Mitchell Marsh firming as heir apparent to Shane Watson

Australia crumble in heat
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ABU DHABI: Mitchell Marsh reaffirmed his standing as the heir apparent to Shane Watson but Australia’s vulnerability against spin bowling in foreign conditions was again cruelly exploited on Saturday.

Marsh accepts Watson is a walk-up start in the Test side when fully fit but “If you score enough runs they have to pick you”, he said of his chances of remaining in the side for the first Test against India in Brisbane next month.

Watson’s future appears to be at No.6 though Marsh’s promising start to his Test career combined with the moderate form of Alex Doolan at first drop has left the door ajar on both all-rounders featuring in the side.

Watson and Marsh have both been named in Australia’s squad for the first two one-day internationals against South Africa.

Marsh had a maiden Test century within reach but succumbed to the dual curse of 87 and 66.6 overs.

He was the bright light on another bleak day for the Australians in the Middle East.

Australia were dealt another blow with Brad Haddin not taking to the field in the second innings with his shoulder injury though he was able to bat, making 10. His arm was in a sling on Saturday.

Australia’s capitulation for 261 was the 10th time from their past 11 innings in Asia where they have failed to score 400.

Highlighting their woes this series, Australia’s batsmen have made just one century compared to Pakistan’s seven.

Marsh was the only player to pass 50 and clearly the most comfortable of the Australians.

The second-gamer said getting through the first 40 balls of his innings was what allowed him to succeed. Embarrassingly, only four players achieved that feat and two were tailenders – Nathan Lyon and Peter Siddle.

“I just went out there and tried to play my natural game, obviously it was a little bit tough losing a few wickets around me, but I just tried to put it out of my head and bat the way I do and it was good fun to get a few runs but we are behind the eight ball in this match,” Marsh said.

“There’s no doubt that we didn’t make enough runs as a batting group this innings. The wicket is pretty flat, their spinners bowled really well, they got the ball reverse swinging and it was a good all round effort from their bowling attack.”

Marsh entered this match with a first-class average of 28 but if his effort on Saturday was any guide it will not stay that low for long.

“I think over the last 12 months I have matured as a batsman and I have worked out what works for me and all cricketers growing up go through that period,” Marsh said.

“Just learning how I want to play, I probably got a little bit caught up when I came into the first-class scene of trying to play too cute and look like a real batsman, rather than just going out there, backing my own ability and taking the game on.

“Because that is when I play my best cricket and that is when most players play their best cricket and that’s been the best thing for me and hopefully that will continue.”

Marsh said he wanted to be aggressive against Pakistan, though the strategy did not serve many of his teammates well.

“Everyone has individual game plans  but the way we are taught to play cricket is to take the game on so that was certainly what was going through my head,” Marsh said.

Marsh said he was nervous on debut but felt more relaxed in Abu Dhabi.

“I didn’t have 25 of the Marsh clan in the stands watching me so that made me feel a bit better,” Marsh said.

Pakistan chose not to enforce the follow on but are in a near impregnable position with two days remaining. The Australians have all but conceded they will not win this match and level the series.

“We’ve got a huge challenge ahead of us. Whatever total they set us will be a huge one and we’ll fight as hard as we can to hang on to this Test match,” Marsh said.

“If we get some early wickets you never know.”


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Wallabies hang on to beat Barbarians at Twickenham to start Michael Cheika’s tenure with a win

LONDON: The Wallabies finally have something to smile about after beating the Barbarians and new coach Michael Cheika wants Australia to “get on the ride” as his team attempts to restore its badly dented reputation.
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The Wallabies started Cheika’s tenure with a 40-36 win at Twickenham on Sunday morning Australian time, holding off a Nick Cummins’ inspired charge to secure a morale-boosting triumph.

The Barbarians’ helter-skelter style and attacking freedom exposed some flaws in the Australian game plan in an 11-try bonanza.

But Cheika believes that can help accelerate his side’s development after a winless month filled with off-field dramas.

The Wallabies also unearthed a potential Test star in Melbourne rookie Sean McMahon, who starred in his Australian debut after getting a shock spring tour call up.

“The win helps, but the issue is about the players and the team taking the initiative and changing people’s [perception], get them enjoying the game again,” Cheika said.

“Forget about all the other stuff, just enjoy footy for what it brings. Sometimes it’s going to be great, other times it won’t be perfect.

“But it’s about getting on the ride and enjoying it, being proud of the team. We can do that by showing our commitment on the field.

“Our defence is probably the part of our game I want to improve the most … it’s a new system so you’ll have that slight hesitation but hopefully we’re a bit more aggressive next week.”

Australian rugby has been bashed and belted from every angle and the Kurtley Beale-Di Patston drama has engulfed the sport.

The Wallabies are intent on rebuilding respect with a four-Test tour of Europe, starting against Wales in Cardiff this weekend.

“[The game plan] of the Waratahs isn’t going to work, we’ve got to build a unique style and embrace the characters in the team that will suit us,” Cheika said.

McMahon stepped up to make his mark on the Wallabies, coming on as a replacement for Scott Higginbotham after just 19 minutes.

Higginbotham is in danger of missing the rest of the Wallabies tour after injuring is hamstring, but will be given two days to recover before a decision is made.

Cheika described McMahon’s debut as “outstanding” and the Australian under-20s captain and Commonwealth Games bronze medal winner didn’t look at out of place in front of almost 54,000 fans.

McMahon is in contention to replace Higginbotham in the backrow next week, with Cheika saying he would not panic into calling a player into the squad.

But the Wallabies had hearts in their mouths when cult hero Cummins, also known as the Honey Badger, led the Barbarians on a late charge.

The crowd roared as Cummins made break after break against his former teammates as the Barbarians closed the gap from 18 points to just four with time running out in a seesaw battle.

“It was a tough game … they kept throwing the ball around and our defence stood strong at the end,” said captain Matt Hodgson.

“We knew they would throw it around at the end to try to catch up. We just had to stick to our system.

“It’s a big step forward for us. We’re on a five-week tour and we needed to start with momentum … not only with a win but with that physical style.”

Sam Carter, Benn Robsinson, Tevita Kuridrani, Rob Horne, Bernard Foley and McMahon all scored tries while the Barbarians refused to give up.

