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    $1.3m for teacher’s suffering after fight

    29/03/2019 - Author: admin

    SCENE: Kariong Juvenile Detention Centre.A TEACHER who suffered post-traumatic stress disorder after witnessing a fight between maximum security inmates at a juvenile detention centre has been awarded $1.3 million in compensation from the NSW government.
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    The teacher and a teacher’s aide were locked in a classroom within the grounds of Kariong Juvenile Detention Centre when the fight broke out between two inmates on November 5, 2007, the NSW District Court heard this week.

    The teacher did not have her duress alarm with her, but the teacher’s aide did.

    She pressed the button on her duress alarm, but no one responded.

    A guard was meant to be patrolling nearby, but it wasn’t until the principal and deputy principal unlocked the door and entered the room that the fight was broken up.

    The teacher had a key for the door, but was too scared to make her way across the room to escape, Judge Michael Elkaim said.

    The teacher suffered chest pains after the incident and has been seeing a psychiatrist twice a week ever since.

    She has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and has not returned to work.

    She sued both the Department of Corrective Services that ran the centre and her employer, the Department of Education and Communities.

    Judge Elkaim awarded her a total of $1.3 million compensation, which includes provisions for her psychiatric care.

    “It is also worth mentioning at this stage there was only one [corrective services] officer on duty within the school premises,” Judge Elkaim said.

    “This is in contrast to the position prior to 2004 when the facility was operated by the Juvenile Justice Department.

    “It was then the practice for there to be an officer stationed in the classroom together with the teacher and the teacher’s aide.”

    Judge Elkaim noted that it was the principal’s suggestion that only one corrective services officer nearby would be effective to provide security at the school.

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    Paedophile turned hide-and-seek into horror

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    A CONVICTED paedophile who preyed on a three-year-old girl who was playing hide-and-seek in a Newcastle department store with her sister pleaded guilty yesterday after telling police that the drug ice sexually aroused him, court documents stated.
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    Timothy Michael Burchell, 41, was on the child protection register.

    He was also subject to a child protection prohibition order when he entered the Marketown shopping centre on March 17 and walked to the cosmetics and babywear section of a store, a statement of facts said.

    The girl was playing hide-and-seek with her sister around the clothing racks while her mother looked at clothes.

    The mother lost sight of her daughter for only about two minutes before the child came running up to her crying.

    The girl said a man had just touched her.

    The mother alerted the store’s management, who called police.

    They viewed closed-circuit television footage, which showed a man walking through the store carrying a drink from McDonald’s.

    Officers then viewed footage from the nearby McDonald’s restaurant and saw Burchell purchase a meal, including the drink, and then use a debit card in his name.

    Police were also able to record the number plate of his car.

    Detectives spoke to Burchell at his workplace on March 22 and later he requested to speak with police.

    He repeatedly said he couldn’t remember what he did before eventually confessing.

    He said he’d taken ice that day and that the drug increased his sexual arousal.

    Burchell, of Brown Street, Newcastle, pleaded guilty yesterday to indecently assaulting the girl and was committed to the district court, where he will face a sentence hearing later this year.

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    McCloy frustrated as development blocked

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    NEWCASTLE lord mayor Jeff McCloy has taken a swipe at fellow councillors “who constantly vote against progress in the city” by opposing development applications.
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    At Tuesday night’s council meeting, after a lengthy debate about a rail maintenance facility near homes at Carrington, Cr McCloy expressed his frustration at councillors who opposed the plans.

    Lord Mayor Jeff McCloy

    Cr Michael Osborne

    The lord mayor, himself a successful property developer, told the chamber he would publish voting records to highlight which councillors supported development.

    “[Opposition to development] does reputational damage to [the] council, it’s an impediment to jobs and growth and the tidying up of our suburbs,” he said yesterday.

    “The development application process in NSW today is tortuous already.”

    Cr Michael Osborne (Greens) was one of three councillors to vote against the Carrington application after attempting to add a condition establishing a 24-hour complaints line.

    He said he often supported development and was proud of his voting record.

    “I hope [Cr McCloy] follows through and we’ll also see the councillors who rubber stamp the reports every time,” Cr Osborne said.

    “Where possible I’ve tried to mitigate the impacts on local residents.”

