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Dangerous dad abandons baby to bash mate: video

Sunday, May 19th, 2019

Shocking video footage of an intoxicatedfather leaving hisnine-month-old son unattendedto chase after his mateand knock him unconscious has been aired in a Wollongong court.
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The man, who cannot be named, left the child unrestrained in a pram precariously close to stairs atThirroul Railway Station on the evening ofDecember 27, 2014,to runafter the victim following an argument between the pair.

The footage shows the father throw a series of punches at his friend, the second of which appears to knock the man out cold,causing him to slump to the ground.

The father goes back to his son, however returns to hisunconscious friend’s side when another manarrives.

He then rolls the victim over and tries to wake him, at one stage taking the man’swallet and goingthrough it, all while the child remains alone at the other end of the station overpass.

Dangerous dad abandons baby to bash mate: video The footage shows the father throw a series of punches at his friend, the second of which appears to knock the man out cold, causing him to slump to the ground.

The footage shows the father throw a series of punches at his friend, the second of which appears to knock the man out cold, causing him to slump to the ground.

The father returns to the pram at the other end of the footbridge.

The father returns to the pram at the other end of the footbridge.

The father goes back to his son, however returns to his unconscious friend’s side when another man arrives.

The father goes back to his son, however returns to his unconscious friend’s side when another man arrives.

He then rolls the victim over and tries to wake him, at one stage taking the man’s wallet and going through it, all while the child remains alone at the other end of the station overpass.

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Labor’s Lynda Voltz calls for answers over Jamie Clements investigation

Sunday, May 19th, 2019

Lynda Voltz has criticised an investigation by NSW parliament into sexual harassment claims against former NSW ALP boss Jamie Clements.Labor MLC Lynda Voltz has criticised an investigation by NSW parliament into sexual harassment claims against former NSW ALP boss Jamie Clements that found there was “insufficient evidence” to substantiate the allegations.
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Ms Voltz is a former military policewoman who investigated sexual harassment and assault allegations in the Australian Defence Force during the 1980s and ’90s.

She questioned why the investigation finding was based on “the balance of probabilities” as outlined in a letter to Mr Clements last October.

Fairfax Media revealed the confidential findings after Mr Clements resigned as general secretary following allegations he tried to kiss a staff member, Stefanie Jones, in a parliament house office last year.

Mr Clements was never charged and denies the claims, which were the subject of an apprehended violence order application brought by police last year.

Police withdrew the application and Mr Clements, without admissions, agreed to stay away from Ms Jones for 12 months.

But Mr Clements quit after federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten called for a report and opposition leader Luke Foley urged him to resign.

The letter says parliament’s investigator found “insufficient corroborating evidence, on the balance of probabilities, to substantiate the allegations”.

It also found Ms Jones “exhibited a genuine level of anxiety regarding her interactions [with Mr Clements].”

But Ms Voltz said: “If this is the bar we are going to set for women wanting to make a complaint of sexual harassment there will be a lot of women discouraged from coming forward”.

This was particularly the case “if they know the offender is going to receive a document that will end up in the media.”

Ms Voltz has written to the Clerk of the Legislative Council, David Blunt, requesting an explanation.

“It’s about how they reached their conclusion, why the letter was sent and how victims will feel in the future about coming forward to make a complaint,” she said.

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Western Sydney Wanderers request safe standing for RBB in new stadium submission

Sunday, May 19th, 2019

Loud and active: The Wanderers want to have standing room only for the RBB. Photo: Jonathan CarrollWestern Sydney Wanderers are pushing to make their new home in Parramatta the first stadium in Australia to have a dedicated standing end for active supporters, but must first reach an agreement with NRL club Parramatta Eels.
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By 2019, the new 30,000 capacity stadium in Parramatta could become the envy of all A-League clubs by including two permanent standing bays for the Wanderers’ vocal supporter group, the Red and Black Bloc.

