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State’s divide an entrenched legacy

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PAROCHIALISM: a narrow outlook or scope; provincialism.

The rivalry between Tasmania’s North and South is well known and many historians believe it originated from when Van Diemens Land had a governor either side of the 42nd parallel, during the early years of European settlement.

However, one governor was introduced in 1813 and there have been several attempts to quash the rivalry, but it still continues today.

Tasmanian historian and University of Tasmania senior lecturer Stefan Petrow said throughout the 19th century Launceston thought Hobart received too much government funding.

“Launceston got a bit tired of asking for money so they became very self-reliant and the Launceston City Council did a lot of things off its own back,” Dr Petrow said.

“That is why Launceston had a sewerage system earlier than Hobart, had a really good water supply, electricity and so on.

“They always looked forward and just did it instead of waiting around for government to do it for us.

“Launceston was a leader in municipal government, not just in Tasmania, but in Australia.”

Dr Petrow said almost every capital city around the world was always favoured by government – simply because of its capital status – and that Hobart was no different.

“But the problem was Hobart was run down for much of the 19th century and it wasn’t until the early 20th century it started to pick up and follow Launceston’s lead,” he said.

“Even though Hobart is the political capital, Launceston has always been regarded as the commercial capital.

“Rivalry is probably natural in a small place … it can be mainly beneficial if it spurs people on to bigger and better things, but if it makes people disillusioned, disenchanted it’s a different story.”

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WDFNL Round 17: Football results

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Nirranda 7.3, 11.5, 16.8, 18.10 (118)

South Rovers 0.1, 4.3, 9.4, 10.6 (66)

GOALS, Nirranda :J. Dalton 7, R. Spokes 3, M. Foster 3, A. Cole 2, A. Smith 2, P. McDowall 1

South Rovers :B. Clements 3, J. Bell 2, D. Threlfall 1, T. Hirst 1, B. Hotker 1, M. Wood 1,T. Bowman 1

BEST, Nirranda :J. Dalton, A. Atkinson, L. Kensit, C. Murrell, M. Foster, A. Smith

South Rovers :J. Sheehan, J. McCosker, B. Hotker, B. Clements, J. Bell, L. Payne

Kolora-Noorat 4.4, 6.11, 8.16, 13.17 (95)

Deakin University Sharks 1.0, 1.0, 2.0, 2.0 (12)

GOALS, Kolora-Noorat :J. Gleeson 3, L. Tebble 3, P. McSween 2, T. Kenna 1, L. Kenna 1, J. Kenna 1,M. Wynd 1, S. Judd 1

Deakin University Sharks :S. Byron 1, B. Roberts 1

BEST, Kolora-Noorat :B. Kenna, J. Gleeson, J. Kenna, N. Cahir, S. O’Connor, G. O’Sullivan

Deakin University Sharks :J. Van Heugten, P. Shields, J. Higgins, N. Sinnott, W. Berryman, M. Maschek

Dennington 3.3, 7.10, 10.14, 12.17 (89)

Merrivale 2.2, 2.5, 5.7, 7.8 (50)

GOALS, Dennington :C. Keilar 4, A. Niklaus 4, D. Lewis 2, S. Graham 1, J. Morris 1

Merrivale :B. Kelly 3, J. Fary 2, T. McLean 1, J. Kelly 1

BEST, Dennington :C. Keilar, L. Pearson, S. Graham, J. Lock, D. Lewis, T. Allwood

Merrivale :A. Porter, M. Sandow, J. Kelly, H. Gurry, M. Stewart, B. Kelly

Panmure 2.3, 3.6, 5.8, 9.10 (64)

Old Collegians 2.7, 3.11, 5.11, 5.12 (42)

GOALS, Panmure :T. White 2, T. Wright 2, S. Griffin 2, P. Mahony 1, T. McKenry 1, A. White 1

Old Collegians :A. Williams 1, Z. Pickett 1, C. Chambers 1, D. Weel 1, N. Forth 1

BEST, Panmure :T. White, B. Meade, T. Wright, T. McKenry, D. Meade, A. McPherson

Old Collegians :M. Lynch, J. Lacy, P. Campbell, J. Walsh, A. Williams, E. Barker

Allansford 4.5, 13.8, 20.16, 24.18 (162)

Russell’s Creek 1.2, 3.2, 3.4, 8.8 (56)

GOALS, Allansford :J. Nowell 9, D. Kelly 5, M. Van der Mark 2, B. Williams 2, S. Doukas 1, N. Wilson 1,M. Lloyd 1, A. Noone 1, R. Neeson 1, J. Parkinson 1

