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Demons’ McDonald sent for foot scan

Melbourne aren’t taking chances with Tom McDonald’s foot injury before the AFL clash with Adelaide.Melbourne plan to take Tom McDonald to Alice Springs for their AFL clash with Adelaide despite soreness in the star swingman’s troublesome foot.
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The Demons sent McDonald for scans after he left the training track early in their Thursday morning session.

The 25-year-old missed the opening five rounds of the season with a toe injury but has returned to kick 13 goals from four games.

Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin said McDonald was still sore following their win over Carlton and while he believed he would be on the plane, they wouldn’t take any risks.

“We’ve got a training session up in Alice on Saturday so we’ll wait and see how he goes,” Goodwin said.

“We’re pretty confident that he’ll be right to play as it stands today.

“We certainly won’t be taking a risk with Tom … but in saying that, we’re comfortable it might settle down as well.”

Both teams have won four of their past five matches to sit in the top four on the ladder but the Demons’ scalps include strugglers Carlton, Gold Coast, St Kilda and Essendon.

Goodwin bristled when questioned about the lack of quality in their recent opponents, saying the teams deserved more respect.

Sunday’s TIO Traeger Park match, which is Melbourne’s home game, will be the first time defender Jake Lever has gone up against his former club following his acrimonious departure.

Goodwin said the 22-year-old had handled the build-up well.

“Obviously when a player is playing against his old club it can be a challenging week for them individually but it certainly doesn’t distract us and what we’re trying to do,” he said.

“For Jake it’s about playing his game and keeping those emotions in check and that’s all we’re asking him to do.”

Cowboys confident on Scott

North Queensland prop Matthew Scott is expected to overcome a knee injury to play against Melbourne.North Queensland have declared that prop Matt Scott should be fit to take on Melbourne in Townsville on Friday night.
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Scott limped from the field in the Cowboys loss to South Sydney last week, prompting fears he could miss up to six weeks and Queensland’s State of Origin campaign.

However he avoided needing scans as the Cowboys’ fear over a medial ligament tear subsided, and he trained with the club ahead of Friday’s clash.

“He got through it alright. If he just pulls up well tomorrow he should be right to go,” Cowboys coach Paul Green said.

“There is always a risk I suppose. But it’s not his first rodeo. He’s got a fair idea of what he needs to be able to do to get his job done.

“You need your best players especially against good teams like the Storm.”

Scott’s fitness is timely not just for his Origin chances in the grand final rematch.

The Cowboys are struggling with just three wins from their opening 11 games, meaning they can likely only afford to drop another three this year if they wish to make the finals.

Green was not willing to buy into the drama surrounding rival coach Craig Bellamy and his approach from Brisbane on Thursday, and was instead more concerned about the fact his team’s last five losses have come by 12 points or less.

Also crucial for Green is his team’s last tackle plays.

The Cowboys give the fourth most 20-metre taps of any team in the competition from kicks, while it was also a concern in last week’s last-minute loss to the Rabbitohs.

Johnathan Thurston and Te Maire Martin’s kicking game will take on even more importance this week, given the dangers of Storm wingers Suliasi Vunivalu and Josh Addo-Carr when they receive the ball in open space.

“Our kicking game needs to improve from last week,” Green said.

“Where we’re giving them the ball is really important with their wingers.

“I was happy in a lot of areas in our game last week and we need to hang onto that. An area for us to improve is definitely our kicking options and our last-tackle plays.”

STATS THAT MATTER:

* The Cowboys have lost their last seven straight against Melbourne.

* This is North Queensland’s worst start to a season since 2010.

* Melbourne have won 11 of their last 13 in Queensland.

Stats: Fox Sports Stats

Newcastle development boom spreads to Brunker Road strip at Adamstown, Broadmeadow

ON THE RISE: The Centrale apartment block under construction at 65 Brunker Road is the first in a wave of high-density developments planned for the street. Picture: Simone De PeakNewcastle’s inner-city building spree is spreading to theBrunker Road strip, where property developers are planning more than 300 new apartments across eight projects.
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The redevelopments, witha total value of $75 million, are in various stages of planning andconstruction, led by GWH Build’sfour-storey, $8.7 million Centrale apartment block emerging from the ground at 65 Brunker Road, Broadmeadow.

READ MORE: Property newsOther development applications before Newcastle City Council include the $23 million, 84-unit Foundry project next door to the Adamstown shopping precinct, an $11 million,40-unit plan for the Adamstown Motel site, and 40 units worth $10 million next door to Centrale.

