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‘Suspicious’ powder at Brisbane Supreme Court a drug

Emergency services outside the Supreme Court complex on George Street in Brisbane’s CBD. Photo: Marissa Calligeros Emergency services outside the Supreme Court complex on George Street in Brisbane’s CBD. Photo: Jonathan Lea/Ten Eyewitness News
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Emergency services outside the Supreme Court complex on George Street in Brisbane’s CBD. Photo: Natalie Bochenski

Police and fire crews have left Brisbane’s Supreme Court after rushing to the discovery of suspicious white powder in the toilets.

Emergency services were called to the George Street court at 12.33pm and cordoned off both the toilet and a small area at the front of the court.

Three Queensland Fire crews attended the scene

At 2.24pm the situation was resolved when the substance was found to be a drug.

Queensland Police said they were yet to identify the exact type of drug.

No one required treatment by paramedics, a Queensland Ambulance spokewoman said.

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Wounded Magpies face ‘brutal’ realities

Round 23 teams 
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Three years ago, Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury was part of a ladder-leading side that lost by 96 points to Geelong on the eve of finals – and he’s hoping Hawthorn may be similarly lacking in hunger on Friday night.

The Pies need to win, and Richmond loses to Sydney, to make the finals.

“I can’t speak for Hawthorn, but I know personally they are tough games to play because you’re projecting forward,” Pendlebury said on Thursday.

“The last thing anyone wants is to see a Hawthorn player go down tomorrow night. It is in your mind and you don’t want that to happen because you’ve worked hard all year to get into finals.

“They’re in a position now where I think they’re locked into second or third regardless of what happens.

“After that game [against Geelong], there wasn’t a real feeling of disappointment, it was like we’d just got one out the way.”

Hawthorn, though, doesn’t seem to be singing from the same songbook – and even Pendlebury admits Collingwood’s attitude against Geelong in 2011 was not ideal. “It probably wasn’t the right way to approach that game,” he said.

The Hawks have left out captain Luke Hodge with knee soreness for the clash, but otherwise have opted against resting anyone.

“All our guys are out here training and if they all pull up fine from the training session they’re going to play,” coach Alastair Clarkson said.

“Other clubs choose to do it in a different way, but the formula for us is usually if we keep our players together that’s usually a good preparation for our finals campaign.

“We’ve got a great opponent in Collingwood who are fierce competitors and have been great opponents of ours for a long period of time. They’re currently fighting for a position in the eight. Irrespective of the personnel they’ve got available … we know they’re going to come out fighting … which is fantastic for us because we want that sort of challenge leading into finals.

“The last two weeks we’ve had games against other finals aspirants in Fremantle and Geelong. We’ve performed OK in those games without doing it really well.”

Hawthorn defender Josh Gibson and forward Jack Gunston have been cleared of injury and have been named. As expected, Matt Suckling will miss the game with a knee injury but should be back for the Hawks’ first final.

Jonathon Ceglar has again been picked ahead of ruckman Ben McEvoy, who is an emergency.

Pendlebury has manfully skippered a side that has threatened to collapse at every turn this season. The injury-ravaged Magpies have called in ruck-forward Corey Gault, Paul Seedsman and Heritier Lumumba to replace injured trio Brent Macaffer, Clinton Young and Dane Swan.

“Corey’s a big forward with great hands, runs all day,” said Pendlebury, who reiterated that injuries were no excuse.

“You’re worried about the next opportunity and who can help you. As brutal as that sounds, the guys that fall off or you lose for the rest of the season, you’re more focused on getting the other guys up to speed as quick as you can and focusing on the challenge ahead.

“Once new guys get a taste of senior football they’re not going to want to hand their jumper back to someone coming back [into the side].”

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Hardwick upbeat about challenge in Sydney

The Tigers have ridden an incredible late-season surge. Photo: Getty Images Tigers players at training during the week. Photo: Getty Images
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Damien Hardwick says Richmond’s finals-defining clash away to Sydney on Saturday is “one more bridge to cross to get, hopefully, where we deserve to be”.

Of the five teams vying for a finals berth, the Tigers are the only team that do not require other results to go their way. Coach Hardwick hailed this is “an enormous opportunity” for the club to secure its first back-to-back finals appearances for almost 40 years, since 1974-1975.

“Our destiny’s in our own hands, obviously, and we play an outstanding outfit in Sydney. We go up there and we’ll take the game on, we’ll play our way,” he said on Thursday, before the club’s training session at its ME Bank Centre headquarters.

