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No danger: Cats star breaks Brownlow record

Patrick Dangerfield gives his Brownlow Medal a kiss. Photo: Quinn RooneyPatrick Dangerfield may remain “bitter” at having been denied the team success he had craved but the Geelong superstar was on Monday night crowned the AFL’s best player.
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Dangerfield, 26, polled 35 votes in the Brownlow Medal count at Crown Palladium to claim the league’s highest individual honour, breaking Dane Swan’s all-time record of 34 votes.

The All Australian raced away from Sydney’s Luke Parker (26), Richmond’s Dustin Martin (25) and Adelaide’s Rory Sloane (24). The dynamic Crows midfielder had been ineligible to win because of his controversial one-match ban for striking Port Adelaide’s Brad Ebert in round 22.

While his season had ended earlier than he had hoped, when the Cats were thumped by the Swans in a preliminary final last Friday, Dangerfield could take solace from earning the prestigious award in his first year with his new club.

“It was a weekend of real disappointment because our team has played some wonderful footy this season and, unfortunately, when we really needed to produce it, we weren’t able to do it,” he said.

“It just feels we had unfinished business in the season. So, there is all that disappointment still thereand is for our players. I suppose it was easier tonotfocus on tonight because quite a few of us are still very bitter with how it ended on Friday.”

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The victory capped a stellar year for the former Adelaide Crow, who had already collected a swag of awards, including being named the most valuableplayer by the AFL Players Association and the AFL Coaches Association, and all major media awards, including those of The AgeandHerald Sun.

The shortest-priced Brownlow favourite in history,Dangerfieldclaimed a best-on-ground in round one against Hawthorn with 43 disposals, while skipper Joel Selwood was given two votes.

In a year when the Cats finished second on the ladder and enjoyed 17wins,Dangerfield, yet to taste premiership joy,and Selwood were the chief architects.

Dangerfieldsaid Selwood had been “an inspiration” to him.

“It has been a great year. I have been so lucky at what is an incredible football club in Geelong,” he said.

“There are so many stories to this football club to why it’s great. I feel privileged.”

Dangerfield became the seventh Cat to claim the honour, the last being Gary Ablett junior in 2009. He said he hadn’t comprehended the magnitude of what potentially lay ahead until the count paused to hear four retired Cats discuss their former teammate Paul Couch, the 1989 Brownlow Medallist who died this year.

“It didn’t hit me until halfway through the night when the scenes of Paul Couch and the older Geelong players talking about him, and then you think of the past players to have won the medal and realise what it actually means,” he said.

“It’s the oldest award the AFL has. My mind is racing now as is my heart. It’s hard to articulate it properly but it’s certainly something that I will look back on with great pride.”

Having finished sixth, fifth and fifth in the Brownlow count in the past three years, Dangerfield elevated his game this year, averaging 31.7 disposals and booting 24 goals.

His dominance either as an inside midfielder or providing outside run and carry, while also being a goal-kicking threat when sent forward, ensured he was regularly in the play. He also thanked the Crows for his eight years there.

“I am sure there will be plenty of bitter Adelaide supporters but I had a wonderful time in Adelaide, wonderful people, such a community-centred football club and I learnt so much. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without having spent time there and I still have so many mates (there),” he said, pointing to former teammate Eddie Betts who had snuck into the press conference.

​Dangerfield’s strong start to the count continued with a best-on-ground in round three, but it was Parker, with 10 votes, and Gold Coast midfielder Aaron Hall (nine), who would enjoy the lead after five rounds. Parker, another favourite, had claimed the maximum six votes from the opening two rounds.

Dangerfield would follow up with another best on ground, against the Suns in round six. So would Parker who, with 13 votes after six rounds, had the most votes ever to that point of a Brownlow count.

Dangerfield would have another three votes, against West Coast in round seven, but Parker, who said through the count he surprised himself by his strong start, regained the lead after round nine. Come the end round 12, Dangerfield had leapt back into top spot, Parker was second, Swans midfielder Dan Hannebery third, while Martin had enjoyed three best on grounds in the previous four matches, having begun the count sluggishly.

Emerging Western Bulldog Marcus Bontempelli had also begun to find the eye of umpires.

