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  1. News and red carpet pics from the Dally Ms 

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    September 12, 2019 by admin

    KNIGHTS wrecking ball Aku Uate was crowned Dally M winger of the year last night for a third straight season.
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    Despite being dropped by NSW coach Ricky Stuart for the State of Origin decider mid-season, Uate became the first winger since Dragons speedster Nathan Blacklock (1999-2001) to be judged the best finisher in the game for three consecutive years.

    Uate was acknowledged at the annual Dally M Medal awards presentation at Sydney Town Hall last night.

    Uate thanked his Knights team-mates and coaches, family and friends, and said he did not use his Origin dumping as motivation during the second half of the season.

    “Not really. I just moved on and wanted to improve myself, and hopefully I’ll get another chance next year,” Uate said.

    The other three nominees for winger of the year were Brett Morris (Dragons), Ash Graham (Cowboys) and Manu Vatuvei (Warriors).

    Uate, who turns 25 next month, was the Dally M winger of the year in 2010 and 2011.

    Uate (18 tries) was the NRL’s third top try-scorer this season, finishing behind Canterbury’s Ben Barba and North Queensland’s Ash Graham (21 each).

    It was the third straight year that Uate was Newcastle’s top try-scorer, as he took his career total to 70 from 90 NRL games.

    An Australian representative in the Anzac Test in Auckland in April, Uate played for NSW in the first two games of the State of Origin series this year but was dropped for the Suncorp Stadium decider on July 4, which Queensland won 21-20.

    The Fijian-born flyer responded to that setback by scoring tries in nine consecutive games for the Knights, taking his season tally from six to 18, but he went try-less in their last two matches.

    Uate and Barba led the NRL in line breaks this year with 25 each, he was equal fourth in tackle breaks (110), seventh in total metres (3184) and 11th in average metres (144.7).

    He and fullback Darius Boyd were the only Newcastle players named on Monday in the Kangaroos train-on squad for the one-off Test against New Zealand at Townsville on October 13.

    CROWNED: Aku Uate on the red carpet with partner Samantha Maton.

    Ben Barba, 2012 Dally M medal winner.

    Dale Cherry Evans at the Dally M awards.

    Ben Barba.

    Todd Carney and Lauren Eagle.

    Rabbitohs players Sam Burgess with John Sutton arriving at the Dally M Awards at Sydney Town Hall.

    Bulldogs player Michael Ennis and wife Simone arriving at the Dally M Awards at Sydney Town Hall.

    Cronulla player Paul Gallen and wife Anne arrive at the Dally M Awards at Sydney Town Hall.

    Rabbitohs player Greg Inglis and partner Sally arrive at the Dally M Awards at Sydney Town Hall.

    Darren Lockyer and wife Loren arrive at the Dally M Awards at Sydney Town Hall.

    Top pointscorer Jarrod Crocker, of the Canberra Raiders.


  2. Dutchy wins more time to get results 

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    September 12, 2019 by admin

    GARY van Egmond has two years to turn a batch of exciting youngsters into a champion A-League outfit.
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    As reported on the Herald’s website yesterday, van Egmond has signed a one-year contract extension and will be at the helm of the Jets until the end of the 2013-14 season.

    His retention is the first of a series of announcements expected this week.

    Home-grown goalkeeper Ben Kennedy has been offered another two years on top of his existing deal, which expires at the end of the season.

    The Herald also understands the Jets are in the final stage of negotiations with an Italian striker.

    One person not in the club’s plans is recently appointed strength and conditioning coach Tim Rogers.

    Six weeks after arriving from Stade Francais Paris rugby club, Rogers is understood to have parted ways with the Jets.

    Van Egmond’s new deal has essentially given the 2007-08 championship-winning coach breathing space, more time to perfect the changes he introduced to the team’s playing style and culture when thrust into the hot seat four games into last season.

    The Jets squad, assembled by the sacked Branko Culina, finished seventh of 10, two points out of the play-offs.

