Veteran hungry for call-up

Whether this season proves to be his last hoorah in the NRL or not, Chris Heighington is adamant about one thing –at 36, he is not at the Knightsjust to make up the numbers.
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One of just three current players [Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk are the others]to have played more than 300 NRL games, Newcastle isjust his third NRL club since debuting at the Wests Tigers in 2003.

He was part of their premiership-winning side in 2005 and enjoyed a second premiership win with Cronulla in 2016.

He says the move up the freeway from his Central Coast home has given him another new lease of life.

“Putting a new colour on and being around new people at a new club, it does feel like a new start,” he said.

“Training’s been great and I’ve got to know the boys pretty good and I’m enjoying their company.

“It actually feels a bit similar to when I first started at the Tigers with all the young blokes here and we won the title in 2005. I’m not saying we willdo that here but we are definitely building for success.

“Browny’s a really cluey coach and he’s got some good assistants so the place isin real good hands.”

Heighington, who says he is taking it a season at a time, is not so sure about thefather figure label.

“I’m still pretty immature so I don’t know about being a father figure,” he said.

“I’m 36 but I still feel young, laughing and joking around with the boys. There are some great young kids coming throughso it’s a joy to be able to train alongside them.

“I’ll just try and lead by example on and off the field. Mentoring will be part of it.But obviously, I want to play.

“There is a bit of depth in the middle and hopefully I can trial well and find a position there.”

Looking back: Veteran Knights forward Chris Heighington is one of only three current NRL players to have played more than 300 NRL games. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Concerns of Adani boss ‘a bit rich’: Labor

Tanya Plibersek says Labor has the right to question the Adani coal mine project.Labor has rejected claims it is destabilising Australia’s investment attractiveness through its scepticism of the controversial Adani Queensland coal mine.
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Adani Australia chief executive Jayakumar Janakaraj told The Weekend Australian Labor’s attacks on the project had cast doubt on Australia’s ability to remain an attractive destination for capital.

Deputy opposition leader Tanya Plibersek says none of Labor’s criticism should harm Australia as an investment destination.

“It is a bit rich for a company who originally said that they didn’t need taxpayer support for this project to go ahead and then five minutes later stuck their hand out for a $1 billion loan to be talking about whether we’re an attractive investment destination,” she told ABC TV on Sunday.

“We have every right as a nation to say we’ll make decisions in our own best interests, in the best interests of our economy and our environment.”

The $1 billion loan Adani had hoped to get to build a railway from the mine to its Abbott Point port won’t be forthcoming after the Queensland government vowed to veto it.

And the project was dealt another blow on Friday when rail operator Aurizon withdrew its plans to build a freight line.

Ms Plibersek backed leader Bill Shorten’s strident questioning of whether the jobs promised by Adani would eventuate, saying the company had “overinflated” their numbers.

‘We do need to answer questions about jobs in central and northern Queensland but we also need to make sensible decisions about this project and really answer whether it stacks up environmentally and economically.”

She denied Labor’s increased vocalness about the massive mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin was prompted by its battle against the Greens in the by-election in inner-Melbourne seat of Batman.

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Jets question crucial call

STAND AND APPLAUD: Jets fans show their appreciation on Saturday. Picture: Sproule Sports FocusNEWCASTLE were still waiting for an explanation on Sunday as to why they were forced to play 75 minutes a woman down in their epic 3-2 extra-time W-Leaguesemi-final loss to Sydney.
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The Jets were behind 2-0 at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday when defender Hannah Brewer was given a straight red card in the second minute of first-half injury-time for a foul on Lisa De Vanna outside the penalty area. Brewer was seemingly deemed to be the last defender despite centre-back Natasha Prior running alongside the pair at the time of the challenge.

Against all odds, Newcastle rallied with goals to Arin Gilliland (53rdminute) and Tara Andrews (92nd) to send the game to extra-time, but De Vanna finished a counterattack eight minutes in to end the fairytale comeback.

