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Suzy warns Hunters it’s time to fire up in finals race

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SUZY Batkovic has challenged the Newcastle Hunters to fight their way out of the corner they have painted themselves into.
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The defending Waratah Basketball League women’s champions are in danger of missing the finals, and a chance to defend the breakthrough title they secured in 2016, after their 83-50 loss to Bankstown last Sunday left them languishing in sixth spot with a 4-7 win-loss record.

CHALLENGE: Suzi Batkovic.

Newcastle need to win their final five games of the regular season and hope for favourable results from games involving teams above them on the ladder if they are to sneak into the semi-finals at Maitland on August 12.

The first of those five assignments are the Illawarra Hawks, the team they defeated in the title decider last year, at the Snakepit in Wollongong on Saturday.

Illawarra (1-10) are in worse shape than Newcastle, sitting at the bottom of the ladder, but Batkovic said the Hunters were taking nothing for granted.

The triple Olympic medallist and five-time Women’s National Basketball League Most Valuable Player hopes her young teammates embrace the challenge facing them in the next five weeks.

Both teams were beaten by Bankstown last weekend, as the Bruins disposed of the Hawks 57-38 just 24 hours before blitzing Newcastle.

“We’ve put ourselves in a tough position after last week’s loss to Bankstown, so every game is must-win for us now, starting with this one against Illawarra,” Batkovic said.

“We’re a young team so we need to be more composed at both ends of the floor and be prepared to compete hard for 40 minutes.”

Newcastle men’s coach Darren Nichols remains upbeat despite Bankstown inflicting an eighth straight loss on his team last Sunday.

The 10th-placed Hunters (2-12) are only one spot behind Illawarra (4-9), and are keen to avenge a 77-64 loss to the Hawks at Broadmeadow on March 26.

If their results against second-placed Bankstown (10-4) last weekend are any form-guide, the Hunters are not without hope of ending their losing streak. The Bruins savaged Illawarra 97-57 last Saturday but Newcastle were significantly more competitive in a 92-77 loss the following day.

Nichols said the emergence of Youth League players Jacob Foy, Jakob Dorricott and Joel Rauch has been one of the highlights of a rebuilding season, and was proof there were better times ahead.

The women’s game is scheduled for a 4.30pm tip-off, followed by the men at 6.30pm

Easing swell of symptoms

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Options: Chia Yie Loh treats Janice Bellamy at Maitland Private Hospital with inflatable trousers used to reduce swelling. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.IT IS a chronic condition that can affect20 per centof cancer survivors, and one in 6000 people are born with it, yetmany sufferers are left undiagnosed.
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Lymphoedemais the accumulation of excessive amounts offluid that results in the swelling of parts of the body,caused by a mechanical failure of the lymphatic system.

Janice Bellamy, of East Maitland, did not realise she had the condition until 2014.

In her case, it was genetic.

“My arms, and particularly the legs, were the worst, and I had a little bit of swelling around the trunk,” Ms Bellamy said.

“They were getting quite big, and starting to harden.

“If left unattended, it can go hard, you can become immobile, and your skin can go rough and scaly as well.

“It’s very painful.”

Easing swell of symptoms TweetFacebook Lymphoedema treatment optionsJanice Bellamy with Maitland Private Hospital senior physiotherapist, Chia Yei Loh. Pictures by Max Mason-Hubers.Ms Bellamy wants to raise greater awareness of the condition, which she said could also affectcancer survivors who had lymph node surgery or radiotherapy.

She encouraged others with excess swelling to explore treatment options.

“Follow exactly what your therapist says to do, I’ve done that, and it does make a difference,” she said.

“I do a short lymph node massage morning and evening, keep active, do a little bit of exercise, and I try to do some hydrotherapy through the week. It all helps.”

Maitland Private Hospital is hosting a free seminar on lymphoedema on Tuesday, June 27.

While there is no cure for the condition, symptoms couldbe alleviated with appropriate management,senior physiotherapist, Chia Yei Loh, said.

“The true risk factor profile for lymphoedema is unknown, but there may be many factors that predispose an individual to developing it,” she said.

“These include surgery with lymph node dissection, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, cancer, orthopaedic surgery, obesity, immobilisation, and prolonged limb dependency, and many more.

“Unfortunately, there are limited resources around the Hunter… It is important to ensure that lymphoedema sufferers are aware of self-management techniques and long term control of this condition.”

Bookings for the seminar are essential on 4931 2311.

Robert Dillon: Gagai’s exit from the Knights was logical for both parties

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TRY TIME: Dane Gagai scored twice for Queensland in their great escape against NSW on Wednesday night. Picture: Getty ImagesDANE Gagai’s spectacular performance in Origin II was a reminder that his decision to leave the Newcastle Knights is, sadly, the logical outcome for both parties.
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Gagai has been a good player for Newcastle over the past six seasons and iseasily the best on their current roster.

But he has been an even better playerfor Queensland.

A large part of that, obviously, is the calibre of teammates around him.

Any player worth his salt would relish a spoton the end of a backline featuring names like Thurston, Cronk and Slater.Champions like that have a habit of lifting everyone around them to new performance levels.

Gagai has certainly thrived inthe game’s ultimate arena, scoring seven tries in six appearances for the Maroons, including a matchwinning double at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday night and a memorable hat-trick in game two last year.

To put that in context, Gagai has equalled the record held by Darius Boyd for most Origin tries scored bya Newcastle player.

Toss in a try in each of the past two All Stars fixturesand it is clear that the26-year-old is a big-game player capable of rising to any occasion.

But perhaps there is more to Gagai’s Origin excellence than just being surrounded by some of the all-time greats.

For Queenslandhe has played exclusively on the wing, and from the evidence presented, Sporting Declaration hasreached the conclusion that flanker is his best position.

