Port Arthur massacre survivor labels film depiction ‘inappropriate’, Premier says still ‘too raw’


A survivor of the 1996 Port Arthur massacre and Tasmania’s Premier are among those who have criticised a new film in production detailing the tragedy.

It is understood the film will not name gunman Martin Bryant and fictitious names and titles will be used for other characters.

The film is directed by Justin Kurzel and written by Shaun Grant, who collaborated on a film adaptation of the Snowtown murders that was released in 2011.

NITRAM is the current working title for the film, Bryant’s first name spelled backwards.

Justin Kurzel was also behind the Snowtown movie.(Supplied: Stan)

In a press release announcing the film, streaming service Stan described it as “a scripted feature film that looks at the events leading up to one of the darkest chapters in Australian history in an attempt to understand why and how this atrocity occurred”.

The film is due to premiere on the online platform and in cinemas in 2021 after debuting at the Melbourne International Film Festival.

Production for the film is currently underway at several locations in and around Geelong, Victoria.

Minister refused to meet filmmaker

In Question Time in the Tasmanian Parliament on Tuesday, Premier Peter Gutwein said he felt “highly uncomfortable” about the film, but admitted there were few options available to limit its production.

“This is a production that is not being shot in Tasmania and from the point of view of what we could do as a state we have very few, if any, options in terms of being able to limit this production taking place,” he said.

Mr Gutwein said Arts Minister Elise Archer refused to meet with the filmmaker when asked.

Elise Archer and Peter Gutwein, at coronavirus briefing.
Attorney-General and Arts Minister Elise Archer with Peter Gutwein. He says she refused to meet with filmmakers.(ABC News: Tony King)

“When contacted about this [Ms Archer] made the point very clearly that she wouldn’t meet [with the filmmaker] and the Government would not support the upcoming film project, saying that there is an understandable and ongoing sensitivity in Tasmania around the subject and it was not appropriate for the Tasmanian Government to lend support or enter into discussions regarding this project,” Mr Gutwein said.

Neither the Tasmanian Government nor Screen Tasmania had been involved in the film.

“I would hope that the filmmakers would be sensitive in the way that they craft this particular production.”

Survivor says film ‘inappropriate’

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Justin Woolley was 12 years old when he was in the Broad Arrow Cafe just before the gunman entered and began shooting.(Supplied)

Justin Woolley was visiting Port Arthur with his family on the day of the massacre in 1996.

The then 12-year-old was in the Broad Arrow cafe with his sister looking at souvenirs 10 minutes before the gunman entered.

Like many tourists that day, he thought the gunfire was a form of historical re-enactment.

He then saw people screaming and flooding out of the cafe.

His grandfather realised bullets were being fired in their direction and the family took shelter in nearby ruins.

His family survived, but said the film about the perpetrator was “inappropriate”.

“As someone with direct involvement, it’s only natural that I would be more sensitive than most to the announcement of the film,” he said in a statement.

Now an author, Mr Woolley said his concern about the film stemmed from his understanding of needing to humanise the main character.

“I know well that in order to create a story about this individual it is necessary to generate sympathy in the audience, at least have them relate to the subject,” Mr Woolley said.

“It is this, in a film portraying the life of Martin Bryant, that I strongly object to.”

“The language in the announcement of this film that it will be a ‘study of one of the darkest chapters in Australian history’ and will focus on the study of a man being driven to do something so horrific immediately raised these alarm bells.

“We do not need a study of the motivations of the perpetrator of this crime. We know them already.”

The producers did not comment when contacted by the ABC about the concerns.

In its statement on Monday, Stan said it had “complete faith” that the subject matter would be handled with sensitivity and respect.”

Remains of the Broad Arrow Cafe at Port Arthur
The shell of the Broad Arrow Cafe where 20 people died still stands at the site.(ABC News: Gregor Salmon)

Snowtown filmmaker showed ‘sensitivity’

The prospect of a film being made about a dark day in Australian history is familiar to Paul McCormack.

The South Australian grain farmer was a member of the Snowtown Community Management Committee, which represented community interests after learning a film would be made about the infamous Snowtown murders in the 1990s.

“There had been a number of documentaries made in the period from the crime until the film was actually made, there had been documentaries that probably hadn’t painted the town in a really good light,” he said.

“So there was a little bit of disappointment, frustration, a ‘why us’ sort of attitude.”

