Ireland’s peace agreement threatened by ‘hard’ Brexit

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Damian McGenity looks out from his hilltop farm across a valley of chessboard fields in County Armagh in Northern Ireland??????s south.?? He fears Ireland??????s peace agreement is threatened by a ??????hard?????? Brexit. Photo: Nick MillerDamian McGenity looks out from his hilltop farm across a picture-perfect valley of chessboard fields, glowing peacefully under the gentle spring sun, deployed with dozing cattle.

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“This was a war zone,” he says.

And he fears the war might come again. He fears Ireland’s peace agreement is threatened by a “hard” Brexit.

A line is about to be redrawn on a map, and he believes it will be redrawn in minds, too – accompanied by economic devastation for Northern Ireland’s farming-dependent border communities.

McGenity, 43, a cattle farmer, has lived his whole life in the little village of Dromintee in County Armagh in Northern Ireland’s south, literally overlooking the border.

He was 19 when the IRA agreed to a ceasefire in 1994.

“I grew up in it,” he says. “Conflict raged where you’re sitting.”

We’re sitting in the sun at a wooden table outside the home where he, his wife and four young children live. He’s taking a lunch break from planting strawberries on his day off.

“If we were sitting here in the mid-’80s, there were three to five helicopters in the air, 24/7. There were random army foot patrols, there were 5000 British army personnel in South Armagh alone. It was a war zone.

“It was very difficult. It was a very risky part of the world to live in.”

Just down the road is a pub where, in 1977, a British army captain, posing as an itinerant musician to try to collect intelligence, was abducted and killed by the IRA.

It was one of many violent deaths, from car bombs, land mines to shootings, in this region during the Troubles.

McGenity gestures over the valley to a looming bare-topped, brown hill where, he says, a huge British military installation used to sit, closely monitoring movement across the border on the highway below for potential IRA traffic.

Now people don’t even notice when they’ve crossed the border – or they wouldn’t if it weren’t for the notices that McGenity’s group, Border Communities Against Brexit, have just posted on border roads to try to generate greater awareness of the problems to come.

He crosses into the south almost every day – for fuel or farm supplies, visiting friends, a football match. The quickest route to several nearby Northern Ireland towns crosses the border twice, even four times.

His wife crosses it for work – she has a job as a water scientist in Monaghan, one of tens of thousands who now live on the opposite side of the border from their workplace.

“It’s just something you do,” he says. “For us to contemplate a ‘hard’ border, we can’t even get our minds around it. We really can’t. The damage it will do, economically it will be a catastrophe, but even socially.”

They’re picturing long border queues, car searches, customs administration. They’re wondering about tariffs on their farm produce that would make it impossible to sell at profit outside the UK, and whether their farm would even be viable without the EU’s agricultural subsidies.

They’re wondering if the tourist trade into the region will evaporate – 80 per cent of tourism in Northern Ireland originates in the Republic.

“It’s all negative. There’s no positives from this.”

Last weekend, the EU published its negotiating guidelines for Brexit, setting out the process and priorities for the fraught battle to come.

Ireland was prominent among them. The benefits of the peace process, the Good Friday Agreement, “remain of paramount importance”.

“Flexible and imaginative solutions will be required ??? with the aim of avoiding a hard border while respecting the integrity of the [European] Union,” the document said.

The hopeful phrasing was an echo of British Prime Minister Theresa May’s pledge earlier this year, in her major Brexit speech, that “nobody wants to return to the borders of the past, so we will make it a priority to deliver a practical solution”.

That solution would “allow the maintenance of the Common Travel Area with the Republic, while protecting the integrity of the UK’s immigration system”, she said.

Her government’s White Paper acknowledged that the ability to move freely across the border was an essential part of daily life, and “when the UK leaves the EU we aim to have as seamless and frictionless a border as possible between Northern Ireland and Ireland, so that we can continue to see the trade and everyday movements we have seen up to now”.

But if you spotted the weasel words and evasions, you’re not the only one. There is a lot of talk of priorities, aims and a hypothetical solution. There is not much clue as to what that solution might be – how it is even possible to implement new customs and immigration rules without new barriers.

The UK government has acknowledged the biggest message from the Brexit referendum was control over immigration. It has pledged to leave the single market, and probably the customs union. An unpoliced, wide open land border with the EU after Brexit would be a smuggler’s wonderland.

The alternative hard consequence is already being planned. Ireland’s transport department is looking at the M1 highway from Dublin to Belfast and writing contingency plans for lay-bys and customs stops, modelled on posts at the EU’s other land borders in the east.

They, like others, appear cynical that a soft border rabbit lurks in the hard Brexit hat.

“I’ve done this myself, when you say you’re going to come up with an incredibly innovative solution, it often is playing for time and hoping for the best,” Professor John Garry, a politics expert from Queens University in Belfast, says.

“The border issue in Northern Ireland is not only tied up with Brexit; it’s tied up with ongoing issues and discussions and debate between unionists and nationalists anyway. We kind of had thought the border issue was settled.”

Once the current invisible line becomes an external border of the EU, it will play more than just a symbolic role.

“Do you want to organise it for free movement of people, or for customs [checks] for goods or for security matters?” Garry asks.

There is a lot of confusion about this at the moment, he says.

“Anyone who tells you they know what’s going on – be sceptical. A lot of people are going about scratching their heads as to how this is going to play out ??? The really big potential problem is if you have a physical manifestation of a border to do any of those things, some check of persons, opening the boot of your car to see what’s in it, that’s likely to annoy a fair amount of people.”

Northern Ireland’s Catholics voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU, and would most likely feel more of an isolated minority after Brexit.