    Cr McCloy said the council should not add onerous conditions to its development approvals.

    “An applicant gets a recommendation from the staff with 83 bloody conditions,” he said.

    “There are enough blocks in the way without adding more of them.

    “If we look to . . . modify that development by adding conditions imposed by councillors we’re ourselves up to land and environment court action.”

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    It’s welcome home for region’s top cop

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    RECOGNITION: Assistant Commissioner Jeff Loy beat a crack field of several dozen applicants for the top job, and takes over from Assistant Commissioner Carlene York.ALMOST 30 years to the day after he became the youngest officer in the then Hamilton police district, Jeff Loy will return to Newcastle as the region’s most senior cop.
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    Assistant Commissioner Loy, 52, was yesterday confirmed as the new Northern Region commander, a job that looks after a region from the Hawkesbury River to the Queensland border and a workforce of about 2500 officers.

    He will start next month.

    It will be something of a homecoming for the current boss of the force’s forensic services group.

    The son of a locomotive driver, he began his primary schooling at Jesmond in 1965 when his father was based at Broadmeadow, returned for his stint at Hamilton in 1983 and later at Belmont, and was a detective for the homicide squad in Newcastle for three years from 1987.

    He still has family in the Northern Rivers area and spent time at Tweed Heads and Lismore during his career.

    “It is a position I have aspired to and I feel the opportunity to lead the Northern Region is the highlight of my career,” he said.

    “The Northern Region is very fortunate to already have a very effective and productive police force.

    “It is already in place, I just hope I can enhance it.

    “I still have a lot of emotional ties to the region and am looking forward to the challenge.”

    Mr Loy beat a crack field of several dozen applicants for the top job, taking over from Assistant Commissioner Carlene York, who is now the head of the force’s human resources department.

    He is expected to start at the Newcastle headquarters next month, almost 30 years to the day since he was sent from Sydney as a lowly ranked constable.

    Known as a hard but fair boss who rose through the detective ranks before taking on managerial roles, Mr Loy also spent time in the regional crime squads based in Newcastle and the north coast.

    “All I ask is that people turn up and do their work, do the best they can for the community, and get home safely,” Mr Loy said.

    “That, and lock up crooks.”

    Mr Loy has won an Australian surf lifesaving medal representing Redhead Surf Lifesaving Club and won a rugby league premiership with the Dudley Magpies.

    After stints in the homicide squad in Newcastle from 1987-1990 and in the regional crime squad based at Tweed Heads, Mr Loy ran the target action group at Lismore from 1995.

    He became crime manager at Shoalhaven before looking after local area commands on the far south coast and, in 2007, at Campsie.

    At the end of 2008, he became the director of operations of the force’s Professional Standards, formerly internal affairs, before taking on the role of assistant commissioner in charge of the forensic services group in 2010.

    He has been widely applauded as the person responsible for reducing a crippling backlog in dealing with crime scene evidence.

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    Black eye for the NRL

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    KAYLA Boyd is standing by her husband, Darius, the Newcastle Knights fullback who is believed to have been in a Brisbane house last month when South Sydney forward Ben Te’o allegedly punched a 22-year-old woman in the face and broke her eye socket.
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    The incident, which is being investigated by the NRL’s new integrity unit, allegedly took place in the home of Broncos fullback Corey Norman on April 20, the day after Boyd had represented Australia in the Anzac Test against New Zealand at Canberra Stadium.

    Boyd and Norman were believed to have been in the house at the time of the alleged incident but the woman, Katie Lewis, has made no assault allegations against them.

    Ms Lewis said she heard Boyd saying “stop” when Te’o allegedly struck her repeatedly.

    Te’o strenuously denied Ms Lewis’s version of events, saying he would co-operate with any investigation.

    In an interview with Ms Lewis last night on Nine News, reporter Danny Weidler said: “Katie ended up at the home of Broncos star Corey Norman . . . This is where accounts differ but according to Katie, when Souths star Ben Te’o entered the room things got ugly.”

    The Newcastle Herald spoke to Mrs Boyd earlier yesterday at her recently opened CBD fashion house business. The 25-year-old former model said she was aware of the alleged Brisbane incident but was unable to reveal any details.

