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FAMILY’S HEARTBREAK Man who caused crash to be sentenced

He lost the love of his life, his sister and his unborn twins in a needless tragedy, but a stoic Bronko Hoang has declared: “I will become a husband and father again”. Mr Hoang delivered heart- wrenching testimony at the sentencing hearing of Richard Moananu,

the man just weeks away from learning his fate on manslaughter charges after he caused an horrific crash at Orchard Hills two years ago. 23- year- old Katherine Hoang (pictured) and her unborn twins didn’t survive the crash, while her 17-year-old sister-in-law Belinda was also killed.

“I never meant to hurt anyone on that day. I wish more than anything I could take it back,” Moananu told Penrith District Court last week. “I wish it was me who died that day.” Alena Higgins reports on » p. 6-7

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It continued to be used as a residence for officers until the 1950s after which it was rented out as a private residence until 2015. According to the DA, the project will involve a number of “relatively minor changes to the existing fabric”. “They have been carefully designed to avoid alterations to the most significant parts of the building and are being proposed to allow for a new use of the building and to improve disabled access,” the Heritage Impact Statement reads. Car parking does not form part of the current DA, however the driveway, number and position of car spaces are under consideration as part of the $24 million Regatta Park upgrade. The spokesman said the new- look restaurant will likely be open both day and night. “Council envisages the Police Cottage will be open at night but these details along with opening hours and a liquor licence will be formalised when an operator is selected,” he said. “The project is estimated to cost $2.5 million, with Council seeking grant funding of $1 million as an investment contribution from Crown Lands NSW (as the property owner) through the Crown Reserve Improvement Fund.” It is hoped construction will start in 2021.

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f you created a list of a million possible political scandals that could have developed this week, I doubt Gladys Berejiklian having a relationship with disgraced former Wagga Wagga MP Daryl Maguire would have been on it. After a tussle over stadiums, devastating fires, drought and a global health pandemic, for something in the squeaky clean Premier’s personal life to threaten her leadership is extraordinary. There is no question that Ms Berejiklian’s five- year secret relationship with Mr Maguire is a problem – of sorts. Mr Maguire, who ‘resigned’ as Liberal MP for Wagga Wagga in 2018, is under investigation by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) for allegedly using his political influence in business deals. The problem for Ms Berejiklian is that she didn’t declare the relationship, despite the obvious concern that it could have clouded her political judgement. Worse, should she have identified the behaviour of Mr Maguire that eventually resulted in the ICAC inquiry that has dominated the headlines this week? Monday’s revelations were followed by the expected calls for Ms Berejiklian to resign, and a person of lesser convictions may have followed that script. But there is absolutely no evidence that the Premier has done anything wrong – apart from placing her trust in the wrong person. We’ve all been there, done that. Whether Ms Berejiklian survives comes down to three things: does she have the public’s support, does she have the backing of her colleagues and is there any clear proof that she acted improperly? Let’s break those down one by one.

Gladys Berejiklian would have to be the most popular Premier in the country right now. Her leadership has been extraordinary, particularly in the last 12 months, and her handling of the COVID19 pandemic in New South Wales has undoubtedly saved lives and businesses, with the State avoiding a Victorian- like extended lockdown.

“It would be peak 2020 if Gladys Berejiklian lost her job before Daniel Andrews�

She has been both comforting and strong – two things everyone wants from a leader. Talkback radio was flooded with calls of support this week, while a poll on the Weekender’s Twitter account showed overwhelmingly that people wanted her to stay. As for her colleagues, it was telling that she was flanked by Treasurer Dominic Perrottet when she fronted the media on Monday afternoon, given he is considered Ms Berejiklian’s most likely replacement if she is eventually forced out of office. While there’s the typical rumblings from those who think this is an opportunity to climb a few rungs on the ladder, Ms Berejiklian appears to have widespread support within her party. The unity has been impressive and deserved.

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As for acting improperly, nothing that got revealed this week suggests that was the case. At the time of writing, there is zero to suggest that ICAC, in its findings on Mr Maguire, will suggest the Premier had first hand knowledge or benefit of any dodgy dealings. In fact, there’s evidence to the contrary. There’s examples of her deliberately ensuring integrity was upheld, such as her office’s intervention in a planned trip by Mr Maguire to China. Given there is no suggestion of any wrongdoing, it would seem extraordinary that a woman of Ms Berejiklian’s ability, independence and political class would be forced to step aside. Which is why I’m shocked that Labor leader Jodi McKay, a staunch supporter of women, would be so quick to demand the Premier’s resignation, especially given ICAC is yet to hand down its findings in relation to Mr Maguire and the vast majority of observers feel the Premier is in the clear here. I know that’s what the Opposition playbook tells you to do, but it is a complete misreading of the room. Ms McKay’s approach this week, in which she accused the Premier of “playing the victim� and of being “a fraud�, is hardly endearing. And it’s a problematic path to walk when the Premier in question is so popular with the electorate. All of the political games aside, unless there is any clear proof that Ms Berejiklian acted improperly, she should stay on and continue the stellar job she’s been doing since last year’s election. It would be peak 2020 if Gladys Berejiklian lost her job before Daniel Andrews.

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arents from Cambridge Gardens Public School are scratching their heads after the Department of Education rejected calls for security fencing, despite 14 break-ins in six months. $90,000 worth of iPads and laptops, many of which were purchased thanks to fundraising by the school’s P&C, have been stolen, with $100,000 worth of school infrastructure damaged in the process. Parents say it’s a vicious cycle, as laptops are replaced with insurance funds and re-stolen over and over again. The most recent incident occurred last Friday just before students returned for Term 4 on Monday. Last month Shadow Minister for Education Prue Car wrote to the Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell to call for funding to erect perimeter security fencing, likened to those in surrounding schools such as Cambridge Park Public School, Braddock Public School and Kingswood Park Public School. As it stands the Department of Education’s School Security Unit provides on- site school assessments to address security issues.

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Parents and students at Cambridge Gardens Public School with Shadow Education Minister Prue Car. Photo: Megan Dunn. According to Cambridge Gardens Public School’s ‘comparative risk rating’, it did not qualify for the 2020-21 Security Initiatives Funding Program. Parent Belinda Adams said the incidents are extremely disruptive for the children and taking away from the quality of their education. “When we are broken into the kids are taken out of the classrooms, the forensic team has to come and fingerprint, and it’s disruptive for the children,” she said.

Ms Adams said it’s even restricting some teachers’ ability to do their job as their time is used chasing insurance claims and buying new equipment. Ms Car said it was common sense for the school to be included in the funding and called for the State Government to step in before the end of the school year. “It is taking children out of the classroom in a year that has been disruptive at best because of COVID-19,” she said. A spokesperson from the Department of

Education said the school will be considered for inclusion in the Department’s 2021/2022 Security Initiatives Program. “The school has worked with the Education Department’s School Security Unit to implement effective risk mitigation strategies tailored to the needs of the school,” the spokesperson said. The school currently has an on- call security guard who responds to alarm activations, however this has not deterred the burglars from offending.

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eart- wrenching testimony has been heard during the sentencing hearing of the driver who killed two women and a set of unborn twins following a horrific crash at Orchard Hills two years ago. 23 - year - old Katherine Hoang (nee Gordon) was the back seat passenger and just days away from giving birth to twin boys when Richard Moananu, highly intoxicated, speeding and driving erratically, veered onto the wrong side of The Northern Road and slammed into Ms Hoang’s vehicle travelling in the opposite direction. Belinda Hoang, Katherine’s 17- year- old sister-in-law who was driving the vehicle was also killed, while Ms Hoang’s husband Bronko suffered critical injuries and was placed in an induced coma only to wake to find his world had been ripped apart. “We lost four lives� In court, Mr Hoang, his mother and mother- in- law had the chance to voice the gut-wrenching grief and anguish they have lived with since the horror crash on September 28, 2018. Mrs Gordon said she used to love seeing

babies but now has to look away as the pain is too much. “I keep picturing what the babies would look like now,� she said, noting the boys, christened Roman and Archer, would have turned two on October 11. “We lost four lives. I should be a grandmother watching them grow and spending time with them.� She said every time she puts on her seatbelt she is reminded that “Kate and the babies suffered� and were robbed of their futures. “I can see the life that was in front of her. I can see she would have made a good Mum and a good wife. I feel cheated that she was taken away so soon,� she said. Mr Hoang, 26, questioned who was being punished, telling Moananu although he was sitting behind bars, he too was being haunted by the death of his loved ones. “You decided to play judge, jury and executioner... you chose to play God,� he told Moananu of his decision to drink and drive that night. However, a stoic Mr Hoang said he refused to let Moananu break him, saying he would one day become a husband and father again, but sadly would never get to live out his dreams with Katherine, “be a brother to a sister again� or have the

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he wishes he died that September night • Family tells of ongoing heartbreak “experience of holding my newborn twins”. “Please, after your time is served, please don’t make the same mistakes,” he said. A deprived upbringing Penrith District Court heard on the day of the incident, Moananu, 31, had been drinking and playing the pokies at a St Marys establishment after he was unable to work due to rain. A bricklayer’s labourer, Moananu was also struggling to pay his rent and bills and told the court he had attended the hotel to try to increase his earnings for the week. When asked how he felt after hearing the victim impact statements, Moananu said “it killed me inside”. “I never meant to hurt anyone on that day,” he said. “I wish more than anything I could take it back. “I wish it was me who died that day.” The court heard the offender, who lived in Glenmore Park at the time, suffered a deprived upbringing and was physically abused by his parents and moved in and out of foster care However, he returned to live with his mother and step father at age 10 and

was routinely required to look after his younger siblings at night while his parents went out to drink and gamble. This had disastrous consequences when, at age 11, Moananu put his sevenmonth- old brother to sleep in his cot and he was found deceased the next morning from suspected cot death, leaving Moananu “deeply troubled” still to this day. The Crown prosecutor submitted Moananu lacked insight into his addictions up until the tragic collision, and described his likelihood of re-offending as “guarded at best”. However, he said he would not oppose Judge Mark Buscombe making a finding of special circumstances, which would allow Moananu more time on parole to address his addiction, conceding “he needs it”. “This is drinking solidly for hours,” he said of Moananu’s high 0.204 blood alcohol reading recorded after the crash. “And then not just that, not just getting into a car and driving calmly towards his home destination... but driving at high speed and highly erratically – at one point waving out the window of the car. “There are many, many issues for Mr

Moananu to address other than simply being sorry for what he has done.” Moananu’s defence barrister told Judge Buscombe it came down to determining where on the scale of these very serious crimes Moananu’s offending sits. He submitted neither the two counts of ‘manslaughter’ or one count of ‘aggravated dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm’ “go anywhere near the worst case” the court would have seen. “It’s terrible, catastrophic, awful, but all cases of manslaughter are,” he said. He said his client’s declaration that he would no longer drink or gamble were not hollow words. “This is a man who has learnt a lot from his mistakes, decisions he made that day, and is determined not to make them again,” he said. On Moananu demonstrating genuine remorse, Judge Buscombe said it would take an unusual person not to be. “What sort of person wouldn’t when they are sober, in the cold light of day and you’ve perpetrated this catastrophe?” he said. Judge Buscombe will hand down his judgement on November 5.

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n his first stop since handing down the Federal Budget, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg visited Emu Plains on Friday, echoing his speech last Tuesday night that Australia would “get through this crisis together”. Mr Frydenberg attended the SpanSet Australia site alongside Lindsay MP Melissa McIntosh to discuss the government’s plan for on-shore manufacturing, as supported in this year’s Budget. In a sit down interview with the Weekender, Mr Frydenberg said he believed all Penrith families, businesses and their employees “would be better off with this Budget”. Included last Tuesday night was the new ‘JobMaker’ initiative, set to replace JobKeeper and JobSeeker subsidies after their inevitable end in March. The program will provide employers with $200 per week hiring credit for new employees aged between 16 and 29-yearsold and $100 per week for 30 to 35- yearolds. Eligible candidates must have been on JobSeeker or Youth Allowance for one of the past three months. The $4 billion scheme is welcomed by

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg with Lindsay MP Melissa McIntosh. Photo: Megan Dunn. young employment hopefuls, however for the 40,109 Penrith residents aged between 35 and 49-years-old, question marks have been raised as to just how ‘better off’ they will be. Mr Frydenberg doesn’t believe the employment incentives will make life more difficult for over 35’s looking for work, paying credit to the government’s JobTrainer program. “We are focused with the JobMaker hiring credit for people under 35 because

the experience of previous recessions is it takes that group of people that age even longer to get back into employment,” he said. “All the other measures that we have announced around training, for 340,000 training places through JobTrainer program, 50,0000 short courses in areas like IT, agriculture and science that we have announced in the Budget, all of those are designed to help people with opportunities for all ages.

“We have a program called Restart where if you are aged 50 or over you can get into the workforce and the business can get an incentive for hiring you if you’ve been unemployed.” When asked if Penrith businesses would even be able to afford new employees despite incentives, Mr Frydenberg said business tax incentives and loss carry back would assist them in getting people back to work. Cheaper access to childcare for those returning to work has been a top critique this week and was at the forefront of Labor’s Budget Reply last Thursday. Mr Frydenberg said the investment in childcare pre-COVID was already assisting low income earners and driving record female workplace participation.

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he new Western Sydney Airport Metro stations will see the St Marys property market surge, with a local realtor predicting the region will be the next city of the west. The proposed St Marys Metro Station is set to be located underneath the existing railway station and will be the key interchange to link the airport to the T1 Western Line. The State Government refers to this link in the metro planning documents as being the “strategic centre” and “a new gateway to Sydney”. “This new gateway to Sydney would become an important metropolitan transport interchange and would play a vital role in the revitalisation and renewal of St Marys as a strategic centre; promoting future employment growth, supporting the local population now and into the future and improving connections across greater western Sydney,” the planning documents state. Owner of Hughes Realty on Queen Street, Adam Hughes, said now is the perfect time for investors to make their move, predicting a serious market boom within the next five to 10 years.

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“St Marys is already experiencing a lot of interest from buyers like investors because they are interested in the rail link that will run from the airport,” he told the Weekender. “It is attracting people that never before would have come to St Marys and so it’s bringing in a lot of new people and interest which will push up the value of homes in the region.” Mr Hughes predicts over the next five to 10 years home values will surge in the St Marys region in response to the Metro link. The link is set to commence construction this year, with a projected completion in line with the opening of the airport in 2026. “For now it’s very early days but we’re already seeing a lot more high rise development; 10 years and St Marys will be another city just like Penrith,” Mr Hughes said. “The government builds around the train line, they’ll start approving a lot more development and that will only drive value higher.” Mr Hughes said first home buyers and investors should get in now, suggesting prospective home owners make use of the government’s COVID- 19 incentives while they can.

new planning policy that would see those looking to build within a 13km radius of Western Sydney Airport hit with costly acoustic reports and soundproofing has been delayed, following outcry from both the community and Council. The new State Environmental Planning Policy (Western Sydney Airport) 2020 aims to ensure new development is compatible with the long- term growth of the airport by implementing planning controls for noise sensitive development, such as homes. Some Greater Sydney Councils and residents believed the policy lacked important information and community consultation. Whilst the policy was set to be effective from October 1, it has now been pushed back until April 2021, following significant backlash. A spokesperson from Penrith Council said the clause needed further analysis to identify the construction standards and associated costs as well as clearly verifying the boundary to which this will apply. Council is also calling for homeowners to not require individual acoustic reports. “We are looking forward to working with the government to better understand and resolve the issue,” the spokesperson said.

