GALLERY: Giant-killers Centrals add Orange City to Royal Hotel Cup scalps

GALLERY: Giant-killers Centrals add Orange City to Royal Hotel Cup scalps CENTRALS V ORANGE CITY: Daryl Kennewell. Photo: MATT FINDLAY
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CENTRALS V ORANGE CITY: Jock Cartwright is dismissed as Centrals celebrate. Photo: MATT FINDLAY



CENTRALS V ORANGE CITY: Jake Pauletto retires hurt. Photo: MATT FINDLAY








TweetFacebookCRICKETCENTRALS continued their giant-killing ways on Friday night, knocking off another Royal Hotel Cup heavyweight to claim their second consecutive Twenty20 win and earn guaranteed progression to the semi-finals.

Following their upset of last year’s runners-up Cowra a fortnight ago, Centrals stunned one-time T20 champions Orange City at Wade Park on Friday, producing a dominant performance to thump the Warriors by seven wickets.

The win gives the red and blacks a guaranteed place in the final four, with a game in hand, and also signals the first time the side has even looked like passing the group stage.

“It’s awesome, it really is,” Centrals T20 skipper Jake Pauletto beamed.

“That’s what we were hoping for, it’s what we came here for.

“We did ourselves proud out there in that one, particularly in the field.

“I think that was the difference between the two sides, we took our chances and Orange City didn’t.”

Batting first after stand-in skipper Jackson Coote won the toss, Orange City didn’t fire at all.

Openers Adam Cowden (1) and Jock Cartwright (7) went early, and the Warriors’ cause wasn’t helped when Daryl Kennewell (2-19) had marquee man Josh Toole caught behind for a second ball globe.

At that point, Orange City was reeling at 3-15.

Outside a fighting 30 from middle order bat Ben Findlay and a timely 24 from Coote in the lower order, the Warriors surrendered meekly, skittled for 114.

Outside Kennewell, Zac Reimer (3-23) continued his sterling T20 form and was the pick of Centrals’ bowlers.

In reply, once again Centrals’ marquee in Blayney’s Jameel Qureshi led the way, knocking up 60 not out in the chase, combining mainly with Josh Coyte (27 not out) to get the red and blacks over the line with seven wickets and two overs to spare.

“Jameel’s been a real rock for us, with 60-odd not out in both chases, he’s been handy,” Pauletto said.

“He’s great to have in the field too, with his ideas, experience and his positivity. I know the young blokes really look up to him too.”

Pauletto said considering his side had traditionally struggled in T20 cricket – that was the side’s third win in almost four seasons in the shortest format – Centrals would make the most of their form and were gunning for top spot in pool B.

“I’m not sure what’s changed from previous years, I think it was just a case of having not really won before, we weren’t sure how to do it,” he said.

“We got a sniff against Cowra and the attitude changed. I think the guys just figured out yes, we can do this.

“We’re looking to knock off CYMS Moroneys now in our last game, get three from three, finish first and get what should be an easier semi-final.”

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Another twist in Nate Jawai racist slur saga as NZ Breakers deny Perth Wildcats claims

Allegation: The Wildcats say racial abuse was directed at Nate Jawai during the Breakers game in New Zealand. Photo: Paul KaneFresh accusations have emerged that suggest we may not have heard the last of the alleged racist taunts controversy involving giant Perth Wildcats centre Nate Jawai and a NZ Breakers fan.
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The saga erupted after Wednesday night’s 99-78 victory by the Breakers over their NBL rivals at the North Shore Events Centre when Wildcats coach Trevor Gleeson told the post-game media conference Jawai had been racially abused by someone in the crowd.

“We’ll take that up with the league afterwards. It wasn’t pretty,” Gleeson said of an incident that saw him call for extra security behind his bench. “We don’t come here to get racially abused and we don’t want to see that in sport.”

But the following day the Wildcats appeared to distance themselves from the racial nature of the abuse allegations when they released a statement saying: “During the first half of Wednesday night’s loss to the Breakers … Jawai was taunted whilst being subbed out of the game.

“As this was an isolated incident limited to one person, Nate and the club have decided to move on and focus on Friday night’s home game against the Adelaide 36ers.”

Breakers chief executive Richard Clarke said he had been “disappointed” by the way the allegations were aired by Gleeson at the media conference, and not through any of the official channels available to him on the night.

He said he would be taking that up with both the league’s head office and the Wildcats organisation.

Clarke also conducted an extensive investigation into the allegations and said that had confirmed emphatically no racial abuse had taken place.

“Everything we’ve uncovered, all the responses from our members, from the Sky production crew, and from the NBL referees coach (sitting in the area concerned) are all backing up there wasn’t anything racial in what was said,” Clarke said.

He said the club’s fans had been “vindicated” by both the investigation and the Wildcats’ backtrack.

However, there appears to have been a further twist in the saga from the Wildcats on their return to Perth, or at least the threat of one.

According to The West Australian newspaper, there have been allegations the term “monkey” was directed at Jawai, the 2.08m, 140kg centre who is an indigenous Australian of Torres Strait Islander descent. A report in the newspaper said: “The Wildcats are adamant the term ‘monkey’ was used.”