McGenity puts it like this: Europe allowed an “open society”. The disappearance, for all practical purposes, of the border between north and south changed people’s mindsets. The Good Friday Agreement made everyone EU citizens, free to travel.

“Before, we were almost hemmed in, if not physically, then psychologically,” he says.

“For a hard border to be constructed, a physical one, it will also be constructed very much in people’s minds. It could cause enormous resentment.”

There are still elements around who would like that to happen, he warns.

“The dissident republicans are a spent force ??? to all intents and purposes they’re an irrelevance. My real fear is that a hard border would give them relevance. It would give them a focal point, it would give them a target and it would allow them to say that Ireland has been partitioned.

“When you add the economic consequences of a hard Brexit, negative consequences, into that mix you have a pot that will fester. My fear is that those people who wish to return to violence – it would be a magnet for them.

“I really hope it doesn’t come to that.”

Garry, the Queens University professor, says one solution could be stricter border elements between mainland Britain and Northern Ireland.

“If one wanted to keep the north-south border as free as possible, then what that means is that anyone in the south of Ireland could wander up to the north ??? in many people’s minds the whole point of leaving the EU was that you wouldn’t be able to do that,” he says.

“So you’d have to impose some kind of strict-ish checks between east-west, if you’re travelling from Northern Ireland to the rest of the UK.”

But that would annoy a whole other segment of the population – the Protestant unionist community who don’t want Northern Ireland to be separated in a clear way from the rest of the UK.

“One of the challenges of the border question is not only how hard or soft it’s going to be but where it’s going to be and who it’s going to annoy,” Garry says.

It could even end up with a mixture of both – north-south could be hard for security, and east-west hard for customs.

“That would annoy everyone,” Garry says.

On the weekend the EU provocatively pointed out another solution. In the minutes of its meeting, after lobbying from Dublin, it noted that Northern Ireland would automatically return to being part of the EU if it voted – as anticipated under the Good Friday Agreement – to reunite with the rest of the island.

Garry says this is a remote chance that would require a huge change in public opinion in the north – but one effect of Brexit could be to start pushing sentiment in that direction.

“It was simply a statement of the obvious, in a way, a logical necessity that Northern Ireland would have East Germany status,” he says.

Others have seen it as more than just a legal note. Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams viewed it as a step on the pathway towards a referendum on Irish unity.

“The government needs to discuss with our EU partners how all of Ireland can remain members of the Single Market and the Common Travel area,” he said in a statement.

Sinn Fein wants a “special status” for the North – within the EU – after Brexit, and has promised a “diplomatic offensive to bring it about”.

Former Irish diplomat Ray Bassett has a provocative, opposite suggestion. Rather than move the EU border into the Irish Sea, he asks why not push it down to the English Channel?

“We have a choice in Ireland: do we go with the other 26 countries in the EU or do we decide that our interest with the UK is greater than with the other 26? In my view, it is greater. The disruption of our going with the other 26 and breaking ties with Britain would be more injurious, more damaging in the end than if we maintained a customs union with the UK and negotiated trade with the other 26.”

He has a point. Brexit is going to hurt Ireland, a lot.

On Thursday, Ireland’s central bank chief economist told an Irish parliamentary committee that Ireland would be the hardest hit by Brexit of any remaining EU country.

A “hard” Brexit would slash 3 per cent from the country’s GDP and kill 40,000 jobs over 10 years, Gabriel Fagan said, though there were possible opportunities in the shift of financial services out of the City of London.

Bassett points out that 80 per cent of all Irish exports go through the UK transport system – even if they’re on their way to the rest of the world.

And small and medium enterprises away from the affluent Dublin belt trade much more with the UK than do the new foreign investment industries in the capital.

“So you’re affecting rural viability as well ??? huge damage can be done to the country with [the UK under] WTO most favoured nation status. Our biggest export to the UK is very much food. They’re taking billions worth of agricultural goods. If WTO barriers come down, there could be up to 50 per cent tariffs into the UK and that will kill that trade.

“If you can’t facilitate the Irish:British relationship then maybe we would be better off as an associate of the EU, something like Norway or Iceland, very closely linked to the EU but not members.”

There has been a political decision to stick with Brussels, so no one has looked at the benefits of the alternative, Bassett says – and this was a mistake. He believes Ireland should defy the EU and negotiate with the UK separately.

“Clearly there are people in Brussels who don’t want Brexit to be a success. From Ireland’s point of view we have a huge interest in Brexit being a success. If you punish Britain you punish Ireland, it’s as simple as that.”

And he agrees there is more than just an economic danger to hardening the border with the north.

He was one of the Irish government’s negotiators on the Good Friday Agreement, so he’s familiar with the old tensions, and worries they could return.

“If you put [the border] back, even the most moderate in Northern Ireland would be affronted and it would lead to difficulties. I don’t know how big the difficulties would be – but the former chief constable for Northern Ireland says it would embolden dissidents.”

There would also be a “huge amount” of smuggling, he said, which would lead to very unpopular counter-measures.

“It certainly endangers the peace process,” he says.

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Canberra hotels win national Property Council awards

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TRA27CANBERRA-VIBENewsThe Vibe Hotel Canberra Airport represents the latest addition to the Canberra Airportprecinct and Canberra????????????s accommodation and tourism sector.The Canberra TimesDate: 28 October 2015Photo Jay Cronan Photo: Jay CronanLittle National Hotel named Canberra’s best developmentCanberra Airport’s Vibe Hotel lands Excellence in Building Award

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Two Canberra hotels, Little National Hotel and Vibe Hotel Canberra Airport, have picked up national property awards.

