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Bolton backs Blues without Curnow in AFL ( admin posted on October 27th, 2018 )

Brendon Bolton is backing his winless Carlton side against Adelaide despite missing Charlie Curnow.Winless and undermanned Carlton refuse to acknowledge their trip to Adelaide Oval is mission impossible, with coach Brendon Bolton declaring the Blues up for the challenge.
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Saturday night’s clash between last year’s minor premiers Adelaide (4-2) and Carlton (0-6) appears as much of a certainty as you can get in the AFL.

The Blues are missing perhaps their three most important players, with Charlie Curnow (ankle) joining skipper Marc Murphy and key defender Sam Docherty on the injury list.

Then of course, there’s long-serving midfielder Bryce Gibbs, who will line up against the Blues for the first time after his off-season switch to the Crows.

It’s understandable then, that Bolton mentioned the importance of “little wins” several times when discussing the contest.

But he wants to get one thing clear.

“We go to win every game,” he said on Friday.

“There’s no doubt about that. If you go to accept mediocrity and not trying to win there’s issues.

“In saying that we’ve got to look with this young group for the little wins.”

Bolton name checked second-season midfielder Zac Fisher and three-gamer Lachie O’Brien as encapsulating what the Blues are trying to do, with performances that have kept confidences up despite their winless run.

“I see the blue skies in that and our team does too,” he said.

“The spirit’s high and its my duty to nurture that spirit with youngsters.

“They are doing things above really what they can do in their first and second year.”

While Carlton always saw this season as another developmental year, there’s clearly frustration that injuries have hampered their ability to get their best 22 on the field.

At least ruckman Matthew Kreuzer returns this week, alongside starlet Jarrod Garlett and Nick Graham.

Curnow and Caleb Marchbank (ankle) are out, with Jack Silvagni dropped.

The Crows also have three changes.

Livewire forward Eddie Betts returns, along with Jake Kelly and first-season sensation Darcy Fogarty.

Captain Taylor Walker misses with hamstring complaint, Myles Poholke has been axed and Riley Knight is being managed.

Bolton played down the match as a grudge encounter with Gibbs, saying he understood the South Australian’s desire to be with family – but didn’t completely rule out the possibility of fireworks.

“Some of our players are going to be in his wedding party so there’s some strong connections there,” he said.

“(Will there be) no niggle? We’ll see how it unfolds.”

“For the two hours it’ll be game on.”

Australian Associated Press

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Nigel Boogaard: It’s more than a game ( admin posted on October 27th, 2018 )

FOR Nigel Boogaard, it’s not just about this season, or this team.
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LEAD ROLE: Nigel Boogaard doubted if he would ever get to play for the Newcastle Jets. Now he will captain them in a grand final on home soil. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

He sees the 2017-18 A-League soccer grand final as an unprecedented chance to honour one of the oldest and proudest footballing strongholds in Australia, whichhe believes hasnever really received sufficientrecognition.

“It’s a big football community and I don’t think it gets enough credit, nationally, how much football knowledge there is in the area, and how much history there is here,” the Newcastle Jets skipper said in the countdown to Saturday’s championship decider against Melbourne Victory at McDonald Jones Stadium.

“Hopefully this grand final, some of the old stories will come out to remind everyone that there is a lot more than just the Jets up here.

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“I suppose this grand final, where we are now, is the culmination of all those pioneers and players that have come before us.”

From the Minmi Rangers, founded in 1884, through to the prolific Reg Date, known as the “Bradman of football”, and onto Col Curran, Ray Baartz,Craig Johnston and Cheryl Salisbury, Newcastle and the Hunter has been a heartlandfor the round-ball code. Boogaard was born to play his part in upholding thattradition.

His father, Michael, represented Newcastle’s inaugural national-league entity, KB United, and Nigel’s earliest memories are of accompanying his dad to training and games.

“KB was a little bit before my time, but I used to be around with Dad when he came back to [Edgeworth], and even when he coached,” he recalled.

The towering centre back seemed certain to follow in his father’s footsteps, at least up until the inception of the A-League in 2005-06.

“I played all my youth football here, right up until the NSL, but at the time the A-League started, nobody [from the Jets] actually came and approached me,” he said.

“I was on the Central Coast, playing State League in Sydney, and Ian Ferguson, who was the assistant coach under Lawrie [McKinna] at the Mariners, approached me. There was an opportunity to play football professionally and I jumped at it.