    “I am not worried about it and besides that I really have no comment,” said Mrs Boyd, who married the Queensland Origin and Australian Test representative in a tropical wedding ceremony at Mission Beach in Queensland last November.

    In her interview with Weidler, Ms Lewis said: “Ben Te’o was at the door and I tried to get out. I had my shoe in my hand and I hit him, like, on the shoulder. He punched me in the face, on my eye, and I now have a broken eye socket.

    “He made a comment that I was a slut, and I wasn’t very happy with that. After he hit me in the face, I fell down and, like, curled into a ball, and he just kept hitting me and I remember hearing Darius say, ‘Stop’, or yelling, and then I must have gone unconscious.

    “Then I remember coming to, just laying in the hallway with blood everywhere, and just being scared, and there was no one there.”

    Ms Lewis, who was later taken by police to Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, said the three footballers agreed to leave her in the house.

    “I could have been seriously hurt. I could have been dead for all they know,” said Ms Lewis, who told police at the time that she did not want to press charges but is now considering her options.

    The Herald attempted to speak to Boyd yesterday but was unsuccessful. A Knights spokeswoman instead referred the Herald to a statement on the club’s website, which Knights chief executive Matt Gidley said could be attributed to him.

    “Following reports earlier on Wednesday involving three NRL players during the representative weekend, the Newcastle Knights have undertaken to fully co-operate with any NRL integrity unit investigation,” the statement said.

    “The Knights have not been formally advised of any complaint or allegation in relation to the alleged incident. The club has no further detail and subsequently will make no further comment at this time.”

    Te’o issued a detailed statement denying Ms Lewis’s version of events.

    Rabbitohs chief executive Shane Richardson said Te’o, who joined the club this year from the Broncos, had informed him of an incident on the Monday following it.

    “We’re trying to be as open as we possibly can about what’s happened here, and once the investigation is completed we’ll act accordingly, and we’ll act with the NRL,” Richardson said. “Let’s see all the information, all the facts . . . and let’s find out exactly what the story is.”

    Te’o said he had offered to co-operate with “the police, the NRL integrity unit, my club and other authorities to ensure that this matter is dealt with in the appropriate way”.

    “On the night in question, I found myself in unfortunate circumstances that were not caused by me and I acted appropriately to deal with a difficult situation,” the Queensland forward said.

    “I called the police to report the incident and have the female removed from the house. I have not pressed charges against the female and to the best of my knowledge no charges have been laid against me. I don’t wish to go into any further detail about this matter because I regard the incident as unfortunate and something I wish to leave behind me.”

    Queensland police confirmed the matter was “no longer under investigation”.

    “Police attended an incident but the allegation was formally withdrawn by the complainant. There was no further police action,” a spokesperson said.

    An independent investigator has been enlisted to assist the NRL’s integrity unit, who will investigate the matter.

    “If it turns out to be true, then clearly we will take the necessary action,” NRL CEO Dave Smith said.

    Boyd and former Broncos team-mates Karmichael Hunt and Sam Thaiday were investigated over an alleged sexual incidence in a Fortitude Valley nightclub in September 2008, Boyd’s final year with the Broncos. They were not charged by police but the Broncos fined them $20,000 each for bringing the club into disrepute. It was alleged Boyd, Hunt and Thaiday engaged in sexual acts with a 24-year-old woman in a toilet cubicle in the Alhambra Lounge nightclub on September 13.

    Katie Lewis. Picture courtesy Nine Network

    TRAINING: Knights player Darius Boyd yesterday. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

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    Women lead the way towards a meaningful ratings scheme

    01/03/2019 - Author: admin

    Did you know South Africa is the holder of the “ICC Test Championship mace”? Any idea what it looks like? Well, this should be a revered item – it passes to the nation which leads the ICC Test championship. Know what that is? Well, basically, it is the continually updated league ladder of Test cricket, in which teams are ranked by which team they beat, and where. The mace is transferred every time a team takes over the top ranking, not that all but the most attentive fan would notice. It seems scant recognition for achieving the the presumed pinnacle of the sport.
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    But in many parts of the cricket world, Test cricket is not the pinnacle.

    Many fans, administrators and TV moguls get more excited by T20 or limited overs cricket. The World Cups of T20 and 50-over cricket are presumably their mountain tops, and IPL their staple, and addiction.

    There is a gaping divide in world cricket.