Russell’s Creek :B. Jansen 2, D. Osborne 2, T. Clarke 1, M. Bignell 1, S. McDougall 1, D. Lumsden 1

BEST, Allansford :J. Cornelissen, J. Nowell, L. Robe, D. Kelly, J. Monaghan, J. Brown

Russell’s Creek :S. McDougall, J. Linford, T. Clarke, M. Bignell, B. Jansen, J. Everall

East Warrnambool Bombers 3.4, 6.6, 9.8, 11.9 (75)

Timboon Demons 2.2, 4.5, 6.8, 8.13 (61)

GOALS, East WarrnamboolBombers :B. Gray 3, J. Malone 3, J. Hughson 2, P. Shepherd 1, C. Jarvis 1, S. Tindall 1

Timboon Demons :A. Blake 2, D. Cahill 2, J. Moriarty 1, T. Brown 1, W. Hollick 1, T. Hunt 1

BEST, East Warrnambool Bombers :J. Hughson, J. Malone, B. Gray, S. Tindall, K. Moloney, A. Sumner

Timboon Demons :B. Hallyburton, J. Moriarty, D. Smith, A. Rosolin, L. Alsop, W. Hollick


Nirranda 2.5, 4.8, 4.10, 4.13 (37)

South Rovers 1.1, 2.1, 3.4, 5.5 (35)

GOALS, Nirranda :L. McKenzie 2, T. Dark 1, C. Haberfield 1

South Rovers :B. Ryan 2, M. Wormald 1, D. Pender 1, S. McAlpine 1

BEST, Nirranda :A. Price, B. Foster, L. McKenzie, B. Wallace, N. Walsh, J. Anderton

South Rovers :J. Brown, C. May, S. McAlpine, M. Izzo, T. Krepp, D. Clifford

Kolora-Noorat 2.2, 4.3, 6.3, 7.6 (48)

Deakin University Sharks 0.0, 1.0, 1.0, 1.0 (6)

GOALS, Kolora-Noorat :D. Wynd 2, T. Reid 2, B. Gherashe 1, W. Attrill 1, S. Clifford 1

Deakin University Sharks :J. Vague 1

BEST, Kolora-Noorat :B. Gherashe, J. Sloane, S. Clifford, P. Glennen, M. Monaghan, T. Reid

Deakin University Sharks :D. Atkinson, C. McGrath, E. English, B. Rogers, B. Faltum, J. Ruddle

Merrivale 3.1, 5.2, 8.4, 9.9 (63)

Dennington 2.0, 3.1, 3.2, 4.2 (26)

GOALS, Merrivale :M. Dowd 2, T. McCosh 1, N. Bristol 1, S. Astbury 1, L. Quarrell 1, N. Crute 1,S. Inverarity 1, J. Cook 1

Dennington :M. O’Rourke 2, S. Curtis 1, J. Vincent 1

BEST, Merrivale :S. Astbury, S. Inverarity, D. Tieppo, C. Cassidy, D. Schultz, J. Gleeson

Dennington :J. Lewis, W. Davies, N. Short, J. Barclay, S. Johnson, J. Vincent

Old Collegians 3.3, 6.6, 6.8, 8.8 (56)

Panmure 0.3, 0.6, 1.6, 3.7 (25)

GOALS, Old Collegians :M. Shaw 2, E. Warburton 2, X. Farrelly 2, B. Keane 1, V. Fogarty 1

Panmure :L. Allan 2, K. Smith 1

BEST, Old Collegians :X. Farrelly, M. Shaw, G. Walsh, E. Warburton, J. Wallace, J. Van Engelen

Panmure :C. Bellman, D. Ryan, M. Ellerton, J. Scott, J. Philp, L. Allan

Allansford 6.5, 10.11, 19.17, 24.21 (165)

Russell’s Creek 1.0, 1.1, 1.1, 1.1 (7)

GOALS, Allansford :S. Boyd 5, S. Watson 3, S. Arthurs 2, A. Ryan 2, L. Shillingford 2, J. Trotman 2,B. Boyd 2, N. Adams 1, A. Seare 1, M. Smith 1, J. Tennant 1, G. McCluggage 1,S. Angel 1

Russell’s Creek :Z. Welsford 1

BEST, Allansford :A. Ryan, S. Watson, S. Boyd, S. Aberline, B. White, S. Angel

Russell’s Creek :C. Bellman, N. Mullen, Z. Welsford, C. Bishop, C. Bartlett, A. Rook

East WarrnamboolBombers 2.4, 5.7, 7.9, 7.11 (53)