“They actually said that if Newcastle made me and offer I could take it, but that never happened and I’m forever grateful to the Lawrie and the Mariners for the opportunity they gave me.”

At the Mariners, Boogaard appeared in what has been his only grand final thus far, the 1-0 loss to Newcastle at Sydney Football Stadium in 2008.

“It was obviously disappointing not to win, but if any team beat us, I was glad it was Newcastle,” he said.

From the Mariners, he moved to Adelaide, where he spent five seasons before receiving an offer too good to be true –a three-year deal and the chance to captainhis home-town club.

But his dream jobcame at a price. The same season he returned to Newcastle, his former Adelaide teammates won the championship with a 3-1 triumph against Western Sydney.

“I think I may have been the only change to that squad that won it,” he said.

“It’s obviously disappointing but it was great to see my former teammates, who had obviously been through some lean times as well, succeed. It was hard to take, but I was always confident we could achieve something special here.”

That belief was certainly put to the test, in more ways than one.

In his first season at the Jets, he was sent off three times, including an embarrassing red card on debut against Wellington. Newcastle finished eighth that season, and a year later they slipped to last during a campaign in which Boogaard was sidelined for four games with a knee injury, and suffered the indignity of starting Newcastle’s round-22 loss to Brisbane on the bench.

A six-game losing streak to end the season, during which they were outscored 19-1, left the Jets as play-off spectators for the seventh consecutive season and cost coach Mark Jones his job.

Any despair Boogaard was feeling dissipated soon after the arrival of the A-League’s most experienced tactician, Ernie Merrick, anda host of quality imports.

“It’s a been big turnaround,” he said. “In the pre-season, we set some goals as a team and a club and from round one [a 5-1 win against Central Coast] you could see it all coming together. The belief started to grow that we could achieve something this year.”

A 2-1 home win against mighty Sydney FC in round 22 convinced most that Newcastle were genuine contenders, but Boogaard suffered a fractured kneecap that he initially feared would end his season.

Courageously the 31-year-old returned in last week’s semi-final, playing through the pain barrier to lead his team to a 2-1 triumph against Melbourne City that earned the Jets a historic grand final on home turf.

“It’s even more special is to be hosting it at home,” he said. “First time, and you can feel the buzz around the town …I never thought I’d get the opportunity to come back and play for my home town.

“To be able to come back and lead such a good bunch of boys out onto the park, in front of 30,000 Novocastrians, it will be a special occasion.

“For me and the other half-dozen local boys in the team, it’s about repaying the football community.

“It might be ex-teammates or coaches, and we’ll be out there, representing them.

“You learn from them along the way, and this is a chance to repay their time and their faith. It’s going to be a special night.”

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Locals outside chances in race for Newcastle Oaks ( admin posted on October 27th, 2018 )

Michelle, Marissa and Sam Dimarco.Brandy Hill trainer Sam Dimarco is counting on a fast tempo in the Newcastle Oaks (2030m) on Saturday night after Black Silhouette drew the extreme outside.
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Black Silhouette, striving for a fourth straight win,(gate nine) and Louth Park trainer Darren Elder’s Shezalikaterror (seven) will carry Hunter hopes in the $10,600 feature at Newcastle Paceway.Hows The Memory, RedbankAddi, ChevronsReward andDelilaahdrew in the first five and led the market.

The Hawkesbury to Hunter, which features only Hunter-trained pacers,is the other feature on the night after the group 3 Ross Gigg Newcastle Mile was moved to May 26 to avoid a clash with the A-League grand final next door at McDonald Jones Stadium.

Dimarco said Black Silhouette ($8), which is part-owned by his wife, Michelle, and daughter, Marissa, would need luck andpace up front from the poor draw to challenge the quality opposition inside.

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Breaking a brutal hold ( admin posted on October 27th, 2018 )

MY friend had found new love after a few failed marriages, a romance no less passionate because they are in their 60s. He was smitten, she was the one, finally, and so when he returned after a couple of months to his own digs I asked what had happened. As mates should.
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He was too boring, he explained, too nice, the only one of his former new love’s partners who hadn’t beaten her up or been unkind and even cruel. And so their time together had become a succession of tranquil days unrelieved by conflict, abuse and reconciliation, and that was a problem.

