Belinda Sharpe first female to referee top-grade match after being appointed to Brisbane Broncos and Canterbury Bulldogs clash

Rugby league officials have noticed a spike in the number of budding female rugby league referees at a grassroots level since Sharpe and Badger started patrolling the sideline in NRL games. “If my role in just doing my job week in week out can inspire other people to become involved, particularly other females to become involved as referees, then that’s something I’m proud of,” said Sharpe, who refereed the women’s State of Origin match at North Sydney Oval in June. Trailblazer: Belinda Sharpe will co-referee the Brisbane-Canterbury match at Suncorp…

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St George Illawarra Dragons forward James Graham warns code might have to reconsider using big hits in advertising campaigns

Quizzed on his idea to reduce the distance between attackers and the defensive line for kick-off and line dropout restarts to minimise the impact of collisions, Graham switched to the off-field messaging. “They were just ideas,” said Graham, who is due to return from a broken leg for the struggling Dragons against the Panthers on Friday night. “When I’d been asked they were things that sprung to mind. The game might have to change. The game might have to change. You can’t have your cake and eat it too James…

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Adelaide shows scoop the pool in cabaret, dance and physical theatre at Helpmann Awards

McGregor was named Best Cabaret Performer for her show Yma Sumac – The Peruvian Songbird, presented by the Adelaide Festival Centre as part of her Cabaret Festival program last year. Out of Chaos … by Gravity & Other Myths. Picture: Carnival Cinema, suppliedSource:Supplied The Adelaide Festival’s world premiere of Out of Chaos … by Gravity & Other Myths – formed by former members of Bowden circus school Cirkidz – won Best Visual or Physical Theatre Production while The Beginning of Nature, choreographed by the ADT dancers with director Garry Stewart,…

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Ninja Warrior favourite’s incredible transformation

Matthew Marazita, 21, was one of only a handful of contestants to make it up the warped wall during the latest Ninja Warrior episode, finishing in second place for the night. It was an incredible result when you consider Matthew’s backstory: After being injured in a car accident, he fell into depression and became a recluse for eight months. Related: Audience stunned by Ninja Warrior disaster “I pretty much sucked at life. Home 24/7, not seeing anyone, getting fired from three jobs. I felt extremely depressed … there was just…

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Gould backs Stuart in Cotric send-off furore

Loading “If you call that a spear tackle, you’ve only just started watching this game.” Speaking on Monday’s episode of 100% Footy, Gould threw his support behind Stuart’s sentiments. “I agree with everything he had to say,” Gould said. “He made a really good point. I don’t see that as a spear tackle. I saw it as an accident. I saw it as something that, when you’re played the game, you can understand the velocity at which they travel. “If you think that was wrong, what did you want him…

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Best of cartoons, July 16, 2019

Best of cartoons, July 16, 2019 Skip to sections navigationSkip to contentSkip to footer 7 Images Our talented artists, illustrators and cartoonists give us their very own humorous version of the news of the day. July 15, 2019 — 7.59pm 1/7 Dionne GainCredit: 2/7 Andrew DysonCredit: 3/7 Cathy WilcoxCredit: 4/7 Cathy Wilcox 5/7 Matt Golding 6/7 Matt Golding 7/7 Matt Golding Politics

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Oh, when the Saints should tell Richo he’s done

Brad Scott and Brett Ratten are presumed candidates for the coaching job for 2020, and it is probable that both will be available for the next couple of weeks at least, if not longer. Ratten is not in the frame for a second coming at Carlton, and while Scott could be a candidate for the Blues, the Saints don’t need to rush to hire him first. In all likelihood, he’ll be there in a fortnight or longer. St Kilda should be canvassing a variety of candidates – proven coaches and…

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Brad Fittler wins the series – and the respect of his elders

“What do you think of Barty, Mr Harris?” Freddy asked. Then followed a polite reply on her skills before a “I don’t like those screeching girls” comment on Barty’s fellow competitors. Ted did compliment Freddy on the way the Blues played in Perth, encouraging him to have the Blues “throw the ball around.” Down to business: Ted Harris (left) during his days as boss of Ampol.Credit:Doris Thomas Fittler made the phone call, not because “I’ve got to do Quayle a favour”, but from respect. He hasreally come of age since…

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Global slowdown ‘good news for Oz’

The Morrison Government’s election win is also predicted to improve business and consumer confidence after both measures dropped due to uncertainty about the May 18 result. In its latest business outlook released on Monday, leading forecaster Deloitte Access Economics says other factors helping the economy include lower bank funding costs and a modestly lower Australian dollar. RELATED: Survey declares ‘grim’ retail sector in recession RELATED: Unemployment data shows fewer Australians have jobs RELATED: Economy slows to its weakest in a decade “The drought and the downturn in housing prices are…

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Qld boaters may have spotted the Chinese spy ship

Last Friday it was reported that the spy ship had arrived in the “exclusive economic zone” in the Coral Sea after being tracked the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Now footage has emerged on social media showing a large ship bearing the Chinese flag passing by a yacht in far north Queensland. RELATED: The staggering rise of Chinese power It has not been confirmed whether this is the Chinese spy ship that has been monitoring the Talisman Sabre games. Picture: Rampaging_ryan/TwitterSource:Twitter The video was filmed from another boat on Saturday and…

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