Playing field is finding a new level

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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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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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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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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

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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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Bulldogs record a rare away win in Narromine

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THE Bathurst Bulldogs’ surge towards the Central West Rugby Union semi-finals gathered a bit more momentum on Saturday with a rare 39-30 away win over Narromine.

Narromine haven’t been at their best this season, but the game at Cale Oval still loomed as a tough one for Bulldogs. However, they were up to the challenge in a scrappy contest.

Despite lamenting some aspects of their performance, Bathurst co-coach Scott Johnston was pleased after full-time.

“It is terrific to get maximum points here,” he said.

“It isn’t often that we come away from Narromine with a victory, so we’ll take it for sure, even if it was a bit ugly at times.”

Tom Joseph starred on the wing for Bulldogs, crossing for three tries which included the first two of the match.

After the Gorillas went in front early thanks to a penalty goal, Joseph crossed for two five-pointers in quick time to help his team to a 12-3 lead.

Narromine cut the margin with another penalty goal then briefly hit the front through a converted try.

However, Steve Locke scored for the visitors just before half-time and the Bulldogs went to the sheds with a 19-13 lead.

For the rest of the game Narromine continued to press, but the Bathurst outfit were able to do just enough to keep them at arm’s length. In reality Bulldogs never looked like they would be run down.

“In a lot of ways it was a terrible game, it was very scrappy and neither side seemed to have any real control of the ball or of territory,” Johnston said.

“But from the sideline it was the sort of game where we were always in front and slightly on top and never felt like we were going to lose it.

“Narromine were good enough to stay in touch throughout it in the second half and were never far away, but we looked strong enough to hold on.

“Hayden Tidswell played another good game, Peter Fitzsimmons was very good again as well. Steve Locke directed us around well and Tom Joseph obviously had a pretty good day.”

The display from the fourth-placed Bulldogs wouldn’t have been good enough to defeat the top three on current form, but they will get their chance to test themselves against one of them when they host Orange City this Saturday.

“We did create a lot of opportunities, but I thought our consistency in making the right decision was fairly ordinary today and we’ll need to lift that for next week,” Johnston said.

“Our hands were very poor at crucial times and I thought we let ourselves down in terms of our hunger for the ball at stages of the match.

“If we lift those things I think we’ll be able to compete with the top sides.”


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Chilly weekend fails to deter bidders

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Auction in Garran. Photo: Jamila ToderasThe first weekend in August proved chilly but that did not stop buyers forking out for their dream homes.

There were 17 auctions on Saturday and nine sold.

The highest price was for a redevelopment opportunity in Narrabundah when two properties went under the hammer together.

The properties at 50 and 52 Boolimba Crescent were original three-bedroom homes on a block that is almost 2000 square metres.

The blocks are a short walk from the Narrabundah shops and are in a RZ2 zoning area.

Luton Properties Woden agent Richard Keeley said the vendors had owned both homes and had decided to sell them as one development package.

He said subject to approval a developer could build five townhouses on the site.

There were six registered bidders, all developers, and the home sold under the hammer for $1.17 million.

“That part of Narrabundah is ideal for redevelopment,” Mr Keeley said.

Earlier in the day a four-bedroom home overlooking the Federal Golf Club at 49 Couvreur Street in Garran passed in.

The extensive floor plan is spread over three levels and the formal lounge and master suite open on to an expansive new deck with views of the Brindabellas.

The home also has a striking renovated kitchen and an in-ground swimming pool.

Peter Blackshaw Manuka auctioneer Dan McAlpine accepted an opening offer of $700,000 before three bidders raised offers in lots of $10,000 to reach $960,000.

The home passed in at this amount and negotiations were continuing with the highest bidder on Saturday night.

Two other homes in Garran were sold at auction through Philip Kouvelis Real Estate agent Nicky Symon.

Number 62 Fitchett Street sold for $717,000 and 5 Gay Place sold for $877,000.

An award-winning Pegrum-designed townhouse in Yarralumla sold under the hammer for $918,000.

Peter Blackshaw Woden and Weston Creek agent Shane Killalea said the home at 1/5 Kintore Crescent had two registered bidders.

The contemporary property has a spacious living area and a private courtyard with a Japanese garden.AUCTION RESULTS

LJ HOOKER20 Cambridge Street, Cook – sold for $670,0005 Ross Street, O’Connor – sold for $830,000

PETER BLACKSHAW216B La Perouse Street, Red Hill – passed in1/5 Kintore Crescent, Yarralumla – sold for $981,50049 Couvreur Street, Garran – in negotiation8 Haskett Place, Kambah – passed in63 Cresswell Street, Campbell – in negotiation

LUTON PROPERTIES23 Wambool Street, Narrabundah – passed in50 and 52 Boolimba Crescent, Narrabundah – sold for $1,170,0001 Jones Place, Weetangera – sold for $695,00035/17 Chandler Street, Belconnen – passed in16 Wighton Terrace, Casey – passed in

