Umwelt’s new green office 

GREEN: Peter Jamieson and Barbara Crossley at their new “green” headquarters at Teralba yesterday. Picture: Ryan OslandENVIRONMENTAL consultancy Umwelt has celebrated its 20th anniversary and officially opened its new headquarters at Teralba.
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The 88-year-old former Teralba Co-op building has been given a futuristic ‘‘green’’ makeover by Adamstown-based Graph Building, using plans created by Rushcutters Bay firm David Selden Design.

At an official opening of the York Street, Teralba, building last night, Umwelt director Peter Jamieson said it enabled the company to ‘‘walk its talk regarding environmental sustainability, impact, performance and quality’’.

A large array of solar panels were capable of generating 135,000kilowatt-hours of electricity a year.

Careful design and thousands of metres of embedded water pipes meant the building operated without air-conditioning.

A roof garden had more than 40tonnes of soil, with a 28,000-litre tank providing water for garden and toilets.

Mr Jamieson and another director, Barbara Crossley, built Umwelt from its earliest days in Toronto to a thriving business employing more than 120people at the Teralba office, with offices in Canberra and Perth.

This week’s Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy conference at Pokolbin heard repeated complaints about the increasing cost and complexity of mining approvals, with some environmental assessments running to thousands of pages.

Asked if Umwelt was a beneficiary of this trend, Mr Jamieson said: ‘‘The environmental services sector continues to be a dynamic profession with the need to take into account emerging and evolving technologies, policies, legislation and government and community expectations.’’

He said Umwelt had worked with some of the largest companies in the world, and had been involved with more than 3000 projects in the resource, infrastructure and industry sectors.

Having recently finished the environmental assessment for a $1billion coal project near Singleton, Umwelt had won the contract for Lake Macquarie City Council’s estuary management plan.

Businesses give iPads to Teralba Public School 

IPADS are being used at Teralba Public School to boost learning, following kind donations from businesses in the area.
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Teacher Melanie White said pupils had responded well to using apps on the tablets to learn about maths and words.

‘‘We use the apps as an additional learning tool to reinforce concepts being taught,’’ Ms White said.

IPad use in schools is a growing trend.

In the UK, teacher David Andrews conducted an experiment last year using apps in the classroom.

Mr Andrews, a self-confessed Apple fanatic, found the devices were great for reading and had ‘‘endless possibilities to be used creatively in any subject in the school curriculum’’.

He said in a recent blog in The Guardian that the devices led to pupils ‘‘becoming more independent and able to direct their own learning’’.

Ms White said she realised the potential of iPads for learning when she bought one for her three-year-old.

‘‘I started looking at the apps and seeing how good they were for education,’’ Ms White said.

‘‘I saw a 60 Minutes story with autistic kids using iPads and thought it would be really beneficial to help kids engage in the classroom.’’

The problem was finding money to pay for them.

She sent letters to businesses in the area asking for help.

The school, which had 70 students in three classes, was in a low socio-economic area in which opportunities to use the latest technologies were limited.

The aim was to raise enough money to buy 12 iPads, but the response was so good 18 were able to be bought.

Despite concerns about kids being glued to screens for too long, the benefits appear to outweigh any negatives.

‘‘The major advantage is the students are extremely engaged in their learning as the iPads are so interactive,’’ Ms White said.

COOL SCHOOL: Jaidyn Marinos, 11, Sophie Goodbun, 7 and Amber Harrison, 11, enjoy their new iPads. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

GALLERY: Mulholland’s Spring Break at Fashion Week 

NEWCASTLE-raised designer Emma Mulholland will expand her label overseas following her first solo show at Australian Fashion Week.
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Mulholland’s runway show, titled Spring Break and inspired by growing up on the beach in Newcastle, was held at Sydney’s Carriageworks on Thursdaynight.

The show featured plenty of Mulholland’s signature bright colours and took onlookers from the sunny beach to the snowy slopes of Aspen.

‘‘It’s a real clash of 80s summer versus winter,’’ Mulholland said prior to the show.

‘‘There are prints that people will remember from when they were little.’’

The 25-year old was supported by her Redhead-based parents as well as her grandparents at the show.

She joked that her pop was a bit disappointed he had to miss his weekly game of darts for the event.

