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GREAT EXPECTATIONS The new National Rugby League season begins this weekend, and for the Penrith Panthers, it’s a season of enormous hope and expectations. The Panthers are equal premiership favourites heading into their round one clash with the Dragons this Saturday, and with one of the most exciting squads in the competition, the local region is daring to dream about premiership glory in 2017. See pages 28-32. Nathan Cleary, Matt Moylan and James Tamou. Photo: Melinda Jane

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Tears as community icon burns down Katoomba RSL closed for business after devastating fire rips through the popular local facility ERIN MAMO

t’s unlikely that Katoomba RSL will re-open at any stage in the near future after it was gutted by a devastating fire last Friday afternoon. At around 1.30pm last Friday, Blue Mountains firefighters were called to the RSL on Lurline Street after reports that a large amount of smoke was coming from the building. Superintendent Greg Rankin, who was involved in managing the incident, said more than 100 firefighters attended the out of control fire that it is believed may have started in the roof of the building. “We had a significant number of firefighters on the scene,” Mr Rankin said. “While we cannot confirm yet what the outcome of the building is, it is not looking good. The entire rear of the club collapsed and there is a lot of damage.” With ANZAC Day coming up, Superintendent Rankin said fire crews did their best to salvage the war memorabilia that was on display at the venue. “We aren’t sure at this point how much memorabilia has been saved, but firefighters were able to go in and retrieve some of the medals,” Mr Rankin said.

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Fire crews desperately try to save Katoomba RSL last Friday. Photo: Fire & Rescue NSW “Unfortunately a lot of photos were lost.” Hand grenades that were on display at the club were a concern to fire crews on the day and Police and the Army were called to inspect the items, later deeming that they weren’t a safety concern. Katoomba RSL President, Brian Turner,

said that due to the fire the club has ceased trading at its current location until further notice. “The extent of the damage is considerable and we are awaiting further reports from NSW Police and NSW Fire Rescue,” Mr Turner said.

“Arrangements are in hand to permit increased trading at Wentworth Falls Bowling Club for the benefit of members.” Fire investigators are now waiting to get on site to investigate the scene further but at the moment the fire is not being considered suspicious.

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Church extends its opening hours Springwood Presbyterian to open six days a week to offer locals more solace in times of need ERIN MAMO

arishioners seeking spiritual guidance and solace during the week will no longer have to wait until the Sabbath, with Springwood Presbyterian Church announcing it will re-open its doors to the community six days a week. After more than 10 years of only opening for Sunday services, because there was no one to man the premises during the week, the visually stunning sandstone church will now be available to the public for a few hours each day, Monday to Friday. Minister Rod Thompson and members of the congregation decided to re-open the place of worship mid-week so that it was more readily available to the community in times of need and as a place for prayer, reflection and solidarity. “Recently a mother and her child walked past the church and the little boy was very interested and wanted to come in and look around,” Mr Thompson said. “We realised after that, that we needed to re-open our doors and invite people back in.” Built back in 1895, the church, located at 160 Macquarie Road, is one of the suburb’s most iconic landmarks.

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Mr Thompson said he is eager to welcome more of the community into the fold and hoped the additional opening hours would draw both new and old faces to the church. “We really want to re-connect with the local community in Springwood and the surrounding suburbs,” Mr Thompson said. The congregation now plan for the church to be open from 10.30am to 1.30pm each weekday and Mr Thompson said all are welcome to drop by. “Everyone is welcome to come in and have a chat, or have some alone time,” he said. “We will have members of the congregation here during our opening hours to hand out literature, or if people want to ask for help, members can pass on individual details to me or counsellors that we are affiliated with.” Mr Thompson said that he finds the way of God to be a way of peace and healing, but stressed that the church was not trying to push its views on people. “We are not trying to preach to people, if they want to know more, we will be here to assist them,” he said. Sunday services will continue as normal at 11am and 5pm.