Reflecting on his experience, Mr McCormack said any concerns and apprehensions were taken on board.

“There are references on travelling to Snowtown and he [the filmmaker] took that on board that in the dialogue, it wasn’t mentioned directly,” he said.

“I think there was an element of sensitivity in our film that made us out that we were at the end of a chain of events.

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A memorial pool has also been built at the site to honour the victims.(ABC News: Gregor Salmon)

He said he can understand the mixed reception to the upcoming film.

“It’s human nature to be curious about certain events in history, and unfortunately, Snowtown was victim to that,” he said.

“I can understand that the filmmaker would like to depict a part of history but I’d urge him to be very careful and very tasteful and very sincere in the production.

“I think it’s best if it’s not shown in some ways, but it’s not for me to judge.”



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Joe Biden interview: Raw emotions in president-elect’s first post-election grilling


Joe Biden just sat down for his first TV interview since the election, and at one point the president-elect seemed to be on the verge of tears.

US president-elect Joe Biden has given his first TV interview since winning the election, facing questions on the state of the presidential transition and what he intends to do with his first hundred days in office.

Mr Biden sat down for a chat with Lester Holt, the host of NBC Nightly News, a short time after introducing several of his nominees for Cabinet posts to the public this afternoon.

Several of his choices are alumni of the Obama administration. Earlier today, Politico reported that had caused some resentment among some of Mr Biden’s longtime loyalists, who fear they are being overlooked.

“People are pissed,” is how one senior official put it.

Holt alluded to that tension early in the interview.

“This line-up, those you’ve selected so far – a lot of familiar faces among them. What do you say to those who are wondering if you’re trying to create a third Obama term?” he asked.

“This is not a third Obama term. Because we face a totally different world than we faced in the Obama-Biden administration,” Mr Biden said.

President Trump has changed the landscape. It has become America First, which means America alone. We find ourselves in a position where our alliances are being frayed. It’s totally different.

“That’s why I’ve found people that represent the spectrum of the American people as well as the spectrum of the Democratic Party.”

Mr Biden stressed there were “a lot more appointments” still to be announced. Holt asked whether he had considered nominating any Republicans – perhaps even one who voted for Donald Trump – as a unifying gesture.

“Yes,” the president-elect said.

“I want this country to be united. We can’t keep this virulent political dialogue going.”

“Should we expect an announcement?” asked Holt.

“No,” said Mr Biden.

“Not ever, or not soon?” said Holt.

“Not soon,” he clarified.

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Another talking point here is the relative lack of Democratic Party politicians among Mr Biden’s nominees.

That may change as he announces more of them. For now though, Senator John Kerry is the only politician who has been named to serve in Mr Biden’s Cabinet, and he will fill the niche role of climate envoy.

This is somewhat unexpected. A prestige role like secretary of state, for example, is often given to a prominent politician.

The man currently in the job, Mike Pompeo, is a former Republican congressman. Barack Obama gave the gig first to then-senator Hillary Clinton, and then to Mr Kerry.

Mr Biden has gone for Antony Blinken, a man you have likely never heard of who served as deputy secretary of state under Mr Obama.

Before the election, there was talk that Mr Biden might give Cabinet posts to some of his vanquished rivals for the Democratic nomination.

Senator Elizabeth Warren was floated as a potential treasury secretary. Senator Bernie Sanders has openly expressed interest in the position of labour secretary. Former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg has been mentioned as a potential secretary for veterans’ affairs.

Again, Holt addressed the issue head-on.

“What about former rivals from your own party? Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren – have you talked to them about Cabinet positions?” he asked.

The answer was quite obviously no, though Mr Biden didn’t put it quite so bluntly.

“Look, as I said, we already have significant representation among progressives in our administration, but there’s nothing really off the table,” he said.

“But one thing’s really critical. Taking someone out of the Senate, taking someone out of the House – particularly a person of consequence – is a really difficult decision.

“I have a very ambitious, very progressive agenda, and it’s going to take really strong leaders in the House and the Senate to get it done.”

If he were to choose a serving senator, such as Mr Sanders or Ms Warren, their seat in the Senate would be vacated and then contested in a special election, potentially sapping the Democrats’ numbers for an extended period.

Hence, don’t expect a Cabinet post for either of them.

