Robert Dillon: Seven Days in League

AN EYE FOR AN EYE: Dylan Walker sports a shiner after his disagreement with Melbourne centre Curtis Scott. Picture: AAP
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THURSDAYA TRUSTED spy informs Seven Days of a chance meeting in Sydney with a large, opinionated bloke who introduces himself as Nathan Tinkler.

Tinkler?Tinkler? The name rings a bell.

Anyway, the big fella makes a fearless prediction: “Bellamy to the Broncos. It’s a done deal.”

Hmmm. I’m not sure what to make of all this. I wasn’t buying what Tinks was selling five years ago, so I’m a bit reluctantto do so now.

Meanwhile, Queensland coach Kevin Walters suggests that Cameron Smith’s retirement from rep footyhas boosted Kalyn Ponga’s chances of making his Origin debut.

“He [Ponga] is a goalkicker, so that certainly does put him into the frame if that’s the line we go along,” Walterssays.

Good thinking, Kevvy. Now you just have to teach him how to play hooker.

FRIDAYI NOTE with a raised eyebrow a match preview of the Gold Coast v Newcastle clash on the nrl苏州楼凤 website, which states: “It’s probably not often the Titans go into a game believing they might be better than the other team.”

I find myself feeling slightly depressed, and worried, about a team of young men so devoid of hope and inspirationthey might as well forfeit the rest of the season.

In the Friday night game at Suncorp Stadium, Roosters prop Dylan Napa takes his head-to-head clash with Korbin Sims a tad too literally. Napa cops 10 minutes in the sin-bin but is left with one less competitor for a Queensland jersey, given that Sims will spend the next few weeks eating food through a straw.

SATURDAYTHERE are those who believe rugby league scrums are such a laughing stock we might as well get rid of them.

True, 99.9 per cent of scrums are just a chance for weary players to have a bludge for 60 seconds or so.

But once every two or three seasons, a team will flum a win against the feed and traditionalists will rejoice.

Today it’s Gold Coast who deliver the on-field equivalentof Halley’s comet at the expense of Newcastle.

What’s more, the Titans proceed to beat the Knights 33-26. It’s not a bad effort from a team with an ingrained inferiority complex.

In Melbourne, the Saturday night clash descends into mayhem when Storm centre Curtis Scott is sent off after doing his best to bring back the biff. Manly duo Dylan Walker and Api Koroisau cop eight minutes in the bin for their roles in the brawl.

As my former Herald colleague Brett Keeble observes on Twitter: “This is what happens when Cameron Smith isn’t allowed to ref, er, sorry, play. Absolute. Chaos.”

SUNDAYDYLAN Walker bears an uncanny resemblance to Rocky Balboa, after copping a flogging from Clubber Lang,as Manly reveal he has a fractured cheekbone that will sideline him for up to six weeks. “Talk shit, get hit. Well done sir,” Walker posts on Instagram.

Walker has long accepted that beinga professional niggler/trash talker comes with its occupational hazards.

“It’s a competitive sport,” he said last year. “If they want to put one on me, I’m more than happy to … some things happen. If you’re definitely going to dish it, you’ve definitely got to take it.”

I guess that’s what you call a self-fulfilling prophecy.

At Shark Park, Andrew Fifita declares:“There’s nothing more in the world I want [than]to win a State of Origin series.”Nothing, that is, part from playing forTonga againstSamoa in a Pacific Test in Campbelltown, the night before game two in this year’s Origin series.

MONDAYUNLIKE Dylan Walker, the old fox of the north, Broncos coach Wayne Bennett,does not subscribe to the law of the jungle.

Benny is filthy that Dylan Napa has not been cited for hiswell-documentedLiverpool kiss on Korbin Sims. “Why hasn’t the game madeNapaaccountable?” he asks. “I know there will be a shitfight coming my way but I’m not backing away from it. I am not going to watch my players get broken jawsandremain silent.”

I can’t help reflecting on an incident when Wayne was coaching the Knights in 2013 and prop Kade Snowden was suspendedfor kneeing Penrith lock Adam Dockerin the head.

“The NRL talk pretty tough about coaches not commenting on judiciary …what we all do know is the NRL is influenced by the media,andby coachesandtheir comments,” the master coach said at the time.

Good old Wayne. He’s never been inclined to worry if the pot is blacker than the kettle.

“There is abiasagainst the Broncos,”he adds.

I’m not sure exactly what he’s getting at here. Presumably not the 16 games in a row Brisbanehave won under referee Gerard Sutton at Suncorp Stadium.

Benny’s outburst prompts a response from Napa’s father, Stan: “Bennett –he’s always going to whinge. He’s just a hypocrite …he says he doesn’t like the media but he seems to like to ring them with stories.”

TUESDAYNRL chief executive Todd Greenberg agrees with coach Bennett’s assessment of the Napa incident and fires a broadside at the match-review panel.

“Player safety always comes first,andif you’re going to err on the side of caution, I thought it warranted a charge,”Greenberg declares.

This is unprecedented. Everyone knows you can’t just go criticising the NRL judicial process, willy-nilly.

Greenberg has no option except to fine himself at least $10,000, otherwiseanarchy will prevail.