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ryptosporidiosis, an unflattering infection that causes nausea and diarrhoea, is on the rise in the Blue Mountains. With the region experiencing high temperatures this summer, swimming pool temperatures have also been much warmer, which is the perfect breeding ground for the parasitic infection. In the last eight weeks, 20 cases of the infection, commonly known as crypto, have been recorded in the Blue Mountains and Nepean area, compared to just six recorded this time last year. Director of Public Health at Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District (NBMLHD), Brad Forssman, said the recent hot weather has seen more people swimming in pools or visiting splash parks to cool down. “Crypto can get into the pool water when people are swimming and once infected, a person can pass the disease to others for up to two weeks after they recover,” Mr Forssman said. “If you or a family member has diarrhoea, don’t go in a swimming pool until two weeks after the diarrhoea stops. “This will protect other swimmers and help to stop the spread of infection.” Mr Forssman said the bug can also be

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Intoxicated male tries to headbutt train attendant

Around 7.10pm on Thursday, February 16, a 22-year-old male from Katoomba was at the local train station in an intoxicated state. When approached by station staff, the man attempted to headbutt a staff member and police were contacted. The male ran from police and jumped a security gate before entering the rail corridor where he was apprehended a short time later. The male was released after being spoken to by police and enquiries are continuing.

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Director of Public Health at Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District, Brad Forssman passed from person to person if hands aren’t washed thoroughly after going to the toilet or changing nappies. To help dodge the sickness, avoid swallowing water when swimming and wash hands thoroughly with soap and water for 10 seconds after using the toilet and before preparing food. NBMLHD also recommend if you or a family member have diarrhoea, that you don’t prepare food for others for at least 48 hours or share towels or linen for two weeks after the sickness begins. Other symptoms of crypto can include stomach cramps, fever and vomiting.

On Sunday, February 19 at about 10pm, a 45-year-old male was stopped for a random breath test on the Great Western Highway in Blaxland. The male returned a positive result and was arrested and taken to Springwood Police Station. At the police station the male was submitted to a breath analysis that returned a low range reading. The accused was issued with a Court Attendance Notice for later this year.

Winmalee home broken into while owners slept

Between midnight on Saturday, February 18 and 8am on Sunday, February 19, a house in Winmalee was broken into while the homeowners were sleeping.

A wallet and cash were stolen from inside the home. Police are taking this opportunity to remind people to secure doors and windows even when at home.

Runner rescued from bushland after getting lost

About 12pm on Saturday, February 18, a 45-year-old male from Chiswick was running with a group in bushland in Katoomba when he took a wrong turn and became separated from the group. The man became lost and dehydrated and then contacted emergency services and was able to provide his location co-ordinates. Police Rescue and two Special Operations Ambulance Officers drove into the location and accessed the man. The man was provided with fluids and was transported to the hospital.

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Police have released CCTV images of three people who may be able to assist with inquiries after seats were removed and piled up in train carriages last week. The seats were removed from trains travelling between Lithgow and Katoomba Railway stations between 10.20pm and 11.20pm on Tuesday, February 14. The incidents were reported to police and an investigation commenced. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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tate MP, Trish Doyle, is urging Blue Mountains residents to make their voices heard on the new M4 toll. The member for the Blue Mountains recently joined Shadow Minster for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Jodi McKay, to ask motorists to make a submission to an upcoming inquiry into road tolling in NSW. But commuters will need to get in fast if they want to have their say, with deadlines for submissions closing at close of business today. Ms Doyle said she has had an overwhelming response from the community about the unpopular new M4 toll that the Government plans to implement. “People travelling down to the city from the Blue Mountains simply cannot afford an extra $45 a week for their commute,” Ms Doyle said. The Upper House inquiry into road tolls in NSW will investigate how tolls are set, including how the fee, duration and increases are determined. The inquiry comes as motorists brace for the new toll, which is set to be located around Homebush, although there has been limited information made publicly available about when it will be active.

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Artist Nicole Foxall he 41st Annual Portland Art Exhibition is on from Friday, March 3 to Sunday, March 5. So far this year there is a record number of over 440 paintings that have entered the exhibition and will be on display over the weekend. This year’s guest artist, Nicole Foxall, who is a self described ‘colour junkie’, said she is infusing her landscape inspired paintings with bursts of surprising colours for the exhibition. Ms Foxall, who moved to the Central West five years ago with her husband and family, said she found inspiration to take her life long interest in art to a new level after moving to the area. “The landscapes in this region are so diverse and are always changing colours,” Ms Foxall said. “If I see even a hint of pink, I will just go for it.” The three day art exhibition will see a variety of artists all come together at Portland’s picturesque Crystal Theatre.

