Warriors humilated by Cronulla Sharks 45-4


The Warriors’ fast-evaporating NRL playoffs hopes have all but disappeared after Brian McClennan’s side slumped to their fourth consecutive loss today.

The Sharks, equally desperate to turn around their own three-match losing streak, showed far more energy and execution to run away with a 45-4 win in this round 22 encounter at Mt Smart Stadium.

The seven-try effort represented the Sharks’ biggest win over the Warriors in 29 matches.

Guilty of blowing 18-point leads in their last two losses, the Warriors simply never got going yesterday.

Instead they allowed the Sharks to jump out to a 20-nil lead and simply weren’t good enough to even look like hauling that in.

While the Warriors still stay in touch of the top eight on a congested table, they remain 12th with opportunities running out. And this size of this defeat hurt their points differential which could yet come into play.

The Warriors now play the Cowboys (away), Panthers (home), Dragons (away) and Raiders (home).

The loss was compounded by playmaker James Maloney suffering a medial ligament problem in his left knee.

The Sharks jumped to fourth with this win and can renew their search for a top four position.

They got the expected inspirational performance from Paul Gallen who returned from injury prematurely, determined to turn his side’s fortunes around.

As usual his work ethic couldn’t be faulted and he provided the momentum to the Sharks forward effort to keep them on the front foot.

With that sort of platform, Todd Carney was always going to be a handful. He scored two tries himself and cleverly guided the Sharks attack as well as adding 17 points with his boot.

Without that sort of go-forward the Warriors were rushed into mistakes. It was an ugly effort on a sunny Auckland afternoon.

The Warriors had an unlucky start when a Shaun Johnson grubber rebounded off a Sharks player to Carney who scooted away for an 85m try against the run of play.

But it was Carney’s clever footwork close to the line that got him across in the 13th minute in an ominous sign for the Warriors who were quickly down 12-0.

Carney added another two points when the Sharks opted to kick for goal from a penalty handy to the Warriors’ line, a sign of the must-win mentality of the visitors.

The Sharks exposed some poor defence to have Jeff Robson dot down for their third try.

The Warriors finally got on the board after 30 minutes when Elijah Taylor was stripped of the ball but it fell for wing Bill Tupou to scoop up and crash over in the corner.

Carney landed a field goal right on halftime to give the Sharks a 21-4 lead at the break.

The Sharks started the second half where they left off, with Andrew Fifita strolling through some sloppy Warriors defence to score next to the posts.

Left wing John Williams got up high to steal an attacking bomb from out of Tupou’s grasp and come down for the try and Carney’s boot kept adding the extras, this time from the sideline to make it 33-4 heading into the last quarter.

Williams got his second five minutes later with a dive to the corner and large sections of the crowd were on their feet – heading towards the exit gates, disgusted with this capitulation.

There was still time for Fifita to crash over between the posts.

CRONULLA 45 (T Carney 2 A Fifita 2 J Williams 2 J Robson tries T Carney 8 goals T Carney field goal) bt WARRIORS 4 (B Tupou try) at Mt Smart Stadium. Referee: Tony Archer, Alan Shortall. Crowd: 13,812.

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Three hat-tricks in CYMS’ win over Narromine

CYMS showed the kind of football they are capable of playing as they crossed for 11 tries in a 62-18 romp over Narromine at Cale Oval on Saturday

On a bitter-sweet day for Fishies fans three CYMS players – Matt O’Neill, Braden Carney and Corey Stanley – bagged hat-tricks but the club will have to wait to see if prop Ilisoni Vonomateiratu is available for next week after he was sent off for a forearm inside the final five minutes.

It’s the third time Vonomateiratu has been given his marching orders this season, and the second time against the Jets.

With captain-coach Joe Williams, prop Nick Wilson and fullback Adam McDermott all missing the Fishies fielded a somewhat makeshift side but hardly missed a beat after trailing 6-0 in the early stages.

Under-18s players Carney and Alex Bonham were given a chance to experience top grade football while Luke Jenkins led the side in Williams’ absence.

