Our queen wins by marest of margins

AM I the only one who feels incredibly sorry for Luke Nolen? I can’t be, surely not!Never before has an Aussie sporting triumph on English soil been met with such disregard and hatred.I was wide awake on Sunday morning to watch Black Caviar stroll over the line at Royal Ascot for a win by the barest of margins.Nolen essentially stopped riding the champion mare with about 100 metres to go and it almost cost him dearly.I jumped on Twitter straight after the race and Nolen was getting verbally bashed from all quarters.The man himself labelled his decision to ease up as a “brain fade”, but with the way everyone was carrying on, you’d think Black Caviar was well beaten.The truth is that a win is a win regardless of the margin and Australia’s most dominant sporting figure has now extended her unbeaten run to 22.It was clear to all watching that Black Caviar had very little left in the tank towards the end of the race, but even in that state it was still enough for her to win on racing’s biggest stage.If anything, the tension that surrounded the photo finish will only add to the suspense when a film is inevitably made about Moody’s mare.A well-earned rest is now on the cards before a decision is made about whether to retire her. Personally, I hope she continues, for a little while at least.MORE QUESTIONS RAISEDRemember Origin I when Greg Inglis was awarded a try even though he knocked on thanks to a timely intervention from Robbie Farah?Interestingly enough, a very similar situation arose on Saturday night when Penrith’s Lachlan Coote used his foot to stop Parramatta scoring in the corner.It was correctly ruled no try and play resumed on the 20-metre line. But hang on, according to the standard set in Origin I, that’s a try, right? Well, no, it’s not.Examples such as that only continue to highlight the blunder that was Inglis’s try at Etihad Stadium.The inconsistency shown by NRL referees would be enough to confuse Albert Einstein.Another thing is the constant use of the word “thriller” to describe matches that finish in golden point.Admittedly, I’m not golden point’s biggest fan, but just because a match needed to be decided by a field goal shootout doesn’t make it a “thriller” by default.KEWELL COOLS ON VICTORYSadly, Harry Kewell’s adventure in the A-League is over.The Socceroos star decided not to renew his Melbourne Victory contract on the weekend after he decided to move back to the UK with his wife Sheree Murphy, whose mother is reportedly very ill.Make no mistake, this is a big loss for soccer in this country – I thought Kewell did wonders for the league last season.English second-tier clubs Blackburn Rovers and Bolton look likely destinations now.Follow @Dean_Benson14NoneThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Rain makes it a black Friday for Grace Schumacher

EGLINTON tennis star Grace Schumacher has missed out on a chance to claim two prestigious junior titles after rain robbed her of twin finals appearances last week.Schumacher, along with a number of other promising young Bathurst players, was faring well at the NSW Country Closed Junior Championships in Newcastle before wet weather spoiled things at the crucial moment.The Eglinton player had made her way into the final of the under 11 girls singles as well as the under 12 girls singles, both of which were due to be played on Friday, but consistent rain put paid to any chance of the matches going ahead.Tennis NSW Community Tennis officer Nathan Wilkins said that he was confident Schumacher could have claimed at least one of the titles.“She had been playing really strong tennis all week, she defeated the top seed in the 11 girls event and probably would have won except for the downpour,” he said.“She was also in for a good battle in the 12 girls final. Coming up against one of the strongest girls in the state, it would have been a great match as Grace beat a member of the NSW PSSA state team in the semi-finals.“Unfortunately it’s one of those scenarios of a ‘What could have been.’”Bathurst Tennis Centre manager and coach Andrew Mitton couldn’t have been happier with the overall performance of the local contingent especially given the quality of players in action.“All the Bathurst kids had a good tournament, the weather was great and the last day was the only real hindrance,” he said.“The event was actually in a higher ratings category this year which enticed a lot of the really top quality players back and so to do well there was a great effort.“I though Grace was an absolute shoo-in to win the under 11s, Caitlyn Stained is a very good player in the 12s and she would have had a tough task to try and beat her, but to upset the number two seeded player in the first round, and then make it all the way to the final was a brilliant effort.”As Mitton indicated, Schumacher wasn’t the only local to fare strongly at the competition, with a handful of other players making it deep into their respective competitions.Alex Mitton was a semi-finalist in three different boys categories, while his sister Gabby was able to match her brother before she too was knocked out in three semi-finals.Harry Brown managed to make it to the quarter-finals of the under 12s mixed doubles and 12s boys singles.Dominique Mitton earned a spot in the under 12s mixed doubles quarter-finals, while Connor Lockie made the semi-finals of the boys under 10s singles and was part of the winning team in the boys doubles.Thomas Geyer also played his way into two semi-finals.The next event on the horizon for the talented group is the Central West Champion of Champions to be staged in Bathurst next month.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

