Owls and Whites pause to remember lost clubmen

News. Canberra lawyer and Labor Party member,?? Jayson Hinder, outside the ACT Legislative Assembly building. He is likely to take?? over the reins when ACT Labor MLA Mary Porter retires from politics due to ill health.?? December?? 7th.?? 2015 The Canberra Times photograph by Graham Tidy.– ?????? Graham TidyPhotographer – The Canberra Times9 Pirie Street, Fyshwick, ACT, 2609T (02) 6280 2331 | M 0434 016 503 | [email protected]南京夜网419论坛The information contained in this e-mail message and any accompanying files is or may be confidential. If you are not the intended recipient, any use, dissemination, reliance, forwarding, printing or copying of this e-mail or any attached files is unauthorised. This e-mail is subject to copyright. No part of it should be reproduced, adapted or communicated without the written consent of the copyright owner. If you have received this e-mail in error please advise the sender immediately by return e-mail or telephone and delete all copies. Fairfax Media does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of any information contained in this e-mail or attached files. Internet communications are not secure, therefore Fairfax Media does not accept legal responsibility for the contents of this message or attached files.ZGT_0121.JPG Photo: Graham TidyThe Uni-Norths Owls and Queanbeyan Whites will pause before their games on Saturday to remember two men who poured their rugby passion into the respective clubs.
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The Owls are mourning the loss former ACT parliamentarian and Labor Member for Ginninderra Jayson Hinder, who died in a motorcycle crash in California earlier this week.

There will be a moment of silence before the third-grade clash between the Owls and Whites to remember his contribution to Uni-Norths.

“He was a coach and player with the club who still loved pulling on the boots when he could,” said Owls president Jason Smith.

“He loved sharing his passion for the game and in doing so was a close mentor and friend to many at the club. The Owls are pleased to be able to show the respect we have for him in a small way.”

The tributes will continue when the Owls play the Whites in the John I Dent Cup at 3pm, with the Queanbeyan club paying their respects to former player Pat Matthews.

The Whites and Owls will play for the Pat Matthews Cup, which was established after club legend Matthews died from a heart attack after a fourth-grade match against the Owls in 2009.

Matthews started his career at the Whites in 1973 and played more than 600 games for Queanbeyan, including more than 100 in first grade.

JOHN I DENT CUP ROUND SIX

Saturday: Easts v Tuggeranong Vikings at Griffith Oval, 3.05pm; Queanbeyan Whites v Uni-Norths Owls at David Campese Field, 3.05pm; Wests v Royals at Jamison, 3.15pm. Gungahlin Eagles – bye.

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Testing time for our pupils sitting NAPLAN

Ready to roll: Blake Koubouchian, Tiarna Van Leeuwarden and Amelia Bishop-Hellyer will sit papers for language conventions and writing on Tuesday, reading on Wednesday and numeracy on Thursday. Picture: Simone De PeakHUNTER students preparing to sit the NAPLAN national literacy and numeracy tests say they are feeling “nervous”, but well prepared for the four papers.
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Glendale Technology High School year nine studentsTiarna Van Leeuwarden, Blake Koubouchian and Amelia Bishop-Hellyer, all 14, said sitting the tests every 24 months since they were in year three meant they were familiar with the structure–but that hadn’t made the questions any easier.

“I’m not stressing for it any more than in other years, but the stakes are a bit higher,” Amelia said.

Their cohort is the first to have to achieve at least a band 8 in the year 9 NAPLAN reading, writing and numeracy tests to automatically be eligible for the Higher School Certificate.

Students who do not achieve theminimum standards will need to pass an online test later to meet the requirements.

“There’s also a bit more relief in there too, because this is the last NAPLANwe’ll do.”

The students said theysat a trial NAPLAN paper in the hall under test conditions a few weeks ago and had worked on past papers in class and for homework.

“The teachers keep enforcing that NAPLAN is important for our HSC –they say they can’t make us finish papers, but it is beneficial,” Blake said.

“It allows you to focus on things you need to find out before the test.”

Tiarna said her parents were positive and encouraging.

“They know I will do my best and how to calm me down.”

The trio said they would balance revision with relaxation and exercise this weekend.

They have planned to have an early night and stay calm before the morning of each test.

