Lehmann expects Ashes heroes to be back for 2019 defence

National coach Darren Lehmann is confident the core of the Australian team that regained the Ashes urn will still be around in 2019 when they aim to retain it in England.
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Captain Steve Smith has already spoken to selectors about the next series where his men will be aiming to become the first Australian side in 18 years to win the Ashes on foreign soil.

Australia’s crushing victory in Perth means that eight of the past nine Ashes battles have been won by the home nation, a trend also seen on the broader international stage.

Despite the ease with which Australia defeated Joe Root’s side, history suggests the job will be much more difficult next time. Michael Clarke’s Australians destroyed England four years ago, only to hand the urn back just over 18 months later when senior players Shane Watson, Brad Haddin, Ryan Harris and the captain himself found it a bridge too far to cross.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan is among those who believe Smith’s team is more accomplished than Clarke’s and will get the job done in England.

The difference this time is the key men, such as Smith and the star pace trio of Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc, will still be in the prime of their careers, while David Warner and Nathan Lyon – at 32 – should still have plenty to offer.

England, however, have doubts over the futures of veterans Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad, who have struggled this series, while James Anderson will be 37 by the end of the next Ashes.

“They’re young enough to play for a few years together and that was the key 12 months ago, even though we’ve changed some of those younger players,” Lehmann said of his team.

“This group can hang together for the next 12 to 18 months and we’ve got to always evolve and get better at how we play and who we select and see where we go.”

Gaining experience in English conditions was seen as pivotal for future campaigns after the failure of 2015 in which Australia’s batsmen were unable to handle the swinging Dukes ball.

In a bid to have players better prepared for 2019, Cricket Australia introduced the Dukes ball for the second half of last summer’s Sheffield Shield and will do so again this summer when the competition resumes after the Big Bash.

Test newcomer Cameron Bancroft is believed to be close to finalising a deal to return to county cricket next year, veteran Shaun Marsh has penned a two-year deal to play with Glamorgan in 2018-19 while brother Mitchell has sacrificed a massive pay day in the Indian Premier League to play with Surrey.

Their participation in the Old Enemy’s domestic first-class competition will rile England management, who seldom have their players lining up in the shield.

The younger Marsh, a controversial replacement for Peter Handscomb in Perth, made a stunning return to the Test side, silencing critics with a career-best 181. Lehmann, however, wants Marsh to do more with the ball and asked him to reproduce the goods with the bat in Melbourne.

“The challenge for him is to back that up again to be perfectly honest. One innings doesn’t make a cricket career. For him, he’s got to back that up next game and do the right thing and continue to make runs,” Lehmann said.

“I thought his bowling was a little bit disappointing, which he spoke about with me the other day. He’s got to get his bowling right, his fielding right and his batting and if it all comes together that’s fantastic.

“Mitchell went back to refine his game a little bit, worked with some different people, and just looked like he enjoyed himself out there and that’s the key to those sorts of guys, those all-rounders.

“You have all-rounders in any team if you can. That was obviously really hard on Pete missing out in this game, but the way Mitchell played was exceptional and really drove us to that total.”

Marsh’s outstanding performance in Perth continued a hot run for selectors, whose bold calls in picking Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine and Bancroft have proven on the money.

“It’s a tough, thankless job, it’s just pleasing those guys get the credit where it’s due to be perfectly honest,” Lehmann said.

“We were just going with gut feel to be perfectly honest and really pleased for the players that they turned up and played really well. I was impressed with each one of those selections and the way they turned up in the series so far.”

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Sydney to Hobart ‘like playing for Barca’, says Peruvian sailor

Peru sailor Gerardo Injoque has likened contesting his first Sydney to Hobart to playing for Barcelona against Real Madrid, but there will be no football talk heading down Australia’s east coast for the crew aboard Garmin.
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Injoque has banned himself from mentioning last month’s soccer World Cup qualifying win for Peru over New Zealand in the presence of fellow crew member Belinda Lyons, who hails from across the Tasman.

He is also not mentioning next year’s World Cup in Russia to his Australian crewmates, after the Socceroos and Peru were drawn in the same group.