Red flags were raised regarding the undisclosed affected boundary, especially for those living 13km away from the airport’s second runway. This runway isn’t set for completion until 2064 but the initial clause was expecting any new developments in the region from October 1 to abide by these planning controls. A spokesperson from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) said after listening to calls from the community and councils, the NSW Government decided to defer the requirements until April 26 next year. “Aircraft noise-related rules have been set to safeguard the 24-hour operations of the new airport while protecting the future communities near the airport; this is a requirement from the Commonwealth Government,” the spokesperson said. “The clause was included in the Aerotropolis State Environment Planning Policy to protect landowners impacted by potential aircraft noise from the future airport, which will operate 24- hours a day, seven days a week. “During the deferral period, the Department will develop clear guidelines so homeowners don’t need to use a consultant to prepare an individual acoustic report.” The Environmental Impact Assessment for the airport indicates that at full capacity there will be an aircraft movement every 1.5 minutes from 11pm and every three minutes from midnight.


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The Kuisine Company’s staff are excited about changes being made to the business. Photo: Melinda Jane. SPC CEO Robert Giles said it was a great opportunity to rapidly expand both businesses. “The scale and scope of Kuisine’s capabilities means that we can expand our offering to include frozen foods, finger foods and ready-made meals,” he said. “We also both have strong relationships with the health and aged care sector but

now when they sell a frozen meal into the NDIS we will try to add a fruit cup to create dessert options.” Mr Giles said it will be manufacturers and innovators who will help drive Australia’s post-COVID economic recovery. “This announcement is in line with our strategy to become a global agribusiness, which we are continuing following our

acquisition of Pomlife earlier this year and joint venture with Döhler,” he said. “We must all take the opportunity to support those businesses so they can become leading brands that service not only the Australian population but the world.” The Kuisine Company’s local factory is located on Bromley Road.

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A Glenmore Park thief who stole tens of thousands of dollars worth of high-tech devices from her employer has escaped full-time imprisonment. Claudia Morgan, 45, was working as a cleaner for DHL Supply Chain at its Erskine Park distribution centre when “temptation became too much”, according to her lawyer. A struggling single mother-of-two, “financial pressures” were the main motivation behind the offending, which occurred between May 9 and 26, Penrith Local Court heard. Despite being limited to cleaning the reception area, warehouse office space, lunch room and toilets, Morgan snuck into the Optus Australia stock area on multiple occasions and helped herself to a slew of new iPhones, Samsung Galaxys, tablets and other electronic devices totalling $33,150.85. CCTV footage captures Morgan removing items from the shelves before placing them into plastic garbage bags and putting them into her Toyota RAV4. On May 27, police attended Morgan’s home and placed her under arrest. Facts disclose she “freely” pointed out a number of items, which she stated were from the DHL factory, when police subsequently searched the property looking for the missing loot. On Monday, her lawyer told the court the 45-year-old “takes full responsibility for her offending” and was willing to perform community service work. He suggested the threshold for imprisonment had been crossed, however requested Magistrate Geoff Hiatt consider a community-based jail sentence to allow Morgan to be supervised, continue counselling and remain at liberty to look after her kids. Magistrate Hiatt told Morgan her “saving grace” was that the goods the subject of the charge had been recovered. He noted her letter of apology to the

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Love triangle erupts in violence at fast food restaurant

A South Penrith man who bashed his ex-partner’s new boyfriend and damaged his car has been granted bail. Alex William Dennis, 24, faced Penrith Local Court via video link on Monday and was granted release despite pleading guilty to the offences. Facts show Dennis went to McDonald’s North St Marys after finding out his expartner was there with a new man. When he arrived, Dennis went over to the 19-year-old and inflicted a number of uppercuts to his face. He then kicked the victim’s car, all of which was captured on CCTV. The victim suffered bleeding to his nose and a split lip. During a police interview, Dennis made

full admissions to being at the location on the presumption that his ex-partner was cheating on him, agreed facts disclose. His lawyer conceded, given the offender’s extensive history, that the threshold for a custodial sentence would be crossed, but said an Intensive Correction Order or “home detention-style arrangement” was not out of the question on sentence. Magistrate Geoff Hiatt agreed, saying while the ‘assault occasioning actual bodily harm’ was objectively serious and would likely attract a jail sentence, it was “not inevitable” that it would be fulltime. He was satisfied conditions could be put in place to mitigate the unacceptable risks. As a condition of his bail, Dennis must report to police once a week, not enter Cambridge Park or Cambridge Gardens and not attempt to find either of the victims. His matter was adjourned to November 24 for sentence.

The 21-year-old faced Penrith Local Court on Monday and pleaded guilty to ‘use carriage service to menace, harass or offend’. However, the hairdresser with no criminal history sought leniency, telling Magistrate Geoff Hiatt a conviction may ruin her future prospects of travelling internationally and working on cruise ships. Magistrate Hiatt said she should have thought about that before committing the criminal offence, which carries five years’ imprisonment, but ultimately obliged. The court heard the woman also attended Nepean Hospital where the complainant worked, demanding she “come out the front or I’m gonna cause a scene”, before she and her boyfriend were escorted out by security. She was handed a 12-month Commonwealth Recognizance Order without conviction. She was also ordered to stump up $500 if she failed to be of good behaviour during the term of the bond.

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A man who scaled the back fence of Panthers Leagues Club has been slapped with a criminal conviction and fine. Lucas Soares-Gonzales fronted Penrith Local Court on Monday and pleaded guilty to ‘unlawful entry of enclosed lands’. The court heard the offender jumped the back fence into the courtyard area of the club without authority in the early hours of September 6. When asked why he did it, Soares-Gonzales said it was a “silly mistake”. He was convicted and fined $250 for the offence.

A man who threw chocolate milk on a police car has been slugged with a stiff fine for his actions. Ali Akbar Farshid Far faced Penrith Local Court on Monday after throwing the drink on a police vehicle at Nepean Village shopping centre on September 8 this year. When asked why he did it, Farshid Far apologised and said he didn’t have a reason. “You’re starting to amass a number of offences, Mr Farshid Far, do you want to go to jail?” Magistrate Hiatt asked. He was convicted and fined $350.

Woman escapes conviction after barrage of phone calls

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One offender has been apprehended whilst another remains on the loose, following a cowardly robbery of a 61-yearold man in Kingswood. About 1.30am on Saturday, October 10, a 61-year-old man was driving into his unit complex on Park Avenue, Kingswood when he noticed two males fidgeting with another unit’s garage lock. The man opened the door of his garage, which was next to the one the men were attempting to open and drove inside. The two men entered, ambushing the 61-year-old victim as he exited the car by grabbing and kicking him and throwing him on the ground. One of the offenders threatened him with a knife, demanding his wallet and phone. The offenders snatched both items and fled. Police were contacted and attended a short time later to establish a crime scene. As a result, police identified a 23-yearold Werrington County man as being one of the offenders. About 6.45pm on Saturday, October 10 police attended his home and spoke with his mother, who assisted police. Police then entered the 23-year-old’s bedroom where they located the man’s wallet and mobile phone. A short time later the 23-year-old was found hiding in the bathroom. He was arrested and charged with ‘robbery armed with offensive weapon’. Investigations are continuing to identify the second male.

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The 33-year-old left, however a short time later the other 26-year-old home occupant heard a noise out the front and went to inspect. The 33-year-old was standing near his vehicle, which now had a significant scratch down the driver-side door. As police spoke with the 33-year-old he was highly aggressive and refused to listen to direction, resulting in his arrest. He was conveyed to Penrith Police Station where he continued to swear at, kick and punch officers. As police attempted to get a hold of him, he elbowed a female police officer to her face. He was controlled by further police officers and placed in a cell but began removing the outside cover to a mattress and some of his clothing. The man was sedated and taken to hospital. He was released from hospital the next day, where he was arrested and charged with ‘destroy or damage property’ and ‘resist officer in execution of duty’.

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A man allegedly running into traffic whilst on drugs in Luddenham has been charged, after attacking police. About 5.50pm on Friday, October 9, police responded to reports that the 39-year-old Summer Hill man was running into traffic on The Northern Road, Luddenham. He became agitated as officers approached him, attempting to leave numerous times. As a result he was cuffed and searched with police locating aluminium foil that contained cannabis on his person. The man was arrested and checked by a paramedic before police attempted to get him into a police vehicle. He resisted, kicking and struggling with officers, causing injury to one of their hands. The man was eventually restrained and charged. He is due to front court today.

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lans to re-zone 38.4ha of employment land to make way for 500 more residential homes near Jordan Springs have been approved, despite community pushback. The re- zoning of the site was given the green light last Friday as part of tranche six of the State Government’s Planning System Acceleration Program. Outraged residents launched a petition in opposition of the plans last month, stating the removal of permanent job opportunities to build homes was an “appalling money grab”, given the current unemployment rate. Penrith Council had also flagged planning concerns in a submission last month, highlighting key issues including the removal of much-needed space for smaller industrial units or business premises, removing long- term job opportunities to help fix the job deficit in Penrith, and the fact that it was not required to meet current housing targets. The purpose of the project’s planning acceleration is to create construction jobs in the wake of the COVID- 19 economic crisis. Penrith Councillor Robin Cook said the

Labor Councillors Robin Cook and Karen McKeown at Jordan Springs. promised 250 jobs that the 500 homes will provide is “a drop in the ocean” by comparison to the 5,300 permanent positions initially promised. “The decision, despite our submission and advocacy against the re- zoning, shows a lack of respect for our Council and community to know what is in the best

interest of people who live in the Penrith Local Government Area,” she said. Cr Cook also raised concerns for the added congestion to current evacuation routes in the event of a fire or flood. A spokesperson from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) said “while the land has been

zoned for employment for almost two decades, the proponents (Lendlease) have been unable to attract employment uses to the land”. “An updated 2015 economic strategy found the isolation from other zoned employment lands made the site uncompetitive and unattractive,” the spokesperson said. “The Department has worked with Penrith Council to provide for other employment zonings at Penrith City Centre, Mamre Road, Penrith Lakes and the Aerotropolis. “Lendlease has also made a $1.58 million commitment towards the St Marys Skilling and Employment centre to create jobs and upskill the community.” Penrith Mayor Karen McKeown said Council’s opposition to the re- zoning is longstanding and multi-faceted. “There’s a dangerous imbalance for the liveability of our city as jobs growth in Penrith has lagged well behind population growth for far too long,” she said. “Diversity of employment lands, especially close to where people live, is an important piece of the ‘jobs close to home’ puzzle that these employment lands would have addressed.” The proposal must now go through a Development Application process.

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eteran music journalist Simone Amelia Jordan has launched the nation’s first consulting agency focused on elevating culturally diverse talent. Higher Ground Consulting Agency’s debut client is American rap duo GUMBO Music, made up of Nate Wade and Jordan Springs resident Kevin Hannibal. Ms Jordan said after two decades of working in journalism, she decided to move in a new direction. “I have always consulted on the side but wanted to pivot from print, radio, digital and TV reportage to working with artists directly to provide specialised media and branding services,” she said. “Nate and Kev are friends of mine. Their unique lived experiences reflect in their music and I understand their journey as I lived in New York for 10 years, so I wanted to get them the coverage and promotion they deserve.” Speaking with the Weekender, Kevin said it was a great opportunity to work with Nate and Ms Jordan. “I had done the solo thing but sometimes teamwork makes the dream work, so part-

nering with a dedicated artist like Nate was great and so easy,” he said. “We had the talent and music but a veteran like Simone was the missing piece so she could make those connections for us while we focused on the creative.” Living in Australia for six years, Kevin said while it’s been hard being from another culture, he is grateful for the opportunities here. “All my family is in America, so it can be rough, but the beauty, opportunities and healthcare really just give you a better quality of life so you can relax and not always hustle like at home,” he said. “Being able to promote different cultures here means there is an even playing field and everyone then has the opportunity to let their talent shine through.” Ms Jordan said she is excited for the duo as hip-hop thrives in western Sydney. “They have come together to collaborate with their debut track, ‘This is GUMBO’, dropping soon and their EP set to be released late November,” she said. “Their music’s flavours has its origins in many cultures and they really are redefining the globalisation of hip-hop.” To find out more information about GUMBO Music, visit www.facebook.com/ thisisgumbo.

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This November experience Penrith like never before, as the City Centre is transformed into an unexpected wonderland of art, exploration, technology, and fun! Produced by Council’s team that brought you Real Festival, ReAnimate Penrith invites the community to embark on a self-guided journey throughout the City Centre to discover a diverse collection of new art, brought to life with animation and augmented reality. Watch the magic happen live from November 1 as some of Australia’s most talented street and mural artists showcase their skills and transform the heart of our city into an amazing outdoor art gallery. Download the free ReAnimate Penrith App onto your smart device and follow the ArtWalk trail, discovering hidden 3D characters and animations that will leave you speechless! Not only will ReAnimate be a fantastic experience for the residents of Pen-

rith and surrounding suburbs, it’s also an opportunity to reconnect with our local businesses after what’s been and continues to be, a very difficult time. Businesses have been hit hard during the pandemic and one of the recurring themes throughout our discussions with the COVID-19 Recovery Taskforces is that both businesses and the community are eager to now see people returning to our city centres. ReAnimate Penrith provides an interactive experience close to home that promotes activity in our City Centre but in a COVID-safe way. This November, we encourage you to explore the streets, laneways and arcades in Penrith, interact with the artworks and augmented reality experiences, and support our local businesses. I encourage you to download the ReAnimate Penrith App or visit reanimatepenrith.com.au to learn more.

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Penrith RSL goes pink in support of annual campaign

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enrith RSL was tickled pink with the results of their Pink Up Penrith raffle, which raised $9,000 for the McGrath Foundation. With over $4,000 worth of pink items, Penrith RSL Marketing Manager Leanne Stokes said the event was a huge success with many people getting involved. “When I say everything was pink, I mean everything. We had a children’s motorised car, an outdoor setting, Guess handbag, cookware, an electric guitar, along with a Pandora and an Angus & Coote gift voucher,” she said.

“We surpassed our expectations with big thanks needed for our wonderful members and visitors who showed their support and the spirit of community.” Ms Stokes said the club is a strong supporter of the Pink Up Penrith campaign, which happens every October to raise funds for breast cancer services via the McGrath Foundation. “50 Australians are diagnosed with breast cancer every day, so raising awareness of breast health is so important,” she said. “We think supporting the muchneeded McGrath Foundation Breast Care Nurses that make such a difference in the area is vital.”

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he COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t dampened the spirits of the Penrith Hospital Auxiliary, but it has hurt their fundraising. The group usually raise over $30,000 annually for Nepean Hospital but this year they have been lucky to raise $6,000 due to the pandemic’s impact. The volunteers are holding a garage sale at 43 Mosely Avenue, South Penrith, next Saturday, October 24 from 8am to 1pm to boost their funds to buy medical equipment. Auxiliary President Michele Parish said not being able to hold their monthly

stall has had a big impact on the group’s fundraising this year. “Without our meetings and stalls and the older generation not being great with technology to connect, it has been isolating for a lot of the ladies,” she said. “We are still trying to raise funds, so we are selling our well- known handmade items like cakes, jams, knitwear, craft, aprons, tea towels, along with toys, plants and second-hand goods.” Still not able to operate inside the hospital, Ms Parish hopes the community will support the not-for-profit group. “We donate so much time and energy into it, so we would love if people come to buy something to help or even just donate a little money,” she said.


