Chris Scott has declared Geelong’s boom off-season recruit Jeremy Cameron ready to play, ahead of the Cats’ tough task against West Coast in round six.
The former GWS forward and 2019 Coleman Medal winner has been battling hamstring injuries since joining the Cats but Scott said it was time to unleash him into the forward 50 in the blue and white hoops.
“Ready to go. He’s in,” Scott said.
“I am also putting a bit of pressure on our medical and conditioning staff. It is about time,” Scott then joked.
Cameron’s arrival would be perfect timing given the Eagles boast one of the strongest aerial defensive units in the competition.
The dual All-Australian would also be a much needed boost for the Cats, who were again not great in their win over bottom-of-the-ladder North Melbourne at GMHBA Stadium on Sunday. The coach had said last week that the club were being deliberately cautious with their new star.
Geelong missed a lot of opportunities and were poor kicking inside 50, but given the amount of possession and chances they had ended up over-running the young North side.
“We were still going OK statistically in the first quarter,” Scott said. “I would like to say we started executing better [but] I don’t think it was that, I think it was the weight of numbers [chances].
“If you looked at the numbers overall you’d be happy … a lot of shots, a lot of inside 50s, a lot of possession, a lot of the numbers looked positive.
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Collingwood has been issued a “please explain” by the AFL after stars Jordan De Goey and Jeremy Howe were spotted with their phones midway through Friday night’s loss to West Coast.
De Goey was seen on TV footage picking up two phones and giving one to Howe
League rules ask that players hand over their phones to a club official before the start of a match
The Magpies lost to the Eagles by 27 points
The injured Magpies pair left the ground and headed for treatment in the change rooms, with De Goey (concussion/broken nose) caught on a TV camera picking up two phones and giving one to Howe (hamstring).
AFL rules bar players from using their phones during matches due to integrity concerns, with only 10 people per club allowed to access them.
Players are expected to hand over their phones to a club compliance officer before the start of each match, with the devices then placed in a secure box.
The AFL confirmed it had requested the club explain the actions of the two players.
Collingwood’s season is on thin ice at 1-4 and it faces a defining match against Essendon on Anzac Day.
Coach Nathan Buckley is keen to continue the Darcy Moore experiment despite the side’s defensive struggles in the 27-point loss in Perth.
Moore was swung into attack in a bid to fix the Magpies’ goalscoring woes, and the All-Australian defender finished with three goals and eight marks from nine disposals.
“It’s not a one-week thing. We need to get a little bit more evidence to see if that’s something sustainable going forward,” Buckley said.
“He looked dangerous at times. It’s going to take him time to get a handle on it.
“The last time he played forward, the game was pretty different. So that’s going to take time. But we needed to change things up, we’re looking to get better.”
Buckley cut a flat and frustrated figure after Friday night’s loss, with the pressure ramping up on the out-of-contract coach to turn the season around.
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The Blues might have applied some cosmetic surgery to the scoreboard in the end, but make no mistake, this game was well and truly over by three-quarter time.
Port Adelaide emphatically won the disposals 400-334 and marks 110-95 while also getting the edge in contested possessions 141-134.
Amazingly, the Blues had 10 more inside 50s (58-48) and four more clearances (36-32), but as has been the case for most of the year for them, they were way too inefficient.
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A damning Federal Court judgment has found their Australian 4WD Hire business systematically lied to customers and used unfair contracts to demand they pay the full costs of repairing or replacing damaged vehicles, even if there was no damage.
Ruling on a lawsuit by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Justice Darren Jackson cancelled those contracts and fined parent company Smart Corporation $870,000 for misleading or deceptive conduct.
But its former controllers — businessman Vitali Roesch and his wife Maryna Kosukhina — have been given 21 days to repay customers $9,500.
If they do not, they “will be liable to imprisonment, sequestration of property or other punishment”, along with anyone who knowingly helps them breach the order.
The couple will also be forced to pay fines of $179,000 and $174,000 each.
