SEASON OVER: Daniel Saifiti requires shoulder surgery and will miss out on representing Fiji at the World Cup in October. Picture: AAP DANIEL Saifiti’s dream of playing at a World Cup is over –for now.
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The in-form Knights front-rower consulted a specialist on Tuesday and requires surgery after disclocating his shoulder in the 46-28 loss to Canberra on Friday.

The 21-year-old had hoped to play in the final-round against Cronulla at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday before representing Fiji at the World Cup starting late October.

Instead, he will have a shoulder reconstruction within the next fortnight and be restricted to light duties when the Knights return to training in November.

Daniel and twin brother Jacob were among Fiji’sbest in a 26-24 loss to Tonga in May, and were shaping as key figures for the Bati in the end-of-season tournament.

Jacobwill take his brother’s place in the starting side against the Sharks.

Tyrone Amey, who played for Maitland against Central in the Newcastle Rugby League earlier this season, will make his NRL debut from the bench in the only change from the loss to the Raiders.The 21-year-old lock scored a brilliant solo try for the Knights reserve grade team in a 30-24 win over Wentworthville a fortnight ago.

Former n Schoolboy Pasami Saulo has been named on anextended bench.

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However, the Knights have again erred on the side of caution with Sione Mata’utia.

The skippersufferedathird game-ending head knock of the season against Melbourne 10 days ago.

He satisfied the return-to-play protocols but, after consultingneurologist Dr Andrew Gardner, it was deemedin Mata’utia’sbest interests to sit out the final two games.

Frustrated,Mata’utia pushed hard for a return this week but the Knights have stuck to the safety-first policy.

“Sione desperately wants to play,” coach Nathan Brown said prior to naming the team.“He has passed all the tests he needs to pass, but we need to work out if it is the right thing for Sione.He will sit down and talk to the specialists. If DrLevi and Dr Gardnerthink it is fine for him to play, we will name him. If theysay he is not fine, we won’t name him.”

The visit by the Sharks,as well as Old Boy’s day, will be the final appearance for the Knights by a number of players.

Dane Gagai (South Sydney), Mickey Paea (Hull) and Joe Wardle (Castleford) are confirmed departures and Peter Mata’utia and Lachlan Fitzgibbon are uncontracted.

For Gagai, it spells the end of six yearsin Newcastle in which he has progressed from a promising prospect into aMaroons Origin star.

“It would be a great for us to have a win to farewell Gags,” Brown said. “There are many numbers of players who it is their last home game. It would be great to send them off with a win.”

Brown said Gagai hadbeen a “shining light for the club, not only on and off the field, but in the reparena as well”.

“We are quite hopeful that Dane’s Origin form will take him into the Test side at the end of the year,” Brown said.

Asked if Gagai should be in the n squad for the World Cup, Brown said: “It’s not for me to pick theside. I don’t have the Origin and World Cup coaches telling me what side I should be picking.What I do know is that he served Queensland very well in two Origin-series wins. I’m sure that will carry some weight with Mal Meninga and the selectors.”


PHOTOS: Carrington pump housePIECES of the Hunter’s waterfront industrial heritage have been recognised, with the Hydraulic Engine House and Carrington crane bases earning state heritage status.
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Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald announced the new protections for the Bourke Street sites, including four of the crane bases.

The Hydraulic Engine House, built in the 1870s, hefted coal onto ships using hydraulic cranes.

Together the five items represent the most complete example of a pre-conveyor belt coal loading system that still exists in .

“The Hydraulic Engine House was an n first and industrial wonder for its time,” Mr MacDonald said.

“It was the only nineteenth century hydraulic power facility in NSW especially for coal loading and was considered an engineering masterpiece and demonstrates the acknowledged importance of Newcastle harbour in the State’s economy at that time.”

NSW’s northern coal fields accounted for about 70 per cent of all coal production in the state for half a century between 1880 and 1930.

The coal those fields produced shipped out through Newcastle.

Throsby Basin Business Chamber president Clare Monkleywelcomed the announcement, which she said would help safeguard the industrial landmarks.

“It is so important to protect such important icons for future generations that have played a significant role in the development of Carrington and the wider community” Ms Monkley said.

