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Same-sex ad discord

MARRIAGE equality advocates have criticised an ad opposing same-sex marriage for being harmful to children.
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The ad, sponsored by the Australian Marriage Forum, began running on commercial television channels on Saturday night, and claims that allowing same-sex couples to marry would force a child to miss out on having a mother or a father.

Australian Marriage Equality director Rodney Croome said the ad was harmful to children of same-sex couples.

Rodney Croome

‘‘According to the Bureau of Statistics, tens of thousands of Australian children are currently in the care of same-sex couples, and these children deserve the same opportunities as other children, including the opportunity of having married parents,’’ he said.

‘‘I assume the launch of this campaign on the same day as the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade is meant to be provocative, but actually it just highlights how out of place anti-gay prejudice is in our increasingly inclusive and respectful society.’’

Australian Marriage Forum president David van Gend said he did not agree with Mr Croome that the ad could be harmful to children of same-sex couples, saying it was ‘‘complete speculation’’.

‘‘The aim is to re-frame the debate on same-sex marriage from the child’s perspective,’’ he said.

‘‘As a family doctor, I know that a child’s relationship with their mother and with their father is irreplaceable and vital.’’

The ad screened on channels 7 and 9, but was pulled from broadcast by SBS.

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O’Brien stars in McDonald Lawson’s shock upset over Paragon in minor semi-final

STAND OUT: McDonald Lawson’s Jamie O’Brien shows this ball he full face of the bat during his match-winning knock of 83 at Cahill Park on Saturday. Photo: Col Boyd 070315 FirstGrade 596McDonald Lawson all-rounder Jamie O’Brien has starred in his side’s shock upset of Paragon Hotel in their Mudgee District Cricket minor semi-final.
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Bulls veteran Greg Parker admitted before the clash his side was a “one-man band” referring to O’Brien, with his words proving prophetic in their 45-run victory at Cahill Park on Saturday.

O’Brien crafted a well-made 83 with the bat to be the rock of his side’s innings as others chipped in and held up an end on the way to a total of 140.

The all-rounder continued to show his worth to the side as he took 4-26 off 10 overs with the ball to help bundle Paragon out of the running for the 2014-15 first division title.

Parker said O’Brien amazingly continued to step up to the pressure of being the focal point of the side even in a must-win game.

“He’s one of the best cricketers in the town so it was great he was able to play well again for us,” Parker said.

“He scored pretty freely and he was able to get some pretty good support from the others who batted with him

“But we fielded pretty well when it was our time as well, so that kept the pressure up.”

With O’Brien setting the tone for his side at one end, Paragon off-spinner David Edwards worked wonders with the ball to wrap up the tail of the innings, finishing with 4-9 off three to ensure his side were not chasing even more.

McDonald Lawson got the start they were after when they secured their first wicket with just 15 on the board before Will Lindsay and skipper Steve Knight started to right the innings.

“I really didn’t think 140 was going to be enough,” Parker admitted.

“Steve and Will started to put on a pretty good partnership at the top of their order and I started to think it might have been slipping away from us a little then.

“But when we got them out, they were always going to be the key wickets, but we had to not get ahead of ourselves too much.”

Both Lindsay (32) and Knight (21) became victims of O’Brien as he broke through to stop the promising partnership at 46.

Wickets began to tumble with Paragon losing 8-28 as their chances of victory evaporated in front of their eyes with Seton Croake providing O’Brien with excellent support with the ball to finish with 3-7 off 10 overs with four maidens.

Paragon captain Knight was left to wonder what might have been from season 2014-15 but admitted his side did not make the most of the chances it created in its last game for the season.

“Credit to Jamie for how he batted for them, but we dropped him four times,” Knight said.

“Catches win matches, and I won’t lie it was a pretty disappointing finish for our season but we didn’t capitalise as well as we should have.”

Despite his side being bundled out in the first round of the finals, Knight said there were still plenty of positives for the side moving forward, the bowling of Guy Hammond being one.

