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  • admin 16:13 on 15/09/2019  

    He’s lost Test matches and even Origin games, but Parramatta centre Willie Tonga insists last Sunday’s loss to Manly was the most gut-wrenching of his career.
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    As captain Jarryd Hayne was unleashing on the match officials for a below-par performance with the whistle, a heartbroken Tonga sat in the dilapidated sheds at Brookvale Oval trying to hold back tears.

    But there was little he could do to control his emotions after the reality of their last-second loss to the grand finalists sunk in.

    “I was shattered,” Tonga said.

    “I’ve honestly never felt like that after a loss in my life. I’ll be a man about it – I was tearing up in the sheds. To be so close and to put in so much effort, to get that result was heartbreaking.”

    The 22-18 loss is Parramatta’s 56th defeat in their last 75 games played, although it will carry far greater significance than the 56-4 loss to the Sydney Roosters just a week earlier.

    While their spirited performance against Manly indicates this isn’t the same football team that has picked up the wooden spoon for the past two years, Tonga admits Sunday’s emotional reaction to the loss against Manly was a culmination of two years of pain.

    “It is [a build up],” he said.

    “It gets tough, the people out there that don’t really go through this wouldn’t realise. We’re out there busting ourselves trying to do our best every week. It just wasn’t meant to be.

    “A lot of heads [were] down, but [coach Brad Arthur has] been so positive, saying ‘look, it’s a positive step ahead from where we were last week’. Considering they were the grand finalists, the game was there to be won for us but we didn’t take our opportunities.”

    Last Sunday’s effort against Manly was a stark contrast to the performance they dished out against the premiers just eight days earlier.

    Consistency was always going to be the issue for Arthur’s relatively inexperienced side but Tonga believes once the players realise their potential they will find the right balance.

    “Our boys are young and raw and are still learning the game,” Tonga said.

    “I don’t think people realise how raw these boys are. As soon as they realise their potential and what they can do, the belief that the boys can have within themselves, we’ll surprise some teams and a lot of people.”

    One of those players is Fijian winger Semi Radradra, who has scored six tries in the first three games of the year.

    “I couldn’t speak more highly of him,” Tonga said.

    “He’s one of the first to be at training and one of the last to leave training. He’s always asking questions … I think last year might have been his first year of rugby league. He’s worked really hard on his game. It’s no fluke to see what you’re seeing at the moment. He’s worked really hard and he’s going to be something special in the future.”

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  • admin 16:13 on 15/09/2019  

    Tiger in waiting: Richmond’s Daniel Jackson receives instructions at training on Tuesday. Photo: Pat Scala Tiger in waiting: Richmond’s Daniel Jackson receives instructions at training on Tuesday. Photo: Pat Scala
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    Tiger in waiting: Richmond’s Daniel Jackson receives instructions at training on Tuesday. Photo: Pat Scala

    Tiger in waiting: Richmond’s Daniel Jackson receives instructions at training on Tuesday. Photo: Pat Scala

    Reigning Jack Dyer medallist Daniel Jackson is no certainty to return for Richmond in Thursday night’s blockbuster clash with Carlton at the MCG.

    Tigers coach Damien Hardwick was non-committal on Jackson’s availability before training on Tuesday. “He’ll train today, he’s probably touch and go at this stage,” he said.

    “Has he done enough work, he’s probably done thereabouts, it’s just whether we think one more week in the VFL will put him in good stead for round three, or we try and throw him in early.”

    Hardwick said forwards Aaron Edwards and Jake King were also in contention toplay against the Blues.

    “Jake, he’s a chance, he’s done a truckload of work over the past three to four weeks and had a rest last week just in case we did need him for this week’s game,” he said.

    “Aaron Edwards played a lot of VFL footy and kicked six goals in his previous game so he’s put his hand up for selection.”

    The Richmond coach, yet to win a final entering his fifth season at the helm, did not downplay the challenge posed by Carlton, but was adamant the loss to the Blues in an elimination final last season would not provide added motivation this week.

    “It seems a lifetime ago for me, we’ve just got to go about our business and worry about the way we play.

    “It’s a big game, one we’ve certainly been looking forward to.