WEDNESDAYNEWS breaks that the Broncos have offered Storm coach Craig Bellamy a massive four-year deal.

Bellyache and Benny both hold press conferences, the former looking in slightly happier mood than the latter.

All of which brings me back to the hot tip from the aforementioned Nathan Tinkler. Don’t know why I ever doubted him.

Richard Gere returns to TV in BBC drama

Richard Gere is playing his first role in TV in nearly 30 years in new BBC drama MotherFatherSon.Richard Gere will play a media baron in the upcoming BBC drama MotherFatherSon, the Hollywood star’s first TV role in almost three decades.
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His character in the BBC Two series, Max, is a charismatic self-made American businessman who owns media outlets in London and around the world.

“It’s been almost 30 years since I worked in television,” the star of “Pretty Woman” said.

“I’m so pleased to be working now with the BBC on this extraordinary eight-hour project with such talented people and which resonates so much [with] the time we live in.”

Gere joins Helen McCrory (Peaky Blinders, Harry Potter films) and Billy Howle (On Chesil Beach) in the series.

McCrory stars as Kathryn, Max’s estranged wife, and Howle as Caden, the couple’s son.

With clear echoes of the James and Rupert Murdoch relationship, Caden runs his father’s British newspaper business and is primed to follow in his footsteps as one of the most powerful men in the world.

Caden’s self-destructive lifestyle spirals out of control, however, with devastating consequences for the family and its business empire. Tom Rob Smith (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story) wrote the show.

“The scripts for MotherFatherSon seal Tom Rob Smith’s reputation as one of the most individual and original writers of his age,” said BBC drama chief Piers Wenger.

“We are thrilled that in Richard, Helen and Billy he has found the perfect eponymous lead characters to bring his series to life.”

The BBC’s production and distribution unit BBC Studios will make the series and sell it internationally. Filming gets underway in London this month.

Why Bennett knows Bellamy’s the best heir

Wayne Bennett says the Broncos need a coach with a big profile and plenty of ability.It’s no coincidence that of exactly 100 coaches to have opposed Wayne Bennett in the NRL, Craig Bellamy has had far and away the most success against him.
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Bennett’s coaching record shows those who know him best have inflicted the most pain on one of the sport’s greatest mentors.

Former assistants Ivan Henjak and Steve Price are among the select group of 17 to have a winning record over him, as are his Broncos predecessor Anthony Griffin and his former Canberra players Mal Meninga and Bellamy.

And few know Bennett better than Bellamy.

After he played under him in Bennett’s first year as a top-flight coach in Canberra in 1987, it was the eventual Brisbane mentor who gave him his first chance as a coach in 1998.

Bennett, knowing Bellamy’s work ethic, first offered the former Canberra utility a role as Brisbane’s trainer in the pre-season of 1998.

That quickly developed into an assistant coaching role, where Bellamy drove revolutionary performance analysis and provided video and notes on opposition teams as Brisbane won the premiership.

But it wasn’t until 2002 that Bellamy was truly noticed. With Bennett away in Queensland State of Origin camp, the assistant took six debutants to a famous “Baby Broncos” win over the Wests Tigers.

It was widely thought at that stage Bellamy was being groomed by Bennett to be his eventual successor at Brisbane. But that Campbelltown performance turned heads and it wasn’t long before Melbourne came knocking.

The rest of Bellamy’s story is written in the history books as the coach of the most dominant team of the NRL-era.

A four-time Dally M coach of the year, Bellamy’s 23 wins from 33 games against Bennett – at a strike rate of 69.7 per cent – is unmatched.

Which means it’s little wonder Bennett still sees him as an ideal successor to his throne some 16 years after he left.

“He is one of the top coaches of the game and it is a huge club here,” Bennett said on Wednesday.

“You need a coach with the best profile you can get and have top coaching ability.”

Job demand consolidating after bumper year

Private construction work has dipped in early 2018 while public construction has ticked upwards.Economists remain confident of a solid growth result when the national accounts are released in early June, despite new construction figures falling below expectations.
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An expanding economy should be a further positive for the employment outlook after clocking up over 400,000 new jobs in 2017.

However, other data released on Wednesday suggests demand for workers has come off the boil.

The number of job advertisements posted on the internet declined 0.5 per cent in April, the first drop after 17 consecutive months of rises and ending the longest run of gains in seven years.

Job ads were still nine per cent higher than a year earlier.

Five of the eight occupational groups monitored by the Department of Jobs and Small Business declined in April, led by a 1.3 per cent fall in sales workers.

Commonwealth Securities chief economist Craig James said the past year was a year of job creation while the period ahead looks like being one of consolidation.

“That was to be expected – employment couldn’t sustainably grow by over 400,000 a year,” Mr James said.

At this stage, economists are predicting the economy grew by around 0.8 per cent in the first three months of 2018, over double the pace of the December quarter’s subdued 0.4 per cent rise.

Such growth would lift the annual rate to around 2.7 per cent, a level more in line with the economy’s long-term trend and aided by a recovery in exports after a weak performance in the final three months of 2017.