“We’re a side that was put together pretty quickly at the start of the season so Will (Lindsay) and I got things going and I have not been able to question the effort from the guys all season,” he said.

“But a couple of results didn’t go our way, but I think most of the guys will be keen to have another crack next season.”

Knight warned Lawson and Woolpack to take the Bull’s lightly at their own peril, saying their disciplined bowling attack has the potential to take them to a shock grand final victory.

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Dragon Mitch Rein keen on match-up with Smith

Mitch Rein is relishing the chance to play a full game in the key role against the Melbourne Storm in the 2015 season opener. Picture: ROBERT PEET
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Dragons hooker Mitch Rein hopes to use a first-up test against the game’s best No 9 – Melbourne skipper Cameron Smith – to prove his days of sharing dummy-half duties are over.

Smith has been named to make an early return from an ankle injury to lead the Storm in their season-opener against the Dragons at Jubilee Oval on Monday night despite a limited preseason due to off-season surgery.

Rein was expected to again share dummy-half duties this year with veteran recruit Heath L’Estrange but, with four forwards named on the bench, Rein will need to go the distance against the Storm.

It won’t be the first time he’s done the journey and the 24-year-old is keen to make it a regular occurrence in 2015.

“In the last couple of years I’ve done 80 minutes a handful of times,” Rein said.

“With age comes a bit more experience. After sharing the hooking role in the past, I’d try to play 80-minute games the same way – getting carried away, trying to get in every tackle and every run.

“You just can’t sustain that amount of energy for 80 minutes so it’s just about being smart and managing yourself on the field if you want to play that full game.

“The more practice you get at it the better you get at being an 80-minute player.”

Smith was expected to be out of action until round four after carrying the ankle injury sustained during last year’s Origin series through the NRL season and Four Nations before undergoing surgery. It’s limited his time on the training paddock but Rein doesn’t think it will limit his impact on Monday.

“It doesn’t matter how much training or preparation he’s done in the off-season, he’s had ankle surgery and all the rest, but he always performs,” Rein said.

“He’s the best hooker in the world and we all know how good he is and how he controls the game so we’ll have our hands full.”

Coach Paul McGregor endorsed Rein as the club’s fittest man this week and said his early season form will have a big bearing on the Dragons’ style of play in the opening weeks.

“A lot will depend on Mitch’s form there in the next couple of weeks,” McGregor said.

“You take it one week at a time and you don’t know what you’re going to need week three or week four but for right now Mitch [playing 80 minutes] is what we need.”

Melbourne have won their past 10 season-openers and McGregor isn’t buying talk that they are a side on the wane.

“Everyone’s writing them off and saying they won’t make the eight but I find that very hard to believe.”

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Lawson Park thrash Woolpack to book berth in Mudgee and District Grand Final

TOP SHOT: Lawson Park’s Darren Snyder slashes this short ball through point on his way to top-scoring during his side’s 153-run victory over Woolpack Hotel at Victoria Park on Saturday. Photo: Col Boyd 070315/FirstGrade/0631
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Lawson Park have booked a berth in the Mudgee and District Cricket first division grand final after thumping Woolpack Hotel by 153 runs at Victoria Park on Saturday.

The final margin of victory was overshadowed somewhat by the lack of playing numbers for Woolpack in the qualifying semi-final, with only nine players available for selection.

Matters only became worse for captain Jacob Edmonds and his side when they lost Wade Barrow for the game, and most likely the rest of the season, after suffering a hamstring tear while fielding.

As a result, a ruthless Lawson Pack attack ripped through their opponents to dismiss them for 53 leaving Edmonds scratching his head, saying there was not many positive aspects he could take away from the game.

“We had nine in the end but when we finished with eight because Wade injured himself just as he set off to chase down a ball,” Edmonds said.

“So it was pretty disappointing really in the end, we bowled alright but it was pretty embarrassing really with how many people were there.