    “They’re a formidable foe … we’ve had some really close games over the past 12 to 24 months.”

    The Tigers lost two out of three clashes against Carlton last season, and have beaten their traditional rivals just once since the middle of 2008.

    Pressed on just why the Tigers had such a poor record against the Blues, Hardwick was reluctant to pinpoint one particular cause.

    “Things have let us down that haven’t normally let us down,” he said.

    Hardwick said young duo Reece Conca and Brandon Ellis had both responded well to his public criticism of them following the side’s disappointing round one loss to the Gold Coast Suns.

    “Yeah they’re fine, it’s a performance-based industry and nothing I said in the media they haven’t heard five times worse in this room right here, so they’re resilient young lads, they’re very good players and I’m sure they’ll put their best foot forward,” he said.

    Hardwick said it was crucial that his charges respond after the deflating loss of a fortnight ago.

    “It’s an opportunity for our players to step up and play in front of big crowds … we’ve got to make sure we start nailing these big games, and that way gain the momentum that takes us into the season. We don’t want to go back 0-2. We have to make sure we’re 1-1 and then attack the season from there.”

    Hardwick said Jack Riewoldt was unlikely to play closer to goal against Carlton, despite many in the media questioning why the dual Coleman medallist had played so much up the ground.

    “Jack will be playing exactly the same role as he played last year, in the forward half,” Hardwick said.

    Former Blue Shaun Hampson is set to line up against his old side for the first time, and Hardwick said that he had been picking the ruckman’s brain for intelligence on the Carlton game plan.

    “We spent some time over summer getting some information out of him.”

    The coach said he had been impressed with Hampson’s first-up effort in yellow and black.

    “There weren’t many shining lights last week but there was definitely an advantage with him, his dominance out of the ruck and we’ve just got to start to use him around the ground.”

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  • admin 16:13 on 15/09/2019  

    OF all the unusual sights to have graced Newtown’s King Street, the vision of two runaway buffalo competing with cars for right of way is surely unique.
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    One of the buffalo trapped in a front yard. Pic: Channel Nine

    Having escaped from a film set for a commercial at Sydney Park, the pair of buffalo ran two kilometres down King Street, before taking a turn up Missenden Road and ending up in front of the University of Sydney.

    There, students of Moore College were granted the sight of a fully dressed cowboy, complete with lasso, out in their front yard capturing the beasts, who weren’t going without a fight.

    “There were cops and firemen everywhere and the guy who owns them was running around putting up barriers everywhere, it was crazy,” student Talitha Salier told Fairfax Media radio station 2UE.

    “[The buffalo] looked like, scared. One of them got mad agitated and went to go at them and then went back.”

    Miss Salier said one of the buffalo attempted to charge at the animal handler before “it got spooked” and ran into the truck.

    Once handlers quickly closed the back door of the vehicle, she said one buffalo could be heard “banging around”.

    One onlooker said the buffalo broke out from a make-shift pen in a car park off Sydney Park Road about 10am.

    “When it happened the crew cleared out pretty quick,” the onlooker said.

    A City of Sydney spokeswoman said a filming permit had been issued to film a commercial at Sydney Park.

    “The City was assured by filmmakers there would be two experienced stock handlers on the set at all times, from an animal-wrangling company with more than 25 years’ experience,” she said.

    “The company also advised that the two water buffalo were both halter- and lead-trained and on the day of the shoot would be entirely enclosed with mobile fencing, or securely tethered.”

    An investigation has begun into the incident and whether the filmmakers had the appropriate safeguards in place, the spokeswoman said.

    Before the beasts ran free, crew members were seen setting up giant-sized ten pins on a hill in preparation for the day’s shoot.

    Fire and Rescue NSW Superintendent Ian Krimmer said firefighters returning from an earlier call got a surprise when the animals ran in front of them.

    He said firefighters showed great initiative, using their ladders as a portable fence and coaxing the animals into a front yard.

    A spokesman from NSW Fire and Rescue said crews “used a variety of ladders, a jumbo ladder and normal ladder from the truck, and used a stokes litter, which is a yellow long stretcher…to make a mobile pen and keep the animals cornered in”.