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Mr Biden’s interview came a day after the General Services Administration (GSA) allowed the transition process to formally begin, releasing funds and enabling members of the president-elect’s team to make contact with their counterparts in the Trump administration.

It took a few weeks longer than usual to reach that point, with Mr Trump refusing to concede defeat and the relevant official at the GSA backing him up.

Nevertheless, Mr Biden told Holt he was satisfied his incoming administration would be able to get up to speed before Inauguration Day on January 20.

“Immediately, we’ve gotten outreach across the board. They’re already working out my ability to get presidential daily briefs (and) meet with the COVID team in the White House,” he said.

“I think we’re going to be not quite so far behind the curve as I thought we might be in the past. I must say, the outreach has been sincere. It has not been begrudging so far, and I don’t expect it to be.”

For context here, Mr Biden has been receiving intelligence briefings since he became the Democratic nominee earlier this year. The presidential daily brief – the same thing Mr Trump gets every day – is a more comprehensive document to which he could not be given access without the GSA’s approval.

The other thing Mr Biden hasn’t had yet is a conversation with the President. The pair have not spoken since the election.

“I believe that his chief of staff and my chief of staff have spoken, but no, I have not heard anything from President Trump,” he said.

“It’s a slow start. But it’s starting, and there’s two months left to go. So I’m feeling good about the ability to get up to speed.”

Holt asked what, exactly, Mr Biden planned to do with his first hundred days in power.

“Some of it is going to depend on the kind of co-operation I can or cannot get from the Congress,” he said.

The Republicans are likely to hold a majority in the Senate, unless the Democrats manage to win both upcoming run-off elections in Georgia – an unlikely feat. That means Mr Biden will need to secure at least a couple of Republican votes to pass legislation.

“I will send an immigration bill to the Senate with a pathway to citizenship for over 11 million undocumented people in America,” said Mr Biden.

“I will also be moving to do away with some of the very damaging executive orders that have significantly impacted on making the climate worse and making us less healthy.

“There’s also things that I want to do that relate to the ability to make sure we get immediate assistance to state and local governments to keep them from basically going under.

“There’s multiple things that are going to have to be taking place at the same time.

“But the most important thing, I think, is to focus on those folks who are always – when the crisis hits, they are the first ones hit, and when the recovery comes they’re the last ones in. That’s minority communities, who’ve been hurt very badly.

“Making sure we get the aid that was voted on in the House and passed by the Senate and some cases, and much of which has not passed, get the kind of help to keep people afloat.”

For months, Republicans and Democrats in Congress, along with the Trump White House, have been unable to reach an agreement on a second coronavirus relief package, which would help Americans who are struggling economically amid the pandemic.

The two sides have been unable to agree on the scope or content of such a package, meaning nothing has been passed. Meanwhile, the initial relief measures passed in the early months of the crisis have expired.

Mr Biden appeared to tear up at this point, and he had to take a moment to gather himself before launching into an anecdote about his own father’s economic struggles.

“I remember … I remember my dad being restless. And I remember, one night, feeling – I could hear my dad, you could just feel the bed moving. So the next morning I said, ‘Mum, what’s wrong with dad?’” he recounted.

“She said, ‘He’s worried. He just lost – he moved jobs, he lost his health insurance. He doesn’t know what to do.’

“Think of all the people, all the people, who are laying awake at night, staring at the ceiling, thinking, ‘God forbid. What happens?’ We have to act. We have to act to guarantee they have access to affordable health insurance.

“This is more than just a financial crisis. It’s a crisis that is causing real mental stress for millions of people. Millions of people. And it’s within our power to solve it.”

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The incoming administration’s other initial focus will, of course, be rolling out vaccines to the general public as efficiently as possible.

“Allegedly the administration has set up a rollout, how they think it should occur, what will be available when and how. And we’ll look at that, we may alter that. But that’s in train now. We haven’t got that briefing yet,” said Mr Biden.

He referred to his conversations with state governors from both political parties.

“We’ve talked extensively about the need to co-operate and get the vaccine into places where you can actually get vaccinated,” he said.

“I think we should be focusing obviously on the doctors, the nurses, the first responders. I think we should also be focused on trying to open schools as fast as we can. I think it can be done safely.

“The hope is this administration can begin to distribute it before we’re sworn in. So it’s all in train now. But I’m feeling good now that we’ll be able to get all the hard data we need.”

