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  • admin 13:36 on 15/02/2019  

    He may have provided Australian golf with arguably its finest moment at the 2013 US Masters, but Adam Scott continues to have trouble shedding the unwanted ”choker” tag.
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    Yet another capitulation, this time at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, has brought back the inevitable comparisons with Australia’s most famous blower of leads, Greg Norman.

    Scott headed the field by a record seven shots through 36 holes, and was still three strokes ahead when the final round started, but a four-over 76 at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge meant Scott finished third, two shots behind maiden tour winner, American Matt Every. Had he prevailed, Scott would have risen above Tiger Woods to claim the world No.1 ranking for the first time.

    The Australian had shot a course-record 62 on Friday, but yet again relinquished a comfortable lead, adding another chapter to his growing catalogue of surrendered buffers. Clearly the most infamous of these was Scott’s performance at the 2012 British Open, where his four-stroke lead on the 15th tee somehow failed to be converted into a first major title, as he was swamped late by veteran South African Ernie Els.

    While his play-off victory over Angel Cabrera at Augusta last year released the pressure valve significantly, for native Queenslander Scott, that triumph remains the exception that proves the rule. At the 2011 Masters, Scott had a two-shot advantage with two holes to play, but was overrun by South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel.

    Even following his breakthrough at the Masters, the Australian remained susceptible to falling away late on the biggest stage. Again he was unable to hold a lead on the final day of the British Open, bogeying four times on the back nine to finish in a tie for third behind Phil Mickelson. At the US PGA later in the year he had been in front after the first round, but could only manage fifth.

    Even home soil has not necessarily provided respite for Scott from his Sunday setbacks. Searching for the ‘‘triple crown’’ of Australian golf last year, he let slip a four-shot cushion and opened the door for Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy to claim the Australian Open at Royal Sydney.

    Former tour professional and leading golf analyst Mark Allen was blunt in his assessment of Scott’s ability to handle pressure when speaking on SEN. ”I can tell you this, he is no good with a lead,” Allen said.

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    Is Jackson Macrae this year’s Chad Wingard?
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    The second-year Bulldog was one of few who could hold his head high on Sunday night following his side’s 65-point thrashing at the hands of the West Coast Eagles.

    Macrae’s 31 possessions was the equal most of any Bulldog, tied with former skipper Matthew Boyd. Macrae also chimed in with two goals.

    His disposal efficiency was at 80 per cent, the second best for any Bulldog with more than 20 disposals, and he also took seven marks, the most of any Bulldog.

    Speaking of disposal efficiency, Robert Murphy had 19 touches at 100 per cent. Phenomenal stuff, Bob.

    For Macrae, all this led him to a fantasy score of 122 points, the best score on ground for the Bulldogs, and tied at equal second in the match. It’s yet another feather in his cap after a faultless pre-season in which he was one of the team’s best performers in both NAB Challenge games.

    Macrae’s year is starting to resemble Wingard’s breakout year in 2013. Both were in their second year in the AFL. Both had been taken at No.6 in the draft, a selection once thought to be cursed. Wingard became a fantasy gun, and it looks like Macrae is about to be the same.

    The fact Macrae was able to put up such an impressive fantasy score in a game where the Bulldogs were being thoroughly beaten is a really good sign for fantasy coaches. It speaks volumes about his character.

    So is Macrae this year’s Wingard? It’s hard to tell this early in the season but the signs are very promising. He’s only available in about one out of five Ultimate Footy leagues, but he’ll be a must get in any league where he is.

    The Bulldogs aren’t likely to emulate Port Adelaide’s rebound into the finals last year, with Sunday’s game showing they are still well off the pace of the AFL’s better teams.

    But the Bulldogs should finish the year with a lot to be smiling about as the young players, like Macrae, develop further. They would also be happy with the performances of Luke Dahlhaus and Lachie Hunter.

    Dahlhaus had 26 disposals, six clearances and two goal-assists for 108 fantasy points, while Hunter had 24 disposals and kicked two goals for 103 fantasy points.

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  • admin 13:36 on 15/02/2019  

    Shinboner of the Century Glenn Archer and Essendon great James Hird. Photo: Vince CaligiuriUPDATE: Such was the fervour surrounding the latest outbreak of controversy regarding suspended Essendon coach James Hird that it was perhaps surprising nobody seemed to notice something missing from last Friday night’s match rundown.
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    Since 2008, the Bombers and Kangaroos have played for the Hird-Archer Medal, the latter the official “Shinboner of the Century”, the former named Essendon’s third-greatest player of all time. But one right now not only on the nose with the public but seemingly at odds with his own club.