A recent favourite of pop artists Kayne West and M.I.A, Mulholland’s self titled label is stocked throughout boutiques in Australia as well as in a store in New York.

‘‘The focus this year is to brach out internationally,’’ Mulholland said.

‘‘I want to expand into stores in Japan and London.’’

Mulholland made her fashion week debut in 2011 as part of The Innovators Show featuring four TAFE students. She spent last year picking up stockists and promoting her label before returning.

Her solo show at Australian Fashion Week also featured a new version of her signature bomber jackets.

A model prepares backstage ahead of the show by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model showcases designs on the runway by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model poses backstage ahead of the show by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model poses backstage ahead of the show by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model prepares backstage ahead of the show by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model prepares backstage ahead of the show by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model poses backstage ahead of the show by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model poses backstage ahead of the show by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model poses backstage ahead of the show by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model poses backstage ahead of the show by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model poses backstage ahead of the show by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model poses backstage ahead of the show by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model poses backstage ahead of the show by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model poses backstage ahead of the show by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model poses backstage ahead of the show by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model poses backstage ahead of the show by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model poses backstage ahead of the show by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model prepares backstage ahead of the show by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model showcases designs on the runway by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model showcases designs on the runway by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model showcases designs on the runway by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model showcases designs on the runway by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model showcases designs on the runway by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model showcases designs on the runway by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model showcases designs on the runway by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

A model showcases designs on the runway by Newcastle raised designer Emma Mulholland during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 at Carriageworks on Thursday night. Picture Getty Images.

POLL: Parking pain as fines rise

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PARKING fine revenue soared 10 per cent across the Hunter last year and is on track to top $5 million this year.

Data from the NSW Office of State Revenue reveals Hunter motorists racked up fines worth more than $4.5 million in 2011-2012, up from $4.1 million the year before.

Eight months into 2012-13, the figure had already topped $3.2 million.

Most of the 37,804 fines in 2011-12 were written out by rangers from the region’s 10 councils, who issued 34,937 tickets amounting to $4.2 million in fines.

Newcastle City Council alone slugged motorists $2.8 million in the 12 months to June 30 last year, 62 per cent of the Hunter’s total. But other institutions are also contributing, with the University of Newcastle and Hunter New England Health also cracking down.

The university fined motorists nearly $200,000 last year, an increase of $50,000 on the previous year.

Hunter New England Health has so far trebled the value of parking fines it has handed out at its facilities this year.

It has issued fines worth more than $100,000 in the eight months to February 2013, against a total of less than $35,000 for 2011-12.

Newcastle City Council employs 13 parking compliance officers. It has raised more than $2.2 million in the first eight months of this financial year.

Nearly 70 per cent of the fines issued by Newcastle City Council this financial year were handed out in the city centre.

The vast majority of those, nearly 90 per cent, were for ticket parking and timed offences, as opposed to safety offences, according to data provided by the council.

Newcastle City Council compliance services manager Adam Gilligan said the council aimed to strike a balance between achieving parking turnover and addressing issues of safety.

‘‘The main reason we target parking turnover is to ensure that we have places reserved for people who want to come into the city to do some shopping or conduct their business, and they are not for office workers to take up for the whole day,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s about letting people easily visit businesses. It’s counter-productive for workers to keep feeding the meters. We will occasionally have businesses saying ‘your guys are fining our staff’ and they are not happy about that, but we say ‘it’s better if you are not there because where are your customers going to park?’ ’’

The most commonly issued infringement notices, the ‘‘high flyers’’, were easy to pick, Mr Gilligan said – park without current ticket displayed, and park after ticket expires – but a high proportion of tickets were also issued for parking on footpaths, and parking in no-stopping zones or across driveways.

Of the 27,000 fines issued last year, only about 3 per cent were appealed, he said.

Meters prove civic money mint

ON top of the millions Newcastle City Council is raising in fines revenue every year, it is gathering millions more from parking meters.

For the six months to December31 last year, it recorded a profit of $2.1million.

More than $3.4million was fed into parking meters – and more than $800,000 in the eastern end of the city alone – during the second half of last year.

Ranked behind the City East precinct were The Foreshore and Civic, which swallowed $336,984 and $391,229 respectively.