“It just shows how important the games are during the year because if things turned out differently we could have finished third and we might be out of the finals if that was the case.”

When asked he if could leave players out next week as a means of punishment, the Woolpack skipper said he would try to unite his squad so their season does not plunge into further depths.

“I’d love to spit the dummy, but I will have to swallow some pride and I am sure the guys that were there last weekend will be back (in the team) and they’ll have a crack,” he said.

Edmonds was the only Woolpack batsman to make it into double figures as his side attempted to chase down the 207 needed for victory and earn themselves a week off ahead of the grand final.

However, Lawson’s Jamie Golden continued the misery for his opponents collecting 5-17 off eight to help force them into a sudden-death clash against McDonald Lawson next weekend.

Earlier in the game, Lawson Hotel were able to put on a several handy partnerships, and while no batsman was able to raise his bat for a half-century the consistent effort down the order was crucial.

“The key for us was the partnerships that we managed to build throughout the innings and they all added up to a pretty big score for us and we thought about 200 was a pretty safe score to defend,” Synder said.

“We were confident with our bowling attack that we’d be able to defend that score, but Woolpack to their credit they bowled pretty tightly at times.”

Snyder, who top-scored for Lawson with 46, said if his side plays Woolpack again this season they expect them to be burning to make amends for their below-par effort on Saturday.

Michael Ford (45) and Cameron Cox (28) chipped in for the victors as Woolpack spread the spoils around in their attack, but were unable to stop the flow of runs with less than a full team in the field.

With many players in the Lawson Park side tasting defeat in last year’s decider under a different banner they are keen to cap an excellent 2014-15 season with the trophy with Snyder saying none of his side are taking anything for granted as they await their grand final opponents.

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Tassie role is ideal for Hawks

HAWTHORN does not need to hold its community camp in Tasmania, chief executive Stuart Fox says, but the club believes it is the best way to maximise its partnership with the state.
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Fox was speaking a few days after the club wrapped up its 13th community camp in the state, which followed its NAB Challenge match against Collingwood.

The club’s deal with the government states that there must be some involvement at the community level, however it does not say it has to be as a camp.

Fox said it was entirely up to the club how long it stayed in the state and how many activities it took part in.

‘‘We take the community camp quite seriously in terms of our responsibility, and the evidence of that is that we still do three full days of community work on camp, when most clubs are now doing one or two days,’’ Fox said.

‘‘When we plan it out at the start of the year, we try to better what we did the previous year, and with that comes a huge logistical program of trying to get an entire team across a state.

‘‘That presents challenges, as you have training, diets and everything that goes with looking after elite athletes when you are rolling the program out, but we do take it seriously and this year was evident of that.’’

Fox admitted the club could easily take the camp to other areas of the country, but said Tasmania was the most appropriate.

‘‘This year we tried to touch the whole state and we ask the boys to do it and they always do it with little complaint and they are happy to do it, as they do feel that responsibility to the community.

‘‘Most of the boys come up to us and tell us their interest when it comes to community work, and we set them up to do what they are passionate about.

‘‘The feedback I get is that it is certainly not a chore and the boys really do enjoy it.’’

Fox also said that they camp was a great way to introduce the first-year players to the state and help them understand its importance to the Hawks.

From a player’s point of view, premiership skipper Luke Hodge says he and his teammates took the responsibility that comes with the camp seriously.

‘‘I’m a country boy myself and I see that in the Tassie people that when you don’t see many footballers or get many clinics, the kids do take notice of what you say and are really appreciative of you going down there.

‘‘The one thing you do love as a footballer player is when you do go to a community like Tasmania and they are all rapt to see you and really listen to you speak.

‘‘Our footy club is huge in making sure we appreciate our fans and what they do for us players.’’

Josh Gibson with Oliver Greatbatch, 4, and Lucy Greatbatch, 7, of Launceston, at the Starlight Foundation AMF bowling day at Kings Meadows. Picture: GEOFF ROBSON

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