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   Jan 21

World first stunt thrills crowd at Hunter Valley Air ShowPhotos

World first stunt thrills crowd at Hunter Valley Air Show | Photos Perfect conditions for a perfect day: Pilot Paul Bennet and motocross stunt rider Joel Brown at the Royal Newcastle Aero Club, Rutherford. Picture: Marina Neil
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Perfect conditions for a perfect day: The Royal Newcastle Aero Club, Rutherford. Picture: Marina Neil

Perfect conditions for a perfect day: The Royal Newcastle Aero Club, Rutherford. Picture: Marina Neil

Perfect conditions for a perfect day: The Royal Newcastle Aero Club, Rutherford. Picture: Marina Neil

Perfect conditions for a perfect day: The Royal Newcastle Aero Club, Rutherford. Picture: Marina Neil

Perfect conditions for a perfect day: The Royal Newcastle Aero Club, Rutherford. Picture: Marina Neil

Perfect conditions for a perfect day: The Royal Newcastle Aero Club, Rutherford. Picture: Marina Neil

Perfect conditions for a perfect day: The Royal Newcastle Aero Club, Rutherford. Picture: Marina Neil

Perfect conditions for a perfect day: The Royal Newcastle Aero Club, Rutherford. Picture: Marina Neil

Perfect conditions for a perfect day: The Royal Newcastle Aero Club, Rutherford. Picture: Marina Neil

Perfect conditions for a perfect day: The Royal Newcastle Aero Club, Rutherford. Picture: Marina Neil

Perfect conditions for a perfect day: The Royal Newcastle Aero Club, Rutherford. Picture: Marina Neil

TweetFacebookIT was a world-first months in the making, and it had the crowd at the Hunter Valley Air Show in Rutherford in awe on Sunday.

Aerobatics pilot Paul Bennet flew his plane between two jumps – barely a metre above the ground – while stunt rider Joel Brown did a backflip and jumped over him on a motorbike.

More than one thousand people held their breath as it unfolded.

Mr Bennet and Mr Brown were “relieved” to be back on the ground in one piece after the stunt.

They signed autographs for wide-eyed children who wished they could be like them one day.

It was the first time they had performed the stunt in public. They practised it six times on Friday and another 15 times before that in a Luskintyre field.

“It’s not something you want to get wrong, it doesn’t end well if it doesn’t work out,” Mr Bennet said.

“The build-up has been good. Conditions were good and the jump felt really good,” Mr Brown added.

Windy conditions on Saturday forced them to cancel the stunt.

They had been hoping the wind would ease enough on Sunday, which it did, to make the stunt “as safe as possible”. “It wasn’t perfect today, but we could work with it … It was great doing it in front of a cheering crowd and I’ll definitely sleep better tonight, I’m very relieved,” Mr Brown said.

The stunt was the main attraction among a wide range of aircraft on show at the Rutherford aerodrome.

A superSTOL plane had a small mechanical issue as it came down the runway.

A bolt in the under-carriage broke and left it on its side.

The pilot escaped unharmed.

   Jan 21

‘Nothing will be right with the world again’Phil Walsh’s daughter’s emotional tribute

Phil Walsh with his family.The daughter of slain Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh has written anemotional tribute to her father following his tragic death.
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“Hold your family close, never for a second take them for granted for that will be the second you lose them,” Quinn Walsh reportedly wrote on her Facebook page on Saturday.

“I have lost half my family in a blink of an eye, nothing will be right with the world again.

“Wanna thank everyone for the support and love, will be home soon to be with my mother and to say goodbye to my one and only hero. x”

Ms Walsh was holidaying in the US on Friday, when her father was stabbed to death in the family’s Somerton Park home. His wife, Meredith, was also home at the time.

Walsh’s 26-year-old son and Ms Walsh’s older brother, Cy, has been charged with murder.

Ms Walsh returned to Adelaide on Saturday and has made no further statement. Mrs Walsh, who was being treated for a minor leg injury at Flinders Medical Centre, was released from hospital on Saturday.

In another development, a taxi driver who may have seen Cy Walsh at about 2.30amon Friday morning in Glenelg East, has come forward to policeas they continue to investigatea possible link to the drug ice in the case.

South Australian police refused to comment publicly on the claim because the matter is before the courts, but Fairfax Media understands that detectives are looking into whether the highly-addictive drug played a part.

A photo emerged on Saturday of a smoking pipe that was taken from a car parked at the Walsh home in an evidence bag by police.

Cy Walsh remains in James Nash House, a secure mental health facility, after being transferred from Flinders Medical Centre.