Holt asked what Mr Biden could do, as president, to change people’s attitudes towards the pandemic – to stop them from ignoring medical advice, for example – that he couldn’t do as a candidate.

“I hope as president – and many of the Republican governors and mayors felt the same way – I hope we’re going to be able to have a united voice on the need to mask, socially distance, testing and tracing. They’re critical, critical pieces to dealing with bringing down this virus into a more manageable place,” he said.

“The words of a president matter.”

Finally, Holt asked how Mr Biden would deal with the calls from some Democrats for Mr Trump to be prosecuted after leaving office.

There are currently multiple active investigations of Mr Trump and his businesses at the state level. Once he is no longer in office, prosecutors could conceivably try to indict him.

“I will not do what this President has done and use the Justice Department as my vehicle to insist that something happen,” Mr Biden said.

“There are a number of investigations that I’ve read about at a state level. There’s nothing at all I can or can’t do about that.

“I’m focused on getting the public back to a place where they have some certainty, some knowledge they can make it. The middle class are being crushed. That’s my focus.”



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Pies rip off the Band-Aid, expose very raw wounds


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The club could well need a “fire sale forum” for the members, having stood up before the fans and addressed issues such as a soft tissue plague in the recent past. At least this time, it can be done virtually.

The strategy they had developed and which Buckley clearly endorsed – pushing players out, replenishing at the draft – was founded upon a recognition of this reality: that they could not continue to push toxic contracts into the future.

The problem was that they did not gain the kind of draft return they desired for Treloar and especially Stephenson and that they have lost two players, whom they brought to the club for an aggregate of three picks inside the draft’s top seven. Ouch.

The Treloar deal was less embarrassing than the Stephenson trade, which has seen the latter, good enough to boot 38 goals in his first season and win the rising star award, sold for a second-rounder and an upgrade in the second round. Treloar did ultimately fetch a first round pick (14), with a slew of other picks changing hands. But Collingwood doubtless will pay a portion of Treloar’s estimated $4.45 million five-year contract – and the devil will be in those details.

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The circumstances of Treloar, Phillips and Stephenson differed – Phillips had been marginalised and was not guaranteed a game, while Buckley had lost faith in Stephenson in the course of this season and there were, obviously, concerns about Treloar’s long-term viability.

But the common thread of the three discarded Magpies was that they had been given contracts that exceeded their on-field value – the situation that also applied to Ben Brown, who did find a home and reduced deal, and Melbourne’s Tom McDonald, who did not. Treloar was due just under $900,000 per annum – a situation caused by repeated back-loading of an original six-year deal, worth more than $700,000 (times six) that he signed when crossed from GWS in 2015.

The Magpies had pushed back that money and eventually renegotiated, but the upshot was that they had to repay Treloar the money that they owed him – we’re talking hundreds and thousands – as they sought to recruit and retain other players.

Collingwood was lumbered with a number of contracts from the past. Daniel Wells and Chris Mayne had been recruited as free agents in 2016 on contracts that were well over their output and market worth. Mason Cox was due more than $500,000 and yet unable to cement a permanent spot. Ben Reid, a veteran who had been signed on a long-term deal several years earlier, was another whose deal had been pushed into the future and then came home to roost.

And then there was the most egregious deal, the re-purchase of Dayne Beams from Brisbane on a four-year deal. Collingwood lost not only valuable cap space but draft picks in the Beams debacle.

The Pies have cleared the decks. In future years, they may well benefit from the fire sale. But, right now, the abrupt removal of the Band-Aid really hurts.

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Bathurst 1000, COVID-19, Supercars, raw sewage, tests, symptoms


Participants and spectators at this year’s Bathurst 1000 have been urged to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 after the virus was detected in sewage.

NSW Health on Wednesday night placed anyone who was at the race, as well as Bathurst residents, on high alert after remnants of the virus was found in the area.

The public health alert says the sample could indicate a current or previous infection in someone who attended Sunday’s race.

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Two Victorian schools closed as COVID cases spread to social housing block, Alerts for Bathurst 1000 visitors after virus found in raw sewage, Coronavirus cases surge across US, Australia death toll at 905


“This timeframe allows for the department to ensure the community is aware of the situation and for residents to get tested and get their results back before determining what the next steps are,” Victoria’s commander of testing and community engagement, Jeroen Weimar, said.

