W-League: Canberra United lose Matildas keeper Lydia Williams

Canberra United coach Rae Dower. Photo: Melissa AdamsCanberra United is confident it can cope with the loss of Lydia Williams after the star Matildas keeper’s decision to leave the club.
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Williams has yet to announce her new club, although defending champions Melbourne City are considered favourites to sign the shot-stopper.

Williams helped United to two W-League premierships since joining the team as a foundation player in 2008.

Dower said United would unveil Williams’ replacement later this week and was confident the team could move on.

“One door closes in one respect and another door opens,” Dower said.

“As soon as we were aware that Lydia wasn’t coming back our focus was firmly on somebody to replace her and moving forward with the team.”

Meanwhile, Dower said the formation of the national women’s Australian football league would complement the W-League rather than poach talent.

A number of United players have been linked with AFL women’s teams, including Jenna McCormick and Ellie Brush, as well as the injured Caitlin Munoz, who attended a talent search session with the GWS Giants.

But Dower said the two codes would not compete with each other and the advancement in women’s sport was a “win-win”.

“The seasons only overlap by a couple of games and obviously they’re both endurance-based sports with collisions as well, so if there is the opportunity for the players to do it, and both the organisations want to do it, then it’s a win-win,” she said.

“The more that we can have female athletes become professional athletes and play professional sport throughout longer periods of the year then the higher the profiles of the female athletes will be.

“There is certainly room for us to work together, rather than in competition.”

A number of basketballers have presented as code-hoppers, with Opals star Erin Phillips signing with the Adelaide Crows, as well as Jessica Bibby training with the Giants.

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An unpleasant week set for a soggy record

What has already been a big few weeksof rainfall looks set to get a fair bit worse before themonth closes.
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If the predictions are even close to correct, many central Victorian towns areheading for their wettest Septemberin history.

The Bureau of Meteorologymight have been accused of “crying wolf” last week after some of the follow up rainfalls tothe floods failed to eventuate, but it is not holding back on the predictions for later thisweek.

The bureau is predicting a complex low pressure system will cause heavy rain, severe thunderstorms anddestructive winds.

On Wednesday, rain and thunderstorms will develop, spreading over western parts of Victoria during the afternoon and evening.

The strong westerly change will also bring damaging winds and surge east on Thursday, causing a broad band of rain and thunderstorms to sweep across Victoriabut even behind this the rain will continue.

Weatherzone has gone so far as predicting the weather patterns coming up later this weekto be one of the biggest weather systems we have seen so far this year.

Given this has been a year of some pretty extreme weather, all this talk does not bode well.

For Bendigo this amounts to as much as 60mm of rain over the three-day period from Wednesday to Friday.

Some 520mm of rain has fallen in Bendigo this year.

To put this figure in context, last year 294mm had been recorded to this point, while the long-term average is 384mm.

Even if the predictions don’t quite hit this total, sodden ground is unlikely to absorb any more water and low lying areas where water has pooled will possibly flood all over again.

All in all what this means is be ready for the worst.

Forewarned is to be forearmed and clearing a blocked drain or guttering may make a huge difference when the heavy falls come.

All the other warnings hold more than ever, including resisting the temptation to drive through flood waters.

Far too often during the last big rains we witnessed people taking a chance in floodwaters and getting stuck.

And if all these predictions amount to little, then there is no great loss in the caution.

It may even end with some good news; withthe tail end of the school holidays promisinga patch of sun and even adry grand-final day.

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Curtis Cheng’s widow Selina speaks about his death for the first time

Selina Cheng dabs her eyes as she speaks about her murdered husband. Photo: Nine News Curtis Cheng and his son Alpha (left) was shot dead by a 15-year-old boy outside NSW police headquarters last year. Photo: Supplied
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Mrs Cheng with her children Alpha and Zilvia at her husband’s funeral in October 2015. Photo: James Brickwood

Mrs Cheng said she felt guilt and despair after her husband’s death. Photo: James Brickwood

Flowers outside NSW Police headquarters in 2015, in tribute to Curtis Cheng. Photo: Steven Siewert

Almost a year after her husband was gunned down as he left work, Selina Cheng has spoken publicly for the first time.

Curtis Cheng, 58, a police accountant, was shot from behind as he walked away from NSW Police headquarters in Parramatta on October 2 last year.

Selina Cheng told Nine News on Monday that she felt immense guilt after the tragedy, as her husband had almost left work early that day.

Mr Cheng had offered to take his wife to see the doctor, but in the end she didn’t need to make an appointment.