    The campaign, though disappointing, was not a complete write-off.

    Winning remained the priority, but van Egmond also used the season as a measuring stick for the future.

    Adopting a blueprint used by Ange Postecoglou at two-time defending champions the Roar, he released players who did not have the physical attributes or the mindset to play his up-tempo, possession-based game.

    Crowd favourites Tarek Elrich and Ali Abbas, 2010-11 player of the year Nikolai Topor-Stanley, leading goal-scorer Jeremy Brockie, former Premier League star Francis Jeffers and former Socceroo Kasey Wehrman were among the 11 let go.

    In their place he recruited players light on years and heavy on pace and athleticism. James Brown, Scott Neville, Craig Goodwin, Adam Taggart and Josh Brillante have both in spades.

    Apart from Neville, who at 23 has 63 A-League appearances, what they lack is experience and a wealth of goals.

    The average age of the squad, excluding apprentices, is 23.

    New imports Dominik Ritter and Bernardo Ribeiro are 23 and 22 respectively.

    Of the strike force, Ryan Griffiths and veteran Englishman Michael Bridges are the only ones with a history of goal-scoring. Griffiths is coming off nine last season. Bridges was prolific early in his Premier League career but has scored three times in the past two seasons.

    Van Egmond is looking to the future rather than the past. Significantly, there is no marquee player.

    Eight of a maximum 23-man roster are products of Newcastle or Northern NSW.

    Clearly van Egmond is prepared to gamble on youth.

    The expected announcement tomorrow of an alliance between the Jets and Northern NSW Football from under-10s through to youth league will be another sign of that investment.

    ‘‘I see a bright future, for this season and for many years to come, in both the development of the players and in the total culture of the club,’’ van Egmond said in a statement issued by the club confirming his contract extension yesterday.

    “It is exciting times for the Newcastle Jets Football Club; we have a great representation of local talent in our senior group and near 100per cent in our youth team.’’

    Van Egmond encountered his first obstacle yesterday with scans confirming that Brown needs an operation to remove bone spurs from his ankle and will miss the start of the season.

    No doubt more challenges lie ahead.

    Van Egmond has always said he will be judged on results. Now he has another 12 months to get them.

    Gary van Egmond


  3. Fajkovic scores praise for loyal return 

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    September 12, 2019 by admin

    SOUTH Cardiff have lauded the loyalty of Dino Fajkovic after the now former Jets Youth speedster rejected richer offers from rival state league clubs to return to the Gunners next season.
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    Fajkovic, who is now too old for the National Youth League roster, is one of several players the Jets have released since the end of their youth side’s inaugural state league campaign.

    The Herald has been told captain Mason Campbell, Andrew Hoole, Kale Bradbery, Michael Finlayson and Luke Remington are among the players retained.

    South Cardiff secretary Brad Robb confirmed the signing of Fajkovic and his brother Denis Fajkovic, a former Hamilton and Valentine striker, yesterday.

    Robb said Dino had attracted money the Gunners could not match but he had come back to the club that gave him a chance in first grade in 2011.

    Fajkovic, who came from Hamilton, was a key player in South Cardiff’s State Cup victory and run to the grand final and was rewarded with a Jets NYL deal.

    ■ Lake Macquarie have pulled off a double goalkeeping coup, gaining the services of New Zealand national team keeping coach Clint Gosling and promising shot-stopper Nicholas Hartnett.

    Gosling, a former Jets keeping coach, played with Roosters coach Chris Turner at Wallsend and has agreed to coach Lake Macquarie’s shot-stoppers. Hartnett, from Belmont Christian College, was this year’s NSW All Schools goalkeeper.

    ■ Jet Ryan Griffiths will be guest speaker when Wallsend hold their 125th anniversary dinner at Wallsend Diggers on Saturday night.

    One of their former Socceroos, Jack O’Brien, will also speak at the function.

    Tickets are $65 and include a two-course meal.

    For bookings or further information contact Ross Hicks on 0488248369.

