Archive for October, 2019
NEWCASTLE winger Nathan Ross is desperate to take his final chance to become just the fourth Newcastle Knightto who have played for City Origin.
READY: Nathan Ross has made City selection, signified with the initials ‘CC’ written on his wrist, a goal in 2017.
And a source has told the Herald,the 28-year-old is in the mix to make the team for the May 7 match at Mudgee.
Canterbury have told the NRL their players will not be available for the game, which has been declared the last in the concept.
Ross, though, was determined to feature for City. Tony Butterfield, Jamie Ainscough and Adam Cuthbertsonare those who havegained City selection while playing for Newcastle.
“For me it would be a massive honour to be able to represent this club and represent City in the final showdown,” Ross said ahead of Newcastle’s away clash with Gold Coast on Saturday.
“From the beginning of pre-season it’s been one of my goals. My first goal was to play in the round one team, and I’ve accomplished that, and now it’s to play for City.
“I know back in the day it was more seen as a trial for Origin, but to play representative football at any chance, it should be a goal of everyplayer in the competition.
“I’ve just got to keep my work-rate up and finish off those tries and hopefully have another good showing this weekend, and I might get a call from Freddy [City coach Brad Fittler].”
Ross, who played juniors withBurleigh BearsandCoogee Randwick Wombats,has scored six tries in seven games this season to push his claims for a first representative appearance.
Helping his cause is the absence of incumbent City wingers Aaron Gray (Rabbitohs) and Josh Mansour (Panthers) because of injury.
While Canterbury have shunned the fixture in the interest of their players’ welfare, Ross said gaining selection would be a boost for him and his club.
“Apart from Dane [Gagai], we haven’t had too many players in the representative footballof late and it’s something I’d like to do,” he said.
“I think if you get picked in these representative teams, it shows that you are putting your team first. It shows you are playing good football week in, week out.It shows you are doing a good job for your club.”
Ross’ last chance to impress selectors will be against the only team Newcastle have beaten this year.
However, he was not expecting an easy time against the Titans, who upset Cronulla on Saturday night 16-12 and went down 24-22 to Brisbane a week earlier.
“The only thing I can take away from the round two win is how much respect I actually have for the Gold Coast Titans,” Ross said.
“They’ve been ravaged with injuries this year and they’ve got players like Jarrod Wallace and Anthony Don who keep leading them forward. Ryan James, their captain, has been phenomenal, so I think they are a team of unsung heroes.”
THURSDAYIF Nathan Brown ever grows tired of coaching the NRL cellar dwellers, he shouldn’t have any problem launching a new career as a restaurant critic.
BON APPETIT: Nathan Brown has a lot on his plate, trying to coach the Knights and sign players for next season.
Seems like Browny has dined atjust about every eatery in town entertaining potential recruits. Last night it was Shaun Kenny-Dowall in The Junction.
Hopefully these blokes are splitting the bill. I mean, the Knights are $1 million or more under the salary cap, but I’d hate to think they get bustedfor athird-party sponsorship rort (ie offering prospective signings free feeds).
I’m guessing Browny must be getting a bit sickof the sneaky iPhone photos that keeppopping up in the next day’s paper. Perhaps the answer is to play host at home.
As our archive picture reveals, he’s no Nigella Lawson in the kitchen, but he’s no mug.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Nathan Brown and Shaun Kenny-Dowall dine out in The Junction last week.
Meanwhile, on a slow news day, reports surface that star Tigers Aaron Woods and James Tedesco have signed with the Bulldogs and Chooks respectively.
Just when you’d think that makes them $1.05 favourites to collect the Dally M award for most dysfunctional club, it is revealed the Knights have arrived in Townsville minus skipper Trent Hodkinson, who has been punted. This is shaping as a deadset photo finish.
FRIDAYTHE weekly diatribe arrives from the Maitland Maniac, labelling the Newcastle media “dopey c—s” for not reportingthe Knights “are not fit and mentally tough enough to compete in the NRL”.
He then adds: “Nathan Brown has coached the Knights for 31 games for two wins, 28 losses and a draw. Winning percentage: 15.5. What a Joke! Much like you, Robert Dillon!”
I might be a dopey c— and I might be a joke, and maths was never my strongest suit. But at least I know how to work out a percentage, unlike the Maitland Maniac. (Two divided by 31, times 100, equals 6.45 per cent.)
Meanwhile, the Knights erroneously announce Sione Mata’utia will become the youngest skipper in the club’s history against the Cows tomorrow night.
