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Souths’ Inglis grateful for clean record

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Greg Inglis has been cleared to play in Souths’ NRL grand final qualifier against Sydney Roosters.South Sydney captain Greg Inglis admits being relieved to escape suspension for his crusher tackle that could have ruled him out of Saturday’s NRL grand final qualifier.
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Inglis will lead the Rabbitohs against arch rivals the Sydney Roosters after taking the early guilty plea on a grade one dangerous contact charge for a tackle last week.

It was the same charge that resulted in a ban for Roosters counterpart Latrell Mitchell, who was brought undone by 75 carryover points from a previous indiscretion.

“It’s pretty good to have a clean record. It’s quite handy the grading and obviously happy to play,” Inglis said on Tuesday.

“I didn’t lose any sleep over it. I wasn’t nervous at all.

“I knew whatever the match review committee came up with, there was nothing I could control.”

Inglis did concede that the crusher tackle – where an attacker’s neck gets bent forward by the weight of a defender – is a “disturbing” trend in the game.

Melbourne star Will Chambers will make his return for the Storm in Friday’s preliminary final after missing their past three matches for a similar incident.

Inglis insists no player commits the illegal tackle deliberately.

“Even though I did get charged for one, I didn’t mean anything by it,” he said.

“There was no menace (sic) behind it or anything like that. It was one of those accidental things that just happen.

“I personally don’t like the tackle even though I got charged by it.

“It’s a disturbing feeling to have once you do ever put one on and get done by one.

“It’s not a great tackle to be charged by.”

A win for the Rabbitohs would advance the club to a decider for the first time under Inglis’ captaincy, against Melbourne or Cronulla.

It will be cap off an inspiring turnaround from the Kangaroos and Queensland State of Origin representative, who missed all of last season with an ACL injury and also battled depression.

“Having 12 months off last year did hurt. I didn’t think I’d be back in this position,” he said.

“To have the team I play in every week has helped me get me back to where I am now.

“Playing in a prelim game against the Roosters, doesn’t get much better than that for a spot in the GF.”


Queen’s Wharf Tower bottle openers raise money for prostate cancer awareness

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Fundraiser almost over: Queen’s Wharf Tower immortalised The Queens Wharf bottle opener.
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Marty Adnum with the Queens Wharf bottle opener. The keepsakes will raise money for prostate cancer awareness.

Marty Adnum and Nuatali Nelmes with the Queens Wharf bottle opener. The keepsakes will raise money for prostate cancer awareness.

A scene from the video made to promote the Queens Wharf bottle opener.

A scene from the video made to promote the Queens Wharf bottle opener.

TweetFacebookTHE Queen’s WharfTower is slowly reachingthe end of its time as a Newcastle icon. As this comes to a close, so does the fundraiser for theHunter Prostate Cancer Alliance.

Out of the Square Media created stainless-steel bottle-openers which resembled the tower toraise money for the alliance.

“The tower is such an icon of the city–we wanted to mark that in some form,”Out of the Square managing directorMarty Adnum told Fairfax Media

“We were aware it was prostate cancer awareness month inSeptember.We reached out to those guys and said we’d like to donate funds. They said ‘yep, that’d be awesome’.”

Thelimited-editionkeepsakebottle openers are only availableuntil midnight Thursday.

“We have been overwhelmed and truly appreciative of the support to date,” Mr Adnum said.

“So many have embraced this bit of fun for a very good cause. It really says so much for our Novocastrian spirit and sense of humour.

“We look forward to sharing the final amount achieved very soon.”

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READ MORE:Newcastle’s skyline changes as Queen’s Wharf Tower removal begins

Bill to get tougher on unions suffers blow

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Independent senator Tim Storer says he won’t support the government’s new bill on unions.A push to make it easier to deregister unions and disqualify officials has suffered a blow, with a key crossbench senator signalling he won’t support it.
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The coalition’s Ensuring Integrity Bill, which could be debated in the upper house on Wednesday, would also put a public interest test on union mergers.

South n independent Tim Storer said on Tuesday he was not inclined to support the legislation at this stage.

He noted the public interest test would apply to unions, but not corporate mergers.

“The bill also applies harsher penalties to unions than currently apply to disqualified company directors and is more expansive,” Senator Storer said in a statement.

Industrial Relations Minister Kelly O’Dwyer has urged parliament to pass the bill, saying it will help combat lawless behaviour in militant unions.

She’s been trying to drum up eight of the 10 crossbenchers needed, six months after the government failed to win Senate support for the measures.

n Council of Trade Unions president Michele O’Neil has been in Canberra for the past two weeks, pushing for senators to block the legislation.

Senator Storer said the bill would also enable a wide range of individuals to initiate legal action against unions and union leaders, which was not the case for companies.

“The bill does not contain any provisions to prevent frivolous or vexatious applications to disqualify union officials. The Corporations Act does,” the SA independent said.

Earlier in the month, Prime Minister Scott Morrison signalled he would get tough on industrial relations and threatened to deregister the construction union.


Ambitious Avondale’s rise up the ranks

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Ambitious Avondale FC have surged into the quarter-finals of the FFA Cup.No Pirlo? No problem.
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Avondale FC’s audacious play for Andrea Pirlo is further proof the FFA Cup quarter-finalists are nothing if not hugely ambitious.

Retired Italian great Pirlo won’t be dusting off his boots to make a one-off appearance against Sydney FC on Wednesday night, as Avondale’s volunteer committee had dreamed.

But considering where they’ve come from, it’s amazing they had a crack at him at all.

