“There are moments in your life that you wish you could go back and change”: Former Knox Grammar teacher and current Kings headmaster Tim Hawkes. Photo: Daniel MunozThe faces of Knox’s dark eraWilkinson ‘appalled’ by ribbon removalBoys ‘cheered’ while girl ‘assaulted”Gobsmacked’ paedophiles still there
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King’s headmaster Tim Hawkes has apologised to his school community and admitted he was stupidly insensitive to say he had “no regrets” about his actions almost 30 years ago at Knox Grammar, where he failed to report the sexual abuse of a young boarder.

“There are moments in your life that you wish you could go back and change,”  Dr Hawkes wrote in a letter to King’s School parents on Tuesday. “There are moments when you cannot believe your stupidity. There are moments when you want to run away.

“I was met with such a moment last week when being pounced on by the media when leaving the Royal Commission looking into the Knox case. How on earth can you disentangle the appalling impression given that, ‘I had no regrets’ in relation to a Knox matter some 27 years ago.

“Regrets! I have thousands.”

Dr Hawkes had given evidence to the royal commission into child abuse that, while he was a housemaster at Knox, he was unaware of the mandatory reporting laws for child sexual abuse introduced in 1988, soon before a 14-year-old boy was groped by a man who had hid under his bed, wearing a balaclava and an old Knox Grammar tracksuit.

Nor did Dr Hawkes confront two teachers who had been possible suspects, Chris Fotis and Damian Vance, but he believed he had done his duty by reporting the attack to then Knox headmaster Ian Paterson. Nobody reported it to authorities.

In his letter to his school community, Dr Hawkes said: “My heart breaks for the boys whose trust in some Knox staff was betrayed. I, along with much of Australia, have been appalled at the revelations coming out of the Royal Commission. Regrets? None of it should ever have happened.

“I can make no excuses for my comment. I was tired after three hours in the witness box. I was alarmed – even frightened by being ambushed by the media scrum, and greatly angered by the hostility of their questions.

“I should have said absolutely nothing. What I tried to say was that I had no sense of not having done the right thing by reporting the matter to the headmaster at the time. However – it did not come out that way, and people, quite rightly, were appalled at the apparent heartlessness of my comment.

“The media have offered to re-interview me. That is kind, but it will come across as a revisionist attempt by me to make me look good – and that thought appals me.

“Regrets? Absolutely! Regrets for an insensitive remark – yes  – but even more so, for the things that happened at Knox. There needs to be justice given, care provided and lessons learnt – not least, by me.”

Mr Fotis remains at large after a warrant for his arrest was issued last Wednesday, following his failure to appear before the royal commission the previous day.

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Forget the pictures you’ve seen in adult films and the “lifelike” drawings scrawled on public bathrooms, there is now a scientific guide for the average penis size – and hopefully it will put some men at ease.
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British researchers have pooled the measurements of more than 15,000 men’s penises to more closely determine what constitutes “normal-sized” anatomy.

They found the average penis is 13.12 centimetres when erect and 9.31 centimetres when flaccid.

The team, led by psychiatrist David Veale, created graphs of both length and girth, finding the vast majority of men range between 11 and 15 centimetre in length and between 10 and 13 centimetres in circumference when erect.

“We believe these graphs will help doctors reassure the large majority of men that the size of their penis is in the normal range,” said Dr Veale, a specialist in body dysmorphic disorders at King’s College London Medical School.

Only 2.28 per cent of the population have an abnormally small penis.

A distribution of penis length among 15,000 men.

The researchers didn’t measure 15,000 men themselves – they combined the measurements of 20 other studies, from a variety of countries, into a meta-analysis.

The report dispelled several myths about penis size being related to a man’s shoe size or index finger. While urban legend says men of African descent tend to be well-endowed, the report found there was insufficient evidence to draw any conclusions about differences in the penis size of different races.

The question of size is one most men consider at some point in their life. One study included in the analysis reported that 55 percent of men were not satisfied with their size.

“This is a centuries-old issue,” Dr Veale told Fairfax Media. “It may have gotten worse as men may compare against models in porn films over the internet.”

But the same study found only 15 percent of women took issue with their partner’s anatomy.

“Girth is usually more important than length – and technique is more important,” said Dr Veale.

The team said the size scale may offer comfort to men who are overly concerned by the size, a condition known as “small penis anxiety”.