Queensland duo Quade Cooper and Will Genia got their chances to start as a five-eighth-halfback combination but were a little rusty after injury-enforced breaks from the game.

Outside centre Tevita Kuridrani was outstanding again and has all but locked up the Wallabies’ No.13 jersey for the tour.

Cheika’s impact on the team was evident right from the opening whistle.

The Wallabies adopted Cheika’s plan to have players start 10 metres behind halfway at kick-off, a ploy used by the NSW Waratahs in their Super Rugby success.

The Barbarians were intent on entertaining and put on an experimental masterclass to try to catch the Wallabies napping

From their first lineout No.8 Steven Luatua launched the ball 35 metres over the set piece to a flying Nick Cummins, who dropped the ball in contact.

From their first attacking penalty they put the ball five metres from the Wallabies’ line and used a 12-man lineout to try and force their way over the line.

When that was illegally stopped, halfback Tomas Cubelli used an audacious no-look kick over his head from close range which resulted in a scramble for possession in the in goal.

Both teams had less than a week together in preparation, but it was the Barbarians – made up of players from all over the world – who steamrolled Cheika’s men early.

At times the Wallabies appeared to lack some cohesion in the helter skelter fixture, with running rugby taking precedence over tactical play.

AT A GLANCE

WALLABIES40 (Sam Carter, Benn Robinson, Tevita Kuridrani, Rob Horne, Bernard Foley, Sean McMahon tries; Quade Cooper 3, Bernard Foley 2 conversions) bt BARBARIANS 36 (Frank Halai, Adam Thomson, Francis Saili, Nick Cummins, Marnitz Bashoff tries; Colin Slade 2, Marnitz Boshoff 2 conversions; Colin Slade penalty) at Twickenham on Sunday morning. Crowd: 53,568. Referee: Jaco Peyper.


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20 reasons to visit Lyon, France

1 Eat at a Bouchon
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Once frequented by hungry silk workers in the 17th and 18th centuries, these cosy inns specialise in hearty, no-nonsense French cooking flying in the face of fussy haute cuisine. Tourist imitations are rife but a smattering of traditional establishments remain. While sampling dishes such as blood sausage with stewed apple or rich duck pate, the checked tablecloths and frantic cheek kissing will leave you in no doubt you’ve discovered an authentic French experience. See lesfedeslyon杭州龙凤论坛m. 2 Lumiere Institute Museum

Cinema was essentially invented here after Lyon brothers Auguste and Louis Lumiere came up with the Cinematograph projector in 1895, so a visit to this intriguing museum is a must. Housed inside what was once the Lumiere family home, exhibits throughout 21 rooms include some of the earliest picture reels and prototype cameras and even the Photorama, a reproduction of Louis Lumiere’s incredible invention that ensures visitors can view photos projected 360 degrees to a height of more than six metres. See institut-lumiere杭州龙凤论坛. 3 Walk the Old Town

Lyon’s medieval Old Town (also known as Vieux-Lyon) is one of the best preserved in Europe. Located on the west bank of the Saone River, it’s a charming mix of cobbled alleyways, boutique shops, wine bars and restaurants. In 1954, the area became the first in France to gain protection under a law to preserve the country’s cultural sites resulting in an unparalleled mix of Renaissance, Romanesque and Gothic architecture. Don’t miss the covered Passage Thiaffait in the silk quarter. 4 Museum of Miniatures and Film Sets

Housed inside the famous “Maison des Avocats” building, a 16th century UNESCO protected gem, this five floor exhibition details everything from the use of special effects in cinema to reproductions of daily life through elaborately crafted miniatures. The museum is partnered with numerous LA-based studios who work closely with local artists to ensure exhibits change regularly. Highlights include life-sized sets from the film Perfume in the basement and even a Gremlin. See museeminiatureetcinema.fr.  5 Basilique Notre Dame de Fouviere

A visit to this elaborate basilica perched on the crest of Fourviere Hill offers the best views across the city and surrounding Rhone Valley. Built between 1872 and 1884, the ornate interior is testament to the sheer opulence and outrageous wealth of the Catholic Church; a heady mix of gilt, marble, stained glass and coloured mosaics perhaps overcompensating for the church’s lack of genuine political clout around the time. Frequent tours are available. See fourviere杭州龙凤论坛. 6 Les Halles de Lyon-Paul Bocuse

Named after Lyon’s celebrated Michelin-starred chef, this covered market originally dates back 1859 and although the original incarnation fell into disrepair, it underwent an extensive renovation in 2006. Now home to 56 specialist food shops and restaurants spread over three floors, it’s the sort of place to bring chefs and foodies to their knees. After perusing the high-end cheeses and gourmand smoked meats, pull up a stool, grab a glass of wine and sample fresh oysters or ham off the bone alongside the locals. See hallesdelyon.free.fr.  7 Hotel Le Royal Lyon

With its plumb location on Bellecour Square in the heart of Lyon, this elegant boutique hotel has been artfully furnished in the style of a traditional country “maison”, fusing modern classicism with tradition. From the plush lounge lizard bar to the quiet airy rooms, this is a slick oasis where details matter. See lyonhotel-leroyal杭州龙凤论坛m.  8 Escape to wine country

As well as its gastronomic prowess, Lyon is also on the doorstep to some of Europe’s most eminent wine regions; in particular the Rhone Valley and Beaujolais. The Rhone Valley is perhaps more prestigious, known for outstanding Syrah and Viognier grape varieties while the Beaujolais’ Gamay grapes make for dangerously easy-drinking fruit-driven wines. Both regions are easily reached by car but an organised day tour from the city is the best way to avoid ending up tanked behind the wheel. See kanpai-tourisme杭州龙凤论坛m.  9 Cruise on the Saone River

Gain another perspective of the city from the water on an evening boat cruise along the Rhone or Saone rivers. Running between April and October, cruises are a laidback way to learn more about a town with more than 2000 years of history but, at just over an hour, they avoid descending into tedium territory, making instead for a very civilised pre-dinner sojourn. See lyoncityboat杭州龙凤论坛m.  10 Musee des Confluences 

Set to open in December, this science centre and anthropology museum will be the latest edition to Lyon’s cultural landscape. Housing permanent exhibitions detailing anything from the Big Bang Theory to the mechanisms of evolution, the museum’s unusual architectural design is also drawing attention. Referred to as the “Crystal Cloud”, it is an angular mix of glass, concrete and stainless steel set at the top of a steep headland. See museedesconfluences.fr. 11 Lyon City Card