    ■ Hunter Sports High lost 2-1 to Westfields Sports High in the semi-finals of the Bill Turner Trophy girls’ competition at Jack McLaughlan Oval yesterday.

    Dino Fajkovic


  4. Kantarovski out of final after ref error

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    September 12, 2019 by admin

    BROADMEADOW Magic teenager Michael Kantarovski has sensationally been suspended for the Northern NSW State League grand final against Hamilton Olympic after a referee’s paperwork error from more than two weeks ago was discovered yesterday.
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    Kantarovski, 17, received a yellow card in the 2-1 preliminary final win over Edgeworth on Sunday, but Broadmeadow believed it was his first of the finals and he would be free to play in the decider.

    Two yellow cards in the finals lead to a one-game ban.

    Heading into the Eagles match, Magic asked for and received a print-out of yellow-card offenders from NNSWF.

    Broadmeadow believed Kantarovski, who wears number 15, had been booked in the 3-2 win over the Jets two weeks earlier, but centre back Jon Griffiths, who wears 14, was listed by referee Tim McGilchrist as the offender.

    Magic coach Damien Smith said the club had told NNSWF of the discrepancy before the match against Edgeworth but were told to ‘‘go off’’ the yellow-card sheet provided.

    After the match, Magic asked NNSWF to investigate their players’ yellow-card situation due to fears over Griffiths.

    During the investigation, McGilchrist said he had erred after the Jets-Magic match in marking Griffiths on the team sheet as having a yellow card instead of Kantarovski.

    Smith said Magic were upset a referee’s error had played a role in denying Kantarovski a grand final.

    ‘‘We went into the game last weekend altering our game plan knowing that Jonny Griffiths was on a yellow card and Kantarovski wasn’t,’’ Smith said. ‘‘It’s no error of ours.

    ‘‘We got the print-out and our players were aware of it going into the game. We told Griff to be careful and Michael that you’re not on a yellow, and if you need to make a challenge, you can make it.’’

    Kantarovski, the youngest brother of Jets midfielder Ben Kantarovski, has become a key starting player for Magic.

    Smith said losing Kantarovski was a blow for Magic, who have captain John Bennis (ankle) and Peter Haynes (shoulder) in doubt.

    ‘‘He’s been our most consistent performer the last two weeks,’’ Smith said

    NNSWF operations manager Alan Nisbet said there was no grounds to appeal against a yellow-card ban due to special circumstances.

    ‘‘Unfortunately the referee has erred, but the fact is Michael has received two yellow cards and he has to sit out the next game,’’ Nisbet said.

    He said Magic might have picked up the error immediately after the qualifying final against the Jets had their manager signed the team sheet.

    Michael Kantarovski


  5. Lessons of the last 2012 NRL round

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    September 12, 2019 by admin

    Six things we learnt from last weekend.
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    1.As expected the cut-off point for finals football was 28 points.

    But the big surprise was that only one team finished on the minimum and that our eight was not ultimately decided by differential for and against.

    For a number of clubs it was a case of missed opportunity, with Wests Tigers, Gold Coast and Newcastle all winning just one of their last four matches and St George Illawarra two of four to all fall short.

    This allowed Brisbane to hang on and Canberra to finish with a wet sail to somehow snare sixth spot.

    Only four clubs have been able to put finals qualification back-to-back: Melbourne, Manly, North Queensland and Brisbane.

    The Tigers, Dragons, Warriors and Knights were all unable to emulate their loftier finish in 2011.

    The biggest fall from grace goes to last season’s grand finalists, the Warriors, who after last year’s home-and-away matches finished in fifth position after 14 wins and 10 losses.

    Fast-forward 12 months and the New Zealanders rounded out this campaign 14th on the ladder with just eight victories and 16 defeats. They lost their last eight in a row.

    There is no doubt that a top-eight finals series keeps interest in the competition right up until round 26, but there does remain the argument that such a system rewards mediocrity.

