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28 May 19

DOROTHY Sterling, 80, and Dorothy Wu, 85, were probably the first to die.
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Their nurse, Roger Dean, set fire to an empty bed in their Quakers Hill nursing home room and then left them to perish, knowing they were incapable of moving unaided.

Then he destroyed evidence that he had stolen prescription drugs from the home and told a chaplain: “Things like this make me lose my faith in God”.

On the first day of his Supreme Court trial yesterday, Dean, 37, pleaded guilty to the murders of 11 elderly residents who died as a result of the fires he lit at the home on November 18, 2011.

He also admitted to causing grievous bodily harm to a further eight residents who were injured in the blaze, described by paramedics and firefighters as one of the worst scenes they had ever come across.

According to Crown documents, the registered nurse had stolen more than 200 pills from the nursing home the night before and police officers were called to the home during his November 18 night shift to investigate the theft.

Dean had only been working at the home two months, but a nurse’s assistant had already made several complaints about his care standards, although no action was taken.

Around 4.50am, Dean set an empty bed on fire in one wing, before moving to the room where Ms Wu and Ms Sterling were sleeping.

He convinced a firefighter to let him back into the building, saying he needed to get the drug books. He took these home and destroyed them.

He was arrested and charged later that evening, telling police it was Satan telling him to do it.

Victims’ families wept as he pleaded guilty to the 11 counts of murder. AAP

82-year-old Caesar Galea. victim of the Quakers Hill Nursing Home fire.

Doris Becke, 96, victim of the Quakers Hill Nursing Home fire.

Verna Webeck, victim of the Quakers Hill Nursing Home fire.

Neeltje Valkay, 90, victim of the Quakers Hill Nursing Home fire.

Dorothy Sterling, victim of the Quakers Hill Nursing Home fire.

Alma Smith, victim of the Quakers Hill Nursing Home fire.

Reginald Green, victim of the Quakers Hill Nursing Home fire.

Lola Bennett, victim of the Quakers Hill Nursing Home fire.

Urbana Alipio who died aged 79, victim of the Quakers Hill Nursing Home fire.

Dorothy Wu, victim of the Quakers Hill Nursing Home fire.


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28 May 19

Better, but not perfect. The worst performance of the Melbourne Vixens’ season may have been followed by an improved showing against the Southern Steel, but coach Simone McKinnis has warned that even more will be necessary against the third-placed Queensland Firebirds in Brisbane on Sunday.
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The Vixens won 58-52 at Hisense Arena on Monday night to return to second spot and tip the Steel out of the top four, but faded in the final minutes of the first two quarters and again when the match was safe in the last. The all-court defensive pressure pleased the coach overall, but not the brief fadeouts.

“I am happy with that,” McKinnis said of the follow-up to the Vixens biggest loss in almost two years, an 11-goal beating by the Firebirds at home in the previous round. “Just the defensive pressure, as a team, we just really needed to lift that, so I thought the work ethic in the group, and sticking to task, in terms of what we wanted to do out there on court, I thought it was very good and much improved.

“I’m pleased with the way we approached the match, I’m pleased (with) the aspects we were very strong and definite about … there on court, but certainly there’d be areas that we’d certainly need to improve on heading into next week with (the) Firebirds.”

McKinnis praised the “fantastic” game of maturing goal attack Tegan Caldwell, whose string of seven unanswered goals in the decisive third quarter helped to retrieve the match, and circle defenders Geva Mentor – a standout for her effort against league scoring leader Jhaniele Fowler, despite the Jamaican’s 45-goal haul – and captain Bianca Chatfield.

“I think the benefits of tonight’s match is they would have felt the rewards of the hard work, the defensive pressure through (the) court, as a team, so that’s important heading into next week,” McKinnis said.

“The only thing not to be happy about was that towards the end of quarters, the last two or three minutes of each quarter, there was a little bit of a drop-off, and even the finish of that (last) quarter we sort of stood still a little bit, so that’s something we need to address, because you can’t have patches of not being full-on.”

So, for the second time in 15 days, the focus now is the Firebirds, who share a 7-2 record and trail only on percentage, with the advantage of playing the return bout at home. Is such a quick rematch for better or worse?