In their submission for the new stadium, the Wanderers requested up to 1000 safe standing seats to be installed to accommodate their passionate fans in a major step in Australian venues catering for football’s needs.

Both major tenants entered their requests for features as plans enter the consultative stage of the design process before construction is due to begin following the end of the NRL home and away season in September.

“Our goal is to be playing out of a world-class football stadium in 2019,” Wanderers chief executive John Tsatsimas said.

“We have put forward a comprehensive submission and we are engaged in regular consultation on this project to ensure that our members and fans get a venue that we hope will exceed their expectations.”

Under the Wanderers proposal, removable seats, or those that can be securely stored inside metal frames, would be installed in the new northern end of the stadium, allowing active fans to be more mobile and active in the stands.

The concept follows practices popular in Argentina, continental Europe and particularly in Germany, where rails give football fans the freedom to support in a more traditional style while preventing crushing or stampedes.

The most likely form of safe standing seating will be the German-style “rail seating” that allows seats to be bolted away for standing areas and easily installed for seating.

The Wanderers trialled these seats sporadically through the northern end at Pirtek Stadium. The club is amid discussions with Parramatta Eels to allay concerns that such a format could obstruct sight for viewers sitting down for rugby league games.

“As part of our submission, a proposed safe standing area in the north end has been included. With the design and architectural development of stadiums around the world we believe this can be achieved and look forward to seeing it become a part of the new design and a first in Australia,” Tsatsimas said.

“Flexibility is key to this occurring and we hope the consultation and design will accommodate the needs a multi-use venue requires for one of its key tenants.”

Parramatta Eels are very supportive of the concept but will not accept any seating plan that would restrict the view of patrons who prefer to sit down.

Both ends behind the goals of the current Pirtek Stadium are ticketed as family ends by the Eels, whose initial plans are likely to retain the same designated areas in the new stadium.

“Our focus is ensuring that our members and fans receive the best possible game day experience in Australia through the $100 million redevelopment of the Parramatta Leagues club precinct and the new state of the art facilities at Parramatta Stadium,” Eels chief executive John Boulous said.

“Discussions regarding design and seating plans are at an early stage and we look forward to working with all stakeholders to ensure it reflects the multi-purpose intent of the facility.”

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Masters faces property upheaval

Sunday, May 19th, 2019

Woolworths decided it could not continue to sustain ongoing losses after a performance review of the home improvement chain. Photo: Glenn HuntElizabeth Knight: Masters an epic fail for WoolworthsWhat went wrong at Masters?Woolworths to close or sell Masters and Home Timber and HardwareThousands of jobs in jeopardy
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The decision by Woolworths to exit its hardware business, Masters, could result in significant property costs through the ending of leases and closure of its 63 stores.

The group owns about 60 per cent of the sites across the country and leases the remainder.

According to property agents, the well-located suburban stores such as in Toorak Road, Melbourne, would be easily released to other hardware chains, such as Mitre 10, while rival Bunnings is said to be already targeting at least nine Masters sites in NSW and Victoria.

The average store is about 13,000 square metres.

Chris Parry, director of large format retail for CBRE says demand will be high for the well-located sites.

“The NSW market is undersupplied and this will provide the opportunity for other specialty large format retailers of Masters choose to vacate the stores,” Mr Parry said.

Other agents said Masters downfall was by targeting female shoppers to be a point of difference from Bunnings, “where the tradies shop”.

Total sales for the last year were $1.9 billion and Woolworths opened 11 new Masters sites across the country. It has been focussed on expanding in NSW with new sites in Chullora and Northmead in Sydney’s expanding western suburbs.

One said the chain’s demise would be negative for consumers as they would lose confidence in the business, but it would provide opportunity for other chains to enter the market as the stores become available.

A Woolworths spokesman said: “Masters is committed to doing the right thing by our landlords and developers and we will be dealing with sites where construction is planned or underway on a case-by-case basis”.

One agent commented that the property sector had seen how the closure might flow through stores with the demise of Dick Smith.