Available as one-, two- or three-day passes, this handy little card is the key to the city. Pay a one-off fee and gain free admission to dozens of museums, galleries, guided tours, public transport and boat cruises and get discounts at certain shops. See lyoncitycard杭州龙凤论坛m.  12 Lunch at Brasserie Le Silk

Stylishly decked out with a slick, New York loft feel by Parisian interior designer Patrick Norguet, this Sofitel brasserie is a decent option for a more up-market dining experience. Food emphasis is on Mediterranean classics such as beef or salmon tartare with an Asian twist. An outdoor terrace is open during warmer months. See sofitel杭州龙凤论坛m/gb/hotel-0553-sofitel-lyon-bellecour/restaurant. 13 Shopping

The shopping here could placate a Beverly Hills housewife. More luxurious, boutique stores are located in Rue de President Herriot, an elegant stretch of 19th century buildings. For more mainstream offerings, nearby Rue de la Republique and Rue Victor Hugo are a safe bet. If second-hand books and antiques are more your scene, try Rue Auguste Comte or hit the Canal Flea Market on Sunday between 6am and 1pm. See en.lyon-france杭州龙凤论坛m. 14 Museum of Fine Arts

Home to a treasure trove of European painting spanning the Middle Ages to the 20th century, this is one of Europe’s premier art museums. Exhibits showcase anything from Egyptian antiquities to Renaissance sculptures and paintings by European masters, from Claude Monet to Henri Matisse. See mba-lyon.fr. 15 Parks and gardens

Escape the city with a stroll through Park de la Tete, a lush, tranquil oasis filled with rose gardens, Mediterranean plants, boules courts and even a sizeable zoo. Also stroll the renovated promenade on the left bank of the Rhone, veering off to nearby Parc des Berges. See loisirs-parcdelatetedor杭州龙凤论坛m/en. 16 Nightlife

Lyon’s nightlife scene is as trendy as it is diverse. The streets around Vieux Lyon are a good place to start, where the Smoking Dog pub is a favourite for a no-nonsense pint. Other traditional hotspots include the streets around Croix Rousse and Place Terreaux, while many former riverboats have since been converted into bars and clubs on the Quai Augagneur along the Rhone.  17 Gallery Hopping

Located at the base of the slopes of La Croix-Rousse, The Rue Burdeau is a bohemian hub of art galleries, workshops and exhibitions incorporating photography, paintings, illustrations, sculpture and more. Be sure to check out the cutting edge photography exhibit, Galerie le Reverbere before rounding off your cultural immersion with a nightcap at the achingly cool Bec de Jazz bar at No.19. 18 Chocolate

In a city with more than 2000 restaurants, there’s always room for dessert. Chocolatiers are ubiquitous in Lyon and among the most famous are Bernachon, known for its iconic Palet d’Or and Bouillet, a chocolatier-cum-patisserie famed for the sort of intricate cakes, tarts and macaroons your waistline won’t thank you for. See chocolatier-bouillet杭州龙凤论坛m/boutique-en-ligne.  19 Festival of Lights

Over four days in December (5-8) Lyon will explode into a kaleidoscopic visual treat as designers from all over the world convene to create the Festival of Lights. Comprising intricate light installations throughout parks buildings and rivers, the festival will see Lyon transformed beyond recognition during dark winter nights. Best of all, it’s free. See fetedeslumieres.lyon.fr/en. 20 Guided tours

Learn more about the silk trading era, traboules (secret passages for which Lyon is famed) Renaissance district or Old Town on a guided walking tour that will help you make sense of the city’s convoluted 2000-year history. Alternatively, rent an MP3 audio guide and meander through the Croix Rousse district at your leisure. The latter is available for rental in various languages from the Lyon Tourist office. See en.lyon-france杭州龙凤论坛m/Guided-Tours-Excursions.

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Surfing a pain in the eye

Surfers are sustaining eye injuries after being hit with the nose, tail and fins of surfboards, a survey has found.
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A study of 10 cases identified in a survey of NSW opthalmologists found eye injuries affected surfers aged from nine to 71 years.

Patients had an average age of 35 years and eight out of the 10 injured surfers were male.

One of the injured surfers was learning to surf at the time while others were weekly or daily surfers.

In one case a surfer’s injury was so severe it resulted in the loss of an eye.

In four cases surfers had fractures to the bones that form the orbit, the bony cavity that contains the eye, while another surfer was left with fibreglass in this area.

Researchers led by the University of Sydney’s Save Sight Institute said most patients had a combination of eye injuries including bruising to the skin and soft tissue around the eye and lacerations to the eyelid.

One eye injury occurred while using a surfboard in a backyard swimming pool, while other injuries occurred at Queens Head and Forster on NSW’s north coast, Shellharbour on the south coast, and Maroubra and Bondi in Sydney’s east.

Five surfers were hit by their own boards, two with someone else’s board and information was not available for three patients.

Authors of the study, published on Sunday in the Medical Journal of Australia, said it confirmed that surfing carried “a small risk of severe ocular injury”.

They said injuries may have become more frequent in recent times due to overcrowding at beaches and design of modern surfboards, which can feature sharp noses.

Researchers led by ophthalmologist Juliette Howden said there were currently no government regulations or recommendations about surfboard design or wearing protective eyewear or headgear while surfing.

“It would be possible to attach soft rubber tips to the nose or tail of short boards and to make fins from flexible material such as rubber,” they said.

Researchers said further studies were needed to assess the effectiveness of protective gear or surfboard modifications at preventing eye injuries.


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No need for equity, says Newcrest Mining

Gold diggers: Newcrest’s Cadia Hill operation is exciting, the company says. Gold diggers: Newcrest’s Cadia Hill operation is exciting, the company says.
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Gold diggers: Newcrest’s Cadia Hill operation is exciting, the company says.

Gold diggers: Newcrest’s Cadia Hill operation is exciting, the company says.

Newcrest Mining chief executive Sandeep Biswas says the $US100 million recently paid off the gold miner’s debt pile is proof the company can get by without an equity raising.

The spectre of an equity raising has hung over Newcrest since the 2013 gold price slump cut into margins and raised concerns about the level of debt on the gold miner’s balance sheet.

