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ealth services in the Hunter region received a shot in the arm last week, with Hunter New England Health (HNEH) announcing a record intake of graduate doctors to be put to work in hospitals across the district. HNEH said 112 new interns will complete their two-year post-graduate training contract in the region, completing ten rotations around the district’s hospitals. Around 100 graduates will be introduced to their training through a newly redesigned orientation program at John Hunter Hospital, which familiarises interns with hospital procedures and offers them the opportunity to “buddy” with a member of staff for a week to help ease them into their employment in the health sector. Manager of Hunter New England Health’s prevocational junior medical officer network, Jeanette Chadban said the initial feedback on the new program from graduates had been positive. “Our interns are strongly supported by many highly skilled senior clinicians who gladly share their expertise to assist the transition from doctors-in-training to qualified practitioners,” she said. “The new program ensures the graduates are confident and job-ready.” The district continues to attract a high number of graduates and according to Ms Chadban, an


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Pubs and bars will suffer but government's hands were tied

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Congratulations to the O'Farrell government for their tough, new lockout laws in Sydney. In recent days there has been opposition from hoteliers who say they will lose significant amounts of money if venues are forced to stop serving drinks at 3am. Yes, that probably will be a consequence, but what choice did the government have to solve the problem of alcohol-fuelled violence? There was so much public outrage and a demand for action that anything less than what has been delivered would not have been accepted. Venues that don't have any problems are speaking out about being hampered unfairly. That's an understandable point of view - it's a bit like giving a whole class of schoolkids detention because a couple of them were caught talking in class. I completely understand that pubs and bars aren't the cash cows that some may think. There are huge expenses involved and a lot of them really struggle to make a profit. However, I think licensing laws need to be uniform to avoid constant arguments over how to exactly determine when a venue becomes a trouble spot. Perhaps I'm not best qualified to comment, having now moved into my mid-thirties and with a family, but I can't understand why 3am isn't more than late enough for people to be in pubs

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and bars drinking. Surely you've had enough by then. I'd be having trouble staying awake past midnight if I was in those places, even with the music piercing my eardrums. The introduction of mandatory minimum sentences handed out to perpetrators of alcohol and drug-fuelled violence has also copped criticism from some angles since it was introduced. Greens MP David Shoebridge said NSW prisons will become overwhelmed and that mandatory sentencing in the Northern Territory had actually seen crime rates rise. I'm sure that's true, but as Barry O'Farrell said, the government would not have had to go down the path of mandatory sentencing "if the judiciary had handed out the types of penalties that the community expect and that are available to them". I wrote a couple of weeks ago that you would have to be an idiot to be coward punching people with the media spotlight shining so brightly on it. Well, you'd have to be a moron to consider doing it now, knowing that you are definitely going to be behind bars for a long time. Unfortunately, I still don't think it's going to wipe out the problem. People will still get themselves full of alcohol or drugs and react with instant rage to minor situations.

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O'Farrell cracks down on drunken violence But Lake Macquarie MP says new legislation is a “knee jerk� reaction

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pathetic, blasé and disengaged are terms often used by baby boomers to describe the youth of today. This year’s Lake Macquarie Young Citizen of the Year (Under 18), Jack Antcliff, wants to put an end to this stereotype and is on a one-man crusade to change perceptions and get more young people involved in their community. “I want to change the way young people are viewed in the media and by old people,” the 17-year-old Kahibah resident said. “You rarely hear a good thing said about young people. “I want to help promote avenues where young people can make a positive change and have their say.” Mr Antcliff is leading this change via social media. In 2012, Mr Antcliff established an online newspaper, The Kahibah Times, which provides localised information for residents of Kahibah, Redhead and Dudley and was particularly effective in disseminating information during recent bushfires in the area. He has been a member of the Lake Macquarie Youth Advisory Council since

Lake Macquarie Australia Day Award winners: Lake Macquarie Young Citizen of the Year (Under 18), Jack Antcliff age 12, administrates the youth council’s Facebook page and is also a valued member of the student representative council at Whitebridge High School. Mr Antcliff said he intends to use his 12-month stint as Lake Macquarie Young Citizen of the Year (Under 18) to influence

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Lake Macquarie’s quiet achiever Men’s Shed CEO takes out Lake Macquarie Citizen of the Year Award Amelia Parrott @amelia_parrott

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ost Lakeside residents may not know it, but tucked behind the Windale library a team of four dedicated staff are pioneering a global change in men’s preventative health, led by Lake Macqaurie Citizen of the Year, David Helmers. Mr Helmers was recognised above a pool of five worthy nominees at the Lake Macquarie Australia Day Awards last week, for his work as CEO of the Australian Men’s Shed Association. Since taking up a 12-month coordinator position at the Windale Men’s Shed in 2006, Mr Helmers has gone on to play a pivotal role in the formation of the Australian Men’s Shed Association, securing funding and corporate sponsorship for the organisation and working to ensure the workplace safety of Men’s Shed members through a new insurance package for more than 1000 sheds across the country. The success of the organisation in Australia has seen it spread overseas, with Men’s Sheds popping up across the UK, Ireland, Canada, Finland, Spain, Turkey, Denmark and the Netherlands. Mr Helmers said despite his close involvement with the Men’s Shed move-

Lake Macquarie Citizen of the Year and Australian Men’s Shed Association CEO, David Helmers, outside the organisation’s Windale office ment over eight years, he still struggled to define the role of sheds in the community. “I like to call it health by stealth,” Mr Helmers said. “I think what we do is best defined by our members.

“I once received a handwritten note from a member in South Australia that simply read, ‘the shed gives me a reason to get out of bed in the morning and a reason to talk to my family at night’.” Mr Helmers said he viewed winning the

Citizen Year Award as accolade for the whole organisation. “You don’t get involved in this type of job to win personal accolades,” he said. “Our reward is what we see within the organisation and in our members.”