“We have seen these situations in the past and in general, well-located stores will be snapped up,” the agent said.

But he said there are expectations that Woolworths will suffer some losses from breaking leases. Most retail leases are for five years with an option to extend a further five years.

According to Woolworths chairman, Gordon Cairns, while it will endeavour to move quickly, the process from here will take several months and the business will continue to trade normally through this period.

“Our recent review of our operating performance indicates it will take many years for Masters to become profitable. We have determined we cannot continue to sustain ongoing losses from this business,” Woolworths said.

Hardware and do-it-yourself home maintenance have been a battleground for the major retailers as they scramble to get a foothold into the booming housing market, as well as find the right location.

Bunnings was the the first to snare as many sites as possible and has been on a spending spree for development-grade land for many years.

Like its food and fashion retail counterparts, the group has sold some warehouses and leased them back, and used the cash for future expansion.

But as the penchant has risen for home repairs and renovations, thanks to many television shows, led by the popular Kevin McCloud’s​ Grand Designs, more market players have arrived.

Land grabs are now the main game for Woolworths’ Masters Home Improvement and Wesfarmers’ Bunnings, the two biggest in the sector.

Masters has been the main sponsor of Channel Seven’s House Rules, and, while there is increasing awareness of the brand on the back of the deal, the translation to sales and the cost of sponsoring the program is unclear, say brokers at Macquarie.

Part of the growth cycle of the hardware business was the takeover of the suburban hardware store, but as the demand for tools and paint has grown, so has the size of the stores.

The potential demise of Masters also comes as Wesfarmers has made a conditional offer to acquire Homebase, one of the brands operated by Home Retail Group in the UK.

According to Deutsche Bank, due diligence reportedly began in October 2015, and is now complete. Wesfarmers states that transaction documentation is advanced and in the process of being finalised, but there is no certainty the offer will lead to an agreed transaction. If successful, this would represent Wesfarmers’ foray into the UK home improvement market.

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Chris Lynn hopes national T20 return is the start of much bigger things

Sunday, May 19th, 2019

Big hit: Chris Lynn has been in hot form for the Brisbane Heat in the BBL. Photo: Michael DodgeLike David Warner before him, Chris Lynn wants to leverage his success in the shortest form of the game and translate it to the longest, stressing once again his desire to eventually force his way into the Australian Test side.
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While George Bailey may have been the hard-luck story of the squad to play India in three T20 internationals, Lynn was given the most deserved of opportunities after demolishing Big Bash attacks for the Brisbane Heat.

He made 378 runs in eight appearances, averaging 54 at a strike rate of 173 to become the hottest T20 bat in the country, at one stage whacking a powerless Ben Hilfenhaus for five sixes in an over.

His ball striking has been cleaner than Jordan Spieth and he wants to ensure he translates BBL domination into runs against the touring Indians, starting in Adelaide on Australia Day.

If selected, he will add to the pair of T20s for Australia he played back in January 2014 against England and try and punch his ticket for the World Twenty20 in India in March.

“It’s just good to be given an opportunity in the green and gold again,” said Lynn, who has enjoyed a season of good health after a few years racked by injury.

“Now it’s all about taking that opportunity. I’m in decent form so hopefully I can carry this momentum into these three games.

“I want to make up for lost time. I don’t think I’ve played a full season for the past three or four years. I’m just happy to be able to hit the ground running and stay on the park.”

Since he scored a century in just his second Sheffield Shield game at the age of 19, Lynn has set his sights on a baggy green. Injury deprived him of significant stretches of red-ball cricket but the door may have creaked open via T20.

The template may be Warner, who began life as a short-game slogger before grasping every chance thrown his way as he became one of the most dominant opening bats in Test cricket.

“Test cricket is number one, there’s no doubt about that. You get that question all the time… it will be for the rest of my career,” Lynn said.

“He [Warner] takes every opportunity he gets. Just because you score runs in one form of the game, it can still translate to another version.

