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Austin Powers actor Verne Troyer dead at 49

Verne Troyer and Mike Myers as Mini-Me and Dr Evil in the 1999 film Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. Picture: AP Photo/New Line CinemaVerne Troyer, best known for his role as Mini Me in the Austin Powersfranchise, has died at 49.
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The sombreannouncement of his passing came via the American actor and stuntman’s official Facebook page on Sunday morning.

“It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today,” the post read.

“Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyonesmile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to anyextent possible. Verne hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message everyday.

Verne Troyer signs autographs at Supanova in Melbourne in 2014. Picture: The Age

“He inspired people around the world with his drive, determination, andattitude. On film & television sets, commercial shoots, at comic-con’s& personal appearances, to his own YouTube videos, he was there toshow everyone what he was capable of doing.”

While best known for his role as Dr Evil’s protege Mini-Me in the Austin Powers series, Troyer has a long list of appearances in film and television, including Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,Boston Legal andMen In Black.

READ MORE:Mike Myers leads tributes to Verne TroyerHis short stature –Troyer stood just 2 foot 8 inches, or 81 centimetres–was a result of achondroplasia dwarfism.

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— Verne Troyer (@VerneTroyer) June 2, 2017

“Even though his staturewas small and his parents often wondered if he’d be able to reach upand open doors on his own in his life, he went on to open more doors for himself and others than anyone could have imagined. He alsotouched more peoples hearts than he will ever know,” the official statement said.

“Verne was also a fighter when it came to his own battles. Over theyears he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and foughtsome more, but unfortunately this time was too much.

“During this recent time of adversity he was baptized while surroundedby his family. The family appreciates that they have this time togrieve privately.”

Verne Troyer with Mike Myers and other Austin Powers in Goldmember principals Quincy Jones, Robert Wagner, Beyonce, Michael Caine, director Jay Roach and producer John Lyons at the film’s premiere in Los Angeles in 2002. Picture: AP

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Cowboys find NRL form to beat Gold Coast

Jason Taumalolo has scored one of four North Queensland tries in a 26-14 NRL win over Gold Coast.Last year’s grand finalists North Queensland have snapped a five-game losing streak with a convincing 26-14 victory over Gold Coast in Townsville.
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Ben Hampton, Kyle Feldt, Jason Taumalolo and Coen Hess scored tries for the Cowboys, giving coach Paul Green exactly the boost he wanted after signing a new three-year contract.

Johnathan Thurston, helped by better play from his forwards, returned to form and was involved in each try, as well as being on hand to help deny Titans’ scoring chances on several of occasions.

After an opening half-hour, littered by penalties and handling errors from both sides, Hampton scored his third try of the season five minutes before the interval after a neat combination between Hess and John Asiata.

With five seconds remaining in the half, Feldt added to the score, this time Hampton providing the last pass before the winger dived over in the right corner for a 16-2 halftime lead.

The Titans started the second half brightly but could not apply scoreboard pressure. Taumalolo made them pay, taking an inside pass from Thurston 25 metres out and jinking inside a tackle before racing between the uprights.

Hess powered through three attempted tackles to extend the lead. The Titans’ scoreline was flattered by late tries to Ashley Taylor and Jarrod Wallace.

The only downside for the Cowboys, who move to just two wins out of the top eight, is a shoulder injury to Asiata.

The defeat is the Titans’ fourth of the season and their defence stands as the worst in the NRL, having conceded 197 points.

Thurston believed an improvement in discipline was key to the Cowboys ending their losing run.

“We had our backs against the wall but we’ll take a win any way we can get it,” Thurston told Fox Sports.

“I thought we started with a lot of energy. We were probably a bit over enthusiastic early with our ball control. It was scrappy – we had to fight for everything tonight.

“Our discipline’s put us under the pump (during the bad run). It was a lot better. It’s a step in the right direction.”

Titans coach Garth Brennan was angry his team did not play their best football until the game was lost.

“There’s some positives the way we came together at the end,” Brennan said.

“When we started to do things we’ve worked on, we looked like a football team. At other times, we looked rudderless.