It does seem to be a novel explanation for a relationship breakdown, being too nice, but given what I know of the woman’s history and the fact that my friend is uncommonly placid I have no trouble believing it. And all my adult life I have marvelled at the appeal to women of men with more animal than most, at the power held by rough, violent men over women.

As a young cadet journalist in a country newspaper I was so impressed by the attraction to the women in the office of a rotund, raucous and permanently angry fellow that I felt the need to dirty down, as opposed to clean up, my persona. But this casanova had more animal than I could ever hope to generate.

At another country town further west in NSW a young schoolteacher would welcome her beau back from his isolated job every weekend, and every weekend he would beat her savagely. Because of that the people of the small town were openly hostile to this fellow, and so he was excluded from much of the town’s social life, but still she welcomed him back each Friday afternoon.

Just a year later, 45 years ago, I watched over some months a disturbingly violent relationship that seemed to leave a young woman helpless.

Most nights an Australian woman who had a room near mine in a hostel in Port Moresby would unlock an external door to admit a Papua New Guinean man and take him to her room, where at some stage in the next few hours he would bash her.

In the morning she’d appear with swollen lips and black eyes, and because she’d be bashed again within a few days the swollen lips and black eyes were more or less permanent. When anyone expressed concern she’d tell them to mind their own business.

Normally there would be an unbridgeable gulf between these two people. She was educated, sophisticated and in her mid 20s, and he was uneducated, tribal, in his 30s and often wearing the facial adornments of his tribe. Five months or so after the beatings began the woman was, against her will, sent back to Australia.

More recently my wife and I had the misfortune to see a similar tragedy play out near our home. Every few nights there’d be screaming, shouting and smashing noises in a house near ours, and a short time later we’d see the woman wobbling up the street or police arrive, or both. Police would take the woman or the man away, and to our amazement she’d return the next day or wait in the house for his return.

Once I saw a police car drop him back at the house at 7am after a night in a cell, and the police car wouldn’t have travelled a kilometre before he was bashing her again. I called the police, fearing this time that she would be killed.One day she didn’t come back, and I hope she has found a life worth living, and a month or so later police who came asking questions about him told me they hoped to have him deported. He was gone from the house a month or so later.

I try to understand that these women may have been beaten into submission, but I cannot understand why they didn’t leave after the first assault. Maybe they have nowhere else to go. Thank goodness there is more support now for women caught in these terrible relationships.

Just as puzzling is the preference of some women for flawed men, for men who are driven to dominate women they see as their property.If the men are not violent they may be physically threatening, and almost certainly they will be abusive and unpredictable.Perhaps these women have an urge to rescue a man, to save him from himself, to lead him to a life of love and domestic bliss, and we see this when women commit to a relationship with a fellow who is clearly a no hoper. She believes he’ll change, that she can change him, and sadly she’s almost always wrong.We see it in the willingness, the eagerness, of some women to become spellbound by criminal men in jail.

I support the campaign against violence towards women, although I resent what is often the suggestion that all men beat their wives or are at least inclined to be violent towards women. It’s a pity this campaign doesn’t attempt also to educate some women on the options available to them so they can make better choices.

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McCulkin family murderer’s appeal date set ( admin posted on October 27th, 2018 )

Barbara McCulkin and her daughters were taken from their home in Highgate Hill in Brisbane in 1974.Vincent O’Dempsey’s appeal against his convictions for the murders of Barbara McCulkin and her two daughters 44 years ago will be heard in July.
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A Brisbane Supreme Court jury found O’Dempsey guilty of the 1974 killings last May.

One month later, he filed a notice to appeal the three murder convictions and one count of deprivation of liberty.

In the Queensland Court of Appeal on Friday, Justice Walter Sofronoff refused a request to delay the hearing until November.

Instead he listed it for July 25 and 26.

O’Dempsey was found to have taken Mrs McCulkin, 32, her daughters Vicki, 13, and Leanne, 11, from their Brisbane home at Highgate Hill on the night of January 16, 1974.

He then killed them in bushland near Warwick.

Garry Dubois was also convicted of the murder of the two girls but found guilty of a lesser charge of manslaughter for Mrs McCulkin.

Both men protested their innocence during sentencing, but Justice Peter Applegarth described O’Dempsey as “beyond redemption” and said he expected him to die in jail.

“You were the principal offender in each brutal killing,” he said at the time.

Dubois has also launched an appeal against his convictions.

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