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.”

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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.

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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.

Labor slams state government over $75m consultants bill for Newcastle Port privatisation

How $75 million in public money was spent on the Newcastle Port privatisation TweetFacebookNewcastle Heraldobtained a copy of a “port commitment” deed marked “strictly confidential”.
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Read more:Government admits secret Newcastle charge

Consultants took home $24,796,419 for the 2014 privatisation of Newcastle, a year after picking up$49,499,477 worth of work when Botany was privatised with Port Kembla.

HERE’S THE BILL: Consultants were paid more than $24m on the privatisation of Port of Newcastle and more than $49 million when Botany and Port Kembla were privatised together. Source: NSW Treasury.

As well as the Morgans, PWC and Minters jobs, environmental Resources Managementreceived $2.9 million for environmental engineering advice on Botany/Kembla and $2.4 million for Newcastle. For technical engineering advice, GHD was paid $2.4 million for Botany/Kembla and $1.3 million for Newcastle.

Real estate agents Colliers were paid just over $1 million for property expertise on both deals.RSM Bird Cameron received just over $560,000 for probity advice on both.

Newcastle MP Tim Crakanthorp said the government used its consultants to come up with a scheme that makes the port compensate its competitor if Newcastlehandledmore than 30,000 containers ayear.

Then Competition and Consumer Commission has beguninvestigating bothprivatisations for possible breaches ofthe Competition and Consumer Act for“substantially lessening market competition”.

Mr Crakanthorp said he met on Thursday with ACCC chairman Rod Sims as part of his effort to “prosecute the case against the State Government’s dodgy deal putting the handbrake on Newcastle and the Hunter’s future economic well-being”.

Read more:ACCC looking at Newcastle fee

“The penalty is specifically designed to stifle the growth of Newcastle Port, suppressing desperately-needed jobs in the Hunter region, and damaging local industry through higher transportation costs,” Mr Crakanthorp said.

“I have been raising this issue since 2015 and asked over 80 questions of the Minister in Parliament; this deal has been dodgy from the start. This is $75 million that could have been in invested in our local schools and hospitals. This ‘port rort’ has robbed Newcastle of jobs, investment and productivity. As further details are revealed we can truly see how much of a dodgy deal this really was.”

Canberra consultant Greg Cameron, who is pushing for the Newcastle container terminal, said “theNSW government spent money on lawyers to conceal its actions overthe Port of Newcastle from the parliament and the public”.

Port Stephens MP Kate Washington said the fees were “an appalling use of public money”.

“Every step of the way, Premier Berejiklian has fought to keep the details of this dodgy deal a secret from the public. Now we find out they spent an eye-watering amount of money to apply the handbrake on the Hunter’s economy.

Read more:Why Sydney is looking again at Newcastle container terminal

A spokesperson for Treasurer Dominic Perrottet justified the spending, saying thegovernment raised$5.1 billion for Botany and Kembla and $1.75 billion for Newcastle, with the money contributing to major infrastructure projects.

The government has previously saidits reform program often“requires external expertise held outside the bureaucracy” and that this advice helps“achieve the best possible outcomes fortaxpayers”.

Finance sector moves to rebuild trust

Tarred by the banking royal commission, the n financial sector is looking for a renewal of trust.
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Financial Services Institute of Australasia chief executive Chris Whitehead launched a number of reforms in Canberra on Thursday.

“The royal commission early this year has revealed the urgent need to raise professionalism and standards across the n banking industry, the bedrock solution to the industry’s structural weaknesses,” Mr Whitehead said.

“As an organisation, we felt the industry needed to focus on lifting levels of competency and conduct and improved culture in banking.”

As the launch took place at Parliament House, the Federal Court in Melbourne found Westpac had engaged in “unconscionable” conduct.

Mr Whitehead announced industry-wide standards to restore trust in financial services – known as the Professional Banking Standards.

has no defined industry-wide requirements for professional qualifications in banking.

“That’s a vital complement to proper regulation of the industry,” Mr Whitehead said.

“There’s a world of difference between compliance with the law and aspiration and ethics that guide you when the rules aren’t clear.”

His organisation would also push for a “professional banking council” to set standards of competence and conduct for the banking industry.

The announcement was made as Treasurer Scott Morrison introduced legislation into the lower house to ensure accountability in the financial sector.