Newcrest has about $A4.1 billion of debt on its balance sheet, pushing its gearing ratio to beyond 30 per cent.

Reducing that debt pile is the miner’s top priority but some analysts have warned recently the company won’t be able to generate enough cash to cover its debt and the growth spending it wants to do over the next five years.

But Mr Biswas said the $US100 million repayment was a reflection of the cash generated during the September quarter and a sign that Newcrest could fund itself.

“Under the current market and operating conditions the cash inflow from the Cadia ramp-up, the turnaround of Lihir and the EDGE (efficiency and cost reduction) program is sufficient to pay back our debt and get our gearing down and that is our primary focus,” he said.

Mr Biswas said shareholders should be excited by the early results at the recently expanded Cadia precinct, which produced at an “all-in sustaining cost” of $A207 an ounce during the September quarter.

“Look at Cadia’s cost base, $207 all-in sustaining cost, that is a massive margin and it is not even at full tilt, that is the potential of this company,” he said.

Newcrest chairman Peter Hay backed up those comments by saying shareholders had no need to be concerned about a dilutive equity raising.

Newcrest shareholders were not paid a dividend in the 2014 financial year and the company has said it would resume paying dividends only “when it is prudent to do so”.

But Mr Hay reassured shareholders on Friday that they would not have to wait until the miner reached its desired gearing ratio of 15 per cent, which is likely to be several years away.

“The point at which it becomes prudent to declare dividends again is not necessarily the gearing target so we will look at that,” he said.

“It is a balance, you have to make a judgment based on all those different factors, including the growth prospects and whatever capital demands there are on the company at the time.”


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James Cummings in good hands to continue family’s Melbourne Cup tradition

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For James Cummings, the past 18 months have been a blurred whirlwind of firsts. There’s his first season as a trainer in partnership with his legendary grandfather, Bart. His first group-1 winner. And, on Tuesday, he will have his first Melbourne Cup runner in nine-year-old Precedence. Now there is the impending birth of his first child with wife Monica, who he married in July.

“We’re expecting our first child midway through next year,” Cummings, 26, says, smiling. “It’s been a very busy 18 months. It’s the best. That’s why you get married. There’s no point in being married if you’re not open to it. Interestingly, we travelled to East Africa on our honeymoon. What I learnt there was the beauty of youthful virility. Every tribe we spoke to, or every new location we went to, it was such an important facet of their lifestyle. It isn’t to be underestimated.”

No, it isn’t. The beauty of youthful virility for the Cummings family is that it has maintained a racing dynasty the stretches back to 1911, when Bart’s father, Jim, took out his trainer’s licence with the South Australian Jockey Club before claiming the 1950 Melbourne Cup with Comic Court.

It leads us to Tuesday’s race. Precedence will be Bart’s 79th runner in the Cup. It will be James’ first. “Welcome to the big league,” says Cummings jnr. “It’s like being welcomed to Test match footy.”

James became the family’s fourth-generation trainer at Leilani Lodge at Royal Randwick on August 1 last year.

Stepping up from the staffer saddling and clocking horses for Bart is one thing, but taking on the full responsibility of a trainer is an entirely different proposition. This young horseman, though, carries the added burden of expectation that comes with racing’s most famed and adored surname.

Is it ever too much to carry?

“I would say no, but I would say it without being dismissive of the threat or the concept of that being the case,” James says. “I say it because I’ve identified that I am my own biggest critic. I would usually be the last person in the room to blame the jockey because I feel that if I’d done a better job, if I’d thought about it a little harder, if I’d been more explicit in my instructions, things could’ve gone better.

“I’m blessed. It’s not only in my blood but I’ve grown up with it. I’ve learnt as much as I can through osmosis and experience, but my family has been passionate about training horses since 1911. We’re about treating horses well. If we look after our horses well, they’ll look after us. We live by that mantra.”

Time stands still for no man. Not even Bart. He is rising 87 and the chatter has already started – as it has in recent years – about whether he will or won’t be at Flemington on Tuesday. “He’s as well as he can be for a man who’s lived a good life,” James says. “If he comes out [to Flemington] people might not have seen him in a long while. He has aged. The body might be weak but the mind is willing. He’s sharp and on to you if you slip up.”

The lessons his grandfather have taught him, however, aren’t difficult for James to recall. Like the time when an expensive yearling came back to the from a spell.

Bart was sitting in his office, peering out through the venetian blinds. “That horse that’s been here a few days,” he told his grandson. “How are its sesamoids?”

A sesamoid is a bony formation at the back of a horse’s front fetlocks. “They seem OK,” James replied, puzzled. “There’s been no complaints.”

He checked the horse’s sesamoids and, sure enough, was astounded to discover the horse had proud sesamoids.

“How the hell did he know that?” James thought. “He’s in there behind his venetian blinds. How does he know that?”

Later that afternoon, Bart was having a cup of tea and going over the gallop sheets for the next morning’s trackwork. On his desk sat a spelling sheet, which details which horses have been in the paddock and for what reason. He noticed the expensive yearling’s name. Underlined in red pen was the word “sesamoids”.

Recalls James: “I burst out laughing. He saw me look at it and just chuckled. He tested me, and he was trying to train me. To be meticulous.”

A moment that captures the near-mythical reverence for Bart came nine years ago when he walked into the Crystal Club Lounge at Crown Casino. The room was buzzing with masters of the universe, captains of industry and enough celebrities to fill the Sunday social pages for a year.

Then the most successful trainer in Melbourne Cup history walked into the room, dressed in immaculate pinstripe suit and wearing aviator sunglasses. High society fell silent.

Ask James if he ever feels similarly awed and he shakes his head.

“No,” he says. “The question is an interesting one because how could I look at him any different? My other grandfather on my mother’s side died when I was young. People ask me if he’s like a normal grandfather. The answer is he’s my only grandfather. He’s a shy man. For a shy man, he has a lot of exposure. He’s not a fan of the long interview, it’s fair to say.”

Can James and Bart win with Precedence? It’s unlikely but they’re confident of a top-10 finish. The horse was trampled on in his last start in the Moonee Valley Cup. In the start before that, he had beaten home Signoff, which is now equal favourite to win on Tuesday.

Regardless of the result, it will be another brick laid down in the Cummings dynasty that shows no sign of fading, with another on the way.

