August, 2018

Ultimate footy rankings: Clash of the titans in the last bye round

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DEFENDERS           1 Brendon Goddard ES 2 Matthew Boyd WB 3 Sam Docherty CA 4 Kade Simpson CA 5 James Kelly ES      MIDFIELDERS         1 Gary Ablett GC 2 Jack Steven SK 3 Rory Sloane AD 4 Zachary Merrett ES 5 Tom Mitchell SY            FORWARDS:           1 Zachary Merrett ES 2 Dustin Martin RI 3 Nick Riewoldt SK 4 Leigh Montagna SK 5 Brett Deledio RI      RUCKS:           1 Max Gawn ME 2 Sam Jacobs AD 3 Brodie Grundy CW 4 Tom Nicholls GC 5 Matthew Leuenberger ES

With just one bye round left in the home-and-away season, there’s light at the end of the tunnel for fantasy coaches. This week’s games pit our top-ranked midfielders and ruckmen against each other, and while getting through these rounds has been difficult for some, readers of this piece have definitely had an advantage. It’s time to embrace the last bye round and hit some form before the friendly fixture returns.

For the first time in months, Heath Shaw won’t top the defensive rankings. Of course, that’s because GWS has the bye, and he won’t be playing this week. So, fill-in Essendon captain Brendon Goddard takes top spot, given he has a solid record against the Eagles and in Perth.

Matthew Boyd is the second-best option in defence this week, and should play well in the match of the round against Sydney.

As per usual, the Carlton duo of Sam Docherty and Kade Simpson are both in the top five.

Carlton has the Saturday night blockbuster against Collingwood, and provided they focus on their games and not the results of the federal election, these two fantasy guns should deliver again.

It’s the simple pleasures in life that are often the most enjoyable, like knowing Gary Ablett is back at his best. For the first time this season, Ablett tops the midfield rankings following a huge performance against Hawthorn. While the Saints did relatively well against Dangerfield, it wasn’t that long ago when Ablett had 37 disposals and kicked four goals against them. At home, he’ll have a field day.

Jack Steven is ranked second this week, after stringing together some very good scores in recent times. He may play head-to-head with Ablett, which would be entertaining. It’s important to not forget Rory Sloane either, who is ranked third for the week. He was huge in Adelaide’s win over North Melbourne last week and is one of the most underrated fantasy midfielders going around.

Max Gawn is back, fresh off the bye, and will look to beat Sam Jacobs this week. They are ranked first and second respectively for the round 15 ruck rankings, and whoever wins this contest will likely help win the match for their team. The major surprise, however, is Matthew Leuenberger’s inclusion in the top five. It’s his first appearance of the season, given the quality of players that have the bye, and he’ll need to be good against the Eagles.

There aren’t any surprises regarding the best attacking options of the week. Zach Merrett is Essendon’s best player and regardless of the opposition, he always delivers. The Tiger duo of Martin and Deledio are ranked second and fifth respectively, and if the Tigers have any chance against Port Adelaide, these two will need to fire.

Finally, fresh off the biggest upset of the season, St Kilda’s veteran Nick Riewoldt and Leigh Montagna will need to play well again to make sure they beat the Suns. Both have been unbelievable this season, and are two key parts of St Kilda’s machine.

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AFL 2016: Steve Johnson and GWS Giants open talks about playing on

Greater Western Sydney has met with Steve Johnson’s management to discuss the potential for his playing career to be extended into 2017 .
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The livewire forward, who was allowed to leave Geelong at the end of last season, has been in brilliant form, kicking 28 goals in his 13 games so far for the Giants.

His original contract included one year of playing followed by one year of coaching, but Fairfax Media understands the Giants have been so  impressed with his form that they’re open to talking about him playing on next year.

The Giants football department and Johnson’s manager, Craig Kelly, have held initial talks about the footballer fondly known as Stevie J playing on.

The club and new football boss Wayne Campbell face an intriguing off season, with the Giants needing to shed players and salary cap space to remain within AFL guidelines.

Among the players who could leave or be traded  are highly-rated young defender Caleb Marchbank, who has been linked to Carlton, Jack Steele, in whom Richmond have shown interest, and Adam Tomlinson, who is finding it difficult to break into the Giants’ star studded forward line.

The Giants are unlikely to try to lure a big name during the trade period, which may aid them in finding salary cap space for Johnson next year.

If he plays on, Johnson could become a 300-game player.

He’s played 266 so far with nine weeks (and finals) left this season, which leaves the triple century milestone a genuine possibility if he can keep his body healthy.

