SA opens border to NZ; One new COVID-19 case in Victoria, no deaths; Hundreds at risk of HIV after VIC hotel testing blunder; Homicide investigation launched after woman’s body found in driveway; Electronic wristbands flagged for returned travellers; Operation to evacuate infected crew from livestock ship off WA coast begins

Eleven international fisherman who flew into New Zealand have tested positive for coronavirus, in a development described as a “major outbreak”.

Stuff has previously reported about 440 fishermen from Russia and Ukraine were due to arrive in NZ on two flights chartered by Kiwi fishing companies.

More than 200 of the foreign workers landed late last week and have been quarantining in a hotel in Christchurch, the location of the outbreak.

The cases were detected as part of routine testing.

New Zealand is currently closed to all non-New Zealand citizens.

But the waiver for the fishermen was granted as New Zealand’s fishing fleets cannot operate without foreign workers.

A source close to the hotel told Stuff it was a “major outbreak”.

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The Fox & Hounds Country Inn – Good Food Gold Coast

Where can you find the Queen and her corgis, pork pie made by the Queen’s baker and the Tardis, all in the one place?

In the foothills of Mt Tamborine, just a 20-minute drive from the Gold Coast and 45 minutes from Brisbane, lies a piece of Mother England, Australia’s only authentic English pub, the Fox and Hounds Country Inn. It’s a haven of all things British.

The old Sussex Arms in Tunbridge Wells, which dated from the 18th century, was dismantled, shipped over from England and its interior reconstructed in Wongawallan, opening as the Fox & Hounds in 2007.

The Fox and Hounds is a must for royalty lovers, football fans and Dr Who followers. From the red telephone box and London bus parked outside to an interior filled with an eclectic (and some would say bizarre) mix of antiques and paraphernalia, there’s something to catch the eye at every turn.

Dr Who hasn’t arrived yet, although the Tardis has plonked itself down near the front door. Still, there is plenty of evidence that we’re on a Dr Who set, including an Ood who watches over the bar. ‘Curiouser and curiouser!’

The pub has four themed rooms: British and Irish (with its own resident leprechaun) on either side of the front door, as well as Tudor and Scottish. Three of the rooms have their own bars, making group bookings easy. We are there for lunch, however we note that the pub often hosts special events such as Murder Mystery dinners, dancing, and special British celebrations on other occasions.

We dine in the British room, seated under the watchful eye of Queen Victoria, who gazes imperiously around the room. There is a stuffed stoat on the fireplace mantelpiece, palace guards making sure our behaviour is civil, and football scarves hanging from the ceiling, most of which have been donated to the pub, we are told.

It’s quite an extensive menu of British favourites, including cold standbys such as a Ploughman’s Platter for two, and a Pork Pie served cold with accompaniments of cheese, English mustard, pickled onions, gherkins and piccalilli. The pork pies are the real thing, made by Tony Wensley, former Bakery Manager of one of the oldest and most prestigious bakeries in Melton Mowbray, England, the renowned ‘Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe’, which regularly serves royalty, including the Queen.

Other traditional fare on the menu includes Toad in the Hole, Pig in a Blanket, Bangers and Mash, Lamb’s Fry, weekend roasts and Giant Yorkshire Pudding on Sunday afternoons.

Choosing safe, we order two ‘crowd favourite’ dishes from the menu: Beef and Guinness Pie and Pork Ribs with chips.

The home-cooked food more than meets our expectations. The hugely generous Beef and Guinness Pie is served in a charming ‘Simple Simon’ pie dish, the crestfallen face of the child visible in the crockery dish.

“Oh no, she stole my hat,” you can imagine him saying.

Of course, I did! I whip the pastry off, as crispy as it is, taking only a bite because the pie filling is steaming and scrumptious, made rich by the Guinness, the slow-cooked cubes of beef tender and juicy with a tasty sauce that I mop up with forkfuls of mash.

Likewise, the ribs are smothered in sauce and packed with flavour. They fall off the bone at the touch of the fork. It’s a hearty meal, the rack of ribs accompanied by excellent beer-battered chips and coleslaw.

