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A-League: City skipper racing clock to be fit for final

A-League: City skipper racing clock to be fit for final

RACING THE CLOCK: Melbourne City skipper Michael Jakobsen failed to complete training on Tuesday. Picture: AAP
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While Newcastle Jets are set to regain captain Nigel Boogaard for Friday’s A-League semi-final with Melbourne City, the Victorians appear to be losing a race against time to have their own skipper available.

City leader Michael Jakobsen was an early departure from City’s training on Tuesday.

There was no aggravation of his thigh injury, but having already missed the last two matches with the ailment, his failure to get through a full training session puts the Danish centre-back in extreme doubt for City’s do-or-die clash in the Hunter.

The 32-year-old was the sole ever-present for Warren Joyce this season, inheriting the captain’s armband in the wake of Bruno Fornaroli’s long-term injury.

But now City face a defensive re-shuffle for the biggest match in the club’s history.

Osama Malik, who returned from injury to deputise for Jakobsen over the last fortnight, said all was not lost ahead of the semi-final.

“There’s still some hope he’ll be part of the squad,” he said.

“He’s a very important player for us. He’s a leader in our team and I’m sure he’ll play some role.”

If Jakobsen doesn’t come up, Malik is likely to stay in defence, allowing the central midfield pairing of Oliver Bozanic and Luke Brattan to continue.

Previously, Malik and Brattan had been favoured in the middle of the park.

For the Jets, Boogaard was seemingly cleared by coach Ernie Merrick to play on Friday when he declared his entire team fit and ready – save for Ben Kantarovski.

Merrick said injury-hit attacker Ronny Vargas was “looking very good” in training, freed of a groin problem that kept him out of the Jets’8-2 smashing of Central Coast.

Dario Vidosic, who has impressed over the last month, said Boogaard’s return was “no concern”.

“They’ve got good quality players and they’re second for a reason,” he said.

“It’s going to be 11 v 11. We know if we can play our football for the full 90 minutes we should have enough quality to book in the final.”

Vidosic, who played in the 2016 grand final for losing side Western Sydney, said the lure of playing in another decider was huge.

“The whole of Australian football, all eyes are on two teams,” he said.”The build-up, everything, the hard work and you get that chance to lift a trophy which is what everyone strives for.This is what we all dream of.”

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In Her Time connections in talks about fresh start on lease agreement

In Her Time connections in talks about fresh start on lease agreement

WINNERS: Jockey Zac Purton with In Her Time supporters after her win in The Galaxy. Picture: AAPA group of lessees enjoying a dream ride with In Her Time have not given up on a new deal to stay involved with the star Newcastle mare.
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A three-year lease agreementfor the group 1 winner involving 11 people, including Bar Beach-based owner Peter Brown,is set to expire on May 10, two days before In Her Time competes in the $700,000 Doomben 10,000 (1200 metres).

Brown has indicated that he will race In Her Time on as sole owner, ending the connection for the 10 lessees, which include Newcastle Jockey Club director Robert Dan and fellow Novocastrian Steve Rippon.

However, the Herald was told the lessees held a meeting on Sunday, which Brown was unable to attend, to discuss the situation.

Rippon was voted in as the new manager of the group and told the Herald: “All I can say is, yes, we did have the meeting,and we obviously voted me in as the manager, and we’re in negotiations with the owner, Peter Brown, at the moment.”

Asked if there was more to the situation than just the ending of the lease, he said:“I can’t comment on that at the moment.”

“As Isaid, we’re in negotiations and when they are completed I‘m sure there will be things that will come out, but at the moment that’s all I can say about it.”

The Herald was unable to gain comment from Brown on Tuesday.

The group is keen to be part of a new lease agreement, and for obvious reasons.

Passed in for $38,000 at the 2014 Inglis Classic Sale, In Her Time has won$2,135,725in prizemoney from 19 starts in whathas been a remarkable and rare success for a leased horse.

And there could be plenty more to come.

The five-year-old mare, trained by Newcastle’s Ben Smith, is tipped to gain a slot in the $13 million The Everest (1200) at Randwick in October and a trip to the rich Hong Kong carnival in December is also on the cards.

Her value as a broodmare has also risen into the millions.

The Herald was told the 10 lessees, excluding Brown,estimated they hadcosts of about$400,000in various fees over the three years but gained back about60 per cent of In Her Time’s prizemoney, which equated to almost $1.3 million.

On the track, In Her Time impressed in a 1000-metre trial win at Newcastle on Tuesday, clocking1:00.72 and a last 600m of 33.18 seconds under a strong hold from Aaron Bullock. It was In Her Time’s first hit-out since a luckless third in the TJ Smith Stakes on April 7.

“Aaron didn’t release the brakes on her so to run that time is pretty impressive,” trainer Ben Smith said.

He said In Her Time would likely have an exhibition gallop between races at Newcastle on May 5 or 8. The Doomben10,000 and Stradbroke Handicap are In Her Time’s Queensland targets.

