GALLERY: Junior Sporting Action

GALLERY: Junior Sporting Action A huge crowd showed up to the junior soccer in Kiama on the weekend. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS
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A huge crowd showed up to the junior soccer in Kiama on the weekend. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

A huge crowd showed up to the junior soccer in Kiama on the weekend. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

A huge crowd showed up to the junior soccer in Kiama on the weekend. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

A huge crowd showed up to the junior soccer in Kiama on the weekend. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

A huge crowd showed up to the junior soccer in Kiama on the weekend. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

A huge crowd showed up to the junior soccer in Kiama on the weekend. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

A huge crowd showed up to the junior soccer in Kiama on the weekend. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

A huge crowd showed up to the junior soccer in Kiama on the weekend. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

A huge crowd showed up to the junior soccer in Kiama on the weekend. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

A huge crowd showed up to the junior soccer in Kiama on the weekend. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

A huge crowd showed up to the junior soccer in Kiama on the weekend. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

A huge crowd showed up to the junior girls netball in Kiama on the weekend. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

A huge crowd showed up to the junior soccer in Kiama on the weekend. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

A huge crowd showed up to the junior soccer in Kiama on the weekend. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

A huge crowd showed up to the junior soccer in Kiama on the weekend. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

A huge crowd showed up to the junior soccer in Kiama on the weekend. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

A huge crowd showed up to the junior soccer in Kiama on the weekend. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

The Junior girls Beachettes, congratulate each other after a tough game in the rain. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

The conditions we’re tricky in the rain at the girls junior netball. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

Kiama Downs looking for gap to pass into, at the junior girls netball Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

A huge crowd showed up to the junior girls netball in Kiama on the weekend. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

A huge crowd showed up to the junior girls netball in Kiama on the weekend. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

A huge crowd showed up to the junior girls netball in Kiama on the weekend. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

Kiama finding a gap in Oak Flats defence at the junior league. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

A huge crowd showed up to the junior girls netball in Kiama on the weekend. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

A huge crowd showed up to the junior rugby league in Kiama on the weekend. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

A huge crowd showed up to the junior rugby league in Kiama on the weekend. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

A huge crowd showed up to the junior rugby league in Kiama on the weekend. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

The conditions we’re rough in the rain during the junior boys rugby league in Kiama on the weekend. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

The conditions we’re rough in the rain during the junior boys rugby league in Kiama on the weekend. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

A huge crowd showed up to the junior rugby league in Kiama on the weekend. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

A huge crowd showed up to the junior rugby league in Kiama on the weekend. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

Oak Flats trying to fly past the Kiama defense. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

Kiama on the attack against Oak Flats on the weekend. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

A huge crowd showed up to the junior rugby league in Kiama on the weekend. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

Kiama making a break for it during the junior boys rugby league in Kiama. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

Kiama gave the Oak Flats defense the slip during the junior boys rugby league match in Kiama. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

Kiama escaping from the Oak Flats defense. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

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WEEKLY FOOTY RECAP

All this week’s Addy footy coverage heading into another big round of action.
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FOOTY HQ BFL PREVIEW VIDEO

