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Credit fraud rises as crime rates decrease

AS CRIME across Australia drops, credit card fraud continued to rise as part of a six-year upward trend, according to the latest Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC)  facts and figures report.
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The 2012 edition of Australian Crime: Facts and Figures, which was released yesterday, found in the same period general fraud decreased across the board, credit card fraud rose by 43 per cent.

“Between 2010 and 2011, fraud per $1000 transacted increased from 67.24 cents to 96.04 cents per $1000 – a total increase of 43 per cent,” the report stated.

AIC director Adam Tomison said while crime in the major categories was down, credit card fraud was “one to watch” as it continues to grow.

“There is still too much crime in Australia but generally speaking, the reality is, crime levels are pretty good,” he said.

The number of recorded robberies has decreased by 7 per cent, there has been a 3 per cent reduction in sexual assaults and the number of homicides saw a small increase, however the rate remains at historically low levels.

“Crime is often linked to social disadvantage and also alcohol and drug issues,” he said. “When society is on the up, crime is generally reduced. But there is also a lot of work going into preventing crime.”

Alcohol and drugs remains the major link to crime. The report stated there was a clear trend around the involvement of alcohol or drugs in physical assault across all age categories, specifically the younger the victim’s age.

“Of all physical assaults where alcohol or other drugs was considered a contributing factor, the victims were primarily male and generally aged less than 24 years old.” Mr Tomison said men were much more likely to be attacked or murdered by strangers.

“Females are more likely to be attacked or murdered in the home by someone they know, namely family or friends. That’s why we haven’t solved the problem of violence against women and children and intimate partner violence,” he said.

Home Affairs and Justice Minister Jason Clare said: “This is a good result for law enforcement agencies across the country, but we still have a lot more work to do”.

Last month Fairfax Media reported NSW was safer than it had been for nearly two decades and crime statistics showed Sydney was a city where victims were more likely to be robbed than attacked.

While there are pockets where crime is increasing – Sydney’s inner west and the Hunter region – the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research found serious crime rates have not been so low since 1990.

Credit card fraud continues to rise in Australia.

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It’s make or break time

Sitting pretty: The South Sydney Rabbitohs. Photo: Brendan Esposito Certainty: James Maloney will wear an Origin jersey this year. Photo: Anthony Johnson
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Premierships aren’t won in May, but they can certainly be lost at this time of year. The silly season is upon us. The stamina and mental toughness of certain individuals are about to be put to the test and the depth of each club is under the spotlight.

It is the two months of the season where teams on the bottom half of the ladder are rewarded for their mediocre starts to the year. Consistency is impossible to find but those few teams who flourish at this time of year can almost guarantee themselves a berth in the finals.

If the Bulldogs win against Newcastle on Sunday, they’ll sit on the same points they were at the corresponding time last season. With only Josh Morris selected in either Origin team in 2012, the Bulldogs went through the representative period undefeated on a winning streak that lasted until the penultimate round of the regular season.

* No Origin players available

** Origin players backing upSouth Sydney Rabbitohs (1st)

R12: Knights (h)*

R13: Bye

R14: Titans (h)

R15: Eels (a)*

R16: Raiders (h)**

R17: Warriors (h)

R18: Bye

R19: Dragons (h)**

Certainties: Greg Inglis (Qld)

Contenders: Ben Te’o (Qld), Nathan Merritt (NSW), Chris McQueen (Qld), Adam Reynolds (NSW), John Sutton (NSW)

Last year’s Origin period record: 12 points (5 wins, 2 losses, 1 bye)

Talking point: The Rabbitohs are in a strong position to maintain their lead on the ladder after the Origin period. Greg Inglis is the only certainty to play Origin, and they’ll have to play only three of the teams in the top eight. They also have the luxury of two byes. They could have had the added advantage of playing all six games at ANZ Stadium but have moved two home games to Cairns and Perth. They will also benefit from having so many Kiwis and Englishmen not involved in Origin.Sydney Roosters (2nd)

R12: Bye

R13: Eels (a)**

R14: Warriors (h)

R15: Bulldogs (a)*

R16: Sea Eagles (h)**

R17: Dragons (a)

R18: Bye

R19: Sharks (h)**

Certainties: Michael Jennings (NSW), Mitchell Pearce (NSW)

Contenders: Boyd Cordner (NSW), James Maloney (NSW), Martin Kennedy (Qld)

Last year’s Origin period record: 7 points (1 win, 4 losses, 1 draw, 2 byes)

