Archives - November, 2018

29 Nov 18

Collingwood expects defender Heath Shaw to travel to Brisbane this week, having overcome the lower back complaint that kept him out of last week’s loss to Sydney.
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But recruit Clinton Young’s anticipated return from a long-term hamstring injury remains about two weeks away, with the club hopeful it will get some football into the former Hawthorn wingman ahead of its mid-season break next month.

And while Ben Johnson has begun his journey back to the senior team, playing in the last two VFL rounds after two weeks off with a calf injury, he may be required to spend a third week there before being recalled.

Shaw missed Collingwood’s round-eight match through suspension, after he was rubbed out for striking Fremantle’s Hayden Ballantyne, and could not be considered for the Swans game due to his minor injury.

But football manager Geoff Walsh said he had trained well on Monday and looked capable of lining up against the Lions at the Gabba on Friday night.

The Magpies could this week consider promoting a fifth rookie to its senior list, with Kyle Martin’s impressive recent VFL form continuing with a six-goal game on the weekend. The club has already promoted four of its nine rookies, but has room for another upgrade given the recent injuries to Dale Thomas and Alex Fasolo.

■ Meanwhile, Collingwood has met the club member whose ”racially loaded” outburst during Friday’s win over Sydney was recorded by another spectator. The man has written to Swans players Adam Goodes and Lewis Jetta apologising for the ”offensive” comments he shouted from the stands during the game.

”As a result of the meeting, a confidential understanding was reached which will see the man participate in education and counselling related to racial vilification,” the club said in a statement.

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29 Nov 18

Brendon Goddard (left) has been the best-performed of all the recruits brought in to be starting 22 players in new teams. Photo: Sebastian CostanzoRECOVERY SESSION
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Geelong charged home. It had a bad start but came home strongly. The elimination final last year proved a bridge too far but there was a momentum established that carried into the new year.

The idea of remaining in touch and not folding back into comfortable retirement took hold. Players were brought in to keep the Cats in the conversation at the very top.

Geelong has lost one game this year after an extremely taxing draw in the opening nine games. It is second on the ladder and now enters the downhill run of seven games at Simonds Stadium. And yet the players the Cats has introduced to keep them in this enviable position have largely done nothing.

Jared Rivers fitted in well without starring before he was injured, but his impact has been minimal. Josh Caddy was a long-term investment that was expected to have short-term benefit. He has had a smattering of games with middling to indifferent form.

Geelong has also taken over North Melbourne’s history of waiting patiently for Hamish McIntosh to one day play a game.

McIntosh was the most speculative purchase and may yet prove the inspired choice. Indeed, if he gets on the field he could outrageously improve the Cats. But to date Geelong’s outstanding early season has been built on the self-generated not the re-introduced.

It is not alone. Collingwood brought in two free agents, Quinten Lynch and Clinton Young. Lynch has had a couple of good games, one in particular when he took over from Darren Jolly in the ruck, but his form has tapered quickly. Young is yet to be sighted.

Sharrod Wellingham bounced himself out of early games for West Coast when he had a bizarre trampolining accident and then injured a knee.

Brian Lake has only latterly appeared in the Hawks team and has been steady and could well be the man to have the most profound effect on a side, for the tentative early signs are promising.

Danyle Pearce has given Fremantle more run and has been a serviceable selection since being enticed from Port without being a star.

Brendon Goddard has not been jaw-dropping but he has been the best-performed of all the recruits brought in to be starting 22 players in new teams and designed to make that team better.

Carlton did not bring in players. And for other self-inflicted reasons Adelaide was barred from injecting this sort of targeted talent.

Free agency was the tool introduced for clubs to ratchet themselves up the ladder. Nine rounds through a season and few sides that fancied themselves to be contending sides have been able to exploit a rise through the arrival of a free agent.

Richmond has been better from Troy Chaplin’s arrival and Chris Knights had some bright moments before injury, but Richmond remains in a mid-table limbo, uncertain if it has yet made the advance to be top eight contender – the Tigers’ six games after the bye will tell a tale.

The biggest wildcard of all was the one who was never going to make his side better by this stage of the year. He was a player not recruited to make an average side good, nor a good side better. He was recruited to make the premier the force that would not go quietly into the night. He is Kurt Tippett.

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29 Nov 18

There are apes, and there are apes. From one white man to another, ”ape” mostly is a moderate, if unimaginative insult. Between friends, it might also be a rough endearment.
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From a white person to a black person, ”ape” is more pejorative by far. It is freighted with centuries of treatment as a sub-species, of oppression and subjugation, and in this country, of a history that began with near genocide, withheld constitutional recognition until 1967 and that leaves indigenous Australians still among the most disadvantaged in the nation.

It is not the word itself that cuts to the quick, but the attitude it entrenches.

The fact that the offender says she was unaware of the racist overtone of what she said makes it more important to address it, not less. It means the racism she gave voice to is deep-rooted, a peer legacy. It comes from us.

I’ve watched at play pre-schoolers from vastly different backgrounds, who by their words and actions show that they see not the slightest difference between one another, not even in appearance. It is adults who, mostly unwittingly, teach that there is difference, and worse, constructs of superiority and inferiority.

The idea that Adam Goodes needs to harden up is absurd. Firstly, it is a critique mostly made from a flabby armchair.

Secondly, Goodes was not whimpering about a shirtfront, or losing, or being dropped.

