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2018
09/22

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Wallabies greats Nick Farr-Jones and David Campese talk about Eden Park hoodoo

Wallabies winger David Campese gives the thumbs-up to coach Alan Jones after the famous win at Eden Park.
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Former captain Nick Farr-Jones says the Wallabies’ win last weekend could be a springboard into the World Cup. Photo: Simon Bruty

Wallabies winger David Campese gives the thumbs-up to coach Alan Jones after the famous win at Eden Park.

Former captain Nick Farr-Jones says the Wallabies’ win last weekend could be a springboard into the World Cup. Photo: Simon Bruty

Wallabies winger David Campese gives the thumbs-up to coach Alan Jones after the famous win at Eden Park.

Former captain Nick Farr-Jones says the Wallabies’ win last weekend could be a springboard into the World Cup. Photo: Simon Bruty

Wallabies winger David Campese gives the thumbs-up to coach Alan Jones after the famous win at Eden Park.

Former captain Nick Farr-Jones says the Wallabies’ win last weekend could be a springboard into the World Cup. Photo: Simon Bruty

Wallabies great David Campese says Topo Rodriguez’s desperate try-saving tackle was the moment he knew they were going to beat the All Blacks at Eden Park in 1986.

The World Cup-winning winger said a similar mentality was needed if the Wallabies were going to end their 29-year hoodoo against New Zealand at the Auckland ground.

His captain at the time, Nick Farr-Jones, says the Wallabies back then had the belief they were going to win every game and Michael Cheika’s team would have had a massive confidence boost from last weekend.

The pair, with 164 Tests between them, played in the 1986 Bledisloe Cup decider, which the Wallabies won 22-9 to regain the Cup for the first time in four years.

They were outplayed for the first 30 minutes, but Campese said he knew they were going to win when Rodriguez stopped Hika Reid in his tracks on the tryline and then drove the All Blacks hooker back.

The Queanbeyan product said that desperation epitomised the will of the team and the game swung from there.

“Eighty six was fantastic, but if you look at that game there was one incident that inspired and that was the Topo Rodriguez tackle right on our line,” Campese said.

“The team was playing well, but that indicated the desperation and the will to win.

“It was a desperate tackle, he just demonstrated I can do it why can’t you?”

Halfback Farr-Jones said they went into every game back then believing they were going to win, in an era that included a grand slam on the 1984 European Tour and the 1991 World Cup.

He was disappointed the Wallabies didn’t win the 86 Bledisloe series 3-0 after a narrow 13-12 loss in Dunedin.

That was the mindset they took into every Test regardless of who they were playing.

“We were pissed off we didn’t win 3-nil – we should never have lost in Dunedin,” Farr-Jones said.

“It wasn’t like there was this awesome mountain to climb in the middle 80s – we expected to win.”

Campese said it was great to see the “pride and passion” back in the gold jersey, something he felt was lacking when Robbie Deans was the Wallabies coach.

Victory over the All Blacks on Saturday would see Australia regain the Bledisloe for the first time since losing it in 2003.

Campese was unsure whether the Eden Park hoodoo would come to an end on Saturday, saying a different All Blacks would turn up this time after losing the Rugby Championship decider to the Wallabies in Sydney last weekend.

But he felt the Wallabies were starting to get the self-belief they can beat anyone.

He said overcoming the All Blacks’ impressive history at the Auckland fortress was simply a “mental” hurdle.

“It’s one of those things that’s in the back of your minds, it is [a mental hurdle],” Campese said.

“You’ve been playing all year, you can’t get any fitter, it’s a mental process.  It’s actually believing you can do it.

“As Nick Farr-Jones said, it’s about coming out of the trenches, you look beside you, your mates are with you. That’s the important thing you play for each other and you play for your country.”

The Wallabies beat the All Blacks 21-9 in Wellington in 1990 and Farr-Jones said that was the catalyst for them to go on and win the World Cup the following year.

He said Cheika’s Wallabies might have had a similar watershed moment in their 27-19 victory over the Kiwis in Sydney last weekend.

“They obviously got a hell of a lot of confidence out of the weekend’s victory and individually and collectively they know if they can step up to the plate again there’s no reason why they can’t do it,” he said.

“They have to understand too, the All Blacks will never play as badly. They’ve poked the bear and they have to understand that.

“If they go in with the mindset we have to play 10 per cent better ourselves, individually and collectively, and leave nothing in the tank, we’ve got a chance.”

Creating their own “Rodriguez moment” wouldn’t hurt either.

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2018
09/22

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Cronulla Sharks veteran Jeff Robson ponders one more NRL season

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Jeff Robson may be the man entrusted to guide the Sharks this season, but the veteran halfback is prepared to take a backward seat next year if it means extending his career.

Off contract at season’s end, the 33-year-old holds ambitions to play one final season. Robson wants that to be at the Sharks despite the club signing James Maloney and Chad Townsend.

“I’m pretty keen to play for one more season,” Robson said. “I have spoken to the club but nothing is done yet. That’s the plan. I’d have to sit down with Flanno [coach Shane Flanagan] and see where they sit. When I had a meeting earlier in the year he was keen to keep me playing for another year. We’ll have to wait and see.”

The club has tossed up the possibility of offering Robson an off-field role once he retires. Robson is adamant he could still keep his place in the top squad even with the impending arrival of Maloney and the return of Townsend to the club.