    This season Brisbane qualify having lost as many games as they won.

    2.The Canterbury club have the distinction of finishing as minor premiers in all three grades, which is an outstanding reflection on their depth of talent, quality of coaching and recruitment. These days all three sides rarely train together, but the unified success is still something that players throughout first grade, Toyota Cup and NSW Cup will all draw from and give them enormous confidence going into the next month of football.

    The last time a club finished in top spot in each grade was the Canberra Raiders in 1990.

    They went on to take out both first grade and the under-21 President’s Cup titles that year.

    We have to go all the way back to 1963 for a club to have won all three premierships, and it is no surprise that it was the mighty St George who reigned supreme.

    3.South Sydney’s Michael Maguire became the third man in the past 10 years to steer a side into a top-four finish in his first season as a top-grade NRL coach.

    He joins Ricky Stuart and Anthony Griffin in achieving such a feat and has made a strong impression since taking over the Rabbitohs after a successful stint in the English Super League.

    There’s no doubt that Souths have had an abundance of talent in recent years but were too loose and lacked the grunt to grind out finals-type matches.

    This season they have looked mentally tougher under pressure.

    In fact over the past month they have almost played too conservatively, which is not the kind of statement I thought I would ever make about the Rabbits.

    I’ve a feeling that Maguire will still call for high completion rates, but from this weekend there will be a licence to be a little bit more adventurous with the football to fully take advantage of their obvious strike power.

    For the record, Stuart won the competition in 2002 with the Roosters. Griffin’s Broncos bowed out in last year’s grand final qualifier.

    4.Cronulla’s Ben Pomeroy could not have chosen a worse time to come up with a contentious shoulder charge after the ARL Commission released an edict that any such infringements would be referred straight to the judiciary.

    Radio commentator Terry Kennedy made a reasonable analogy in comparing it to a ‘‘double demerit’’ period when driving a car.

    I actually don’t mind the move and its timing by the Commission, as I see it as a general warning across the board concerning a tackle that has carried much controversy.

    It’s not saying don’t shoulder charge – just don’t get it wrong.

    That, to me, would be enough to tell my players not to tackle in such a fashion because the percentages are way too low and are now even lower.

    Yet I did think that there was some doubt as to whether Pomeroy made contact with the head of Johnathan Thurston, but the very timing of Ben’s appearance in front of tonight’s panel is going to make it difficult to get off.

    5.Those who argue that a side should be able to call on an 18th man if they lose a player due to foul play early in a contest were given more weight following the St George Illawarra-Parramatta clash on Sunday.

    The Dragons lost the services of prop Josh Miller in the opening minute after a high tackle by the Eels’ Reni Maitua. While the tackler was placed on report the red and whites were forced to continue on a player short for the duration of the match.

    This has occurred a couple of times this season.

    Ironically it was Parramatta who suffered a similar fate in round 19 when Fuifui Moimoi was taken out by the Bulldogs’ Sam Kasiano when returning the opening kick-off.

    Kasiano was also placed on report. Despite being found to have no case to answer on closer inspection by the judiciary, the tackle was still deemed to have been illegal on the night.

    I’m not quite sure how having a designated 18th man coming in to cover such a situation would work, but I have heard the suggestion that it could be a consideration up until the 20-minute mark.

    6.You will hear that the upcoming finals is something of a ‘‘new’’ competition but I can tell you that whatever has been good enough to get teams this far will go a long way towards achieving continued success.

    Sides are not about to introduce change to the way they approach their football, they’ll just want to be better at it. What they will try to do is come up with some slight variations to what they have produced during the regular rounds. We saw a perfect example from the Bulldogs against the Roosters.

    In the opposition 20 Canterbury have had plenty of joy with Michael Ennis passing from dummy-half and employing a runaround with his first receiver.

    After getting the ball back the hooker has kept it going the same way, with his outside attackers often benefiting from the overlap that the play has helped develop.