Talking point: The Roosters only have to play one game without their Origin stars, which is a huge boost considering they could be without their regular halves. They have the best attacking and defensive records in the competition this season, and won’t have the added disruption of leaving Sydney during the Origin period. Their biggest tests will come in round 15 without their Origin players against the Bulldogs and the week after against Manly with the representative players backing up.Melbourne Storm (3rd)

R12: Bye

R13: Sharks (h)**

R14: Knights (h)

R15: Titans (a)*

R16: Tigers (a)**

R17: Broncos (h)

R18: Bulldogs (a)*

R19: Bye**

Certainties: Cameron Smith (Qld), Billy Slater (Qld), Cooper Cronk (Qld)

Contenders: Ryan Hoffman (NSW)

Last year’s Origin period record: 10 points (3 wins, 3 losses, 2 byes)

Talking point: The Storm didn’t feel the impact of last year’s Origin series until just before game three, when they lost the first of five straight matches. They have bought Brett Finch to the club to cover for Cooper Cronk. They will play two games without their superstars, and their byes come at the start and end of the rep window, which means they’ll have to stay up for six straight weeks. It’ll be interesting to see how Craig Bellamy manages the workload of his big names, because signs of staleness are already showing.

Manly Sea Eagles (4th)

R12: Bye

R13: Warriors (a)**

R14: Eels (h)

R15: Bye

R16: Roosters (a)**

R17: Eels (h)

R18: Cowboys (a)*

R19: Titans (h)**

Certainties: Anthony Watmough (NSW)

Contenders: Daly Cherry-Evans (Qld), Brett Stewart (NSW), Glenn Stewart (NSW), Jorge Taufua (NSW)

Last year’s Origin period record: 12 points (4 wins, 2 losses, 2 byes)

Talking point: Manly’s two byes couldn’t have come at a better time. The only game without their Origin players is against the Cowboys in round 18, who will be without at least Thurston, Scott and Tamou. The Sea Eagles were heavily burdened during last year’s rep period but still had one of the best records in the competition. They are set for a similar run this season with the round 16 clash against the Roosters their major obstacle, with players backing up from Origin.

Newcastle Knights (5th)

R12: Rabbitohs (a)*

R13: Dragons (h)**

R14: Storm (a)

R15: Bye

R16: Titans (h)**

R17: Bulldogs (a)

R18: Bye

R19: Panthers (a)**

Certainties: Darius Boyd (Qld)

Contenders: Kurt Gidley (NSW), Willie Mason (NSW), Akuila Uate (NSW)

Last year’s Origin period record: 8 points (2 wins, 4 losses, 2 byes)

Talking point: In the two games unaffected by Origin, the Knights have the difficult task of playing against last year’s two grand finalists away from home. They might have the luxury of playing only one game without their Origin players, but that game is against the Rabbitohs. The Knights really struggled during the rep period last season, and it’s a time of the year their coach particularly hates. They are really going to miss Darius Boyd, and could struggle to maintain their spot in the top eight.

Gold Coast Titans (6th)

R12: Cowboys (a)*

R13: Bye

R14: Rabbitohs (a)

R15: Storm (h)*

R16: Knights (a)**

R17: Panthers (h)

R18: Bye

R19: Sea Eagles (a)**

Certainties: Greg Bird (NSW), Ashley Harrison (Qld), Nate Myles (Qld)

Contenders: David Taylor (Qld), Jamal Idris (NSW)

Last year’s Origin period record: 10 points (3 wins, 3 losses, 2 byes)

Talking point: Coach John Cartwright won’t be too upset about having to play two games without their Origin players because those two games are against the heavily affected Cowboys and Storm. They have been drawn against four of the top five teams over the next eight weeks but they are only likely to take on the Rabbitohs at full strength. It’s a difficult draw on paper, and the players the Titans will lose during the rep period are the heart and soul of their side.

 Canberra Raiders (7th)

R12: Bye

R13: Broncos (h)**

R14: Panthers (h)

R15: Tigers (a)*

R16: Rabbitohs (a)**

R17: Cowboys (h)

R18: Bye

R19: Eels (h)**

Certainties: David Shillington (Qld)

Contenders: Blake Ferguson (NSW), Josh Papalii (Qld)

Last year’s Origin period record: 10 points (3 wins, 3 losses, 2 byes)

Talking point: The Raiders are hitting their straps a little earlier than they have in recent seasons, which means they can finally challenge for a top-four berth instead of scrambling into the eight. They shouldn’t be too affected by Origin, and only have to play one game without their rep players. The Raiders also have the added advantage of four home games. Their draw is friendly, taking on the struggling Eels, Tigers and Panthers but games against the Rabbitohs and Cowboys will be their biggest tests.

