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Anthony Watmough says Manly should consider letting Daly Cherry-Evans join Titans this season

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Former Manly forward Anthony Watmough believes the Sea Eagles should consider releasing Gold Coast-bound halfback Daly Cherry-Evans to the Titans immediately if he was prepared to leave.

Watmough, who left Manly with a year remaining on his contract after initially signing with Parramatta from 2016, said he would want to make the move as soon as possible if he was in Cherry-Evans’ shoes after the Test halfback confirmed to teammates in the dressing rooms at Pirtek Stadium last Friday night that he had signed a four-year deal with the Titans.

“If that was me and I had made my decision to leave, and that opportunity came up … I would take it,” Watmough said.

“It is a horrible loss for Manly but for rugby league up on the Gold Coast [to sign] the face of the game it is probably the best move they could have done. DCE the brand is probably a great thing for them up there. For me, I think the Gold Coast needed it after what they have been through.”

Titans coach Neil Henry said the club hadn’t discussed trying to secure the services of Cherry-Evans this season but would be open to the idea of him moving to the Gold Coast a year earlier.

“Putting my coach’s hat on I would like to have him in my team for this year,” Henry told Triple M. “There is a possibility but you would have to have players if we were going to trade some players who would be willing to go so a lot of things would have to happen plus we would have to look at the salary cap implications.

Cherry-Evans’ decision has caused a lot of angst at Manly as the previous club management had allowed Glenn Stewart to depart without tabling a new offer and released Watmough to focus on retaining their star halves pairing of Cherry-Evans and Keiran Foran.

“I spoke to Glenn Stewart when this happened [last year] and before he got injured and done his ankle, [and] he wanted one last year with the boys,” Watmough said. “He didn’t want to leave Manly, he had to leave Manly, whereas I think Cherry has made a decision to leave on his own and if they can work something out he may want to go or he may not but if it is there, put the offer to him.”

With Foran widely tipped to fnalise a deal with Parramatta within days, Watmough said recruitment and retention had been badly managed at the Sea Eagles.

Speaking at length about the issue on Triple M, he also took aim at Cherry-Evans’ management for the public hawking of their client before the announcement, after Friday night’s 42-12 thumping by the Eels.

“I think ‘Ches’ was mismanaged a bit there, he was shopped around, he was thrown to the wolves, he got hung out there,” Watmough said. “I know he has copped a bit of a hiding and I know if my manager had done that I would have called him straight in for a meeting.”

Asked about Manly’s decision not to make Stewart an offer, Watmough said: “I think that came down to the old board. I think if it had just been the Penn family, which it is now, it would have been handled totally different.”

That decision led to Watmough leaving and now Foran is set to follow but the Test secondrower insisted he did not know if he had signed with the Eels.

“Foz is a good mate of mine, we have played a lot of footy together but we don’t talk shop and we won’t talk shop away from footy,” he said. “I have said to him the whole time, like his team-mates have said to him, do the right thing that is best for you and your footy and your family. If it is at Manly or if it is at the Roosters, or wherever it is, we will still be your mates so do the right thing for you.”  

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VIDEO: Gilligan wins Sally Conroy Memorial sprint duel

VIDEO: Gilligan wins Sally Conroy Memorial sprint duel Brett Gilligan wins the Hilson Builders-sponsored Sally Conroy Memorial 200m. Picture: PETER WEAVING
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Tom Savage, Anthony Dempster, Billy McNally, Andrew Bruce (obscured), Dave Chisholm, Brett Gilligan, Carlie Whitford and Luke Padgham (obscured) charge on to the finishing straight in the Sally Conroy Memorial 200m final.

Billy McNally, Andrew Bruce (obscured), Brett Gilligan, Tom Savage, Anthony Dempster, Dave Chisholm, Luke Padgham and Carlie Whitford sprint for glory in the Sally Conroy Memorial 200m.

Andrew Bruce, Billy McNally, Brett Gilligan, Tom Savage, Anthony Dempster, Dave Chisholm, Luke Padgham (obscured) and Carlie Whitford near the finish line in the Sally Conroy Memorial 200m.