Jets question crucial call FIGHTBACK: The Jets celebrate a goal from Tara Andrews, centre, in stoppage time. Picture: AAP

STAND AND APPLAUD: Jets fans show their appreciation on Saturday. Picture: Sproule Sports Focus

BATTLE: Jets keeper Britt Eckerstrom, left, and defender Natasha Prior, right, deny Lisa De Vanna. Picture: AAP

TweetFacebook Newcastle v SydneyAAPNewcastle coach Craig Deans said Brewer’s challenge on DeVanna was “definitely a free kick and probably a yellow card, but I can’t see where there’s a red card, and it did change the game”.

“I’d like someone to explain it to me because from where I was sitting, two players were running with Lisa De Vanna, one made a tackle and the other was still running with her,” he said.“My understanding is that if it’s not the last player or a reckless or dangerous tackle, which it wasn’t …so it would be nice to get an explanation, but it’s not going to change the game.

“ButI don’t want to talk about referees.The game is not about referees. The only thing that annoys me is that it took an opportunity away from a player to play in a game that they’ve worked really hard to get to.”

Deans was “super proud” of his side’s fightback against the class of Sydney, who led through individual brilliance from Caitlin Foord (ninth minute) and a long-range shot from Kylie Ledbrook (35th).

“The first half was disappointing,” he said. “We made a good start but then had a couple of lapses in concentration and we got punished for them.Then maybe with a little bit of the nerves and inexperience in finals, we lost our way a bit for the last 15 minutes of the half, then thered card changed the game.

“That last 75 minutes is exactly what we want from our players, our team and our club. That’s the benchmark now and we’ve got to make sure wekeep reproducing efforts like that for the next however many years.”

Sydney will play Melbourne City, who beat Brisbane 2-0, in the decider.

Deans said Sydney were full of praise and respect for Newcastle after Saturday’s game and he hoped they would go on to win the championship.

Midfielder Tori Husterand centre-back Natasha Prior played through injury for the Jets and were among the heroes for Newcastle.

“Tori did no training all week, played 120 minutes and finished the game the way she started, but I think every player was in the same boat,” Deans said.“I can’t fault their application.

“Katie [Stengel] and Jenna [Kingsley] did the work of three people up front. Katie did it for 75 minutes and Jenna for 60. Neither scored a goal but the amount of work they did was impressive.”

Gilliland’s goal came froma back-post header off an Emily Van Egmond corner kick.

With Foord off at half-timewith a foot injury, Sydney still looked likely to extend their lead and progress to the grand final but the Jets held firm before substitute Andrews’ heroics in the second minute of stoppage time.

Andrews’ passput Gilliland on goal and her shot was blocked but not controlled by the Sydney keeper Aubrey Bledsloe. Gilliland regained possession andpassed to Stengel who found an unmarked Andrewsfor the equalising strike.

A stunned home side responded through De Vanna in the eighth minute of 30 minutes of extra time when she finished a one-on-one chance following a counterattacking run from defender Emily Sonnett from a Jets corner.

It came after Stengel had a shot knocked wide. Atired Newcastle continued to press for an equaliserwhile goalkeeper Britt Eckerstrom made great saves to keep them in the hunt.

Captain Van Egmond said the red card call “was just football, and that happens, but I’m just really proud of the girls today, to fight back right until the end”.

“It’s been a really enjoyable season for us here at Newcastle,” she added.

Onthe second-half revival, she said: “Obviously we had some work to do and credit to the girls, they came out with the right mindset and we got two back, but unfortunately we copped a third in extra-time.

“But I’m just super proud of the team and the club in general.”

In regular time, Newcastle had the better of the opening minutes and had chances when Brewer’s shot off a turnover was tippedwide and Van Egmond’s strike went over the crossbar.

However, it was Sydney, through brilliance from Matildas star Foord, who scored first.

Off a ball from the top from De Vanna, Foord eluded two defenders with skill before a well-placed strikebeat Eckerstrom.

Sydney pushed hard for a second against a sluggish Jets and Ledbrook’s powerful strikewas denied by Eckerstrom’s reflex blockin the 31stminute.

Ledbrook, though, could not be denied in the 35thwhen she hit a skewed shot on the run from distance to score.

AAP reports:Sydney FC has stretched their unbeaten run to 10 matches to reach the grand final, but the victory came at a high cost.