“It was a watershed moment for Bart and Leilani Lodge [when I received my training licence],” James says. “Bart wasn’t coming to the track, and owners were starting to pull out. Reputation is so important, but it isn’t everything. They want authenticity in what they’re receiving, whether the horse is good or bad. I’m like that young Bart trying to listen to as many people who I can.”

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Richmond signs Taylor Hunt, Joel Hamling heads to Bulldogs

The paperwork to finalise the Taylor Hunt deal was lodged with the AFL on Sunday. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo
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The paperwork to finalise the Taylor Hunt deal was lodged with the AFL on Sunday. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

The paperwork to finalise the Taylor Hunt deal was lodged with the AFL on Sunday. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

Richmond has moved swiftly to secure former Geelong midfielder Taylor Hunt after the former Cat had accepted an offer to train with St Kilda.

And another former Cat, key backman Joel Hamling who did not make his senior debut in three years on the Geelong list, has been signed by the Western Bulldogs.

The paperwork to finalise the Hunt deal was lodged with the AFL on Sunday and will be confirmed by the league Monday.

St Kilda had made an offer to Hunt to train with the club with a view to signing him, but Richmond scuppered those plans when it offered a one-year deal for the onballer and tagger, who grew up a passionate Richmond supporter.

Geelong will this week secure former Melbourne midfielder Sam Blease. The pacy running player, who was taken with pick 17 in the 2008 national draft, was cut by the Demons last week. Geelong will sign him as a delisted free agent.

Carlton will  secure former Swan, Matthew Dick, a fast medium tall running defender, as a delisted free agent. The Blues will also secure  former Bulldog Jason Tutt. They will either pick up Tutt as a delisted free agent, or, should the Bulldogs not delist him, through the pre-season draft.

The Saints on Saturday signed delisted Swans player Tim Membrey after the list lodgement last Friday cleared players to be signed as delisted free agents.

The Saints have also asked former Adelaide pair Shaun McKernan and Jared Petrenko to train with the club in coming weeks. McKernan could fill a key position role with Rhys Stanley traded out of the club. Petrenko would shape a a potential rookie listing with his speed and defensive pressure.

The Tigers’ move to secure Hunt follows the earlier play to secure Jack Trengove from Melbourne in a trade. That deal fell through when the final scans in a medical examination uncovered complications with a foot problem.

Tigers football manager Dan Richardson said the Hunt move was plainly part of the club’s push to increase midfield depth of experienced talent as the 23-year-old had played 63 games in six seasons with the Cats.

“We have been clear in our intention to add to our midfield during the off-season, and we believe Taylor will be a strong addition to the club,” Richardson said.

“Taylor will complement our playing list with his speed and versatility, and we are confident he has his best football ahead of him.”

With other pieces of their emerging list starting to fall into place, the Western Bulldogs continued to add depth to another of their weak points – the key defender stocks.

Having already secured highly-rated draft prospect Zaine Cordy (son of Brian and brother of Ayce) as a father-son pick, the Dogs signed Hamling, a 195cm athletic defender who finished third in the club’s VFL best and fairest this season.

The 21-year-old former West Australian had attracted interest from several clubs since being delisted two weeks ago.

List manager Jason McCartney said the Dogs considered it important to secure another key defender who was already in the system, although Hamling has also shown versatility to suggest he could also be tried forward at different stages.

“Joel adds a different dynamic to that group with his raw athleticism,” McCartney said.

“Joel has been part of an elite development program at Geelong, and having watched closely throughout the year, we believe he is not far away from playing good consistent AFL football.”


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“Fake” White Ribbon website faces legal action

A men’s rights group has been accused of “hijacking” the name of a prominent anti-domestic violence group and is using it to publish “misinformation” about violence against women.
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White Ribbon is considering taking legal action to stop the group, which uses the same name and similar branding.

White Ribbon Australia is an anti-violence organisation that appoints high-profile men to make a public stance against violence and encourage other men to do the same.

The alleged fake website is owned and operated by A Voice for Men, which claims on its own website to “expose misandry on all levels in our culture” and to “educate men and boys about the threats they face in feminist governance and to promote an end to that governance.”

The domain names are very similar – whiteribbon上海龙凤论坛.au is the genuine Australian branch and whiteribbon上海龙凤论坛 is registered by A Voice for Men.

It recent weeks it has posted articles titled: “Refuting 40 years of lies about domestic violence” and “Why women’s shelters are hotbeds of gender hatred”.

White Ribbon Australia national executive of engagement and partnerships, Fayssal Sari, told Fairfax Media he is aware of at least one person who wanted to donate to the organisation, but accidently sent the money to the wrong account, via the website.

“There’s potential for some serious impact and that does concern us,” he said. “Any attempt to encourage donations to this non-bona fide organisation could constitute fraud. Our legal advice is that there is possible fraud in intellectual property infringement, particularly around the branding and use of the ribbon.

“We have more than 2000 ambassadors nationwide. For this site to come up and undermine what these good men are doing is really disappointing.”

The A Voice for Men’s website was registered in 2012 but its details are hidden behind a firewall, meaning it is impossible determine where it is based.

Mr Sari believes it is Canadian or American.  White Ribbon Australian registered their website in 2002.

University of Melbourne intellectual property expert Andrew Christie said A Voice for Men website “could be in big trouble” for using White Ribbon Australia’s trademarked name and similar logo.

However, he said taking legal action against the group could be problematic because it is likely based overseas and IP laws rarely cover international websites.

In Victoria, 29 women died in 2013 in relation to domestic violence, up from 15 in 2012. Family violence was a factor in 80 per cent of child deaths known to child protection services last year, up from 62 per cent in 2010.

The organisation found out about the competing website just weeks before its annual White Ribbon Day, on November 25. Hundreds of events have already been organised to raise funds to stop male violence against women.

Domestic Violence Victoria chief executive Fiona McCormack said she was horrified when she was told of the website.

“What happens if a woman is looking for information and if she came across a website that she thought had some merit or authority, and was provided with erroneous information? It’s such an irresponsible and unethical thing to do.”

She added it was “extraordinary” for the organisation’s brand to be “hijacked” to be used for purposes opposite to what it does.

“What they claim has absolutely no credibility. The overwhelming evidence that we have from the World Health Organisation, the United Nations, from research, provides a comprehensive picture of the cause of violence against women.”