Brisbane Broncos (8th)

R12: Warriors (h)*

R13: Raiders (a)**

R14: Tigers (h)

R15: Bye

R16: Warriors (a)**

R17: Storm (a)

R18: Sharks (h)*

R19: Bye

Certainties: Sam Thaiday (Qld), Ben Hannant (Qld), Justin Hodges (Qld), Matt Gillett (Qld)

Contenders: Josh McGuire (Qld), Corey Parker (Qld)

Last year’s Origin period record: 10 points (3 wins, 3 losses, 2 byes)

Talking point: The Broncos are no strangers to travel but they have to go to Canberra, Auckland and Melbourne during the Origin period. They will be heavily affected by Origin but the core of their side – the one, six, seven and nine – will all still be available. The Broncos have to play two games without their Origin players but given Anthony Griffin’s track record of not asking players to back up, they could have four games to get through without their big names.

 Cronulla Sharks (9th)

R12: Bye

R13: Storm (a)**

R14: Eels (h)

R15: Bye

R16: Cowboys (a)**

R17: Tigers (h)

R18: Broncos (a)*

R19: Roosters (a)**

Certainties: Paul Gallen (NSW), Luke Lewis (NSW)

Contenders: Todd Carney (NSW), Andrew Fifita (NSW), Michael Gordon (NSW)

Last year’s Origin period record: 11 points (3 wins, 2 losses, 1 draw, 2 byes)

Talking point: The arrival of Beau Ryan, Chris Heighington, Jonathan Wright and Michael Gordon provides the Sharks with a lot more depth then they previously enjoyed during the rep period. They have a friendly draw and only have to play one game without their Origin players against the heavily impacted Broncos up at Suncorp Stadium. If Todd Carney misses out on selection it will be a huge plus for the Sharks, who should climb into the top eight by the end of the Origin series.

North Queensland Cowboys (10th)

R12: Titans (a)*

R13: Bulldogs (h)**

R14: Dragons (a)

R15: Bye

R16: Sharks (h)**

R17: Canberra (a)

R18: Sea Eagles (h)*

R19: Bye

Certainties: Johnathan Thurston (Qld), Matt Scott (Qld), James Tamou (NSW)

Contenders: Brent Tate (Qld), Tariq Sims (NSW), Dallas Johnson (Qld)

Last year’s Origin period record: 10 points (3 wins, 3 losses, 2 byes)

Talking point: The draw hasn’t been kind to the Cowboys, who have to play two games without their stars. Luckily for Neil Henry’s men, those two games are against the equally affected Titans and Sea Eagles. They have a woeful record in Sydney but the closest they get is when they travel to Wollongong to take on the Dragons. The Cowboys have started slowly and will need to win more games than they lose over the Origin period to be a top-eight chance.

Canterbury Bulldogs (11th)

R12: Dragons (h)*

R13: Cowboys (a)**

R14: Sea Eagles (a)

R15: Roosters (h)*

R16: Bye

R17: Knights (h)

R18: Storm (h)*

R19: Bye

Certainties: Josh Morris (NSW)

Contenders: Michael Ennis (NSW), Aiden Tolman (NSW), Tony Williams (NSW), Josh Reynolds (NSW), Ben Barba (Qld)

Last year’s Origin record: 16 points (6 wins, 2 byes)

Talking point: The foundation of the Bulldogs’ minor premiership triumph last year was built during the Origin period. They only had Josh Morris in the two sides and were able to go through the representative period undefeated. They have to play three games without their Origin players, but given they have to take on the heavily affected Roosters and Storm in two of them, it’s a bonus for the Bulldogs. Although, they have a tough draw against four of the top five sides on the ladder.

Penrith Panthers (12th)

R12: Bye

R13: Tigers (h)**

R14: Raiders (a)

R15: Bye

R16: Dragons (h)**

R17: Titans (a)

R18: Eels (a)*

R19: Knights (h)**

Certainties: –

Contenders: Tim Grant (NSW)

Last year’s Origin period record: 6 points (1 win, 5 losses, 2 byes)

Talking point: Penrith could have no players in either State of Origin team, so the fact they have to play just one game without their Origin players is a disadvantage for the Panthers, who could have pulled off a couple of upsets against some understrength teams. They have a friendly draw, scheduled to play against the teams ranked 13th, 14th and 16th at the moment. The Panthers also avoid any of the top four sides over the next two months. Their biggest challenges will be taking on the Raiders and Titans at full strength, both away from home.

