Cricket: Jason Sangha’s first look at hallowed MCG turf as NSW meet Victoria in Sheffield Shield

NEW CHALLENGE: Jason Sangha during his debut for NSW last week. Picture: AAPJason Sangha has only been to the outskirts of Melbourne once before,and that was for a wedding.

But for the next four days he will be in the heart of the city and representing NSWagainst Victoria at one of cricket’s iconic venues –the MCG.

And while theNewcastle 19-year-old is excited about his first lookat the hallowed piece of sporting turf, he now wants to try and cement his spot in the Blues XIafter making his Sheffield Shield debut last week.

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“Theopportunity to play for NSW is exciting and last week was an amazing experience,” Sangha told the Newcastle Herald.

“To debut for my state and play alongside some of the guys I’ve grown up watching was great.

“Now I’ve done it once, I want to try and keep doing it as many times as I can.”

Sangha and fellow Shield debutants Jack Edwards and Daniel Sams retained their positions in what was originally an unchanged12-man NSW squad for thesecond-round clash following a first-up draw with South at the Adelaide Oval.

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Blues regulars Sean Abbott (personal reasons) and Steve O’Keefe (injury) have since been ruled out with Harry Conway and Daniel Fallins the respective replacements.

The NSW starting XI will be announced at the coin toss on Thursday.

Sangha can’t wait to get out in the middle.

“I’ve never been into Melbourne, only driven around it for a wedding on the outskirts, so I’ve never actually been to the MCG before,” the former Wallsend and Southern Lakes playersaid.

“It will be unbelievable to be there.”

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The former Hunter Sports High School student said the speech delivered by NSW captain Peter Nevill when presenting his baggy blue cap gave him “shivers”.

“For someone like that, our skipper and a former Test player, to present the cap and say what he did was special,” Sanghasaid.

“Honestly, I had shivers. And looking at his cap, and how worn it was compared to mine, there was obviously a major difference. But hopefully mine will be like that one day.”

Sangha scored 12 and 33 in his first two innings.

Chichester pipeline upgrade to secure region’s water supply

Chichester pipelineWork has commenced on replacing a critical section of the Chichester Trunk Gravity Main between Tarro and Duckenfield to improve the reliability of the Lower Hunter’s water supply.

Built in 1923, the pipeline carries about 40 per cent of the region’s water from Chichester Dam to Newcastle.

Hunter Water has been upgrading sections of the ageing infrastructure since 2009, with an 8-kilometre section between Tarro and Duckenfield the latest to be replaced underground.

Minister for Energy and Utilities Don Harwin said it was a priority project to ensure service reliability for Hunter Water’s customers.

“The Chichester pipeline delivers approximately 65 million litres of water every day, or more than a third of the region’s total water supply,” Mr Harwin said.

“At a cost of $43 million, this is a critical project to ensure the people of the Lower Hunter continue to have a reliable and secure water supply. Hunter Water has fast-tracked the project by more than a year to see to it that this important work is done as soon as possible.”

The project involves replacing the pipeline underground, starting with a 3.3 kilometre section near Millers Forest, which is prone to breaks during periods of high water demand. At the same time, work is underway to remove the old pipe.

The project is due to be completed by November 2019.


Hunter Water has told some Dungog residents their water is “not safe to consume”Good rain needed to avoid Hunter water restrictions in six months timeResidents fight plans to ‘take away our permanent drinking water supply’Chichester Dam gets a health check at 100 years oldHunter Water Managing Director Jim Bentley said this section of pipeline is one of the biggest known point sources of leakage in Hunter Water’s network.

“One of the issues with this pipeline is that it was constructed of a system called locking bar pipe. While this is designed to allow movement, the movement eventually results in leakage,” he said.

“It’s estimated that our maintenance crews fix more than 1000 leaks each year on this section alone.

“It’s important that we allLove Waterand conserve our precious resource, so I’m really pleased to see this project get underway.”

Ryan Callinan ready for relaxing time in Hawaii after whirlwind month on surfing’s biggest stage

Ryan Callinan has put celebrations on ice, at least partly, afterreturninghome from the best month of his surfing life.

SITTING PRETTY: Ryan Callinan is all but assured of a championship tour return in 2019. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

And while the Merewether goofy-footer doesn’t want to say he’s back on the championship tour for 2019 just yet, he is looking forward to a far more relaxing time atthe season finale in Hawaii after his remarkable revivalon the sport’s biggest stage.

Callinan had the biggest win of his career, taking outthe 10,000-point Ericeira Pro in Portugal to all but secure his 2019 CT spot and gain a wildcard into the France Pro.

