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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.

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.

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.”


* 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.

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.

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.


Labor says Keolis Downer contract encourages shorter bus routes in NewcastleRider, 54, seriously injured in Port-to-Port mountain bike race4000 birds to tempt you at annual aviculture showThe organisation presently uses “spreadsheets” and “phone calls” to arrange bookings.

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.

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.