“We’re better than that. We will be better than that. We need to learn from that, feel the hurt we’re hurting at the moment and turn up at home next week and put on a good performance for our fans.”

The Titans host Cronulla next Saturday, while the Cowboys are at home later that evening to Canberra.

Queen marks 92 years at star-studded show

The Queen and the royal family have attended a star-studded concert to mark her 92nd birthday.n singer Kylie Minogue has performed at a star-studded special concert before Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, as the world’s oldest and longest-reigning living monarch celebrated her 92nd birthday.
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Welsh singer Tom Jones kicked off the show on Saturday with his hit It’s Not Unusual shortly before Elizabeth appeared in the royal box of London’s Albert Hall, flanked by her family.

Minogue, Sting, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Shaggy were among those on the bill, along with stars of the stage and screen.

At the end of the night Elizabeth joined the stage with her son, Prince Charles.

He joked that she could not have predicted in 1948, when Charles was born, decades later a 92-year-old queen would be sharing a stage with her 70-year-old son.

Charles then led a round of cheers from members of the audience. The queen acknowledged them with a smile and her trademark royal wave.

The event is a break in tradition for the queen who usually spends her birthday privately with little public celebration, although there were nationwide events to mark her 90th.

The concert comes at the end of a week in which leaders and dignitaries from 53 countries came to London for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, and featured performers from the network of mostly former British colonies.

The queen is head of the Commonwealth. The major beneficiary of Saturday’s event, televised live on BBC TV and radio, will be the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust youth charity, of which her grandson Prince Harry was appointed president this week.

Elizabeth was born on April 21, 1926, and became queen in 1952 at the age of 25, meaning she has now reigned for more than 66 years.

She still carries out official engagements but her husband Prince Philip, who spent 10 days in hospital this month for a hip replacement, retired from public life last year.

As is customary with monarch’s birthdays, soldiers from the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and the Honourable Artillery Company fired gun salutes in London’s Hyde Park and the Tower of London earlier on Saturday.

Elizabeth also has an “official” birthday in June, which is marked with a large parade of soldiers through central London, known as Trooping the Colour.

Ex-NT police chief faces criminal charges

Former NT police commissioner John McRoberts is accused of derailing a major criminal investigation.The former NT police commissioner John McRoberts ordered his detectives not to raid a travel agency because it was owned by a woman he was having an affair with, a court has heard.
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Monday was the first day of the jury trial for McRoberts, who sat in the dock and pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

McRoberts, the Territory’s police chief from 2010 to 2015, was having an affair with Alexandra “Xana” Kamitsis at the time, a travel agent and Crime Stoppers NT boss.

Prosecutor Michael McHugh SC told the court McRoberts was undermining his own police force’s investigation out of self-interest because he knew the seizure of Ms Kamitsis’ phone would have revealed intimate messages between the pair.

One of those messages was read out in court, in which Ms Kamitsis says “good night sweet dreams … I will always love you”.

Ms Kamitsis was one of a number of travel agents being investigated, and was later charged for defrauding a government pensioner travel concession scheme.

That included dishonestly invoicing the NT government for flight discounts for pensioners and pocketing the cash.

Current police commissioner and then deputy Reece Kershaw declared the defrauding of the travel scheme a “major crime” and the Director of Public Prosecutions encouraged police to lay charges.

However McRoberts met with then Chief Minister Adam Giles and other senior figures, telling them there was not enough evidence to charge and non-criminal civil financial penalties should be pursued to avoid damaging the NT’s reputation, the court heard.

Mr Roberts should never have been involved in an investigation involving Ms Kamitsis, which breached various police rules around associations, and also improperly spoke out against investigator Jason Blake’s abilities, the court heard.

“The accused did a number of different things, that is engaged in conduct intended to frustrate and deflect a criminal investigation,” Mr McHugh said.

“In so doing (he) was perverting the course of justice.”

Defence lawyer Tony Elliott denied McRoberts was even involved in the investigation and said just because a witness made allegations or had recollections from several years ago didn’t make it true or prove it.

The six-week trial will be a who’s who of Territory politics and power, with former chief minister Adam Giles, current police commissioner Reece Kershaw and former health department CEO Prof Len Notaras to give evidence.