“If we’re good enough we’ll come away with the four points, but there’s no better place you’d rather be than having your destiny in your own hands.”

The coach reiterated his satisfaction his players had not resigned themselves to a finals-free season after winning only three matches in its first 13. The Tigers are currently on an eight-match winning streak, with the first-placed Swans the last team to beat them.

“We stated earlier [in the year] we were a better side than what our record indicated. The win-loss column was the easy thing to look at but we knew we weren’t far away, needed a couple of things to go our way obviously,” he said.

“The guys have been really resilient. They could have easily put the cue in the rack, but credit to them [for not doing that]. They’ve played hard, tough, Richmond-style footy, which has managed to get results going our way.”

While the Tigers are three wins and about 15 percentage points behind where they were before last year’s final round, the coach said they had “absolutely” improved. He praised recruiters Francis Jackson and Blair Hartley for having “unearthed some talent” among players past their teens. The prime example has been prolific possession-winner Anthony Miles, although the coach also praised Nathan Gordon and Sam Lloyd.

Ty Vickery was available after completing his four-match suspension but the Tigers kept faith with Ben Griffiths, the 22-year-old who impressed as the Tigers’ replacement number-two forward target in Vickery’s absence.

“He’s been terrific, played really well,” the coach said, before the Tigers’ team was confirmed.

“He played some good football for us [in the] early part of the year, had a flat patch probably mid-point through the season, but we’ve been really impressed. He’s a really good contested mark, athletically he’s very gifted – and he can kick the ball a mile too.

“We’ve been really pleased with how he’s played, and defensively he really adds something also.”

Richmond’s next opponent, Sydney, is feted for its forward-line firepower, given the presence of not only Lance Franklin and Kurt Tippett but also Sam Reid and Adam Goodes. Nevertheless the Swans ranked third in scoring this year, with their average of 98.1, inferior to Hawthorn (111.3) and Port Adelaide (99.2). Defensively, the importance of less-heralded key-position players such as Heath Grundy and Ted Richards is reflected in a league-best record of conceding only 67.6 points per match, better than Fremantle (69.5) and Essendon (77.6).

“They’re very good. Offensively, they control the ball very well, they play a system of play that helps them defensively also. They’ve got a capacity to win a lot of one-on-one contests … that’s what they base their game around,” Hardwick said of Sydney.

The coach said the Swans boasted many players adept at winning one-on-one contests, and that it was imperative the Tigers players “have just got to make sure we win them or don’t get beaten”.

“It’s going to be a really good test for our players,” he said. “We think we match up pretty well against them. We’re both very good contested-ball sides, both got forwards that are dangerous but also … our defenders are quite capable also, so it’s going to be a great challenge.”

Hardwick confirmed Alex Rance would be given the job of quelling Franklin. He said that despite Franklin’s status as the “matchwinner” in the teams’ last clash – he kicked four goals in a low-scoring match – his full-back had still impressed against the Coleman Medal leader.

“They’ll have a great contest. It was probably one of the best match-ups we saw this year. I think they had a truckload of one-on-one contests. ‘Buddy’ was the matchwinner in the end but I thought Alex handled himself really well in that contest,” he said.

“We’ve just got to make we [force Sydney to deliver] some dirty ball inside 50 … [because] if the ball use is good, Alex is going to struggle. But we back Alex, day-in, day-out.”

Veteran Chris Newman was the only current player on Richmond’s list when it last played at ANZ Stadium, in 2002, and was dropped for that match. Consequently, the only current Tigers to have played at the venue are Bachar Houli, once for Essendon in 2008, and out-of-favour forward Aaron Edwards, once for North Melbourne in the same year.

Hardwick said the players would attempt to familiarise themselves with the stadium by having “a bit of a kick and a catch” there on Friday.

“It’s very similar to, I think, Adelaide Oval’s dimensions, which we played well at,” he said.

The coach said he hoped the excitement generated by its winning streak would persuade many Richmond supporters, which he hailed as “louder than most opposition supporters”, to travel to the match – and hopefully be rewarded for doing so.

“Our fans have had a tough ride this year, there’s no doubt about that, and we hope to reward them with some finals footy,” he said.

“If we can get 10,000 people up there they’ll make the noise of 30,000, I guarantee you. The more we can get up there the better.”