    Against the tri-colours, instead of giving the ball to Ennis after he had doubled around, the first receiver fired a pass to the blind side, which saw Josh Jackson cross for the first of his three tries on the night.

    It will be what all eight remaining sides are trying to achieve – to continue what has worked and then do it better.

    WINNERS AND LOSERS: Sterlo says there are six things we should take away from the final NRL round.


  6. Qantas coy on margin squeeze

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    August 10, 2019 by admin

    QANTAS has conceded that returns from domestic fares fell in July amid intense competition from Virgin Australia but has broken with normal practice by not putting a figure on the size of the decline.
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    The prospect of a fare war comes as the Emirates chief executive, Tim Clark, visits Sydney this week, further fuelling speculation the Middle Eastern airline will sign an alliance with Qantas covering routes between Australia and Europe.

    Critics say Qantas is acting from a position of weakness in pursuing a code-share deal, and risks handing passengers to Emirates without significant benefits.

    Releasing traffic statistics yesterday, Qantas said yields from domestic flights were lower in July than the same month last year due to increased capacity from airlines in the domestic market.

    But the notable absence of a figure on the movement in yields – or returns from fares – disappointed analysts, who said it would weaken investor confidence in the airline’s outlook.

    For the past decade Qantas has released yields for its domestic and international operations.

    ”It is disappointing because you can’t see the trends on a monthly basis. Most companies are trying to increase transparency but this decision takes them in the opposite direction,” an analyst said.

    Qantas said yields from its international operations had improved in July – without giving an exact figure – due to it ceasing to fly on loss-making routes. The airline ditched the Singapore-Mumbai and Auckland-Los Angeles routes in May, just months after it dropped Hong Kong-London and Bangkok-London.

    It has previously warned that a large increase in capacity in the domestic market – the core of the airline’s earnings – will put pressure on yields in the first half of the new financial year.

    Qantas and its budget offshoot Jetstar will increase capacity on domestic routes by as much as 11 per cent in the first half of 2012-13. Virgin plans to raise it as much as 9 per cent.

    ”It will not be good for profits if they can’t counteract that yield pressure with cost [reductions] or putting on profitable routes elsewhere,” said Will Seddon, a portfolio manager at White Funds Management.

    Tiger Airways is also increasing the number of flights to the number it was operating before its six-week grounding last year. It will begin two daily return services between Melbourne and Adelaide in November.

    A Qantas spokesman said the decision not to include figures on yields would bring it into line with domestic and international competitors.

    Qantas shares fell 3¢ to $1.14 yesterday. Virgin closed up 2.5¢ at 45¢.

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  7. Winners announced in reborn literary awards

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    August 10, 2019 by admin

    Frank Moorhouse won the Fiction Book Award for Cold Light.When the Newman government announced in April it would no longer fund the Queensland Premier’s Literary awards, the community rallied and the Queensland Literary Awards were born.
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    Tonight, the who’s who of the state’s literary community gathered to celebrate the 15 winners of the inaugural awards.

    The mood was clear – tonight we celebrate, for the future is uncertain.

    “To be frank, it has been an exhausting effort by those people who are close to the centre of it, the committee and the key workers,” Queensland Literary Awards chairman Stuart Glover said.

    “That won’t happen again next year, certainly not in the same way, unless there is some sort of community, or institutional or even government support of some kind.

    “It has been spontaneous and sort of beautiful this year, but what happens next year, we don’t know yet.  We’re waiting to see.”

    The new awards were launched after state government announcement it would scrap the $200,000 award program.  It was the first of what would be many cuts to government programs and services.

    Judges received more than 600 entries for the 15 categories.

    Dr Glover said the awards were made possible through donations from hundreds of individuals, businesses, universities and cultural organisations.

    More than $30,000 was raised, which went towards prizes and associated costs.

    Dr Glover said the popularity of the awards, in both entries and support went to the importance of literature and writing within the community.

    “This isn’t about elite culture, it is about the very broad way that writing is part of our lives,” he said.