Dr Veale said about 10 percent of males, mostly young men, may have the condition. An even smaller proportion suffer body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), where they are preoccupied with the size of their penis and find it shameful.

A distribution of penis girth among 15,000 men.

“We will also use the graphs to examine the discrepancy between what a man believes to be their position on the graph and their actual position, or what they think they should be,” said Dr Veale, whose analysis has been published in the scientific journal BJU International.

One bone of contention is that only a few studies collected measurements while men had an erect penis; most studies had men stretch their flaccid penis to infer its erect size.

Dr Shomik Sengupta, from the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand, said for those men who fixate on the issue of size, these comparisons may not reduce their anxiety.

But he said treatments for penile enlargements, while widely advertised, were often not effective and potentially dangerous.

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Former England superstar and Chelsea legend Frank Lampard was never a likely option for Melbourne City, Brian Marwood, the football administration officer for the club’s Abu Dhabi-controlled owner, City Football Group, has revealed.
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And while Marwood stopped short of agreeing that the David Villa signing – where the Spanish World Cup winner played only four games for City – was a “disaster”, he admitted that both the Melbourne club and the CFG had learnt plenty of lessons from an experiment that left a sour taste in the mouths of many City fans, especially those who had swelled the club’s membership in the expectation that Villa would play 10 games for the Melbourne team.

Results in the first half of the season, when City struggled badly for form, were unacceptable, Marwood said. But coach John van ‘t Schip’s job was not dependent on making the finals.

“We will assess it in the summer. We will take a view. We are happy with JVS and the group. We have a lot of faith in the staff. And when you are on the inside you know what they have to work with in terms of the dynamics of certain aspects,” said Marwood, an English League winner with Arsenal in his playing days.

Nevertheless the Manchester-based executive believes that Melbourne City’s first year under CFG’s control has been, with some exceptions, more successful than not as the UAE-based owners seek to bed the Melbourne franchise into a group in which EPL champion Manchester City is the jewel in the crown and New York City is the bold new frontier.

“In some areas, yes (it’s gone the way CFG hoped), in other areas, probably no,” Marwood said. Referring to the club’s newly opened training centre at Latrobe University, he said: “The yes bit is if you look at where we are sitting today, it’s much different to the Epping experience that I walked into.” Back then, City used to train at a suburban ground, often using wheelies bins full of ice as cooling baths.

“Some of the big highlights for me have been the emergence of the young players. Ben Garuccio, Jacob Melling and Connor Chapman are three players who have found their feet this year. They look extremely promising for the future of the club.

“I was really pleased by the fact that the youth team won their league. That was a great achievement. We have got some interesting emerging talent. The plans we have, the academy, the first team, we have an interesting summer coming up. We have a number of players who are out of contract.

“In a salary-capped league it was frustrating for me that people seemed to miss the point when they saw the City group taking over Melbourne City. They just expected us to throw a lot of money at the team. You can’t do that … it’s not the world we live in.

“It wasn’t like Man City six years ago, where we could take a team that was a potential relegation Premier League team to one that was going to compete for the championship.

“I think there’s been more pluses than minuses. The minuses have certainly been the amount of injuries we have had this year. A lot of them have been impact injuries rather than soft-tissue injuries.”

While City will still consider sending big-name players who are probably in their twilight years to Melbourne, it seems more likely that they will send younger players from the under-21 squad over for training or to play a season if they fit into the team dynamic. Currently a youngster from Manchester City’s under 21s, James Horsfield, is training with van ‘t Schip’s team to gain experience and develop his football.

“The Villa experience taught us a lot of things. Was it the right thing, the wrong thing … in certain times you have to test it and see whether it works or not.

“Frank [Lampard] had struck an agreement last summer to go to New York. The team were not going to start playing until March (when the MLS kicks off). He needed to keep himself fit in that period between August and March.

“We talked about the potential of Melbourne and the situation with Manuel (Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini) came up, and Manuel felt that Frank could add something to the City squad. It never got past the concept idea of talking within the group. When Manuel felt he could contribute and Frank realised that was the case, everybody felt that it was probably the best [for him to stay in Manchester],” said Marwood.

He readily admits that the Melbourne club did not make the most of the opportunities that it was presented with at the start of the season.