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Men put their issues on the table Call for new members as Adamstown Old Blokes celebrate 10 years

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hey may hold their meetings in a darkened dungeon but in their tenth year, the friendly gents of the Adamstown Old Blokes are all about welcoming new members to their ever-growing ranks. The group, which started as an offshoot of Adamstown OMNI (Older Men with New Ideas) in 2004, consists of around 25 retired, older men. Their regular meetings provide a space for men to come and have a yarn and discuss any issues that may be on their mind – good or bad. Some men attend the meetings to discuss things like health problems and personal dilemmas, while others just come to find out what other men their age are up to in their local area and develop new friendships. “We’re the only men’s group in the area that is primarily a talk group,” said group chairman, Vic Austen. “In the first half our meetings we’ll talk about the issues of the day, politics, then the second half is for sharing. “You don’t have to talk but every member is given the opportunity to share what’s on their heart and if they need to

Adamstown Old Blokes celebrate their tenth anniversary this month have a cry, they can have a cry. One of our fundamental rules is whatever is said with the old blokes, stays with the old blokes.” This month the group is celebrating its tenth anniversary and is taking the oppor-

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70 years on, still happy in love

New Lambton couple celebrate seven decades together and have some advice for young couples Amelia Parrott @amelia_parrott

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hey’ve danced nights away with friends, raised a family, established a soccer club together and this year New Lambton couple, Charles and Dorothea Clarke will celebrate another major milestone – 70 years of marriage. The couple were married on a 104oF [40oC] day at the Auburn Baptist Church on January 22, 1944. Speaking to the Post, Mrs Clarke, a Sydney native, remembered the first time she ever set eyes on her future husband. “I’d come up to Newcastle for a football match with my step-father and happened to see this fella who looked alright but was very interested in talking to other girls,” she laughed. After their initial meeting, as fate would have it, they bumped into each other again in the Sydney suburb of Granville. “I recognised her, she was wearing a red cardigan and a white skirt, and I thought, ‘I’ll catch you this time’,” Mr Clarke said of his now wife. Mrs Clarke said once her beau let her know he did not drink or smoke they started “going together” and have been ever since.

Dorothea and Charles Clarke celebrate 70 years of marriage this year Mr Clarke said they have enjoyed doing everything together over the years – Mrs Clarke would sew shirts for the New Lambton South Junior Football Club, where Mr Clarke was first treasurer, and she even remembers helping her husband lay cement whilst seven months pregnant.

They have received messages of congratulations from the Queen and the Governor-General and last week, the Member for Charlestown, Andrew Cornwell, presented the happy couple with a certificate recognising their many years of married life.

And the Clarke’s advice to other married couples? “Every rose has its thorns,” Mrs Clarke said. “You’ve got to remember that there will always be thorns along the way, you’ve just got to step over them and get through it together.”

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opened his eyes to issues experienced. “Last year we weren’t really ready for what we encountered – there are youth going through some really difficult issues. “It’s an emotional journey, but I have a ball while doing it, and I’m on a brand new Harley so I’m having the time of my life!”

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afternoon peaks. He was confident the changes would alleviate congestion in the area and offer added convenience for drivers. Work is scheduled to commence next month and should be complete by December, weather permitting. The final design for the upgrade can be viewed online at www.rms.nsw.gov.au/ The final design for the Fairfax Road and The Esplanade intersection upgrade roadprojects. at Warners Bay


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There really was something for everybody at this year’s Lake Macquarie Festival. The Festival continues to be a popular day out for families, and this year I joined thousands of people at Speers Point Park to celebrate Australia Day at this Council run event. One of the biggest days on the Lake Macquarie calendar, the festival brings people together with a sense of local and national pride. Market stalls, live entertainment and amusement rides again proved to be popular attractions, and this year’s big screen movie, ‘captured’ the desire of many to have a never ending summer. I again had the opportunity to kick off the Scouts canoe race where a dozen different scout troupes took part in the boating challenge around the lake near Spears Point park. I don’t mind saying that I was taken back to my youth as I watched Jon English and the Radiators at the evening concert, and was also pleased to see some local acts like Piper and the Cro and the very talented Arley Black. At the end of a fun-packed day, it was a pleasure to see all the sun kissed faces turned skywards to enjoy the spectacular fireworks display which finished off the festival for another year. As the attendance at each year’s festival grows, I look forward to seeing more people join in the fun next year.


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Property is synonymous with Australian investors and is typecast as bricks and mortar being safe as houses. It is for this reason that everyday Australians invest their hard-earned dollars into property. Now, this is not news to anyone, what is news is the way in which property investments are made or the vehicle that is used to do so. Self-managed superannuation funds or SMSFs for short, is the means by which people are choosing to invest in property. Property through super has been one of

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the SMSFs liability to the bank is limited to the value of the asset. As many Australians are doing, if you are considering investing in property, a SMSF may be an option for you. The advantages lie in the fact that an SMSF is the optimal tax structure, with income and capital gains taxed at a rate of 15 per cent, or an effective rate of 10 per cent on capital gains if the asset is held for longer than 12 months. Furthermore, if you sell the asset when you retire and the fund is in pension phase, any capital gains on the sale of an asset will be tax-free. The tax benefits are unprecedented to that of any other structure.

CHINESE COURSES Another advantage surrounds the availability of a larger pool of funds, being your existing super balance, to fund the deposit for the property. On the flip side, it is a costly exercise to establish an SMSF and to facilitate the LRBA. Additionally, you require separate LRBAs for every investment you intend to leverage. An SMSF isn’t for everyone and if now isn’t the right time, it is something that can be driven towards in the future. It is essential that you seek advice from your financial planner if you’re considering setting up a SMSF now or in the future. Finally, a recent survey conducted by Newcastle Financial Planning identified that nearly a third (28.75 per cent) of its respondents were planning on making a property transaction in the next 12 months. Of this, 36.36 per cent of respondents indicated that superannuation will be their main source of funding. Ask yourself the question; is a SMSF right for you?