He has been durable during the second half of his career, playing a minimum of 18 games per year since the 2009 season.

Johnson was rested for the Giants’ round 13 win over Essendon at Etihad Stadium and the break worked perfectly, with the creative forward kicking four goals and collecting 17 disposals in a near best-on-ground performance against Carlton on Saturday.

With 10 wins on the board and a strong percentage, the Giants are well placed to finish in the top four. Their run home includes a trip to the Adelaide Oval to take on Port, a home game against West Coast and a round 23 trip to Etihad Stadium to take on North Melbourne, three matches they would all start favourite in if the games were played this weekend.

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Brisbane band george reunite for one night at Brisbane Festival

Rock band george -Paulie Bromley, Geoff Green, Katie Noonan, Nick Stewart and Tyrone Noonan – are reforming for the Brisbane Festival. Photo: Supplied Tyrone Noonan: “If we are going to do it then now is the time.” Photo: Lisa Maree Williams
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Their flame only burnt briefly, but it burnt brightly, and now Brisbane band george is about to let it burn again.

To mark the 20th anniversary of the formation of the band, Breathe in Now hitmakers Katie and Tyrone Noonan along with Nick Stewart, Geoff Green and Paulie Bromley will reunite for a public concert as part of Brisbane Festival 2016.

After a cheeky secret gig to celebrate the handover of management at music venue the Zoo, the band is getting back together for what they all agree is the “right time”.

“Really, I guess, if we are going to do it then now is the time,” Tyrone said.

“It’s 20 years since the band formed, we formed in 1996, and it seems like, well, it’s now or never.”

It took six years for the band to strike it big, but when it hit, it hit hard.

Polyserena made its debut at No.1 on the ARIA charts in 2002, with george only the 10th Australian artists to achieve that with a first album.

George became the darlings of the Aussie music scene and won a stack of awards but two years later the second album failed to get the same attention as the first.

“When we put out the second record, we faced that difficult thing that a lot of bands face,” Tyrone said.

“We disappeared through the cracks, we didn’t get as much support from independent radio and that meant there was no impetus for commercial radio to play us.”

At the same time record company dramas were swirling and fractures within the band started to form.

After 10 years playing together, they took a break.

“We weren’t able to continue to keep the same level of production standards we had because of the lack of support for the second record,” Tyrone said.

“Then it kind of looked like we were almost taking backwards steps and we thought it was better to stop than to go backwards.”

Tyrone returned to DJing, Katie put out a string of successful solo records crossing the realms from pop, to dance, to rock, to folk, to art music, Paulie continued finding success with the Beautiful Girls and the other band members got on with their lives.

Katie said that apart from running into her former band mates at music festivals, they hadn’t caught up since they decided to split.

“Obviously I see my brother, but I hadn’t seen Nick for more than a decade; the other guys I see around the traps from time to time,” she said.

Despite several lucrative offers to reform, the group always felt it was best to leave well enough alone.

That was until the Zoo’s Joc Curran decided to move on and the opportunity presented itself to get the band back together to say thanks to the person and the venue that gave them so much love when they were first starting.

“People have been asking about a reunion for quite a long time but when Joc told me about the changing of the guard at the Zoo and it going on to the next generation I thought if there was ever an excuse to reform, that was it.”

Katie and Tyrone agreed that getting back into george’s music was a comfortable fit, and the band worked seamlessly together for its reunion gig.

And now it is time to take the whole thing to a bigger audience.

“We are all really excited to be thinking about doing this music,” Tyrone said.

“It’s pretty special to all of us, we all put a lot of heart into that music, that is probably the ultimate reason the band was successful, people connected with that.”

Brisbane Festival artistic director David Berthold said he was hugely excited to be bringing george’s first public concert in more than a decade into the festival.

“There were two shocks for me – one, that it was 20 years ago … anyone I have mentioned that to has just fallen over,” he said.

“The second shock was when the last time they played live was 11 years ago on the steps of the Opera House.”

Mr Berthold will announce the full program for the 2016 Brisbane Festival on Wednesday night, but he teased george wasn’t the only seminal Brisbane group to be performing at the festival.

“I am really pleased that there are so many iconic Brisbane names in the festival this year, that is really exciting for me,” he said.

“And not only Brisbane names, that mix of legends and new voices is something that excites me.”

George will play the Concert Hall, QPAC, on September 9.