Timboon Demons 1.1, 3.3, 5.5, 7.8 (50)

GOALS, East WarrnamboolBombers :J. Cruickshank 3, S. Lovett 3, D. Ferrier 1

Timboon Demons :N. Gowland 4, J. Walker 2, C. Hallyburton 1

BEST, East WarrnamboolBombers :C. Carter, D. Ferrier, H. Laird, L. Hadden, K. Brooker, T. Arundell

Timboon Demons :N. Gowland, S. Doolan, P. Fowler, B. Askew, A. Ludeman, J. Rhode

Under 17 1/2’s

South Rovers 5.3, 9.7, 14.12, 18.20 (128)

Nirranda 0.1, 0.1, 1.1, 1.2 (8)

GOALS, South Rovers :A. Bosse 3, J. Bell 3, T. Hirst 2, I. McLeod 2, L. Ryan 2, R. Keegan 1,J. Butler 1, S. Williams 1, J. Morton 1, J. Suggett 1, R. Bunney 1

Nirranda :B. Couch 1

BEST, South Rovers :B. Hancocks, J. Butler, D. Attrill, R. Bunney, B. Bushell, J. Suggett

Nirranda :J. McLaren, T. Smurtwaite, B. Young, K. Spokes, J. Walsh, M. Banks

Kolora-Noorat 1.1, 2.6, 6.9, 8.20 (68)

Mortlake Junior Sharks 0.0, 0.1, 0.1, 0.1 (1)

GOALS, Kolora-Noorat :P. Bourke 2, M. Williams 1, T. Gray 1, S. Conheady 1, T. Suhan 1, J. Hoare 1,X. O’Connor 1

BEST, Kolora-Noorat :X. O’Connor, T. Suhan, P. Bourke, S. Conheady, T. Gray, M. Williams

Mortlake Junior Sharks :C. Finnerty, J. Tanner, D. Cummins, W. Ruddle, N. Parsons, G. Monteith

Merrivale 3.3, 7.4, 10.9, 10.16 (76)

Dennington 0.0, 1.0, 3.1, 4.2 (26)

GOALS, Merrivale :J. Britton 4, J. Abrahams 2, J. Carroll 2, L. Massey 1, J. Neave 1

Dennington :J. Sheen 2, S. Alberts 1, J. Moloney 1

BEST, Merrivale :J. Petherick, J. Melis-Sharp, O. Watson, J. Carroll, A. Pulling, D. Lovell

Dennington :M. Dwyer, J. O’Keeffe, J. Moloney, L. Byrne, J. Sheen, S. Kelson

Panmure 1.1, 5.2, 5.2, 9.2 (56)

Old Collegians 1.3, 3.3, 4.4, 4.6 (30)

GOALS, Panmure :T. Hay 5, D. Payne 1, W. Duffus 1, T. Toohey 1, J. Cameron 1

Old Collegians :B. Rantall 1, J. Malone 1, M. Wickham 1, M. Boyd 1

BEST, Panmure :F. Roche, T. Hay, M. Crothers, O. Westwick, T. Toohey, N. Kelly

Old Collegians :J. Malone, D. Keane, B. Rantall, H. Cawthorn, Z. Brooks, Z. Wackett

Russell’s Creek 7.2, 10.4, 14.7, 17.10 (112)

Allansford 1.0, 2.0, 5.3, 7.4 (46)

GOALS, Russell’s Creek :L. Antonio 8, B. Hunt 3, T. Wason 2, Z. Welsford 2, H. Bond 1, L. O’Connor 1

Allansford :C. Gale 2, C. Johnstone 1, B. Oakley 1, T. Johnstone 1, B. Stuchbury 1, S. Byron 1

BEST, Russell’s Creek :L. Antonio, Z. Welsford, T. Wason, T. Smith, B. Thomson, J. Howarth-Green

Allansford :C. Gale, S. Byron, B. Croft, J. Hards, J. Coyle

Timboon Demons 3.8, 10.12, 18.16, 23.17 (155)

East WarrnamboolBombers 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0 (0)

GOALS, Timboon Demons :M. Drayton 5, J. Bentley 4, S. Plozza 3, A. Doak 3, Z. Negrello 2, C. Kensit 2,D. Tribe 1, R. Smith 1, D. Denny 1, J. Rowe 1

BEST, Timboon Demons :S. Plozza, M. Drayton, C. Kensit, J. Bentley, R. Cardwell, J. Crean

East WarrnamboolBombers :C. Hukatai, L. Featherby, T. Paterson, C. Porter, H. Eddington, J. Hetherington

