AFL exile about to end for de Goey at Pies

comments Comments Off on AFL exile about to end for de Goey at Pies
By , 18/08/2019 10:50

Collingwood midfielder Jordan De Goey’s AFL exile is about to end.Jordan De Goey’s AFL exile will end next Monday as the Collingwood bad boy continues his push for a return to senior football.

Magpies captain Scott Pendlebury said he and other club leaders have stayed in touch with De Goey during his club suspension.

The midfielder has trained with Collingwood’s VFL squad and worked during the day in landscaping after last month’s drink driving offence.

A hamstring injury has complicated De Goey’s AFL return and he is definitely sidelined for round one.

“From all reports, he is going well,” Pendlebury said.

“The training he’s been doing with the VFL was really good until he hurt that hammy.

“From all reports he’s going really well and I think I’ve said it before, we know that footy’s not the issue – he does that really well.

“We’re just trying to teach him some life lessons … you don’t want to baby him, but you keep in touch, make sure he’s going okay.”

De Goey’s off-field drama has added to a challenging off-season for the Magpies, who have also managed several injuries to key players.

But Pendlebury said the squad is in good shape and they will have 28 players vying for selection ahead of their round-one game against Hawthorn.

“That’s probably the excitement for me, I’m not sure who’s playing round one,” he said.

Pendlebury added newly re-signed coach Nathan Buckley had made some lifestyle changes, but otherwise is much the same man he has worked with for 15 years.

“Bucks is doing a lot more yoga this year, so I think that’s changed in his approach, and he’s dropped a little bit of weight – I don’t know if that’s helped him relax,” Pendlebury said.

“This is all serious.

“But in terms of his coaching, it’s very much the same … maybe the yoga has been good for him.

“He’s been great, he’s been a rock for the whole football club.”

While Collingwood finished 13th last year, their biggest losing margin was only 37 points.

Their finals hopes were cruelled by a 2-6 start to the season.

“We were happy with the way we were playing, we just couldn’t finish off our work,” he said of their errant goalkicking, a big weakness last year.

“Everything was holding up really well, but then I think the guys got a little caught up with looking at the ladder.”

One big potential gain is Darcy Moore switching from attack to defence.

“He looked really good down back and Tommy Langdon – another one, a bit of a forgotten player,” Pendlebury said.

“Darcy, Howey (Jeremy Howe) – it’s a pretty strong half-back line that can take marks and fly for the ball.”

Newcastle Knights utility Connor Watson braces for heavy traffic in Canberra.

comments Comments Off on Newcastle Knights utility Connor Watson braces for heavy traffic in Canberra.
By , 18/08/2019 10:50

HE isNewcastle’ssmallest player, and livewire utility Connor Watson expects to be targeted in defence by Canberra’s heavyweights during Sunday’s showdown at GIO Stadium.

One of four former Roosters to join the Knights in the off-season, Watson has been named to start his second successive match at five-eighth, but the selection of Brock Lamb on Newcastle’s bench ensures they are likely to again share the pivot role.

TOUGH: Connor Watson

In last week’s 19-18 win against Manly, Watson deputised as a stopgap dummy-half during Slade Griffin’s 11-minute breather in the second half, which meant he had to defend in the middle of the ruck.

At 176 centimeteres and 87 kilograms, he will be dwarfed on Sunday by Raiders front-rowers Shannon Boyd and Junior Paulo, who each outweigh him by more than 30 kilograms.

Given that he missed six of the 22 tackles he attempted against Manly, Watson’s name is likely to feature prominently in Canberra’s game plan.

But the 21-year-old has no qualms about competing outside his weight division.

“Being a little bloke, you have to make most of tackles because they see the height difference in the line and run at you,” Watsonsaid on Thursday. “Every time I’ve played hooker, I’ve been run at a fair bit. But it’s NRL, it’s first grade.

“You can’t really hide out there in any position. Whether you’re playing [hooker] or on the wing, you’re still going to have to make tackles.”

Watson said that in some regards, he found it easierdealing with the heavy traffic he will encounter around the rucks.

