Dockers coach Ross Lyon is under mounting pressure as Fremantle struggle during their rebuild.Forrest Gump would be right in saying that AFL rebuilds are like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re going to get.
Calls for Ross Lyon’s sacking are growing louder following Fremantle’s 133-point loss to Geelong, the heaviest defeat in the club’s history.
Fremantle boast brand new training facilities and are now playing in a state-of-the-art 60,000 seat stadium.
But their bid to become a destination club has suffered huge damage this year because of their on-field performances, and there are now grave doubts whether their rebuild is on track.
Eight wins this year is by no means a disaster for a club halfway through a stated four-draft rebuild.
But the size of Fremantle’s defeats is what has raised red flags, and brought into question Lyon’s position.
The Dockers have lost nine games this season by 50 points or more.
Against Geelong on Saturday, the Dockers conceded 23 unanswered goals after quarter-time.
Lyon has two more years on his contract, and Dockers chief executive Steve Rosich has already declared the club will be sticking by their man.
But Lyon now has little wiggle room. If the 12th-year coach isn’t able to plug the heavy losses next year, the axe could fall, especially if angry fans keep voicing their displeasure.
There’s one burning question that only time can answer – Are Fremantle in the early stages of building a premiership team, or will this rebuild go down the path of what Melbourne, Brisbane, Carlton, and St Kilda have experienced in recent times?
The Demons have taken 12 years to get back into the finals, while the wait continues for Brisbane (nine years), St Kilda (seven years) and Carlton (five years).
There is no exact science to rebuilds.
Sydney, Hawthorn and Geelong have been doing rebuilds on the run in the modern era – never truly bottoming out.
Fremantle’s cross-town rivals West Coast spent just two years out of the finals before getting back into the premiership picture in 2015.
The Dockers have unearthed some promising young talent since starting their rebuild early in 2016.
Connor Blakely, Andrew Brayshaw, Brennan Cox, Sean Darcy, Ed Langdon, Adam Cerra and Bailey Banfield represent the future.
Nat Fyfe, Brad Hill, Stephen Hill, Joel Hamling, Nathan Wilson, Matt Taberner and Michael Walters are experienced players now in their prime.
But the Dockers look short of gallop when it comes to having a critical mass needed to turn them into a premiership contender.
The worrying holes in their list – especially up forward – could potentially be plugged via free agency and trading.
But their disastrous displays this year will hurt their chances of snaring stars from other clubs.
Lyon points out that there was always going to be “pain on the agenda” when embarking on the rebuild.
But when will that pain turn into gain? Only time will tell.
Fine form: Albert Lee, the master of the Telecaster, at Lizotte’s in Newcastle. Picture: Juan MahonyAlbert Lee, Lizotte’s, August 21.
It’s a small world.
Word was that members of Bob Dylan’s Australian entourage were in the house.
And why not. Lee is the master of the Telecaster. Heck, he wrote theforeword to A.R. Duchossoir’s book detailing the history of the Fender Telecaster.
A full house was duly impressed by the silver-haired gentleman, age 74, running through nearly two dozen songs, playing a healthy slice of his own rock’n’roll history.
Resplendent in white shirt,dark blue jeans and boots, he was unpretentious as entertainers come.
It did not matter that most were cover songs –all duly acknowledged by Lee, who was keen to offer banter through the whole show. From the opening rockabilly-style I’m Ready by Fats Domino, to Wheels, fromGram Parsons (and Chris Hillman), to Evangelina by Hoyt Axton and Restless by Carl Perkins, he was off and running.
On target: Albert Lee at Lizotte’s in Newcastle. Picture: Juan Mahony
It was a safe show, the same set list Lee’s been playing in Europe and Australia in recent months. The band was solid –Ollie Sears of London on drums, Americans Will MacGregor on electric bass and Jon Greathouse on keys.
But here’s the thing: Albert Lee has been playing many of these songs throughout his musical career –he just happened to be playing in bands led by others.
For instance, the stand-out song for the night for me was Luxury Liner, a Gram Parsons’ song made ever more famous by Emmylou Harris. As Lee told the audience, “in 1976 I played in Emmylou Harris’s band. My first day in the studio we played this …”
While Lee sang everything during the night, it will not be his vocals I remember (although he excelled on his version of Highwayman by Jimmy Webb). His guitar virtuosity is in tact, accurate if not daring. Dreams of ascorching, imprompturipper of a guitarsolo remained just that, dreams.
In a room reknown for great sound, the engineer on deck (who came with the band)pushed the limits –beyond reason.
It was an impressive debut for a music legend on the Lizotte’s stage, and well appreciated by the audience. But less volume and more freedom would have made it more memorable.