Back on the tour he competed full-time on in 2016, the 26-year-old shockedOwen Wright, then-tour leader Filipe Toledo, former world champion Adriano de Souza, Jordy Smith and Conner Coffin before narrowly losing the final to friend Julian Wilson. It gave him another CT wildcard, into the Portugal Po, where he won a heat before pushing world No.1 Gabriel Medina all the way.

He was the talk of the surfing world aftergoing from a qualifying series contender to a giant-killingfactor in the championship race.

Asked if his feet were back on the ground yet on Wednesday, Callinan laughed: “Only just. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind, that’s for sure. It was an interesting few weeks because I’ve felt like I belonged there for a while, but to see it all come together was pretty amazing.”

Second on the QS, Callinan looks assured ofa top 10 ranking and return to the CT with two 10,000-point events remaining in Hawaii. He arrived home Monday and heads to Hawaii on November 7 ready to cap a remarkable year and comeback following the loss of hisparents, Garry and Janice, since he qualified for the 2016 CT.

“I don’t want to say I definitely am, but I had a few people say that I was confirmed, but I’d still like to make some heats in Hawaii,” he said of qualifying.“But I’m in as good a position as I possibly could be in. I think it will be quite relaxing in Hawaii for me.And I’m only dropping a second-round result [from the top five], so if I make one or two heats, I should improve on my points which should basically secure me.

“It’s crazy. I never really thought I’d be the guy thatwasgoing into Hawaii just relaxing. I always thought I’d be the guy scrapping it out and needing results and just getting by, so it’sreally cool.”

The Billabong-backed starcould also gain another wildcard into the final CT contest of the year, the Pipe Masters.

“It’s a Billabong event so I think I’m definitely in the trials,” he said.“The main event, I’m not sure what they’ll do but there’s a few injuries still and Adriano just hurt himself.I’m just taking it as it comes. If I’m in the mainevent it’s a bonus.”

As for celebrations, he said: “I had some over there, some little ones, and I’ve just been trying to catch up with some friends around here, but no huge parties. I’m trying to keep it pretty tame.

“I think the boardridersclub are planning something, but I don’t want to count my chickens.I think the celebrations will be more about the two results, and maybe there will be another one once it’s all said and done.”

Adelaide man denies fake strawberry report

Paul Benjamin Wright denies falsely claiming strawberries had been contaminated.An Adelaide man accused of making a fake report about a contaminated strawberry insists he was telling the truth.

Paul Benjamin Wright, 34, faced Adelaide Magistrates Court on Wednesday after he allegedly told police his daughter had discovered a needle in a berry.

The court heard Wright claimed the sabotaged fruit had been purchased at a supermarket in Adelaide’s northeastern suburbs, as concern grew about similar cases reported across the country,

Wright, who was not represented by a lawyer, said he intended to plead not guilty to making a false report and falsely claiming goods had been contaminated.

“I did make the claims, but what happened actually happened,” he told reporters outside court.

A police prosecutor said Wright made the report after watching a news story about contaminated strawberries and was charged after a subsequent investigation.

He said the prosecution case would be supported by a receipt, supermarket CCTV footage and a record of Wright’s police interview.

The strawberry industry was thrown into turmoil last month when more than 100 incidents of sewing needles pushed into berries were reported, with many believed to be fake or copycat cases.

The crisis prompted supermarkets to dump tonnes of strawberries and forced growers to throw away thousands of dollars in fruit.

In response to the scare, the federal government increased penalties for food tamperers, who could now be jailed for up to 15 years.

The South n government also provided $50,000 to support local strawberry producers by installing a metal detector at the SA Produce Market.

Magistrate David McLeod on Wednesday continued Wright’s bail to appear before Elizabeth Magistrates Court next month.

State Government will spend $20 million buying Hunter koala habitat

The State Government will spend$20 million to preservekoala populations in the Hunter through a private land purchase program designed to secure more protected habitat.

“Essentially, if you own good quality, occupied koala habitat that meets the criteria, the NSW Government is a willing buyer,” Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said

“This initiative is part of the NSW Government’s $44.7m commitment towards securing the future of koalas in the wild, which is the biggest commitment by any State Government to koala protection.”

The announcement follows the government’s sale of the six hectareMambo Wetlands sitein Port Stephens, an area of prime koala habitat, in 2017.

Port Stephens MP Kate Washington labelledthe new announcement as a “a last minute attempt to buy credibility from a government whose policies and actions are putting our koalas at risk of extinction.”

“Current estimates say wild koalas in Port Stephens could be gone within 10 years, but this government is only making the situation worse.”

But Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald said the program would help stabilise, increase koala numbers and conserve populations in the Hunter.

