Move north just the caper for McEvoy

Done deal: jockey Robert Thompson unsaddles Prince Capers after scoring at Rosehill. The eight-year-old returns in the Winter SDtakes on Saturday. Photo: Jenny EvansHe says ”all the moons need to line up” for Prince Of Capers to create an impression at stakes level, but it has not stopped dual-state trainer Tony McEvoy from naming the rising eight-year-old as his flagbearer in Sydney.
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The chestnut helped McEvoy land his first metropolitan win in NSW since opening up a permanent base at Hawkesbury, but loftier targets beckon, beginning with the listed $100,000 Winter Stakes (1400 metres) at Rosehill on Saturday. It is likely to be the gelding’s only start before tackling the revamped Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m) on his home track, brought forward to August in the new season.

An improving Rosehill surface is likely to hamper the Winter Stakes prospects of Prince Of Capers, proven on rain-affected ground, but it has not dampened McEvoy enthusing about his charge’s chances on the minimum weight.

”He’s an older horse and as a seven-year-old he really appreciates having these freshen-ups,” McEvoy said. ”I’ve had quite a bit of success doing that with him.

”He’s worked really nicely this week and he’s telling me he’s looking forward to getting back to the races. The question mark with him is, is he stakes class? I believe he is listed class … I’m not sure he’s a group horse. He just needs all the moons lined up for him to win a stakes race and it has to be this time of the year when there’s some give in the tracks.”

The rain-sodden tracks have held McEvoy back from adding to his arsenal in NSW, likely to rise to 20 horses in a fortnight. Adelaide’s premier trainer will send runners to metropolitan meetings in NSW, Victoria and South Australia on Saturday, but it’s the chance to build his Sydney client base that excites him.

”It’s a really fantastic complex [at Hawkesbury] and the most important thing is the horses are doing well,” McEvoy said. ”The main reason I came here was not because of the money, but because I wanted to grow my owner base, which I was finding difficult in Adelaide.

”I thought I’d make the move and the people have responded really well. The impressive thing about my Hawkesbury base is that within two hours there are 17 tracks that race from $15,000 to $100,000 [in stakes]. The options it gives me, my horses and my owners is incredible.”

Which means talented mare Endless Shadow could be another to join Prince Of Capers in the Hawkesbury Gold Cup if she pleases at Morphettville. ”If she runs as I expect on Saturday, I haven’t even discussed this with the owners of her, but it’s a race that may suit her as well,” McEvoy said. ”It will be interesting to see how she runs on Saturday.”

Last year’s Hawkesbury Gold Cup winner Darci Be Good returns from a lengthy injury lay-off in the Winter Stakes, which includes a Gai Waterhouse. One of these is early favourite Under The Sun ($3.80), to be ridden by Thomas Huet. Hugh Bowman, clinging to a 5½-win lead in the jockeys’ title race, will partner Waterhouse’s Kontiki Park, while Kathy O’Hara is on board Kinnersley.

Darci Be Good will be inspected by stewards at Rosehill after recovering from a degenerative complaint in a cannon bone.

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Live: England v Australia, second Test, day one

This composite photo illustration shows England captain Alastair Cook (left) and Australia captain Michael Clarke. Photo: Getty Images Cricket
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Spectators queue prior to day one of the second Ashes Test match between England and Australia at Lord’s Cricket Ground. Photo: Getty Images

Australian batsman Usman Khawaja (left), who has been included in Australia second Test team at the expense of Ed Cowan (right). Photo: Getty Images

England captain Alistair Cook.

England captain Alastair Cook (second from left) wins the toss against Australian counterpart Michael Clarke (centre), under the supervision of match referee Ranjan Madugalle (second from right). Photo: Getty Images

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Join Jesse Hogan for coverage of the opening day’s play from Lord’s.Hello and welcome to our coverage of the second Ashes Test between England and Australia, being played at Lord’s in London. Play is due to begin in just over an hour, at 2000 AEST.For anyone wanting to re-live the remarkable end to the first Test at Trent Bridge there is a highlights package currently showing on Fox Sports 2 in Australia. The visitor’s second innings about to begin.Poor start for David Warner in his first innings since his pub-punch suspension in England, but he’s not alone. He made 6 off 9 deliveries in the three-day match against Zimbabwe in Harare before being caught behind. The home team’s seamer Kyle Jarvis reduced Austrlaia to 3-39 in just the 11th over, claiming the scalps of Nic Maddinson (8 off 9) and captain Aaron Finch (11 off 22) in addition to Warner. Aus A 3-50 in the 14th over with Alex Doolan, who I rate very highly, 21* and Moises Henriques 1*.Aus A team: Nic Maddinson, Aaron Finch (c), Alex Doolan, David Warner, Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine, Josh Hazlewood, Fawad Ahmed, Pat Cummins, Gurinder Sandhu.

Could there be a huge selection shock for the second Test in a row, this time from England instead of Australia? Michael Vaughan suspects so. Chris Tremlett has had a torrid time with injuries since the 2010-11 Ashes and was not in the official 13-man squad, but has been training with the main group at Lord’s in recent days.

Finn not with England.. But Tremlett is!!!!??? #Ashes— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 18, 2013

Or maybe not….

Forget that… Finn has just joined the warm ups… #Ashes— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 18, 2013

Consensus among the Aussie press corps is that two changes have been made: Usman Khawaja in for Ed Cowan and Ryan Harris in for Mitch Starc. Here’s the explanation from my colleague Andrew Wu: Harris and Khawaja in for Lord’s Test.

An update from our lead correspondent Chloe Saltau at Lord’s involving Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland, who is now back in London. She says he is confident about CA’s legal liabilities over Mickey Arthur sacking, despite this week’s court action, and that the subsequent improvement in team culture and morale has been stark: Australian team galvanised by change, CEO says.

As conjecture swirls about the composition of the England team – specifically, who Finn will be dropped for – veteran English scribe reckons Tim Bresnan is looking the most likely.

Looks like Bres marking his run— mike selvey (@selvecricket) July 18, 2013

Seemingly no weather concerns at Lord’s. But as a life-long Melburnian I refuse to take anything weather-related for granted.

Lord’s Member’s Pavilion #Ashes#ReturnTheUrn#eggandbaconpic.twitter杭州夜生活m/py0WwnuyyQ— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) July 18, 2013

Toss to be done in the next minute or so.

