Monthly Archives: March 2019

Sydney Roosters vanquish St George Illawarra Dragons in superhero stoush

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Over he goes: Roosters rookie Nene Macdonald evades Josh Dugan to score in the corner. Photo: Getty ImagesRoosters 30 St George Illawarra 22

Captain America, the comic book hero, has squared off against many adversaries in his fight for justice and liberty.

On Saturday night the Roosters, the NRL team, sporting their promotional Captain America jerseys, kept their premiership defence fight alive with a 30-22 win against a willing adversary in St George Illawarra.

In a game where both teams lacked cohesion and attacking options, the Roosters got the better of a spirited Dragons outfit to move inside the top four with a five-tries-to-three win.

By no means was it a win that would fill Roosters coach Trent Robinson with a lot of confidence.

The big positive was the successful return of Origin centre Michael Jennings.

It was just like riding a bike for Jennings on his return from injury as he was involved in both of the Roosters’ tries in the first half.

He crossed for the opening try of the game after eight minutes from a James Maloney bomb.

He then was part of a slick backline move that was finished off by Nene Macdonald to give the Roosters the half-time lead.

His attacking brilliance was the highlight of the Roosters attack that lacked an X-factor and was one-dimensional at times without the injured Sonny Bill Williams.

The Dragons took advantage of the Roosters’ sloppy first half and dominated possession despite running into the wind and were rewarded with two tries.

Brett Morris was gifted a four-pointer after Roger Tuivasa-Sheck fumbled a Gareth Widdop kick to open the scoring.

Widdop then supplied the pass for the second try as Joel Thompson strolled through some uncharacteristic poor defence from the Roosters to take the lead.

The Dragons were helped by a fortunate quick tap call that allowed Brett Morris to split the Roosters defence and it never recovered.

Unfortunately the joint venture could not replicate their iron man-themed jerseys for long enough periods and were caught swapping the hard yards for sideways attack far too often.

The Roosters took full advantage.

And despite wearing the Captain America strip, the Roosters did their best superman impression by coming out of the dressing shed a different team.

It was a superhero stretch from Aidan Guerra that opened the scoring for the tri-colours early in the second half.

The Queensland back-rower twisted, turned and somehow managed to get the ball down on the try line under all sorts of pressure to extend the lead to eight.

It was fitting Jennings scored the try that put the game to bed with his second try off another Maloney kick, pushing the home team out by 14 points.

Not even a Benji Marshall special solo try was enough for the Dragons to mount a comeback and it was Jake Friend who put the icing on the cake with a well-deserved try after again topping the tackle count.

Josh Dugan, whose battle with Jennings was a highlight of the night, crossed for a consolation try to close the winning margin to eight.

Despite their 10th loss of the year and potentially dropping as low as 13th at the completion of the round, finals footy is not out of the equation for the Dragons.

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Commonwealth Games Day 10: How it happened for the Aussies

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Commonwealth Games 2014 Full CoverageMeet Australia’s regional Commonwealth Games competitorsNational message wall: Cheer on your regional competitors7.47am: They’ve done it again. The never-say-die Australia’s women’s hockey team, the Hockeyroos, notched up a third consecutive Commonwealth gold after a nail-biting finish. Jodie Kenny levelled scores for Australia at 1-1 with only fifteen seconds remaining in the match before the Hockeyroos snatched a 3-1 from England on penalties.

Celebration time: the Hockeyroos jubilant after Madonna Blyth scores the winning goal. Photo: Getty Images

6.38am:Joe Goodall, the first Australian to challenge for a Commonwealth Games super heavyweight gold, has been beaten by classy Englishman Joe Joyce in the final bout of the boxing tournament.

Aussie @Glasgow2014 boxing medallists Joe Goodall silver; and @shelleywatts87 & @Andrewmoloney52 gold #teamAUS2014pic.twitter老域名/g81Y2qCaZt

— Ian Hanson (@hansonmedia) August 2, 2014

6.23am:They might have been outsized and outmuscled, but the Diamonds overcame Jamaica on Saturday and set up a Commonwealth Games netball final against New Zealand.

6.09am: In time, Shelley Watts may become to Australian boxing what Annette Kellerman was to swimming and Phyllis O’Donnell was to surfing: an original whose name will forever be linked with her sport’s professional origins. There have been other Australian female boxers of note, but there will never be another first Australian female gold medallist. Watts has that for good.