“Certainly the results in the first half of the season were poor, not acceptable,” Marwood said. “We didn’t capture the momentum earlier in the season when membership went to 10,000. We had nearly 16,000 to David’s first game. But because the results weren’t there … people used to say at first that it was always same old City in Manchester and I heard it here too, that Melbourne City will take you to the point, then disappoint you. But hopefully symbols like the new training ground will show that we are here for the long term.”

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Jaiden Marcus Schneebeli, 21, of Rodgers Place, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to multiple counts of drink-driving, careless driving and unlicensed driving. AN unlicensed Bushfield driver who twice crashed after drinking alcohol has been placed on a community corrections order.
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Jaiden Marcus Schneebeli, 21, of Rodgers Place, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to multiple counts of drink-driving, careless driving and unlicensed driving.

His licence had been disqualified after he was caught hooning behind the wheel.

Schneebeli was also previously jailed on drug offences and had a four-month suspended jail sentence hanging over his head.

Police said that on July 2 last year Schneebeli went to a pool tournament at a Warrnambool pool hall, where he drank alcohol, and at 4.30am drove his mother’s Mitsubishi Lancer home.

At 4.45am Schneebeli turned into Rodgers Place, lost control and stuck two small trees on the opposite side of the road.

He walked the 100 metres to his home and called police. When officers arrived he was drinking a stubbie.

A blood sample taken from Schneebeli returned a reading of .129.

An expert said the driver had to consume five cans of beer to get to that reading.

At 1.50am on August 31 Schneebeli drove from Bushfield to Warrnambool in his white Holden Commodore stationwagon and then south down Banyan Street.

The court was told he looked up after reading a phone credit receipt to find he was headed directly at a parked car, which he crashed into, pushing it into another parked car.

Police checks revealed Schneebeli was still unlicensed. He recorded a blood-alcohol reading of .029.

Schneebeli told police that when he looked up he could not avoid a collision.

Magistrate Peter Mellas said there was a good reason Schneebeli did not have a driver’s licence — he was “a crap drivRer”.

Schneebeli will now not be able to apply for a driver’s licence for another 12 months.

Mr Mellas said it was clear Schneebeli had a problem with alcohol and it was time he did something about it.

He noted Schneebeli had made significant changes and improvements to his life.

Schneebeli was convicted, fined $1000 and placed on a CCO for 12 months with conditions he undertake treatment for alcohol issues and programs to reduce the chances of reoffending.

No action was taken in relation to the suspended jail sentence, which will continue until the end of this year.

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PEOPLE interested in having a say on the future of the south-west coastline are invited to a meeting in Warrnambool tomorrow.
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The Western Coastal Board is holding a forum to outline its draft plan for the region and seek community feedback.

Chaired by Moyne Shire councillor Jill Parker, the board has eight members, including south-west tourism administrator Carole Reid and Professor John Sherwood from Deakin University in Warrnambool. The draft plan was released for public comment last month and submissions close on March 20.

Cr Parker said the public meeting, at Proudfoots on the River from 6pm, would be a good chance to present information and get feedback.

“There will be a presentation on what the draft plan is about but the main thing is we will be there to listen and not preach,” Cr Parker said.

“We would love to hear from groups or organisations with an interest as well as individuals who use the coast.

“The long-term aim of the final plan is to create a document that is a guideline for how we best use and look after our coastline. There have been smaller local-level plans done before but this is the first big regional plan so it does bring some challenges with it.

To comment on the draft plan, email [email protected] or write to PO Box 103, Geelong, 3220. The draft plan can be viewed online at www.wcb.vic.gov.au

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NEAR MISS: Mitch Cooper unleashes his shot against the bar against the Mariners on Saturday. Picture: Ryan OslandMITCH Cooper opened his A-League scoring account in just his second game.It seems an eternity ago.
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Then aged 17, Cooper scored for Gold Coast United against the Central Coast Mariners at Skilled Stadium on February 22, 2012.

Three years – and two knee reconstructions – later the now Jets attacker is still waiting for his second.

He came within a blade of grass of ending the drought against the Mariners on Saturday when a right-foot shot hit the bar and angled down onto the turf, catching the inside edge of the chalk before being cleaned up by keeper Liam Reddy.

Cooper’s close call sparked debate over video technology and occurred on the same weekend that a FIFA rules committee put off a trial of video reviews for contentious decisions for at least a year.