The City West precinct was another big earner, with motorists putting through $298,919 in the six months to December 31.

Next was Newcastle West, where parking meters garnered $193,067.

The surplus – or profit – recorded by the council takes into account expenditure, depreciation and recharges.

New spots for games

By MATT CARR

KNIGHTS fans have won more game-day parking in a bid to cut fines for supporters heading to home games.

District Park and the Newcastle Harness Racing Club will both open to unreserved paid parking beginning with tomorrow’s clash with Penrith.

The Newcastle Herald has reported fans attending games this season have been frustrated after receiving fines in areas they said were not signposted.

Knights chief executive Matt Gidley said the club had taken the problem seriously and had begun negotiations with stakeholders including Newcastle City Council.

‘‘We were determined to find a solution to prevent our members and supporters being fined,’’ Gidley said.

“We have taken that feedback on board and with the help of the Lord Mayor Jeff McCloy and Hunter Venues, we have been able to find a solution that will benefit Knights supporters.”

Harness club parking is $10 and reached from Jackson Street while the District Park spots are open subject to weather.

Parking at District Park is $7 and accessible from Lambton Road along Bavin Street and Perth Road.

Casual parking can also be purchased through PROticket on a match-by-match basis.

Popovic’s 4-2-3-1 plan is missing one vital cog

 While Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic insists Shinji Ono and Jerome Polenz will be fit for Friday night’s history-making final against Brisbane Roar at Parramatta Stadium, young star Aaron Mooy seems unlikely to start.
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Mooy, 22, trained on Thursday with a heavily strapped left knee, and appeared ginger whenever he put any pressure on the joint.

However, if Mooy doesn’t play, the Wanderers are left with a big selection problem in one of the pivotal roles of Tony Popovic’s favoured 4-2-3-1 formation.

Popovic is already without Iacopo La Rocca after his four-game suspension for elbowing Terry Antonis in the Sydney derby, meaning Mateo Poljak is the only sure selection for one of the two defensive midfield spots.

In the final match of the regular season, which Mooy’s medial ligament strain also forced him to miss, youngster Yianni Perkatis filled in admirably and could well be in line to start again alongside Poljak. It’s possible the more experienced Jason Trifiro, who has been used sparingly this season, might also be in contention. A decision on Mooy isn’t likely until closer to kick-off, even if Popovic is adamant he has a full complement of players to choose from.

”Everyone at the moment seems as though they will be available, which is great news for us. It would be nice to get another training session in just to confirm that, but at the moment we’re quite confident that everyone will be available,” he said on Thursday. ”They’ve trained the last two days, all of them, and they’re all confident they’ll be available. We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, we want them to complete training. If they get through that, we’ll have a big selection of players available for tomorrow.”

Brisbane have their own injury worries in Luke Brattan and Thomas Broich. Both have been passed fit to play, and while Brattan appears fine, it is Broich’s inclusion – or possible exclusion – that could define the outcome.

”We’re expecting him to play, and if he does, I’m sure he’s a very good player and they’ll want to have him out there,” Popovic said. ”They’ve got a squad of players that are coming off two championships. They’re also one game away from a final, and you don’t get to do that with one player, you’ll do that with a squad. Whoever is out there, we’ll respect them and be we’ll be prepared for it.”

While Brisbane are gunning for their third straight championship, Popovic’s side isn’t short of title-winning experience, despite this being the Wanderers’ first season. Between them, Ante Covic, Mark Bridge, Tarek Elrich, Ono and Michael Beauchamp have all played in various cup-winning teams across three continents.

”It might help. We just see that the players are quite relaxed in the changeroom. They’re comfortable with where they’re at and how their preparation has gone, and now it’s just final touches before the game,” Popovic said. ”It comes down to a lot of things in a one-off match but we’ve maintained all year – and I don’t think we should be different now – that we’ve got to believe in our performance. We know that if we perform well, we know, at home, we give ourselves a very good chance of getting to a grand final.”

Beauchamp said the Wanderers’ record against Brisbane – three wins from three games – would count for nothing heading into this game, with the Roar much improved in recent weeks.

”Obviously they’ve changed their coach and have come into a run of form. They’ve shown in the past they’re a quality side,” he said. ”It’s not going to be an easy game for us, and we’re not taking it lightly at all.”