She could not have known that her husband leaving work at his usual time would put him on a collision course with radicalised 15-year-old Farhad Jabar.

“Was it fate? … I don’t know,” Mrs Cheng said.

“I was so guilty. I was very guilty. I thought I give my husband more time at work. He wanted to look after my health, but he didn’t take off and the tragedy happened.”

In the months following her husband’s death, she constantly questioned why he went to work and didn’t come back.

“I don’t want anyone to suffer like me, as a widow,” she said.

Mrs Cheng said she fell into “total despair” after her husband was killed, and felt that she was living in darkness. Then, as she was supported by police officers, victims’ support groups and friends, a “beam of light” made its way into her life.

“Without those people I don’t think I can be able to walk on,” she said. “I know they will be beside me to continue the journey in life.”

Seconds after her husband was shot dead, his killer was also fatally shot by one of several special constables who were protecting the building.

Mrs Cheng said she has met with the man who shot Jabar, and the pair had “a big hug” and cried together when she said she understood that he wasn’t able to save her husband.

“You saved the rest, you saved more people,” she recalled.

“I remember, I really remember that moment. Both of us just burst into tears.”

As NSW Police plan to rename the Parramatta building where he died after Mr Cheng, Mrs Cheng said her “inspirational” husband will always have an impact on the lives of his family.

The inscription on his grave reads: “Your kindness, gentleness and patience will continue to guide us”.

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Frankston lose VFL licence, players learn via Twitter

Frankston players learnt the bad news on Twitter. Photo: Graham Denholm/AFL MediaFrankston Football Club is all but dead, with the club’s administrators saying that AFL Victoria had terminated the club’s VFL licence on Monday.
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And rather than being informed of the news via head office, Frankston coach Patrick Hill told Fairfax Media that the club’s players and officials had learnt of their fate via a reporter on Twitter.

“I would have liked to have told the players in person,” Hill said on Monday night.

Hill described the news as “tragic”, saying that past players would not be able to have their sons follow in their footsteps.

He also lamented the lost “opportunity for kids in the area”.

He said the club had provided a terrific outlet for the youth of the Mornington Peninsula – a place in which they could avoid drugs and alcohol.

“It was everything you wanted for young kids,” he said.

The Dolphins had been in dire straits after entering administration last month due to major financial problems.

Having entered the competition in 1966, Frankston had struggled on-field for much of the past decade, claiming the wooden spoon in 2015 and 2016.

Frankston’s sole VFA/VFL premiership came in Division 2 in 1978.

AFL Victoria was contacted for comment.

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Kevin Mack elected Albury’s mayor, Amanda Cohn as deputy

NEW TEAM: Kevin Mack as Albury’s mayor and Amanda Cohn as deputy. Picture: MARK JESSERKevin Mack was elected Albury mayor in a 5-4 vote on Monday night, indicating he would likely resign from Wodonga police after more than 35 years of service.
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Cr Mack won the two-year term thanks to his ticket members, John Stuchbery and Murray King, Labor Cr Darren Cameron and Greens Cr Amanda Cohn, who was elected deputy mayor in another 5-4 vote.

Cr Mack denied offering incumbent Cr Cohn the deputypositionfor her vote,and said she had mustered support herself, which included that of Cr King, CrCameron and Cr Stuchbery, whose votes ousted former deputy mayorDavid Thurley.

“I thought David did a wonderful job,Daviddidn’t want that support and essentially Amanda was certainly the one Ifelt (would)best represent the new group,” Cr Mack said.

Cr Cohn is Albury’s youngest deputy mayor in history at 26.

The junior doctor, who also ran as a Greens candidate for Farrer in the federal election, said her appointment“was a huge privilege and a huge opportunity”.

“I feel really honoured to have not only the support of the community as a councillor but the support of my fellow councillors as deputy mayor, and it’s a role that I’ll take really seriously,” she said.

Cr Cohn said she had already made arrangements to now work part-time at Albury Base Hospital to make way for her new role.

“I don’t think you necessarily need experience to be the deputy mayor,” she said.

“Ithink there is certainly a view from the community that we need some fresh ideas and some fresh perspective.”

She listed environmental sustainability,action on climate change, and theinclusion of diverse groups on the Border as priorities.

Cr Mack agreed with Cr Cohn’s partner and running mate Geoff Hudson’s argument that council ought to be more than “roads, rates and rubbish”, citing the NSW government’s rate of cost-shifting.

“Ithink it’s 10 per cent at last count, it’s looking at 20 per cent the next three to four years, that’s to offset the money they need to pay the residentsso there’s more things that we do as a council than people give us credit for,”he said.

