Moss Vale Soccer Club’s big day

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Moss Vale Red’s Sharna Dunn (left) will look to stand up for her side on Saturday. Photo by Josh BartlettFOOTBALL
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THE Moss Vale Soccer Club has been rewarded for a strong focus on junior development.

Moss Vale will have five representatives on the Highlands Soccer Association’s (HSA) grand final day this Saturday at David Wood Oval.

Moss Vale’s women’s premier league, women’s reserves, men’s premier league, youth grade and under-13s teams will take part.

The other dominant HSA club is Yerrinbool, which also has five teams competing this Saturday.

Yerrinbool will be represented in the women’s premier league, men’s premier league, men’s reserves, men’s third grade and under-13s.

There will be plenty of focus on the HSA women’s premier league grand final between Moss Vale Red and Yerrinbool Green.

Moss Vale coach Bill Smillie said Saturday was set to be a huge day for the club.

Smillie said Moss Vale had a strong base of junior players who had come through the ranks.

“It’s a great result for the club, there has been a lot of hard work involved,” he said.

“Our team has a group of young girls who came through the juniors seven or eight years ago.

“The men’s first grade team also has four youth grade players… it’s reward for junior development.”

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Malcolm Turnbull begins building his cabinet, as Tony Abbott goes to ground

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Malcolm Turnbull and Kevin Andrews during question time at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday September 14. Photo: Andrew Meares Prime Minister-designate Malcolm Turnbull departs his home for Parliament House on Tuesday morning. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
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Melbourne Victory name Carl Valeri as new captain

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Carl Valeri is the new captain of Melbourne Victory – and he is determined to lead the club into a dominant era of success, both domestically and if possible in Asia.
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The tough tackling midfielder, who joined the club last season, will take the armband as Mark Milligan’s successor after Milligan quit the club following the grand final to move to the Middle East.

Valeri played a key role in Victory’s charge to last season’s championship and has a wealth of experience playing both for the Socceroos and in Italian club soccer, where he spent most of his career in the Serie B and a short period in the top flight Serie A after winning promotion with Sassuolo.

Quietly spoken but with a steely determination and a tireless work rate, Valeri was voted the players’ player of the year by his teammates last season and is held in equally high regard by the Victory hierarchy.

Chairman Anthony Di Pietro and coach Kevin Muscat – a particular admirer – flanked the new captain as he told the media that his main aim was to continue the club’s upward trajectory after its championship winning season in 2014-15.

Playing in the Asian Champions League – as Victory will do this campaign – was not a distraction, but a privilege, Valeri said.

“I just try to lead by example. I try to work the hardest. I am not the most fancy player out there, I admit that…(but) I have seen and done a lot of things in my career, I like to pull players aside and have a word with them after training.”

While he says he is definitely not a ranter or raver, he exudes a quiet authority and is happy enough that being the face of the A-League’s biggest club, and the extra workload of public appearances and community engagement that will bring, will not affect his form.

Nor will his new status change his relationship with his teammates that much.

“I am still one of the boys, I don’t think a leader should be separate. If I need to rev up everyone up before a game (there will be something wrong) … our motivation is clear. Our motivation is to win the league.

“Last year we were doing the hunting, this year we will be the hunted,” he said, adding that all of his teammates were acutely aware of the challenge they faced.

“Thats what I love about playing for Victory. I didn’t have to say much.”

Valeri has a number of experienced teammates on whom he can lean for advice if he needs it – men like French centre back Matthieu Delpierre, who earlier in his career captained Bundesliga club Stuttgart, and stalwart Leigh Broxham, who has been at Victory all his career.

“They are friends for me. I have got Broxy whom I talk to about everything. There are a lot of older boys there … It’s not a job, it’s a privilege.”

The Asian Champions League would not be a problem either, he added.

“For me its exciting … it’s definitely not a negative nor a distraction. we are taking it game by game, training by training, we have just got to do our job.”

Muscat, himself Victory’s first ever skipper, said Valeri was the standout choice for the job.

“Excluding Carl’s career abroad, in the last 12 months since he has joined us, his qualities leading the team in the changeroom, alongside his performance, is first class.

“He is well respected by his peers and teammates and in the end it was an obvious choice for us.

“If Carl repeats what he did with his leadership that will be quite enough. There’s a group of driven, like-minded people in that changeroom,” Muscat added.

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Seven retro photos of Malcolm Turnbull looking like a future prime minister

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At the tender age of 21, Malcolm Bligh Turnbull told close friends he would be prime minister by 40. And while it took him two decades longer than planned to reach the Lodge, the “arrongant, likeable rascal” Rhodes scholar has always tried to look – and sound – the part.
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Malcolm Turnbull at the 1999 Constitutional Convention, looking less than cosy with John Howard, the monarchist he said “broke the heart of a nation”. Photo: Andrew Meares

From his time squaring off against John Howard and Tony Abbott during the republic referendum to this week’s spill, Turnbull’s ambition has always burned bright.