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Best of the rest: Arnold has talent in the bank for semi

Central Coast remain positive as they prepare for their semi-final clash against the Victory on Sunday, despite the despair of letting three valuable points slip from their grasp midweek and the fatigue of a 26-hour return flight home from China.
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The Mariners conceded two late goals to lose to Guizhou Renhe in the Asian Champions League on Tuesday night, and their woes were compounded by a gruelling return trip. But the players say the difficult schedule and result have not affected their focus.

Coach Graham Arnold rested seven senior players from the squad that travelled to China.

”Obviously it’s a long trip but we’ve got plenty of days to recover. There are seven boys at home who are nice and fresh so we’ll have a nice relaxing day today and get back into training tomorrow, and look forward to a big game on Sunday,” Mariners defender Zach Anderson said. ”We’ve done it for a few weeks now, and Arnie’s been strategic in the way he has rested a few players … It affects different players in different ways.”

The likes of Patrick Zwaanswijk, Mike McGlinchey, Nick Montgomery, Mile Sterjovski and Daniel McBreen remained in Gosford to rest, but striker Mitchell Duke believes those who did travel will still be fit to play on Sunday. Arnold named a preliminary match squad on Thursday evening, and included all players who played against Guizhou Renhe.

”All the boys are looking forward to getting back home and resting in our own bed,” he said.

”It will be a nice recovery day before [going] back to business tomorrow. We’ll be fine, we like to not have any excuses.”

Duke scored the Mariners’ only goal of the game against Guizhou with a first-half penalty that ended the club’s woes from the spot. The Mariners missed four straight penalties in the latter stages of the season but Duke’s spot-kick followed a successful Daniel McBreen penalty in their final A-League game of the season.

The 22-year-old is hopeful that his goal has relieved his teammates of pressure because the prospect of a penalty shoot-out could define their season.

”[McBreen] scored one a few weeks ago against Melbourne Heart so it was good to add on top of that, and basically keep it going and not putting any pressure on the team, especially when coming into the possibility of games going to penalty shoot-outs,” Duke said.

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2013 AFL round three teams

Jack WattsFREMANTLE v ESSENDON, Patersons Stadium, 8.40pm AEST, Friday 12 April
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FREMANTLEB: L.Spurr Z.Dawson M.JohnsonHB: N.Suban L.McPharlin D.PearceC: T.Mzungu R.Crowley C.PearceHF: H.Ballantyne M.Pavlich N.FyfeF: K.Bradley C.Mayne M.WaltersFOLL: J.Griffin D.Mundy S.HillI/C: M.De Boer P.Duffield M.Barlow C.SutcliffeEMG: T.Sheridan J.Hannath H.CrozierIN: H.Ballantyne OUT: H.Crozier (omitted)

ESSENDONB: M.Hibberd C.Hooker D.FletcherHB: D.Myers J.Carlisle C.DempseyC: D.Heppell J.Watson B.GoddardHF: B.Stanton S.Crameri T.ColyerF: A.Davey P.Ryder M.HurleyFOLL: T.Bellchambers B.Howlett H.HockingI/C: D.Zaharakis J.Melksham E.Kavanagh N.KommerEMG: J.Merrett L.Jetta D.HilleIN: T.Colyer , E.Kavanagh OUT: M.Baguley (ankle) , J.Merrett (omitted)

NORTH MELBOURNE v SYDNEY SWANS, Blundstone Arena, 1.45pm AEST, Saturday 13 April

NORTH MELBOURNEB: McMahon Thompson Firrito                       HB: Mullett Grima Atley                            C: Wells Bastinac Anthony                         HF: Cunnington Tarrant Hansen                      F: Thomas Petrie Adams                            FOLL: Goldstein Swallow Ziebell                                        I/C: Wright Hine Macmillan Gibson                   EMG: Garner Harper Daw                              IN: Wright Hine                                    OUT: Harper Jacobs                                  NEW: Taylor Hine, 21, Gold Coast