“I’d love to [play Tests]. Maybe I’ve been pigeon-holed a little bit but that’s because I’ve played more T20 cricket. My body hasn’t allowed me to play as much red-ball cricket as I’d like the last couple of years. I’d love to play all three formats.”

The niggling doubt over Lynn is a perceived weakness against slow bowling, a point raised by Kevin Pietersen, who suggested he wouldn’t be convinced on Lynn until he is crushing spin on sub-continental decks.

But the 25-year-old Queenslander, despite confessing to a lack of experience in India, said he had plans and training regimes in place to ensure he was as prepared as possible to perform should he head to the World  Twenty20.

“I’ve been to India a couple of times. But I haven’t played a hell of a lot of cricket over there. If I get picked, we’ll find out, won’t we? I’ve got a game plan towards spin bowling that I’m comfortable with,” Lynn said. “And teams still bowl at least 10 overs of pace.”

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Katie Ledecky, US swim superstar, could square off with Campbell sisters in sprint

Friday, April 19th, 2019

American swimming star Katie Ledecky continues to break records for her personal amusement. In her first meet of the Olympic calendar, she bettered her own 800m freestyle mark for the fourth time in as many years.
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And the teenager may present a whole new set of problems for two of Australia’s gold medal hopes, with Ledecky now tipped to make the US team as a 100m sprinter, where she would run headlong into Brisbane sisters Bronte and Cate Campbell.

Now 18 and already a gold medallist after taking out the 800m free in London when she was just 15, Ledecky touched in at 8:06.68 in the meet in Texas on Sunday, more than six seconds faster than when she first won the world title in 2013 in Barcelona.

She already has the 400m and 1500m world records (and the 200m world title), although the latter is not an Olympic event for the women, but her foray into the sprinting realm could ring the alarms for the Campbell sisters, who shape as two of Australia’s best medal prospects in the pool.

Bronte won the 100m and 50m freestyle at last year’s World Championships and big sister Cate, a world champion before that, looks in ominous form as she returns from a shoulder injury.

But there doesn’t appear to be anything Ledecky can’t do in a swimming pool and she could be the first American woman to swim in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m in a single games, as well as the various relays.

Such is her profile now that Ledecky relegated Michael Phelps, thought by many to be the greatest swimmer of all time, to “in other news…” status in Austin as he beat Ryan Lochte in the 200m individual medley final.

She finished second to Swede Sarah Sjöström (53.12) in the 100m in 53.75, with both times well off Bronte Campbell’s 52.52 swim in Kazan to take the world title.

But it would be deeply unwise to underestimate Ledecky, who stands to be one of the major stars of the Rio Olympics. The 400m remains her focus and, along with the 800m and 200m, appears to be at her mercy.

It would take a rapid improvement in the sprint to topple either the Campbell sisters or Sjöström, but it would be unlikely Ledecky would be in Rio just to make up the numbers. Her swim in Austin was already 0.8 better than her previous PB.

If things go according to plan, she could break East German Kristin Otto’s haul of six golds, set in Seoul in 1988. That record was set amid what was later revealed to be a systemic German doping program.

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Big Bash: Jason Behrendorff ruled out of WT20, to miss four months after BBL finals

Friday, April 19th, 2019

Perth Scorchers fast bowler Jason Behrendorff will be sidelined for four months after the BBL finals. Photo: Matt BedfordCanberra fast bowler Jason Behrendorff’s dreams of playing at the WT20 have been dashed, but the left-arm quick will play through the pain of a back injury during the Big Bash finals.
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Behrendorff will be sidelined for at least four months with a re-occurrence of a stress fracture in his back once his commitments with the Perth Scorchers are finished.

It’s a huge blow for the 25-year-old, who was a massive chance to make his international debut in the Australian bowling attack at the WT20 in India in March.

Behrendorff will be right to play for the Scorchers in their semi-final against the Melbourne Stars at the MCG after being rested last weekend.

