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EXCLUSIVE: Eels star allegedly given cash in car parkForan focused on his health, not footy
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It took three days for a sliver of the truth in the Jack family split to come out. The Swans have been aware of the feud for a long time. This column has learnt it was a problem the Swans tried to solve by bringing the parties together because they feared it would spill over into what it has become: an ugly and very public rift.

Now that we have a clearer understanding of the Jack family dynamic, be certain there is plenty we have not seen. There is no shortage of evidence Donna Jack, the mother of Swans co-captain Kieren Jack, did not approve of her son’s relationship with Charlotte Goodlet.

Goodlet is the young woman who was splashed all over the news and wrongly labelled as the bikini model who ripped the family apart.

During his rugby league playing career, Kieren’s dad, Garry Jack, was noted for his toughness. Garry taught his son how to play footy and he now thinks he deserves eternal gratitude. That belief is central to his strained relationship with his son.

Despite his mother’s meddling, Kieren has become a standout human being; a strong enough character to captain his team and excel in his chosen sport. Kieren will be remembered for his premiership win and toughness. Away from the field, he will be praised for his diplomacy and lauded for his ability to compartmentalise; to perform in spite of his family and their attempts to drive a wedge between him and the woman he loves, Goodlet.

Centre of storm: Charlotte Goodlet in the stands during the match against Geelong. Photo: Michael Dodge

This week league legend Garry Jack was back in the headlines because he and his wife wanted tickets to their son’s 200th game for the Swans, and were left out of the loop. And it became public knowledge because Donna decided to tweet her disgust at the situation. Donna has been giving Kieren and Goodlet a hard time for years. It’s her view Kieren had to choose between Goodlet and the family.

Those who know the situation inside out say that the ultimatum was delivered and Kieren made his choice – he went with Goodlet and her family.

Goodlet was in tears on Friday night in the stands as Kieren kicked his side’s first goal and was outstanding as the Swans beat Geelong.

The Swans knew of the problems Kieren was having. He was prepared to reconcile at one point, but those days appear to be gone. And it’s sad.

Over the past two years the relationship between Kieren and his parents has been close to  non-existent. Swans officials finally brought the family together, but it clearly didn’t solve the problem.

United: Kieran Jack and Charlotte Goodlet on the red carpet at the 2015 Brownlow Medal. Photo: Pat Scala

So why is Goodlet being blamed by the family and skewered by sections of the media? The family think she is not good enough for her son; that she’s a gold digger. It’s all a bit rich. Goodlet is a former Miss Universe Australia contender. And now the 24-year-old is a television news producer. She is low key and low drama. Most people in the Nine newsroom wouldn’t have known who her boyfriend was. Until this week.

Goodlet  is devastated by the events of the week. Yes, it has hurt her, but it’s known she is truly upset for Kieren. But what the past week has taught each of them is that they are  in for the long haul. If there is a positive out of the mess of the last week, it’s that. Bird wants to lead the Blues

Changing of the guard: Paul Gallen and Jack Bird watch on from the bench during Origin II. Photo: Getty Images

Jack Bird is every bit a 10-year Origin player in the making. His cameo at Suncorp Stadium in game two of this series showed that.

And Bird wants to be more than just an Origin player. He has the ambition to be a Blues captain in the near future, even though there is a queue of players waiting to be considered for the job after Paul Gallen plays his last game on Wednesday night.

If Robbie Farah is available next year, he’d be an obvious choice. But in the long term Boyd Cordner and Aaron Woods appear to be strong possibilities. Cordner has huge support from within. But Bird wants it known that he would like to be considered for the gig.

“I try not to get overawed by big games,” Bird said. “I felt comfortable out there and I thought that I handled it pretty well. I’ve had the self-belief since I was a little kid. Especially when I got sick [rheumatoid arthritis] and that sickness gave me that push to want to be a success.”

Bird doesn’t hide his admiration for Gallen.

“Me and Gal are two very different players,” he said. “But I’d like to do what he has done and, yes, leading out the state is something I’d like to do one day. Hopefully, if I keep things going, it is something that I will get the chance to do. I’d love to lead this great state out and win us the series, but I know there are a number of other young players in this side who would like the chance to be captain of the Blues.