SYDNEY SWANSB: Mattner Grundy Smith                           HB: McVeigh T Richards Malceski                    C: Everitt K Jack Jetta                           HF: O’Keefe Reid McGlynn                           F: Pyke Goodes Hannebery                          FOLL: Mumford Kennedy Bolton                                         I/C: Armstrong Bird Parker Roberts-Thomson          EMG: Morton Rampe White                             IN: Armstrong                                      OUT: Shaw (abdominal strain)

MELBOURNE v WEST COAST, MCG, 2.10pm AEST, Saturday 13 April

MELBOURNEB: Jetta Frawley Terlich                          HB: Trengove McDonald Garland                      C: Evans Grimes Viney                             HF: M Jones Clark Howe                             F: Davey Sellar Byrnes                            FOLL: Jamar Sylvia  N Jones                                        I/C: Toumpas Pedersen Tapscott Bail                 EMG: Watts Rodan Spencer                            IN: Bail Tapscott Jetta Pedersen Evans             OUT: Rodan Gillies (groin) Blease Watts Nicholson

WEST COASTB: Schofield Glass A Selwood                      HB: Hurn Brown Waters                              C: Gaff Priddis Masten                            HF: Embley Kennedy Hams                            F: Darling Hill LeCras                            FOLL: Cox S Selwood Shuey                                          I/C: Butler Cripps Kerr Sinclair                    EMG: Brennan Dalziell Wilson                        IN: Kerr LeCras                                    OUT: Dalziell Sheppard (shoulder)

GWS GIANTS v ST KILDA, Manuka Stadium, 4.40pm AEST, Saturday 13 April

GWS GIANTSB: Kennedy Mohr Gilham                            HB: Bugg Davis Hampton                             C: Hoskin-Elliott Ward Whitfield                  HF: Scully Cameron Coniglio                        F: Giles Patton Smith                             FOLL: Brogan Treloar Greene                                         I/C: Plowman Reid Shiel Sumner                      EMG: Darley Frost Miles                             IN: Reid                                           OUT: Palmer (calf)

ST KILDAB: Wright Fisher Roberton                         HB: Geary Stanley Gilbert                          C: Newnes Hayes Dal Santo                         HF: Montagna Riewoldt Milera                       F: Milne Lee Saad                                 FOLL: McEvoy Armitage Steven                                         I/C: Jones Siposs Blake Maister                     EMG: Ray Simpkin Dunell                             IN: Lee Wright                                     OUT: Schneider (hamstring) Dempster (hand)          NEW: Nathan Wright, 19, Dandenong U18; Tom Lee, 22, Claremont (WAFL)

GEELONG v CARLTON, Etihad Stadium, 7.40pm, Saturday 13 April

GEELONGB: T Hunt Lonergan Enright                        HB: Corey Mackie Taylor                            C: Duncan Bartel Chapman                          HF: Stokes Podsiadly Motlop                        F: West Hawkins Varcoe                            FOLL: Blicavs Selwood Johnson                                        I/C: Christensen Smedts Caddy Murdoch               EMG: Horlin-Smith Stringer Thurlow                  IN: Johnson Murdoch                                OUT: Kelly (calf) Brown

CARLTONB: C.Yarran M.Jamison L.HendersonHB: Z.Tuohy D.Armfield B.GibbsC: K.Simpson A.Carrazzo M.RobinsonHF: C.Judd A.Walker J.GarlettF: D.Buckley S.Hampson S.RoweFOLL: M.Kreuzer M.Murphy B.McLeanI/C: A.Joseph K.Lucas H.Scotland M.DaviesEMG: T.Bell J.Bootsma L.CasboultIN: A.Joseph , S.Hampson , D.Buckley , H.Scotland OUT: J.Laidler (omitted) , L.Casboult (omitted) , T.Bell (omitted) , J.Bootsma (omitted) NEW: D.Buckley

GOLD COAST SUNS v BRISBANE LIONS, Metricon Stadium, 7.40pm AEST, Saturday 13 April

GOLD COASTBacks:         Wilkinson Warnock Hutchins                     Half-backs:    Shaw Thompson Broughton                        Centres:       Rischitelli Ablett Harbrow                     Half-forwards: Bennell May A Hall                             Forwards:      Brennan Day Matera                             Followers:     Dixon Hunt Swallow                                        Interchange:   Smith O’Meara Russell Allen                    Emergencies:   Horsley Cameron Taylor                         In:            Broughton Allen                                Out:           Murphy (shoulder) Prestia (hip)

