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Ulan West helping to get Mudgee Public School students on the moe

Mudgee Public School Special Education Unit’s innovative bike program, supported by the operators at Glencore’s Ulan West, is an example of how many spokes on a wheel, working together, roll top ideas into action.
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The catalyst for this program is Mudgee’s Ready Set Go inclusive therapy program.

It is a community driven program whose main focus is to help children with therapy needs to be more included in their community whether that is at home, in early childhood settings, at school, on the sports field or in any leisure activity that interests them.

Jane Roberts from Smart Move Physiotherapy as part of Ready Set Go, said the program responded to the children and their families’ requests to have a fun leisure activity that they could enjoy together safely.

“Bike riding offers obvious physical benefits and the opportunity it also provides as a platform for life skills, social skills and general academic education is enormous,” she said.

“Mudgee Public School’s enthusiasm to provide this bike education as well as Mudgee’s increasing investment in safe bike paths has meant the option for these children to ride together with their family and friends is on track.”

Glencore’s Ulan Coal operations put their energy and expertise into gear to help make the program a reality.

Ben Gregory, an operator at Glencore’s Ulan West Operations, has worked with personnel at Ulan Coal Mine to purchase the modified bikes and will help to set up the school bike course.

Hi Vis have developed mini road signs especially for the bike program and supplied the witches hats for training, making this a combined community success.

“The expertise of Mudgee Cycling’s Carl Holleman is very much appreciated as he maps out a bike program for the children’s’ enjoyment and education,” Ms Roberts added.

“Riding a bike is a simple pleasure for many, a significant challenge for some, with enormous benefits for all.”

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Remember the club’s grand history

IT’S hard to see the damagefrom Bendigo Spirit coachBernie Harrower’s comments on the club board in the wake of Sunday’s WNBL grand final loss being repaired.
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The comments were strong,pointed andfinally made public a rift which has been simmering below the surface for a while now.

It’s unfortunate such issues were brought to light so soon after the finish of the grand final – perhaps later in the week would have been a better time but that’s history now.

Clearly, Bernie Harrower and the Bendigo Spirit board have fallen out and from this point it’s hard to see both surviving.

While it’s up to both parties to sort that out we can only hope everyone respects what’s most important – the rich club history built through the past eight years and the glory times of the past three seasons.

This is a great Bendigo story and it’s vital the role everyone has played in writing its chapters is recognised and reputations are not diminished by what’s sure to be an emotional and heated week.

At the end of the day it’s the club that must prosper above all else.

Let’s hope everyone remembers that – regardless of the outcomes.

Rod Case, editor

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A-mazing tribute to the Anzacs

A CHANCE to get lost within Anzac history can be found in a crop at Hagley.
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The Rupertswood Maze saw carloads of people, map in hand, racing through the sorghum field throughout the weekend.

Among those to explore the maze was Brooks High School teacher Sarah Shimmin and her family.

Mrs Shimmin said the living creation, sculpted into the shape of a poppy, was an ideal chance to value-add to her teaching.

‘‘I thought I would come out and have a look,’’ she said.

‘‘The centenary of Anzac is part of the grade 9 curriculum … it’s a chance to have a day out and do some research on the side.’’

A series of 10 information posts are planted throughout the maze, each giving participants information about the Anzacs and clues for a secret word.

Maze owner Anna Clark said she had been surprised by the amount of exposure their creation received.

Mrs Clark said the maze not only gained attention from Australian media, but its image was being broadcast across the world.

‘‘BBC World used it for their front page on the web, since then it’s gone everywhere,’’ she said.

Mrs Clark said she believed it was picked up due to international interest about the Anzac centenary and was featured in other countries such as Singapore and Israel.

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Trevor Shimmin, Emily Lewandowski-Timson, Charlotte Masters, 2, and Sarah Shimmin, all of Launceston, enjoy the Rupertswood Farm Maze. Picture: MARK JESSER

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Charity money promised by ‘inspirational’ health app developer Belle Gibson not handed over

A social media entrepreneur who shot to fame off the back of her cancer survival story failed to hand over thousands of fundraising dollars promised to charities. 
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Melbourne businesswoman Belle Gibson, founder of food and health app The Whole Pantry, solicited donations from a loyal following of 200,000 people in the name of at least five charities that have no record of receiving money from her.

