Rural mayors likely to hang on to power

Incumbent Mayor of Litchfield Maree Bredhauer is leading the voting race in her municipality. Picture: HELEN ORR

LITCHFIELD and Katherine residents are likely to keep their mayors, early results from the NT council election indicate.

Incumbent Litchfield Mayor Maree Bredhauer is leading the race in her municipality with 3759 votes, compared to 2196 for closest rival Doug Barden.

“I’m relieved that I am in front – on the early preferences – but it’s very early days,” Ms Bredhauer said.

“I’m nervously confident.”

She thanked voters for their support, and said she had some “very positive” conversations with locals over her campaign period.

Katherine Mayor Fay Miller was also ahead in her region with 1968 votes – more than double the votes received by Jon Raynor, in second place with 721 votes.

If re-elected, Ms Miller has promised to tackle crime rates.

“I will continue to ensure our community does not return to the days of high levels of anti-social behaviour prior to the TBLs (temporary beat locations),” she said.

She’s up against taxi driver Kylee McDougall, customer service officer Mr Raynor, and Allan Brennan for the role of mayor.

Further south, Steve Edgington is winning in the race for president of the Barkly Regional Council, which includes the townships of Tennant Creek, Canteen Creek, and Elliott.

Mr Edgington has 323 votes, with Jeffrey McLaughlin close behind with 193 votes, and Narelle Bremner with 182. Palmerston voters will head to the polls on March 17, 2018.

Originally published as Rural mayors likely to hang on to power

Here’s the scoop on coolest competition

Quincy and Luca demonstrating their ice cream eating skills ahead of the Golden North Ice Cream Eating Competition at the Adelaide Royal Show. Picture: MATT LOXTON

YOUNG and old will vie for the crown of fastest ice cream eater at the Royal Adelaide Show.

Golden North, which holds similar competitions at the Laura Folk Fair each year, is bringing the fun to Wayville Showground.

Marketing and export director Trevor Pomery says the contests attract people who “think they’re experts”. “But when you actually come to eat one litre of ice cream, it is not as quick and easy as you might like to think,” Mr Pomery says.

Five people — aged eight and over — will be picked from the Show crowd each day to enter. There will be daily prizes, and the times will be recorded because the overall fastest eater will win a year’s supply of ice cream.

“The gentleman who has won it a couple of times at the Laura Folk Fair … did it in one minute, 7.3 seconds. He is a machine,” Mr Pomery says. “It is a matter of pacing yourself rather than trying to eat it all in the first 10 seconds.”

Ice cream lover Luca, 8, says he likes to take his time to avoid getting a brain freeze. Quincy, 9, reckons ice cream should be a “twice a week” treat.

The Royal Adelaide Show opens on Friday.

Originally published as Here’s the scoop on coolest competition

Ryan to retain Red Centre for third term

Incumbent Alice Springs Mayor Damien Ryan (centre) with his family outside the town council voting station, (from left) Lisa-Marie, Joanne, Claire, and Cecile. Picture: EMMA MURRAY

DAMIEN Ryan has reclaimed his throne as Mayor of Alice Springs for a third term – taking more than two thirds of the votes.

The popular incumbent mayor was favourite to win, going head-to-head with council newcomer, ecowarrior Jimmy Cocking.

Mr Ryan credited his family and friends – “the team of Ryan” – with his win.

“My family has always supported me but the team of Ryan has had a very successful day,” he said.

“I’m really happy and this would be my best result in the three times I’ve run so far. I appreciate the fact that so many people have nominated but you have to go with what the community wants.”

Comparing this year’s election to previous years, Mr Ryan said it was largely fought on social media.

“The use of social media gave me very wide coverage in the community,” he said.

“Using all of those, I was very surprised how many people followed it when I spoke about local issues and what council can do.”

Mr Cocking described the election race as “an amazing” journey.

“I’m excited about the result – at this point I was excited if I got 20 per cent of the vote,” he said.

“I’m excited about being on council, should that happen and I am absolutely overwhelmed by the support within the community.

“I think there has been a really strong message that people want to see the town council be leader and not just react to external forces. I look forward to being part of the council.”

Originally published as Ryan to retain Red Centre for third term

Titans v Bulldogs score; match report, result and video highlights from NRL round 25

NRL: The Bulldogs have won their second game in a row against the Titans.

Jarryd Hayne and the Titans look on after a Bulldogs try.

JARRYD Hayne says he has been unable to shine in a struggling Gold Coast team after the Titans hit another low with a 26-14 loss to Canterbury.

Hayne could have put a tumultuous week behind him with a star performance following the sacking of coach Neil Henry but buckled as the Titans slumped to their sixth straight defeat.

The loudest noise from the 10,877 at Cbus Super Stadium came when the maligned Hayne kicked the ball into the third row on the full.

It was so loud it sounded like both Titans and Bulldogs fans were jeering Hayne and they erupted again when he threw a blatant forward pass.