Jawai said on his return to Perth he would leave the issue in the hands of the league. “It’s up to the NBL to do something about it. If not, I’m not worried about it any more,” he said.

However, the NBL has said it cannot conduct its own investigation unless a complaint is received.

Gleeson said after Friday’s home game against Adelaide, won 90-72 by the Wildcats, that the club would discuss the issue. “If Nate wants to take it further we’ll support him 100 per cent,” he said.

Gleeson indicated the full story had yet to come out. “It’s just Nate’s instant reaction, it’s not like his personality to do that straight away,” he said.


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Teen critical, dozens of drug arrests at Stereosonic festival in Melbourne

Police used sniffer dogs as partygoers arrived at the Stereosonic festival in Melbourne. Photo: Craig SillitoeA teen remains in a critical condition after attending the Stereosonic festival in Melbourne as police arrested nearly 70 partygoers for drug offences.
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Six other people are suspected of overdosing on drugs at the festival held at the Flemington Showgrounds on Saturday, while a man died at a similar event in Adelaide – the second fatality linked to the popular dance event in the past week.

The latest death comes as Victoria is set to review the use of sniffer dogs and if drug-testing should be offered at events during the summer music festival season.

At the Melbourne event, a man in his late teens was taken to the Western Hospital, where he arrived in a critical condition, an Ambulance Victoria spokesman said.

Officers used drug sniffer dogs as thousands arrived at the event in Flemington, with 66 people arrested over a range of drug offences.

Only two were charged and bailed while two others are expected to be charged later on summons.

Most of those caught had taken ecstasy, although police also found amphetamines, cocaine and cannabis, a Victoria Police spokeswoman said.

Despite seven suspected overdoses, paramedics praised the large crowd that attended the Melbourne event.

“Most people heeded warnings about the risks of taking drugs, behaved responsibly and looked after their mates,” Ambulance Victoria State Health Commander Paul Holman said in a statement.

Stereosonic finishes its run on Sunday with an event in Brisbane.

Festival organisers said they were “devastated to hear of another loss to drugs” in a statement published on its Facebook page.

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New start discovered

VOLUNTEER: Berkeley mum Michelle Maltby volunteers at UOW’s Early Start Discovery Space while studying and running a family day care business. Picture: Paul JonesAt the age of 45 Berkeley mum Michelle Maltby is on a huge but thoroughly exciting learning curve.
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As avolunteer at UOW’s Early Start Discovery Space and a student studying for a degree in early childhood, Mrs Maltbyspends her weekends teaching others new skills, while at the same time she is also hitting the books undertaking her own studies.

A mum of two school aged children, Mrs Maltby began studying the new flexible Bachelor of Education –The Early Years, this year and soon decided to beginvolunteering at the newly opened discovery space.

As a younger woman, Mrs Maltby hadalways wanted to pursue teaching, but a steady job that saw her become a manager was too good to give up. It wasn’t untilshe was made redundant20 years later, that she decided the time was right to give teaching a go.

Enrolling in TAFE, she undertook a Diploma of Children Services, and decided to open up her own family day care business. But within a few years she realised shewanted more, and decided to give university a go.

Once on campus she was immediately drawn to theEarly Start Discovery Space. Watching it develop from rubble to a magnificent buildingwas inspirational and she couldn’t wait to be part of it.

“Iwas so attracted to it,” Mrs Maltby said. “It was like a beacon.”

“When they said they needed volunteers I applied straight away.It was so exciting to be there from the start.”

As thousands of people in the Illawarracelebrated International Volunteers Day on December 5, Mrs Maltby reflected on the satisfaction she has gained from giving up her time to help others most Sundays.

“To know you are helping someone, is just great.”

She relishes the opportunity to help childrendevelop their communication skillsand build confidence by encouraging them to engage in a range of activities.

She said she also loved the opportunity volunteering gave her to interact with children and their parents through play.

“At the discovery centre we want parents to play with their children, to climb through the stomach with the kids and put on a hat in the construction zone.

“Thatis somethingI really enjoy encouraging the parents to do.Most parents are very receptive to that.

“It’s an excellent environment to volunteer in. I get a lot of satisfaction.”

When she graduates Mrs Maltby hopes to runan early childhood education and care centre or become involved in government education policy development.

The Discovery Space currently has about 60volunteers, with more needed. Anyone interested in volunteering canvisitearlystartdiscoveryspace.edu419论坛.

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Car hits police officer at roadblock

A police constable was hit by a car at a roadblock on Gipps Road at Gwynneville on Saturday night. Picture: Adam McLeanA Shoalhaven police officerwas hit by a car at a Gwynnevilleroad block on Saturday night.
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The roadblock, which formed part of the road closures for the transportation of nuclear waste to Lucas Heights,was onGipps Road at the Princes Motorway overpass.

The driver of the blue Holden Astrawas travelling eastbound along Gipps Road at about 20km/h according to police when apolice officer called for him to stop.

Police allegehe failed to stop and hit the left knee of the officer,a senior constable from Shoalhaven LAC.

The officer then jumped on the bonnet of the car and rolled off the side.

Hesuffered only minor bruising from the incident.

When the car came to a stop, the officer arrested the driver.

Police will be taking further action over the incident and the driver will be attending court at a later date.

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