Foord limped off at halftime with a foot injury, and faces an extended spell on the sidelines in what would also be a blow to the Matildas’ upcoming Asian Cup campaign.

The injury partly overshadowed Sydney FC’s win as they chase a first title for five years.

“It doesn’t look good,” said Sydney FC coach Ante Juric about Foord’s injury.

“She has had that kind of foot injury in the past and she was out for a long time.”

Ledbrook also limped off during extra time after also suffering a foot injury, but Juric expects the veteran to be fully fit for next week’s decider against the winner ofSunday’ssecond semi-final between Brisbane Roar and Melbourne City.

“At 2-0 we were sort of cruising and I wasn’t happy that we copped two silly goals,” said Juric.

“I always felt we would get through, but we always do it the hard way and have done throughout the whole season.”

Banks inquiry: Consumers treated unfairly

Former High Court justice Kenneth Hayne will preside over the banks royal commission. Kenneth Hayne QC has stressed the importance of public submissions to the banking royal commission.
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Consumers are not always treated honestly and fairly in Australia’s $1 trillion home loan market and laws may have been broken, the opening day of the banks royal commission has heard.

The financial services royal commission’s first public hearings will focus on inappropriate or unsuitable lending in home loans, car loans and credit cards.

Buying a property is likely to be the most substantial, and perhaps the most stressful, financial transaction in the average Australian’s life, senior counsel assisting the commission Rowena Orr SC said.

“The commission will hear evidence of events involving certain financial services entities in the context of home lending that suggest that consumers have not always enjoyed the right to be treated honestly and fairly when it comes to home loans,” Ms Orr said on Monday.

“Some of these events may have involved breaches of the law, while others may have involved departures from community standards and expectations.

“The purchase of a car is also a transaction that must be conducted honestly and fairly, and yet our inquiries to date have revealed practices in relation to car lending that appear to depart from these standards,” she added.

Around 5.8 million Australian households have a home loan, nearly all through a bank.

The banks, building societies and credit unions provide about $1.6 trillion in housing finance to owner-occupiers and investors, with housing loans representing the largest asset of authorised deposit-taking institutions.

The $75 million inquiry into misconduct in the banking, superannuation and financial services industry has so far received 385 public submissions, half of which relate to banking.

Opening the inquiry on Monday, Commissioner Kenneth Hayne QC stressed the importance of public submissions to the royal commission’s work but warned it cannot look at all cases of misconduct.

“I understand fully that those affected by what they consider to be misconduct want their complaints recognised and considered and want those responsible held to account,” Mr Hayne said.

“But I have to say that the commission will not have time to publicly examine every case of alleged misconduct.”

A number of aggrieved consumers attended the one-hour initial public hearing, including one man who shouted to Mr Hayne about his house mortgage dispute with one of the major banks.

“What kind of hell are we dealing with here?” he yelled as the hearing ended.

Mr Hayne said the commission would use case studies and examples to identify the kinds of misconduct that have occurred, why it happened, what should have been and what was the response.

He noted that in many cases the fact that there has been misconduct has been established previously, or is now acknowledged or admitted.

“More is to be gained by looking at why this happened and at what was, and what should have been the response, than reproving what other processes have shown happened or reproving what is now admitted to have occurred.”

Ms Orr said the financial planning and wealth management industry would also be part of the inquiry’s early focus.

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Man shot during Indon church sword attack

Police in Indonesia shot a sword-wielding man who attacked a church, injuring four people.A knife-wielding attacker has wounded four churchgoers in the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta before being shot and wounded by police.
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Police were unsure on Sunday if it was a terrorism-related incident.

Police said they were investigating possible motives for the attack by the suspect, believed to be a university student, at a Catholic church service in Yogyakarta, widely known as the cultural centre of Indonesia’s main island of Java.

The condition of the wounded people was not immediately clear. Among them was a German-born priest who had been leading the service and who had lived in Indonesia for decades, according to a fellow priest, Dwi Harsanto.

A police officer was also stabbed while trying to detain the suspect.