ELDERS61 Dugdale Street, Cook – passed in

PHILIP KOUVELIS REAL ESTATE62 Fitchett Street, Garran – sold for $717,0005 Gay Place, Garran – sold for $877,000SADIL QUINLAN28 Nimbera Street, Harrison – sold for $620,000

MCGRATH1 Dunlop Street, Hackett – sold for $670,000

RUTHERFORD JOHNSTON PROPERTIES50 Alroy Circuit, Hawker – sold prior for $801,002 RECENT SALES

INDEPENDENT PROPERTY GROUP49/71 Giles Street, Kingston $795,00036/ Corner of Eastern Valley Way & Aikman Drive, Belconnen $454,4005/30 Mainwaring Rich Street, Palmerston $362,0003/10-12 Lonsdale Street, Braddon $410,00011 Lapsley Street, Dunlop $442,00013/4 Flora Place, Palmerston $338,000208/41 Chandler Street, Belconnen $399,90027/17 Hillcrest Street, Crace $280,00017/36 Frencham Street, Downer $369,95041/ Corner of Eastern Valley Way & Aikman Drive, Belconnen $309,40083/42 Paul Coe Crescent, Ngunnawal $305,0008 Rentoul Place, Flynn $430,00033/299 Flemington Road, Franklin $260,0008 Chilton Street, Casey $610,0002/108 La Perouse Street, Griffith $880,0002/30 Krichauff Street, Page $521,00025 Kavel Street, Torrens $495,000208/48 Cameron Avenue, Belconnen $297,90092/5 Burnie Street, Lyons $537,40037/ John Gorton Drive, Wright $378,99042/ John Gorton Drive, Wright $368,990

MCGRATH162 Roden Cutler Drive, Bonner – $531,0007 Tebbutt Place, Charnwood – $341,00031/53 Eyre Street, Kingston – $446,00025 Hughes Crescent, Ngunnawal – $295,5009 Mt Warning Crescent, Palmerston – $670,00011/36 Watson Street, Turner – $370,0009/36 Watson Street, Turner – $375,000Lot 1 69 Victoria Street, Sutton – $600,000Lot 3 43 Morning Street, Gundaroo – $300,000161 Wattle Street, O’Connor – $810,0001 Macarthur Avenue, O’Connor – $690,00037 MacPherson Street, O’Connor – $685,000

PETER BLACKSHAW15/18 Booth Street, Queanbeyan East – $240,000Derwent Park 29/54 Paul Coe Crescent, Ngunnawal – $307,0006/80 MacGregor Street, Deakin – $310,0005 Wattle Street, Karabar – $317,000123/12 David Street, Turner – $360,00025A Russell Drysdale Crescent, Conder – $362,000Outlook 17/11-18 Keith Waller Rise, Casey – $384,90071 Norriss Street, Chisholm – $445,00014 Rymill Place, Mawson – $475,0007 Landells Place, Conder – $490,00067A Burkitt Street, Page – $520,00040 Beasley Street, Pearce – $552,000104 Stanner Circuit, Bonner – $732,46342/71 Giles Street, Kingston – $737,50019 Dalrymple Street, Narrabundah – $787,5005 Beauchamp Street, Deakin – $890,000

IAN MACNAMEE AND PARTNERS22 Park Street, Queanbeyan – $416,000274 Crawford Street, Queanbeyan – $560,000

RAY WHITE4/10 Arthur Street, Crestwood – $155,000101 Castleton Crescent, Gowrie – $455,0003 Woodman Place, Greenleigh – $615,0008 Birch Way, Jerrabomberra – $440,00018 Freestone Crescent, Jerrabomberra – $585,000138 Halloran Drive, Jerrabomberra – $860,00017 Surveyor Street, Queanbeyan – $450,0006/11 Mckeahnie Street, Queanbeyan – $258,00093 Cameron Road, Queanbeyan – $400,00010/7-9 Waterloo Street, Queanbeyan – $395,0005/3 Geebung Place, Queanbeyan – $440,000

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Blues close out Saints, Magpies keep finals hopes aliveHFNL wrap, photos

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Congratulations Edwina Bone – Orange’s Commonwealth Games gold medallist – Gallery

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Congratulations Edwina Bone – Orange’s Commonwealth Games gold medallist – Gallery GOLDEN TASTE: The Hockeyroos with their Commonwealth games gold medals. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

TIGHT TEAM: Ashleigh Nelson gives Edwina a hug after Sunday’s win. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

MAKING A SPLASH: Edwina gets a pass away during the gold medal game. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

GROUP EFFORT: The Hockeyroos come together after Sunday’s dramatic gold medal game. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

PROUD PODIUM: The Hockeyroos celebrate their gold medals. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

IN THE NICK OF TIME: The Hockeyroos celebrate Jodie Kenny’s equaliser. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