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unning for over 40 years, the New Pioneers Social Club is trying to replenish its numbers by welcoming new members. The over- 50s social club operates from the Blue Mountains to Parramatta and promotes friendship in a safe and friendly environment. New Pioneers Treasurer Suzanne Hughes, who has been a member for 16 years, said it is predominantly for single people who still enjoy going out. “The club is for single, divorced, widowed or separated people but we do have some members who have found partners from attending who still come along,” she said. “We have events every Saturday with things like BBQs, themed parties, trivia, restaurant nights, picnics and going to watch live theatre together.” A member for four years, Secretary Barbara Stone said Penrith locals would get plenty of benefits out of the group. “Back in its heyday it had over 200 members and now we are down to just 60 because our members are getting older but there is a lot of lonely people out there who would benefit from a community service like this,” she said.

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Peter Watson, Zoe Genesini, Suzanne Hughes and Barbara Stone catching up for coffee. Photo: Melinda Jane. “We also celebrate holidays like Christmas or birthdays and recently did Father’s Day on the Nepean Belle because a lot of people don’t have family to spend these occasions with, so we are there for them.” Ms Hughes said the group is very flexible and she encourages people to see what they have to offer.

“A new person can come to three outings, then if they would like to join it is a $25 yearly fee, then you just pay for each event that you attend. Things like BBQs we ask ladies to bring a plate and men to bring wine or soft drink,” she said. Other events may also be on the cards if numbers increase.

“We used to do extra activities on Sundays like trips to Manly along with dances twice a month and even weekends away, but we need to get our numbers back up for that to resume,” she said. If you are interested in joining or want more information, call Suzanne Hughes on 0472 728 462.

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The Western Weekender is very excited to announce that we’re expanding our reach, with a new publication to launch in Parramatta next month. Parra News will be out every Tuesday and will feature news, sport and entertainment dedicated to the Parramatta region. “Expanding our footprint in western Sydney is really exciting for all of us,” said Weekender Managing Editor, Troy Dodds. “To see independent media thriving and expanding, despite the challenges of the health pandemic, is something everyone should be proud of.” Emu Plains Lions, in conjunction with Penrith, Cambridge Park and Winmalee Lions Clubs, have divided the funds raised from the Chocolate Wheel that they operated at Westfield Penrith every Saturday morning in 2019 and the start of 2020. The Emu Plains Lions shared $5500 with Kurrambee School, Nepean Prostate Cancer Support Group, Nepean Cancer Care Centre, Barnardos,

Australian Lions Foundation, Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children along with Christ Mission Possible, P a r k i n s o n ’s NSW Research and Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy. The owner of Nour ishmint Café in Lennox Village, Trang, also held

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Penrith’s newest restaurant will burst onto the local food scene on Sunday, October 25. The Mexican restaurant Chechos will open its doors on High Street near Memory Park, promising a new dining experience for local foodies. “The concept behind Chechos is simple – approachable, delicious and unique Mexican inspired dishes paired with cocktails, wines and sessionable beers. Chechos is Penrith’s only authentic Mexican experience,” the restaurant’s website promises. Bookings are now open at www.chechos.com.au until the end of the year.

Lonely Planet has confirmed what Territorians already knew, naming Australia’s spiritual heartland, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, as one of the best places to see in the world. The confirmation comes from Lonely Planet’s travel experts who have ranked Uluru in the top three locations to see in the world in 2020. The full list will be published in the muchanticipated second edition of the global sensation and bestselling coffee table book Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel List, alongside eight other Australian experiences. The coffee table book features 500 experiences from across the world, with Uluru climbing the rankings from 33 in 2019, to three in 2020, making it the best-performing Australian ‘must see’. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is being acknowledged for the destination’s sustainable practices and ability to connect travellers with Aboriginal culture. Uluru- Kata Tjuta National Park’s third place ranking sees it come in behind Petra, Jordan and the Galapagos Islands on the 2020 list. The new book reflects the face of travel today, with over 200 entries differing from 2019, in the wake of the global health pandemic.

If you’re an absolute Messina fiend (and we know you are), you can now get hold of more Messina at your local supermarket. Messina Gelato Bars are now available in stores across Australia. You can try the Choc Hazelnut Gelato Bar, Espresso Dulce De Leche Gelato Bar or the Strawberry Cheesecake Gelato Bar. New Messina Gelato Bars are out now, located all around Australia in the freezer aisle at Coles and Woolworths.

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This year’s REAL Festival won’t go ahead in November, but Penrith City Council wants to bring it back in 2021. “Given the restrictions on public gatherings, travel and health advice, REAL Festival will unfortunately not be able proceed in November this year,” a Council statement said. “We remain totally committed to delivering REAL Festival as Council’s flagship event in the future and we’ll be back again in 2021 with an exciting line up of arts, entertainment, environmental programs, and activities.” The Festival has taken over the Nepean River in recent years, becoming a huge success story.

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GOVERNMENT BACKS TUNNEL PLAN FOR HIGHWAY UPGRADE The NSW Government has backed a tunnel as the best option for the Great Western Highway upgrade at Blackheath. Acting Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said a tunnel under Blackheath would deliver the best result for preserving the village’s character and heritage as well as smoother and safer journeys for motorists travelling in, around and through the Blue Mountains. “This is a complex project and we wanted to

work with the people who know Blackheath best to ensure we identified the best options for the community,” Mr Toole said. “For the past six months, the Blackheath Co- Design Committee – which brought together representatives from community groups, local council, emergency services, and Transport

for NSW – has been doing just that and has helped shape the way forward. “We’re now asking for the community’s feedback on two tunnel options under Blackheath – options that will ensure minimal impacts to property, improve safety and congestion through the village and provide an alternative route for emergency services.”

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he talk is almost over. The nerves? They’re at fever pitch. It’s games like this that every sports fan dreams of, but for one set of supporters, this Saturday night’s Preliminary Final between Penrith and South Sydney will end as a nightmare. For the other fans, the magic of Grand Final week will commence almost immediately. The Panthers and Rabbitohs meet in a Finals match for the first time, and it’s a mouth- watering contest – the recordbreaking Panthers, who have dropped just one match all year, up against the red hot Rabbitohs, who have charged into premiership contention on the back of an incredible three weeks of attacking football. Don’t let anyone tell you this is a sure thing for either team. Preliminary Finals don’t work that way – this will be a close contest, with both teams putting everything on the line as they chase the prospect of a Grand Final appearance.

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You can only play what’s in front of you, but let’s not suggest that Souths’ form line blows Penrith to the status of outsiders for this one. The Panthers have won 16 games in a row, defied the critics who said they’d fall over in the Finals and now find themselves 80 minutes from a season decider. That can be too easily forgotten when you watch the week two Finals games and focus on those fights for survival rather than those who have already arrived at the destination the others were trying to get to. There’s plenty working in Penrith’s favour this weekend, but nothing more than the week off. Given no team has had a break since the competition resumed on May 28, the benefit of sitting back and taking a breath, as well as fixing up any niggling injuries, will be of monumental benefit to both Melbourne and the Panthers. I don’t believe Penrith will leak in

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defence like the Roosters, Knights and Eels did against the Rabbitohs – it just wouldn’t line up with the team’s defensive performances all season, albeit the Roosters did rattle the cage in week one of the Finals. The loss of Viliame Kikau is significant, but Kurt Capewell is a more than adequate replacement and brings plenty to the match in his own right. Complacency won’t get the Panthers – they aren’t acting like a team that will fall into that trap – but experience at this level may. Souths have been here for the last two years, and some would suggest destiny is calling for them to go one step further. Penrith will need to be as good if not better than they have been all season, and I think they will be – Ivan Cleary will have them prepared better than perhaps any other Finals team he’s coached. This is his time, and Penrith’s time. Tip: Panthers by 8.

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This photograph from Panthers training on Monday shows you just how relaxed the squad is heading into Saturday night’s Preliminary Final against Souths. It’s not complacency and it’s certainly not the players being over- confident, it’s just the way this squad has been all year – a tight unit that chooses to avoid the stresses and complexities that can often come with top level sport. You’d be concerned if the side looked any different this week given this has been their attitude all season.

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Panthers back- up fullback Caleb Aekins is close to finalising a deal that will see him move to the nation’s capital next season. The 22- year- old made his debut for the Panthers in 2018 and while he’s been given a few opportunities in the top grade, including a handful of games this year, he’s stuck behind first choice fullback Dylan Edwards. While Raiders fullback Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad has the fullback position sewn up in Canberra, Aekins is hoping to develop his game under coach Ricky Stuart.

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The rugby league media has had Jack Hetherington heading to almost every NRL club at some point this year. In the end, he’s landed at Canterbury with the deal officially done on Wednesday.

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Spotted: Leading Panthers fashion icon James Fisher- Harris wearing socks with thongs at training this week.

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There’s plenty of talk that this Saturday night’s Preliminary Final will be an Origin audition for Stephen Crichton. There’s word around the traps that Blues coach Brad Fittler is keen to see how Crichton goes against Souths counterpart Campbell Graham. Neither would let New South Wales down in November.

Monday. Nathan Cleary, Ivan Cleary and Jarome Luai also made themselves available for TV interviews last weekend. Kurt Capewell also fronted up for an interview on 2GB on Monday night.

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The Panthers have made some slight changes to their bubble arrangements, with talented club photographer Jeff Lambert now in the tight-knit group.

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The Panthers have been soaking up the attention that comes with being on top of the table. It would be easy for the club to carefully manage media appearances or demand interviews take place over Zoom, but instead, the entire squad was made available to journalists in person on

as stand- alone premiership favourites. Sportsbet has Ivan Cleary’s side at $2.70 to win the competition, slightly ahead of Melbourne at $2.80. Canberra and Souths are both at $7.00.

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The Panthers are holding a Grand Final Luncheon at the club on Friday, October 23. ARLC Chairman Peter V’landys will be the guest of honour while former premiership winners Craig Gower and Royce Simmons will also be in attendance. The luncheon will be going ahead even if the Panthers don’t make the big one. If they do, it’ll be an incredible lead-in to the big

day. Corporate partners have been sent details regarding ticketing for the lunch.

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I’m hearing plenty of fans had trouble getting tickets to this weekend’s Preliminary Final. It was a mixture of people not reading instructions correctly and Ticketek’s general incompetence, which we’ve all talked about for years. I actually had to ring Ticketek the other day to make an enquiry about a ticket and they won’t even take your call these days. They suggest you should reconsider your need to call, then hang up on you. What a way to treat your customers.

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0 minutes of teamwork is standing in the way of Penrith and their first Grand Final appearance in 17 years, according to Panthers back- rower Kurt Capewell. The 27-year-old, who has played in two Preliminary Finals with the Cronulla Sharks, believes his side will be celebrating on Saturday night if “teamwork” becomes the key ingredient. “We’ve got a really good group of blokes; we all get along unbelievably well. I think teamwork and playing the full 80 minutes is what will win it for us,” he said. After spending much of the season on the sideline with injury, Capewell will be thrust into the spotlight in a big way tomorrow night, filling the huge boots left behind by none other than Viliame Kikau. With the Fijian powerhouse serving a one- match suspension for a Dangerous Throw, Capewell has had the last fortnight to prepare himself for the enormous task at hand. While he admits he doesn’t offer the barnstorming runs and sheer brilliance that Kikau does in attack, he said he will be able to strengthen Penrith’s shaky left side defence.

“I might not offer as much attackingwise as Kiks, but I’ll be able to help out Romie (Jarome Luai) in defence,” he said. “I’m confident we will still perform well without Kiks, he is a big loss for us but having that weekend off and that extra week to prepare has definitely helped me.” While Capewell has tasted both Preliminary Final victory and defeat, he’s yet to experience an NRL decider after his previous club, Cronulla, left him out of their 2016 Grand Final team. The Queenslander said it will be a “dream come true” to play next Sunday night at ANZ Stadium, but his side will need to get past the toughest, most unpredictable game of the year first. “Anything can happen in Prelim Finals, it’s do- or- die, so every team’s willing to throw the ball around if they’re chasing points and that’s when some teams are at their most dangerous,” he said. “If you prepare well enough and you prepare right, you shouldn’t be too nervous. You just have to trust your preparation and trust that the work you’ve done throughout the week is going to get you through the game.” Penrith’s opponents, South Sydney, are currently riding the crest of a wave – scor-

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“I think our forward pack is the best in the comp,” he said. “If we can stick to our job, complete and do everything right, we’ll go straight through their middle. “I’m sure if our defence holds up against their attack, then I don’t think they can defend our point scorers.”

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osh Mansour is the only player who was part of the Penrith side which last made and ultimately lost the Preliminary Final 18-12 in 2014. This is but one reason why history will not repeat itself on Saturday night when the Panthers take on the South Sydney Rabbitohs for the chance to progress to the 2020 NRL Grand Final. With Mansour being the sole survivor from that team, there are no scars for the remaining 16 players to take into the encounter. For the record, the side which took to the field that day against the Dogs was: Matt Moylan, Josh Mansour, Dean Whare, Jamal Idris, Dallin WateneZelezniak, Will Smith, Jamie Soward, Sam McKendry, James Segeyaro, Brent Kite, Sika Manu, Matt Robinson, Adam Docker. Int: Nigel Plum, Jeremy Latimore, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Lewis Brown. A handy side but one also missing some of its most experienced players through injury including Bryce Cartwright, Kevin Kingston, Peter Wallace, Tim Grant, Elijah Taylor and Tyrone Peachey. In 2020, apart from Viliame Kikau being suspended, the Panthers are at full strength and the combinations are set. Unlike the team above, this year Penrith will have their first choice ‘spine’ available to start the game. More importantly, we also have the same coach in Ivan Cleary guiding this 2020

What caught my eye last week... Last weekend the two Finals games flowed nicely and there were no major refereeing decisions that cost any team the game. There has been a noticeable improvement in the standard of refereeing over the last two weeks. Here’s hoping that the outcome of the two Finals games this weekend are once again decided by the players. My tips for the week... Panthers to defeat the Rabbitohs and Storm to beat the Raiders to both qualify for the 2020 NRL Grand Final at ANZ Stadium next Sunday.

Josh Mansour is the lone survivor of the 2014 Penrith Panthers. team, just as he did in his third season with Penrith in 2014. That season, Cleary won Dally M Coach of the Year for guiding a young, largely inexperienced side with a sprinkling of veterans to the second last weekend of the NRL season. In 2020, Cleary is a frontrunner to win

the Dally M Coach of the Year for coaching a young, largely inexperienced side with a sprinkling of veterans to (hopefully) the 2020 NRL Grand Final. Cleary may be the same coach but he’s different as well. He’s also the reason why history won’t repeat itself again this Saturday night.

The final word... Former Panthers and Roosters centre and current Eel Michael Jennings may have played his last game of rugby league. He faced a rude awakening last Saturday morning when officials from Sports Integrity Australia informed him at 6am that he had returned a positive test result for banned ‘steriod based’ substances Ligandrol and Ibutamoren. He was immediately slapped with a provisional suspension until his second sample is tested. Jennings has since professed his innocence, I hope the second sample proves his claim.