“It’s such an honour to play in Gal’s last game. I wasn’t much of a Sharks person growing up, but when Gal came to a fundraiser for me when I was 16 that changed the way I thought. That was a really big thing in my life and I didn’t forget it. He was a really big cause of me going to the Sharks. We have shared a good bond since that time.” Stewart is the pride of Gerringong

Pride of the south: Gerringong’s Grace Stewart has made the Hockeyroos squad. Photo: Georgia Matts

The South Coast seaside town of Gerringong, long known as a healthy breeding ground for league stars such as Mick Cronin and Rod Wishart, has now served up another player who looks to have a big future. There’s no more familiar sight in the streets of Gerringong than Grace Stewart, ponytail flying, running kilometre after kilometre, year in and year out, training first for cross country, in which she reached state championship level, and more recently pounding the streets and dreaming of Rio.

And on Monday it all paid off. Grace who has just turned 19, fresh out of Kiama High School, was chosen as one of the youngest members of the Hockeyroos.

Her uncle is the highly respected Nine news Los Angeles bureau chief Robert Penfold. He couldn’t contain his joy.

“Our family is beyond proud and that goes for Gerringong, too,” Penfold said. “The Stewarts are great friends of local boys made good Mick Cronin and Rod Wishart. Now, no doubt, they are singing the praises of Grace, who they’ve known all her life.

“We are so impressed with the tenacity she’s shown. There have been a lot of sacrifices made. It’s been a real family affair over the years helping Grace achieve this. Living in Gerringong meant mum Mandy or dad Scott driving her two to three times a week, a 250-kilometre round trip, for training with the state team in Homebush.”

While touring with the Australian junior team in Argentina last year she broke away for a couple of hours in Buenos Aires to go to the British embassy to sit her HSC exams.

It’s quite the sporting family. Her dad, Scott, is education and welfare officer  at StGeorge Illawarra and  is also Cronin’s assistant coach at Gerringong. Grace’s  sisters, Lilly, 17, and Demi, 14, play hockey at state level and 11-year-old Hamish is a rising league star.

Grace fought her way into the Hockeyroos Olympic squad with great performances in recent internationals in Darwin and London. Now mum and dad and Grace’s grandparents are all madly saving, hoping to make the trip to the Olympics as well.

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WDFNL photosround 13

WDFNL photos | round 13 WDFNL Football Dennington v Nirranda at Dennington Recreation Reserve. Pictured – Nirranda #23 Josh Irving burst out of the centre with the ball. Picture: Rob Gunstone
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WDFNL Football Dennington v Nirranda at Dennington Recreation Reserve. Pictured – Dennington #1 Angus Chirnside can’t stop Nirranda #6 Jack Primmer from driving the ball forward. Picture: Rob Gunstone

WDFNL Football Dennington v Nirranda at Dennington Recreation Reserve. Pictured – Nirranda #15 Tom Couch gets caught in a tackle by Dennington #38 Peter Doukas. Picture: Rob Gunstone

WDFNL Football Dennington v Nirranda at Dennington Recreation Reserve. Pictured – Nirranda #16 Nathan Couch and #28 Peter McDowall squeeze Dennington #16 Hank Schlagheke. Picture: Rob Gunstone

WDFNL Football Dennington v Nirranda at Dennington Recreation Reserve. Pictured – Dennington #13 Luke Duncan brings the ball out of defence. Picture: Rob Gunstone

WDFNL Football Dennington v Nirranda at Dennington Recreation Reserve. Pictured – Dennington #16 Hank Schlaghecke gets a handball away under pressure from Nirranda #15 Tom Couch. Picture: Rob Gunstone

WDFNL Football Dennington v Nirranda at Dennington Recreation Reserve. Pictured – Nirranda #23 Josh Irving burst out of the centre with the ball. Picture: Rob Gunstone

WDFNL Football Dennington v Nirranda at Dennington Recreation Reserve. Pictured – Dennington #21 Mark Murphy bursts out of defence with the ball. Picture: Rob Gunstone

WDFNL Football Dennington v Nirranda at Dennington Recreation Reserve. Pictured – Nirranda #19 Dylan Lees fends off the tackle of Dennington #16 Hank Schlaghecke. Picture: Rob Gunstone