“It will permanently conserve koala habitat in the national parks system and ensure ongoing expert management of this important land,” Mr MacDonald said.


Port Stephens koalas given $3m boostThreatened Species Scientific Committee has been unable to list the endangeredPort Stephens koalaBerejiklian government changes the law so koalas can’t be listed as endangeredLiberal candidate for Port Stephens Jaimie Abbott thanked the government for itsassistance.

“I continue to advocate for the protection and preservation of koala populations in Port Stephens. The sustainability of koala populations is a key priority for my local community and I look forward to continuing this focus as the next Member for Port Stephens,” Ms Abbott said.

Properties with good quality, occupied koala habitat situated near or adjoining the following areas will be considered:

Gir-um-bit, Myall Lakes, Tomaree, Hunter Wetlands, Tilligerry, Worimi or Wallaroo National ParksKaruah, Tilligerry or Moffats Swamp Nature ReservesTilligerry, Medowie or Gir-um-bit State Conservation Area.Criteria for considering a property for purchase include:

presence of koala habitatevidence of use by koalasgood connection to surrounding native vegetationthat reservation would improve the management of threats to koalas in that locationthe property must also be suitable for inclusion in the national parks systemCommunity groups and other interested stakeholders can also propose land with suitable koala habitat for inclusion in the national park estate.

Expressions of interest will remain open until 6 December 2018.Full details on criteria and locations can be found at:

OPINIONKid’s coaches: joiner, slacker or real deal?

My kids are involved in a range of activities after school, from running around the footy field to hanging from the ceiling by silk threads like a spider (really).

I’m familiar with coaches, teachers and tutors of all kinds, and have spent quite a bit of time sitting on sidelines,scrutinising their methodologies and behaviour (ha! You thought I was on Facebook).

I think I’m reasonably well qualified to put them into shallow, reductionist categories, so I’ve come up with five kinds of people you’ll meet in the world of after-school activities.

The sergeant major:Humorless andstrict, the sergeant major is there to get results, not have fun. Favourite saying: “Do you think this is some kind of game?” Well, yes. I did…until now.

The obsessive:They are the true believers who can’t understand why you don’t want to pay for five lessons a week, or give up every weekend to drive interstate. They are given to rants on the group Facebook page, castigating students and families alike for their lack of commitment.

The slacker:These are the mums and dads press-ganged into service as coaches who really don’t want to be there. They set up the drills then retire to the bench, or lean on the fence chatting to the other parents. Meanwhile, whichever kid on the team has the strongest personality ends up running the show. This is sometimes great, sometimes downright dangerous.

The joiner:They love a kick or a go with the bat, and they’re having such a good time the kids don’t get a look in. Their philosophy is: “I’ll show these young whipper-snappers how it’s really done”, and then they hog the balance beam or the instrument until the end of the lesson, while little Treydan or Tahlia stares out the window.

The real deal:They love kids, and they love their activity –in that order. They want to impart some skills, but they care more about seeing your child develop character and a sense of competence and adventure.

May your afternoons be full of the real deals – on behalf of the parents of , I salutethem.

Mumford not in a ‘great place’ amid probe

Former Giants ruckman Shane Mumford’s comeback has been jeopardised by an AFL investigation.Shane Mumford is not in a “great place” after three-year-old footage of the former ruckman snorting a white powder found its way online, sparking an AFL investigation.

Former n cricketer and GWS community liaison officer Gavin Robertson said Mumford was suffering after Tuesday’s revelation cast doubt on his potential AFL comeback with the Giants next season.

“I know Shane reasonably well,” Robertson told Fox Sports.

“He’s made a mistake in life but he’s not sitting back on a banana chair at home lapping life up.

“He’s not in a great place and he’s really upset with the choices that he’s made.”

The Giants were reportedly made aware of the situation on Sunday and soon after contacted Mumford, who appears to have recently returned to from an end-of-season family holiday overseas.

Given the treatment of similar cases involving St Kilda defender Jake Carlisle and Fremantle midfielder Harley Bennell, Mumford likely faces punishment as he admitted the incident took place when he was still an AFL player in 2015.

If Mumford and GWS continue along the path toward his possible AFL relisting, the league could hand the 32-year-old a suspension in the realm of two to three games.

But Robertson backed up the Giants’ decision to stand by Mumford after the club announced their under-contract ruck coach would attend a rehabilitation program.

“He’s obviously going to go through whatever he needs to go through to make amends,” he said.

Mumford, who won a premiership with the Swans in 2012, stayed with the Giants this season after a serious navicular injury forced him to call time on his AFL career at the end of 2017.

