Kosta Barbarouses of the Victory takes on the defence of George Lambadaridis of the Roar. Photo: Bradley KanarisFrans Thijssen rang in the changes on Saturday night but it will be a far stronger Brisbane Roar outfit that heads to Beijing tomorrow.
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The interim Roar coach made eight changes to his side to face the Melbourne Victory for the second time in four days.

Thijssen said he was pleased with the promise the younger generation showed in the 1-0 loss to the Victory.

As well as two debutants in Abrahim Yongo and Luke Pavlou, the Roar fielded one of their youngest sides of the season Jerome Polenz, Adam Sarota, George Lambadaridis, Jade North, Daniel Bowles, Kofi Danning, Patrick Theodore, Shannon Brady and Samuel Sibatuara coming into the side.

Thijssen expects almost all the players left out for selection to play in the side, bar the injured Luke DeVere, who will miss the rest of the season.

He said the recent injuries to Luke DeVere (thigh), Shane Steffanutto and Jerome Polenz made made err on the side of caution with his selection.

“It’s not possible to play with the same players all the time,” he said.

“I decided now to especially after the injury to Luke DeVere again that happened 10 minutes before the end.

“These players have got muscular problems and you see in the end, it’s all to do with fatigue.”

The side battled well and their admirable effort was denied by a controversial penalty in the dying seconds of the first half.

Melbourne Victory’s Carl Valeri went down in the six-yard box, with George Lambadaridis behind him and the linesman called the penalty.

Replays appeared to show that Valeri kicked a tuft of grass and fell and that Lambadaridis may not have made contact with the Victory forward.

Brisbane travels to Beijing on Sunday morning ahead of Tuesday’s Asian Champions League clash with Beijing Guoan, before their final A-League regular rounds match against the Newcastle Jets on Friday night.

The Victory’s second win in Brisbane this week put them in the primary position to claim the Premier’s Plate but coach Kevin Muscat said he wasn’t popping the champagne just yet.

Melbourne take on Central Coast next Saturday with a win and a goal difference of 23, seven more than second-placed Sydney FC, meaning there’s still a mathematical chance of being knocked off their perch.

“There’s nothing handed out tonight,” Muscat said.

“We’ll enjoy that victory without doubt, but in terms of receiving any silverware ,we’ve still got to get the job done next week.”

Muscat said the Roar’s swag of changes didn’t affect their approach to the match.

“I think the expectation from anyone that it was going to be easy to win against a young side would have been naive.

“That being said, I thought we dominated and thoroughly deserved the three points.”

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The Truth and Other Lies By Sascha Arango. Text Publishing, $29.99.
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Best-selling author Henry Hayden has a lot of secrets. It’s his oddball wife, Martha, who actually writes his books; his mistress and editor Betty is pregnant with their child. There are others too, so he has to work extremely hard to keep his life on track. When Martha and Betty disappear the police start to suspect all is not what it seems but how far will Henry go to stay ahead of the truth?  Sometimes it’s a sheer pleasure to read such a clever book. Arango is one of Germany’s leading screenplay writers (the film rights to this book have already been acquired) but this is his debut novel, a dark, funny, captivating read. A villain in the vein of Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley, a book you won’t soon forget.

The A to Z of You and Me By James Hannah. Doubleday, $32.99.

Ivo is 40 and dying, stuck in a hospice with a nurse who thinks playing the A to Z game might help bring back some memories to help him pass the day. We start with Adam’s apple, end with zzz, and in between Ivo’s musings on tonsils, muscles, lips and kidneys, give us an insight into his life and what has led him to this point. This is a debut novel as well and while Hannah’s clipped prose can sometimes be frustrating his story is a beautiful one, touching on life and love and what we’ve lost and stand to lose. The sort of book you’ll read in an afternoon but one that will stay with you for a long time.

Vigilante By Shelley Harris. Weidenfeld & Nicholson, $29.99.