WDFNL Football Dennington v Nirranda at Dennington Recreation Reserve. Pictured – Nirranda #28 Peter McDowall tries to get a kick away as Dennington #11 Chris Vickery tries a desperate smother. Picture: Rob Gunstone

WDFNL Football Dennington v Nirranda at Dennington Recreation Reserve. Pictured – Nirranda #37 Tyler Coates gets a kick away as Dennington #11 Chris Vickery tackles. Picture: Rob Gunstone

WDFNL Football Dennington v Nirranda at Dennington Recreation Reserve. Pictured – Nirranda #28 Peter McDowall looks for an option. Picture: Rob Gunstone

WDFNL Netballl Dennington v Nirranda at Dennington Recreation Reserve. Pictured – Nirranda goal keeper Natalie Inia tries to block the shot from Dennington goal attack Melissa Burt. Picture: Rob Gunstone

WDFNL Netballl Dennington v Nirranda at Dennington Recreation Reserve. Pictured – Dennington goal keeper Kristie Bolden gets her hands up to stop the pass of Nirranda goal shooter Stephanie Townsend. Picture: Rob Gunstone

WDFNL Netballl Dennington v Nirranda at Dennington Recreation Reserve. Pictured – Dennington goal shooter Melissa Burt stretches for the ball as Nirranda goal keeper Matalie Inia gets over the top to defend. Picture: Rob Gunstone

WDFNL Netballl Dennington v Nirranda at Dennington Recreation Reserve. Pictured – Nirranda centre Kristy Ludeman slips the ball low to goal attack Jo Couch. Picture: Rob Gunstone

WDFNL Netballl Dennington v Nirranda at Dennington Recreation Reserve. Pictured – Denninton goal defence Sarah Jacobs tries to stop Nirranda goal attack Jo Couch from taking the low ball. Picture: Rob Gunstone

WDFNL Netballl Dennington v Nirranda at Dennington Recreation Reserve. Pictured – Nirranda wing defence Georgia Haberfield and Dennington centre Krystal Day crash together midcourt. Picture: Rob Gunstone

WDFNL Netballl Dennington v Nirranda at Dennington Recreation Reserve. Pictured – Dennington wing defence Sarah Jacobs receives the ball ahead of Nirranda wing attack Lisa Couch. Picture: Rob Gunstone

WDFNL Netballl Dennington v Nirranda at Dennington Recreation Reserve. Pictured – Nirranda wing attack Lisa Couch takes the ball on the run. Picture: Rob Gunstone

WDFNL Netballl Dennington v Nirranda at Dennington Recreation Reserve. Pictured – Dennington goal shooter Melissa Burt looks to pass the ball past the Nirranda goal defence Kate Ryan. Picture: Rob Gunstone

WDFNL Netballl Dennington v Nirranda at Dennington Recreation Reserve. Pictured – Dennington goal defence Sarah Jacob takes the ball down the wing. Picture: Rob Gunstone

WDFNL Netballl Dennington v Nirranda at Dennington Recreation Reserve. Pictured – Dennington centre Krystal Day waits for the ball ahead of Nirranda centre Kristy Ludeman. Picture: Rob Gunstone

WDFNL Netballl Dennington v Nirranda at Dennington Recreation Reserve. Pictured – Dennington goal shooter Kate Burt stretches high to take the ball ahead of Nirranda goal keeper Natalie Inia. Picture: Rob Gunstone

WDFNL Netballl Dennington v Nirranda at Dennington Recreation Reserve. Pictured – Dennington goal attack Melissa Burt stretches high for the ball ahead of Nirranda goal defence Kate Ryan. Picture: Rob Gunstone

WDFNL Netballl Dennington v Nirranda at Dennington Recreation Reserve. Pictured – Nirranda goal shooter Stephanie Townsend eyes the goal. Picture: Rob Gunstone

WDFNL Netballl Dennington v Nirranda at Dennington Recreation Reserve. Pictured – Nirranda wing attack Lisa Couch passes the ball around the arms of Dennington wing defence Alyssa Johnstone. Picture: Rob Gunstone

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Stuart Dyer scored a double and kicked nine conversions in his team’s win over CSU on Saturday.
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Leeton coach Seru Rogo has admitted his team has a big hurdle to overcome when they travel to Wagga to take on Waratahs on Saturday.

