019 )

The area often develops sinkholes due to degrading limestone rock beneath the ground’s surface.A spectacular sinkhole the length of two football fields and the depth of a six-storey building has opened up on a New Zealand farm.
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A worker stumbled upon the chasm before dawn this week when he was rounding up cows for milking on the farm near the North Island town of Rotorua. It appeared after several days of heavy rainfall.

Farm manager Colin Tremain told Newshub television he didn’t realise just how big the hole was until he saw it in the daylight.

He said the area often developed sinkholes due to degrading limestone rock beneath the ground’s surface.

GNS Science volcanologist Brad Scott told Newshub the sinkhole was three times larger than any he’d seen before.

He said an underground cavity would have developed over decades.

Tremain said he’s planning to install a fence so livestock don’t fall into the sinkhole.

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A-League grand final: Jets striker hopes to repeat history for sports mad city ( admin posted on August 28th, 2019 )

IN THE ZONE: Newcastle Jets striker Roy O’Donovan at the final hit out before the A-League grand final against Melbourne Victory on Saturday. Picture” Max Mason-HubersJETS’ hired gun Roy O’Donovan was a teenage rookie when the strikerhelped steer his home town club Cork City to a league title on the final day of the season.
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It was a day he will never forget.

“We don’t have the same grand-final thing over there, but it happened to be the first and second placed team played each other in the last game of the season,” he said. “It was at our home ground and if they won, they won the league. If we won, we won the league.”

Cork City beat Derry City, sparking wild scenes.

“Cork is not the capital. It is a big industrial city, it is working class but they love their sport and they love a winning team,” O’Donovan said.

O’Donovan has since played at Wembley, where hisNorthampton Town were defeated by Bradford City in England’s 2013 League Two play-off final and has won the Singapore League Cup with Brunei DPMM.

But he said a win over Victory in the A-League grand final would rank along side the Cork triumph.

“This is up there, this is huge,” he said. “The beauty of football is that I have got to play in lots of different places. Australia is special for me. It feels like home, maybe because of that connection with Cork and a sporting city.”

I’m looking forward to Saturday and hopefully doing something special.”

After migrating north from the Central Coast, O’Donovan made an instant impact at the Jets, netting seven goals in five games until injury, suspension and inconsistency hampered the 32-year-old’s campaign.

“Of course it has been frustrating,” he said. “I was flying the first six weeks and my aspiration and goals were a lot higher but you cut them back with the injury.That 10-12 week period out was hard but it would have been a lot worse if I’d been sitting up in the stands and we were losing every week.”

Three weeks ago he turned a corner, bagging a double in a 8-2 rout of his old club.

“Melbourne Victory have a fantastic team so they’re going to pose a different challenge to what Melbourne City did,” he said.

“But it’s something we’re all relishing. You want to play against the best the A-League has to offer and Victory are definitely up there.”

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