T State Member for the Blue Mountains, Trish Doyle, with Shadow Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Jodi McKay Ms McKay said now is the chance for western Sydney motorists to express their concerns about the tolls they are being slugged with. “The Government has an agenda to impose new and higher tolls on NSW roads and now they will have to justify how they determine the cost and duration of those tolls,” Ms McKay said. Minister for WestConnex and Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres, slammed the Labor Party for stating that the Liberals had forgotten the Blue Mountains for 20 years and now they want residents to

stay trapped in traffic for another 20 more years to come. “Under Labor, the M4 stopped at Concord,” Mr Ayres said. “WestConnex will widen the M4, build a tunnel under Parramatta Road and provide better links to the city and the airport. “A toll of 0.42c per kilometre with a cap is part of the funding strategy for all of WestConnex.” To make a submission, visit https:// www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/committees/inquiries.

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PAGE TEN my MOUNTAINS

Turning back time

The local area was rocked by a train crash back in 1878 when a head-on collision occurred between two goods trains at Emu Plains. It happened on January 30, 1878 and five people were killed, including both drivers.

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A Bronwyn Dollin Blaxland OCCUPATION: I am a Civil Celebrant and preside at All Life Celebrations. WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT YOUR JOB: Being there for families to support them during their saddest times of loss and grief and celebrate with them on happy occasions. WHERE IS YOUR JOB LOCATED IN THE MOUNTAINS: I work from my home in Blaxland and officiate at ceremonies throughout the Blue Mountains and beyond. FAVOURITE RESTAURANT: I just love Michelangelo’s Italian Restaurant in Blaxland. FAVOURITE CAFE: For a quick coffee with friends and colleagues, I choose Mountain Blue in Glenbrook. WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN THE MOUNTAINS WHEN YOU HAVE SOME SPARE TIME: I don’t have much spare time, but when I do I love to explore lookouts in the Upper Mountains or just take in the beautiful scenery from a good restaurant with a view.

fter a three year wait Ed Sheeran is back with his latest release ‘÷ (divide)’. The album – which will be released on Friday, March 3 – features the hit singles ‘Castle on the Hill’ and ‘Shape of You’. The tracks have broken numerous records with a combined 88 million streams on Spotify in the first week of release. ‘÷ (divide)’ – Ed’s third studio album – explores a range of musical territory with emotive ballads alongside hip hop beats. So far it looks like ‘÷ (divide)’ is shaping up to be one of the biggest pop releases of the year and another hit for the English singer/songwriter. Australia has fallen in love with Ed Sheeran and this album is sure to sell in huge numbers, particularly with Mother’s Day just around the corner. The Record has five copies of Ed Sheeran’s CD ‘÷ (divide)’ to give away. For your chance to win one, email the code word ‘DIVIDE’ to competitions@bluemountainsrecord. com.au with your name and contact details. Entries close Thursday, March 2. Authorised under NSW Permit Number LTPM/16/00054. Terms and conditions at Blue Mountains Record reception.

It’s great to see the new Springwood Community Garden now open for everyone to enjoy. Gardening guru Costa Georgiadis was on hand at the official opening earlier this month.

Channel Nine is bringing ‘The Footy Show’ back again this year, but if the promo is anything to go by, it won’t be worth watching. The tired format appears to have had its day.

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or equal, and we can’t all be ‘winners’. But life is not a level playing field. Last week I completed my very first open water 1km swim. My time was disappointing, but I had to remind myself that when I first entered the race, my goal was to finish – which I did! While I never want to appear to be making excuses for a poor performance, I have physical challenges that affect my ability to train the same way as others. And those challenges are likely to mean that I will never achieve ‘greatness’ as an open water swimmer. Does this mean my results are any less an ‘achievement’? I suspect there are many businesses in our midst who consistently work miracles, who survive despite the odds and who face challenge after challenge. They won’t ever win an award and they are possibly unaware of the ‘greatness’ they have achieved, simply by putting one foot in front of the other. I hope they realise that despite a lack of public recognition or formal awards, they have achieved a great deal and should be proud of their journey.