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Steve Roach sacked by 2GB

Dumped: Steve Roach has been sacked by 2GB following a bullying complaint. Photo: Mick TsikasSteve Roach’s 13-year association with 2GB is no more after the radio station sacked him over allegations of intimidating behaviour towards a producer.
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The former Balmain Tigers, NSW State of Origin and Australian front-rower confirmed on Thursday that his contract with the Macquarie Radio Network had been terminated as a result of a bullying complaint made by a younger male colleague.

Roach’s exit from the station stems from an incident nearly a fortnight ago when he was alleged to have verbally attacked a producer in the lead-up to 2GB’s coverage of the all-Sydney blockbuster between Canterbury and Parramatta at ANZ Stadium.

A source with knowledge of the altercation said the 52-year-old responded with a heated outburst to an innocuous comment by the staffer, before then turning his rage towards a senior member of the commentary team when they jumped to the defence of the producer.

Roach then had a fiery exchange the next day with long-time caller and Continuous Call team host Ray Hadley in a meeting before that program went to air, and was absent from the show when it began at midday after being stood down for a day.

He returned to the airwaves 24 hours later for the Sunday version of the program. The Herald was told that Roach issued an apology to the employee he had abused on the Monday, only for an official complaint to subsequently be made to management about his behaviour.

On Thursday Roach was sacked but declined to expand on his axing when contacted. “I’ll talk at another time. I don’t really want to talk about it now. I’ll talk when I get the chance,” Roach said.

The station’s decision was believed to be partly motivated by a desire to take a strong position against bullying after Hadley himself was embroiled in a high-profile episode last year. Hadley settled for an undisclosed amount after claims he bullied and harassed 2GB’s website manager but did not lose his job.

Macquarie Radio Network managing director Russell Tate said the station had cut ties with Roach but would not comment on the nature of the former international’s outburst.

“I’ll confirm that the contract has been terminated but I won’t make any further comment. It’s an internal matter,” Tate said. “Steve can comment on whatever he wants to. It’s a matter that’s internal and it will remain that way.”

Roach, who continues to work on the coaching staff at Wests Tigers, made a successful transition from playing to broadcasting with the Nine Network before making the switch to radio after being sacked in 1999.

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Police to enforce zero tolerance on trains

Police officers will travel on Friday and Saturday evening V/Line services to stamp out disruptive behaviour. ANTI-social behaviour on Gippsland and Pakenham bound trains will be targeted by police in a bid to restore passenger confidence in public transport.
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Victoria Police Transit Safety Divisions Senior Sergeant Troy Andrews said each Friday and Saturday evening, plain clothes police officers would board the train in Melbourne and travel though to Traralgon.

Snr Sgt Andrews said police would have zero-tolerance for offences such as indecent language, open alcohol or drunkenness, spitting and feet on seats.

“We want people to know it’s a privilege, not a right, to use the trains,” Snr Sgt Andrews said.

“People need to be able to ride the train at any time of day or night and feel safe.

“Drunk and offensive behaviours undermine people’s perceptions of safety.”

Snr Sgt Andrews said it was also important to stamp out the behaviour because it often led to more serious offences.

“What we’ve found with anti-social behaviour, is it is a key driver to assaults against the community and police and PSOs (protective service officers),” Snr Sgt Andrews said.

Snr Sgt Andrews said with some offences carrying fines of up to $360 and the offending passengers often ejected off the train, it could become an expensive evening.

He said his metropolitan unit was working with its counterparts in Warragul, Moe, Morwell and Traralgon, plus PSOs, to ensure the enforcement continued at the railway stations.

“All police stations will also be out to give visible police presence,” Snr Sgt Andrews said.

“If you rock up to a train stations exhibiting that behaviour you will be given infringements for relevant offences and (could include) banning notices and being removed from the area.”

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Kaniva-Leeor United must beat Bordertown to keep season alive

FINAL: Cougars coach Neil Reeve and his charges will need to be at the top of their game to beat Bordertown tomorrow. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDKANIVA-LEEOR United must overcome Bordertown to keep its season alive in an elimination final clash at Kingston on Sunday.
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The Cougars were in line for a top-two finish and a double chance before four losses in the last five rounds of the home and away season saw them finish fourth.

The most recent of those defeats was to the Roosters by a whopping 115 points on Saturday.

Cougars coach Neil Reeve said it was imperative his side turned its fortunes around as quickly as possible.

“We’re going to have to be confident there is no next week,” he said.

“Obviously we got pumped at the weekend and there weren’t too many positives to take out of it.

“We just want to get back to basics leading into finals and focus on the stuff we’ve been doing well over the past six weeks rather than the stuff we haven’t been doing well over the past three weeks.”

Reeve said there was a good feeling around the club, with all four sides playing finals.