Acting deputy principal Peter Henson said NAPLAN complemented the literacy and numeracy assessments that the school’s year 7, 8 and 9 students sat at the start and end of every year.

“NAPLAN is a point in time test, it’s not a judgement on schools,” Mr Henson said.

“It’s an important tool in showing us our students’ strengths and weaknesses and identifying things we need to improve on.

“It also helps us target individual students who need additional support.”

A total of 44,962 Hunter and Central Coast students will sit the NAPLAN papers next week, including11,592 in year three,11,613 in year five,11,007 in year seven and10,750 in year nine.

A spokesperson for Dymocks Charlestown said the store hada 35 per centuplift on sales of NAPLAN titles this year compared to last year.

It had to restock its core range twice this year.

Resources for secondary students are outperforming those for primary students.


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‘We really love Australia’: Trump, Turnbull hang up on ‘testy’ phone call

An American trio might have made road kill of Waltzing Matilda, but nothing could diminish a mutual lovefest as Donald Trump and Malcolm Turnbull marked the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea in New York on Thursday evening.
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To tumultuous applause from a celebrity-studded audience paying as much as $US150,000-a-table in a cavernous dining room, deep in the bowels of an aircraft carrier moored on the Hudson River, the leaders used a century of shared military adventures to celebrate values and mateship which, they claimed, set their countries apart in the world.

Time will tell, but they seemed to leapfrog diplomatic discomfort that has lingered since that January phone call, in which an irate Trump gave Turnbull the rounds of the kitchen, over a deal struck between Canberra and the outgoing Obama administration for refugees from Nauru and Manus Island to be resettled in the US – by the simple expedient of jointly declaring it to have been fake news.

After such a bleak start to dealings between Trump’s Washington and Turnbull’s Canberra, the leaders’ speeches to the New York gathering even complimented each other.

Turnbull was all historical and scholarly, tracing an arc from the Coral Sea, where more than 600 Australians and Americans died turning back a 1942 push towards Australia by Japan, to shared US-Australian coalition efforts in the Middle East today. Trump, often incoherent at the lectern, had the audience spellbound with gritty accounts of pilots and their derring-do.

Billionaires and stars of sport and film were at the tables on board the USS Intrepid. But outshining them all and winning multiple standing ovations were seven old men – five Aussies and two Americans who actually fought on the Coral Sea. Billed as “heroes of the greatest generation”, they included Australians Gordon Johnson, Norm Tame, Derek Holyoake, Bill White and Andrew Robertson.

Imagery and optics for the celebrity bash to mark that first joint US-Australian air and sea effort, were in the eye of the beholder – as an early American aircraft carrier, the decks of the Intrepid are replete with lethal weapons and powerful aircraft; but these days, it’s a decommissioned museum piece, firing blanks from fixed moorings on the Hudson River, on the West Side of Manhattan.

But more worrisome for the Turnbull entourage was a risk that his first sit-down with the new president might get bumped from Trump’s agenda by a healthcare political drama unfolding in Washington. To have been berated by Trump in January might have been excused as accidental; but then to have their first face-to-face meeting shunted would have been judged in some quarters as recklessness.

So it was a relieved looking Turnbull who sat next to Trump when a press pack was allowed in for five minutes of banter at the start of their meeting – of course, Trump loved Australia; yes, Turnbull understood only too well the challenge Trump faces in getting the numbers to carry his legislation in Congress.

Yup – Trump had come through for Turnbull. Time and venue had been moving feasts through the day, but shortly after 7pm, they sat together for more than 40 minutes, alone save for the last few minutes when instead of the usual army of advisers, they were joined by – their wives!

In the way of such encounters that go well, the talks were described as “very warm, lengthy and productive,” but not in the sense that they produced anything more substantial than a Woodstock-ish feeling of mutual love and affection.

They talked security – national, regional and global; North Korea – a threat; and enhanced cooperation – on trade, immigration and their economies. But what they celebrated as they emerged from their tryst was “the extraordinary friendship between their countries and the vital importance of their alliance.”

And their welcome of Melania Trump and Lucy Turnbull to the tail end of their meeting was parsed as proof that the bilateral relationship was “family, not just formal”.

