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.”

Bolt decision soon: A-League boss

Central Coast Mariners are waiting for a decision from Usain Bolt after they offered him a contract.The head of the A-League Greg O’Rourke says Usain Bolt could decide within days whether to accept a contract offer from Central Coast Mariners.

“I think it will be played out in a matter of days or weeks,” O’Rourke told AAP on Wednesday.

The Mariners concede it’s unlikely Bolt will accept the contract, reportedly worth $100,000, unless a third-party agreement can be found to deliver more money to the Olympic sprinting great.

“They have put an offer on the table to Usain and that effectively places the ball in Usain’s court, they’re not sure how he and his management are going to respond to that,” O’Rourke said.

While Bolt’s trial at the Mariners had created worldwide interest and helped promote the A-League, it hadn’t translated to tangible impact on the domestic competition.

“There’s no doubt that he has brought a lot of attention to the A-League and the Mariners,” O’Rourke said.

“And if you think about the digital views of uploading his trial and his goals compared to normal A-League reach numbers, they’re significantly higher.

“But the other point to make is that a lot of those views are international, which is nice, it brings recognition to the league.

“But it doesn’t actually bring people to the gate or subscriptions to n broadcasters.

“So how do you take a perceived media value versus an actual sustainable improvement in league metrics?

“I don’t really want to get into the debate except to say that everyone else I speak to has a different view.”

Taking away the promotional aspect, O’Rourke said a key question lingered about 32-year-old Bolt.

“The question has been, and will remain, is he ready to be a footballer? And if so, is he ready to be an A-League footballer?,” he said.

“And the answer to that, at this point in time, from himself and the club is that he’s not ready.”

Miller eyes podium finish at Aust MotoGP

n MotoGP rider Jack Miller is hoping for a better Grand Prix at Phillip Island this year.n MotoGP ace Jack Miller is confident he can challenge for a podium finish and perhaps even break through for a maiden home grand prix win at Phillip Island this weekend.

The Queenslander has fond memories of last year’s race at the famed island circuit where he stormed to an early lead on his Marc VDS Honda before settling for seventh.

Miller has enjoyed mixed fortunes this season after switching to Ducati with Pramac Racing.

He qualified on the front row in third at last week’s Japanese MotoGP, but crashed out with 13 laps remaining in the race.

Star Spaniard Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) took the chequered flag first to claim his seventh world title, with Miller currently 13th in the championship standings with three races to go.

“Coming into Phillip Island I’m on a better machine than I was last year and we led for seven laps,” Miller told reporters in Melbourne on Wednesday.

“Hopefully this year we can turn it into 27 (laps).

“I’m excited and nervous … I know what I did wrong last year in terms of tyre consumption, so I can take what I learnt and use that knowledge here, especially in my tyre choice and race strategy.

“… If we didn’t go out there thinking we had a chance of winning we wouldn’t go out there.”

Miller claimed a surprise maiden MotoGP win in the rain at Assen in 2016, but hasn’t managed a podium finish this year.

The 23-year-old will remain with Pramac Racing next season, but will be on a better bike when he takes over the No.1 spot to be vacated by Italian teammate Danilo Petrucci.

Despite some teething issues as he learns the ins and outs of his new machine, Miller is happy with his first season on a Ducati.

“We’ve been really close to the podium on a lot of occasions,” he said.

“(I) got a pole position at the second grand prix … it’s the first time I’ve (qualified) on the front row this year and to be there three times already on a year-old bike, I feel it’s been a good season.

“There have been some dramas, we’ve crashed out of three races which is not ideal but I’ve had worse seasons that’s for sure.

“… The goal is to try to crack 100 (championship) points before the end of the year.”

Cancer claim breakthrough for NSW firies

NSW firefighters will be able to claim compensation for cancer more easily under proposed new laws.Firefighters diagnosed with certain cancers in NSW will soon be able to claim compensation without having to prove themselves it was because of their work.

The state government on Wednesday introduced draft laws that will make it easier to access entitlements by automatically presuming firefighters acquired one of 12 cancers while on the job.

It will instead be up to insurers to prove the cancer was not a result of firefighter duties under the proposed changes.

“The onus has historically been on firefighters and it is a difficult task when all the science, all the studies and all the understanding is that all firefighters go into unknown hazardous situations,” NSW Emergency Services Minister Troy Grant told reporters in Sydney.

Firefighters are often exposed to a mixture of chemicals, carcinogens and other elements that are identified as being contributors to cancer, Mr Grant said.

Fire & Rescue NSW deputy commissioner Mal Connellan said a small number of firefighters are diagnosed with cancer every year and have faced a battle to prove the cancer is linked to their work.

“It is an extremely distressing time and this legislation removes that burden from them and their families,” he told reporters.

If passed, the legislation will apply from September 27. Firefighters who have made a previously rejected claim will be allowed to reapply under the new laws.

Both voluntary and paid firefighters will be eligible, as will firefighters who are diagnosed with cancer after they have left the industry.

The cancers include brain, leukaemia, breast, testicular and bladder cancer.

Izzy re-signs, backs his God-given rights

Israel Folau stunningly confessed to enjoying the backlash from his controversial anti-gay posts after agreeing to a new four-year deal to remain in n rugby.