‘‘I did think it was in and celebrated a bit early,’’ Cooper told the Herald.

‘‘I didn’t want to look back at the linesman. I was hoping to hear the whistle. At the end of the day it wasn’t a goal.’’

Rather than curse his bad luck, Cooper said the near miss had made him hungrier.

‘‘I am just going to back myself,’’ he said. ‘‘I have been making the runs and getting closer and closer.

‘‘A player in my position, it is important to score goals.

‘‘That is a key factor I have to focus on. I am getting in good positions. I just have to finish off. Hopefully next week, if I get an opportunity, luck might go the other way.’’

In his eighth appearance and third start since returning from a second ruptured anterior cruciate ligament, Cooper was deployed in central midfield in the derby.

Although ‘‘happy to play anywhere’’, the 20-year-old believed he was better suited closer to the action.

‘‘I can play out wide, but I feel like I can impact the game a bit more in the middle,’’ Cooper said. ‘‘I like to get between the lines and turn, get in positions where I can shoot. Playing centrally gives me more flexibility.

‘‘That was my first solid 70 minutes. My fitness levels are getting better.

‘‘The more game time I get, my body will catch up.

‘‘Hopefully I can start again [against Sydney] and build on last week.’’

Apart from ending a goal drought, Cooper hopes to do enough to earn a new contract at the Jets.

‘‘I want to stay here and give something back to the fans,’’ Cooper said. ‘‘I have been missing for two seasons. To be back on the stage at Hunter Stadium is what I want.’’

Cooper has a firm backer in Jets assistant and former youth coach James Pascoe.

‘‘Unfortunately for Mitch his injury history is well documented,’’ Pascoe said.

‘‘That has meant he has spent a little bit more time in the youth team than his talent deserves.

‘‘People got a bit of a glimpse on the weekend what that boy is capable of. He just needs a little bit of luck with his body, a run of games and I think that first goal and assist will see him take off.’’

AAP reports: Goals may be their focus but defence is the key to Brisbane Roar rekindling their Asian Champions League campaign against the Urawa Red Diamonds in Japan on Wednesday night.

Roar coach Frans Thijssen has made no bones about the fact that they must come out firing against the powerhouse Japanese club, especially after losing 1-0 at home last week to a 10-man Beijing Guoan in their ACL opener.

And the portents are good for the reigning A-League champions.

The Roar have scored nine goals in their past four A-League games. But Thijssen admits all eyes will be on his back four at Saitama Stadium on Wednesday night.

‘‘They will continually try and get behind us. We will have to be disciplined and not let their attackers get too much room,’’ Thijssen said.

Veteran defender Shane Stefanutto will replace Jerome Polenz, who did not travel due to visa player restrictions

JERRIL Rechter (Letters, March 2) is unhappy that Australia’s “gender gap” is too wide.
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Recent Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show the pay gap is 18.8 percent.

What should it be?

“Zero gap”, say gender-theory ideologues.

“100 per cent gap”, say others who think fathers should earn and mothers should mother (at home).

What do our children want?

A friend working in child-care is alarmed when the inmates call her “mummy”.

What do they call their working mothers?

I wasn’t told that.

Let’s agree men and women are equal – equal in human dignity. But identical?

Identical in the sense of women imitating men all day in the workplace? No, please.

Not every social role is equally suited to men and women …

What to do about it?

Hard to say.

Perhaps we need a very different society.

Arnold Jago,

Nichols Point

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MAYBE it was a good omen.
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Warrnambool City Council could learn a valuable lesson from a magpie that flew around the civic chamber on Monday night just as the meeting came to a close.

It was in a confused flap going around and around in circles, but managed to find its way out of the dilemma with a little help from someone in the gallery.

The big question is will the same thing happen at last for the city’s seven councillors?

The hapless bird flew into the room just after a tense debate triggered by one councillor’s call for the mayor to work harder at healing rifts.

At times it resembled a verbal boxing match, with punches and counter punches thrown across the room, sometimes directed very personally.

But in the end they unanimously voted for a beefed-up set of guidelines which cover conduct, performance and basic principles on what a councillor’s role entails.

We can only hope it represents a peaceful new chapter for the council team spirit which, ratepayers know, has been hard to come by on some issues.

In the past few years an estimated $250,000 has been spent on investigations and special hearings triggered by dozens of complaints by some councillors against colleagues and staff.