Winners of the Property Council of Australia/Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards were announced at a gala event in Sydney on Friday.

Doma Group’s Little National Hotel received the KONE Award for Development Innovation.

It was crowned Canberra’s best development at the Property Council’s ACT awards in April.

Property Council chief executive Ken Morrison said the hotel was chosen from a group of 14 finalists.

“Owned by a second-generation Canberra development company, Little National Hotel is highly tailored to meet the needs of budget-conscious travellers who don’t want to compromise on luxury,” Mr Morrison said.

“Doma Group’s innovative design and business model offers a smart solution to the luxury and affordability equation.”

Each of the hotel’s 120 rooms is just 17 square metres, but its clever use of space provides all the amenities of a five-star hotel.

Capital Property Group’s Vibe Hotel Canberra Airport won the Brian & Poulter Award for Best Tourism and Leisure Development.

The Vibe Hotel Canberra Airport’s design was inspired by Walter Burley Griffin’s geometric plans. Photo: Jay Cronan

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Rider Levett Bucknall ACT managing director Mark Chappe said the hotel strengthened the international airport’s offerings.

“The judges selected Vibe Hotel Canberra Airport Hotel for the combination of modern, innovative design, architectural quality and place-making potential,” Mr Chappe said.

The hotel comprises 191 rooms, including 12 suites and nine apartments, as well as hospitality and conference facilities. Its design was inspired by the geometry of Walter Burley Griffin’s plans for the city.

“The Vibe Hotel Canberra attracts both visitors and residents with a design that is authentic to Canberra,” Mr Chappe said.

The hotel was also named project of the year at the 2016 Master Builders and Cbus Excellence in Building Awards.

Other Property Council award winners included the restoration of one of Sydney’s most recognisable sandstone buildings, 5 Martin Place, which was named development of the year.

Mr Morrison said the quality of entries was “astounding” and reflected the industry’s commitment to “pushing the innovation envelope”.

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Rotary calls for nominations for emergency services awards

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WINNER: Captain Graham Parks (middle) with Emergency Services Minister David Elliott (left) and Rotary 9675 district governor Stephen Humphreys at last year’s awards.PEOPLE who work in emergency services aren’t usually the type to seek accolades, but the Rotary club reckons their efforts deserve acknowledgement.

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That’s why, for the third year, Rotary is seeking nominations for its NSW Emergency Services Community Awards.

The awards are designed to highlight the important work undertaken by emergency services personnel, who often go above and beyond the call of duty.

Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant described emergency service workers –paid and volunteer –as “pillars of strength” in our communites.

“They are the ones we rely on in times of crisis, but they also carry out many selfless acts at other times, through fundraising, community engagement and building community resilience.”

The awards are open to all emergency services personnel from the six official NSW emergency services agencies:Fire and Rescue,Marine Rescue,Ambulance,Rural Fire Service,State Emergency Serviceand the Volunteer Rescue Association.

Funds raised through the awards support the Australian Rotary Health PhD Research Scholarship into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in emergency services personnel.

Members of the public and emergency services workers can submit online nominations via the awards website at 广州桑拿论坛rotaryescawards.org广州桑拿论坛. Nominations close on Friday, May 19.

A panel of independent judges will assess nominees on three key criteria:

Community service above and beyond the call of normal duty, which best exemplifies Rotary’s motto of Service Above SelfPersonal attributesContribution to their organisationWinners will be announced at an awards dinner in August.

Last year’s major winners were David Cotsios, from the NSW Volunteer Rescue Association, and Graham Parks, from Fire and Rescue NSW.

HONOURED: Rotary’s 2016 volunteer officer of the year David Cotsios.

David Cotsiosjuggles his volunteer role with the Batlow Search and Rescue Squadwith his paid job as an ambulance officer.

Graham Parks, fire and rescue captain at Leeton, has served for more than 30 years and devotes much of his spare time to offering counselling to colleagues as well as to other members of the community.

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Newcastle Jets, Sydney FC hero Stu Musialik reveals battle with drugs and depressionvideo, photos

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The other side of Stu Musialik FIGHTING BACK: Stu Musialik at home at Eleebana this week. Picture: Marina Neil

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Grand final day 2008.

Musialik with coach Gary van Egmond during the Jets’ 2008 grand final celebrations at City Hall.

Grand final day 2008.

Musialik with former Socceroos coach Guus Hiddink at Rotterdam airport after a pre-World Cup training camp in 2006.

Musialik at 15 after being picked to go to the AIS.

Playing for the Young Socceroos against Chile in 2004.

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facebookSHAREtwitterTWEETemailwhatsappStuart Musialik made it look easy as the classymidfield player on which the Jets’ championship season rested.

The Newcastle boy was still only 22 when his home-town club beat derby rivals Central Coast to lift the 2008 A-League trophy. Former Socceroos coach Guus Hiddink had selected him to attend a pre-World Cup training camp in 2006, and he went on to starfor his country at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Butbehind the scenes, away from the bright stadium lights, the young man’s life was running off the rails.

Musialik was 15 when his father committed suicide, and five years later he was a “mess”. By 26, his career would be over.

The midfield pivot’s off-field troubles and early exit from the game, barely a year after winning a second A-League title with Sydney FC, havebeen asource of speculation in football circles for years.

Musialik has now opened up to the Newcastle Herald in an honest and revealing interview about his strugglewith grief, drugs, depression and bipolar disorder during and after his professional career.

The now 32-year-old describes how he abused alcohol and recreational drugs, including ecstasy and cocaine, during his three season at the Jets.