The defending premiers will face Nyngan at No.1 Oval in their final match of the regular season this Sunday while Narromine’s year will come to an end when they travel to Spooner Oval to meet fellow cellar-dwellars Forbes.

Dubbo CYMS 62 (Braden Carney 3, Matt O’Neill 3, Corey Stanley 3, Tom Alchin, Alex Bonham tries; Matt Naden 7, Bonham, Stanley goals) def Narromine Jets 18 (Jade Hooper, Riley Cape, Jye Carter tries; Chad Jacobson 3 goals)

Alex Bonham crosses for one of Dubbo CYMS’ 11 tries against Narromine on Saturday. Photo: JOSH HEARD

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Pensioner windall

ORANGE City Council will reintroduce a pensioner rate discount saving eligible ratepayers an average of $90 per year, but at a cost of almost $84,000 next year for other ratepayers.

In a heated debate at Thursday’s meeting, councillors agreed to introduce a 5 per cent rebate to ratepayerswho had received a pension card since 2006when the scheme was scrapped.

The 1800 ratepayers who held pensioner cards prior to 2006 will continue to receive a 10 per cent rebate.

The move came despite concerns from some councillors the decision should have been left up to the new council.

Cr Glenn Taylor led the push for a 10 per cent rebate, saying any type of relief for pensioners would be welcomed as times were tough.

A 5 per cent rebate for the 884 eligible rate assessments would cost ratepayers $83,662 next year.

Over time, council will lose $250,000 in income each year as more ratepayers become eligible.

Cr Taylor said he could point out $250,000 the council had wasted which could have gone to cover the cost of the discount.

Cr Chris Gryllis supported the rebate but pushed for a 5 per cent discount.

“I often visit people on pensions and it breaks your heart to see how they try to live,” he said.

Cr Gavin Priestley opposed the discount, but admitted his decision would not be popular.

“One of the constant complaints we get is local government getting involved in social things that aren’t our domain,” he said.

“We should push back on the state government; it falls squarely in their domain.”

Cr Jeff Whitton said council had already set a precedent as ratepayers who were pension cardholders before the scheme was scrapped still received a 10 per cent discount.

“They’ve worked hard to pay money that we’ll use for things like the indoor aquatic centre that they’ll probably never use,” he said.

Cr Reg Kidd said he supported a 5 per cent rebate, but suggested a decision should be deferred until the new council is elected in September.

Cr Fiona Rossiter agreed.

She said she was “keen to know” where Cr Taylor thought the council had wasted money.

But Cr Whitton said the current council had already made decisions on the rest of the council’s budget.

Cr John Davis said he would support a 5 or 10 per cent rebate only if the budget cuts that would be needed to fund the discount were revealed.

“Many of the people who rent houses are doing it as tough if not tougher [than ratepayers],” he said.

But Cr Whitton said council did not have authority to help rent-paying pensioners.

“But we do have the authority to help ratepayers,” he said.

“To say we can’t make a decision here tonight is just brushing it under the carpet.”

Under a state government subsidy, pensioners already receive an average of $425 off their council rates – 45 per cent of which is paid for by council at a cost of $513,315.

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Areas of Ballarat left out of early NBN rollout

Parts of Ballarat’s most populated suburbs, including some of Wendouree, Sebastopol, Alfredton and Delacombe, have been excluded from NBN Co’s three-year national broadband network rollout.

Work to lay fibre will commence by June 2013 for the majority of suburbs east of the city.

But for a significant proportion of Ballarat’s west there will be no early arrival to the NBN.

An NBN Co spokesperson said some parts of Wendouree, Sebastopol, Alfredton and Delacombe were not included in the three-year rollout announcement.

However, they would eventually be connected as the NBN was progressively rolled out.

The three-year rollout plan shows suburbs to connect to the NBN as part of the current schedule are Ballarat East, Lake Wendouree, Mount Helen, Mount Pleasant, Newington, Soldiers Hill, Invermay Park, Ballarat North, Golden Point, Bakery Hill, Ballarat Central, Black Hill, Canadian and Eureka.