Army apprentices to lead Anzac march

More than 600 former army apprentices will march in one of the biggest Anzac contingents this year.Nine years is a long commitment for a 15-year-old to make to the Army, but for thousands of apprentices it was one they made to serve their country.
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This year marks 70 years since the n Army Apprentices School was formed and to mark the event they’re leading this year’s Anzac Day march from the n War Memorial in Canberra.

More than 600 former apprentices, retired and still serving army members, will march in one of the biggest leading contingents in recent years.

Tim Wilde was one of those who made the lengthy commitment.

For 15, 16 and 17-year-olds, the apprenticeship scheme was their way into the army while they were still officially too young to join.

He signed up as a gas fitter and turner and after two to three years learning the trade he and other apprentices went into the regular army to learn the practical side of things.

“It was a way to build a trade base for the army and also for the building of the nation, so to speak,” he told AAP.

“Once we were qualified if we decided to leave and go out into the workforce we were well trained, well disciplined, young ex-soldiers that were good tradesmen.”

The scheme began in 1948 and, beginning with Vietnam, apprentices have served in every conflict since.

More than 1000 served in Vietnam, 678 in East Timor, 288 in Afghanistan and 227 in Iraq.

With an air of disappointment, Mr Wilde revealed he continued beyond the nine-year commitment, moving through the ranks, but left the army the year before Timor.

“You train for that sort of thing and not being able to put it into use is a bit of a downside but the era I was in there wasn’t that deployment, there wasn’t that activity in the world at that stage,” he said.

Those who did deploy overseas weren’t out of harm’s way. While in Canberra for Anzac Day, members will gather for a Last Post Ceremony to remember their fallen colleagues.

Mr Wilde now works as a senior project manager.

Other apprentices are spread far and wide across the globe in a range of industries, but still share a lot in common.

“When we get together with apprentice mates we joke about who still polishes their shoes, irons their own clothes,” he said.

The training college closed in 1995 but more than 400 former apprentices remain in the army.

NAB advisers ‘impersonated customers’

The banking royal commission will continue to hear more evidence about poor financial advice.NAB financial planners have impersonated customers, forged their signatures and withdrawn money from their accounts, the banking royal commission has heard.
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The inquiry has started dealing with cases of NAB advisers incorrectly witnessing binding beneficiary nomination forms for superannuation funds, which potentially affected the validity of the forms for about 2500 customers.

In a statement to the commission, senior National Bank executive Andrew Hagger said NAB financial advisers have engaged in improper or dishonest conduct.

It included forging customers signatures, impersonating customers and making unauthorised withdrawals from customer accounts.

Mr Hagger, the chief customer officer for NAB’s consumer and wealth management division, will continue giving evidence on Tuesday.

The commission earlier on Monday heard evidence about inappropriate advice given by ANZ and AMP advisers.

ANZ admitted the growth of its financial planning business was put ahead of customers’ best interests before changes to financial advice laws.

ANZ changed the bonus system for its directly-employed financial planners following the Future of Financial Advice reforms that banned commissions for advisers.

ANZ executive Kylie Rixon said before the introduction of FOFA in July 2013, ANZ Financial Planning had a culture of emphasising the growth of business more than the best interests of the client.

“Prior to 1 July 2013, when ANZ determined the financial rewards to advisers it placed greater emphasis on how the financial adviser had grown business as opposed to the quality of services provided to clients,” Ms Rixon told the banking royal commission.

“Incentives could be achieved on an adviser’s financial performance, even if that adviser did not meet basic requirements in respect of matters such as training.”

Ms Rixon, the chief risk officer for ANZ’s n wealth division, said that was no longer the case with incentives now assessed against new factors such as client satisfaction and service delivery.

“It has taken, and continues to take, time to change this culture,” she said in a statement to the commission.

“This is especially so where this focus has existed within the financial planning industry for a long period.”

ANZ employs almost 280 financial planners through ANZFP and has another 600 who are authorised representatives through its aligned dealer group.