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ong- time Panthers winger Josh Mansour knows he may not have many more opportunities to play in a Grand Final. That’s why Saturday night’s game against South Sydney is the most important of his life. While many of his teammates are only beginning their careers and will likely have several chances to challenge for a title, the 30-year-old stalwart doesn’t have that same luxury as he enters his twilight years. “I’m not going to lie… it’s crossed my mind. Looking at the group we have the average age is 24- 25, so they have their whole careers ahead of them. For me and a couple of the senior boys, it’s just a natural way for us to think,” the 156-game veteran said on Monday. “I know I don’t have that much time left in the NRL, but I’m not really thinking about that right now. “You just have to appreciate the opportunity in front of you, there’s nothing I take for granted for what’s happened this year with us.” While some clubs – including this weekend’s opponents Souths – are involved in Preliminary Finals year after year, the Panthers haven’t appeared in a Grand Final qualifier since 2014. As it happens, Mansour is the only surviving player from the ‘patched up’ Panthers side that went down to the Canterbury Bulldogs 18-12. Mansour said he remembers that heartbreaking loss on September 27, 2014, like it was yesterday. “I remember it all… it was a disaster,” he told Extra Time. “I remember we were pretty confident heading into the game. No disrespect to the Bulldogs, but I thought we had the better team on the day but they were resil-

ient and ended up holding us out to get the win.” Just like they did six years ago at ANZ Stadium, Penrith will go into tomorrow’s night clash against the Rabbitohs as favourites and with the same coach in Ivan Cleary. Mansour said Cleary’s been monitoring every member of his roster very closely this past week, looking out for one thing in particular. “He’s looking for complacency and none of the boys have been showing that,” he said. “We didn’t want to take our foot off the pedal during the week off, so we trained really hard. In fact, one of the toughest sessions we’ve done all year was on this paddock (Panthers Stadium) last week. “Again, it’s just all about training hard, keeping the momentum rolling and the biggest thing… not getting complacent.” While Panthers supporters have been feeling anxious, bordering on sick, all week, the players are thankfully in a much more positive mindset ahead of tomorrow’s blockbuster. “I haven’t seen any nerves to be totally honest,” Mansour said. “Everyone’s just so happy and excited – that’s the main emotions I’ve been seeing. “It’s been a good couple of days to relax and refresh the body, now it’s back to work and hopefully we can get the result on the weekend.” If Penrith do manage to knock off the Rabbitohs on Saturday, expect a monster game from Mansour who’s prepared to leave nothing left in the tank.

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uncorp Stadium is the unlikely host of the first of the Preliminary Finals this weekend, with the Melbourne Storm taking on the Canberra Raiders in what promises to be one of the great forward battles of the season. These two sides will likely bash each other into oblivion, much to the delight of the team who the winner gets to play in next weekend’s Grand Final. When you’ve got the likes of Nelson Asofa- Solomona, Felise Kaufusi, Josh Papalii and Joseph Tapine on the field at the same time, there’s no question the dressing room will be littered with bruises after the full-time siren. Spoiler alert: At the bottom of this

preview I tip Melbourne, purely based on the fact that they’ve had the week off and I believe that’s a significant plus given the challenging nature of the 2020 season. However, I can make one hell of an argument against myself – because I like this Canberra team a lot. They play with an energy and a spirit that you just fall in love with, and the fact they lost last year’s Grand Final and are now in the “you have to lose one to win one” cycle is significant. The Raiders ooze class all over the field – whether it’s the strength of Charnze Nicoll- Klokstad at fullback, the special talents of Jack Wighton in the halves or the strength of that wrecking ball Papalii, there’s enough out there to convince anyone that Ricky Stuart’s side is capable of winning the premiership. But to do so, they have to get past the professionalism of Melbourne. There is no question marks over the Storm’s experience or preparation. They get the job done time and time again.

Joseph Tapine played well for Canberra against the Roosters. Photo: NRL Images. With the added mission of sending Cameron Smith out a winner – given his retirement announcement seems imminent – the Storm will be hard to dismantle

on Friday night. If anyone can do it, it’s these Raiders – but they’ll need a lot to go their way. Tip: Storm by 4.

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y co-host on ‘NRL Tonight’ Mark “Spudd” Carroll knows a thing or two about winning Preliminary Finals. He played in three and won them all. It begged the question, what’s the key to being successful this weekend? He warned against getting carried away by big- game excitement, stressed not to look ahead to Grand Final week, and said to ignore the opposition. Just play your own game as best as you can for as long as you can. Then he surprised me. “I think the goal kickers will play a huge role. They’re so important.” What? The goal kickers? Not the lunatic front-rowers like you Spudd? Or the workaholic back-rower? Or the athletic outside backs? Or the finishers on the wings? Or the conductors through the spine? “They’re all important but you want to be going up by six, not four,” he said. And you want to be levelling a game at 20- all, rather than watching the opposition pounce on a miss to make it 26- 18. Sorry Eels fans. So, I asked Spudd, of the kickers left, who would you want kicking for your life. Before I’d finished the questions, the answer was leaving his mouth. “Adam Reynolds”. The South Sydney halfback has

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Adam Reynolds is one of the best goal kickers in the game. Photo: NRL Images. landed 96 of his 111 attempts this season. That’s 86 per cent. Only 15 misses all year. He slotted 6/8 in week one of the Finals. Then it was 7/7 last week. He’s on a 12-goal streak heading into Saturday night against Penrith. Even from the sideline this season, he’s delivered 29/40. What a crop of goal kickers are there with him though.

Game, club and future record holders. Cam Smith is having a great year off the kicking tee at 84 per cent, way above his career average 75 per cent. Jarrod Croker slots them at 82 per cent this year, slightly up on his career average. Then there is Reynolds’ opponent this weekend, Nathan Cleary. He’s kicking goals at 79 per cent this season, below

his career average because of his sideline strike rate. He’s 7/16 on the left touchline and the same on the right. Still who would back against a man who has delivered big kicks before and has taken his game to new heights in 2020. There will be some great tries scored this week and some big kicks at goal. Will a kick decide a game? Spudd thinks so!

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ven the sombrero hasn’t been enough to save the Sydney Roosters this year! Despite the return of the great Sonny Bill Williams and the mid-season theft of Josh Morris, it wasn’t enough to get them past week two of the NRL Finals. Despite being written off after being hammered by Souths in the final round, after the first 10 minutes against the Panthers there was enough to suggest this champion team could rise again and challenge for the three-peat, but for their handful of fans it wasn’t to be. This tells us winning three straight competitions is virtually impossible, if any club was positioned to do it for the first time since Parramatta in the 1980s it was this Roosters team. Much has been written about the end of their dynasty, but I think it’s far from over. The end of their campaign has come about because they are an older team that looked tired and busted. Captain Boyd Cordner appears in desperate need of a rest and I’d suggest the Roosters wouldn’t be too happy about the timing of this year’s Origin series. The Morris brothers had an outstanding season, but given they are close to 45, the week in, week out nature of a COVID season without byes means they’d be spent.

Sonny Bill Williams is mid-30s and actually played his best game in his cameo comeback in the loss to the Raiders. Jake Friend isn’t getting younger either. However the dominance of the Roosters is far from over and they have plenty of greenshoots. Sam Verrills proved last season he will make a great replacement for Friend when he retires, he was missed after being injured. Victor Radley was a key figure in last year’s Grand Final but also missed much of the season. The departure of Cooper Cronk can’t be underestimated given just his presence on the field helped them win the 2018 decider, even though he played with one arm. Some Roosters fans are pointing the finger at his replacement Kyle Flanagan. Considering he’d only played a handful of games at Cronulla before making the switch he did pretty well. Other than Nathan Cleary, which halfback currently in the comp would adequately replace Cronk? The Roosters will still be a contender for years to come without having to dig too deep into Uncle Nick’s pockets. The club’s best two players, two men who are regarded as just about the best in the game at the moment, are still young. James Tedesco and Luke Keary have plenty of football left in them and critically they play in the spine. As long as a team has a

The Roosters exited the 2020 Finals in straight sets. Photo: NRL Images. strong spine the rest of the side can be almost interchangeable and the Roosters, particularly with Verrills likely to replace Friend over the coming seasons, will have a strong hooker, half, fullback combina-

tion for years to come. So forget talk that the Roosters time at the top is over and just enjoy the fact we’ll have a different looking Grand Final next weekend. We may not be so lucky in 2021.

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The career of Parramatta centre Michael Jennings is hanging by a thread after he was provisionally suspended under the NRL’s Anti-Doping Policy. The former Panthers star says he will vow to clear his name, but he’s facing a four year suspension if he can’t achieve that. The Provisional Suspension Notice asserts that Jennings returned a positive A-sample for Ligandrol and its metabolite Di- hydroxyLGD- 4033, and also Ibutamoren and its metabolites Desbenzyl Ibutamoren and OH Ibutamoren. Each of those substances are prohibited by the World Anti- Doping Agency (WADA) and the NRL’s AntiDoping Policy. Jennings will have his Bsample analysed and await those results before taking any further steps.

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The Dally M Awards will proceed as a live television special on Monday, October 19 to honour the best players from the most challenging year in the game’s history. The Australian Rugby League Commission has approved the Dally M Awards to continue as a special television event on Fox League with award winners to attend a live broadcast studio event at Fox Sports. For the first time, the Dally M Team of the Year will be a full 13-man team covering all positions on the field. The broadcast will begin at 7.30pm on Monday.

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extra minutes round of the NRLW this Saturday with the Dragons taking on the Warriors and the Roosters clashing with Brisbane. Brisbane and the Roosters are undefeated this season while the Warriors and Dragons are yet to win a game.

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Kalyn Ponga has won the Danny Buderus Medal at Newcastle for the second time. Ponga also won the NRL Players’ Player Award, while Kurt Mann won the Gladiator of the Year Award and Chris Randall was named Rookie of the Year.

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SEN continues to build a strong lineup of talent ahead of its launch in Sydney in the coming weeks. Panthers legend Greg Alexander is now on board, joining Matty Johns as a regular guest on his Friday morning show. Stephanie Brantz has also joined the SEN family, which will be piloted by an Andrew Voss-hosted breakfast show. SEN replaces 2CH on AM1170.

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Gerard Beale has announced his retirement from rugby league. “What a ride the past 12 years have been. So many have only dreamed of playing in the NRL let alone playing for 12 years,” Beale said. “I will be forever grateful to the many people I have met throughout my career.” Beale played close to 200 first grade games for Brisbane, St George- Illawarra, Cronulla and the Warriors.

Career in crisis: Eels centre Michael Jennings. Photo: NRL Images.

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Parramatta captain Clint Gutherson has won this year’s Ken Thornett Medal as the club’s best player this season. The Eels held their presentation night this week at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse.

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Roosters halfback Kyle Flanagan could be headed for the exit door, with talk he’ll be released from the Bondi club. There’s talk that the 22-year-old could link up with Canterbury next year.

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lmost 2,000 aspiring young cooks aged nine to 14 applied to follow their food dreams in a competition. We now follow the top 14 talented tiny chefs- in- the- making in the new season of ‘Junior MasterChef Australia’. Firing up their ovens, these kids will race to make the most delicious dishes to impress judges Jock Zonfrillo, Melissa Leong and Andy Allen.

‘MasterChef Australia’ alumni and season four winner Andy Allen said he was blown away by the contestants. “I don’t have nieces or nephews so hanging out with these kids was so entertaining, I am smiling thinking about how much fun we had every day,” Andy said. “I was constantly amazed at what these little legends produced, not to mention the passion they had and how much they knew about food in general.” Taking on the favourite challenges like Mystery Boxes, Immunity Challenges and Eliminations, Andy said the kids handled it like champions. “We had the same challenges, but we made them more kid-friendly with a focus

on fun because we didn’t want to create that high pressure situation so they could relax and cook their best food,” he said. “They walked into each situation with such confidence and would explain a dish with jargon then execute it in such a way but then be so funny. They had us in stitches the whole time.” Competing on ‘MasterChef’ in 2012 as a dare then going on to write a cook book and opening multiple restaurants, Andy says he learned lots from the young chefs. “I only dabbled in cooking in my late teens for family then for my mates in my early 20s, so I think I was a late bloomer but I am not afraid to admit I definitely learned things from these kids,” he said.

“For Jock and I who are in the hospitality industry we were relieved because if even two or three of these kids who know so much at such a young age go into the industry, it will be in good hands.” With ‘MasterChef Australia: Back to Win’, which aired earlier this year deemed a success with the new judges, Andy hopes people tune in to see what these mini masters serve up. “In ‘Junior’ we were wrapped up in a fun bubble and we grew such great relationships with everyone, so I hope everyone is as impressed with their skills as we were,” he said. ‘Junior MasterChef’ airs Sunday to Tuesday at 7.30pm on 10.

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Alcoholics Anonymous Mondays at 6pm 1300 222 222 Gamblers Anonymous Mondays at 7.30pm 0433 018 484 Dementia Carers Support Group • Fortnightly meetings 4751 3033 Penrith Carer Support Group First Thursday of the month Headspace • 8880 8160 Drink, paint and laugh: Pinot and Picasso promises a great night out with friends Pinot and Picasso in Penrith will let you enjoy BYO drinks while their expert teaches you step by step techniques to complete a creative canvas in a collaborative setting. No artistic experience is necessary and by the end of the night you will be taking home your very own ‘Picasso’. With each session having a unique themed artwork, it is perfect for any celebrations or catch-up. It is located at Unit 3, 354 High Street, Penrith. Tickets are from $59. For more information or to book, call 1300 414 329 or visit www.pinotandpicasso.com.au.

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Knowledge of every episode of ‘Frasier’ is cool and Mr Watkins is even cooler which makes it the go-to spot to put your thinking caps on. For a cosy atmosphere with some stiff competition, make sure to book on Thursdays with trivia master Gary and, whether you win or not, a stiff drink will go down a treat as well. With cash prizes, drink giveaways and merch you can’t go wrong. 2. Workers Hubertus Country Club (Adams Road, Luddenham) The Hubertus Club might not be your first thought for trivia, but they love a solid trivia night every Saturday. Free, family- friendly and fun with wireless buzzers, your guests may forget what the longest river in Asia is, but they won’t forget how great the event was. Keep an eye out because they also like to do themed trivia nights every few months including Oktoberfest, ‘Harry Potter’, ‘Star Wars’ and horror movies. 1. Panthers Penrith (Mulgoa Road, Penrith) If you think you know your stuff, then Panthers Leagues Club will put you to the test and you might even learn a thing or two as well. Every Tuesday, InnQUIZitive will test you at Kelly’s on topics including popular culture, geography and science while you enjoy a delicious meal. If you are a super fan, they also have sporadic themed trivia at Squires Terrace bar where you can win prizes, sip $8 specially themed cocktails and prove you know all about James Bond, Disney, ‘Friends’ and the like. It’s the best trivia in town!