Any doubt about British food is long gone. This is ‘fine fayre’ indeed!

No room left for the Sticky Date Pudding, though. That will have to wait for a return visit.

With an extensive range of British and Irish beers and ciders available on tap or by the bottle, The Fox and Hounds brings us bucketloads of nostalgia, all only a short drive away from home. Pop in for a Greene King IPA, an Old Speckled Hen or a London Pride at the British bar, a Kilkenny or Guinness from the Irish bar. This cosy pub will soon become your British home away from home.

As the sign on the front door says,

“May your troubles be less, your blessings be more,

and nothing but happiness come through your door.”

It certainly feels this way at the Fox and Hounds.

Fox & Hounds, 7 Elevation Dr, Wongawallan Ph: 07 5665 7582

Kitchen open Mon-Thurs: 11am – 3pm; 5pm – 9pm, Fri-Sun: 11am – 9pm

NOTE: Good Food Gold Coast dined as a guest of Destination Gold Coast.

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AFL 2020: Season reviews, team grades 2020, every team’s grade, finals, premiership window, West Coast Eagles, Western Bulldogs

An 18-team race became an eight-team near the start of October. Now, only two remain.

With 16 sides out of the premiership race, six of them will be pondering how to turn a finals finish into something even better in 2021.

How did this year’s finalists fare? We’ve done our best to recap below.

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Melbourne Vixens defeat West Coast Fever

Melbourne Vixens have claimed an emotion-charged victory in the Super Netball decider, withstanding a last-quarter fightback from West Coast Fever to triumph 66-64.

The two-goal victory was a perfect send off for Australian netball great Caitlin Thwaites and Tegan Philip, who had announced they would retire at the end of the campaign.

The Vixens survived a thrilling finish to clinch their maiden crown at Brisbane’s Nissan Arena.

With the Fever in possession and trailing by one with a minute remaining, Vixens defenders Jo Weston and Emily Mannix pulled down a massive rebound after goal attack Alice Teague-Neeld missed a shot.

They held possession until the final seconds when grand final MVP Mwai Kumwenda slotted her 47th goal of the match to seal an emotional win.

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With senior players Thwaites and Philip retiring and the team dedicating the win to the people of Victoria in their COVID-enforced lockdown, there was plenty of emotion for the Vixens, who won their first premiership since the Trans-Tasman trophy of 2014 and their first Super Netball title.

Thwaites finished with 16 points, including three super shots and was thrilled after the win.

“I don’t even think it’s sunk in yet but holy crap, that was right down to the wire,” an emotional Thwaites said after the win.

“But we’d played out all those scenarios, we knew exactly what to do. I’m just so proud to be a part of this club.

“We really hope that you guys back home (in Victoria), we’ve brought some light to you guys, we know it’s been really, really hard had for you and we can’t wait to get home.

“We’re giving you all a big hug.”

The match was played in front of 2061 fans, who were heavily supporting the Vixens.

Coach Simone McKinnis said: “I feel relieved and I feel exhilarated and I feel everything in between.”

“The Fever were outstanding all game.

“It’s been one of the toughest seasons in every way possible and I knew that we wanted to be the toughest competitors in this competition.

“I’m super proud of the Vixens, I’m super proud of anyone who supported us along the way and I hope it’s been the start of a couple of grand final wins for Victoria over the next couple of weeks.”

The match was a clash between the best attacking team, in the Fever, and the best defensive outfit, the Vixens.

The Vixens’ full-court defensive press did not pay immediate dividends but wore down the Fever players, who started to turn over some ball late in the match as the tide turned.

In a huge pre-match boost for the Vixens, Kate Eddy was named in the starting seven after overcoming a foot injury that kept her out of the semi-final.

The wing defence was outstanding, lasting until the final minutes of the match in an effort that helped her team seal the match.

The Fever led by a single goal at quarter-time and again at the long break after reining in a Vixens lead.