Ms Rixon on Monday said ANZ had changed its standards for financial planners, in part due to the increasingly onerous regulatory requirements.

She said it also reflected the bank’s desire to create a culture that had the client at its centre, which she admitted had not always been the case in the past.

Bogut heading home to NBL with Kings

Andrew Bogut’s NBA career is over after signing an NBL deal with the Sydney Kings.The NBL has received a massive boost with Boomers veteran Andrew Bogut returning to to play with the Sydney Kings.
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The Kings revealed the news on social media on Sunday night, adding that they will send a press release on Monday morning with details of the NBA championship-winning centre’s recruitment.

Bogut later retweeted the Sydney Kings’ post with the message “Bingo!”.

He became the first n to be the NBA’s first overall No.1 draft pick when he was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2005.

His signature is just what the Andrew Gaze-coached Kings need after finishing seventh last season with 11 wins from 28 games.

Their roster is shaping up nicely with their two guards – Kevin Lisch and Jerome Randle – who are both recent NBL MVPs, to run their backcourt.

Bogut’s long-time Boomers teammate and fellow 33-year-old Brad Newley is also one of the Kings’ key men.

Only last week, Bogut told Fox Footy’s On the Mark program that he wanted to help to spark more interest in n basketball.

“I think to come back and maybe play a season or two would be the icing on the cake for my career,” he said.

It’s been a long 13 years since the Kings won the NBL championship following three straight titles between 2003-2005 and they’ve missed the finals for the last five years.

It’s also been 13 years since Bogut debuted with Milwaukee as a 21-year-old.

After seven seasons with the Bucks, he was traded to Golden State where he won a championship with the Steph Curry-led Warriors in 2015.

The 2.13m Melbourne-born Bogut was then traded to the Dallas Mavericks the following year and after one season moved on the Cleveland, where he broke his left leg 56 seconds into his Cavaliers debut.

Late last year, Bogut signed with the LA Lakers but was waived by the club in January this year.

Last month, Bogut announced he wouldn’t return to the NBA for the ongoing 2017-18 season because he wanted to stay in with his pregnant wife.

Bogut was close to pulling on a Sydney Kings singlet in 2011 during the NBA lockout.

He was keen to play in the n league but the insurance required to cover his lucrative Bucks contract became a roadblock to the short-term stint.


2005-2012: Milwaukee Bucks (NBA blocks leader 2011)

2012-2016: Golden State Warriors (NBA champion 2015)

2016-2017: Dallas Mavericks

2017: Cleveland Cavaliers

2017-2018: Los Angeles Lakers

Career average statistics: 9.7 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.6 blocks over 13 seasons

Total games: 695

Details of Wagga boy’s ghost friend verified in city archives

Beyond imagining: Lloyd and Ruth Slinn were surprised to discover their son Nicholas’s imaginary friend Bailey was the ghost of a 14-year-old Wagga boy, who died in 1944. What would you do if you found out your four-year-old was communicating with a ghost?
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That is the reality Wagga mother Ruth Slinn facedlast year, when her son Nicholas started talking about hisnew friendBailey.

Ms Slinn shared her family’s hair-raising reveal with The Daily Advertiseras part of anexclusive ghost tour, investigatingthe paranormal mysteries of the city.

Following last week’s campaign launch, the haunts of Wagga started surfacing, with residents revealing their own supernatural experiences.

Ms Slinn said Bailey had first appeared for her son after a hospital visit in August.

“My husband had a heart attack and we were visiting him,” Ms Slinn said. “I didn’t think much of it at the time, but Nicholas was saying, ‘Mum this is amazing’.”

Afterwards, the four-year-old began talking about a Bailey –a “boy who was naughty and got hurt and had died in the hospital”.

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“They said: ‘We know exactly what you’re talking about’,” she said. “They didn’t think I was a weirdo at all.”

According to an archived DA article, the four-year-old’s friend, Frederick Bailey, had died at Wagga hospital in 1944, after an accident involving gelignite.

Chilling reveal: ‘My four-year-old son has a ghost friend’ TweetFacebook Daily Advertiser articles from September 1944Frederick and his friend,Colin Moiler, had been playing with the explosive material before the unexpected blast killed both 14-year-olds.