Lord’s. Peerless for history – and crimes against fashion. Only egg and bacon I like is on a plate, or maybe a roll.

Regular understudy Usman Khawaja to play his first Test in 20 months, since he was dropped in the aftermath of Australia’s shock Test lost at home to New Zealand at Bellerive Oval. Will again bat at No.3. It’s going to be tough for the man he replaced, Ed Cowan, to get another crack given he made his debut in the Test after Khawaja was dropped.

Toss done. Won by England’s Alastair Cook, who chooses to bat first. England includes Tim Bresnan for Steve Finn; Australia Usman Khawaja and Ryan Harris for Ed Cowan and Mitch Starc.

A shuffle in the Australian batting order, with Michael Clarke and Phillip Hughes swapping positions. I know Clarke’s got a bad record at No.4 but I really don’t like this change, especially one Test into a series. While No.5 might be ideal for Clarke in this current team he needs to accept more responsibility and bat at No.4. Just my view.

England has won the toss and will bat. #Ashes#ReturnTheUrnpic.twitter杭州夜生活m/r0USipA34K— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) July 18, 2013

Seems I was 15 minutes’ off in my comment about when play would start. The Queen neglected to let me know she was stopping by Lord’s. Start is just over 20 minutes’ away, at 2015 AEST.

Clarke gives a lesson on how to make the name “Ed” exotic.

Clarke just introduced Cowan to the Queen as “Eduardo Cowan”. #Ashes— Brydon Coverdale (@brydoncoverdale) July 18, 2013

On Australia’s other change. Starc for Harris, I think it’s a good one. Starc definitely has a huge future ahead of him but right at the moment if he’s not at or near his best I don’t think he warrants a place in the first-choice team. Either Harris or Jackson Bird would’ve been good selections, although Harris arguably a more like-for-like replacement for Starc because he is a strike bowler.

Harris did not play last season until February but was superb in the last six weeks of it. If only his body wasn’t so fickle, he’d be close to first picked in the Test attack. He may not be able to back up for consecutive Tests but I reckon he’ll just go flat-out regardless of that. He’s not the type who’ll leave anything in the tank.

Captain Cook makes his first right call for the match.

“He’s been waiting in the wings for a while, he’s batted over the past 12 months in first-class cricket and in the nets when he’s been around the Australian group, so he’s ready for this opportunity.” – MICHAEL CLARKE, interviewed after losing the toss, about the selection of Usman Khawaja.

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Australian team galvanised by change: CEO

Clarke 620 image.Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland says the Australian team culture now is unrecognisable from the one he left in the wake of Mickey Arthur’s sacking, adding that he is “very comfortable with our legal position” in relation to the ex-coach.
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Sutherland arrived in London in the eve of the second Test at Lord’s and said the explosive contents of Arthur’s court documents – including claims of infighting between Michael Clarke and Shane Watson and allegations of racial discrimination – were irrelevant to Australia’s Ashes campaign.

“I left the team three weeks ago. I had been back in Australia. I spent the morning catching up with everyone around the hotel and it’s a different place, it’s a different team and I’m really excited about the place this team is in,” Sutherland said.

“What I’ve seen in the last few days, I think, so what. It doesn’t mean anything right now.”

Arthur is suing Cricket Australia for up to $4 million after he was sacked in the aftermath of David Warner’s bar altercation with England batsman Joe Root.

Asked specifically about what had been done to patch up the relationship between Clarke and Watson, Sutherland said: “I would be aware of 10 per cent of what’s happening and I think it’s entirely inappropriate for me to speculate and talk about how adults work through the situation and get on with it.

“It’s not just … one or two relationships,” Sutherland added. “I’m talking about the whole team environment. We’ve got a team that’s galvanised and very, very focused and it showed in their performances at Nottingham and will hopefully continue to show for the rest of this series. You can see it in the way they’re moving around the hotel, you can see the way they’re walking onto the ground.”

Sutherland described the leaking of the documents as “an unfortunate distraction”, and refused to comment on details of the case “except that we are very comfortable with our legal position”. Nor would he comment on whether Cricket Australia had invoked a termination clause in Arthur’s contract, which had two years to run.

Previously, at a press conference in Bristol on the day Arthur was replaced by Darren Lehmann, Sutherland stated that Cricket Australia would meet its responsibilities to the sacked coach.

“Mickey’s got a contract that has details which are private but there’s terms about that we need to meet and we’ll certainly meet all our responsibilities to Mickey,” Sutherland said at the time.

A statement from Arthur and Harmers Workplace Lawyers this week confirmed proceedings had been filed in the Fair Work Commission “for being sacked and scapegoated. The grounds include racial discrimination”.

Arthur said he was shattered that the documents became public.

His biographer, Neil Manthorp, has since said the 45-year-old was always going to find it difficult to succeed in elite Australian sport. “I don’t think it would come as a surprise to anyone to hear that he was told he didn’t understand the Australian way,” Manthorp said.

Warner this week said he carried guilt about his role in Arthur’s ousting and was determined to be a better team man in the wake of his suspension, which ultimately cost him two Ashes Tests because of a lack of match practice.

“I saw the comments and that’s good. I had a couple of conversations and he’s said he’s remorseful,” said Sutherland, who at the time described Warner’s punch as despicable.

“I’ve said at the same time that it’s great to show remorse. What you have to do is back it up with actions and you don’t back it up with actions over a couple of weeks, you need to back it up with actions for a couple of years and that’s what we’re looking for from him.

“We’ll back him 100 per cent. He’s done the crime, he’s done his time. He’s got to fight his way back. We all want him to have success. We’ll all support him in whatever way we can to fight back but he’s got to back that remorse up by his actions and be true to what he said.”

Sutherland denied that the public airing of the dressing room dysfunction under Arthur was embarrassing for Cricket Australia and rejected the suggestion that CA could have avoided it by handling his sacking better.

‘‘It’s easy for you to say that, and it’s easy for you to say that and write that when I don’t have a line of defence,’’ he said. ‘‘All I ask is that you be a little bit sensitive to the fact that I can’t come back at you because of the position I’m in right now with legal proceedings pending.’’