Most of these proved to be frivolous, adding nothing to efforts to foster harmony.

Mayor Michael Neoh wisely challenged all councillors to sign the code of conduct and for their actions to match their words in seeking harmony.

It’s a small point but in the interests of mutual respect, it would also help if the time-honoured practice of all seven councillors attending a friendly meal after monthly briefings were to be resumed rather than them going separate ways.

Warrnambool’s image has taken a battering and there have been suggestions that investment in the city has dried up because of the unstable nature of council decision-making.

Ratepayers will be hoping Monday night’s clear-the-air session will fly.

Just like the magpie.

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Noradjuha-Quantong Football Netball Club members Lucy Brand, Chloe Gabbe, Georgia Francis, Bianca Anson and Brooke Pay pick grapes at Norton Estate Wines. Picture: PAUL CARRACHERWIMMERA winemakers are praising an ideal growing season for the outstanding quality of this year’s grapes.
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Noradjuha-Quantong Football Netball Club members contributed to the region’s grape harvest, while raising money for the club.

Club members have picked grapes at Norton Estate Wines for the past two weekends, finishing on Sunday.

Norton Estate Wines owner Chris Spence said it would possibly be one of the best vintages the vineyard has ever produced.

‘‘With the sauvignon blanc, the quality of the fruit was excellent, as were the yields,’’ he said.

‘‘The flavour of our red grapes – the shiraz and cabernet sauvignon – was also superb.

‘‘We had very even yields across the vineyard, after a near-perfect growing season.’’

Mr Spence said a cool spring and start to summer made for an ideal season.

‘‘The cooler temperatures helped with the flowering and fruit set,’’ he said.

‘‘Then the heat in the past few weeks helped ripen any unripe fruit.’’

Mr Spence said picking was now complete, about a week ahead of schedule.

He said the grapes had been transported to Great Western, where they would be turned into wine.

‘‘It will be a vintage to look out for,’’ he said.

Mr Spence thanked the Noradjuha-Quantong Football Netball Club for its time.

‘‘It is the 12th year they have picked for us and they did an outstanding job,’’ he said.

Club president Tim Kelly said picking grapes was a great fundraiser for the club.

‘‘It’s a day that everyone can get involved with, from juniors to older members of the club,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s also a great opportunity for people to get to know new members.’’

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THIS healthy eating plan has been on the go for the past three years at least and little creative, innovative or impacting images or marketing have been seen around Mildura.
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Colour: The Darwin markets are a huge drawcard.

Sporting clubs would be a great place to start along with some innovative names for horse races and harness races that reflect the Mildura food bowl.

This is about networks and connecting some eat-well, live-well messages as well.

Maybe some gourmet healthy food images in the Mildura Mall as well or on the walls of Coles and Woolworths CBD stores about local healthy produce.

The markets have many fine fresh items and this should be taken further to capture cultures/nationalities and food choices that are historically healthy.

Like the many Darwin markets, cafes and restaurants that participate in the markets to showcase their foods and eateries.

Have a look at Parap markets or Nightcliffe or Rapid Creek markets for some fine examples of vast healthy prepared foods for all around the world.

If eateries here participated, it could become a great event for locals and bring many tourists as well. I have said it before and it gets no traction.

It is sad because it captures so much.

The healthy eating issues need firm plans with outcomes and not careers out of the problem.

Stuart Davie,

Mildura

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STICKY UNDERFOOT: Maitland’s Harry Maguire playing against Cooks Hill in the FFA Cup at Speers Point on Saturday. Picture: Brock Perks

NORTHERN NSW Football will re-evaluate its policy on playing matches in hot conditions at the Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility after concerns from coaches about extreme heat coming off the new synthetic pitches.

National Premier League teams played on the artificial surfaces in round three of the FFA Cup on Saturday.

For many players from the region’s top competition, it was the first time they had experienced the pitches, which were laid in December as part of the new $11.3million centre.

NNSWF implemented a FIFA-standard heat policy, which called for games to stop if temperatures reached 33degrees or a 30-degree wet-bulb reading was registered.

The maximum temperature on Saturday at Speers Point was 28.7, but a game at the centre was abandoned on Sunday due to the heat.

Charlestown coach Shane Pryce said some of his players had come away with blisters on their feet because of the heat coming off the surface.