Dressed up on the way to a fancy dress party, middle-aged wife and mother Jenny Pepper saves a woman from being attacked. All of a sudden she’s a super hero, patrolling her town fighting the good fight, leading a double life. It’s all much more exciting than her job in a charity bookshop, her lacklustre marriage and the townfolk appreciate her much more than her own teenage daughter does. But can Jenny separate the real world from her fantasy life? A funny, sometimes dark, look at midlife and why sometimes we all wish we could hide behind a mask.

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On a bright, wintry afternoon in a modelling studio in downtown Manhattan, Christie Brinkley raises a shoulder, throws back her thick blonde tresses and flashes a toothy smile.
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A young photographer, clad in denim and crouched down in front of her, fawns. “Good, amazing Christie!” he shouts as he snaps picture after picture. Hip-hop blasts through speakers overhead. Brinkley, bathed in bright lights, moves her hips slowly, clad in a tight pencil skirt, and effortlessly shifts through a repertoire of poses and expressions. A hairstylist, armed with an enormous gold can of hairspray, stands at the ready off to the side.

“So beautiful!” yells the photographer.

Watching Brinkley performing – and it is nothing short of a performance – you could be forgiven for thinking you’d fallen through a wrinkle in time, landing in the late 1970s or ’80s, when Brinkley was among the world’s top models.

Back then, she was the ubiquitous cover star and sex symbol, the “Uptown Girl” who inspired former husband Billy Joel’s song; probably the woman who most embodied the era’s “all-American”, flaxen-haired, aerobic-fit ideal.

But instead it is 2015, and Brinkley is 61. Unlike the Cold War, fluffy perms or acid-wash denim, Brinkley is one defining aspect of that era which has survived the intervening years remarkably unchanged. At an age when most models have long since stepped back from public view – or been pushed out of the way – Brinkley is still at it, still flashing that corn-fed smile.

She celebrated her 60th birthday by appearing in a turquoise swimming costume on the cover of People magazine, looking as svelte and bouncy as ever (with help, she has freely admitted, from a hidden bra, hair extensions and lots of flattering lighting).

Today, she’s in the studio as part of a Mother’s Day campaign for the Australian sleepwear designer Peter Alexander, alongside her 16-year-old daughter Sailor, the very picture of her mother at a younger age.

In between takes, Brinkley sits perched on a couch in a sunny corner of the studio, dressed in a pair of Alexander’s bright fuchsia floral pyjamas, the daylight pouring in behind her. Sailor reclines in a nearby armchair, absorbed in her smartphone. Their dog Chester, a fluffy white mop of a creature, slumps in Brinkley’s lap. Together, they look like an image from a Hamptons holiday catalogue.

Brinkley uses her whole body as she talks, gesturing theatrically with both hands. “Right now, I think we’re seeing the opening up of the last frontier, which is ageism,” she says with feeling, when asked about changes in the modelling industry which have allowed her to have such a long career.

“They always said the baby boomers would change the numbers, instead of allowing the numbers to dictate to them. I think we’re the first generation that literally is saying, ‘A number doesn’t define us any more.’ And we’re not just going to …” she pauses to smile and drop into a “scary” voice, “fade to grey.”

Born in Michigan in 1954 but raised in California, Brinkley didn’t aspire be a model. Art, not fashion, lured her to Paris, where she moved to go to art school at age 18. But after being spotted by an American photographer, she got swept up.

“I did it out of curiosity,” she says. “I love travel, and they kept offering me plane tickets to jobs all over the world. So I kind of just kept doing it.”

There was no “kind of” about it, of course. She was a hit, building up a portfolio of 200-plus magazine covers, including three Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues, and landing major contracts, including Chanel and CoverGirl. “But honestly, for every job I’d say, ‘Well, I’ll do this one more and then get back to my paintings,” she says. “And then another one would come in.”

Peter Alexander, in the studio for the photo shoot, remembers seeing Brinkley sashay her way through the Uptown Girl video in 1985 and into the fantasies of men everywhere. “I was sort of really attracted to her, even though I was gay,” he says, with a loud laugh. “She just seemed so glamorous and blonde; she was really like a living Barbie doll.”