Newcastle development boom spreads to Brunker Road PLANS: An artist’s impression of a four-storey, $6 million unit block with 28 apartments proposed for 21 Brunker Road, near the Premier Hotel.

NEW LOOK: The $11 million apartment development at 144 Brunker Road is on the site of the Adamstown Motel and will have 40 units.

65 Brunker Road

300 Brunker Road (The Foundry)

300 Brunker Road

TweetFacebookBrunker Road developmentNo.21: Four storeys, 28 units, $6m, DA submitted

No.65: Four storeys, 38 units, $8.7m, ‘Centrale’ under construction

No.79: Five storeys, 40 units, $10m, DA submitted

No.106: Five storeys, 20 units, $6m, DA approved

No.117: One storey, 6 units, $2m, DA approved

No.118: Six storeys, 47 units (affordable housing), $8.8m, DA submitted

No.144: Five storeys, 40 units, $11m, DA submitted

No.300: Five storeys, 84 units, $23m, DA submitted

Totals: 303 units, $75.5 million

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation grants provide $800K for community groups across NSW

PRESENTATION: Cary Lee, Procare Mental Health Services; Nick Sovechles, Procare Mental Health Services; Phil Neat, Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation Chair; Annie Miller, Director Cancer Support, Cancer Council; & Shane Connell, Cancer Council. Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation announced almost $800,000 worth of grants on Thursday for a variety of community-focused projects.
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The 15 grant recipients, which were handed between $30,000 and and $154,000 each for their respective initiatives, will injectfunds into multiple areasacrossNSW.

The fresh round of funding takes the foundation’s total contribution to the community to over $18 million since 2003.

Cancer Council NSW, who received the highest grant of $154,000, will transform their patient transport system through a centralised booking platform.

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The funding has brought their plans for the system forward “by years,” according to director Annie Miller

“For people wherever they live, we want to get them to treatment –and we need too,” she said.

“A lot of people are hours away, they might not be able to drive themselves, can’t afford the fuel, and they may not have family or friends to drive them.

“We transport at the moment, but we don’t have full state coverage.

“This is the beginning of us being able to design and have full state coverage. This grant money is going to be a game-changer for us.”

Hunter recipients include: Procare Mental Health Services ($113,300), John Hunter Children’s Hospital ($53,000),Sugarvalley Neighbourhood Advancement Group ($30,300), Caring for our Port Stephens Youth ($53,000), Centre for Hope ($40,000)and Mentor Support Network ($30,000).

STOKED: All 15 grant recipients at NEX in Newcastle on Thursday.

Phil Neat, Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation chair, said the quality of candidates made it a challenging to narrow down the grant recipients.

“Today we provided funding to four new partners and committed to working on eleven new projects with partners we’ve previously supported,” Mr Neat said.

“It’s important that we’re able to support the programs and initiatives of new partners, as well as support those partners we’ve successfully worked with in the past who are now applying for support for new programs and initiatives.

“This is evidence that the support provided by the Foundation has a real and positive impact in our communities.”

The foundation provides more than $1.5 million in grants each year to facilitate projects that address disadvantage in the Hunter, Central West, Central Coast, New England, Mid North Coast and Northern Rivers regions of NSW.

Grants are issued twice a year.

WPL: Wallsend missing key personnel for top-four Herald Women’s Premier League match with leaders Warners Bay

KEY: Rhali Dobson, right, was away when Merewether last played New Lambton but is back for round two.Wallsend coach Marc Hingston admittedthey willbe“up against it” when they play Warners Bay in one of two top-four clashes in Herald Women’s Premier League on Sunday.
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The Red Devils are in fourth position as they travel to John Street Oval to take on ladder leaders Warners Bay.

Second-placed Merewether host third-placed New Lambton at Myamblah Oval in the other highly anticipated round-12 encounter this weekend.

The Red Devils are still reeling from the news on Tuesday that strike weapon Sass Seaborn had left theclub to join South Wallsend.

Wallsend are also expected to be without leading scorer and senior player Laura Hall, who was forced from the field in their 2-0 loss to Adamstown last round with a head injury.

Midfielder Georgia Minors is out with a hamstring injury and versatile Rose O’Connor is doubtful with a hamstring complaint of her own. Defensive midfielder Britney Duff, who has had impact the past two matches, is unavailable.

