In the AFL’s history, this season is still far from the weirdest yet

Loading Commentator Dennis Cometti reckons this season should simply include “exhibition games”, without any emphasis on results or individual accolades. “I don’t think there should be a premiership or a Brownlow Medal,” Cometti told Triple M. There’s no doubt this season will be unique, but does that make it inferior? An asterisk next to this year’s premiers would indicate that the competition was not just different, but something less. This is just not the case. Don’t worry about it being different. Let’s be frank, before 1987 the VFL, which later…

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New laws may offer no immunity

ASIO has made clear it is against journalists afforded any form of immunity in the new laws as it seeks to secure overseas intelligence from their mobile phones, emails and data storage if it believes reports are not in the public interest. The Australian Federal Police has told federal parliament charges against News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst and the ABC’s Sam Clark and Dan Oakes over a series of unrelated reports were still actively being considered. This is despite the High Court ruling the warrant for its raid on Smethurst’s…

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Libs pick doctor for Eden-Monaro seat

Dr Kotvojs, a former teacher, scientist and small business operator from Dignams Creek, won preselection on Saturday night over defence department official Mark Schweikert. It means she will become the Liberal candidate in the upcoming by-election, subject to party endorsement. The Eden-Monaro seat was left vacant after the retirement of Labor MP Mike Kelly, who narrowly beat Dr Kotvojs in the 2019 election. The by-election earlier this month sparked tension between NSW frontbenchers John Barilaro and Andrew Constance, after both coalition MPs pulled out of the race. Mr Constance –…

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Captain’s challenge accepted as skippers rise to reignite NRL fire

Alex Glenn (Brisbane Broncos) “It’s awesome to be back. It’s been a long wait for the players, the members and the fans. Everyone in our squad looks very fit. We made sure that we were accountable over the break to doing our training sessions by ourselves. We can’t wait to play our first game and I’m sure our members and fans are the same.” Josh Hodgson (Canberra Raiders) “Rugby league has faced a lot of adversity over the years and the beautiful thing about our game is that we always…

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Dad ‘sorry’ after five-year-old son hit by truck

“Sorry, that’s all I can say,” Doug Sproule said on Seven on Saturday. Claire Sproule, the sister of young victim Harrison, replied: “You don’t have to be sorry, it was an accident.” Harrison Sproule, five, died on Friday night. Picture: Nine NewsSource:Channel 9 Mr Sproule, 38, was reportedly parking his 100-tonne truck on Friday night, unaware his son was behind him. Harrison, who was hit in a gap between two vehicles, was treated at the scene by paramedics and taken to Liverpool Hospital but died from his injuries. He was…

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Elliott’s remarkable road to NRL return

The forward and his partner Robyn were expecting their first baby when the NRL competition was suspended. After two nurses at their local hospital tested positive for coronavirus, the couple packed their bags and headed to the Top End to be with Robyn’s family. After isolating for a fortnight in Howard Springs, a tiny dot on the map about 30 kilometres south of Darwin, Elliott and Robyn eventually welcomed their first son, Lennox, last Tuesday week. Bulldogs back-rower Adam Elliott.Credit:Getty “Lennox was born Tuesday and I was ready to fly…

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Teenager who fell from Gold Coast high-rise identified

Cian English from Hawthorne in Brisbane’s eastern suburbs died after falling from the fourth floor of the View Pacific resort in Surfers Paradise just after 3am on Saturday, the Courier Mail reports. A member of the public spotted his body on the footpath outside the tower building and alerted authorities. A group of teenagers aged between 16-19 were then found slumped in varying stages of consciousness in a rented apartment, along with a large quantity of prescription and other drugs. Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) Senior Operations Supervisor Neil Stead said…

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New NRL boss Andrew Abdo rolls with the punches as the world looks on

Mercifully, the return match – the Broncos-Eels blockbuster – is finally days away and Abdo is still on his feet. If it proceeds without a hitch, the NRL will become one of the first professional sporting leagues in the world to resume play. The NRL has learnt much from watching Germany’s football league resume, is now being asked to share its experience with international sporting codes. “The Bundesliga are pretty advanced and have done a good job,” Abdo said. “We’ve been looking closely at what they have been up to.…

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United Neighbours campaign reaches 30,000 Australians

Sammy Swayn, a mindfulness and meditation teacher based in Melbourne, launched the #UnitedNeighbours campaign in the third week of March after lockdown was introduced. It has since become a huge success, with thousands joining the call to help vulnerable people access groceries, medication or anything else they might need. RELATED: Follow our live coronavirus updates here RELATED: Man’s kind act feeds 1000 people Mr Swayn started a United Neighbours Community Facebook page to mobilise his community and organise the letter drops, and soon 1300 locals had joined his kindness army.…

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South Sydney Rabbitohs say Wayne Bennett safe despite Cody Walker scandal

Wayne Bennett at Souths training on Saturday.Credit:AAP “Wayne is safe and he will see out his deal,” Souths chief executive Blake Solly told The Sun-Herald. “It’s ridiculous to suggest otherwise. We were extremely close to a grand final appearance last year, despite having a number of players unavailable because of injuries throughout the year. “We have great confidence in Wayne, his staff and players that 2020 will also be a strong year. The club remains hugely impressed with what Wayne brings, on and off the field, and he will definitely…

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