“Defending in the middle is not too bad, because you’re defending with other people,” he said. “You defend as a group, whereas if you defend on the edge, you have to make a lot of one-on-one tackles, which is a bit harder.

“So when those big blokes are coming at you, you’ve got a bloke either side of you, coming to help.

“That helps being at [hooker].”

Watson was promised first shot at the five-eighth role when he signed for Newcastle but it now appears he might be asked to fill a variety of positions, as was the case during his 38 games with the Roosters.

As well as his brief stint at hooker against Manly, he also filled in at centre when Sione Mata’utia suffered cramp.

“I’m starting there [at five-eighth], and that’s what I wanted to do, is start in that jumper,” he said.“But for the team’s sake, if I need to move into [hooker] for a period of time, well I’m happy to do that.”

Knights coach Nathan Brown was unsure if Lamb would receive more game time this week, after a 23-minute cameo against Manly.

But he was pleased with how Lamb, Watson and skipper Mitchell Pearce combined when they were on the field together.

“I’m not sure if we got it perfect when we used him [Lamb] or not, and just because we won the game, I don’t think that highlights whether we did or didn’t,” he said.“But he certainly was good when he was out there.

“Connor certainly did well when he was there. He’s a very different player [to Lamb], obviously …in an ideal world, a little bit more time [for Lamb] would probably be perfect.

“How it unfolds, I’m not too sure.

“But Brock on the field and Connor on the field, those guys all on there together, certainly seems to make us a formidable team.”

Meanwhile, rugged back-rower Luke Yates appears the likely candidate to come onto Newcastle’s bench rotation ifco-captain Jamie Buhrer is ruled out.

Brown said Buhrer suffered“a knock” against Manly, although he was hopeful of making the trip to Canberra.

Yates appeared to be on standby at training on Thursday.

The 23-year-old local junior, who played in 19 NRL games for Newcastle last season, has been named in jumper No.21 but it would be no surprise if he featured in the game-day17.

The Knights will train again on Saturday before boarding a chartered flight to the national capital.

Our FutureEarth Hour turns on solidarity

comments Comments Off on Our FutureEarth Hour turns on solidarity
By , 18/08/2019 10:50

Just like the tip of the iceberg, the annual Earth Hour, celebrated this year on March 24 is but a tiny temporal sliver of the far-reaching environmental and social impacts of the projects buoyed up by the Earth Hour pledges and donations.

This unique fund-raising activity began in Sydney in 2007 as a way of focusing on the effects of global warming and climate change, and is now a worldwide open source movement under the umbrella of the World Wildlife Federation.

Indeed more than 180 countries will turn off their lights in solidarity, and grassroots people like you and me will raise funds to protect the only planet we have.

In 2014, an alliance of organisations campaigned under Earth Hour’s banner to raise awareness of the impacts of disposable plastic bags in the Galapagos. By the end of the year, the government passed a resolution to ban plastic bags from the Islands. One day I hope that I can journey to see these animals made so famous by Charles Darwin.

However, the project that touched me most was the ongoing partnership with Solar Buddy. In 2017, Earth Hour collaborated with Solar Buddy to provide 500 portable lights to rural communities in Ethiopia.

Charged by the sun, they provide many hours of light to help students in-need with their studies, as well as replacing carbon-intensive kerosene lamps. In 2018, the program will support communities in Papua New Guinea.

I hope you turn off your lights for an hour from 8.30pm on Saturday in solidarity with the Earth and that you move your dollars in support, particularly in view of the recent devastation wreaked by the earthquakes in the PNG Highlands. An area so remote that villagers have to walk for two days to reach a made road.

Professor Tim Roberts is the director of the Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment, University of Newcastle

NSW Waratahs pack to stand up to Rebels

comments Comments Off on NSW Waratahs pack to stand up to Rebels
By , 18/08/2019 10:50

Israel Folau says the NSW forwards must match the Rebels’ heavyweight pack.NSW’s smarting pack craves redemption after being challenged to stand up to the Melbourne Rebels in Sunday’s Super Rugby derby in Sydney.

The Waratahs return to Allianz Stadium with tails between their legs following an insipid loss to the Jaguares in Buenos Aires and draw with the Sharks in Durban.

