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Newcastle the victim of Sky Blues’ smash-and-grab job

Kasey Wehrman in action. Picture by Simone De PeakSydney FC defeated the Newcastle Jets 2-1 at Ausgrid Stadium.
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SIXTY minutes had ticked by at Ausgrid Stadium, and the Newcastle Jets players were in cruise control. Too cruisy, as it turned out. They left the door ajar and paid the ultimate price.

Sydney FC were almost going through the motions to that point.

The odd shot here, a reasonable pass there, but nothing altogether brilliant. Then, against the run of play, Bruno Cazarine scored. A chill went through the majority of the 13,658 on hand.

Newcastle should have dug in, but they wilted. The result will show that Sydney won, but the truth is that the Jets lost. This was a smash-and-grab job. Recriminations on the Hunter will be scathing.

The Jets lost not only because they couldn’t defend a lead, but because they simply couldn’t defend. Young Taylor Regan and Tiago Calvano lost their bearings when the match was up for grabs. Tarek Elrich will cop an earful from Gary van Egmond over the opening goal for his positioning when dragged wide by Karol Kisel. It led to two tap-in goals.

Privately, Sydney officials were pleased to see Brisbane lose again during last week. They have a real belief they can go on to achieve a top-two finish. It’s hard to get one’s head around, but at the final whistle, the Sky Blues were two points from top spot. Why can’t they dream big?

Vitezslav Lavicka often criticises his team for their lack of finishing, but the strikers’ instincts of Cazarine and Juho Makela were razor sharp.

In most sports, Newcastle has a history of lifting in the presence of their city cousins but strangely not in football. The Jets have won three games against Sydney in six years. By half-time, it seemed they might pull one back.

Jeremy Brockie’s strike to give them the lead was a beauty. Ruben Zadkovich picked Michael Beauchamp’s pocket before racing down the line and crossing in before Terry McFlyn’s header looped up and into the New Zealander’s path. You’ll see his subsequent volley on highlight reels for years to come.

The Jets were well on their way to winning their fifth game in six matches at home – a necessity given their away form – until Cazarine’s goal. It provided a huge spark of confidence for the visitors. Makela came on and his impact was instant.

His direct running doesn’t always endear him, but it was standing still – and letting the Jets defenders run off him – that allowed him to nod home the winner. He ran to travelling supporters, and in an eerie repeat of his goal against Melbourne Victory last year, the fence collapsed under their weight.

Nobody was injured, but as final whistle blew soon after, a whole town was left to lick their wounds.

SMH

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Ah McLean, you’ve done it again

THE composite team of David McLean (Sandy Bay), Mark Nitz (Burnie), Wayne Denny (Burnie) and Chris Dudman (Longford) won the BCIB Tasmanian Open Fours Championship in difficult conditions at Devonport yesterday.
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They defeated Greg Douce, Daniel Baker, Joshua Baker and Rodney Horton 21-17.

After 15 ends of the 21-end game scores were level at 12-all. McLean then scored a one and a three to lead 16-12. Douce evened up the game with a four to make it 16-16.

McLean played the perfect running shot to take the kitty into the ditch and score a four for his team to lead 20-16 and closed out in the final two ends.

It is the third year on end that the same combination has won the title.

In the semi-finals Douce always had his hands full against Latrobe teammates Nick Smith, Chris Bannon and Philip Mundy, winning 23-20. The McLean combination always had control of its semi, winning 23-12 against Trevallyn.

In the singles Brodie Baker defeated Brian Goold 25-19 and David Genford played some telling drives to beat Tim Douce 25-17.

Michael Sims defeated Simon Zaporozec 25-10, John McKibben won 25-20 over Scott Summers, Andrew Whitmore was a little too strong for David Heron (25-21) and Shaun Graf defeated Phil Mundy 25-16.

Games continue today.

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Three generations of police Roses

THE REAL JOHN ROSE: John Rose (left) is congratulated by his father on graduating Police Academy. John will be the third man of that name to serve in the Newcastle area behind his father and grandfather. . GRANDFATHER: The late inspector John Rose. His grandson John Rose graduated from the police academy yesterday .
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OF the 25 new police officers destined for Newcastle City local area command there is one with a name more familiar than most.