This outcome would also roughly match the federal government’s growth forecast for this financial year, before accelerating to three per cent in 2018/19.

Construction work grew by just 0.2 per cent in the March quarter following two quarters of sharp swings that were the result of two LNG platforms being built.

Public construction work remained the key driving force, rising 2.7 per cent in the quarter while private construction declined 0.5 per cent.

Commonwealth Bank economist Belinda Allen noted this month’s federal budget included an additional $24.5 billion in infrastructure plans.

“This will continue to support construction work and the economy, both in a growth and productivity sense,” Ms Allen said.

Treasury analysis suggests that for every $1 spent on public investment, a $4 GDP increase is generated over the life of the asset.

Tedesco finds his feet and eyes NSW No.1

Amid uncertainty about coach Brad Fittler’s plans, James Tedesco wants back in the NSW team.James Tedesco has declared he’s finally found his feet at the Sydney Roosters as he prepares for a shootout for the NSW No.1 jumper.
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Ahead of the final NRL round before the Blues team is named for State of Origin I, Tedesco and Manly star Tom Trbojevic are considered neck and neck.

Tedesco believes that after a learning curve the Roosters are now playing to his strengths.

And likewise, he has adjusted to compliment his teammates as well.

“I think our whole attacking structure has changed,” Tedesco told AAP.

“The first few rounds our attack wasn’t clicking as well as we’d like to, we weren’t scoring as many points.”

Central to that change is the way Tedesco is being used.

In the first two months he has been used as part of sweeping plays out the back, which he admits haven’t proven effective.

Coach Trent Robinson is now increasingly using him to sniff around the ruck, something he did with great success during his six years at the Wests Tigers.

“That’s definitely one of my strengths, working with Friendy (hooker Jake Friend) there, just around the ruck, it’s where I’m most dangerous,” Tedsco said.

“Those sweeping plays, defences knew they were coming and could read them pretty well.”

While Tedesco said he was unhappy with his start to the NRL season, he’s still been statistically one of best attacking players in the competition in the first 11 rounds.

He’s made the second most linebreaks in the competition (10) behind Melbourne’s Josh Addo-Carr (12).

He’s third for tackle busts (50) and also for most metres (170m per game).

And over the last four weeks has averaged 194m – the most in the competition over that period.

It’s now difficult to split him and Trbojevic as Tedesco aims to hold onto his sky blue No.1 jumper.

The Manly No.1 had a lacklustre month after suffering a knee injury against Canberra, however has been back to his best in their wins over Brisbane and Melbourne.

Fittler’s decision could come down to Tedesco’s performance against the Gold Coast on the Central Coast on Saturday afternoon.

“There’s been a lot of talk about it and it’s pretty well documented,” Tedesco said.

“Tommy’s been playing good footy and over the last month I’ve been pretty happy with how I’ve been playing.

“It’s taken a bit of time. But I’m feeling more comfortable each and every week, I think it’s only going to get better and better.”

Was Ardern called a ‘stupid little girl’?

An alleged slur against Jacinda Ardern has made headlines but the NZ opposition denies it happened.The suspects have all denied it. The trail of clues has gone cold. The opposition says there’s no evidence it even happened.
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But now the question of whether someone in New Zealand’s parliament called Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern a “stupid little girl” has led to an extraordinary stoush in the country’s corridors of power.

During a heated debate in the house this month, Speaker Trevor Mallard halted proceedings demanding an apology from whichever member in the opposition benches had made a “very sexist remark”.

He later confirmed the exact phrase he had heard.

Video footage of the debate proved little use – and subsequently about a dozen male MPs reckoned by Newshub to be possible suspects all denied making the comment or hearing it.

The matter seemed buried, until National Party and opposition leader Simon Bridges on Wednesday said there was “no evidence” it had actually happened.

“Those sort of remarks shouldn’t be said. But I have no evidence that they were,” he told Stuff.

“I sit nearer to those members than the Speaker or the other side, I didn’t hear them. No one has told me that they heard them and no one has said that they said them.”

While audio recordings of the debate have failed to turn up a smoking gun, Mr Mallard has stood by what he heard.

“He can confirm the comment he heard in the house on the day was ‘stupid little girl’,” his office said in a statement on Wednesday.

That confirmation has spurred an unusually strong rebuke from National, which says it’s “unacceptable” the Speaker has been “pushing” a story that harms the opposition and can’t be verified.

“Our confidence in you as a Speaker has been significantly shaken,” shadow leader Gerry Brownlee said in an letter, demanding a “full explanation” before parliament resumed on Thursday.

“There is an expectation that the Speaker will behave in a neutral fashion and we’re having a little trouble at the moment seeing evidence of that,” he told media.

Meanwhile, Ms Ardern herself seemed less concerned, telling reporters she couldn’t pick out the exact comment among the noise of the debating chamber.

“Look, you know, plenty of this stuff flies around the house,” she said earlier in the day.

“But, as I’ve always said, my preference is always to play the ball, not the man.”

Enjoy your weekend with a little help from the Herald.