The superstar code-hopper is off limits to NRL clubs after ending months of speculation over his future on Wednesday with a recommitment to the Wallabies and NSW Waratahs until at least the end of 2022.

“It’s a relief and I have made known to my agent that I am obviously very interested at staying on in the game,” Folau said in Tokyo ahead of Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup clash with the All Blacks on Saturday.

“It’s something that I have enjoyed being a part of.”

The former State of Origin and n rugby league Test player had been in the sights of several NRL clubs, as well as the Queensland Reds and cashed-up rugby franchises in Europe and Japan.

The 29-year-old admitted he wrestled with the decision at times during protracted contract negotiations with Rugby , who he clashed with in April following a series of provocative social media posts from the devout Christian.

“It’s a bit of a rollercoaster year for me, more so off the field with what’s been happening,” Folau said.

“But, to be quite honest, it might sound a bit crazy, but I kind of really enjoyed what was happening off the field, not that it happened on purpose.

“But my identity is based around my faith in God and I truly believe that from deep down inside what was happening off the field, even though it was challenging and it was hard, it was actually moulding me into the person in becoming stronger and it actually taught me a lot of things that I needed to learn, and I’m still learning now.

“Obviously a lot of people will say negative things about what was happening, but it taught me to actually love and forgive them for obviously not agreeing and that’s something that I’ve learnt to take on.”

It’s unknown if RA boss Raelene Castle will stipulate in the formal contract that Folau must tone down his posts, but the three-times John Eales Medallist insisted the pair could continue working together.

“I respect who she is and she’s doing a really great job running the game so far,” he said.

Despite the controversy and drama swirling around him, Folau has managed to produce some of the most electrifying rugby of his career in 2018.

“Going onto the footy field, probably a lot of people would probably say that it would affect my rugby, but I’ve never felt so much peace going onto the field,” Folau said.

The retention of the 69-Test superstar comes hot on the heels of RA’s re-signing of several other key players in 2018.

Test captain Michael Hooper and young tighthead prop Allan Alaalatoa have both signed on for another five years, while playmaker Bernard Foley last week announced he was sticking around in until at least next year’s World Cup in Japan.

Newcastle District Cricket Association: Wallsend’s Nathan Price, Jake Montgomery still can’t believe 41-run over

Cricket: Price, Montgomery still can’t believe 41-run over ROAR: Tigers batsmen Nathan Price and Jake Montgomery together at Wallsend Oval for club training this week after combining to score 41 runs off one over in a Tom Locker Cup match on Saturday. Picture: Josh Callinan

Wallsend pair Nathan Price and Jake Montgomery together after scoring 41 runs

UNBELIEVABLE: Tigers batsmen Nathan Price and Jake Montgomery together at Wallsend Oval this week after combining to score 41 runs off one over on Saturday. Picture: Josh Callinan

TweetFacebook Wallsend cricketers Nathan Price and Jake Montgomery hit 41 from one over Pictures by Josh CallinanCricket can throw up all kinds of unexpected scenarios, but neither Nathan Price nor Jake Montgomery were everanticipating anything remotely like this.

The Wallsend batsmen have received countless messages this week from people simply trying to figure out how it was even possible.

And they reckon Saturday afternoon’s effortsat Lynn Oval might even end up as a trivia question somewhere down the track.

Price and Montgomery combined forces to score 41 runs from a single over.

It is believed to be a Newcastle District Cricket Association record and first grade teammatesdescribed the featas “ridiculous” after the Tigers duo surpassed the magical 36-run figure, or the equivalent of six sixes from as many deliveries.

“I’ve never heard of that before,” Price, 31, said.

“I thought it was literallyimpossible to get more than 36.Everybody has just been asking how did that happen? Talk me through it.”

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Batting at the southern end of Stockton’s home ground and 10 overs down chasing the one-day Tom Locker Cup target of 7-138, Price and Montgomerystruck four sixes andthree fours off the bowling of Seagulls leg-spinner Kye Zanardi.

There was also five extras, resulting in two additionalballs being bowled.

Price opened proceedings with three sixes in-a-row towards “cow corner”, including the first from a head-high no-ball meaning Wallsendwere already 19 runs from two legal deliveries.

Next was a leg-side wide,which made it past the wicketkeeper and allowed the Tigers pair to cross for a furtherthree runs. The scenario was now 23 off only two.

Montgomery then took guard and hit three straight fours, two sweep shots and a drive to the now vacant cover fence.That’s 35 from five.

And to cap it all off Montgomery cleared the leg-side boundary with the last ball to make it 41 off six, splitting the honours with Price at 18 runs apiece.

“I think I got 30 [off one over] in an under 21s game once, but three fours and three sixes,” Montgomery, 23, said.“Nothinglike that.”

Price agrees: “I reckon I barely got to 30 [in an over] once, but not all sixes and a couple of fours in there. Definitely nowhere near 36, let alone 41.”

However, the damage continued with the next over from Stockton’s Sam Jenkinson going for 17and Wallsend now amassing58runs across12 balls.

Despite the scorers frantically playing catch up on the books,Wallsend nabbed a bonus point victoryin the following 13th over.Price (86 not out) and Montgomery (37 not out) also beat the storm home, featuringin a103-run partnership for the second wicket.

“It just escalated pretty quickly,” Price said.