    It is why the International Cricket Council has failed to institute a world championship of Test cricket, and postponed the next attempt until 2017, despite releasing Test rankings each month since 2003.

    Such a tournament is simple in theory – the top four teams in the rankings at the end of every four years play off in an event that could be completed in less time than the perversely interminable 50-over World Cup.

    The tradition associated with individual contests between particular nations are a hindrance to them enthusiastically embracing a global Test championship. Australians and Englishmen treasure Ashes series over every other contest, and those series will make more money than banks of now unfashionable ODIs. Most nations are also keen on playing India more often these days, due to the broadcast dividends that can result.

    However, such is the power of cricket’s lucrative shorter forms that second-rank one-day tournaments such as the Champions Trophy survive while the Test championship languishes.

    Given this dichotomy, an innovation in the women’s game bears some scrutiny.

    The Ashes series being contested by Australia and England’s finest women cricketers this winter will be decided by a points system.

    The winners of the Test will be awarded six points, with two points awarded to the winners of each of the limited overs and T20 matches. The team that accrues the most points across all three formats will win the women’s Ashes.

    The concept of awarding three times as much weight to a Test win as for an ODI or T20 match is a worthy starting point for a refreshing innovation. Already, votes awarded to Australian male cricketers in their player of the year awards give greater weight to performances in Test matches than ODIs, due recognition to the form of the game that most truly tests the skill of the combatants.

    Under the innovative women’s scoring system, Australia would have scored 23 points to England’s 19 on the last men’s Ashes tour, having lost the Test series 2-1 (two points are awarded for draws), and won the ODI series 6-1. The single T20 match was washed out.

    Antipodean cricket fans may grasp at such flimsy consolations given the bleak short-term prospects of the national team. (We’ll leave aside the fact that our ODI team is also hardly setting the world on fire of late.)

    But in the future such a scoring system might not seem so ridiculous.

    While women’s cricket features far fewer Test matches, and the gap in status and prestige between long-form and limited overs cricket is not as great as in the men’s game, the scheme is a starting point for thinking differently about how we rate cricket performances.

    The novel scoring technique agreed to for the women’s Ashes may be a method to enliven series which feature all forms of the games and recognise the best all-round cricketing nation. Surely there should be acclaim for a team that can slog at 10 an over in a three-hour T20 extravaganza, then defend grimly on the final day of a five-day Test match.

    Do many IPL fans care about which nation is crowned Test cricket’s finest? Are there that many Test cricket devotees who care much about which team is crowned T20’s champion? Maybe it is time to bring such fans closer together, for the sake of both forms of the game.

    Perhaps, in decades to come, a new scoring system will inject some meaning and interest to previously dead rubbers, and suspense to usually moribund one-day games.

    Consider how much has changed in the past 40 years in cricket. India has gone from easybeat to superpower, on and off the field; the game is professional, lit up at night, played in coloured clothing and over in three hours in many gaudy instances. The reverse sweep, ramp shot and TV rights deals now demand attention previously hogged by delicate leg glances during slow-scoring Tests viewed from a single fixed camera in colonial black and white.

    We live in an idiosyncratic, divided cricket world, and it may be that the women and their administrators have shown a way forward, or a taste of things to come.

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    Ashes silent treatment: some observations

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    Beefy’s shouting it from the rooftops. Photo: telegraph.co.uk Underdog Ashes victory, 1989.
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    Some ramifications of England’s ban on its players mentioning the Ashes.

    1. BAN ALL MEDIA

    If English cricket authorities want their apparently fickle players to focus on New Zealand and the Champions Trophy instead of the Ashes, they can’t just ban players from answering reporter’s questions about the Ashes. They will have to stop the easily distracted stars from reading the paper as well. And stop them from examining the web, checking their text messages, glancing at their Facebook page, or conversing with British citizens, including their spouses, and pets.

    A clue to the magnitude of the challenge facing Andy Flower’s ruling was immediately obvious.

    On the Telegraph website, beneath the story announcing the Ashes talk ban, was this headline: “England will whitewash panicking Australia 5-0, says bullish Sir Ian Botham”.

    “I don’t see Australia competing with England for a little while, a few years yet,” Botham said. “I’m loving it. I absolutely adore it.