St George Illawarra Dragons (13th)

R12: Bulldogs (a)*

R13: Knights (a)**

R14: Cowboys (h)

R15: Bye

R16: Panthers (a)**

R17: Roosters (h)

R18: Bye

R19: Rabbitohs (a)**

Certainties: –

Contenders: Trent Merrin (NSW), Brett Morris (NSW), Josh Dugan (NSW)

Last year’s Origin period record: 8 points (2 wins, 4 losses, 2 byes)

Talking point: The Dragons lost a number of close games at the corresponding time last season and eventually fell two points shy of a top eight berth. They have to win at least half of their games during the Origin period to stay in the hunt for the playoffs. They only have to play one game without their Origin players – against the Bulldogs in round 12. They also have the added advantage of not having to fly interstate or overseas for any of their games. They will miss Trent Merrin in attack if he is selected for the Blues.

Parramatta Eels (14th)

R12: Bye

R13: Roosters (h)**

R14: Sharks (a)

R15: Rabbitohs (h)*

R16: Bye

R17: Sea Eagles (a)

R18: Panthers (h)*

R19: Raiders (a)**

Certainties: Jarryd Hayne (NSW)

Contenders: Tim Mannah (NSW)

Last year’s Origin period record: 8 points (2 wins, 4 losses, 2 byes)

Talking point: It might seem like a positive for the Eels to have only one player involved in Origin, but without Jarryd Hayne the Eels have struggled in the past. They have to play against three of the present top four sides, as well as away games against the Sharks and Raiders. Last year, they won two of their six games during the Origin period, but if they can win one more game this year, they’ll keep their slim finals hopes alive. If they struggle, they must win against the Panthers in round 18 if they wish to avoid the wooden spoon again.

New Zealand Warriors (15th)

R12: Broncos (a)*

R13: Sea Eagles (h)**

R14: Roosters (a)

R15: Bye

R16: Broncos (h)**

R17: Rabbitohs (a)

R18: Bye

R19: Tigers (a)**

Certainties: –

Contenders: Feleti Mateo (NSW), Jacob Lillyman (Qld), Dane Nielsen (Qld)

Last year’s Origin period record: 10 points (3 wins, 3 losses, 2 byes)

Talking point: This should be the time of year the Warriors make inroads on opposition teams and begin their climb towards the top eight. Unfortunately for coach Matt Elliott, the placing of their byes means they will only be able to take advantage of an understrength team on one occasion – Brisbane minus their Origin stars in round 12. They have a tough draw, taking on three of the top four sides as well as home and away games against Brisbane. The light at the end of the tunnel is the Wests Tigers two days after Origin III.

Wests Tigers (16th)

R12: Bye

R13: Panthers (a)**

R14: Broncos (a)

R15: Raiders (h)*

R16: Storm (h)**

R17: Sharks (a)

R18: Bye

R19: Warriors (h)**

Certainties: Robbie Farah (NSW)

Contenders: Aaron Woods (NSW)

Last year’s Origin period record: 10 points (4 wins, 3 losses, 1 bye)

Talking point: With their two best players – Aaron Woods and Robbie Farah – set for Origin call-ups, it’s hard to see the Tigers’ season doing anything but getting worse. Thankfully for coach Mick Potter, he will only be without his star duo for one game, against the Raiders at Campbelltown in round 15. They play against the Broncos and Sharks at full strength and possibly even Melbourne, depending on whether their big three are fit to back up three days after Origin II. They enjoyed a successful Origin period last year but injuries are likely to cruel them of a repeat effort.

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Mothers dish up some nutritional advice

A NEW recipe book by Ravenswood women proves you do not need to spend a fortune to cook easy, nutritious food.
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After learning the secrets to preparing healthy meals during an education program run by Tasmania’s Child Health Association last year, the women launched the book, Chat ‘N’ Munch at the Ravenswood Child Health Centre yesterday.

The association’s Northern regional co-ordinator Tanya Zaadstra said they were releasing the book in an effort to reach more mothers and grandmothers living on a limited budget.

“We ran the nutrition program last year, showing women how to cook nutritious food at good prices, as well as safe food practices,” Ms Zaadstra said.

“At the end of the session we printed the book and distributed it to women in low socio-economic areas, and now we’ve reprinted it for sale, to raise funds to run the education program again.

“There are many issues stemming from poor food nutrition, such as obesity and other health problems, and our aim is that by teaching adults, it will have flow-on effects for their children.”