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t may be over 100 years since Gilbert and Sullivan wrote their much loved comic operas, but in Andrew O’Keefe’s eyes they’re as timely as ever. “They spent their careers lampooning the political and aristocratic classes and a lot of what they had to say back in the late 1800s is still very much applicable today,� Andrew said. “That’s the beauty of satire, it can teach us a lesson without making us feel like we’re in a classroom.� The performer – who is best known by TV audiences for his work on ‘Weekend Sunrise’, ‘The Chase Australia’ and ‘Deal or No Deal’– will be presenting a number from each of the duo’s works in the show ‘Gilbert & Sullivan Forever’, which is heading to The Joan this March. “Given that they were the most successful operetta writers of all time there’s a fair bit to get through,� Andrew laughed. “They’re also the funnest, funniest and most pointed duos of all time, so it should give people plenty to smile about, and a little bit to think about.� For the talented TV host, part of the appeal of live performance is bringing people together. “In the modern era when so much of our lives are spent in offices or online, the

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Cult classic ‘Trainspotting’ returns to the cinemas this week with a sequel to the 1996 black comedy drama. The film is based on Irvine Welsh’s novel Porno, which was the follow-up to Trainspotting. ‘T2: Trainspotting’ is set 20 years after the events of the first film and all your favourite characters, and the actors who played them, will be returning to the screen. When Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns to Scotland he reunites with his old mates Spud (Ewen Bremner), Begbie (Robert Carlyle) and Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller). While much has changed there’s still

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Ê ‘Top Gear’ returns to BBC Knowledge next month with hosts Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris and Rory Reid. While the new ‘Top Gear’ is nowhere near as good as the original, car fanatics will still love it. The new season of ‘Top Gear’ premieres on Monday, March 13 at 8.30pm.

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I’m hearing Foxtel is hoping to produce a local version of ‘Fashion Police’. It’s understood auditions were held last week with Alex Perry, Melissa Hoyer, Joel Creasy, Pip Edwards, Jackie O, Kerri-Anne Kennerley and Sophie Monk among the potential names bandied about.

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TOP GEAR MARCH 13 BBC KNOWLEDGE

Ê International stars Natalie Dormer (‘Game of Thrones’) and Lola Bessis (‘Cassandra’) will join with Australians Yael Stone, Anna McGahan and Sybilla Budd in Foxtel’s ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’. All five will play Appleyard College staff in the six-part re-imagining of Joan Lindsay’s classic novel. ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ airs later this year. Ê ‘Paul Murray Live’ has started 2017 with a bang for Sky News. It is constantly in the top five shows on Foxtel each day. The show runs at 9pm Monday-Thursday.

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ARIES

MARCH 21 TO APRIL 20

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With impulsive planets Mars, Jupiter and Uranus all stirring up your horoscope, prepare for a challenging week full of inconvenient disruptions and dramatic surprises. Being a hot-headed, rambunctious Ram will just land you in a heap of trouble … especially with loved ones and authority figures. So simmer down, before you say or do something that you later regret. You’ll find cooperation will get you a lot further than confrontation.

LEO

JULY 23 TO AUGUST 23

It’s a volatile week so keep your cool! Avoid spreading unsubstantiated gossip and blurting out things that you’ll later regret. Take the time to check the facts first. The more humble and honest you are, the better the week will be. But you should certainly express your adventurous side, as you make a leap of faith. As birthday great Elizabeth Taylor declared: “There are so many doors to be opened, and I’m not afraid to look behind them”.

TAURUS

APRIL 21 TO MAY 21

With so many planets in Pisces and Aries, being flexible and fast is the key to a successful week. If you are too stubborn and unyielding in your opinions, then others will just stop listening to what you have to say. And if you are too slow off the mark then others will streak ahead of you. So your motto is from actress Shirley MacLaine: “Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. It’s where all the fruit is”.

VIRGO

AUGUST 24 TO SEPTEMBER 23

Mercury and the waning Solar Eclipse encourage you to listen to others closely and keep the channels of communication open. Is a loved one going through a rough patch? Don’t lecture them Virgo! Strive to help them in a sensitive and compassionate way. But expect a turbulent financial week, as the planets shake up your previous expectations. Time to reformulate your fiscal plans!

GEMINI

MAY 22 TO JUNE 21

Expect some turmoil this week, especially involving children, teens, friends or acquaintances. Strive to maintain a flexible approach and a diplomatic demeanour. You’re in a hurry to get ahead but be especially cautious when it comes to your social circle. As Anthony Robbins observes: “People’s lives are a direct reflection of the expectations of their peer group”. So make sure your friendships are inspiring.