He was protesting the fact that racism exists at all in football, and had manifested at the beginning of a round set aside to celebrate the progress football has made in combating it and to reset the vigil against it.

It would have been easier for Goodes to laugh it off, or pretend not to have heard it, or perhaps reacted violently against it, as black men on and off the sportsfield were expected to do since forever.

Instead, he dealt with it. He hardened up all right.

The young woman caught in the centre of this drama seems to understand all the hurt that the exclamation of a single thoughtless word can cause. The sad thing is that a vocal and hysterical minority still does not. With any luck, she will fade graciously into the backdrop again now. But they will not relent.

There are apes, and there are their Darwinesque descendants.

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29 Nov 18

When Essendon lost one mainstay forward, Stewart Crameri, to injury earlier in the season, Scott Gumbleton was chosen ahead of feted teenage teammate Joe Daniher to replace him.
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The Bombers are set to face the same dilemma this week because of Michael Hurley’s likely absence.

The pair ranked among the Bombers’ top three in the VFL at the weekend, with Gumbleton the best and Daniher kicking five goals.

While Essendon has been cautious in promoting the lanky 19-year-old Daniher, in spite of the significant raps on him and his encouraging VFL form, it now has an opportunity to give him his debut against the club that lost out in the father-son draft duel for his signature.

”We’ll have a look,” Essendon coach James Hird said on 3AW on Monday night of the prospect of recalling Gumbleton or promoting Daniher for his debut.

”Scott was probably best on ground … and Joe was probably second-best, so there are a lot of decisions to make there.

”There’s … very good reasons to play either player, but in saying that we haven’t ruled [Hurley] out definitely yet.”

The likelihood of Daniher or Gumbleton being included has increased due to Essendon’s suspicion Hurley will miss one match after aggravating a left-ankle injury last weekend.

”It is very disappointing. He has done that ankle before [and faces] a real struggle to get up this weekend,” Bombers football operations manager Steve Alessio told the club’s website.

”He is pretty sore and proppy today, but they are going to do some further tests later on in the week … we will see how he goes.”

Of the seven matches Hurley has played in 2013, he has had to be substituted in three of them – twice due to the ankle injury that flared against Richmond after he fell awkwardly in a marking contest, and the other after he was concussed in a sling tackle by the Brisbane Lions’ Daniel Merrett in round eight.

Hurley has missed six matches due to injury in each of the past two seasons.

Since he made his debut in 2009 his longest unbroken streak of matches was 12 in 2010.

Alessio was more optimistic about the likelihood of Ben Howlett recovering from a blow to his shoulder and Paddy Ryder from a rolled ankle in time to face Sydney at the SCG on Saturday.

The Bombers also declared that small forward Alwyn Davey had recovered from the hamstring strain he suffered against Geelong in round seven.

One player whose immediate prospects are still to be determined is David Hille.

The ruckman was due to return on Monday from a fortnight in Europe for family reasons.

His training and playing schedule will be discussed with coaching and fitness staff when he returns to the club on Tuesday.

Hird predicted Hille would be ready to return to playing soon.

Stabbing victim Nathan Lovett-Murray is also still on track to resume running this week as part of his recovery from the biceps wound he suffered almost a week ago.

Sydney will also lose key forward Sam Reid to injury this week, but filling that void will not be the reigning premier’s only headache as it chases its first top-four scalp of the season against the Bombers.

The Swans will need to restructure their forward line after Reid was ruled out until after the bye at the earliest due to a quadriceps strain he suffered against Collingwood.

He will miss the games against Essendon and Adelaide but the Swans are aiming for him to return in round 13 against Port Adelaide, which is also when prized recruit Kurt Tippett is due to make his long-awaited debut in the red and white.

In the meantime, Jesse White and Tommy Walsh could deputise for Reid.

Further up the ground the Swans will be searching for a way to stop the red-hot run of Jobe Watson.

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29 Nov 18

ALMOST 20 per cent of solar panel installations in the Hunter may not have been installed correctly, a parliamentary committee has heard.
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The federal Clean Energy Regulator told a budget estimates hearing in Canberra on Mondayhat random checks of 7000 solar units across Australia revealed 19 per cent were substandard.

Four per cent of the units were found to be unsafe and shut down on the spot while others required retrospective work.

There are now more than a million solar photovoltaic units installed nationwide.

About 15,000 Hunter homes now have rooftop solar panels. The majority were installed during the ill-fated solar bonus scheme that was scrapped in 2011.

The Newcastle Herald has fielded numerous complaints from customers unhappy with the quality of workmanship they received.

General manager (renewables and carbon farming) at the Clean Energy Regulator Andrew Livingston said the majority of installers did high quality work.

However, some homeowners risked being left with substandard work because there was no way for the regulator to compel installers to fix their work.

Geoff Evans, manager of the advocacy group Solar Citizens, said he was surprised at the regulator’s estimate of substandard work.

‘‘Most people that I have spoken to have been happy with the service they have received,’’ Mr Evans said.

‘‘If someone does get a raw deal there are avenues to get it fixed,’’ he said.

The Clean Energy Regulator can fine licensed agents that contract installers to do work. Agents can be fined $3500 or face losing their certificate.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission received 1613 complaints about solar systems in 2012, up from 1229 the year before.

These are in addition to complaints made to state-based fair trading authorities.

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