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Ê One of my favourite shows of all-time, ‘Cops’, is back filming again despite being axed following the George Floyd incident. It’s been confirmed the long-time observational series will still air internationally but not in the US, due it being a bit sensitive over there at the moment. ‘Cops’ airs on Crime + Investigation on Foxtel. Ê The MTV Europe Music Awards will air on Monday, November 9 at 7am on MTV. Ê Season two of reality series ‘Teen Mom Australia’ will premiere simultaneously on both MTV and 10 Shake on Tuesday, October 27 at 8.30pm. This sea-

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Ê Netflix has axed women’s wrestling comedy ‘GLOW’ despite initially renewing it for a fourth season. Production had begun on season four earlier this year but was shut down early on due to the pandemic. “We’ve made the difficult decision not to do a fourth season of ‘GLOW’ due to COVID, which makes shooting this physically intimate show with its large ensemble cast especially challenging,” a Netflix spokesperson said. Ê Still on Netflix, and the streaming giant has announced ‘Karate Kid’ revival ‘Cobra Kai’ has been renewed for a fourth

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Ê One of the most polarising shows of the year, ‘SAS Australia’, will premiere on Channel Seven this Monday, October 19 at 7.30pm. The cast includes many famous and infamous Aussies including Schapelle Corby, Nick Cummins, Roxy Jacenko, Candice Warner and Firass Dirani. I don’t mind the premise of this show, but there’s something about it that turns me off. I don’t think it will be the hit that Seven will want it to be.

season. The series picks up 30 years after the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament of the original films, and dives back into the reignited rivalry between Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence. Season three will premiere in January on Netflix.

Ê After nearly 15 years Borat is back! ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’, the sequel to the hit 2006 comedy starring Sacha Baron Cohen, will premiere on Amazon Prime next Friday, October 23. It’s a shame this one won’t be in cinemas, perhaps someone out there can email me their Amazon Prime login? Ê The first Netflix Arabic Original from Egypt is set to premiere on Thursday, November 5. ‘Paranormal’ is based on the best-selling thriller novel series by the late Ahmed Khaled Tawfik.

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9:00 ABC News [s] 10:00 Anh’s Brush With Fame [s] 10:30 Scottish Vets Down Under (PG) [s] 11:00 Grand Designs Australia (PG) [s] 12:00 ABC News [s] 1:00 No Time For Quiet (M) [s] 1:55 Seven Types Of Ambiguity (M l,v) [s] 3:00 ABC News [s] 4:10 Think Tank (PG) [s] 5:10 Grand Designs Australia (PG) [s] 6:00 The Drum [s] 7:00 ABC News [s] 7:30 Gardening Australia [s] 8:30 Vera (M v) [s] 10:00 Mum (M l) [s] 10:30 ABC News [s] 10:45 The Virus [s]

6:00 Sunrise [s] 9:00 The Morning Show (PG) [s] 11:30 Seven Morning News [s] 12:00 Movie: “Web Of Dreams” (M v) (’19) Stars: Jennifer Laporte 2:00 Autopsy USA (M) [s] 3:00 The Chase UK [s] 4:00 Seven News At 4 [s] 5:00 The Chase Australia [s] 6:00 Seven News [s] 7:00 Better Homes And Gardens [s] 8:30 TBA 11:00 Movie: “The Town” (MA15+) (’10) Stars: Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm 1:30 Home Shopping

5:30 Today [s] 9:00 Today Extra (PG) [s] 11:30 NINE’s Morning News [s] 12:00 Ellen (PG) [s] 1:00 My Way [s] 1:30 Guy Sebastian - The Man The Music (PG) [s] 3:00 Tipping Point (PG) [s] 4:00 NINE’s Afternoon News [s] 5:00 Millionaire Hot Seat [s] 6:00 NINE News [s] 7:00 NRL: 1st Preliminary Final: Melbourne Storm v Canberra Raiders *Live* [s] 9:45 NRL: Post Match [s] 10:30 Movie: “The Mechanic” (MA15+) (’11) Stars: Jason Statham

6:00 Headline News [s] 8:30 Studio 10 (PG) [s] 12:00 Supercars: Bathurst 1000 Day 1 *Live* [s] 5:00 10 News First [s] 6:00 WIN News [s] 6:30 The Project (PG) [s] 7:30 The Living Room (PG) [s] 8:30 The Graham Norton Show (M) [s] 9:30 Have You Been Paying Attention? (M) [s] 10:30 Drunk History Australia (MA15+) [s] 11:00 WIN’s All Australian News [s] 12:00 The Project (PG) [s] 1:00 The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (PG) [s] 2:00 Home Shopping

5:00 CGTN English News 5:15 NHK World English News 5:30 Worldwatch 1:00 PBS Newshour 2:00 The Point 3:00 NITV News: Nula 3:30 Hidden Restaurants With Michel Roux Jnr 4:30 Hidden Algeria (PG) (In English/ French) 5:30 Letters And Numbers 6:00 Mastermind Australia 6:30 SBS World News 7:35 Secrets Unearthed (PG) 8:30 The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes (PG) 9:35 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown (M) 10:30 SBS World News Late

2:30 Air Crash Investigations (PG) 4:30 Medical Emergency (PG) 5:00 RSPCA Animal Rescue (PG) 5:30 Escape To The Country 6:30 Bargain Hunt 7:30 Air Crash Investigations (PG) 8:30 Escape To The Country

4:00 Picker Sisters (PG) 4:30 Ice Road Truckers (PG) 5:30 American Pickers (PG) 6:30 Pawn Stars (PG) 7:00 Friday Night Countdown 7:30 Megastructures (PG) 8:30 Movie: “Ransom” (MA15+) (’96) Stars: Mel Gibson

4:20 The Simpsons (PG) 4:45 Movie: “Surf’s Up” (G) (’07) Stars: James Woods 6:30 Movie: “Ever After: A Cinderella Story” (PG) (’98) Stars: Drew Barrymore 9:00 Movie: “The Mountain Between Us” (M) (’17) Stars: Idris Elba

5:00 Fraggle Rock 6:00 Karena And Kasey’s Foreign Flavours 6:30 On Country Kitchen 7:00 NITV News: Nula 7:30 Mustangs FC 8:00 Movie: “Lord Of The Flies” (M l,v) (’90) Stars: Balthazar Getty 9:35 Bedtime Stories (PG) 9:45 Ghosts In The Hood

3:30 Diagnosis Murder (PG) 4:30 Star Trek: The Next Generation (PG) 5:30 Star Trek: Voyager (PG) 6:30 Bondi Rescue (PG) 7:30 NCIS (M) 8:30 Walker, Texas Ranger (M v) 10:30 Elementary (M v) 11:30 CSI: Miami (M v)

3:00 Becker (PG) 4:00 Everybody Loves Raymond (PG) 5:00 Frasier (PG) 6:00 Friends (PG) 6:30 Neighbours (PG) 7:00 Friends (PG) 8:00 The Big Bang Theory (PG) 9:30 Seinfeld (PG) 10:00 Friends (PG) 11:00 Supernatural (MA15+)

3:00 The Block (PG) 4:00 House Hunters International 5:00 Fixer Upper (PG) 6:00 House Hunters International 7:00 House Hunters USA 7:30 House Hunters Renovation 8:30 Boomtown Builder 9:30 Log Cabin Living

5:25 The Deep 6:00 Dragons: Race To The Edge 6:30 Horrible Histories 7:00 Deadly Pole To Pole 7:30 Shaun The Sheep 8:00 Thunderbirds Are Go 8:20 Good Game Spawn Point 8:45 Voltron: Legendary Defender (PG) 9:10 Fruits Basket

5:00 ABC Newshour 6:00 ABC Evening News 7:00 ABC National News 7:40 The Virus 8:00 ABC News Tonight 8:15 Planet America’s Fireside Chat 9:00 The Drum 10:00 The World With Beverley O’Connor 10:30 The Mix

6:25 School Of Roars 7:00 Sir Mouse 7:30 Spicks And Specks (PG) 8:30 Gruen XL (PG) 9:15 Absolutely Fabulous (PG) 9:45 The Office (PG) 10:20 The Catherine Tate Show (M l) 10:50 Parks And Recreation (PG) 11:10 Schitt’s Creek (M l)

4:00 Cook’s Pantry With Matt Sinclair 4:30 The Cook And The Chef 5:30 Lidia’s Italy 6:00 Rick Stein’s French Odyssey 7:05 Bake With Anna Olson 7:30 Watts On The Grill 8:30 Food Safari Fire 9:30 Come Dine With Me UK

4:15 PBS Newshour 5:15 BBC My World 5:45 The Joy Of Painting With Bob Ross (PG) 6:15 Alone (PG) 7:05 Jeopardy! (PG) 7:30 NITV News Update 7:35 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown (PG) 8:30 How The Mp3 Changed (PG)

4:00 Bakugan: Battle Planet (PG) 4:30 Adventure Time (PG) 5:00 Clarence (PG) 5:15 Teen Titans Go! (PG) 5:45 Movie: “Spy Kids 3: Game Over” (PG) (’03) Stars: Antonio Banderas 7:30 Movie: “Snow White And The Huntsman” (M) (’12)

3:10 Antiques Roadshow 3:40 Movie: “Turned Out Nice Again” (G) (’41) Stars: George Formby 5:20 Heartbeat (PG) 6:30 Antiques Roadshow 7:30 Poirot (PG) 8:40 Movie: “Gifted” (M l) (’17) Stars: Chris Evans

10:00 rage Guest Programmer (PG) [s] 12:00 ABC News [s] 12:30 Grantchester (PG) [s] 1:15 Father Brown (PG) [s] 2:00 Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery (PG) [s] 2:35 Big Weather (And How To Survive It) [s] 3:30 Escape From The City [s] 4:30 Landline [s] 5:00 Australian Story [s] 5:30 Midsomer Murders (PG) [s] 7:00 ABC News [s] 7:30 Victoria: Uneasy Lies The Head That Wears The Crown (PG) [s] 8:20 The Split (PG) [s] 9:20 Endeavour (M v) [s]

6:00 Home Shopping 7:00 Weekend Sunrise [s] 10:00 The Morning Show Weekend (PG) [s] 12:00 Seven’s Horse Racing: Randwick [s] 5:00 Seven News At 5 [s] 5:30 Border Security - Australia’s Front Line (PG) [s] 6:00 Seven News [s] 7:00 TBA 9:00 Movie: “War For The Planet Of The Apes” (M v) (’17) Stars: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Karin Konoval 12:00 Criminal Minds - Beyond Borders: Blowback (M v) [s] 1:00 Home Shopping

6:00 Global Roaming [s] 7:00 Weekend Today [s] 10:00 Today Extra - Saturday [s] 12:00 Rivals [s] 12:30 NRL: Women’s Premiership: Dragons v Warriors *Live* [s] 2:10 The Block (PG) [s] 3:30 The Garden Gurus [s] 4:00 NRL: Women’s Premiership: Roosters v Broncos *Live* [s] 5:30 Getaway [s] 6:00 NINE News Saturday [s] 7:00 NRL: 2nd Preliminary Final: Penrith Panthers v South Sydney Rabbitohs *Live* [s] 9:45 NRL: Post Match [s]

6:00 Reel Action [s] 6:30 Entertainment Tonight [s] 7:00 Which Car (PG) [s] 7:30 What’s Up Down Under [s] 8:00 My Market Kitchen [s] 8:30 Taste Of Australia [s] 9:00 Studio 10 Saturday (PG) [s] 11:00 Supercars: Bathurst 1000 Day 2 *Live* [s] 6:00 10 News First [s] 7:00 Bondi Rescue (PG) [s] 7:30 Ambulance Australia (PG) [s] 9:40 Ambulance UK (PG) [s] 10:40 Law & Order: SVU (M v) [s] 11:30 Bull: (M v) [s] 12:30 Home Shopping 5:00 Religious Programs

5:00 CGTN English News 5:15 NHK World English News 5:30 Worldwatch 1:00 PBS Newshour 2:00 Mission Galapagos 5:00 Great British Railway Journeys (PG) 5:35 Hitler’s World: The Post War Plan (PG) 6:30 SBS World News 7:35 Trains That Changed The World (PG) 8:30 Portillo’s Greatest Railway Journeys (PG) 9:30 Movie: “The Odyssey” (M) (’16) Stars: Armand Assante (In French) 11:45 8 Days (M l,v) (In German) 3:25 Wasted! The Story Of Food Waste (M l)

3:00 Football: Shute Shield 5:00 Seven’s Horse Racing 6:00 Border Security International (PG) 6:30 The Yorkshire Vet (PG) 8:30 Escape To The Country 11:30 Peter Andre’s 60 Minute Makeover (PG) 12:30 The Fine Art Auction (M)

4:00 Picked Off 5:00 Counting Cars (PG) 6:00 American Pickers (PG) 7:00 Movie: “Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb” (PG) (’14) Stars: Ben Stiller 9:00 Movie: “War For The Planet Of The Apes” (M v) (’17) Stars: Andy Serkis

5:00 Movie: “Oh, God! Book II” (PG) (’80) Stars: George Burns 7:00 Movie: “The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society” (M) (’18) Stars: Jessica Brown Findlay 9:30 Movie: “Dangerous Minds” (M l) (’95) Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer

4:00 Rugby League 2019: Koori Knockout 5:00 The Point 6:00 Going Places With Ernie Dingo (PG) 7:00 Yokayi Footy 7:35 Through The Wormhole (PG) 8:25 Two Cars, One Night (PG) 8:35 Unforgivable Blackness (PG)

3:10 Judge Judy (PG) 4:00 RPM 4:30 Mighty Machines 5:00 Reel Action 5:30 Star Trek: Voyager (PG) 6:30 MacGyver (M v) 7:30 NCIS: Minimum Security (M v) 8:30 NCIS: New Orleans (M v) 10:20 Hawaii Five-O (M) 11:20 NCIS (M v)

3:00 Rules Of Engagement (PG) 4:00 Will & Grace (PG) 6:00 The Big Bang Theory (PG) 9:00 Friends (PG) 12:00 The Middle (PG) 12:30 This Is Us (PG) 1:30 Charmed (PG) 2:30 Dr Quinn Medicine Woman (PG) 3:30 Family Ties (PG)

2:30 Boomtown Builder 3:30 The Treehouse Guys (PG) 4:30 Log Cabin Living 5:00 The Garden Gurus 5:30 House Hunters Renovation 6:30 Texas Flip N Move 7:30 Beachfront Bargain Hunt 8:30 House Hunters International

5:25 The Deep 6:00 Dragons: Race To The Edge 6:30 Operation Ouch! 7:00 Top Chef Jr 7:40 Shaun The Sheep 7:55 Thunderbirds Are Go 8:30 Get Blake! 9:10 Sailor Moon Crystal (PG) 9:35 Miraculous: Tales Of Ladybug

5:00 ABC News: ACT Votes 5:30 ACT Votes: Election Night *Live* 8:00 ACT Votes: Election Results *Live* 10:00 ABC News: ACT And NZ Votes 11:00 ABC Nightly News 11:30 ABC News 12:00 ABC News 12:15 Planet America

5:50 Bluey 7:30 Spicks And Specks (PG) 8:00 Would I Lie To You? (PG) 8:30 Danny Bhoy: Live At The Sydney Opera House (M) 9:40 QI (M l) 10:40 Penn And Teller: Fool Us (PG) 11:20 Would I Lie To You? (M s) 11:50 Staged (MA15+)

4:00 The Cook And The Chef 5:30 Paul Hollywood’s Pies And Puds 6:30 The Big Family Cooking Showdown 7:30 Cheese Slices 8:30 Cooking Up A Fortune 9:30 The Hairy Bikers’ Food Tour Of Britain 10:30 Paul Hollywood’s Pies And Puds

4:10 PBS Newshour 5:10 Monty Python’s Flying Circus (PG) 6:20 Only Connect (PG) 7:30 Punk (M d,l,s) 8:30 The X-Files (M) 11:15 Break Loose (MA15+) (In Russian) 12:45 Movie: “Kill Your Darlings” (MA15+) (’13) Stars: Daniel Radcliffe