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LIBRA

SEPTEMBER 24 TO OCTOBER 23

Librans long for peace and harmony. You want everything to run smoothly this week but it’s not going to happen! Work relationships will be unpredictable and loved ones disruptive, so revise your expectations and just take things as they come. With Jupiter activating your sign look for ways to expand your influence in the world around you. You’ll find the more you extend yourself and encourage others, the more successful you’ll be.

CANCER

JUNE 22 TO JULY 22

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Avoid using emotional manipulation to coerce people into doing what you think they should be doing. This week, let others make their own choices. It’s also time to initiate overdue career and/or domestic changes … before Mars, Jupiter and Uranus step in and do it for you! Attached Crabs – Friday night favours a profound emotional connection. Singles – forget superficial suitors.

SCORPIO

OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 22

This week unpredictable Uranus, Mars and Jupiter are set to disrupt your usual routine! Trying to control your timetable will just frustrate everyone and get you nowhere fast. So consider swapping Scorpio stubbornness, sarcasm or sulking for cool, clever compromise. If you’re still feeling unsettled then meditation, yoga or some other form of quiet contemplation will help calm you down.

SAGITTARIUS

NOVEMBER 23 TO DECEMBER 21

Are you ready for a wild ride? This week you’re prone to fiery pronouncements and extravagant exuberance as you overpromise, overspend or overextend. Enthusiasm is high but don’t jump to hasty conclusions, and then pass on incorrect information. Get the facts straight, otherwise embarrassing stuffups are likely (especially involving family or friends). Do your best to channel excess energy into a challenging project.

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CAPRICORN

DECEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 20

The more intently you micro-manage relationships this week, the more family, friends or colleagues will distance themselves from you. And if you are too bossy with an Aries, Leo or Sagittarian, then an explosive power struggle is likely. You’re brimming over with information and ideas, and are keen to teach or instruct others. But don’t assume you have all the answers.

AQUARIUS

JANUARY 21 TO FEBRUARY 19

Hold onto your seat – it’s going to be a bumpy ride! Your ruler Uranus sends disruptions in your direction, plus Jupiter demands that you stop being stubborn and start being more adventurous. So the only certainty at the moment is change. You’re feeling ridiculously restless but try to modify your reactions, otherwise it will be a long week. Just because you’re in the process of shaking up your life doesn’t mean you have to unsettle everyone.

PISCES

FEBRUARY 20 TO MARCH 20

The lingering energy of the Piscean Solar Eclipse blesses creative projects, boosts intuition, and helps you get lost in a fabulous fantasy novel or a favourite romantic movie. With the Sun, Moon, Mercury and Neptune all travelling through your sign, you’re certainly keen to please others this week. But avoid the temptation to be an indecisive doormat, and say ‘yes’ to everyone and everything.

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It’s often said that healthy eating is expensive. If you’re spending your money on the latest ‘superfood’ marketing craze then yes, your weekly shop is probably going to cost you a fortune. But beyond the healthy food trends there’s plenty of kitchen staples that are nutritious, cheap and versatile. Here’s just a few you can take note of: Brown rice Rice is a super cheap staple food that can be used in a range of different dishes, both savoury and sweet. Choose brown rice over white rice to help increase your fibre intake, and aim for about 1/2 cup as part of a balanced meal. Tinned beans/legumes Legumes are by far the cheapest protein source around and can be picked up for around $1 a can. Being a tinned product they will also last in the pantry for years, meaning less chance of food wastage. Try adding lentils to pasta dishes, chick-

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hen players switch clubs they often say it’s unusual to pull on the jersey and run out onto their new home ground for the very first time. But not big James Tamou. The prized recruit, who won a premiership with the North Queensland Cowboys in 2015, said it “felt right” when he took to the Pepper Stadium pitch during last weekend’s trial against Parramatta. “It felt really good,” Tamou told the Record last week. “After all the training and then putting the jersey on it felt right as it was a realisation that this was my new team, a new time in my career and time for a change.” The 28-year-old’s enthusiasm for his new club will be music to the ears of Panthers supporters who are hoping 2017 will be a year to remember. After 170 games with the Cowboys, 14 games for NSW and a dozen Tests for Australia, Tamou will soon add the word ‘leader’ to his decorated résumé. “At the Cowboys there were a lot of older boys and I guess I took more of a back seat and let them lead the team,” he admitted.