The Vixens took a three-goal lead to the final break though after winning the term 18-14 but they unable to break away totally, the Fever drawing level again early in the final period before the match came down to the wire.

The best goal shooter in the world, the Fever’s Jhaniele Fowler headed into the match averaging almost 57 goals per game and was the focus of the Fever attack, finishing with 56 goals on Sunday.

But it was the Vixens’ Malawian shooter Kumwenda, a star in her own right and had an outstanding game against Fever captain and goalkeeper Courtney Bruce.

Kumwenda finished with 47 goals, fed brilliantly by her midcourters Liz Watson and Kate Maloney, the Vixens co-captains who later hoisted the Super Netball trophy.

MELBOURNE VIXENS 66 (Kumwenda 47, Thwaites 16, Philip 3)

WEST COAST FEVER 64 (Fowler 56, Teague-Neeld 8)



Heartbroken West Coast Fever players face further turmoil over the next fortnight, with many players and staff heading home to 14 days of quarantine after their Super Netball grand final loss.

The Fever lost a thrilling final to the Melbourne Vixens 66-64 in Brisbane on Sunday, with the match decided only in the final seconds, leaving West Coast players shattered after coming within an ace of a maiden Super Netball title.

But after more than 12 weeks away from home, living in a hub in Queensland due to COVID-enforced restrictions on the season, many Fever players face further emotional turmoil when they arrive back in Western Australia on Monday.

Those who do not have access to a separate bathroom and bedroom in which to quarantine at home face two weeks alone in a hotel in Perth to dwell on what coach Stacey Marinkovich called a “gut-wrenching” grand final loss.

“We’ve got to go back into isolation when we go back and I don’t think anyone actually comprehends what that’s going to feel like when you’ve come off the back of a grand final,” Fever coach Stacey Marinkovich said.

“Some of our girls will go back into hotels for two weeks by themselves, so it’s incredibly tough and it hasn’t finished yet for us.”

The Fever’s grand final opponents, the Melbourne Vixens had been in the Queensland hub for more than 90 days after having to quarantine for two weeks ahead of the season start but will not be forced to isolate again when they return home.

“I have full respect for what the Vixens have done and what all teams have done in making the move to Queensland but we’ve still got two weeks to go before our season closes off and it’s hard,” Marinkovich said.

“But I also understand that what’s happening elsewhere is even harder.”

The new Diamonds coach, Marinkovich and players Courtney Bruce, Jess Anstiss and Verity Charles will remain in Queensland for a national team camp next week before returning to Perth.

Marinkovich said she was incredibly proud of her players despite the loss, with little separating the sides in a high-quality decider.

“The quality of the game was so high that I can’t pin point one moment (where it was lost), because I don’t think there were huge momentum swings,” she said.

“I’m just so incredibly proud of our girls, Vixens had been the form team of the season but the way in which we have taken every challenge, you just know the girls have done everything in their preparation, their performance and their support of one another.

“That’s the way sport is, there’s got to be a winner and a runner-up and we fell just short.”


More than 30 minutes after the final whistle, Caitlin Thwaites joked the colour of her face showed she had left everything on court in the final match of an 18-year national league career.

The Melbourne veteran capped her 232-game stint by helping the Vixens to a maiden Super Netball premiership with a thrilling 66-64 win over West Coast Fever in Brisbane on Sunday, adding the title to the Commonwealth Bank Trophy national league title she won with the club in 2009.

The former Diamonds shooter may have trailed teammate and grand final MVP Mwai Kumwenda (47 goals) on the scoresheet but she played a key role in the Vixens’ win, nailing a crucial super shot with less than three minutes remaining to break a 61-61 deadlock and help her side edge towards victory.

Thwaites said her ability to compartmentalise – something she learnt early in her career – helped on Sunday as she focussed on her job rather than the emotion of her final game.

“I’ve always known that I’ve had a really good ability to compartmentalise and that’s been through managing my mental health and being able to switch off and cross the line and go, ‘I’ve got a job to do’,” she said.