To the extent that Turnbull disagreed with Trump, it was confined to the subtext of his dinner speech – these are two New World countries whose rich histories go well beyond shared military adventures; and that as a new president of the US, Trump can’t afford to indulge his global scepticism in the face of a relationship that is fundamental to the economic and national security of both countries.

Outlining how World War Two had turned on the allied victory on the Coral Sea and weeks later at Midway, Turnbull described “dark days” for Australia: “Japan’s next inexorable advance was to seize Port Moresby in New Guinea, from which it would isolate Australia, take us out of the war, to be invaded as and when it suited the convenience of the new masters of the Pacific.”

“But with unity of purpose, unity of command, shared and collaborative signals intelligence, the Battle of the Coral Sea took to the water and the sky, [with] the mateship that had fought and won the [WWI] Battle of Hamel 99 years ago.”

Turnbull then explained that in their pre-dinner talks, he and Trump had discussed “the bond our great nations forged in freedom’s cause – from the battlefield of Hamel ??? to our forces fighting side-by-side in the Middle East at this very moment.”

Here, he argued, was a reminder of how Australia’s regional stability and prosperity had been secured for decades and was secured today by the US – “a commitment to the peace stability, the rule of law in our region renewed by President Trump, for which we thank you, sir.”

Citing shared values and a shared destiny for the two countries, Turnbull said: “Each of our great nations defines its national identity, not by race or religion or ethnicity as so many others do, but by a commitment to shared political values, as timeless as they are inclusive – freedom, democracy and the rule of law. Fiercely competitive, we always want to win, but we know we are always more assured of winning when we are fighting together.

“We are confident and we trust each other – that is why the United States is the largest foreign investor in Australia and the United States is our largest overseas investment destination.”

In reply, Trump ladled on similar sentiment – after an effusive introduction by media mogul Rupert Murdoch. But on the night it was all Australians, not just Rupert, who Trump loved.

Describing Australia and the US as the “rebellious children of the same parent,” the President said of his meeting with the Prime Minister: “We reaffirmed the tremendous friendship between the US and Australia and the vital importance of our security and our alliance. The armed forces of our two nations are operating side-by-side almost every day, fighting to defeat ISIS and the scourge of terrorism.

“But security also requires friends that you can truly count on, that is why I was pleased to meet with Prime Minister Turnbull ???America and Australia are old friend and really natural partners and with your help, we will remain so for a very, very long time.

“We are proudly and profoundly grateful for Australia’s contributions in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan and their help in the fight against terrorism following the terrible attacks of September 11. On behalf of the US, I thank the Australian people tonight. Believe me, I have so many friends here from this country and we love Australia, all of us, we really love Australia, thank you very much.”

Claiming that few peoples shared ties in history, affection and culture, as did Americans and Australians, Trump said: “Those ties were sealed with the blood of our fathers and grandfathers and those same ties are now the priceless heritage we celebrate so beautifully tonight.

“With love for our two nations, with pride in our shared history and with faith in almighty God, we renew our old friendship and we pledge our lasting partnership in the search for prosperity and ever lasting peace. Mr Prime Minister ??? God bless you, God bless our fallen heroes, God bless the Australian people and God bless the United States of America. Thank you, all.”

Turnbull was thought unlikely to mention the January phone call before an audience that include the likes of Murdoch, who Trump described as “my great friend”; packaging billionaire Anthony Pratt, who announced a proposed $US2 billion investment which he said would create thousands of jobs in the US Midwest; mall magnate Frank Lowy; former Dow Chemical boss Andrew Liviris; Qantas chairman Leigh Clifford; golfer Greg Norman – on crutches after a mishap on the tennis court; and former prime minister Kevin Rudd, dishing out advice on how Turnbull should handle North Korea and other crises.

Trump did make mention of the January phone call in his speech – conceding after his earlier denials, “It got a little bit testy.” Turnbull made no mention of the exchange in his dinner speech, but when both leaders spoke of the call in the banter ahead of their private chat, the Australian leader was quick in identifying by example, a new shared-value.

Asked by Fairfax Media if telephone relations would improve in the future, following a claim by Trump that the Obama refugee deal was “behind us”, the leaders had this exchange:

Trump: We had a good telephone call, a great call – you guys exaggerated it. We had a great call – I mean, we’re not babies. We had a great call, right?

Turnbull: Young at heart, Donald.

Trump: It was a bit of fake news.

