Tiger Tamou eager to re-unite with Laurie before 2021 kick-off

But the Panthers and Tigers have been in regular dialogue and are committed to getting the best outcome for both clubs.

“Daine is more than ready, he showed last year he was ready when he debuted,” Tamou told the Herald. “I hate bringing up last year because I’m, a Tiger now, but Daine used to throw himself into everything and was such a competitor.

Daine Laurie is keen to quit Penrith and link with the Wests Tigers early.Credit:Getty Images

“If he was in the second team, their game day was always going up against the first team and getting them ready to play. He stood out because he wanted to compete, and that’s something we want here – players to compete on every play and to make your own luck. He’s always competing and deceptively fast and strong.”

Adam Doueihi was tried as fullback last year but has made the move to No. 6, while Laurie’s arrival would also give coach Michael Maguire the chance to utilise Moses Mbye as a utility.


The Tigers’ captaincy is yet to be announced, but Tamou, last year’s Penrith skipper, has plenty of support internally to take over from Mbye – and the prop spoke about the joy he gets from leading his teammates into battle. His speech after the Panthers’ grand final loss has not been forgotten by key figures at the joint venture.

“Coming into a new side is always hard and you have to earn their trust first,” Tamou said. “I’ve told ‘Madge’ [Maguire] there are some good leaders here, I’ll go with the flow and see where he goes with it.

“I’d be more than happy to do it. Being a leader has made me accountable for my own game – it’s something I enjoy and it’s a challenge I enjoy.

“It’s one of those things where you fall in love with the team, you fall in love with the boys, you want to take the first hit-up for the team, and you want to lead them.

“Once upon a time I was a player who only concentrated on how I played. Now I want the team to do well and win, and I don’t care if I’m on the field or off it. That’s just maturity.”

While Tamou rated Joe Ofahengaue as a standout in the gym, he found it impossible to not single out praise for fellow front-rower Zane Musgrove.

“He’s a big man and he loves the physicality,” Tamou said. “He loves the game and the boys, he wants to do his part for the team, and that rubs off on the team.”

Meanwhile, the New York Yankees hitting coach Rachel Balkovec, who is is town working with the Sydney Blue Sox, visited Tigers training where she was keen to meet Maguire after learning about his tough no-nonsense approach to coaching.

Sport newsletter

Sports news, results and expert commentary delivered straight to your inbox each weekday. Sign up here.

Most Viewed in Sport


Thank you for stopping by to visit My Local Pages and reading this article on Australian sport called “Tiger Tamou eager to re-unite with Laurie before 2021 kick-off”. This post was presented by MyLocalPages as part of our local and national news services.

#Tiger #Tamou #eager #reunite #Laurie #kickoff

Source link

Montague Street packed with eager Christmas shoppers | Goulburn Post

news, local-news,

The final Goulburn Parkside Rotary markets for the year was like none other. It was absolutely packed. The theme for the morning on Saturday, December 12 was, of course, Christmas shopping. READ ALSO: The usual stall holders were all there along with plenty of others. The Goulburn Men’s Shed were also in attendance as well as members of the Goulburn Rotary Club who cooked up a sausage sizzle. 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.



Source link

Isaako eager to become Broncos’ fullback

Brisbane’s Jamayne Isaako is out to put a horror 2020 behind him and cement himself as the NRL club’s long-term fullback.

The 24-year-old admits his father Taai’s death from cancer in July left his rugby league career low down on his priority list this year.

As the Broncos endured their worst season in the club’s history on the field, Isaako was dealing with grief off it and made just 10 appearances in a disrupted campaign.

“My mind wasn’t in football last year just with all the outside stuff going on with my Dad and all my family sort of stuff,” Isaako said.

“In saying that he’s in a better place now and I’ve got a lot clearer mind on my footy and where I need to be.”

Isaako has returned to Red Hill for the pre-season under new coach Kevin Walters with one ambition, to fill the void left by Darius Boyd’s retirement and become the club’s long-term fullback.

The New Zealand international has played the majority of his NRL career on the wing but believes the No.1 jersey is the right fit for him.

“I want to play fullback. That’s where I’ve been training this off-season,” Isaako said.