United stretches lead at the summit

CLYDE United put one hand firmly on the Eurobodalla Football All Age men’s minor premiership on Sunday with a tense 3-1 victory over archrival Bodalla.Striker Nathan Vogel opened United’s account with a looping header over the onrushing Steve Benic before Paul Jenner netted his second 25-metre strike in as many weeks for 2-nil.Jesse French then got Bodalla back into the match when his corner kick on the hour mark deflected off two Clyde players and somehow found its way into the back of the net.Bodalla arguably had the better of the second half and pushed on for an equaliser, but United had all three points in the bag late on when Vogel converted from the penalty spot.Matt Jackson’s fierce throw-in was handled in the Bodalla box by defender Jay Preston and Vogel made no mistake from 12 yards.The win ensured Clyde maintained its 100 per cent record this season and was perhaps more significant as it was without five regular starters.“Missing five key players, we knew it would be a very tough game, especially on their home ground,” Jackson said.“They didn’t make it easy for us, that’s for sure.“They came at us strongly in the second half but we held on and these are three massive points for us.”Bodalla goalkeeper Benic praised the sportsmanship displayed by both teams, especially after their first clash was a fiery affair that resulted in a sending off.“They played with a really good sportsmanship,” he said.“There’s always a bit of niggle but it was just a really good game.”The gloveman who, by his own admission, was at fault for United’s second goal, said Clyde’s slick passing in the first half was what won it the match.“Clyde played great,” he said. “They were just classy, they were passing the ball around beautifully, especially in the first half.“But in saying that, we were pretty dominant in the second half.”In Sunday’s other All Age men’s results, Broulee and Moruya finished all square at 1-all, while Narooma continued Bay FC’s horror season with a 5-nil win.In the women’s league, Broulee’s up-and-down season continued with a 3-1 defeat to Narooma, while Clyde United prevailed 4-1 over Moruya.Follow @Dean_Benson14NoneThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Waxing to test Green’s mettle

ON THE footy field, Bay Seahawks captain-coach Shaun Green is renowned for his tough, uncompromising play.However, his pain threshold will undergo a stinging examination this weekend as part of the club’s Shave for a Cure fundraiser.Green has volunteered for a Brazilian wax, while several other Seahawks will experience some form of hair removal or colouring on Saturday, all in the name of charity.Asked what his expectations were in terms of pain, Green let out a big laugh before saying: “Well, my wife thinks it will be painful, but I’ve got a pretty big tolerance so it can’t be that bad.”Green said the fundraiser took on extra meaning for the Seahawks as several people in the club had either directly or indirectly been affected by cancer.“We’ve had a few in the club who have had cancer themselves or have had a family member that’s got it, so we’re trying to raise as much money as we can,” he said.“We’re all a big family at this club, so hopefully we can get a fair few people down there to back it up.“We’re going to try to make it an annual event, so if it starts off really well then it’s something we can look forward to every year.”Green’s assistant coach Jamie Kemp has been one of the main event organisers and knows first-hand the importance of raising money for cancer research.“I was 15 when I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and it was a pretty full-on six months of chemo and tests,” he said.“It knocks you around a fair bit, so I’m hoping we can raise a bit of money on the day.“The quicker they can find a cure for this type of cancer, the better this world will be.”The event will be held at Hanging Rock this Saturday from 2pm.There will be a DJ playing music, a jumping castle, sausage sizzle, hair spraying, face painting for the kids and a bar in operation for the adults.Around 15 local businesses have donated prizes for the raffle (tickets will be available to buy on the day) and items such as a North Queensland Cowboys signed jersey, a Brumbies signed jersey, a St Kilda signed jersey and an autographed Ricky Ponting poster will be auctioned.Follow @Dean_Benson14NoneThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Sharks ground Sea Eagles in Tathra try-athon

DEFENCE took a back seat on Sunday as the Moruya Sharks outscored the Tathra Sea Eagles 52-32 to record back-to-back Group 16 victories.The Sharks blasted out of the blocks and scored at a point per minute for the first 20 minutes thanks to tries from Warren Potts, Shane Colebrook and Ken Goodsell.With most passes sticking and some slick backline moves, the Sharks looked as though they would run away with the match.However, the Sharks fell back into some bad habits and let the hosts back into the match with two quick tries to make the half-time score 20-8.Both teams went blow-for-blow after the break in what was a see-sawing affair before the visitors eventually ran out comfortable 20-point winners.Potts did the most damage on the scoreboard with a hat-trick, while Justin Bell backed up his brilliant against Bega the week before with two more tries.Captain-coach Rich-ard Bradbury, Adrian Andy and Sam Sellick-Wilson also got among the tries while five-eighth Aaron Brierley slotted six of his nine conversion attempts.It wasn’t all smooth sailing for the Sharks, though, as they had several lapses of concentration at vital moments and several handling errors put them under unnecessary pressure.But Bradbury’s men did more than enough to maintain their one-point advantage over Narooma at the top of the ladder.Dummy half Bell was again the standout for Moruya as he was solid in defence all match and controlled the attack seemingly at will.Dean Scott, Tim Weyman, Colebrook and Mitch Kennedy were also among the Sharks’ best.The win sets up Saturday’s top-of-the-table clash against Narooma nicely as the latter will be keen to retake top spot.Earlier in reserve grade, it was a similar story to the main game as the Sharks jumped out to a 16-nil lead before inviting Tathra back into the game.Leading 22-10 at half-time, Moruya continually handed back possession to the Sea Eagles and, on the wrong end of a large penalty count, never looked fully incontrol.Up 34-22 at the 65th minute, the Sharks just held on for a nervous 34-32 win.The women’s league-tag clash was a hard-fought affair with the Cobargo-Tathra team proving too experienced for the Sharkettes, scoring four tries to one for a 20-4 victory.Despite the loss, coach Ash Bettridge remained upbeat and was pleased with the structure her players are starting to implement.Elli Gladwin, Louisa Bonner and Naomi Place were the best for Moruya.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.