The game in Argentina was over before quarter-time after the Tahs conceded four tries before the break, prompting attacking trump Israel Folau to throw down the gauntlet to his forwards.

Folau says the NSW forwards must match the Rebels’ heavyweight pack.

“The game has to be won up front,” said ‘s three-time John Eales Medallist.

“They’ve got a big pack so we need go-forward and we need to get over the gain line.”

Lock Tom Staniforth, who will reunite with returning Wallabies second-rower Rob Simmons, knows the heat is on – but insists that’s nothing new.

He’s promising that the likes of Folau, Kurtley Beale and Bernard Foley get more front-foot ball against ‘s unbeaten conference leaders.

“There’s always pressure. There’s pressure if you play club footy to deliver to the backs,” Staniforth said.

“There’s pressure if you play Super Rugby. That’s our jobs; to deliver them clean ball.

“If you watched the (last) game, we probably fell short a little bit.

“But it’s round three. We’re trying to improve, we’re trying to bring that 100 per cent sort of perfect to the Tahs and we’ll eventually achieve that.”

Staniforth knows the Rebels will be aggressive, and also expects niggle.

“That’s why we play, isn’t it?. We enjoy that confrontational battle and we’re looking forward to it,” he said.

“Obviously they play like that and that’s what makes rugby so good and that we get to have these contests.”

Despite already trailing the Rebels by nine competition points, the Waratahs are refusing to panic ahead of their first conference clash of the season.

“I think we’re building,” Staniforth said.

“We’re three games into the competition, we’re learning combinations. We’re learning to know each other.

“If you’re peaking for round three, obviously you’re not going to be peaking for the grand final or the finals.”

Brumbies swing Super Rugby axe for Sharks

comments Comments Off on Brumbies swing Super Rugby axe for Sharks
By , 18/08/2019 10:50

Blake Enever has a chance to make a statement in the Brumbies’ Super Rugby clash with the Sharks.The Brumbies have swung the axe by making six changes as they look to turn around their Super Rugby season against the Sharks.

Henry Speight is the only back-three player from the Melbourne Rebels loss to retain his spot for Saturday night’s match, with Andy Muirhead and Tevita Kuridrani coming into the starting XV.

Co-captain Sam Carter (concussion) and veteran Josh Mann-Rea (hamstring) are crucial forced changes through injury.

Two-Test Wallaby Blake Enever comes straight in for Carter at No.5 to partner Rory Arnold, while Tom Cusack replaces Lolo Fakaosilea at openside flanker.

Brumbies coach Dan McKellar said Enever had the chance to make a statement after being left out of the squads for two of the opening three games.

“I’ve really admired Blake’s attitude during a difficult period for him – after playing at Murrayfield and Twickenham (for the Wallabies) and then having to get a bus to Albury for four hours to play a (Brumbies) Runners game,” McKellar said.

Other notable changes are co-captain Christian Lealiifano moving to inside centre to pair up with Wharenui Hawera, with Kyle Godwin cut from the squad.

Fullback Tom Banks, who has been touted as a future Wallaby, has been moved to the bench with Muirhead starting in the No.15 jersey.

Hooker Connal McInerney is on the bench for his Brumbies debut, while James Dargaville and Nic Mayhew are in for their first games of the season.

“I’ve picked a team this week that is all about the team performance, and not so much on individual performance,” McKellar said.

“It’s what I think will allow us to take the opportunities that we’re creating.

“Are we in trouble? You don’t want to be 1-3, but we’d much rather get a really good result in front of our fans and turn around our record at home, which has been around 50 per cent in recent years.”


Andy Muirhead, Henry Speight, Tevita Kuridrani, Christian Lealiifano, Lausil Taliauli, Wharenui Hawera, Joe Powell, Isi Naisarani, Tom Cusack, Lachlan McCaffrey, Blake Enever, Rory Arnold, Allan Alaalatoa, Folau Fainga’a, Scott Sio.


Connal McInerney, Nic Mayhew, Leslie Leuluaialli-Makin, Richie Arnold, Lolo Fakaosilea, Matt Lucas, James Dargaville, Tom Banks.

Panorama Theme by Themocracy