They have apparently forgotten Jarrod Mullen was nine months younger than Sione is when he captained the Knights in round 11, 2007.
Mind you, Mullo would probably prefer to forget that too, given Newcastle copped a club-record 71-6 hammering from the Broncos.
SATURDAYBUNNIES prop George Burgess is in strife again after impersonating a sledgehammer squashing a grape with a shoulder charge last night on Broncos dynamo Anthony Milford.
Given his loading for previous offences, big George is looking at a lengthy stint on the sidelines.
It gets Seven Days to thinking. George’s identical twin brother Tom surely doesn’t have a track record as bad as his sibling’s.
Maybe they need to change jumpers before they run out, thenany mayhem George commits will go on Tom’s rap sheet and be viewed more leniently by the judiciary.
Meanwhile, up in Townsville, the Knights get dusted 24-12 but the Novocastrian faithful are celebrating nonetheless.
Two of the Cows’ tries are scored by future Newcastle Hall of Famer Kalyn Ponga.
It’s great to see the 19-year-old carving it up in the NRL, but I’m a bit worriedthat each try he scores for the Cows might be one less thathe scores for Newcastle.
Someone needs to tell him to start saving them for next year.
SUNDAYTIGERS skipper Aaron Woods emulates our Kalyn by helping towel up his future club, as the Tigers down the Doggies 18-12.
Canterbury look home and hosed until Tigers halfback Luke Brooks –the last 25 per cent remaining of the not-so-big four –produces a miracle play to create a try for winger Kevin Naqaima.
Replays of the match-winning “meaty” show Brooks wrong-footing Dogs five-eighth Josh Reynolds, who in trademark fashion then sticks out his leg. It’s a reflex action, but Reynolds –for some reason nicknamed “Grub” –is a serial offender.
Honestly, he’s been responsible for more bad trips than the Beatles in their Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds days.
All the talk at the post-match press conference is about Tigers fans booing big Woodsy.
I guess they need someone to boo, now that Jason Taylor is no longer coaching them.
MONDAYTIGERS chairwoman Marina Go and chief executive Justin Pascoe issue a statement, asking fans to stopbooing their own players.
It’s a fair point.
Back in the day, the time-honouredtheory was that fans pay their money at the gate and are entitled to voice their opinions.
But these are more enlightened times, and I fear it is inevitable that one day soon a player will sue spectators for bullying and harassment.
TUESDAYCOACH Brown politely shuts down questions about (former?) captain Hodkinson at his weekly press conference.
“Can we move on to the next topic please?” he asks.
Fair enough, but what is the next topic?
Maybe: “Does the prospect of a third consecutivewooden spooncause you insomnia?” Or: “Why do rivalplayerskeep giving Newcastle the Basil Brush?” Or: “What hope are you of re-signing Dane Gagai?” Or even: “What’s your favourite restaurant in town?”
It’s all a bit awkward for everyone, but hopefully Browny and Hodko are still on good terms.
If not, maybe it’s time for them to sit down and break bread. Browny’s shout.
WEDNESDAYTHE Tigers confirm the signing of Warriors prop Ben Matulino.
Matulino recently visited Newcastle for talks with Knights officials, who insist they did not make him a formal offer but are not denying they may have taken him out for a feed and picked up the tab.
Tarnya Davis: It seems the loudest voice of social media is critical and negative. For years, I have delivered this column in the old-fashioned way – written word on newspaper, delivered to your door.
At the recent invitation of the Herald I gave Facebook video messaging a try as another means of communication.
I had hoped to be able to share some ideas with more audience, but treading into social media was a new experience and the depth of insults and criticism thrown around on the net was well beyond that which one might experience in any realm of “real life”.
Journalist Jon Ronsan in his book So you’ve Been Publicly Shamed talks of the experience of the victims of bullying on the internet.The victims in his book may have made a small error, like a bad joke, or a silly comment and then were pursued by an angry mob who attacked them with fury and indignation.
The impact upon the victims was consistently devastating and the punishment was well beyond the mistake they had made.Some moved towns, had to leave their jobs and some didn’t work again.The punishment of public humiliation did not fit the crime.
Monica Lewinsky was perhaps the first ever person trolled by the internet when her affair with then US President Bill Clinton was discovered at the same time people were discovering the voice of global media. In her TED talk she explains how she feared she would die of shame.
It seems the loudest voice of social media is critical and negative and there are “trolls” who enjoy being cruel for the sake of it, with no boundary too low.