    “Most people are readers, most people are members of libraries.  To dismiss writing as elitism is to misunderstand how important it is.

    “Over the last 25 years, the Queensland literary scene has transformed itself.  The place is bubbling with writers.

    “About a fifth of the short list, of the 68 writers on the shortlist, were Queensland writers. There is a very healthy Queensland representation, even among the national categories that needs to be acknowledged and that needs to be acknowledged and supported and that is what we are trying to do.”

    The winners: 

    Fiction Book Award: Cold Light, by Frank Moorhouse (Sydney)

    Non-Fiction Book Award: The People Smuggler, by Robin De Crespigny (Melbourne)

    Young Adult Book Award: The Ink Bridge, by Neil Grant (Melbourne)

    Children’s Book Award: Kumiko and the Shadow Catchers, by Briony Stewart (Perth)

    Australian Short Story Collection – Steele Rudd Award: Forecast Turbulence, by Janette Turner Hospital (Queensland resident based in South Carolina, USA)

    Poetry Collection – Judith Wright Calanthe Award: Crimson Crop, by Peter Rose (Melbourne)

    Emerging Queensland Author – Manuscript Award: Island of the Unexpected writer Catherine Titasey (Thursday Island, Queensland)

    Unpublished Indigenous Writer  – David Unaipon Award: Story Siv Parker (Queensland born now living in Lismore)

    History Book Award: The Biggest Estate on Earth:How Aborigines Made Australia, by Bill Gammage (Canberra)

    Science Writer Award: Sex, Genes & Rock ‘n’ Roll: How Evolution has Shaped the Modern World, by Rob Brooks (Sydney)

    Literary or Media Work Advancing Public Debate – Harry Williams Award: The Australian Moment: How We Were Made for These Times, by George Megalogenis (Melbourne)

    Drama Script Award: War Crimes, by Angela Betzien (Melbourne based previously from Queensland)

    Film Script Award: Dead Europe, by Louise Fox (Sydney)

    Television Script Award: Mabo, by Sue Smith (Sydney)

    People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year: Closer to Stone, by Simon Cleary (Brisbane-based, born in Toowoomba)

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  8. Newcastle remembers Battle for Australia

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    August 10, 2019 by admin

    YOUNG and old will gather in Civic Park today to mark the Battle for Australia and particularly the role played by Fort Scratchley in the defence of Newcastle during World War II.
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    A commemoration service will be held at the cenotaph at 11am and the special guest will be Carl Christie, the last army officer to command the fort. He left the position in the early 1970s.

    Battle for Australia Newcastle commemoration committee president Bob Kear said each year the service had a different theme. An earlier one was the role of women in war.

    Fort Scratchley was chosen to mark the 70th anniversary of the battle.

    “Newcastle was the only coal port the Brits [British] had in the Pacific in the days when most ships ran on coal and all the railways ran on coal,” Mr Kear said.

    “This year’s service will acknowledge the critical role and contribution made by Fort Scratchley in the direct defence of Newcastle on the night of June 7, 1942.”

    Mr Kear said on that night a Japanese submarine fired about 24 shells into Newcastle.

    “In response Fort Scratchley returned that fire, as a result becoming the only fort in Australia to have fired its guns in anger,” he said.

    The term “Battle for Australia” was coined in 1942 by Labor prime minister John Curtin .

    “It is now we work or fight as we have never worked or fought before,” Mr Curtin said at the time.

    Mr Kear said it was important that the events of those years were never forgotten, although each year fewer people had a direct connection to the battle.

    “Everyone was involved, whether they wanted to be or not,” Mr Kear said.

    Maud O’Brien and Grace Jones, former members of the Australian Women’s Army Service, will also be guests at today’s ceremony.

    Mrs Jones served at the fort, although not during the crisis.

    Mr Kear said Merewether High students would acknowledge, in speeches they had researched themselves, the service of Australia’s allies during the fighting, which threatened Australia from 1942 until the war ended in 1945.

    The Hunter School of Performing Arts senior brass ensemble will perform.

