Webster pushing for cemented spot in St Kilda line-up

BIG SEASON: Young St Kilda defender Jimmy Webster is hoping for a strong performance against the Swans at Lavington on Sunday to cement his spot in the side this season. Picture: MICHAEL DODGE/GETTY IMAGES
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St Kilda and Sydney will bring close to full strength squads to the Border for Sunday’s JLT Community Series clash at Lavington Oval.

Key forwards Nick Riewoldt and Lance Franklin have both been confirmed to make the trip for the final hit-out of before the start of the AFL season.

Young St Kilda defender Jimmy Webster said it’s important the Saints play good football and set themselves up for a strong showing in round one.

“We’ve got a pretty good side in this week, so hopefully we play some good footy against Sydney,” Webster said.

“The list is healthy at the moment and we’ve got no injuries.

“It’s good to come up to local footy grounds and hopefully we get a big crowd there.”

“I haven’t played there (at Lavington), but I’ve heard it’s a pretty good deck, so I’m excited to get up there and have a look.”

Webster admitted it has arguably been his biggest pre-season with the club.

“My first few years I’ve had some hammy injuries and some shin stuff, so this pre-season I’ve done most of it, which is good for me,” he said.

“Now I’m looking forward to getting into a new year.

“I played the first 11 games and then done my hammy twice, so I had a frustrating year last year.”

But staying in the best 22 on a young and improving list is easier said than done.

“I want to play some good, consistent footy and cement my spot,” Webster said.

“With no injuries it’s been pretty tough (for spots), but it’s great for the club.

“You never get comfortable with where you’re at because everyone is fighting for the spots.”

St Kilda has been busy in the off-season and welcomed a number of new faces from rival clubs, all of which have made a big impact according to Webster.

“Jack Steeleplayed an awesome game last week with 27 touches and two goals and Koby (Stevens)has been really good,” he said.

“Having (Jake) Carlisle and (Nathan) Brown in the backline astwokey defenders hasbeen great for us in the last two games and I think they’re going to help us massively.”

Applying his craft in the back half of the ground, Webster continues to relish the opportunity alongside the Saints’ veterans, including new skipper Jarryn Geary.

“Jarrynis someone Ido a lot of workwithand (Leigh) Montagna is another one, so it’s good to have those older guys to learn off and help show you the ropes,” Webster said.

“Around the club, he’s(Geary)been awesome and all the boys love him, so I think he’s going to be great for the team.”

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All the same in God’s eyes

ONE STEP AHEAD: One of the new female traffic signals now operating on the busy corner of Flinders and Swanston streets in Melbourne.WEDNESDAY this week marked International Women’s Day.
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In a bit of clever timing, 10female pedestrian lights appeared in Melbourne as part of a 12-month trial.

They came from the Committee for Melbourne, a non-profit organisation made up of Melbourne-based businesses and community groups.

The Committee of Melbourne hopes to see equal representation on traffic lights across Victoria

To be honest I hadn’t realised pedestrian traffic lights had a gender at all! I’m all for half of them being female though. It’s a bit of fun, and a great reminder that there’s two very valuable sexes in the human race.

There’s more to International Women’s Day than traffic lights, though.

Tragically, sexism, discrimination, and all kinds of poor treatment of women around the world – including in Australia – mean that the proper treatment of women needs to be in the public discussion.

A lot of that discussion, if the discussion about Melbourne’s traffic lights this week is anything to go by, seems to be quite unproductive.

There area lot of people talking past each other, and being unable to find common ground from which a healthy discussion can even start, let alone flourish.

Which is why I’d love people to start from where the bible does.

Here’s what I think are three of the most important things God says about women.

First, he made them. Women (like men) are created in God’s image. Just as a daughter is like her mother, women are in some way like their creator.

God’s love for women goes hand-in-hand with this. God loves them, as his own.

Second, Jesus loves and values women. In a culture that didn’t value women very much at all, while the men about the place didn’t think to bother including women in anything too important, Jesus took the time to talk to, care for, listen to, and validate women (check out the Gospel of Luke some time and see how Jesus never disgraced, belittled, or stereotyped any women).

Third, Jesus lived, died, and rose again to save people – women included.

When Galatians 3.28 says, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus”, God is telling us that no one has intrinsic privilege above anyone else, but we all saved through Jesus.

There are churches all across Bathurst that try to be shaped by this gospel.

They’d all welcome you to join them, whether you’re a woman or a man.

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Fatal crash driver tells his story

Peter and Sandra BlackFATAL crash driver Peter Clout has told his trial he can’t explain why he did not see an oncoming motorcycleuntil moments before it slammed into his utility, killing a Cootamundra couple riding onthe bike.
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The 61-year-old Coolac cattle farmer was turning right off Muttama Road into a travelling stock reserve with the aim of checking on his stock about 10.30am on January 25, 2015, when the motorbike coming from the opposite direction hit the side of his Nissan ute.

Motorcycle rider Peter Black, 52, and his 47-year-old wife Sandra died at the scene.

Clout has pleaded not guilty to two counts of dangerous driving occasioning death, with the prosecution alleging he was driving dangerously because he failed tokeepa proper lookout.

Clout went into the witness box on the fourth day of his trial in Wagga District Court.

“You can’t explain why you did not see this bike?” asked Crown Prosecutor, Michael McColm.

“No, I can’t,” Clout replied.

“Could it be you were looking at your property, looking at your stock as you were making that turn?” Mr McColm asked.

“No,” Clout said.

Clout told the court he put his right-hand indicator on as he slowed, but did not come to a stop before turning.

“Was it the case you were focusing on the gate at the time you put your right-hand indicator on?” Mr McColm asked.

“No,” Clout replied.

Clout became upset while telling the court there was no time to apply his brakes after seeing the motorcycle through the corner of his windscreen.