Constable John Rose, who graduated from the NSW police academy in Goulburn yesterday, will follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, both named John Rose, by working as a police officer in the Newcastle area.

The eldest John Rose worked out of Newcastle police station for 37 years and reached the rank of inspector while the middle John Rose was a senior constable at the now closed Hamilton police station for 10 years.

The eldest John Rose passed away in 1996 after a distinguished career, but his son said he would have been proud of one of the Northern Region’s latest recruits.

‘‘He would have been over the moon,’’ Mr Rose said.

‘‘John has always said from a young age that he wanted to be a police officer.

‘‘He saw photos of me and my dad in our uniforms and knew that’s what he wanted to be.’’

The John Rose name has spanned eight generations, but only the past three have joined the police force.

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Cricket ground looks pretty in pink for Test

Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Glenn McGrath at the Jane McGrath Foundation charity tea at the Sydney Cricket Ground.SYDNEY – Who would have thought the Sydney Cricket Ground would look pretty in pink in its 100th Test match?
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Glenn McGrath posed the question, and the obvious answer was: certainly not the colonials who gathered on an old army rifle range for the first Sydney Test match in 1882.

Pink was hardly the colour of choice for tight-lipped gentlemen of the Victorian era but it looked mandatory for both genders on day three of the second Test between Australia and India.

For the fourth year running everyone involved in the game – from players and administrators to staff, media and spectators – turned the SCG into a sea of pink to raise money to battle breast cancer.

”The response just blows me away,” McGrath, who lost his first wife Jane to breast cancer and has since been the public face of the Jane McGrath Foundation, said.

”I’m still trying to convince myself that only real men wear pink,” he said. ”But the idea seems to be catching on.”

That was an understatement. The bulk of spectators were wearing pink, and Michael Clarke wielded a pink-handled bat in front of pink stumps on a ground where the sponsor’s on-field logos were pink.

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Newcastle pubs push to change rules

A RENEWED push is under way to wind back the tough trading restrictions on Newcastle pubs.
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Hoteliers are claiming the controversial conditions – which include earlier closing times, a lockout and alcohol service measures – have largely failed and are unfair on venues that do the right thing.

But police representatives warn any changes would bring a return of violence to the streets.

Newcastle MP Tim Owen plans to convene a meeting of stakeholders to discuss the effectiveness of the landmark Liquor Administration Board decision of 2008.

The move has angered the Police Association of NSW, which said Mr Owen should stop ‘‘taking advice from publicans and start listening to local police’’.

The city has five venues on the state government’s most recent ‘‘name and shame’’ list of violent venues: MJ Finnegans, Fannys, the Cambridge Hotel, the Queens Wharf Brewery, and the King Street Hotel.

But the conditions on Newcastle pubs are already more stringent Hoteliers push to change rules than those that apply to all the state’s ‘‘violent venues’’.

The government’s new three-strikes policy is set to begin in January, which would entail altering a hotel’s licence conditions, cancelling or suspending licences for up to 12 months after three offences have been recorded.

The Australian Hotels Association NSW branch has questioned the layers of rules and whether Newcastle conditions should be abandoned in favour of the three-strikes approach. It has urged more be done to tackle problems such as poor transport in the city.

Conditions imposed separately on Hamilton pubs are being reviewed, with a decision on whether to make the restrictions permanent due in February.

The Newcastle Herald can reveal Hunter New England Health has cautioned authorities in a submission not to relax the Hamilton conditions, to avoid alcohol harm in the community.

A Newcastle-Hamilton precinct liquor accord established under the former Labor government to help tackle late-night problems has effectively collapsed, with no meetings held for several months.

Mr Owen said he would take advice from stakeholders on the situation, and was ‘‘not taking sides’’.

He said the ‘‘idiocy of some serial offenders’’ was ruining it for other venues and that a blanket approach may be detracting from the late-night experience of the city for responsible patrons.