Chat ‘N’ Munch is $6.95. It is available at, as well as Petrarch’s Bookshop and Fuller’s Launceston.

Ravenswood Heights Primary School principal Britany Roestenburg, mother and cook Lynette Philpott, mother and cook Katrina Mallett and Chat ‘n’ Munch recipe book project officer Mary Gill with some of their easy, nutritious foods. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

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A-League will leave it late to end season

Football Federation Australia will push the climax of the A-League season to its latest ever finish, with a May grand final next year bringing the competition end into line with the European season – but potentially causing significant scheduling headaches with the competing local winter codes.
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Having held its grand final in February as recently as 2009, the league has gradually been pushing back the season finale ever since, jumping a full month, from March 13 in 2011 to April 22 this year. Now the FFA is hoping to schedule its next grand final as close as possible to the May 15 cut-off date for domestic competitions mandated by FIFA.

The motivation for the late finish is so the growing number of Socceroos who play in the A-League will be match-fit leading up to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, which kicks off on June 12 – even if qualification for the game’s showpiece remains a tenuous proposition.

Despite finishing several weeks later than last season, the 2013-14 season will begin just a week later, on October 11. While there will be no international breaks, an occasional week off will be rotated among the clubs.

Having already experienced significant venue congestion last season – especially in the finals – A-League chiefs may find next year an even tighter squeeze come play-offs time, given the late-autumn finale.

It is also the first draw that factors in the needs of a free-to-air broadcaster, but A-League boss Damien de Bohun believes the league has been able to juggle the needs of both SBS and Fox Sports.

”I think we’ll be able to produce a fixture that pleases all parties, including the fans, and maximises the opportunities for our broadcast partners,” he said. ”I’m confident we’ve got the right balance.”

The Western Sydney Wanderers have been identified as a potential prime-time goldmine for SBS, with speculation the Wanderers could be given as many as five Friday night matches.

De Bohun confirmed that the much-anticipated derbies of Sydney and Melbourne would be early in the season, but not in round one. Sydney FC would host two derbies this season to reflect the ”need to evenly share such matches”, he said.

The Central Coast Mariners finally get to chase their vision of capturing the northern Sydney market, with the club hosting, during the ”community round” early in the season, the first domestic football league match at North Sydney Oval since the demise of Northern Spirit.

The club will use the match as a barometer for regional interest in the sport, with the ultimate vision of playing a game at the venue each season if it proves an initial success.

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Increased house fire risk as cold arrives

FIREFIGHTERSare warning residents to be prepared for the winter weather before it’s too late, as new figures show Tamworth is the hot spot for house fires across the New England North West.
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Winter traditionally means a spike in house fires and can often be the busiest time of year for crews.

Fire and Rescue NSW Inspector Rod Chetwynd said firefighters were bracing for calls.

“We haven’t seen anything major yet, but we’ve had some close calls,” Inspector Chetwynd said.

“Already in Tenterfield we’ve had a couple of chimney fires from people who haven’t had their flues cleaned.”

It comes as Fire and Rescue NSW released data on house fire hot spots across the New England North West.

The Tamworth Regional Council area had the most residential fires between January last year and April this year.

The area had 59 fires and five people were injured, however firefighters evacuated 75 people from house fires.

Moree Plains Shire had the second-highest number of blazes in that period, with 47 recorded house fires.

However, no one was injured and only one person had to be evacuated.

Narrabri Shire and Armidale Dumaresq each recorded 25 fires and no injuries, but eight people were evacuated from Narrabri fires and two from Armidale.

Next on the list was Gunnedah shire. It recorded 21 fires, and one person was injured and had to be rescued from the burning home by crews.

Inverell was the last shire on the list that recorded double figures in terms of the number of fires, but only just.

Ten fires were recorded, with two people injured, but 35 people had to be evacuated in that period.

Liverpool Plains, Uralla, Gwydir and Guyra shires recorded less than seven fires each.

None involved injuries or evacuations.

Walcha had three injuries on the list from just one house fire.

Fire and Rescue NSW warns the only way to prevent a fire in the home is to take precautions.

But many adopt the it-won’t-happen-to-me attitude.

“No matter where you are, if you don’t take precautions, there are always risks,” Inspector Chetwynd said.

The life-saving advice is to ensure there is a working smoke alarm in every home.

“It’s not going to stop a fire, but the one thing it’s going to do is wake you up and alert the occupants of the home to get out, and save you from a fire,” Inspector Chetwynd said.

Smoke alarms are mandatory for all homes and caravans in NSW. And it seems we may be experiencing a somewhat late start to winter.