Martin’s run gained pace with three votes against Brisbane in round 14 but when Parker polled two in a loss to the Bulldogs at the SCG, he and Dangerfield were knotted.

Dangerfield then broke away, with best on grounds in rounds 17 and 19, while Parker was voteless and could only watch as teammates attracted the votes he needed.

That changed in rounds 20 and 21 with successive best on grounds, while Dangerfield could only muster the one vote in that period. Bontempelli also enjoyed a maximum six votes, kick starting his comeback.

With three rounds remaining, Martin, seven votes off the lead, said he didn’t give himself any chance of winning. He would poll another best on ground but Dangerfield secured the medal with six votes in the final three rounds. He had the medal won before the count of the final round.

LEADERBOARDPatrickDangerfield(Geel) 35

Luke Parker (Syd) 26

DustinMartin (Rich) 25

*Rory Sloane (Adel) 24

Andrew Gaff (WC) 21

DanHannebery(Syd) 21

Adam Treloar (Coll) 21

MarcusBontempelli(WB) 20

Lachie Neale (Frem) 20

Robbie Gray (Port) 19

NickRiewoldt(StK) 19

ZachMerrett(Ess) 19


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South Coast Morning Wrap | Monday, Tuesday September 27, 2016

Good morning here’s your headlines from around regional Australia and beyond. Scroll down and refresh for weather, road reports and more.
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Roads and Rail:All roads are clear and the South Coast rail line is running smoothly.

Weather:Need anational newssnapshot first thing – well, we have you covered.

Before we get into the serious stuff (although some would argue this very much is), let’s have a look at the red carpet arrivals at the 2016 Brownlow Medal last night. Check out all the photos here.

RegionalNEWCASTLE:A random act of kindness from a Newcastle-based bloke has won a host of admirers on social media.Read more.

BENDIGO:A THIRD housemate has been charged with the murder of Kangaroo Flat woman Samantha Kelly.Read more.

ALBURY:An Albury manhasadmitted he almost tossed away his division one winning TattsLotto ticket, which netted him more than $684,000 inthe weekend’s TattsLotto draw.Read more.

TAMWORTH: POLICE allege a man who wielded a shortened shotgun at patrons in a pub usedthe firearm two days before the bizarre incident near Gunnedah.Read more.

TASMANIA:A MAN has died in a single-vehicle crash at Forthside on Monday night.Read more.

BALLARAT:Western Bulldogsruckman Jordan Roughead has shown positive signs in his recovery following a freak eye injury suffered in the club’s historic victory over the Giants.Read more.

BALLINA:A great white shark was seen off Lighthouse Beach in Ballina, on the NSW North Coast, a short time after a teenage boy was bitten on the leg while surfing, police say.Read more.

FORBES:Floodwaters have peaked in Forbes, but residents have been warned that more wet weather forecast for later in the week could cause river levels to rise again.Read more.

DENILIQUIN:Securing Keith Urban as the headline act was a “dream come true” for theDeni Ute Musterteam.Read more.

MT ISA:THE 25-YEAR-OLD man alleged to have tried to stranglea police officer at the Mount Isa Races on Saturday has not applied for bail.Read more.

National news

Australia has lost in its claim that an international commission has no jurisdiction to hear a complaint by East Timor in the bitter dispute over undersea oil and gas riches. Read more.

Three federal politicians are calling on whistleblowers to send them poker machine industry secrets with a promise they will be made public using parliamentary privilege. Read more.

High-level talks between the Turnbull government and the opposition on the same-sex marriage plebiscite have achieved nothing but animosity, with both sides blaming each other for a failure to compromise. Read more.

National weather radarInternational newsUNITED STATES:An active shooter in Houston may have injured at least six people Monday morning before being shot by police, authorities said. Read more.

INDONESIA: The boyfriend of Byron Bay woman Sara Connor has “come up with the courage” to apologise to the family of a police officer found dead on Kuta beach. Read more.

PHILIPPINES:A seven-monthspregnant mother of two has told how a masked assassin accompanied by police shot dead her husbandthey mistook for a pusher in president Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly anti-drugs crackdown across the Philippines. Read more.

