An indecent response

STANDING UP: Georgia Mueck, left, and Luci Regan have had a strong response to a Facebook page they started to document indecent assault in Newcastle venues. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers FED UP after years of being groped and touched as the recipients of unwanted male attentionin Newcastle night spots, twoyoung women are taking a stand againstindecent assault. Something they claimis occurring with such frequency it has become “normal”.
SuZhou Night Recruitment

Georgia Mueck, 23, and LuciRegan, 21, have created a Facebook page where others can come forward and register their experiences in venues around Newcastle.

Within daysof the page going live more than 100 women had made shocking claims about their experiences in several Newcastle late-night venuesby fillingout aconfidential form posted on the page.Most of the respondents are aged between 18 and 24.

The NewcastleHeraldhas seen some of the responses, which include incidences of groping to thebreasts, bottom and genitals.

Other women have reportedbeing pulled onto the laps of strangers, pushed against walls and kissed, havingtheir dresses and skirts pulled up, bras unfastened, grabbed forcefully, being digitally penetrated on the dance floor, having their drinks spiked andnipples flicked.

Women reported being abused, having their hair pulled, drinks poured over their headsand spat on when asking the offender to stop.

Some respondents said venues had failed to take appropriate action, or ignored their reports entirely,when they had complained.

“The security guards within Newcastle’s nightlife industry are extremely ineffective at handling anything like this, if you were to approach a guard about this they would most likely kick you out,” one respondent said.

One respondent said she“always expects itto happen” when she goes out and many said they no longer went to late-night venues in Newcastle because of concerns for their personal safety.

Ms Mueck said the problem in Newcastle was so big many young women going out at nightnow expected to be sexually harassed.

“If it’s a crowded place there is almost a 100 per cent chance you are going to be groped, felt-up,” she said.

While it was far from the worst experience Ms Mueck has had in Newcastle late night venues, thetipping point came in theearly hours of July 6 at The Argyle House.

“Some guy sitting behind me reached over and grabbed my arse,” Ms Mueck said.

In CCTV footage shown to the Herald by the venue a young man is seen reaching out and touching Ms Mueck on the bottom.

Ms Mueckreported the matter to a RSA marshalwho passed her table a few minuteslater.

However, because she could not identify who had touched her, no formal action was taken.

The Argyle House operations manager, AngusHarper, acknowledged the incident occurred in the night spot.

He said the problem of women being “sexually harassed”in venues across Newcastle was “widespread”.

“We do acknowledge the issue occurred, there are protocols in place for incidencessuch as this onefor action to be taken,” Mr Harper said.

“It couldhave been handled more appropriately …the response was incorrect.”

Mr Harper blamed the short delay between when the incident occurred and when it was reported, and the fact MsMueck could not identify the offender for the breakdown in the venue’s protocols.

Ms Mueck said she was not interested in singling out one venue, because the problem occurred routinely in other late-night venues as well.

Nor was she interested in seeing the alleged offender charged.

“What we want is cultural change,” she said.

“We want them to know this is not on.”

The Argyle House is taking the matter seriously. All staff have been summonsedto a meeting on Tuesday.

“Everyone is going to be there, this issue will obviously be raised,” Mr Harper said.

“The importance of patrons safety and well-being, ultimately their happiness and comfort within the venue will be stressed.

“When you go out you want to feel safe and not be looking over your shoulder the whole time.”

The Argyle House had submitted all footage and relevant information from the incident to policeand said it was committed to supporting Ms Mueck in whatever course of action she chose.

The establishment wanted to take leadership on the issue and said venues throughout the city needed tounite and tackle the problem together.

“We will be in touch with other venues around Newcastle,” Mr Harper said.

“This is an issue which has snowballed and needs to be dealt with appropriately.”

Newcastle police Acting Detective Inspector Scott Wheeler said anyone who experienced any form of sexual violence should “remove themselves from the situation, if possible, and notify authorities”.

“There is no excuse for this type of behaviour and it won’t be tolerated at any time,” Detective Inspector Wheeler said.

“Many people aren’t aware that any form of unwanted sexual contact is sexual violence and it’s a crime.

“The key word is unwanted – it can include touching through to sexual assault.”

He urged women to contact police if they experienced unwanted sexual contact.

“Our priority is always the health and well-being of victims, but it’s only when we know what’s happening that we can help.”

– Georgia Mueck, 23

Newcastle Rugby League: Kurri Kurri Bulldogs playmaker Terence Seu Seu receives one-match suspension

OUT: Kurri Kurri Bulldogs playmaker Terence Seu Seu. Picture: Marina NeilKURRI Kurri will be without playmaker Terence Seu Seu for Saturday’s catch-up game against competition leaders Western Suburbs at Harker Oval after taking an early guilty plea this week.
SuZhou Night Recruitment

His penalty for a grade-one reckless high tackle charge from Saturday’s loss to Cessnock was halved, which means he can return for the Bulldogs against Maitland next weekend in what shapes as a possible battle for the wooden spoon.It leaves the former NRL hooker with 50 carry-over points for any future visit to the Newcastle Rugby League judiciary.