He was remanded in custody after a short bedside court hearing on Friday and is due to face Adelaide Magistrates Court on September 15.

Phil Walsh, 55, was found with multiple stab wounds at his family’s home in the seaside suburb at 2am on Friday. He died at the scene, despite the efforts of ambulance paramedics.

His son was arrested less than two kilometres away from the home, out the front of a school friend’s house in First Avenue, Glenelg East, where he had been regularly staying.

Witnesses to the arrest, who were residents living nearby, were woken by car doors slamming, elevated voices and lights from police cars.

“He was lying on the ground over there,” one neighbour pointed across the street to a driveway that he believed still had specks of dried blood on it.

“He was pretty quiet.”

Residents in First Avenue had linked the former Immanuel College student to a separate block of units in the same street, which had been known as a place where drugs were regularly used.

The unit was boarded-up after its windows had been smashed in a recent incident.

“When the arrest happened (on Friday) we thought, ‘Here we go again’,” a neighbour said.

Police said Cy Walsh was not involved in that incident and the man living inside the unit, who did not want to be named, repeatedly denied any connection.

“I have not met him, I have not seen him,” he said.

Police patrolled First Avenue sporadically on Saturday having already door-knocked residents on Friday, taking statements from a handful. They also canvassed business along the major thoroughfare between Somerton Park and Glenelg East for security footage to trace Cy Walsh’s movements.

Police are believed to be speaking with a taxi driver who investigators believe may have seen a man with blood on him near the corner of Jetty Road and Brighton Road.

In Somerton Park, neighbours were coming to grips with the death on Saturday.

The street had been reopened after it was cordoned-off on Friday while investigators forensically examined the scene and seized evidence, including the smoking pipe, a computer and a knife.

A security guard was stationed outside the Walsh home on Saturday with police tape still closing-off the property.

Neighbours spoken to by Fairfax Media did not hear any sign of a commotion inside the home in the early hours of Friday morning.

Most did not know the family that had only moved in in May.

Louise Jennings, who lived two doors down, said she had been “looking forward” to getting to know them.

“They seemed like a lovely family and I’m very sad to hear what had happened,” she said.

“The atmosphere here on Friday was so eerie, it was like the earth had known what had happened, it was so quiet.”

A further two homes up, nine-year-old Jayden Barkla had hung out his Crow jumper and scarf before kicking the footy in his front yard.

“He was a very good coach,” Jayden said.

Major Crime Squad Superintendent Des Bray told reporters on Friday morning that the incident was “tragic”.

“It’s not ever just that he’s a high-profile person, it’s just absolutely terrible when families are torn apart in such tragic circumstances,” he said.

“For any family, regardless of who it is, [this is] one of the worst things you could imagine that could happen to you. The pain and suffering of the family is no different.”

The Age

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   Jan 21

Sideline Eye: Sport shows plenty of heartPHOTOS

Sideline Eye: Sport shows plenty of heart | PHOTOS TweetFacebookOrchard signals for brother’s birthdayIt seems Simon Orchard’s post-goal celebration last week wasn’t what it first seemed.
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The Kookaburras midfielder scored the Australian’s third in a 4-1 win against Ireland at the Hockey World League semi-finals in Belgium, before making a hand ­gesture near his head.

At one stage in his career after hitting the net Orchard had been renowned for doing the Ram, a shout out to his former Maitland club by making a set of horns with his fingers, the back of his hand and his forehead.

More recently this had been put in the kit bag and it remains that way, with the most recent shenanigans nothing to do with the animal symbol but rather the alphabet.

Orchard made the letter W on his melon using both hands as a birthday message back home for his younger brother Josh, representing the affectionate nickname Weenis.

GRASSROOTS: Newcastle Jets players join in a beach football game with fans at Nobbys.

The Newcastle Jets start official pre-season training on Monday under new head coach Scott Miller, who watched the Youth side go around in the local first grade competition on the weekend.

But last week the squad was out and about jogging along the foreshore from Honeysuckle before engaging in a game of beach football with fans at Nobbys.

It was certainly a step in the right direction in picking up the pieces from last season’s debacle and ­engaging with the community for 2015-2016.

Tritton barracks for reality TVIt looks as though Keinbah harness racing trainer Shane Tritton is a bit of a reality television fan.

The defending Newcastle and NSW metropolitan premiershipwinner was on social media last week barracking, not a race winner, butthe Madden brothers on singingshow The Voice.

“Come on Madden boys ? Let’s get a singer ? #TheVoiceAU,” Tritton posted on Twitter.