The Phantoms are looking to become the first team to get the better in the top-of-the-table clash after scoring a big win over last placed CSU.

However the coach isn’t going in over confident.

“Waratahs are red hot so we can’t go over there thinking we are going to beat them,” Rogo said.

“Especially at home.

“We just have to come out and see how we go.

“Waratahs are a very well-drilled side.”

The undermanned Phantoms were on top from the get go against the Reddies, taking a 35-0 lead at half-time before finishing 73-12 winners at Leeton No.1 Oval.

The win, combined with Tumut’s big loss to Waratahs, moves them to second with two rounds left before finals.

There is no benefit in coming second instead of third but Rogo was impressed with how some of the club’s lesser known players stood up.

“I am really happy with how the boys played,” Rogo said.

“We had seven regular first graders out this week but the boys who came from second grade really stood up and I was happy with their performance.

“We played all the way to the final whistle and got the last try in the dying seconds.”

Dan Patu was among his team’s best in the front row while Will Corcoran was good stepping into first grade at flanker.

Rogo is hoping to have a number of players back at his disposal, including key forwards Simon Vunilagi and Bill Bevan, for the clash with Waratahs.

Meanwhile, Reddies are chasing their first win against arch rivals Ag College, but that game could be moved to Conolly Rugby Complex.

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Custodians of our history

There are many motivations to collect something.
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Some people do it to hoard, others so they can recapture lost feelings of youth, and some collect as a way of preserving our ephemeral history.

Stamp and postmark collector fromBurnie,Tom Lamb, firmly falls into the last group.

“It’s quite often said you never really own these stamps, you’re only caretaking them for a period of time,” he said.

“These stamps are all well over 100-years-old and I’ll have them for a period of time, at which point, atsome stage in the future, they’ll be passed on to someone else who will look after the maintenance of them.”

Mr Lamb displayed his collection of early Tasmanian stamps from a set known as the pictorial seriesat the Devonport Stamp, Coin and Militaria Fair on Saturday.

He takes it a step further though, and only seeks out stamps from that setthat had been postmarked around the time of issue.

It’s a self guided collectionthat Mr Lamb pursues himself and has developed his own categorisation and display system for.

“I made the displaymyself,” he said. “If you don’t have something like this is just a jumble of stamps in a box.

“The way I’ve mounted my collection, rather than going in straight alphabetical order,I’ve done them by region. So I can look at all the North-West Coast postmarks, I can look at the West Coast postmarks, and so on.”

Planning is key and Mr Lamb leaves space open in his collection for items he’s yet to acquire.Seeking out those missing stamps and post marks ispart of the thrill of the chase for Mr Lamb.

“It’s about digging through old collections, and boxes of stamps,” he said. “Part of the interest is being able to discover something that someone else may not have found.

“Quite often people will sell off an old collection and they’llbe 20, or 30, or 50 stamps on the page and you look through them to spot that postmark you haven’tgot.”

But he’s also aware that there are itemshe may never get his hands on.

“I’ve got, maybe across my whole collection about 40 to get,” Mr Lamb said. “I’m getting pretty close to the end of it but there are some I probably won’t ever find.

“They’reknown to exist but no one has ever seen one of the stamps yet.”

For Mr Lamb, collectingthepictorial series,printed between 1899 and 1913,with postmarks, brings him closer to our state’s history.

“In that time there were over 600 post offices operating in Tasmania and each one had it’s own date stamp,” he said.

“So you have the name of the town, and the date when it was posted. They varied, so some gave you the day, the month and the year, and others even gave you the time.

“So you can look at stamp from 1912 and see that it was postmarked at 11:45pm on the back of a train, somewhere in the middle of the state.”

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‘Tahs smash Tumut on road

Waratahs sent another message to their rivals with a dominant win over Tumut at Jarrah Oval on Saturday.
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Euan Bonner was one of the strongest performers during Waratahs 64-17 win over Tumut on Saturday.