    With thousands of witnesses, news of the roaming buffalo spread like wildfire on social media.

    By lunchtime, a Twitter handle had already been created for @NewtownBuffalo.

    Sydney University student Rachel Murdolo said she was walking to class when she saw two of the beasts charging down King Street.

    “I was walking down King Street towards the city and these two big bulls were running along the inner side lane towards the city,” Ms Murdolo said.

    “It was kind of bizarre but it was Newtown so I didn’t think it was that unusual,” she said.

    Ms Murdolo said she saw a buggy filming the animals as they ran down King Street towards Sydney University.

    Two minutes later she saw a police car speeding down the road in the same direction, followed by a fire truck.

    Another Sydney University student Abril Felman was sitting at a bus stop on the corner of Holt and King streets when she saw what she thought were two bulls.

    “I just saw what I thought were two bulls sprinting down King Street followed by a jeep rigged up with filming equipment. It had camera equipment and was following them,” Ms Felman said.

    “We were a bit shocked that the road wasn’t blocked off,” she said.

    “I’ve seen some pretty strange things but this definitely takes the cake.”

    Having escaped from a film set for a commercial at Sydney Park, the pair of buffalo ran two kilometres down King Street, before taking a turn up Missenden Road and ending up in front of the University of Sydney.

    There, students of Moore College were granted the sight of a fully dressed cowboy, complete with lasso, out in their front yard capturing the beasts, who weren’t going without a fight.

    “There were cops and firemen everywhere and the guy who owns them was running around putting up barriers everywhere, it was crazy,” student Talitha Salier told Fairfax Media radio station 2UE.

    “[The buffalo] looked like, scared. One of them got mad agitated and went to go at them and then went back.”

    Miss Salier said one of the buffalo attempted to charge at the animal handler before “it got spooked” and ran into the truck.

    Once handlers quickly closed the back door of the vehicle, she said one buffalo could be heard “banging around”.

    One onlooker said the buffalo broke out from a make-shift pen in a car park off Sydney Park Road about 10am.

    “When it happened the crew cleared out pretty quick,” the onlooker said.

    A City of Sydney spokeswoman said a filming permit had been issued to film a commercial at Sydney Park.

    “The City was assured by filmmakers there would be two experienced stock handlers on the set at all times, from an animal-wrangling company with more than 25 years’ experience,” she said.

    “The company also advised that the two water buffalo were both halter- and lead-trained and on the day of the shoot would be entirely enclosed with mobile fencing, or securely tethered.”

    An investigation has begun into the incident and whether the filmmakers had the appropriate safeguards in place, the spokeswoman said.

    Before the beasts ran free, crew members were seen setting up giant-sized ten pins on a hill in preparation for the day’s shoot.

    Fire and Rescue NSW Superintendent Ian Krimmer said firefighters returning from an earlier call got a surprise when the animals ran in front of them.

    He said firefighters showed great initiative, using their ladders as a portable fence and coaxing the animals into a front yard.

    A spokesman from NSW Fire and Rescue said crews “used a variety of ladders, a jumbo ladder and normal ladder from the truck, and used a stokes litter, which is a yellow long stretcher…to make a mobile pen and keep the animals cornered in”.

    With thousands of witnesses, news of the roaming buffalo spread like wildfire on social media.

    By lunchtime, a Twitter handle had already been created for @NewtownBuffalo.

    Sydney University student Rachel Murdolo said she was walking to class when she saw two of the beasts charging down King Street.

    “I was walking down King Street towards the city and these two big bulls were running along the inner side lane towards the city,” Ms Murdolo said.

    “It was kind of bizarre but it was Newtown so I didn’t think it was that unusual,” she said.

    Ms Murdolo said she saw a buggy filming the animals as they ran down King Street towards Sydney University.

    Two minutes later she saw a police car speeding down the road in the same direction, followed by a fire truck.

    Another Sydney University student Abril Felman was sitting at a bus stop on the corner of Holt and King streets when she saw what she thought were two bulls.

    “I just saw what I thought were two bulls sprinting down King Street followed by a jeep rigged up with filming equipment. It had camera equipment and was following them,” Ms Felman said.