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The Greater Building Society honoured its two longest serving staff members who have both clocked up 40 years of service. Gail Smith and Bill Brandon were presented with gift vouchers, a certificate of service and a plaque by Greater Building Society chairman Wayne Russell and CEO Don Magin in recognition of their dedication to the company and its customers. Ms Smith is executive assistant to the CEO and Board. Mr Brandon is the lending services’ system and administration manager. He has also worked as a branch manager in the Illawarra and at New Lambton. The pair started within three days of each other (Mr Brandon on January 14 and Ms Smith on January 17, 1974). Mr Brandon’s employee number is 34 and Ms Smith’s is 36. Ms Smith worked in the typing pool and Mr Brandon started as a clerk in head office. Both are planning to continue their careers for at least another five years. Ms Smith said she has been the executive assistant to all but one of the Greater’s CEOs. “I love my job because every day is different and I have made some truly great friends here,” Ms Smith said. Mr Brandon said when he started the Greater had assets of $50m and today it has assets of $5 billion. “I love working at the Greater and the people are fantastic,” Mr Brandon said. A total of 66 of The Greater’s 800

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Greater Building society CEO Don Magin, long-serving employees Gail Smith and Bill Brandon and Greater Building Society chairman Wayne Russell staff have worked for the company for 20 years or more. Between them they have undertaken more than 1,650 years of service. The Greater’s Long Service Awards program recognises staff service at 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and beyond years of service. An annual dinner is held for staff with 20 years or more service. Mr Magin paid tribute to both staff members and thanked them “for their tremendous contribution to The Greater”. He said that one of the key drivers of The Greater’s 97 percent customer satisfaction rating is the dedication of its highly-skilled and long-serving staff. Meanwhile, a reunion for Greater Building Society staff will be held at South Newcastle Leagues Club on Saturday, March 1. For more details contact Ian Hartley on 4921 9137.

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MEDICAL MATTERS

Alcohol: Australia’s biggest drug problem The effects of alcohol-fuelled violence have been well covered in the media lately, with a number of tragic injuries and deaths. I think that most people would agree that Australia has a drinking culture. Fortunately, most people drink alcohol in moderation for enjoyment and relaxation in social situations with friends and families. Unfortunately, there is also a significant number of people who drink alcohol in levels that have the potential to cause harm – not just to themselves, but also to the people around them. Alcohol is a drug. It is the most widely used social drug in Australia and deserves respect for the impact it can have on your health and safety. Binge drinking is one the biggest problem areas and is often what sparks the violence we have seen recently in the media. Binge drinking is described as drinking large amounts of alcohol over a short period of time so that the person drinking becomes severely intoxicated very quickly. In addition to feeling sick and sleepy, the effect of alcohol intoxication can include

confusion, poor judgement, difficulty thinking clearly and rationally, and lack of inhibition resulting in the person participating in risky or dangerous activities. In extreme circumstances, alcohol intoxication can even result in coma or death. Alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream through the stomach and intestines. Having food in your stomach when drinking can help to slow down the rate at which alcohol is absorbed but eventually ALL the alcohol you consume will transfer across into your bloodstream and have the same impact on your body. Over time, the consumption of alcohol can have some significant impacts on your health. These health risks include raised blood pressure, damage to your heart, increased risk of stroke, brain damage and dementia, bleeding in your stomach, liver failure and liver cancer. The risk to your health increases with the more you drink. Australian guidelines suggest that adult men and women drink no more than two standard drinks on any day to reduce the risk of alcohol-related injury or disease, or four standard drinks on a special occasion

(and the end of your working day should not be counted as a special occasion!). A “standard drink” is measured as a drink that contains 10g of alcohol. For example, a bottle of mid-strength beer (375ml) is considered to equal one standard drink while the same size bottle of full strength beer would equal almost 1.5 standard drinks. Some tips for staying healthier while enjoying a glass of alcohol include (1) setting a goal of what you think is reasonable and safe to consume, (2) being aware of exactly how many “standard drinks” you have had and sticking to your limit, (3) trying not to drink on an empty stomach, (4) drink water or soft drink to quench your thirst, (5) take your time to enjoy your drink – sip it slowly, (6) choose lowalcohol alternatives, and (7) make every second drink (at least) a non-alcoholic one. Remember, too, that if you are taking any prescription or non-prescription medication, drinking alcohol may have additional risks. If you think that you drink too much alcohol and would like help in cutting down, start by talking to your GP.

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If you have a medical question you would like to ask Dr Tony you can email the Post at editorial@newcastlepost. com.au. Include your age and gender with your question, too. Dr Tony will try to respond to your questions, but if it is something you think is urgent or concerning please be sure to seek advice from your GP.

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There is usually a lot of heat in discussions about the cost and availability of health services. Already this year there has been lively debate following the suggestion that government expenditure could be reduced if there was to be a surcharge on GP visits, or even attendance at hospital outpatient departments. Other recently suggested changes to the health system include abolishing the private health insurance rebate and allowing private health insurers to cover the cost of some GP services. However, not surprisingly, none of these suggestions meets with universal support. Medicare as we now know it came into operation on 1 February 1984 – 30 years ago. It differed only in detail from the Medibank model introduced ten years earlier; and although there have been some changes made by successive Governments since then, the basic structure has remained. Operating under the umbrella of Medicare is the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) – it was actually established in the late 1940s – and it aims to provide all Australian residents and eligible overseas visitors access to prescription medicines in a way that is reliable and affordable. For advice about saving with the PBS Safety Net and by choosing less expensive brands of PBS medicines, ask for the Help with Medicine Costs fact card at your local Self Care Pharmacy. For the nearest location call 1300 369 772 or check out www.psa.org.au Click on “Self Care” then “Find a Self Care Pharmacy”.