“This year hasn’t been any different in terms of that, there’s been so much, even in terms of the retirement (call) and the reason that happened early was because we wanted to draw a line in the sand and say, that’s one thing but we’ve still got a job to do and we want to move on and be able to execute.

“That’s been at the forefront of our minds and that ability to compartmentalise definitely came into play today so I could do what I needed to do – shoulders back, take on the battle.”

A goal shooter for much of her career, Thwaites has played at goal attack for the Vixens for most of this season and has been outstanding.

“I think we’ve just embraced the roles that we’ve had to play this year and having a different challenge this year and to be able to embrace that has been awesome,” she said.

“I’m super, super proud and there’s no better moments than these and they bond us for life.

“There will be moments of emotion that will spill over in the next little bit.

“But I couldn’t be prouder of what this team has overcome to get here and I think unless you’ve been a part of it and known the ins and outs, it’s a pretty incredible feat to have gotten this far this year.”

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Western Australia records three new COVID-19 cases, including two on ships off state’s coast

Three new cases of COVID-19 have been reported overnight in Western Australia, including two infections linked to the Key Integrity and AL Messilah cargo ships currently offshore of the state.

The third case is an international worker who is in a quarantine hotel run by the state government.

The new cases bring WA’s total infections since the pandemic began up to 714, while there are still 20 active cases.

Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan has criticised the Federal Government, NSW and the NT for allowing 25 New Zealand travellers to board flights to Perth and exit the current international travel bubble arrangement. (9News)

WA Health said in a statement that the Key Integrity, from Manila in the Philippines, is expected to sail from the Geraldton Port today for Fremantle where it will be managed by authorities, along with the Unites Arab Emirates live export ship Al Messilah.

Crew members are being interviewed as part of contact tracing efforts and all of them are now being allowed to disembark the cargo ships.

Health Minister Roger Cook said the trend was “deeply concerning”, after four ships with coronavirus-positive crew members had arrived in Western Australian waters in the past three weeks.

Two infections have been detected on ships docked in Western Australia. (9News)

The state government is afraid COVID-19 infections are slipping through the cracks, and is demanding the Commonwealth do more.

Mr Cook told the government to “get off your butt” and enforce stronger standards with overseas countries.

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Melbourne Vixens hold their nerve to beat West Coast Fever 66-64 in Super Netball grand final

We thought we might not even get a Super Netball season in 2020, but here we are, having witnessed the tightest grand final of the new domestic league.

The Melbourne Vixens defeated the West Coast Fever 66-64 to win their first premiership since 2014.

The tough, grinding game played in Brisbane — so far away from both teams’ home fans — felt quiet at times, but the match itself did not disappoint, with the lead to-ing and fro-ing and never out of reach.

The Fever led by one point at the first break, after some crafty work from Verity Charles and Jhaniele Fowler upfront.


Charles was setting up a high, floating feed way off the circle edge that made it hard for Vixens defenders to even get a look in.

While Fowler (54/55) — standing close to two-metres tall — continued with the impeccable accuracy that has seen her become the most dominant player in the league.

Heading out for the second quarter, Vixens goal shooter Mwai Kumwenda stepped up to the challenge.

Throughout the match she repeatedly “defied the law of physics”, as Liz Ellis put it, using every inch of the goal circle and showing incredible balance to take feed after feed over her shoulder with the tips of her toes on the baseline, just outside the Fever’s reach.

Mwai Kumwenda’s goal shooting helped the Melbourne Vixens beat West Coast Fever in their first Super Netball grand final.(AAP: Albert Perez)

Kumwenda’s composure under pressure and ability to convert at key times (47/50 at 94 per cent) saw her named the grand final player of the match.

It was here that the Vixens defence also started to work their way into the game, and some big moments from their back line — Emily Mannix, Jo Weston and Kate Eddy — saw three key turnovers head up the court and converted.

The Vixens had crept out to a four-goal lead as the game headed towards half-time.

But some quick-fire momentum from the Fever showcased how fast they could score, and in the space of just over a minute they were already back in front by a goal as the half-time buzzer went.