SATURDAYVariety Family Fun Day 11am to 3pm, Foreshore Park, Newcastle. Welcome the Variety NSW Bash back from a week driving in the bush. There will be amusement rides, face painting, a petting zoo, live entertainment and food trucks.
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2018 Stamp and Coin Expo 9am to 3pm, Saturday and Sunday, Newcastle Exhibition Centre, Brown Road, Broadmeadow. The Newcastle Philatelic Society is celebrating its centenary.

Baroque Backstage 2pm to 4pm,Newcastle Theatre Company Bloomfield Room, 90 de Vitre Street Lambton. RSVP to 4952 4958or email [email protected]苏州夜生活.au. A group exhibition inspired by the Restoration period costumes of Playhouse Creatures.

Retro Drive-In Movie Night 5pm onwards, Rathmines Park (behind the Catalina Conference Centre). Films: Hairspray; The Italian Job.Tickets $30 per car at lakesidemarketing苏州楼凤.au/drive-in.

Dudley Wellness Day 8.30am to 4pm, MegHQ, 2/122 Ocean Street, Dudley.Activities include yoga, meditation, massages, reiki and naturopathic health talks. Tickets: $15 adults; $5 for children (five and under admitted free).All proceeds go to Charlies Run for Kids.

2018 Hunter Valley Wine & Food FestivalA two-month celebration of the best the Hunter Valley has to offer. Go towinecountry苏州楼凤.aufor the program of events.

Carnival of CupsGates open 6pm, Newcastle Harness Racing Club, 294 Turton Road, New Lambton.Race night features the AVE Technologies Ross Gigg Newcastle Mile. There will belive music, Marching Koalas, Ruby the Clown, Jono the Juggler, free face painting and a jumping castle. Entry: adults $10; seniors $5; children under 16 free.

Branxton Rodeo10am to 8pm, McMullins Road, Branxton. Incorporating the East Coast Junior Rodeo Championships. Also, market and food stalls; jumping castles.

Maitland Community Men’s ShedAuction 9.30am to 4.30pm, Lot 442 Jubilee Street, East Maitland.Wooden an metal products, tools, machinery, wooden toys and furniture. Inspect on the day 9.30am to 10.30am. Cash only.

Street Feast Newcastle 4pm to 8pm,Foreshore Park, Newcastle East (in front of Customs House). Bring a picnic rug.

Straight Outta Compo 8.30pm, Wests New Lambton. Star-studded cast from Here Come The Habibs and Fat Pizza, plus George Kapiniaris and Joe Avati.

Hunter Valley Caravan, Camping, 4WD, Fish and Boat Show 2018 Saturday, 9am to 5pm, and Sunday, 9am to 4pm, Maitland Showgrounds.

Out of the Ordinary 9am to 2pm, Maitland Library.Unusual stories, events and artefacts combine to present fresh insights into Maitland’s history.

Flaggy Creek Weed Walk 1pm to 4pm, meet at 14 Mulbinga Street, Charlestown.A free workshop to help you identify and manage weeds in your neighbourhood.

SUNDAYHunter Region Bridal Expo 10am to 2pm, Club Maitland City. Entry: $5.

Street Eats Maitland Noon to 4pm, Queens Wharf, Morpeth.

The Photography of Athol D’Ombrain 10am to 3pm, Grossmann & Brough House, 71-73 Church Street, Maitland.

Newcastle Natural Medicine Showcase 10am to 3pm, Merewether Surf Lifesaving Club.Free event as part of the national Natural Medicine Week. Information, talks and demonstrations.

Lemon Jam Noon to 4pm, Henderson Park, Lemon Tree Passage.

Families Stronger Together – Supporting our LGBT Kids 3pm to 5pm, venue advised on registration. For parents of LGBTQI young people. Bookings at [email protected]苏州楼凤.

Cancer Council Variety Spectacular Concert 2pm, Starlight Room, Wests New Lambton. Tickets $45.

Exhibition Launch 2.30pm to 4.30pm, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery. All welcome at the launch of Hunter Red: Re(A)d Earth, by the Hunter Cultural Collective project.

Looking Between The Grains12.30pm to 3pm Stockton Beach (in front of surf lifesaving club). Join Newcastle City Council in celebrating World Environment Day by taking part in a month long series of activities. All ages. Register at [email protected] or by phoning 4974 2733.

Drop in Newcastle: Eats, Beats & Bikes 9am to 2pm, Dixon Park Beach, Merewether. Cheer Port to Portriders over the finish line. There will be food trucks, live music and entertainment.

Urban Cellar Door 2.30pm to 5pm, The Lucky Hotel, Newcastle. Wine tasting, canapes and live music. Tickets $20.

NRL Newcastle Knights vs Cronulla Sharks gates open 11am; main game kick-off 2pm.McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow.

SAVE THE DATEThe Umbrella Foundation and Centre for Hope are hosting a charity golf day at Kurri Kurri Golf Club on Sunday, June 3. All money raised on the day is going to the Kurri Kurri Public School’s Wheels of Hope program and a post-earthquake Nepal school rebuild. Businesses, support a good cause and get on board as sponsors. Phone Linda Harwood on 0402 816 061 or email [email protected]苏州桑拿.

MARKETSLake Macquarie City Farmers Market Saturday,7.30am to 1pm, Speers Point Park.

