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Concussion strikes Aust ace Gardner again

Ashleigh Gardner is in good spirits despite yet another concussion, which has put one of the world’s most aggressive batters in doubt for Australia’s season-opening Twenty20 against New Zealand.


Gardner was struck on the helmet by a bouncer during an intra-squad match last week on the Gold Coast.

Australia’s international summer of cricket starts at North Sydney Oval on Saturday week, when the Seven Network will broadcast a women’s trans-Tasman T20 on its main channel following the AFL grand final.

Gardner, who has now suffered four concussions in the space of 20 months, may be forced to sit the landmark fixture out.

Cricket Australia will adopt a conservative approach with the the 21-year-old, who played rugby league in her junior days and has a concerning history of head knocks.

“She’ll bounce back. She’ll be fine and she’s really looking forward to this summer,” Alyssa Healy said of her Australia, NSW and Sydney Sixers teammate.

“She got a pretty sharp bouncer … it’s not ideal, pretty poor timing.

“The beauty of Ash is that she doesn’t let it faze her too much. She’s still going to attack the short ball.

“Which is probably the way you want to attack it, get on the front foot and face it head on.”

Gardner produced one of the highlights of the past summer, smashing a women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) century off just 47 balls.

The star allrounder will miss the start of the women’s domestic one-day competition, which begins on Friday when NSW face Queensland on the Gold Coast.

Healy is upbeat Gardner will return against New Zealand.

“It would be a massive blow (if she doesn’t play). Ash is such a dynamic and exciting cricketer, a real game changer,” she said.

English fast bowler Katherine Brunt struck Gardner’s helmet during the previous summer’s Ashes series then again in the WBBL. Both blows resulted in delayed concussion.

“That’s too many (concussions); it’s quite bad,” Gardner said earlier this year.

“There’s been so many people hit in the head and they don’t get concussed and I’m like, ‘How do I get concussed every time I get hit in the head?’

“It’s quite funny how people’s heads react differently.

“I don’t want to be thinking about getting hit in the head – it plays in the back of my mind if it happens – but obviously you don’t want to be thinking about it.”

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Coach Goodwin wins battles with demons

Simon Goodwin is in his second season as head coach of Melbourne’s AFL team.In a rehab clinic with drug addicts and sex addicts, Simon Goodwin had hit rock bottom.


He was a dual AFL premiership player. A multiple All Australian. A triple club champion. And a gambling addict.

In 2007, Goodwin was caught by the AFL betting on a game the previous season while an esteemed Adelaide player.

Goodwin was fined $40,000, half the amount suspended, and ordered to undergo an eight-week rehabilitation program.

Which is how he found himself in a room with, among others, two sex addicts, two drug addicts and a shopping addict.

Goodwin described being caught gambling by the AFL as the most embarrassing moment of his life.

But it also saved him.

“If I hadn’t hit rock bottom, who would have known where it could have taken me,” Goodwin said in 2008.

“I feel fortunate that it occurred when it did … I have said to my wife and a few other people, the fine of $20,000 was probably the best 20 grand I’ll ever spend in my life.”

Goodwin told of his “emotional torture” when addicted to gambling.

“I was ready once I hit rock bottom with what happened in the AFL to go into rehab,” he said.

Until then, Goodwin, on the surface, was living a charmed life.

As a brilliant young sportsman, Goodwin co-captained South Australia’s under-19 cricket team.

But he opted for football and was selected by the Crows in the 1996 pre-season draft.

In just his 10th AFL game, as a 20-year-old in 1997, he played in a premiership. He won another flag the following year.

Goodwin claimed the first of five All Australian jumpers in 2000, the same year he won the first of three club champion awards.

But scratch the surface, he was battling demons.

His grandfather was an alcoholic until beating the bottle later in life.

And Goodwin’s parents separated when he was four-years-old.

“Obviously as a child, I was scarred and traumatised to some degree by the separation, which put me in a high-risk category,” Goodwin said in 2008.

In December 2005, Goodwin apologised for threatening a newspaper photographer.

He was among Crows players drinking at an inner-city holte in Adelaide, on the same street as The Advertiser newspaper offices.

The newspaper sent a photographer to snap pictures from the street outside the pub. Goodwin saw him and confronted him.

“If you run any photos, I will f***ing kill you,” Goodwin said, according to the photographer.

Goodwin maintained he didn’t threaten to kill but apologised for threatening harm.

“I reacted in a manner which is unbecoming … it was a response that is unnatural to me,” he said at a media conference a day after the incident.

Most people agreed.

But darker times loomed.

In 2006, Goodwin’s Crows were beaten in a preliminary final by West Coast – after which, he was understood to have placed a bet on the Eagles to win the grand final.

Few knew it was the act of a gambling addict.

“I remember numerous times waking up and sitting on the end of the bed saying ‘why am I doing this?'” he said in 2008

“And 10 hours later having another crack at it.”

Those comments came after being appointed Adelaide captain, a role he filled for three seasons until retiring at the end of the 2010 season.