* ABulldogsreserve grader may not be so lucky when he faces a Newcastle RL disciplinary hearing on Thursday night for an off-field incident involving Cessnock prop Kurt Warden during the same Coalfields derby.

The unidentified player, who was a spectator at the time, will answer three code of conduct breaches after allegedly pushing Warden, who had been sent to the sin bin at Kurri Sportsground.

CATCH-UP FIXTURES: Western Suburbs v Kurri Kurri at Harker Oval on Saturday; South Newcastle v Macquarie at Townson Oval on Sunday.

* AS of Wednesday Maitland hadn’t lodged an official appeal about a Newcastle RL match review committee decision earlier this week.

Pickers winger Tyler Le Prince-Campbelldidn’t require surgery but will miss the rest of the season with a fractured cheekbone after copping a strayboot to the head.Central’sJustin Worley escaped penalties both during and after the game.

* HUNTER product Caitlin Moran has been named at five-eighth for NSW ahead of the women’s interstate challenge against Queenslandin Wollongong next Sunday.

The Jillaroos centre will be joined by North Newcastle and Aussie teammates Isabelle Kelly and Bec Young.

Newcastle Rugby League: Western Suburbs second-rower Ben Stone quietly impresses coach Matt Lantry

TOUCH: Western Suburbs second-rower Ben Stone has been impressive for the ladder-leading Rosellas in 2017 with coach Matt Lantry praising the 21-year-old’s ability to do all the “little things”. Picture: Marina NeilOn the surface Western Suburbs are just a clean cut above everyone else.
SuZhou Night Recruitment

Leading the Newcastle first grade competition with just one loss, comfortablyholding the best for and against records while alsoaveraging a 22-point marginfromthe opening 10 games.

Underneath it all doing the dirty work is Ben Stone.

The 21-year-old Belmont Southsecond-rower comes from good rugby league stock –dad Rick the former Knights coach and younger brother Sam a current NRL player.

And while sometimes “underestimated” Wests mentor Matt Lantry knows the value of this Maltese international and counts his lucky stars to have the Lakes junior at Harker Oval in 2017.

“It hasn’t gone unnoticed,” Lantry said.

“We’re paying 200 points for him and it’s probably the best 200 points we’ve spent.

“He’s well respected by his teammates andjust does all the little things.

“A guy actually described him to me just recently as the Dallas Johnston [former n forward] of the footy team or even like Alan Tongue [former Canberra skipper].They don’t do all flashy things, but they do all the little shitty things.”

Lantry can rattle off Stone’sweekly statistics –30 or 40 tackles and15 carries for 100-plus metres –but it’s much more than simply crunching the numbers.

“Work ethic,” Lantry said.“I thoroughly enjoycoaching him for what he bringsto the table because helets his actions do all the talking.

“And hiseffort areas are so impressive – it’s kick chase, it’s trail on the inside, it’s saving a try. He nevermisses an assignment andunderstands the gamewell.”

Lantry and Stone crossed paths at the Knights last year with NSW Cup. It was an insight on what to expect and potentially what’sto come.

“He always turns up and doeshis job,” Lantry said.

“Week in and week out you know what you’re going to get from him.

“You don’t have to worry about how he prepares orwhat his mental state is before a game because when Ben Stone’s there to play he gets it done.

“I’d actually like to think we’ll have him at Wests for a long, long time. He has great leadership qualities and is apotential leader amongthat group down the track.”

Although at a new club Stone has linked up with a few familiar faces at Wests, including playmaker Ryan Walker and utility James Elias,and feels that has been part of the team’s success.

“It was a bit hard to go from Lakes to Wests but Matt [Lantry] has got the right crew there and I’mreally enjoying my footy,” Stone said.

“It’spretty much the same players as last year [from Wests] plus five of us cameover and we all played together [at Knights] last year. So we’vegelled pretty well.”

Chinan Ninja Warrior: Fans call for Roy and HG to sit in commentator’s box

n Ninja Warriorhas been slaying the primetime competition, but that hasn’t stopped some fans from coming up with a rather absurdrequest.
SuZhou Night Recruitment

Ninja Warrior is popular. Well, the athletes at least.

In recent days, social media has lit up every time the addictive sports entertainment show goes to air. From the cushy confines of their living rooms, punters have shared their delight over moments of brute strength and hilarious fails.

But among the mountain of praise lies an idea that just won’t go away, with armchair warriors insistingNinja Warrior’sn hosts – Ben Fordham, Rebecca Maddern and Freddie Flintoff – aren’t “charismatic” enough for the job.

Some have even gone as far as to suggest the trio need to be replaced by Triple M’s Roy Slaven and HG Nelson in order to provide some comic relief. The pair are well-known for their alternative commentary for the Olympics (and, closer to home, the State of Origin).

The real hosts (left) Ben Fordham, Rebecca Maddern, Freddie Flintoff and (maybe) the preferred hosts, Roy and HG. Pic: Channel 9

Ninedeclined to comment but given the show’s strong ratings the network is unlikely to be in any hurry to change the line-up.