Turnbull: That’s exactly right.

Pragmatism and a love-in? As Rick tells the bent cop Renault, as they fade into fog in the closing scene of the movie Casablanca: “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

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Tilse leading Pickers from front

Player of the year leader Dane Tilse has taken the captaincy on board according to Maitland Pickers coach Trevor Ott and helped them off the bottom of the Newcastle Rugby League ladder.
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The former NRL and English Super League prop has collected five points from his two appearances in 2017, including a man-of-the-match performance first up, and Ott said this hadinspired a squad coming off back-to-back wooden spoons.

DOMINANT: Maitland Pickers captain Dane Tilse (right) making a tackle against South Newcastle at Townson Oval in round one. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

“He’s a very humble person and player, but Tilsey has just led by his actions,” Ott said.“Even his little words at training the guys pick up on that and try even harder, so it’s been great how he’s hit the ground running for our club.”

So far Maitland have defeated title holders South Newcastle (36-16) and were narrowly beaten by runner’s up Macquarie (28-26).

They now meet fellow improved squad Central Newcastle on Saturday at Coronation Oval, an alternate venue while renovations at Maitland Sportsground nearcompletion.

The Pickers lose forward Rob Mason (sternum) but arebolstered byKnights’ NSW Cup trio Tyrone Amey, Joe Morris and Jayden Butterfield.Central coach Craig Miller said the unbeaten Butcher Boys were largely unchanged but waiting for second-rower Dan Metcalf (back) to undergo a fitness test on Friday night.

Elsewhere,Cessnock host Kurri Kurri in a Coalfields derby on Saturday while ladder leaders Western Suburbs are at home toLakes at Harker Oval on Sunday.

* Go totheherald南京夜网419论坛for the Bar-TV video livestream of Wests v Lakes at3pmon Sunday. –JOSH CALLINANIn team changes, Cessnock’s Cal Orchard returnson the wing forCalEdwards (concussion) while Kurri are without Jonah Lisiua (pectoral).

Uti Baker (Cook Islands), James Elias (Lebanon) and Ben Stone (Malta) hope to back up for Wests after international appearances24 hours earlier in Sydney while forthe second straight matchRosellas pivot Jade Porter (broken wrist) willtake a place on the bench returning from a two-month injury lay-off.

The Seagulls have skipper Chris Adams (wrist) at hooker again after a game sidelined with injury andCasey Burgess remainsafter escaping one-weeksuspension for disputing a referee’s decisionwith an early guilty plea on Tuesday.

All matches kick-off at 3pm.

The grand final replay between defending premiersSouthsand Macquarie has been re-scheduled to July 16 with the Scorpions featuring in the NSW Challenge Cup final at Mudgee on Sunday.


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Macquarie has Country edge

EXPERIENCE: Macquarie Scorpions forward Daniel Abraham, playing for the Newcastle Knights a decade ago in 2007, will line up in the NSW Challenge Cup final at Mudgee on Sunday. Picture: Getty Images For the first time in over a decade Daniel Abraham will return to the City-Country Origin stage, but in a slightly different role for the Macquarie Scorpions.
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The 36-year-old Belmont-born forward has been cleared of injury andwill be part of the Scorpionsextended bench for the NSW Challenge Cup final against the Concord-Burwood-Glebe Wolves at Mudgee on Sunday.

It comes after the Newcastle Knights premiership winner represented Country in 2003 and 2004, a memory Abraham still holds dear.

“That was the highest representative level I played at so it was special to me,” he said.“You don’t get a lot of individual achievements in rugby league, but to get jerseys in rep sides was one of them so I was pretty proud.”

Now he gets the chance to write another piece of history –playing the inaugural NSW Challenge Cup decider as a curtain-raiser to the last City-Country fixture.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” he said.

“It will be a great crowd, Mudgee love their footy, and the venue is picture perfect. It will be a big day and a real eye opener for the boys. A great experience for the players and great exposure for the club. There’s plenty of positives to come out of it.”

This game will mark Abraham’s return from a quadriceps complaint suffered in a pre-season trial.

The Scorpions, who have won both of their NSW Rugby League knockout encounters, will be without Ryan Pywell and Brendan Worth.

Macquarie’s third round Newcastle Rugby League fixture with Souths has been re-scheduled toJuly 16.