In the third quarter — known as the “championship quarter” for its defining period in a game — the Vixens really put their stamp on the game.

Head coach Simone McKinnis used the rolling subs to rotate the goal attack position, interchanging their two retiring shooters Caitlin Thwaites and Tegan Philip to ensure their front line stayed fresh.

And their defensive pressure upped again across the court, Weston especially.

At the final break, the Vixens had won their first quarter (18-14) and were up by three — their first lead heading into a break.

But the game was not over yet, with the Fever never giving up.

They clawed their way back level and then back in front by two goals, with four and a half minutes left.

The Vixens started to look worried but showed in these final minutes why they had been the best team all season.

One of their crucial moments came through a build-up in the midcourt, that saw Fever defender Stacey Francis try and pass back to keeper Courtney Bruce.

But the attempt to try and reset turned into an intercept for Kumwenda, which was then converted.

Another collective effort by Mannix and Weston proved the difference.

West Coast goal attack Alice Teague-Neeld missed a two-point super shot in the Fever’s final play, and the Vixens circle defenders’ rebound pushed their team out to a two-goal lead.


With seven seconds left on the clock and a centre pass up their sleeve, the Vixens were able to play a possession game to close out their first Super Netball grand final win.

The victory allowed them to farewell Thwaites and Philip in the best way possible and make the usually quiet McKinnis a very happy woman, as she celebrated with a couple of fist pumps on the sideline.

Speaking with Channel Nine after the match, Thwaites described it as a “really hard slog”.

“We had practised all those scenarios at the end, so we knew exactly what to do.

“We really hope we’ve brought Victorian people some light and a good distraction in what’s been a really hard year.”

A smiling netballer raises her arms wide in celebration after the Super Netball grand final.
Mwai Kumwenda’s goal shooting helped the Melbourne Vixens beat West Coast Fever in their first Super Netball grand final.(AAP: Albert Perez)

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Trade period, Gold Coast Suns picks, AFL rescue package Gold Coast Suns, 2020 draft, 2021 draft, list sizes 2021

The AFL have banned the Gold Coast Suns from trading their 2021 concession pick in the upcoming 2020 trade period, with the pick being reviewed by the league.

Last year, the Suns received a three-year assistance package in a bid to pick them up off the canvas after some horror seasons, with the package including the No.1 pick in last year’s draft, the first pick of the second round in last year’s draft, a middle first-round pick in this year’s draft and the first pick of the second round in the 2021 draft.

The deal was widely criticised by former players and several club presidents.

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In a statement released by AFL headquarters, the league said the last of those concessions was not able to be traded this year and is under review after the Suns’ breakout season.

“The Commission determined there would be no change at this time to the concessions provided to the Gold Coast Football Club over three years at last December’s Commission meeting,” the statement read.

“The Commission decided these concessions will be re-assessed at its October meeting in 2021.

“In line with that process, the Gold Coast Football Club will not be able to trade their 2021 start of second-round selection they currently hold in the upcoming AFL Trade Period.”

List managers met with the league on Thursday, hoping for clarity around list sizes and total player payments for 2021.

But they left disappointed, with the league hopeful of a resolution by the start of the trade period on November 4.

In August Alastair Clarkson urged the league to reach a consensus so clubs could plan ahead. And with 14 of the 18 teams entire focus now directed towards next year, the two parties remain some distance apart.

Gillon McLachlan told media in the transition hub on September 3 that answers were “a few weeks away.”

Patrick Dangerfield, president of the AFLPA, said last week the players were committed to “the right number”, even if that means fewer jobs for his colleagues.

The AFLPA’s starting position was for 0 per cent pay cuts, while SEN reported on Wednesday the league wanted the players to cop a 30 per cent reduction in wage.

The most nervous club through all of these negotiations has been the Gold Coast Suns, who began the year with 51 players on their list. They were fearful the AFL would make drastic cuts across the board, but on Thursday the league confirmed it would stagger any potential cuts pro-rata.