The 26-year-old’s popular recipe app, which costs $3.79, has been downloaded 300,000 times and is being developed as one of the first apps for the soon-to-be-released Apple Watch. Her debut cook book The Whole Pantry, published by Penguin in Australia last year, will soon hit shelves in the United States and Britain.

Immediately after questions from Fairfax Media late last week about her fundraising activities, Ms Gibson promised donations to some organisations that have not been paid since she hosted a fundraiser in 2013. She blamed her company’s “cash flow” problems for the 15-month delay.

Ms Gibson has publicly claimed to have given away 25 per cent of her company’s profits and in her book writes that “a large part of everything” earned is donated to various causes. Last year she said $300,000 had already been given to charity but now says these contributions were never made because app sales were not as high as forecast. Ms Gibson was unable to provide a list of organisations that have received money or say how much has been donated to date.

She launched her business and her app off her story as a young mother diagnosed with terminal brain cancer who rejected conventional medicine and is healing herself with a healthy diet and lifestyle.

The popular app developer gives nutrition advice online and says she has helped countless people dump conventional medicine to treat ailments including cancer.

Ms Gibson has run two campaigns purporting to raise money for five charities, but Fairfax Media has confirmed that none has a record of receiving a donation. Four of the organisations, including Melbourne’s Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, had no knowledge fundraising drives had taken place.

In the first fundraiser, in December 2013, Ms Gibson hosted an exclusive event in St Kilda to raise money for three charities.

Melbourne-based charity One Girl, which runs education programs in Sierra Leone, was promoted as one of the fundraiser’s beneficiaries but said repeated attempts to contact The Whole Pantry about the promised donation more than a year after the event had been unsuccessful. Chief executive Chantelle Baxter confirmed Ms Gibson donated $1000 following questions from Fairfax Media.

In May, Ms Gibson ran a second fundraiser pledging to donate proceeds from app sales to two charities working in south-east Asia, in which she praised her supporters for raising a further $5000 for the cause.

“Don’t forget – for every app downloaded until this Sunday, your purchase goes straight to The 2h Project and the Bumi Sehat Foundation to prevent maternal and infant deaths,” she said on social media during the campaign.

Ms Gibson now says the week-long campaign raised $2800 and that she felt it was not enough to divide between the two organisations. The money, she claimed, was “allocated” to the Bumi Sehat Foundation.

A spokeswoman for the Bumi Sehat Foundation said: “I can say with confidence that we have never received a donation from Belle Gibson”.

Neither Ms Gibson nor her companies are lawfully registered as fundraisers. Consumer Affairs Victoria said organisations found to misrepresent fundraising events could be in breach of criminal and consumer law. Companies face penalties of up to $28,000, while individuals risk 12 months’ jail and a $14,000 fine.

Ms Gibson said money from the two fundraisers “sat with the company finances, which were a mess”. She also said The Whole Pantry was running at a loss and that profit margins had been overestimated.

“We have not yet donated the naive, yet confident amount of $300,000, considering the very quickly [arising] issues with cash flow versus growth, providing content, managing external expectations,” she said.

Confirmed donations from Ms Gibson and her business total about $7000.

“It was with nothing but good intention that we publicised that a percentage of profit from the app will be donated to charity. The intentions always were and still are to give back. The execution of this has obviously been flawed.”

She said she intended to support the nominated causes “when the cash-flow management is stabilised”.

A spokeswoman for one of the charities said: “You don’t take charitable funds and put it into the cash flow of your own business”.