“We cannot confirm yet if this was a terror-related incident,” said Yogyakarta police spokesman Yuliyanto, who goes by one name like many Indonesians. “We can confirm the suspect has been detained and is being treated in hospital.”

Yuliyanto added that the unidentified attacker had been shot in the stomach by police.

Indonesia is an officially secular country and has the world’s largest population of Muslims, as well as sizeable minorities of Christians, Hindus, and those who adhere to traditional faiths.

Communal and religious tensions have been on the rise in recent years as calls by hardline groups for sharia, or Islamic law, to be implemented nationally grow louder.

Indonesia has also seen a resurgence in homegrown radicalism, inspired in part by the militant Islamic State group.

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Zuma’s future in Ramaphosa’s hands

Cyril Ramaphosa is in talks with South Africa’s ruling party about President Jacob Zuma’s future.African National Congress (ANC) leader Cyril Ramaphosa says the ruling party is holding talks over Jacob Zuma’s position as president of the country and that those talks should be handled with “care and purpose”.
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“We know you want this matter to be finalised,” Ramaphosa told a crowd of ANC supporters in Cape Town on Sunday.

South Africa’s ANC has called a meeting of its national executive for Monday, as Ramaphosa and his allies lobby for President Zuma to step down.

The party of Nelson Mandela was marking the 28th anniversary of the day the late leader walked free from prison in the city of Cape Town.

On February 11, 1990, Mandela left Victor Verster prison, a jail in the Cape Winelands town of Paarl, outside of Cape Town. Mandela spent the last two years of his prison sentence there.

Upon his release, Mandela entered Cape Town triumphantly, accompanied by his former wife Winnie Mandela and members of the African National Congress. The occasion marked the first time Mandela addressed South Africans after 27 years in prison for opposing apartheid.

“History was made here where you are all standing,” Ramaphosa told the crowd of hundreds who had gathered on Sunday. He recalled the thousands of people who also gathered along the road, eager to catch a glimpse of Mandela as he drove from the prison.

“The centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela gives us an opportunity for renewal and rebuilding,” Ramaphosa said, noting that the party and the county was emerging from a difficult period.

In the last several years, South Africa’s political turmoil has also led to economic uncertainty. Last year, S&P and Fitch downgraded the country’s sovereign credit rating after Zuma fired the finance minister over political infighting.

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Vast wealth of Catholic church revealed

St Patrick’s Cathedral is worth $44.6 million with the Catholic Church’s wealth under scrutiny.The Catholic Church has been revealed as Victoria’s largest non-government property owner, casting doubt over claims it would be forced to cut social work if forced to compensate victims of clergy sexual abuse.
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An investigation by Fairfax Media published on Monday reports that the church appears to own more than $30 billion in property and other assets across Australia.

Fairfax estimated the church’s Victorian portfolio to be about $9 billion, but in evidence to the royal commission in 2014 it valued its Melbourne properties at $109 million.

The apparent wealth of the church contrasts with findings by the royal commission, which found the average payout by the church’s compensation scheme established by former archbishop George Pell 20 years ago was $35,000 or less for those who had been abused by clergy.

“These figures confirm what we have known; there is huge inequity between the Catholic Church’s wealth and their responses to survivors,” Helen Last, chief executive of the In Good Faith Foundation, which supports abuse survivors told Fairfax.

“The 600 survivors registered for our foundation’s services continue to experience minimal compensation and lack of comprehensive care in relation to their church abuses. They say their needs are the lowest of church priorities.”

The government is rolling out a redress scheme for survivors from July 1, fulfilling a key recommendation of the child abuse royal commission.

The Catholic Church, which had already promised to join the national redress scheme, urged the states and territories to act.

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Doctors warned following codeine overhaul

Doctors have been warned to watch out for dependent patients after codeine become prescription-only.Doctors have been warned to watch out for codeine-dependent patients following the introduction of prescription-only codeine drugs earlier this month.
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Identifying codeine-dependent patients may be difficult, but a study released on Monday says it’s vital doctors pick up signs of addiction to prevent serious health complications, which could be fatal.

The study’s release comes after products containing codeine, such as Panadeine, Nurofen Plus and Mersyndol, became prescription-only on February 1.