And while they were opponents over the constitution, it was Howard who convinced Turnbull to remain in politics after he lost the Liberal leadership to Abbott in 2009. 

Malcolm Turnbull poses in 1991 for Good Weekend.

Turnbull appeared in Fairfax Media’s Good Weekend in 1991 to mixed reviews. “He’s a prick,” said former business partner Nicholas Whitlam.

But friend Kate Fitzpatrick told Good Weekend about the other side of Turnbull. “He’s wonderful, kind, generous, warm and friendly.”

Either way, how can we forget this photo of a smouldering Turnbull, a look later made famous by Ryan Gosling in “Hey Girl” memes.

Photo: Penny Bradfield

Don’t let it be said that only Tony Abbott knows how to sport a pair of Speedos; in Liberal colours and all.

Here Turnbull exercises at the Bondi Icebergs pool at South Bondi in May 2004 not long after he led a local coup against Wentworth MP Peter King. Turnbull was pre-selected Liberal candidate after an acrimonious internal battle. “The name’s Turnbull, Malcolm Turnbull.”

Malcolm Turnbull pictured in 1983 when he worked for Kerry Packer. Photo: Paul Matthews

Even during Jeff Kennett’s spray against Turnbull this week, the former Liberal premier of Victoria conceded that our new Prime Minister is bright.

And here he is in 1983 seeking a new challenge after having memorised all the books behind him in a matter of weeks.

Turnbull worked at Consolidated Press for the late Kerry Packer. Packer reportedly told friends Turnbull frightened even him. Although, according to an account by our new Prime Minister, that didn’t stop the media mogul threatening to kill him.

Photo: Kate Geraghty

No blood on my hands. Here we have Turnbull holding court at home in 2004 on the day he knifed sitting MP Peter King to become the Liberal candidate for Wentworth. Turnbull displays the hand gesture excellence he now promises to bring to the position of Prime Minister, and also how to wear a tucked in polo shirt.

What seems to have become something of a theme, Turnbull said winning preselection for the blue-ribbon seat of Wentworth was a “humbling experience”. 

Photo: Andrew Meares

Turnbull here appears to have told a particularly funny joke about the Queen – or at least Janet Holmes a Court thought so in 1999 at the Constitutional Convention.

For some reason, countless pundits have isolated a perceived “smugness” as a big problem for Turnbull. 

Photo: Peter Morris

Working the phones? Turnbull’s had plenty of practice.

Here he is working as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs in 1996, his grin a number 6 on the Cheshire Cat scale. 

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Turning to Turnbull as MP farewells ex-PM

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NEW LEADER: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Wannon MP Dan Tehan during a May 2013 visit to Warrnambool. Photo: Rob GunstoneWANNON MP Dan Tehan backed former prime minister Tony Abbott in Monday night’s leadership ballot but says heis happy to work with his successor.
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Malcolm Turnbull was sworn inas Australia’s 29thprime minister on Tuesday and Mr Tehan said the former barrister was well-credential for the top job.

The Wannon MP indicated he voted for Mr Abbott in the leadership ballot and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in the deputy leadership vote.

Mr Turnbull gained 55 votes to Mr Abbott’s45 while Ms Bishop won the deputy leadership vote decisively against Defence Minister Kevin Andrews.

Corangamite MP Sarah Henderson also participated in the Monday night ballot but refused to indicate who she voted for.

Deakin University political expert Geoffrey Robinson said Ms Henderson was highly likely to be a supporter of Mr Turnbull.

Mr Tehan said he voted for Mr Abbott and Ms Bishop because they were the incumbent leadership team.

“I voted for the Prime Minister and I voted for the Foreign Minister –I voted for the leadership team that took us successfully to the 2013 federal election,” he said.

“The party room obviously voted for Malcolm Turnbull and I respect that vote. I wholeheartedly congratulate Malcolm Turnbull on being elected as prime minister and I look forward to working with him.”

The Wannon MP was shown on television coverage entering the Liberal Party caucus room alone ahead of the ballot on Monday night. Both Mr Turnbull and Mr Abbott entered with a contingent of MPs as a show of strength before the vote.

Mr Tehan said the leadership ballot was a momentous occasion and one of high emotion.

“There was a lot of emotion, a lot of emotion when a leadership change takes place in the party room,” the Wannon MP said.

Mr Turnbull’s elevation to the prime ministershipwill result in a ministerial reshuffle with the potential for Mr Tehan to gain a portfolio but the Wannon MP said any change was a matter for the leadership.