“We’re asking all these residents to come forward for asymptomatic testing at the dedicated testing station on site.”

The East Preston Islamic College has been closed for deep cleaning after it was revealed a student who was supposed to be self-isolating as they were a close contact of a positive case had attended school due to a misunderstanding.

“The college has taken positive steps to manage this situation and is working closely with us. It has been closed for deep cleaning,” Mr Weimar said.

“We need everyone working together to tackle this virus, and that’s exactly what the school community is doing. Staff and students who are close contacts – and their households – have been identified and are quarantining for 14 days.

“Extensive contact tracing is underway and we expect that as part of this work, additional cases will be detected.”

The Dallas Brooks Primary School has also been closed for deep cleaning.

A text message was sent to residents in the northern suburbs, urging them to get tested if they experienced any symptoms.

Pop-up testing sites and a community outreach program will be launched today.

Banyule Community Health and Himilo Community Connect will doorknock the area on Thursday to alert residents to the outbreak and provide information about testing and supports like financial assistance for missing work.

“We’re asking everyone who lives in this area or who has loved ones linked to these suburbs to please get tested if they have symptoms and to share this information within their families and broader community,” Mr Weimar said.



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Fears for South Sydney Rabbitohs star Greg Inglis’ life revealed in raw Australian Story


“I was feeling that he would take his own life because he couldn’t see a way out it,” Richardson says while fighting back tears. “Out of where he was going and how he was going to get there, that he’d felt he’d let everyone down.”

Inglis says he never had suicidal thoughts during that period but does talk about how he had “gone past rock bottom”.

Greg Inglis talks about how tough his life became in an emotional Australian Story on the ABC on Monday.

Greg Inglis talks about how tough his life became in an emotional Australian Story on the ABC on Monday.Credit:Kate Geraghty

It was a similar feeling when he suffered an ACL injury to his knee in the opening round of the 2017 season.

“When I was feeling down, training was the only thing that kept me stable,” he says. “Once that went away, it had a massive effect. I didn’t have the routine … Something I loved had been taken away and I just didn’t know how to cope.”

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Inglis hasn’t just turned the corner in the past year. He’s given the corner the right-hand fend and torn down field. The medication he’s on has worked so well that Parker says he doesn’t have to see Inglis again.

Inglis, who still intends to come out of retirement for Warrington in next year’s UK Super League, also discusses the Melbourne Storm’s salary cap scandal and the infamous second set of books.

“People go around saying that we knew,” he says. “Everyone that was involved in those times did not know. Did not know there were two sets of books. Did not know what each other was on because you don’t talk about that.”

Australian Story airs on the ABC at 8pm AEST on Monday.

Lifeline: 13 11 14.

Rumour hunger

Talk about the hunter becoming the hunted.

Last week, horrific rumours cranked up about the personal life of Broncos coach Anthony Seibold. It prompted an avalanche of text messages: “Mate, is this Seibold stuff true?”

Broncos coach Anthony Seibold.

Broncos coach Anthony Seibold.Credit:Getty Images

This week, the speculation has engulfed a number of rugby league identities after his lawyer, Dave Garratt, said cyber experts had identified “people of prominence” as the source. That triggered another avalanche of texts: “Who’s stitched up Seibs?”

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We’re making no bold declarations about how this saga will play out, because it has become ugly, juvenile and particularly hurtful for the Seibold family.

But there is growing cynicism about any actual people of prominence being revealed.

Garratt was telling anyone who called him on Monday that people will be named and shamed. By the end of the week, we were all none the wiser.

If the intention was to turn the narrative about Seibold on its head, it’s certainly worked.

Nevertheless, the NRL is keen to see what Seibold’s legal team come up with. It says it would have no choice but to deregister any coach or player if they are outed as the source.

Talking on eggshells

In other Broncos drama, Roosters supremo Nick Politis is bemused about being dragged into the Brisbane club’s mooted sacking of Tevita Pangai jnr.

The Broncos were livid when they learned that Pangai jnr had phoned Politis for a chinwag a few weeks ago and it’s reportedly part of the breach notice sent to the wayward star.

Politis has already called Broncos chairman Karl Morris to report the call was nothing more than a good old-fashioned chinwag about life — and that he wasn’t pitching up for a contract.

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Politis’ argument: Can two people from different clubs not speak to each other?