5.46am: It was a loss and silver medals for the Australian table tennis duo of Miao Miao and Jian Lay fell11-5, 8-11, 11-8, 11-5 to Singapore’s Tianwei Feng and Mengyu Yu in Saturday’s gold medal match on the final day of table tennis competition at Glasgow’s Scotstoun Sports Complex.

Miao Miao and Jian Fang Lay won a set in their gold medal match. Photo: James Brickwood

5.24am:Victorian southpawAndrew Moloney has impressed everyone with his discipline and control in the ring and needed all of his smarts to take the flyweight gold medal after a torrid bout with Pakistan’s Muhammad Waseem.

Victorian mollydooker Andrew Maloney, a superb technician, won two of the three rounds. Photo: James Brickwood

5.07am:Canberra’s Andrew Charter will chase his first Commonwealth Games gold medal late on Sunday (AEST)after the Kookaburras beat England in Saturday’s semi-final.

Canberra’s Andrew Charter is now the Kookaburra’s No.1 shot-stopper. Photo: Grant Treeby

The one word you need to learn to say

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power of no

David Rock spends a lot of time thinking about how we can best use our mental energy.

As director of the Australian NeuroLeadership Institute and author of Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus and Working Smarter All Day Long, he not only keeps abreast of related research, he also talks to workers about how they use their minds on the job.

“One of the questions I ask people is how much quality thinking time they get each day,” he says. “I define quality thinking time as being able to focus deeply and achieve what you set out to achieve in the time you expect.

“The number continues to decrease as I ask people. It’s not 20 or 10 or even five hours. For a lot of people it’s a couple of hours a week, if that. The downside of technology is that it’s getting harder and harder to focus.”

Part of the problem is that we are now bombarded with information.

Two researchers from the University of California San Diego, Roger Bohn and James Short, found that the amount of information – text, spreadsheet data, moving images and music – consumed per capita by Americans increased by 60 per cent between 1980 and 2008, from 7.4 hours a day to 11.8. Shockingly, these figures exclude working hours.

While information is generally useful, we also need space from it for our own thinking.”Your ability to make great decisions is a limited resource,” says Rock in Your Brain at Work. “This means not thinking when you don’t have to, and becoming disciplined about not paying attention to non-urgent tasks.”

So what is this magical skill you need to think clearly in our hyper-connected, information-glutted society?

The ability to say no.

Given that we have a finite amount of time and energy, learning when to say no will help you spend the maximum amount of both of these precious resources on activities that will help you get ahead. It will help you block out everyday distractions, keep you on track to reach your real goals, and help you develop the skills most important for your work. Here are some practical hints:

Avoid thinking during seemingly inconsequential periods. Take, for instance, your commute. Many of us find that prime time for multitasking: why not squeeze a podcast in, or write a few emails? But Rock says rest is important to fuel our creativity and suggests you just take in the scenery.

Don’t toggle your attention. Turn off your smartphone during a meeting instead of idly checking to see what emails have come in. “Once you open your email program and notice messages from people you know, it’s so much harder to stop yourself from reading them,” Rock writes. Your brain will start expending energy in one direction, and you’ll waste more energy snapping your attention back to the matter at hand.

Don’t accept unwanted emails. After getting too many emails from publicists, I spent two hours going through my inbox and unsubscribing from all the emails that I didn’t want or need, and creating filters for the most irrelevant public relations emails I received so that those now go straight to my trash. It was one big session of saying, “No, I don’t need that now or in the future.” I noticed an immediate reduction in the amount of distraction and mental crowding that email was bringing into my life.

Don’t let the outside world interrupt your rest. Institute a no-gadgets rule at night. I won’t have my phone or any other electronic device in my bedroom during sleeping hours. I have a separate alarm clock and read books instead of my smartphone. Once I implemented this rule, I immediately noticed the quality of my sleep improved.

Don’t do work inessential to your main duties.

When a task comes your way, ask yourself if it will get you ahead on your main responsibilities. If not, consider whether it needs to be done at all, or whether you’re the best person to be working on it. If you are part of a team, delegate it instead.