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Brody Mihocek had just kicked a goal to keep the Magpies in touch in the Eagles’ 27-point win, when the camera panned to ScoMo sitting between former WA federal minister Mathias Cormann and Eagles chairman Russell Gibbs.
“Nice reception,” Channel 7 commentator James Brayshaw said after hearing the noise.
“You wouldn’t like to be in that job and come to the footy, would you?” added co-commentator Brian Taylor.
Morrison is visiting Western Australia for the first time in 18 months. Since his last visit the WA Liberals suffered a landslide defeat in the state election as Mark McGowan’s Labor government recorded an easy win.
Voters satisfaction with the PM’s performance plunged by a stunning 7 points from 62 per cent to 55 per cent in the space of just two weeks in late March.
Mr Morrison also suffered a four-point plunge as preferred PM. His rating now stands at 52 per cent support as the preferred prime minister, still well in front of Labor leader Anthony Albanese who rose two points to a modest 32 per cent.
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Teenage halfback Sam Walker has put on a performance for the ages to lead the Sydney Roosters to a sensational 26-18 comeback win over Cronulla.
After the Roosters trailed 18-4 with just 19 minutes to play at the SCG, Walker set up two tries and scored one of his own in the space of just seven minutes to leave the Sharks stunned.
In Saturday’s earlier matches, the Melbourne Storm thrashed Canterbury 52-18 and Gold Coast outclassed Newcastle 42-16.
Playing in just his second NRL match at age 18, Walker showed composure well beyond his years.
The result also came with the Roosters forced to play without third-string hooker Freddy Lussick, leaving rookie Benjamin Marschke to deputise for 63 minutes at dummy half.
The Sharks also had their own issues, with Wade Graham suffering his second concussion in the space of 15 days and Josh Dugan also failing a HIA.
The Roosters’ comeback started through Walker’s halves partner Drew Hutchison, who dummied and sliced his way past Chad Townsend with 19 minutes to play.
But even then, a fightback looked unlikely.
A perfectly executed cut-out ball from the halfback allowed Daniel Tupou to cross in the corner with 10 minutes to play.
Fittingly the number seven then levelled the scores himself when he dummied and stepped his way back inside Townsend to cross.
And by the 76th minute the match was wrapped up with a perfect two-man cut-out ball for Brett Morris to score his 11th try of the season.
It came after Walker had also set up the winger with another cut-out ball earlier in the match, helping equal Michael Cleary’s record from 1962 for the most tries inside the first five rounds.
Walker’s brilliance came as a cruel blow to the Sharks and under-pressure coach John Morris, who looked poised to claim their biggest scalp in more than 20 months.
After not beating a top-eight side all last year, they were dominant from the opening set when Toby Rudolf broke down field.
The Sharks looked as if they had made a point to target Walker in defence, scoring their first try when they ran it down the last on his edge and their second when Will Kennedy pushed through him.
But even after Townsend and Jesse Ramien combined to help Jack Williams score and give them a 14-point lead just after the break, it was Walker and the Roosters who had the last laugh.
The Melbourne Storm ran in an astonishing nine tries to beat Canterbury 52-18 and consign the winless Bulldogs to a fifth straight loss to start the season.
A Luke Thompson try in the 22nd minute against the Storm at Stadium Australia finally ended a painful 265-minute wait for Bulldogs fans to have something to cheer about in what has been a harrowing start to the year.
Should North Queensland upset the Wests Tigers and join first-time winners Manly on Sunday, the Bulldogs will be the only side yet to win so far this season.
Their 0-5 win-loss start is the club’s worst since 1964.
Canterbury’s sorry defence in front of a crowd of 5,104 spectators overshadowed the ruthlessness of the Storm, who produced their biggest score of the season.
Craig Bellamy’s men were racing the clock inside the opening 18 minutes, with Felise Kaufusi, Jahrome Hughes and Christian Welch all scoring in easy fashion.
Thompson’s four-pointer for the Bulldogs was a mere blip, as Tui Kamikamica and George Jennings ensured the Storm led by four tries at half-time.
A cricket score loomed when Ryan Papenhuyzen remarkably chased down a Jennings kick early in the season period, only for Bulldogs youngster Jake Averillo to showcase a glimpse of his future.