Handmade in the Hunter MarketsSaturday, 9am to 3pm, Kevin Sobels Wines, Pokolbin.

Hamilton Clocktower MarketsSaturday, 9am to 2pm, James Street Plaza, BeaumontStreet, Hamilton.

Hunter Wine Country MarketsSaturday, 9am to 3pm, De Bortoli Wines, 532 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin.

Newcastle Flower MarketsSaturday, 9.30am to noon, 1 Rural Drive, Sandgate.

Hunter Street MarketsSaturday, 9am to 3pm, Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle.

Adamstown LionsMarketsSunday, 7am to 12.30pm, corner Brunker and Glebe roads, Adamstown.

Newcastle City Farmers MarketSunday, 7am to 1pm, Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow.

Hope Estate Markets Sunday, 9.30pm to 2.30pm, 2213 Broke Road, Pokolbin.

Newcastle & Hunter Vietnam Veterans Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, Wickham Park, Islington.

ARTSThe Lock-Up Hunter Red: Seeing Red, by Dale Collier, Dean Cross, David Griggs, Tina Havelock Stevens, Maggie Hensel-Brown, Doug Heslop, Raquel Ormella, Baden Pailthorpe, Mike Parr and Mumu Mike Williams. Until July 1.

Art Systems WickhamDistracted by the View, byBron Lusted, Sally Reynolds, Jules Visser. Ends Sunday.

Wollombi Cultural CentreOil paintings byGuntis Jansons. Ends Sunday.

Cessnock Regional Art Gallery The Two of Us, by Frances & Chris Fussell. Until July 1.

Lake Macquarie City Art GalleryHunter Red: Re(A)d Earth. Until July 22.

Gloucester GalleryChildren’s art from the group of schools along the Bucketts Way, these include Stroud, Stroud Road, Stratford, Gloucester Public, St Joseph’s, Barrington, Booral and Krambach schools. Until June 17.

The University GalleryFrom The Studio, byImants Tillers. Ends Saturday.

Watt Space GalleryFriends of the University Student Art Prize. Until June 3.

Maitland Regional Art Gallery Luminous Maitland; Stuart Scott. Until August 12. Hunter Red: Razzamatazz. Until July 22. All That Glitters, byMandy Robinson and Jen Denzin. Until September 2. Secrets, by Wendy Sharpe. Until June 30.

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Cooks Hill GalleriesIntertidal, by Brett McMahon. Until May 28.

Port Stephens Community Arts CentreAMusical Kaleidoscope of Colour; Spinners & Weavers. Until July 3.

Newcastle Art GalleryArchibald Prize 2017; Young Archie: Newcastle. Until June 24.

Newcastle Studio Potters & Back To Back GalleriesFlora & Fauna, byKara Wood, Mel Pegg, Holly Marlin. Until June 3.

Timeless TextilesIncubating Fibre. Until June 9. Run in conjunction with The Creator Incubator.

Gallery 139Embedded, byCaelliJo Brooker, Alison Smith, Ahn Wells. Until June 10.

THEATREClark’s Nerdy Science ShowEncore performance of Clark Gormley’s Newcastle Fringe prize-winning comedy. Royal Exchange, Newcastle. Sunday, at 6pm.

Friday the 14 thAmusing send up of slasher horror films, written and staged by Newcastle University Drama Society. The Factory Theatrette, St Pius College, Adamstown. Saturday, at 7pm, Sunday at 2pm and 7pm.

Quiet FaithPlaywright David Williams looks amusingly and movingly at how people of different religions react to the way politicians and others claim to be following their faith in making decisions. Alternative Facts, at the Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Saturday, at 2pm and 8pm.

Wanted – One Body! Comical mystery by Charles Dyer, with the body of an unliked man disappearing when people gather to hear his will and a murder occurring. Newcastle G and S Players Comedy Club, at St Matthew’s Anglican Church Hall, Georgetown. Saturday at 7pm.

MUSIC5 Sawyers Sunday, Marissa.

Anna Bay TavernSaturday, Slam Tango.

Hotel CessnockSaturday, Murray Byfield.

Bar PetiteSaturday, Holly Mae’.

Battlesticks BarSaturday, Mick N Josh. Sunday, Little Cents.

Beach HotelSunday, The Humm.

Bellbird HotelSunday, Jayde Corner.

Belmont 16sSaturday, The Andy Show, The Big Bang Band. Sunday, Bloom.

Belmont HotelSaturday, Joel Oakhill.

Belmore HotelSaturday, Sundays Record.

Beresfield Bowling ClubSaturday, Gen-X. Sunday, The Rattlesnakes.

Blackbutt Hotel Saturday, Hornet.

The BradfordSaturday, 2GoodReasons.

Burwood InnSaturday, Austin Mackay.

Cambridge Hotel Sunday, Letters To Lions.

Cardiff RSLClubSaturday, Born Jovi (Tribute).

Catho PubSaturday, Layth Gunn. Sunday, Ash Mountain.

Caves Beachside HotelSaturday, Phonic Duo, James Osborn, Paparazzi.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Anyerin.

Central HotelStroudSaturday, The Milestones.