When Alexander cast her in his campaign, which features a range of mothers in different decades of life with their real kids, he says he originally didn’t want to go for the big-smiling look Brinkley was known for in the 1980s. “I wanted to show her differently,” he says. But on actually meeting her, “You realise, that is her. She is that big smile, she is that California girl. She’s like a living toothpaste commercial, she’s like, got sunshine coming out of her.”

While there is a growing appetite for older women in advertising campaigns – like 68-year-old Diane Keaton spruiking for L’Oréal, or 80-year-old writer Joan Didion posing for Céline – looking decades younger than one’s actual age still clearly helps.

Brinkley is constantly – almost obsessively – asked how she manages to look so young. Her response today follows similar themes to most interviews: a vegetarian, sometimes vegan, diet, plenty of sunscreen and exfoliation, and a fitness regime that includes yoga, the Total Gym machine (for which she is a paid spokesperson) and outdoorsy activities like cycling and swimming.

But primarily, she attributes her looks to that slightly infuriating claim of impossibly toned and smooth celebrities everywhere: “I believe that the number one thing that contributes to your outside appearance is your inside, so I think it’s crucial, vitally important, that you enjoy yourself, that you have fun,” she says with complete sincerity.

Positivity is a gospel for Brinkley: her Instagram feed is filled with affirmations, exclamation points and cute emojis. “I think happiness is the thing that looks the best on a person’s face,” she says.

Something that does ruffle her is the negativity hurled at other women, the growth of media that “face-shame” or zoom in on a bit of cellulite or delight in the so-called “flaws” of others. “Women should be complimenting each other and not looking for each other’s flaws.”

Brinkley recently spoke up after the “leaking” of photos of fellow supermodel Cindy Crawford, 49, with very normal dimpled belly and thighs. Brinkley suspects the images may be fake: “I just shared a dressing room with Cindy Crawford and I saw her in a skimpy pair of underwear. She looked amazing.”

Brinkley’s disheartened with how cruel people can be. “I think if women would look for ways to truly support each other, they’d see how good that feels,” she says.

She is also concerned about the thinner and thinner models today on the catwalk and in magazines, particularly as a mother of an aspiring teen model. “I was lucky when I came in the ’80s that it was about physical fitness,” she says. “Some of the girls today are shockingly skinny. You can’t be that skinny and be getting enough nutrition.”

But she’s supportive of Sailor’s choice. “Obviously, a mother’s job is to worry until the day she dies,” says Brinkley, “but I really feel that [Sailor] is so smart and so strong, and that she’s not going to get into a lot of the pitfalls.”

Brinkley has had her own very personal, public ordeals to endure, notably her marriage breakdowns. Her seeming fairytale union with Joel in the 1980s was her second marriage and produced their daughter, Alexa Ray (now a musician), but they divorced a decade late0r.

Brinkley married twice more: to property developer Richard Taubman in 1994, with whom she had son Jack, and then in 1996 to architect Peter Cook, with whom she had Sailor. Their divorce proceedings, in 2008, were devoured by the tabloid press, with revelations Cook had an affair with an 18-year-old neighbour among the betrayals. Brinkley has since said she will never marry again, and Cook is the only topic that is off-limits in this interview.

Meanwhile, Brinkley seems to have bounced right back. Four years ago, she made her Broadway debut, singing and dancing as the vampish Roxie Hart in Chicago, before turning to comedy, hamming it up as a sweet, Stepford-ish wife in the sitcom Parks and Recreation.

As well as modelling, these days she keeps busy as a passionate advocate for political and environmental causes, vocal about issues ranging from equal pay for women in the US to elephant poaching in parts of Africa. She’s also recently launched her own skincare line, and has a beauty book on the way.It’s a good time in her life.

“The second I turned 50 I was like, ‘Well, I’m 50 … say whatever you want, I don’t care, I’m over that age,’ ” Brinkley says, leaning back on the sofa, the sunny smile returning to her face. “It’s very liberating to me.”

Lead-in image: Alexei Hay. Christie wears Peter Alexander pyjama top (part of set), her own jeans. 