    ANNIVERSARY: Fort Scratchley has been chosen to mark the 70th anniversary of the battle.

    COMMEMORATION: A service will be held at the cenotaph at 11am.


  9. A hit in Venice, The Master ignites Oscar buzz

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    August 10, 2019 by admin

    Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Master.Venice traditionally fires the starting gun in the long awards season, and as the world’s oldest film festival reaches the halfway point, three actors have set Hollywood tongues wagging with memorable performances.
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    Michael Shannon as a serial hitman, Philip Seymour Hoffman as the leader of a faith-based organisation loosely modelled on Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and Joaquin Phoenix playing the tortured, volatile protege are already in the frame about six months before the Oscars.

    The buzz surrounding their portrayals has helped lift spirits in Venice, celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, although incoming director Alberto Barbera may be concerned by the lack of A-list stars on the red carpet.

    Celebrity wattage is almost as important to a film festival as the quality of the movies, as it attracts the world’s media and reminds the showbusiness world why notoriously expensive Venice still matters in a calendar crammed with rival events.

    As the 11-day cinema showcase on the Lido waterfront reaches the midway point, the heaviest hitter on all levels has been The Master.

    Director Paul Thomas Anderson’s first film since the acclaimed There Will Be Blood in 2007, it combines controversy – the movie was inspired by the early days of Scientology – and acting pedigree in the form of Hoffman and Phoenix.

    The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy called it “a bold, challenging, brilliantly acted drama that is a must for serious audiences”.

    Not every critic liked it, but most agreed the two central actors were at the peak of their powers, with Hoffman as the domineering Lancaster Dodd and Phoenix his hard-drinking, troubled acolyte.

    Few would be surprised to see them nominated for awards.

    The GoldDerby website, which previews showbusiness honours, has made The Master a favourite for the best picture Oscar, Anderson is frontrunner for best director and Hoffman and Phoenix are in the top five for best actor.

    Both actors were in Venice, where Phoenix’s behaviour was erratic and he was barely articulate at a press briefing.

    But another big title, Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder, launched without its reclusive director and most prominent stars.

    The impressionistic, poetic portrayal of a couple in love told with virtually no dialogue was praised and panned in equal measure, but with Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem and Rachel McAdams all absent, its world premiere was low-key.

    Turn the clock back 15 months, and Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain all graced the red carpet in Cannes for Malick’s The Tree of Life.

    Barbera has managed to attract rising stars like former Disney teen idol Zac Efron, who appeared in the farming saga At Any Price, and Selena Gomez who is expected in Venice to promote Spring Breakers on Wednesday.

    But without top names, and movies that jolted audiences in the way war dramas Redacted and The Hurt Locker or sex addiction story Shame did in recent years, Venice stumbled.

    “So far there have been a few peaks, like The Master which is brilliantly acted, and outside of competition Spike Lee’s documentary on Michael Jackson,” said Maria Giulia Minetti, a journalist for Italian daily La Stampa.

    “But overall it’s a subdued festival, there’s not much money around and maybe cinema right now lacks punch,” added the veteran of 32 Venice festivals.

    Both The Master and To the Wonder are in the 18-film competition in Venice, but outside the main line-up several movies caught the eyes of the critics.

    The Iceman is a re-telling of the true story of American hitman Richard Kuklinski, who killed more than 100 people before his capture and imprisonment.

    The towering actor Shannon won warm praise for a performance that evoked sympathy as much as revulsion, and Winona Ryder also impressed as his wife.

    Lee’s Bad 25, a two-hour film about the making of Jackson’s seminal 1987 album, may have bordered on hagiography and focused purely on the music, but it reinforced the belief of many that the late “King of Pop” fully deserved his moniker.

    There have been more than 20 female directors unveiling movies in Venice this year – an unusually high number – including Indian film maker Mira Nair with her out-of-competition 9/11 movie The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

    Israel’s Rama Burshtein brought her own ultra-Orthodox Jewish community to the big screen in Fill the Void. And Haifaa Al Mansour, Saudi Arabia’s first female director, presented Wadjda, about a young girl seeking to break down barriers faced by females in Saudi society.