Brett Gillign celebrates his victory in the Hilson Builders-backed Sally Conroy Memorial 200m classic at the Bendigo International Madison carnival. Picture: PETER WEAVING

Eaglehawk’s Tom Savage and Bendigo Harriers’ athletes Brett Gilligan and Anthony Dempster were third, first and second in the Sally Conroy Memorial 200m. Picture: PETER WEAVING

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Mick Price happy with sprinter’s progress but wary of history

Mick Price concedes that there are a number of obstacles confronting his outstanding sprinter Lankan Rupee winning back-to-back Newmarket Handicaps, but the trainer believes that history could be his main stumbling block.
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On Saturday morning Lankan Rupee went through one of his final major gallops in strong fashion impressing Price with the the sprinter’s progress since the Lightning Stakes.

“Dale Smith came down and rode him and we were impressed with the work he did. He had a little blow but that was to be expected and we’ll do a bit more with him on Tuesday morning to top him off.

“Everything’s gone to plan but I know it’s not going to be easy next Saturday for the horse to snare a second Newmarket,” he said.

Hay List is the only horse to win a Newmarket Handicap (in 2012) with 58.5 kilograms, the same weight that Lankan Rupee has on Saturday, in the past half century.

In 1959 Gold Stakes lumped 60 kilos to win a Newmarket, a point not lost on Price.

“It’s a fair assessment the 58.5, he’s got to beat history to win the Newmarket and let’s hope he can,” Price said.

“Our two main rivals, Terravista and Chautauqua, have beaten him since he won the Newmarket last year, so it makes for an enthralling race.

All the competitors, especially Lankan Rupee and the tree-year-old Brazen Beau, are going to be suited by the tempo of this year’s race.

“He’s relishing being ridden quietly and that’s what we’ll have to do again if we’re to win another Newmarket,” he said.

It will be one of the highlights of the Melbourne Autumn Carnival, this year’s Newmarket with three topline older sprinters pitted against a smart three-year-old.

“And I’ve only highlighted just the four chances, but it’s a Newmarket and it’s a handicap so there will definitely be other chances emerge on the day,” Price said.

And one of the major drawcards next Saturday, Red Cadeaux, will be ridden by leading Sydney jockey Hugh Bowman on Monday morning in his final gallop before the $1 million Australian Cup.

Bowman will try out the brave nine-year-old in a gallop at the Werribee Quarantine Station in readiness for Saturday.

Red Cadeaux, who has finished an amazing three seconds from four tries in the Melbourne Cup, is in Australia for the Australian Cup and then a few assignments at The Championships in Sydney later in the carnival.

A spokesman for the Ed Dunlop stable said the English stayer had thrived since arriving in Melbourne three weeks ago.

“His work has been very good. We haven’t pushed him though, but what he has done is good and it will be interesting to see what sort of a feel he gives Hugh [Bowman] in his next workout,” he said.

The highlight of next Saturday’s meeting at Flemington will be to see if Lankan Rupee can achieve history not only by winning the Newmarket but also by making it two in a row for one of the highest rated sprinters in the world.

And for racegoers it will be an enthralling encounter when the popular international stayer Red Cadeaux attempts to win an Australian Cup after his imposing record in Melbourne Cups.

Dunlop will not be in Melbourne next Saturday for his rising 10-year-old’s first Australian Autumn run, but he has indicated that if the stayer comes through his racing in the next six weeks the horse will return to England for a break and then be flown back to Australia in a bid to win his first Melbourne Cup at his fifth attempt.

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Nowra Poultry Auction: photos

Nowra Poultry Auction: photos BIRDS OF A FEATHER: Bernie Klumper and Juanita Blomberg from Nowra with their purchase at the Inaugural Nowra Poultry Auction on Sunday.
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POULTRY FANCIERS: John Haupt from Nowra and Bob Folkhard from Wattamolla are out and about at the Inaugural Nowra Poultry Auction on Sunday.

PRETTY IN PINK: Samar Kanj and Lilly Salami from Mount Warrigal are having fun at the Inaugural Nowra Poultry Auction on Sunday.

SUPPORTERS: Donna Harvey from Worrigee and Noel Easton from Terara are supporting the Inaugural Nowra Poultry Auction on Sunday.

ALL SMILES: Georgia Matheson-Gee from Tomerong and Donna Dean from Vincentia are all smiles at the Inaugural Nowra Poultry Auction on Sunday.

WINNING BID: Olesia Marles from Kangaroo Valley with the chickens she purchased at the Inaugural Nowra Poultry Auction on Sunday.

BIRDS EYE: Officials Terry Hewitt from Falls Creek and Dylan Hattley from Falls Creek are keeping an eye on the quality of entrants at the Inaugural Nowra Poultry Auction on Sunday.