While Frederick had died in hospital, Colin was “blown to pieces”.

The resting place of 14-year-old Frederick Bailey and his mother.

“Naughty Bailey is not just an imaginary friend,” Ms Slinn said. “There are so many specific details …like the picture he drew with odd-looking hands.”

The Wagga womansaid they weren’t scared of Nicholas’ ghost friend, but she had contacted a ghost busting group for ideas on how to get rid of Bailey.

“We took him to his parents and thought we got rid of him,” Ms Slinn said. “But Nicholas says Bailey ‘hates’ his parents …that’s not a word he’sused before.”

According to Nicholas, the 14-year-old ghost now lives next door and comes to visit,for sleepovers.

Ms Slinn said she hoped to locate a living relative of the 14-year-old ghost to help him find his family.

“Hopefully naughty Bailey will want to stay with them,” she said.

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Berisha wins it for Victory in A-League

A Besart Berisha goal has given Melbourne Victory a win over Adelaide United and a semi-final spot.Besart Berisha has sent Melbourne Victory into the A-League semi-finals, producing a last-gasp overhead kick stunner to defeat Adelaide United 2-1.
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Sunday night’s slow-burn elimination final classic looked destined for extra time when Leroy George cancelled out Nikola Mileusnic’s breakaway opener.

Enter Berisha, who rescued the match with a piece of brilliance.

The Kosovo international had barely had a moment to savour through a tricky night.

But in the 89th minute he climbed into the air, despite Jordan Elsey’s close attention, to score the winner at AAMI Park from Kosta Barbarouses’ cross.

The result was tough on United and coach Marco Kurz, whose team brought a superb attitude to Melbourne.

“That’s football,” Kurz said.

“You saw the scene … three against one, the cross was good and the quality in the box from the striker is very well.

“It’s a goal you cannot defend.”

Adelaide won the pressure battle in the first half, led by combative German Daniel Adlung and anchorman Isaias.

For their enterprise, United didn’t have a shot on target until Mileusnic’s 57th-minute breakthrough.

Isaias’ raking ball from a free kick put Miluesnic through on goal, with the South n outrunning Rhys Williams to flick past Lawrence Thomas and celebrate in the arms of the rapturous away fans.

Things were looking sour for Victory, with Carl Valeri lucky to stay on the pitch for a studs-up challenge on Ersan Gulum before Berisha and James Troisi engaged in an on-field slanging match.

Then coach Kevin Muscat’s attackers levelled the match.

Barbarouses danced his way down the right, dinking the ball across goal for George to head home.

Victory were finally up and about, with the Dutchman at the heart of two missed chances in the following minutes.

Berisha botched a one-on-one chance after George’s dazzling run through midfield and misjudged a header from Troisi with Victory on top.

As injury time loomed, the 32-year-old wouldn’t be denied, reminding all of his finals pedigree.

He, and Victory, will get another chance to test that record next Saturday night in a semi-final against Sydney FC – a rematch of last year’s grand final.

“We’re ready,” Muscat said.

“It was a battle, it was a fight … we were up for that challenge and we knew it was coming.

“The way we stuck at it right to the death, kept asking questions, is a really positive sign for the group.”

AFL nomads Suns hold out Lions at Gabba

Gold Coast have held out Brisbane to win their AFL derby at the Gabba by five points.There may be no place like home but life on the road is good again for Gold Coast after they held out Brisbane by five points in their AFL derby at the Gabba.
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The Lions clawed their way back from a 27-point third-term deficit before Cameron Rayner had a chance to lock up the scores on the stroke of fulltime in front of 16,087 fans on Sunday.

However, he could only manage a behind as the Suns clung on 11.10 (76) to 10.11 (71) – just their third win in nine Queensland derbies at the Gabba.

It was a confidence boost for AFL nomads Gold Coast (3-2 record), who snapped a two-game losing run, including last round’s 80-point thrashing by West Coast.

They are on a three-month road trip due to the Commonwealth Games and won’t host their first game at Carrara until the round-11 clash with Geelong on June 2.