On this day1066 – William the Conqueror’s troops set sail for England

1290 – Earthquake in Gulf of Chili China, reportedly kills 100,000

1540 –Society of Jesus (Jesuits) founded by Ignatius Loyola comfirmed by Pope Paul III in Rome

1779 – John Adamsnegotiates Revolutionary War peace terms with Britain

1821 – Mexican Empire declares its independence; Mexican revolutionary forces occupy Mexico City as Spanish withdraw

1822 -French scholar Jean-François Champollion announces that he has deciphered the Rosetta stone

1905 – The physics journal Annalen der Physik publishesAlbert Einstein’s paper “Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?”, introducing the equation E=mc².

Facts supplied:onthisday南京夜网

The faces of Australia:“Bulldog Ray” NevilleRight now, “Bulldog Ray” Neville is in Swans territory.

This was not how he had dreamed of spending an AFLgrand final week, before his beloved Western Bulldogs’ ‘big dance’, but he knows it will be an experience.

Read hisstory.

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Sharks’ $1.5m windfall

Great support: Lyall Gorman says NRL officials were surprised and delighted by the turnout of Sharks supporters and the atmosphere they created. Picture: Getty ImagesThe Sharks could receive a boost of up to$1.5 million from Sunday’s grand final.
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However, chief executive Lyall Gorman said there were more important benefits that could not be measured in dollars.

Club benefits: Lyall Gorman says the club is back to where it should be in the upper echelon of sporting organisations in Australia,Picture: John Veage

“The grand finalsees our community standing as one and our club beingback to where it should be in the upper echelon of sporting organisations in Australia,” he said.

“It’s about where our club is, where it’s heading, andbeinga benchmark NRL club.”

The financial boost, which Mr Gorman said would be“in the range of $1 million to $1.5 million” will come from NRL prize money, bonuses in some corporate partnerships, merchandise sales and leagues clubtrading.

The grand final winner receives $400,000, and the runner-up, $200,000.

Clubs also receive corporate hospitality and cash incentives for achieving gate and attendance targets.

Mr Gorman said the club had been taking in $100,000 a day in merchandise sales since qualifying for the grand final.

He said said the grand final meant different things for the club’s stakeholders.

“For our footballers, it is the ultimate goal, an incrediblemoment to get to a grand final and especially to win one,” he said.

“There isstill a job to do, but come Sunday they will be very ready.

“From our community perspective we have not been in a real grand final since 1979.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for our community to celebrate itscharacter, its football team, it’s pride, passion and parochialism.

“For our club, our members, corporate sponsors, our board that have worked so hard to reshape our club on the back of some challenges a few years ago, it is also a great achievement.”

Mr Gorman said the support shown by Sharks supporters at the preliminary final had surprised and delighted NRL officials.

“Everyone was excited by Friday night…35,000 people, a sea of blue,a cacophony of noise, a wonderful atmosphere,” he said.

Mr Gorman said NRL officials hadadvised him the grand final was on track for a sellout, “and a very largepercentage will be our members, our community”.

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Up to 100 million expected to watch Clinton’s first head-to-head with Trump

1. Debate night is here
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It’s on at 11am AEST and you don’t have go any further than the Sydney Morning Herald or your Fairfax website for the liveblog and broadcast. (It’s on at 2am in London and yes, I’ll definitely be staying up/getting up so join me on Twitter @latikambourke)

It’s a 90-minute affair and the first time we see Clinton and Trump on-stage, face-to-face.  [Five things to watch] Up to 100 million people are expected to tune in in the US alone across a range of networks and streaming platforms.

There’s a huge gulf in the expectations on the candidates going in to the debate, with no doubt the “heat is on Hillary”.

“She will have to answer every single question flawlessly, exude gravitas…not cough, wear an acceptable pantsuit, smile enough, be likeable, not laugh and have a good hair day. Donald Trump will just have to show up,'” an Ohio Democrat told reporter Steven Shepard. [Politico]

Guests lists are out. Trump has invited a survivor of the attack on the US Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, which Republicans blame Clinton for, and a Gold Star mother – an apparent admission that his attack on a Muslim Gold star family who appeared at the Democratic convention cost him.

Clinton’s asked along a 9/11 survivor, a domestic violence survivor, a woman with cerebral palsy who has long worked with Clinton, and a pen pal of Clinton’s during her time as First Lady. [The Hill]

Trump excelled in the crowded Republican debates. Photo: Bloomberg

How Trump and Clinton deal with each other is going to be fascinating. We know Clinton’s style, having participated in numerous debates against Obama and Bernie Sanders. Trump really shot to prominence in the Republican primary debates but has no experience in a one-on-one with a single political rival.