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Have you ever thought of getting help with your health? Maybe you wanted to hire a trainer but thought you’re too unfit to start? Well if you are sick do you wait until you’re better before you go to the doctor? What about quickly changing your oil before you take the car in for a service? We don’t want the mechanic seeing how dirty our old oil is! Starting your training journey is daunting. It’s very hard for an overweight, unfit person to walk into a gym or see a trainer for the first time. I don’t just mean hard to get up the steps but the willpower to stick to the decision and go right outside their comfort zone. It makes people feel quite vulnerable. The trainer is most likely quite fit and healthy themselves, so people think trainers must be looking at their new client judging them or quietly saying, how could you let yourself go this much and be so lazy! It’s funny but it’s assumed everybody knows how to keep fit and anyone who doesn’t is just lazy. We all own a body so must know how to look after it... right? This isn’t true. It’s entirely normal to feel a little trepidation starting out, but give it a while and see if that doesn’t turn into excitement as you start feeling and seeing all the great results from your efforts.

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A Perfect World Friday, 8.30pm • GEM It’s pretty much a free kick to say that silver screen legend Clint Eastwood is just as adroit behind the camera as he is in front of it and in this taut crime thriller he shows both sides brilliantly. A Perfect World is a thoughtful, slow-burn of a film that elicits almost career-best performances from both Costner and Eastwood.

Jurassic 5 Wednesday, March 19 • Enmore Theatre Prepare for the return of one of the world’s most loved hip-hop groups, Jurassic 5 – six years after the group broke up in 2007, what once seemed impossible has now happened – the hip-hop behemoth is back in action. The group stormed the stage at Coachella in April for their first show since reuniting, to massive praise. Having spent the majority of 2013 taking their new live show across the world, Jurassic 5 will be stopping in Sydney for what promises one hell of a show. Forming in 1993 and representing the city of LA, the six piece crew consisting of emcees Chali 2na, Mark 7even, Zaakir, Akil and DJs Cut Chemist and Nu-Mark, dropped their first single ‘Unified Rebelution’ in 1995.

The Wolf of Wall Street Out Now Reviewed at Event Cinemas Glendale It feels like an eternity since film buffs were given their first taste of the latest offering from legendary Hollywood director, Martin Scorsese but the wait finally ended last week with The Wolf of Wall Street hitting cinemas across Australia. In what many critics have been quick to call Scorsese’s best film yet, Leonardo DiCaprio portrays sex, drug and money addict, Jordan Belfort, a stockbroker now infamous for his real-life dodgy deals, corruption and run ins with the law. In an all-star cast, which sees strong performances from the likes of Matthew McConaughey, funnyman, Jonah Hill, British comedy great Joanna Lumley as the sexy and sophisticated Aunt Emma and Oscar winning French heartthrob, Jean Dujardin, as the equally smooth Swiss banker, Jean Jacques Saurel, DiCaprio shines brighter than the rest – channelling all the coke-fuelled energy and bravado of 1990’s Belfort, DiCaprio is mesmerising in every scene. Through the haze of boobs, butts and blow, The Wolf of Wall Street offers up a serious lesson in morality, modern idols, money and greed.

Dirty Jeans: The Rise of Australian Alternative Rock Out Now If you display even a passing fancy for ‘alternative’ Aussie rock, then this retrospective is definitely an essential addition to your collection. Traversing the heady period from 1988 to 2002, when the underground became overcrowded and when Triple J switched from a Sydney-only affair to national broadcaster – taking these otherwise unheard bands to the nation’s youth – ‘Dirty Jeans’ is a veritable treasure trove of classic indie rock – albeit from the Festival Records stable. Sure, the obvious ones are there – You Am I, Magic Dirt, Regurgitator – but there are enough surprises on here to keep things interesting. Standouts here are The Powder Monkeys’ blistering ‘Persecution Blues’ which sounds just as menacing today, The Meanies’ frenetic ‘10% Weird’ and the Beasts of Burbon’s iconic ‘Chase The Dragon’.

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“We only signed these guys up for these shows – we didn’t want to be saying to them “you’re signing up to The Porkers for the next couple of years”, because there wasn’t a plan to take it on the road and flog the s**t out of it again but, who knows? These shows could be really good. If these shows don’t kill us, we’ll see.” Anyone who has seen the Porkers in action will know that even on an off night, they were one of the most engaging live bands in Australia – their unpretentious surf/punk/rockabilly-infused ska mixing perfectly with Cooper’s frenetic stage presence, something which Barnard said had taken its toll on the singer. “Being the frontman and jumping around and doing all that stuff – people don’t realise it takes its toll, you know?” A sentiment with which Cooper agrees. “I’ve started seeing a chiropractor this year for the first time ever and he just shook his head when he saw the X-rays and went ‘what have you been doing with yourself?’,” he said. Starting life in 1987, with the rather salacious name The Pork Hunts, their infectious brand of what Cooper describes as “bastardised ska” quickly captured the hearts of the Australian festival and

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hile the Gold Coast may not be the place, for most of us, that is synonymous with down home, tubthumping blues, there’s one guy who is doing his darndest to redress that balance – Mason Rack. While nestled firmly within the blues, Rack, along with his band are certainly not afraid to break all of the genre rules and the band’s latest album, ‘Limits of Grip’, does just that – flaunting all expectations by combining heavy rock, blues, roots and even a little bit of jazz into one heady musical gumbo indeed. Known for a swampy blues / rock sound the band influences include flashes of Tom Waits, and Muddy Waters with roots extending to Ben Harper. Throw in a slide guitar, raspy vocals, a rocking bluesy bass, massive drum percussion and the result is a spectacular kaleidoscope of musical genres. The three-piece is renowned for their amazing live stage performances and the band has played alongside artists including Xavier Rudd, Jack Johnson, Buddy Guy and Keith Urban to name a few. Rack is a born entertainer – growing up playing percussion at the age of six with his musician father Billy Rack. Progressing to drums at age eight, Mason was able to play any style of music. For the next four years Mason developed a natural rhythm that is now part of his soul and way of life. He picked up a guitar in his early years

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Mason Rack Band Wickham Park Hotel THU 31 january and mastered the genre of blues and rock which is his true passion. His stage performance is an experience in itself. With more than 2000 shows performed including major music festivals throughout Australia and Canada, this is one bluesman who shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.

a lot earlier – back when, like 200 people cared about us – and while we recorded the rest of the tracks more recently, we are already keen to move onto the next thing. “We haven’t decided if we’re going to put out another EP or an album but we have around 10 or 12 songs that we will be putting forward at this stage so we are keen to put something new out this year.” Knauth said the addition of Tim Morrissey from the John Steel Singers to the producer’s chair helped immeasurably in creating that fuzzed out lo-fi vibe that the band is now known for. “Timmy was a great choice because we were really interested in getting quite a grungy sound – we weren’t interested in a really slick pop sound and Tim was really on that wavelength – he was always keen to make it dirtier,” he said.

