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Confidence high through Heat

POWER PLAY: Wagga Heat star Scott Hare goes on the attack against Bankstown rival Steven Batey at Bolton Park Stadium. Picture: Kieren L Tilly
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WAGGA Heat are riding a wave of confidence after demolishingmetropolitanforce Bankstown at Bolton Park on Saturday.

Heat coach Allan Mullins said the star-studded Wagga outfit had entered the game respectfully wary of their powerhouse rival’s potential.

“Heading intothe game we were a bit concerned becausethey had been semi-finalists the last few years,” he said.“We thought they would be strong, so we prepared very well during preseason and heading into the game.”

Mullins pointed to the squad’s “massivedefensive” effort as playing a crucial part in paving the way for the Heat to record a 76-51 win.“Our confidence is definitely up now,” Mullins said.

Among the Heat’s standout performers were American import Gage Daye, who added 28 points to thetotal.

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Quershi’s double is trouble for finals bound Bulldogs

LONG AFTERNOON: Alex Mitton was one of a number of Rugby Union bowlers made to toil on Saturday as a Jameel Qureshi special saw Blayney produce a big win. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 030715crugby1
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THE Blayney Bushrangers have given Rugby Union some food for thought heading into their Bathurst District Cricket Association first grade semi-final, after handing them an eight-wicket thrashing on Saturday.

Jameel Qureshi joined ex-Rugby player Max Hope in Bathurst’s first grade double-hundred club as he hammered a sensational 208 at Brooke Moore Oval.

It helped his team to a massive first innings total of 378 in reply to Rugby’s 167 from day one.

It was Qureshi’s first century of the season in local cricket and handed Blayney their second win.

Rugby bore the full brunt of the knock as they were made to toil for a total of 101 overs. Instead of a possible minor premiership, they ended up fourth on the ladder.

Jameel Qureshi and his brother Imran (57) took their side past the required target without any further damage in the wicket column, having resumed at 2-48.

Rugby knew that breaking that stand in the early overs on day two was the key to victory but they couldn’t do it.

Instead they were forced to watch on as the siblings piled on 154 for the third wicket.

The Bulldogs were banking on having a second innings slog to try and grab some bonus points.

They didn’t get the chance thanks to Qureshi’s masterclass.

Blayney themselves had nothing to gain from a second innings given that their finals hopes were long gone.

“Imran and I spoke about it when I came back from playing in Sydney, the idea of hopefully batting for a full day together or having a big stand like that one,” Jameel Qureshi said.

“The pitch was pretty good, there was a bit in it for the bowlers early, but not like there was last week. We did it a bit tough early on, they bowled quite well, but it flattened out after that.

“We got to the session after tea and I asked Mitto [Rugby captain Andrew Mitton] if he wanted to call it quits, but they wanted to play for bonus points so we kept on going.”

After Imran Qureshi’s departure, Adrian Mielke (27) and Jayden Fuller (28) each gave Jameel good support.

But it was Jameel’s day and he was particularly brutal once he reached three figures.

Jeremy Thackray was a standout for Rugby, taking 4-46 from 21.4 overs, while Jim Tristrum picked up 3-76 from 20.

When Blayney were finally dismissed, it left Rugby with a measly 18 balls to face.

They made the most of them, smacking 37 thanks to Sam Macpherson (20 not out) and Thackray (17 not out).

Jameel Qureshi had no idea he was even approaching such a massive landmark in the latter stages of his innings, and said that it was among his best knocks but perhaps not at the top.

“I wasn’t too conscious of my score, I felt after I got to 100 that I could just keep batting for a bit and then maybe start to give things a bit of a crack,” he said.

“I didn’t know I was getting close at all.

“I don’t think it was quite the best I’ve batted, I offered a chance to Alex Mitton off his own bowling. I think the hundred against Parkes for Bathurst earlier this season was my best knock. This was up there though.”

The result means that Rugby, who went into the match playing potentially for top spot, now find themselves in a sudden-death final against City Colts.

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Local government: Plans afoot for high density zones on rail routes

Minister for Planning Pru Goward wants the seven precincts turned into thriving hubs. Photo: Brendan EspositoGovernment planners designated Campbelltown, 50 kilometres south-west of the Sydney central business district,   as a satellite city in the early 1960s. Now they are having another go, looking forward another 20 years.
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The plan is to develop higher-density zones within walking distance of railway stations at Glenfield, Macquarie Fields, Ingleburn, Minto, Leumeah, Campbelltown and Macarthur. These precincts would have shops, cafes, parks and jobs.

The boundary for each precinct will be 800 metres to 1.5 km around each station, representing a 10 to 20 minute walk.

The Minister for Planning, Pru Goward, said early studies will help identify what infrastructure and services were needed to turn the seven precincts into thriving hubs for homes, jobs and shops next to transport.

“Our plan is to work closely with councils to create energetic places alive with shops, places to eat and green open space to play,” Ms Goward said.

The Department of Planning is also looking at opening up new land release areas in the Great Macarthur region from Campbelltown down to Appin and Wilton. “Government recognises that there are a lot of proposals and private sector interest in the Greater Macarthur area which is why it will take an efficient, co-ordinated approach to the study,” the department said.

Community input will be sought after May when preliminary technical investigations are completed.