Gagai is a superb finisher with a God-given knack for getting across the stripe. He is safe under the high ball and courageous enough to take the tough hit-ups and kick-returns. In this year’s two Origins, he made 220 attacking metres and 189 metres respectively –on both occasions, the most yardage by any player.

You could not ask more of any winger thanGagai has shown in Origin.

Yet the dilemma, at club level, is you don’t want a player of suchclass waiting in the wings.

He needs to be playing where he has more opportunity and involvement. His salary demands it.

So the vast majority of his 118 NRL games for Newcastle have been split between playing right-side centre and fullback.

In those games, he has scored 28 tries, an average of about a try in every four appearances. Only four tries have come from his past 44 outings.

This is not delivered as a criticism, rather a statement of fact to highlight the quandary the Knights were facing recently when they spoke with Gagai about extending his contract.

If they were to re-sign him as a centre, his tryscoring strike rate had to be a concern, as did his tendency to be exposed in defence. As a fullback, he lacks the ball-playing nous that makes the likes of Boyd, Billy Slater and Lachlan Coote so valuable.

In addition, Newcastle have already signed a fullback for next season, North Queensland wunderkind Kalyn Ponga. That meant the only likely roleforGagaiwas in the centres.

Given the price tag he was entitled to command, re-signing him would have been akin to parking a luxury sports car in the driveway of a dilapidated house.

For a similar amount ofmoney, Newcastle may well be able to recruit ex-Rooster Shaun Kenny-Dowall and Brisbane’s Tautau Moga, which would seem like pretty good business.

Nonetheless, it is hard to deny thatlosing their best player to a rival club is a terrible look for the Knights.

Gagai is their only incumbent rep player. On the strength of his deeds for Queensland, he could well winKangaroos selection for the end-of-season World Cup.

As one Newcastle stalwart told me recently, he could have been an ambassador, promoting the club to other elite-level players. Instead now the question he will be asked is: “Why are you leaving?”

The suspicion is his decision to join South Sydney is not just about money.

Regardless of third-party sponsorships, surely no club in the NRL has greater capacity than Newcastle to pay top dollar.

For whatever reason, Gagai felt the Rabbitohs would provide the best environment to succeed and reach his maximum potential.

It would seem reasonable to assume that Souths’proudheritage of embracing indigenous players and the Aboriginal community was part of the attraction.

Above all else, who could blame Gagai if he has grown tired of getting beaten?

When he came to Newcastle midway through 2012, after being sacked by the Broncos, the Knights were a glamorous option, coached by Wayne Bennett and featuring a host of big-name players.

The following season, Gagai was part of a team who featured in three sudden-death finals.

Since then the play-offs have been a distant dream.

Gagai is in the prime of his career. Souths might be struggling, but presumably any rebuild at Redfern will be swifter than Newcastle’s.

Most athletes in Gagai’s situation, whatever the code, would have made the same choice.

Knights fans can only hope that, at some point in the future, other top-tier players feel no such inclination to follow suit.

14 years’ jail for killer

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Greg Gibbins
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A young apprentice chef also destroyed his own life when he fatally stabbed a stranger in the heart outside a NSW Central Coast pizza shop a little over two years ago, a judge says.

TRAGIC LOSS: Greg Gibbins, of Gwandalan, with his sisters Rhianna and Jenna. Greg loved rugby league and was a talented player.

Bradley James Brooks, 21, was convicted in March of murdering popular local rugby league player Gregory Gibbins, 28, and wounding his friend Adam Swindell with intent to cause grievous bodily harm at Toukley in April 2015.

He was given a maximum sentence of 22 years and will spend at least the next 14 years behind bars.

‘‘Not only has Mr Brooks taken away the precious life of Gregory Gibbins, and destroyed the life of a number of other people, he has also destroyed his own life,’’ Justice Peter Hamill said at his sentencing in the NSW Supreme Court on Friday.

‘‘At the time of these violent and senseless crimes, Mr Brooks was a 19-year-old man who had never been in trouble with police before.’’

He said Brooks looked like ‘‘a broken man’’ when victims read their statements to the court.

‘‘I realised that the case represents a tragedy from every possible perspective,’’ he said.

Mr Gibbins and two mates were helping a young woman who was being harassed by a group of people when the altercation quickly escalated.

Brooks pulled a knife from his pocket and stabbed the Wyong Roos player and Mr Swindell in the chest.

As Mr Gibbins lay dying in a nearby gutter, Mr Swindell was chased around the corner and stabbed twice more.

Justice Hamill said he was not satisfied Brooks intended to kill Mr Gibbins, but he wanted to send a clear message ‘‘that the courts will not tolerate carrying of weapons and that those who do so, especially when they use them to the fatal effect, will be met with severe punishment’’.

Brooks’ youth, good character, the way he conducted himself during the trial and the lack of planning and premeditation when he committed the crimes were taken into consideration in the sentencing.

Justice Hamill imposed two individual sentences with a total of 22 years in jail and a non-parole period of 14-and-a-half years.

‘‘No sentence that I can impose could possibly appear to constitute justice in circumstances where they have to live with their grief, and their loss, for the rest of their lives,’’ Justice Hamill said.

Outside court Mr Gibbins’ father Barry, flanked by other family members, said they were not disappointed with the outcome.

“We came here today with pretty split expectations, obviously he could have got more but I think what the judge handed down was … fair, yes, I suppose,” he said.“When you look at the loss of our son, it’s not fair.

“We could have got a lot less. We’re just walking away with, you know a lot of people say the justice system is not working but I think today has showed, for us, it’s in our favour, on the higher scale.

“When someone is taken from you in the prime of their life, it’s veryheartbreaking and you keep asking yourself why, why, why, and there’sno answer there.”