“I think it’s probably good,” McKinnis. “We were really disappointed last Sunday, very disappointed, and it was a long week this week because everybody just wanted to get out and play again. I think it’s good for us to be playing them again. They know the game from last time, they know what they want to do differently, and they’ve got the opportunity within a tight time frame to turn that around, so we’ve got to see that as a positive opportunity.”

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28 May 19

Melbourne Vixens’ week-long exile from the ANZ Championship’s top two ended with a 58-52 win against the Southern Steel at Hisense Arena, thus sentencing the New Zealand finals aspirant to a 14th consecutive loss in Australia while enhancing their own prospects of earning a double chance.
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With just four rounds of the regular season remaining, the Vixens overtook surprise round 10 losers the Queensland Firebirds courtesy of a fine third-quarter performance finished off by goal attack Tegan Caldwell (33 goals from 37 attempts) and the improved all-court defensive effort demanded by coach Simone McKinnis and anchored by circle duo Bianca Chatfield and Geva Mentor.

Having suffered their biggest loss – 11 goals – in almost two years against the Firebirds the previous week, the Vixens managed to hold the league’s leading scorer, the 198-centimetre Jhaniele Fowler (45/50) below her season average of 51.5 goals, despite winning just one quarter – the third, decisively.

The Steel may be rivalling perennial finalists the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic as the leading New Zealand team this season, but it remains the only Kiwi outfit not to have won a match across the Tasman. Still, it is one of the season’s big improvers, and lost few friends on this visit.

The second of the Vixens’ two Monday night games drew another healthy crowd, including a group of St Kilda footballers in a courtside box, among them Nick Dal Santo, Leigh Montagna, Sam Fisher and Justin Koschitzke. And the home team started with far more intensity than last week, working to a comfortable 15-10 lead before a lapse in the last two minutes of the first quarter allowed the Steel to level at 15-15 at the break.

It was a similar pattern in the second quarter, with the Vixens working their way ahead, helped by a productive Caldwell in attack, and several timely deflections from the admirable Mentor at the other end. But again the Steel persevered, capitalising on some ball-handling errors, while Australian-born wing attack Courtney Tairi racked-up the goal assists to Fowler, who had 27 goals to half-time.

Yet although the Steel extended its challenge into the third, it was Caldwell who inspired the recovery, scoring seven consecutive goals to turn a two-goal deficit into a five-goal advantage that had stretched to 45-38 at the last change.

What Caldwell lacks in height, relatively, she compensates for with speed and fitness, and she eventually ran Steel goal defence Rachel Rasmussen off her feet.

The Vixens travel to Brisbane next week for a rematch with the Firebirds, just a fortnight after their disappointing 57-46 loss at home. Three further rounds remain before the finals, with a final trip to New Zealand to play the Magic sandwiched between Hisense Arena fixtures against the Swifts and Fever.

Earlier, the top-placed Adelaide Thunderbirds extended their advantage with a 62-58 win over Canterbury Tactix in Christchurch, with Carla Borrego dominating with 45 goals.

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28 May 19

Dominant: Andrew Fifita. Photo: John VeageAndrew Fifita put aside the “toughest” period of his career with arguably his most dominant performance in leading a spirited Cronulla side to a major upset win against South Sydney.
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Fifita said he had struggled to focus on the match after being told he would make his NSW debut 24 hours before playing for the Sharks. But when he walked onto Sharks Stadium, he looked like a man possessed, carrying his Cronulla side to an important victory after being named as one of three NSW debutants.

“It was the toughest 48 hours of my career,” Fifita said. “I tried to brush NSW and focus on Cronulla. My main focus was to try and prepare the same way as I do each week.

“Anyone who gets selected for NSW, especially at my age, it comes as a big shock.”

He ran for a game high 200 metres from 23 hit ups and made 43 tackles in an inspired performance after playing near unbroken 65 minutes.

“That’s my job, I’m a front rower,” Fifita said. “My job is to get the ball and run forward.

“I just want to do my own job for NSW. I’m coming off the bench to bring that impact.”

Like he will for NSW in game I, Fifita started from the interchange bench in his team’s two-point win.

His coach, Shane Flanagan, described his team’s performance as “brave”, was more direct with his praise of the front-rower.

“It was typical of Andrew,” Flanagan said. “I spoke with him about really enjoying the next couple of days, celebrating being picked. It’s something special but he put everything aside.

“[The team’s performance] wasn’t technically perfect but it was brave and courageous.”