For most of their lifespan, Avondale have been just another amateur soccer club plodding around in Melbourne’s north-west.

No rich history of success.

No famous juniors who went on to achieve professional stardom.

No real supporter base besides the friends and family of players.

These days, they’re a Victorian NPL powerhouse and one of the most enterprising clubs in the country outside the A-League.

Everything changed in 2009, when consecutive relegations sent Avondale tumbling back to the suburban wasteland of Provisional League 2 – the state’s sixth tier.

A club-wide cleanout and the injection of new players, coaches and officials dramatically reversed their fortunes.

Five promotions across the next six seasons vaulted Avondale into Victoria’s elite bracket for the first time in 2015.

It’s been a romantic rise, perhaps unparalleled in modern n sport. But it’s no fairytale.

It’s the result of a simple yet brutally effective plan supported by wealthy sponsors, wily administrators and aggressive recruitment.

Building magnate Dino Strano has been at the centre of it.

Strano’s company Winslow Constructions began sponsoring the club when his son Anthony started playing. He’s used his business contacts to attract wider corporate support.

Strano’s first contribution was just $2000.

“I said to them at the start, if you get promoted I’ll double the sponsorship,” he told AAP.

“And I’ll double it every time you get promoted.

“The buggers kept getting promoted.”

This week is by far the biggest in Avondale’s history.

First up is the FFA Cup.

Then on Sunday, they’ll face Heidelberg at AAMI Park in their maiden Victorian NPL grand final.

The long-term goal for Avondale is much grander – financial sustainability, steady NPL success, and eventually, a spot in a national second division.

“We’re going to work our way to the highest league we possibly can,” Strano said.

“If there’s a B-League, we want to be there.

“The thing is, everybody has always figured we were going to fail. After the promotions, everyone thought we’d get relegated the next year.

“I think people are starting to believe we might be around for a while.”


El Dorado Dreaming: Owner looks to plan B after irregular swab setback

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WINNER: Damian Lane returns to scale after riding El Dorado Dreaming to victory in the Sires’ Produce Stakes for owner-breeder Yvette Pearce, right. Picture: AAPOwner-breederYvette Pearce said it was a “big surprise” and “very disappointing” when her star filly El Dorado Dreaming returned an irregular swab for a prohibited substance last week.
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The Singleton motel owner, though, said she still had “a lot of time for” now suspended Newcastle trainer Ben Smith, and the positive sample was “just a bump in the road” for her horse.

That setback was removed on Tuesday when Racing NSW stewards gave the group 1-winning three-year-old, now with Newcastle trainer Kris Lees, the green light to return to the track.

The ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winner will trial at Newcastle on Wednesday ahead of a likely resumption atCaulfield inthe group 3 Thousand Guineas Prelude on September 30.

El Dorado Dreaming. Picture: AAP

SixSmith-trained horses were swabbed on September 11 during a raid of his Newcastle stables and home, after stewards received irregular samples from two of his runners. Unlabelled bottles of substances were seized and Smith was charged after givingfalse evidence to stewards and refusing to provide information on suppliers.

El Dorado Dreaming was then oneof two horses whichreturned a positive swab from Tuesday and she was scratched on Friday from Saturday’sTea Rose Stakes.

Pearce said the news came as a “bloody big surprise”.

“You don’t go into thisthinking that sort of thing is going to happen, it’s always someone else that it’s going to happen to,” Pearce said.

“It’s very disappointing but you’ve just got to look upon it as a bump in the road,regather and go to plan B.

“We’ve had to change everythingaround but it’sonwards and upwards,keeping our fingers crossed and we’ll go from there.

“If we can get this trial into her tomorrow then we’re heading down for the Thousand Guineas Prelude and then we’ll go from there.”

El Dorado Dreaming broke her maiden status with victory in the Sires’ at 80-1 and backed that shock win up with third in the group 1 Champagne Stakes in April. Shewas not one of the two Smith-trained runners which sparked the inspection last week.

“At this stageanyway they are not doing any retrospective testing because whatever it is that she’s gone positive to this time, she was tested for at that time,” Pearce said.

Yvette Pearce with the Newcastle 2YO of the Year award.

“It would be useless going back and doing the same tests –you’re going to get the same results.But she passed everything.”

Pearce accepted El Dorado Dreaming’s Newcastle two-year-old of the year award last Wednesday night. In her speech, Pearce praisedSmith and his team’s work with her filly and pointed out that the horse had not yet returned a positive swab.

Asked about Smith on Tuesday, she said: “I’m always for ‘you’re innocent until proven guilty’, and nothing has been proven yet, so I’m just going with the flow as far as that goes.

“As far as Benthe boygoes, I have a lot of time for him and we all make mistakes in life.If that’s what he’s done, well, then he will haveto face the consequences, but at this stage none of us know.”

Smith’s official suspension, pending the resumption of an inquiry, started on Tuesday, whenall horses in his stable had to have been moved.

While Lees also picked up starIn Her Time, which trials alongside El Dorado Dreaming on Wednesday,Newcastle trainer Jason Deamer gained Iron Duke and Tabrobane.Tootz and Bridyn May have gone to Danny Williams, whileAndiamo Miss has joined Brett Cavanough in Scone.

Meanwhile, Lees-trained favourite Graff drew well in four on Tuesday for Saturday’sgroup 1 Golden Rose at Rosehill. Newcastle trainer David Atkins’ Jonker drew two.

Lees opted to take Gem Song to abenchmark handicap at Rosehill instead of the Golden Rose, which hadonly 11 acceptors.