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CLUB LEMON TREE: Friday, Wicked; Saturday, Bec Willis. COLLIERY INN: Friday, Entertainment. COMMERCIAL HOTEL: Friday, Casho. CRICKETERS ARMS: Friday, Holly Wilson; Saturday, Paul Storey. CROWN AND ANCHOR: Friday, Pete Gelzinnis; Saturday, Moonlight Drive Duo. CUSTOMS HOUSE: Wednesday, Jon-T; Friday, Dean Kyrwood; Saturday, Perry Carter; Sunday, Lauren Arms. D’ALBORA MARINA: Sunday, Zane Penn. DAVISTOWN RSL: Sunday, Rock and Roll. DENMAN HOTEL: Friday, Karaoke; Sunday, Kirsty Larkin. DUKE OF WELLINGTON: Friday, Daley Holliday; Saturday, Greg Bryce and the Bad Bad Things EAST MAITLAND BOWLING CLUB: Friday, Loose Bazooka; Saturday, 24 Hours; Sunday, Karen O’Shea. EDGEWORTH BOWLING CLUB: Friday, Bon Jovi Tribute; Sunday, Greg Bryce. EDGEWORTH TAVERN: Friday, Busta Thong; Saturday, Ash Mountain. ENTRANCE BOWLING CLUB: Saturday, Mama Jane’s Blues Band. ENTRANCE LEAGUES CLUB: Friday,

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Drive into something great If you want to dance all night to some good old rock ’n’ roll classics, then you should check out Moonlight Drive. The Newcastle-based covers band pride themselves on creating a lasting impression on the audience and making every show different from the last. The four-piece deliver a spectacular performance every time while ensuring the audience have a new and amazing experience. With driving tunes from acts such as AC/ DC, Blink-182, Deep Purple, Bryan Adams, Elvis Presley, Greenday, Grinspoon, Jimi Hendix, Nirvana and Pearl Jam, you know you are in for a treat when you see this exceptional act.

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STATION HOTEL, Kurri: Saturday, Live Entertainment. STOCKTON RSL: Saturday, Band on the Run. SUNNYSIDE TAVERN: Saturday, Mick Jones. SYDNEY JUNCTION HOTEL: Friday, Fabba, DJs; Saturday, DJs. SWANSEA HOTEL: Thursday, Matt McLaren. SWANSEA WORKERS CLUB: Saturday, Roller Coaster Band. TEA GARDENS HOTEL: Friday, Kim. TELARAH BOWLING CLUB: Friday/Saturday, LIVE Entertainment. THE POURHOUSE, Maitland: Saturday, Duncan Woods. TILLIGERRY RSL CLUB: Friday, The Bad and the Ugly; Saturday, Gian. TORONTO DIGGERS: Friday, 40-Up Club; Saturday, Franky and Johnny. TORONTO ROYAL MOTOR YACHT CLUB: Friday, Lennie Live; Sunday, Saxanova. TORONTO WORKERS CLUB: Friday, Pro DJ, Miss Surfest Venue Final; Saturday, KDL. VUES ON THE BAY: Friday, ME; Saturday, Affinity. WALLARAH BAY REC CLUB: Friday, XYZ; Saturday, Lone Wolf. WALLSEND DIGGERS CLUB: Friday, Loko; Saturday, Overload. WANGI HOTEL: Sunday, Mick Ashman. WANGI WORKERS CLUB: Saturday, Mark Lee. WARNERS AT THE BAY: Friday, Hornet; Saturday, Loose Bazooka. WARNERS BAY HOTEL: Thursday, Karaoke; Friday, DJs; Saturday, The Flicks; Sunday, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. WESTS CARDIFF: Saturday, Robbie Urquhart Duo. WESTS NEW LAMBTON PIANO LOUNGE: Wednesday, Peter Wall; Thursday, Angamus; Friday, Peter Wall; Saturday, Warren Hunter; Monday, Warren Hunter; Tuesday, WESTS NEW LAMBTON MARBLE BAR: Friday, Timmy Coffey, Rubicon; Saturday, Soul Station. WEST WALLSEND WORKERS CLUB: Friday, Darrel G Duo; Sunday, Phil McKnight. WICKHAM PARK HOTEL: Wednesday, Wicko Jam Night; Thursday, Mason Rack Band; Sunday, Holly Wilson, Floyd Vincent. WINDSOR CASTLE HOTEL: Friday, Tom Buckley; Saturday, Scratch. WYONG BOWLING CLUB: Friday, Prahlad. WYONG LEAGUES CLUB: Friday, Shivoo; Saturday, Full Throttle; Sunday, Luke Marlin Duo.