DUCK DUCK GOOSE: Clare and Jack Ridley from Conjola are browsing the many entrants at the Inaugural Nowra Poultry Auction on Sunday.

FAMILY DAY: Debbie and Julia Nguyen from Wollongong are enjoying a family day out at the Inaugural Nowra Poultry Auction on Sunday.

GREAT DAY: Carole Lacey from North Nowra is keeping on top if the paperwork at the Inaugural Nowra Poultry Auction on Sunday.

DOG DAYS: Katelyn Burton from Bamarang with ‘Dozer’ at the Inaugural Nowra Poultry Auction on Sunday.

THIRST QUENCHER: Hayden Regent from Vincentia High School is offering his chickens a thirst quencher at the Inaugural Nowra Poultry Auction on Sunday.

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Officers injured in struggle with Moorooka man

Two officers were injured while trying to subdue a man at Moorooka. Photo: Tom ThreadinghamTwo officers were left battered and bruised after allegedly being repeatedly punched during a violent struggle with a man at Moorooka, on Brisbane’s southside, on Saturday night.
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Officers attended an Ellen Street residence about 9.30pm when they attempted to speak to a man.

They allege the man became agitated and highly aggressive, punching both officers when they attempted to arrest him.

At one point an officer was held in a headlock while being punched, and the other officer was punched and scratched about the face. A taser was deployed, but the probes missed the man.

A violent struggle continued with both officers again being punched. At one point the man again grabbed an officer around the head before crashing head-first through a pantry door, causing both of them to fall to the ground.

For the full story, see the Queensland Times.

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Saints bowl their way to top

MERBEIN South reclaimed top spot and secured the minor premiership with a convincing away win over Coomealla-Wentworth on Saturday.
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Big wicket: Merbein South celebrate the wicket of Coomealla Wentworth danger man Alex Mellor, who was caught behind by Adam Thomson off the bowling of Shane Trinick. INSET: Anthony Shaw takes a catch to remove Tim Plumridge. Pictures: Louise Donges

In the final round of the Sunraysia Cricket Association season, the hosts chose to bat in the second- versus-third clash.

Merbein South’s vaunted bowling attack came to the fore torestrict the Double Blues to 9/148 from their 40 overs.

Varied options with the ball for the Saints kept the batsmen guessing and Aaron Finch, Shaun Mathews, Shane Trinick and Ben Kerr all took two wickets each.

On the back of a century last round, Coomealla-Wentworth captain Alex Mellor again top-scored with 44, including putting on an early 58-run partnership with Tom Maddocks (29).

In reply, opener Anthony Shaw led from the front with an innings of 35. The batsmen after him went on with the job and the Saints reached their target with five wickets in hand and three overs to spare.

In an extraordinary game at City Oval No.1, ladder leaders Mildura East were stunned by bottom side Mildura West, who saved their best for last to take their first win of the season.

East threw away the chance of a home semi-final next weekend with a calamitous batting performance, dismissed for 51 while chasing a modest 123.

West elected to bat and Tony Hickey made 40 to set up his side’s innings.

But East captain Tom Vadlja created plenty of headaches for the West batsmen, finishing with 5/12 from eight overs.

An unbroken 33-run partnership for the 10th wicket between Bryson Lush (13no) and Jacson Collins (15no) ensured a competitive score after West had collapsed to 9/90.

In the chase, third-gamer Lush completed a man of the match performance by tearing through East’s middle and lower order with thefinal five wickets of the game.

East were already on the ropes at 5/37 after skipper Brandon Dixon (2/9) and Nathan Green (2/21) saw off the top order for single-figure scores. Lush then killed the contest, taking 5/11 with four maidens inside eight overs.

Dixon described the win as “a massive relief” after a long season, their first victory since beating East in Round 8 of the 2013-14 campaign.

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Shellfish harvesting in Venus Bay angers residents, sparks fear of environmental damage

A study commissioned by Venus Bay residents found recreational harvesting of pipis was having a substantial impact on the beach. Photo: Eddie JimRenewed commercial shellfish harvesting along a popular Victorian beach has sparked fears of irreversible environmental damage and infuriated locals.
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The decision to allow commercial harvesting of pipis in Venus Bay in South Gippsland is controversial as the beach already attracts many “recreational” harvesters.