The changes would create a second deputy chair position within the n Prudential Regulation Authority.

“This helps to maximise the skills and capabilities available to APRA within its leadership,” Mr Morrison said.

“This reform supports the government’s actions to increase accountability and competition in the financial sector.”

The royal commission has previously heard evidence of bank advisers charging dead clients for financial service, fees for no service and dodgy advice from financial planners, with n Federal Police commissioner Andrew Colvin saying his agency will investigate any criminal referrals.

Robbie Deans to lead Knights against Force

Former Wallabies coach Robbie Deans will get his first taste of World Series Rugby when he leads the Panasonic Wild Knights into battle against the Western Force on August 17.
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Deans, who has been coaching the Japanese side since 2014, is set to bring a strong squad to Perth for the match at nib Stadium.

The match, which was announced on Thursday, will be the seventh of World Series Rugby.

The Force have already recorded wins over the Fiji Warriors and a Tongan representative side.

They will face the Rebels, Crusaders, Samoa and Hong Kong in the coming months before taking on the Wild Knights.

Force chief executive Nick Marvin said the participation of the Wild Knights in WSR was a taste of things to come.

Next year, WSR will be expanded into a six or eight-club competition featuring teams from the Asia Pacific region and Asia.

Marvin said it was highly likely a Japanese team would be part of the competition.

“For us, our future is the Asia Pacific,” Marvin said.

“To have Japan come over (is starting) what we think will be a long and fruitful relationship.”

The Wild Knights are one of Japan’s most powerful and richest teams.

They lost last season’s Top League championship decider 12-8 to the Suntory Sungoliath.

Big crowds have turned up for the first two games of WSR and the Force are hopeful the trend will continue.

And players from around the world are starting to take notice, with n stars such at Matt Giteau, Adam Ashley-Cooper and Lachie Turner reportedly in the club’s sights.

Marvin said Matt Hodgson, the Force’s head of elite performance, had been fielding numerous calls from players interested in joining WSR in time for next year.

Rodney Iona’s move to the Force has already paid dividends, with the centre winning a call-up to the Samoan national squad for next month’s Pacific Nations Cup and World Cup qualifier.

“It’s great for Rodney to be rewarded for his good form,” Force coach Tim Sampson said.

“And that’s what we’re all about – promoting our players to kick on to that next level when it’s warranted.”

The Force will be back in action on Saturday, June 9, when they take on the Melbourne Rebels at nib Stadium.

Sutton declares he wants to play on

South Sydney skipper John Sutton says he intends to stay with the NRL club next year.South Sydney skipper John Sutton has declared he wants to play on in 2019 after being given a new lease on life under Anthony Seibold.
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Sutton, 33, is off-contract at the end of this year and facing the prospect of calling time on his decorated 15-year-career.

Over the next few months, the Rabbitohs and Sutton are facing a momentous decision.

He must be able to prove to Seibold and club management that he’s up to one final season.

Sutton, who grew up in Maroubra in the heart of Rabbitohs territory, finds it difficult to fathom playing in any colours other than the red and green.

Asked if he could play for a rival club, Sutton stops for a moment with the question obviously weighing heavily on him: “I don’t know.

“I’m just enjoying playing week by week. It’s very enjoyable at the moment.”

For the Rabbitohs faithful, many of those inside the club and the man himself, it would be nigh on unthinkable to see him lining up against South Sydney.

After leading Souths to their drought-breaking 2014 premiership, he has ensured he will always occupy a special place in the club’s history books.

He holds the foundation club’s all-time most games record with 293. Barring injury he will soon become the first person to play 300 games for the Rabbitohs.

At a point when many believed he was entering the twilight of his playing career, he has managed to find some of his best ever football under rookie coach Seibold.

Sutton has been one of the Rabbitohs’ best this year and a driving force behind their ascension to fourth on the ladder heading into Saturday’s clash with the Warriors.

“I’m just enjoying my football,” Sutton said.

“I don’t know how long I have left in the game. At the moment I’m just taking it week by week and I feel like it’s working for me.

“I’ve had a bit of a think about it and I do (want to play on). All I can do is make sure I keep playing good football.”

Teammate Cody Walker said he couldn’t imagine Sutton playing for another club.

“I probably can’t see it happening, but I can’t see the future,” Walker said.