There are those who attempt to argue with the negativity, but there are many others who perhaps are frightened to comment should they too become victims.
And so the power of the undercurrent grows.
I am grateful I am able to choose to step away for the moment, but I am reminded of those who can’t step away from abuse and also of those whose experience of shame they are unable to escape, such as those who are victims of childhood abuse.
As Ronsan says, social media has moved from a place of curiosity to one of cold hard judgement, like an angry virtual lynch mob.
Social media isn’t going away and so we need to come up with a safer way for us all to live with it.
Tarnya Davis is a clinical and forensic psychologist and principal of NewPsych Psychologists. Her book of columns, All Things Considered, is sold at theherald广州桑拿网广州桑拿论坛
Breakaway senator Cory Bernardi says he will pursue mergers with other conservative parties and seek more defections from the Liberal Party after Family First folded its operations into his nascent Australian Conservatives party.
Family First, a socially and economically conservative party launched in 2001, will no longer exist from Wednesday and its two South Australian MPs will switch to serve under the Australian Conservatives banner.
The merger will give Senator Bernardi access to Family First’s party infrastructure – including mailing lists – but will not boost his party’s representation in the Senate.
While welcoming the merger, Family First senator-elect Lucy Gichuhi said she planned to serve as an independent rather than join forces with Senator Bernardi.
“While I respect the decision of Family First to join with Australian Conservatives, given the circumstances and the time frames, I have not been able to determine if joining this new entity is the best way for me to serve the people of South Australia,” Ms Gichuhi said in a statement.
“It is on that basis that I have decided to serve as an independent senator for the time being.”
Ms Gichuhi will be sworn into the Senate next month after the High Court decided Family First senator Bob Day’s election was invalid because he had an indirect pecuniary interest with the Commonwealth.
Mr Day, who has bankrolled Family First in recent years, gave a curt “no comment” when asked by Fairfax Media on Wednesday whether he supported the merger.
Speaking at a press conference in Adelaide, Senator Bernardi said: “I hope it’s not the last amalgamation.
“I welcome minor parties, I welcome former colleagues [and] existing colleagues, who want to be part of a team that really, genuinely wants to make politics different.”
Senator Bernardi said the two parties were a “natural fit” and the merger would strengthen the conservative movement across Australia.
He wished Ms Gichuhi well with her career.
South Australian Family First leader Dennis Hood said it was a “great day for Family First and we believe it is a great day for those on the conservative side of politics in Australia”.
“Finally, those on the conservative side of politics will have a united conservative voice in which to support and park their vote,” he said.
“We are excited about the prospect that holds.”
Mr Hood said all of Family First’s state branches and its federal executives agreed to join forces with the Australian Conservatives.
“This is a unanimous decision,” he said. “There has been no dissension within the Family First party at all.”
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said it was “not a good start” that Ms Gichuhi had declined to join forces with Senator Bernardi.
“They form a new party and the first response you get is the new senator-elect who says she doesn’t want to be a part of it,” he said.
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said the move was “inevitable” given Mr Day was the “father of Family First” and his financial support had been crucial to the party.
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Campbells Hill Cemetery at Telarah. Picture: SuppliedA Maitland woman has slammed maintenance at a Telarah cemetery after finding her mother’s grave overgrown in recent weeks.
Maureen Clements said she went to Campbell’s Hill Cemetery to visit her mother’s grave site for Easter and again last weekend for her mum’s birthday, but found the area severely overgrown with grass and weeds.
She vented her anger about the state of the Maitland Council-run cemetery on social media.
Ms Clements told Fairfax Mediathe apparent lack of care with the grounds was a mark of disrespect that she had not been subject to previously, since her mother passed away eight years ago.
“I had to fight my way to get to the grave and came home absolutely filthy,” she said.
“We literally had to walk across graves to get some water to put on the flowers.
“I went back [for her mother’s birthday] and it was just as horrendous. It was actually embarrassing to go there.
“It means total disrespect for our loved ones that are buried there. They built Maitland –there would be no Maitland without all these people that are in these cemeteries.
“I just find it very disrespectful of council to allow it to be like that.”
Maitland City infrastructure projects and building services manager Graeme Matthews said council understood that maintenance of cemeteries was important to residents.
“A recent period of extended rainfall, combined with warm weather, has meant the growth rate of grass at local cemeteries has increased,” he said.
“The extended wet conditions have also meant that the ground has often been too wet for ride on mowers and restricted mowing to hand mowers.
“Council contractors continue to work to keep up with maintenance under difficult conditions.”