Dr Suzanne Nielsen, lead author of the study published in the Medical Journal of Australia, says doctors need to ask the right questions early, and often, because “it’s generally a very hidden problem”.

“We don’t see any difference between things like age, gender and unemployment,” says the senior researcher at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales.

“It’s definitely more nuanced and some of the stigmatising images for people who commit substance abuse are not helpful for anyone and certainly not helpful for working out anyone with a codeine dependence.”

The research, which used data from 41 publications, showed clinical identification of dependence was often delayed and the prevalence of mental health conditions alongside codeine-dependence was very high.

Tolerance to the drug can develop quickly and the harms outweigh the benefits when used in low doses with drugs such as paracetamol and ibuprofen painkillers – which are not made significantly more effective by the addition of codeine, according to the study.

Doctors must build rapport with patients and ask detailed questions about their pain problems, the amount of codeine that’s been used and for how long, Dr Nielson said.

“It’s not something that might be evident immediately. Often (serious) cases have been identified historically when people have been submitted to hospital with organ damage,” Dr Nielson told AAP.

Detoxification and medication based treatments were among a number of options available for those with codeine addictions, but removing the stigma was the first step for people reluctant to come forward and seek help, Dr Nielson said.

“This isn’t the fault of the patients, it’s the fault of an imperfect medication,” the researcher told AAP.

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Ikonomidis on fire in Wanderers win

Chris Ikonomidis has starred for Western Sydney in their 4-0 A-league defeat of Wellington.A Chris Ikonomidis-inspired Western Sydney have further buried Wellington’s woeful A-League season, seeing off the Kiwi side 4-0 at ANZ Stadium.
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Oriol Riera drew first blood before goals to Michael Thwaite, Ikonomidis and Jaushua Sotirio broke the Wanderers’ second-half hoodoo on Sunday night, ensuring the at-times wasteful side climbed back into sixth.

From a total 33 shots, the hosts managed 11 on target and, fortunately for coach Josep Gombau, the visiting opposition was only too willing to be moulded into whatever shape his side desired.

“Slowly, slowly we are playing good football,” Gombau said.

“We have eight more games and we need a good performance every single one.”

For Wellington, who had a sole shot on target from their total five, it marked a second-straight 4-0 loss and 11th of the season.

“Tonight was a last chance maybe for somebody who still dreams about play-offs,” Phoenix coach Darije Kalezic said.

“We didn’t show enough will and desire to win the game tonight.”

Six minutes in, the ever-present Ikonomidis withstood pressure to keep the ball in at the byline and cut back for Josh Risdon, who provided Riera with the ammo he needed for a curling header past Lewis Italiano at the far post.

Though the onslaught continued, the slaughter briefly halted.

So many of the Wanderers’ chances went awry it was only due to Wellington’s sheer ineptitude that the misses did not prove more costly.

Straight after the break it very nearly did when Andrija Kaluderovic’s header skewed just wide of the upright.

Dylan Fox, fresh off his late lunge to stop Ikonomidis in his tracks, came to the fore again to clear off the line and deny a sure thing from Risdon.

The Wanderers kept coming but recent history suggested it would amount to little – in Gombau’s previous 13 matches in charge his side have scored just two second-half goals.

To their credit, they did it three times in one night.

Off a pinpoint Marcelo Carrusca corner, Thwaite beat Matija Ljujic in the air for a cracking maiden club goal.

Ikonomidis started and finished the Wanderers’ third, embarking on a one-two with Mark Bridge before the veteran provided a delightful backheel for Ikonomidis to slide a venomous shot home.

Then, in the 82nd minute, Italiano denied substitute Brendon Santalab but followed a firm save with a fumble that allowed Sotirio’s follow-up shot to roll into the net.

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Injuries to stars mar historic AFLW round

Serious injuries to Brianna Davey (pic) and Isabel Huntington have marred a historic AFLW round.Serious injuries to star players have marred a weekend of AFLW matches in which an attendance record was smashed but league bosses were still left searching for the higher scoring they crave.
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Isabel Huntington, taken first overall in the draft by the Western Bulldogs, will undergo scans on her right knee after she left Sunday’s clash against Brisbane on a stretcher.