In a top-of-the-table clash, the Bulls struggled to get through some rock solid defence.

Waratahs led 29-0 at the break before ramming home their advantage in the season half.

Despite being downTumut continued to fight, being the first to score in the second half, butWaratahs never looked like letting their lead slip.

Tumut scored three times in the second half, but Waratahs coach Will Mitchell was thrilled with the 64-17 win.

“We were really up for it,” Mitchell said.

“Tumut have been going really, really well this year and we knew a fair bit of their strengths and some of their weaknesses and just played to it.

“We are really happy it all came off.”

Mitchell was most impressed with the team’s defence after Tumut had most of the ball in the first half.

However, they couldn’t find a way through and the Wagga club was able to capitalise on the rebound.

“Our defence around the ruckwas extremely solid,” Mitchell said.

“We really didn’t have much possession, I would say we had maybe 35 per cent of it but on turnover we took our chances.”

The Wagga club hasn’t won a Southern Inland premiership since 2009 but seem to have one hand on the trophy.

The Waratahs are yet to be beaten this season and came through what shaped as their biggest test with flying colours.

By winning, theyinflicted Tumut’s first home loss since the first round of last year on what was a big day for the club.

Mitchell thought it made it an even bigger win.

In only his second game of first grade in four years, Pat Barrett was a standout for Waratahs.

“He didn’t miss a tackle and made a huge amount of them,” Mitchell said.

“He was a huge part of leading our forwards defence.”

His performance will leave Mitchell and his coaching staff plenty of hard decisions when selecting the side to tackle Leeton with Sean Kearns to be back from Australia Defence rugby commitments.

Euan Bonner provided a good link from the forwards to the back whiel Angus Le Lievre continued his tryscoring prowess.

Already the leading pointscorer in the competition, the outside centre crossed for four tries and kicked seven conversions.

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Dogged spirit lifts Kurri Kurri TweetFacebook Kurri Kurri v Macquarie / photosPictures: Max Mason-HubersKURRI KURRI coach Phil Williams has never questioned the commitmentof the Bulldogs.
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But now they are starting to get rewards for it.

Kurri came backfrom 12-4 down at half-time to edge out Newcastle Rugby League competition leaders Macquarie 18-16 at Kurri Sportsground on Saturday.

It was the Bulldogs’ third straight win and the third time they have come from behind.

“They have always played for each other,” Williams said.

“Now they have confidence and trust in the bloke next to them.

“We have given ourselves a chance. We are a point outside the five.

“The whole season we have probably only played two bad halves off footy, bothagainst Souths. We just have to keep chipping away.”

After trailing by eight at half-time, Kurri drew level at 16-all in a second half that ebbed and flowed.

Then, with four minutes remaining, they were awarded a penalty in front which Kade Hardy slotted for a spirit-liftingwin.

“Our four front-rowers were exceptional,” Williams said. “Ben Wyborn was strong, Corey Holman was good. Ethan Niszczot, a young kid at fullback, was good. When you are playing the competition leaders, you need everyone to lift.”

The loss was the Scorpions’ first since a 24-18 defeat to Western Suburbs in round two, nine weeks ago.

In the other match on Saturday, premiersLakes United overpowered Cessnock 34-24 at Cahill Oval to leapfrog Macquarie on the table.

The Goannas led 12-10 at half-time.

Real stick in the mud

THERE’Ssomething strange happening on farms around the state.
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GO FOR IT: This GoPro on one of the pillars of the Bathurst Court House has been recording the winter festival activities. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 062816camera

Parade’s agricultural correspondent reports that farmers who have grown used to rock hard ground and dry dams are now having to adjust to spongy soil and run-offafter the wet winter that continues to give.

Further, they are getting their tractors bogged –a novel experience for some.

A photo of a tractor partly buried in mud is being passed around (electronically) some of Parade’s more agricultural mates as if it was a photo of a celebrity doing something outrageous or a picture of a cat with a snappy caption.

You know it’s been dry when muddy photos are suddenly noteworthy.

Back in the yard and finding jobsIT’S amazing what a bit of sun will do.

Parade found himself out in the backyard on the weekend idly snipping at a few tree branches that didn’t really need the attention and plucking a few dead leaves from the rose bushes in a vague and mindless manner.