Former minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton leaves after a division in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday. Photo: AAP Image/Mick TsikasPeter Dutton openly admits he’s calling colleagues to get the numbers for another challenge to take Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s job.
He resigned his position as home affairs minister after narrowly losing a leadership challenge to Mr Turnbull on Tuesday.
But Mr Dutton says he is preparing for another challenge.
“You don’t go into a ballot believing that you can lose, and if I believe that a majority of colleagues support me then I would consider my position,” Mr Dutton told 3AW radio in Melbourne on Wednesday.
“I’m speaking to colleagues. I’m not going to beat around the bush.”
Mr Dutton also wants a royal commission into energy and fuel prices if he becomes leader.
“There’s something that’s not right, there’s something that stinks about some of these electricity companies and fuel companies,” he said.
Mr Dutton said immigration needs to be pushed towards Western Australia, South Australia and regional areas to reduce congestion in major cities.
He also said the government’s company tax cuts were not going to get through the Senate, so the money should be spent on education and health.
The 47-year-old said on Tuesday he was going to the backbench to give him a chance to “smile” a bit more.
“When you’re stuck in front of a camera talking about the serious issues of national security and border protection, it’s pretty hard to crack a smile,” he said.
However, Mr Dutton failed the AC/DC test on Triple M radio by not being able to name his favourite of the great Australian band’s songs.
“Ah, I’ve had about an hour-and-a-half sleep last night. I haven’t sorry. That’ll be the gotcha of the day,” he conceded.
Triple M played Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap for him later.
Members of the Rohingya Muslim community want Australia to cut ties with the Myanmar military.If Peter Dutton became prime minister it could spell doom for the persecuted Rohingyan Muslim minority in Myanmar to Australia’s north, protesters and politicians say.
A coalition of protesters assembled on Wednesday calling on the government to wash its hands of “blood money” by cutting all ties to the Myanmar military.
“This is an immigration minister who called for preferential treatment of white South African farmers,” Greens senator Peter Whish-Wilson said in Canberra.
“Over an increase in intake for Rohingyan refugees.”
Australia allocated nearly $400,000 of training support in last year’s budget to the Myanmar military, a group accused of crimes against humanity.
Since last August, the Myanmar military has been accused of driving more than 700,000 Rohingyan refugees across the border into Bangladesh.
Reports of murder, rape, torture and starvation tactics have led to calls for Myanmar to be taken to the International Criminal Court.
The US and European Union have sanctioned Myanmar military leaders, while the UK has cut ties altogether.
“Australia remains one of the only countries who continue to engage, support and train the Myanmar military,” said Amnesty International spokeswoman Diana Sayed.
“We are calling on the Australian government to be on the right side of history in condemning ethnic cleansing in Myanmar and cutting all military ties.”
Labor MP Ged Kearney recently returned from a week-long trip to Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh, home to thousands of Rohingyan refugees.
“There is not going to be any solution to this soon,” she told protesters.
“The Myanmar government talks of repatriation but we know there can be no repatriation if they are not safe.”
Crossbench MP Andrew Wilkie said Australia needed to up the ante when it came to targeted assistance for refugees in Myanmar and Bangladesh.
Beer plan for old newspaper office New lease of life: Harriet and DJ McCready (left and above) have brewpub plans for the old Civic Video building in Katoomba.
History: The building in the 1930s when it housed the Blue Mountains Echo newspaper.
Work needed: DJ and Harriet McCready inside the old Civic Video store.
DJ with some of his brewing “lab”
Painting will be on the worklist.
DJ with his interim keg on the site where he hopes to have a brewery set up.
TweetFacebookBlue Mountains Echodecades agowould undoubtedlyrelishthe thought of a brewery in their old workplace.
Andif all goes to plan for DJ and Harriet McCready, that is exactly what will become of the paper’s formerpremisesinKatoomba.
The couple have applied to install a craft brewpub in the Parke Stbuilding next to the fire station.
It most recently housedCivic Video but for more than 50 years between 1895 and 1948 was the home of various Mountains newspapers (The Mountaineer, the Echo, the Star, Katoomba Daily and the Advertiser).
It is listed as a goodexample of an inter-war free classical building butis in need of much work.
Fortunately the McCreadys have successfully applied for a grant to help restore it.The $100,000 from the state government “heritage near me” grants will go some way to bringing the building back to its former glory.
Harriet McCready said news of the grant was “wonderful”.
“We thought itwas such a long shot so you can imagine when we heard …to say we were over the moon is an understatement.
She said the couple will take great pride in restoring it and bringing it back to life, rather than “have it crumble”.