But Scorchers coach Justin Langer said Behrendorff would be given the rest of the summer off and won’t play in the Sheffield Shield.

“He’ll be on ice for about four months after that I reckon so I’d say he’ll be doing everything he can to play back to back games,” Langer told The West Australian.

“He’s very courageous to play through the back he’s got.

“Certainly from our point of view, not only because he is one of our great people and best players, but he’ll be having an extended break.”

It’s the second straight summer Behrendorff will have missed a substantial part of the season with the back injury.

He helped the Scorchers to the BBL title in Canberra last January before he was shut down and missed six months.

Behrendorff returned for WA in the Matador Cup, but again suffered soreness in his back in a Shield game.

“If we had have had to make the semifinal, he would have probably played,” Langer said.

“He’ll have now 10 or 12 days rest. He’ll do what he has to do to get ready.

“We’re excited about bringing him back him, he’s very excited about coming back in.”

Despite carrying his back injury, Behrendorff has again been in outstanding form for the Scorchers.

He has snared 10 wickets from his six games at an average of 16.80 and a superb economy rate of seven runs per over.

The large injury toll among Australia’s pace brigade would have put him in a strong chance for his international debut.

Australia are without six of their top-line fast bowlers, including Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Peter Siddle, while the workload of James Pattinson is also being closely monitored.

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Australian Open 2016: Hand of Federer hanging over Murray’s opener

Friday, April 19th, 2019

German Alexander Zverev plays Scot Andy Murray at the Australian Open on Tuesday. Photo: Paul KaneAfter a poor run of results against Roger Federer, Andy Murray must have been delighted when the two men found themselves in opposite halves of this Australian Open draw.
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Yet Federer could still play a hand in Murray’s first-round match on Tuesday as a tactical adviser to the German wunderkind Alexander Zverev.

Zverev, who will be facing Murray for the first time, has friends in high places. A gifted 18-year-old with future world No.1 already being mentioned with his name, Federer is just one of the established players who have cottoned on to his potential. Over the past 18 months they have built a strong, German-speaking relationship.

“For some reason, Roger quite likes me,” Zverev said on Friday in his equally fluent English.

“It started in Cincinnati: he had no one to warm up with and I was there. We hit for 30 minutes maybe and then we just sat on court for 45 minutes talking to each other. Then after that he was always nice to me. We’re kind of from neighbour countries.”

Zverev was looking forward to accessing Federer’s tactical databank.

“He always gives me tips on how to act on court, how to behave in different moments, how to behave against different players,” Zverev said. “He can probably help me a bit with how he sees my game and what he thinks I can hurt Andy with.”

Zverev won the junior title at the Australian Open two years ago and is still scouting out the landscape of the senior game. Significant search-and-destroy missions still look to be a couple of seasons away, and the odds favour Murray easing through his opening round in straight sets for the fourth consecutive year.

But you cannot watch Zverev on the court, or meet him in the flesh, without being impressed by his potential. If he does turn out to be the next big thing (very big, at 198 centimetres), then the game is in good hands, because this young man has serious charisma.

Were he not a tennis player, you could imagine him making waves as a pop star or actor.

Zverev’s greatest challenge over the next couple of seasons will lie in managing the physical transition that every tennis prodigy has to go through.

At the moment, he still looks coltish and spindly, even after stacking on muscle over the off-season. His body shape actually resembles Murray’s at the same age, despite the extra couple of inches in height. Which may explain why he has spent the past two years working with Jez Green, the same fitness trainer who guided Murray’s own athletic evolution between 2007 and 2014.

“I think Jez is one of the best physical trainers in tennis,” said Zverev. “He did an unbelievable job with Andy because Andy was quite skinny as well when he was 17 or 18. He was physically not the best but now he is probably the best tennis athlete in the sport.