The nice weather (relatively speaking) just seemed too good to waste, so Parade had to find some small jobs in the garden, no matter how non-urgent, to give him an excuse to wander around outside.

You know you’ve been in Bathurst for a while when a day that reaches 12 degrees suddenly feels spring-like.

Lasting for the first time in agesPARADE experienced something in the early hours of Saturday morning that he hasn’t experienced for a lot of years: he was in a pub whenlast drinks were called.

Parade was quite fond of a late nightwhen he was young, but the appeal fades as you get older and the recovery the next day seems to take longer and longer.

But Parade showed some staying power on Friday night/Saturday morning and was there when some of the doors started to be locked.

It was enjoyable, but Parade won’t be repeating it for a while.

You have to know your limitations (and Parade can’t afford to spend too many Saturdays sleeping away half the day).

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Leaders not the finished product TweetFacebook Wanderers v Waratahs/ photosPictures: Marina NeilCOACHViv Paasi is adamant thatWanderers arefar from the finished product .
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The Two Blues retained the Hawthorne Cup and stayed two wins clear at the top of the table after a hard-fought 33-10 win over a resurgent Waratahs at No.2 Sportsground on Saturday.

Both sides finished the game with 14 men after Cal Groth (Wanderers) and Junior Polai (Waratahs) were sent off for their parts in a melee midway through the second half.

Wanderers trailed 10-6 after a scrappy opening 40 minutes, but found their groove in the second half to run in 27 unanswered points.

“We started well in the second half which set us up a bit,” Paasi said.”Still we dropped in and out throughout the game. The scorelinedefinitely flattered us. There is still a lot of room for improvement.We had two new centres today and our combinations are not set yet. There is a lot of work ahead.”

Groth and Polai, who was playing his first game back from a suspensionfor yellow card accumulation, will front the judiciary on Wednesday.

Grothspent 10 minutes in the bin in the first half for a high tackle on Mark Grinham, which left thewinger with a suspected broken collarbone, andwas given his marching orders aftera second yellow for his involvement in themelee.

Polai was handed a straight red card for being the third man in. Tahs halfback Cameron Davies was also given a yellow card for his clashwith Groth.

Wanderers were awarded a penalty from the melee and Luke Simmons, who had a perfect day with the boot,converted for a 19-10 advantage.The Tahs continued to mount pressure despite being a man down. But a lapse in concentration at a set piece proved critical.

The visitors, after winning a penalty from a scrum infringement close to the Two Blues’ line, elected for another scrum.

The Two Blues then produced a shove and a Waratahs forward used his hand to rake the ball and was pinged for a penalty.

Two minutes later, Wanderers replacement prop Ben Christensen crashed over.From there the Two Blues tookcontrol.

“The match turned on that scrum,” Waratahs captain Carl Manu said. “Had we scored, momentumwould have been with us. Instead, they went down the other end and scored. Once they skipclear,they know how to close out games. Their 10 kicked well and kept turning us around.”

Captain Luke Sherwood and breakaways Tanner Felix and Ben Ham were outstanding for the winners.

COMEBACK: Queechy’s Tom Muir slides his stick towards the ball during his team’s game against Devonport. Picture: Cordell RichardsonLAUNCESTON’SQueechy have kept their Greater Northern Hockey finals hopes alive with a gritty come-from-behindwin over the Devonport Subbies in Devonport.
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The Subbies took the lead in an even first half with a goal from the stick of Robert Muir.

A solid pep talk for the Q’s had them taking control under trying conditions as the game became scrappy with theSubbies losing several players to the sin bin as the game progressed.

Bryce Blacklow slotted the leveller, with the game continuing in the same manner until Ryan Horne converted apenalty corner seven minutes from the final siren.

The win consolidates their second position on this season’s ladder.

The Burnie Hawks dominated proceedings in the “battle of Burnie” against Burnie Baptist.

Hawks front men Isaac Woo, Keenan Jackson, Stewart Bowles, and Jason Trevarthan found a way around the Baptistdefence to give the Hawks a commanding lead at the break.

Baptist coach Matt Selby revved his charges up during the break, as they worked harder in the second half in an attemptto reel in the early deficit.