Robertson said the premature retirement hit Mumford hard.

“At the time when it went down … that was not easy for him,” Robertson said.

“He was not ready to finish.”

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Some Saturday Qld racing meets cancelled

Racing at Doomben, Gold Coast, Townsville and Toowoomba for Cox Plate Day has been cancelled.Protest action by thoroughbred racing industry owners, jockeys, trainers and breeders will derail the start of Queensland’s spring racing season as the battle with the state government over a new 15 per cent betting tax heats up.

Their unresolved anger over how the proceeds of the tax will be spent by the government has resulted in cancelled race meetings at Doomben, Gold Coast, Townsville and Toowoomba for Cox Plate Day on Saturday.

Racing Queensland called the meetings off because not enough trainers nominated for events due to their protest.

n Trainers Association spokesman Cameron Partington said an alliance of owners, jockeys, trainers and breeders wanted some of the tax revenue to boost race prize money so they can better compete against NSW and Victorian racing.

“When the announcement that zero of it was going to thoroughbred racing … that’s when we started our protest,” Mr Partington told AAP on Wednesday.

Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the government had worked on developing avenues to support increased prize money to avoid the action at Queensland’s TAB race meetings.

“Unfortunately we haven’t been able to avert Saturday’s planned action, but that doesn’t mean we’re not working closely with industry,” he said.

Queensland struggles to compete with other states as the prize pool is smaller and it pays out prizes for first to fourth place, while NSW pays first to 10th and Victoria pays first to eighth position.

Mr Partington said the Queensland government had neglected the racing industry for 20 years and the sector wanted a fair portion of the projected $70 million first-year revenue from the new point-of-sale tax directed to the industry for use as prize money.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said her government hadn’t neglected the racing industry and had invested over $190 million into the sector since being elected in 2015.

Mr Partington said the government had 10 days to respond before their protest action would affect planning for Melbourne Cup day race meetings.

Mr Hinchliffe has vowed to continue working with racing participants.

Deputy Opposition Leader Tim Mander said the amount given to Queensland racing left it uncompetitive compared to NSW and Victoria, where governments were returning about $80 million back to the racing industry.

“The thoroughbreds have basically got nothing out of this deal,” he told reporters.

Non-TAB covered meetings at Isisford, Gympie, Gladstone, Charleville, Clifton and Richmond will go ahead.

Riviera, Maritimo in spotlight at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

AMERICAN DEBUT: Riviera will present its 39 Sports Motor Yacht at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.n motor yacht builder Rivierawill present the world premiere of its much anticipated flagship Belize 66 and the American premieres of the Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht, the 39 Sports Motor Yacht and the sporty 395 SUV at the opening of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in the United States on October 31.

The spectacular new Belize will be the centrepiece of a nine-model red-carpet showcase for Riviera that also includes the sophisticated 6000, 5400 and 4800 Sport Yachts, a blue-water Riviera 52 Enclosed Flybridge model and the classic Belize 54 daybridge model.

Riviera CEO Wes Moxey said: “We have been able to include a wide range of options as standard in the Belize 66, beginning with the overall layout of a single-level lifestyle sedan or a daybridge with classic bimini top or hardtop.”

A swim platform is submersible to assist in launching and retrieving the tender from the garage and the large cockpit features a dinette and L-shape seating in the starboard fore quarter, a comprehensive barbecue unit and a second lounge. A massive forward sundeck offers a large sunken U-shape lounge and a central dinette table.

A large awning window links the outdoor space with the galley while a sliding glass door provides entry to the salon. The large U-shape gourmet galley is aft and the dinette is forward to starboard with a free-standing lounge or armchair opposite.

A water-tight pantograph side door opposite the dinette provides immediate access to the port deck.

The lower helm area offers a range of options; a minimalist single-seat layout to starboard or a more expansive central location with companion seating.

The accommodation deck offers many layout options: three or four staterooms including a midships Master, and three bathrooms. A space aft of the master stateroom can be fitted out as full beam bathroom, a massive walk-in wardrobe, a utility room, workshop or a crew cabin.

Power for the new Belize 66 comes from the proven Volvo Penta 1350 IPS3 pod drive system, with Volvo Penta’s Station Hold and joystick control for fingertip manoeuvrability.

Also making an appearance at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will be n motor yacht manufacturer Maritimo. The centrepiece of the company’s on water display will be the revolutionary new X60 sport yacht. Maritimo will also be showcasing the new generation M54 and the S51 at Fort Lauderdale.

Maritimo Americas’ president Dave Northrop said feedback from customers was that Maritimo’s huge emphasis on the combination of refinement to its already five star product and major advances in terms of fit out, style and design was a winner.