The 20-year-old scored a try, laid on another, and nailed a 40-20 in the space of an eye-catching 11-minutes.
But it only served to wake up the visitors, who cracked the half-century through tries to Justin Olam, Josh Addo-Carr and Nicho Hynes.
The return of Kalyn Ponga was not enough to stop a David Fifita-inspired Gold Coast romping to a 42-16 win over a depleted Newcastle in Robina.
To be fair to Ponga, it is unlikely anyone would have made much of a difference against a rampant Titans outfit who ran in eight tries to three, including a first career hat-trick for Fifita.
Plenty of eyes may have been on Knights star Ponga in his first match of 2021 after the ex-Queensland fullback was welcomed back from off-season shoulder surgery.
But it was Fifita who stole the show as the Titans claimed their third win in five matches to pile on more misery for the injury-hit Knights.
Ponga’s return had been welcome good news for Newcastle, who had lost 10 of their top-29 squad to injury or suspension in the first four rounds.
But there was more pain to come for the visitors, who lost try-scoring lock Chris Randall (shoulder) in the 19th minute.
For the Titans, pivot Ash Taylor (broken hand) returned to combine with number seven Jamal Fogarty who showed no signs of a corked thigh suffered last round as the hosts ran amok, with Corey Thompson and Patrick Herbert both bagging doubles.
But the hosts did not emerge unscathed, losing winger Phillip Sami (concussion) in a seventh-minute tackle that resulted in Tyson Frizell being placed on report.
Fifita crossed for his first try in the 22nd minute when he left Frizell in his wake.
He again broke through the Knights defence to crash over in the 32nd and 52nd minutes.
It marked Gold Coast’s sixth straight win over Newcastle, who has not tasted victory on the tourist strip since 2015.
Not much went right for the Knights, with Enari Tuala appearing to cross in the 47th minute after a Ponga bust to potentially cut the deficit to 26-18, only for it to be disallowed when replays showed he had been held up by Brian Kelly.
The signs were ominous from the outset for the visitors, after Ponga started the match by kicking the ball out on the full.
Little else went to plan for the Knights as Gold Coast made them pay, jumping to a 12-0 lead inside the opening 10 minutes and leading 26-6 by the 32nd minute.
Gold Coast flyer Herbert was sin-binned shortly before half-time for a professional foul before Newcastle’s Starford Toa crashed over moments later, cutting the deficit at the break to 26-12.
But the Titans piled on another three tries in the second half, including a remarkable length-of-the-field effort scored by Herbert after an AJ Brimson bust off a kick re-start.
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Under fire Collingwood were left to count the cost on multiple fronts after a second-quarter masterclass from Jack Darling helped guide West Coast to a 27-point AFL victory at Perth Stadium.
Darling was unstoppable during the second quarter, booting three goals from strong marks and another major after catching speedy defender Isaac Quaynor holding the ball.
It helped propel West Coast to a 12-point lead by half-time, and they put Collingwood to the sword in the third quarter to run away with the 16.7 (103) to 11.10 (76) win in front of 54,159 fans — the biggest at an AFL game since the 2019 grand final, before the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Darling finished with 5.1 from 15 disposals, while Oscar Allen was also critical with five goals and four contested marks in arguably his best game at AFL level.
Midfielder Dom Sheed iced the game late in the third quarter with three goals in the space of two minutes.
The Magpies led by 15 points after an impressive opening term on Friday night, but the loss of star duo Jordan De Goey and Jeremy Howe to injury proved costly.
De Goey was subbed out of the game after copping an accidental hip to the face from Eagles midfielder Tim Kelly in the first quarter.
Blood streamed out of De Goey’s nose as he was assisted off the ground, with the extent of the facial injuries yet to be revealed.
Howe appears set for a sizeable stint on the sidelines after injuring his right hamstring in a marking contest during the second term.
The 30-year-old immediately grabbed on the upper part of his right hamstring after landing, and he could barely bend his leg as he was helped off the ground.