A best-on-ground performance by old head Jarrod Poke and goals for youngster Jake Wolfe and a corner conversionfor Rick Webb fell short of the mark.

City Marians had the Saints on the back foot early with a solid first half performance after two goals slotted by Drew Barrett,sending them to the break with a solid lead.

Matt Gonninon controlled the Bloods attack in a best on ground performance setting the pace around the attackingcircle.

Saints coach Nigel Kingston gave his charges plenty to think about at the break with instant results as they took thefight up to the Bloods in a war of attrition.

Jason House and Jeremy Tuson harried the Bloods circle succeeding in finding the back of the net to level the game.

The game became a classic arm wrestle as the sides probed the defences looking for a way to break the deadlock.

South Launceston and Tamar were both on the sidelines this week as they played their round twelve game at thebeginning of the season.

The wait was worth it forSouth, taking the win with a resounding margin.

Results: Smithton dw City Marians 2, South Burnie def Baptist 4-2, Queechy def Devonport 2-1, South Launcestondef Tamar 8-1.

Ladder:South Launceston 32, Queechy 20, South Burnie 19, City Marians 16, Devonport 16, Baptist 15, Smithton 8,Tamar 4

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Eels slapped with 12-points deduction and $1 million fineManagers and players the next focusChoice of three as members prepare to decide destinySemi Radradra faces six weeks on the sidelines
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Thanks, but no thanks. That was the response from the Parramatta Eels, who knocked back an offer from NRL boss Todd Greenberg to deliver the bad news of their salary cap sanctions face-to-face.

Greenberg phoned Eels coach Brad Arthur asking to once again front the players to deliver the confirmation of what is likely a season-ending 12-point penalty, however Arthur opted against another meeting with the chief executive who spoke to them in person when the provisional findings were announced.

Fairfax Media understands the club was not interested in a meeting with Greenberg, viewing a potential second stop-off as a publicity stunt that would have done little to ease their frustrations.

While Greenberg believed the players were entitled to a face-to-face explanation, the reality of the salary cap saga has left a sour taste in the mouths of the players who would be sitting inside the top four had they not been stripped of 12 points for the misdemeanours of the club’s hierarchy.

“What I would say in having spoken to Brad Arthur and the senior players over this period, they are probably the most resilient group of young footballers I’ve ever encountered,” Greenberg said.

“Their ability to be able to turn up to do a job has been nothing short of phenomenal. They should be very proud of themselves.”

The players have been resigned to the fact they would lose 12 points since the NRL handed down it’s provisional penalties.

So it came as no surprise to them when the NRL handed down its final punishment, which resulted in the team shifting from fourth to 12th on the ladder overnight.

“We’ve dealt with the disappointment and moved on from it weeks ago,” Arthur said on Triple M.

“We knew the situation wasn’t going to change for us and the boys have been very resilient. I’m so proud of them the way they keep fronting up and performing each week.

“We need to do that because we’re in a big hole at the club and for us to not go out there and play to the best of our ability and not have a real crack would be real detrimental to the club moving forward.”

Greenberg, with integrity unit boss Nick Weeks by his side, phoned the five Parramatta officials on Saturday morning to inform them their registrations had been cancelled.

They will receive formal documentation on Monday and have five business days to respond. It is believed some of the officials are weighing up fighting the sanctions. But now the NRL has confirmed its penalties, it intends to involve itself in the restructuring of the Eels organisation.

“The NRL has deliberately chosen not to intervene in the affairs of the club while this investigation has been under way,” Greenberg said.

“But that changes now. We want to see a strong board and we will do all we can to facilitate that. We will be working with the board and the members to install a management team that sets the club on the right path for the future.”

The remaining board members aren’t in the clear, and the NRL has identified the need for change if the Eels are to return to the powerhouse they once were.

“We made it clear from the start that the other members of this board were not issued with breach notices,” Greenberg said. “But that should not be taken as a sign of an endorsement that they were having a strong performance.

“Having said that, the actions of the remaining board members in this interim period also remain very disappointing.

“Rather than get the club back on track, what they have done is continue to engage with us in infighting and factionalism. That time has to stop.”

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