Boyd and new Broncos assistant coach Terry Matterson had already been providing him guidance.

“Darbs (Boyd) has only really been in for a couple of sessions but our defensive coach Terry, I sat down and spoke with him.

“As the season goes on I’ll probably sit down and do a lot more with Darbs and pick his brain with the defensive sort of stuff.”

Walters says the No.1 jersey is certainly up for grabs with Isaako and 19-year-old Tesi Niu the players battling for the position.

“Jamayne is certainly in the right position to make that jumper his own, but we just want consistency,” Walters said.

“That’s what we want with all of our players.”

Source link

Americans eager to shop despite pandemic, NRF’s Kleinhenz says

Pedestrians carrying shopping bags cross a street in front of the Macy’s flagship store in the Herald Square area of New York, on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020.

Nina Westervelt | Bloomberg | Getty Images

Americans have shown they are eager to shop, even during a recession and global health crisis, the National Retail Federation’s chief economist, Jack Kleinhenz, said Monday.

That could be a promising sign for retailers banking on holiday sales, he said.

“Strong growth in retail sales during the last few months points to the resiliency of consumers even in this disruptive pandemic environment,” Kleinhenz said in the November issue of the trade group’s Monthly Economic Review. “Taking in all the evidence available, the U.S. economic recovery has progressed more quickly than generally expected.”

Retail, the biggest driver of the U.S. economy, has bounced back in recent months — even as millions of Americans are out of work and cases of Covid-19 rise. Retail sales rose 1.9% in September, higher than economists surveyed by Dow Jones anticipated. Clothes and accessories jumped by 11%, while sporting goods, music and books grew 5.7%.

Kleinhenz said the retail industry is still threatened by the increasing number of Covid-19 cases. There were 81,493 confirmed infections reported on Sunday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The seven-day average is 81,335.71, an all-time high that’s up more than 18% compared with a week ago.

He said additional government stimulus is needed to make sure retail’s recovery continues.

“While there might be sufficient momentum and resiliency to propel the economy in the months ahead, additional fiscal policy support is critical to ensure that the recovery doesn’t stall,” he said.

Despite the appetite for shopping, the trade group said it expects consumers to spend slightly less this year. Shoppers said they planned to spend an average of $997.79 on gifts, holiday items such as food and decorations, and additional spending on themselves and their families this year, according to a survey of 7,660 consumers conducted in early October. That’s a nearly $50 drop from last year.

Most of that expected drop comes from people who plan to buy less for themselves, despite holiday deals at stores and on retailer’s websites, the NRF found.

The trade group has not yet released a holiday spending forecast for the industry.

Source link

Wallabies eager for second Bledisloe Test

The Wallabies will miss seeing their fans in the Eden Park stands but the “love” they are feeling from home will inspire them in the second Bledisloe Cup Test.

Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper skilfully side-stepped questions around Australia’s inability to beat the All Blacks at Eden Park for 34 years but could not help noting the impact COVID-19 restrictions will have on the event.

Normally, amid a sea of black the Aussies would see pockets of green and gold.

This year, with Australians unable to travel across the Tasman, the Wallabies will be relying on a small contingent of New Zealand-based fans.

Hooper was impressed with the way supporters responded to the team’s encouraging performance in last week’s 16-16 draw in Wellington and felt that support would be invaluable on Sunday in Auckland.

“We’ve been so appreciative of all the support we’ve had through the past couple of weeks,” Hooper said.

“From the belief inside RA (Rugby Australia) and all the way through the fans and public. We’re feeling it. Even though we’ll be quite outnumbered in the stadium … we’re feeling the love and looking forward to some more footy.”

The fact the Wallabies are playing at Eden Park is another privilege, Hooper said.

Auckland only came out of COVID-19 restrictions 10 days ago and until then there had been a chance this Test could have been moved south to Dunedin.

“We feel great about the opportunity it presents us. It wasn’t a certainty even two weeks ago that we’d be here playing this game and I’m thankful we are,” Hooper said.

“It’s pretty special to play any Test. The Kiwis have been the benchmark for so long, they’re an outstanding team and we get the challenge to play them at their home.”

Hooper played down talk of increased niggle following the questions raised during the week about apparent targeting of All Blacks first five Richie Mo’unga.