Cessnock Leagues ClubSaturday, Solid Gold Party Night.

Club KotaraSaturday, Kwozzi.

Club LemonTreeSaturday, Kristy J.

Commercial Hotel MorpethSaturday, Pat Vs. Cat.

Country Club Hotel Shoal BaySaturday, Something For Nothing.

Criterion Hotel CarringtonSaturday, Anthony Lee. Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Criterion Hotel WestonSaturday, The Tantrums.

Crown & Anchor HotelSaturday, Alessandro, Matt McLaren.

Customs House Saturday, Jethro Thorpe. Sunday, Matty G.

Cypress LakesSaturday, Emily Smith.

Denman HotelSunday, James Naldo.

Duke Of WellingtonSaturday, The Levymen.

East Cessnock Bowling ClubSaturday, Vivian Plus One.

East Maitland Bowling ClubSaturday, Mardmax Trio. Sunday, Zane Penn.

Edgeworth TavernSaturday, Boltman.

FinnegansSaturday, Potbelleez.

Gateshead TavernSunday, Katie N Feff.

George TavernSaturday, Dos Eager.

Grand Junction HotelSaturday, Melody Pool, Chris Dale.

Gunyah HotelSaturday, Overload.

​Hamilton Station HotelSunday, Jen Buxton, Molly Millington.

Harrigan’s PokolbinSaturday, Jayde Corner, Sunday Ave. Sunday, Beau Hatch.

Hexham Bowling ClubSaturday, City Beats.

Honeysuckle HotelSunday, Tim Harding, Dr. Zoom Duo.

ImperialHotelSaturday, Crawfish Stew Band.

Jewells TavernSaturday, R & R.

Lake Macquarie Yacht ClubSunday, Nick Read.

Lakeside Village TavernSaturday, Trainwreck.

Lass O’GowrieSaturday, dave (single launch), The Hendonists, Catnip, Jonno B. Smith.

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Lizotte’sSaturday, A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac.

Lucky HotelSunday, Lauren Arms.

Mark HotelSaturday, Minute By Minute.

Mary EllenSaturday, Anyerin.

Mavericks On The BaySaturday, Roxy. Sunday, Roxy.

Mavericks On DarbySaturday,Katie N Feff.

Metropolitan Hotel MaitlandSunday, Three Piece Suit.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend DiggersSunday, Crafty Sundays.

Morisset Country ClubSunday, Jamie Martens.

Murray’s BrewerySunday, Greg McKew.

Nag’s Head HotelSaturday, Pap & That.

Nelson Bay DiggersSaturday, Echo.

Nelson Bay Golf Club Saturday, Matt Gaudry.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, Anthology.

Pedens CessnockSaturday, Viagro.

Pippis At The PointSaturday, Deuce. Sunday, Jesse Fildes.

Potters BrewerySaturday, Phil McKnight.

Premier HotelSunday, Melbourne Street.

Queens Wharf HotelSunday, Loko.

Railway Hotel CessnockSunday, Big Night Out.

Raymond Terrace Bowling ClubSunday, Mick Jones.

Redhead Bowling ClubSaturday, Club Esky.

Royal Federal HotelBranxtonSaturday, The V Dubs.

Royal Hotel SingletonSunday, Arcane.

Royal Motor Yacht Club TorontoSunday, Jacinta.

Rutherford HotelSaturday, Chad Shuttleworth Duo.

Seabreeze HotelSunday, David McCredie.

Shenanigans at the ImperialSaturday, Jake Folbigg.

Shortland HotelSaturday, Robbie T.

Singleton DiggersSaturday, The INXS Tribute Show.

Soldiers Point Bowling ClubSaturday, Billy Joel Tribute.

South Newcastle Leagues ClubSaturday, Karen O’Shea.

Stag and Hunter HotelSaturday, The Shane Pacey Trio.

Swansea RSLClubSaturday, Witchery.

Swansea-Belmont Surf Life Saving ClubSunday, Kylie Jane.

Swansea Workers ClubSaturday, Rock Oz.

Tea Gardens HotelSaturday, Boney Rivers.

Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Sami.

Toronto HotelSunday, Kristy James.

Toronto WorkersSaturday, Code Red.

Victoria Hotel HintonSaturday, Kevin O’Hara. Sunday, Glen Harrison.

Wangi HotelSunday, Hue Williams.

Wangi Wangi RSLClubSunday, Reg Sinclair.

Warners At The BaySaturday, Clean State.

Westfield KotaraSaturday, Jessica Cain.

Wests CardiffSaturday, Cruzers.

Wests New LambtonSaturday, The Remedy Duo, Straight Outta Compo.

Wickham Park HotelSaturday,Yes Commissioner.

Windsor Castle HotelSaturday, Marissa.

MOVIESAvengers: Infinity War(M)The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

A Quiet Place(PG) A family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival.

A Wrinkle In Time(PG)Through one girl’sjourney led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes fromindividuality.

Blockers(MA)Three parents try to stop their daughters from having sex on prom night.

The Bookshop (PG)A free-spirited widow, puts grief behind her and risks everything to open up a bookshop.

