Accused denies hotel sex assault

A SHIRTLESS man skipped around outside Launceston’s Hotel New York after he proclaimed ‘‘let’s dance’’ and threw punches at the male supporters of a female patron he had sexually assaulted, a court has heard.
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The complainant told jurors in the Supreme Court in Launceston on Monday she had been fending off unwanted bum-grabbing and dance moves from the man she now knew as Tristan Andrew Tuthill, throughout her visit to the nightclub.

Crown prosecutor Virginia Jones asked the woman, 21, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, what else happened in the hotel.

The complainant said the unshaven, T-shirt, shorts and thongs-wearing accused also pulled at her shorts three times, one time exposing her underwear, and she swore at him but he laughed her off.

The woman said when she confronted the man he started to rub her genitalia outside her clothing in ‘‘very quick touches’’ and she told him, ‘‘don’t touch me or I will kick your head in’’.

After she resumed dancing, the complainant said she almost immediately felt the man’s finger or fingers slide up the back of her shorts and into her genitalia.

She said she spun around and elbowed and punched the man to get rid of him.

The woman said the man apologised ‘‘in a very sarcastic way’’ near the nightclub entrance and she later encountered him on the street, where he took off his top and started a fight with her male friends who had heard about what happened.

Defence counsel Fran McCracken suggested to the complainant that no one touched her in such a way, but the woman said it did happen and it hurt.

Tuthill, 29, pleaded not guilty on Monday to indecent assault and aggravated sexual assault, alleged to have occurred overnight between January 17 and 18, 2014.

The trial, before Justice Stephen Estcourt, continues.

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Hallshines for Suns against the Lions

Mitch Robinson and Aaron Hall in action at the Gabba on SaturdaySINCE returning to Gold Coast line-up in round 14, Hobart’s Aaron Hall has been slowly building towards his very best form.
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On Saturday in the QClash against Brisbane, the 24-year-old forward-midfielder was at his finest, with a career-best outing in the Suns’ win.

Hall finished with 28 touches, kicked 1.0, laid five tackles, took three marks, eight score involvements and eight inside 50s, as one of five Tasmanians in action.

Launceston’s Kade Kolodjashnij was strong as an extra number in defence, with 20 touches at 80 per cent disposal efficiency, while Jesse Lonergan returned to a defensive role, and collected 18 touches and laid four tackles on Jed Adcock.

North Hobart’s Henry Schade had eight touches playing on a variety of talls, while Burnie’s Luke Russell finished with 0.1 from 10 touches with four marks and three tackles.

Lauderdale’s Mitch Robinson again tried hard for the Lions with 24 possessions (12 contested) at 87 per cent disposal efficiency rate, 11 tackles and 1.0.

Kade’s twin brother Jake was outstanding in Geelong’s win over Sydney, shutting out Sydney great Adam Goodes.

Kolodjashnij collected 15 touches (10 contested) and took four marks, while Goodes had just 12 touches and kicked 1.1

Fellow Launceston product Jackson Thurlow as also impressive, with an 18 possession outing playing on Lewis Jetta and Isaac Heeny, which saw the 21-year-old receive this weeks’s Rising Star nomination.

George Town’s Toby Nankervis was subbed out for the Swans in the third quarter after having nine hit-outs, collecting three possessions and laying four tackles.

At Domain Stadium on Saturday, Devonport’s Grant Birchall finished with 22 touches, 1.0 and five inside 50s, while North Hobart’s Sam Darley played his first game of the year for the Western Bulldogs, and finished with 21 touches at 86 per cent disposal efficiency.

The Weller brothers of Burnie played against each other for the first time on Sunday, but it took until the third quarter for them to be on the field together after Lachie started as Fremantle’s sub.

Again he came on and had an impact, collecting seven touches, however one of his early ones went straight to his brother Maverick in the Dockers’ win over the Saints.

The older Weller finished with 16 touches, laid four tackles and took four marks for St Kilda.

Ulverstone’s Alex Pearce played both forward and back for Freo, kicking 1.2 from 13 touches and taking nine marks.

Devonport’s Ben Brown put in a strong showing in North Melbourne’s win over Melbourne, kicking 2.2 from 10 touches and four marks, before hurting his calf in the second term and being subbed out at three quarter-time.

For the Demons Dodges Ferry’s Jeremy Howe had 13 touches and took five marks in defence, while Wynyard’s Colin Garland played on Jarrad Waite and finished with nine touches.

Lauderdale’s Andrew Phillips returned to the Greater Western Sydney team and won 16 hit-outs and nine possessions against former teammate Jonathon Gilles in the Giants’ win over Essendon.

On Friday night, Clarence’s Jack Riewoldt had a quiet night for Richmond playing all over the ground, with just seven touches, no marks, 1.0 and four tackles.

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Clarkecalledit right:Ponting

Ricky Ponting and Michael ClarkeFORMER Australian captain Ricky Ponting says personal experience tells him his successor Michael Clarke has chosen the right time to retire from international cricket.
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In the wake of Australia’s Ashes debacle and Clarke’s subsequent announcement, Ponting even admitted he may have waited too long to make the same decision.