These areas were selected according to “a series of design principles” that aim to “deliver a high-speed broadband network as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible”.

NBN Co’s lead community account manager Lalla Mackenzie said work has already commenced to deliver the fibre network to more than 5,400 homes and businesses in the Ballarat area, with a further 17,500 due to be connected in the next three years.

Work has also begun to deliver high-speed broadband to a further 11,200 residents via fixed wireless.

Those homes and businesses outside the fibre and wireless coverage areas will be serviced by the current Interim Satellite Service and the Long Term Satellite Service, to be launched in 2015.

Meanwhile, NBN Co is visiting Ballarat on Saturday, August 11, as party of its community information schedule.

Residents have been invited to attend Central Square Shopping Centre, between 10.30am and 2pm to get the latest information on the NBN rollout.

“Our team from NBN Co have been visiting local communities all over Australia and answering all kinds of questions from residents about the rollout,” Ms Mackenzie said.

“The NBN is Australia’s largest infrastructure project, so it’s understandable there’s a lot to ask and learn about and we’re here to answer any questions residents may have.

“Residents who are set to receive fibre, fixed wireless or satellite technologies are encouraged to come by to learn more about the rollout in Ballarat.

“We’re already witnessing in a number of communities how the technology is changing the way businesses operate and how it’s improving the lives of local residents.”

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Get ready to survive the next ‘maggie season’

IT’S time to get out the “space helmets” and brollies – magpies are swooping as they protect their chicks.

Environment and Heritage Protection Department Wildlife Management Director Dr Ashley Bunce said a few simple actions could help people avoid or minimise the chances of injury from a magpie.

“The magpie breeding season lasts from July until December, peaking from August to October,” Dr Bunce said.

“During the breeding season, it’s best stay well clear of areas where magpies are known to be swooping, and particularly avoid the nesting tree. This can be any kind of tree, usually over 12 metres high.”

One of the key areas highlighted by the Mount Isa City Council is at the Warrina Park, while the Cloncurry Shire Council said it has no magpie hotspots.

“If you can’t avoid the area, move through it quickly, but don’t run. Be ‘magpie-smart’ and wear a hat and sunglasses or carry an umbrella. Cyclists should dismount and walk through the territory to avoid the risk of injury from a fall or collision.

“Cyclists have found it helpful to attach large cable ties to the back of their helmet to give a ‘space helmet’ look. Use two plastic cable ties of any colour, sticking up like antennae.

“Mums and dads should make sure their children are magpie-smart when going outdoors,” he said.

Not all magpies swoop, and they only do so while chicks were in the nest, to drive away potential threats.

“Most swooping is by the male magpie and almost entirely in the magpie ‘defence zone’ – the area around the nest tree,” he said.

“The defence zone is usually only about 100 metres in radius.

“Remember that birds that swoop will only do so for about six to eight weeks of the year.”

More information on magpies is available at www.ehp.qld.gov.au or by calling 1300 130 372.

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Close but not enough for Students to upset Lions

Orange City Lions have maintained their unbeaten status in the Central West Rugby Union competition but only after holding off a determined CSU outfit 25-19 on Saturday.

The Lions scored five tries to one at University Oval but did not land a single kick and could not shut the door on the students in the second half.

It means that CSU have now lost four games in a row and have slipped to fourth on the ladder, level with Orange Emus, and will need to win both of their games to guarantee a place in the five.

“It was a good game. I was proud of the boys. They are a team with a lot of ticker, a lot of pride and I’m very proud to say I coach them. Orange are a good team and they are undefeated for a reason,” CSU coach Luke Costello said.

“The penalty count was pretty high against us but I’m happy with the performance.”

There was plenty of feeling in the match after Costello came out earlier in the week and criticised Orange City for picking up suspended rugby league players Tatafu Na’aniumogu and Semisi Katoa and the healthy CSU crowd were also hostile to the visitors.

However Lions assistant coach Michael Gray said all the criticism had done was fire his side up.