But Cr Mack downplayed the notion that Albury council’s relationshipwith the NSW Government was damaged after outgoing mayor Henk van de Ven andAlbury MLAGreg Aplin had publicly lambasted each other over the level of funding allocated to the city.

“There’s no divide –this is just part and parcel of politics,” Cr Mack said.

“I don’t think friendships need to be tarnished because of aspirational ideas.”

Cr van de Ven had gone into the meeting on Monday night with an intention to remain mayor butCr Mack thanked him for leaving Albury council “in good shape”.

After the vote, Cr van de Ven shook Cr Mack’s hand and gave him a pat on the back in congratulation.

The new mayor said addressing a soft employment market and retaining the Lavington pool would be priorities.

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McAlpine tops CYMS’ poll

BUMPER YEAR: Fullback Ben McAlpine was named CYMS’ best and fairest after a typically strong season directing the green and golds from the back. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0522sgleague27Orange CYMS fullback Ben McAlpine rounded out another bumper Group 10 premier league season by being honoured as his club’s premier leaguebest and fairest –again –at last weekend’s gala presentation dinner.
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McAlpine last won the top grade’s top prize in 2013, a year in which he also claimed the club’s most valuable player gong.

The former Group 10 and Group 9 player of the year was monumental at the back for the green and golds and ended as CYMS’leading try-scorer in premier league with14 too.

Naturally, being the side’s goal-kicker, he was the leading point-scorer as well with 196.

In fact, by Group 10’s statistics he kicked all but two of CYMS’ goals this year. Those two were slotted by centre Brock McGarity.

“Ben did have another good year, he was very deserving of that award,” CYMS president Dave Penny said.

“It was a very successful evening, and everyone who won awards was very deserving.

“It was a great way to finish off the season. I don’t like saying it’s a good or bad year, to me there’s either good or fantastic years.

MR RELIABLE: Barnstorming prop Simon Osborne won the award for CYMS’ most consistent player, alongside Jayden Fahey. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0522sgleague22

“A fantastic year would’ve been winning the competition, so with a few minor premierships and the club championship this was definitely another good one.

“We just weren’t good enough on [grand final day] socongratulations to Mudgee and Bathurst Panthers.”

McAlpine also claimed the premier league players’ player awardin a three-way tie with Mitch Davis –who has just signed with CYMS for another two season –and crowd favourite Larsen Marabe.

Ryan Griffin picked up the most improved award, while James Muller was given Mick Sullivan’s coach’s award.

In reserve grade Adam Stanford was named best and fairest while Sam Sweeting and Matt Morris shared players’ player, Ben Penny picked up most improved and Andrew Hopkins won the coach’s award.

Mitch Leonard was CYMS’ best and fairest in under-18s and Jack Bastick won players’ player, Lindsay Thurgate was named most improved and Jayden Fahey was given the coach’s award.

In league tag Bec Ford was best and fairest, Cheynoah Merchant won players’ player, Emily Piper was most improved and Tracee Livingstone won the coach’s award.

CharliKing was presented the clubperson of the year gong.

“She does so much work in the canteen and off the field, without being asked,” Penny said.

Cam Jones picked up the much-coveted COBRA (CYMS Old Boys Recognition Award) while Stanford won The Desi, named after club legend Des Knight and presented to someone who shows passion, loyalty and commitment.

Toby Westcott was named CYMS’ most valuable player, alongside Craig Piper, and also won the junior clubperson of the year. Todd Murphy, expectedly, claimed rookie of the year honours while Simon Osborne and Jayden Fahey shared the most consistent award.

Ken Law won the Des Morrisey president’s award and the league tag team was presented the coach’s award.

MAN CHILD: Todd Murphy was superb in his first season out of under-18s, he won CYMS’ rookie of the year as a result. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0522sgleague28

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Gotthard Base Tunnel: World’s longest passenger tunnel opens in December

It is the world’s longest, deepest traffic tunnel and when it opens officially in December, passenger trains will speed through its 57.1 kilometre length at up to 250km/h, 2.3 kilometres under the Swiss Alps.
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Anyone with an unhealthy interest in tunnels will already know that the new Gotthard Base Tunnel (GBT) in Switzerland actually “opened” on June 1 this year, when the construction company handed over the completed tunnel to the Swiss railway system, ahead of schedule and in a lavish inauguration ceremony that included topless angels, milk floats and 600 actors, two of whom simulated sex while dressed as ibex.

It seems a shame to have missed out on that, but the next best thing was to take advantage of the interim train trips which stop halfway and allow you to get out and walk around the exhibition that’s been mounted in an adjacent service tunnel.

