Netball: Sam Poolman gains inclusion in Chinan Fast5 squad

Poolman earns call-up to national squad CONTACT: Sam Poolman, right, has made the n Fast5 squad. Picture: Getty Images
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Sam Poolman was in stand-out form for the GWS Giants in Suncorp Super Netball this year.

Sam Poolman in action for GWS Giants in Suncorp Super Netball.

TweetFacebookNewcastle Heraldin May that26-year-old Poolman would get “some sort of opportunity” this year after impressing national selectorsas she helped steer GWS to a grand final appearance.

The 189-centimetre-tall goal keeper was overlooked when the n Diamonds 18-player squad was named last month.

She has since been one of four players invited to join the Diamonds in camp next week as they build towards the Netball Quad Series this month and ended a nearly two-decade drought for Newcastle when she was named in the 10-player n Fast5 squad on Wednesday.

will play New Zealand, England, Jamaica, Malawi and South Africa in the World Series at Hisense Arena on October 28 and 29.

The last Newcastle player to be in the mix for national duties was former Sydney Swift and Hunter Jaeger Raegan Jackson when she was in the n squad in the late 1990s. Before that it was sisters Lois and Nola Green, who played for in the 1960s

“I’ve always been a big believer of when it comes to n stuff that you need to look after what you’re doing at club level and if you’re doing your job and getting yourself up there then those opportunities and rewards come with that,” Poolman said. “I had a fantastic season in terms of lots of different elements and I enjoyed it at the Giants, and that’s what it was all about for me.

“Now to get this opportunity, it’s something really special and I’m very excited about it.”

Fast5 hasless players, shortened quarters, multiple point shots and power plays.

“It’s a really exciting event,” Poolman said. “You don’t have your wing attack and wing defence so it becomes a really tactical and fast game of netball.”

Nathan Ross: Taking a Newcastle Knights home game elsewhere

ON THE MOVE: Newcastle fullback Nathan Ross (left), in action against the Canterbury Bulldogs at Belmore Sports Ground on Sunday, reckons one Knights home game should be taken on the road next season. Picture: Getty ImagesSunday afternoon, winter sun andpacked house at a Knights home game –not in Newcastle.
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Hitting the road and sharing the love with fans elsewhere in Cessnock, Scone or further afield throughoutthe club’s catchment area.

Sounds pretty good to me and while logistics must be considered in shifting an entire NRL roundit’s something I’d love to see on the Knightscalendar forfuture seasons.

A fewthings got me thinking about this concept recently, including our trip to Belmore on Sunday and a visit to Gloucester for a fundraiser,but just to clarify before I go any further.

The Knights have the best supporters in the competition. Bar none. Full stop.

In their thousands they turn up alongTurton Road week-in,week-out regardless of the circumstances andfrequentthe only patch they’ve ever known.

Have done for 30 years and running out in front of a red and blue armyat that very stadium never gets old.

It’s why contemplating such a move is difficult, but also pertinent.

Tackling the Bulldogs at their spiritual home, rather than their larger adopted house at Homebush, created a much different atmosphere with potentially on-par crowds closer by on the hill at an older suburban venue.

It also reminded me about the final City-Country clash at Mudgee in May, a pre-season trial match in Orange and rival clubs playing in places like Cairns, Darwin, Adelaide, Perth and even Dunedin.

But while what the Knights have is close to perfect, why not spread that good will to others in regional or country towns for 80 minutes.

The effect of setting up camp, conducting clinics and greeting passers-by can be both real and immediate.

Case in point being theyoung boys I crossed paths with near Barrington Tops last week.They used to fancythe Eels andWarriors, for no particular reason, butafter a first-time meeting with an NRL player assured me they now follow the Knights.

So while the weather and kick-off time mentioned in my opening line are obviously subject to change, the idea remains the same.

And of course the finances andfacilities raise tough questions for organisers, but I can picture the punters scrambling for a seat on the roof and already feel the excitement building in the air.

It might be simply planting a seed, but let’s see if it grows.

In the end it’s all about taking the game to the people.

Marlon Solofuti keen to help Southern Beaches break premiership drought

SHOWING THE WAY: Debutant Marlon Solofuti giving instructions behind the tryline during Southern Beaches’ win over Nelson Bay on Saturday. Picture: Max Mason-HubersAFTER just one game, Marlon Solofuti is already enjoying the change of pace at Southern Beaches following the pressures of eight years in French professional rugby.
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But the 35-year-old flanker can also feel the drive for a maiden premiership at his new club, who he debuted for in a 38-26 win over Nelson Bay on Saturday.

Solofuti has settled in Charlestown with wife, Marlene, and seven-year-old son, Maximus, after finishing his time in France.

The Samoan powerhouse comes from Pro D2 French club Soyaux Angoulêmel, who he joined after helpingSection Paloise progress to the Top 14 league in 2015.

He also played with Toyota Verblitz in Japan for two years and for Manly in the Shute Shield between international contracts.

Now, though, he is keen to take a step back and explore life after professional rugby with theBeaches.

“I enjoyed it,” Solofuti said of his debut.

“I’m used to a lot ofpressure to perform. It’s a different type of rugby here. It’s actually quite fun.