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“But here in Penrith I’m one of the older guys and the boys look up to me – I’ll have to be a leader for the young fellas, there’s no doubt about that.” With leadership on his mind, Tamou recalled some of his new teammates being quite anxious around him when he first arrived. “I wanted to go up and talk to them but I could tell some of them were a bit nervous,” he revealed. Tamou pinpointed a number of forwards who could make a great leap for the Panthers this season. “Big Moses Leota, he’s come ahead in spades. I remember watching him come off the bench last season but I think he’s destined for more time this year,” he said. “And Reagan Campbell-Gillard, who has been around for a few years and already has a name for himself. He’s been really impressive.” The Panthers have one of the most feared forward packs in the competition this year, but its depth will already be tested with Sam McKendry suffering an ACL tear in the pre-season. Scans have revealed the injury is not as bad as first thought and there is a chance that McKendry, who suffered the same injury last year, will be back by round 10.

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Rugby League How Fox League will change the game forever in 2017 NATHAN TAYLOR

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seen. As the 2017 NRL season creeps closer, rugby league fans are in for a real treat this year with FOX Sports ramping up their league coverage to 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Speaking with the Record at the FOX League launch, Crawley said the new channel will champion and celebrate the game like no one else. “I’ve been around a long time, and this is the most exciting thing I’ve seen with the NRL,” he declared. “Not only do we have every round plus every final in September live and ad-break free, we’ve got a lot of new shows – there’s absolutely something for everyone.” Along with old favourites like ‘NRL 360’ and ‘On the Couch with Sterlo’, FOX League will launch six new entertainment shows including ‘League Life’ ‘Queenslanders Only’ and a double dose of Matty Johns. With the best commentators, presenters

and current and former NRL talent in the business, FOX League will no doubt give free-to-air broadcaster, Channel Nine, a serious run for their money. Crawley, who spent 14 years at Nine before becoming Head of Sport and News at FOX Sports, said the aim isn’t trying to “kill off” his former employer. “I spent 14 years at Nine – I love Nine – but I’m not trying to ‘kill’ Nine, it’s about trying to rise to new heights here,” he said. “It’s going to be good – we are building an army, that’s what we are doing.” One of the new members of FOX’s “army” is highly sought-after sports reporter Yvonne Sampson who, like Crawley, switched from Nine to become the face of FOX League. Sampson said it was a tough decision to leave a place that gave her so much. “I loved and cherished every moment at Nine and it was a tough decision to leave, but having been here now at FOX and seeing what they have planned, it’s like a wonderland for a footy fan,” she told the Weekender. “I have done everything that I ever thought possible at Nine – I never thought I’d be anywhere near a State of Origin or Grand Final.” Fox League can be found on Channel 502 on Foxtel.

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Panthers set to do us proud in 2017 as ‘Plethora of talent’, ‘endless opportunities’, ‘foundations of a dynasty’. Could 2017 be Penrith’s premiership

Tyrone Peachey was a standout at centre against the Eels earlier this month. Photo: Megan Dunn

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ot since facing the enormous task of defending a Premiership title in 2004 has Penrith entered a season with such high expectations of what they will deliver on the field. There was hope after 2010 and real belief after 2014, but this time it feels different. This time it’s serious. The Panthers enter the 2017 National Rugby League (NRL) season as one of the Premiership favourites. This is a squad so meticulously built, right to the very last detail. It is a squad with a Plan B and a Plan C at almost every turn. Not even did the off-season injury to one of the club’s most feared players, Josh Mansour, lower the expectations. The injury eased the headache facing coach Anthony Griffin just slightly. With four players having legitimate claims to starting centre spots this year (Tyrone Peachey, Peta Hiku, Waqa Blake and Dean Whare), Mansour’s injury and Dallin Watene-Zelezniak’s pre-season stumble allows Griffin to test different combinations. The Auckland Nines and the pre-season trials did however have Griffin reaching for the Panadol once again, with Dylan Edwards also making a claim for a spot in the backline come round one. Headaches, or should we call them

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Anthony Griffin has such a good side on his hands that he is able to instil a disciplined and competitive approach that will only grow the team, and manage the egos that can creep into a side with such hype around it. welcome challenges, like this litter Griffin’s team in 2017. At times, they won’t be headaches and challenges, they’ll be resolutions. For example, if either Te Maire Martin or Nathan Cleary were to go down in the halves, Peter Wallace makes a simple switch from number nine to seven, and new recruit Mitch Rein slots into the hooker role. Or Matt Moylan may shift into the halves, allowing Watene-Zelezniak to play fullback and either Dylan Edwards or Michael Oldfield to slot into a wing spot. The opportunities are endless. The battle for forward positions is equally tight.