It’s a privilege that only 42,000 people will have claimed when the tunnel finally slots into the regular Swiss train timetable on December 11 and trains will no longer stop unless in an emergency. Some 160,000 Swiss citizens entered a lottery to be one of the 1000 people on the first train to go through the tunnel. Whether regular commuters will still get a sudden blast of the William Tell overture when entering the GBT is anybody’s guess.

The tunnel – actually separate twin tunnels going north and south – was started in 1999 after a referendum in which 64 per cent of the population voted in favour of what was to become Switzerland’s largest ever construction project. It links Erstfeld in the north with Bodio in the south and will cut passenger train times from Zurich to the southern Ticino canton to about 90 minutes.

During the 17-year construction, 28 million tonnes of rock were excavated, four million cubic metres of concrete were poured in, nine of the 1800-strong workforce died in accidents and the final cost topped out at $15 billion.

About 75 per cent of the work was done by a 10-metre diameter tunnel-boring machine, with the other 25 per cent achieved through drilling and blasting. The final breakthrough of the boring machine was shown live on Swiss television.

Before the opening of the first train tunnel through the Alps in 1882 – at the time an astonishing 15 kilometres long – traders from the Romans onwards had to trudge across the Alps via the Gotthard Pass. It was a tough, cold, painstaking business and the route was impassable during winter.

The new tunnel, said Swiss president Simeon Bavier in 1882, was: “A triumph of art and science, a monument to work and diligence. The barrier which divided nations has fallen, the Swiss Alps have been breached. Countries have moved closer to each other, the world market is open.”

Given that the latest tunnel will increase both passenger and heavy freight traffic between northern and southern Europe you’ve got to say that, 134 years later, Bavier is still right on the money.

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Chelsea Macfarlane rides double at Queanbeyan

Chelsea Macfarlane took out the Ritchie Bensley Handicap (1000m) on board Meet Miss Dolly at Queanbeyan on Monday. Photo: Rohan ThomsonChelsea Macfarlane topped the honours at the Queanbeyan Race Club on Monday with wins aboard Meet Miss Dolly and Siandra.
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Macfarlane, 20, has only been racing for a little more than a year but said her development was “moving along quite quickly”.

“I’ll see where I end up. Whether I start looking to head into town and progress that way we’ll see,” she said.

Macfarlane’s win in the last, a benchmark 55 over 900 metres, atop Darren Bailey’s Siandra ($4 favourite) was no surprise, but steering home the rank outsider Meet Miss Dolly ($25.80) in the class 1 Ritchie Bensley Handicap (1000m) was.

“Siandra is one of the better horses we’ve got in at the moment, we’re thinking about sending her in to the city races [Sydney],” said Macfarlane.

Macfarlane said Joe Cleary’s stable altered Meet Miss Dolly’s preparation to try and help her perform.

“She’s been working really well and we’ve been trying a few different things with her and she flew today. We didn’t gallop her as hard as we normally would, so that must have helped.”

The win by a short half-head over Brockton Punch, with Belleedie a further three-quarter lengths back in third, even shocked trainer Cleary.

“A bit of a surprise, to be honest,” he said.

“She’s had picnic form coming into today but she’s had a nice base into today’s race meeting. It’s a tad unexpected but we’ll take it.

“She was nearly out the gate before her last start and we’ve persevered for another run, so she gets a reprieve.”

Cleary said Macfarlane had earned the right to demand more rides.

“I’m very happy for young Chelsea. She rides in all the trackwork, she’s a great kid and she’s been working really hard,” Cleary said.

Meet Miss Dolly was Cleary’s only winner at his home track.

Terry Guymer’s short-priced favourite Only In Red ($1.50) won its maiden over 1460m.

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AFL grand final 2016: Time running out for Aliir Aliir to prove fitness for Sydney Swans

Wednesday is shaping as D-day for Sydney defender Aliir Aliir but even if the youngster misses out on the grand final it may not be enough to give veteran Ted Richards a fairytale finish to his career.
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The Swans’ injured trio of Aliir, Jarrad McVeigh and Callum Mills did not join the main group at training on Monday as planned, which means they have only the club’s main session on Wednesday to prove their fitness.

McVeigh and Mills did what was asked of them on Sunday and took part in handball drills on Monday, as did Aliir, though he did not break into a trot with his knee injury. McVeigh, with 286 games under his belt, is likely to have the most say on his fate but Mills and Aliir will need favourable medical assessments to play.