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Steve Clisby, soul man  

TELEVISION viewers know him as a finalist on this year’s series of The Voice.
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HIGH NOTE: Steve Clisby found a wider audience as a result of his appearance on TV’s The Voice series.

But long before Australia fell in love with the towering soul man who made it to the final eight on the program, 67-year-old Steve Clisby had already lived a lifetime as a performer, travelling the world and sharing the stage with some of the biggest names in music.

He once reportedly jammed with Jimi Hendrix and as a member of the group American Gypsy, Clisby toured alongside the likes of Chaka Khan, Hot Chocolate, Kool & the Gang, Santana, Frank Zappa, and Taj Mahal.

One would assume he must have lot of good stories.

“I do have too many good stories to tell,” Clisby chuckles.

“Far too many to cram into one little interview but if you ever have a chance to sit down and talk, I’ll tell you everything you need to know.”

Despite his rich experiences as a working musician, Clisby can pinpoint one of the greatest moments of his journey which has taken him from his US homeland to Europe, where he lived for almost 30 years, and then to eventually settle in Sydney.

“There’s lots of stuff but playing with Tina [Turner] was a real highlight because I got a chance to see a real icon firsthand,” Clisby says.

“We supported her and she actually took the trouble to come over and tell me she liked my voice and loved some of the songs we were singing.

“She really was a genuine human being, not a diva at all. Everybody that we’ve played with we’ve had a great deal of respect for, playing with Chaka and Kool & The Gang, they’re all great.

“It’s been some really good times.”

The California-born singer started playing piano and saxophone from age seven.

He was first drawn to music through his parents’ record collection then expanded his musical palette with the radio playing the music of the time.

“I came along at a time when R&B, jazz and pop were all crossing over on popular radio,” Clisby says.

“When I got to know popular music I was kind of influenced very much by what my parents listened to and that was right at the apex of rock’n’roll, a lot of jazz like Miles Davis and a lot of singers.

“Carmen McRae, Sarah Vaughn, Billy Eckstine and then you’d cross over to pop where you get Big Joe Turner’s R&B, Elvis Presley coming in, Eddie Cochrane and the whole rock’n’roll thing coming in.

“That was a cross-over for everybody at the time, so my influences are jazz, pop and R&B. That’s what I grew up with.”

He studied singing throughout high school then, in the ’70s, packed up with a group of like-minded musos to take their music to Europe.

He remained there for the next 28 years, mostly in Holland, but also had stints living in Spain and Germany performing all over Europe with R&B band American Gypsy.

A record deal resulted in record releases, television appearances and tours with big-name artists.

He struck gold when Swedish singer Neneh Cherry recorded his song, Golden Ring, on her 1996 album Man, which featured the big hit single 7 Seconds.

Royalties from that alone provided him with enough income for “the next couple of years” and he relocated to Australia.

“I wanted to move back to some place where it was sunny,” Clisby explains.

“It’s pretty much that simple. My business partner moved here and kept telling me about it and through a series of really great circumstances I was able to get the money to move.”

Living in Sydney since 1999, Clisby established himself on the live circuit playing venues such as The Basement and releasing five records, including his new EP Soul Story.

His profile has risen on a national scale since competing on this year’s series of The Voice under the mentorship of pop singer Delta Goodrem.

After a hectic start to the year on the show, Clisby is taking a month off to return to the US for a well-earned break before returning to Australia to get back on stage.

Steve Clisby performs at Lizotte’s Newcastle on September 20 and October 19 and 20. Bookings online at lizottes杭州夜生活m.au.


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SIMON WALKER: Beware evil red devils

WAS thinking about the wisdom of cooking with chillies the other day.
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Shortly after I changed my contact lens.

And the thought occurred as my retinas melted, “I really should have washed my hands more thoroughly.”

Experiences with chilli are often memorable like that.

Who among us, for example, hasn’t made up a thermo-nuclear vindaloo using those evil red bullets from Aunty Shirley’s famed “burning bush”.

The one you took a cutting from all those years ago.

That has managed over the seasons to prosper where most other life forms in the vege patch have struggled.

That emits a low hum as it grows.

And causes buttocks to clench.

We’ve all taken a cutting from a pyrotechnic shrub like that.

And yes, we could have exported the excess fruit that proliferated to, say, North Korea, or the Middle East, where they could have been used to bring Armageddon, but instead we chose to build up an arsenal of death in the freezer.

Because we don’t like to waste stuff.

And yes, the thought occurred when we had guests over for curry the other week, “Wouldn’t it be a Masterchef moment to use some of Aunty Shirley’s Scorpion Death in the meal”.

So away we’ve gone, chopping, slicing and dicing our fingers through garlic and ginger and organic semtex.

Creating something akin to a fertiliser bomb.

And, yes, we’ve all arrived at that convivial moment in the cook where we’ve said to ourselves, “Got the rice, got the papadams, got the . . . jeez, my eye’s itchy . . .”

And whack.

Unleash the cranial napalm.

Happy times.

Not much that can be done, initially.

You can try rapid head movement.

You can try hyperventilating, as if to air-condition the skull.

You can try rubbing sand or urine into your face as if it’s a jellyfish sting.

A jellyfish sting would be more pleasant.

But rubbing sand or urine into your face ain’t gonna help, contrary to what they taught me when I did my bronze medallion.

And it may be offputting for dinner guests.

You’ve effectively daubed hydrochloric acid on your eyeballs and, until you find a means to rinse it off (without urine, preferably), you’re gonna be amusing.

Best thing is to run water over it.

Which isn’t as straightforward as it sounds, when the hazmat lights are going off.

“Cheers”, you say to your guests as you splash your gin and tonic into your face.

With any luck you’ll be able to resume normal transmission after a quick trip to the shower. A little puffy for your troubles.

And much more focused, next time, on rinsing your hands.

Ah yes, chillies – inherently action-packed little suckers.

And that’s not even talking about the aftermath of eating such a curry.

I remember, early on in the acquisition of parenting skills, the call went out to change our first-born’s nappy.

Neither parent had slept for a couple of days, as is the tradition with new-born babies.

Hence, a real premium had been placed on keeping the baby happy so the parents could slow down the march to insanity.

To aid in this process, I’d been busily preparing dinner that night.

Or was it day?

You tend to lose track.