KICKIN’ IT WITH KRISTEN: YOUNG PIES STAND TALL

INDIGENOUS JUMPERS REVEALED

SIX KEY STORM PLAYERS SET TO RETURN

MCDFL LAUNCH INDIGENOUS ROUND

DOLEY’S DISSECTION: SASHES CLASH AT THE MCG

ON THE BALL: HISTORIC MATCH SHOWS GROWTH OF THE GAME

WAY OUT WEST: SPECTACULAR SATURDAY

TALK OF BREAKAWAY LEAGUE, BUT GISBORNE HAPPY IN BENDIGO

MAGIN NAMED IN STATE TEAM

BIG CLASH FOR ROOS, TIGERS

INTER-LEAGUE COACHES FACE OFF

MCDFL ROUND 6 PREVIEW

NCFL ROUND 7 AT A GLANCE

BENDIGO THUNDER V DIAMOND CREEK PREVIEW

BFL ROUND 8 AT A GLANCE

ALIK MAGIN MAKES FINAL CUT

HDFL ROUND 8 PREVIEW

FINAL WORD: BIG GUNS COLLIDE

UNBEATEN LINE-UPS SET FOR CONTEST

LVFL ROUND 7 PREVIEW

BENDIGO PIONEERS RETURN TO MILDURA

PIONEERS WORK TO INCREASE OFF-FIELD SUPPORT

TIGERS SEARCH FOR RIGHT BALANCE

ROBERTSON KEEN TO ERADICATE MAGPIE LAPSES

UNBEATEN COLLEGE TEAMS PRIMED FOR QEO CLASH

TEAM FOOTY THE KEY FOR BOMBERS’ REBOUNDING

PICTURES: FLASHBACK – BFL INTER-LEAGUE 2002 DIVISION TWO PREMIERS

MILDREN A CERTAIN STARTER FOR STRATHFIELDSAYE AGAINST DOGS

TIMELY WEEK OFF FOR EAGLEHAWK

DEFENDING CHAMPS HUNT FIRING DRAGONS

UNBEATEN RIVALS FACE OFF IN BLOCKBUSTER

FOOTY HQ VIDEO: ROUND 8 BFL PREVIEW

WEEKEND TEAMS

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Josh Mantellato earns recall after Uate injury

Josh Mantellato will come into the side for Aku Uate. Picture: Mark KolbeKNIGHTS winger Josh Mantellato has been recalled to the top grade after Akuila Uate failed to travel with the team to New Zealand due to injury.
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Uate was at the Knights’ Balance training headquarters in Mayfield on Saturday where he worked with a rehabilitation group and club sources confirmed that the former Origin star had aggravated a knee problem.

In a further blow NSW Origin hero Beau Scott has also been ruled out following agroin injuryhe aggravated in the Blues’ series openingwin on Wednesday.

Mantellato will play his first game in the NRL for the season, after strong performances recently in the NSW Cup.

Jake Mamo was expected to be the likelyreplacement for Uate, but he too was ruled out with a back injury.He covered for Uate in the 16-12 defeat to the Bulldogs and was on the wing in the 15-14 loss to Manly.

The Knights left for Auckland on Friday where all three grades – NRL, under-20s and NSW Cup – take on the Kiwis.

Uate damaged his posterior ligament in the 26-12 win over Canberra in round six – the Knights’ last victory.

After two weeks on the sideline he started against Penrith and Manly, scoring two tries, but the knee is still causing him problems.

David Fa’ alogo is on stand by and would come on to the interchange bench with Adam Cuthbertson to move to lock.

Fullback Darius Boyd travelled to Auckland but is also less than 100 per cent.

The Knights have recorded two wins from the opening 10 games to be languishing in 15th position.

They have a poor record across the ditch, wining one of the past six.

War-torn Palestine qualify for Asian Cup in Australia

Australia will host one of world football’s most captivating storylines at the 2015 Asian Cup after war-torn Palestine qualified for their first top-tier tournament by winning the AFC Challenge Cup final against the Philippines.
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Palestine became the 16th and final nation to qualify for the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia after Ashraf Al Fawaghra struck a stunning long-range free kick to seal the 1-0 final win in the Maldives.

Palestine form Group D of the Asian Cup alongside reigning champions Japan, Jordan and 2007 champions Iraq. Despite the tough draw, Palestine will enter the tournament in a rich vein of form, having won the AFC Challenge Cup without conceding a goal.

They will make their Asian Cup debut against Japan in Newcastle on January 12 before playing Jordan in Melbourne four days later. Their final group game against Iraq will be held in Canberra on January 20.

It will be their first top-tier international tournament as Palestine have never qualified for a World Cup, Asian Cup or Olympic Games since recognised as an independent state by FIFA in 1998.

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How the Wallabies could learn from league’s State of Origin series opener

I am a fan of all sports, I like to watch skilful players perform at the highest level.
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I try to take pieces of information that will benefit me or help me impart that knowledge when I coach. Whether that be golf, athletics, soccer, tennis, whatever, I am always trying to find something that can make a difference, make an improvement.

I read an interesting quote form Dr Craig Duncan, a lecturer at the Australian Catholic University in The Sydney Morning Herald last September that said, “Long term we’re going to produce less good athletes because kids need to be able to solve movement puzzles. The more sports they are exposed to the better.”

This was in reference to increasing professionalism of schoolboy sport and, I think, the choices being made to specialise at an earlier age.