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Friday, Outerphase; Saturday, Dr Zoom Duo; Sunday, Bobby C. NORTHERN STAR HOTEL: Friday, Royal Key; Saturday, Allon. NORTHUMBERLAND HOTEL: Friday, Brien McVernon. OLD PUB, Woy Woy: Saturday, Angel Gear. PEDENS, Cessnock: Friday, Tim Usher; Saturday, Oz Rock Experience. PELICAN RSL: Saturday, Cupcakes and Cocktails, Kath and Kim Disco. PIPPI’S AT THE POINT: Friday, Dave Owen, Redline; Saturday, Duelling Pistols; Sunday, ME. PLOUGH INN: Friday, Tiali. POTTERS BREWERY: Friday, Troy. PRINCE OF WALES: Friday, Kylie Jane; Saturday, Zane Penn; Sunday, Katrina Burgoyne. QUEENS WHARF BREWERY: Wednesday, AdzDrumz; Friday, DJ Ules; Saturday, Kim, Mardmax, DJ Dola; Sunday, Jon-T, Perry Carter, Incognito. RACECOURSE HOTEL: Friday, Karen O’Shea; Saturday, Damien. RAILWAY HOTEL, Cessnock: Saturday, Howard Shearman. ROYAL FEDERAL HOTEL: Saturday, The Levymen. REGAL HOTEL, Kurri: Saturday, Mystery Trousers. ROYAL HOTEL, Singleton: Sunday, Lennie and Carter. REGAL HUNTER HOTEL: Saturday, Michael Mills. ROYAL INN, Waratah: Friday, Phonic Duo; Saturday, Pistol Pete. RUTHERFORD HOTEL: Saturday, HR Duo. SALAMANDER SHORES: Friday, Mardmax, SALAMANDER TAVERN: Sunday, Paul Nickerson. SEABREEZE HOTEL: Friday, Kirsty Larkin; Saturday, The Piranha Brothers. SEVEN SEAS: Thursday, Jam Night. SHENANIGANS, Maitland: Friday, Karaoke; Saturday, Solid Gold Party. SHOAL BAY RESORT: Friday, The Urge, Graeme Mills, James Naldo; Saturday, Brett O’Malley, Katrina Burgoyne, Jamie Martens, Viagro; Sunday, Twinsanity. SHORTLAND HOTEL: Friday, Mick Jones. SINGLETON DIGGERS, Alroy Park: Friday, Entertainement. SINGLETON DIGGERS, York Street: Saturday, Entertainment. SOLDIERS POINT BOWLING CLUB: Friday, Purple Hearts. SPINNING WHEEL HOTEL, Raymond Terrace: Sunday, Mick Jones.

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eramiah may or may not have been a bullfrog but he’s certainly a good friend of mine after sampling the delicious seafood on offer at Newcastle’s newest fish and chippery Jeramiah Jones. With all seafood sourced locally, and everything, and I mean everything, prepared fresh daily, you’ll have to travel pretty far to find fish and chips of this calibre anywhere. Upon arrival, my dining partner and I were greeted with a veritable cornucopia of seafood – a huge plate of delicately battered whiting and snub-nosed dart, perched atop a sea of perfectlycooked chips, an equally large serving of lightly dusted calamari with more of those golden chips and a beautifully zesty rocket, pear, parmesan and walnut salad. Both the whiting and snub-nosed dart were cooked perfectly and the lightly flavoured and crispy batter, left no trace of oil on the back palate that you might find in a lesser-quality dish. The icing on this cake with this dish was the zesty house-made tartare sauce that really took this simple dish to the next level. Next up was the calamari and while epithets like melt-in-the-mouth get bandied around quite often in these types of reviews, there couldn’t be a more apt description in this case. Jeramiah Jones should definitely be on your hit list. They are located just a hop, skip and a jump from Newcastle beach, so you can grab your parcel of undersea goodness and enjoy that almost ritualistic experience of fish and chips on the sand at sunset.


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uch to the chagrin of his legion of Aussie fans, Bobby Rydell had to cancel his 2012 tour, but he had a good excuse – a double organ transplant. However, in a case of you can’t keep a good thing down, he will be heading down our way again and the early 1960s teen idol told TE that he is back better than ever. “I feel absolutely tremendous physically and my vocal chops are quite strong so I just can’t wait to get back down there to see you guys again,” he said. The singer, who brought us such hits as ‘Kissin Time’, ‘Volare’, and ‘We Got Love’, said that his association with Australia has lasted almost as long as his career, with Rydell first visiting our shores in 1960 as part of a Lee Gordon package tour. “Yeah that tour was an interesting one,” Rydell remembered. “I was on with the Everley Brothers and I remember we were on the plane and there was this gentleman sitting with

us and Phil, Don and I had no idea who he was. Anyway we got off the plane in Sydney and there were thousands of fans there and they rushed right past us and up to this gentleman who turned out to be Crash Craddock who had the number one single in Australia at the time – it was quite surreal. “Also, the band that backed me was Col Joye and the Joyeboys and Col and I quickly became fast friends – whenever he comes to America, we always catch up for lunch.” Rydell, along with fellow Philadelphians Fabian and Frankie Avalon, led the teen idol charge of the early 1960s thanks to earthier saccharine-sweet songs and matinee idol good looks and Rydell said that he never thought his career would last 12 months. “We were all the same, me, Frankie and Fabian – we thought it was all going to end tomorrow,” he said. However, Rydell managed to parlay his early success into a formidable career that has encompassed music, the small screen and the big screen.

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Pete Murray rediscovers himself and while it was hard for me, for a while, to see why, I think because there’s not a lot of pretence on there and it’s quite an honest record lyrically and I think that clicked with audiences because there wasn’t really much around like it at the time.” While Murray was a relative latecomer to the world of music, picking up the guitar at 22 while pursuing a career in sports medicine, he has definitely taken to this singer-songwriter thing like a duck to water with subsequent albums ‘See The Sun’, ‘Summer at Eureka’ and ‘Blue Sky Blue’ sending him further into the Aussie folk-rock stratosphere. Murray said that he could pinpoint the very moment where he realised that he was on the right track with his music. “Once we started getting a fair bit of airplay, we did a show at the Bar Broadway in Sydney and we rocked up to the gig and there was a line down the street,” he said. “I thought that someone else was on who was going to steal my little crowd. Anyway I opened the show with the last song on the album, ‘Ten Foot Tall’ thinking it would be a quiet little song to start the show and everyone, something like 400 people were singing every word.” Not one to rest on his laurels, Murray said that after the tour wraps up, he was planning to head back to the studio for a follow-up to ‘Blue Sky Blue’. “Yeah, I’m always writing and I do plan to have something new recorded by the end of the year – the next one will be the last one for my record company so I’m at a really interesting point in my career,” he said.