On dry land, the affable Peruvian can’t help but compare his obsession with sailing to his passion for football.

“I was just talking to my parents and friends in Peru back home, and I explained what I was about to do on the 26th [of December], it’s like if you play soccer with your friends every weekend and suddenly you’re invited to play with Barcelona Football Club one match against Real Madrid,” Injoque said.

“Walk around the marina and you’re going to see some serious people and some serious racing boats … that is very intimidating.

“I was telling my dad, when we arrived to Sydney Harbour on Saturday morning, I’d never seen so many sailboats in my life. It was very, very scary. Thank God our skipper was at the helm, we had to be tacking and jibing all the time, it was that hectic.

“This is part of the beauty of the Sydney to Hobart, when you see the footage of the start, you realise this is huge. For a sailor, it’s just a privilege.”

Garmin is contesting the Clipper Round The World Race and recently completed the arduous journey across the Indian Ocean from Cape Town to Fremantle.

For 10 days the boat grappled with the elements, sailing into a stiff headwind, which has readied Injoque for the rigours of crossing Bass Strait. But he has been preparing for this journey for more than a decade, soaking up every piece of sailing literature he has managed to get his hands on.

His obsession with the Sydney to Hobart was forged after reading two books about the events of 1998, when six sailors lost their lives – Fatal Storm and The Proving Ground.

“It’s one of the races famous for its rough weather, for a sailor, that’s the conditions where you grow, the conditions where you are really tested,” Injoque said.

“We train for that, the boats are designed and prepared for that. It’s just part of the Sydney to Hobart. It’s to be expected, rough weather. I hope we don’t have it, but if it’s like that, it’s like that.

“We already had some fair share of bad weather when we came from South Africa to Australia. We had, like, 40 to 50 knots of wind on the nose, we were beating for over 10 days, which was crazy.

“The living conditions were really hard. It was very humid, even brushing your teeth, working in the galley was really hard, forget about changing sails in the bow.

“We know that the Bass Strait can be more than that. It’s a bit scary and I have read so much about it, I know what can happen. It makes me a little bit more prepared for that and safety first. Trust the boat, trust our skipper and it should be fine.”

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At a glance: Australia’s climate change policy review

The Turnbull government’s review of climate change policies has confirmed Australia is on track to reduce emissions by 5 per cent below 2000 levels as part of the Paris agreement, but faces a tough task reaching its goal of a 26-28 per cent reduction by 2030.
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The review, released on Tuesday, outlines Australia’s international and national efforts to address climate change, including contributions to several major projects and initiatives, research and collaboration with global partners and the integration of climate change action through overseas aid.

But the review also acknowledged policy improvements are needed to keep up with technological changes, and the rest of the world.

Six expected policy changes are: 1) Introduce a ‘review and refine’ cycle

Australia must update emission reduction targets every five years under the Paris Agreement. A ‘review and refine’ cycle will be introduced, allowing policy and goals to be considered and renewed as each yearly update is complete. 2) Examine electricity generation

Consultation with stakeholders over the so-called National Energy Guarantee will begin early in 2018, with the COAG energy council using feedback to consider the best design and implementation methods to reach emission reductions. The scheme requires energy retailers and big polluters to commit to a reliability guarantee, which is expected to commence from 2019, and an emissions guarantee, which is due in 2020. 3) Change the Safeguard Mechanism

The Safeguard Mechanism allows the biggest business polluters to measure, report and manage their emissions, with the Clean Energy Regular setting the baseline often off historical data.The government will move to keep baselines up to date and reflective of “individual business circumstances” with changes due to take effect for the 2018-19 financial year. 4) Trade international units

The government will allow companies to offset their carbon emissions by buying international permits subject to a global system being finalised after 2020. Former prime minister Tony Abbott has been a strong critic of such a policy in the past. 5) Review the transport sector

Measures to support a low-carbon transport sector have been considered, including a potential fuel efficiency standard for cars. This could save motorists $237 to $519 per year in 2025 for fuel, and net benefits to the economy could range from $8 billion to $13.9 billion over 20 years. 6) Plan a long-term climate change strategy

The government will consult the public and experts to develop long-term goals for emission reduction to be completed by 2020.The Grattan Institute’s energy expert Tony Wood said this was the “most noteworthy” part of the review.