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Kurt Goldman pays tribute to Guy Walter after Faust takes out Canberra Cup

Jockey Sam Clipperton and trainer Kurt Goldman after winning the Canberra Cup on Black Opal Stakes day at Thoroughbred Park. Photo: Matt BedfordGary Moore wins Black Opal Stakes with TakedownMatthew Dale wins three, including Canberra GuineasSydney trainer Peter Snowden wins National SprintDale aims three runners for Country ChampionshipsHighlights from fashions on the field at Black Opal Stakes Day
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Goulburn trainer Kurt Goldman enjoyed the biggest win of his young career, taking the knowledge instilled in him by the late Guy Walter to collect the $200,000 Canberra Cup (2000m).

Jockey Sam Clipperton timed his run aboard Faust ($22.70) to perfection to overhaul the Gai Waterhouse-trained Queenstown and hit the line in front of Burbero and World Wide at Thoroughbred Park on Sunday.

Walter won last year’s Cup with Jacquinot Bay before he tragically died suddenly of a heart attack in May.

Goldman moved to Goulburn from Kembla Grange about 12 months ago to replace Danny Williams as the trainer for former Wallaby Alan Cardy at his state-of-the-art facility.

It was there the 29-year-old got to know Walter, observing his habits and taking the experienced trainer’s advice.

“The last month that Guy was still with us he was very influential because I had just moved to Goulburn, he helped me a lot,” Goldman said.

“Quite often I would go and sit with him in the middle of the track in Goulburn watching his horses work and I’d be watching mine.

“I believe I train a little bit like Guy.

“Guy to me was a very patient trainer, you’d always see him thinking.

“His biggest piece of advice was to be patient with the horses and not expect things to happen straight away.”

It was the second Canberra Cup win in the past three years for the ownership syndicate, who also had success with Court Connection trained by Williams in 2013.

Goldman started off on his own as an owner/trainer out of Kembla Grange five years ago, a second and a third on Magic Millions day on the Gold Coast helping him build his clientele.

“I wasn’t interested in training for other people,” Goldman said.

“I believed in myself and I wanted to prove to people what I could do without having owners a part of it.

“From where I was in my career, joining Alan Cardy was a chance to get some better-quality horses without finding the horses myself.”

He may have found a beauty in Faust.

Despite concerns about a lack of preparation ahead of the Canberra Cup, the five-year-old showed a clean pair of heels in the back straight to record its sixth win from 26 starts.

“At this stage the horse will probably go to the Albury Cup in a few weeks’ time,” Goldman said.

“This horse loves the wet and I’ve strongly advised the owners that we should set this horse on a campaign to Queensland in the winter carnival.

“That’s still in the back of my mind.

“I haven’t got time to spell him and bring him back, I have to be mindful of how much racing he has before going there.”

Clipperton said he was pleased to have helped Goldman take out the biggest win of his career.

“He’s been a good friend and he’s been a great supporter of mine over the years, so it’s good he gets a big win on the board under his name,” Clipperton said.

“Faust never gives in, he’d been building to a win and Kurt presented the horse in perfect order.”

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Young judges hone skills at Mudgee Show

Liam Mulligan looks on as Hayley Nelson judges one of the rams in the merino judging competition.
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The Mudgee Show kicked off on Friday morning with teenagers from around the region gathering in the sheep and cattle pavilions for the junior judging competitions.

Students from across the region spent Friday morning judging grain, merino fleece, sheep meat breeds, and merinos at the Mudgee Showground, with many of those in attendance hoping to gain entry into the RAS State Judging Finals at the Royal Easter Show at the end of the month.

For other students from Mudgee High School, Gulgong High School and Dunedoo High School, the judging competition was a great chance to learn from the experts and take the first step to becoming junior judges.

The students who came first in each of the competitions will have around three weeks to iron their shirts, go through the rules, and fine tune their judging styles for the Sydney Royal Easter Show state finals.

Gulgong High School agriculture technology teacher Judy Rohr brought along members of the Gulgong High Show Team to the competition, and said it was a great opportunity for the students to test their skills in a competition arena and learn new ones from the experienced judges.

“I’ve got around five students competing in the zone finals and half a dozen kids who are just learning how to judge merino, British breeds, and fleeces,” she said.

“It’s good to have the professionals on hand as the judges so the kids can gain more experience for the future.”