Breath (M)Based on Tim Winton’s award-winning and international bestselling novel set in mid-70s coastal . Two teenage boys, hungry for discovery, form an unlikely friendship with a mysterious older adventurer who pushes them to take risks that will have a lasting and profound impact on their lives.

Cargo(MA15+) Martin Freeman (The Hobbit) leads this outback post-apocalyptic thriller as a father looking for salvation for his baby daughter.

Chappaquiddick(M) Jason Clarke (Everest) is Ted Kennedy in this political drama that revisits Ted Kennedy’s car accident with Mary Jo Kopechne and the ensuing cover-up.

Crooked House(PG) Max Irons leads an all-star cast featuring Glenn Close and Gillian Anderson in this screen adaptation of the Agatha Christie mystery novel.

Deadpool 2(MA15+) Sequel to the Golden Globe-nominated comic book action romantic comedy starring Ryan Reynolds as the foul-mouth murdering anti-hero.

Duck Duck Goose (PG) Animated comedy-adventure following a bachelor goose who makes pals with two lost ducklings as they journey south.

I Feel Pretty(M) Renee desperately wants to be one of the “pretty” girls. After a freak accident during spin class, her dream comes true when she wakes up to a completely new reflection, believing she is now the most beautiful woman in the world.

I Kill Giants(PG) A young misfit escapes into a fantasy world of magic and monsters in Oscar-winning director Anders Walter’s feature debut.

Last Flag Flying (M)Thirty years after serving together in the Vietnam War, Larry “Doc” Shepherd, Sal Nealon and the ReverendRichard Mueller reunite for a different type of mission: to bury Doc’s son, a young Marine killed in Iraq. (Lake)

Life of the Party(M) Melissa McCarthy enrolls as an adult student at her daughter’s university in this comedy by McCarthy and Ben Falcone.

Mr Church(M)Based on the true story of a unique life-long friendship.

Peter Rabbit(PG) A rebellious rabbit tries to sneak into a farmer’sgarden.

Rampage(M)Based on the1980s video game featuring apes and monsters destroying cities.

Ready Player One(M)When the creator of an MMO called the Oasis dies, he releases a video where he challenges users to find his Easter Egg.

Solo: A Star Wars Story (M) Han Solo leads Lucasfilm’s second standaloneStar Warsfilm, passing Harrison Ford’s role down to Alden Ehrenreich.The film follows Han and Chewbacca before they joined the Rebellion.

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society(M)A writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island in the aftermath of World War II when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war. (Lake)

Tully(M)Mackenzie Davis is Charlize Theron’s night nanny in this comedic drama from director Jason Reitman (Up in the Air) and writer Diablo Cody (Juno).

By age 35 you should… create meme-quality content for the internet

CALLING all those in their early 30s!
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How areyour savings looking?

Nice and hefty, right?

Because according to the experts, by age 35 you should have twice your salary saved for the future.

By 35, you should have twice your salary saved, according to retirement experts: https://t苏州夜生活/QoVA6EFpHJ

— MarketWatch (@MarketWatch) May 12, 2018The relatableBy age 35 you should have a huge box of cables but you can’t throw them out because you’re pretty sure you still need a couple of them but you’re not sure which ones

— Lori G 🌸 (@LoriG) May 19, 2018By age 35 you should have an entire cabinet filled with Tupperware containers. That don’t match. Just a bunch of random bottoms and tops that come cascading out on you every time you open the door.

— Danielle H (@FoodosaurusRex) May 22, 2018By age 35, you should have figured out how to spell “bananas” without having to mentally sing Hollaback Girl

— Jon “Jon Baker” Baker (@JonBaker) May 20, 2018By age 35 you should run into friends and say “WE SHOULD HANG OUT SOON!” twice a week. You will never hang out. You’ll just scream this at each other until one of you dies.

— Luke Trayser (@trukelayser) May 20, 2018By age 35 you should have reached that stage of time confusion where you’re convinced the 90s was only 10 years ago.

— Jen Williams (@sennydreadful) May 21, 2018The ones that make you thinkBy age 35 you should have accepted that capitalism will slowly suck the life out of you while the business owners grow wealthy beyond reason on the backs of their workers, retirement experts say.

— Existential Comics (@existentialcoms) May 22, 2018By age 35, you should have had several sizeable epiphanies that utterly reoriented your entire sense of self and set you off on the course you were meant to follow, rather than that of a dominant parent whose hopes and dreams you swallowed whole and mistakenly took for your own.

— Mark Antony Owen (@MarkAntonyOwen) May 23, 2018The food goals (and subtle marketing)By age 35, you should have eaten at least 2x your weight in guac.