“The club didn’t play finals last year, so there’s a bit of buzz around town,” he said.

“We’re really looking forward to it.”

He predicted the senior side would have several changes.

Star players PaulAdlington, James Turner and Scott Brown are in line to return from injury, while Reeve said young gun Alex Brown would play. He said Jesse Salt and Liam Vivian would push for selection.

The Cougars will look to the likes of key forward Leigh Ryan, 52 goals, and midfielder Dylan Williams, 48 goals, to assert their authority on the contest.

Reeve said his side would have to be wary of Roosters such as Aaron Day, who kicked six goals at the weekend, ruckman Rory Tink and midfielder Steve Copestick.

Penola will face Mundulla in the qualifying final at Bordertown tomorrow.

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St Arnaud confident of victory against Birchip-Watchem

IMPACT PLAYER: Nick Coghlan will be a key for his club in its finals match on Saturday. Picture: CONTRIBUTED TEAM: St Arnaud’s finals team for the weekend.
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ST ARNAUD president Brett Douglas is confident his club has what it takes to knock off Birchip-Watchem in their first semi-final clash at Donald Recreation Reserve tomorrow.

The Saints, who finished third, will face the Bulls, fourth, for the right to play the loser of the qualifying final between Wedderburn and Charlton.

Douglas said the Saints, who have accounted for the Bulls on two of three occasions this season, were ready to battle after having a bye.

“It was great to have the week off we needed it with a couple of injuries,” he said.

“There are no second chances from here.

“We’ve got to win tomorrow before we look further down the track.”

Douglas said both sides had similar strengths.

“We watched their game on Saturday,” he said.

“We’ll be trying to move the ball pretty quickly and keep the ball away from their dangerous forwards.

“They’re a good running side as well.

“We just hope we can win the ball out of the centre.”

Douglas said the Saints could be boosted by a number of inclusions. He said Jimmy Wray and Lee Stewart would strengthen the side’s on-ball department, while key defender Dan McGrath and forward Nick Baldwin could also return from injury.

Coach James McNamee has led the Saints’ charge in the second half of the season, while forwards Daniel Needs, 60 goals, and Nick Coghlan, 45, will both be key to the club’s chances of reaching a second final.

“We’ve got a pretty good forward line with Needs and Coghlan,” Douglas said.

“If we can get the ball to them quickly we can hopefully expose the Bulls that way.”

Douglas said the Saints would have to be wary of several Bulls stars, including small forward Dan Castellano, 64 goals, and ruckman Zac Holmes.

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Beulah to face Sea Lake-Nandaly Tigers in semi-final

BATTLE: Beulah will be out for victory against Sea Lake-Nandaly Tigers on Saturday. Picture: LES GRAETZMINOR premier Beulah takes on Sea Lake-Nandaly Tigers on Saturday in the second semi-final at Woomelang.
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The Tigers got the monkey off their back at the weekend when they claimed a stirring victory over the Blues, but Beulah will take solace in their convincing wins earlier in the season.

There will be plenty of adjustments to both sides after the weekend, with plenty of players set to come back.

Denis Redden will slot back into the Beulah forward line alongside Lachy Foott and Brock Orval, providing much-needed structure and a good focal point.

Luke Martin should line up on Redden.

His work in the Tigers’ backline has gone a long way towards their success this season, while Nick Watson has also enjoyed a solid year down back.

At the other end of the ground, Cliff Ryan will again present as a danger man to the Beulah defenders.

It is a safe bet Sam Martin will line up on him once again.

League best and fairest Tyler Lehmann will have his tail up, while Scott Smith and Shaun Monohan will both feature prominently in Beulah’s midfield.

John Guthrie and Colin Durie showed they were more than capable of matching it with the Blues midfielders at the weekend .

Sunday sees reigning premier Woomelang-Lascelles and Ouyen United square off in the first semi-final at Sea Lake.

The sides have had some good battles this year, with the Cats coming out slightly ahead after winning two of their three meetings.

The Demons’ strength comes from their talent in the front half, with Marcus Healy and Relton Roberts able to kick goals at will, and Brad Vallance patrolling half-forward.

Anthony Foott and Jack Shannahan will have a big job shutting down the Ouyen forwards, while Brodie Adcock will have to provide run off half-back for the Cats.

The Demons will look to Marcus Healy and Ben Gregg to get their hands on the ball through the centre, while the Cats will expect plenty from Rohan Coburn and Jamie Church.

The Cats have flown under the radar this year, while the Demons are big improvers.