‘‘It’s made for winter, and as a wet-weather ground or for catch-up games at night, it will be wonderful, but it’s not made for summer,’’ Pryce said.

Adamstown Rosebud coach Graham Law said ‘‘my players did not enjoy it’’.

‘‘I grew up playing on synthetic surfaces in Europe, but they are not made for this heat,’’ Law said.

Lambton Jaffas coach David Tanchevski said his players had suffered blisters during a trial game on the surface a week earlier, but they had used Vaseline on Saturday to prevent a repeat.

Weston coach Trevor Morris said his side had pulled up well, but ‘‘the boys said it felt like their feet were melting through their shoes’’.

Hamilton coach Michael Bolch, Edgeworth’s Damian Zane and South Cardiff boss Greg Asquith said their players had no problems with the surface and came through the games well. Maitland’s Chris Turner said his players had told him ‘‘it felt sticky underfoot’’, but he ‘‘wouldn’t mind taking the team there again’’.

Broadmeadow coach Robert Virgili, who lost midfielder Alex Kantarovski for the season with a knee injury suffered on the surface on Saturday, said ‘‘the heat coming off the surface was unbelievable and the feedback from players was that it was a concern’’.

Law and Virgili have experience with watered synthetic turf overseas and were among coaches who believed a wet surface could help cool the ground and create better ‘‘give’’ underfoot.

But NNSWF chief executive David Eland said: ‘‘The surface is not designed at all to be watered. It is not like hockey.

‘‘This is state-of-the-art technology and the drainage is so good that watering it is a waste of time.

‘‘The water will go straight through the drainage cells and leave the surface.’’

Eland said rain on the pitch created extra humidity and even more heat.

He said he was ‘‘absolutely comfortable with having pre-season games’’ on the surface, but NNSWF would consider feedback from clubs and look at potentially delaying early FFA Cup fixtures until later in March, starting fixtures earlier in the day, having breaks in the middle of the day, having more games under lights and decentralising matches.

The FFA Cup qualifying series for Northern NSW will be at Speers Point in June.

Eland said ‘‘heat coming out of the surface is the only disadvantage that we have discovered’’ and the pitches had been brilliant despite been ‘‘absolutely thrashed’’ since being laid.

He said NNSWF had invested in underlay rubber which was purported to be 20per cent cooler, but there was no escaping the fact that the surface, filled with rubber and sand, would be hot in summer.

Horsham Fishing Competition assistant secretary Prue Beltz with her stake at the Wimmera River ahead of Sunday’s fishing competition. More than 1000 people have registered for the event. Picture: PAUL CARRACHERTHE Wimmera’s biggest fishing competition is again on at the weekend.
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More than 1000 people have already registered for the 38th annual Horsham Fishing Competition.

Prizes worth $60,000 are up for grabs, including a car, holiday giveaways and cash prizes.

Horsham Fishing Competition assistant secretary Prue Beltz said about 300 people queued on Saturday morning to receive their stakes for the competition.

‘‘We were setting up at the Apex shed on Friday and there were people lining up to collect their stakes from 3pm who stayed overnight,’’ she said.

‘‘People line up for fishing and iPhones these days it seems – they probably didn’t need to queue because we cleared the line in about 18 minutes.’’

Mrs Beltz said people could register for the competition until 5pm Friday.

People can also register on Saturday between 8am and 9am at the soundshell at Sawyer Park, Horsham.

Mrs Beltz said the competition still required extra stewards.

‘‘We would gratefully take anyone who is willing to steward along the river and if anyone wants to help they can call me,’’ she said.

There was doubt about the competition’s future last year, due to a lack of volunteers.

Mrs Beltz said she was grateful for Apex Club Horsham and Wimmera Uniting Care, who helped organise the event this year.

‘‘It was never an issue of the competition being unviable or unsuccessful, it was just the number of people we had doing the work for it,’’ she said.

‘‘The two organisations have come on board and helped the committee members with the event.’’

Mrs Beltz said the person with the heaviest catch of the day would win a new Kia Rio, while the second and third heaviest catches would win holidays.

‘‘It will pay to be a fisherman for a number of people this weekend with the number of prizes we have,’’ she said.

Mrs Beltz had heard good reports from Wimmera anglers about the quality of fish in the Wimmera River.

‘‘We are expecting plenty of yellowbelly to be between one and two kilograms,’’ she said.