“That’s part of most Test matches, it’s just that it’s been brought to attention,” Australia’s captain said.

“It’s pretty constant in these fixtures and we’re thinking it’ll be more of the same tomorrow.”

While happy with the Wallabies’ performance in Wellington, Hooper noted the importance of controlling the breakdown, particularly on attack.

The Wallabies were penalised numerous times when taking the ball into the tackle, diluting their winning chances.

“We were disappointed we couldn’t get the win there last week. We turned over a bit of ball at the breakdown, particularly when we were attacking in their zone,” he said.

“We want to hold on to the ball, recycle and get it to the players who can make some serious dents, some serious plays.”

The injection of Ned Hanigan at blindside flanker is likely to help.

“Ned is very vocal on the field and has good breakdown presence and a good work-rate,” Hooper said.

He also noted that both sides went into the first Test unsure what a pair of new coaches, a new All Blacks skipper and a bunch of fresh faces would bring.

“Now we have an idea of what to expect,” Hooper said. “We’re cool and pretty calm, but I’d like the game to come around pretty quick.”

Source link

St George Illawarra Dragons star Corey Norman eager to see Anthony Griffin as head coach

Dragons halfback Ben Hunt has also lent his support to Griffin in recent days, having worked under him at the Broncos alongside Norman.

Griffin led Brisbane to three finals series in four seasons from 2011 to 2014 before Wayne Bennett’s return to the club. He then replaced Ivan Cleary at the Panthers and took the club to finals appearances in 2016 and 2017.

Corey Norman worked Anthony Griffin in the Broncos under 20s side.Credit:NRL Photos

Griffin was sacked by Penrith just four weeks out from the NRL finals in 2018, with then-football manager Gould revealing the axing was due to his “old school” approach to coaching, and moved into media commentating for 2GB and Fox League last year.

Norman confirmed Griffin’s reputation as an old school disciplinarian, who also coached prop Trent Merrin at Penrith.

“I think every coach is [a disciplinarian],” he said. “It’s out of my hands, I’ve got to worry about myself and play good footy for these last weeks.”


Despite his connection with Griffin, Norman may not get the chance to work under his former coach, as speculation surrounds the 29-year-old’s future.

In round 13, Norman was dropped from the side and overlooked for Ben Hunt and the returning Adam Clune in the halves.

With Gareth Widdop seeking a surprise return to the NRL in recent weeks, talks began to circulate of a potential player-swap deal. Norman was originally signed with the club to replace Widdop, but a deal is proving unlikely.

“It’s too cold in England for me,” Norman said on Tuesday. “We’ve got five weeks to go. I definitely want to put my best foot forward and finish strong and see what happens from there.”

Norman remains contracted with the club until the end of the 2021 season.

“It’s been really good down here at the moment two games together and we’ve come away with wins,” he said. “We are worried about what we are doing here and keeping this winning streak going, at the end of the day, that’s all we can control.”

Sport newsletter

Sports news, results and expert commentary delivered straight to your inbox each weekday. Sign up here.

Most Viewed in Sport


Source link

NSW Waratahs eager to rattle ACT Brumbies at lineouts

On the flipside, Waratahs hooker Tom Horton is also the most accurate thrower in the competition, having nailed 39 of his 42 lineouts, with obvious assistance from teammates. By comparison, incumbent Wallabies and Brumbies hooker Folau Faingaa has made 53 of 63 his throws.

NSW forwards coach Matt Cockbain can take plenty of credit in this domain and his second-rowers had a field day against the Brumbies in round three by spoiling eight of 22 lineouts.

‘Teams are becoming really nervous around us now with their lineout.’

Rob Penney

“I thought [Ned] Hanigan and [Rob] Simmons really challenged us in that area. We’ve got to be better,” Brumbies coach Dan McKellar said after the 24-23 victory sealed by a late try by Issak Fines.

A lot has happened since that nail-biter at ANZ Stadium and, while lineout success is only one element of a team’s game, being able to unsettle the Brumbies’ set-piece will be a top priority for a Waratahs team third on the ladder with a chance to lock up a finals spot.