“I served as a backbencher under Prime Minister Abbott and I’m happy to serve in whatever capacity under Prime Minister Turnbull,” Mr Tehan said.

Mr Abbott became federal Coalition leader in December 2009, replacing Mr Turnbull. Mr Tehan becameWannon’s representative at the 2010 federal election.

Mr Tehan said Mr Turnbull had been invited to visit south-west Victoria as Communications Minister in coming months. He welcomed a potentialvisit by the new prime minister but the leadership change meant scheduling alterations.

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Liberal leadership: Tony Abbott gone but what now?

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Will Tony Abbott quit Parliament or retire to the backbench in dignified silence. Or will be cause problems for Malcom Turnbull? Photo: Alex Ellinghausen As outgoing PM, Mr Abbott, pictured departing Monday night’s party room meeting, has an obligation to address the people for whom he served. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
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It is a telling commentary on the now failed 24-month Abbott prime ministership that even after it had run its course, its brains trust was still making bad calls.

The last of these was the unnecessarily churlish delay ensuring it was lunchtime the day after his removal before Tony Abbott spoke publicly. Whether it was his decision alone is not known but waiting that long to address the nation suggested bad blood, and worse, an attempt to deny legitimacy to his successor, Malcolm Turnbull.

Even at its most benign, it was a parting non-decision, characteristic of his government’s mostly hollow presentation as little more than a non-Labor government.

Regardless of intent, it conveyed an absence of grace which not only reflected poorly on Team-Abbott, but seemed at odds with Abbott’s own more honourable style.

Abbott’s departure should have been marked by the dignity of a swift exit, not a sullen vacuum.

When it did come, the concession contained no mention of Turnbull, no magnanimity towards the victor, and no real responsibility for his own leadership failings.

In their place was a manifest anger, rent with the faults of everyone from the leakers in his party room to the media who reported them. Anyone in fact, but the people running the show itself.

“We stayed focused despite the white-anting,” he proclaimed.

Abbott reserved his most Shakespearean language for journalists slating their creation of “poll-drive panic” which he says fostered a “febrile media culture” that rewarded treachery. “Refuse to print self-serving claims that the person making them won’t put his or her name to,” he pleaded.

“Refuse to connive at dishonour by acting as the assassin’s knife,” he continued, blithely ignoring his own office’s widely remarked partnership with certain docile media outlets.

Politics is a bruising, unforgiving business, requiring all (and more) from the individuals tough enough to climb to the top. It is entirely understandable that Abbott and his dedicated team are feeling the pain and grief of rejection.

But Abbott has always been the quintessential Liberal loyalist. As the outgoing prime minister, his last obligation was to protect the country, to address the people for whom he served, and publicly acknowledge the gravity of events that have seen him forced to surrender his commission.

Beyond that, the pre-eminent question hanging over the new Turnbull administration, given what the nation went through when Kevin Rudd white-anted Julia Gillard post-coup, is what will Abbott do now?

Will he quit Parliament causing a byelection or retire to the backbench to see out this term in dignified silence? Or will he cause problems for those he clearly sees as having betrayed him? He says not, but what about his supporters – mostly on the party’s conservative right wing?

Insiders say the right is now functionally split. There are those who are conservative by preference and yet economy-minded, determinedly pluralist, and occasionally progressive on issues. These are “traditional” big “L” Liberals in the Menzian vein.

Then there are the authoritarian reactionaries – a new and uncompromising form of evangelical Christians with a Tea Party-style dedication to political combat and a loathing for moderate liberal permissiveness.

For these hardliners, the Liberal Party brand has only ever been a vehicle, a means to a conservative end. They hate good and they hate no-one more than those whom they see as the dissemblers and soft liberals within their own ranks.

For now, they have been set back. But in the medium term, they have a new cause, a new enemy personified, and perhaps even, a new martyr.

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MP hits out at new PM

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CHANGES: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull with Julie Bishop and Christopher Pyne at Parliament House on Tuesday. Picture: Andrew Meares.THE overthrowing of the prime minister won’t bring about great change according to Ballarat MP Catherine King, who said it would not impact onany of the government’s policy problems.
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Former Liberal leaderTony Abbott was ousted late on Monday night following a challenge from Prime MinisterMalcolm Turnbull.

The change follows an all too similar path undertaken by the previous Labor government who wasslammed across the country for dumping leaders.

While the move has been welcomed by many who had become fed up with the performance of Mr Abbott, Ms King said it was important to remember that Mr Turnbull was an important part of all government decisions.

“Look Ithink it has been a long time coming, I think after all the Liberal Party’s posturing, they found themselves in a very similar situation to those they mocked us about,” she said.

“In Ballarat we have lost of all our youth unemployment services, none of that will change.”