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Hollywood film locations around the world

The desert of Tunisia was the backdrop for all but one of the Star Wars flicks This article is sponsored byHelloworld Travel & Cruise Travel Centre
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As we head into glitz and glory of Hollywood’s award season, all of the hardworking people behind and in front of the camera are celebrated for bringing stories to life on the big screen.

The stage for these storiesis often contained to the lifelike sets of Southern California, but when a film goes on location, it can add a dazzling new layer to the story –and sometimes even become something of an additional character, in the case of movies like Sex and the City.

Often the savvy traveller can go and visit these exotic Hollywood-worthy locations for themselves –if they know where to look.

In BrugesBelgiumThis dark comedy stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as hired hitmen who are somewhat reluctantly resigned to their current posting in sleepy Bruges. Despite the dislike Farrell’s grumpy character has for the surrounding city, the ancient streets and canal shineas a magical fairytale location.

The black comedy stars Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell, with Ralph Fiennes in a supporting role as the pair’s mentally unhinged boss.

Located about an hour from Brussels, Bruges was asignificant trading city in the Middle Agesand citizens prospered from the associated wealth. After the fortunes waned, the historic architecture, art and canals remained.

The facades of the town square of Bruges are postcard-pretty, thanks to the city’s prosperous history.

“On visiting Bruges itself, you could see that it would be an additional character in the story,” says the film’s producerGraham Broadbent.

“The city has such a heightened atmosphere and it’s so picturesque, whichever way you pointed a camera it was going to look extraordinary.”

Harry PotterUnited KingdomThis magical series about the adventures of the hidden wizarding worldwas brought to live in locations across the United Kingdom including London, Oxford and even Glencoe in Scotland.

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Scenes inside Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry were filmed in multiple locations –Christ Church College and Cathedral in Oxford was chosen for the 16thcentury stone staircases, Gloucester Cathedral was used for the hallways of the school andLacock Abbey in Wiltshire was used for the school’s classrooms.

Locations around London were also utilised for the series, including the London Zoo, where Harry accidentally sets a boa constrictor on his cousinandLeadenhall Market, used as the exterior of wizarding shopping districtDiagon Alley.

Head along to Kings Cross St Pancras for a photo at the iconic platform nine and three-quarters.

Head to the bustling transitepicentre Kings Cross St Pancras in London and snap a photo at platform nine and three-quarters.The iconic scene where Harry passes through the solid wall to access the magical platform has been immortalised with a half-disappeared luggage trolley.

Vicki, Cristina, BarcelonaSpainWoody Allen’s saucy flick stars Scarlett Johannson and Rebecca Hall as two best friends who spend an eventful summer in Barcelona. The ensuing romance and drama also includes Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, who were so swept up in the romance theybegan their own offscreen relationship. The pair are now married with two children.

The half-finished Sagrada Familia is visible in the distance as Scarlett Johannson, Rebecca Hall and Patricia Clarkson enjoy the sights.

The film was shot in Spain in Barcelona, Avilés and Oviedo, and was Allen’s fourth consecutive film shot outside of the United States. Notable landmarks included in the film include the tapering spires of Gaudi’sChurch of La Sagrada Familia, which look as if they’ve grown up from the ground like coral.

The rooftop of the Casa Mila feels almost alive with humanoid pillars.

Vicki and Cristina are also filmed wandering among the chimneys of Casa Mila, which the savvy film buff may recognise from the 1975 drama The Passenger starring Jack Nicholson.

The Best Exotic Marigold HotelIndiaThis British comedy-drama features an ensemble cast including Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith as a group of pensioners movingto a retirement hotel in Rajasthan run by the spiritedDev Patel.

The dreamy pastels of the landscape created an extra layer of magic for this wry flick.

Filming for the quirky flick took place in the busy cities of Jaipur and Udaipur. The moniker hotel is actually called Ravla Khempur,an elegant equestrian hotel which was originally the palace of a tribal chieftain in the village of Khempur.

