Northern NSW Football: Jaffas look to rejig attack after scoreless draw with Weston

Braedyn CrowleyLAMBTON Jaffas coach James Pascoe plans to tweak the champions attack to better suit former Melbourne City striker Braedyn Crowley.

Pascoe’s move comes after the Jaffas were held to a scoreless draw by ninth-placed Weston at Bear Park on Saturday.

In the end, Lambton needed a brilliant save from Brad Swancott to deny Nathan Morris from the penalty spot to get a point.

It was a disciplined and determined performance from the Bears and a vast improvement on their 2-1 loss to cellar dwellers Lake Macquarie, which coach Steve Piggott labelled the worst in his 30 years as a first grade mentor.

“Piggo wanted a reaction from his team and he got one,” Pascoe said. “They were disciplined and worked hard. They put 10 behind the ball and we weren’t good enough to break that down. Adraw was about right given the quality of us in the final third and the way they set up the game.”

The Jaffas’ strike force was blunted withoutGriffiths brother Joel and Ryan and Bren Hammel.

Nathan Morris

“Joel tweaked his hamstring against Broadmeadow and will be out for a month,” Pascoe said. “Ryan (knee)did the warm-up but pulled up sore. Bren is in Russia at the World Cup. Pat Brown is working and living in Sydney and can’t train so he played off the bench.Braedyn didn’t get the best service from wide areas. We played a lot of balls in like we had Browny or Ryan at the point of the attack.Braedyn needs a different type of service.

“He likes to get in behind and get the ball to feet. A lot of the delivery was chest or head height and Nathan Morris and their boys at the back dealt with that comfortably.”

The Jaffas are at home to Charlestown next round and Pascoe said they would adjust their attack to help bring Crowley into the game.

“As a coach you have to use the resources the best way possible,”he said. “We are not blessed with physical size and it doesn’t lend itself to a direct game. Our build up is a little slow. We have to play to feet and try and get Braedyn in behind earlier. Teams have to give you enough space to get in behind as well.”

Black Diamond AFL: Lemon flies for Hawks as Saints kept to nil

Mitch KnightJACK Lennon kicked six goals as Cardiff made it a perfect 10 wins to start the Black Diamond AFLseason, thrashing Wyong 121-59 at Hillsborough Oval on Saturday.

The Magpies stunned the home side early, landing four majors to lead 26-25 at the first change.

Hawks had edged ahead 50-46 by the main break but the second half was one-way traffic as theyrecorded a 17.19 (121) to 9.5 (59) win.

Lennon opened the Hawks’ account but he did most of his damage in the final term with three to take his season tally to 33.

Josh Murphy was also a handful and bagged four goals.

Justin McPhan kicked three for Gosford.

Warners Bay totally dominated a hapless Maitland holding the Saints to nil at Feighan Park.

Jack Downing led the way with seven as the Bulldogs kicked 25.21 (171). But their best work was done on the ball and at the defensive end where Luke Roach was outstanding.

Pat Gillingham continued his breakout season to help steer Newcastle City to a crushing 22.20 (152) to 3.3 (21) at No.1 Sportsground.

The Blues were in control from the outset, kicking eight goals in the opening term.

Apart from Gillingham, who is the leading goalkicker in the league with 36, Mitch Knight and Connor Haswell were strong.

Killarneyvale kicked three unanswered goals in the third quarter to set up a8.13 (61) to4.11 (35) victory over Singleton at Rose Point Park. Dillon Stevens was best on ground in his debut for the Bombers.

James Webster bagged a handful as Terrigal Avoca flexed their muscles with a23.23 (161)to1.4 (10) win over strugglers Lake Macquarie at Tulkaba Park.

Apart from Webster, Jack Grimmond was impressive.

Waratah League BasketballNewcastle Hunters stretched their winning streak to seven games with a comfortable 100-80 victory over Hornsby Spiders.

NEWCASTLE Hunters stretched their winning streak to seven games with a comfortable 100-80 victory over Hornsby Spiders at The Brickpit on Saturday to stay on top of the Waratah Basketball League championship men’s table.

League leading scorer Austin Thornton poured in a game-high 30 points and added 13 assists, seven rebounds and five steals as the Hunters improved their win-loss record to 12-2 with six games left in the regular season.

Newcastle made a flawless start to lead 36-17 at quarter-time and were always in control from that point, allowing coach Darren Nichols to rotate his 10-man squad and share the minutes around.

Four other Newcastle players scored in double figures and every player scored.

CONSISTENT: Austin Thornton

Sharif Watson had a 10-point, 13-rebound double-double to go with three assists and two steals, Jacob Foy contributed 19 points and three rebounds, Ryan Beisty compiled 12 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks, and Lachlan Jackson chipped in with 10 points, five boards and three assists off the bench.

In a boost for Newcastle in the countdown to the play-offs, centre Steve Davis played his first game in two months and scored six points in eight minutes. Davis has been sidelined with a neck injury.

“It was another good team win, everyone got to play and everyone scored,” Nichols said.

“It’s always tough to win at Hornsby and it will be another step up when we play Norths at Norths next Saturday.”