Under 14 1/2’s

Nirranda 1.3, 3.3, 5.5, 7.10 (52)

South Rovers 0.0, 1.0, 1.1, 1.1 (7)

GOALS, Nirranda :A. Lowe 3, J. Folkes 3, B. Couch 1

South Rovers :G. McLeod 1

BEST, Nirranda :Z. Norman, L. Walsh, W. Renyard, J. Couch, B. Couch, R. Nutting

South Rovers :B. Hawkes, L. Dwyer, C. Stewart, J. Carter, Z. Timms, C. Bourke

Kolora-Noorat 1.5, 2.6, 3.7, 4.12 (36)

Mortlake Junior Sharks 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 1.0 (6)

GOALS, Kolora-Noorat :N. Hoare 1, T. Henderson 1, J. Bartlett 1, C. McLean 1

Mortlake Junior Sharks :C. Finnerty 1

BEST, Kolora-Noorat :N. Hoare, L. McConnell, C. McLean, T. Brooks, J. Dillon, S. Mc Intosh

Mortlake Junior Sharks :C. Finnerty, J. Williamson, J. O’Connor, J. Lehmann, W. Kain, B. Loader

Dennington 2.0, 2.0, 6.3, 7.5 (47)

Merrivale 0.1, 0.5, 0.5, 1.7 (13)

GOALS, Dennington :J. Creed 4, S. Alberts 1, J. Simms 1, H. Prout 1

Merrivale :J. Neave 1

BEST, Dennington :J. O’Connor, B. Brooks, J. Creed, S. Alberts, J. Hand, H. Prout

Merrivale :J. Neave, T. Porter, M. Fogarty, M. Davies, A. Jennings, K. Walker

Old Collegians 4.2, 6.6, 8.9, 8.13 (61)

Panmure 0.0, 0.1, 0.1, 0.1 (1)

GOALS, Old Collegians :J. Smith 5, B. McGowan 1, H. Sinclair 1

BEST, Old Collegians :J. Smith, J. Brooks, J. Ugle-Hagan, L. Duynhoven, M. Hose

Panmure :A. Brown, A. Cook, I. Sinnott, J. Grundy, T. Keast, M. McKenzie

Allansford 9.3, 14.4, 23.7, 29.10 (184)

Russell’s Creek 0.0, 0.1, 0.1, 0.1 (1)

GOALS, Allansford :B. Bell 9, L. Irving 8, J. Chatfield 6, B. Dignan 2, I. Campbell 1, J. Rea 1,L. Nevill 1, B. Baker 1

BEST, Allansford :J. McConnell, B. Edge, B. Bell, L. Irving, J. Chatfield, I. Campbell

Russell’s Creek :J. Hamilton, T. Oakley, C. Robertson, O. Sanderson, B. Carroll, B. Kiensrod

East WarrnamboolBombers 1.2, 2.2, 4.3, 5.4 (34)

Timboon Demons 1.3, 2.4, 3.5, 3.7 (25)

GOALS, East WarrnamboolBombers :C. Hukatai 2, D. Neoh 2, C. Remine 1

Timboon Demons :C. McKenzie 1, B. Bacon 1, A. Beaton 1

BEST, East WarrnamboolBombers :C. Hukatai, J. Williams, C. King, J. Flaherty, L. Byrne, A. Wright

Timboon Demons :A. Beaton, T. Cardwell, C. McKenzie, B. Kelly, M. Bond, N. Delaney

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Robin Hood makes merry in win over CYMS Gladiators – Gallery

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Robin Hood makes merry in win over CYMS Gladiators – Gallery PASSING INTERESTL Life Studio’s Emily Brotherton passes on Saturday. Photo: LUKE SCHUYLER

CROSSOVER: Life Studio’s Jo Locke finds an open teammate. Photo: LUKE SCHUYLER

OUT OF REACH: Life Studio’s Brooke Burcher avoids the clutches of the High A defence. Photo: LUKE SCHUYLER

HIGH ALERT: Life Studio’s Brooke Burcher is looking for an aerial route against High A. Photo: LUKE SCHUYLER

IN TRAFFIC: Life Studio’s Brooke Burcher tries to find a way through the heavy traffic. Photo: LUKE SCHUYLER

EYES ON THE PRIZE: High A’s Maddie Hales looks to thread a pass through the defence. Photo: LUKE SCHUYLER

FULL STRETCH: High A’s Cheynoah Merchant has the situation under control on Saturday. Photo: LUKE SCHUYLER


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Lions ruckman Martin thriving

Posted on 29/06/2018 by

Martin being spoken to by former Melbourne coach Mark Neeld in 2012. Photo: Sebastian CostanzoMidway through the season Stefan Martin could have been forgiven for thinking his race as an AFL ruckman was run.