    “Over the years, we’ve had to put up with Australian commentators here enjoying it and gloating. Well, see how they enjoy it for the next few years.”

    Such sentiments are careening around the British airwaves. How could they not? By all measures, England is currently a superior team to Australia, and deserved hot favourites. Australia is coming off an implosion of an Indian tour, Homeworkgate and David Warner’s Twitter tirade, and boasts a batting line-up which wobbles every time the ball does. Even the most illiterate England player knows all of this, and just in case such self-evident truths slip their mind, there’s commentators such as Beefy revelling in the upcoming carnage.

    This England team will have to be locked in the caves of Afghanistan to avoid the fact that they should belt the living suitcase out of an inexperienced, demoralised, vulnerable Australia. And it’s hard for the coach to keep up hydration and repeat effort fielding drills when the players are in a dusty, frigid cavern out of satellite radio range.

    2. MIND CONTROL

    Can England control its player’s minds as well as their mouths?

    Coach Andy Flower wants to beat New Zealand in the current Test series – England lead 1-0 after bowling the Kiwis out for 68 in their second innings of the first Test – and then win the Champions Trophy. An everything-to-lose series as favourite against a dour, battling team of lower standing, followed by yet another irrelevant one-day series in which half the Test team does not participate. How can Flower stop the minds of his men wandering to: “Can’t wait to smash those Aussies”? Hypnosis? Psychedelics?

    3. THE WAR

    What if someone slips up, and mentions the … er … Ashes?

    This ban is a red rag to the bull of Fleet Street. Expect more questions than ever of players about the Ashes. It will be a parlour game for scribes, dulled by the faux World Cup of the Champion’s Trophy, to trick an England star into saying something verboten. Sliding scale – 10 points for Joe Root confession, 100 points for an overheard Jonathan Trott aside. If Jimmy Anderson, keen for electrolytes after another five-for, accidentally lapses into candour when asked for the 17th time whether he is feeling confident about the upcoming clashes for the Ashes, how will he be punished?* And how will such admonishments affect morale in the dressing room?

    * May we suggest the following? Suspension for the next 10 Tests.

    4. SECRETS AND LIES

    What subterfuge will England players resort to in order to discuss their Ashes fixation?

    We all know that the more you try to ignore an itch, the worse it torments. Private chat rooms and discreet counselling services must be set up at secure locations by rebels in the team management to enable players to sneak in a few observations about David Warner’s lack of footwork against the moving ball, or the crosshairs painted on Shane Watson’s pads. Given how little happens most of the time on the cricket field, aimless chit-chat is a vital human inetraction, a sanity-saving necessity. Repressing quips, boasts, jokes, jibes, speculation and gossip – the lifeblood of a game in which one stands around in the open air for hours – is a high risk ploy. Upset the equiilibrium maintained by idle chatter and gaskets could be blown … This way madness lies.

    5. FLOWER WORKS FOR KAOS

    Do you get the feeling that since the ban was announced, everyone is thinking about the Ashes more than ever? Could Andy Flower be that deviously brilliant, that capable of using his genius for evil instead of goodness, that he concocted this ridiculous ban purely to put more focus on the Ashes challenge to come, rather than less? Do you remember when Australia had England by the throat? Prior to an Ashes series, shrinking violets such as Glenn McGrath would predict 5-0 victories. Such bold statements weren’t considered simply boastful, they were rated as calculated gamesmanship, or confident honesty. Flower prefers nervous evasion. Is he Siegfried?

    6. 1989

    Yes, Australia was underdog in that fabled series, when they defied the scoffing Poms to record a memorable Ashes triumph in the Old Dart. Maybe a few crusty middle-aged English fools are still scarred by that 0-4 result. But they ought to have been exorcised by pulverising the Aussies and owning the Ashes for the past two contests. And the Australian team that year? Let’s just say that Messrs Marsh, Taylor, Boon, Border, Jones and Waugh, now in their early fifties, could give the incumbent Aussie willow-wielders a run for their (big) money. And England, alas, does not have the following eighties county yeoman to throw at the invaders:

    Barnett, Newport, Jarvis, Curtis, Stephenson, Cook, Moxon, Capel.

    And Igglesden.

