Monthly Archives: September 2019

Sep
14
  • Kris Lees weighs up next assignment for Felines after Hawkesbury Rush win

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    Newcastle trainer Kris Lees is likely to have a strong hand in the listed Ortensia Stakes (1100 metres) at the Scone carnival on May 13, even if he takes Felines on a different path.
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    RAPID: Felines and jockey Hugh Bowman lead the field across the line in the Hawkesbury Rush on Saturday. Picture: bradleyphotos苏州夜总会招聘.au

    Fifth in the group 1 The Galaxy, Felines resumed from a six-week let-up to win the $125,000 Hawkesbury Rush (1100m) on Saturday as the $4.20 favourite carrying 57 kilograms.

    The five-year-old mare, with Hugh Bowman aboard, hit the lead with about 200m to go and held on for a half-length win to provide the only highlight for the Hunter at the stand-alone meeting.

    Lees said the Ortensia Stakes was an option for Felines, which is owned by well-known businessman Gerry Harvey,but left the door open to later sprints in Brisbane or Sydney.

    He said the listed Lightning Handicap(1000m) atEagle Farm on June 3 was a possible next targetfor Felines, which would be nominated for the Ortensia Stakes.

    “She pulled up well,” Lees said on Sunday.

    “It was a good effort, she carried a good weight and beat a good field.She’s a consistent mare.”

    As for her next assignment, Lees said: “Maybe Scone, or I might keep her for some nice races in Brisbane and also over the winter in Sydney, so we might just keep her runs spaced. We will just decide later.”

    While undecided about Felines, Lees saidDal Cielo would be headed to the Ortensia Stakes. Dal Cielo, a two-time winner over 1000m in Sydney this year, was a last-start second in the group 3 Star Kingdom Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on March 25.The four-year-old gelding will trial at Wyong on Monday and Lees said “he’ll run well fresh” at Scone.

    Lees said Brook Road, eighth in the Hawkesbury Rush, was a potentialOrtensia Stakes starter but would more likely head to Brisbane a week later. Histhird runner in the Hawkesbury Rush, Clearly Innocent, was ninth but impressive at the finish on debut for the stable ahead of his Scone campaign.

    The 2016 Luskin Star Stakes (1300m) champion for now-retired Scone trainer Greg Bennett will return to defend his title.Lees said Clearly Innocent would bebetter for the day out and “really hard to beat”on his Hawkesbury effort, which was his first race since last in the Chatham Stakes at Flemington on November 3.

    Lees and Scone trainer Rodney Northam were winners at the Tamworth Cup meeting on Sunday.

    Northam and Cessnock jockey Robert Thompson won a maiden with Dreamnomore but were fourth in the Cup, won by Timeless Prince,with After All That. Lees and Newcastle jockey Andrew Gibbons claimed the last, a class 2, with Sadhika.

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Sep
14
  • Port Adelaide proves far too strong for Brisbane Lions

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    Port Adelaide powers to win | Photos Robbie Gray of the Power celebrates with fans after the win at The Gabba on Saturday. Photo by Jason O’Brien/AFL Media/Getty Images
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    Oliie Wines of the Power celebrates with fans after his side’s win at The Gabba. Photo by Jason O’Brien/AFL Media/Getty Images

    Port Adelaide celebrate victory after the round six AFL match. Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

    Port Adelaide players sing the team song to celebrate their win at The Gabba. Photo by Jason O’Brien/AFL Media/Getty Images

    Nick Robertson of the Lions competes for ball possession. Photo by Jason O’Brien/AFL Media/Getty Images

    Daniel Rich of the Lions is tackled by Jackson Trengove. Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

    Jasper Pittard of the Power kicks the ball at The Gabba on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Jason O’Brien/AFL Media/Getty Images

    Ollie Wines of the Power gets a handpass away against the Brisbane Lions. Photo by Jason O’Brien/AFL Media/Getty Images

    Jackson Trengrove of the Power celebrates a goal at The Gabba on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Jason O’Brien/AFL Media/Getty Images

    Jarman Impey of the Power celebrates kicking a goal. Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

    Paddy Ryder of the Power celebrates victory with fans at The Gabba. Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

    Jack Hombsch of the Power attempts to break away from the defence. Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

    Dayne Zorko of the Lions is pressured by the defence. Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

    Charlie Dixon of the Power gets a handball away at The Gabba. Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

    Lions players look dejected after their the round six loss to the Port Adelaide Power at The Gabba. Photo by Jason O’Brien/AFL Media/Getty Images

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Sep
14
  • Hunters lose without Suzy

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    Dane Suttle led Newcastle’s scoring in a loss to Central Coast.IT was a tough night at the office for the Newcastle Hunters at Broadmeadow on Saturday.
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    Playing without triple Olympian Suzy Batkovic (back), the Waratah Basketball League women’s champions were thumped 90-52 by the star-studded Manly Warringah Sea Eagles.

    The Hunters men then suffered a third straight loss, going down 87-68 to Central Coast Crusaders after trailing 40-36 at half-time, to slump to a 2-7 win-loss record.

    Captain Alison Ebzery posted a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double for Newcastle, who slipped to sixth with a 2-4 record, and playmaker Cherub Lum scored a team-high 15 points.

    Manly were led by former Opals forward Belinda Snell (24 points, seven rebounds, seven assists) and Waratah League leading scorer Erin Todd (24 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, six steals).

    “It’s pretty simple: You’ve got to put the ball in the hole. Manly shot 41 per cent and we shot 26 per cent, so we need to become more aggressive defensively,” coach Mark Gledson said.