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Roy Higgins and ‘Mother’ capture hearts with Melbourne Cup win

Iconic image: Roy Higgins and Light Fingers after their 1965 Cup win. Photo: Supplied
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Iconic image: Roy Higgins and Light Fingers after their 1965 Cup win. Photo: Supplied

Iconic image: Roy Higgins and Light Fingers after their 1965 Cup win. Photo: Supplied

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The pair of Bart Cummings and Roy Higgins won more than 100 stakes races, and they unearthed many a star of the turf. Their partnership dates back to not long after the young rider first moved to Melbourne.

The combination of Higgins’ lightning-fast instincts and Cummings’ brilliance as a trainer would reap many unforgettable wins on the track. One of the most memorable, of course, would be with the legendary thoroughbred Light Fingers.

According to Higgins, Light Fingers “felt more like a six-year-old mare than a three-year-old filly”. He nicknamed her “Mother” because she had that nature that allowed her to work as a lead pony for other horses, as well as nurturing or mothering some of the younger horses in the stable.

In the spring of 1965, Cummings not only had Light Fingers, but he had a handful of others, including his quality colt Ziema, to bolster his carnival team.

Where Light Fingers was as calm as a thoroughbred could be, Ziema was muscular and a bit wild. He would carry on, and buck, and throw his rider at trackwork. He would often only settle down when Light Fingers was brought along to lead him to the track. Higgins was aboard her when she was sent out favourite in the Caulfield Stakes, the week before the Caulfield Cup. However, 800 metres from home she clipped the champion Winfreux’s heels and almost toppled over. As her nose came dangerously close to the ground, she miraculously regained her feet and somehow managed to get herself back into rhythm in time to finish in third place.

It was a huge run, but it came at a cost. Given her great will to win, Light Fingers came out of the Caulfield Stakes stiff and sore with a ricked muscle in her neck and shoulder. She whinnied in pain one morning when a track jockey tried to get on her back to take her for a walk.

With her campaign in disarray, and battling a muscle injury, Light Fingers was only allowed to be slowly walked or swum in the Maribyrnong River, which runs adjacent to the Flemington Racecourse. Higgins wasn’t allowed to sit on her back until she got over her pain.

Her stablemate Ziema continued in his campaign towards the Melbourne Cup. He was unlucky in the Caulfield Cup, being severely interfered with before running second to Bore Head, before also being runner-up the following week in the Moonee Valley Cup. Meanwhile, with so much doubt over Light Fingers’ place in the Cup, Higgins was offered the ride on Matlock, who had shortened into Cup favourite. After a quick think, Higgins refused the offer, claiming that he couldn’t bear the thought of Light Fingers running and someone else on her. “My filly’s so good that if she gets to the post she just might win, and if she does it would break my heart not to be her rider,” he reiterated to the press a few days later.

A Melbourne Cup start was still up in the air and this remained so right up to the race, as Cummings was desperate to see more improvement. At dawn on Melbourne Cup morning, Higgins gave her another light jog over a furlong. Higgins said he felt that Light Fingers was two to three days off her best, but was still adamant that Light Fingers was well enough, and fit enough, to run in the Cup.

“It was that close,” Higgins recalled in a later interview. “She still needed a few more days to be 100 per cent, but Bart took the punt and ran her and I’m forever thankful that he did.”

Like most Melbourne Cups, that year’s race was two miles of incessant jostling and bumping. Higgins was wary of over- taxing Light Fingers by forcing her into unnecessary bumping duels. He had her in the front half of the field, with the plan of following Ziema, who was ridden by the then Adelaide-based jockey John J.J. Miller. Because Higgins knew how fit Ziema was, he was certain it was a winning strategy to trail Ziema and then have a late run at him and hope Light Fingers could outstay him. For Miller, his plan was to go ahead and wear Light Fingers down.

As the field straightened for home, three of the fancied runners, Yangtze, Ziema and Tobin Bronze, were sharing the lead until about a furlong and a half out from the post when Miller took Ziema past Yangtze, as that horse and Tobin Bronze both began to fade. As Ziema was going for home, there was only one horse emerging from the pack. It was Light Fingers.

With half a furlong to go, Ziema was still leading Light Fingers by three-quarters of a length, but Higgins suspected he had an ace up his sleeve. Ziema was bigger and no doubt fitter, but he felt that Light Fingers enjoyed a class and psychological edge over her rival.

Light Fingers moved up to Ziema’s girth, before moving up to his neck. The filly knew who she was chasing; after years of working as the lead pony for Ziema to calm him down and allow him to run past her in trackwork, here she was chasing him down, but the post was going to come too soon. However, Higgins felt that when Light Fingers got closer to Ziema, the colt became aware of her presence, and the jockey then knew he’d get to the post first.

“I realised I had it won about 30 yards from the winning post,” Higgins said later. “When suddenly Ziema changed stride, as a tired horse will do, and his tail sort of started to wave. I thought, ‘Well he has got nothing left and I am going strong’.

Miller, who had been riding for Cummings and for the emerging Colin Hayes in South Australia, said he thought he might have won but was happy to save on the result with Higgins after the line. “A stride past the post, Roy turned to me, he says, ‘What do you reckon?’ ” he recalled. “And I say, ‘I think I beat you, but I’ll save the monkey’. And he said, ‘No, no, no’. He relates the story later on and he said he knew he had got the money when I went to save the monkey.’

Cummings later said that he wouldn’t have minded a dead heat. But the developed print came up, and the course announcer said Light Fingers had won by a half-head. Higgins came in and he looked at Cummings and grinned, “Sorry I pipped you, Bart.” The picture of Higgins cradling Light Fingers’ head on their return to scale has become an iconic image of Australian racing. Australians quickly warmed to the country jockey made good and the little mare that beat them all with limited preparation.

As for Higgins’ connection to his horse, it is telling that in later years he refused to have any more than a few modest pictures in his house of any of the horses he rode, but he proudly displayed a large one of Light Fingers.

Edited extract from Roy Higgins: Australia’s Favourite Jockey by Patrick Bartley, Penguin, $39.99.