It is a game in which the Red Devils need to take points to keep the chasing pack at bay. They have 13 points, three clear of fifth-placed Adamstown and four ahead of the Wolves in sixth.

Depending on results this weekend, Wallsend could be overhauled in round 13 when they have the no-points bye.

Meanwhile, Warners Bay will be out for a strong performance ahead of their top-of-table clash with defending champions Merewether in round 13 with only three points separating the two sides at the moment.

United coach Cass Koppen was expecting a tough encounter with the Eagles.

Last time they met wasa 1-1 draw. That day, Merewether were without key players Rhali Dobson and Leah Giuffre but Koppen expected to be full strength Sunday.

“It’s a big game for us,” Koppen said. “Anything less than a win could potentially knock us off equal points with Warners Bay, who we play the following round and they still have the bye to come.

“We’re expecting a hard game. They are only one of two teams who have taken points off us this year and they had a big win over Warners Bay.”

The match will be the first for New Lambton since they lost 6-5 to South Wallsend in round 10.

They were without the experience of Joey Burgess and Stacey Day against the Wolves but both will be back on deck this weekend.

South Wallsend host winless Thornton in the other match at Walker Fields.

All games kick off at 2.30pm. Adamstown have the bye.

NRLKnights halfback Jack Cogger hasn’t forgotten his NRL debut against the Sharks that yielded a record 62-0 defeat

Jack Cogger still clearly remembers the carnage.
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It was two years ago almost to the day and an 18-year-old Cogger was on debut for the Knights at home against Cronulla.

Around him were sixother team-mates who were no older than 20, confronting a red-hot Sharks side headedtowards a drought-breaking NRL premiership win.

“Looking back on it and thinking about the guys I had inside and outside me, our whole left edge in that game had a combination of 10 NRL games against Cronulla, who were in the middle of the year they won the premiership,” Cogger recalls.

“And they were on a bit of a run as well.”

Big job: Recalled halfback Jack Cogger will be hoping his kicking game comes up to scratch when the Knights take on Cronulla at Beanie for Brain Cancer Stadium on Sunday. Picture: Darren Pateman/AAP

Sharks winger Valentine Holmes scored four tries in an 11-try, 62-0 drubbing, the biggest ever defeat dished out to the Knights at home.

“I remember it quite clearly. It would be nice to get one back on them this weekend,” Cogger said.

“I know the squad has changed a lot since then and I think we are in a way better position going into this game then we were two years ago.”

That “over-whelming” experience hasn’t done the young Knights halfback any long-term harm.

READ MORE: Newcastle KnightsHehas only had fleeting NRL appearances [11 in total]since then but as he puts it, the up-and-down nature of his NRL career is all part of the learning experience.

“I think it is all part of the journey to be honest. Not many people get to debut in first grade and stay there for 10 or 15 years,” he said.

“A lot of people go in and out and I’m one of them. Every time I go back, I’mtakingit in my stride and getting better and hopefully, next time I get the opportunity and I’m up again, I can be better for the run.”

Jack Cogger

Knights coach Nathan Brown is banking on exactly that as the side prepares to take on the Sharks on Sunday at Beanie for Brain Cancer Stadium.

Cogger has had three appearances in the top grade this season.

He played outside Mitchell Pearce at five-eighth in a win over the Wests Tigers in Tamworth, the game Pearce tore his pec.

A week later, he was at halfback alongside Connor Watson in the halves in the side’s win over Manly at Brookvale but lost his place to Brock Lamb after the Knights’ loss to South Sydney the following week.

With Lamb fracturing his cheek-bone against the Titans last weekend, Cogger has been called on once again.

“You go back and work on the things that got you out of first grade I suppose and that’s what I did,”he said.

Not surprisingly, his kicking game has been his focus.

Get that right on Sunday and steer the team around and his job will be done.

Rare Moreton Bay jellyfish found lurking in Lake Macquarie

WARNING: Morbakka fenneri jellyfish has been discovered in Lake Macquarie. Researchers have discovered a rare and dangerous Moreton Bayjellyfish lurking among the mangroves in Lake Macquarie.
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The find has promptedLake Macquarie City Council to issue asafety warning. The Morbakka fennerijellyfish can causeIrukandji syndrome.A Morbakka sting can bring on symptoms includingnausea, vomiting, severe lower back pain, breathing difficulties, profuse sweating, severe cramps and spasms. The incidence of stings is rare, and symptoms are typically mild, but some cases have required hospitalisation.