BRISBANE LIONSBacks:         Golby Merrett Raines                           Half-backs:    Adcock Patfull Yeo                             Centres:       Redden Rockliff Hanley                         Half-forwards: Zorko Brown Green                              Forwards:      McKeever Martin McGrath                        Followers:     Leuenberger Rich Moloney                                        Interchange:   Polec Bewick Polkinghorne Mayes                Emergencies:   Harwood Karnezis Lester                        In:            Polec McKeever Mayes                           Out:           Karnezis Lester Beams (knee)                   New:           Sam Mayes, 18, North Adelaide (SANFL)

RICHMOND v WESTERN BULLDOGS, Etihad Stadium, 1.10pm, Sunday 14 April

RICHMONDB: Morris Rance Chaplin                           HB: Grimes Petterd Houli                           C: Newman Cotchin Conca                           HF: Deledio Edwards Jackson                        F: McGuane Riewoldt Vickery                       FOLL: Maric Martin Tuck                                           I/C: Ellis King Grigg Batchelor  EMG: Knights Nahas VlastuinWESTERN BULLDOGSBacks:   Goodes Morris Picken                          Half-backs:    Cooney Roughead Young                         Centres:       Lower Cross Smith                             Half-forwards: Wallis Jones Giansiracusa                     Forwards:      Murphy Minson Dickson                          Followers:     Cordy Griffen  Liberatore                                     Interchange: Dahlhaus Higgins Wood  Stevens  EMG: Macrae Johannisen MarkovicIn: Wood                           Out: Johannisen                                                     COLLINGWOOD v HAWTHORN, MCG, 3.15pm AEST, Sunday 14 April

COLLINGWOODB: Brown Toovey Reid                              HB: Clarke Shaw O’Brien                            C: Sidebottom Swan D Thomas                       HF: Elliott Cloke Lynch                            F: Sinclair Goldsack Dwyer                        FOLL: Hudson Pendlebury Blair                                          I/C: Fasolo Russell Johnson FrostEMG: Macaffer J Thomas SeedsmanIN: D Thomas Hudson Frost Fasolo          OUT: Jolly (ribs) Maxwell (wrist) Macaffer Seedsman                 NEW: Ben Hudson, 34, Brisbane Lions

HAWTHORNB: Gibson Schoenmakers Guerra                     HB: Hodge Stratton Birchall                        C: Shiels Mitchell Hill                           HF: Rioli Franklin Breust                          F: Hale Roughead Puopolo                          FOLL: Bailey Burgoyne Lewis                                          I/C: Anderson Duryea Smith GunstonEMG: Grimley Savage Cheney  IN: Duryea Gunston                  OUT: Sewell (hamstring), Savage                             NEW: Taylor Duryea, 21, Murray U18

PORT ADELAIDE v ADELAIDE, AAMI Stadium, 4.40pm AEST, Sunday 14 April

PORT ADELAIDEB: Jonas Carlile O’Shea                           HB: Pittard Trengove Stevenson                     C: Cornes Boak Broadbent                          HF: Monfries Westhoff P Stewart                    F: Wingard Schulz Neade                           FOLL: Lobbe Brad Ebert Hartlett                                       I/C: Heath Mitchell Renouf WinesEMG: Gray Cassisi Moore        IN: Renouf                     OUT: Redden

ADELAIDEB: Brown Rutten Otten                             HB: Jaensch Talia Reilly                           C: van Berlo S Thompson Mackay                    HF: Petrenko Walker Sloane                         F: Douglas Jenkins Porplyzia                      FOLL: Jacobs Dangerfield Wright                                         I/C: Crouch Henderson Johncock VinceEMG: Callinan Kerridge Lynch       IN: Johncock                        OUT: Callinan

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Warning as Tuiali’i gets his breath back