The 18-year-old, who was on the comeback trail from a knee reconstruction, clutched at her knee after it buckled beneath her in the second quarter of her side’s 5.3 (33) to 3.6 (24) win at South Pine Sports Complex.

The club fears she has suffered another ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.

“It’s pretty deflating to have a really good win and to see her do all the rehab (then get injured),” Dogs coach Paul Groves said.

“We don’t know yet (the extent of the injury). We will wait for the scans but I am just exhausted, I feel so much for her.

“Her character and type of person she is, it is just a blip for her, she will come back from it.”

Carlton confirmed on Saturday that star defender Brianna Davey’s season is over after she ruptured an ACL in Friday night’s win over Greater Western Sydney.

It’s a massive blow for the Blues, who have started the second season with two wins.

Davey was hurt in the last quarter of the 3.12 (30) to 1.3 (9) at Drummoyne Oval in Sydney.

“She is clearly a star contributor in our back line but her absence will now be an opportunity for our other AFLW defenders to step up on-field,” Blues football boss Andrew McKay said.

Adelaide’s title defence suffered a blow on Saturday when Melbourne prevailed 8.8 (56) to 4.0 (24) at Casey Fields.

Demons livewire Aliesha Newman kicked a stunning goal after a blazing run that is already being touted as the goal of the year.

History was made in Perth on Saturday when a record crowd of 41,975 watched Fremantle defeat Collingwood – 6.4 (40) to 4.3 (27).

That number smashed the previous crowd record for an AFLW match – the 24,500 who watched last season’s opener between Carlton and Collingwood at Ikon Park.

And the record for a stand alone women’s domestic game in Australia was also broken.

That obscure record was set in 1929, when 41,000 fans attended an exhibition game at Adelaide Oval between employees from a department store and a pyjama factory.

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City knock Roar out of W-League finals

Melbourne City’s Aivi Luik (centre) celebrates her goal in Sunday’s W-League semi-final.Melbourne City have reached the W-League decider at the expense of premiers Brisbane Roar after a 2-0 semi-final win on Sunday.
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Former Roar midfielder Aivi Luik came back to haunt her old club, breaking a tense deadlock in the 66rd minute with a long-range effort that deflected off Brisbane skipper Clare Polkinghorne’s shoulder.

Jess Fishlock added another six minutes later, the veteran Welsh international’s shot passing through the outstretched gloves of Mackenzie Arnold to silence a stunned crowd at Perry Park.

It was a rich reward for City and a harsh but fitting punishment for the Roar, who had numerous chances but simply weren’t clinical enough to finish them.

However, they had what looked a strong penalty claim turned down six minutes out from the break after Matildas attacker Hayley Raso was clattered by Luik.

“I did think it was a penalty. I guess the ref saw something else,” Raso said.

“It’s tough for our girls, coming off a good season and losing like that.”

Drinks breaks were taken in both halves on a 34-degree scorcher in Brisbane, which tested the resolve of players and the 3870 in attendance.

The conditions clearly took their toll, with the first stanza an enthralling end-to-end affair dominated by the Roar.

But when it slowed down in the second half, City’s big guns relished in the extra space.

Fishlock said City’s gameplan was to “ride the storm” and let the Roar tire themselves in possession while the sun was out.

“It was funny, we all heard comments at the beginning of the game that Melbourne were going to melt and they wouldn’t be able to deal with the heat,” she said.

“I think that game goes to show, just speak about football… focus on that rather than the other team and you might come out on top.

“We knew when the sun went down our quality and fitness would come through.”

The defeat brought an abrupt end to Brisbane’s season and shattered their hopes of capturing the W-League double.

They rallied to find a way back into the match and nearly pegged one back in the 77th minute through substitute Abbey Lloyd.

Her headed attempt on goal rattled the crossbar and bounced straight down, but didn’t cross the line.

Two-time reigning champions City, who finished fourth on the ladder, will now face Sydney at Allianz Stadium in next Sunday’s grand final having won it from the same position last season.