The marine researchers, from the n Museum,were conducting a study on an unrelated jellyfish when they came across the creature.

It was found near the border of the Lake Macquarie and Central Coast Local Government Areas.The Morbakka is a rare species that is more common to the Moreton Bay area, but has been found between Port Douglas and Sydney.

Lake Macquarie City Council manager of leisure services, Brad Sutton, said it was important for the community to be aware of the possible presence of Morbakka in the lake.

RELATED: Monster jellyfish washes ashore“With only one reported sighting across a large body of water, the risk appears to be low but residents should be aware of the possibility of encountering the jellyfish and know how to respond in the event of a sting,” Mr Sutton said.

“The best immediate treatment is liberal application of vinegar, which will neutralise the sting and prevent further envenomation.

“Applying hot or cold water is not recommended, nor is rubbing or wiping the area, as this can exacerbate the severity of the sting. A cold pack can be applied after the area has been treated with vinegar.”

Experts advise that an ambulance should be called, or medical assistance sought, if a sting victim shows any of the following symptoms:severe lower back pain, nausea or vomiting, breathing difficulties or spasms.

Morbakka fennerihasa transparent box-shaped bell with one tentacle in each corner. The bell can be six to 18 centimetres wide with four ribbon-shaped tentacles up to one metre long. They tend to swim near the waterway bottom, but can be attracted to lights at night.

Council has sought advice from, and will continue to work with, experts from the CSIRO and n Museum, including Dr Lisa-ann Gershwin, who is the foremost authority on the species.

READ MORE: Danger signs erected after Irukandji stings boy

Surfing: Merewether’s Ryan Callinan advances to quarter-final in Japan

CARVE: Merewether surfer Ryan Callinan. Picture: Jonathan CarrollMerewether’sRyan Callinan has set up aquarter-final showdown with Frenchman Charly Martin in Japan following a stronground-of-16 heat victory on Thursday afternoon (AEST).
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The goofy footer, who turns 25 years of ageon Sunday, overcame Italian Leonardo Fioravanti by 3.66 points at the 6000-point qualifying series (QS)IchinomiyaChiba Open.

The 2016 Championship Tour competitor produced rides of 7.6 and 6.83 in the second half of a see-sawing 25-minute battle to advance atthe World Surf League (WSL) event.

“I haven’t made this many heats in a long time so it feels really good,” Callinan, who finished fifth at last month’s QS 3000 Pro Santa Cruz in Portugal, told WSL media.

It was a tough startfor Callinan, with a few low scoresin small conditions and trailing Fioravanti minus priority, but using better wave selection in somewhat familiar surroundings he bounced back and finished the stronger of the two.

He ended up with a two-best wave total of 14.33 compared to Fioravanti’s 10.67.

“I think I just kept picking bad waves,” Callinansaid.

“The heat before mine was really action packed and it had a lot of waves. Leo is such a good competitor and I thought he was going to have really big scores so I was trying to put the pressure on early.We’ve been working with the same coach, so it was an interesting heat for both of us.

“The waves here kind of resemble similar waves to what we get during summer at home. I was having a lot of fun out there. It’s peaky and tricky, but really good.”

Callinan said he felt confident with his board.

“He [JS] can’t put a finger wrong,” he said.

“His boards are going amazing. This one is the air 17 and it’s kind of my go-to board for smaller waves. I’m feeling really good and I’m lucky to have some great equipment.”

Callinan also had a message for back home in Newcastle.

“Hello to everyone and thanks for watching and supporting,” he said.

“To my extended family over in Indo, hope you’re all having a good time, and to all my friends and family at home I’m missing you.”

Jason Andre, Seth Moniz, Noe Mar McGonagle, Marco Fernandez, Alejo Muiz and Alex Riberio are the other surfers into the quarters.

PREVIOUS:Callinan prevails in late rush to make last 24 in Japan

Charges against Mason Lee accused dropped

A teenage boarder once accused of unlawfully killing Queensland toddler Mason Lee has walked free from court after a lesser offence against him was sensationally dropped.
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Ryan Robert Barry Hodson was charged with the manslaughter of the 21-month-old with Mason’s mother Anne Maree Lee and stepfather William Andrew O’Sullivan.

Last week it was revealed he would plead guilty to a downgraded charge of child cruelty.