“I am quite skinny still and Jez’s main goal is to make me stronger and prevent injuries,” Zverev added. “He is one of the biggest reasons why I’m top-100 now, because I started to really feel stronger. We’ve been working together since early 2014. Jez was still working with Andy then, of course, but Andy was totally fine with it. I’m still very thankful for that.”

While Zverev lauds Murray for his generosity of spirit, he also suspects that his own youth was a factor in the decision. Had the request come from a direct contemporary, he suggests, the response would not have been so favourable.

Tomorrow’s match will go some way towards revealing whether this was the right call, and whether the 10-year age gap is indeed enough to prevent Zverev from being a threat. The teenager should at least be grateful for all those gym hours if forecasts of 37 degree temperatures turn out to be accurate.

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THE LOWEDOWN: A win well deserved

Friday, April 19th, 2019

THE Lowedown, Take Two! Damn you, Jets. Kids never, ever plan too far aheadand get your homework done early. You’ll only have to re-write it, or type it as you youngsters do today .
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I had written what I thought was an insightful answer to a series of questions/statements posed by regular “letters to the editor” contributor Daryll Hadfield, of Redhead, who was basically bemoaning what the Jets are producing, and suggesting that the fans deserve much better.

Then lo and behold, the Jets pop up and win, avoid all sorts of ugly milestones and records, and the fans toddle off home with a smile on theirfaces.

So it’s either a re-write, or risk being a “negative Nigel” (the radio advertising character, not Boogaardthe Jets skipper) and run with the sombre appraisal I’d prepared.

A writer with thick skin and conviction in his work would probably stick to his original piece, cop the barbs around town for a week, and move on.

Me, I’m scoffing into the BBQ Shapes while writing a second piece, and saying well done to a team who arenot the prettiest, nor most talented, but whotryhard on a weekly basis, and areusually difficult to break down.

Do I think the fans deserve better than that? I’m not sure “deserve” is the right word, although it would be lovely to pop in each fortnight and watch a free-flowing, cavalier, swashbuckling Jets, romping to victory after overpowering their opposition.

The reality is the team and the club don’t have the resources to do that on anything remotely approaching a consistent basis.

I wondered in my first draft whether we had been somewhat spoiled by a title and two top-four finishes in the first three years of the the A League’s existence, when I presume the relative spending of all clubs was fairly level. The odd marquee player, here and there, aside.

For instance, I would like to compare the expenditure on the players of Con Constantine’s title-winning Jets side in 2008, to Sydney FCand Melbourne Victoryof that day.

I fancy it would be much closer to parity then today’s version, where a variety of marquee concessionsmean that one team’s player budget can comfortably be up to three times bigger than others.

If you spent three times as much as me on a car, you’d be mightily disappointed if you didn’t get better performance.

Then factor in the money behind Melbourne City and the Wanderers, who weren’t even born when Mark Bridge’s goal brought the title up the F3.

Am I suggesting it’s harder to win an A League title in 2016 than it was in 2008? Unquestionably, and even more so if you are a lower-budget side from a non-capital city.

A quick glance at the results of the Mariners and Jets in recent seasons indicates steady decline and not too much cause for optimism abouta turnaroundany time soon.

It’s no coincidence that Graham Arnold, one of the shrewdest operators and coaches in the country, exited the Central Coast at just the right time.

Having said that, do I think the Jets could be doing better than they are? Yes, but not to any large degree.

They needed a change or a freshen-up, I suggested last week, as did a number of “experts”, and the chance would come against an ailing Wellington side, after a very tough run against some of the league’s heavyweights.

And to his credit, Scott Miller seized the moment, went to a four-four-two, played David Carney closer to Milos Trifunovic, and probably posed questions that three of Wellington’s back four have rarely faced before.

The three youngsters in Ernie Merrick’s defence had 12A-League games between them, and even Andrew Durante’s 200-plus games of experience would battle to organise and coax them to a result.The Phoenix fullbacks weren’t sure whether to push on, tuck in ormake runs into yawning spaces when they had the ball, and as a result really struggled positionally.