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hen Pete Murray released his sophomore album ‘Feeler’ back in 2003, he had no idea that it would become the six-time platinum behemoth that it eventually did – in fact, the affable singer-songwriter wasn’t all that fussed, until recently, with the end result. “I honestly thought that album was destined for absolute failure,” Murray admitted. “I kind of had this post-album blues and I kind of hated the album for a long time – I couldn’t even listen to it from start to finish – until recently when Darren Middleton from Powderfinger called me and said ‘I’ve just been listening to ‘Feeler’, and it’s a bloody good record’. “So, I finally decided to listen to it from start to finish, something like eight years after I recorded it and I have to admit that it is a pretty good album.” With the album recently getting the remastering treatment at Abbey Road Studios, with a bonus disc featuring the Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra performing the album in full, mixed with the original album masters, Murray is set to embark on an extensive national tour to celebrate the album’s tenth birthday. As a tacit acknowledgement of the album’s longevity and pride of place in the hearts of the Australian record buying public, shows are constantly being added, making this one heck of an extensive tour – something that Murray puts down to the inherent honesty and simplicity of the record. “Yeah the shows have been selling really well which is good to see and it’s going to be really cool to get out there and play all those songs with my original band The Stonemasons,” he said. “The album does have a big fan-base

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The Rat Pack from Vegas Wests Lambton SUN 2 february time around, we’ll be working with a bigger song list because last time we found that Australians were requesting a lot of songs that we don’t get asked to play that often in the States.” Edwards said that he has been fascinated with Dean Martin since he was a child and the crooner was always someone he wanted to emulate. “When I was a child I used to watch the Dean Martin Variety Show with my Dad – it was one show that he really loved – and I was just hooked. Here was a guy who was good looking, could sing, was funny, utterly charming and got to act in an incredibly silly way and get away with it so I thought ‘where do I sign up?’”

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While all members may’ve shuffled off this mortal coil, their spirit well and truly lives on through live recordings, in a string of films (‘Oceans 11’, ‘Sergeants 3’, ‘Never So Few’ et al) and an eerily spot-on tribute act that will be swinging by Newcastle this week. Dubbed The Rat Pack From Vegas, the tribute show features David De Costa as Frank Sinatra, Nicholas Edwards as Sammy Davis Jr and Johnny Edwards as Dean Martin. Speaking down the line from Vegas, Edwards told TE that the trio always had a swinging time in Australia. “This will be our third time Down Under in three years and every time we are down there, we just can’t wait to get back down there,” he said. “We really do try to recreate a night at the Copa Room. “All of the favourites from Dean, Frank and Sammy will be there although, this

FRIDAY FEB 21 8.30pm U2 • COLDPLAY • THE DOORS

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hen it comes to cool, there are few performers, living or dead, who can hold a candle to Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop. As the Rat Pack, these guys ruled early 1960s Las Vegas thanks to a string of memorable performances at the iconic Copa Room at the Sands Casino.

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reshly schemed and well presented throughout, while offering scope to add your own fresh contemporary touches, this single level brick and rendered home features a fully self-contained one bedroom studio and a wonderful location, just metres from the lake’s edge. The home is surrounded by lush lawns at the front and rear and features an undercover alfresco area with an outdoor pizza oven. Inside, the open plan incorporates separate formal and casual living areas, a dining room and original kitchen.

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Secondary dwellings or Granny Flats are permitted in Zones R1 to R4 – General Residential, Low, Medium & High Density Zones and in Zone R5 – Large Lot Residential via D.A. only. The provisions allow for only one primary and one secondary dwelling, subdivision is not permitted. The secondary dwelling can have a maximum floor area of 60 square metres. The site area of the original property needs to be a minimum of 450 square metres. The Policy is aimed at increasing the supply of rental accommodation. To investors, not only is there the potential of a second income as well as an increase in value but there may be significant depreciation write offs available under the Taxation Laws. For those regular readers of this column, if you have a real estate question you would like answered in this column, email me the question and I will do my best to answer it – andrew. mcgrath@rh.com.au


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Get ready to test your limits Running, mountain biking and kayaking as Kathmandu Adventure Series heads to Cams Wharf

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hort, fast and fun, The Kathmandu Adventure Series is a race designed for weekend warriors looking for some physical, out of the ordinary fun and a true sense of accomplishment. The next edition of the series will be held at Cams Wharf on 1 and 2 February. Teams of two will pit themselves against the competition in a fast and furious sprint that sees racers changing between three core disciplines – trail running, mountain biking and kayaking – in a test of mental and physical endurance. Suitable for any fitness level and everyone with a real sense of adventure, the Kathmandu Adventure Series is designed to offer the perfect introduction to the exhilarating sport of adventure racing. The overall objective is for the teams of two to have fun, and complete the designated course (together, no relays) in the minimum amount of time possible (typically taking anywhere from two to six hours), by visiting each of the checkpoints in turn by foot, bike or kayak. The exact course is not revealed until the day, leaving competitors only a short time to strategise their approach, but typically

contains multiple trail running elements, mountainbiking bursts and kayaking challenges. Just to keep racers on their toes, a natural obstacle or two (say, a mystery discipline or creek crossing) may be thrown into the mix to add a little extra

spice and adventure to the course, so be prepared for the unexpected! Those game need only gather friends, family or workmates and team up to make their mark in one of NSW’s best outdoor locations. The $105 per person entry includes race

maps, an end-of-race meal, a share in over $8,000 worth of prizes from Kathmandu and importantly, a professionally organised and safe adventure race. To enter, visit www.kathmanduadventure.com.au or email info@maxadventure.com.au