As the Broncos weigh up the sacking of Pangai jnr, and a likely settlement with Seibold before he returns to work on Monday after spending two weeks in a COVID hold, your humble correspondent can’t help but think back to the first match of the 2019 season at AAMI Park when the Broncos played Melbourne — Seibold’s first in charge of the Broncos.

As the Broncos tried to mount a comeback in the second half, Pangai jnr stalked the sideline, clearly furious he wasn’t on the field.

He then glared at the coach’s box, which is right next to the press box, and started shaking his head and mouthing obscenities about “getting me out there”.

Once bitten…

It can be exclusively revealed that Gold Coast captain Kevin Proctor did something to Shaun Johnson‘s arm — it’s just unclear exactly what.

Was it a bite? A nibble? Half a bite? Love bite? Nothing at all?

Perhaps nothing summed up the confusion more than the comments from Titans head of culture, Mal Meninga, on Fox Sports last Saturday.

Meninga first admitted the vision of Proctor was “hard to defend”. A few hours later, he was telling the viewers that Proctor felt his “life was in danger” because Johnson’s forearm was preventing him from breathing.

Johnson also couldn’t make up his mind.

On the field, he whinged about being bitten, coincidentally at the same time that referee Henry Perenara had signalled six-again against his side. Then he said he didn’t want a penalty. Then he said after the match “nothing happened”.

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Then he said in an Instagram post on the day of Proctor’s judiciary hearing that he did think he had been bitten, but he was milking a penalty, but that he ultimately didn’t think he had been bitten because, well, it was his Kiwis teammate Kevvie Proctor.

Johnson pleaded with the media not to “twist” the story. Oh brother, we couldn’t twist it any more than you already had because we were all left with absolutely no clue about what the hell you were talking about.

Clearly confused about the whole thing, the NRL judiciary took a bet each-way and banned Proctor for four weeks.

Unlike James Graham‘s Pitbull-like munch of Storm fullback Billy Slater‘s ear during a wild all-in brawl in the 2012 grand final, biting allegations are difficult to prove — and even then Des Hasler, who was coaching the Bulldogs, was adamant Graham hadn’t bitten Slater.

One of the great moments in biting folklore relates to Balmain hooker Benny Elias biting his hand in a scrum and then complaining to referee Kevin Roberts that Souths nemesis Mario Fenech had been the culprit.

Not so, according to our great mate and Book of Feuds author Mark Courtney.

In his weighty tome, Courtney explains how Elias had actually told Roberts to watch out for an “eye gouge”.

“The scrum exploded in a flurry of fists and Elias reeled back, holding his face,” Courtney wrote. “As the fight calmed down, nobody expected anything more than a penalty, but Roberts called Mario out and said, ‘You f—in’ gouged his eyes out. Off!’ “

Family circle

Nothing sums up the swinging fortunes of sport like the predicament the Johns family faced on Wednesday.

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On Wednesday afternoon, Cooper Johns was being told that he’d be making his debut against the Eels on Thursday night. Around the same time, his older brother Jack was suffering a compound dislocation of his finger at training at Souths and being taken to hospital for surgery.

Cooper has been described to this column by various people as the perfect mix of father Matthew and uncle Andrew.

Let’s just ponder that for a moment.

THE QUOTE
“I was being facetious; it was just a joke. You can’t get a fine for being facetious, can you? I might have to explain the word facetious to Bernard.” – Manly coach Des Hasler in vintage Des Hasler form after criticising the refs and refs boss Bernard Sutton after his side’s loss to Newcastle.

THUMBS UP
We’ve been critical of the Dragons in this column for some months now, but captain Cameron McInnes is all class, as typified by him handing departing coach Paul McGregor his jumper after the shock win over Parramatta last Thursday.

THUMBS DOWN
Racism poked its ugly head into footy twice in the space of one week. First, Penrith winger Brent Naden was subjected to abuse from the stands. Then Swans star Elijah Taylor was trolled after his COVID breach in Perth. Vile stuff.

It’s a big weekend for …
LeBron James and the LA Lakers after Portland snatched game one of their western conference playoff series. Game two in the NBA bubble tips off at 11am on Fri-yay.

It’s an even bigger weekend for …
The NSW Swifts when they meet Collingwood Magpies in their Super Netball clash on Saturday. Swifts had their first loss of the revised season last weekend but bounced back against the Firebirds.

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