“We had to respond after last week and I think Brisbane did as well. It was a great game down to the last kick, almost a draw. Maybe that would have been fitting,” Suns coach Stuart Dew said.

The Lions were just as desperate to win after last round’s 93-point loss in which they registered a club record-equalling lowest 17 total points against Richmond.

While there was no sign of the Bad News Bears on Sunday, the Lions still have one thing in common with their luckless predecessor – Brisbane (0-5) haven’t won a game this year.

Gold Coast’s Touk Miller (21 touches) was magnificent, earning the Marcus Ashcroft Medal for best on ground.

His running battle with Brisbane’s All-n Dayne Zorko was worth the price of admission alone but it was his desperate dive that spoiled a potential match-winning Jacob Allison goal with two minutes left which summed up his game.

“It may be round five but some of those moments are special and should be celebrated,” Dew said of Miller’s effort.

It took just 16 seconds for Brisbane to draw first blood through Lewis Taylor but back-to-back goals by Darcy MacPherson gave the Suns an 11-point lead by the first break.

The Suns had a 14 point halftime buffer despite MacPherson going down with an ankle injury and blew the deficit out to 27 early in the third.

But forward Eric Hipwood (three goals) and livewire Charlie Cameron (two goals, 18 touches) cut loose to reduce the lead to 15 points by the final break.

And when Hipwood booted his third goal midway through the fourth, the Gold Coast’s lead was just four.

However, it wasn’t to be for the luckless Lions as Rayner’s late attempt sailed wide.

“He is disappointed but he shouldn’t be. We had others who missed easier shots on the night,” Lions coach Chris Fagan said of a shattered Rayner.

Brumbies lose to Jaguares in Super Rugby

The Jaguares have beaten the Brumbies 25-20, capping of a horror weekend for n rugby.Brumbies coach Dan McKellar is left ruing a passive early effort from his side and a missed opportunity to make up ground on their Super Rugby conference rivals after they lost 25-20 to the Jaguares in Canberra.
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The Brumbies were the only local side to get a point from the round but on Sunday they blew a chance to make up more ground on the two teams above them in the n conference.

They were always in chase mode after trailing 13-0 early, with captain and lock Sam Carter saying his side was asleep in the first 20 minutes.

The Brumbies got back to within three points by halftime following two tries by fullback Tom Banks.

But their failure to post points when the Jaguares were down to 14 men early in the second half proved costly.

Five-eighth Wharenui Hawera salvaged a bonus point for the Brumbies with a penalty after the siren.

“I thought overall our first 30 minutes was passive. It just wasn’t good enough,” McKellar said.

“The last 10 minutes of the first half we managed to get possession, build pressure, maintain pressure and we scored two tries.”

The Jaguares controlled possession for most of the time winger Emiliano Boffelli was in the sin bin for tackling Henry Speight in the air.

Shortly after he returned, centre Jeronimo de la Fuente crossed and five-eighth Nicolas Sanchez converted to put the Jaguares 10 points ahead.

The Brumbies pulled the deficit back to three with 13 minutes to go when winger Chance Peni escaped three defenders to score and Hawera converted.

But Boffelli atoned for his earlier indiscretion, crossing in the left-hand corner in the 71st minute for the match-clinching score.

“We just didn’t take the opportunities when we had them,” Carter said.

“I think we had four or five cracks and turned it over one or two metres from their tryline.

“We knew they were going to come out pretty hot, pretty passionate and start fast.

“We needed to be better in that first 20 minutes. There were too many mistakes even getting out of our end.

“We didn’t execute when we had to – that was the issue tonight.”

The Jaguares dominated the first half-hour, with centre Matias Orlando crashing over from close range after a patient 18-phase move.

Sanchez converted and kicked two penalties before the Brumbies finally woke up and applied pressure.

Banks crossed in the 35th minute from a Hawera pass and the two combined again on the stroke of halftime when the fullback pounced on a perfectly placed kick from his pivot.