Their temperament will be more closely watched than in any other debate. And there are predictions this will be the most watched political event, ever. [The Economist]

Trump has already attacked the moderator for being a Democrat, even though he’s a registered Republican. [Josphine Tovey/Fairfax]

Meanwhile, Donald Trump in office would be constrained by the US political system, writes Conservative Australian Senator Cory Bernadi who is on a study tour to the United Nations. [News Corp]  2. Aus politics

Education minister Simon Birmingham. Photo: Q&A

Newspoll: Coalition’s primary is below 40 per cent. This is for the first time under Malcolm ­Turnbull’s prime ministership and lower then what it was when Turnbull cited Abbott’s performance in the polls as a key reason for knifing him. [Philip Hudson/The Australian]

Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham says some private schools are “over-funded” by the Commonwealth and could lose some funding if there is agreement with the states and territories. [Georgina Mitchell/Fairfax]

Labor has signalled the direction of at least some its punches ahead of next week’s inquiry featuring the CEOs of Australia’s big banks. MP Pat Conroy will demand to know why Australian banks’ profits are so high – boosted by higher returns on equities compared with other countries. [Joanna Mather/Financial Review]

Cabinet is set to consider a compromise/backdown on another of Joe Hockey’s budget savings measures – a plan to make foreign holiday workers pay more tax aka “The Backpacker Tax.” [Michelle Grattan/The Conversation]

Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Bill Shorten has fallen out of the mainstream if he really can’t understand why 49 per cent of Australians support banning Muslim immigration, writes former Labor leader Mark Latham. [Daily Telegraph]

Three cross benchers are urging anyone in the pokie industry to leak to them so they can reveal the information in parliament under privilege. Senator Nick Xenophon says he’s already received a USB with data from a pokie machine. [James Thomas/ABC]

The Permanent Court of Arbitration has agreed take up the long-running dispute between East Timor and Australia over disputed territory rich in oil and gas. The decision to hear the case is against Australia’s position. [ABC]  3. Disney to buy Twitter?

Imagine a world where Disney owns a major live-news distribution service in an increasingly streaming-orientated world.

Disney is evaluating a bid for Twitter, reports Bloomberg. [Read]  4. Labour’s civil war continues

Jeremy Corbyn. Photo: Getty Images

The Labour party’s defence spokesman Clive Lewis has launched a blistering attack on leader Jeremy Corbyn’s disarmament position on nuclear weapons.

Earlier Corbyn’s spin-man Seamus Milne doctored Lewis’s autocue to remove a reference to nuclear weapons, just minutes before Lewis began his address to the party conference underway in Liverpool. [Politico EU]

The other big story of the conference on Monday was Shadow Treasurer John McDonnell’s pledge to raise the minimum wage. [BBC]

“We’ll charge a new Living Wage Review Body with the task of setting it at the level needed for a decent life. Independent forecasts suggest that this will be over £10 (about $17) per hour,” he said.

The minimum wage in the UK is currently £7.20 ($12.20) and is set to rise to £9 ($15.30) by 2020 under April’s New Living Wage.

Australia’s minimum wage, which is set by the independent Fair Work Commission” is currently $17.70 per hour.  5. Russia rejects criticism over Syria

Russia has hit back at Britain and the United States, who both accused Moscow of war crimes over the bombing of a UN aid convoy last week. Russia says the tone and rhetoric is “unacceptable” and might damage efforts aimed at ending Syria’s five-year civil war.  [BBC]

A Russian news agency is carrying comments by the German Foreign Minister Martin Schaefer saying a long-term no-fly zone over Syria is impossible. [Tass]

Australia is calling for the US and Russia to consider leaving Syria altogether.  [Primrose Riordan/Financial Review]  6. A Cat wins a Brownlow

Patrick Dangerfield of the Cats poses after winning the 2016 Brownlow Medal. Photo: Quinn Rooney

A 26-year man named Patrick Dangerfield, who is also known as a “cat” won a very important medal called “The Brownlow” for playing with a football. [Jon Pierik/The Age]

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