The Brisbane Lions’ primary ruckman Matthew Leuenberger was still making his way back from an Achilles ailment, but recently-acquired former Cat Trent West was holding his own in the interim.

Out of contract at season’s end – and having played just five games in one and a half years since being traded from Melbourne to the Brisbane Lions, a result of ankle, hamstring and back injuries – 27-year-old Martin looked from afar to be in football purgatory.

But the cruel misfortune of one is so often the turning point for another.

West succumbed to a season-ending knee injury during the Lions’ thrilling round 11 victory over Carlton. It coincided with Martin’s second game back in the NEAFL, a convincing display right before the eyes of coach Justin Leppitsch.

What has transpired since Martin’s round 12 recall to the Lions’ side has been nothing short of remarkable.

In seven games Martin has not only resuscitated his career but pricked the attention of opposition clubs. He is averaging 20 disposals a game, making him the most prolific ball-winning ruckman in the competition. His consistency stands out, having accumulated no fewer than 16 touches in any of his appearances.

More importantly, the Lions have had three wins in this time. They had just two in the preceding 10 outings.

Not surprisingly, Martin feels he is playing the best football of his career.

His management has begun negotiations with the Lions, but Martin suggested there was a “fair way to go” until any deal was struck.

“I love the club … they were really supportive through the injury,” Martin said.

However, Leuenberger will return at some point and, with Martin suggesting a “70-30” preference for time in the ruck compared with up forward, the picture becomes unclear.

“We’ll see where the club has me in its plans,” Martin said.

Before any ultimatums though, there is the matter of toppling his former Demons at Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Martin was sidelined when the sides met last year, making this his first meeting with old ruck sparring partner Mark Jamar, who Martin rates highly.

The pair maintain a relationship, with Martin picking Jamar’s brain last month for some crib notes on facing West Coast’s Nic Naitanui.

Martin suffered similar problems at Melbourne to those he has faced at the Lions: injury and opportunity, stuck in the shadow of 2010 All-Australian Jamar. Indeed, in the 11 games Martin played without Jamar during 2011 and 2012 he averaged a healthy 17 disposals.

The Mark Neeld era has since ended at Melbourne and Paul Roos has has helped the Demons gain some respect, even if not that many more victories. The seismic changes that have taken place at the club since Martin’s departure have quelled any yearning for vengeance.

“I don’t feel like I have anything to prove,” he said.

Martin said there had been one particularly noticeable difference in this year’s Brisbane outfit – that belief never wavered in the group, even when languishing at the bottom of the ladder.

“I feel like we’re a chance to win every week, whereas that hadn’t been the case where I’ve been in recent seasons, particularly at Melbourne.”

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Call of duty in the name of justice

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Northern Supreme Court registrar Chris Nason is responsible for ensuring a jury panel is available every two weeks. Picture: Phillip BiggsThe trial of Stephen RoyStandage is into its closingstages and jurors involvedhave been sitting for almostfour months – making it oneof Tasmania’s longest-running criminal trials.COREY MARTIN takes a look at the ins and outs of juryduty.”WOULD you trust your fate to 12 people who couldn’t figure out how to get out of jury duty”‘ – that’s the old one-liner that gets bandied around, but is receiving a summons that bad?

Every person who is enrolled on the state electoral roll is qualified and liable to serve as a juror and can be called at any time.

To service the Launceston Supreme Court’s jury needs about 350 people are summonsed to carry out jury duty every fortnight.

It is Northern registrar Chris Nason’s role as the deputy sheriff to ensure that there is a jury panel available every two weeks.

Mr Nason said Launceston jurors were selected at random from a pool of about 6000 people on the roll.

“We aim to have about 70 people here for each trial in Launceston and we have to send out about 350 summonses,” Mr Nason said.

“We end up deferring somewhere in the vicinity of about 230 to 240 and we have some absentees simply because in most cases the information is out of date and those people have not received their summons.

“If you are called for jury service in its current format this year, your period of service is for around two weeks – obviously that can change if you have got a trial that may go beyond two weeks.

“The Standage trial is a rare event. But that information is provided to the jurors when the empanelment process is happening.”

Mr Nason said people received a summons about two weeks before the trial was expected to start.

The process sees potential jurors go through a roll call in the assembly room and a card with their name on it then goes into a lottery box.