Grains judge Peter Gallagher said the were already fairly knowledgeable about what to look for and conducted themselves in a mature manner throughout the day.

“Some of them conducted themselves amazingly. And most of them knew what they were talking about and did all right when it came raking the grains in order of quality,” he said.

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Kicking up their heels at Rockley

ADRENALINE RUSH: Wayne Crisp, originally from Rockley, saddled up to compete in the open bull ride on Novocane at yesterday’s Rockley Rodeo. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 030815crodeoIN the seconds before his event, Bathurst man Richard Treanor is focused and alert.
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He climbs the fence, sits atop a writhing one-tonne bull and the adrenaline starts to build. Focus is key, and the number one rule kicks in – don’t let go.

Bull rider Mr Treanor may have a swag of titles under his cowboy-buckled belt, but the rider handed the luck of the day over to the bulls at yesterday’s Rockley Rodeo.

He was among 110 entrants at the annual event, which traditionally draws a big crowd to the tiny village south of Bathurst each year.

The 25-year-old may have been competing for almost a decade, but he said some weekends just don’t go your way.

This was the fourth time he has ridden Novocane – a bull with a fearsome reputation on the rodeo circuit.

In yesterday’s open bull ride he was bucked off just a few seconds into the eight-second time he needed to stay atop the bucking beast.

“It got the better of me, it’s the third time he’s bucked me off [at various rodeos],” he said.

Mr Treanor was just 17 years old when he decided to have a crack at bull riding, and he says it’s a sport he’ll continue “as long as I can”.

“I decided to jump on a bull one day and it’s been like that ever since,” he said.

“It’s the adrenaline and the fun … I’ll just go jump- to-jump and hope for the best.”

The young Bathurst man is an up-and-coming rodeo star with awards in national events, as well as wins in the East to West Coast Rodeo Champion- ships in 2012 and 2013.

While yesterday’s rodeo didn’t go his way, Mr Treanor said he’s learned a thing or two about bull riding thanks to eight years on the rodeo circuit.

“Don’t let go and try and move with the bull rather than against it,” he said.

“Where I’m at now you’ve got reaction time … once it’s doing something [the bull] you’ve got a split second to react.”

Despite his numerous awards, Mr Treanor still has his sights set high in bull riding.

“I’ll be working towards winning an Australian title,” he said.

Rockley Rodeo secretary Ros Press said while the crowds might have been down on previous years, the rodeo still attracted stars of the sport from across three states.

“The committee tries to focus the day as a family day – that’s why we have it on a Sunday,” she said.

The event is also a fundraiser and again supported Cancer Care Patients Assistance Society as it has done for the last 20 years.

“We’ve probably given $12-$15,000 over that time,” Ms Press said.

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Cancer Council launches ‘Vision for Change’

The Cancer Council’s “Saving life: Vision for Change” campaign was launched at the St John’s Church markets on Saturday. Pictured are local Cancer Council advocate Melanie Trethowan and Member for Dubbo and Deputy Premier Troy Grant.The Cancer Council’s “Saving Life” campaign was launched at the St John’s Church markets on Saturday and both community members and state election candidates dropped in to share their views.
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Country Labor candidate for Dubbo Stephen Lawrence lends his support to the Cancer Council’s “Saving Life: Vision for Change” campaign on Saturday.

“Saving Life: Vision for Change” outlines five opportunities the organisation says the next State Government can take to help beat cancer.

These include addressing the sale of tobacco, improving cancer services for Aboriginal people, addressing chemotherapy co-payments, co-ordinating access to care, and increasing palliative care services.

Cancer Council advocate Melanie Trethowan said discussions with members of the public at the stall on Saturday showed that the issue for this area is the disparity in treatment.

“It’s been a really interesting exercise in that the personal stories that have been shared with us today have really highlighted the inequities of getting cancer in a rural area versus in the city,” she said.

The chemotherapy co-payment issue has been a topical issue since the Labor party promised to scrap the payment if elected.

Member for Dubbo and Deputy Premier Troy Grant dropped into the Cancer Council stall on Saturday and said that his party is looking into removing it as well.