The mild weather up until this week has meant some people haven’t been prepared for the cooler conditions.

“From now we will definitely see an increase in residential fires, from the heating appliances people use to try and keep warm,” Inspector Chetwynd said.

“Things like the misuse of heating appliances, the overload of powerpoints as well as clothes dryers that are constantly being used as people try to dry their clothes quickly.

“The problem we have is that at this time, people start bringing out these things that haven’t been used since last winter, so they could be faulty.

“We’re warning residents that when they bring these appliances out, they need to have them checked by a qualified technician before you use them.”

Fire and Rescue NSW says anyone with questions should visit their local fire station or the official website at

Fire and Rescue NSW data on house fire hot spots across the New England North West.

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Steering committee formed at meeting

A MEETING prompted by ever-growing concerns regarding valued prime agricultural land and water in the North West andNew England areas was held on May 6 in Narrabri.
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The meeting was attended to capacity by concerned people from Moree, Tamworth, Sydney, Narrabri areas, and alliances, who gained a great deal from an extended question time.

A steering committee was formed to meet in one month’s time to affirm property rights.

Guest speaker was Bingara-born Peter King, a barrister based in Sydney, who has extensive and successful outcomes in property rights matters and just terms compensation.



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Eagles by a whisker thanks to Nic Nat

WEST COAST 3.2 4.9 8.14 12.18 (90) NORTH MELBOURNE 6.1 7.4 10.6 13.10 (88) GOALS West Coast: Hill 3, Kennedy 2, Shuey 2, Masten, Cox, Darling, LeCras, Naitanui. Nth Melbourne: Black 3, Harvey 2, Swallow, Cunnington, Petrie, Wells, Ziebell, Daw, Thompson, Wright. BEST West Coast: Priddis, Naitanui, Masten, Mackenzie, Shuey, Hill. North Melbourne: Hansen, Goldstein, Harvey, Cunnington, Wells, Black. INJURIES West Coast: Wellingham (ankle); Shuey (shoulder/ankle), Schofield (hand). REPORTS North Melbourne: Thompson reported in the second term for striking Rosa. UMPIRES Meredith, Dalgleish, Nicholls. CROWD 38,146 at Subiaco.
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Nic Naitanui knows how to finish a story. His kick after the siren to hand West Coast a two-point win over North Melbourne was meant to be. It had built to this all week amid the pre-game hype as he looked to face the big Roo, Majak Daw, for the first time.

Unfortunately for North, as the siren sounded, Daw was sitting on the sideline with the red sub’s shirt on – with only four touches and one goal to his name.

Naitanui capped off a great night and thrilled the crowd with a high-flying mark to earn the shot at goal that won the match.

The Kangaroos should feel a bit dudded.

Dubious free kicks in attack to West Coast’s Luke Shuey and Adam Selwood in the last two minutes kept West Coast in the game as the Roos led by four points.

And when is an advantage not an advantage?

It’s surely not when North Melbourne’s Ryan Bastinac has to snap around a West Coast defender from a 45-degree angle after a teammate has been awarded a free kick 40 metres out from goal.

Don’t worry if the rule is still a bit confusing to you eight rounds into the season, Bastinac looked quizzically back at the umpire before he kicked the ball to confirm what he was allowed to do.

If given the chance, he would surely have handed the ball back to Lindsay Thomas, the leader in the Coleman Medal race, to have a shot at goal.

When Bastinac had that shot, midway through the third term, West Coast had the momentum.

After the resultant behind, the Eagles moved the ball forward and Josh Hill extended West Coast’s lead to eight points after taking a mark-of-the-year contender.

Goalkicking accuracy is now as much a problem for the Eagles as their injuries.

They lost Sharrod Wellingham to an ankle injury at quarter-time and Luke Shuey (shoulder), Jacob Brennan (head) and Will Schofield (finger) will also be sore.

But their tally of 12.18 was almost costly.

They may rue sloppy finishes when the home and away season is over and the final eight is confirmed.

Shooting at goal has already cost the Eagles two games this season and they now sit 4-4 with games against Greater Western Sydney, Richmond and St Kilda to play before the bye.

They kicked 7.23 to lose to Carlton by 24 points in round four and 10.19 in their five-point loss to Port Adelaide the following week.

After trailing by 17 points at quarter-time, the home side’s forward press looked as though it would get the job done in the second term.

The Roos were simply unable to clear their defensive area.

But by the time the Roos got the ball forward, nine minutes into the term, West Coast had managed to add just 1.3 to the scoreboard. They added 1.7 for the term.