The palace hotel is located just an hour’s drive from Udaipur and is a lot less run down than it appears in the film, not to mention far more tranquil than the bustling streets of Jaipur.

Judi Dench relaxes at the Ravla Khempur between takes.

The reverent location boasts centuries of rich history, evident in the many palaces and forts that are relics of a much disputed land. In the capital, Jaipur (known as the Pink City), stands an 18thcentury city palace and the Hawa Mahal, a cloister for royal woman with a five-story pink screen as its facade.

AdorationAustralia The idyllic holiday location of Seal Rocks, located just an hour from Newcastle, shone on the big screen.

This steamy and controversial flick starsNaomi Watts and Robin Wright, now widely recognised as the First Lady on TV hit House of Cards. The film is set in the quiet holiday spot Seal Rocks, located just over an hour north of Newcastle.The tranquil turquoise waters of the east coast are the perfect backdrop for the drama that unfolds in the film.

You can rent out the beach house that featured in the film Adoration, which includes a small path down to the beach.

While the houses and main beach scenes were filmed at Seal Rocks, some beach scenes were also filmed at Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse beach, just fifteen minutes drive (and a short walk) from the main beaches. The crew also filmed at Shelly Beach and Balmain, a trendy inner west suburb of Sydney.

Star WarsTunisia Many of the original sets still stand in the desert where all but one of the Star Wars movies were filmed.

The arid southern desert of Tunisia has hosted all but oneof the Star Wars flicks and several of the iconic sets still stand today. Although the first scenes featuring robots R2D2 and C-3PO date back to the early-80s, the recent release of the hotly anticipated Star Wars Episode VIII – The Last Jedi is sure to spike interest in the small African nation once again.

Fans may also want tocheck out Hotel Sidi Driss –its Berber-style rooms featured in the original film as Luke Skywalker’s childhood home.

The desert of the African nation of Tunisia looked otherworldly on screen.

Unfortunately this is one location that might not be so easy to visit at the moment. The Australian government is advising travellers to “reconsider their need to travel” to the country, and several of the film sets are in areas categorised as “do not travel”. Despite this, tourism to the country continues, and some companies do run tours.

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The winners and losers of Malcolm Turnbull’s ministerial reshuffle

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced a significant reshuffle of his frontbench on Tuesday.
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While some of the changes – such as Peter Dutton’s promotion to Home Affairs and George Brandis’ exit from Parliament – were expected, there were plenty of other winners and losers in the list: Winners

Peter Dutton: was Immigration Minister, now heads up the new Home Affairs super ministry.

Bridget McKenzie: leapfrogs from the backbench to cabinet as Minister for Sport, Rural Health and Regional Communications.

David Littleproud: huge promotion for the Nationals MP. He’s only been in Parliament 18 months and now heads to cabinet as Minister for Agriculture.

John McVeigh: another first-term MP. The Queensland Liberal goes straight to cabinet as Minister for Regional Development.

Barnaby Joyce: swaps Agriculture for Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.

Christian Porter: promoted from Minister for Social Services to Attorney-General.

Michaelia Cash: despite a recent stumble when a member of her staff tipped off media about a police raid, she goes from Employment Minister to the new portfolio of Minister for Jobs and Innovation.

Kelly O’Dwyer: adds Minister for Women to her existing role as Minister for Revenue and Financial Services.

Michael Keenan: heads to cabinet after four years on the frontbench. Will be Human Services Minister and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister in Digital Transformation.

Mathias Cormann: adds Special Minister of State to his existing Minister for Finance role.

Dan Tehan: goes from outer ministry to cabinet as Minister for Social Services.

Craig Laundy: goes from assistant minister role to an outer ministerial gig in his own right, as Minister for Small and Family Business, Workplaces and Deregulation.

Angus Taylor: moves from Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation to Minister for Law Enforcement and Cybersecurity.

Melissa Price: goes from the backbench to a junior ministry role as Assistant Minister for the Environment.

Damian Drum: first-term National heads to junior ministry as Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister. Losers

George Brandis: was Attorney-General, now finds himself out of cabinet and Parliament. Will be Australia’s new high commissioner to the UK.