“People already have enough to worry about battling the disease without the additional financial impost and in regional areas that extends to travel and absence from families to access care,” he said.

“In 2013, co-payments of a rate between $150-$400 which have been reduced to $6.30-$39.50, but we are now examining opportunities to remove the co-payment for all areas – not just cancer – in public hospitals.”

Mr Grant also praised the work of the Cancer Council.

“The Cancer Council do an amazing job of clearly and articulately bringing the issues to government’s attention,” he said.

“I’ve worked closely with the Cancer Council Western Region MP liaison officer in my electorate over the last three years on a number of initiatives and this is the second time I’ve caught up [local Cancer Council advocate] Melanie Trethowan and I look forward to catching up regularly to continue to fight the good fight.”

Country Labor candidate for Dubbo, Stephen Lawrence, said his party had made its commitment which will be particularly beneficial to country areas.

“Labor’s already committed to abolishing the chemotherapy co-payment – that’s a $6 million commitment, ” he said.

“I think that’s a really important and practical policy, particularly for country people who very often have to travel huge distances when they’re diagnosed with cancer, and we have higher rates of cancer in the country.

“This chemotherapy co-payment was a penny pinching charge that only exists in NSW and was introduced by this government in 2012.”

Mr Lawrence added that the Cancer Council’s call for greater palliative care services was another important issue for him as it was an area he had researched since he declared his candidacy.

“The provision of palliative care nurses and specialists in country NSW is nothing short of disgraceful,” he said.

“To under-service regional and remote areas is uneconomical and inhumane.

“If I’m elected as the member for Dubbo it will be one of my top priorities in terms of healthcare.”

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Melbourne City’s week of destiny gets off to horror start

If this week is to be the defining period of Melbourne City’s season, then it’s unlikely to have a happy ending if the start is anything to go by.
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City – their long-suffering supporters would say all too predictably – crashed 1-0 to Central Coast Mariners in Gosford on Sunday in a match that, for once, justified its must-win status.

It was the first of three games in a six-day period against the bottom three teams in the league. Seven points would have been the minimum that coach John van ‘t Schip and his coaching team would have been aiming at.

Now the best they can manage is six – and that’s only if they beat Western Sydney Wanderers on Wednesday night in Sydney and Newcastle Jets on Saturday evening in Melbourne.

That City is still in the hunt for a top-six berth given its inconsistency speaks volumes about how poor, disorganised or out of form the bottom half of the A-League table has been all year rather than of any particular merit by Melbourne’s most recently established club.

Despite the massive advantage of being owned by the Premiership plutocrats Manchester City, van ‘t Schip’s side have rarely looked like establishing themselves as leading contenders this season.

The hype that saw the bookies install them as A-League favourites last winter had more to do with the identity of their owners and the fact they had just announced David Villa as a guest signing rather than their inherent ability.

After all, this was the team that had finished bottom last season, and while it had been strengthened by a few key additions – Damien Duff, Erik Paartalu, Robbie Koren and, although not until recently, Josh Kennedy – the bulk of the squad was the same as that which had struggled the season before.

There have been days when City have looked good in patches, the odd game where they have produced memorable performances: the first half in the opening round against Sydney, the derby triumph over Victory, the come-from-behind win over Adelaide a week ago.

But they have been too few and far between and all too often false harbingers of hope.

Soon enough van ‘t Schip’s side falls back into its old habits, failing to deliver on the opportunities it gets, playing without the intensity and adventure that the top five teams – who look so much better than the rest – produce.

If the expectations prove correct and their best player, Aaron Mooy, does receive a Socceroo call-up for the forthcoming friendlies against Germany and Macedonia at the end of the month, then their task will get even harder. Mooy has been far and away a shining light for a club that still looks as though it is struggling for an identity and self-belief.

Much, of course, depends on Brisbane’s results over the next few weeks too. But if City don’t take maximum points from their next two fixtures, then prospects of post-season action will evaporate – presumably with major consequences for players’ and perhaps coaches’ short-term careers.

