Bring on the decider

I’M SURE I speak for most when I say that I was extremely proud to be a Blues fan last Wednesday night.In what was one of the most absorbing Origins I can remember watching, NSW prevailed in front of a massive crowd to take the series to a decider.Much like Origin I, it wasn’t a game of the highest technical quality, but it was exactly what fans wanted – tough, fast-paced and non-stop.Robbie Farah was immense for the Blues and missed none of his 63 tackle attempts, which is simply incred-ible when you think about how fast the match was.Young prop Tim Grant was a standout on debut and didn’t look out of place on the big stage – he’s certainly done enough to earn a spot in the decider.What did annoy me, though, was that much of the media coverage post-game centred on Michael Jennings’ play to dislodge the ball from Brent Tate just as he looked certain to score.Yes, it was a brilliant play, but Jennings was nowhere to be seen for most of the match and yet he was all but credited for the victory.Something else that made me laugh was when the Channel Nine commentary team paid tribute to Jarryd Hayne’s “awareness” to put his foot on the ball and set up Josh Morris’s try.Hayne simply lost control after Johnathon Thurston’s intervention and it was just fortunate that the ball landed on his foot. Sure, it was lucky, but hey, we’ll take it!It wasn’t the first mega-hyperbole from Phil Gould and co and it certainly won’t be the last. Bring on game three!A WELCOME DISTRACTION FOR GREECEThe people of Greece had something to cheer about for the first time in a long, long time on the weekend when its football team beat Russia 1-nil to advance to the quarter-finals of Euro 2012.Greece, who caused one of the biggest sporting upsets ever when it won Euro 2004, took the lead through 120-game veteran Giorgos Karagounis just before half-time and then held off wave after wave of Russian attacks to advance past the group stages.Back in Athens, there were scenes of unrivalled joy as fans partied in the streets of the capital for hours on end.From the footage, it would seem anyone selling Greek flags is doing quite well in the economic turmoil.After Greece’s close encounter with the euro, sit back and watch them play havoc at the Euros!SIMPSON JOINS FIRST-TIMERS’ LISTIf you’ve never won a Major before, then now is the time to become a professional golfer.American Webb Simpson became the ninth consecutive first-time Major winner on Monday when he took out the US Open title by one shot over Graeme McDowell and Michael Thompson.Simpson’s overall score after four rounds of one over par (281) shows just how difficult the Olympic Club’s Lake Course was playing during the championships.Jim Furyk was the favourite heading into round four, but three last-round bogeys ended his hopes.Follow @Dean_Benson14NoneThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Sharks cook chooks with first-half blitz

TWO tries each from Justin Bell and Dennis Green put the Moruya Sharks on track for a hard-fought 22-14 win over the previously unbeaten Bega Roosters on Sunday.The Sharks were kept scoreless in the second half but did more than enough in the first 40 minutes to win the entertaining clash at Ack Weyman Oval.The two competition points took Moruya to the top of the Group 16 table after Narooma’s match at Eden was postponed.Moruya showed more intensity in the opening stages of the match and was rewarded just eight minutes in when fullback Green made the most of Aaron Brierley’s chip kick.That seemed to spark the Roosters into action and they hit back just three minutes later.John Dickson looked certain to be stopped but somehow got a flick pass to Sean Bateman, who dived under the posts to give Bega a 6-4 lead.Several first-half penalties halted much of Bega’s momentum and that trend proved costly in the 16th minute when Bell wriggled his way over the try line from dummy half.Brierley added the extras for a 10-6 lead but when Tim Weyman was penalised for a strip in the 28th minute, Dickson took a quick tap and strolled over to level the scores.But the second-rower’s quick thinking was undone just two minutes later when Bega dropped Moruya’s kick-off to put the Sharks in a dangerous field position.And that was all the invitation the home side needed as Bell scored his second of the afternoon to set up a 16-10 buffer.Sharks captain-coach Richard Bradbury thought he had grounded his own grubber kick in the 39th minute only to see his appeals waved away by the touch judge.However, that missed opportunity mattered little as less than 60 seconds later Green completed his double for a 22-10 half-time advantage.The Roosters did pull one back five minutes from full-time through Josh Rose, but the Sharks’ defence stood firm to hold on for a vital win.Earlier in reserve grade, Charlie Nye’s sideline conversion after the full-time buzzer secured a thrilling 28-26 win after the Sharks trailed by 10 points with nine minutes left.Michael Rixon’s 69th-minute try levelled the scores before Nye kept his nerve from the kicking tee.Follow @Dean_Benson14NoneThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Bluetongues succumb to Boars’ roar