I agree with the statement. Experience as much as possible to gain a skill level that is outside the normal parameters for your sport. This thought has merit right through to the senior level, not just limited to kids. So when I watched the State of Origin on Wednesday night, I thought, now there is a lesson to be learnt there.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my rugby, but wasn’t it special when the Blues won game one of Origin. There was a sense of ‘‘how good was that’’.

Even if league isn’t your cup of tea, the fact that NSW won must have meant something.

I will go a little further and say if you still didn’t like the game you had to admire the physicality. It set itself apart from other league games as a stand-alone gladiatorial moment.

Those two words  – gladiatorial moment – could be the key phrase that the Wallabies take on board this season.

This is what is needed from the Wallabies in 2014. It has to be present when they take on the French next week but more importantly when they encounter the All Blacks and the Springboks.

I am sure the Wallabies coaches would have cast an eye over what happened on Wednesday night and thought, how could we adapt that into our game?

It’s the physicality that caught my attention and how (cliche time) the players gave 110 per cent for the full 80 minutes. The win came from a team under pressure in a similar predicament to the Wallabies.

A belief that they could succeed. Maybe a phone call to Blues coach Laurie Daley to swap a few notes wouldn’t hurt.

Since the inception of Super Rugby and the corresponding international matches, the Wallabies have struggled to be consistent in matching the gruelling physicality that both the All Blacks and the Springboks bring to the game.

Before you jump, yes there have been times when we have gained the ascendency, but more often or not at times we have struggled.

Now I am not saying this is isolated to a forward battle, I am saying across the board. You have to match fire with fire in order to get a result. There is no use having the most skilful team if you can’t win the battle.

I have always mentioned in my articles that the key to playing South Africa is about playing fast, but you still need the brawn to start with.

You have to take the fight to the opposition and impose yourself on them. Until that happens you wont be able to ‘‘play’’, even if you have seven Tim Horans in the backline.

Surely by watching what unfolded through the week, attitude must play a part in getting a team ready to ‘‘want’’ to be physical. In effect, it is legal thuggery.

You have it in your right to hit as hard as you can, to impart your presence on the opposition. Or in layman’s terms, bash them.

Since the tour last year and the tough decisions the coach made, I get a sense that there is an attitude change in the set-up of the Wallabies, especially from the squad that has been assembled to include some new blood.

This Test series against the French will be a test for all. The French historically have a big forward pack and flare in the backs, that will be complemented with sheer size with the likes of Mathieu Bastareaud. He is the 120kg centre. Ah, I’m glad I am not playing any more.

My old teammate in the UK Jonny Wilkinson recently said upon pending retirement, ‘‘it is becoming ever more apparent, when you see the size of the guys running alongside you and at you, that it is ultimately a younger man’s sport.”

Time now for the Wallabies to be spoken about as the big guys running at you and to become the enforcers.

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Prince Harry’s trip to Australia cost taxpayers $150,000

Prince Harry’s visit to Australia cost taxpayers $150,000. Photo: Janie Barrett harry
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Taxpayers were charged $150,000 for Prince Harry’s two-night visit to Australia last October, Senate documents reveal.

Entertaining the Prince cost significantly more than the Coalition spent recently on other official visitors.

Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Burma’s National League for Democracy, spent almost 15 years under house arrest before her release in 2010. The bill for her five nights last November and December was just under $40,000. Her tour included speeches at universities and the Sydney Opera House, and a meeting with Prime Minister Tony Abbott at Parliament House in Canberra.

About $12,000 was spent on New Zealand Prime Minister John Key’s one-day visit last October. Indonesia’s Vice President Boediono visited for six nights last November, during heightened tensions between the Australia and Indonesia over spying claims and the Coalition’s boat turn-back policy. His trip cost taxpayers about $151,000 or a nightly cost of $25,000. The nightly cost of Prince Harry’s trip was $75,000.

The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) would not provide a breakdown of the money spent on Prince Harry, but said the “broad categories of costs for these visits could include transport (air/ground/water), accommodation, hospitality and other visit related costs.”

PM&C also covers the cost of gifts to official guests, according to an official questioned by opposition Senate spokeswoman Penny Wong in estimates hearings this week.

While visiting Australia, Prince Harry attended the International Fleet Review celebrating 100 years of the Royal Australian Navy, met with SAS troops in Perth and met with Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his family at Kirribilli House.