He said the three-strikes policy would target repeat offenders.

‘‘My issue is that everybody’s bunched in together,’’ Mr Owen said. ‘‘Are we achieving the aim of what we want, which is less violence in pubs?’’

It is understood the head of the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing Elizabeth Tydd recently visited the city in relation to the issue.

Police Association president Scott Weber said the restrictions on city-centre hotels had led to a 37per cent reduction in alcohol-related assaults and the government would be caving in to liquor industry interests if they were wound back.

‘‘We will see an increase in glassings, bashings, sexual assault and anti-social behaviour if the Newcastle initiative is weakened,’’ Mr Weber said.

Anti-violence campaigner Tony Brown, who represented about 150 residents in the complaint process that sparked the Newcastle decision, said it was ‘‘incomprehensible how any government for the people could seriously contemplate undoing such a ‘world’s best’ achievement’’.

AHA NSW director of regulations John Green said the fact the city still had five venues on the violent list showed that ‘‘the claimed success is actually a failure and the severe restrictions should be abandoned”.

AHA Newcastle and Hunter president Rolly de With said the Newcastle and Hamilton conditions should be replaced when the new three-strikes policy came into effect.

An Office of Liquor spokesman said it had not received any requests to review the conditions on venues in the CBD.

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Fans realise prettyboy is pretty good

SYDNEY – Aussies don’t much care for pretty boy captains.
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They prefer their national cricket teams to be led by square-jawed men with hard heads and harder hearts.

Michael Clarke has suffered from perceptions that he is of the former species.

Flashy sports cars in his younger days may not have helped.

The same could be said of his engagement to a well-known model and the fact he was groomed for the captaincy from such a young age.

Many thought he had been given an armchair ride to the second highest office in the land, notwithstanding all the hard graft he put in since his boyhood in Sydney’s unfashionable western suburbs.

If Clarke changes these perceptions, the Sydney Test of 2012 will go down as the turning point.

It’s amazing what a difference a few hundred runs can make – 329 not out, to be precise.

Fans love success.

Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting and Mark Taylor gave it to them by the bucketload, Waugh going one better by insisting on the “mental disintegration” of opponents as well.

But success isn’t a prerequisite for veneration, as a doughty Allan Border showed.

“Captain grumpy” proved, too, that it’s OK to let your displeasure be known. As long as you’re fair dinkum.

Clarke hasn’t been the most popular figure in the dressing room, as his heated bust-up with Simon Katich attests.

Don Bradman wasn’t universally popular in the sheds, either, but his untouchability as a performer made that irrelevant.

Perhaps Clarke is taking a lesson from that.

He said earning the public’s respect was all he ever wanted.

“If people dislike me that’s life, that’s the way it is,” he said.

“The most important thing for me, especially being Australian captain, is you want your home fans to respect you.”

Clarke said Ponting had taught him how important it was for a captain to “stand up on the field and lead from the front”.

In other words, to score runs.

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Break the code and share in $80,000

The Examiner’s advertising consultant Marion Hudson and Country Club Casino gaming marketing manager Shayne Wicks. Picture: NEIL RICHARDSONSOME say you don’t get anything in life for free – but that’s definitely not the case with The Examiner’s latest Codebreaker promotion.
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In conjunction with Country Club Tasmania, The Examiner is giving away a total prize package worth $80,000.

All you have to do is pick up a copy of tomorrow’s paper, find your double-chance Codebreaker game card, and take it to Country Club Tasmania by next Friday where they will crack the code.

There are 6106 prizes to be won instantly including 4000 $5 cash prize, 2000 $10 cash prizes, 100 $50 and 6 $1000 cash prizes.

As a second chance, all cards will go into a $6000 cash draw that will be announced at the Country Club Tasmania Watergarden next Friday between 7pm and 9pm.

Winners must be present to win their second chance draw prize and if winners are Federal Rewards Club members they will receive an additional $1000 cash bonus.

Country Club Tasmania gaming marketing manager Shayne Wicks said that this was the second year the promotion had been held and because of its success last year the prize pool had been doubled.