Buckley rolled the dice by sending defender Darcy Moore into attack, and the All-Australian finished with three goals and eight marks from nine disposals.
Moore had four disposals and a goal in the opening term, but his next possession didn’t come until the 10-minute mark of the fourth quarter when he booted his second goal.
The injuries to De Goey and Howe come at a bad time for the Magpies, who are now 1-4 and are also without star midfielder Taylor Adams for at least another nine weeks.
West Coast suffered their own major blow during the week when Liam Ryan was cut down by a stress reaction in his shin that could sideline him for up to eight weeks.
Defender Tom Cole suffered a horrific clash of heads with teammate Josh Rotham late in Friday’s match and will be assessed for concussion.
Collingwood bucked the odds to beat West Coast by one point in last year’s elimination final in Perth, and their spirited opening quarter would have given their fans optimism of a repeat result.
Ruckman Brodie Grundy drifted forward to boot two goals from two strong marks, while Moore added one himself to give the Magpies the momentum.
But the game turned dramatically from that point on courtesy of Darling’s second-quarter rampage.
And with Allen also plucking a series of strong grabs, Collingwood’s defence wilted.
The margin blew out to 41 points at the final change, with a three-goal fightback from Collingwood early in the last quarter proving too little, too late.
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Police open crime scene at Gold Coast home following a suspicious death. Credit: Greg Stolz
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It’s normal to want to feel good and you’ll feel great if you make time to join in some sessions with one of our local clubs. Running is often viewed as a solo sport but you’re missing out if you always hit the road by yourself.
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The man accused of murdering a wealthy Gold Coast inventor almost three decades ago allegedly admitted to killing him, but his lawyer has told a Brisbane court it could have been “an inside job”.
Philip Stearman, 53, was extradited from Tasmania to Queensland last year and charged with the 1992 murder of Hugo Benscher.
The 89-year-old’s body was found by a friend, bound and gagged on the floor of his Paradise Point canal-front home with serious head injuries.
Mr Benscher, who immigrated from Hamburg to Australia in 1948, invented an inflatable ball bladder used in sporting equipment.
For most of his life he had lived in Sydney but moved to Queensland after his wife died, six years before his death.
Police have previously alleged Mr Stearman, who was living on the Gold Coast at the time, had been involved in a botched robbery of Mr Benscher’s home.
In the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Thursday, Mr Stearman’s lawyer Timothy Ryan made an application to cross-examine, at an upcoming committal hearing, more than a dozen people who had provided statements to police.
The prosecution told the court that some witnesses — including a police officer, separate persons of interest from the time, and Mr Benscher’s son — did not need to testify in person, arguing the defence’s reasoning for calling them was “irrelevant”.
Mr Ryan told the court it was important to test the reliability of the witnesses’ evidence, as the prosecution’s case against Mr Stearman was circumstantial and there was “no forensic evidence at all” linking him to the crime.
“He is alleged to have made admissions to persons who were close to him at that time.
“The issue of the identity of the offender or offenders has always been, and remains, the primary issue in this entire case.”
Mr Ryan said investigations over the years had identified several “key suspects” who had been ruled out, including the friend who found Mr Benscher and other people involved in break-ins in the area at the time.
“A number of different people came under suspicion,” Mr Ryan said.
He told the court that the widow of the friend who found the body should be subject to cross-examination.
Mr Ryan said he believed there was evidence the murder was “an inside job”.
“The persons who committed this crime must have had some idea of what they were looking for,” he said.
The court heard a police officer had also provided a statement to detectives, saying he had responded to a disturbance involving the friend at Mr Benscher’s house one month before his death.
Mr Ryan argued the police officer should be cross-examined, but crown prosecutor David Finch argued questioning the friend’s widow or the officer about that incident would be pointless, as their disagreement had been cleared up in the statement.
“Certainly they had their issues and spats from time to time, but generally it was good.”
Magistrate Belinda Merrin allowed the application and granted leave for nine of the contested witnesses to be cross-examined.
“I am satisfied that there are substantial reasons, in the interest of justice, to permit the cross-examination,” she said.
The committal hearing is set for August.
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