Battered Roos hold off Hawks

An undermanned North Melbourne have held on for a 28-point AFL victory over Hawthorn.North Melbourne coach Brad Scott has hailed the determination of his players after the undermanned Kangaroos held on for a gritty 28-point victory over Hawthorn at Etihad Stadium.
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Up by 57 points at halftime on Sunday, the Kangaroos looked dead on their feet in the third quarter after losing both Shaun Higgins and Ed Vickers-Willis to concussions within the same passage of play.

Hawthorn dominated the third term and threatened an inspired comeback but North did enough to stem the tide and claim a 14.14 (98) to 11.4 (70) win, climbing to third on the AFL ladder.

Spearhead Ben Brown (four goals), Ben Cunnington (30 disposals) and backman Robbie Tarrant (16 marks) played starring roles during North’s dominant start with Hawthorn restricted to just three first-half goals.

The complexion changed within a matter of seconds when North lost both Higgins and Vickers-Willis to concussions.

A motionless Higgins was taken from the ground on a motorised stretcher and sent to hospital after a nasty head collision with Hawthorn’s Ryan Burton.

The 30-year-old, whose wife on Sunday gave birth to their first child, was coherent and in good spirits after the incident.

Vickers-Willis was able to run from the ground after colliding with Harry Morrison but was also ruled out for the final term.

Hawthorn took control in the third quarter with Luke Breust slotting three of his five majors and Liam Shiels adding two more.

But North fought back bravely and secured a hard-fought victory through late goals to Cameron Zurhaar and Jarrad Waite.

“We knew at halftime that Hawthorn are a very dangerous side and that they would respond,” Scott said.

“I thought it showed great character and fight, when we were clearly running out of legs, to be able to not only stem the tide but to push back the other way and score ourselves.”

Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson was pleased with his side’s third-quarter fightback but left to lament a “dreadful” first half.

“At (halftime), we’re staring down the barrel of a 100-point loss … to the credit of the players, their pride kicked in a bit,” he said.

In another blow for the Hawks, Tom Mitchell’s Brownlow Medal hopes could be in jeopardy with a suspected high elbow on North Melbourne ruckman Todd Goldstein certain to face scrutiny.

Tagged by Ben Jacobs, Mitchell’s frustrations boiled over in the second term when he gave away a free kick – and a resulting goal – for the glancing blow on Goldstein behind the play.

Mitchell’s scintillating form had him considered an early Brownlow frontrunner but Jacobs wore him like a glove, restricting the prolific ball-winner to 19 disposals.

North’s Zurhaar was reported for rough conduct after laying a hard bump on David Mirra which sent the Hawks backman hurtling into the boundary fence.

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The Chef’n EcoCrock Compost Bin is available nationally from Peter’s of Kensington and Kitchen Warehouse and retails for $109.95. Replacement filters $14.95 for two.
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Good intentions abound, especially when it comes to recycling.

But sometimes, such as when your compost bucket on your kitchen bench starts to smell or attract insects, it becomes very tempting to just chuck it all in the bin.

In fact research shows that up to one-third of the rubbish in our bins could have been composted, but instead rots in landfill, creating greenhouse gas emissions.

Luckily someone has made composting easier.

The Chef’n EcoCrock Compost Bin is a dual bucket design for the benchtop.

It features a simple white ceramic outer which goes with pretty much everything, a cute green seedling handle, and an inner plastic bucket with handle making it look as good as it works.

The designers of the EcoCrock have thought through kitchen waste, especially the smell.

The vented lid features a charcoal filter to ensure there are no smells emitted from the food when left for a few days.

And the dimensions ensure ample capacity – 3.3 litres.

While the bin is slim enough to fit into narrow spaces and its oval opening caters for those users who prefer to ‘toss’ their waste rather than place it.

The inner bucket has a handy carrying handle to transport the kitchen waste to the garden compost heap or worm farm.

All pieces can be easily washed and the bin comes with two charcoal filters, with spares available in packs of two.

The Chef’n EcoCrock Compost Bin is available nationally from Peter’s of Kensington and Kitchen Warehouse.

They retailfor $109.95.

Replacement filters $14.95 for two

For more information on this product go to cg.dksh苏州夜总会招聘.au for more details.

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