Within a month, Goodwin was named an assistant coach at Essendon.

He would spend four seasons with the Bombers, a period including the club’s 2012 supplements scandal which resulted in 34 players being banned for a year.

Goodwin was among five Essendon staffers who reportedly admitted to the AFL and Australian Sports Anti Doping Authority investigators they had received injections and oral supplements by the program’s designer, Stephen Dank.

Goodwin was never charged or penalised.

In August 2013, he took over as Essendon’s caretaker head coach for one game after the 12-month suspension of James Hird.

At the end of the 2014 season, after serving as a senior assistant coach to Mark Thompson, Goodwin left Essendon to join Melbourne as coach Paul Roos’ right-hand man.

Roos hatched a succession plan with Goodwin, who in 2016 was named as Melbourne’s head coach, taking effect the 2017 season.

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Netball: Australian Diamonds get revenge over England in Newcastle Test

FOCUSED: Australian goal attack Stephanie Wood in action in the Diamonds’ victory over England in their Quad Series Test match at Newcastle Entertainment Centre on Wednesday night. Picture: Marina NeilAustralia were out for revenge and that is what they exacted in a thrilling 52-47 Quad Series win over England in front of a packed Newcastle Entertainment Centre on Wednesday night.


It was the first time international netball had been played in Newcastle since 2012 and the 4500-strong crowd were treated to a nail-biting game played at a frenetic pace.

When the countries last met, the Roses stunned the world to beat the Diamonds by one goal in the Commonwealth Games gold medal match on the Gold Coast in April.

Leading into the rematch, Australian vice-captain Gabi Simpson said the Diamonds had “a fire in the belly” and were focused on avenging the loss.

But it was England, who were missing key shooter Jo Harten through injury, asserting authority on the game early.The Roses shot out to a 4-1 lead after three minutes and were ahead 14-11 at the first break.Australian coach Lisa Alexander made a tactical change at quarter-time, bringing on Liz Watson at centre for Kim Ravaillion.

The change paid dividends for the Diamonds, who were able to find more space, particularly out wide.

Diamonds goal shooter Caitlin Bassett scored four unanswered goals midway through the second period to take Australia into a 19-17 lead.England staged a late surge, scoring three in row to lock the game at 24-24 with 90 seconds left in the second quarter.

But Australia won the ball after goal shooter Kaden Corbin, who came on for Natalie Haythornthwaite at the first change, missed a shot and Brown was able to score under pressure as the whistle blew to give the Diamonds a two-goal buffer at 26-24 at the main break.

The Diamonds made some crucial turnovers in the third quarter and shot out to a seven-goal lead six minutes into the third period.They maintained control and were ahead 41-34 at three-quarter time after edging their way ahead with several two-goal hauls in that period.But the game went down to the wire with England scoring seven consecutive goals in the middle section of the final quarter to bridge the gap to two goals, down 44-42 with seven minutes remaining.

But Bassett’s three-goal haul with four minutes to go gave the Aussies breathing space and they were not headed from there.The crowd erupted as the final whistle blew.

The match was played 11 days after a pre-season basketball clash between Andrew Bogut’s Sydney Kings and the Illawarra Hawks was embarrassingly abandoned at the 11th hour when it was ruled to be too slippery and dangerous for play, leaving thousands of spectators in attendance fuming.But there were no issues on Wednesday night.

Australia beat South Africa 61-44 in the opening match of the series in Auckland on Saturday while the Roses downed New Zealand 52-39.The Silver Ferns defeated South Africa 61-37 on Tuesday night.The Diamonds take on the Kiwis in Melbourne on Sunday after England play South Africa.

UP AND AWAY: Australian goal shooter and captain Caitlin Bassett battles for possession on Wednesday night in the Test match against England at Newcastle Entertainment Centre. Picture: Marina Neil

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Dining ReviewMawson Caves BeachLiz Love

BEAUTIFULLY BALANCED: Crispy skin duck breast with beetroot and fetta tart. Pictures: MJK CreativeSince the 1960s the Mawson Hotel has been a much-loved local watering hole.


The hotel is no more. Instead, on the site, a local family have transformed it into an apartment complex, complete with an IGA, and a restaurant that pays homage to the past.

It also celebrates its beachside location with a correspondingly casual and contemporary Australian menu.

You can come for coffee, or a wine, for breakfast or lunch; and now you can also come for dinner on Friday or Saturday night.

The place is almost full and buzzing at 1pm on Sunday, with families and couples; a broad demographic. I’m glad we’ve booked.

The menu is correspondingly all encompassing, with something for everyone.

Kids are treated with respect and can choose between grilled or fried chicken or fish, lamb sausage or lasagne. The first three come with chips, and vegetables or salad.

It is impressive that the vegetables are seasonal; Brussel sprouts, broccolini and Dutch carrots.

The sprouts and broccolini are vibrantly green and just the right side of al dente and surprisingly get a modified thumbs up from our 10-year-old grandchild. At least she does try some.

I suggest they offer kids sprouts the way they come with some of the adult mains; deliciously roasted with slightly charred edges.