Jarryd Hayne is a long way from winning over the Gold Coast.

Jarryd Hayne is a long way from winning over the Gold Coast.Source:AAP

Hayne, 29, has looked far from the two-time Dally M medallist who left the NRL in 2014 to pursue a career in the NFL, barely firing a shot for the Gold Coast this season despite his $1 million salary.

“It’s a team effort,” Hayne said when asked about his impact this year.

“As a whole squad we haven’t achieved what we wanted to achieve at the start of the year.

“It doesn’t matter what individuals you’ve got in the team, it’s about everyone banding together and sticking to the process.

“It was always going to be tough coming back in that first pre-season and not having done one in two years. I was under no illusions.

“I knew what I was capable of. As a whole we probably haven’t reached the mark we wanted to reach this year.”

Jarryd Hayne and the Titans look on after a Bulldogs try.

Jarryd Hayne and the Titans look on after a Bulldogs try.Source:Getty Images

Hayne and Henry’s public feud came to a head this week when the coach was sacked with a year to run on his contract.

In an explosive press conference, Hayne insinuated Henry had been leaking information to media but said he went into the Bulldogs game in a good headspace.

“I felt all right,” he said.

“The biggest thing was playing footy. That’s what helps the most.

“It’s always tough when you’re chasing points. For myself, when you’re in that mode of pushing the pass it’s obviously risky.

“There were a couple of times where I had to make a play and it wasn’t to be.”

David Klemmer celebrates after scoring a try for the Bulldogs.

David Klemmer celebrates after scoring a try for the Bulldogs.Source:Getty Images

There was no bounce back from the Titans following Henry’s sacking and whoever assumes the coaching reigns at the Gold Coast next season has an almighty job on their hands to turn the club around.

The Bulldogs went into the game having scored just 308 points in 2017, by far the least of any team, but bolted out to a 20-0 first half lead and looked like the Harlem Globetrotters of rugby league.

An energised Titans side emerged in the second half, Tyrone Roberts getting them on the board within five minutes and Anthony Don scoring soon after to make it 20-10.

A shoulder injury to hooker Nathan Peats stifled the Gold Coast’s momentum and Ash Taylor’s brain snap delivered Josh Morris the clincher for Canterbury.

Bulldogs forward Raymond Faitala is tackled by Tyrone Roberts of the Titans.

Bulldogs forward Raymond Faitala is tackled by Tyrone Roberts of the Titans.Source:Getty Images

“They are a shattered group at the moment,” interim Titans co-coach Terry Matterson said.

“We’re in a really tough place at the moment. It’s not easy, there’s no doubt about that, but they’re paid to go out and play footy.

“Five weeks ago we were ranked second for tries scored, now we’re eleventh. We’ve completely lost our confidence and haven’t been able to find it again.”

The Titans will finish their season against the top-four ranked Roosters in Sydney next Saturday.

CANTERBURY 26 (W Hopoate 2 D Klemmer M Montoya J Morris tries A Elliott 2 M Mbye goals) bt GOLD COAST 14 (A Don T Roberts P Sami tries T Roberts goal) at Cbus Super Stadium. Referee: Chris James, Gavin Reynolds. Crowd: 10,887.

Originally published as Hayne flops as Dogs pile on pain for Titans

Storm v Rabbitohs score; match report, result and video highlights from NRL round 25

NRL: Melbourne have obliterated the Rabbitohs 64-6 at AAMI Park.

Cameron Smith celebrates a try with his Storm teammates.

LET’S cut to the chase.

If Billy Slater is mentally ready to play another “three years”, then the Melbourne Storm superstar has shown he is physically ready too.

Slater assisted in the first try, played a pivotal role in the second and scored himself.

“It’s a decision that I have to make soon,” Slater told the Herald Sun during the week.

“I want to make sure that I can contribute and I don’t want to just go around for the sake of going around.

“I just want to be in the now and enjoy what we’ve got at the moment… if next year comes around we’ll focus on that then.”

Billy Slater was in superb form for the Storm runs against the Rabbitohs.

Billy Slater was in superb form for the Storm runs against the Rabbitohs.Source:Getty Images

If Saturday night was any indication, Slater’s manager George Mimis should clear his schedule.

Storm was brutal and frighteningly clinical, blasting South Sydney 64-6 at AAMI Park.

Mad Monday couldn’t come quick enough for the Bunnies, rendered helpless under devastating attack.

Captain Cameron Smith said the “complete performance” gives Storm confidence going into finals.

“We’ve had some good scores (recently) but I don’t think they’ve been as complete as that,” Smith said.

“I think tonight when we crossed early, I don’t know, it was like there was a little bit of blood in the water.

“The boys just went for the kill and that’s the pleasing thing.”

Cameron Smith celebrates a try with his Storm teammates.

Cameron Smith celebrates a try with his Storm teammates.Source:Getty Images

But Smith could not shed any light on Slater’s future, other than to predict “we’ll be waiting a few more weeks”.