‘‘One of the things we have done in the past few years is we have taken some of the larger catfish that have been caught and put them back in to help restore catfish numbers.

‘‘We’ve taken some of them to areas like Lake Lascelles up near Hopetoun to help support the numbers.’’

The competition will take place along a stretch of the Wimmera River in Horsham, with registration fees of $40, $15 and $2 for different age groups.

Mrs Beltz said people could call her on 0439 826 187 to register as stewards.

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SHAUN JOHNSONNEWCASTLE coach Rick Stone said containing Warriors wizard Shaun Johnson rather than closing him down was all he expected of the Knights at Hunter Stadium on Saturday.
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The 24-year-old halfback has developed into one of the game’s most lethal attacking weapons, and he secured the 2014 Golden Boot as the world’s best player by sparking New Zealand to a 22-18 win over Australia in the Four Nations final at Wellington in November.

‘‘He touches the ball as much as anyone there,’’ Stone said. ‘‘His ability to conjure up tries and score some tries himself is pretty important to the Warriors, and his speed and what he brings to the table with his footwork and the variation he’s got in his all-round game makes him one of the most dangerous ball-runners in the comp.

‘‘We know he’s a really important cog to their wheel. And it’s really about minimising his effect on the game rather than shutting him down altogether.

‘‘Good players like that have an influence, so it’s trying to minimise his effect on the game which is important. The amount of ball we give them is important as well.

‘‘But Shaun Johnson, current Golden Boot winner, his last couple of seasons have been real break-out seasons, and everyone’s seen the best of what Shaun Johnson can do, and it’s our job to try and stop him doing some of that stuff on Saturday.’’

Stone said the Knights had to restrict Johnson’s time in possession by minimising their errors and being vigilant in their defensive assignments.

That attention to detail will be critical against a Warriors team boasting size and skill across the park from fullback Sam Tomkins to front-rower Ben Matulino, as the Knights try to back up their 28-22 victory in the corresponding game last August.

‘‘They’re a terrific attacking team. We all know that,’’ he said. ‘‘They’ve got heaps of skilful players, they’re powerful, they’ve got offloads in them, they’re really good scoring tries from kicks, they’ve got weapons all over the park, so they’re a really dangerous attacking team, that’s for sure.

‘‘Their record away from home is probably not the best, but their record I would suggest in Newcastle isn’t too bad, in the time that I’ve been here anyway.

‘‘All first games are important, and the discipline and the mistake rate and the penalties and all those things are massive contributors towards the result, and this one will be no different.

‘‘So being tidy, and defensively being strong, they’re things you have to be against the Warriors because they have such an array of talent and they’re such a powerful footy team.’’

Stone challenged his forwards to match the Warriors in the middle of the field.

Korbin Sims has been named with Kade Snowden in the front row, giving the 23-year-old Queensland Origin hopeful first crack at filling the void left by Willie Mason.

Sims and Snowden will be supported by Knights debutant Jack Stockwell and veterans Chris Houston and David Fa’alogo off the bench.

‘‘Their pack is always big and mobile and skilful, as well and nice and aggressive, so any pack of forwards has got to be on their game and hold their own at least in the ruck,’’ Stone said.

AAP reports: Five-eighth Anthony Milford will make his Broncos debut while Glenn Stewart, Sutton and Ben Lowe make up a new Rabbitohs back row when the season kicks off on Thursday night in Brisbane.

Manly’s 2014 injury curse has carried over into the new season before their Friday trip to Parramatta.

Steve Matai (shoulder) Jorge Taufua (knee), Tom Symonds (elbow) and Josh Starling (knee) are all missing from the Sea Eagles line-up, and centre Jamie Lyon (knee) is in doubt.

‘‘I’m not sure yet,’’ Lyon said. ‘‘I’ve just got to get into training and rehab and see how I go.

‘‘It’s just some old scar tissue around the knee. Fingers crossed, but I’m 50-50.’’

Anthony Watmough will make his Eels debut against his former club, and another former Sea Eagle, Will Hopoate, will replace San Fransisco-bound star Jarryd Hayne at fullback.

None of the five players facing drug charges have been named in the Titans side for Wests Tigers’ visit to the Gold Coast on Saturday.

Blake Ferguson will play his first NRL game in almost 22 months when the Roosters travel to Townsville to play the North Queensland Cowboys on Saturday.