THE Batemans Bay Boars overcame a “sluggish start” on Saturday to record a solid 47-10 win over the Bombala Bluetongues at Hanging Rock Oval.With the Boars struggling for field position early on, Bombala took the lead in the 12th minute when Ashley Ranby crossed after Reece Crouch’s delightful flick pass.Despite conceding the first try, Bay captain-coach Dave Silversides said it was no real cause for concern.“Not at this point of the year because there has been a lot of byes and it’s been really stop-start for the past six or seven weeks,” he said.“I’ve been utilising a variety of players in various positions and when you do that, sometimes you can have a bit of a sluggish start.”The Boars failed to react immediately and they could’ve gone even further behind five minutes later but Dane Cotteril sent his penalty goal attempt wide.That warning sign finally clicked the Boars into gear and they took the lead in the 22nd minute when James Bell barged over from close range before flyhalf Dave Warner added the extras.Silversides’ team then made the most of its newfound momentum when fullback Cory Maddison, who was superb for the Boars, finished off a slick backline move for 14-5.The home side started to assert its dominance and had a third try just three minutes later.Saxton DeThierry drew two defenders and put winger Ashlee Reid into space, who put on the afterburners to stroll under the posts untouched.Warner slotted the simple conversion attempt to make the score 21-5 and leave the visitors somewhat shell-shocked.But the Boars’ first-half scoring spree wasn’t over and four minutes before the interval they went further ahead when Bell’s perfectly timed pass allowed Warner to touch down.He dusted himself off to convert his own try and send the Boars into half time with a healthy 28-5 lead.Steve Fitzgerald kept the scoreboard ticking in the 50th minute when he forced his way through the Bombala defence from 10 metres out.The Boars scored two more converted tries before Cotteril responded with a penalty.“It was another good result. Bombala gave us a really physical game but the score line of 47-10 probably indicates the balance of the match,” Silversides said.Follow @Dean_Benson14NoneThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Bat poop has them in a flap

A Batemans Bay grandfather fears authorities will only act to rid the town of its rapidly growing flying fox population when someone dies after contracting the deadly Hendra virus.“This species is a reservoir of the Hendra virus, they are immune but they carry it,” Ed Jansen claimed despite health assurances by the National Parks and Wildlife Service.With thousands of the bats roosting just metres from the backyard of his inner Batemans Bay home, the stench is overwhelming and Mr Jansen is now a very worried man.He said bat excrement covered driveways, roofs, and cars, and he had become so frightened for the health of his daughter and grandchildren, who live with him, that the children are not allowed to play in the sandpit because of the excreta dropping in it from overhead.Mr Jansen has disconnected his water tank because its drinking water was contaminated by the bats in the runoff from the roof.His vegetable garden is hit by their waste and he also worries about the health of his chooks.Mr Jansen likens it to living in “ground zero” when the critters in their thousands circle overhead screeching each morning and evening as they arrive and depart from their roosts in she-oaks at Eurobodalla Shire Council’s Water Gardens.“I feel our local politicians are letting us down. They don’t seem to get a grasp of the situation, how bad it is to live with,” Mr Jansen said.“They (the flying foxes) have been here for months and I hoped the first frosts would send them away but they won’t go.“This Hendra virus can jump species. It has killed horses and I’m worried about my dogs and others (neighbours).“I have been told that ferrets can get the virus, so there is a risk if anyone has one for a pet and contracts Hendra.“We could have an epidemic and people could die.”Mr Jansen said the Water Gardens were full of birdlife, including ducks, with the flying foxes polluting the water they drink with excreta.Mr Jansen and his equally worried neighbour Ken Burn, who has already spoken out about the bats, want the colony moved away from the town and back into the bush.They do not want them harmed but instead moved out to a more appropriate bush neighbourhood.Both men noted that the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney this month, after over 20 years, had finally got rid of its flying foxes by using constant noise played via loudspeakers to disrupt their roost.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

The hunt is on for Bigfoot

(Left) The hunt is on again for the “yowie”, or “hairy man”, this time on the Far South Coast.This winter, a large-scale search will be made by Rex Gilroy, who began research into yowies back in 1957.Since then, the 68-year-old cryptozoologist claims to have amassed several thousand accounts of male and female hairy primitives – claims of sightings from 1790 to the present.“Pioneer period reports of these hominids give the yowie mystery some credibility,” Mr Gilroy said.“I have also gathered over 200 plaster casts of footprints.“Today there is enough evidence to show that two distinct races of yowie are involved in the mystery and that they are present-day surviving forms of ancestors who entered Australia from Asia when a land shelf joined Australia to mainland Asia.”Mr Gilroy and his wife Heather are gathering sighting reports and any other evidence of yowies throughout the Bega and surrounding districts. They operate the not-for-profit Aust-ralian Yowie Research Centre in Katoomba.“The yowie or ‘hairy man’ – the women were hairy too – are an ancient Australia-wide Aboriginal tradition,” Mr Gilroy said.“We have old pioneer period accounts of Australopithecine-like apish male and female beings seen around the Bega area.“Back in the mid-19th century the beings were called ‘the Black Monster of Bega’ due to their longish dark hair and forward-projecting apish faces.“In 1915 outside Bega township a young man was milking a cow on the edge of scrub, when he discovered he was being watched from bushes by a dark-haired, ape-like female creature about five-foot tall (1.5m).“When she realised she had been spotted she ran off into scrub.”The Gilroys will search the Bega district with a number of assistant field investigators and are confident of turning up more evidence of the “hairy people of Bega”.They would welcome any information from readers about yowie sightings. Contact them at PO Box 202, Katoomba, NSW 2780, call 4782 3441 or email [email protected]南京夜网.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.