But he reversed his decision on Thursday once Brisbane Supreme Court Justice David Jackson questioned its legality.

Hodson walked from court a free man after crown prosecutor Vicki Loury conceded she was unable to substantiate the charge against him.

Hodson was 17 when he moved into O’Sullivan’s home at Caboolture in late May 2016, a few weeks before Mason died.

Justice Jackson said the cruelty charge arose because he was left alone with the toddler on three occasions on June 10 and failed to seek medical attention.

Mason’s body was handed to paramedics over the fence about 12.45am on June 11.

It is estimated he died between two to four hours earlier.

Evidence given during a committal hearing revealed he died as a result of a rupture to his small intestine, believed to have been caused by blunt force trauma up to five days earlier.

Justice Jackson said in order for Hodson to be charged and convicted of child cruelty, he had to be satisfied Mason was in his “lawful care or charge”.

He said the teen was a boarder at O’Sullivan’s and there was nothing to suggest he agreed to take care of the 21-month-old or did anything like change his nappy.

“It seems to me this is potentially a dangerous precedent,” he said.

Justice Jackson said if Hodson was convicted it could pave the way for siblings in other households where a child is harmed to be charged with cruelty for failing to seek medical assistance.

Crown prosecutor Vicki Loury argued Mason was in Hodson’s legal care because he was “an adult alone with the child”.

“He was not an adult, that’s critical in this,” the judge fired back.

“It is time that people started talking in legal language that is accurate.”

Ms Loury said Hodson was still capable of taking responsibility and had since admitted he had lawful care for Mason.

“You say because he admits it, that’s good enough? It doesn’t matter that in law it’s wrong,” Justice Jackson said.

The court heard Hodson’s girlfriend claimed she observed Mason looking pale in the days before his death and urged O’Sullivan to take him to hospital.

She allegedly told Hodson she was going to ring child safety four hours before paramedics arrived, only for him to say it had “nothing to do” with them.

He claimed he saw Mason “blue on the floor” about 8.45pm on the night he died, but left the house 30 minutes later.

Justice Jackson said while Hodson could be described as uncaring and irresponsible, there was no evidence to suggest he hurt the toddler or was responsible for him.

Lee and O’Sullivan are yet to face trial for manslaughter, and Hodson remains a witness in the case against them.

Melbourne’s new Lord Mayor takes office

As Melbourne’s Lord Mayor Sally Capp put on the official robe and chains, she felt the weight of responsibility fall on her shoulders.
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Cr Capp, former Property Council of Victoria chief, was sworn into the City of Melbourne role at town hall on Thursday, three months after Robert Doyle quit amidst sexual harassment allegations.

“I feel the seriousness of the position that I am taking on, and I relish that,” Cr Capp told reporters.

“It is one of the things that absolutely motivated me to run for this role of Lord Mayor was a deep, deep respect for this role and traditions like this … really reinforce the seriousness of this role.”

Cr Capp, flanked by her husband Andrew Sutherland and adult sons, said it was an “honour and privilege” to be the 104th Lord Mayor of Melbourne and looked forward to bringing new leadership.

She said voters had opted for “an independent woman, who can bring new leadership, a new style a new tone, a different set of experiences to add value into the city”.

It had been an “aspiration” of hers lead the city and said serendipity, good planning and her previous roles on committees, in advocacy to the private sector had led her to the $193,000-per-year role.

She was the first councillor to sign the new code of conduct on Thursday and said the smoking ceremony was an opportunity for council to start anew after a turbulent six months.

“(It’s) the opportunity to really cleanse from what has been a somewhat of a troubled and disruptive last six months in particular and an opportunity for all of us to look forward,” she said referring to the scandal which ended Mr Doyle’s time in office.

“I am absolutely committed to that new code of conduct and the standards that are set and are expected.”

Cr Capp nabbed 53.05 per cent of the total votes in the by-election, beating businesswoman Jennifer Yangs’s 46.95 per cent.

Cr Capp is the third woman to take the city’s top job with Lecki Ord holding office in 1987-88 and Winsome McCaughey in 1988-89, and the first woman directly-elected to the role.

The first item on her agenda was a meeting on Thursday to discuss the waste management process in the CBD how it impacts on noise, congestion and any inefficiencies in the system.

Council chief executive Ben Rimmer said he was looking forward to working with the new Lord Mayor and support the “ambitious council vision” for Melbourne.

Mr Doyle has denied the allegations levelled against him.