Darren Chester: was Infrastructure Minister and in cabinet. Now out of cabinet and has no ministerial gig due to internal Nationals politicking.

Keith Pitt: goes from junior trade role to the backbench.

Sussan Ley: was tipped to come back to the ministry after she lost the health ministry following an expenses scandal earlier this year. Did not end up with a promotion.

Women: with the exception of Bridget McKenzie and Melissa Price, no other new female faces on the frontbench.

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NSW Treasurer declares the Decade of the Builder

Welcome to the Decade of the Builder.
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This boom period of new home and infrastructure construction is going to go down in the annals of Australian history as the moment in time that building became the new driver of the economy, following on from sheep, tourism and mining, NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet announced.

“If you look back in the future at this time, it will be seen as the Decade of the Builder,” Mr Perrottet said at the rooftop topping-out ceremony marking another of Sydney’s new apartment buildings.

“It’s construction that’s creating so many jobs today and not just for builders, but chippies, electricians and all the trades who work on a project like this and on all the infrastructure projects that are currently underway in NSW. And then when they’re finished, the after-effects continue on to create more jobs in those areas that have been opened up.”

He was speaking at the traditional hoisting up of a tree to the top of the tallest building on a site, this time an eight-level block that’s one of the six buildings under construction to make up developer Mirvac’s The Finery complex, providing 223 apartments and terrace homes in Waterloo.

On the former site of the HPM Legrand factory, the buildings will be clustered around a lushly landscaped 1040-square-metre central courtyard with 1200 square metres of boutique retail and food outlets, and also have a rooftop terrace with a pool.

But with last year chalking up a new record of 72,000 building approvals in the state, the delivery of such projects will continue creating employment into the foreseeable future, Mr Perrottet predicted.

“Forty-eight per cent of Australia’s growth is from NSW and an amazing nine per cent of jobs here have been created by construction,” he said. “The building has also been very diverse which assists us in continuing to grow strongly and avoid downturns such as happened with the mining industry.” Related: Experts predict build-to-rent revolutionRelated: First-home buyers queue for apartmentsRelated: Mirvac unveils Marrickville hospital plans

A major factor in the newly-minted Decade of the Builder has been a new period of collaboration between government and private industry, said Mirvac CEO and managing director Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz.

“We like to work with government at all levels and it’s great to see how government and the private sector are working so closely together to deliver outcomes, rather than with the old adversarial approach. This way, everyone wins.

“We’re building homes where people want to live, close to the city and important infrastructure, and we are creating jobs, not just on site, but all the way down the supply chain. That’s a benefit that has played a major role in making the NSW economy the strongest in the country.”

Across NSW, current Mirvac projects from Green Square to Redfern, Sydney Olympic Park to St Leonards, Schofields to Gledswood Hills, have created hundreds of jobs for both experienced tradespeople and apprentices directly, she said, and thousands more for subcontractors, manufacturers, the professional service industry and suppliers.

Mirvac head of residential Stuart Penklis said such construction was helping create fresh excitement in new areas of Sydney. “This is a transformation of this area into a very welcoming and sophisticated village with beautiful architecture and landscaping, new roads and new laneways, which speaks to the history and heritage of the site,” he said.

“The influx of more people is having a flow-on effect, creating more retail and employment opportunity so that it is fast becoming a destination in its own right.”

The completion of The Finery is expected mid-2018.

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Out-Of-Home advertising market tipped to hit $1 billion in 2018

Out-Of-Home advertising, which includes billboards and street marketing, is expected to be worth more than $1 billion for the first time in 2018.
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The growth will largely come on the back of the rise in digital outdoor marketing, which is likely to account for 55 to 60 per cent of the entire OOH market’s revenues by 2020, Dentsu Aegis Network’s OOH advertising agency Posterscope managing director Bryan Magee predicts.

This will see the spend for advertising in this sector increase by more than 7 per cent year-on-year from $963 million in 2017 to $1.03 billion in 2018.