4:00 BattleBots (PG) 5:00 Clarence (PG) 5:15 Movie: “Monsters Vs Aliens” (PG) (’09) Stars: Reese Witherspoon 7:00 Movie: “Kung Fu Panda 2” (PG) (’11) Stars: Jack Black 8:45 Movie: “21 Jump Street” (MA15+) (’12) Stars: Jonah Hill

2:45 Movie: “Kid Galahad” (PG) (’62) Stars: Elvis Presley 4:45 Movie: “The Train” (PG) (’64) Stars: Burt Lancaster 7:30 Movie: “Ghost” (M v,l) (’90) Stars: Patrick Swayze 10:00 Movie: “Julie & Julia” (PG) (’09) Stars: Meryl Streep

10:00 Offsiders [s] 10:30 The World This Week [s] 11:00 Compass [s] 11:30 Songs Of Praise [s] 12:00 ABC News [s] 12:30 Landline [s] 1:30 Gardening Australia [s] 2:30 Secrets Of The Museum [s] 3:30 Victoria: Uneasy Lies The Head That Wears The Crown (PG) [s] 4:30 The Mix [s] 5:00 Antiques Roadshow [s] 6:00 Australia Remastered [s] 7:00 ABC News Sunday [s] 7:40 Restoration Australia [s] 8:40 Grantchester (PG) [s] 9:30 Doc Martin (PG) [s]

6:00 Home Shopping 7:00 Weekend Sunrise [s] 10:00 The Morning Show Weekend [s] 12:00 House Of Wellness [s] 1:00 Movie: “The Iron Giant” (PG) (’99) Stars: Jennifer Aniston 3:00 Gold Coast Medical (PG) [s] 4:00 Better Homes And Gardens [s] 5:00 Seven News At 5 [s] 5:30 Sydney Weekender [s] 6:00 Seven News [s] 7:00 World’s Most Extreme Airports (PG) [s] 8:30 TBA 11:30 Autopsy USA: Patrick Swayze (M) [s] 12:30 Home Shopping

6:00 Global Roaming [s] 7:00 Weekend Today [s] 10:00 Sports Sunday (PG) [s] 11:00 Sunday Footy Show (PG) [s] 1:00 Netball: Grand Final: Melbourne Vixens v West Coast Fever *Live* [s] 3:30 Customs (PG) [s] 4:00 The Block (PG) [s] 5:00 NINE News: First At Five [s] 5:30 RBT (PG) [s] 6:00 NINE News Sunday [s] 7:00 The Block (PG) [s] 8:30 60 Minutes (PG) [s] 9:30 NINE News Late [s] 10:30 See No Evil (M) [s] 11:30 Born To Kill? Class Of Evil (MA15+)

6:00 Religious Programs [s] 7:30 Fishing Australia [s] 8:00 Supercars: Bathurst 1000 Day 3 *Live* [s] 6:30 The Sunday Project (PG) [s] 7:30 Junior Masterchef [s] – The contestants enter the Masterchef kitchen and scream with delight as they notice a giant-sized mystery box but no judges in sight. 8:30 FBI: Studio Gangster (M v) [s] 9:30 FBI: Legacy (M v) [s] 10:30 The Sunday Project (PG) [s] 11:30 Blue Bloods: Trust (M v) [s] 12:30 Home Shopping

5:00 CGTN English News 5:15 NHK World English News 5:30 Worldwatch 1:00 Speedweek 3:00 Motor Sport: Andalucia Rally 2020 3:30 Cycling: Liege-Bastogne-Liege 2020 5:35 Hitler’s World: The Post War Plan 6:30 SBS World News 7:30 Ancient Superstructures (PG) 8:30 Jumbo Jet: 50 Years In The Sky (Part 1 And 2) 10:15 American Animals (MA15+) 12:20 Trump’s Showdown (PG) 2:30 Trump’s Fortress America (PG) (In English/ Spanish)

3:00 SA Weekender 3:30 Escape To The Country 5:30 M*A*S*H (PG) 7:30 Escape To The Country 8:30 Cliveden - A Very British Country House Hotel (M) 11:00 Best Gardens Australia 12:00 Cold Feet (M) 1:00 Secret Lives Of Stepford Wives

4:00 World’s Craziest Fools (PG) 4:30 Counting Cars (PG) 6:00 Full Custom Garage (PG) 7:00 Border Security - Australia’s Front Line (PG) 8:30 Movie: “Lethal Weapon” (M) (’87) Stars: Clayne Crawford 10:50 Movie: “Lock Up” (M v,l) (’89)

6:00 The Simpsons (PG) 6:30 Movie: “Richie Rich” (PG) (’94) Stars: Macaulay Culkin 8:30 Movie: “Tammy” (M v,l,s) (’14) Stars: Melissa McCarthy 10:30 Movie: “Striptease” (MA15+) (’96) Stars: Demi Moore 1:00 Geordie Shore (MA15+)

4:30 Rugby Union: SA Premier Grade 2020 5:45 African News 6:00 Te Ao With Moana 6:30 APTN National News 7:00 Behind The Brush 7:35 Ballots And Bullets In Mississippi (PG) 8:35 Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited (PG)

1:30 Rugby Union: Wallabies v All Blacks *Live* 4:00 What’s Up Down Under 4:30 Hotels By Design 5:00 10 News First 6:00 Bondi Rescue (PG) 7:30 NCIS (M v) 9:30 Law & Order: SVU (M v) 10:30 MotoGP 2020 Aragon Grand Prix

3:30 TBA 4:45 TBA 6:15 The Big Bang Theory (PG) 9:00 Gogglebox (M) 10:00 Friends (PG) 11:00 2 Broke Girls (M s) 12:00 Will & Grace (PG) 1:00 2 Broke Girls (M s) 1:30 The Flash (M v) 3:30 Charmed (PG) 4:30 Home Shopping

2:30 Texas Flip N Move 3:30 Fixer Upper 4:30 Good Bones 5:30 Beachfront Bargain Hunt 6:30 House Hunters International 7:30 You Live In What? 8:30 Home Town 9:30 Flip Or Flop 10:30 Flip Or Flop Nashville 11:30 Million Dollar Listing NY

5:25 The Deep 6:00 Dragons: Race To The Edge 6:30 Operation Ouch! (PG) 7:00 Top Chef Jr 7:40 Shaun The Sheep 7:55 Thunderbirds Are Go 8:30 Get Blake! 9:10 Sailor Moon Crystal (PG) 9:35 Miraculous 9:55 rage (PG)

5:00 ABC News 5:30 The World This Week 6:00 ABC News Weekend 6:30 Holden: End Of The Road 7:00 ABC News Weekend 7:40 Drum Beat 8:00 Insiders 9:00 ABC News Weekend 9:30 Australian Story 10:00 ABC News

6:10 Bluey 7:30 Spicks And Specks (PG) 8:00 Would I Lie To You? (M) 8:30 Penn And Teller: Fool Us (PG) 9:10 Live At The Apollo (M l) 10:00 Gruen XL (M) 10:45 Sammy J (PG) 10:50 Insert Name Here (M) 11:20 Would I Lie To You? (M l)

4:00 The Cook And The Chef 5:30 A Cook Abroad 6:35 Asia Unplated With Diana Chan 7:00 Bonacini’s Italy 7:30 Rick Stein’s Spain 8:35 Ainsley’s Mediterranean Cookbook 9:30 Gino’s Italian Escape 10:30 A Cook Abroad

3:55 Insight 4:55 Yokayi Footy 5:30 Mr Tachyon On The Edge Of Science (PG) 6:00 Australia Come Fly With Me (PG) 7:00 Atlantis Found (PG) 8:35 Brooklyn Nine-Nine (PG) 10:30 Cycling: Tour Of Flanders *Live* 3:00 Thai News

3:30 Movie: “Peter Pan” (G) (’03) Stars: Jeremy Sumpter 5:45 Movie: “The Emoji Movie” (PG) (’17) Stars: TJ Miller 7:30 Movie: “King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword” (M) (’10) Stars: Charlie Hunnam 10:00 Movie: “Immortals” (MA15+) (’11)

3:00 Movie: “The Iron Maiden” (PG) (’63) Stars: Anne Helm 5:00 Movie: “Operation Petticoat” (G) (’59) Stars: Cary Grant 7:30 Death In Paradise (M v) 8:40 Movie: “Man From Snowy River” (PG) (’82) Stars: Tom Burlinson 10:50 Silent Witness

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3:30 M*A*S*H (PG) 5:30 Escape To The Country 6:30 Bargain Hunt 7:30 Doc Martin (PG) 8:30 Foyle’s War (M) 10:40 Criminal Confessions (M v,l)

12:00 Movie: “The Wrong Teacher” (M) (’18) Stars: Jessica Morris 2:00 Autopsy USA (M) [s] 3:00 The Chase UK (PG) [s] 4:00 Seven News At 4 [s] 5:00 The Chase Australia [s] 6:00 Seven News [s] 7:00 Home And Away (PG) [s] 7:30 TBA 8:40 The Rookie (M v) [s] 10:40 The Latest Seven News [s] 11:30 Chicago Fire (M) [s] 12:30 Home Shopping

6:00 American Pickers (PG) 7:00 Pawn Stars (PG) 7:30 American Pickers (PG) 8:30 Movie: “Transporter 3” (M v,l,s) (’08) Stars: Jason Statham

12:00 Ellen (PG) [s] 1:00 Getaway [s] 1:30 The Block (PG) [s] 3:00 Tipping Point [s] 4:00 NINE’s Afternoon News [s] 5:00 Millionaire Hot Seat [s] 6:00 NINE News [s] 7:00 A Current Affair (PG) [s] 7:30 The Block (PG) [s] 8:40 RBT (PG) [s] 9:40 NINE News Late [s] 10:10 100% Footy (M) [s] 11:10 Lethal Weapon (MA15+) [s]

6:30 Futurama (PG) 7:00 The Simpsons (PG) 7:30 Modern Family (PG) 8:30 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares (M l) 9:30 Ramsay’s Hotel Hell (M l)

6:25 School Of Roars 6:00 ABC Evening 6:00 Dragons: Race To 7:00 Sir Mouse 7:30 News 7:00 ABC The Edge 6:30 RatSpicks And Specks National News 8:00 burger (PG) 7:35 (PG) 8:30 Staged (MA15+) ABC News Tonight 8:45 The Malory Towers 8:00 Horrible Business 9:00 The Drum 10:00 8:55 Detectorists (M l) 9:25 Histories Special (PG) 8:30 Upstart Crow (M s) The World 11:00 ABC News Superfan 9:15 Sailor Moon

12:00 ABC News [s] 1:00 The Split (M l) [s] 2:00 Parliament Question Time [s] 3:10 ABC News [s] 4:10 Think Tank (PG) [s] 5:10 Grand Designs Australia (PG) [s] 6:00 The Drum [s] 7:00 ABC News [s] 7:30 7.30 [s] 8:00 Outback Ringer (PG) [s] 8:30 Big Weather (And How To Survive It) [s] 9:30 The Upside Of Downs (M l) [s]

12:00 Movie: “Social Media Murders” (M) (’19) Stars: Avaah Blackwell 2:00 Autopsy USA (M) [s] 3:00 The Chase UK [s] 4:00 Seven News At 4 [s] 5:00 The Chase Australia [s] 6:00 Seven News [s] 7:00 Home And Away (PG) [s] 7:30 SAS Australia (M l) [s] 8:40 Movie: “Rampage’ (M v) (’18) Stars: Dwayne Johnson 11:00 Seven News [s]

12:00 Dr Phil (PG) [s] 1:00 TBA 2:00 Entertainment Tonight [s] 2:30 Judge Judy (PG) [s] 3:30 Good Chef Bad Chef [s] 4:00 The Bold And The Beautiful (PG) [s] 5:00 10 News First [s] 6:00 WIN News [s] 6:30 The Project (PG) [s] 7:30 Junior Masterchef [s] 8:40 Have You Been Paying Attention? (M) [s] 9:40 Drunk History Australia (MA15+) [s]

2:00 Cruising With Jane McDonald (PG) 2:50 Alex Polizzi Chef For Hire 4:00 Great British Railway Journeys 4:35 The Supervet (PG) 5:30 Letters And Numbers 6:00 Master-mind Australia 6:30 SBS World News 7:30 Great House Revival 8:30 24 Hours In Emergency (M) 9:25 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown (PG)

5:00 Frasier (PG) 6:00 5:30 Star Trek: Voyager 5:00 Fraggle Rock 6:00 Friends (PG) 6:30 (PG) 6:30 Bondi Karena And Kasey’s Neighbours (PG) 7:00 Rescue (PG) 7:30 Foreign Flavours 6:30 On Country Kitchen 7:00 Our NCIS (M v) 9:25 Law & Order: Friends (PG) 8:00 The Big Bang Theory (PG) 9:30 SeinSVU (M v) 11:15 NCIS: Los Stories 7:20 Treaty 7:40 feld (PG) Through The Wormhole (PG) Angeles (M v)

6:00 House Hunters International 7:00 House Hunters USA 8:30 Fixer Upper (PG) 9:30 Flip Or Flop 10:30 Flipping Exes (M) 11:30 House Hunters

6:00 Malcolm In The 6:15 Alone (PG) 7:05 6:30 Made In Italy With Middle (PG) 7:00 The Jeopardy! (PG) 7:30 Silvia Colloca 7:00 Nanny (PG) 7:30 NITV News Update Bake With Anna Olson Territory Cops (PG) 8:30 7:35 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does 7:30 Living On The Veg 8:30 Countdown (PG) 8:30 The Dog Movie: “The Hurt Locker” Anthony Bourdain: Parts (MA15+) (’08) Unknown 9:30 Nigella Kitchen And The Gong (M)

5:20 Heartbeat (PG) 6:30 Antiques Roadshow 7:30 Grantchester (M v) 8:30 Midsomer Murders 10:40 See No Evil (M v) 11:40 ER (M)

12:00 Ellen (PG) [s] 1:00 Desperate Housewives (PG) [s] 2:00 The Block (PG) [s] 3:00 Tipping Point (PG) [s] 4:00 NINE’s Afternoon News [s] 5:00 Millionaire Hot Seat [s] 6:00 NINE News [s] 7:00 A Current Affair (PG) [s] 7:30 The Block (PG) [s] 8:40 The Trump Show: The Experiment (PG) [s] 9:50 Bluff City Law (M) [s] 10:50 NINE News Late [s]

12:00 Dr Phil (PG) [s] 2:00 TBA 3:30 Good Chef Bad Chef [s] 4:00 Everyday Gourmet [s] 4:30 The Bold And The Beautiful (PG) [s] 5:00 10 News First [s] 6:00 WIN News [s] 6:30 The Project (PG) [s] 7:30 Junior Masterchef [s] 9:00 Ambulance Australia (M) [s] 10:00 NCIS (M v) [s] 11:00 WIN’s All Australian News [s] 12:00 The Project (PG)

2:05 Cruising With Jane McDonald (PG) 2:55 Secrets Of The Bermuda Triangle (PG) 3:50 Who Do You Think You Are? (PG) 4:55 Great British Railway Journeys 5:30 Letters And Numbers 6:00 Mastermind Australia 6:30 SBS World News 7:30 Every Family Has A Secret (M) 8:30 Insight (M) 9:30 Dateline 10:00 The Feed 6:00 House Hunters International 7:00 House Hunters USA 7:30 Good Bones (PG) 8:30 Escape To The Chateau (PG) 9:30 Building Off The Grid (PG)