Recreational harvesting has proliferated in recent years causing tensions with residents who say many collectors ignore rules on daily catch limits, resulting in depleted stocks.

The Victorian National Parks Association has slammed commercial harvesting in Cape Liptrap Coastal Park, which includes Venus Bay, citing concerns that pipi numbers are in “serious decline”. The association is calling for a 12-month moratorium of commercial harvesting in Cape Liptrap.

Victorian National Parks Association marine and coastal co-ordinator Chris Smyth said too little was known about the impact of harvesting on pipi stocks.

“There needs to be a far more comprehensive and ongoing scientific monitoring program,” he said.

Mr Smyth said pipi harvesting should be banned entirely in the southern part of Venus Bay to protect the population.

Authorities maintain that commercial fishing of pipis has long been permitted in Venus Bay, and no new licenses have been issued. Only one commercial license holder is currently fishing in Venus Bay, according to a spokeswoman for the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources.

But locals say it was only in summer that they first saw a commercial operator collecting large numbers of shellfish with a trolley and hessian bags.

A notice gazetted shortly before the November election specified areas in Venus Bay that were open to commercial harvesting.

A study commissioned by Venus Bay residents found recreational harvesting was having a substantial impact on the beach.

Marine ecologist and consultant Greg Parry, who conducted the study, also recommended closing sections of the Venus Bay beach off to harvesting at different times.

“The recreational harvesting had reduced the population in the fished area very significantly by about three quarters,” he said. “By opening the other part of the beach to commercial fishing they run the risk of causing the collapse of the pipi population on the whole beach.”

During the summer holiday period, fisheries officers uncovered  more than 150 “alleged offences” during inspections of pipi collectors in Venus Bay.

Recreational harvesters are subject to a two-litre limit in the region. The officers issued 15 infringement notices, 13 official warnings and 138 verbal warnings for minor offences.

In early December, a Melbourne man was allegedly caught in Venus Bay with more than 10 times the daily limit.

Friends of Venus Bay Peninsula president Mae Adams said up to 4000 people a day descended on the beach to harvest shellfish during peak summer holidays. “There’s been enormous pressure on the beach, particularly in the past five years,” she said.

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Backlash after anti-marriage equality ad debuts on Mardi Gras night

“We hear a lot about marriage equality, but what about equality for kids?” a woman says in the ad. David van Gend, the president of the Australian Marriage Forum, is described on-screen as a “family doctor”.
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A “traditional” couple is seen walking in a playground with children.

Broadcaster SBS pulled the Australian Marriage Forum’s anti same-sex marriage television advertisement from its Sunday night telecast of the 37th Sydney Mardi Gras.

The 43-second TV ad aired on Channel 7 and 9 on Saturday while the parade was under way and shows a mother sitting at a playground table with her young daughter while her husband and son play on a slide in the background.

“We hear a lot about marriage equality, but what about equality for kids?” the woman says.

The advertisement also features David van Gend, the president of the Australian Marriage Forum and a family doctor, who is described on-screen only as a “family doctor”.

“So-called marriage equality forces a child to miss out on a mother or a father,” Dr van Gend says. “That’s not equality for the kids who miss out. That’s not marriage.”

The ad was part of the Forum’s campaign opposing same-sex marriage, called “Think of the Child”.

Dr van Gend said the ad was booked and paid for but he received an email from SBS on Friday saying they had pulled it.

“Our review board has instructed that SBS has the right to choose what ads we run, and I’ve unfortunately been instructed to advise you that we choose not to run this TVC for the Marriage Forum during the Mardi Gras telecast,” the email from SBS sales manager for Queensland, Nick Belof, said.

An SBS spokesperson told Fairfax Media that it reserved the right “to determine what advertisements it broadcasts”.

Dr van Gend said the pulling of the ad was a “suppression of free speech”.

“It is outrageous for a taxpayer funded broadcaster like SBS to apply censorship to one side of the debate on same-sex marriage,” he said.

“SBS gives free airtime for them to make their political point on ‘marriage equality’, but refuses to show even one minute of a paid ad presenting an opposing view.”

The advertisement had received regulatory approval as a political advertisement in February, the Forum said.

Dr van Gend has asked the advertising agency the Forum was using to obtain a further explanation from SBS. The agency has been told SBS will give a further explanation next week.

Not-for-profit organisation Australian Marriage Equality’s national director, Rodney Croome, said the ad was “actually harming the many Australian children being raised by same-sex couples because it defends discrimination against their families”.

