Saturday, July 31

Month: July 2021

West Coast Eagles coach Adam Simpson addresses ‘disappointing’ loss to Collingwood Magpies

Simpson’s Eagles have endured a turbulent season. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)West Coast’s season is at the crossroads after a 45-point drubbing at the hands of Collingwood, and Adam Simpson said the Eagles won’t get far on current form. The Eagles were on the end of a black and white landslide in the first half, going to the main break 50 points down, eventually pulling the margin back to 45-points.“We need to look at it and go through the game and address it with the players,” Simpson said.Read Next“The season is still alive, we’re still there abouts, but we’re not going to get far if we play like that.“We need to own it and get better real quick, or we won’t get far at all.”There was a feeling of guilt and disappointment in the West Coast rooms after the Eagles were embarr...

Israel pushes for UN action against Iran over deadly ship attack

A handout photo courtesy of the US Navy's Twitter account on July 25, 2021 shows aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, French navy frigate FS Languedoc, and guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey at sail in the Arabian SeaIsrael is pressing for international action against Iran over a deadly attack on a ship managed by an Israeli billionaire, branding Tehran an "exporter of terrorism" after the likely drone strike.The MT Mercer Street tanker was struck Thursday in the northern Indian Ocean, killing two crew members, in what the United States said was a drone-style attack.On Friday Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said he has ordered the nation's diplomats to push for UN action against "Iranian terrorism".Read Next"Iran is not just an Israeli problem, but an exporter of terrorism, destruct...

AFL upset at MCG in Shannon Hurn’s 300th game

Jack Ginnivan, second from left, of the Magpies celebrates a goal. Collingwood took the lead early and never surrendered it. Picture: Darrian Traynor/Getty ImagesCollingwood gave its fans a delicious taste of the future and West Coast an anxious next three weeks on the back of a 45-point smashing. The Pies’ faster and braver ball use under Robert Harvey was on full show, owning the corridor and opening up their forward 50, taking 18 marks inside 50.Collingwood was able to control the ball and showed West Coast up with its superior work rate around the ground on their way to 155 uncontested marks.Read NextWhile West Coast’s fate remains in their own hands, they face a nervy few weeks ahead with GWS, Richmond, Essendon and Carlton pushing for their spot inside the top-eight.On its way to ...

First responders suffer more mental health problems during the pandemic

After nearly 16 years on the road as a New South Wales paramedic, Mitch Pettet is no stranger to the pressures of work and has dealt with his fair share of stressful situations. However, when his vacation came to an end last month, the seasoned lifeguard was afraid to go back to work.Like many others, the Pettet family's travel plans were ruined when the growing NSW group of COVID-19 saw restrictions imposed on much of the state. The disappointment at the missed trip soon wore off, but as the date of Mr. Pettet's return from leave drew near, he grew increasingly apprehensive."The week before I got back to work, things started to intensify for all the paramedics on the front line," he said.Paramedic Mitch Pettet with his wife and children. (Supplied)"I read the emails every day and it...

Australia represented by Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman at golf

Australia's Cameron Smith looks on during round 3 of the menâ????s golf individual stroke play during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe on July 31, 2021. (Photo by YOSHI IWAMOTO / AFP)With the letters A-U-S shaved into the side of his head, there is no mistaking Cameron Smith’s motivation as he takes the hopes of a nation with him into Sunday’s final round.The 27-year-old’s flowing mullet and shaved-in patriotism captured all the attention prior to competition at Kasumigaseki Country Club, but it was his blemish-free display in round three that got tongues wagging.Smith shot a five-under round of 66 to move up nine spots and position himself for a charge at the medal placings.Cameron Smith is right in contention for a medal in the golf.Read NextThe...

ARLC chairman Peter V’landys reveal plans for NRL amid Queensland’s Covid-19 drama

Rockhampton’s Browne Park had been set to host its first ever NRL game on Saturday. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)Australian Rugby League Commission chairman Peter V’landys says the NRL is at no risk of being shut down despite having to cancel its three Saturday fixtures amid Queensland’s Covid-19 outbreak.All 16 NRL clubs are currently based in the Sunshine State, but when the Queensland Government announced a ban on sporting fixtures during its current three-day lockdown, the competition was thrown into chaos.As a result, Saturday’s games between the Rabbitohs and Dragons, Knights and Raiders, and Storm and Panthers have been postponed.Read NextV’landys, who was the chief architect behind the NRL’s smooth operation through 2020, remained positive despite the challenges posed by...

Penrith Panthers and St. George Illawarra Dragons NRL coaches Ivan Cleary and Anthony Griffin open up on Covid-19 chaos

Neither Cleary's Panthers nor Griffin's Dragons are playing on Saturday.NRL coaches Ivan Cleary and Anthony Griffin have opened up on the “pretty crazy” morning that clubs have faced amid Queensland’s escalating Covid-19 situation.On Saturday, the Sunshine State announced a three-day snap lockdown would commence at 4pm for 11 LGAs after the state recorded six locally acquired cases of the Delta strain.As a result, all NRL and AFL games scheduled to be played in the state on Saturday were postponed.Read NextPlayers and coaching staff at all 16 clubs have been instructed to revert to Level 4 Biosecurity Protocols and to comply with Queensland Public Heath orders.When he heard the news that the state could enter lockdown, Panthers coach Ivan Cleary was preparing his side for its blockbuste...

Covid-19 disaster payments to be available to Queenslanders amid lockdown

Panic has descended on Queensland as the southeast goes into lockdown. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Tertius PickardQueenslanders who lose work as a result of the southeast’s snap three-day lockdown will be able to apply for financial support.Finance Minister Simon Birmingham confirmed the Commonwealth assistance would be made available to millions of impacted residents in the 11 local government areas ordered to stay home from 4pm on Saturday.Just a few days after it was revealed the disaster relief payments would be boosted in the wake of the extended lockdown in NSW, Queenslanders will be eligible to receive $750 per week if they lose 20 hours or more of work as a result of the lockdown.Read NextFor those who lose between eight and 20 hours, $450 will be handed out.The Morrison government an...

Full list of exposure sites as lockdown begins

McDonald’s in Jindalee has been added as a close contact exposure site. Picture: NCA NewsWire / James GourleyCustomers at two busy supermarkets will be forced into two weeks of isolation as a swath of new venues across five suburbs are added to Queensland’s Covid-19 exposure site list. The state recorded six new cases on Saturday, family members of a high school student who tested positive on Friday, a medical student who tutors the girl and a staff member at Ironside State School, where one of the siblings attends.They are all confirmed to have the Delta strain.Read NextThe source of the latest outbreak remains unclear, however chief health officer Jeannette Young said one of two recently returned travellers had likely given it to an unidentified mystery link who had then passed it on ...

AFL coach Brett Ratten says St Kilda Saints must improve their kicking after loss to Carlton Blues

Brett Ratten's side will need a miracle to make finals this season.St Kilda’s kicking is just “not good enough”, says coach Brett Ratten, after his side capitulated at the hands of Carlton on Friday night.The Saints were blown away in the first half as the Blues romped to a 31 point win at Marvel Stadium, helped along the way by some costly St Kilda turnovers in their defensive half.Ratten said St Kilda’s kicking efficiency and ball use was “really hurting” his side as they struggled to get the ball out of their back half throughout the night.Read Next“We gave up 12 goals from turnovers and some it was just our inability to use the ball and find a target, or play it to a part of the ground that was a bit safer than what we did,” he said.“That’s the second weekend in a row we gave up nin...