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OPINION: The science behind Melbourne Cup winners

Melbourne Cup 2013 winner Fiorente with trainer Gai Waterhouse and strapper Des Fisher at Flemington. THOROUGHBRED racehorses have unique anatomy and physiology that suits them well for racing at high speeds. There are very few 3200m thoroughbred races in Australia, and the horses making it to the final 24 in the Melbourne Cup are truly elite.
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They have superior oxygen transport and an ideal mix of muscle fibre types, and are able to efficiently gallop at high speed. But winning the race also depends on how the horse behaves on the day, the jockey, and good luck.

Horses in the Cup will have big hearts with exceptionally high capacity for pumping blood to muscles. During the race, each horse’s heart rate will hit 220-230 beats per minute, with each beat pumping around 1.3-1.4 litres of blood. About 300litres of blood will be pumped to each horse’s muscles and tissues during each minute.

That blood also has an extraordinarily high concentration of haemoglobin – its oxygen-carrying component – much higher than that of elite human athletes.

These factors combine to enable an elite racehorse to consume 250litres of oxygen during the race.

Horses will consume oxygen at maximum rates of 180ml per minute for each kilogram of body weight after the first minute of the race.

Better race results could be expected in horses with the highest oxygen-consumption – but a win depends on more than just higher aerobic capacity. At some stage in the race every horse will do a short sprint, and must also possess the anatomy and physiology needed.

These horses will have the right combination and number of types of muscle cells to provide the ideal mix of endurance and acceleration.

The best have higher proportions of fast twitch oxidative muscle fibres, well suited to fast contractions, oxygen metabolism and fatigue resistance. Slow twitch fibres are better suited to endurance races.

Training for the Cup needs a mix of slow and fast gallops and short distance sprints of 400-600m.

The trainer has the challenge of making the right decisions each morning to promote fitness without overtraining and tiring the horse.

The art of the trainer is still important in preparing the horse to be at peak physical fitness and emotional state on the day.

The horse will have its final sprint or fast gallop workouts three to five days before the race, and be maintained with slow exercise until the race – much like a human athlete tapers before a marathon. This may include treadmill training.

Feed is decreased on the day of the race – having a big mass of food in the intestines isn’t ideal.

A horse’s emotional state is also important. Poor behaviour before or during the race can seriously impact performance. Horses with over-excitability before the race, shown by agitation and excessive sweating, tend to perform less well than their calmer race mates.

Horses that do not relax during the race pull hard against their jockeys, costing energy, so efficiency of galloping is decreased, resulting in poor performance.

The best horses win the genetic lottery, respond to training and racing programs over years and are in the right mental state on the day.

David Evans is adjunct associate professor in equine exercise science at Charles Sturt University. This ran on The Conversation.


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OPINION: When is private also public?

QUICKSAND: Senator Nova Peris, whose private emails were leaked.
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THE publication by media outlets of leaked emails purportedly written by Northern Territory Senator Nova Peris and Sydney University Professor Barry Spurr raise numerous issues around public interest and privacy.

What is the public interested in? What is in the public interest? Are the two mutually exclusive?

Publication of subject matter and content that is in the public interest can be poles apart from – and even diametrically opposed to – subject matter and content that the public are interested in.

Salacious stories are more likely to grab public attention than stories that are in the public interest. Salacious stories involving public and powerful figures are even more alluring.

When sex gets into bed with the information necessary to properly participate in a robust democracy, sex always takes the blankets and gets the mouse clicks. Quality and accuracy are often the first casualties of the clickbait ruse.

Last month, a story about a dwarf stripper getting a bride pregnant on her hen’s night went viral. A clickbait masterpiece, the story first appeared in Spanish publication Las Cinco Del Dia.

Web aggregator Inquisitr claimed that while there was nothing to positively verify the yarn, “the story is too interesting not to pass along”.

In other words, don’t let the facts get in the way of a clickbait masterpiece. But while there can be no doubt it was interesting to the public, it was hardly in the public interest.

Perhaps it may be of more use and provide additional clarity if matters that publishers argue as being in the public interest were redefined as being of public benefit. A public service ethic underpins all serious journalism.

Public interest and privacy are at the centre of the email leaks involving Senator Nova and Professor Spurr.

From his University of Sydney email address, Professor Spurr sent emails to friends and colleagues over a two-year period. The emails contained racist and sexist diatribes. One email attributed blame to a victim of brutal sexual assault.

Professor Spurr maintains that the emails were a ‘‘whimsical linguistic game … trying to outdo one another in extreme statements’’, and the emails were largely restricted to a bit of ‘‘one-upmanship’’ between himself and an old friend.

It seems the spirit of that game was to see who could be the most outlandishly offensive and politically incorrect. The “I was only joking” line is the go-to defence of those accused of bullying, racism, homophobia and sexism. Yet though Professor Spurr’s defence is not palatable, it is plausible.

Professor Spurr has launched a Federal Court action against New Matilda for publishing the emails. The argument against the online news site includes Professor Spurr’s right to keep his emails private. Australians have no right to privacy under law, but they can and have taken successful legal action against breaches of confidence.

Emails have been considered by the law to be like letters. Letters are treated as confidential between the sender and recipient. Unauthorised publication may breach the confidence implied in email correspondence if the information is confidential.

Some emails contain advice at the bottom of the email advising information contained in the email is or may be confidential and subject to copyright.

The defence for publishing Professor Spurr’s emails may include argument that to do so was in the public interest.

Part of the problem for the Federal Court may be that there is no black-and-white definition of what constitutes public interest. Is it in the public interest for Australians to know the nation’s only professor of poetry shares anachronistic and abhorrent views that he sees as playfully quaint amusement?

Senator Nova Peris has also had confidential emails published. In her case, the information may be considered even more private because it refers to an intimate relationship. The NT News has already argued it published the emails because it was in the public interest to know that public money may have been used inappropriately to facilitate a personal relationship.

The Australian Law Reform Commission’s 2014 report Serious Invasions of Privacy in the Digital Era makes it clear that the defence of public interest is unclear in Australia. Accordingly, the commission has recommended a public interest defence be built into a new privacy law.

But there is little interest from government in this recommendation and the media certainly aren’t backing any new privacy laws.

The issues around the right to publish and the right to expect an email to remain confidential are struggling in a quicksand of ambiguity.

The Federal Court’s ruling may throw one of the two a lifeline, but the battle to stop from sinking may require a once-and-for-all ruling by the High Court.