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Cowra squash and standard on the rise

Not only is the popularity of squash in Cowra growing, but the standard of play is really taking off.
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The Cowra Services Squash Club is fortunate to have Rohan Toole, who is ranked the number15 male player in Australia, playing at the courts. Also, there are a good number of other junior players who are starting to make their mark in squash in Cowra.

This, combined with a number of more experienced players who are playing some of their best squash, has produced some quality squash matches at the start of the spring competition.

Division 1 results

Flatheads def. Mackeral 3-1

Toby Baker def. Brad Savage 3-1

Richard Kelly def. Mark Fisher 3-2

Sai Penukonda def. Laura Mikoda 3-2

Toby continues his improvement with a narrow win over the experienced Brad Savage. The match between Sai and Laura was a highlight of the week with Sai, playing in his first squash match, winning 17-16 in the fifth game.

Well played Laura and Sai. Another exciting match was played between two veterans in Mark Fisher and Richard Kelly. One point decided this match with Richard just lasting to gain victory.

Salmon V Catfish

Trevor Rowston def. Steve Baker 3-2

Mandy Charnock def. James Reynolds 3-1

James, playing in his first squash match, put up a great effort to get close to Mandy, who is always a hard player to beat.

The match between Steve and Trevor showed squash at its best, with both players showing a few smiles, hitting some winners, doing some running and battling on to play five games.

Barracuda def. Jewfish on games 8-7

Dave Richmond def. Andrew Armstrong 3 -1

Will Baker def. Hugh Bryant 3 -0

Lee Felton def. Mitchell Beer 3-2

Travis Bryant def. Kristen Mikoda 3-0

The match between Mitchell and Lee was of a high standard and showed that Lee is recapturing some of his old form after a break from the game. Travis Bryant showed that he will be a player to watch with a strong win over Kristen, who is always hard to beat.

Will Baker is off to a strong start in this competition with a convincing win.

Division 2 results

Trout def. Mullet 3-1

Adam Gunderson def. Monica Maguire 3-2

Phil Beer def. Adam Rogers 3-0

Shaun Mortyne def. Margaret Tapscot 3-0

Jo Treasure def. Jill Dunk 3-1

Jo Treasure continues to improve in her comeback, and was able to finish on top of Jill.

In one of the matches of the week, Adam finished strongly over Monica to win by a point, 66-65. Well played Adam and Monica.

Snapper def. Dory 3-1

Bruce Rowston def. Mark Adams 3-2

Michael Howarth def. Alex Rowston 3-1

Matthew Rowston def. Nicky Savage 3-1

The match between Mark and Bruce was another classic five set match which included three long games, with Bruce just holding on to win the deciding game.

Matthew Rowston looks a promising player. He scored a narrow win over Nicky.

Carp def. Pike 4-0

Lawrence Hughes def. Pat Charnock 3-0

Brian Howarth def. Kate Lewis 3-2

Josh Dunk def. Don Garling 3-0

Sarah Bryant def. Lillee Felton 3-1

Josh Dunk is another very promising junior player in the club and it won’t be long before he is playing in higher divisions.

Sarah Bryant has made a good start to the competition and is another player to watch.

Tip of the week

Always watch the ball, both when you are playing a shot and when your opponent is playing a shot.

Also, watch your opponent as they play their shot, which can help give you an early idea of the type of shot they might play.

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Competitors show their True Grit

On Saturday, August 23, ten members of Cowra Health Club travelled down to Lower Portland, Sydney, to compete in the True Grit Challenge.
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The team feeling strong prior to the event.

The 10km course contained thirty military style obstacles, aimed at challenging competitor’s strength, determination, agility and endurance.

The group went to the event alongside the club’s fitness instructor, Jo Graham.

“I am really proud of everyone who took part,” she said.

“By completing the course they achieved a goal we have been working toward for the last ten weeks.”

Obstacles included rope climbs, barb-wire crawls, monkey bars, and negotiating the muddy mile, a mile of thick waist-high mud.

The club members stuck together throughout the event, helping each other with the obstacles and providing moral support.

Each person was covered from head to toe with mud after the event, some, more than others.

“It took a few showers to get rid of all the Mud,” Mrs Graham said.

Mud logged and exhausted, but still smiling.

“And some of the clothes were definitely write offs.”

The team started and finished with smiles on their faces.

“I will keep my eye out on upcoming events, a gauge people’s interest,” she said.

True Grit is held in various locations across Australia, and appears in Sydney annually.

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