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.

FORMER PIE LIMPS OFF

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.

SHUEY TOUGHS IT OUT

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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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.

JOY CUNNINGHAM

MOREE

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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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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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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.

OUT AND ABOUT

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.

FAMILY FUN

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.

MUSIC

Eurovision,Sunday

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.

SPORT

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: wec.org.au.

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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Business case pledge for east-west tunnel link

Premier Denis Napthine has promised to hand over a business case for the planned tollway connecting the Eastern Freeway to City Link to the federal infrastructure advisory body.
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Dr Napthine said the business case would be provided soon to allow Infrastructure Australia time to assess it independently before the release of its annual major projects priority list in June.

Dr Napthine has also said he remained confident the $1.5 billion promised by Opposition Leader Tony Abbott for the road would begin to flow as construction begins at the end of 2014.

”We are going to start building end of 2014 and we would expect the money to be part of that construction process,” Dr Napthine told the Melbourne Press Club.

Dr Napthine also dismissed as a ”myth” suggestions it was putting road funding ahead of public transport, arguing the proposed metro rail tunnel from Footscray to the St Kilda Road Domain interchange was not ready to proceed, whereas the east-west road was.

The federal government has said it will not make a decision on whether to fund the east-west road until it is independently assessed by Infrastructure Australia, whereas the metro rail project has been assessed by Infrastructure Australia as ”ready to proceed”.

Dr Napthine said he found it galling that the Gillard government had set aside $1.8 billion for Sydney’s similar Connect East road project, despite the lack of a business case.

”I found it interesting, annoying, frustrating, galling, that in the federal budget just handed down, Julia Gillard and Wayne Swan could find $1.8 billion for a very, very similar project in Sydney … and nothing for the east-west link here,” he said.

The planned multibillion-dollar tollway connecting the Eastern Freeway to CityLink will emerge in Parkville sporting fields, but the footprint of a city off-ramp remains unclear.

An animation released by the Linking Melbourne Authority shows the tunnel will run under Alexandra Parade and the Melbourne Cemetery and emerge at Manningham Reserve.

The east-west road would then cross Manningham Street in Parkville, close to the wetlands adjacent to the Commonwealth Games Village residential development.

It is then expected to connect to CityLink with sharp north and south links.

The exact location and extent of the Elliott Avenue city off-ramp remains clear, although the diagram suggests the ramp will be close to where Elliott Avenue crosses the tram line in Royal Park.

A Linking Melbourne Authority spokeswoman said ”a tunnel exit and entry is proposed at Elliott Avenue to provide access to important community facilities like the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne Zoo and State Netball and Hockey Centre”.

”We’ll be working over the next few months to understand how this connection might be designed, with a focus on minimising any impact to parkland by making use of things like the central median,” she said.

At the eastern end, the tollway begins well before Hoddle Street and east of Merri Creek.

The government has said commuters will still be able to exit at Hoddle Street without paying a toll.

Public forums in Flemington, Collingwood, Carlton and Parkville will be held early next month to discuss the project.

State Greens MP Greg Barber said the animation showed the impact of the tollway on the local community ”is going to be a lot worse than anticipated”.

He said Flemington would be in complete gridlock with the new off-ramp channelling commuters towards the city.

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Daft Punk launch to bring down the ‘house’

THE small town was buzzing with anticipation yesterday as the countdown to the big event ticked into hours and minutes.
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“It’s a pretty special event for a small country town,” Narrabri Shire mayor Conrad Bolton said.

Yesterday afternoon a giant disco ball was spotted getting hoisted above the party floor and large numbers of people who were believed to be security appeared to be briefed on the night ahead.

There was also talk yesterday of a spectacular light show that had been tested and seen for kilometres around on Thursday night, but Cr Bolton kept mum on that topic, only saying that he expected everyone would leave the show “very satisfied”.

He said the whole town had become positively involved in putting together the event and getting in on the fun on such short notice – butchers were even selling Daft Pork sausages, Punk Pies and Random Access Rissoles.

It was reported extra meat and beer were ordered in to cope with the influx of visitors.

It had been “quite an enjoyable journey”, Cr Bolton said, congratulating all those who had worked in putting it together.

And after a hectic few weeks, the mayor was looking forward to enjoying the fruit of the hard work.

“I’m just going to hang loose and enjoy the night like everyone else,” Cr Bolton said.

Meanwhile Contiki, the tour company more often associated with sightseeing the big attractions, organised a tour to the country’s cotton capital for the launch.

PUNK’S POWER: The stage lighting is tested before last night’s official launch for Daft Punk’s fourth album. Photo: John Burgess/namoiphoto南京夜网

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Two national Tidy Towns awards for Armidale

ARMIDALE won two national awards in the national Tidy Towns Awards announced in Caloundra in Queensland last night.
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The city won in the community action and partnerships category, and in the resource recovery and waste management category.