Above image: Christie wears Peter Alexander knit, Peter Alexander PA “Classic Waffle Long Sleeve Henley”, Donna Karan skirt. Sailor wears Peter Alexander floral hoodie, Peter Alexander PA “Classic Long Sleeve Henley”, her own jeans. 

Styling by Paul Bui; hair by Jon Lieckfelt; make-up by Sandy Linter.

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A Mittagong man became a multi-millionaire overnight last week after his ticket in Wednesday night’s Oz Lotto jackpot draw scored a division one share worth $20 million. Photo by Josh BartlettA MITTAGONG man became a multi-millionaire overnight last week after his ticket in Wednesday night’s Oz Lotto jackpot draw scored a division one share worth $20 million.
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The regular Oz Lotto player, who wishes to remain anonymous, said he had a sleepless night after he checked his entry in the draw.

“When I saw that I had all the winning numbers, I thought holy moly I’ve won,” the winner said.

“I raced in to the bedroom and woke my wife and told her that we’d won Oz Lotto. She said to me, ‘This doesn’t happen to us’ and I said, ‘Well it just did’.

“I checked my ticket so many times from 11pm to 2am. I’ve had butterflies in my stomach ever since,” he said.

Owner of the Mittagong Newsagency Wen Zou said when the man, who was an unregistered player, came into the newsagency at 7am Wednesday morning, saying he had won, he though he was joking.

“We checked the ticket and then he drove straight to the Lotteries head office to collect his cheque. I received a call from the office about two hours later saying it had been claimed,” Mr Zou said.

Mr Zou sold the winner his ticket and said the man’s luck had been good for business.

“We have seen a lot of new faces since then.”

The winner said he was unsure what he would do with the money.

“We’ve had some bad times and it’s been a struggle for us. This first division win is going to make our lives so much easier. We will invest some of it.”

Throughout Australia, there were two entries that won a first division share of Oz Lotto’s $40 million jackpot draw on Tuesday, April 14, each worth $20 million.

Along with the winning entry purchased in Mittagong, the other winning ticket was sold in Victoria.

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MORE SPACE: McCarthy’s Pharmacy staff Kalea Blowes, Amber Carr, Peita Whiley, Mahlia Redmond, Tammy Irwin, Kylie Ryan and Corine Fahy are thrilled with their new premises. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0417mccarthys3McCARTHY’S Pharmacy has relocated from Summer Street to larger premises in Lords Place offering customers more parking.
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Business manager Peita Whiley said the new store had parking at the front and rear of the store at the rear.

Mrs Whiley said the move to a new location had been five years in the planning.

“We wanted to open a wellness store with a range of organics, but we needed the extra space to do it,” she said.

Mrs Whiley said the store would offer a range of local organic produce.

“It’s very different from what you normally see in a pharmacy,” she said.

Other features of the pharmacy include a compounding room for making medicine on-site and a large range of baby items including clothes.

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STRONG CONNECTION: Barrett Tyre and Automotive have been named one of Kumho Tyres’ platinum stores. Photo: SUPPLIED

BARRETT Tyre and Automotive has been named one of Kumho Tyres’ platinum stores.

Barrett Tyre and Automotive’s Darren Barrett said he was excited about the opportunity to work so closely with Kumho and showcase the company’s products.

“This partnership with Kumho is great for the community and could save people more than just money, it could save their life,” he said.

Kumho Australia’s national trade marketing manager Glenn Pearse said Barrett Tyre and Automotive was chosen as a platinum store because of the team’s professionalism and strong track record in customer service.

“Barrett Tyre and Automotive are a leader in customer service and have built taheir business on these fundamentals,” he said .

The Kumho platinum dealer program was launched in 2011 and has since grown to just under 50 stores across Australia.