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Uate has got plenty to say

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kuila Uate has never been big on words. Quietly spoken and unassuming, Uate prefers to let his actions do all the talking. It’s a method that has worked wonders for the Fijian Flyer, who has captivated the NRL in recent seasons with his silky skills and sheer speed. There's no doubting Uate can be reserved, but those in the know at the Knights reckon the freakish winger has started speaking up since returning from the World Cup with Fiji. You see, the Newcastle fan favourite took on a leadership role with the younger Fijian players at the World Cup and has returned to the Club more confident in his ability to influence others. “Aku was a real leader for us on the trip and helped out some of the local boys in understanding how to be a professional," Rick Stone recalls, who coached Fiji at the annual tournament. “That’s something that he wasn’t great at

Knights winger Akuila Uate

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when he first started, but he has got better and I think he can use that confidence at the Knights this season." Talk to Stone and others around the Club and they’ll tell you Uate finding his voice is all part of the winger maturing as a

footballer and person. Uate attributes his improved communication skills to taking on a leadership role at the World Cup. From encouraging younger players to work harder to educating them about the Fijian way, the 26-year-old went out

of his way to step up and shoulder more responsibility. "I just loved being back and playing for Fiji," he says. "We had a lot of young talent and I just wanted to step up and help Stoney. "That was the first time he has coached Fiji, so I helped out with the traditional stuff and the way that the Fijian boys did things. "I just remember when I first started playing, so I wanted to help and I think Stoney really appreciated that." As much as Uate enjoyed the World Cup with Fiji, he admits he is glad to be home and spending more time with his young family. "It’s good to be back in Newcastle," he says. "The World Cup was just a little bit too long for me, especially leaving my family here. But now I’m back here spending time with my family and training with Newcastle. "I also spent three days with my family in Fiji after the World Cup and got to see my mum. That meant heaps to me before I came back and started training and now I'm ready for the season." Courtesy: newcastleknights.com.au

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Zadkovich confident former Socceroo can turn season around following departure of van Egmond

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ewcastle Jets captain Ruben Zadkovich believes interim coach Clayton Zane has the full support of the players. Zane has been charged with leading the Jets for the rest of the season and Zadkovich feels his appointment can help turn the team’s fortunes around. “It’s just one of those things, things weren’t working so well and the club has decided to go with Clayton and a bit of a fresh start,” he said. “I think it’s a real positive move for the club and the players are really happy about it. With Clayton we’ll be trying to support him as much as we can, we’ve told him if there’s anything that we can do to help him, we’re there. “We’re confident that Clayton can do the job and more importantly we’re 100 per cent behind him and we’re looking to get runs on the board early.” The former Socceroo has previously coached the Jets W-League and Youth League sides but despite this being his first

Ruben Zadkovich (left) and Clayton Zane at Jets training Photo: Newcastle Jets senior role Zadkovich believes he has the attributes to be a successful A-League coach. “I think he brings a coolness and calmness to the squad, he’ll probably instil a little bit

of confidence back into the boys,” Zadkovich said. “He’s got a wealth of experience, he was a fantastic player and there’s a lot for us to

learn. He’s more than confident in his own ability, he knows you’ve got to start somewhere. “If you look at someone like Tony Popovic who was a fantastic player and he’s started his career very brightly and there’s no reason why someone like Clayton, who’s an intelligent fella, can’t do the same.” Zadkovich believes the new boss will implement a number of positive changes aimed at restoring the team’s confidence. “It was very bright, very positive, it was a little bit of a refreshing change at training, something different, and Clayton brings a calmness and coolness to the job and it was a really good session,” Zadkovich said. “We do want to give the fans something to cheer about I think that’s what Clayton’s talking about, he wants to really involve the crowd in the way we play and entertain the crowd. "He wants to strip things back, go back to basics and simplify the game plan a little bit. I think that will bring back a little bit of confidence to the team and individuals.” The Jets are back home at Hunter Stadium this Friday night ay 7.45pm for the clash against the Western Sydney Wanderers. Courtesy newcastlejets.com.au

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they were playing at the back-end of the year. “There was a lot of hype around the town and everyone was getting behind the team. "But it was also tough knowing that I wouldn’t be able to be a part of it on the field. "That was a bit disappointing, but I just had to stay positive for the rest of the boys and put on a happy face and make sure I could help out anywhere I could. I also had to make sure I was doing the right things in rehab with my foot.” Flash forward three months and the Knights' training field evokes far better memories for the club's skipper. This was especially the case last week when Gidley ran for the first time on grass with a series of sprints. It was a moment of sheer happiness for the 31-year-old, especially after the pain and frustration he has endured in the past two seasons. “It feels like I’m back,” he enthuses. “All the rehab stuff is hard work and it’s not a great deal of fun, but it has got to be done to make sure you are doing all the right things for when you come back. "But when you start running on the field and interact with the team, it does feel like you are a part of it again. Because when you are injured, you are in a bit of a rehab crew and it can be a bit of a lonely place." Gidley now has his sights firmly set on returning in the opening round against the Panthers at Centrebet Stadium on March 8. “At this stage my goal is round one," he says. “We’ve got a bit of a plan and a schedule mapped out over the next six to eight weeks. “I should be right for the opening round, but I’m not sure I’ll play in the last trial game." Story courtesy newcastleknights.com.au

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uiz any Knights player about last season's charge to the finals and positive thoughts dominate the conversation. They recall the excitement of toppling the Bulldogs and the Storm and the joy their success in turn brought the entire Hunter region. For skipper Kurt Gidley, though, the memories of last season's amazing finals run are very much bittersweet. You see, as much as Gidley was happy for his teammates, he also found it extremely difficult sitting on the sidelines with an injured foot. He remembers hundreds of fans turning up to training during the finals, while he watched on enviously from the glasshouse, the players’ change rooms located in the western corner of their training fields at Wests Mayfield. The skipper recalls putting on a brave face even though deep inside he was struggling with the fact he wasn't involved in finals footy with his mates. “It was a really lonely time,” Gidley reflects. “I was really excited for the boys and the way

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