Even if they were able to convince Roy and HG to step into the commentary box,it would be too late, the show was filmed last year in Sydney making it impossible for new commentators to be parachuted in.

Roy and HG have been approached for comment. They’re on holidays at the moment, though, soNinja Warriorfever is probably the last thing on their minds.

#ninjawarriorau Hey @channel9, how many retweets is needed to get Roy and HG to commentate?

— Stanks (@ssvetec) July 9, 2017this run alone has shown #NinjaWarriorAU need for better commentators… a post from last nights show is spot on. Where is Roy and HG?

— Luke Michael (@LukeAus) July 10, [email protected] has bucked the trend, proving you don’t need charismatic hosts to produce successful TV #NinjaWarriorAU

— Jason Oxenbridge (@JOxenbridge) July 11, 2017

Sean Barnard pleads guilty to Nelson Bay pub glassing

Newcastle courthouse. A MAN on bail accused of seriously assaulting two police officers at Shoal Bay in 2014 has pleaded guilty to glassing another punter at a Nelson Bay pub.
SuZhou Night Recruitment

Sean Paul Barnard, 29, of Nelson Bay, appeared in Newcastle Local Court on Wednesday via audio visual link from the maximum security section of Cessnock Correctional Centre.

Barnard’s solicitor, Chris O’Brien, entered a plea of guilty to a charge of reckless wounding after the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP)withdrew a more serious allegation of wounding a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

According to a statement of police facts, which DPP solicitor Brooke Ellery said were not yet agreed upon between the parties, Barnard and the victim were drinking at the Sea Breeze Hotel at Nelson Bay on April 22 this year whena conversation about Barnard’s girlfriend became heated.

The pair were on the balcony of the hotel when Barnard, who was holding a schooner glass in his left hand, allegedly asked the victim: “What did you say about my girlfriend?”

The victim allegedly replied: “What did you say, sorry?”.

CCTV footage from the hotel appears to show Barnard poke the victim a number of times in the chest before grabbing him by the left shoulder and swinging the glass into the victim’s right ear and neck.

During a bail application in April, solicitorDrew Hamilton had said that CCTV footage showed an “impulsive act, a spontaneous act” after the conversation between the pair soured.

The force of the blow showered bystanders in shards of glass and the pair grappled for a moment before security broke it up.

Barnard was walked from the hotel before fleeing on foot, only to turn himself into police the next day.

He had been on bail for more than two-and-a-half years in relation to the incident with police, but has now been in custody since his arrest in April.

The victim was treated at the scene before being flown to John Hunter Hospital where he underwent surgery.

The matter was adjourned to Newcastle District Court on July 18, when Barnard will also appear alongside his three co-accuseds –Alan Mark Chegwidden, Matthew Terrance Connell and Jess Aaron Keatinge –in relation to thewild melee at Shoal Bay in November, 2014.

That matter has evolved into a long-running and complicated saga, which has includeda stay of the proceedings in May last year after lawyers for the four menreferred the matter to the Police Integrity Commission, citing “overt and flagrantbreaches of police protocol” concerning the use of tasers.

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
SuZhou Night Recruitment

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.
SuZhou Night Recruitment

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.
SuZhou Night Recruitment

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.
SuZhou Night Recruitment

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.

TweetFacebook

TIGHT HEADS: Wanderers find another gem, ref reaches milestone and Tahs welcome returns

RD 12: Hamilton v Singleton, Wanderers v Nelson Bay, Southern Beaches v University, The Waratahs v Lake Macquarie, Merewether Carlton v Maitland.Wanderers coach Viv Paasi will have some selection headaches after the debut of flankerSam Schmidt in the 43-23 win over Singleton on Saturday.
SuZhou Night Recruitment

Schmidt, a coal miner,came to the club this year after moving from Mudgee for work. With Bailey Hefren out with a leg cork, Schmidt was given his chance in the top grade against the cellar-dwellers and delivered a man-of-the-match effort.

“His work rate was really high and everything he’s been taught over the last few months, he was able to bring that to the table in first grade,” Paasi said.“It felt like he’d been there for a while.”

He said Schmidt would get another chance but Hefren had also been in top form.

“He’s definitely earned his jersey for this weekend and that’s where we are at at the moment,” Paasi said of Schmidt.“We’ve got a lot of guys coming back from injury and whatnot and there’s a lot of really good competition for a jumper from one to 15, so it’s exciting times.”

** Rob D’Elboux will join an exclusive group when he referees the Merewether-Maitland match at Townson Oval on Saturday.

D’Elboux willbecome the seventh referee to control 150 Premier 1 games. He officiated his first in2006 and has gone on to Country level.

** Waratahs coach Carl Manu welcomes back prop TalanoaTaufaao and winger Chase Hicks from suspension for the crunch match with Lake Macquarie on Saturday.

Both missed the 25-all draw with Merewether last week and their return will soften the blow of losingDylan Heins (back) and fullback Pat Ingall (concussion). Fly-half Dane Sherratt passed a concussion test.