6:30 Futurama (PG) 6:00 American Pickers 5:00 RSPCA Animal 7:00 The Simpsons (PG) 7:00 Pawn Stars Rescue (PG) 5:30 (PG) 7:30 Modern (PG) 7:30 Highway PaEscape To The Country 6:30 Bargain Hunt 7:30 Rose- trol (PG) 8:30 Aussie Salvage Family (PG) 8:30 Movie: Squad (PG) 10:30 Demolition “Paperback Hero” (M l) (’99) mary & Thyme (M v) 8:30 NZ (M) 11:30 Scrap Kings (PG) Stars: Hugh Jackman Inspector Morse (M v)

5:00 Frasier (PG) 6:00 5:30 Star Trek: Voyager 5:00 Fraggle Rock 6:00 Friends (PG) 6:30 (PG) 6:30 Bondi Karena And Kasey’s Neighbours (PG) 7:00 Rescue (PG) 7:30 Foreign Flavours 6:30 On Country Kitchen 7:00 Our NCIS (M) 8:30 CSI: Miami (M) Friends (PG) 8:00 The Big Bang Theory (PG) 9:30 Sein10:25 Elementary (M v,d) Stories 7:20 Treaty 7:30 feld (PG) 10:00 Mom (M s,d) 12:15 Home Shopping Wellington Paranormal (M)

6:25 School Of Roars 6:00 ABC Evening 6:00 Dragons: Race To 7:00 Sir Mouse 7:30 News 7:00 ABC The Edge 6:30 The Spicks And Specks National News 8:00 Midnight Gang (PG) (PG) 8:30 Insert Name Here ABC News Tonight 8:45 The 7:35 Malory Towers 8:00 Horrible Histories Special (PG) Business 9:00 The Drum 10:00 (PG) 9:00 Ghosts (PG) 9:30 The Trip To Greece (M l) The World 11:00 ABC News 8:35 Shaun The Sheep

5:20 Heartbeat (PG) 7:00 The Nanny (PG) 7:05 Jeopardy! (PG) 6:30 Made In Italy With 6:30 Antiques Road7:30 Movie: “The Whole 7:30 NITV News Silvia Colloca 7:00 show 7:30 New Tricks Nine Yards” (M v) (’00) Update 7:35 8 Out Of Bake With Anna Olson 10 Cats Does Countdown (PG) Stars: Bruce Willis 9:30 Movie: (M) 8:30 Halifax FP (M v,s) 7:30 Italian Food Safari 8:00 “The Girl Next Door” (MA15+) 10:50 Law & Order: Criminal Cook Like An Italian With Silvia 8:35 Dave Gorman: Modern Intent (M v) (’14) Stars: Elisha Cuthbert Life Is Goodish (M) Colloca

12:00 ABC News [s] 12:30 National Press Club Address [s] 1:40 Media Watch [s] 2:00 Parliament Question Time [s] 3:10 ABC News [s] 4:10 Think Tank (PG) [s] 5:10 Grand Designs Australia (PG) [s] 6:00 The Drum [s] 7:00 ABC News [s] 7:30 7.30 [s] 8:00 Hard Quiz (PG) [s] 8:30 Gruen (M) [s] 9:00 Utopia (PG) [s] 9:35 Planet America [s]

12:00 Movie: “The Perfect Girlfriend” (M) (’12) 2:00 Autopsy USA (M) [s] 3:00 The Chase UK [s] 4:00 Seven News At 4 [s] 5:00 The Chase Australia [s] 6:00 Seven News [s] 7:00 Home And Away (PG) [s] 7:30 Highway Patrol (PG) [s] 8:30 Movie: “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice” (M) (’16) Stars: Ben Affleck 11:30 Blindspot (M)

12:00 Ellen (PG) [s] 1:00 Desperate Housewives (PG) [s] 2:00 The Block (PG) [s] 3:00 Tipping Point (PG) [s] 4:00 NINE’s Afternoon News [s] 5:00 Millionaire Hot Seat [s] 6:00 NINE News [s] 7:00 A Current Affair (PG) [s] 7:30 The Block (PG) [s] 8:40 Australian Crime Stories (M v) [s] 9:40 Murder Calls (M) [s] 10:40 NINE News Late [s]

2:00 Dr Phil (PG) [s] 1:00 TBA 2:00 Entertainment Tonight [s] 2:30 Judge Judy (PG) [s] 3:30 Good Chef Bad Chef [s] 4:00 Everyday Gourmet [s] 4:30 The Bold And The Beautiful (PG) [s] 5:00 10 News First [s] 6:00 WIN News [s] 6:30 The Project (PG) [s] 7:30 The Bachelorette Australia (PG) [s] 8:30 The Masked Singer USA (PG) [s]

2:05 Cruising With Jane McDonald (PG) 3:00 Dateline 3:30 Insight 4:30 Great British Railway Journeys 5:00 Cycling: La Vuelta 2020 Highlights 5:30 Letters And Numbers 6:00 Mastermind Australia 6:30 SBS World News 7:35 Walking Britain’s Roman Roads (PG) 8:30 Australia Come Fly With Me (M) 9:30 The Good Fight (MA15+)

5:00 Frasier (PG) 6:00 5:30 Star Trek: Voyager 5:00 Fraggle Rock 6:00 6:30 Futurama (PG) 6:00 American Pickers 5:00 RSPCA Animal Friends (PG) 6:30 (PG) 6:30 Bondi Karena And Kasey’s 7:00 The Simpsons (PG) 7:00 Pawn Stars Rescue 5:30 Escape Neighbours (PG) 7:00 Rescue (PG) 7:30 Foreign Flavours 6:30 (PG) 7:30 Modern (PG) 7:30 The SimpTo The Country 6:30 Friends (PG) 8:00 The Big On Country Kitchen 7:00 Our NCIS (M) 8:30 NCIS: Los Bargain Hunt 7:30 The Coroner sons (PG) 8:30 Family Guy (M) Family (PG) 8:30 Cold Case Bang Theory (PG) 9:30 Sein9:30 American Dad (M) 10:30 (M) 10:30 Without A Trace (M) Stories 7:20 Treaty 7:30 Going Angeles (M v) 11:15 NCIS (M v) 8:30 Lewis (M v) 10:30 feld (PG) 10:00 2 Broke Girls Places With Ernie Dingo (PG) (PG) 12:10 Home Shopping 11:30 Criminal Minds (M v) Family Guy (M v) Jonathan Creek (M v) 6:25 School Of Roars 6:00 ABC Evening 6:00 Dragons: Race To 7:00 Sir Mouse 7:30 News 7:00 ABC The Edge 6:30 Spicks And Specks National News 8:00 Gangsta Granny 7:40 (PG) 8:30 Friday Night Dinner ABC News Tonight 8:45 The Malory Towers 8:05 Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes (PG) Business 9:00 The Drum 10:00 (PG) 8:55 Archer (M) 9:15 Rosehaven (PG) The World 11:00 ABC News 8:35 Shaun The Sheep

12:00 ABC News [s] 1:00 Hard Quiz (PG) [s] 1:30 QI [s] 2:00 Parliament Question Time [s] 3:10 ABC News [s] 4:10 Think Tank (PG) [s] 5:05 Grand Designs Australia (PG) [s] 6:00 The Drum [s] 6:55 Sammy J [s] 7:00 ABC News [s] 7:30 7.30 [s] 8:00 Scottish Vets Down Under (PG) [s] 8:30 Joanna Lumley’s Silk Road Adventure [s] 5:00 RSPCA Animal Rescue 5:30 Escape To The Country 6:30 Bargain Hunt 7:30 Father Brown (PG) 8:30 Murdoch Mysteries (M v)

12:00 Movie: “The Wrong House” (M) (’16) Stars: Clare Kramer 2:00 Autopsy USA: Dennis Wilson (M) [s] 3:00 The Chase UK [s] 4:00 Seven News At 4 [s] 5:00 The Chase Australia [s] 6:00 Seven News [s] 7:00 Home And Away (PG) [s] 8:30 TBA 10:00 The Latest Seven News [s] 10:30 TBA 11:40 TBA 12:30 Home Shopping

7:00 The Nanny (PG) 7:05 Jeopardy! (PG) 6:30 Made In Italy With 7:30 Young Sheldon 7:30 NITV News Silvia Colloca 7:00 (PG) 8:30 Movie: “The Update 7:35 8 Out Of Bake With Anna Olson 10 Cats Does Countdown (PG) Wolf Of Wall Street” (MA15+) 7:30 Indian Food Made Easy (’13) Stars: Jordan Belfort 8:00 French Food Safari 8:30 8:30 Movie: “The Thing” (M) 12:10 Miami Vice (M v) (’82) Stars: Kurt Russell Destination Flavour China

12:00 Ellen (PG) [s] 1:00 Desperate Housewives (PG) [s] 2:00 The Block (PG) [s] 3:00 Tipping Point (PG) [s] 4:00 NINE’s Afternoon News [s] 5:00 Millionaire Hot Seat [s] 6:00 NINE News [s] 7:00 A Current Affair (PG) [s] 7:30 Paramedics (PG) [s] 8:30 Kings Cross ER (PG) [s] 9:30 A&E After Dark (M mp,l) [s] 10:30 NINE News Late [s]

12:00 Dr Phil (PG) [s] 1:00 TBA 2:00 Entertainment Tonight [s] 2:30 Judge Judy (PG) [s] 3:30 Good Chef Bad Chef [s] 4:00 Everyday Gourmet [s] 4:30 The Bold And The Beautiful (PG) [s] 5:00 10 News First [s] 6:00 WIN News [s] 6:30 The Project (PG) [s] 7:30 The Bachelorette Australia (PG) [s] 8:30 Gogglebox (M l) [s] 9:30 TBA

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6:00 House Hunters International 7:00 House Hunters USA 7:30 Barnwood Builders 8:30 Restored By The Fords 9:30 Beachfront Bargain Hunt 5:20 Heartbeat (PG) 6:30 Antiques Roadshow 7:30 As Time Goes By (PG) 8:30 Outback Brothers (PG) 9:00 Midsomer Murders (M v)

2:00 Cruising With Jane McDonald (PG) 2:50 The Crusades (PG) 3:50 Five Billion Pound Super Sewer 5:00 Cycling: La Vuelta 2020 Highlights 5:30 Letters And Numbers 6:00 Mastermind Australia 6:30 SBS World News 7:30 Michael Mosley - Queen Victoria’s Slum (PG) 8:35 Secrets Of The Tower Of London (M l) 9:30 Fargo (MA15+)

5:00 Frasier (PG) 6:00 5:30 Star Trek: Voyager 5:00 Fraggle Rock 6:00 6:30 Futurama (PG) 6:00 American Pickers Friends (PG) 6:30 (PG) 6:30 Bondi Karena And Kasey’s 7:00 The Simpsons (PG) 7:00 Pawn Stars Neighbours (PG) 7:00 Rescue (PG) 7:30 Foreign Flavours 6:30 (PG) 7:30 Modern (PG) 7:30 Movie: “Harry Potter And The Prisoner Family (PG) 8:30 The Mentalist On Country Kitchen 7:00 Our NCIS (M) 8:30 Hawaii Five-O Friends (PG) 8:00 The Big Bang Theory (PG) 9:30 (M v) 9:30 Seal Team (M v) Of Azkaban” (PG) (’04) Stars: (M d,v) 10:30 Without A Trace Stories 7:20 Treaty 7:40 Seinfeld (PG) 11:30 NCIS (M) American Soul (M d) (M d) 11:30 Bones (M v) Emma Watson

6:15 Alone (PG) 7:05 6:30 Made In Italy With 6:25 School Of Roars 6:00 ABC Evening 6:00 Dragons: Race To Jeopardy! (PG) 7:30 Silvia Colloca 7:00 7:00 Sir Mouse 7:30 News 7:00 ABC The Edge 6:30 GrandNITV News Update Bake With Anna Olson Spicks And Specks National News 8:00 pa’s Great Escape (PG) 7:35 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does (PG) 8:30 Hard Quiz (PG) 9:00 7:30 Just Jen 8:00 Donal’s 7:40 Malory Towers 8:05 Roald ABC News Tonight 8:45 The Asian Baking Adventure 8:30 Countdown (PG) 8:30 The Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes (PG) Business 9:00 The Drum 10:00 Hannah Gadsby’s Nakedy Curse Of Oak Island (PG) Nudes (MA15+) 9:30 QI (M l) May’s Kitchen The World 11:00 ABC News 8:35 Shaun The Sheep

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12:00 ABC News [s] 1:00 Gruen (PG) [s] 1:35 Squinters (M) [s] 2:00 Parliament Question Time [s] 3:10 ABC News [s] 4:10 Think Tank (PG) [s] 5:10 Grand Designs Australia (PG) [s] 6:00 The Drum [s] 7:00 ABC News [s] 7:30 7.30 [s] 8:00 Australian Story [s] [s] 8:30 Four Corners [s] 9:15 Media Watch [s] 9:35 Q&A (PG) [s]

6:00 House Hunters International 7:00 House Hunters USA 7:30 House Hunters International 8:30 Fixer Upper (PG) 9:30 Best House On The Block

6:30 Antiques Road7:00 The Nanny (PG) show 7:30 Agatha 7:30 Movie: “The Vow” Christie’s Partners In (PG) (’12) Stars: Rachel Crime (M) 8:30 Movie: “Agatha Mcadams 9:35 Movie: “If I Christie’s Death On The Nile” Stay” (M) (’14) Stars: Chloë (PG) (’78) Stars: Peter Ustinov Grace Moretz

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Bones pops the question America’s leading country music radio host, Bobby Bones, has popped the question to girlfriend Caitlin. The surprise engagement happened last weekend in Nashville. Aussies can listen to ‘The Bobby Bones Show’ and get your American country music fix wherever you listen to podcasts. Hosts announced Kane Brown and

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You are feeling restricted and reckless! The retro Uranus/retro Mercury opposition increases your impulsive and unpredictable side and makes you more accident-prone than usual. So steer clear of distractions and stop rushing. Plus avoid the tantalising temptation to rock the relationship boat (especially with colleagues and family). Perhaps it’s time to backtrack and heal a frustrating rift.

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Retrograde Mars, Mercury and Uranus rev up your restless (and reckless) side and amplify your tendency to become distracted. So be extra careful when walking near traffic, driving, cycling or jogging. And have you been contemplating doing some sort of humanitarian, community or volunteer work? It’s a good time to tap into your compassionate side as you get involved in a charitable cause.

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You’re feeling rather impatient, as projects seem to stall at every turn. Retrograde Mars and Mercury are doing a number on you plus Uranus throws a spanner into the mix. So you’re set for a frustrating, disruptive and unpredictable week. Avoid having a hot-headed Aries melt-down! The current celestial cocktail is forcing you to slow down … something that definitely doesn’t come naturally.

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This week, with Mars and Mercury both in retrograde mode, don’t take anything for granted. If you want to minimise disruptions and problems, then be extra diligent and double-check everything. Uranus unsettles you on Tuesday, when a personal project or a relationship matter encounters obstacles and then takes off in a totally unexpected direction. Keep your cool!

This week, with retrograde Mercury, retrograde Mars and unpredictable Uranus all stirring things up, expect some frustrating disruptions and delays involving work, commerce, cars, computers, travel, holidays and/or phones. And make sure you are especially careful with what you put on social media, as it will be very easy for other people to completely misinterpret your true meaning.