“We’re disappointed with the comments made by CSU in the paper. Basically all our side is juniors, we have one guy who is new to the club this year and we seem to be copping this tag that we’ve bought the premiership and we think it’s total crap,” he said.

“We were supposed to have some mystery player but it’s crap and it denegrates the effort that these guys have put in.

“All it did was give us motivation. If CSU want to beat us, they just need for Luke to zip his mouth and to play 80 minutes of good football like they did today.”

The coaching staff from both teams had animated talks after the game but it went some way to resolving the differences between the sides.

Orange City Lions 25 (Nick Quinn 2, Junior Lafo’ou, Michael Sparks, Chris Barrett tries) defeated CSU 19 (Daniel Ross-Hopkins try; Jack Garrad conversion; Jack Garrad 4 penalties).

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Boost water for Flinders farms: Katter

LESS hurdles and more incentives would help the Flinders River Agricultural Precinct become reality, Member for Mount Isa Robbie Katter has told parliament.

He said the more barriers “the less likelihood any of this is going ahead”. “More than anything else, the government needs to give these modern-day pioneers access to water.”

He said the government’s announcement at last month’s irrigators forum in Hughenden to release 80,000 megalitres for the region was “well received”.

“The LNP Government has stated it wishes to double agricultural output by 2040. This is an admirable goal and one I support,” he said.

“This is not enough. The government should commit to increasing the water allocation to ast least 220,000 megalitres. And it should be prepared to go much further by looking at financial support to get this development off the ground.

He said the region could become “a food bowl” if the government is to double agricultural input in Queensland.

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Forbes routed by Roos’ second half offensive


FOR 40 minutes of their match against Forbes on Saturday the Dubbo Kangaroos looked anything but top-five material.

But a scintillating second half effort showed why they are well and truly in the hunt for the 2012 Blowes Clothing Cup.

The Roos trailed 17-7 at the break but piled on seven unanswered tries in the second stanza to run away 53-17 winners at No.1 Oval, and in the process all but sewed up a semi-final position.

Captain Shaun McHugh was a star for the Roos while hooker James Clark and five-eighth Ted Bates also had big games as the home side ran riot.

Roos co-coach Gus McDonald said the second half was indicative of what his side can do but indicated work would be done at training on ensuring that kind of intensity is on display for the full 80 minutes.

“The second half was outstanding and I think the best thing was that we didn’t concede any points,” he said.

“I don’t know what went wrong in the first half but the boys knew they were flat and really lifted after half-time.

“The football we played in the second half is the kind of football we need to play come semi-final time and we won’t be able to start like we did against some of the better sides.”

Clark opened the scoring with a try in the opening minutes before Forbes hit back through tries to captain James King and five-eighth Brodie Hodges before a 45-metre penalty from Andrew Burton on the stroke of half-time gave the visitors, already out of the hunt for finals, a surprise lead.

Tries to Fabian Tago and Tim Symonds early in the second half put the Roos back in front before breakaway Brad Pugh secured the bonus point when he crossed.

After that the floodgates opened as Forbes, who had struggled for numbers at times this season, started to tire and the Roos went on the charge as Tim Cullenward, Ted Bates (2) and Mitch Gersbach helped boost the Roos’ for-and-against.

Understandably the Platypi were flat after the match, with King admitting the second half fadeout was an indication of their season.

“We had some of our younger guys play three games today so it was only a matter of time before we tired, especially against such a well-drilled and structured side,” he said. “I thought our first half was good but we had 17 guys training this week for three grades so it’s hard when you have such low numbers.

“Dubbo are a very good side though and based on what they did in that second half I can see them going a long way in the finals.”

