AFL news: Abbey Holmes and Keegan Brooksby engaged, Instagram, AFL


AFL player Keegan Brooksby may be out of contract following the 2020 season, but he’s become a big winner this off-season.

The former Gold Coast, West Coast and Hawthorn player got down on one knee and popped the question to former AFLW star turned Channel 7 commentator Abbey Holmes.

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Both Brooksby and Holmes shared the photos of the incredible moment, which took place at Uluru, to their personal Instagram accounts.

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“Perfect moment, perfect person, perfect location,” Brooksby wrote alongside an engagement ring emoji.



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Perth-raised Seven sports presenter Abbey Gelmi starts busy summer of cricket with Women’s Big Bash League


For Seven sports presenter Abbey Gelmi her dream job has turned out even better than she imagined.

The Perth-raised sports commentator, and granddaughter of Olympic legend Herb Elliott, has a busy summer of cricket ahead, starting with the Women’s Big Bash League tomorrow.

“Honestly it’s a dream job it’s something that I grew up dreaming of doing, sometimes when you dream of getting a job and get to that point it’s sometimes not that fun whereas I got there and realised it was cooler than I ever imagined,” Gelmi told AAA.

The sixth season of the WBBL will bring some “normality” to what has been a challenging year for live sport even if it means the Perth Scorchers will play out the tournament in Sydney, according to Gelmi.

And if you haven’t sampled the excitement of a Big Bash game before, why not support the team from home.

“I would say it’s almost the dessert of cricket,” Gelmi said. “I understand if you’re not into cricket particularly then a Test might feel like a bit of a slog.

“Whereas Big Bash, there’s something for everyone. It’s high entertainment, it’s fast paced and just a hell of a lot of fun.”

Whereas Big Bash, there’s something for everyone.

The rising star was forced to hit back at sexist online trolls earlier this year, after praising Fremantle skipper Nat Fyfe.

Some users remarked “lady wants a Fyfe”, forcing Gelmi to retaliate saying “‘Lady’ is a sports journo at the network that made this post AND a Freo supporter. Grow up.”

“It is a very small minority that have that approach to women in sport, thankfully, but occasionally you do need to put people in their place when they say something that’s completely uncalled for,” Gelmi said.

“It’s out of your control what people think but I also think there’s a space where you need to hold your ground.”



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Cr Rowena Abbey re-elected as Yass Valley Mayor | Goulburn Post



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Yass Valley Council has re-elected Cr Rowena Abbey as Mayor and Cr Nathan Furry as Deputy Mayor on September 23. Cr Abbey will continue her eight-year tenure as Mayor for another 12 months following the NSW Government’s decision to postpone council elections until September 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cr Kim Turner also put his hat into the ring for the seat but Cr Abbey won the ballot six votes to Cr Turner’s three. READ MORE: Keep your kids entertained during school holidays Cr Abbey thanked everyone after her re-election and said it has been an honour and privilege to serve as Yass Valley Mayor for the past two terms. “I’m very pleased and proud to be working for this community and to be leading such a supportive, constructive and proactive group of councillors,” she said. “In the next 12 months as Mayor, I hope to see an additional commitment to the Barton Highway; progress on our Civic Precinct and Library redevelopment; upgrade of the Yass Water Treatment Plant; and the opening of the Murrumbateman Pipeline among other projects.” READ ALSO: The rural guide for blockies and hobby-farmers wanting the Australian dream Cr Nathan Furry was re-elected as Deputy Mayor, after being opposed by Cr Jasmin Jones. Cr Furry won the ballot six votes to three. Cr Furry thanked the councillors for “having the the trust” in him. The Deputy Mayor said he looks forward to continuing his “solemn obligation to uphold the standards and expectations of the community.” Did you know the Goulburn Post is now offering breaking news alerts and a weekly email newsletter? Keep up-to-date with all the local news: sign up below.

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Battle of Britain: Flypast and Westminster Abbey service mark 80th anniversary


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Westminster Abbey has held a memorial service marking 80 years since the Battle of Britain, in the venue’s first major event since lockdown.

The battle, fought entirely in the air, was a dramatic turning point in World War Two.

The abbey has held a service of thanksgiving on Battle of Britain Sunday every year since 1944.

A flypast took place after the service, with a Hurricane and three Spitfires flying over central London.

This year’s memorial service had significantly lower attendance and social distancing in place.

Fewer than 100 guests attended the service, which usually attracts about 2,000 people.

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They included Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who gave a reading at the service, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and Marshal of the Royal Air Force Lord Stirrup, representing the Prince of Wales.

Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Mike Wigston, also gave a reading.

Guests wore masks – but those giving readings were allowed to remove them before doing so.

Each chair was placed two metres apart to allow social distancing, with protective plastic screens separating the north and south transepts of the abbey.

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The prime minister removed his mask before giving a reading

In his address, Chaplain in Chief the Venerable Air Vice Marshal John Ellis, honoured NHS staff and key workers in the “fight against an invisible army”, drawing comparisons between the Battle of Britain and the coronavirus pandemic.

He said: “Once again there have been sacrifices made, often quiet, often humble, unnoticed by many.

“Although starkly different events, each of them has two things that are so important for our humanity – service and value. We have seen the selfless giving to a greater cause.”

A statement from the organisers said the service on Sunday morning was “reduced in stature but not in spirit”.

The last major service to take place at the venue was the Commonwealth Day service held on 9 March, two weeks before the UK went into lockdown in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The service, which remembered the 1,497 pilots and aircrew who died, was led by the Dean of Westminster Abbey, Dr David Hoyle.

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Although the battle took place between July and October in 1940, 15 September is Battle of Britain Day – the date of a decisive victory by the RAF.

The RAF defended the skies over southern England, as Hitler’s Luftwaffe flew daily attacks ahead of a planned invasion.

Some 1,120 Luftwaffe aircraft were sent to attack London, but were repelled by 630 RAF fighters – and two days later Hitler postponed his plans to invade Britain.

Commemorations have been limited this year due to coronavirus restrictions, but a variety of tributes took place across the UK, including special exhibitions from the Imperial War Museum.



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