“It’s so dirty, the rugby back in Europe, in the rucks and scrums, so you’ve really got to be prepared.

“On the weekend, I really just enjoyed myself, going back to the basics and just playing rugby.”

Solofuti and his family chose the easygoing lifestyle of Newcastle over a return to Sydneyand a potential stint in the Shute Shield.

He is keen, though,to play on past this season and offer guidance on and off the field.

“Rugby has given me so much, I’ve travelled so much around the world and I wouldn’t have experienced what Ihave without rugby, so I’d like to give a little bit back as well,” he said.

“I thought this was a league town but there’s so much rugby talent here and in ,so I’d like to get involved in development. I coach my son’s team a bit as well, so it’s just about giving a bit back.

“And I know all the guys at Southern Beaches are pretty keen to win something, because I don’t think they’ve won a premiership.

“Every team I’ve been with, we’ve won something, so I want to use my experience and transfer it to these guys.”

Beaches coach Johan Lourens believed Solofuti would offer leadership and a professional edge to his third-placed side as they looked to challenge the competition’s elite.

”He’s a strong ball carrier and he’s got a real rugby mind on his shoulders, so I only see good things ahead for us with him,” Lourens said.

“He really adds something to the team and the boys really enjoy his company which is probably the most important thing. On the weekend, he obviously hadn’t touched a ball in quite a while, but what we saw we were happy with, so we’re looking forward to the future.”

Nations of Origin 2017: Rugby 7’s action in Raymond Terrace

2017 PCYC Nations of Origin: Rugby 7’s | photos, videos The Worimi Nation before the march past and official opening of the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace.
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Scenes from the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace. The Dunghutti Nation (Mid North Coast).

The Worimi Nation before the march past and official opening of the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace. The Worimi girls.

The nations before the march past and official opening of the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace.

Before the march past and official opening of the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace. Kamilaroi North (yellow) and Kamilaroi South (pink).

Before the march past and official opening of the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace.

Kane Chester, 16, from Lemon Tree Passage with the Worimi flag.

Before the march past and official opening of the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace.

Before the march past and official opening of the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace. The officials.

The march past and official opening of the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace.

The march past and official opening of the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace.

The march past and official opening of the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace.

The march past and official opening of the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace.

The march past and official opening of the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace. Wiradjuri East.

The march past and official opening of the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace. Kamilaroi North.

The official opening of the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace. Worimi man Lee Ridgeway performs the welcome to country.

The official opening of the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace.

The official opening of the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace.

Superintendent Phillip Flogel, commander of the NSW Youth Command, at the official opening of the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace.

The official opening of the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace.

Sarah Mitchell MLC, the Minister for Early Childhood Education, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, and Assistant Minister for Education at the official opening of the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace.

PCYC NSW CEO Dominic Teakle at the official opening of the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace.

The official opening of the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace.

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday.

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday.

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday. A Wonnarua player.

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday. Wonnarua players.

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday. A Wonnarua player.

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday. A Wonnarua player.

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday. Worimi v Wonnarua.

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday. Worimi v Wonnarua.

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday. Worimi v Wonnarua.

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday. Worimi v Wonnarua.

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday. Worimi v Wonnarua.

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday. Awabakal v Awabakal.

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday. Awabakal v Awabakal.

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday. Biripi at half time.

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday. Wirradjuri and Darung after their game.

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday. Birpai in action.

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday. Birpai v Worimi.

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday. Birpai v Worimi.

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday. Birpai v Worimi.

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday. Birpai v Worimi.

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday. Birpai v Worimi.

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday. Gumbaynggir players runs across the field.

A Raymond Terrace welcome. A jet flys over the fields.

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday. Gumbaynggr v Wonnarua.

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday. Gumbaynggr v Wonnarua.

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday. Gumbaynggr v Wonnarua.

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday. Gumbaynggr v Wonnarua.

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday. Wiradjuri East (green) v Wiradjuri South (blue).

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday. Wiradjuri East (green) v Wiradjuri South (blue).

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday. Wiradjuri East (green) v Wiradjuri South (blue).

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday. Wiradjuri East (green) v Wiradjuri South (blue).

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday. Wiradjuri East (green) v Wiradjuri South (blue).

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday. Wiradjuri East (green) v Wiradjuri South (blue).

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday. Awabakal (red) v Darkinjung (yellow).

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday. Awabakal (red) v Darkinjung (yellow).

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday. Awabakal (red) v Darkinjung (yellow).

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday. Gamilaraay (orange) v Dunghutti (green).

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday. Gamilaraay (orange) v Dunghutti (green).

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday. Gamilaraay (orange) v Dunghutti (green).

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday. Gamilaraay (orange) v Dunghutti (green).

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday. Gamilaraay players.

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday. Yuin (blue) v Barkindji.

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday. Yuin (blue) v Barkindji.

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday. Yuin (blue) and Barkindji come together after the game.

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday. Darug East (blue) v Kamilaroi North (yellow).

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday. Darug East (blue) supporters.

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday. Kamilaroi South players.

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday. Worimi players.

Scenes from the at the 2017 PCYC Nations of Origin rugby 7’s event in Raymond Terrace on Wednesday. Darug West players.

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