— Chipotle (@ChipotleTweets) May 22, 2018Research suggests you should have approximately 29,200 donuts saved for retirement by age 35

— IowaStateU Police (@ISUPD) May 22, 2018The historically accurateby age 35 you should have been crucified

— 𝗝𝗠𝗗 (@jmdalton89) May 22, 2018By age 35, you should have gained, lost and regained 1 imperial throne, conquered not 1 but 2 other empires with Roman credentials, turned the greatest church in the world into the greatest mosque, beaten Dracula, married 5 times & written a little poem, retirement experts say. pic.twitter苏州楼凤/dtZMQgTait

— Peter Sandham (@HKSandham) May 21, 2018By the age of 35 you should have written Richard III, Titus Andronicus, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Henry IV Part 1 & 2 and Much Ado About Nothing.(Or died of plague) pic.twitter苏州楼凤/BlWoj8hxrH

— Shakespeare Magazine (@UKShakespeare) May 22, 2018And finally, the one achievable goalBy the age of 35 you should have saved $4

— Fred Delicious (@Fred_Delicious) May 15, 2018

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Newcastle Rugby: Beaches centre wiped out for five weeks for lifting tackle against old club Lake Macquarie

BANNED: Caileb Gerrard in full flight for Lake Macquarie last season. The centre now plays for Southern Beaches and has been suspended for five weeks for a lifting tackle against his old club. Picture: Marina Neil
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SOUTHERN Beaches will be without Newcastle centre Caileb Gerrard for five matches after he was found guilty on Wednesday night of a lifting tackle.

Gerrard was given a yellow card for atackle on Lake Macquarie breakaway Andre Prinsloo inBeaches’47-33 win over the Roos in round five.He was cited and offered a three-game ban ifhe took an early guilty plea.However, Beaches tried to have the charge down-graded and were unsuccessful.

IN LINE: Lake Macquarie prop Barcelona Lupematasila is in contention to win a place in the NSW Country squad. Picture: Stewart Hazell

* Lake Macquarie are safe in Premier Rugby for now.

The NHRU board have reviewed video of the Roos 113-14 loss to Wanderers in first grade and 109-0 defeat in seconds.

The Herald understands the consensus is that there were no safety issues, which is the main factor in determining if the club continues on the top competition.

However, the union have reserved making a decision until after Saturday’s clash against leaders Merewether at Townson Oval.

The Roos welcome back prop and NSW Country hopeful BarcelonaLupematasila.

* Winger Hamish McKie marked his first grade debut for Hamilton with a try in the 62-14 win over University. McKie is the son of former Hawks president Michael McKie.

* Nelson Bay winger Kerrod McLean played his 100thfirst grade game in the 27-12 loss to Merewether.

* Former Maitland junior NicWhite will play for Exeter against Saracens in the final of the English Premiership on Saturday. His parents Tom and Di have flown over for the decider at Twickenham. White was man-of-the-match in the semi-final.

*Lupematasila and Maitland fullback Chris Logan will learn on Monday’sif their efforts at a training camp in Singleton l were enough to win a place in the Cockatoos 23-man squad for the clash againstSouthern Inland at Camden on June 17. Newcastle have dominated Country selection in recent seasons but a number of players made themselves unavailable much to the frustration of coach Matt Thomas.

‘Hermit’ McInnes unaware of Origin talk

Cameron McInnes joined St George Illawarra from South Sydney in late 2016.To the best of State of Origin hopeful Cameron McInnes’ knowledge, there is no shootout between he and Damien Cook for the NSW No.9 jersey.
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Nor does he know Apisai Koroisau has fallen out of contention, or that Nathan Peats – the fourth of the group to have worn a South Sydney jersey – is considered no chance of retaining the spot.

That’s because 24-year-old McInnes – once potentially in the category of rugby league nerd – made the unusual call last year to shut off from the digital and NRL worlds.

“I’m a bit of a hermit in that way … I don’t have social media, read the papers or watch the news,” McInnes said.

“You know how you feel yourself on your phone all the time? I just got sick of it and decided it wasn’t healthy.

“I used to watch every game every week. I’d read all the magazines, watch all the shows and everything like that.

“It was footy 24-7, reading and watching everything. It was just too much.

“I just find now that I can keep my head away a bit and focus on what I need to.”

Never has that decision been more crucial than this year.

Whether McInnes knows it or not, his battle with Cook has been one of the talking points of the NRL for the past two months.

In recent weeks Cook appears to have drawn narrowly in front.

With Cameron Smith’s retirement likely to mean the Blues opt against a specialist dummy-half on the bench, the Bunnies’ rake has gone to another level.

But McInnes has his advantages. Both strong running out of dummy-half, the Dragon is considered slightly sounder defensively early.

And his ignorance to the situation means he won’t be distracted before the top-of-the-table clash with Penrith that could decide his fate.

“I’m not going into a game thinking there is James Tamou, if I can do well against him Freddy (Fittler) will be happy,” McInnes said.

“Footy is easy to tell if someone’s not playing for the right reasons. It’s going to stick out and it’s not going to get you into teams.”

The battle between Cook and McInnes is symbolic of how far both have come.

Two years ago they were battling for Souths’ No.9 jersey, before Michael Maguire made the call to recruit Robbie Farah.

It should have been a blow to both of them.

Instead, McInnes moved on and made his name at the table-topping Dragons and Cook beat out Farah for an 80-minute role.

“If it is a two-horse race, as you’re explaining, it’s not weird, it’s a good thing,” McInnes said.

“Because he is a good person and for him to have that success is good.

“And I’m loving it here at the Dragons, so it’s worked out well for everyone.”