“Football-wise it was unbelievable, but behind the scenes I was a mess,” he said. “That first two or three years of the A-League when I was playing for Newcastle, I spiralled out of control.

“I’ve struggled with depression since my teenage years. My dad committed suicide when I was 15. I was put on medication in 2006. Even when I was playing for the Jets and Sydney I was on medication for it.

“Then it spiralled a bit out of control and I had to walk away from football after I left Sydney. It’s been a struggle ever since then.”

Musialik was plucked from the Newcastle Breakers youth system at 16 to go to the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, where he found a welcome, if ultimately harmful, distraction barely months after his father’s death.

He returned from the AIS in 2004 to play first grade for Newcastle in the final months of now-defunct National Soccer League then faced 18 months without football before the A-League started in late 2005.

“When I went through my first episode of severe depression, it was when the old NSL finished up and we had that break in between the NSL and the A-League.

“I was really lost in that period. Nineteen I was then. I didn’t have any qualifications, I didn’t get a job or anything, I was too old for school. I think that’s probably when it hit me what happened with my dad.

“That’s when I started to drink more heavily. When I was still playing I’d have the odd night out, but not when it interfered with football. Every player does that, or most players do.

“But that was the period when I started to drink more heavilyand I did try recreational drugs in that period.”

Musialik was a constant in the Jets midfield when the A-League finally kicked off, helping the team to the preliminary final in 2007 then the championship the following year.

Stu Musialik with mother Sue Rigby. Picture: Marina Neil

But the on-field success concealed a routine of drinking and drug-taking as his “demons kicked in” and he felt “lost” when he wasn’t playing or training.

“Back when I was playing for Newcastle I had issues with alcoholand I had issues with recreational drugs as well.It’s not something I’m proud of, but I’m not afraid to admit it, either.

“Going through what I was going through and doing those things only made it worse. Off the pitch I spiralled out of control a fair bit with those things.

“I self-medicatedwith the wrong things, with alcohol and recreational drugs. At the end of the day, that’s what took away the football from me.It’s just a shame that I got involved in that sort of stuff. That took away what I really loved most. It is what it is. I can’t change it.

“There was a period there where it was pretty consistent. The first year or two of the A-League I was drinking pretty consistently. I was definitely out drinking every week and I’d probably take recreational drugs most weekends.

“It was more after a game. You wouldn’ttrain’til a couple of days after so you’d go out and drink, then usually once you’ve had a few too many drinks you’d find some recreational drugs, or they’d find you.It was usually ecstasy. Once you’re out in nightclubs and drinking, that’s the drug most available. It’s not hard to get. Sometimes it was cocaine or speed.

“Even though I didn’t like what I was doing–I hated the fact I was doing it, because it was stuffing up my life and my football –thatwas my escape from reality when I wasn’t at football.

“Dealing with the issues I had at the time, it was easier doing that than sitting at home.”

Asked if his Jets teammates knew about his issues, he said:“Of course they knew, but at the end of the day people try to help you, but once you’re in that cycle, I suppose, no matter how much people try to help you it’s hard to get out of it.”

Musialik moved to Sydney FC after the grand final success and found a few years of relative peace. He stopped taking drugs, cut back on his drinking and bought aunit at Freshwater, where he would surf in the afternoons after training. The Sydney-based family of former Jets teammate Tarek Elrich provided a home away from home one night a week.

Musialik scoring for Sydney FC in 2008.

He won a second title with the Sky Blues in 2009 and captained them in the 2011 Asian Champions League, but he was homesick.

“I never really wanted to leave Newcastle.I had success down there when we won it, but deep down I still wanted to be in Newcastle playing for Newcastle.

“Sydney offered me a contract, but I wanted to come back to Newcastle, but I was told from Newcastle that they didn’t want me. I was sort of stuck in no-man’s land because Sydney withdrew the offer. I’m pretty sure they got wind that I wanted to go back.”

At 26and training on his own with no contract on the horizon, heincreasedhismedication without consulting his doctor.He then signed with the Mariners under his former Olyroos coach Graham Arnold, but within weeks he was forced to walk away from the game he loved.

“When I signed with them I made the mistake of dropping my medication, halving it to where it was before I put it up a few months before.

“Then I spiralled and went to s—.

“I found out that doing what I did with my medication could have that effect, and I never really recovered from that. That medication had been working for me really well for four or five years. It stopped working for me, and then I had to go into hospital to come off that medication and go on to new medication, and that really took ’til now to get on top of that.

“I was in hospital numerous times because of my depression, and had lots of bouts of that shock therapy, ECT [electroconvulsive therapy].I’ve lost count of how many times Ihad that. It’s been a real tough road, and without my family I don’t know that I would have got through it.

“I had a fair few bouts of the shock therapy in Newcastle. I tried new meds and it wasn’t working. I went down to Sydney and had some bouts of shock therapy in Sydney.

“It was getting me by, but it wasn’t actually working well enough to get me back to full health.

Musialik training with the Jets during an attempted comeback in 2013.

“During those periodsI had two or three goes to get back into football, but it just wasn’t happening for me and I pulled the pin on it.”

Musialik was also suffering from a serious stomach complaint he believes was brought on by his drug taking. His health has improved dramatically sincesurgery last year to fix the problem, and he has not had a drink in three years. He haslost more than 20 kilograms and finally returned to the field this season with Northern NSW first-division team Adamstown Rosebud.

“I’ve really knuckled down in the last few years to concentrate on getting on top of the illness and basically getting myself back so I can play football again.That’s been my main motivation.