While this represents a slowing in digital outdoors spends, it’s due to a maturing of the market – the take up has been particularly strong in Australia.

“This, combined with limited audience measurement and verification for digital, is a significant challenge, as advertisers are requesting more accountability to justify increased investment,” Mr Magee said.

Digital Out-Of-Home has become particularly attractive as it allows more revenue per site – for instance, with multiple advertisements per billboard.

Nowhere is this more apparent than in the shift in street furniture.

The City of Sydney is expected to put out a multi-million dollar tender for its street furniture, requesting the provider to consider digital panels and free public WiFi. This is estimated to be worth $30 to $35 million a year – or about $500 million.

Advertising agency JCDecaux, which currently holds the City of Sydney contract, is fast digitising its Yarra Trams and Telstra agreements.

Mr Magee said this would be a “pivotal” moment for DOOH.

In particular, auto, finance, retail, fast moving consumer goods, government organisations and telecommunication companies have been interested in DOOH advertising, particularly when the marketing is price sensitive and needs updating.

Another big change for the OOH industry will be programmatic advertising – with automation expected to ramp up by 2020, Mr Magee said.

“While the total media market is set to face more headwinds over the next 18 months, OOH will continue to grow,” he said.

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The first Australian OOH automated proposal platform was announced by the Outdoor Media Association in December, which is expected to make it easier for advertising agencies to design and implement campaigns.

OMA general manager Tess Phillips said OOH advertising would continue to play an important role in providing utility, including mobile charging ports and WiFi, but also emergency services as populations became more urbanised.

“Cumulatively, since 2010, the national audience for OOH has grown by 23 per cent versus 14.9 per cent population growth for the same period,” she said.

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Capitals not scared of Fire but sweating on Nat Hurst

Keely Froling has declared the Canberra Capitals aren’t scared of the Townsville Fire despite the prospect of losing captain Nat Hurst for the WNBL showdown.
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Hurst will be given until game day to prove her fitness for the Townsville clash as she continues to battle a middle ear infection.

The Capitals will pay tribute to the “true believers” when they wear a special edition members jersey for their game against Townsville at the National Convention Centre on Thursday night.

The jersey bears the names of every club member, and Capitals coach Paul Goriss has called for them all to be on hand come Thursday because there is no “bigger game than Townsville coming into town”.

The Capitals will need every bit of support they can muster if they are forced to face the championship contenders without their in-form captain.

Hurst trained for 30 minutes on Tuesday morning and had another light session with the team in the afternoon but her health remains a “day by day” proposition.

Hurst missed Sunday’s win over Adelaide and she won’t be rushed back into the line-up if she isn’t fit with another game against Dandenong looming on Saturday.

“It’s just up to her with how she feels on the day of the game. We made that decision on Sunday that she wasn’t ready to play so it’ll be another game day decision for her,” Goriss said.

“She was a bit pale, a bit dizzy and a bit underdone. You don’t want to put a player’s health in jeopardy, especially when it’s a big game on the line for us with our win streak going.

“Day by day she is seeing the doctor, she’s got another follow up [on Wednesday]. Just as long as she’s got her balance right, she’s not dizzy and she can perform, she’ll suit up and play.”

If Hurst is ruled out the Capitals boast a readymade replacement in 19-year-old point guard Maddison Rocci, who fired in her first start for Canberra against Adelaide.

Goriss says every member of the roster needs to step up if Canberra are to make it four wins on the trot as they come up against a team boasting “depth all over the court”.

The Fire boast superstars in Suzy Batkovic and Cayla George and are a genuine title threat but Froling isn’t the slightest bit worried as Canberra look to avoid the wooden spoon.

“They’re a great team but we’re going in to win,” Froling said.

“We’re not scared and we have nothing to lose so we want to go out there and get as many wins as we can before the season ends. We’re not scared of Townsville at all and we want to win.

“Right now we’re just going in to win and trying to upset other people’s seasons so that’s our goal right now. We want to get as many wins as we can at the end of the season.

“Obviously confidence is a big thing and you learn how to win. It’s a habit so now we’ve got out of our losing habit and we’ve put that behind us and now hopefully winning is our habit.”