Forbes will host CSU next week before travelling to Cowra in the final round while Dubbo’s final two games will both be at No.1 Oval against Cowra and the Rhinos.

o Dubbo Kangaroos 53 (Ted Bates 2, Mitch Gersbach, Tim Symonds, Fabian Tago, Brad Pugh, James Clark, Tim Cullenward tries; Shaun McHugh 5 convs, 1 pen) def Forbes Platypi 17 (James King, Brodie Hodges tries; Andrew Burton 2 convs, 1 pen)

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Dubbo Kangaroos second-rower James Skuthorp powers into the Forbes defence during his side’s win on Saturday. Photo: BEN WALKER

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Bears lament lapse

A lacklustre period in the second half cost Weston Bears victory against Hamilton Olympic yesterday.

Bears coach Darren Elkin said the final score of 2-1 to Hamilton, which gave them the 2012 Premiership, was not a true reflection of the game.

“At half-time we were 0-0 and I think we had the better of that first half,” he said.

“There were two top-shelf saves from their keeper and our boys just looked better out there.

“In the second half we just weren’t with it,” he said.

Olympic went 1-0 up early in the second half and soon followed it up with a second goal from a header deflected from a corner.

Mid second-half Mick Ryan put the Bears on the score board setting up a nail-bighting finish.

“We were pushing them and they were pushing us,” Elkin said.

A red card to Robbie Turnbull didn’t stop the Bears pushing for the win until the final whistle.

Elkin was pleased with the performance, particularly from Chris Cousins, Jason Cowburn, Carl Thornton and Jamie Subat.

“I personally felt really comfortable at half time, I thought we could win it,” he said. “We just had that lapse after half-time and got punished for it and then it was too big a mountain to climb.”

Next week, the Bears travel to Charlestown for the final match of their season.

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Quick scoring allows Emus to dominate ‘patchy’ Rhinos outfit

ORANGE Emus earned a bonus point three minutes into the second half of their Blowes Clothing Cup win over Dubbo Rhinos on Saturday.

Winger Isaac White scored the Orange side’s fourth try early in the second half to earn the bonus point and Emus went on to win the game 44-8.

It was the strong start in both halves from Emus which set up the commanding win at Endeavour Oval.

Emus player-coach Paul Ringland said he was happy to have his team get on the scoreboard early.

“We started well which is something we’ve been working hard on because it was one of our weaknesses,” Ringland explained.

“Then 15 minutes in we went quiet. After half-time we worked hard and we ran away with it.”

Emus were up 12-0 after seven minutes early in the game before Rhinos came back to 12-8 thanks to a try to Ricky Whetherill and penalty goal by Palei Tonga.

The visitors had most of the possession and field position for the remainder of the opening half but it was Emus who were able to add to their tally when Tony Wright scored for the home side to lead 17-8 at the break.

The second half was all Emus as they ran in five unanswered tries.

White, Graydon Staniforth, Jack Hart, Toby Wright and Tom Raines all put on five-pointers for Emus, however there were only two conversions kicked all game.

Rhinos suffered an extra blow when, with just over 10 minutes left in the game, No.8 Dave Gordon was red-carded for a high tackle and the ensuing scuffle.

Rhinos captain Mark Amey conceded Emus had the better start and went on with it.

“We can’t expect to win these tight fixtures when we give away 12 points in the first six minutes,” Amey said. “We play brilliant rugby in patches but not for the full 80 minutes. It’s been the story of our season.”

Despite the loss, Amey praised his team’s commitment. “The boys never gave up for the full 80 minutes,” he said.

“The last five minutes we proved when we did play well we could match it with them. It was a good all-round effort to keep the heart.”

The win keeps Orange Emus in the top five and on track for a semi-final berth.

Ringland said his side needed to work on its tackling as this let them down during their win over Rhinos.

Orange Emus 44 (Jimmy Robert, Ben Parkes, Tony Elliott, Isaac White, Graydon Staniforth, Jack Hart, Toby Wright, Tom Raines tries; Graydon Staniforth, Toby Wright conv) def Dubbo Rhinos 8 (Ricky Whetherill try; Palei Tonga pen goal).

PLEASE SIR: Dubbo Rhinos No.8 Dave Gordon pleads his case to referee Nathan Pearce as Rhinos captain Mark Amey looks on. Photo: JAIME PRIEST

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