The court has heard the impact createda fireball.

Earlier, Clout’s defence counsel, Gabrielle Bashir, took Clout to his video-recorded police interview in which he said he had kept his eyes up the road to make sure there was no-one coming before he started turning and then focused on where he was headed.

Before Clout gave his evidence, the jury heard estimatesof the speed at which the motorcycle hit the utility varied by more than100 kilometres an hour.

A police collisionreconstruction expert, Gavin Lennon, told the jury he estimated the Suzuki Boulevard being ridden by Mr Black hit the ute at a maximum speed of 30km/h, having lost about 63km/h of speed while skidding before impact.

But an expert engaged by Clout’s lawyers estimated the bike’s speed at point ofimpact at 132km/h, and at 138km/h at the start of the skid in the 100km/h speed zone.

The Crown closed its case on Thursday afternoon.

Thetrial will continue on Friday with more evidence presented by the defence followed by closing addresses.

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Hall of Fame nod for our Daphne

Daphne Shaw is a true lawn bowls pioneer, paving the way for women to playat the elite level alongside men.
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Daphne Shaw

Her list of achievements in the sport is only surpassed by the time and dedication Daphne spends giving back.

From Commonwealth Games gold to pennants at her beloved Club North Haven, commentating for ABC TV and coaching the next generation of elite bowlers, there’s not many aspects of the game Daphne hasn’t been involved in.

Most recently, Daphne was made part of the Bowls NSW Hall of Fame. At Kirribilli Club on February 22 Bowls NSW honoured the sport’s top achievers for 2016.

Daphne was one of three women inducted into the hall of fame at the awards, which acknowledges both achievements in playing lawn bowls and boosting the sport’s prominence in the community.

“I’ve accepted the honour for the recognition it brings to the sport and to the Camden Haven,” Daphne said.

Daphne began playing lawn bowls in 1977 at North Haven. She represented the state for 13 years andAustralia for nine years.She has five Australian and nine NSW titles to her name for singles, pairs, triples and fours.

In 1990 Daphne earned a gold medal with the Australian Women’s fours team at theCommonwealth Games in Auckland.She has earned gold, silver and bronze at world championships, and gold and bronze at the Pacific Games.

In 1992 Daphne partnered Cameron Curtis and won the Qantas International JetaboutPairs and defended the title a year later when partnering with English legend David Bryant.

“David Bryant is the ‘Don Bradman’ of bowls,” Daphne said.

“When we were drawn as partners I was gobsmacked and was so nervous I could barley speak. It was an incredible experience to play and learn form him.”

In 1992 and 1993 Daphne played her way into the final of the Jack-Hi International, which was the first televised lawn bowls competition where women played against men.

“It was the first chance to show women that we can compete against men. In the first year of the Jack-Hi tournament it was men only, then in the second and third years women were involved.”

Daphne was the first woman to make the semi finals of the competition in 1993. From that time on, at elite bowls tournaments around Australia, women competed in each section with men.

“In this sport, women have the same ammunition as men,” Daphne said.

“When I played the men used to say, ‘Oh Daphne’s one of the boys’ which I took as a compliment, to be seen as a competitor and not solely as a token woman. I wanted men and women to meld and become a community of bowlers.”

Off the greens Daphne has earned a number of awards including the Hastings Sportsperson of the Year in 1991, an Australia Day Award in the same year for lawn bowls, the Australian Sports Medal in 1993 and in 2011 she was inducted into the Australian Lawn Bowls Hall of Fame.

She was a torch bearer at the 2000 Olympic Games and 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

Her influence on the game has extended to future generations of sportswomen. Daphne was the coach, manager and selector for the NSW Junior Girls Bowls for seven years, she spent two years managing the Bowls NSW Women’s team and seven years commentating on the sport for the ABC.

Local school children have benefited from her guidance on the greens with coaching and in assembly talks wherethey get to see her gold medal.

Daphne has also volunteered to be involved in the 2018 Commonwealth Games to be held on the Gold Coast.

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Next King of Concrete to be crowned in Busselton

Champion skater Bowman Hansen is locked in for the Soggy Bones King of Concrete WA Championships at Busselton Skatepark. Champion skaterBowman Hansen islocked into visit the concrete behemoth us locals refer to as the Busselton Skatepark – for the Soggy Bones King of Concrete Western Australia Championships.
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King of Concrete, held on March 25, will showcase the best of WA’s skateboarders who will battle it out to be WA champion and for $5000 in prize money.

Hansen, thenewly crowned kiwi Oceania Continental Champion, is absolutely stoked to be heading to Perth.

“I can’t wait to come out and skate Busselton Skatepark –it looks great and I have heard great things about the facility and location,” he said.

“They tell me (Busso) rules.”

Also joining the skate festivities at King of Concrete Busselton is 15-year-old sensation Jedd McKenzie from Newcastle, fresh off a third place win at the Vans Park Series Continental Cup.

Contest organiser Renton Millar said the event would not be possible without the generous sponsorship of the City of Busselton.

“The City of Busselton has made a major investment in their youth,” he said.

“The Busselton Skatepark offers skaters and spectators a unique competition experience and we’re absolutely stoked to be hosting this championship event in Busselton.”

The Soggy Bones King of Concrete will be held at Busselton Skatepark on March 25 at 11am and has divisions for Open/Pro, Ladies, Under 16, Under 12 and Masters.

King of Concrete is sanctioned by the Australian Skateboarding Federation who is developing the Australian Olympic Skateboarding Squad for the 2020 Olympics.

King of Concrete is the premier Australia Wide Skateboard Competition series with events in Busselton, Melbourne, Sydney, Darwin, Central Coast, Hobart, Sunshine Coast and Newcastle.

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