“The whole time I was out I knew that I wanted to play football again and get myself back to a stage where I could play football again. That was my number-onegoal. I love playing.

“It’s no different to a player having an injury, but when it’s mental you can’t go get an X-ray or an MRI scan like you can with a broken leg or an ACL.You can’t prove it. A lot of people don’t understand it.”

“I’m coming out the other end of it now, and now I’m happy. I feel like I’ve matured a lot because of it, and I’m doing all the things I wish I did when I was 19 or 20.

“I can’t change that now. I can just deal with what’s happened and make the most of what I’ve got.

“Now I’m more aware of what’s important in life. You’ve got to have your family and close friends. Anything outside of that doesn’t really matter.

“Sometimes you can get sidetracked and lose sight of what’s most important,especially when I was playing football and everyone kissed your arse and wanted to be your best mate. Once football’s gone and you’re not in the papers or on TV, you’requickly forgotten, and you realise the ones that really are important.

“They’re the ones who pick up the pieces when it all goes to crap.”

He urged young people to stay away from drugs and be open about their emotional problems.

“I can’t control what other people do, but I’d want young ones to know that they don’t have to bottle uptheir issues. I bottled everything up and kept everything to myself.I really shut out my family.

“First of all, there’s no need to be trying recreational drugs whatsoever, especially if you want to be an elite athlete.

“When you’re younger there’s a lot of that pressure involved in it. When you’re getting older and all your mates start drinking and then you’re in environments where the recreational drugs are put in front of you, at the end of the day you’vegot to be strong and just say no.

“…Be open with people around you about the issues in your life and things that are bothering you, because you don’t want to fall in the cycle of what I did and ruin things. It can go downhill really quickly.”

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Hero father saves woman from knife attacker

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Hero father saves woman from knife attacker The alleged attacker wheeled out of the Doveton house on a stretcher. Photo: Channel 7

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Police on Waratah Street in Doveton after the Saturday morning siege. Photo: Paul Jeffers

Residents on Waratah Street, Doveton, after the siege. Photo: Paul Jeffers

Heavily armed police surround a black sedan in Doveton. Photo: Courtesy of Nine News

Heavily armed police surround a black sedan in Doveton. Photo: Courtesy of Nine News

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facebookSHAREtwitterTWEETemailwhatsappA Melbourne father has saved an injured woman from a knife-wielding attacker outside his suburban home before heavily armed police swooped on his property.

The drama unfolded about 6.30am on Saturday, when a man stabbed another man and two women at a house on Lacebark Street in Doveton.

The male victim was left in a critical condition with life threatening injuries to his upper and lower body.

It is believed one of the injured women managed to escape and fled to nearby Waratah Street,but the attacker followed.

Resident Ina Maramota was inside his home with his partner and their six children when they heard the alleged attacker threatening the woman in the middle of the street.

Mr Maramota ventured outside, armed with a large stick, to confront the attacker andhelp the injuredwoman.

“I had a big stick – I was pushing him away with thestick,” Mr Maramota told Channel 7.

“Then I grabbed her – she was behind me – and I was using the stick at the same time.”

Mr Maramota managed to ward off the attacker by pushing him in the chest with the stick and help the womanto safety inside his home.

He and his family, and the injured woman, barricaded themselves inside, while the attacker demanded to be let in.

Heavily armed police soon descendedon the suburband surrounded theproperty.

The family was huddled inside when they reportedly heard rocks being thrown against the back window.

Channel 7 has reported the rocks were thrown by police, who got the family’s attention, before helping them slip out the back door and climb over the fence to safety.

By that stage, it is understood, the alleged attacker had managed to get inside.

After a short stand off, police stormed the property, Tasering the alleged attacker and arresting him.

He was eventually carried out by ambulance paramedics, tied to a stretcher.He was taken to Dandenong Hospital in a stable condition.

“He has been taken to hospital for assessment before being interviewed,” a police spokeswoman said.

The man stabbed at Lacebark Street property has been taken to The Alfred hospital in a critical condition, with both upper and lower body injuries.

A woman stabbed at the property was also taken to The Alfred in a serious condition.

The second woman has been taken by ambulance to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a serious condition.

“The exact circumstances surrounding the incident are yet to be determined but all parties are believed to be known to each other,” the police spokeswoman said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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St Kilda v GWS: Fast-finishing Saints stun GiantsPhotos

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St Kilda v GWS: Fast-finishing Saints stun Giants | Photos Billy Longer of the Saints and Shane Mumford of the Giants compete in the ruck during the round seven AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Etihad Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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Aidan Corr of the Giants, Adam Tomlinson of the Giants, Nick Riewoldt of the Saints and Josh Bruce of the Saints compete for the ball during the 2017 AFL round 07 match between the St Kilda Saints and the GWS Giants at Etihad Stadium on May 05, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Nathan Wright of the Saints and Zac Williams of the Giants compete for the ball during the 2017 AFL round 07 match between the St Kilda Saints and the GWS Giants at Etihad Stadium on May 05, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Jarryn Geary, Jack Billings and Nick Riewoldt of the Saints sing the song after winning the round seven AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Etihad Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