“It’s really hard to get any indication on what he’s going to do,” Smith said.

“Some weeks he’s fine he gets around with a bounce in his step and other weeks he mopes around a little bit because his body is bashed up.

“He’s played his entire career a million miles an hour, he doesn’t hold back from anything when he gets out on the field.”

Suliasi Vunivalu sparked the blitz, scoring almost unopposed from a deft Slater pass.

Suliasi Vunivalu scores the first try of the match for the Storm.

Suliasi Vunivalu scores the first try of the match for the Storm.Source:Getty Images

Slater then created the second when he forced an error and the loose ball dribbled towards the uprights where Cameron Munster finished.

A daring 40-metre Slater surge threatened to splice the Bunnies open for a third time in 25 minutes but Munster was unable to escape the breathless defence.

Craig Bellamy bristled this week that Storm would hide “party tricks” before the finals.

If anything, Storm used the dead-rubber to remind the competition who’s boss.

Searching runs, creative drives and elite finishing cooked the shell-shocked Bunnies.

Joshua Addo-Carr scores a try for the Storm/

Joshua Addo-Carr scores a try for the Storm/Source:AAP

Storm fans had loads to cheer about during the 11-try, 58-point drubbing.

Crafty Smith and Slater scored either side of half-time, while Josh Addo-Carr rattled off another 70m try.

Addo-Carr finished with a hat-trick and Smith was perfect (9-9) off the tee, before going to the bench with 20 minutes to play.

MELBOURNE 64 (1 penalty try) (J Addo-Carr 3 S Vunivalu 3 T Glasby T Harris C Munster B Slater C Smith tries C Smith 9 C Munster goals) bt SOUTH SYDNEY 6 (T Fuimaono try B Goodwin goal) at AAMI Park. Referee: Henry Perenara, Jon Stone. Crowd: 15,403.

Originally published as ’There was a little bit of blood in the water’

trash talk is over as both men prepare for war

Boxing: Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor weigh in before the big fight.

Conor McGregor went nuts at the weight-ins.

IT was first floated in July 2015. The greatest boxer in history against a mixed martial arts machine.

And now there’s no sleeps to go.

The weigh-in is done, the trash talk is over and the Fight of the Century is on.

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor made weight in front of 18,000 screaming fans at the T Mobile Arena and we’re ready to go.

Las Vegas has never seen anything like it.

They’ve had their boxing blockbusters but nothing of this magnitude or mystery.

Mayweather is a raging hot favourite with the bookies but McGregor brings the unknown to the boxing ring.

WHAT’S THE BUZZ: Conor’s babes and Floyd’s spy

WHAT’S THE BUZZ: big fight saint, sinner, shoosh

TALENT: McGregor’s flash distracts from substance

We know he can kick, stomp, elbow and choke but his punch and his fists have never been tested on a stage like this against a boxing legend who is undefeated in 49 fights.

We know he’s a gladiator. We know he’s tough. And we know he’s mad.

Still it doesn’t guarantee you victory in a boxing ring.

A sport that is more about science and ring craft than the blatant brutality of UFC.

The weigh-in was a monster event in itself. An Irish man or woman occupying about 90 per cent of the seats.

Conor McGregor went nuts at the weight-ins.

Conor McGregor went nuts at the weight-ins.Source:AFP

They cheered deafeningly for McGregor but somehow booed even louder for Mayweather.

This might be his hometown but the Irish have taken it over for the weekend.

The support for McGregor is astonishing. And he’s lapping up every moment of it.

He weighed in four pounds heavier than Mayweather and then the pair faced off.

McGregor gave it to him. Face-to-face. Eyeball to eyeball.

“I told him that that’s the worst shape I have ever seen him in,” McGregor said. “I am going to breeze through him. Trust me on that.”

Allaying fears he would be overweight, McGregor tipped the scales at 153lbs.

“I am a professional,” he said, “I make weight. It is sacrifice, it dedication, it is focus. But I make it. That’s it. Look at me. I am in peak physical condition. You put in the work as everyone can tell. I am ready.”

The UFC superstar is loving all the support.

Boxing: UFC star Conor McGregor has ridiculed Floyd Mayweather for looking out of shape, calling him ‘blown out’ following weigh-in.

“You will never beat the Irish,” he said, “That is it. You can’t beat us. We role in and we take over wherever we want. Las Vegas is Ireland now.

“I will stamp my foot right in the centre of that ring. I won’t go nowhere but the centre of that ring. So let’s see who can take it. He is over there twiddling his thumbs, twitching away. I see a man afraid. That’s it. We will see.”

And then it was Mayweather’s turn to address the fans. Again more booing.

He was shorter and sharper. Like we expect his punches to be.

“I know what it takes in a fight of this magnitude,” he said “Weight doesn’t win fights. Fighting wins fights.”

The Irish have invaded Las Vegas.

The Irish have invaded Las Vegas.Source:AP

Originally published as Let’s get ready to rumble!

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