“It’s a unique way of entering and it’s a fun way of winning,” he said.

The Codebreaker promotion will run again on Saturday January 21.

More details are available at the Federal Rewards Club desk at Country Club Tasmania or by phoning 6335 5747.

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Unfinished business: Evergreen Bedsy keen to cap career in fitting manner

SUPERSTAR: Danny Buderus trains with the Knights.TO fully comprehend how much it means to Danny Buderus to be back at the Newcastle Knights, you have to understand how much he loved his time in Leeds.
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Some Aussie expats, including Willie Mason by all accounts, fail to settle abroad and can’t wait to catch the first flight home.

Buderus and his young family enjoyed every minute.

He played in big games at famous stadiums like Wembley, Old Trafford and Elland Road, in front of adoring crowds singing his name.

He won a Super League grand final and even enjoyed a taste of an Origin-like atmosphere, captaining the inaugural International Exiles side against the English national team.

He embraced the Yorkshire culture and hospitality, did his share of sightseeing in Europe, and made friends to last a lifetime.

With another year to run on his contract with the Rhinos, the easy option would have been to play out his career at Headingley, where he was treated like royalty.

But content as he was, deep down inside Buderus felt he had unfinished business.

When he left Newcastle at the end of 2008, his arm in a sling as he nursed a torn biceps, it was not on his terms.

As he subsequently revealed in his 2009 autobiography, the main reason the champion hooker parted company with the Knights was his relationship, or lack thereof, with then coach Brian Smith.

Even though Smith was sacked less than a year after Buderus’s exit, the former Newcastle, NSW and Australian skipper assumed his days in the NRL were done.

‘‘Without a doubt, the way things were going, with my mindset especially, I was probably thinking I’d have a couple of years with Leeds,’’ he said.

‘‘But I got out of the bubble of Newcastle, into the big wide, world of being overseas, and I appreciated it and never took anything for granted.

‘‘But the NRL, you watch it from afar, and I’m very privileged to be back in that competition again and I’m looking forward to pulling that jumper I love so much back on, hopefully in a team all the community is proud of.’’

A 220-game stalwart for the Knights, Buderus will be 34 by the time next season kicks off.

But if a permanent, beaming smile is any indication of enthusiasm, his birth certificate should be declared null and void.

‘‘To be honest with you, I’ve blanked all that negativity in my mind about my age,’’ he said.

‘‘I think that’s the thing to do. ‘‘I’m happy to be out here challenging myself against the young guys … you have to take precautions and train hard, and that nullifies your age and hopefully you can play as well as the young guys.’’

During Smith’s tenure at Newcastle, Buderus and fellow veterans Steve Simpson and Adam MacDougall were regularly excused from the hardest pre-season yakka.

Smith’s logic was that he did not want to put unnecessary miles on the odometers of vintage Rolls Royces.

But under new coach Wayne Bennett and high-performance manager Jeremy Hickmans, Buderus said there were no such exemptions, and he did not want any.

‘‘Everyone’s treated the same, and that’s the way it should be,’’ he said.

While his teammates have unanimously labelled this the most gruelling pre-season of their careers, Buderus has been relishing the workload.

‘‘The body’s a bit sore, but that’s to be expected,’’ Buderus said.

‘‘I’m really enjoying it. Everything’s got a purpose.

‘‘Training’s hard but specific. You know the reasons why you’re doing it.

‘‘That makes it rewarding and also enjoyable.’’

He sympathises with his former teammates back in Leeds who are ‘‘doing a lot of running up and down on the fake turf’’.

A premiership winner at Newcastle in 2001, Buderus enjoyed a farewell lap of honour with the Rhinos after their 32-16 win against St Helens in October.

Only a select group of players have won the ultimate prize in both hemispheres.

And rugby league’s premier historian, David Middleton, said Harry Bath – Balmain (1946-47), Warrington (1953-54 and 1954-55) and St George (1957-59) – was the lone player he could establish to have secured premierships in Australia before and after titles in England.

But if Buderus has an opportunity to put his name alongside Bath’s in the code’s folklore, he has also been around long enough to realise no trophies are presented before a season has even kicked off.