    The medal was presented with much fanfare initially, but by the last occasion the clubs met late last season, seemed an almost an afterthought, quietly presented to North’s Daniel Wells in the rooms after the game.

    Essendon captain Jobe Watson would have been a monty for it this time around, but the Kangaroos, as home team last Friday, had decided to scrap the medal.

    Glenn Archer revealed he approached Kangaroos officials over summer to quietly do away with the award.

    ‘‘There is no problem with it. We all agreed there are so many different medals and cups these days, and I don’t really get to games anyway so I can’t present it, so I said to the club before the season anyway that I don’t think you really need it and no-one aspires to win it,’’ Archer said on Monday.

    ‘‘They don’t really make much of a fuss about it so I am not going to worry about it.’’

    Archer said Hird’s involvement in the Bombers’ supplements scandal had not impacted on his decision.

    ‘‘We didn’t even speak about that. We just thought it was another medal and so many cups teams play for. We thought let it just die a silent death,’’ he said.

    With Jon Pierik

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  • admin 13:36 on 15/02/2019  

    Australia has one of the greediest travel taxation regimes in the world. Photo: Peter BraigIf there’s one hazard Australian travellers know all about it’s pickpockets. Not the street urchins that prey on travellers in Europe and the Third World, but government and big business who target travellers as an easy touch.
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    The pressure is on the Australian government to get its hand out of travellers’ pockets following its declaration that it stands for lower taxes and less red tape.

    Well, we’ll believe it when we see it. Australia has one of the greediest travel taxation regimes in the world.

    Australia’s passenger movement charge (PMC) started life in 1978 as a $10 international departure tax designed to recover the cost of government border control services.

    It’s now a revenue bonanza slugging more than 30 million passengers leaving Australia $55 a head. In the next few years, it will be scoring $2 billion a year out of travellers’ pockets, far in excess of the cost of government travel and tourism programs, including border control.

    In 2012, the Tourism and Transport Forum estimated the tax reduced spending by inbound international visitors by $814 million a year.

    The TTF has long called for a halving of the tax to New Zealand to go some way towards removing one of the major disincentives to trans-Tasman travel.

    About three years ago, the Australian government abandoned plans being championed by former Jetstar boss Bruce Buchanan to turn the Tasman air routes into domestic journeys.

    Buchanan estimated that getting rid of the $55 PMC would cut the starting price for an Australia-NZ air fare to around $130 each way.

    The fact that the PMC is lumped on top of the trans-Tasman fare has always been a disadvantage compared with Australian domestic routes of a similar distance (Melbourne and Sydney to Perth and Cairns, for example).

    Nearly 90 per cent of Australians favour routes to NZ being treated as domestic journeys, if last week’s online survey is a guide, but it looks as though the government is too addicted to the revenue.

    In fact, among all the other policy challenges the new government faces, what Canberra does about the passenger movement charge in the May budget is at the top of the list if the rhetoric can be believed.

    Only last week, federal transport minister Warren Truss was telling a Tourism and Transport Taskforce leadership summit he was committed to “removing unnecessary regulatory burdens, taxes and charges”.

    That had better start with the PMC, which is one of the most punitive taxes of its kind in the world.

    Only Britain has a travel tax that is more ludicrous, the hated Air Passenger Duty. The UK government, in its national budget brought down last week, has begun backtracking, after years of protests by the tourism and airline industries.

    For Australians travelling to the UK, the APD will be cut from £94 to £71 per head from April 1, 2015. But for a family of four that is still a monstrous £284 ($A516).

    In Europe only Germany and Austria have gone down the same road of punishing travellers with hefty taxes.

    Meanwhile, the Australian airline industry last week celebrated the first anniversary of its decision to raise two fingers at consumers and the federal government by defying rules designed to stop price-gouging on credit-card transactions.

    According to figures collated by credit card provider Mastercard, Australian consumers have been hit with $800 million in credit card surcharges over the past 12 months. And, it says, the main offenders are airlines, taxis, major hotels and utilities companies.

    A year ago, the Reserve Bank announced new rules to stop price-gouging – but there is no government agency in charge of enforcing the rules so they’ve been ignored.

    “Surcharging should be reduced to a reasonable level, which RBA data shows on average to be less than 1 per cent for merchants processing transactions through Visa and MasterCard,” consumer group Choice told the ABC.