At the other end, Aaron Black was standing tall for the Kangaroos and, more importantly, kicking straight.

His two goals, from strong marks at the end of the third term gave them a four-point lead at the break.

Brent Harvey, Daniel Wells, Andrew Swallow and Lachlan Hansen were providing the rebound and the run. Wells had 10 uncontested touches in the first term as the Roos enjoyed a 22-9 advantage inside 50.

Matthew Richardson quizzed John Worsfold at quarter-time on the TV broadcast about the number of uncontested possessions Wells had got. ”We’ll cut that back,” Worsfold said.

Halfway through the second term, West Coast appeared to have done the job. Wells hadn’t touched the ball, with Scott Selwood putting on a tighter tag.

DAW GOES FOR THE TORP Majak Daw may be starting to read some of his own press. After a breakout performance against the Western Bulldogs last week, where he kicked six goals, his confidence is obviously up. But to have a shot at goal after the quarter-time siren from about 80 metres out was a bit ambitious.


Sharrod Wellingham missed the start of the 2013 season with his new club after he injured his right ankle in the pre-season. But it was problems with his left ankle that saw him limp off on Friday night just before quarter-time. He was subbed off early in the second term.


Luke Shuey is a tough character. The young Eagles star proved that again on Friday night. A hip and shoulder from big Kangaroo Drew Petrie clearly hurt Shuey but when he was being helped from the ground by club runners, he brushed them aside, took a loose ball and gave off a handball to teammate Mark LeCras before heading to the bench.

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Naitanui the hero in AFL win over ‘Roos

West Coast ruckman Nic Naitanui kicked a goal after the final siren to lift the Eagles to a thrilling two-point victory over North Melbourne in last night’s AFL clash at Patersons Stadium.
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Naitanui plucked a spectacular pack mark with just 27 seconds remaining, and calmly slotted the goal from 25m out on a slight angle to secure the 12.18 (90) to 13.10 (88) victory.

Eagles teammates mobbed Naitanui after he kicked the goal, with the climax a fitting way to celebrate skipper Darren Glass’ 250th game.

But the result was gut-wrenching for the Kangaroos, who slipped to a 3-5 record after experiencing similarly heartbreaking losses to Geelong and Hawthorn earlier in the season.

The Kangaroos led by nine points with just five minutes remaining, but they couldn’t repel the Eagles in a frenetic finish.

The win improved West Coast’s record to 4-4, keeping alive their hopes of finishing in the top-four.

But once again their shoddy goalkicking almost brought about their undoing, with only Naitanui’s heroics saving their blushes.

North Melbourne spearhead Majak Daw, who booted six goals last week, failed to fire, finishing with just one goal from four possessions before being subbed out in the third quarter.

Kangaroos defender Scott Thompson faces a nervous wait after being reported for an off-the-ball hit on Matt Rosa.

North Melbourne were left embarrassed after copping a 96-point flogging in last year’s elimination final against West Coast in Perth.

But they were a far more determined unit this time around, winning the inside-50m count 22-9 in the opening term to open up a 17-point lead.

West Coast were dealt a huge blow when prime mover Sharrod Wellingham suffered a game-ending ankle injury in the opening quarter.

They almost lost Jacob Brennan in the second quarter, but the nuggety defender was able to recover from a heavy head clash with Sam Wright.

West Coast defender Will Schofield played out the final quarter basically one-handed after injuring an arm in the third quarter.

But the Eagles overcame the injury setbacks to stun North Melbourne at the death.

Naitanui finished with 18 possessions and 20 hit-outs, while Josh Hill booted three goals.

Aaron Black kicked three goals for North Melbourne, while Brent Harvey and Daniel Wells were important through the midfield, and Lachie Hansen took a number of good grabs in defence.

Daw cut a frustrated figure for much of the match, and thrust his hand into the face of Schofield in the opening term after being brought down in a marking contest.

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The Illawarra weekend guide

OUR PICK: Kidsfest
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From Sunday, May 19

The Illawarra’s largest event aimed at children aged up to 12 years kicks off with the KidsFest Picnic at Illawarra Light Railway Museum from 10am-3pm. This year’s program looks more enticing than ever with over 100 activities in Shellharbour across more than 60 events including fire trucks, steam trains, open days, Aboriginal cultural workshops, art, craft, music, storytelling and more. Details: kidsfestshellharbour南京夜网.au.