St Kilda have returned to Friday night footy in style, stunning Greater Western Sydney with a 23-point upset win at Etihad Stadium. Picture: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Tim Taranto of the Giants and Jack Steele of the Saints compete for the ball during the 2017 AFL round 07 match between the St Kilda Saints and the GWS Giants at Etihad Stadium on May 05, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Stephen Coniglio of the Giants kicks the ball during the 2017 AFL round 07 match between the St Kilda Saints and the GWS Giants at Etihad Stadium on May 05, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Nathan Wright of the Saints kicks the ball during the 2017 AFL round 07 match between the St Kilda Saints and the GWS Giants at Etihad Stadium on May 05, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Jack Steven of the Saints is tackled by Josh Kelly of the Giants during the 2017 AFL round 07 match between the St Kilda Saints and the GWS Giants at Etihad Stadium on May 05, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Stephen Coniglio of the Giants celebrates a goal during the 2017 AFL round 07 match between the St Kilda Saints and the GWS Giants at Etihad Stadium on May 05, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Dylan Shiel of the Giants and Jack Steven of the Saints compete for the ball during the 2017 AFL round 07 match between the St Kilda Saints and the GWS Giants at Etihad Stadium on May 05, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Jonathon Patton of the Giants is tackled by Jarryn Geary of the Saints during the 2017 AFL round 07 match between the St Kilda Saints and the GWS Giants at Etihad Stadium on May 05, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Phil Davis of the Giants in action during the 2017 AFL round 07 match between the St Kilda Saints and the GWS Giants at Etihad Stadium on May 05, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Tim Taranto of the Giants is tackled by Jack Sinclair of the Saints during the 2017 AFL round 07 match between the St Kilda Saints and the GWS Giants at Etihad Stadium on May 05, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

The Giants look dejected after losing the round seven AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Etihad Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Devon Smith of the Giants is tackled by Dylan Roberton of the Saints during the round seven AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Etihad Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Dylan Shiel of the Giants looks dejected after losing the round seven AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Etihad Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

St Kilda have returned to Friday night footy in style, stunning Greater Western Sydney with a 23-point upset win at Etihad Stadium. Picture: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Jack Steven of the Saints handballs whilst being tackled by Shane Mumford of the Giants during the round seven AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Etihad Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)Restrictions

Jack Steele of the Saints handballs during the round seven AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Etihad Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

St Kilda have returned to Friday night footy in style, stunning Greater Western Sydney with a 23-point upset win at Etihad Stadium. Picture: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

St Kilda have returned to Friday night footy in style, stunning Greater Western Sydney with a 23-point upset win at Etihad Stadium. Picture: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

St Kilda have returned to Friday night footy in style, stunning Greater Western Sydney with a 23-point upset win at Etihad Stadium. Picture: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

St Kilda have returned to Friday night footy in style, stunning Greater Western Sydney with a 23-point upset win at Etihad Stadium. Picture: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

St Kilda have returned to Friday night footy in style, stunning Greater Western Sydney with a 23-point upset win at Etihad Stadium. Picture: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Jack Steele of the Saints high fives fans after winning the round seven AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Etihad Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)Restrictions

Shane Mumford of the Giants compete in the ruck against Sam Gilbert of the Saints during the round seven AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Etihad Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)Restrictions

St Kilda have returned to Friday night footy in style, stunning Greater Western Sydney with a 23-point upset win at Etihad Stadium. Picture: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

St Kilda have returned to Friday night footy in style, stunning Greater Western Sydney with a 23-point upset win at Etihad Stadium. Picture: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

St Kilda have returned to Friday night footy in style, stunning Greater Western Sydney with a 23-point upset win at Etihad Stadium. Picture: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

St Kilda have returned to Friday night footy in style, stunning Greater Western Sydney with a 23-point upset win at Etihad Stadium. Picture: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Steve Johnson of the Giants handballs whilst being tackled Jarryn Geary of the Saints during the round seven AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Etihad Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)Restrictions

St Kilda have returned to Friday night footy in style, stunning Greater Western Sydney with a 23-point upset win at Etihad Stadium. Picture: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

St Kilda have returned to Friday night footy in style, stunning Greater Western Sydney with a 23-point upset win at Etihad Stadium. Picture: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

St Kilda have returned to Friday night footy in style, stunning Greater Western Sydney with a 23-point upset win at Etihad Stadium. Picture: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

St Kilda have returned to Friday night footy in style, stunning Greater Western Sydney with a 23-point upset win at Etihad Stadium. Picture: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

St Kilda have returned to Friday night footy in style, stunning Greater Western Sydney with a 23-point upset win at Etihad Stadium. Picture: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

St Kilda have returned to Friday night footy in style, stunning Greater Western Sydney with a 23-point upset win at Etihad Stadium. Picture: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

St Kilda have returned to Friday night footy in style, stunning Greater Western Sydney with a 23-point upset win at Etihad Stadium. Picture: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

St Kilda have returned to Friday night footy in style, stunning Greater Western Sydney with a 23-point upset win at Etihad Stadium. Picture: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

St Kilda have returned to Friday night footy in style, stunning Greater Western Sydney with a 23-point upset win at Etihad Stadium. Picture: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

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facebookSHAREtwitterTWEETemailwhatsappSt Kilda have returned to Friday night footy in style, stunning Greater Western Sydney with a 23-point upset win at Etihad Stadium.

The Saints trailed by a goal at three-quarter time but exploded in the final term, booting six goals to one.

Jack Steven (29 disposals, two goals) was dominant in the midfield, half-back Dylan Roberton continued his stellar season and young forward Blake Acres sparked the Saints’ fourth-quarter run with consecutive goals.

With a crowd of 21,160 in attendance, it was the Saints’ best win for the year, and one that showed they belonged on the Friday night stage after a year-long absence.

There was little separating the two sides during a fast-paced start but problems soon emerged for the Giants, with defender Adam Kennedy suffering a game-ending knee injury midway through the first quarter.