MrMcCready is an award-winning brewer. He moved from his native USA to help set up Modus Operandi Brewing Co on the Northern Beaches several years ago.
At the Australian craft beer awards in 2014, Modus brews woneight awards,including the grand prize for its Former Tenant Red IPA.
Fast forward a couple of years –DJ meets Harriet, the couple marry and beginto spend a lot of time in the Mountains, visiting Harriet’s mum at Leura.
“We kept coming back and kept falling in love with the area more and more,” Mr McCreadysaid.
As well as bushwalking and rock climbing, they were also lookingfor somewhere to set up their brewpub.
They wereregular clients ofCivic Video andloved the building.
“We were always coming in here renting DVDs and were wondering how long a video store would stay in business,” Mr McCready said.
As it transpired, it closed last October, giving them a golden opportunity.
“It was just green light after green light,” Mr McCreadysaid. “All the pieces just kept lining up–the zoning, working through with council who seemed so supportive, the landlord and all the neighbours.”
The neighbours include the Family Hotel next door and the Carrington.
Mrs McCreadyis keen to point out that despite the word “pub” in the venture’s name, their projectwill bea very different creature from a standard hotel.
“It will be family-friendly and dog friendly and for people who want to taste top beers,”she said. It will not have poker machines,a TAB outlet, accommodation or other features of a regular pub.
The beers will also have a Mountains flavour, withMr McCreadyplanningto harvest localyeast for his brews.
Mr McCready was a brewing instructor in the US and is keen to set up a 1200 litrebrew house.
Mrs McCreadywas “really excited” to be bringing a new venture toKatoomba:“I can’t wait to have friends and locals and tourists in here enjoying themselves.”
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SPARE CHANGE: Reader Zonon Helinski says we require more specificity in terms of how to attack climate change and measuring the impacts of proposed action. ANOTHER day and another series of letters bleating about the impending doom of the planet due to climate change, because we “are doing nothing”, that future generations “will curse this current generation” (Letters 21/8) and ask when leaders will attack climate change “forcefully, realistically and genuinely?” (Short Takes 21/8).
Australia already has amongst the highest electricity prices in the world.
I recently read that if all signatories to the Paris agreement met their obligations, that 60 billion tonnes of CO2 would be removed from the environment, however it would take 60,000 billion tonnes to limit the temperature increase by ½ of a degree.
Consequently, if that is correct, it would take actions equivalent to 1,000 Paris agreements to reduce the temperature by that ½ of a degree and I note that the objective is to limit the increase by 1.5 to 2 degrees.
Without going into the debate as to whether the climate is changing, or if it is due to events beyond our control , or due to man-made actions, can I ask those doing the pleading to specify what needs to be done and exactly what the measurable impacts of those actions will be?
Zenon Helinski,NewcastleWE CAN AFFORD TO BE FAIRFURTHER to my piece advocating for an Australia Card for a more equal sharing of the wealth of this nation between its citizens (‘Closing the gap with an Australia card’, Opinion 8/8) there was no space to set out how it would be implemented. Employers would continue to pay the salaries of their workers but part would be put into the debit Australia Card. The government would have to find the money for those adults who were not in employment.
The gross domestic product (GDP) of Australia is about $1.4 trillion, and on a population basis this equals $56 million per person. For comparison, in the US it is $58 million per person. This is much higher than some other countries, such as China and Russia, where it isroughly $10 million per person. If we take $35,000 per annum as a reasonable value for the Australia Card ($1346 afortnight) for 18 million adult citizens, the cost to the nation would be $630 billion per annum, or $0.63 trillion.
Salaries already paid well exceed this amount.The fear that people will opt out to live on the card would be minimal; the sort of argument agovernment would use to influence people’s attitude to the idea. Australians are not like that.We can afford the change to protect our women folk.
John McLennan,CharlestownCUT OUT THE COMPLAINTSPEOPLE who use the banning of bags to affect where they shop are probably the same people who complain about plastic rubbish clogging our waterways and seashoresand excess rubbish around the country.How hard is it to smoke one less packet of cigarettes on one day, and to use the money saved to buy a half dozen material bags that will serve to carry groceries?
It is possible to re-use these bags time and again, without inconvenience to shoppers or the environment.
If cleanliness is used as an excuse against reusing these bags , then rinse out the bags by hand and dry them in the sun. Why are sales affected? Wake up and look around you at the real world.The farmers and graziers are teetering on ruination from possibly the worst drought in our recorded history, the waterways have been shown to be swelling with rubbish, especially throw-away plastic shopping bags, and still the public can be moaning about making a small change of being responsible as to what theyput their groceries in.Grow up, Australians. Make an effort, accept change and be responsible enough to take a few bags with you to the supermarket.The banning of bags should have been implemented years ago, as we all should be aware. If we must complain, seek an argument worth grumbling about.Stop complaining and bag up.