“I love the club and would love to stay around in a working type role whether it be play next year and go into that role the year after I’m not sure,” Robson said. “I’d love to get in and do a bit of work with the junior development or welfare. If I could do that, that would be outstanding.

“I would have to weigh up what sort of offer I get with the playing role and seeing what’s happening off field. If I was to play I could play as a utility off the bench. I can play a bit of nine and cover seven and six. That’s a pretty good option for Flanno to have a bit of depth and some versatility.”

While Robson has an eye on settling his final playing contract, more pressing is continuing Cronulla’s impressive form. He comes head to head with Cooper Cronk on Monday night as the Sharks aim to keep their top four hopes intact against the Storm, with their disastrous 2014 now a distant memory.

“We’re building nicely,” Robson said. “We still have room for improvement but we’re headed in the right direction, which is good. We had a pretty good squad last year and we have a really good squad this year. We just had a few things injuries and off-field distractions which didn’t go our way. We knew if we could put all that behind us this year and a fresh start and play some good footy, we knew we could be there about. The job isn’t done obviously.”

The Sharks had to delay a video session and borrow a generator from one of their game day vendors following a prolonged blackout in the Sutherland Shire on Friday.

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2018
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Premier promises balloon party will continue

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has reassured Queenslanders that the government has no plans to ban helium balloons. Photo: Albey BondFear not children.  Your helium balloons are safe.
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In one of the stranger pledges a Queensland Premier has had to make – and that includes putting criminal motorcycle gang members in pink jumpsuits and arguing against listing the Great Barrier Reef on the World Heritage Register – Annastacia Palaszczuk has publicly declared let them have helium when it comes to balloons.

Environmentalists have called for a ban on helium balloons, concerned with the impact their release has on wildlife, particularly marine life, when they inevitably come down.

Environment Minister Steven Miles has said he will investigate the mass release of balloons, but his boss just wants everyone to be a bit more responsible.

“Let’s put to rest any notion that helium balloons will be banned under my government,” she said on Friday.

“But what I can say to parents and families out there – is that if you are using helium balloons out there, you should be responsible.

“And that means if you are having functions or a party, make sure that the helium balloons are not released out into a public area, where it can actually end up causing damage to our turtles and marine life.

“We are not going to be doing that, so let’s just put that to rest, that’s it, end of story.

“We need to be a bit more responsible, I have made my comments on that, we are not banning helium balloons, full stop.”

But along with Nutella and sardines, helium is increasingly a finite resource for earth, with boffins concerned about running out of the gas – which is one of the most abundant in the universe – and its impact on things other than amusing voices and Adventure Time balloons, such as medical imaging.

The general consensus there is that while we won’t run out, we could find ourselves in a world where helium is treated as a precious resource, and one which is increasingly expensive.

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2018
09/22

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Wool on wheels for Bedgerabong

Ducky Clemens with his “wool museum on wheels”, which will be at Bedgerabong Show on Saturday, August 22. Ducky Clemens has the wealth of Australia’s wool history at his fingertips.
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He has been classing wool for 50 years and for 40 of those he has been collecting the tools of the trade, chasing rare shearing handpieces from across the world.

Ducky built his wool museum on wheels to house his collection about 15 years ago and has now travelled 300,000 km with it.

It features every aspect of the sheep industry and gives insight into how the industry has changed in the past 150 years.

“I have all the rare handpieces,” Ducky says.

“I have two of the rarest cutters in the world: a king lock that came out in 1913 and was only produced for six months; and a smoko cutter, a four-tooth narrow cutter.

“I also have the first Burgon handpiece ever to come out.”

Ducky’s display will feature at Bedgerabong Show next Saturday August 22.

Those who are handy with the shears are invited to try the “mum and dad” shearing set-up: ‘mum’ turns the handle to power the clippers and ‘dad’ shears the sheep.

“The record is held by an 81-year-old man and his wife, in her early 70s, who sheared a cross-bred lamb in 2 minutes and 40 seconds at Nowra,” Ducky said.

“They shear all their sheep using one of these set-ups – they have 70 to 80 head.”

Entries will be taken throughout the day and shearers are encouraged to try their hand at the gear.

Ducky’s display is based on Jemalong Station under the management of Norman Gatenby.

Gatenby was a Tasmanian sheep stud breeder who came to the area in the 1870s.

He became renowned for his pioneering efforts as an irrigationist and in the use of pit ensilage – storing hay by burying it.

Wool is a special feature of the 61st Bedgerabong show, you don’t want to miss it.

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2018
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Car and flammable liquids behind fire

A car and nearby flammable liquids are believed to have been behind the fire that gutted a shed in Boyds Lane on Wednesday night.
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About 7.22pm emergency services were called to the Boyds Lane address when its occupants heard small explosions coming from the single garage shed.

Upon investigation they found their garage, which was detached from the house, well alight.

The garage was completely destroyed as was the motor vehicle, antique furniture and sadly the family pet – an English Staffordshire pup – that were kept inside.

Police said fire investigators believed the fire started in the vehicle, which had recently been driven, and spread to the structure that contained an amount of flammable liquids.

The liquids accelerated the blaze and caused the noises that alerted the owners.

Police said there were no suspicious circumstances.

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