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    More girls set to eye cricket career: coach

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    Em Preston, pictured here in 2009, is considering a return to cricket after Cricket Australia’s new funding plan. Photo: Melissa AdamsFormer Australian under-23 representative Em Preston believes Cricket Australia’s increased funding of women’s cricket will give girls hope they can pursue a career in the game in years to come.
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    Cricket Australia announced on Tuesday that Southern Stars like Ellyse Perry could earn up to $80,000 per year from the new increased funding set-up at both international and domestic levels.

    Preston played for the ACT Meteors and was an age representative for her country before retiring three years ago.

    The 22-year-old is still involved in the game as coach of the ACT under-15 girls team.

    While extra cash in the game wouldn’t lure her out of retirement, she felt it would help inspire a younger generation of female cricketers she is helping develop.

    ”It gives positive direction to a real career like we see the men going overseas and making the money and the career pathways that they have,” Preston told The Canberra Times.

    ”I think that money will help women stay in the game for longer … I think this is a step in the right direction and it’s going to encourage me to keep my girls in the game and to show them that this can really become a career for you.

    ”That’s a positive sign.”

    The all-rounder said there were two reasons behind retiring: losing her enjoyment and focusing on a teaching degree. However, she refused to rule out a comeback. But it wouldn’t be because of the $100,000 CA cash injection into every Women’s National Cricket League team.

    ”I wouldn’t come back to it for the money, I’d want to enjoy the game of cricket and have that passion that I used to have.”

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    Ghosts of ’92 stalk Newlands

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    Mud and guts: Ewen McKenzie’s Wallabies slug it out at Newlands in their first Test against the Springboks after their readmission to world rugby in 1992. The Wallabies stunned the hosts 26-3 to confirm their status as world champions. Photo: AllsportTable Top Mountain is a prominent landmark that dominates life here in Cape Town. It’s so damn big that the locals will never have to worry about finding a house with mountain views as you can’t help but be encapsulated by its magnitude.
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    Right now I’m looking straight at it from the fifth floor of our hotel, and you can only just see the skyline above its mass. It’s a view I’ve become very familiar with and have seen many times before since I first visited Newlands in South Africa with the Wallabies back in 1992.

    Since then, I’ve stayed in every one of the six levels the hotel has to offer. I’ve been to this hotel so many times that I’ve witnessed numerous renovations, and while the rooms haven’t gotten any bigger, they have received new paint jobs and installed new furniture. Every time I return you can’t help but notice the small changes and improvements while you also find yourself reflecting on past memories – good and bad – of Cape Town. We won our first Test here in 1992, which was a hugely important game as it represented the readmission of South Africa into world Rugby. They were gunning for us as they did not value Australia’s Rugby World Cup win in 1991 as they were not there.

    We proved them wrong in the mud of Newlands, and it was a record score that stood for a long time. That game was about pure pressure. The fear of an unknown opponent was a huge challenge. We knew who they were, and the locals made sure we heard about them every day for the fortnight leading into the match. The only thing was that we just had never played against that group of players before.

    I was back in Cape Town in 1995 – same hotel and playing on the same ground. We were based here for the first Test of the Rugby World Cup, a match we lost and where I was up against the massive 135 kilogram Os du Randt. Coincidently, I was up against him once against in the coach’s box last week in Bloemfontein, and we ever shared the lift together pregame. We are using the same team space now for the Reds as we did with the Wallabies in 1995. As I presented at our team meeting, I could not help but recall the musings of Bob Dwyer in that very room during our World Cup preparations. You might have got inkling about the significance to the South Africans of that World Cup and of our match from the movie Invictus. It was heady stuff but I still wonder how my body-double in the movie had blonde hair! That’s showbiz though, and I digress.

    The Reds just finished a training session at the Villagers Club, which was the same venue the Wallaby group in 1995 spent more than three weeks at spilling a bit of blood and sweat. I swapped some nostalgia with the Reds, explaining the goings-on nearly 20 years ago and even how some of the grounds and clubs have changed. Not much has stayed the same – there are new offices that surround the ground, and the clubhouse has gone – expect for that big mountain in the background.

    Things, however, have not always been joyous here in Cape Town. I distinctly recall five days here during a period of crisis in energy supply when we enjoyed hotel living without the luxury of any power. I can assure you that staying on the fifth and sixth floors are not so salubrious when you are forced to constantly take the stairs. It was funny for a day but that wry smile ended on the second and life as a hermit commenced after that.