“The X series is no doubt a game changer in what we call the ‘coupe style’ boat sector, but the new M series models and the S series sedans are also turning heads,” he said.

“The M series motor yachts with their climate controlled flybridges have major appeal and the new X series vessels with the huge variety provided in space utilisation in the aft cabin area are resonating well with potential buyers.

“Interestingly we have had pretty much an equal level of interest in that aft cabin space being used as either a beach club or another VIP cabin with twin accommodation.”

Maritimo’s CEO Garth Corbitt said it was a milestone for the company to have so many dealer partners involved at this year’s Fort Lauderdale show.

“We have been rolling out this strategy of appointing top flight and highly successful dealer partners across the Americas for some time and with Dave Northrop rejoining us to help drive that effort we have made large in-roads in recent months,” he said.

“We want our brand represented by only the best and now we have a network of true professionals that is second to none in that marketplace.”

Jack O’Rourke is a contributor to Ocean MediaFISH STOCKS’s fisheries have received a clean bill of health following the latest annual audit of the nation’s 95 fish stocks spread across 22 sites managed by the n Government.

The Fishery status reports 2018 revealed that almost 70 per cent of the nation’s fish stocks were not overfished, or subject to overfishing.

“The reports reflect a positive change in a number of stocks managed jointly with regional fisheries management organisations,” n Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics executive director Steve Hatfield-Dodds said.

However, while no fish species was identified as overfished for the fifth year running, the report said a number of stocks were close to it.

SEASON STARTThe ICOM Ocean Pointscore has begun, hosted by Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club. The series is an offshore day racing series for yachts in the build up to the major summer blue water events such as the Southport and Coffs Coast races, and ultimately the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht.

Mick Martin’s TP52 Frantic took out Line Honours in the first race last weekend. Joe Ferguson, a 19 year old sailor of the NCYC Academy has been training on the bow of Frantic with intentions to compete with them in this years’ Hobart race. Next up is the Moon Island Race this Sunday.

Test spots up for grabs in Shield shootout

Matthew Renshaw will attempt to restart his Test career with big runs in Sheffield Shield.It is pointless for ‘s young guns to feign ignorance regarding what is at stake as they enter the second round of a Sheffield Shield shootout that will shape the Test XI.

A last-start collapse in a lopsided loss to Pakistan, suspensions to Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, and Usman Khawaja’s knee injury mean ‘s batting order is in a state of flux.

“It’s very open. Because we’re not performing,” coach Justin Langer said on Wednesday.

Matthew Renshaw, who returns for Queensland against South from Thursday as he seeks to relaunch his Test career after being overlooked in the UAE, and Victoria captain Peter Handscomb headline the list of options selectors will canvass.

A stack of highly-rated youngsters also have the chance to demand selection before ‘s four-Test series against India starts in Adelaide on December 6.

Will Pucovski, sidelined from Victoria’s MCG match against NSW this week after becoming the ninth player in Shield history to celebrate a double-century before his 21st birthday, has already been billed as a Test bolter.

SA opener Jake Weatherald, Tasmania’s Jake Doran, Queensland left-hander Sam Heazlett, NSW teenagers Jack Edwards and Jason Sangha, and Western n Josh Philippe are among the other young batsmen to have shouldered the burden of being the ‘next big thing’ as juniors.

Trevor Hohns started his current stint as chairman of selectors blooding Renshaw, who had played 12 first-class games at that point.

Langer has reiterated he wants to pick whoever is making the most runs.

“Whether you’re an 18-year-old wonderboy or a 30-year-old run machine,” Langer told radio station SEN.

Realistically, a couple of Shield centuries could catapult any batsman into contention.

Former Test opener Chris Rogers, who mentors the next generation of stars as Cricket ‘s high-performance coach, describes it as good pressure.

“It’s how players go about coping with that stress and focusing on what they’re doing now, rather than worrying about what could happen in three or four weeks,” Rogers told AAP.

“There’s always that thought at the back of your mind that if you do well there might be an opportunity to play for and realise your life’s dream.

“It can all happen very quickly.

“But these young guys really have to earn their way into that side.”

Pucovski earned widespread praise for his match-winning 243 in Perth, where Philippe produced his maiden first-class ton.

Edwards and Sangha made few headlines on debut last week but played key roles helping Peter Nevill halt what had all the hallmarks of a final-day collapse.

Weatherald and Doran finished fourth and fifth respectively on last season’s list of run-scorers.

“There’s so much to like about a lot of players coming through,” Rogers said.

“If the coaches as a group can help these players, in a few years we might actually see an upsurge in our batting stocks.”