The structure, which was decommissioned in 1964 and abandoned in the mid-1990s, has been used for storage in recent years.

In February the Port of Newcastle welcomed $500,000 from the state government to preserve the facadeand create an outdoor plaza outside the Victorian Italianate structure.


CHALLENGE: Newcastle fast bowler Burt Cockley at No.1 Sportsground on Tuesday before relocating to the US. Picture: Josh Callinan North Lambton to Perth to Kansas.
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It’s not your traditional cricketing journey but retired first-class fast bowlerBurt Cockley is about to embark on a US mission.

Coaching club side Waratah-Mayfield and helping out withNewcastle representative teams while home at the moment, the 31-year-old may soon put his “rollercoaster” decade on the professional road to use overseas in a country much more aligned with bases, baskets and the Superbowl then runs, wickets and the Big Bash.

“I never thought I’d play professional cricketyet alonetravel the world and cricket be the vehicle to do that,” the injury-plaguedNSW, Western and Indian Premier Leaguequick said.

“From a pretty humble background to fulfill a dream in cricket and earn my income through a hobby. Ifeel very lucky and privileged.”

The relocation has beenprompted by his American-based father-in-law battling prostate cancer.

Cockley’s wife Rachel has already left while he waits for visa approval.

Family andpost graduate studies at the University of Kansaswill come first forCockley, who recently completed a sport science degree in Perth and ranhis own strength and conditioning business, but he also sees an opportunity to stay involved in the game.

Hismove comes at an interesting timewith the International Cricket Council and the USA Cricket Association on rocky terms, including a contested expulsion last month.

“It’sexciting to go over there because it’s a developing gameand there’s a lot of potential growth within America,” Cockley said.

“Obviously it’sa country where cricket isn’t themain sport, but I’m hoping to get a chance to help out. I’ve already spoken to them andlet them know I’m coming over.

“I don’t just want to give up on cricket. It’s mything and Ilove it. Iwant to be able to give back to young cricketers coming through and contribute in some way. So if a chance arises to help in any way I’ll jump at it.”

He’sput that mantra to the test during the last few weeks–sharing his story with Newcastle juniors while sitting alongside former teammates Mark Littlewood and Nathan Price as well as former coach Mark Curry.

Cockley has also been running sessions each Friday and Sunday forWaratah-Mayfield, where he made his senior debut.Once he departs Steve Taylor will take over the coaching reins for the rest of 2017-2018.

Cockley played in 14 first-class and seven List A matches between 2008 and 2013.

In 2009 he was picked for to play a washed outODI in India.


DROP OF OPTIMISM: Sarah Austin as Helly, in Helly’s Magic Cup. The play is being staged by Maitland’s Upstage Youth Theatre.HELLY is a 12-year-old girl who lives on an n farm. It’s not the best of times. There has been a long drought, her father is silently suffering depression after falling off a tractor, leaving her mother with a huge workload, and, as the story begins, their aged beloved cow, Guinevere, drops dead.
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Helly, though, is an optimist. She believes the soup tin she has dangling from a cubby house is a magic cup and dreams of a knight in shining armour coming to save the farm.

Helly is supported by her eager younger sister, Loo, who talks to insects and says they tell her what is about to happen. And while a knight does come, in the form of a dashing government agricultural scientist, it is Helly’s determination that helps to solve the family’s problems.

Rosalba Clemente’s play, Helly’s Magic Cup, is more grounded in realism than most plays for young audiences, with situations that will be familiar to the adults who accompany them. But the brightness of the two child characters and their game-playing blend neatly with the more serious scenes. And there are amusing sequences when Guinevere comes back to life in the children’s imaginations to offer advice.

Helly’s Magic Cup is being staged by Maitland’s Upstage Youth Theatre at the Upstage Studio, 317 High Street, Maitland, with five performances from September 13.

The 20-member cast, with predominantly young people among the performers aged 10 to 32, is being directed by Jessica Rose.

The story has six main characters, with Sarah Austin as Helly D’Oro, Gabby Coren and Ivy Paleologos alternating as Loo, Sophia Derkenne as their mother, Mary, James Wilkinson as father, Joe, Jack Maslen as the scientist, Nick Saunders, and Hannah Chapman and Yeshi Lodue alternating as the black-and-white Jersey cow, Guinevere.