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Naden opens the season with a try for Penrith

Brent Naden jogs over for an easy tryBrent Naden has scored in the the Panthers opening Under 20’s Holden Cup match at Pepper Stadium as Penrith defeated the Bulldogs 30 – 12.
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The Panthers were first to put points on the board thanks to a brilliant cut out pass from Sione Katoa to Soni Luke, who flicked it off to Fairouz Elkander and put him into some open space on the 10m line, before he dived over to score in the 12th minute. Dylan Edwards converted to put the home side ahead 6-0.

Penrith maintained their momentum a few minutes later when Tyrone May capitalized off a slow restart and spotted an easy gap in the defence, before sprinting to the line to plant the ball down just outside the left hand upright. The conversion from in front increased our lead to 12-0.

With 15 minutes remaining in the first half, the Mountain Men had their third unanswered try thanks to a quick play the ball from Sione Katoa to Dylan Fuad, whose short power play burst through the final 5 metres and over the line. The kick added the extra 2 to extend the score to 18-0.

The Bulldogs almost hit back in the next set of six, but some solid Panthers defence held Brendan Cox up over the line.

The Panthers scored again with less than 5 minutes until the half time break thanks to a dazzling display of ball work from Brent Naden who slipped through a hole 20m out and jogged over to score. The conversion extended our lead even further to 24-0.

HALF TIME: 24 – 0 Panthers

The start of this half showcased the Panthers defence prowess when they fielded an attacking onslaught from the Doggies who dominated possession in the opening minutes. An impressive display from Logan Geyer derailed Canterbury’s next scoring attempt in the 44th minute, after he pushed their forward into touch.

The Bulldogs onslaught eventually paid off with Josh Bergamin sailing through our backline to score their first points in the 50th minute. The conversion took the score to 24-6.

It looked like a comeback could be on the cards for the Canterbury youngsters when they sent a flurry of passes across the park which scattered the Panthers defence, and sent winger Joseph Burchell over the try-line on the right hand side. The swinging kick through the posts narrowed the gap to 24-12.

But the Panthers weren’t ready to give up just yet and with a bamboozling ball play from the home side, Maliko Filino ran through the Doggies defence and around under the posts to reassert the home side’s dominance in the 67th minute. The conversion pushed the Panthers lead to 30-12.

The rest of the match bounced from one end of the field to the other, and despite numerous attempts by the visitors to put more points on the board, the home side held strong to walk away with their first win of the season.

FULL TIME: 30-12 Panthers

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Labor’s focus on women’s safety

Labour’s female candidates gather on International Woman’s Day as the party launches plans for a domestic violence court trial. From left, Melissa Cleary, Yasmin Catley, Jenny Aitchison, Sophie Cotsis, Kate Washington and Jodie Harrison. Picture: Jonathan Carroll NSW state election March 28, 2015: Get to know the seats in the Hunter
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A COURT specialising in domestic violence and sexual assault will be trialled in the Hunter if Labor is elected.

Opposition spokeswoman Sophie Cotsis, armed with the region’s five women candidates and Charlestown MP Jodie Harrison, unveiled the party’s plans to stop domestic violence and improve support for victims in Newcastle on Sunday.

Ms Cotsis said unveiling the plans on International Women’s Day confirmed the party’s desire to prevent violence against women with policy that ‘‘catches victims at every step’’.

Labor would spend $14.5 million to support womens refuges, counselling services, and programs focused on preventing violence and helping men to change their behaviour.

A Premier’s Council for Women would be set up to advise the government, and the Office of Women would again become part of the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

The plans would also see stronger penalties for breaching Apprehended Violence Orders, and protection for victims under the Anti-Discrimination Act.

Ms Cotsis said women who had experienced domestic violence or sexual assault needed to be guided through the process to report the crime and bring the perpetrator to justice.

She said the party introduced five days paid domestic violence leave in 2009, and would double it to further support victims.

‘‘Domestic violence and sexual assault takes over their life psychologically, mentally, socially … We’re looking at this from a co-ordinated approach – increasing the awareness that we need to change behaviour and stop violence against women … and showing women that they can get support.’’

There were 2704 domestic violence incidents and 544 sexual assaults reported in the Hunter between January and September last year.

Domestic violence rates in Newcastle, Maitland, Cessnock and Port Stephens are higher than elsewhere in NSW – a statistic all Labor candidates agreed was worrying.

Labor would also work with police across the state if elected to expand the role of domestic violence liaison officers.

Grand manners to smash Oaks field

WINNING RETURN: Victorian reinsman Nathan Jack brings back Grand Anse after she won the XXXX Gold Wagga Oaks on Saturday night. Picture: Kieren L TillyAN error proved costly at Albury, but GrandAnsewas on her best behaviour as she dominated her rivals to win the Wagga Oaks (2165m)on Saturday night.
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Despite her back row draw, the Victorian filly was too good for the strong field,coasting to a 9.4-metre win.

Grand Ansegalloped coming into the home straight when in a winning positionat Albury last week and reinsmanNathan Jack had that in mind as she turned for home.

However it proved to not to be a concern.

“She’s a pretty smart filly and they went slow early which didn’t help, but I felt she had a little bit on them,” Jack said.

“She was wide from the 1100 to the 600 and has pretty strong on the line.

“I just had to nurse her around the bend but she has a bright future.”

Despite her form looking ordinary on paper, the former Uranquinty reinsman was confident she had the ability to win.

“She is a class sort of filly and you would expect her to go around in the better races,” Jack said.

“But she’s a little bit inconsistent.

“Even at home she can work really good then sometimes work a bit average, but her work in between Albury and Wagga was the best anything has ever worked at home so we were reasonably confident.

“We just had to hope her manners were right.”

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