Crabs are feeling frustrated and cranky! With Mars reversing through your career zone, it’s definitely not a good week to apply for a job, pitch your boss for a promotion or launch a big new work project. Instead, focus your attention on a romantic relationship, business partnership or creative joint venture that has real potential. It’s also a suitable time to show loved ones how much you really care.

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Expect a topsy-turvy kind of week Scorpio. With Mars and Mercury both retrograde, strive to manage misunderstandings and patch up problems in a patient and cooperative fashion. You’re very focused on professional projects but don’t put all your eggs in the one work basket. Make sure you diversify your interests, experiment with creative ideas and keep your options open.

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You’ll be walking on a financial and communication tightrope this week Libra! With retrograde Mercury, retrograde Mars and disruptive Uranus all stirring up your money and partnership zones, you’re primed for a spontaneous spending spree or a relationship debacle. In order to avoid messy (and unnecessary) problems you must think before you spend … and think before you speak.

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With Venus, Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn all stimulating your wealth zone, tap into the abundance that is all around you – and not just on a financial level. It’s time to combine your outer creativity with your inner strength, so that you shine brightly for all the world to see. Strong self-esteem and self-acceptance are your birthright! As Katy Perry said: “Self-acceptance is the key to be truly free”.

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It’s a good week to review and finish projects as you tick the to-do list. But retro Mars, retro Mercury and unpredictable Uranus stir up your family and peer group zones. So prepare for a domestic drama or a friendship fiasco. Explain to loved ones that you need plenty of personal space at the moment, and make sure you pace yourself. Your dry sense of humour will see you through!

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he National Drowning Report recently released by Royal Life Saving Australia revealed that of the 248 people who drowned in Australia last year, 80 per cent were male. In a devastating start to the recent school holidays, a 17- year- old boy on holiday from the Hunter Valley drowned on September 30 while swimming at the unpatrolled Diamond Beach on the NSW Mid North Coast. A number of bystanders tried to rescue the teenager but were unsuccessful, before police and paramedics pulled the teenager from the water and attempted to revive him. Acting Inspector Atkinson said the waters at the beach were rough and made for dangerous swimming conditions saying, “swimming at a non- patrolled beach is an unnecessary risk”. Six months earlier, a 38- year- old man drowned at the same beach. The following day, another 17-year-old boy tragically drowned when he jumped from a ledge at a swimming hole in Tahmoor, south west of Sydney and failed to resurface. Hours after divers arrived, the boy’s body was recovered by NSW search and rescue authorities.

Royal Life Saving Chief Executive Justin Scarr said too many lives were still being lost on the water. “Men taking risks and overestimating abilities continues to be our greatest challenge,” he said. “We urge men to look out for your mates while holidaying, camping and boating on rivers and lakes.” According to the Royal Life Saving Society and Surf Life Saving Australia, men aged 25 to 34 were the most at risk, with the use of alcohol and drugs and absence of safety precautions a key factor. Royal Life Saving’s Make the Right Call campaign encourages all Australians, especially males, to stay safe when enjoying Australia’s varied waterways. Risk- taking behaviour involving poor decision making, such as alcohol consumption, not wearing a lifejacket and swimming alone, can increase the risk of drowning, as can swimming in remote natural aquatic environments. The campaign highlights a common sense approach to drowning prevention and advocates simple safety tips, including avoiding alcohol, never swimming alone and wearing a lifejacket. Stay safer this spring.


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We get the kids (who are really young adults now), to identify a few things they would like to achieve in the next year, this is normally a car or an overseas holiday. We then allocate savings towards achieving this goal. It is really important to get a quick win, achieving that first goal will cement these habits for a lifetime. We will encourage them to put some money away for the long-term; this is for an eventual house deposit or similar. We also suggest they put $20 a week into super, in most cases they will qualify for the Government Co-contribution that further fast tracks their super savings. The power of compound interest for such a long period means that even $1,000 per year makes an enormous difference at retirement. During the financial planning process, we ask young people to identify the things they value most and direct discretional spending to those areas, that way, they are also making the most of their income on an ongoing basis. If you or someone you know is starting full- time work for the first time as a school or university leaver, feel free to contact us to discuss a free financial plan.

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t’s ‘Pink Up’ time for Penrith’s paddling community, with sport and business in the local area joining forces this breast cancer awareness month in support of the McGrath Foundation. The ‘Paddle in Pink’ concept came up in discussions at a recent Penrith business function when Gai Hawthorn, CEO of the Penrith CBD Corporation and leader of ‘Pink Up Penrith’, introduced the campaign to Paddle Australia’s Project Consultant and former champion paddler Richard Fox.

The one- time Olympian didn’t waste any time getting the paddling community behind the colourful campaign, launching the Paddle in Pink idea. “We see Paddle in Pink as an original way to use a paddle sports theme to support the Pink Up Penrith campaign, run in support of the McGrath Foundation, and help provide support for people experiencing breast cancer,” Fox said. “As well as contributing to Pink Up Penrith, we aim to grow awareness of all types of paddling across Penrith’s river, whitewater and lakes venues.” Penrith Valley Canoeing answered Fox’s call and kicked off a month of pink

paddling events, with local paddling enthusiasts gathering riverside at Weir Reserve on October 4 for Club Chairman Dave Lowe’s morning briefing. It was the fifth round of the local Club Championship and a 12km course on the Nepean lay in wait for a small group of 20 racers, this time taking on a different colour… pink! “It’s the first time our club has been associated with a charity event and we’re happy to get on board with the Paddle in Pink idea and support the McGrath Foundation,” Lowe said. Lesley Duke – the mother of the youngest starter, 15- year- old Sophia Chen – said the initiative was close to them.

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eteran golfers Laurie and Lynne Cupples have secured yet another Mixed Foursomes Championship title at Leonay Golf Club. The talented pair shot two solid rounds of 81 to win by 10 shots from rivals Adam Brennan and Mabel McCormick. The Cupples have now won the last three Mixed Foursomes titles at Leonay and it is their sixth Mixed Foursomes as a team. The victory also takes Laurie’s overall Mixed Foursomes winning record

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to 15, beginning with a win accompanying Betty Coleman in 1983. The Cupples’ shot 81 in Round 1 for a five-shot lead over Brennen and McCormick, then repeated their score in Round 2 to claim a 10-shot victory. The Nett event was expected to be a close-fought affair but Steve Mallard and Larraine Haines shot a sensational 62.5 in Round 1 to hold a 4.5 shot lead over Garry and Jennifer Smith. The Smiths would shoot their own red- hot score in Round 2 but would eventually fall just two shots short, with Mallard and Haines claiming the crown.

ith their opening round clash against the Sixers a little over a week away, the Sydney Thunder has completed its roster with the prized signings of England captain Heather Knight and explosive English batter Tammy Beaumont. Knight boasts plenty of WBBL experience, having played 55 matches with the Hobart Hurricanes. During her time in Tassie, she amassed 1353 runs and captured 39 wickets. Beaumont, who has played for the Melbourne Renegades and Adelaide Strikers, is renowned as a destructive toporder batter. The 29- year- old provided an insight into the power she packs by securing the 2017 World Cup’s Player of the Tournament medal on the back of a scoring spree that yielded 410 runs. Thunder coach Trevor Griffin, who won two Super League titles in England alongside Knight, was adamant the younger members of his squad would benefit from the experience the English players would provide. “Heather is a true leader. It doesn’t matter what level of cricket she is playing, the way she prepares is always exactly the same – and that will be great for our younger players to see how the best play-

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they become part of the community.” With only a 10 per cent participation rate, Stirling has her sights set on increasing the presence of women on the track. “Our goal is to connect, educate and inspire women who are either competitors, enthusiasts, officials or supporters to help grow female participation numbers in motorsport,” she said. “By connecting, supporting and collaborating as a collective we can challenge stereotypes and broaden perceptions that motorsport is a male-dominated sport.” Race Chix Race School will launch with Motorsport 101, a course designed for women who are starting out on their motorsport journey, who haven’t participated in any track days or have only participated in one or two track days. The course sees the women partake in several theory- based units with Stirling, before hitting the wet skid pan where they will learn the capability and limits of their car and will learn advanced driving techniques. Race Chix Race School will be assisted on circuit by Sydney Motorsport Park’s respected car experience and training providers, with bike courses to follow. For details, visit www.racechixmotorsport.com.au/race-chix-race-school.

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Wanderers begin hunt for new coach Story continued from » p. 68 For the third straight season the Wanderers missed out on playing in the A- League Finals, finishing the disrupted 2019/20 campaign in lowly ninth spot. In de Marigny’s five matches in charge as permanent head coach, he won two games, drew two and lost one. The Wanderers, who achieved so much success early on with former boss Tony Popovic, have now burned through four coaches in as many years. With the new A- League season due to commence in late December or early January, the Wanderers have wasted no time looking for a replacement. At the time of print, current Newcastle Jets coach Carl Robinson was the leading candidate for the vacated role. Other names in the mix include former Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi, Perth Glory assistant Hayden Foxe and recently appointed Wanderers assistant Patrick Zwaanswijk, with the latter considered an outside chance. However, all indications late on Wednesday point to 44- year- old Robinson, who was given permission by Newcastle to begin discussions with the powers at Western Sydney.

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t Marys Leagues Netball Club are still celebrating after an outstanding season saw them reach six Grand Finals, winning three. While the Penrith District Netball season wrapped up at Jamison Park a few weeks ago, you still can’t wipe the smile off the faces of the players and coaches who succeeded on Grand Final Day. The U14A Sliders, U15C Swags and U17A Sweet Az all finished the year as runnersup, while the U11A Swirls, U11B Jillaroos and the A1 Scorpions were crowned Premiers for 2020. The Scorpions, coached by experienced duo Serena Vaeila and Theresa Haldane, went into the Grand Final as Minor Premiers, losing just one game all season. However, less than 48 hours before the big clash, the team’s main Goal Attack suffered a knee injury and was subsequently ruled out of the most important game of the season. “Our Goal Attack, one of our main shooters, injured her knee in a Metro League game two days before the Grand

The Premiership-winning St Marys Leagues A1 Scorpions. Final,” Vaeila told the Weekender. “I found out the news the day before the game and Theresa and I had to shuffle the team around. Thankfully, no matter where the girls played, they all stood up.” Despite being favourites against opponents Penrith RSL, it was the Minties who got off to a red- hot start. St Marys Leagues were down for the entire game before turning it around in the fourth and final quarter to win 37-34. Vaeila said it was a “tough” match, but her side’s ‘fight until the end’ mantra proved pivotal down the stretch. “We were down going into the fourth

quarter, but the girls just came on strong and brought it home,” she said. “The girls had finished the season as Minor Premiers and they weren’t going to let it go. Theresa and I told them in the team talk before the fourth to ‘fight until the end’ and they did just that. “They worked too hard all year to let it go in the last game.” It was a history making win for St Marys Leagues as it was the first time the club had won a Senior A1 Grade title. Vaeila said it was a memorable season despite being affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.

Around the grounds CRICKET: Penrith have suffered their first loss of the new season, defeated by Eastern Suburbs in Round 2 of the Belvidere Cup. Playing in a Two-Day match at Waverely Oval, Penrith posted 207 on day one before being dismissed. Brent Williams was impressive with the bat, scoring 75 runs. When play resumed on day two last Saturday, Eastern Suburbs were sitting on 5/153. Following an excellent morning with the bat the home side managed to hit Penrith’s target with ease, declaring on 5/209. Bowler Luke Hodges recorded 2/71. A second innings was played, with Penrith recording 0/85. Penrith will look to bounce back when they travel to Manly Oval this Saturday morning to face Manly-Warringah in a Two-Day match.

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BASEBALL: The Greater Western Warriors first grade team have suffered back to back losses against Baulkham Hills in Round 2 of the NSW State Baseball League competition. In the mid-week game Greater Western went down 7-0, while in the weekend game they put up a better fight but ultimately lost 12-6. The Warriors will take on Blacktown Workers in Round 3. GRIDIRON: The Nepean Ducks have gone down to the Wollongong Mustangs 27-24 in Round 1 of the Gridiron NSW Men’s competition. Meanwhile, Nepean’s Colts team enjoyed a big opening round win, smashing the Mustangs 28-0. This Saturday both teams will take on Sydney University in Round 2.

NETBALL: The Panthers Opens team have lost four straight games, beaten by the Sutherland Stingrays 49-43 in Round 12 of the Netball NSW Premier League competition. Meanwhile, the Panthers Under 23s team have tasted defeat for the first time in three weeks, going down to the Stingrays 57-54. Both teams will take on the South Coast Blaze in the final round of the season. NETBALL: Giants Netball goal shooter Caitlin Bassett has announced she will depart the club and continue her playing career in New Zealand. The decision for Bassett to end her contract early and part ways with Giants Netball was a mutual agreement between both parties. Bassett secured a one-year deal, with the option of a second year, with the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic in New Zealand’s ANZ Premiership competition. “My time with the Giants didn’t play out as anticipated and I guess that’s just sport sometimes,” the 32-year-old said. “I am grateful for the opportunity that the club provided me and the friendships that I’ve made, but I need to make the right decision for what’s best for me and my netball career moving forward.” The Giants will name Bassett’s replacements over the coming weeks. To make a submission to Around The Grounds, email Nathan.Taylor@ westernweekender.com.au. You can also private message us on Facebook at www. facebook.com/westernweekender or Tweet us @wwpenrith.


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alls for the establishment of a large state- of- the- art indoor sports stadium are being made to futureproof our “sports mad” city. With Penrith Valley Regional Sports Centre (PVRSC) at capacity and Penrith’s population booming, Councillor John Thain is urging Penrith Council to seriously consider a new multi- purpose facility. He said the city needs an indoor stadium with 14 or 16 courts that had scope for future growth. “Even once the [PVRSC] renovations are done, we are still only at six courts and they are already at capacity,” he said. “I think for the future... we really need to look at a site somewhere in the city that is going to accommodate not just basketball, volleyball, futsal and all the other sports that are already occurring at Cambridge Park, but also netball as well.” Cr Thain suggested planning should start immediately. “You don’t want to get to the stage in five or 10 years of ‘why haven’t you done this’,” he said.

Councillor John Thain, pictured at Penrith Valley Regional Sports Centre, is urging Penrith Council to seriously consider building a larger indoor sports stadium to cope with demand. Photo: Melinda Jane. “We want to actually be thinking about it strategically now and finding an appropriate site and have some plans ready to go.” Cr Thain, who sits on the PVRSC board

as Council’s representative, said further expanding the existing complex, which opened as a four- court stadium in 1989, was not viable due to the site’s position.

“All we can do at the stadium we’ve got is make the amenity a little better, change rooms and bathrooms and those kinds of things,” he said. While unsure where the new stadium would go, Cr Thain said a feasibility study should be done and all sports should have their say. “It would make sense to have one indoor centre which could not only be used for sports, but exhibitions and that had a suitable seating arena that we could do other things in there as well,” he said. As for funding, Cr Thain said it may require the backing of all levels of government. “You could have part of it as a VRA, part of it as a State and Federal grant and a Council grant combined,” he suggested. Meanwhile, PVRSC will likely remain closed for another 12 to 14 weeks after a fire hydrant pipe ruptured and spewed water under the concrete slab requiring courts 3 and 4 to be replaced. The leak was estimated to be spewing about 9,600 litres per day under the concrete slab. PVRSC was due to re-open on October 9 following its closure for renovations in March.

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