Jack Steven and Koby Stevens epitomised St Kilda’s fanatical tackling with this attack on Josh Kelly Photo: Quinn Rooney

The 24-year-old appeared to be in immense discomfort after landing awkwardly during a marking contest and was on crutches in the rooms.

The Giants were soon reduced to two players on the interchange bench when Nathan Wilson’s head was slammed into the turf in an aggressive Koby Stevens tackle.

The tackle was deemed fair at the time – Stevens won a holding-the-ball free kick as a result of it – but the incident is bound to be scrutinised by the match review panel.

It was a miserable night for Giant Adam Kennedy who appeared to seriously injure his knee Photo: Quinn Rooney

Wilson went to the rooms for concussion tests but returned after halftime and was immediately in the thick of the action, setting up a Rory Lobb goal to extend the Giants’ narrow lead.

The plucky Saints refused to go away but struggled to convert their chances, with back-to-back turnovers from Giants veteran Heath Shaw going unpunished.

St Kilda levelled the scores late in the third term before Devon Smith’s 60m bomb kept the Giants ahead at the final break.

But the final term belonged to St Kilda, with Acres booting two majors in as many minutes on the back of Steven’s outstanding midfield work.

Steven capped off a best-on-ground performance with his second goal to put the icing on the cake as the Saints moved in to the top eight.

It was a rough comedown for GWS after their thrilling Friday night victory over the Western Bulldogs last week.

Stephen Coniglio, Tom Scully and Callan Ward were all impressive but the Giants couldn’t overcome the Saints’ fanatical pressure.

Goals:St Kilda: J Gresham 3 B Acres 2 J Billings 2 J Steven 2 N Wright 2 D Minchington D Roberton J Bruce J Newnes T Membrey.GWS: J Cameron 2 T Scully 2 D Shiel D Smith J Hopper J Patton N Wilson R Lobb S Coniglio T Taranto.

Umpires:Brett Rosebury, Brendan Hosking, Andrew Stephens.

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NHRU: 14-man Students score late to snatch deserved draw with Southern Beachesvideo photos

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facebookSHAREtwitterTWEETemailwhatsappcommentCommentsA 14-man Newcastle University had to settle for a share of the points with Southern Beaches after a thrilling 21-all draw at Uni No.1 on Saturday.

The Students had a chance to snatch the win when Sam Berry crossed in the left corner to level with five minutes remaining.

Argentinian fly-half Fausto Blaquez , who had been deadly with the boot, made good contact with the conversion but it curled past the outside of the left post.

In terms of moral, the draw felt like a win for the Students, who played 65 minutes a man down after player-coach Mark O’Brien was sent off for abusing referee Des Gilbert.

Uni had been awarded a penalty inside Beaches’ half in the 15thminute.But Gilbert then called out the second-rower, reversed the decision, and issued a red card.

Uni trailed 7-3 at the time of the send-off.

With fullback Adrian Delore producing flashes of brilliance, Beaches threatened to take control off the game.

But the Students hung tough. Blaquez landed a penalty on the stroke of half-time to give them an unlikely 16-14 lead.

Delore struck again in the 60th minute, unleashing abrilliant 50 metre counter attack to set up Tyler Ostle, for Beaches to go ahead 21-16.

But the Students, on the back of a tireless forward pack, found a way back.

Elsewhere on Saturday, The Waratahs came from 17-12 down at half-time to overrun Lake Macquarie 50-20 at Walters Park.

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Chase Hicks scored a hat-trick and Carl Manu a double for the Tahs. Eight players –four from each –were sent to the sinbin in the second half. Tahs prop John Taufaao was given a second yellow card in the dying stages.

Dillon Rowney scored two tries against his home-town club to help steer Wanderers to a 25-7 win over Nelson Bay at Strong Oval.

Winger Jono Maloney scored a brace on debut as Maitland flexed their muscles with a 46-29 victory over Merewether at Marcellin Park.

In the final game, prop Geraint Weaver scored a treble as Hamilton thrashed Singleton 69-21 at Rugby Park.

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Auction watch: Amaroo house breaks its own suburb record

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A resort-style house in Amaroo has smashed its own suburb record by almost one-quarter of a million dollars.

The award-winning home at 76 Diamond Street sold for $1.4 million at a competitive auction on Saturday.

The record was previously set in 2014 when the house sold for $1,155,000.

Set on the edge of Yerrabi Pond, the five-bedroom house offered uninterrupted water views, an infinity swimming pool and a gourmet kitchen.

Maria Selleck Properties principal Maria Selleck said the five-bedroom house ticked all the boxes.

“It’s very unique in what it offers as a package,” she said.

“It’s a luxury home, it has a beautiful view of the water and a beautiful setting. You don’t need to go on holidays, you’re on holidays 365 days a year.”

More than 80 groups inspected the home during the three-week marketing campaign.

“We had mainly families with very young teenagers or young children,” Ms Selleck said.

“They wanted to live in the home for the next 10 to 15 years, they were looking for a long-term investment.”

Five parties registered to bid for the home and three placed a bid.

Auctioneer Scott Crossman accepted an opening bid of $1.2 million.

It was a two-horse race after the bidding climbed above the $1.3 million-mark, rising in mainly $5000 increments.

The hammer fell on $1.4 million, selling to a local family.

It was Maria Selleck’s second record-breaking sale of the day.

A five-bedroom house at 26 Mcconchie Street in Weston, sold by tender, exchanged on Saturday morning for $1.55 million, a whopping $375,000 above the previous suburb record.

It was last set in October when 14 Rubbo Crescent sold for $1,175,000.

6 McConchie Circuit in Weston sold for a record-breaking $1.55 million. Photo: Supplied

“The house in Weston also had that wonderful indoor-outdoor feel,” Ms Selleck said.