Be sure to check out the specials and seafood board.

Today there are oysters prepared several ways, seafood marinara, beer battered dory, pan-seared mackerel or crispy skin duck breast.

SNAP TO IT: Try the chilli crab.

Crispy skin duck breast ($28) with beetroot and fetta tart was a little disappointing; the skin fell short on the crispy stakes. On the other hand, the flesh is pinkly moist and sits on a bed of beetroot puree with a disc of pastry on the side and a scattering of fetta cheese all round; a deconstructed tart. This dish is beautifully balanced; rich duck, earthy beetroot, tangy cheese and flaky pastry.

Roasted winter sprouts lift the pan seared mackerel ($30) to a new level.

Flaky, white, golden crusted fish, tangy grilled lime, sweet roasted winter sprout halves and this year’s go-to vegetable, roasted cauliflower. Yum.

Or, from the regular lunch menu you could choose char grilled peri peri chicken which comes with smashed chats, mint yoghurt and a simple leaf salad ($26).

The marinade of hot chilli, spicy paprika, ginger and garlic make this Portuguese dish a real winner.

Minted yoghurt helps cool the palate.

There are just three house made desserts; apple crumble with ice cream and custard ($14), brownie with toffee chocolate sauce and nut crumble ice cream ($15), and panna cotta with seasonal fruit jam ($12).

Or you can also choose from a selection of cake, cheese cake and pastries in the refrigerated cabinet.


Panna cotta is one of those deceptively simple dishes that needs to be served on the day it’s made to be perfect.

There should be a definite wobble, which is only seen if it is turned out. Too much gelatine or a longer storage time makes it easier to turn out of the mould, but you lose the wobble. Here, the chef has compromised and served it in a glass. It’s creamy and smooth but just a little firm.

Today’s topping is a strawberry jelly, rather than jam. Not sure about the point of the garnish of a fine dehydrated slice of blood orange except as a good texture contrast.

Thumbs-up goes to the service staff; prompt, friendly, even though the place is almost full. And to the kitchen as well that knows kids don’t like waiting and gets their orders out very promptly.

Caves Beach already has the Caves Beach Hotel. The Mawson Café and Restaurant is a worthy complement.

Quick BiteWhat:Mawson Caves Beach,5/3 Mawson Close, Caves Beach; 4972 1813Chef:Brendan RueWines:Small wine list of mainly Australian wines; seven by the glass.Hours:Weekdays and Sundays, 7am to 4pm; Friday and Saturday, 7-11.30pmVegetarian:two Mawson bowls; cheese platter.Bottom line:lunch for two with two mains and two desserts, without drinks, less than $90.Wheelchair access:excellentDo try:Pan seared mackerel if available. Continue reading

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Sisters of slain WA grandmother ask ‘why’

The grieving sisters of a Perth grandmother who was killed along with her daughter and three grandchildren have travelled from New Zealand and Queensland to see their accused murderer face court.


Anthony Robert Harvey, 24, allegedly used a blunt instrument and knives to kill three-year-old Charlotte, two-year-old twins Alice and Beatrix, and his wife Mara Lee Harvey, 41, at their Bedford home last week.

He then allegedly murdered his mother-in-law Beverley Ann Quinn, 73, when she came to visit the next morning.

Harvey appeared briefly in Perth’s Stirling Gardens Magistrates Court via videolink from a Pilbara prison on Wednesday, when the case was adjourned until January 2 while his defence lawyer obtains reports and disclosure from the prosecution.

Ms Quinn’s sisters Wendy Frost, from Russell Island in Moreton Bay, and Maureen Devereux, from Wellington, held back tears as they spoke with reporters outside court.

They said they mainly came to Western Australia to support grieving relatives but also felt they had to come to court.

“It’s our road to closure,” Ms Frost said.

Asked how she felt seeing Harvey, Ms Frost said: “It’s not legal what I’m thinking”.

“I am very, very angry.

“We don’t talk about him if we can help it”.

She spoke lovingly of Ms Quinn, who went to the Bedford house almost every day to help and would have turned 74 next week.

“My sister Beverley would not hurt anybody,” she said.

“She was a loving, wonderful mother, she was a wonderful sister. She would do anything for anybody. She was so kind.

“Mara was following in her footsteps and those poor wee babies did not deserve to die. And I just want to know why – we all want to know why.”

Ms Frost said she wasn’t sure if she and her sister would remain in Perth for Harvey’s next court appearance.

“We just have to wait the outcome of the police doing their investigation – we want to make certain that they do it absolutely thoroughly so that whatever retribution this guy has to suffer, it is the maximum,” she said.

Ms Devereux said the family would eventually come to terms with their loss.

“We will have to go on but they will always be there. I’ll never forget,” she said.

Ms Devereux said she was left “dumbfounded” by the horrific crime.

But the family had been overwhelmed by support from the public, including flowers and toys left outside the house, and a stranger who left her a note on the flight over offering any help she might need while in Perth.

“We say thank you very much for your support.”

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