The Kurt Fearnley storyHunter wheelchair athlete Kurt Fearnley has an incredible story from Paralympic gold medals, to marathon wins, from contesting the Sydney to Hobart yacht race to crawling the Kokoda Track.

This was all covered last week by Julia Zamiro on her program Home Delivery with Fearnley going down memory lane to where it all started in the country NSW town of Carcoar.

The inspiring episode is well worth a captain cook online at ABC iView.

Bringing people togetherAnd finally, forget State of Origin, the NRL or even the Maitland Pickers – Saturday’s international clash was one for the ages.

Despite the political situation between the two countries being at boiling point – Russia and Ukraine meet on neutral territory in Belgrade.

Regardless of the result, it proves that sport really can bring people together, even through the threat of war.

Numbers Game: 3000 – the amount of money raised for the Hunter Medical Research Institute brain cancer unit on Friday at the third instalment of the Bushrangers Bar and Brassiere Let’s Do Lunch series, which featured two-time Newcastle Knights premiership ­winner Mark Hughes as guest speaker.

TOP JOB: Pete Hodgson completes his awareness and fund-raising ride for Lyme disease.

Moment That Mattered: Maitland triathlon veteran Pete Hodgson announcing he will ride to Canberra in his budgie smugglers this summer to approach Prime Minister Tony Abbott about recognising Lyme disease in Australia shortly after arriving home from a 1000km journey on two wheels ­raising funds and awareness for the condition.

Quote: “Sports do not build character, they reveal it,” John Wooden.

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   Jan 21

Rodgers boots winner as Bombers roll Crows

HIGH: Beaufort’s Jack Duke catches Buninyong rival Mitchell Arnold over the shoulder in a tackle on Saturday. The Bombers won a thriller by five points. Picture: Kate Healy.
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A CLUTCH goal from Jarrod Rodgers in the dying moments earned Buninyong athrilling five-point victory over Beaufort on Saturday.

Rodgers was awarded a free kick on the 50mline,following a desperate tackleas the Crows attempted tomove the ball out of defence.

The wiry forward, who celebrated from the moment the ball left his boot, was theonly Buninyong player who had found a way through Beaufort’s seeminglyimpenetrable back-line.

Until then, the Graintech Crows had endured everything Buninyong had thrown at them –particularly swing-man Jarrod Trigg, who was simply terrific in the final term.

The Crows quickly managed a centre clearance to get the ball up forward and try to regainthe lead, but not before the siren sounded on an enthralling spectacle.

It was a fitting result, given that Buninyong was largely the superior team on theday.

Buninyong responded well in general play after half time, but struggled to impact onthe scoreboard. Poor accuracy in front of goal hurt the home side, but Beaufort’sability to get numbers back and form a wall in defence was also a factor.

The Crows found scoring tough for much of the contest, but within 10minutes ofthe last term, they had somehow managed to take the lead.

It was then simply about whether Beaufort could withstand the immensepressure of the Bombers.

Time after time, the Crows managed to repel Buninyong’s forward entries – all butthe last one.

Buninyong coach Jarrod Morgan said the determination of his side was enough toproduce a win, despite the frustrating final term.

“We probably didn’t play the last quarter very smartly,” he said.

“They got numbers back and we just played into their hands. But we kept persistingand probably got across the line on effort.

“(The players) have just got that will to win and to have a crack. We have somereally honest guys that won’t give up.”

It was the second loss in two weeks for Beaufort, which has remarkably now slid toseventh on the ladder.

Coach Dale Power said it was frustrating to let an opportunity slip, but was adamantthat the Bombers deserved to win.

Power was full of praise, however, for the excellent work of his defenders, includingTrigg, Christopher Drew and Damien Day.

For the Bombers, Mark Phelps was terrific up forward with five goals, whileAnthony Ebery was instrumental as the team’slone ruckman.

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   Jan 21

Bowral ladies continue top bowls form

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SOME of Bowral’s top ladies bowlers took to the greens last Saturday.

The Bowral pennant team had scored a great win over Oak Flats to gain the zone flag only two days earlier.

The ladies were keen for more match practise at Bowral.

Howard Lewis and Brian Porter defeated Glenn Gleise and Rita South 18-17.

After 11 ends, Lewis and Porter led 13-7.

But Gleise and South picked up eight shots on six ends to lose by one shot.

Gail Fraser and Noel Fraser defeated Keith Scriven and Marian Scriven 19-18.

After four ends, the score was level at 4-all, 5-all after six ends, 12-all after 12 ends and 16-all after 17 ends.

The Frasers then edged ahead to claim victory.