Elizabeth Montgomery,SwanseaPLAYISSUES, NOT THE MANI RECENTLYhad occasion to drive through Sydney twice. Because of my interest in politics, I tuned in to the Ray Hadley programand what I heard made me sick to my stomach.
I found Mr Hadley’s constant vitriolic attack on Malcolm Turnbullastounding. It left me at a loss for words to describe it in full. Regardless of any bodies feelings toward our Prime Minister; I believe no broadcaster should have the right to attempt to change who our Prime Minister is.
If you ask me, it is not only Mr Turnbull who has lost credibility by kowtowing to his conservative few.I would opine that if you believe that Tony Abbott is truly only interested in providing lower energy costs, you are dreaming. I believe Mr Abbott is interested in just two things, getting revenge on Turnbull and feathering his own nest.
Labor will undoubtedly win at the next general election, barring a miracle, but if the Shortens needhelpmeasuring curtains forthe Lodge, I think Mr Hadley is theman.
Mike Sargent,Raymond TerraceCULTIVATING NO SYMPATHYDAIRY farmers are taking to social media, telling people that the supermarkets are making them work for a pittance. But who are the real victims here?
I grew up on a dairy farm and discovered while very young that cows, like humans, gestate for nine months, but their calves are ripped from the distraught mothers a few hours after they are born. Anyone who has witnessed a cow returning again and again to the place her missing baby was born, and often refusing to eat, will never again doubt that these animals feel grief as we do.
Male calves are usually sent for slaughter at five days old, terrified, cold and hungry, and can legally be transported for up to 30 hours, without food, to a terrifying slaughter. The heifers enter a cycle of constant pregnancy and milking. When their bodies wear out and their milk production wanes, they are slaughtered at the age of 5-7 years old, less than a quarter of their potential age. On top of the dairy industry being a living hell for animals, consuming cow’s milk is terrible for our health. Cow’s milk is suited to the nutritional needs of calves, who have four stomachs and gain hundreds of kilos in a matter of months. For humans, milk is high in fat, a common trigger for allergies, and linked to many illnesses.
I believe asking people to buy more milk, and pay more for it, to keep dairy farmers in business is like saying we should all smoke cigarettesto support struggling tobacco farmers.Humans don’t need to drink cows’ milk, and I think we’re healthier if we don’t. Let the invisible hand of the market do its work, and then the farmers can move (like tobacco farmers did) into more ethical products that cause less suffering, less human disease, and less pollution.
Desmond Bellamy, PETA AustraliaSHARE YOUR OPINIONEmail [email protected]南京明升m88官网官方网站.au or send a text message to 0427 154 176 (include name and suburb). Letters should be fewer than 200 words. Short Takes should be fewer than 50 words. Correspondence may be edited and reproduced in any form.
The thought of wearing an All Black jersey has NRL star Kalyn Ponga contemplating a switch to union.Newcastle superstar Kalyn Ponga has indicated he could one day consider a return to rugby union, expressing his desire to pull on an All Blacks jersey.
Born in Western Australia but to Maori parents, the 20-year-old spent part of his childhood in New Zealand before moving back to Australia in his early teens.
After debuting with North Queensland in 2016, the fullback has shot to stardom in his first full season of the NRL and could go close to claiming this year’s Dally M Medal.
He also remains contracted to the Knights until the end of 2021, where he is charged with turning the club around alongside Mitchell Pearce and under coach Nathan Brown.
But it was in the 15-man game where he was first spotted on YouTube videos as a youngster, and he admits the All Blacks jersey may be a goal later in his career.
“Obviously, that (playing for the All Blacks) would be a huge goal, if I was to come back to union I’d want to tick,” Ponga told NZTV.co.nz.
“But I’m not too sure what my future holds whether I’m going to stay in league or change codes.
“But if I was to go back to rugby union I’d probably want to strive for that black jumper, it’s the pinnacle.”
Ponga this season made his State of Origin debut for Queensland after he chose to pledge his rugby league allegiances to Australia after previously being named in a Kiwi train-on squad in 2015.
If he was to switch back to union and pursue the New Zealand jumper, he would follow in the footsteps of former Brisbane forward Brad Thorn who played for both the Maroons in Origin and the All-Blacks in rugby.
“They’re the best sporting organisation in the world, stats have showed that,” Ponga said of the All Blacks.
“And the way they hold themselves, their values, their morals, the little things they do make them that step above everyone else,” he said.
“To put that jersey on would be special.”