Let’s accept, for example, that James Tamou and Reagan Campbell-Gillard are Penrith’s starting props, with Bryce Cartwright and Isaah Yeo in the second row, Trent Merrin at lock and Peter Wallace at hooker. That leaves Sitaleki Akauola, Tim Browne, James Fisher-Harris, Leilani Latu, Mitch Rein and Moses Leota all fighting for bench spots. Plus, a plethora of talent still coming through the ranks. At full strength, Penrith could quite legitimately have three former internationals in Sam McKendry, Dean Whare and Peta Hiku playing reserve grade, and still field a first grade side with the potential to threaten for the premiership. However, injuries during the pre-season

have already shown that being at full strength is almost impossible for the length of a season. In the battle for the spots that are considered contentious, we tend to forget about the superstars who have already locked down their spot. Matt Moylan, a year older and with representative football now part of his kit bag, will be better than ever. Nathan Cleary, after a dynamic debut season, seems so grounded that ‘second year syndrome’ would be nearly impossible to contract. With Bryce Cartwright poised to deliver a scintillating year now that he has some personal issues behind him, and Trent Merrin in some of the best form of his career, Penrith have crafted a team not

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excitement builds year? All the signs point to a resounding ‘yes’ just capable of winning one title, but many. They have the foundations of a dynasty. But here’s the thing – premiership windows do not stay open for long, and Grand Finals are not won on paper. There is no point in Anthony Griffin trying to convince his team to ignore the expectations that sit on top of them. If anything, he should embrace it, while carefully managing the situation. Griffin has such a good side on his hands that he is able to instil a disciplined and competitive approach that will only grow the team, and manage the egos that can creep into a side with such hype around it. No position is safe. Griffin has made that clear in the past and has the cattle behind him to drive the message home even further in 2017. Penrith’s draw is also reasonably friendly. They’ll be without their rep players just once during the Origin period, and have an incredible stretch of home games at the back end of the season should they need to knuckle down and get the job done. Season 2017 is very much an extension of Penrith’s 2016 campaign. But a year older, and wiser, the Panthers should no longer fear oppositions.

If the Nines and pre-season trials proved anything, it’s that Griffin is attempting to prove the old adage that ‘defence wins premierships’ is true. Penrith’s defence against the Bulldogs in the opening trial, despite the searing heat at Belmore, was incredibly impressive. The 2016 season showed the first signs of this mentality. The Panthers provided plenty of heartstopping finishes, much of the time because their defensive effort kept them in the game until the dying moments. At times, they lacked execution and maturity to close out the game and win it, but Griffin would have worked on that considerably over the off-season. There is much to be excited about at Penrith this year. And while very rarely does a rugby league season play out the way we expect it to, there are many genuine reasons to believe that Penrith could be running out onto ANZ Stadium in October. The question is, do the players believe it? At the end of the day, that’s really all that matters. Do they believe in each other, and in their own destiny? Anything but a top four finish this season would be considered a disappointment.

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wo players from the Penrith Panthers visited primary schools in the Blue Mountains to teach children about the importance of respect. As part of the 17th annual NRL Community Carnival, hooker Peter Wallace and fiveeighth Te Maire Martin hosted sessions at Blaxland, Springwood and Mt Riverview Public Schools. The sessions gave students the opportunity to hear from their footy heroes about the importance of treating everyone kindly as well as being welcoming in a team environment and celebrating individual differences. Wallace, a Blaxland local, said respect is about treating people the way you would want to be treated. “It’s important to teach children about respect and for them to know that it’s OK for people to be different,” he said. The meeting included interactive activities like a thumbs up and thumbs down game where students had to choose what behaviours were respectful. NRL players from each club in the competition will visit over 1000 schools during the

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Peter Wallace and Te Maire Martin with Springwood Public School students month of February as part of the successful community initiative. The NRL season kicks off this weekend, with the Panthers taking on St George-Illawarra in

their opening game of the new year. Penrith are equal premiership favourites in 2017. More rugby league coverage: See our Panthers season preview on pages 30-31.

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Blue Mountains Record February 28  

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