Other results:

Robin Staples and Don Coleman def Kel Limbrick and Mick Flynn 19-16

Alan Berle and Russell Fahey def Ken Handley and Dennis Beatty 20-13

Brian Payne and Jeff Williams def Owen Williams and Gordon Lewis 24-18

Barry Kable and Clive Neutze def Ian Crowe and Bill Dodwell 25-16

Bob Grover, Kurt Griebenow and Barry Werfel def Bill Grover, Nigel Grahame and Kevin Jones 23-21

Barry O’Brien and Jim Neely def Don Weller and Jack Tonkin 23-21

Reg Rodwell and Sylvia Handley def Shylie Brown and Bryce Clynes 28-21

Joy Woody and Keith Edwards def Neville Tanner and Bernie Michael 29-15.

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   Dec 21

Season over for Storey

No place to go for Andrew Storey, who was double and triple-teamed by the Rebels on Friday night. Photo courtesy of Noel RowsellBASKETBALL
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THE season is over for Andrew Storey.

Storey’s powerful run of the form in the 2015 GMP Ultimate Basketball League (UBL) Young Guns competition came to a halt on Friday night.

Storey’s Glebe Magic team entered the elimination semi-final as slight favourite but was overpowered 92-74 by the Hoopdreamz Rebels.

Former Highlander Storey finished with another double-double of 19 points and 15 boards.

However, he has now missed reaching a UBL grand final in two successive campaigns – firstly with the Magic senior team and now in the Young Guns series.

The Rebels looked slightly overawed at the start of the game but powered to the lead in the second term with a 26-10 run.

The Magic could not recover, eventually falling by 28 points.

The Sydney City Cobras were favourites in the second semi-final against Hoops Academy and overcame a lethargic start to also power home to a runaway win.

Sydney’s 75-45 victory puts the Cobras through to face the Rebels in Friday night’s grand final.

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   Dec 21

Gene Fairbanks heads to Bowral

Well-known rugby player Gene Fairbanks runs through drills with Bowral’s Tim Lewis, Manu Feilovai and Dave Whetton. Photo suppliedRUGBY UNION
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AUSTRALIAN rugby union star Gene Fairbanks visited Bowral last Tuesday night.

Fairbanks coached the Bowral Blacks first and second grade teams for a training session at Eridge Park.

Bowral head coach Paul Frean said Fairbanks’ session was motivating and he shared his knowledge on footwork, body height and accuracy.

“At the end of the day, Gene said it comes down to attitude at training and on game day,” Frean said.

“It’s about working hard and holding each other accountable leads to stronger and stronger performances – then rugby gets to be even more fun.”

Fairbanks plays for the Kintetsu Liners in Japan.

He previously played for the ACT Brumbies, Queensland Reds and Western Force in the Super Rugby competition.

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   Dec 21

No plan for future farming, Chesters says

Prime Minister Tony Abbott pleases the crowd by eating a scone at the launch of the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper in the state’s south west on Saturday.THE Abbott government’s Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper does not have a plan to move away from subsidising Australian farming and does not planfor future technology, Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters says.
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Prime Minister Tony Abbott released the paper during a visit to the state’s south west on Saturday, including tax incentives to farmers and an $11.4 million boost to the ACCC to“strengthen competition” in supply chains.

The government claims there are $4 billion worth of new commitments, but the opposition saysit can only account for less than $1 billion.

Lisa Chesters, secretary of Labor’s Country Caucus,said the paper speaks of a“romantic, out of touch” vision of farming in Australia.

“It just deals with the here and now, not the long-term future of farming,” she said.

“The first issue farmers raise with me is access to the internet, and how if they had access to fast internet it would be a great boost to their farm business, but there’s no mention of a plan in the White Paper.

“If you want to move away from subsidising agriculture and becoming self-sufficient, then short-term measures aren’t going to cut it.”

The funding to the ACCC would help it to detect breaches of the Competition and Consumer Act that affects farmers and small businesses in rural areas.

Its functions are likely to target the big supermarkets and those at the top of the supply chain.

Farmers will also be able to tap into changes to the Farm Management Deposit, allowing them to double their FMDs to $800,000 from July 2016.

Tax breaks for on-farm infrastructure –announced in the 2015 budget –were also included in the White Paper.

The National Farmers Federation welcomed the measures, but Ms Chesters said the White Paper was a missed opportunity.

“We need to be looking at how we can partner with local farmers through vertical planning,” she said.

“Kagome tomatoes at Echuca is a great example of a partnership with local farmers to help them grow and produce food –these are the sorts of things we should be supporting.