    The Arab Spring uprisings found expression in films Witness: Libya and Winter of Discontent, from Egypt, while the economic crisis made its way into movies like To the Wonder and At Any Price.

    REUTERS

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  10. Pies’ deal on jumpers a great fit

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    August 10, 2019 by admin

    COLLINGWOOD players will next year wear bespoke jumpers tailored by not only body size, but position, as the club unashamedly tries to grab a competitive advantage.
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    Hoping to achieve the sort of benefits in football that swimming achieved with speedsuits before they were outlawed, Collingwood has devised its own jumpers in collaboration with a boutique company.

    Players will wear a different sort of jumper according to position, with defenders and some midfielders wearing a tight-fitting jumper with little give in the fabric to make it harder for them to be grabbed and tackled.

    Other players, such as forwards, will wear jumpers with more stretch in them so that if grabbed in a marking contest the material will give and the player will not be restricted.

    More stretch in the jumper will also make it easier for an umpire to see a hold in a marking contest.

    The players will have different jumpers according to weather conditions, with a lighter-weight hot-weather jumper, a cold-weather jumper, and a different one for wet weather.

    The jumpers essentially look the same but will be made from different materials that have been decided on by the players after examining uniforms worn by players of different sporting codes around the world and the club’s sports science department.

    ”We are constantly looking at getting an advantage – high-altitude training, re-doing the Westpac Centre, more coaches, and this is part of that thinking,” club chief executive Gary Pert said yesterday.

    ”Four years ago we said if you look at elite sport like the Olympics, the apparel and equipment they wear – because they are dealing with hundredths of a second – has become really critical and can make the difference to them.

    ”When you have a sport like swimming, their apparel was banned because it was breaking all the records, so the apparel is extremely important. And then other sports – cycling, running, where the apparel now is a competitive edge. We thought apparel is one area we might be able to get a competitive edge.”

    Pert said players would have multiple fittings of jumpers to cater for changes to body shape that happen during the year, such as a player bulking up in the pre-season and then fining down.

    ”There are no sizes. Each jumper is tailored for each player. It’s a bit like a wedding dress, there are a few fittings during the year,” he said.

    ”The cuts will all be slightly different. Some players like a higher cut neck, others a lower neck, some tighter around the arms like a ‘Toovs’ [Alan Toovey], who is built like a greyhound, and ‘Trav’ [Travis Cloke], with big arms, likes a looser cut around the arm.”

    While the club hopes to get a competitive advantage on the field, the motivation is as much about the

    potential financial benefit they may be able to gain.

    Collingwood has worn jumpers made by adidas for the past 14 years but it has ended that contract. Adidas will now provide runners and boots only.

    The club has formed a partnership with a small label, Star Athletic, a spin-off created specifically for this purpose from umbrella group The Promotion Factory.

    The financial potential of getting a share of the wholesale and retail price of the product means the financial potential of the deal is significant.

    ”Without saying the exact dollars, there is great financial upside for Collingwood as a result of the different financial structure … even in a worst-case scenario we are financially better off,” Pert said.

    ”We can also ensure the cost of the jumper is kept at a minimum in the long term.”

    Four other AFL clubs are negotiating with Star Athletic about a similar arrangement.

    Clubs have often complained of the comparatively small return they get from each jumper sale at retail outlets outside the club. Large manufacturers typically make four or five times more out of selling a football jumper than the football club.

    From jumpers sold through Rebel Sport, for instance – where the purchasing power means the retailer demands a lower wholesale price from the manufacturer than other retailers, and even the clubs can command – clubs were getting a tenth of the return they got from other retailers or their own shop.

    With Collingwood sharing in a cut of wholesale and retail through the partnership with Star Athletic, it will get a share of every jumper sold, no matter when or where it is sold.

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