Thursday: Round 11 – Canberra Capitals v Townsville at National Convention Centre, 7.30pm.

Saturday: Round 11 – Dandenong Rangers v Canberra Capitals at Dandenong, 6.30pm.

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No joke, this LOL Surprise Doll could be a popular Christmas gift

No joke, this LOL Surprise Doll could be a popular Christmas gift Lexie Pigot, 8, is loving the new LOL dolls, which are a hit amongst children this Christmas season. Picture: Christine Ansorge
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Amelia, 8, and Lily Harris can’t wait to unwrap their LOL surprise dolls.

Lexie Pigot, 8, is all smiles as she selects a LOL doll at Toyworld. Picture: Christine Ansorge

A toy from the Paw Patrol range.

TweetFacebookIT’S a magical time of year –for more reasons than one.

It’s the end of the school year and time for youngsters to ensure Santa Claus knows exactly what they want to open on Christmas morning.

Top of the list for many across the world is a LOL Surprise doll.

Their popularity stems from the online craze known as “unboxing”, which involves people filming themselves opening presents or pristine packaged goods and then posting the video online.

But the surprise dolls are much more than that –unwrap layer after layer to reveal a doll and a number of accessories.

Toyworld Warrnambool owner Peter Sedgley said the LOL dolls were no laughing matter.

In fact they are selling like hotcakes, with many youngsters keen to get their hands on the collectable items.

“They’ve been popular all year,” Mr Sedgley said.

“I think it’s the element of surprise.”

Other popular toys this year include Hatchimals – creatures which break their way out of their own egg – the Paw Patrol range andthe PJ Masks range.

Rounding out the top five is Lego with the City range in high demand, according to Mr Sedgley.

That is closely followed by the Star Wars Lego range.

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What do you think of the Brumbies’ old school jersey?

ACT Brumbies skipper Sam Carter, and fullback Tom Banks.Photo: Jamila ToderasThe ACT Brumbies have jumped into a Super Rugby time warp to go back to the future for their new jersey, hoping a tribute to the inaugural playing strip will give fans a reason to reconnect with the club.
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The Brumbies will wear a jersey next year which will be almost identical to the one the players wore in the first season of Super Rugby in 1996.

It’s a massive shift from the club’s direction two years ago when an all-blue, non-traditional strip caused major fan uproar because the 2016 jersey lacked any links to Brumbies history.

But with two years of off-field drama behind them, the Brumbies are hoping fans re-engage with rugby union in the capital.

“I like it. It’s traditional, much like the Brumbies original jersey,” said coach Dan McKellar.

“I think it will be popular amongst the fans, it’s certainly popular with the boys. There was one year there when we went away from our traditional type of jersey.

“If we were honest, the fans weren’t all that rapt with it. So it’s nice to go back to a jersey that both the players, staff, organisation and community appreciates and feels a part of.

“We’ve got a proud history and we want to make sure we always pay respect to that.”

The home jersey will be predominantly white, with blue across the chest and a deep yellow stripes to pay tribute to the ACT’s traditional colours. The alternate strip will be an inverted model of the main jersey.

The Brumbies launched the new look on Tuesday, with the deep yellow stripes replacing the gold design of last season.

The ACT Brumbies jersey for the 2018 Super Rugby season, left, next to a heritage jersey from 1996. Photo: Chris Dutton

“It’s a bit of back to the future. It’s a very prestigious club and has a long history, going back to the original jersey will bring a lot of people out to support the games,” said Sam Carter.

The Brumbies found off-field stability this year under the guidance of chief executive Michael Thomson, but Australian rugby’s reputation was battered and bruised when Rugby Australia axed the Western Force.

Crowd numbers dropped at all Australian games and the five Australian teams lost a combined 26 trans-Tasman derbies against New Zealand opponents.

“All the supporters in Canberra are very passionate in general, I think with this jersey and what it represents with everyone who’s worn it before, we’ll uphold that next year,” Carter said.

“Every time we put the jersey on, we represent everyone who has ever played. It gets that feeling of nostalgia of what people remember about the Brumbies and what we can do in the future.”

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