“Teams are becoming really nervous around us now with their lineout knowing that we’ve got good people in there who are really going to contest,” Penney said. “Matt Cockbain has done a really good job in getting the boys to really buy into a defensive system and they’re really putting pressure on that set-piece.”

Cockbain, the former Wallaby, was understated this week when asked about the lineout performance.

“We try and attack what is a strength of theirs,” Cockbain said. “Sometimes it’s that perceived pressure as well. Sometimes you might not win the ball on that particular lineout but the next time, because you got close, the thrower’s thinking about it.”

There was a clip earlier this season of Reds back-rower Harry Wilson yelling that Faingaa was going to throw to Pete Samu at the back.

Sure enough, that was the case, and the Reds won possession against the throw.

Like in the Big Bash when a bowler occasionally predicts how he’s going to get a batsman out, it’s a tactic the Waratahs would be silly to not try, given they know the Brumbies will be working extremely hard this week to make sure they don’t cough up easy possession.

‘It’s all gamesmanship and what you can do to distract the opposition.’

Tom Staniforth

More often than not, if the Brumbies win lineout ball close to a team’s line, their well-oiled driving maul gets them a five-pointer.

“It’s all gamesmanship and what you can do to distract the opposition,” said Waratahs second-rower Tom Staniforth, who has just signed a new two-year deal with the club. “The good lineouts can block it out and the bad ones suffer. There’s plenty of that and stuff the cameras and microphones don’t pick up … which is fun.”

The Brumbies have won their past five outings against NSW, with the men in sky blue last tasting victory in March 2018.

Meanwhile, the Waratahs’ round nine match against the Melbourne Rebels the following weekend has been locked in at Leichhardt Oval after the Victorian franchise was forced to take its ‘home’ game to NSW.

And Queenstown has emerged as a potential venue for a Rugby Championship hub later in the year.

New Zealand is still aiming to host Test matches from early November but the location for a “bubble” featuring the All Blacks, Wallabies, Springboks and Pumas is yet to be determined.

RA is still optimistic of staging Test matches against the All Blacks in Australia on October 10 and 17.

Lineout team success rate

1st – Waratahs (89 per cent)
2nd – Melbourne Rebels (86 per cent)
3rd – Brumbies (79 per cent)
4th – Western Force (75 per cent)
5th – Queensland Reds (71 per cent)

Lineout individual success rate


1st – Tom Horton (93 per cent)
2nd – Jordan Uelese (87 per cent)
3rd – Robbie Abel (86 per cent)
4th – Folau Faingaa (84 per cent)
5th – Efi Ma’afu (83 per cent)

Most lineout steals

1st – Liam Wright (7)
2nd – Ned Hanigan (5)
3rd – Trevor Hosea (4)

Sport newsletter

Sports news, results and expert commentary delivered straight to your inbox each weekday. Sign up here.

Most Viewed in Sport


Source link

The Greens are eager to introduce press freedom laws and reforms

Following the Federal Court’s recent rejection of the ABC’s appeal into the legalities of last year’s AFP raids on its Sydney offices, the Greens remain the party on the front foot pushing for greater press freedoms and protections for whistleblowers.

And it is Sarah Hanson-Young who is seeking to address and meet those goals, as the media union has joined her in criticising the Federal Court’s ruling.

In raiding the Sydney-based offices of the ABC, the AFP sought and obtained up over 100 computer-based files linked to the network’s investigative work for its “Afghan Files” report critical of the Australian Defence Force’s actions in the Middle East. By dismissing the case, the Court dictated that the AFP had performed their actions within its permitted legal boundaries, above allegations that the raids possessed political motives.

“It’s clear current laws have encroached on journalists’ freedom, not just their ability to write sensitive stories but also to receive information from sensitive sources,” said Hanson-Young in announcing proposed legislation in that area which she and the Greens, under their new leadership of Victorian senator Adam Bandt, plan on introducing at the next Parliamentary sitting.

The Greens’ Media Freedom Act, being a reforms-based piece of proposed legislation, would be built around four key points:

  • to ensure a contested warrants process, where law enforcement would need to apply to a judge to search a media outlet or access a journalist’s metadata;
  • to protect whistleblowers by introducing a public interest defence;
  • to put the onus on prosecutors to disprove public interest, rather than entrusting journalists to prove it; and
  • overall, to enact shield laws to protect journalists from being forced to reveal their sources.