I’d hardly got the chilli and garlic ready for the stir fry before the small fry started the characteristic porpoise sound of discontent, indicating one of four things was happening.

She was either too hot, too cold, hungry or floating in her own excrement.

What luck, option four.

As anyone knows, the gold medal under these circumstances goes to the person who can “make things better”.

That is, stop the crying.

For the exhausted mother who’d been trying to catch some shut eye, all she’d wanted to hear was her man doing the business on the business.

Actually, she wouldn’t have cared if the cat had managed to achieve the business, just so long as it was achieved.

For the man, the task was to live up to expectations, which to that point, were disappointingly low.

And on that front, may I say, nothing builds lack of confidence more than failure.

But the only emotion stronger than fear is hope.

And so, with steely determination, he’d put down his apron and grabbed a wiper and dibbed and dobbed and dabbed, as you do with this operation.

And he thought he’d done OK.

Until the howling commenced, almost as soon as he started dibbing and dabbing.

It was if he was stir-frying the baby.

Alas, peace in the valley was postponed yet again that day and a new chapter in family folklore written large.

When forensics ran a white glove over the crime scene, it became apparent kitchen duties had become mixed up in baby maintenance.

In the aftermath, relations between parents and child remained somewhat chilli. A real thaw point.

Chillies and contact lenses do not mix happily.


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HISTORY: Painting a bigger view

LASTING RECORD: Mitchell Library curator Elizabeth Ellis in Newcastle Art Gallery with the 1821 watercolour panorama of the city of Newcastle by Edward Close. Picture: Dean Osland
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GO online and you’ll soon find a remarkable piece of, well, digital magic.

It’s a computer-generated aerial tour of Coal River (Newcastle) reconstructing our infant settlement in the 1830s.

While this clever 3D fly-through, prepared for Newcastle’s Coal River Working Party and first previewed by the Herald late last year, is very impressive, it is still a work in progress.

But be prepared to be amazed. Maps, paintings, survey records and sketches were used to show what our early settlement looked like as it gradually graduated from being a convict outpost to a major Australian city.

For example, Nobbys is not yet connected to the mainland and Nobbys beach simply does not exist. Instead, this once solitary nob of Coal Island sits in the ocean flanked by treacherous rocky reefs.

Harbour sandbanks threaten and there’s really only three town streets. The main one is George Street (now Watt Street) plus Church Street and Scott Street. But the latter is a lot closer to the water because today’s modern foreshore and railway line didn’t exist back then.

A little inland, viewers can also spot a remote windmill where the obelisk now points to the sky above King Edward Park. See the four-minute video produced by Eddie O’Reilly here.

Video design contractor Charles Martin, from EJE Architecture, is hopeful that with help from future sponsors, bigger town details can be added by referring to paintings of convict artist Joseph Lycett and especially Edward Charles Close.

In the words of Coal River Working Party chairman Gionni Di Gravio: “The next stage is to use the original artwork by Edward Charles Close to give the street detail, the fence posts, everything.”

Could this be the same E. C. Close regarded as the “father of Morpeth”? Indeed it is.

For detailed landscape artwork was just another skill of the multi-talented Edward Close (1790-1866).

Soldier, settler, army engineer, magistrate, church benefactor and prolific artist. No doubt about it, Edward Close wore many hats in the lifetime.

Until a few years ago, though, it was not realised what an impressive range of art attributed to artist Sophia Campbell was actually done by her relative, Edward Close.

Another surprising fact to emerge was how Newcastle was once the unlikely setting for colonial Australia’s first spontaneous art movement.

Close’s 1821 watercolour panorama of old Newcastle, measuring about 3.6 metres in length, and once thought to be done by Campbell, is an extraordinary work.

This fascinating artwork shows the town’s original humble hilltop church with steeple (today’s Christ Church site), the obelisk site (with a windmill and natives) and stretches out over a cluster of whitewashed huts to Nobbys.

What made Close so famous and relevant both in Newcastle and Sydney in recent years, however, was the discovery of his long-lost art album, kept in a linen closet in the Scottish highlands before being auctioned in Melbourne in mid-2009. The State Library of NSW paid $915,000 for it.

Until then, a Campbell family tradition had it that this sketchbook album, circa 1817, was also the work of Sophia. This belief was soon overturned by a Sotheby’s art auction expert while a companion sketchbook already held in Australia was also verified as being done by Close.

A Peninsula War veteran, Close was a lieutenant in the 48th Regiment who arrived in Sydney in 1817 and was later posted to Newcastle.

He left the army in 1822 to settle on a land grant at Morpeth, which he called “Illulang” from an Aboriginal word meaning “green hills”, or a high, dry place. This gentleman farmer became famous for building St John’s Church of England, Morpeth, fulfilling a vow he made in battle during the Napoleonic Wars that if he were spared from death he would build a church in gratitude. He did and it was consecrated in 1840.

Close is also remembered in Morpeth for building a large, Georgian-style sandstone home in 1829 called Closebourne, which he later offered to his church. It became home to the Anglican bishops of Newcastle until 1911.

Earlier, Close had been busy at the end of his military career in Newcastle, so it seems a bit surprising to learn how much he painted of old Newcastle for posterity.

Working under the command of penal commandant, Brevet-Major James Morisset, Close was the Newcastle penal garrison’s acting engineer of public works from 1821 to 1822.

He was responsible for putting down mooring chains for ships and removing hazardous shoals in Newcastle harbour.

According to Mitchell Library emeritus curator Elizabeth Ellis, Close “took to his position with alacrity”. She said he supervised the extension of the early breakwater to Nobbys Island and constructed convict barracks at the waterfront lumberyard.

As well, he created Newcastle’s first lighthouse, a coal-burning beacon on Signal Hill (today’s Fort Scratchley) to warn ships and built “a large stone windmill above Christ Church”.

“Close’s training as a military engineer included tuition in drawing, surveying and drafting . . . and he put these skills to both personal and professional use,” Ellis said.

He was also the final military officer/artist to depict Newcastle township in the Macquarie era.

She said between 1812 and 1822 an extraordinary legacy of artworks was created locally through the chance association of skilled convict painters, engravers and craftsmen and artistically inclined military officers like Captain James Wallis (of Macquarie Chest fame).