In the women’s game earlier on Saturday, Hornsby ended Newcastle’s seven-game winning streak with an 84-61 victory.

The result meant the Hunters (8-4) remained in fourth position behind leaders Norths (9-1), who they play on the road next Saturday, Hornsby (10-2) and Sutherland (9-3).

There were some promising signs when Newcastle jumped to a 12-4 lead midway through the first quarter but the Spiders crept back into the contest to lead 24-22 by the end of the term.

Hornsby turned the defensive screws in the second quarter to lead 45-36 by half-time and extended that to 65-50 heading into the final period.

Jasmin Howe (24 points) and Hannah Young (11 points, five rebounds, three assists, three steals) were the only Newcastle players to reach double-figure scoring, and Alison Ebzery and Cherub Lum added nine points each.

Load off as colleagues lose truckload of weight

Load off as colleagues lose truckload of weight SLIM: Nich Martin, Russell Niklaus, hypnotherapist James Duncan, Paul Cooper, Craig McPherson and Wayne Gilchrist. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE

Paul Cooper and Nich Martin.

TweetFacebookFor five Border truck drivers, the load they’recarrying is significantly lighter these days –having lost a combined 273 kilograms.

About 18 months agoCraigMcPherson tipped the scales at 180 kilograms but within six months he wasa different man, having lost 100kg.

Nine months on, Mr McPherson remains lessthan half his previous weight.

“Heaps has changed, I feel better, I’ve got more energy, medically I’m healthier,” he said.

Mr McPherson said being a truck driver previously meant plenty of fast food, but now he’s happy opting for the healthier option.

Fellow Green Freight colleagues Russell Niklaus lost 49.5kg in four months, Wayne Gilchrist 48.5kg in three months, Nich Martin 35kg in three months and Paul Cooper 40kg in 11 weeks.

Mr Cooper said after seeing the massive change in Mr McPherson, he was confident he could lose weight too.

“I’ve been big most of my life, I’d tried other diets and I’d lost weight but I always put it back on,” he said.

“The motivation to keep going is there every day on the scales, I was losing about 500g a day.”

And the men attribute their results not to exercise –but to hypnotherapy.

Theyall attendedRiverina Hypnotherapy’s Shrink seminars, which owner James Duncan says focus on addressingstress.

Mr Duncan said by addressing the stressesbehind weight gain and overeating, participants –including himself –can lose significant weight and keep it off.

“If you want to get skinny you have to get healthy,” he said.

Mr Gilchrist said the program puts participants on a 500 calorie diet and he hada great support network at work, with Craig and Paul already having shed the kilos.

“I’d triedshakes before and diets but it’s often hard to cook when you’re driving,” he said.

“With this there’s a bit of preparation but it’s not hard.

“And you don’t get hungry, it’s just a matter of preparing.

“It was great to have the support of they guys, we could talk about it and especially because I wasn’t losing weight as fast.”

Mr McPherson said when he started trying to lose weight he had no idea he’d lose 100kg, let alone inspire others to drop more than 170kg.

Coalition seizes on Labor leader stoush

Coalition frontbencher Christopher Pyne says Anthony Albanese’s fired the gun on Labor leadership.Anthony Albanese has fired the starting gun on a Labor leadership contest, the coalition says.

But Labor emphatically denies any rift between the former 2013 leadership contestant from the Left and the man who defeated him, Bill Shorten.

Mr Albanese delivered the Whitlam Oration on Friday night,l in which he set out an agenda for reforming the ALP and broadening the party’s appeal to non-unionists and the business sector.

“Labor doesn’t have to agree with business on issues such as company tax rates, but we do have to engage constructively with business large and small,” he said.

Liberal frontbencher Christopher Pyne said Mr Albanese had directly contradicted Mr Shorten’s “war with business” approach and placement of unions at the centre of public policy.

“Anthony Albanese has fired the starter gun on the Labor Party leadership contest,” Mr Pyne said in Adelaide.

The cabinet minister, who regularly makes media appearances with Mr Albanese, said Mr Shorten’s leadership had failed.

“We know where it’s going to end, it will end in a ballot of the Labor Party membership and the caucus, and the sooner Bill Shorten gets on with it the better,” he said.

Labor is contesting five by-elections on July 28, aiming to retain the seats of Braddon, Fremantle, Perth and Longman and pick up Mayo in South Australia.

The government’s parliamentary win on personal income tax cuts could give Liberal candidates a popularity boost.

There has been speculation if Labor loses one or two seats there could be pressure on Mr Shorten’s leadership.

Mr Pyne said there was “absolutely no expectation” the Liberals would win any of the by-elections, but if Labor lost it would put its leader “in very serious strife”.

Labor deputy leader Tanya Plibersek said the party was focused on policy not personalities.

“Bill Shorten is a fantastic leader of the Labor party,” she said.

“We’ve never been stronger and more united than we are under Bill’s leadership. We’ve got fantastic policy out there. We’ve got fantastic people.”

She said the Liberals had been focused on themselves and marked down for it.

Labor has led the coalition in more than 30 consecutive Newspolls.

Australian Associated Press