NORTH Orange McDonald’s is one of the test sites to trial the new Create Your Taste range of hamburgers, which allow customers to make their own burgers from a choice of around 30 different ingredients. Pictured is Logan Hareb. Photo: PHIL BLATCH 0408pbmcdonalds1

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OUT OF THE WET: Jack Childs avoids the rain while he waits for his race at the NSW kart titles in Griffith. Pictures: Anthony Stipo
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QUICK: Matthew Endres doesn’t let the wet track slow him down at the NSW kart titles. More than 130 entries were received for the event.

TINKERING: Thomas Petrovish performs maintenance on his kart.

PEDAL TO THE METAL: Benjamin Ritchie hopes for a quick time as he races around the circuit during his event at the state championships.

HAPPY: Joel Strode can’t wait to get on the track to race at the state titles.

Wet weather tested thebest kart drivers in NSWon the first two days of the state titles in Griffith.

Rain made conditions challenging for competitors on Friday and Saturday before the sun broke throughfor the finals on Sunday.

More than 130 drivers entered the event, including a strongcontingent of Griffith Kart Club members.

Also taking part was four-time national champion Pierce Lehane, who dominated his class.

Griffith Kart Club vice-president Wal Snaidero said Lehane’s talent was there for rivals and spectators to see.

“He (Lehane) was amazing,” Snaidero said.

“You could see why he’s national champion. The rest of us should’ve probably stayed at home.”

More details in Wednesday’s The Area News.

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The Maitland Pickers pay tribute to the memory of Harry Hofman. Picture by Cath Bowen.It was a moment of pride but deep sadness for Mark Hofman, his wife Liz and son Jack, as silence descended upon Maitland Sportsground as the Maitland Pickers paid tribute to much-loved player Harry Hofman.
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Harry died suddenly in October last year, from a ruptured spleen, the result of Epstein Barr Virus. The popular Pickers reserve player was just two months short of his 19th birthday

The Pickers’ reserve and open grade teams joined their Cessnock Goannas opponents and Harry’s family and friends in linked arms as one of Harry’s favourite songs Horses was played across the public address system.

It was a moment when you realised that the Pickers were more than just a sporting team, but a family.

“I felt very proud to see just how loved he was. Sport and the Pickers in particular were such a big part of Harry’s life,” Mark said after the moving ceremony.

“They have been fantastic to us in the support they have given us. His mates have just been terrific.

“They call around and see how we are and let us know what is happening.”

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Juniors dominate Bowral parkrun: PHOTOS Jim Brokenshire leads out Andrew Barnes just after the start of the Bowral Parkrun event on Saturday. Photos supplied
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Volunteers set up for the Bowral Parkrun event on Saturday.

Participants listen to the pre-run safety briefing.

Dave Watson and Astrid lead the way on Saturday.

Sophie in full flight.

Bronte Smith and Michael Reid run together on Saturday.

Matt Croker leads a group of runners.

Michael and Judy Reid run together on Saturday.

Tracie Inman leads Bethany into the finish.

A sprint finish between mother and daughter Caroline and Gabrielle Marsden.

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The 30th Bowral Parkrun event attracted 49 runners and walkers on Saturday.

The last Saturday of the school holidays provided a humid and sunny run.

The start of junior soccer and the potential of a wet and misty weekend didn’t deter the group’s loyal band of parkrunners from their weekly 5km run.

The morning started off quite misty and wet, but cleared just in time for a beautiful parkrun morning.

The group had some tourists from Canberra and the UK, along with a handful of first-time parkrunners.

Dave Watson once again set the pace in a touch under 19 minutes, with Angus Lang and Jim Brokenshire the second and third male back.

But it was the junior female runners that provided the highlight of the day.

The group had two visiting juniors from Canberra, Astrid and Imogen Smyth, who were not only the first and second female runners to finish, but were also placed second and third overall.

Astrid and Imogen finished in times of 20 minutes, 43 seconds and 21 minutes, 20 seconds.

Astrid Smyth was not only the first female to finish, but also set an amazing age group record in the 10 and under female age group.

Her time of 20 minutes and 43 seconds was nearly four minutes ahead of the previous record in this age group.

In fact, the first four females to finish were all aged 13 and under.

Jade Gillis finished in 24 minutes, 12 seconds (fifth overall) and Imogen Day was 25 minutes, 54 seconds (seventh overall).