“The judge’s associate will draw a name for them to come forward and take a seat,” he said.

“Prosecution and defence lawyers have an opportunity to stand aside or challenge jurors.

“Once we have been through the process, when we have 12 jurors that have not been stood aside or challenged, the court will then provide those 12 jurors with more information in relation to the trial.”

Mr Nason said selected jurors were given specifics about the nature of the charge, names of witnesses due to give evidence and the expected length of the trial.

He said the judge then made inquires about whether there was any reason for the 12 selected to consider themselves ineligible to be on the jury.

Reasons could include knowing something about the case or a witness or a juror believing they could not be impartial dealing with the evidence.

In those instances, the judge my see it appropriate to excuse them.

Under the Juries Act 2003, anyone involved in the justice system is automatically exempt from jury duty along with those who struggle to understand or speak English or have a disability.

People who have been convicted of a crime and sentenced to three or more years imprisonment or detention are also disqualified.

Mr Nason said many people filed a statutory declaration to seek a deferral because of illness, work or family commitments.

Failure to attend in accordance with your summons could result in a substantial fine or imprisonment.

“The court goes to great lengths to ensure that jurors understand what’s before them,” he said.

“Effectively if they don’t, they are encouraged to ask questions – as part of their deliberations they are told that if they have any questions at all, they should advise the court and the judge works through that with them.”

Tasmanian jurors are compensated for loss of income, childcare, parking and travelling expenses and receive a $10.95 lunch allowance.

Jurors who are employed can be paid up to $224.39 per day, providing they supply evidence from their employer that they have lost salary while at court.

Unemployed jurors are paid $40 for each of the first three full days they attend and $50 thereafter.

Court sits between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

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Marrar sweating on Brad Turner shoulder scans

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Marrar swingman Brad Turner.Farrer League

MARRAR’S big win over Northern Jets at the weekend may have come at the cost of one of the Bombers’ most important players.

Gun swingman Brad Turner will await scan results to determine the extent of a shoulder injury.

Turner injured his shoulder during last week’s win over Charles Sturt University but ruled himself fit to line up at Ariah Park on Saturday, only to re-injure the joint during the second quarter.

He failed to return to the ground and will consult a physiotherapist early this week to get a verdict.

Marrar co-assistant coach Shane Macintosh knows how big a loss Turner is.

“I’m not too sure of the extent of it yet but fingers crossed he gets some good news at the physio,” Macintosh said.

“We need everyone on deck for Coleambally next week.”

Turner wasn’t the only casualty to come out of Saturday’s game.

Marrar was left with no bench when Chase Macintosh (ribs), Ben Langtry (cork) and Dan Fox (hamstring) were all forced to have an early shower.

Langtry reluctantly returned to the field late in the game to replace Fox.

The injury toll took a shine off a big Bombers win as they rolled the Jets 18.13 (121) to 6.7 (43).

Marrar’s coaching staff had some fun with the magnet board during the week and the Bombers started with Chase Macintosh on the half-back line, Clint Taylor at centre half-forward and Turner at full forward.

Following Turner’s injury, Shannon Williams replaced him in the goal square and ended up booting three majors in an impressive performance.

Josh Habel, Andrew Roberts and Matt Irvin were all on song for the Bombers.

“We tried a few different things this week, we shuffled our forward line around a bit, and it worked for us,” Macintosh said.

Marrar co-assistant coach Shane Macintosh.

“It was a bit disappointing to lose Turns in the second quarter but Slowy went down there and really took the role on.

“The game plan we’ve drilled into the side for the last couple of weeks, everyone is sticking to it, even when it’s not working we’re not drifting away from the game plan which is pleasing.

“We’re trying to put some excitement back in our brand of footy.”

Marrar has now recorded two big wins in consecutive games – against CSU and Northern Jets respectively.

Macintosh says the real challenge will be this week’s trip to Coleambally.

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Career, kids both possible

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IT’S no wonder people my age are scared to grow up and have children.

A report released last week revealed 49 per cent of Australian women surveyed for a Supporting Working Parents national review, experienced discrimination in the workplace during pregnancy, parental leave or on return to work. And women weren’t the only ones affected.

Almost 30 per cent of men reported experiencing similar discrimination when requesting parental leave.

Discrimination ranged from people, including Tasmanians, having hours cut back without consent when announcing they were pregnant, being told they couldn’t have flexible work hours to look after children, and one woman was even told by her female manager that she needed to decide what she wanted, “a family or a senior role in the company, you can’t have both”.

As a 21-year-old, this report makes me anxious.