Speaking during the recent Treasures of Newcastle from the Macquarie Era exhibition at Newcastle Art Gallery, Ellis said Close was a particularly perceptive and confident amateur artist with a sharp, observant eye.

Ellis revealed that during the first 30 years of European settlement in Australia, the majority of artworks done in the colony of NSW were by convict artists, mainly ex-forgers, or by military and naval officers.

For example, a fellow officer of Close was Major James Taylor who became the best-known artist of the 48th Regiment in NSW, due to his popular Sydney panorama.

Ellis said Close’s ambitious 1821 panorama of Newcastle with its wide sweep of settlement was the grand exit to his military career.

“Each building is carefully identified as a triumphant record of the town and its builders as it ended this phase of its history and its time as the artistic centre of the colony.”

The historic 1821 panorama was briefly on loan to Newcastle Art Gallery. Today it’s long gone, but a colourful replica of the panorama (plus a modern comparison) can be seen outside the Newcastle Maritime Centre, at Honeysuckle.


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WEEKEND PLANNER: July 20-21

PICK OF THE WEEK
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Organisers of The Gum Ball host an offshoot of the outdoor music festival this weekend with a new winter event, Pigsty In July, to be held at the same venue at Dashville in Lower Belford on Saturday. The one-day event features performances from the likes of The Snowdroppers, Eagle and The Worm and Simon Meli and The Widowbirds. Pigsty In July kicks off at noon. Tickets cost $60 online at pigstyinjuly杭州夜生活m.au.

EVENTS

Open Day Saturday. Celebrate Yoga Loft’s first birthday by taking part in a free class, plus face painting for kids, lucky door prizes and fundraising. 8am to 6pm. Yoga Loft, Level 5, 50 Hunter Street, Newcastle.

Christmas In July Saturday and Sunday. Midwinter Christmas- inspired menu with a distinct Hunter style. $65 per person or $80 with wine match. Open for lunch from 12pm all weekend or Saturday dinner from 6pm. Bookings 49984666. Bimbadgen Estate, Pokolbin.

Savour The Flavour Saturday and Sunday. Indulge in a personal wine experience showcasing the vineyard’s most premium and exclusive wines. $47 per person. 10am, 11am, 12pm, and 1pm. Bookings 49383444. Wyndham Estate, Branxton.

Indulge Your Senses Saturday. Wine and chocolate master class. 2pm. Costs $15 per person. Bookings essential 1800 677 366. Wyndham Estate, 700 Dalwood Road, Branxton.

Canoeing on Ironbark Creek Sunday. Explore the canoe trail at the Hunter Wetlands. 9.30am. $30 adults, $20 child. Bookings 4951 6466. Hunter Wetlands Centre, Shortland.

Tallavera Grove Vineyard Tour Saturday. Meet at the cellar door for a guided walk through the vineyard followed by wine tasting. 2pm. $12 per person. Bookings essential 4990 7535. Tallavera Grove, Mount View.

Lake Macquarie Family History Group Saturday. New members welcome with experienced family history researchers available to assist. 10am to 4pm. Marmong Point Community Hall, Marmong Point.

MARKETS

Adamstown Markets Sunday. Produce, gifts, crafts and more, 7am to noon. Corner of Glebe and Brunker roads, Adamstown.

Newcastle City Farmers Market Sunday. Fresh produce, gourmet food, plants and more, 8am to 1pm. Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow.

Hamilton Clock Tower Markets Saturday. More than 30 variety stalls, food, coffee and live music. 8am to 2pm. James St Plaza, Hamilton.

All Saints Anglican Church Market Saturday. China, glassware, clothes, toys, plants, books, records, sausage sizzle and morning tea. 8am to noon. Church Street, Belmont.

Raymond Terrace Markets Saturday. Variety market stalls, live entertainment, old farm machinery, jumping castle, face painting, hot food and more. 9am to 2pm. Riverside Park, Raymond Terrace.

Sacred Tree Markets Sunday. More than 90 quality stalls featuring entertainment, produce, artisan baker, massage, palm reading, healers, designer clothes, food stalls, interactive drumming school and kids’ craft. 9am to 2pm. New England Highway, Branxton.

Hunter Street Markets Saturday. Organic fruit and veg, plants, cakes, meat, fresh flowers and more. 8am to 3pm. Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle.

Lions Cub of Toronto Monthly Markets Sunday. More than 180 stallholders selling a variety of goods. 8am to 12.30pm. Lions Park, Toronto.

THEATRE

Charlotte’s Web Saturday. Adapted by Joseph Robinette from the children’s book by E. B. White. 2pm and 7pm. 4961 4895. Young People’s Theatre, at Young People’s Theatre, Hamilton.

Delectable Shelter Saturday. Comedy, with 1980s music, by writer-director Benedict Hardie. Critical Stages and The Hayloft Project. 2pm and 8pm. 4929 1977. Civic Theatre, Newcastle.

ENVIRONMENT

Composting and Worm Farming Workshop Saturday. Learn how to make top-quality fertiliser from your kitchen and garden waste. Take home a free compost bin or worm farm. (Newcastle residents only). 11.30am to 12.45pm. Bookings 4974 2863. Smart Grid, Smart City Centre, 19 Honeysuckle drive, Newcastle.

ART

Art Systems Wickham istretch: Cormac O’Riordan. Isolation: Peter Abbott Until August 4. 40 Annie Street, Wickham.

Back to Back Galleries On the Edge: Vicki Hamilton. Until July 28. 57 Bull Street, Cooks Hill.

Cessnock Regional Art Gallery Dheo-Ka: Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Group exhibition. Until August 11. 16 Vincent Street, Cessnock.

Cooks Hill Galleries Winter’s Dance: Jenny Green, Alasdair Groves, James Kearns, Philip Stallard, Lucette Dalazzo. Until July 29. 67 Bull Street, Cooks Hill.

Curve Gallery Super!: Twenty artists from The Roost. Until August 3. 37 Watt Street, Newcastle.

Forsight Gallery Shooting Lines: Melisah May. Until July 28. 33 Union Street, Cooks Hill.

Greenway Gallery Viva: Ileana Clarke. Until July 28. Swan Street, Morpeth.

Inner City Winemakers Nick Warfield. Until August 28. 28 Church Street, Wickham.