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Sydney wakes up to coldest morning in four years

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Rug up: A chilly start to August means gloves and scarves are still a must. Photo: Jonathan Carroll Snow fall on Govetts Leap Road at Blackheath on Friday night. Photo: Rose Powell

If you thought it was particularly cold when you got out of bed this morning, you were right.

Sydney will wake up to its coldest morning in four years today, reaching a low of 5.5 degrees.

It’s a chilly start to the day after a surprisingly warm week, which hosted the warmest three consecutive days in any July for the city, topped off with a balmy 25 degrees on Thursday.

Brett Dutschke, senior meteorologist with Weatherzone, said gloves and scarves would be a must for some this morning.

“It’s the coldest morning in four years but it’s also the coldest August morning in 6 years,” he said.

“There is also still a bit of a gentle breeze, which will make it feel as cold as the temperature suggests.”

Sunday is likely to reach a maximum of 17 degrees and should become reasonably comfortable as winds gradually drop off during the day.

Heading into the week the colder mornings are set to continue through until at least Thursday.

“The first half of August is going to be quite cool, as we will still have a few chilly nights and mornings and we are not going to get many days where we hit 20 degrees,” Mr Dutschke said.

However he said the latter half of the month would see temperatures warm up noticably.

Snowfall in the Blue Mountains kicked off the chilly start to the month with heavy snow around Mount Victoria and Medlow Bath.

Canberra is experiencing an even colder start to Sunday, reaching a low of -3.2 at 8am.

Weatherzone is owned by Fairfax Media, publisher of this website.

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Welcome to boxing, where everyone believes they’ve won

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When it comes to elite sport, the harsh truth is that there can only be one winner. Except in boxing, where almost every fighter in every bout thinks they’ve won. It’s a tradition.

There was barely a fight in the gold medal rounds of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games where both athletes didn’t throw their hands into the air, high on the ecstasy of impending victory, when the final bell rang.

As a general rule, the charade must continue right up until the judges’ decision is revealed and a wrapped hand is held aloft. For the winner, the celebrations can start. Time to climb the ropes and salute the crowd.

For the loser, anything goes. This is the ‘Friendly Games’ but boxing has always been different. People that spend their life punching other people in the face don’t always greet defeat with the same diplomacy as a table tennis player, or a lawn bowler.

Boxing does lunatic incredibly well and even in the amateur ranks, the cannons can be rather loose and the reactions to a loss not fit for discussion at the dinner table.

When Australian Andrew Moloney took the flyweight gold in a unanimous points decision over Muhammad Waseem, the Pakistani was furious. He shook his head in disagreement before letting fly with a gold-medal spray of his own to waiting journalists.

“”F*@king crazy f&#k. He cheating. The referee, the judges they’re all cheating. Not happy with silver. Lying, f*#king cheating.” What could he possibly be getting at?

It wasn’t just the men, either. Northern Ireland’s Michaela Walsh couldn’t believe her ears when she lost the opening bout of the night to England’s Olympic champion, Nicola Adams. She screamed ‘No, No!” when the verdict was announced, before going on to say she was going to spray paint her silver medal gold, such was the injustice.

“In my heart I have got the gold medal. I do believe I was cheated but that’s boxing for you,” Walsh said. “I know I have got a silver around my neck but I want to spray-paint it gold, because I do believe that fight was mine.”

The previous day, Scotland’s Reece McFadden had set the bar fairly highly when he lost to cool and calm Moloney, who seems to have have had a hand in a few of the more outrageous moments of the boxing tournament.

McFadden simply said all of the officials were corrupt and the result was flat-out larceny, even if he qualified it by suggesting the robbery was on the minor end of the scale.

“That’s what happens in boxing – it’s corrupt. Everyone knows it is corrupt and I’ve been robbed quite a few times. That wasn’t a big robbery there but I still thought I did enough to win,” McFadden said.

It wasn’t all bad. Northern Ireland’s Joe Fitzpatrick took the radical step of suggesting he just wasn’t good enough on the night after a defeat to hometown hero, Scotland’s Charlie Flynn.

“My tactics were all wrong. I’ll get him again and I know for a fact that I’ll beat him. For a fact. He won the fight no problem but that wasn’t even me in that ring there. I’m well better than that and I don’t know what was wrong with me,” Fitzpatrick said.

He’ll learn.

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