I want to have children within the next decade, but does that mean I won’t be able to have the job that I aspire to? This shouldn’t be a question that people, no matter what age or gender, should be fretting about.

They should have the chance to have children and a career.

Yes, businesses need security and they need to have employees that can help out when they are needed. But employees need security and support too.

They shouldn’t be told “you’re pregnant, you can only work half the hours you used to”.

If someone is willing to continue working the same hours and is willing to accept new opportunities, why shouldn’t they be given a chance?

The Supporting Working Parents report shows employers need to change their perceptions about expecting parents and give them a chance.

Tasmanian anti-discrimination commissioner Robin Banks told me this week that people who want to take responsibility for their children and work flexible hours are doing us all a favour.

She said if people had their hours cut back or were dismissed from their job because they were having or had had a child, it was the economy that missed out due to what they could have been spending with their pay.

Ms Banks is right.

We should be encouraging everyone to work when they can, not hold them back because of their expanding stomach or because their children “could” get in the way of work responsibilities.

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Playing field is finding a new level

Posted on 29/06/2018 by

Illustration: Mick ConnollyIf the AFL is living through the worst of times, it is also entering the best of times.

The winter of despair is also the spring of hope. In 2014 we have a tale of two competitions. In the bad competition the fixture and the Essendon saga are turn-offs, the ticketing a mess. The price of unhealthy food is indefensible, the rolling mauls unsightly.

Where’s the good competition? Well, Hawthorn v Sydney was an excellent spectacle, as was the Western Bulldogs v Essendon. But the most encouraging development is the ladder, starting from the bottom.

No team has won fewer than four matches this year. With four and a half rounds remaining, no team appears to be tanking.

There isn’t a genuinely hopeless side deserving of a priority pick. St Kilda, which has suffered the worst beatings, upset Fremantle, which was ensconsed in the top four.

Meanwhile, up in the ladder’s penthouse, no team has lost fewer than four matches.

It seems quite probable that the minor premier will finish with a 17-5 record. In 2011 this would have placed a club (West Coast) fourth. Hawthorn was 18-4 that year and couldn’t make top two.

Joe Hockey has proclaimed “the age of entitlement” over.

A French economist, Thomas Piketty (Capital in the 21st Century), has predicted that we are entering the next Gilded Age in which “patrimonial capitalism” — inheritance of vast wealth — will see the mega rich increase their share of the global pie.

In the AFL, Gillon McLachlan is soon to reveal how the league will redistribute funds, as part of the New Deal for equalisation.

We know that St Kilda, the Bulldogs and the Brisbane Lions will receive significant help, along with Melbourne and North Melbourne, that Collingwood, Hawthorn and West Coast will be taxed, but not as much as Geelong, Fremantle, Essendon and Carlton think they should, relative to those middle-tier clubs.

The irony of equalisation is that the ladder is compacting, the gap narrowing on the field, just at the moment when Gillon’s New Deal is being introduced. We are entering a new age of equality — on the field.

Last year Melbourne was dismal and Greater Western Sydney was still a 90-pound weakling; combined, those clubs won an aggregate of three games — and two were against one another.

Their percentages were — like the Dogs’ only premiership — back in the 50s. This year each has already won four.

The Giants slew Sydney in round one and almost ran Geelong down last weekend.

The Dees, unwatchable at their worst, have beaten Adelaide on the road, Essendon, Richmond and Carlton.

Carlton, dreary and depressing for the first dozen games, is playing its best football of the season.

Richmond has recovered from its collapse and, like the Blues, has been on an upward curve.

The Bulldogs, meanwhile, are probably the most exciting Victorian team outside the eight, by dint of their exceptional young talent. The draft, suddenly, is working for them.

Brisbane had seemed to be a cot case last year. The club botched the sacking of Michael Voss, then five youngsters fled, seeking asylum in the southern capitals. Jonathan Brown and Simon Black were spent. Then something clicked.

The Lions discovered they had a weapon: speed. If their home ground isn’t quite the “Gabbatoir” again, it is no longer a place to pick up an easy four points. Ask North.

The Roos have beaten top four sides on the road and have been taken down by the Lions and Blues. They are the exemplar of the competition’s levelling.

Even the best teams are fragile. Hawthorn is sweating on Cyril Rioli’s hamstring and the attitude of Brian Lake. Sydney needs Kurt Tippett’s knee to be sound, for Buddy Franklin to kick 5.2, not 2.5.

On January 28 this year the then chief executive of the AFL Players’ Association and subsequent St Kilda CEO, Matt Finnis, put a Piketty-like case for equalisation, citing the National Football League in the US.