Jessica Rose has a farming background, which has added to her appreciation of the situations the characters find themselves in. She notes that the farm structures that are part of the story’s setting have been made from recycled timber. And lighting and sound will help to create occurrences such as a fierce dust storm.

Two choral groups will indicate what is going through the children’s minds, with Helly’s chorus reflecting her dreams and Loo’s having the sound of insects.

The story also has surprises, such as a revelation by the scientist, that will have some adults reflecting on their lives.

Helly’s Magic Cup can be seen nightly at 7.30pm from Wednesday, September 13, to Saturday, September 16, plus an 11am Saturday matinee.

Tickets ($25, concession$20, family of four $80)can be booked through upstageyouththeatre苏州夜总会招聘.au.


n Rugby Union chief executive Bill Pulver says billionaire Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest was simply too late to the table with a stunning $50 million offer to prop up the Western Force and assure the future of the code.
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Pulver is also remaining tight-lipped on whether the ARU has a plan B should the Force win its appeal in the Supreme Court of NSW to remain in Super Rugby next season.

Speaking at the launch of the National Rugby Championship, which kicks off this weekend, Pulver once again expressed sympathy to the people of Western who look set to lose their team, the Force, from Super Rugby in 2018.

Forrest, who only announced his public support for the Force after the club’s final match in mid-July, met with ARU chairman Cameron Clyne and other directors last week to put an offer of $50 million on the table to guarantee the Force’s financial viability.

To the bewilderment of many people, the ARU turned down the offer, mainly because they have promised SANZAAR they will cut a team from next year’s competition.

Such a large sum of money could do wonders for the code in but Pulver, who was not present at the meeting in Adelaide, said it was disappointing Forrest did not come forward earlier with his cheque book.

“I wish he’d been involved in the process perhaps a little earlier, that would have been helpful,” Pulver said. “There are plenty of opportunities to add to the player development pathway. If he’s got investment ideas, we’d love to talk to him.

“We are way down the track, sitting here about five months from kick-off in Super Rugby ??? having made commitments to SANZAAR to go to four teams and having had an [extraordinary general meeting] where our members voted to go to four teams. It’s a little late in the process to be making that sort of change.

“If Mr Forrest is looking to invest in n rugby, that’s a wonderful thing and there are plenty of opportunities. I understand a range of $10 [million] to $50 million was tabled in relation to investment in the n Rugby Foundation.”

Pulver said there was no news to report on the Force’s future.

“Last Wednesday it was heard, and I think some time next week we’ll hear an outcome and we’ll respond to that when we get to it,” Pulver said. “I can’t predict it [the outcome]. We just have to wait and see what the judge comes up with.”

Asked whether the ARU had a plan B should they be unable to remove the Force, which would create all sorts of complications, Pulver replied: “We’ll deal with that when we get to it. We’ll find out next week what the result of the appeal is and we’ll respond to that.”

Pulver reiterated the ARU’s position that could not maintain five Super Rugby teams.

“It is the right thing,” Pulver said. “If you look at the Super Rugby season we’ve just finished we were 0 and 27 against NZ teams. From a player depth perspective we’re not adequate, and from a financial perspective we don’t have the resources to get there.”

As for his own position as chief executive, Pulver said he expected to be out the door by the end of the year after announcing earlier this month he had handed in his resignation.

“I understand the board is appointing a recruitment agency to find a new CEO and I will simply stay on until they find that new CEO, presumably some time before Christmas,” Pulver said.

Pulver was keen to talk about one of rugby’s better weekends on the back of a packed North Sydney Oval for the Shute Shield final as well as the Wallabies’ valiant effort in Dunedin against the All Blacks.

“Club rugby is in great shape,” Pulver said. “The Sydney competition was really well run and [there is a] good fan base coming out to watch the games, and I think it’s a good sign of the grassroots.

“It was great tonic to see how the [Wallabies] played on the weekend. To see them push the No.1 team in the world – arguably the best team of all time – the way they did on the weekend was very encouraging.”