John Hunter Hospital Arts for Health Emerging Images: Debbie Andrew, Robyn Selem, Clare Weeks. Coastline: Gwendolin Lewis. Land and Sea: Mel Young. Until August. John Hunter Hospital.

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Made in China, Australia: Sixteen Chinese-Australian artists. Australia Now: William Yang. A Case Study: Anne Zahalka. Until July 28. First Street, Booragul.

The Lock-Up In Hiding: Madeleine Cruise. Road Trip: Brisbane-based emerging artists. Until tomorrow. 90 Hunter Street, Newcastle.

Lovett Gallery Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Until August 10. Newcastle Region Library, Laman Street, Cooks Hill. (Saturdays until 2pm)

Maitland Regional Art Gallery Artexpress. Until July 28. Mosaics and Related Works: Margo Lewers. Showcase : High school student artwork. This Exhibition has been Suspended: Michael Garth. Flowering Heads: Tony Ameneiro. All until August 11. Pochoir. Until August 4. 230 High Street, Maitland.

Nanshe Rooth and The Cheeky Dogs: Ruth Robertson. Until tomorrow. 148b Beaumont Street, Hamilton.

Newcastle Art Gallery Illumination: Philip Wolfhagen, A twenty-year survey. Until August 11. Showcasing Works from the Collection: The Power of Landscape. Until August 4. 1 Laman Street, Cooks Hill.

Newcastle Art Space Three Dimensions: Peter Lewis, David McBride, Josh McGregor. Until July 27. 246 Parry Street, Hamilton East.

Timeless Textiles Diversity: Twenty Ten Group. Until August 11. 7 Beaumont Street, Islington.

University Gallery Working Newcastle: Brett McMahon, Peter Gardiner, James Drinkwater. Last day. University Drive, Callaghan campus.

Watt Space Student Gallery Mid-Year Graduation Show. A Multitude of Marks. My Symbols. Endlich/Unendlich. Until tomorrow. Cnr King and Auckland Streets, Newcastle.

MUSIC

5 Sawyers Saturday, DJ Sean Andrews. Sunday, DJ Tone.

Adamstown Club Saturday, Two Up. Sunday, Cabaret Jazz Wobbly Boot with Shane Peters.

Bar Petite Saturday, Anna Milat. Sunday, Little Black Book.

Belmont 16 Footers Saturday, The Jungle Kings. Sunday, Rich & Famous.

The Bradford Saturday, Blaze of Glory – Bon Jovi Show.

The Brewery Saturday, Freetones Duo. Sunday, Sundays Record.

Cambridge Hotel Saturday, Benjalu. Sunday, Bleeding Through, Make Them Suffer.

Dashville – Lower Beford Saturday, Pig Sty In July feat. The Snowdroppers, Eagle & The Worm, V Tribe, Jackson Firebird, Simon Meli & The Widowbirds, Pow Wow, Fish Fry, Dashville Progress Society.

Delany Hotel Saturday, Uptown.

Exchange Hotel Saturday, Flying Mare.

Fox Bar Maitland Saturday, Michael Peter.

Grand Junction Hotel Sunday, Pig St In July Recovery Party feat. V Tribe.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, Howard Shearman, Kellie Cain, The Core. Sunday, Adam Eckersley Duo.

Honeysuckle Hotel Sunday, Freetones Duo.

Kent Hotel Saturday, Jenny Morris Band. Sunday, Blues Bombers.

King Street Hotel Saturday, Ivan Gough. Sunday, Indian Summer.

Lambton Park Hotel Saturday, Kristy James & Band. Sunday, Kristy & The Doctors.

The Landing Bar & Kitchen Saturday, Timmy Coffey. Sunday, Matt Meler, Skoob.

Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, Unfit for Human Consumption, The Way Out, Snelvis & the Rancheros.

Lizotte’s Newcastle Saturday, Mike McClellan. Sunday, Mark Seymour, Josh Rawiri.

Murray’s Brewery Saturday, Matt Purcell. Sunday, Brien McVernon.

Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Josh Callaway.

Pippis At The Point Saturday, Kim and Mik. Sunday, Damien.

Shoal Bay Resort Saturday, Gian, Overload. Sunday, Just Jace, Phonic Duo.

Terrace Bar Saturday, Scattered Order, Men64, Transcendental Headache, Saturday Got Soul DJs (downstairs). Sunday, Newcastle Jazz Collective (downstairs).

Warners At The Bay Saturday, Loose Bazooka.

Wests Leagues Club New Lambton Piano Lounge: Saturday, Warren Hunter. Marble Bar: Saturday, Gen-R-8.

Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Method, Kirsty Larkin Trio. Sunday, Wards Xpress, Nick Raschke Duo.

MOVIES

Before Midnight (MA15+) Director Richard Linklater revisits distant lovebirds Jesse and Celine (Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy) in Greece, nine years after being reacquainted in Before Sunset (2004) and almost two decades since they first met on the train in Before Sunrise (1995). (Tower Cinemas Newcastle)

In The House (MA15+) French, school room mystery-thriller from writer-director François Ozon (Potiche, Swimming Pool) co-starring Kristin Scott Thomas, based on a Spanish play by Juan Mayorga. Best Film winner at the 2012 San Sebastián International Film Festival. (Tower Cinemas Newcastle)

The Conjuring (MA15+) Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorised by a dark presence in their farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.

The Sound of Music (G) In 1930s Austria, a young woman named Maria is failing miserably in her attempts to become a nun. When the Navy captain Georg Von Trapp writes to the convent asking for a governess that can handle his seven mischievous children, Maria is given the job. (Scotty’s)

We Steal Secrets (M) A documentary that details the creation of Julian Assange’s controversial website, which facilitated the largest security breach in U.S. history.

Angelina Ballerina: The Nutcracker Sweet (G) Angelina is excited to perform the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Christmas showcase, but her sweet tooth may lead her to trouble. (Hoyts)

Despicable Me 2 (PG) Sequel to the villainous family animated comedy featuring returning voice Steve Carell as Gru, who is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to deal with a new super-criminal.

Epic (PG) A teenager finds herself transported into a tiny, undiscovered world that lives inside the forest.

The Great Gatsby (M) A Midwesterner now living on Long Island finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbour.

Man of Steel (M) When members of an alien race invade Earth, Clark Kent, aka Superman, finds the future of humanity hanging in the balance.