Paul Scott is a lecturer in the School of Design, Communication and Information Technology at the University of Newcastle


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Melbourne Cup 2014: Fawkner poised to repel international invasion

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Fawkner is clearly the best performed Australian runner in Tuesday’s $6.2 million Emirates Melbourne Cup and is poised to follow the path of last year’s winner Fiorente and repel the international invasion.

Both Fawkner and Fiorente went into the Cup on the back of top Cox Plate runs, great form for a handicap and the lead-in Cup run for the past two winners as Green Moon (2012) also contested the weight-for-age race.

With the wave of internationals – they have 11 of the 24 runners – Australian owned and trained horses are in danger of being overwhelmed when it comes to our iconic race.

The raiders have won the two majors so far this spring, the Caulfield Cup to Japan’s Admire Rakti and the Cox Plate with Adelaide to Ireland.

But suddenly the local contingent is shaping up with a strong Melbourne Cup hand.

Fawkner is exclusively Australian – bred, owned, trained and ridden – while Signoff is English bred with a Brazilian jockey but Aussie owned and trained.

Fawkner’s owner Lloyd Williams is an old hand at winning the Melbourne Cup – he’s part-owned four winners – while Signoff’s trainer Darren Weir prepared 2003 runner-up She’s Archie when he was an emerging trainer from Ballarat. Now he’s the state’s leading trainer.

While Fawkner (No 3) ran a brave, strong-finishing sixth in last year’s Melbourne Cup when connections were critical of the ride and is the class horse, he pays the penalty with 57kilograms.

That’s where Saturday’s Lexus winner Signoff  (No 24) comes into contention as he has just 51kilograms, or 51.5kilograms as jockey Joao Moreira will ride a half kilo overweight.

It’s no more than he deserves on his record to date but there is a sense of timing eerily reminiscent of Shocking who won the Cup in 2009.

They have followed almost identical paths into the Cup running well in lower key handicaps without winning and therefore keeping their weight down and relying on a Lexus win to force their way into the Cup field.

Weir shrewdly held back blinkers until Saturday and the booking of world class jockey Moreira is a plus.

Of the internationals Admire Rakti was hugely impressive in the Caulfield Cup but the query is can he back up that supreme effort 17 days later against a better class field?

Also history says the 58.5kilogram is a stopper, the last Cup winner with that weight was Think Big in 1975.

If Signoff is a significant player so must be the German raider Protectionist, lightly raced and with his best still to come.

Protectionist impressed the way he powered home for fourth in the Herbert Power Handicap where Signoff ran second.

The fact he has had a lead-up run is significant.

It’s a proven formula for international Cup winners.

Media Puzzle (2002), Delta Blues (2006), Americain (2010) and Dunaden (2011) all had a preparatory run in Australia before going on to win the Cup.

Betting strategies for backing the Cup winner are many and varied – form analysts rely on speed maps, times, weights, jockeys. Once-a-year punters might prefer lucky numbers, favourite colours, or quirky names.

Exotic bet types – quinella, exacta, trifecta and first fours offer huge value with the option of flexi bets (a percentage of a $1 unit) ideal for a modest outlay.

Often a roughie fills a place in a Melbourne Cup (last year’s runner-up Red Cadeaux was $61). So for your exotics include Gatewood (No 10), Mutual Regard (No 11), Opinion (No 20), Araldo (No 21)  and how could you leave out the marvel Red Cadeaux (No 4) in his fourth Cup start.

SUGGESTED BETS for $50: Fawkner (No 3) $20 to win, Signoff (No 24) $10 to win; $20 first four flexi bets (5.95 per cent) 3 and 24 to win, 1, 3, 5 and 24 for second, with 1, 3, 5, 10, 11, 20, 21, 22, 24 to run third and fourth.

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Lowe relieved by close-run Glory win

Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe says he doesn’t know how the team managed to ‘pull it out of the fire’. Photo: Paul Kane Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe says he doesn’t know how the team managed to ‘pull it out of the fire’. Photo: Paul Kane
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Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe says he doesn’t know how the team managed to ‘pull it out of the fire’. Photo: Paul Kane

Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe says he doesn’t know how the team managed to ‘pull it out of the fire’. Photo: Paul Kane

Jamie MacLaren may find it tough getting back into the Perth Glory starting line-up, despite scoring two goals late in his side’s 2-1 win over the Newcastle Jets on Saturday night.

It all happened pretty quickly for MacLaren.

He came into the game at the 76 minute mark when the Jets held a 1-0 lead. He scored in the 77thminute and then completed his brace on 79 minutes.

“I was disappointed,” joked Glory coach Kenny Lowe. “I said three.”

MacLaren started on the sub’s bench at nib Stadium on Saturday after playing the final 30 minutes of the Glory’s FFA Cup win over Melbourne Victory on Wednesday with cramp.

Lowe was about to sub Keogh off when MacLaren scored the equalizer, his first.

“I decided to run with it and take the gamble and hope Andy didn”t ping anything,” Lowe said.

“To do that after playing midweek and after 120 (minutes) and do that again, shows we have quality players in the dressing room.

“We don’t have any injuries, but they are really tight.

“I don’t know how we managed to pull it out of the fire.”

Lowe’s reference to the 120 minute contest midweek was Wednesday night’s 4-2 extra-time win over the Melbourne Victory in the FFA Cup.

The only A-League game that MacLaren has started in during the first four rounds of the season was in round 3 when the Glory lost to Adelaide. He now has three goals. In round 1 he also entered the game late and scored in Perth’s 2-1 away win to Wellington.

So Lowe may be tempted to mark him in permanently in pen on the substitute’s bench, for now anyway.

Either way, the 21-year old has certainly impressed his coach in the early stages of the season.

“Macca has come back lighter; he’s worked so hard; he’s a super character; doing everything right,” Lowe said. “He’s enjoying his football. I can’t praise him enough

“He’s (the striker the Glory has been looking for) already here.”

Lowe also praised the flexibility of his squad and the ability of members of the team to fill in gaps when required, but he hasn’t ruled out adding another quality striker to the squad for “if case Andy or Macca  role over.”

Sunday’s win took the Glory back to second on the table and they still have several players to fit back into the line-up.

Chris Harold is set to return from injury within the next fortnight and Sidnei and Ruben Zadkovich need a week or two more before they could be back in Glory colours.

“I’m praying for injuries so I don’t have to make too many decisions,” Lowe joked.


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