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West Coast Fever coach Stacey Marinkovich ignores critics ahead of Super Netball grand final

When Stacey Marinkovich was named Australia Diamonds coach in late August, it came as a surprise to some.

Australian netball great Liz Ellis asked how a coach with no international playing experience, or even a domestic title to her name, beat a field which included a candidate with both of those credentials.

On Sunday, Marinkovich has the opportunity to put one of those critiques to bed, when her West Coast Fever side faces the Melbourne Vixens in the Super Netball Grand Final.

She maintains, however, that is the furthest thing from her mind.

“When I’m around this group, it’s all about the Fever, it’s all about our brand, the relationships we’re building,” Marinkovich said.

“This isn’t about me on Sunday, this is about our collective and how hard we’ve worked to be able to get out there and perform.

Vixens coach Simone McKinnis was the early favourite to take the Diamonds’ role, but said the snub would not serve as extra motivation for her in the grand final.

“Absolutely not,” she said.

“Stacey’s the Diamonds coach, and well earned, [she’s a] quality coach and quality person.

“Once that process was done, my focus was absolutely with the Vixens and that’s all irrelevant to me now.”

Fever embraces history

While a win would go some way to vindicating her appointment to the top job, it would also deliver silverware to a starved WA supporter base, which has watched a side, in its many incarnations, struggle to be a force in the numerous national netball competitions it has been a part of.

Since joining the then-named National Netball League in 1997, the Fever (previously the Perth Orioles) has featured in just one Grand Final — the heartbreaking 2018 loss to the Sunshine Coast Lightning at Perth Arena.

The club has embraced its history, wearing an Orioles-inspired retro dress in its final regular season match against the Adelaide Thunderbirds.

Fever captain Courtney Bruce grew up watching the Orioles, and experienced firsthand the hard slog as a fan when she attended matches at Challenge Stadium.

“It’s special that I’ve now had the opportunity to play and I think it’s even more special that we get the opportunity to wear our retro-dress and pay respect to players of the past,” she said.

Fever captain Courtney Bruce (left) grew up watching the Perth Orioles.(AAP: Darren England)

It’s a sentiment echoed by Marinkovich.

“What we’ve got to do is bring that within our group and bring it close together so that when we perform, then we get the outcome of being able to inspire and make the rest of our community proud.”

Sunday shaping up as a thriller

The Fever’s recent record against the Vixens is anything but flattering.

They have not beaten the Melbourne side in two years, with their best result a draw in round 10 of this season.

That being said, a direct comparison between the sides over their past 10 matches suggests there is little separating the two sides.

Both have eight wins, one loss and a draw (against each other).

The Fever is the highest scoring team in Super Netball, by a large margin, thanks mainly to the dominance of Jamaican Jhaniele Fowler who has scored 910 goals this season, 327 more than any other player.

Jhaniele Fowler leaps with the ball near the goal post.
The Fever’s Jhaniele Fowler has scored more than 900 goals this season.(AAP: Darren England)

But the Perth side will need to find a way past the Vixens’ tight defence, with the Victorians conceding the least goals in the league this season.

The Vixens have also been riding an emotional wave into the decider, and have drawn on the difficulties facing Victorians during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Only if you’re from Victoria do you understand what it’s like at the moment and how hard it has been,” coach Simone McKinnis said.

“We left Melbourne when it was heading into its worst period of lockdown and obviously our family and friends are still there.

“Anything we can take back is a positive, so we are doing it for them.”

Simone McKinnis speaks while standing in the middle of four Vixens players
Melbourne Vixens head coach Simone McKinnis says only Victorians know how hard it has been during the coronavirus pandemic.(AAP: Albert Perez)

They will also be farewelling two of the games greats, with Tegan Philip and Caitlin Thwaites announcing their retirement.

Whatever happens on Sunday, there will be a fairytale finish to the season for one of the teams — and the Fever is just hoping it’s theirs.

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One of Melbourne’s key position players is “officially up for grabs”.

Plus a crosstown rival has reportedly delivered its final offer to an out-of-contract Crow.

Get all the latest player movement news in AFL Trade Whispers!

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