Monsters University (G) The highly anticipated sequel explores the origin story of Mike and Sulley, the two stars of Monsters, Inc.

Much Ado About Nothing (M) A modern retelling of Shakespeare’s classic comedy about two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance and a way with words.

Mud (M) Fourteen-year-old Ellis lives on a makeshift houseboat on the banks of a river in Arkansas with his parents. He sneaks out early one morning to meet his best friend, Neckbone, and they meet Mud, a gritty, superstitious character who needs help.

Pacific Rim (M) Directed and co-written by Guillermo del Toro, this apocalyptic film pits giant robots piloted by humans against the monsters that rise up from the sea to attack mankind.

Satellite Boy (PG) Pete and his best mate get lost in the Australian outback. Starving and thirsty, Pete has to remember some of the old bush skills his grandfather taught him to survive. (Avoca)

The Lone Ranger (M) Johnny Depp stars as the native American warrior Tonto, who recounts how lawman John Reid (Armie Hammer) was transformed into the masked hero for justice.

The Heat (MA15+) Sandra Bullock stars as an uptight, friendless FBI agent who’s teamed with Melissa McCarthy’s brash, Boston cop to bring down a drug lord.

The Letter Writer (PG) When Maggy Fuller, a rebellious and troubled teenager, receives an old-fashioned letter in the mail from an unknown source, she can’t imagine who could have so many wonderful things to say about her. (Glendale)

The Playbook (PG) Steven Thomas (Mick Preston) strives to live a worthy life as a loving father and basketball coach. However, a tragic accident caused by a drunken friend sees Steven’s family torn apart. Steven struggles to come to terms with forgiving the person responsible and this causes him to lose a grip on those things most important to him. (Glendale)

World War Z (M) Brad Pitt stars in this blockbuster horror as a United Nations employee called upon to establish the origins of a zombie pandemic. As he travels from the US to Israel, Korea and Wales in search of answers, cities and nations fall under the onslaught of undead, leaving mankind’s slim hope of survival resting on his shoulders. Based on the best-selling novel, from the director of Quantum of Solace.

SAVE THE DATE

Sarah Blasko performs songs from her new album I Awake at Newcastle City Hall on Wednesday, July 24. Tickets $59.95 online at ticketek杭州夜生活m.au or by phoning 4929 1977.

DON’T FORGET

The three-day 2013 Newcastle Home Show returns to Newcastle Entertainment Centre from Friday, July 26, with an appearance from Celebrity Apprentice star Mark Bouris on the Sunday. The homemakers show runs from 10am to 4pm daily.

Eagle and the Worm – playing at Pigsty in July, on Saturday


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Christopher Esber wins Australian leg of the International Woolmark Prize

Sydney Fashion Designer, Christopher Esber. Photo: Marco Del Grande Immaculate construction and precision tailoring have won designer Christopher Esber the Australian regional final of The International Woolmark Prize.
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The award was announced today during a lunchtime ceremony at the Sydney Theatre Company, the highly regarded Esber was a favourite to take home the $50,000 cash prize.

The international award recognises fashion design excellence using Australian merino wool and has served as a platform for emerging talent for almost 50 years.

Esber’s six piece collection was judged by a panel of style heavy weights including David Jones general manager of womenswear, Sophie Clark, Harpers Bazaar, Editor-in-Chief, Kellie Hush and New York based photographer and founder of The Sartorialist blog, Scott Schuman.

“Australians have the tenacity needed to compete internationally,” said Mr Schuman. “This award can help someone who has true vision execute their passion properly and commercially”.

The Sydney based Esber competed against seven of Australia’s best young designers including Michael Lo Sordo, Alaistair Trung, Haryono Setiadi, Kahlo and Strateas Carlucci.

He will now represent Australia at the international finals in February where winners from India, China, Europe and America vie for the prestigious title and a $100,000 prize.

“We provide opportunity for the great designers of tomorrow,” said Robert Langtry, Global Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, Woolmark Company. “To help launch their careers and show true innovation.”

In addition to the cash prize, the global winner will have their clothes stocked at the best department stores in the world including Harvey Nichols in Britain, Bergdorf Goodman in the United States and Joyce in China.

Known for his restraint Esber’s signature aesthetic was prominent throughout the winning designs.

“Purity of construction can be fundamentally established by designing from the thread up,” said Esber. “Utilising the skills and knowledge of the Australian Weaver & Spinners Guild I developed unique and exclusive textiles for the collection”.

The finals, held in Milan in February, will be judged by some of fashions most influential names including Diane Von Furstenberg, Victoria Beckham and Donatella Versace.

If Esber wins he will join an alumnus that includes Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent. “I am so humbled” said Esber, “Today I’m one step closer to my dream.”

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.


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Jobs lost as new fringe benefits tax ruling bites

Playing it down: Treasurer Chris Bowen. Photo: Alex EllinghausenTwo days after Kevin Rudd and Chris Bowen announced sweeping changes to the fringe benefits tax regulations affecting new cars, jobs have been lost.Melbourne-based NLC Car Leasing has announced it will sack 74 of its 143 workers on Friday because of the immediate reduction in demand for lease vehicles as a result of the government’s change.“At the start of this week I was in the market for new staff,” NLC director Danny Wilson told Fairfax Media.He said he was left with no choice but to make the drastic cuts because the car financing industry has been so severely impacted by the changes.“It’s just stopped the market dead,” Wilson said.He said of the approximately 1000 applications for new deals currently in its system, usually up to 950 would have been processed successfully. But the government’s move to cut the flat 20 per cent rate fringe benefits tax has changed that.“As of the morning we’d be lucky to settle 300 of those,” Wilson said.But the 74 jobs could just be the start. The peak body for salary packaging in Australia warns that 2000 jobs could go in the short-term with 20,000 jobs at risk by Christmas as the industry tries to come to terms with the sweeping changes.Brad Dobinson of the Australian Salary Packaging Industry Association said job cuts are inevitable if the government goes ahead with the announced reforms.He warned that the impact of the changes would be wide reaching and affect all aspects of the industry from dealerships to fuel card operators and insurance suppliers.“It’s a very real spectre we face,” he said.Another salary packaging firm, Selectus, is considering sacking up to 100 workers by the end of the week.The automotive industry was due to meet in Melbourne on Thursday afternoon to discuss the situation before pursuing meetings with the government.The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries said it was in dialogue with the government but wouldn’t reveal anything more.Victorian Premier Denis Napthine said the tax reforms may force manufacturers to cut local production by up to 10,000 vehicles a year, with the effects to be felt right along the supply chain.“We urge that if the federal Labor government is not prepared to abandon this policy, it should at least consider reviewing the scope of the new application of the tax to exempt locally produced cars,” he said in a statement.Treasurer Chris Bowen tried to play down the uproar from the industry.”We have not abolished the FBT concession for business use despite some of the rhetoric I’ve seen in the political debate over the last day or so. That is far from the case,” he told ABC Radio.”All we have done is applied similar rules that apply elsewhere in the tax system.”But those comments didn’t pacify Wilson, who was angry the government made such a radical change without consultation and only two years after it had previously changed the FBT system.“If the government had felt there was a problem with program, talk to us,” he said.Acting without discussing it, Wilson said is “a completely reckless act”.
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FISHING: Cold snap brief rest for reds