Ms King said she was doubtful the Coalition would make major changes on a number of big issues, such as same-sexmarriage, as she believed Mr Turnbull would have had to make a number of promises to other MPs to secure votes in the spill.

Ms King admitted the similar process undertaken by the Labor Party created some “long lasting enemies” that didn’t go away.

“In Labor we learnt from that and changed our rules so it can’t happen again,” shesaid.

“It (the Liberal spill)wasa close (leadership) vote, it requires only 11 people to change their minds, so it is still a very difficult space to work in.”

Ballarat senator Michael Ronaldson said he looked forward to serving under Mr Turnbull.

“Malcolm is a dynamic leader, he is a self-made individual who is intelligent and hard-working,” he said.

“He is quite rightly highly regarded by the Australian community.”

Senator Ronaldson missed the spill vote to elect Mr Turnbull as he was travelling back to Canberra at the time.

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Marshall yet to undergo scans on injured ankle

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DRAGONS halfback Benji Marshall is at long odds of earning a long-awaitedTest recall with the former Kiwi captain to undergo scans on his injured ankle later this week.
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Marshall suffered the injury after being twisted awkwardly in a tackle from former New Zealand teammate Greg Eastwood in the 54th minute of the Dragons golden-point loss to the Bulldogs on Saturday.

He attempted to battle on after being strapped on the run but was forced from the field and took no further part in the match. He is yet to undergo scans as medical staff wait for the swelling around the injury to go down.

IN DOUBT: Benji Marshall clutches at his ankle after falling awkwardly in the Dragons close loss to the Bulldogs on Saturday. Picture: Getty Images

Marshall has made no secret of his ambition to earn a Test recall for the Kiwis end of season tour and the odds of him earning a call-up shortened when golden boot winner Shaun Johnson suffered a season ending injury in round 20.

Marshallwill hopeto avoid surgery that would rule him out of the New Zealand tour and delay his return to preseason with the Dragons in November.

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Poignant issues in stage classic

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Streetcar: Hitting Shellharbour. Picture: Nick Lewis.
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The spice and drama of 1940sNew Orleans comes to the Roo Theatre in Shellharbour onFriday night, with the stage classic A Streetcar Named Desire.

Four of the Illawarra’sstrongest thespians will lead the cast in the Tennessee Williams tale, touching on poignant issues of domestic violence and mental health.

“For me it really brings to light how common place it was back then and people just didn’t think of it and being that,” saidProduction manager Renee Brighton. “I’m also a mental health nurse, so it talks a lot about mental illness and how people were treated back then.”

It follows the tribulations of Blanche DuBois (KimGriffin)who comes to stay with her sister Stella (Francesca Gazzola)and her brutish husband Stanley Kowalski (Ben Verdon) after losing her teaching job.

The production is the eighth for the theatre company this year, and will run until September 26 –for mature audiences.

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DRESS REHEARSAL: Francesca Gazzola (Stella), Rod Pianegonda (Mitch), Ben Verdon (Stanley) and Kim Griffin (Blanche) PHOTO: Nick Lewis

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Wind farm calls for local workers

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The White Rock Wind Farm is calling on locals to apply for work packages that will begin before the end of the year.
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Goldwind Australia has added a link on their web site where local contractors can apply for current supply and subcontracting opportunities.

Goldwind Australia Managing Director John Titchen said they aim to create significant local benefit from the White Rock Wind Farm by offering local companies the opportunity to participate.

“We are by offering local companies the opportunity to participate throughout the 18 month construction period and by establishing a local team for the long term operation phase,” he said.

“Following the appointment of the main contractor an information forum will be held in Glenn Innes to provide local businesses with additional information about the available work packages.

“Typical work packages available range from fencing, cleaning services, civil engineering, environmental consultants, form work and steel fixing, concrete supply and accommodation providers.

Manager of Central Motel Glen Innes Bob Kelly said he was contacted soon after applying for an accommodation provider package.

Manager of Central Motel Glen Innes Bob Kelly

“They got back to us very quickly and informed us that we would be notified in the near future regarding the specifics of our application,” he said.

“We are confident we will be successful.”

Business in Glen President Jim Ritchie said the wind farm development, through both supply of services and job creation, should give a substantial economic lift to businesses in Glen Innes.

“I’d advise businesses and suppliers to register their interest on the ICN site, so that they are part of the process, as the company has indicated that they would like to support local businesses and suppliers,” he said.

Glen Innes Severn Council Director of Infrastructure Services Keith Appleby said the Council will be involved with the project from a number of angles.

“The planning approval includes a condition that any deterioration caused to the local road network as a result of the development is made good by White Rock Wind Farm,” he said.

“The council is also the nearest supplier of manufactured road base and concrete aggregates through the Glen Innes Aggregates business, and the project will create a large demand for these resources.”

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