Million Paws Walk, Sunday

The Illawarra RSPCA Million Paws Walk is a fun day out for pet owners, dogs and families. It features food stalls, entertainment, children’s amusements and discounted microchipping (Shellharbour residents only). Venue: Reddall Reserve, Reddall Reserve, Lake Illawarra. Time: 10am-2pm.

Castagne Day, Sunday

Illawarra’s biggest chestnut festival at the Fraternity Club, Fairy Meadow, 10am-4pm, celebrates the Italian tradition of roasting chestnuts. Entry is free; kids can access the rides through a $20 all-day pass that includes fairy floss, drink and ice-cream.

Bike show, Sunday

The inaugural South Coast Bike Show is at the Towradgi Beach Hotel, 10am-3pm, with a car park full of machines, motorcycle merchandise and food stalls, plus an animal farm and face-painting for the kids.


Back In Time tour, Saturday

Step back in time with a tour of Gleniffer Brae in Keiraville. Includes a tour of the house and gardens, afternoon tea, and music. Time: 1pm-3pm. Bookings: 42277667.

Movie party, Sunday

Attention all space cadets, cowboys and cowgirls. Movie party at Dapto Uniting Church hall, 110 Princes Highway. Starts at 3.30pm. The fun will include cupcake decorating, free play, photo-booth, craft activities, games, movie time. Details: daptomessychurch.blogspot南京夜网.



Don’t celebrate the Eurovision Song Contest at home this year, join the crowd at the Fraternity Club in Fairy Meadow. Prizes for best dressed, trivia knowledge and more. Time: 6.30pm-11.30pm. Tickets: $10. Bookings essential: 4229 7566.

Folk music, Sunday

Enjoy a casual afternoon of traditional folk music played with acoustic instruments. Dancing is optional. Time: 3pm-5pm. Venue: Sanoma Food and Wine, 16 Addison Street, Shellharbour.

Dirt Track Cowboys, Sunday

Adam Brand and Travis Collins play the Towradgi Beach Hotel in a ‘‘high octane, rockin’ show’’. Time: 5pm. Tickets: $30 at moshtix南京夜网.au.


Dragons, Saturday

Witness NRL heavyweights, the St George Illawarra Dragons, take to the field in 2013 in this Round 10 clash against the Parramatta Eels. Tickets: $22-$47. Time: 5.30pm. Venue: WIN Stadium. Details:

Race day, Saturday

Enjoy a day at the races at Kembla Grange Racecourse. Dress up and bring your friends. You can enjoy a picnic and really kick back.

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A top idea for all good sports

WE’VE never known a sporting conversation not to turn into some heated argument over the stars we like to love and hate.
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Now, there’s another game to play in town.

Tamworth Regional Council is considering erecting two sporting champions’ honour boards to mark the sports exploits and standards of athletic excellence of some of our best at national level.

The council will organise the Olympic parade. A committee of sports nuts is pushing the other one.

And, prepare for the arguments over who should be in that team.

When we first went searching last night for some photos from our archives to illustrate the gallery of greats we’ve seen come from the Tamworth local government area, we stumbled over a famous four we’ve reported on previously – the older blokes, Albie Barwick, Peter Virgen, Bob Haling and Denis Moran, who last year represented Australia against England in cricket.

Well, we thought, Albie, Pete and Bob would make the grade under the rules of inclusion. They’d be picked in the side. Den wouldn’t because he’s a foreigner; he comes from Quirindi, outside the council boundary, so fair enough.

But, the rules seem to disqualify the elderly or the veteran, and you can see perhaps where that criteria and matchplay rule might first have come from.

Ageism, we hear them cry immediately.

But, like in most sports, the umpire or the ref has a discretion, and we note that the committee set up by Wally Franklin, the former Northern Inland Academy of Sport chairman, who’s the chairman of selectors in this side, has reserved the right to rule outside the rules.

And that’s fair too, because like any pub debate over who should be in and who should be out, there will be some noisy, colourful and expressive debate on the team selection.

But what a bit of wonderful sport. And what a great idea.

The council will foot the bill for the Olympic honour roll but nominations for the sporting Wall of Fame at the Sports Dome will carry a $100 price tag.

The committee to come up with the selection criteria comprises Terry Psarakis, Ron Surtees, Peter Annis-Brown, Tim Coates, Mark Lowe, The Northern Daily Leader sports editor Geoff Newling and Gavin Flanagan.

Who do you think they should be considering? Who makes the grade? John Gleeson will. Josh Hazlewood does. Bill McKidd too. Jim Leis will. And Erin Osborne too. So will Matt Willis.

Give us your best shot. Tell us who else. It should be a great game.

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