There was one other age group record set, with Gwenda Brokenshire setting a new age mark in the 65-69 female age group with her very quick 27 minutes, 38 seconds.

There were 10 personal best times set this week, with perhaps the most impressive being set by Mary O’Neill.

Since her first parkrun event on December 20, O’Neill has set a personal best at 10 out of her 11 parkruns.

O’Neill has taken her time from an initial 48 minutes down to a new personal best of 29 minutes, six seconds.

Not only is she setting a new mark each week, but O’Neill is taking 30 to 60 seconds off at a time.

Parkrun is run by volunteers and it would not exist without everyone offering a helping hand.

The group again thanks volunteers Jan, Gloria, Kate, Sue and David for their help.

Parkrun is a free, weekly, timed 5km community run/walk.

For further information, search for Bowral Parkrun on Facebook, visit 梧桐夜网parkrun苏州美甲美睫培训学校419论坛/bowral or contact Barry Smith on 0411 484321.

– By Barry Smith

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Drivers who cause serious injury or death due to careless driving via distraction face stiffer penalties. Photo: Jessica HromasDrivers who seriously injure or kill someone due to carelessness could soon be sent to prison.
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The state government’s new legislation proposes careless drivers be handeda fine, licence suspension or jail time.

Examples of careless driving includeschanging the radio, applying make-up, rummaging around in a bag and drinking coffee.

Road Safety Minister Liza Harvey said there were currently very serious penalties for reckless driving anddangerous driving but careless drivers only faced$600 fines.

“People become complacent when they are driving and driving is a very serious activity,” Ms Harvey said.

“Drivingleadingto death and serious injury needs a higher penalty and that’s what we are going to impose.”

The length of prisonterm or how much thefine would be is yet to be decided.

The new legislation is being proposedafter a coroner’s report in 2011 suggested the state government look at increasing careless driving penalties.

Ms Harvey said she was hoping to table the legislation in parliament by the end of the year.

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Anthony Miles of the Tigers and Jack Redden of the Lions grapple during the round three AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the Richmond Tigers at The Gabba on April 18, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images) Photo: Chris HydeTheir star-studded midfield was never going to be a concern but there is a big key-forward shaped shadow hanging over the Brisbane Lions.
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The Lions are 0-3 after a second straight big defeat, this time a 79-point loss to Richmond at the Gabba, and the question of who will kick their goals is still unanswered.

Daniel McStay and Brent Staker teamed up with debutant Harris Andrews in the forward line against the Tigers but with just six marks inside 50, their attack lacked potency once again.

Lions defender Jed Adcock said the team’s inability to find a happy medium between breakneck speed and slower movement of the ball was an issue.

“We’re not getting enough clean ball to enter correctly and then once it’s in there we haven’t been able to hold it in/take marks just to slow the game down,”he said.

“If we’re not moving slow we’re moving it really quick and then it’s pinging back just as quick.”

The absence of captain Tom Rockliff and Pearce Hanley, two of the side’s best midfielders, has hurt the Lions despite the strong performances of star recruit Dayne Beams and Adcock says he still believes they have the potential to compete with plenty of sides.

“We know we’ve got potential to raise it and be competitive against most teams it’s just too inconsistent at the moment,” he said.

The Lions’ winless start to the season has only reinforced the illusion that is pre-season form, with the side entering the year with the best February record.

Adcock said the key to improvement “wasn’t rocket science”, though, facing West Coast and a struggling Gold Coast side in the next fortnight.

“If you go from your pre-season form to season form, there are stark differences at the moment,” he said.

“We feel like we’ve got a couple of really winnable games and there’s obviously things that aren’t going our way but I think a lot of it’s (responsibility) just going to be on the players.”

Aspley junior Andrews made a promising debut playing in a rotating forward/ruck role and kicking a goal and winning 13 hit outs.