The top of the table South Sydney side struggled to adjust to the wet conditions. South Sydney coach Michael Maguire was critical of his teams conceding 11 penalties and as many errors.

“We were off the pace,” Maguire said. “We got taught a lesson that every game you need to turn up. We slipped with our defence.

“It’s just about getting bodies in front.

“We are aware of what we need to do.”

Maguire said Queensland back rower Ben Te’o is in no doubt for Origin despite leaving the field late in the first half with a cork to his shin, although he returned midway through the second half. Five-eighth John Sutton is also OK after leaving the field was concussion.

For the Sharks, halfback Jeff Robson left the field late in the game with an ankle sprain but Flanagan did not expect the injury to keep Robson on the sidelines for an extended period.

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28 May 19

KURT Gidley’s representative curse has struck again.
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The inspirational Newcastle Knights captain has been ruled out of the first game of the State of Origin series against Queensland at ANZ Stadium tomorrow week after he was diagnosed last night with a torn ligament in his foot.

Blues coach Laurie Daley will name Gidley’s replacement today.

According to a NSW Rugby League statement issued last night, Blues medical staff ‘‘ruled Gidley out following scans which revealed a slight ligament tear sustained in the Knights’ match against the Warriors yesterday’’.

It is understood Gidley had a pain-killing needle in his foot at half-time of Newcastle’s 44-8 victory over the Bulldogs at Hunter Stadium nine days ago but it is not known whether that was related to the injury he suffered in their 28-12 loss to the Warriors in Auckland on Sunday.

A five-time former NSW captain, 30-year-old Gidley had been named on the bench as the Blues’ utility player but his latest injury setback has continued his cruel run of luck on the eve of representative games.

He had surgery last April to repair torn cartilage in his right knee and was unavailable for selection for Australia’s Anzac Test against New Zealand, then suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in his comeback match for the Knights and missed the entire Origin series.

In 2011, he missed the Anzac Test due to a dislocated shoulder and missed the end-of-season Four Nations tour to England because he had to undergo knee surgery.

Gidley missed the first five games of the 2010 NRL season after suffering a knee injury when tackled by then Knights teammate Cory Paterson in the inaugural All Stars match.

In 2008, after being told that he would be NSW halfback for the opening game of the Origin series, he suffered a fractured cheekbone playing for the Knights against Melbourne at Olympic Park the night before the team was officially announced and he missed the series opener.

He returned on the bench for game two and was fullback for the decider, which Queensland won 16-10.

Later that year, Gidley tore cartilage in his left knee in Australia’s first game of the Centenary World Cup, a 30-6 victory over New Zealand in Sydney, and missed the rest of the tournament.

A shoulder injury sidelined him from the second Origin game in 2007.

The news that Gidley had been ruled out came as a major surprise after his positive comments at a NSW press conference earlier yesterday.

‘‘I’m just trying to get my body right and feeling 100percent and I feel over the past month I’ve been playing some better footy,’’ Gidley said.

‘‘My body’s feeling good. I’m excited and I’m enjoying my footy at the moment.’’

Gidley added that he was not concerned about critics who had questioned his selection.

‘‘It doesn’t affect me at all. Everybody is entitled to their opinion on who should be in the team,’’ said Gidley, who had been keen to try to help NSW end Queensland’s seven-year domination.

‘‘The opinion of the coach is the only one that I worry about, and Laurie rang me at the end of last week and told me I was in.

‘‘I am really happy to be involved again especially after missing last year. I was sitting at home, back on a lounge watching Origin again … it’d been a while since I’ve done that.

‘‘I got a few boys around to watch it and I was just like a fan again, watching the boys and supporting and screaming at the telly and doing all those sorts of things that supporters do. It was disappointing watching them going down in the last game but I was really proud of their efforts.

‘‘Everyone here in the camp is desperate to end this drought. We all think we have the team to do it.’’

KURT’S REP MATCHES MISSED THROUGH INJURY

2007 – AC joint (Origin II)

2008 – fractured cheekbone (Origin I)

2008 – knee (World Cup)

2010 – knee (All Stars game) *

2011 – dislocated shoulder (Anzac Test)

2011 – knee surgery (Four Nations tour)

2012 – knee surgery (Anzac Test)

2012 – shoulder surgery (Origin series)

2013 – foot injury (Origin I)

* injured during game

Kurt Gidley has missed a lot of big games due to injury.


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