    There are a lot of other memories and moments that people remember about Cape Town. I remember picking up a copy of the Cape Argus, which is the afternoon paper, and reading about the infamous Brumbies taxi cab damage incident where our players were on the front page for the wrong reasons. It caused a storm of publicity and resentment that lasted many years.

    They were also the ones who ran the story about one of our players vomiting in a pot plant, which I was also here for. In fact, I think I even ran the disciplinary proceedings from the very same room I am in now, eventually seeing the player return home. These were some of the more unpleasant memories.

    But, that’s life down here. Big, bold and complicated, and that’s before you even take on the Stormers. We were in this same hotel two years ago when we were expected to lose to the rarely defeated Stormers. We won 19-6 before going on to win the title.

    Right now, I can see the Newlands ground just a few hundred metres’ walk away, which is the main reason we stay here. We are here to compete. Putting aside all the distractions of Cape Town, we are here for business, and while the little things keep on changing, the rugby coliseum at the foot of the mountain is waiting as it has since 1992.

    It boasts the largest and noisiest regular season crowds of the Super Rugby tournament and is a bloody hard place to play. We need to keep the crowd quiet if we want to be successful – no easy task is such a busy and vibrant place.

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    Fagan on shortlist to join Bulldogs

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    Brumbies Chief Executive Andrew Fagan is on the shortlist to join the Canterbury Bulldogs. Photo: Rohan ThomsonThe Canterbury Bulldogs will interview Brumbies chief executive Andrew Fagan and have him on a short list to be their new leader as the ACT rugby boss considers a cross code switch to the NRL.
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    Fairfax Media understands Fagan is one of three or four candidates still in the running to be Todd Greenberg’s replacement at the Bulldogs.

    Fagan’s contract with the Brumbies expires at the end of the year. He has been in talks with the Brumbies board about his future, but it’s understood he has been head-hunted to replace Greenberg and was expected to be interviewed this week.

    Fagan was unavailable for comment. The Brumbies board is aware of the Bulldogs’ pursuit of Fagan, but declined to comment when contacted.

    An independent recruiting agency first approached Fagan last month to gauge his interest in replacing Greenberg, who will take a role at NRL management in July.

    It’s believed that of the final three or four applicants, just one has a rugby league background.

    Applications closed on May 3 and it’s understood Fagan, who initially declined to be considered, did not submit his resume. Instead, the chief recruiter contacted him to see if he was interested and the end result was Fagan being included in the list of candidates.

    Greenberg is not part of the process, given his current position as the Bulldogs chief executive. But he is an admirer of Fagan as a sports administrator.

    Former Manly chief executive Grant Mayer pulled out of the running to be the Bulldogs’ new boss while ARU official Greg Harris has also been linked to the position.

    It is expected interviews will be finished by the end of this week with a decision to be made as early as next week.

    The Brumbies board refuses to be rushed into a decision on Fagan’s future in Canberra, aiming to finalise its decision within the next two months. Fagan has been at the club since 2002 and chief executive since the end of 2005.

    Fagan has seen the Super Rugby club through the controversy of sacking coach Andy Friend in 2011 and the recent ACT government approval for a $30million apartment complex to be built at the Brumbies’ Griffith headquarters next month.

    Brumbies chairman Sean Hammond said earlier this month the board would review its position and had started unofficial discussions with Fagan.

    Meanwhile, the Brumbies play the Auckland Blues at Eden Park on Saturday, aiming to stabilise their play-off hopes.

    They have lost their past two matches and are facing their third consecutive defeat for the first time in the club’s new era.

    The team will fly to New Zealand on Thursday and is hoping for revenge against the Blues. The Blues smashed the Brumbies 30-16 in a last-round choke last year which ended the ACT’s play-off hopes.

    Brumbies flanker Peter Kimlin admitted they underestimated the Blues last season but lock Sam Carter said they wouldn’t make the same mistake again as they launch a revenge mission.

    ”It was a very poor way to finish the season as we were kind of planning on hopefully getting a home final,” Carter said.

    ”A lot of the guys are holding on to resentment for that match so hopefully we can bottle that and bring it out for the game this weekend.”

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