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Mittagong downhill mountain bike rider Harry Parsons finds some big air during the opening round of the National Series in You Yangs, Victoria. Photo: Bill Dengate, Bilt Bikes Harry Parsons (centre) celebrates after recording victory in Toowoomba. Photo supplied by Scott Parsons
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MITTAGONG boasts a rising talent in downhill mountain biking.

Teenager Harry Parsons was recently named under-17s champion at the Oceania Mountain Biking (MTB) Championships at Toowoomba, Queensland.

Harry, 15, also finished third overall in the under-17s downhill mountain biking riding category at the 2014-15 Subaru Australian MTB Series.

It was a mixed competition for Harry, who had to overcome an injury setback.

The Highlander crashed and broke his wrist in the opening round of the series at You Yangs in Victoria.

He fought back to finished runner-up in the next round at Thredbo before he finished third in the final event at Toowoomba.

That round was held just a few days after the Oceania Mountain Biking Championships.

Harry didn’t have much time to celebrate his impressive results.

He competed in the opening round of the NSW Downhill State Series last weekend at Thredbo.

Harry decided to challenge himself in 2015 by stepping up to the under-19s category.

Despite crashing his bike, Harry worked hard to finish third.

Harry’s dad Scott Parsons said his son took up downhill mountain biking about four years ago.

Scott said Harry undertook regular training, using trails around the Highlands and in Wollongong.

Harry will compete in the second round of the NSW series in July.

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Bob Anderson with a 90cm flathead which was caught and released on a soft plastic at St Georges Basin recently. Photo suppliedFISHING
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THE Robbo Reelers Fishing and Social Club held its monthly point score and barbecue event recently at St Georges Basin.

There were some good results recorded by members.

Stu, Dave and Patrick fished with bait, mainly prawns sending under-sized bream and snapper back by the dozens.

The group started on the eastern side of the basin and drifted the four to five metre drop.

Stu, Dave and Patrick were unable to get a keeper and flathead was rare.

Weather was threatening nearer the coast, so the trio headed west to Basin View.

While Pat couldn’t get a bite for most of the morning, he ended up landing some nice-sized bream and flathead.

Pat didn’t come back out on Sunday, but Rob Mace joined the team.

Once again, there were some heavy showers on the eastern side of the basin.

After persisting with prawns and sending many fish back, eventually the bigger bream moved in for a feed.

Flathead were also on the bite.

Mace’s persistence with soft plastics paid off and he ended up with a good haul of flathead.

The biggest fish went to Dave Cruickshanks with a nice 58cm flathead.

Stuart Newton won the Robbo Reelers weigh-in with a mix bag of bream and flathead, totalling 1.5kg.

Greg Barea and his nephew Isaac fished off Bass Point for kingfish, but were unssuccesful.

There were no takers on the live baits apart from one squid which was approximately 60cm in length.

Isaac also managed to bag a nice feed of trevally and a morwong.

Lake Illawarra has been producing a late run of blue swimmer crabs, with most people bagging out by noon.

Chris Bugeja and his son Dillan set out recently and were surprised to score 20 blue swimmer crabs in just three hours.

The odd mud crab has also been getting caught.

Tom, Genelle, Scott and Emma Murphy fished the Shellharbour FAD (fishing aggregated device) and caught some nice-sized mahi mahi up to 75cm.

The family later trolled for blue marlin with lures, but only managed a few more mahi mahi.

Oscar Rios and family fished between Windang Island and Port Kembla on the 28-metre line.

While drifting they picked up a good haul of sand flathead up to 43cm, plus a lone flounder.

Tim Smith fished with his son Jackson and good mate Peter off Bellambi for snapper when a nice mako shark turned up.

Jackson, 9, got a bait out and hooked his first ever mako shark after a six-minute fight.

He managed to tag and release the mako which weighed approximately 40kg.

Out wide on the game fishing scene, Team Reckless managed to raise three mako sharks for the day.

The first was tagged and weight approximately 80kg.

The second was estimated to weigh 164kg and was caught on a 8kg line.

The third was spooked and swam away after circling the boat for a few minutes.

But a striped marlin was tagged off the kink at Jervis Bay.

– By Greg Barea

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