City Football Group official Brian Marwood said last week that whether or not the team made the finals would not impact on van ‘t Schip’s immediate future.

But if they don’t make it, there will, at the very least, surely be an extensive examination of the entire football department: not just van ‘t Schip and his assistants, but also football manager John Didulica and anyone else involved in the choice and recruitment of players. One finals appearance in five seasons in a 10-club competition where 60 per cent of the teams make the play-offs is not what anyone expected.

There is a lot at stake over the next seven weeks and City’s small but passionate band of fans will expect much better than what they got on Sunday.

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Brisbane Roar beat Western Sydney Wanderers 1-0 thanks to Brandon Borrello strike

Another underwhelming performance from the Western Sydney Wanderers has seen them slump to their twelfth defeat this season as Brisbane Roar took full advantage to secure a 1-0 win at Suncorp Stadium.
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Despite the closeness of the final result, the Roar created vastly more chances and were seldom pressured by the visitors, who produced one of the weariest displays of a dreadful campaign.

However, they very nearly pinched an undeserving draw deep into into injury time, when substitute Tomi Juric let fly with an effort that struck the underside of the crossbar and then bounced on the line below. Juric celebrated – an attempt to convince the linesman more than anything else – but play was waved on and Brandon Borrello’s 53rd minute strike would decide the outcome.

The win hoists Brisbane into the top six, displacing Melbourne City, and boasting a game in hand. Based on City’s poor showing against the Mariners earlier in the day, the three-time champions must surely be favourites to hold onto the final spot in the top six.

Despite talking up his side’s form on Friday, the table suggested this would be a battle for the Wanderers, who had lost eight of their nine away games heading into this clash.

Popovic’s much-talked about rotation policy was again enforced with Ante Covic sent to the bench, allowing reserve goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis a rare opportunity between the posts. Attacking midfielder Jashua Sotirio was also given a shot, slotting into the left-hand side.

It was also a reunion with the Wanderers’ former right-back Jerome Polenz, a player who surged down the Parramatta wings with a relentless energy in the first two years.

That battle with the 19-year old Sotirio was the most engaging duel of the first-half, the pair frequently tangling, with Polenz typically treading a fine line at times. Both had their moments and the youngster lost no admirers.

The first-half was played at a tempo perhaps symptomatic of external factors, with both sides coming off draining midweek encounters in the Asian Champions League – the Roar having to come all the way back from Japan after their shock win over Urawa Red Diamonds.

Not helping matters was the combination of a pitch that was badly cut up from back-to-back rugby league and rugby union matches on successive days before.

The best chance of the first half came when Brisbane star Thomas Broich put Jean Carlos Solorzano away and despite a heavy touch he was still able to get away a decent shot that Bouzanis did well to deflect.

Brisbane had more of the possession and chances early but, by the same token, weren’t always as polished as coach Frans Thijssen would have liked. Yet the visitors offered hardly anything in attack, with Sotirio the only outlet of interest.

Both sides were guilty of turning the ball over regularly, although the heat and the pitch condition had plenty to do with the lack of control on either side.

Wanderers’ No.10 Mark Bridge – perhaps labouring from his heavy workload in recent weeks – was taken off at half-time in favour of Yojiro Takahagi as Tony Popovic sought to find a more creative outlet.

However, Brisbane were the ones turning up the heat when the two sides emerged for the second half, Broich and Brattan endeavouring to pin the Wanderers deep in their own half.

Seven minutes after the restart, their reward would come. Polenz caught Sotirio unawares as the Wanderers were trying to play out from defence, and he quickly surged forward before seeing Borrello move into space. The Adelaide-born forward jinked past Nikolai Topor-Stanley all too easily before firing inside the far post.

Borrello could have iced the result after the hour mark when he was clear on goal and decided to chip a bouncing ball over Bouzanis, only to see it loop onto the bar and out of play.

Defender Topor-Stanley had a fine chance thereafter but his header, from Takahagi’s free-kick, was palmed wide by Jamie Young. As the minutes ticked by, Juric’s late chance was as close as the Wanderers would get from an otherwise uninspiring performance.

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