“There are a lot of fluffy words in the White Paper, but it’s a serious lack of long-term vision.”

Ms Chesters said Labor’s Country Caucus was consulting with industry stakeholders, young farmers and food producers to form agricultural policies to take to next year’s federal election.

The federal government had promised to release the White Paper within 12 months of the last election.

Victorian leader of the Nationals Peter Walsh welcomed the release, stating the ideas in the paper would help the state “remain at the forefront of innovation and productivity”.

“I’m pleased to see that accessing premium export markets is one of the five priority areas of the White Paper, and that there is investment earmarked for breaking down technical barriers and improving biosecurity,” he said.

“The significant investment in research and development will also help Victorian farmers to maintain their competitiveness in the world market.”

Water infrastructure also featured heavily in the document, adding another $300 million to the National Water Infrastructure Fund and a further $50 million to look into sites for new dams.

The federal government would commit $450 million to the construction of new water infrastructure.

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   Dec 21

Muslim leaders urged to boycott Eid dinners held by AFP in 2015

A community rally earlier in 2015 to protest against Islamphobia. Photo: Joosep MartinsonMuslim community members are urging their leaders, imams and representatives to boycott Ramadan dinners being held this year by the Australian Federal Police.
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A group called Concerned Muslims Australia has started a petition on change.org and encouraged all Muslims to stay away from the annual events in Sydney and Melbourne this month.

In the petition, the organisers say: “We refuse to be treated like a national security threat and call on you to recognise such events as attempts by the government to paint a false picture of co-operation between it and the community. We thus call upon you to take the only action befitting as a response, and to refuse in principle to sit with the government while it continues to treat Muslims in the most underhanded way possible.”

Nearly 500 people have already signed the petition, with some commenting that their reason for joining is that the AFP “stab us in the back and then invite us for dinner”.

Another comment read “it is incredulous that the same agencies that harass, discriminate and target the Muslim community would expect it to break bread with them. Not only incredible but disingenuous in the extreme.”

The online petition outlined six points of contention, including that the Australian Government during the past 12 months had “executed a concerted and prolonged campaign of anti-Muslim hysteria, pulling out all stops to demonise, marginalise and victimise the Muslim community. Under the pretext of international developments and a supposed impending domestic threat, many tranches of counter-terrorism legislation have been passed that ostensibly target Muslims specifically”.

It said federal and state governments and their agencies, including the AFP and ASIO, have been a key in targeting the Muslim community and were used to execute phoney raids that have often amounted to nothing.

“Where specific threats have been prevented, the raids have been dramatised beyond any reasonable measure to reinforce the notion of a Muslim threat via media and ministers/departments’ public commentary,” the petition says.

It also cites concerns over investigations into matters such as the death of Numan Haider in Melbourne that remain shrouded in mystery, police brutality against Muslims and the creation of an Islamophobic atmosphere directly resulting from the actions of police and government agencies.

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   Dec 21

The Breakfast Clubbing: Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard sent to detention

ABC runs a short parody of the Killing Season, featuring former leaders Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard. Photo: ABC Detention break-out attempt in The Breakfast Clubbing. Photo: ABC TV
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Former PM Julia Gillard as shown in the spoof. Photo: ABC TV

Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard have thrashed out their differences in detention – in an episode of The Breakfast Clubbing.

Both star in a reconstruction of The Breakfast Club with snippets from their Killing Season interviews dubbed over the 80s cult classic, in a clip shown on ABC TV’s Insiders on Sunday.

Video editor Huw Parkinson constructed the two-minute satire where the pair argue about the leadership coup and dance to rad 80s music.

The video quickly took off online, trending under the Insiders hashtag. Killing Season miscreants sent to detention with The Breakfast Club http://t.co/[email protected]— Mark Scott (@mscott) July 5, 2015Best thing I’ve seen on #insiders ever. #breakfastclub— GirlBug (@GirlBug) July 4, 2015Well that’s Breakfast Club ruined. #insiders— Calvin von Blitzen (@StBlitzen) July 4, 2015

Gillard, in the role of Claire Standish, says: “I just wanted to get on with the job, but I think in Kevin’s view in particular, he preferred to do business that way.”

Rudd replaces rebel John Bender and speaks about his disgust and resentment towards the so called “faceless men” during the parliamentary killing season of 2010.

“That is the most creative reconstruction of a political memory I’ve ever heard… Julia Gillard marches in and launches a leadership coup,” Rudd says.

Gillard retorts: ” My view was Kevin wasn’t in the shape to fight a campaign.

The end is clear: No amount of pondering will help either to admit the error of their ways.

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