“We are number one in the country for the way we work so well together as a community, and the way we manage our waste – these are two fantastic achievements,” mayor Jim Maher said last night after the wins.

Armidale was also highly commended (runner-up) for the water conservation category. Victor Harbour in South Australia won the Overall Australian Tidy Towns/Sustainable Community Award.

Cr Maher said Armidale’s inclusion among the final seven in the nation was an honour.

Armidale had already proven its state win for its environmental efforts. Cr Maher was at the ceremony, accompanied by councillor Colin Gadd, council staffer James Turnell and Carol Davies, Phil Wheaton of Armidale City Bowling Club, and James Halliburton from the Armidale Youth Climate Coalition.

Armidale won two national awards in the national Tidy Towns Awards announced in Caloundra in Queensland last night.

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Bureaucrat pay bonanza

STATE health services chief Matthew Daly shares centre stage with Premier and Cabinet secretary Rhys Edwards as the two most highly paid Tasmanian bureaucrats.
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The two department chiefs are on annual salaries of $411,723 each, according to information obtained by The Examiner .

That puts the men on considerably higher earnings than Premier Lara Giddings, whose annual salary was less than $300,000 12 months ago.

Health and Human Services bureaucrats are among the highest paid of the state’s senior public servants, with Southern Tasmanian Health Organisation chief executive Jane Holden taking home more than $346,000.

Northern Tasmanian Health Organisation chief executive John Kirwan earns more than $267,000 while his North-West counterpart Gavin Austin is close behind on more than $265,000.

Tasmania Police Commissioner Darren Hine, who is also his department’s secretary, is the lowest-paid of the senior bureaucrats on more than $267,00, with controversial Department of Justice secretary Simon Overland slightly ahead on about $285,000.

The list of earnings shows that Treasury chief Martin Wallace, who retires in July, Infrastructure and Roads secretary Norm Mcllfatrick, Economic Development boss Mark Kelleher and Education Department secretary Colin Pettit are all on salaries of more than $320,000.

The total wages bill for the government’s more than 200 senior bureaucrats comes to more than $32 million a year, according to the list of earnings.

A government spokesman said late yesterday that salaries were commensurate with those paid in similar roles in both the public and private sectors elsewhere.

“Heads of department are responsible for the management and delivery of crucial services and the government will always aim to attract the best possible candidate,” the spokesman said.

But Opposition Deputy Leader Jeremy Rockliff said that it was wrong to be spending tens of millions of dollars on highly paid bureaucrats when at the same time the government was cutting essential front-line services.

He said that the Liberals planned to cut the number of departments from nine to eight, amalgamate backroom functions and slash spending on senior bureaucrats by at least $8 million over four years if elected to government.

Rhys Edwards

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Mayors’ alliance to seek freight answers

Northern Tasmania’s eight mayors have joined the campaign to urgently solve the state’s Bass Strait sea freight crisis.
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In a show of strength yesterday, all the mayors from the region announced that they had formed an alliance to lobby both state and federal governments for help with the crisis.

The lack of a direct international shipping service into Bell Bay has crippled state exports and imports for more than two years since the last service made its final run.

George Town Chamber of Commerce president Alan Golley told yesterday’s meeting that SWIRE Shipping was willing to extend its temporary international container shipping service into Bell Bay but needed $33 million in funding over three years to make it a viable option.

”After that they believe it will become self generating, revenue wise,” Mr Golley said.

Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said an alliance of Northern interests speaking with one voice was critical at a time when the state government’s report from its freight logistics task force was imminent.

”It has been two years since the last international service was lost,” Alderman van Zetten said.

”Businesses are losing their competitive edge because they now have to export via Melbourne.”

Alderman van Zetten said a businessman had contacted the council only about a fortnight ago for help with the high cost of international freight.

”His annual bill is well over $1 million for freight now – he approached us to say ‘you have to do something’,” Alderman van Zetten said.

George Town Mayor Roger Broomhall said the group was looking for a commitment from both the federal and state governments and the two oppositions.

”Some of the big exporters at Bell Baycom at present send containers to Melbourne for export via Burnie which practically doubles the cost of sending containers both nationally and overseas,” he said.

West Tamar Mayor Barry Easther said the federal government’s recent announcement of money for a new freight terminal at Bell Bay indicated it recognised the significance of the port to Northern Tasmania.

Dorset Mayor Barry Jarvis said he had been horrified to be told by a major paper manufacturer at a recent Melbourne local government conference that it was cheaper for his company to get their logs from China than to ship them to Victoria’s Latrobe Valley from Tasmania.

A spokesman for state Infrastructure Minister David O’Byrne said the freight logistics task force consultant’s final report was due about the end of June.

Discussing the Bass Strait freight crisis at York Cove, George Town, yesterday are George Town Chamber of Commerce president Alan Golley, Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten, George Town Mayor Roger Broomhall, West Tamar Mayor Barry Easther and Dorset Mayor Barry Jarvis. Picture: SCOTT GELSTON

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