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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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