They can make history by repeating that feat as no team has ever won the W-League grand final three years in a row.

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Huntington injury sours Dogs’ AFLW win

The Western Bulldogs’ AFLW win over Brisbane has been soured by a knee injury to Isabel Huntington.For the second straight week, a serious knee injury has marred victory for AFLW pace-setters the Western Bulldogs after comeback forward Isabel Huntington broke down in their 5.3 (33) to 3.6 (24) upset win over Brisbane.
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Bulldogs coach Paul Groves cut a shattered figure on Sunday despite the rousing victory in brutal 36C heat at South Pine Sports Complex after Huntington’s horror run continued.

Early flag fancies the Bulldogs also lost forward Daria Bannister to a season-ending knee injury in their first-round win over Fremantle.

In front of 5300 fans, Huntington booted two goals in as many minutes in the second term for the visitors, breaking open the match after just three points were scored in the first term.

Then disaster struck.

Just as Huntington looked set to cut loose, her right knee buckled in a contest midway through the second quarter of the second-round clash.

It was another blow for Huntington, who missed the entire 2017 season due to a left knee injury.

She also broke her right leg in 2015.

It didn’t look good for AFLW No.1 draft pick Huntington, who emerged from the change rooms after halftime in crutches.

“It’s pretty deflating to have a really good win and to see her do all the rehab (then break down),” Groves said.

“We don’t know yet (extent of injury). We will wait for the scans but I am just exhausted – I feel so much for her.

“Her character and type of person she is, it is just a blip for her – she will come back from it.”

The undefeated Bulldogs are top of the ladder but now must tackle the Crows in Adelaide next week without Huntington and Bannister.

The Bulldogs’ second-straight win marked 2017 AFLW grand finalists Brisbane’s first regular season loss in their club history.

The heat seemed to take its toll early, with just three points scored in the first term before Huntington’s double gave the visitors a 4.2 (26) to 0.3 (3) halftime lead.

Brisbane couldn’t reel in the deficit to crash to a disappointing home loss after opening their season with a convincing away win over Adelaide in the AFLW grand final rematch.

“Maybe after last week’s euphoric win we were a little bit off. It shouldn’t take some soul searching at halftime to see where your attitude is,” Lions coach Craig Starcevich said.

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Mitchell breaks Australian javelin record

Kathryn Mitchell has broken the Australian record for women’s javelin, throwing 67.58m (file).The Australian women’s javelin record had been on Kathryn Mitchell’s mind for what felt like an eternity, but she could hardly have picked a more poignant moment to finally break it.
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In a formidable statement of intent seven weeks out from the Commonwealth Games, the 2016 Olympics finalist threw 67.58 metres at a meet in Victoria on Sunday – 1.4m further than the gold-medal mark in Rio.

Just as pertinent to Mitchell was that she’d rewritten the history books two days after the death of men’s national javelin record-holder Jarrod Bannister.

Australia’s athletics fraternity had spent the weekend in shock since Bannister, 33, died in The Netherlands on Friday.

For Mitchell, the 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist’s death hit especially close to home, given the pair had shared a coach in former East German world record-holder Uwe Hohn.

“To be honest, it has been a shock this week,” Mitchell said.

“The record drips in irony.

“Most people’s heart and spirit would have been heavy about the loss.

“I can only imagine what the family are feeling.”

It’s been a long slog for Mitchell, who has finished outside the podium places at two Olympics and three Commonwealth Games.

Seven months ago the 35-year-old’s PB remained at the 66.10m she’d thrown three years prior.

This result at Ringwood in suburban Melbourne betters last month’s PB of 66.73m and eclipses the previous national mark of 66.83m set by Kim Mickle in 2014.

“It has been on my list for a long, long time and I have been working away at achieving it,” Mitchell said.

“However, I didn’t expect it today.”

Mickle, Australia’s world championships silver medallist and 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, was quick to congratulate her compatriot.

“Massive congrats to Kathryn Mitchell who just threw a new woman’s Australian record!!!,” Mickle wrote on Twitter.

“Seriously couldn’t be prouder of her! So many years, so many tough times and now finally rewarded!!!!”

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