The mainstream media is perceived to be participating complicitly with the whims of the Morrison Government, instead of having the “no fear, nor favour” mantra to call them out on any sort of wrongdoing or corruption — for example, that which is normally associated with the type of investigative journalism undertaken in the public interest. Anyone witnessing the current state of journalism in Australia would be calling out for any level of reforms in how its standards and practices are applied and performed.

That current state of media and the approach to how its journalistic practices are applied pique the curiosities as to why mainstream parties aren’t as proactive about pursuing stronger press freedoms and whistleblower protections as the Greens are demonstrating via their legislative intentions.

Perhaps one needs to look no further than the corruptive actions undertaken by the governing Liberal Party in recent months – or years – which have not gone unnoticed by Hanson-Young on behalf of her Parliamentary peers and colleagues in the LNP and Labor, as sufficient motivation on its own to introduce these reforms.

Speaking out against the Federal Court’s ruling against the ABC’s appeal while referring to the present laws as “broken”, Hanson-Young said

We need proper protection for whistleblowers and journalists so the public know what’s really happening in our names and with our taxes. We have a right to know what the Government is up to.


Journalism is not a crime. And speaking up when the Government is engaged in covering up wrongdoing should not make whistleblowers criminals.


If the law won’t protect journalists, then we must have legislated safeguards to guarantee the freedom of the press and whistleblower protections. These protections must be independent of the Government.

Meanwhile, the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) – the union under which the employment and working interests of journalists falls – echoed the calls for Parliament to draft new laws to strengthen freedom of the press, especially when it comes to protection for whistleblowers.

MEAA President Marcus Strom said:

It is clear that the motivation behind these raids is to intimidate journalists and media organisations. The raids have a chilling effect on public interest journalism by demonstrating to whistleblowers that if they reveal wrongdoing, corruption or illegal activities in the public interest, they will be hunted down and prosecuted.

If an uneasy and nervous feeling persists between the journalism industry and the Morrison Government in light of these raids, then it’s likely with good reason.

While Labor, given their Parliamentary minority numbers, is effectively powerless to pass any legislative matters that it could even propose, the Liberals are seen as having a working cooperation with bodies such as the AFP — even more so after Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has seen his portfolio expanded widely during Malcolm Turnbull’s reign as Prime Minister and maintained under Scott Morrison, an expansion which includes his overseeing of the AFP within it.

Therefore, the LNP, from a legislative viewpoint, possesses no motivation to seriously pursue laws strengthening press freedom and the protection of whistleblowers, while Hanson-Young’s bill would effectively remove the onus off of the AFP as well as Dutton and anyone under his command as judge, jury and executioner and place it back upon processes that would dictate the reporting of matters in the public interest and relate to community standards.

So does the LNP-AFP alliance aid in spreading fear within journalists’ minds and laptops alike, against saying or writing anything critical of the Morrison Government’s actions and/or policies?

Hanson-Young thinks so, under the guise that the connections between a free press and a properly-functioning democracy are clearly linked.

In just two years, there’s been about 22 pieces of legislation the Federal Government has rammed through the Parliament that increase secrecy in our democracy, under a guise of ‘national security’. 


The truth is, those in power don’t want the public to know what they’re up to and are shutting down transparency and accountability to serve their own interests.

The move to introduce the Media Freedom Act falls in line with the Greens’ recent history of proactive and progressive visions in affirming rights of all Australians, which includes a U.S.-style bill of rights among a list of proposed societal reforms. 

Hanson-Young and her Greens colleagues, in hoping for a successful campaign to get the Media Freedom Act passed, will be fighting against a series of forces, not the least of which is the LNP-AFP relationship and hoping those on all sides of Parliament don’t have a short memory over the recent “Your Right To Know” campaign:

The campaign by the Right To Know coalition and evidence given at the Senate Inquiry has provided many examples of wrongdoing and misconduct that would never have had a spotlight on them without whistleblowers and the protection of journalists’ sources and media freedoms.

William Olson is a freelance journalist and hospitality professional. You can follow William on Twitter @DeadSexyWaiter.

Support independent journalism Subscribe to IA.


Source link