“He’s played the most games for this club, the club’s been around since 1908, it’s a massive achievement and it goes to show the type of player he is. He’s still playing some really good footy.”

Future looking bream

FISH OF THE WEEK: Henry Draganic wins the Jarvis Walker tacklebox and Tsunami lure pack for the 40cm bream caught in Newcastle Harbour this week on ZMan GrubZ.
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It’s looking like another cracker weekend for fishing with mostly sunny skies, little chance of rain, and not much wind around.

If seas abate, Brent “Hammer” Hancock, from Tackle World Port Stephens, recommends hitting the beaches or getting offshore and chase snapper and bream.

“There’s been some great bream coming off the beach this week,” he said.

“Fingal, Samurai and One Mile have all been fishing well for bream.”

Hammer suggests usinga strip of mullet fillet on a smaller type gang hook.

“I call it ‘the each way bet’ –good for bream and sometimes you get decent size tailor,” he said.

Hammer reports there have been some cracking snapper about.

“Pacific Blue Charters got one midweek a bit over 9kg which is a great fish,” he said.

“It’s that time of year when you see them on the inshore reefs. The water drops in temp and theycome in.”

Inside the bay has been good for bream too, as have Newcastle Harbour (see Fish of the Week) and Lake Macquarie.

“Places like the shortcut wall over at Tea Gardens is always a good spot to fish for bream this time of year,” Hammer said.

“We’re also seeing luderick coming on strong.”

“Anglers have been picking them up in numbers from Port Stephens down to Swansea.

“Cabbage has been a bit hard to get but we’ve plenty of the artificial weed flies in stock.”

Pelagic action in the bay has been sensational with mac tuna, long-tail and frigate about in numbers mixing in with salmon and tailor.

“They’re all eating small white bait, and if you want to chase them I suggest you match the hatch with a small metal lure called the Arma Anchovie –a great little metal between 5g and 11g which really matches up to what the fish are feeding on,” he said. “To find the fish, just follow the birds.”

Port Stephens will feature on iFish this Sunday afternoon at 5.30pm, showcasing a bit of black marlin action shot earlier this year.

Title assaultLeigh Stephenson took out the Newcastle District Anglers Association saltwater boat comp held last weekend.

It was Leigh’s second event victory in the NDAA season calendar following on from his victory in the freshwater comp and places his right in the running to take out the season crown.

It was a close-run thing in the saltwater event, with only a small spread of points separating the top five finishers.

Veteran Bob Hodges was runner-up with 269 points, eight behind winner Leigh (277).

“Leigh fished around Moon Island in the afternoon and then into the channel after dark and boated mainly tailor, trevally, bream, flathead and some salmon,” NDAA spokesperson Craig Oaten said.

Craig finished in third place on 264 points, four ahead of Jason Downie (260).

Ladies champion was Mel Warsfield. Bob also claimed the veterans crown while sub-junior champ was Kane Small.

“Although cold, conditions were absolutely pristine,” Craig said.

“What I found was that as soon as the moon went down the fishing shut down too, until the tide changed.

“Most guys fished the lake. Some headed outside in the afternoon, but headed in after dark because it was a bit hairy.”

Notable fish caught included:

Bream: 0.928kg Simon HowardSnapper: 1.286kg Justin StephensonTailor: 1.074kg Jason DownieFlathead: 2.018kg Justin StephensonGroper: 7.45kg Matthew SmallThe next NDAA comp is the Graham Dorse Comp, an open event runningJune 17-18.

“It’s the final event of the season, and heading in I think either Jason Downie, Leigh Stephenson or Bob Hodges are in contention,” Craig said.

Meanwhile, Newcastle will field a full 12-man team at the NSW Anglers Association state titles being held over the long weekend at Hat Head.

Good codJust a little footnote to last week Fish of the Week winner Keith Warren who collected on a big 112cm Murray Cod, caught up at Copeton Dam the week before.

Keith reported that him and his mates Mitch, Nick and Michael fished three days, made over a thousand casts, peppered the area, and that fish was the only one they got.

In typical fisho fashion, Keith’s hooked.

“It’s pretty pristine up there, and next time the temp drops I’m keen to get up there,” he said.

“I hear they tend to bite when the temp drop and goes up.”

Keith’s one fish came just on dusk the day before they left, and he reckons it went hard.

“It had a couple of good runs and bent the net up pretty good too,” he said.