“I challenge Croome as to who is “actually harming” children here. A large peer-reviewed study published in January drawn from over 200,000 children, found that emotional problems in children are four times higher in same-sex households than in households with both biological parents. And the difference had nothing to do with social “stigmatisation,” Dr van Gend said.

The Australian Marriage Forum’s website was registered by the Australian Christian Lobby in 2011.

 

The advertisement triggered a social media backlash, with a Change.org petition set up to remove the ad from television. @9NewsSyd Australian Marriage Forum ad shown tonight is bigoted scare mongering rubbish! Very disappointed this trash was aired on nine! — Melissa Power (@MelissaPower6) March 7, 2015 Australian Marriage Forum airs out of touch ad, driven by irrational homophobic prejudice. The Ad insults far more than the gay community. — Scott Norton Taylor (@norton_scott) March 8, 2015 Parenting, not promiscuity is worth celebrating. #teamnile#MardiGras2015pic.twitter南京夜网/p04pia1BHV — Fred Nile (@frednile) March 7, 2015This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Take an amazing journey into grand design

RETREAT: This beautiful property perched on Barrengarry Mountain draws on design cues from structures not normally linked to homes.THE 2015 edition of Amazing Homes is nearing publication in what is the first of a format that will take in the entire South Coast.
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The award-winning magazine will feature 10 properties with wow factor, most of which are set in jaw-dropping locations.

From Kangaroo Valley the magazine features a property that is both art gallery and home. In fact, parts of the house itself could be considered a sculpture.

On the coast we take a look through an owner-designed modern house at Callala Beach. During the building phase this one was in the running for Australia’s Grand Designs TV series.

Back in the mountains and a spectacular property on Barrengarry Mountain throws up a visual conundrum for readers. You won’t know where to look first – the house or the view.

For those who remember the Jetsons, the magazine features a little something special from Narooma.

Amazing Homes is not only a chance to look through other people’s homes and gardens, it also highlights the work of the region’s architects, designers and builders.

South Coast Register general manager Rachael Thornett said she was proud of how the magazine had grown.

“Creating the magazine as a separate publication back in 2009 was a gamble but five years down the track it’s still growing strong,” she said.

In that time the publication has featured some of the Shoalhaven’s most prized properties and has itself been recognised by the industry, having been a recipient of a NSW Country Press award.

Mrs Thornett said part of the magazine’s appeal to advertisers was its broad reach.

“It goes in the Wednesday edition of the South Coast Register and it’s delivered to real estate offices, visitor information centres and advertisers,” she said.

“The whole product is also online, offering international exposure.”

Advertising opportunities in the magazine are still available, bookings close Wednesday. Phone 4421 9123 for details.

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Blues book final berth

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SOUTH Waggabooked themselves a place in the grand final after a comprehensive win over Wagga City on the weekend.

The Blues hadn’t defeated the Cats all season, but had too much firepower at Robertson Oval on Sunday.

After posting 231 on the first day of the clash, the Blues rolled through the defending premier for 70.

In a sorry batting line upJosh Thompson (16) top scored for the Cats.

A blistering spell fromJake Hindmarshcaused most of the damage and the paceman took 7-26 off 13 overs.

He picked up seven of the Cats’ top eightbefore Mitch Sykes and Brian Robinson cleaned up the rest.

Blues captain Joel Robinson was once again impressed by his spearhead.

“Jake bowled really well and has bowled all year whether it be club or rep,” Robinson said.

“He had good help and I thought everyone that had the chance to bowl bowled well.

“It was a really good team performance in the field, but it means nothing unless we can back it up in a couple weeks time.”

The Blues set up the win with a solid batting display on Saturday.

After the Cats got on top early, South Wagga hit back from 4-58 with a 100-run partnership between Luke Gerhard and Mitch Sykes.

Gerhard justified his recall into the first grade team with a well-made 59 while Sykes scored 47 before becoming one of three Dom Alexander victims.

With solid contributions throughout the innings, Robinson was happy with how the Blues were able to recover their innings.

“I thought we had to work hard a couple of times with the bat but a really good partnership and good contributions down the end of the order helped us to the score we got,” Robinson said.

“It wasn’t one person’s big score but everyone which was really good.”

Just like last season South Wagga are the first team into the grand final, and will face Wagga City or Kooringal Colts in the decider.

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