The NFL has a motto that on “Any Given Sunday” one team can beat another.

“With the growing gulf between the richer and the poorer clubs in the AFL and the strengthening correlation between football department spend and on-field performance, we are seeing less unpredictability in our game,” Finnis wrote on the AFLPA website.

“Analysis of year-on-year statistics shows that bigger-spending AFL teams are now consistently winning more games and playing in more finals matches than smaller-spending teams – an emerging trend which, if left unchecked, could have serious implications for the vibrancy of our competition.”

It’s strange to consider anyone looking to America to find a model for equality, but it’s certainly true that the NFL is the most equal of competitions, just as the unfettered, globalised English Premier League is the least equal.

The AFL always looks first to the NFL for policy inspiration.

When Finnis wrote those words, they seemed plausible. The Dees were terrible and had been bailed out, the Bulldogs had an eight-figure debt, were relying on Daniel Giansiracusa and those kids hadn’t bloomed. The Saints were in fiscal — and football — free fall.

In hindsight it appears that the extent of the on-field disparity — and correlation with wealth — was exaggerated. From 2008-2010 St Kilda and the Dogs were in the top four. The Eagles spent those three years in the cellar.

Lately, I’ve posed the question of which four clubs — barring the expansion teams — have not played in a preliminary final since 2001. They are Carlton, Richmond, Essendon and Melbourne; three are heavily supported. It’s easy to forget, too, that Geelong and Hawthorn are nouveau riche.

The gap that opened up — particularly from 2011 until 2013 — was obviously widened by the expansion teams. They deprived clubs such as the Bulldogs, Lions and Demons of access to the best talent, while removing key players. Geelong, Hawthorn, Sydney and Collingwood had stronger lists, while other clubs struggled to make up ground in compromised drafts.

This is not to argue against the measures that the AFL is introducing to equalise the clubs. Rather, this column wishes to clarify what those reforms really mean. The most critical plank of equalisation is to ensure that every team can pay 100 per cent of its allowed salary cap, and to ensure that we no longer see huge discrepancies in player payments. Nothing influences outcomes more than what players are paid — as the EPL demonstrates.

The impact of free agency in future is certainly a wildcard. But the extent to which it will advantage the rich clubs is unclear, albeit it appears to favour teams that aren’t near the bottom. Nick Dal Santo went to North, not Essendon. What it clearly favours is any very good player.

What equalisation really addresses is the fiscal position of the smaller clubs and those with crappy stadium deals. Too many clubs are lumbered with excessive debt — the Lions’ debt is said to be hurtling towards $12 million, the Dogs are hovering near eight figures and St Kilda’s is creeping to dangerous levels.

On the field we’re approaching an Any Given Sunday competition. On that score, the best of times beckons.

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Elderly man hospitalised after Fitzroy North house fire

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An elderly man has been hospitalised after a suspicious blaze at his Fitzroy North home on Saturday.

Firefighters were called to a two storey terrace house in Barkly Street about 2.50pm, to find the building engulfed in flames.

MFB Commander Dominic Scarfe said a man, believed to be aged about 90, was out of the house when emergency crews arrived.

‘‘He was taken to hospital with smoke inhalation.”

‘‘There was a fairly extensive fire in one of the middle rooms in the house, which spread into the kitchen area.

‘‘It was an older-style house so the fire did contain itself quite well to the room where it started.

‘‘The fire has been deemed suspicious so the police will be investigating.’’

Twenty four firefighters took 45 minutes to bring the fire under control.

The damage is estimated at $200,000.

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Surfer dies on Mornington Peninsula

Posted on 29/06/2018 by

A man has died while surfing off Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula on Saturday.

Police said a Mt Martha man, aged in his 40s, was found unconscious on the beach just before 3pm.

He had been surfing in waters off Crunchy Point in Point Leo.

Ambulance Victoria spokesman Ray Rowe said bystanders pulled the man from shallow waters.

‘‘They brought him in and did attempt to resuscitate him until the arrival of our paramedics who continued for a while, but unfortunately he was deceased at the scene.’’

Life Saving Victoria spokesman Paul Shannon said although unaware of the circumstances surrounding the man’s death, the tragedy served as a timely reminder for people to surf with someone else.

‘‘Always go with somebody else,’’ he said.

‘‘Be conscious of your own ability.‘‘

You need to make sure that you’re surfing in conditions that you feel comfortable in and, of course, when you’re in the ocean there’s always going to be risk with regards to surfboards which are quite hard: you can always be hit.’’

Police will prepare a report for the coroner.

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