AFTER a magnificent run of weather last week, and a hot bite to go with it, conditions are tipped to cool over the weekend before another big high moves in to restore normal winter transmission, according to Jamie Priest, from Freddy’s Fishing World.
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“The cold snap is tipped to move in Thursday afternoon, which may shut things down a bit for a few days, but the high over in WA is massive,” Jamie said.

“I’d be concentrating on sheltered waters this weekend. Then I suggest you get out and hammer your snapper which will move back in.

“Newcastle Harbour has been producing really good bream, tailor and salmon.

“In close off Newcastle, up to one kilometre, there’s still the odd kingfish and lots of snapper, bonito and mac tuna lurking.”

Anthony Kloczko and Sam Headridge are still pinching themselves after a magic day of snapper fishing off Swansea last week.

Joshua Scott got in on the action up at Broughton Island, pulling a PB after going for a flick with his old man.

“Out wider, we’re starting to see bluefin, yellowfin and albacore turning up,” Jamie said.

“Jack Olmos, from Freddy’s Fishing World Erina, lost a yellowfin estimated at 100kg off Terrigal last Wednesday.

“Water temp hasn’t dropped too bad for this time of year.

“I was chasing salmon up at Nelson Bay on Monday and was still getting readings up to 18 degrees.

“The salmon were patchy, which is a big change over the last couple of years.”

Noah Hamilton spun a few up off Newcastle near the Sygna recently.

“Lake Macquarie is producing great flathead and bucketloads of soapy jew fishing under tailor schools,” Jamie said.

“The bream have moved deep and to the south on the lake. Guys are doing really well on blades.”

Freshwater anglers are reminded that you can’t fish for bass and estuary perch in rivers until September 1.

The closure came into effect on June 1. You can target both species in dams.

Bay full of snapper

ROSS Duff, from Salamder Bait and Tackle, reports encouraging action in close and out wide off Nelson Bay.

“There’s lots of snapper about,” Duff said.

“Reds all over the place over the weekend. Edith Breakers was hot. They got them down on Mungo, off Broughton, and around Fishermans Bay and Boat Harbour further south.

“Glen ‘Mullet’ O’Connell was one of the warriors.

“They’re still getting trag off the back of the 21 reef, Bulahdelah wide, and the Gibber.”

Beaches have been fishing well for bream, with Zenith Beach and the Wreck going exceptional, according to Duff.

“Plenty of tailor coming on around dusk on Fingal and One Mile,” he said.

“Been a few white pointers about too. They always turn up when the salmon start to travel.

“Luderick are going ace in the bay. Plenty of them on the breakwalls throughout the bay and main headlands.

“And now that the fresh has cleared bream have been pretty solid too.”

Reds plentiful out wide

SNAPPER fishing out wide off Norah Head has been good, according to Wangi Wangi RSL Fishing Club’s George Matthews.

“We had an outing on the weekend and for the first time in at least three years the deep sea boys took first, second and third over the blokes who fish the lake,” Matthews said.

“Bobby Tadoric and Kenny Webber got just over 27 kilograms of fish between the two of them.

“Bobby’s five snapper went 14.6 kilograms. They got a mowong and leather jackets too, fishing in about 80 metres of water.

“His biggest snapper was 3.4 kilograms. Albert Gauci got an outing record groper of 3.6 kilograms fishing in close off Catherine Hill Bay.”

Things were a bit quieter in the lake, despite ideal conditions, Matthews said.

“I got my bag limit of bream and two flathead. There were a few tailor weighed in but not much more.

“I saw a seal and a white pointer that was probably chasing salmon.

“But I didn’t see too many salmon down the bottom of the lake, even though there’s miles of whitebait about. Balls of them everywhere.”

Matthews reckons Tadoric waited until everyone else had weighed in before producing his bag.

“You usually do that when you’ve got a good catch,” he laughed.

Injury no barrier for fisho

ROBERT Gorseski is a keen rock fisho who nearly always manages to catch a feed off local rock shelves.

But a wrist fracture suffered at indoor soccer a couple of months ago has put him out of action.

The resultant surgery required a wrist splint, but the superb conditions last week were too good to miss.

He got down to a local hot spot near Merewether and sure enough landed a 3.8-kilogram drummer.

“The big one I got definitely gave me a good run,” he said.

“My wrist specialist wouldn’t be happy if he saw me fishing.”

Soft plastics trumps

SOME people remain to be convinced about the merits of soft plastics, but not Paul Lowe who landed a massive flathead first go last week.

“I got it on a Squidgy bloodworm,” Paul reported.

“I was excited because after trying myself without success I had someone teach me how and this was the result.”

Meanwhile, Samuel Richards, 6, from Waratah West caught a beautiful bream recently using a live bloodworm at Tea Gardens Ferry Wharf.

“This was more fun than any video game,” he said to his dad upon landing the fish.

The old man reckons Sam capped off the experience by having a nice fish dinner that evening.

Meanwhile, 14-year-old Jayden Grainger caught a 42-centimetre, 900-gram bream off his dad’s mate’s jetty at Coal Point this week.

JUICY JEWIE: Donna Robson wins the Jarvis Walker tacklebox and Tsunami lure pack for this mulloway caught on the change of high tide with a fresh squid at Wangi.


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