Tickets go on sale on Thursday morning and are available by visiting brisbanefestival南京夜网419论坛

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Judges imposing ‘extremely lenient’ sentences for incest: court of appeal

The Court of Appeal has recommended judges hand down higher sentences in incest cases. Photo: Rob HomerVictorian judges are imposing “extremely lenient” sentences for incest convictions, according to the state’s highest court.
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The Court of Appeal on Wednesday recommended that judges hand down higher sentences in incest cases, to better reflect the “objective gravity” of incest and the long-term harm done to victims.

But it declined to overturn a five-and-a-half year sentence given to a man convicted of incest against his two step-daughters, and impregnating one of them at just 13.

The Director of Public Prosecutions had appealed the sentence, describing it as “manifestly inadequate”, particularly given the 13-year-old had been forced to terminate the pregnancy.

Fearing repercussions if she told anyone the truth, the girl instead said she had been having sex with a boy at school. She then had to endure her abusive step-father continuing to live with the family as a result of her lie.

The girl’s sister, who has a mild intellectual disability, was 15 or 16 when her step-father committed incest against her, and also indecently assaulted her.

The man, who pleaded guilty to incest and indecent assault, was sentenced to three-and-a-half years’ jail for the incest against the 13-year-old girl and two years for the attacks on the older sister.

During his County Court trial, the court was told he had been abusing alcohol and cannabis at the time of his offences.

In sentencing, the County Court judge took into account evidence that the man suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after enduring “catastrophic losses” in the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires.

The court had also taken into account the belief that the man had a good prospect of rehabilitation, he had no prior convictions, he fell into the lower end of the autism spectrum and he had displayed “genuine remorse”.

In its written judgement, the Court of Appeal said judges were imposing “disproportionately low” sentences, compared with the “yardstick” of a maximum penalty of 25 years’ jail for incest.

“Sentencing for incest must reflect society’s denunciation of the sexual abuse of children and the profound harm which it causes,” it said.

“The very high maximum penalty underlines the seriousness with which the offence is regarded.”

However, it said judges were bound to impose sentences that were consistent with those imposed by other judges.

“But for the constraints of current sentencing which – as we have said – reflect the requirements of consistency, we would have had no hesitation in concluding that the sentence imposed … was manifestly inadequate.”

The Court of Appeal said judges should be the ones to change sentencing practices.

“The criminal justice system can be – and should be – self-correcting,”  the court said.

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Bowled out of proportion

THE new owners of a Morwell tenpin bowling alley want to allay fears an all abilities bowling league will no longer be able to use their facility.
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It comes after a discussion on Saturday afternoon when parents, carers and bowlers were led to believe the league had a week to move from their usual 2pm Saturday time slot.

A Facebook post, uploaded by a Traralgon parent whose 12 year-old son competes in the Happy Achievers Disabled Tenpin Bowling League, was re-shared thousands of times.

Wyncity Morwell general manager Edi De Pellegrin said she was bewildered how people could spread information so quickly “without even knowing the truth”.

“We were asking them (the bowling league) in the next couple of weeks if they could move to a 9.30am time slot,” Ms De Pellegrin said.

“There was no bullying; it was just a talk.”

The Happy Achievers league has been operating for 30-odd years and currently has about 40 registered bowlers.

Parents, carers and bowlers meet at 1.45pm each Saturday for a 2pm start, taking part in an accessible activity that people of all abilities can enjoy.

Ms De Pellegrin said she and her sister, who took over the Morwell business in May, had plans to upgrade the facility and expand the programs offered.

She said in order to do this they needed to make some commercial decisions, involving changing the Saturday bookings to make for a more efficient venue.

Ms De Pellegrin said they had never intended to force the all-abilities league out of the alley, but rather asked them to consider changing times.

“I hope that isn’t even a possibility (that the league folds) – I hope we can work it out between us,” Ms De Pellegrin said.

“All we want to do is work with them and help them… We don’t discriminate.”

Louise Varsaci, whose Facebook post went viral, described Happy Achievers as a welcoming and friendly league her son, Josh, felt comfortable joining.

“Everyone’s happy and they’re good sports about everything,” Ms Varsaci said.

“It’s a lot of fun, enjoyment and social too – a lot of friendships are formed within the group.”

She said she felt those involved with the league “had no time to do anything” following Saturday’s talks, which was why she shared her thoughts online.

But having met with Ms De Pellegrin’s sister on Monday to discuss options for a different time slot, she’s hopeful a compromise can be met.

So too, is Ms De Pellegrin.

“I think now that people have got a clearer picture, it’s not about whether they have disabilities or anything, we just want to organise the day a little better,” Ms De Pellegrin said.

“If we can just run the business efficiently, then we can do a lot more for everybody irrespective of abilities. Common sense will prevail, I hope so.”

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