    A Choice report earlier this year found consumers flying with Qantas from Sydney to Melbourne could still pay 523 per cent more than the average merchant service fee, similar to the 568 per cent they were paying in March 2013.

    Once again, the focus is on the federal government, which has urged consumer agencies to actively monitor credit card provider practices for hidden fees and charges, and to develop protocols to address consumer concerns.

    What are your pet hates among the taxes and charges you face as a traveller? Will the reduction in the APD encourage you to visit the UK? Would you visit NZ if the ticket price was cheaper?

     

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  • admin 13:36 on 15/02/2019  

    In Spain it’s referred to as El Clásico – it’s Real Madrid Club de Fútbol v Futbol Club Barcelona. To us?Real Madrid vBarcelona.
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    The most recent – on March 23 – featuredseven goals, three equalisers, a LionelMessihat-trick, three penalties and a red card.

    Real Madrid v Barcelona at Madrid’s Bernabeu on March 23, 2014. Pics: Getty Images Sport

    Real Madrid v Barcelona at Madrid’s Bernabeu on March 23, 2014. Pics: Getty Images Sport

    Real Madrid v Barcelona at Madrid’s Bernabeu on March 23, 2014. Pics: Getty Images Sport

    Real Madrid v Barcelona at Madrid’s Bernabeu on March 23, 2014. Pics: Getty Images Sport

    Real Madrid v Barcelona at Madrid’s Bernabeu on March 23, 2014. Pics: Getty Images Sport

    Real Madrid v Barcelona at Madrid’s Bernabeu on March 23, 2014. Pics: Getty Images Sport

    Real Madrid v Barcelona at Madrid’s Bernabeu on March 23, 2014. Pics: Getty Images Sport

    Real Madrid v Barcelona at Madrid’s Bernabeu on March 23, 2014. Pics: Getty Images Sport

    Real Madrid v Barcelona at Madrid’s Bernabeu on March 23, 2014. Pics: Getty Images Sport

    Real Madrid v Barcelona at Madrid’s Bernabeu on March 23, 2014. Pics: Getty Images Sport

    Real Madrid v Barcelona at Madrid’s Bernabeu on March 23, 2014. Pics: Getty Images Sport

    Real Madrid v Barcelona at Madrid’s Bernabeu on March 23, 2014. Pics: Getty Images Sport

    Real Madrid v Barcelona at Madrid’s Bernabeu on March 23, 2014. Pics: Getty Images Sport

    Real Madrid v Barcelona at Madrid’s Bernabeu on March 23, 2014. Pics: Getty Images Sport

    Real Madrid v Barcelona at Madrid’s Bernabeu on March 23, 2014. Pics: Getty Images Sport

    Real Madrid v Barcelona at Madrid’s Bernabeu on March 23, 2014. Pics: Getty Images Sport

    Real Madrid v Barcelona at Madrid’s Bernabeu on March 23, 2014. Pics: Getty Images Sport

    Real Madrid v Barcelona at Madrid’s Bernabeu on March 23, 2014. Pics: Getty Images Sport

    Real Madrid v Barcelona at Madrid’s Bernabeu on March 23, 2014. Pics: Getty Images Sport

    Real Madrid v Barcelona at Madrid’s Bernabeu on March 23, 2014. Pics: Getty Images Sport

    Real Madrid v Barcelona at Madrid’s Bernabeu on March 23, 2014. Pics: Getty Images Sport

    Real Madrid v Barcelona at Madrid’s Bernabeu on March 23, 2014. Pics: Getty Images Sport

    Real Madrid v Barcelona at Madrid’s Bernabeu on March 23, 2014. Pics: Getty Images Sport

    Real Madrid v Barcelona at Madrid’s Bernabeu on March 23, 2014. Pics: Getty Images Sport

    Real Madrid v Barcelona at Madrid’s Bernabeu on March 23, 2014. Pics: Getty Images Sport

    Real Madrid v Barcelona at Madrid’s Bernabeu on March 23, 2014. Pics: Getty Images Sport

    Real Madrid v Barcelona at Madrid’s Bernabeu on March 23, 2014. Pics: Getty Images Sport

    Real Madrid v Barcelona at Madrid’s Bernabeu on March 23, 2014. Pics: Getty Images Sport

    Real Madrid v Barcelona at Madrid’s Bernabeu on March 23, 2014. Pics: Getty Images Sport

    Real Madrid v Barcelona at Madrid’s Bernabeu on March 23, 2014. Pics: Getty Images Sport

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