    “We were a bit shocked that the road wasn’t blocked off,” she said.

    “I’ve seen some pretty strange things but this definitely takes the cake.”

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  • admin 16:13 on 15/09/2019  

    Christine and Charlie Galea with their latest crop. Christine showcasing the Woodstock Honey to be taken to the Farmer’s and Craft Markets in Cowra.
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    Emma and Christine Galea, with their locally grown produce at theJapanese Garden’s Garden Expo in 2009.

    Christine Galea with some tomatoes damaged by early March rain in 2012.

    Christine Galea preparing produce for the Farmers Market in 2007.

    2014 marks the International Year of the Farming Family.

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    Each day we have contact with a farmer, though we may not realise it.

    Through the milk we enjoy on our breakfast, the meat we have for dinner, to theclothes we wear, a farmer has had something to do with our daily lives.

    This year we honour our farming families across the Central West and Western NSW,bringing you their stories in the paper and online each week.

    After their agent suggested Cowra as the place to be for all things vegetable related, Charlie and ChristineGaleapacked up their Sydney farm and headed west.

    Twenty-five years on and their roots are now firmly planted at ‘Rosewood,’ just outside Cowra.

    “Both our parents were vegetable farmers and we used to sell to the Sydney market before we moved here,” MrsGaleasaid.

    “We needed more land and our agent told us about Cowra so we came over, had a look and moved within three months- and that was a while ago now.”

    With ‘Rosewood’ originally a goat farm, theGalea’sspent many months turning it into a viable vegetable farm.

    “We had to put in a bore for irrigation, set it all up and put the main in,” MrGaleasaid.

    As with all farming, MrGaleasaid the venture hasn’t always been easy.

    “The weather is the biggest challenge- and pests,” he said.

    “Too wet is probably the worst for us because when it’s dry you can irrigate but you can’t stop the rain.”

    Selling at the Cowra Farmers Month every third Saturday of the month, MrsGaleais also the manager of the event.

    “We produce all kinds ofvegesbut Cowra in particular is getting quite a reputation for its watermelons and pumpkins,” she said.

    Growing everything from lettuce and tomatoes to dealing with diamond moths in the cabbage, MrGaleasaid the farm is in their blood.

    “It’s a bit of a gamble just like all farming but we’re used to it,” he said.

    “There’s never a dull moment.”

    *BATHURST:Dan and Steve Owens

    * DUBBO: Cherie and Matthew Coddington

    * PARKES:Neil and Alison WestcottandCliff and Helen Westcott

    * DUNEDOO: The Armstrong Family

    Do you know a farming family who would like to be featured in our series email their details [email protected]南京夜网.au.

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  • admin 16:13 on 15/09/2019  

    9AM (WEDNESDAY): A TRUCK carrying a crate laden with furniture has crashed on the Thunderbolts Way at Giro.
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    Thunderbolts Way was closed to traffic for a short time on Tuesday afternoon but re-opened at 7pm that night.

    Police, the NSW Ambulance Service,the RFS,SES and Gloucester Shire Council all attended the crash scene.

    Senior Constable John Broadley from Gloucester Policesaid the male driver of the truck suffered a serious leg injury in the accident and was transported by ambulance to hospital.

    A passenger in the vehicle escaped with minor injuries.

    Images from the scene of today’s truck crash at Giro which left a man injured.

    Images from the scene of today’s truck crash at Giro which left a man injured.

    Images from the scene of today’s truck crash at Giro which left a man injured.

    Images from the scene of today’s truck crash at Giro which left a man injured.

    Images from the scene of today’s truck crash at Giro which left a man injured.

    Images from the scene of today’s truck crash at Giro which left a man injured.

    Images from the scene of today’s truck crash at Giro which left a man injured.

    Images from the scene of today’s truck crash at Giro which left a man injured.

    Images from the scene of today’s truck crash at Giro which left a man injured.

    Images from the scene of today’s truck crash at Giro which left a man injured.

    Images from the scene of today’s truck crash at Giro which left a man injured.

    Images from the scene of today’s truck crash at Giro which left a man injured.

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