MOMENT OF TRUTH: Edwina (second from right) and the Hockeyroos hold their breath during Sunday’s penalties shoot out. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

THE ROUGH STUFF: Edwina tangles with a Welsh opponent during a pool game. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

GOLDEN DELIGHT: The Hockeyroos celebrate their dramatic gold medal-winning performance. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

SETTING THE SCENE: Australia plays England in the 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medal match. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

UNDER PRESSURE: Edwina comes under fire from a Welsh opponent earlier in the tournament. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

PROUD PODIUM: The Hockeyroos celebrate their gold medals. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

GOLDEN MOMENT: The Hockeyroos celebrate victory in penalties and Commonwealth Games gold. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

IT’S ALL OURS: The Hockeyroos celebrate after Sunday morning’s dramatic penalties win hands them the gold medal. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

IT’S ALL OURS: The Hockeyroos celebrate after Sunday morning’s dramatic penalties win hands them the gold medal. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

ROYAL SNAP: Edwina ducks out from behind the pack to grab a photo of the Queen. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

MARCHING WITH PRIDE: The Hockeyroos walk out to collect their medals after winning the women’s gold medal match. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

TIGHT TEAM: Ashleigh Nelson gives Edwina a hug after Sunday’s win. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

ALL OVER: England celebrates their goal in the Commonwealth Games final. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

TweetFacebookDown 1-0 with 24 seconds left on the clock, Australia were awarded a penalty corner, presenting one last attacking chance.

Anna Flanagan took the corner flick, only for it to be blocked, but then Kenny threaded the needle to score and send teammates into raptures and change the complexion of the match.

It’s Australia’s fourth Commonwealth victory from the five times hockey has been contested at the Games.

The Hockeyroos have proven the masters of the pressure situation, after also beating New Zealand on penalties to win the 2010 final in Delhi.

Casey Eastham was first to the spot in penalties and bamboozled England keeper Maddie Hinch back and forth before finally squeezing the ball in.

Next it was England’s Georgie Twigg who managed to swerve around Australian goalie Lynch to square it up.

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— Hockeyroos (@Hockeyroos) August 2, 2014Coach Adam Commens had been confident before the match that a goal feast was the on cards if his side could set an early foundation.

But as the rain tumbled the goals failed to come and, despite a weight of possession, the Hockeyroos couldn’t convert and world No.6 England made the most of it.

The previous day England beat New Zealand in the semi in an epic penalty shoot-out, and on Sunday they looked like they would be giant killers again.

After 48 minutes without a goal, it was the girls in red and white who broke the deadlock.

Susie Gilbert managed to get a pass into the middle of the circle, for Lily Owsley to skilfully dig it out of two of Australian sticks and smash home her shot.

But in the clutch moment, it was the Hockeyroos who came up gold.

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Pearce’s warning after 255-point win: Tigers can still improve – Gallery

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Pearce’s warning after 255-point win: Tigers can still improve – Gallery KICKING ON: Orange Tigers’ Simon Kay looks long. Photo: LUKE SCHUYLER

HANDING ON: Orange Tigers’ Simon Kay accepts a teammate’s pass. Photo: LUKE SCHUYLER

PUNCHING ON: Orange Tigers’ Tim Barry moves the ball forward. Photo: LUKE SCHUYLER

EYES AHEAD: Orange Tigers’ Chris Rothnie tries to spy an open teammate. Photo: LUKE SCHUYLER

IN TRAFFIC: Orange Tigers’ Paul Jenkins gets this kick away just in time. Photo: LUKE SCHUYLER

HUNTED BY DEMONS: Orange Tigers’ Ben Monaghan is a man without a lot of time. Photo: LUKE SCHUYLER

GETTING UP THERE: Dubbo Demons’ Strauan Pearce competes for the ball. Photo: LUKE SCHUYLER

TIME ON HIS SIDE: Orange Tigers’ Paul Jenkins puts boot to ball. Photo: LUKE SCHUYLER

IN FRONT: Orange Tigers’ Paul Jenkins secures possession. Photo: LUKE SCHUYLER

HERE HE COMES: Orange Tigers’ Justin Fong chases down Dubbo Demons’ Dean Gauld on Saturday. Photo: LUKE SCHUYLER

IN THE NICK OF TIME: Orange Tigers’ Justin Fong just fails to chase down Dubbo Demons’ Dean Gauld. Photo: LUKE SCHUYLER

EMERGING FROM THE PACK: Orange Tigers’ Justin Fong leads the chase for the ball. Photo: LUKE SCHUYLER

AERIAL ASSAULT: Orange Tigers’ Justin Fong climbs high at the Country Club Oval. Photo: LUKE SCHUYLER

ON FOR YOUNG AND OLD: Orange Tigers and Dubbo Demons players compete for the ball at the Country Club Oval on Saturday. photo: LUKE SCHUYLER

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