Former All Blacks No.8 Mose Tuiali’i wants to build on the momentum of his first game in New Zealand since 2008 when the Highlanders seek to break their Super Rugby duck against the Brumbies in Dunedin on Friday. Tuiali’i, 32, was a standout player for the winless Highlanders in last week’s loss to the Blues in Auckland, having answered a SOS call from coach Jamie Joseph to reinforce the injury-hit franchise. It had been two months since Tuiali’i had played for his Japanese club, Yamaha. ”The lungs were burning a bit,” he said. ”I was surprised how well I lasted.”Thorn tells Highlanders to do a Broncos
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The ”granddaddy” of Super Rugby is drawing inspiration from the 1999 Brisbane Broncos to lead a Highlanders revival and Brad Thorn (pictured) is confident his team can stun the Brumbies on Friday night. The Highlanders are languishing at the bottom of the ladder and searching for their first win of the season, despite boasting All Blacks talent on their roster. The Broncos won one of their first 10 games in 1999 but stormed home to make the finals with a young Thorn in the second row. Now the 38-year-old says the Highlanders can go on a similar run. ”It’s a good test of character,” he said.

Chris DuttonMcAfee welcomed to RUPA board

The Rugby Union Players’ Association has opened its doors to women members for the first time and appointed World Cup-winning former Australian captain Cheryl McAfee to its board. RUPA chairman Bruce Hodgkinson, SC, said rugby had not looked after women players well enough. ”When you look at their achievements, the world cups they’ve won and the tournaments they’ve won, they have been great ambassadors for Australia and for the sport, and they deserve to be looked after in a proper way,” Hodgkinson said.

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The number of metres the Waratahs lead the Super Rugby competition by after seven games.Cooper denies rift with Deans

Quade Cooper has denied any continuing rift with Wallabies coach Robbie Deans after his surprise omission from a 30-man planning camp ahead of the British and Irish Lions series. Cooper is out of Deans’ prospective squad for the blockbuster three-Test series in June but he’s taken the non-selection on the chin. Preparing to fly to Hamilton for the Queensland Reds’ clash with the Chiefs, the 38-Test playmaker downplayed his omission. ”It’s no big issue, really, because we have a big season ahead of us,” Cooper said. ”The major issue is turning up in the Waikato and having a good game.”

 

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Change at the top for struggling Rebels

Regime change is under way at the Rebels, with chief executive Steve Boland set to announce his resignation. Boland, who took over from former chief executive Ross Oakley in 2011, will return to the corporate jungle, where he occupied senior roles at corporate giants Visy and Veolia before making a foray into rugby administration. And while Boland’s departure is not quite the ”death spiral” some of the club’s detractors would like it to be, there is more change in the works for the struggling club. Whispers of an ARU takeover grow stronger, with some senior figures in favour of the idea in some form. Which form that will be is the sticking point but the ARU has developed a couple of different bailout models over the years, saving the Reds in 2010 and stepping in to run the Waratahs for three years in 2000. ARU boss Bill Pulver has also paved the way for such a move, telling News Ltd a week ago that the Rebels and the Force ”are deserving of a unique amount of help”.Manly unhappy
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Rebels coach Damien Hill, meanwhile, has drawn the ire of Sydney club Manly by following in the footsteps of Brumbies coach Jake White and quarantining some of his players. Manly players Eddie Aholelei, Pat Leafa, Jordy Reid and Cadeyrn Neville have been told they may be kept in Melbourne to play club rugby and will not be able to return to Sydney to play in the Shute Shield. The Rebels confirmed this move had been flagged but would be imposed on a case by case basis and not take the form of a blanket ban, as was the case in Canberra. Marlins president David Begg raised the issue at the club’s season launch last week and told the Breakdown he was extremely disappointed. ”We don’t understand how playing club football in Melbourne will develop them as players,” Begg said. ”In fact it will, in my view, prejudice their development. Until this year we had worked very well in partnership with the Rebels. The fact they have done this, and the timing of the decision in the week before Shute Shield started, is most unfortunate.” Hill was unapologetic, saying he would take the option that would best suit the individual. ”It’s a balance of performance, development and welfare of the player,” he said. ”In saying that, there is a responsibility to contribute to growing the standard of the local competition in Victoria.”Centre search

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has been hard at work looking for a centre to replace the departing Berrick Barnes and an announcement from Moore Park could come as soon as next week. Barnes is due to join Japanese club Panasonic Wild Knights after the third Bledisloe Test in late October and while Test centre Rob Horne was moved to No. 12 early this season, we hear Cheika wants another quality No. 12 with a strong kicking game. Centres are in short supply at the moment, with most contracted around Australia. The Force, who announced the signing of Reds outside back Luke Morahan this week, are also chasing Brumbies centre Zack Holmes as well as his teammate, halfback Ian Prior.Plan ‘unrealistic’