Carney, who has previously provided tutorials in crossing, dribbling, inverted wing play, and set pieces, then put on a mini-master class to provide two of the Jets’ goals.

Trifunovic enjoyed his company and so did we old farts in the crowd, cheekily suggesting the win could be revoked on review in midweek, due to failure to correctly apply the curriculum.

I’m not going to fall for the trap of thinking a season is suddenly transformed, however.An undermanned Wellington still enjoyed had too many shots for my comfort.

As Miller noted, the boys should enjoy the win, because they had endured mounting psychological pressure leading up to this fixture.

Should we expect better in weeks to come? The Jets could certainly use a couple of good signings in the transfer window. However, I’m not sure the pleas of the coaching staff won’t fall on deaf ears.

For the vast majority of the almost 40 years of national league football in this country, Newcastle’s No.1problem has been a lack of financial resources.

It explains the haste with which Nathan Tinkler was handed the reins to play saviour.

That is still the case today, and whilewe could point the finger at the FFA and request more investment in the project, we must also accept they have other priorities.

Hunter football fans are quintessentially good, loyal peopleand understandably they’d like to watch a more competitive side.

If, as we hope one day soon, the fans get a chance to have a stake in the club, and can help resource it to a level approaching the league’s leading clubs, then can the punters truly insist “we deserve something better”.

A HARD-EARNED THIRST: Newcastle Jets coach Scott Miller congratulates his players after Sunday’s victory against Wellington Phoenix at Hunter Stadium.

Sydney FC welcome FFA’s extension of Wellington Phoenix A-League licence

Friday, April 19th, 2019

Sydney FC’s chairman praised the FFA’s decision to retain Wellington Phoenix in the A-League and withdraw their immediate interest in establishing a team in Sydney’s southern suburbs.
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As revealed by Fairfax Media on Monday, Wellington and the FFA are set to announce a minimum four-year licence extension in the A-League, which could be formally concluded as early as next week.

The two parties negotiated a deal that could amount to a total of 10 years, pending the club’s commercial performance in a heavily incentivised structure.

While yet to be finalised, Sydney FC chairman Scott Barlow welcomed the deal that’s set to keep the Phoenix in the competition for the medium to long term as well as delay the introduction of a team in their core supporter base.

The St George, Sutherland and Wollongong regions account for approximately 25 per cent of the Sky Blues membership in what is the largest area of season ticket holders.

“My understanding is that a deal is yet to be reached between the FFA and Wellington but I’d certainly welcome a deal that saw Wellington remain in the competition long term,” Barlow said.

“They’re a very well run club financially, they’re secure and they add a lot to the A-League and I know the other club chairmen share that view.

“From a South Sydney perspective, the region continues to be a vital and important one for Sydney FC and we’ll do everything we can to ensure that remains the case long into the future.”

The FFA are understood to be eager to introduce an A-League club in Sydney’s south which boasts the largest number of registered football players in the country.

That won’t likely occur for up to four years and pending the next broadcast deal. Stakeholders in the St George, Sutherland and Wollongong region may have been disappointed not to have been granted an A-League licence for next season but remain on-call for a future bid.

The local councils and football associations united to form a grassroots support base for an A-League club and said they will continue to support a team even if it won’t likely enter the competition for up to four more seasons.

“We will continue to work with them to be part of the whole of football plan. I think it’s a viable opportunity for the FFA to consider but that’s the FFA’s decision, they know their competition and what’s affordable. We would be happy to help build a club from the grass roots level and up,” Sutherland Shire FA general manager Jeff Stewart said.

The Phoenix came under criticism from many fans demanding to know the status of their licence application. Through a post on their Facebook page, Wellington Phoenix said a deal was yet to be finalised and ruled out publicly discussing licence talks.

“The negotiations for a license extension are continuing but the Wellington Phoenix have not and will not conduct these negotiations via the media,” the post read.

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