“He’s [McVeigh] an experienced player, when you’re talking about the younger players compared to the experienced players, the experienced players have got a bit more to draw upon as far as experiences in the bank as to what they can play with and what they can’t,” coach John Longmire said.

“But you know once the ball bounces the adrenaline takes over and you get through. It’s one of those things you need to be able to assess and work out yourself with the help and guidance of coaches who have had experience in it and your medical staff.”

Aliir’s knee injury will affect his ability to change direction and evade tacklers, which has been a feature in the young backman’s game.

“It’s not as bad as it could have been, after the game we were a bit concerned,” Longmire said. “From that perspective it’s good but he’s got a bit to do this week. We’ll see how the week pans out.”

Richards lost his place in the team to Aliir but he will not have drawn much comfort from Longmire’s response when asked if he was a genuine chance for a recall.

“He’s been training, he’s fit, it just depends on what we need,” Longmire said.

Richards was later carried off the track by reserves pair Callum Sinclair and Toby Nankervis, to the cheers of the hundreds of Swans fans at training, but later warned against reading too much into the gesture.

“A few guys going for the record for most chairing someone off. Got chaired off after yoga yesterday,” Richards wrote on Twitter.

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NRL: Canberra Raiders close in on re-signing Jordan Rapana and Edrick Lee

The Canberra Raiders are moving to lock in one of the NRL’s hottest wingers as coach Ricky Stuart looks to keep his current team together until at least 2018.
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Both Jordan Rapana and Edrick Lee are off contract at the end of 2017, but Raiders recruitment manager Peter Mulholland was looking to extend the pair for at least another season.

With back-up hooker Kurt Baptiste on the cusp of re-signing with the club for another two years as well, it would mean almost the entire 17 that ran out against the Melbourne Storm in the preliminary final on Saturday will be with the Green Machine for at least another two seasons.

Mulholland said it was promising signs for the Raiders, who were “12 months ahead” of where they thought they would be at the start of this year.

Their charge to this year’s prelim has been rewarded with five players – Josh Papalii, Shannon Boyd, Joey Leilua, Jarrod Croker and Junior Paulo – added to Mal Meninga’s Kangaroos train-on squad on Monday

Rapana has been brilliant this season and he looks set to make his international debut for New Zealand after he set a new try-scoring record for the Green Machine this year.

His mark of 23 is the highest number of tries in a season in Raiders history, beating the previous best of 22 shared between Noa Nadruku, Brett Mullins and Jason Croker.

“We certainly won’t be moving [Rapana and Lee] on, we’ve already started talks with their managers,” Mulholland said.

“We’ve got a very stable squad until the end of ’18. I’d say that’s what Rick wants to work on.

“He’s done a marvellous job to assemble the squad and we’re probably 12 months ahead of where we thought we might be.

“Full credit to the players, but I think full credit to Ricky for what he’s done with them.”

They’re still waiting to find out if half Sam Williams will accept the deal they’ve offered him.

Williams slotted in seamlessly when either of the Raiders’ first-choice halves pairing of Blake Austin and Aidan Sezer were out injured.

He was named the NSW Cup player of the year as he helped guide the Raiders-affiliated Mounties to the grand final.

“If he decides to leave that’s great, it’ll be for greener pastures for him, but his contract offer is on the table for as long as he wants,” Mulholland said.

“I don’t want to make a rushed decision on it, and [chief executive Don Furner] and Ricky totally agree that it’s there for as long as Sam wants it and that’s out of respect to him, so we’ll see what happens.”

Mulholland expected the versatile Jordan Turner to arrive from England in November – if he doesn’t make the English Four Nations squad.

The 27-year-old can play in the centres, second row or at five-eighth and boosts the Raiders’ depth even further.

“He’s a squad player that will give us enormous depth and a lot of experience with over 200 Super League games,” Mulholland said.

“He’s an able replacement for someone like Brenko Lee, he’s an able replacement for Sam Williams [if he goes], he’s a support player for our edge back row.

“He’s like the other two Englishmen – he’s got a point to prove.”

Canberra have bolstered their front row stocks in signing Canterbury front-rower and Cook Islands international Makahesi Makatoa on a full-time contract, while under-20s prop Daniel Dole will remain with the club.

Back-up fullback Zac Santo has also accepted a one-year deal for next season.

Mounties second-rower Scott Sorensen will also join the full-time squad, while the club has opted to hold on to Mounties centre Brent Naden.

Other under-20s graduates Zeik Foster (halfback), Thomas Cronan (fullback), and Connor Cheeseman (lock) will “do some work with [the NRL squad] full-time and they’ll go back up to Mounties”.

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