‘‘You hear a bit around the traps about expectations, but there’s a lot of work before we can even be considered title contenders,’’ he said.

‘‘This group aren’t even thinking along those lines.

‘‘There’s a lot of young guys there and everyone’s got to have their heads on and not let any of those outside influences affect them.

‘‘It’s going to be a tough season. Where there’s expectation, there’s pressure.’’

You get the impression Danny Buderus wouldn’t want it any other way.

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Dutchy plays mind games

QUESTION: Matt Nash and Ben KennedyJETS coach Gary van Egmond has left Sydney FC guessing by declining to name his goalkeeper for tonight’s showdown at Ausgrid Stadium.
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Van Egmond has been weighing up the relative merits of Ben Kennedy and Matthew Nash and was expected to announce his decision after yesterday’s final training session.

But the cagey tactician instead deferred any selection confirmations until he submits his team sheet tonight.

He said he had not discussed the matter with Kennedy nor Nash and wanted to broach the subject with them first, rather than in the media.

But when asked if he was also hoping to leave Sydney in the dark, van Egmond replied: ‘‘It’s a little bit that way, too.’’

Van Egmond was hopeful his subterfuge would undermine Sydney’s pre-match video analysis.

‘‘For their set pieces and things like that, it can actually annoy them a little bit … you’ve got to take every advantage you can,’’ he said.

Kennedy and Nash have alternated in goal for the past two seasons, usually after one or the other has been injured.

Kennedy started the first seven matches of this campaign.

He seemed to have established himself as the first-choice gloveman, but he was concussed playing against Brisbane last month and Nash has occupied the hot seat for the past three games.

But van Egmond said on Thursday that Nash had been inconvenienced at training by a knee injury, which could indicate Kennedy has won a recall.

Van Egmond also declined to reveal which player from his provisional 16-man squad would be omitted today.

‘‘We’ll name the 15 tomorrow, mainly because if someone gets sick or whatever,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ve got the 16 and we’ll see how they are in the morning before we make that decision.’’

The pre-match mind games, however, appear to be mutual.

Van Egmond said he was wary about which strike force Sydney would deploy tonight, amid speculation during the week that Mark Bridge and Terry Antonis could be late inclusions.

Bridge has missed two games with a back problem, while 18-year-old Antonis has been rested after his recent Olyroos commitments.

‘‘I think they’re being just as cagey,’’ van Egmond said.

But yesterday it appeared neither Bridge nor Antonis would play and Sydney would field the same starting team.

Van Egmond said regardless of who lined up for Sydney, they had enough strikepower to worry any team.

‘‘They’ve obviously got some key players in their team – Nicky Carle, Brett Emerton, Mark Bridge and these players are obviously very, very good players in this league,’’ he said.

‘‘They’ve definitely got some weapons that can hurt you on a given day.’’

The Jets, who have won four from five at home this season, are eager to bounce back from last week’s lacklustre 2-0 loss to arch rivals Central Coast.

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Demand from Asia boosting exports

David O’ByrneRISING demand from China, Indonesia and Taiwan has contributed to Tasmania’s export trade figures holding up, according to Economic Development Minister David O’Byrne.
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According to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures released yesterday, Tasmania recorded international merchandise exports worth $3.2 billion over the year to November 2011.

“Over the past quarter we’ve seen renewed signs of strength, with exports up 9.5 per cent compared to the same period last year,” Mr O’Byrne said.

That was a good result, especially considering the high Australian dollar.

“The state’s strongest-performing commodities have been in metallic ores, dairy products and specialist vehicles,” he said.

Mr O’Byrne was confident that the state’s economy would continue to recover this year.

Nationally the ABS data showed that the trade balance in November was much the same as in October, narrowing marginally by $38 million in seasonally adjusted terms to $1.380 billion.

Neither imports nor exports of goods and services were changed significantly in the month.

But for the first two months of the December quarter, the level of exports was up only fractionally by 0.3 per cent, while imports were 2.9 per cent higher.

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