Prince Harry appears to have enjoyed the hospitality. An AAP journalist covering the royal trip reported: “Before his departure from Sydney, Prince Harry told reporters Australia already felt like a second home and he was very sad to be leaving.”

“I just can’t get the time off work these days,” Prince Harry said.

“The next time I come back you will be struggling to get rid of me I am sure.”

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Rachael’s letter gets national attention

CONCERNED: Rachael Hamilton with her letter.Bendigo girl, 10, takes PM to task
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Editorial: Rachael pens thoughts in heartfelt letter

OPPOSITION leader Bill Shorten has congratulated Bendigo primary school student Rachael Hamilton for challenging the Prime Minister on the Federal Budget.

“Good on you Rachael from Bendigo for taking the time to write about your concerns,” Mr Shorten wrote on Facebook on Saturdaymorning.

Mr Shorten shared the Bendigo Advertiser’sreport about Rachael Hamilton and how she haswritten a letter to Tony Abbott urging him to reconsider proposed GP co-payments and his asylum seeker policy.

More than 1000 of Mr Shorten’s Facebook followers have ‘liked’ the post.

Rachael Hamilton, 10,saidshe didn’t like what she heard on Federal Budget night or in the news.

“I knew Tony Abbott was making bad choices and I got really annoyed about it,” she said.

“Joe Hockey is making people pay more for doctors when they can’t afford it.

“I had the idea to write a letter.”

Mr Shorten’s Facebook post has received mixed reactions from his followers.

“Goodo!! A PMbeing taken to task by so many – even some not old enough to vote is what needs to happen,” DesertDaisy Marie replied to Mr Shorten’s Facebook post.

Another response included: “Using kids for your political agenda bill, is a new low…” from Nicholas Pispek.

Rachael’s mumBernadette Ward said any opportunity to engage in conversation and get young people talking about topical issues was important.

“So if Bill Shorten wants to take it up then I think that’s great,” she said on Saturday afternoon.

“I would really encourage lots of people to have the conversations.

“It’s not about one side of politics versus the other.

“It’s about having the conversations.”

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Kingfishers club celebrates Women in League day

Kingfishers club celebrates Women in League day Kingfishers club members Kane Willis and Sam Bostock enjoy spray painting Zac Frazer and Angus Holland’s hair pink at the Women in Leaugue day at Beaudesert.
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Siblings Elijah and Selina Semu were treated to pink cupcakes bought from the McGrath Foundation tent at the Kingfishers rugby league club’s Women in League day.

Nicola Rickuss of Allenview and Shannon and Jodie O’Halloran of Beaudesert wear pink to celebrate the Women in League day.

Kingfishers under 9s player Jack Henry is unstoppable in the match against Parkwood.

Kingfishers under 11s players Liam Parlett and Jake Carr are looking forward to playing on their home ground at the Women in League day.

Kingfishers cheerleaders Tia Bartlett, Maya Lynch and Isabelle Mathison hang out after cheering their club’s players on at the Women in League day.

Kingfishers under 9s players Heath Spalding and James Mathison chase and tackle a Parkwood player in the game at Beaudesert.

Beaudesert’s Kylie Jenkinson and Kale and Mary-Lyn Reed of Canungra at the Women in League day at the Kingfishers rugby league club in Beaudesert

Melissa Frazer enjoys spraypainting Luke Arkinstal’s hair pink for the Women in League day at the Kingfishers rugby league club in Beaudesert.

Kingfishers under 9s player Heath Spalding pushes off the opposition in the game against Parkwood.

Kiara Tobin-Johnson and Tina Williams of Kooralbyn enjoy watching the games at the Women in League day at Beaudesert.

Murray Rickuss (right) of Gleneagle with grandchildren Karly and Jared Rickuss at the Women in League day at the Kingfishers rugby league club in Beaudesert.

Margaret Wessling of Brisbane and Aimee and Linda Henry of Beaudesert having a laugh at the Women in League day at the Kingfishers rugby league club in Beaudesert.

Kingfishers under 9s player Dylan Haack sprints through the Parkwood opposition.

Kingfishers under 9s player James Mathison receives a tough tackle from a Parkwood player.