“It was a quality home and was built by someone with a very good eye for detail.”

Ms Selleck said there was a strong demand for prestige property with a well-considered floor plan.

“Everyone is looking for that indoor-outdoor living and when it’s been done well it will move quickly because it’s highly sought after.”

Saturday’s auction clearance rate of 54.5 percent was down from last week’s 64 per cent, according to Domain Group data.

See all of Saturday’s auction results here.

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Newcastle Rugby League: Central overcome dogged Maitland to help repay club’s investment

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BIG BLOW: Steve Gordon playing for Western Suburbs. Now at Central Newcastle, Gordon injured his shoulder in a 28-22 win over Maitland on Saturday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers CENTRAL Charlestown coach Craig Miller wanted a good start to the Newcastle Rugby League season to repay the faith the club had shown in the off-season.

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OnSaturday, the Butcher Boys held out a fast-finishing Maitland 28-22 at Coronation Oval to make it three-straight wins to sit top of the table.

“The club is going great and I couldn’t be prouder today,” said Miller who took over the reins this season. “We spoke about the importance of getting some credibility at the start of the season. The club put its neck out a little bit and recruited well. It was important that we paid the club back and for the playing group to get some confidence. We have a pretty good squad and are entitled to set some lofty goals.”

Central set up the win in the first half, leading 24-10 at the break.

“Coronation Oval is as hard as a rock and down hill,” Miller said. “We ran down hill in the first half and had the wind behind us which was a pretty big advantage. We knew Maitland would come back. Maitland never stopped coming at us. We hung in there and probably did the little things a bit better than they did and our kicking game was strong. I know Maitland are one (win) and three (losses) but the way Tilse and Dorn are playing, they will win their fair share.”

Teenage fullback Jake Maizen was the hero for the visitors with a hat-trick.

“He ran 50 or 60 metres for a couple of them,” Miller said. “He has scored five or six tries in the first three rounds and for a kid in his first year of first grade, I think he has something a little special. He has real speed and is very much out of the James Tedesco mould the way he plays.”

The only down side for Central was a shoulder injury to Steve Gordon.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Cessnock broke their duck with a hard-fought 24-16 win over Kurri Kurri in coalfields derby at Cessnock Sportsground.

The Goannas led 14-0 at half-time.

In Sunday’s game Western Suburbs are at home to Lakes United.

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Rugby League: Newcastle Knights score in extra-time to snatch thrilling comeback win over Manly Sea Eagles in Harold Matthews Cup final

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CHAMPIONS: Knights under-16s players and coaching staff celebrate after beating Manly to win the Harold Matthews Cup final at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday. Picture: Newcastle Knights COACH MarkMorrissey is confident the Knights have the core of a future NRL team if they can keep the triumphant Harold Matthews side together.

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The Knights produced a stunning comeback to beat Manly 26-20 in extra time in the final of the under-16s competition at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday.

“They are a great bunch of kids with a great work ethic,” Morrissey said. “Hopefully we can shore them up and keep them at the club. There is certainly some future first graders among them.”

In scenes reminiscent of the Knights’ famous win over Manly in the 1997 NRL grand final, Newcastle came back from the dead to win an incredible finale.

They trailed 20-16 with seconds remaining when winger Patrick Achurch dived over in the left corner to send the game into extra time.

Captain and lock Jaron Purcell did the rest, crashing over from close range in the dying moments in the first period of extra time. From there they hung on.

“With 10 seconds to go I thought the match was gone,” Morrissey said.“Then we scored in the corner to tie it up. Talk about riding your emotions. Wejust didn’t give up. We had a sign on the wall in the dressing sheds which read“nevergive up” and we fought right to the end.”

The win secured the Knights the minor-major premiership double.It is the fourth time the club haswon the under-16s competition. They were beaten in the grand final last season.

Purcell, five-eighth Max Buderus, hooker Mitchell Black, second-rower Riley Meyn and prop Tian Ma’anaima were outstanding for the Knights who completed the season undefeated.

“To be undefeated premiers in 2017 is an amazing feeling,” Purcell said.”We have players from Newcastle, Maitland, the Hunter Valley and the Central Coast …to pull a team of 16-year-old boys from country areas to win a NSW State competition is amazing.A special thank you to our parents and staff for the time, effort and support they put in to help us achieve our goals this season.”

Buderus set up the Knights’ first try just before half-time,jabbing through a grubber for Meyn.

Until that point the Knights had been out-played by animpressive Manly outfit who led 10-0 early.

Although the Sea Eagles scored again early in the second half, the Red and Blues started to find their groove.

Imposing prop Christian Ma’anaima charged overin the 36th minute.Buderus converted to cut the margin to 14-10.

Soon after Meyn got his second try following an excellent run to put the Knights in front.

But Albert Hopoate scored for Manly against the run of play with just nine minutes left on the clock.

The Knights needed a hero andAchurch delivered in the final seconds.

Knights 26 (Meyn 2, Ma’anaima, Achurch, Purcell triesBuderus 3/5 conversions) btSea Eagles 20

Knights: 1Bradman Best, 2Maile J Townsend, 3Darcy Heaney, 4Cooper Jenkins, 5Patrick Achurch, 6Max Buderus, 7Kobe Davies, 16Ben Olsen, 9Mitch Black, 10Christian Ma’anaima, 11Riley Meyn, 12Harry Croker, 13Jaron Purcell. Interchange: 8Thomas Affleck, 14Ryan Potts, 15Tyler Doney, 17Sione Tuitupou Kutu.

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