As the National Women’s Sevens Championship gears up at St Ignatius College, Riverview this weekend, there is talk of centralising both the men’s and women’s national programs this year. Brisbane is on the cards for the men, while Canberra is another option owing to the close working relationship the ARU enjoys with the Australian Institute of Sport. And while centralisation is crucial for talent development in the lead up to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016, not everyone thinks it is a good idea for the women’s program. Sevens Rugby World Cup-winning former Australian captain Cheryl McAfee says the women’s program is not ready to be centralised. ”I think it’s really unrealistic, [the sport] is not professional and the girls juggle careers and training,” McAfee said. ”When you’ve got girls who have spent years establishing themselves at work it’s a bit much asking them to drop everything and move states for rugby that does not pay you a lot of money and does not put food on the table and a roof over your head. If it was professional they could look at doing that.” The tournament includes two teams each from NSW and Queensland, one each from the ACT, Northern Territory, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia.

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Ono declares himself the proud product of the boss

Big in Australia: Marquee man Shinji Ono (centre) leads the way at Wanderers training on Thursday. Photo: Brendan Esposito Western Sydney Wanderers are just 180 minutes away from clinching one of the more spectacular fairytale stories of Australian sport. But the A-League’s greatest prize means much more than glory and sentiment for Shinji Ono.
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Just nine months ago, sections of the Japanese media boldly stated that Ono’s decorated 15-year career was over. The former star of the Blue Samurai struggled to finish games and spent lengthy spells languishing in the physio room at his hometown club, Shimizu S-Pulse. With his eminence deteriorating at a faster pace than the condition of his knee, Ono decided to roll the dice once more when he was presented with the opportunity to move to Australia. Now, with the Premiers’ Plate in one hand and the other within reach of the A-League ring, Ono has no doubts that the faith of coach Tony Popovic saved his career.

”In Japan, some people say ‘Shinji Ono is already finished’ … because I didn’t play for five, six months,” Ono says. ”I just believe in myself all the time that I can do more. At the time, Tony Popovic called me and [asked] if I want to, to come to our team to play. I was very happy, he saved my life.”

Ono assured the Wanderers boss that the worst of his injury woes were in the past but he was still struggling to regain match fitness. With a new team, in a new league, in a new country, Ono had little information to predict his performance. His task of guiding the Wanderers became all the more difficult when he was immediately branded one of the three poster-boys of the competition. Arriving only a matter of days after Alessandro Del Piero and Emile Heskey, Ono was warned that his reception at Sydney was not going to be a quiet affair. The 33-year-old was still unprepared for the fanfare and subsequent pressure that greeted his entrance.

”[There] was big pressure because before five, six months I didn’t play before I came here. Not one game. So I don’t know how I can do, how I can help, I didn’t know,” Ono says. ”Because Del Piero and Heskey score a lot before I score, I have also big pressure … The people like big names, but I told you all the time, I’m not big player like the other two players. I have some big pressure but also the same time, I always thought when I score one, the next goal comes so quickly. I knew that. I always try to have patience and just believe myself to try to have hard work every day.”

Twenty-four games, seven goals and one premiership later, Ono relieved the burden of expectation and attributes his success in the A-League to a coach he says is the best he has ever played for.

”First thing, I believe him, I just didn’t know about this team,” Ono says. ”I have been together with this team, training with the boys and I believe. After more time training with the team, I believe more.”

After shaking off a niggling groin injury and declared fit to play in Friday night’s semi-final against Brisbane Roar, Ono reiterates his disinterest in the Japanese media’s opinion of him. Although there’s no hiding his desire to prove a point to some of his doubters in his homeland. The Wanderers have already secured their path to next year’s Asian Champions League, and while the group stage draw remains some time away, Ono has his hopes set on only one outcome.

”I hope to play any Japanese club,” he says. ”It doesn’t matter which … We have confidence to beat them. Already we’re excited to play Asia but now we have play-offs, we want to achieve more with the club. We want to get another title.”

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