Beaudesert’s Wayne and patty Clare and Col and Cheryl Willis went to watch their grandchildren play at the Women in League day at the Kingfishers rugby league club in Beaudesert.

Beaudesert’s Nicolas Robaina and Christine Barrett at the Kingfishers rugby league club’s Women in League day at Beaudesert.

Kingfishers under 9s players Braith Battese and Rory Iselin bring down an opposition player in the game against Parkwood.

Beaudesert’s Mia and Debbie Love had a great time at the Women in League day.

Under 9s player Braith Battese dodges the opposition in the game against Parkwood

Cherry Walker of the Gold Coast and granddaughter Arabella Farrugia shelter from the rain under an umbrella at the Women in League day at the Kingfishers rugby league club in Beaudesert.

Kingfishers under 9s player Zachary Frazer charges with the ball through Parkwood players in the game at Beaudesert.

Ted and Jane Leeson of Arundel travelled to Beaudesert to watch the games played at the Women in League day.

Ocean-Maree, Paikea, Cindy and James Barrett of Beaudesert support the Kingfisher players in games played at the Women in League day at Beaudesert.

Dale Collins (centre) Oxenford took his sons Brody and Kai to Beaudesert to watch the rugby league games at the Women in League day.

Parkwood players surround Beaudesert Kingfishers under 9s player Harley Watson in an effort to stop him running with the ball.

Mana Lewis and Lisa Saunders travelled from the Gold Coast to watch the games being played at the Women in League day.

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Tony Abbott insists budget will pass through Senate

Selling the budget: Tony Abbott in Sydney today. Photo: James BrickwoodPrime Minister Tony Abbott took his budget sales pitch to a prominent Sydney heart research institute on Saturday to extoll the virtues of a $20 billion research fund established in the budget.
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Mr Abbott, visiting the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in Sydney’s east, described the research fund, which draws almost all its funding from the proposed controversial $7 GP co-payment, as “world leading” and a “significant part of this budget”.

When asked about the prospect of passing the co-payment through a hostile Senate, Mr Abbott said he expected budget measures to “gain a passage” regardless of whether they are contentious.

“Governments get their budgets through,” Mr Abbott said.

“Sometimes there might be a little bit of refinement here, a little refinement there, but governments get their budgets through.”

Health minister Peter Dutton, who was accompanying the Prime Minister on a tour of the heart research clinic, said the fund delivers an extra $1 billion to be spent on medical research each year.

Mr Dutton would not be drawn on whether the $7 co-payment would be dumped if the government could not find Senate crossbench support for the reform, and instead blamed Labor for ensuring Medicare would become unsustainable.

“If the expenses continue to mount in what we spend on Medicare then Medicare will topple over, and Labor has no account at all as to how they are going to provide for Medicare going foward,” he said.

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Lord Mayor’s multicultural awards

Igor Stjepanovic founded GIS People. Photo: Supplied Media specialist Takeshi Takada is given his award. Photo: Supplied
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The man who founded an innovative geospatial company in Brisbane has been named the city’s entrepreneur of the year at the Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Awards.

Igor Stjepanovic – who hails from Bosnia and Herzegovina – founded GIS People, a geospatial and location intelligence company, just four years ago and it quickly became a rising star of the technology industry.

Mr Stjepanovic was honoured with the award at City Hall on Friday, along with Fortitude Valley media specialist Takeshi Takada, a Japanese migrant named business person of the year and online travel entrepreneur Ching Hung, who was named young business person of the year.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the annual awards celebrated the contribution Brisbane’s multicultural businesses make to Brisbane’s economy.

“The winners of the 2014 awards were selected from an impressive and diverse field of finalists, and embody the qualities of determination, leadership and ambition,” he said.

“The achievements of these outstanding individuals act as inspiration for Brisbane’s greater business community.”

Business person of the year, Mr Takada, did not speak a word of English when he arrived in Australia  in 1988.

In 2011 he established the artist-run post-production company Alt.vfx, which specialises in visual effects for the film, television and media industry.

Among the company’s better known works are the Tooheys Extra Dry nocturnal deer migration commercial, which has won industry awards in Cannes and Thailand.

The Chinese-born young business person of the year, Ching Hung, established an online travel agency, Fashion Tour, to cater to the Asian market.

Aided by the booming international student sector in Brisbane, Mr Hung’s company served more than 12,000 clients in 2013.

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