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Jets focus on finals mission

Jets focus on finals mission

FROM BACK PAGE“It will be a difficult game and we will be giving our all. Hopefullyour all is good enough.”
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Daniel Georgievski, who joined the Jets after playing a grand final forVictory last year, bristled at the comments by City players.

“They are kindof writing us off, which, in a way, works in our favour,” he said.“If they are going to talk the talk, let’s see them walk the walk, it is not going to be easy especially with us. We don’t talk about them, we don’t care about them, to tell you the truth. We are just going to focus on what we are doing.We are staying very humble and down to earth.”

City’s confidence is, perhaps, fuelled by their unbeaten record against the Jets this campaign, including a 3-0 win at McDonald Jones Stadium this month.

It was the middle of three straight defeats for the Jets beforean 8-2 rout of Central Coast.

“Last game, they (City) scored from three set pieces, other than that it was a pretty even game,” O’Donovan said.“Our final pass wasn’t good and we didn’t impose our game on them, which isn’t like us.That is something we need to rectify this weekend. Against the Mariners, we were pumped and had a point to prove. It will be the same this week.”

O’Donovan also exploded back to form with a double against the Mariners. He hadn’t scored since round fivein a campaign punctuated by a 10-week lay-off with a groin injury.

“I feel good,” he said“I’mfinallycatching back up from all the injuries,” he said.

Jets captain Nigel Boogaard (leg) and marquee Vargas (groin)trained strongly on Tuesday.

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NSW greyhound ‘king’ banned for dog export

NSW greyhound ‘king’ banned for dog export

Leading NSW breeder Paul Wheeler has been banned from greyhound racing for at least six months.NSW’s greyhound racing “king” has been fined and banned from the sport for at least six months after trying to export dogs to China without proper authorisation.
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Paul Wheeler, a leading breeder and owner, has been disqualified for 12 months – with the final six months suspended pending good behaviour – for facilitating the export of 10 dogs to China without “passports”.

He’s also been fined the maximum $22,000 penalty over the exports which took place between 2013 and 2015, the industry body said on Tuesday.

Wheeler pleaded guilty to charges including failing to lodge ownership transfer forms and prejudicial conduct against the sport, Greyhound Racing NSW’s decision states.

GRNSW, in 2014, stopped granting passports for nations where “practices do not meet industry welfare standards and are inconsistent with community expectations”.

“The decision demonstrates that GRNSW will not tolerate offences which jeopardise the welfare of greyhounds and tarnish the image and reputation of the sport in the eyes of the public,” chief executive Tony Mestrov said on Tuesday.

GRNSW steward Adrian Anderson’s decision labelled Wheeler’s misconduct as “very serious” because it placed the dogs “at risk of maltreatment and suffering”.

Millions of dollars in prize money and thousands of wins saw Wheeler become a leading voice for the sport when it was brought to its knees over systematic animal abuse in 2015.

He railed against the government’s decision to ban racing before then-premier Mike Baird backflipped in 2016.

“There are a few people (who have) done the wrong thing,” Wheeler told AAP at the time.

“We’re all prepared to admit that – but there’s a lot of good people out there and a lot of people are going to be hurt real bad.”

Wheeler won’t be allowed to reside at his home – where his dogs are trained – for the first three months of his ban.

Two other industry participants – Wei Shan and Yiwen Xi – were also sanctioned for their role in trying to export Wheeler’s dogs without proper documentation.

Australian Associated Press

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Remember Anzac Day 2017: First light at Newcastle

Remember Anzac Day 2017: First light at Newcastle

Remember Anzac Day 2017: First light at Newcastle Picture: Max Mason-Hubers
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Nobbys dawn service. Picture: Chad Watson

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The Civic Park service following the Newcastle Anzac Day march. Picture: Brodie Owen

The Civic Park service following the Newcastle Anzac Day march. Picture: Brodie Owen

The Civic Park service following the Newcastle Anzac Day march. Picture: Brodie Owen

The Civic Park service following the Newcastle Anzac Day march. Picture: Brodie Owen

Nobbys dawn service. Picture: Chad Watson

Nobbys dawn service. Picture: Chad Watson

Nobbys dawn service. Picture: Chad Watson

Nobbys dawn service. Picture: Chad Watson

Nobbys dawn service. Picture: Chad Watson

Nobbys dawn service. Picture: Chad Watson

Nobbys dawn service. Picture: Chad Watson

Nobbys dawn service. Picture: Chad Watson

Nobbys dawn service. Picture: Chad Watson

Nobbys dawn service. Picture: Chad Watson

Nobbys dawn service. Picture: Chad Watson

Nobbys dawn service. Picture: Chad Watson

Nobbys dawn service. Picture: Chad Watson

Nobbys dawn service. Picture: Chad Watson

Nobbys dawn service. Picture: Chad Watson

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