    “Rebounding was another issue. It’s an effort area and we were very poor as Manly out-rebounded us 54-38.”

    Like the Hunters women, the men had just eight players to rotate because of injuries and other commitments, leaving coach Darren Nichols with few options once the Crusaders took control.

    Central Coast won the battle of the boards 56-40 and shot 51 per cent from the floor to Newcastle’s 31.

    “We were out-rebounded again and shot a poor team shooting percentage again,” Nichols said.

    “If we don’t allow ourselves to compete on an even playing field, we will struggle to win. At least these are areas we can work on at training.”

    Newcastle import Dane Suttle led all scorers with 23 points and 11 rebounds, and he was supported on the scoresheet by Nathan Ruprecht (14), Jacob Foy (12) and Laurence York (10).

    Mitch Rueter (20 points, seven rebounds), Matthew Bateup (15 points, eight rebounds), James Trustum (15 points, four rebounds) and Callum Jenkins (14 points, 12 rebounds) did most of the damage for the Crusaders.

    The Hunters men and women will play Norths Bears at Broadmeadow next Saturday.

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Sep
14
  • ‘Give me proof of panther’: Cynic offers $5k for big cat’s capture

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    Bede Crasnich isn’t buying the black panther legend. But he’ll pay $5k for anyone who can show him an Illawarra-caught big cat in the flesh.Wollongong councilor Bede Crasnich doesn’t want to be a big cat cynic.
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    The stories of a panther, or panthers, roaming the Illawarra escarpment captured his imagination years ago.

    He’s read all the newspaper articles on the topic.

    Bede CrasnichHere, Kitty: The paw print was the only undisturbed one of its kind in the area. It is shown against an 8cm Bic lighter. Picture: John Geragotellis

    Dog spoors (front and hind) produce a perfect ‘x’ when lines are drawn between the toes and the planter pad, Mr King suggests.

    … the same rule does not apply to these tracks, produced by a female leopard. Source: Vaughan King

    Mr King believes consistent reports of a large black cat roaming the Illawarra escarpment relate to multiple melanistic (black) Asiatic leopards (pictured). Supplied.

    Vaughan King. Source: Facebook

    Vaughan King works with a Sumatran tiger, Juma, at Zoo. Picture: supplied

    Vaughan King works with a Sumatran tiger, Juma, at Zoo. Picture: supplied

    Sumatran tiger spoor.

    TweetFacebook“There are some pictures you’ll see online which look convincing, but physical proof?” Cr Crasnich said.

    “If you want proof kangaroos exist, you find their bodies. If you want proof deer exist, you find their bodies.

    “Why is is, after 80 years of big cat sightings, we have not found a single bit of physical evidence?”

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    What Cr Crasnich will buy, is proof.

    He’s offered to pay $5000 to anyone who can show him an Illawarra-caught panther.

    The big cat must be captured alive, and must be unharmed, he stresses.

    And he’ll only cough up the cash for a proper panther.

    The panther photo at the top is a fake but Wollongong City Councillor Bede Crasnich is putting up a reward for the real thing.

    ​“It has to be a jungle cat. It has to have cougar, panther or any sort of exotic at in its genome,” he said.

    “If it’s just a big feral cat that’s gone through a bit of living I’m not interested.

    “I want tests done before I’ll part with cash.”

    A photograph of an eight-centimetre paw print is the latest ‘sighting’ to rouse the big cat legend, in turn setting off a wave of reported sightings.

    An Appin man,John Geragotellis, noticed the print off Austinmer’s Buttonshaw Drive on Easter Monday.

    His photograph piqued the interest of former Zoo big cat handler Vaughan King, founder of the recently formedn Big Cat Research group.

    Mr King visited the Illawarra last month to search for further signs of the print’s creator. He found nothing, but has vowed to return the the sighting “hotspot” with his own cameras.

    He will have to produce very convincing images to sway the disenchanted Cr Crasnich.

    “What I think it is, is really large, feral cats, that from a distance look like jungle cats,” he said.

    “You want [the legend]to be real, more than it is.”

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Sep
14
  • Saints prove too strong for Hawthorn Hawks at University of Tasmania Stadium

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    St Kilda secures big victory | Photos Jade Gresham of the Saints takes a photo with a fan after the Saints defeated the Hawks at University of Tasmania Stadium. Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images
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    The Saints celebrate after they defeated the Hawks at University of Tasmania Stadium. Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

    Nick Riewoldt of the Saints is challenged by James Frawley of the Hawks at University of Tasmania Stadium. Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

    Leigh Montagna of the Saints takes the ball in front of Paul Puopolo of the Hawks during the round six AFL match. Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

    Ben McEvoy of the Hawks is challenged by Nathan Brown of the Saints. Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

    Josh Gibson of the Hawks reaches for the ball during the round six AFL match against St Kilda Saints. Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

    Will Langford of the Hawks is challenged by Jack Steele of the Saints. Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

    Nick Riewoldt of the Saints controls the ball. Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

    Blake Hardwick of the Hawks controls the ball during the round six AFL match. Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

    Tim Membrey of the Saints marks the ball during the round six AFL match. Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

    Koby Stevens of the Saints controls the ball during the round six AFL match. Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

    Jack Billings of the Saints kicks the ball during the round six AFL match. Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

    Jarryd Roughead of the Hawks runs with the ball at University of Tasmania Stadium. Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

    James Frawley of the Hawks handballs during the round six AFL match at University of Tasmania Stadium. Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

    Jarryd Roughead of the Hawks leads his players off the ground after they were defeated by the Saints on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

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