‘‘Since I retired I have realised I went on too long and Michael doesn’t want to be in the same boat,’’ the Mowbray batsman told Sky Sports.

‘‘I think it’s the right time as he has been fighting inner demons and battling his game for the last 12-18 months.’’

Ponting, who handed over the captaincy to Clarke in 2011 but continued to play for another year, has previously admitted he played on two years longer than he should have done.

He said only Clarke will know whether the time was right in the aftermath of the humiliating innings defeat at Trent Bridge which gave England an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series.

‘‘None of us know but if he says it’s the right time, it’s obviously the right time,’’ Ponting told Cricinfo.

‘‘I had a meeting with him at Lord’s talking about the last part of my career and I said to him that when the things that used to come really easy to you don’t come so easy any more then it’s the right time and I think we’ve seen in this series a lot of the things that he would do quite easily a few years ago seem to be really hard to him.’’

Ponting said Clarke would share similar positives, and the same glaring regret, from his own international career.

’’ If he’s anything like me he’ll be most fond of his longevity in the game. Not necessarily about how many hundreds but how long you played for and how many wins you’ve been involved in, they were the things that I cherished the most when I finished.

‘‘He’s been part of a couple of World Cup wins and obviously captaining one in Australia would have been an unbelievable thrill for him.

‘‘Unfortunately, like me he wasn’t able to win an Ashes series here in England and that’s one thing that he probably will have a regret about, as I did.’’

Ponting had already tipped that as many as eight members of the tourists’ squad will not play Test cricket again following a fourth successive Ashes defeat on British soil.

He said he was pleased that Clarke would get a farewell match at The Oval next week.

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Cure races to 13thin La Route prologue

TASMANIAN multiple track world champion Amy Cure has shown her versatility on the road with a 13th-place finish in the prologue to the women’s La Route De France.
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The three-kilometre opener in Enghien les Bains took Dutch winner Amy Pieters 3:40 with Cure, of West Pine, just nine seconds behind, riding for Lotto Soudal Ladies.

Track teammate Annette Edmondson (Wiggle Honda) was fifth and another Aussie, Lauren Kitchen (Hitec Products), seventh.

Launceston’s Alex Clements was among the five-strong Jayco-AIS World Tour Academy team riding the Gran Premio Sportivi di Poggiana in Italy. With Clements adding climbing options to the outfit, teammates Jack Haig (Victoria) and reigning Australian under-23 national champion Miles Scotson (South Australia) put in aggressive rides to finish fifth and ninth respectively.

‘‘The entire squad was aggressive from the start of the race, involved in all the main moves,’’ the team reported.

Team Sky’s Nathan Earle, of Hobart, finished 97th in the Tour of Denmark, 31:20 behind the home-nation winner, Christopher Juul Jensen (Tinkoff-Saxo).

Launceston’s Matthew Goss (MTN – Qhubeka) was 102nd after five of the seven stages in the Tour of Utah, but did not appear among the finishers in the final two stages.

In the USA Iron Hill Criterium, Launceston’s Clay Murfett finished 47th as part of Astellas Team lead-out, which claimed second place, while Campbell Town’s Will Clarke (Drapac) is scheduled to ride next week’s USA Pro Challenge.

Wes Sulzberger, Tom Robinson and Mark Jamieson are among the Tasmanians scheduled to ride in the National Road Series Tour of Great South Coast in Victoria from Wednesday, while Georgia Baker will ride the next round of the women’s series, Victoria’s Tour of King Valley.

Hobart mountain biker Scott Bowden is heading to Europe from the US where he finished 21st and 27th in his last two races.

‘‘Things didn’t quite pan out how I would have liked results-wise, but it has been a great trip so far, with plenty of positives to take away,’’ he said. ‘‘At Mont Saint Anne (World Cup), I felt great but two silly mistakes towards the end of the race cost me a shot at the result I was hoping for.

‘‘In Windham, I had a good start in the top 20 but had nothing in the engine all race.’’

Bowden will train in Livigno, Italy, before the last World Cup event in Val di Sole.

Meanwhile, Hobart’s Cameron Wurf completed his first iron man in Whistler, Canada, in 9 hours 23 minutes and has set his sights on the famed Hawaii ironman in Kona to complete what he called his ‘‘sabbatical year’’ away from pro cycling.

‘‘It’s an event alongside the Olympics and Le Tour de France I dreamed of as a kid partaking in one day,’’ the former Olympic rower SAID.

‘‘When I line up on the start in Kona, I’ll have ticked of two of those objectives. I would never have guessed Kona would come ahead of Le Tour, but hey, you never ever know what card sporting life has got installed for you next.

‘‘I’ll have to work even harder now to complete the set as I get back in the peloton next year, but that’s even more motivating for me now. Twelve months ago, I’d lost that desire, so I’m pleased that putting myself through an ironman finally got that spark and drive back.’’

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Miller urges Jets to make big statement

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Jets coach Scott Miller talks to the players on Monday. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

NEWCASTLE coach Scott Miller wants the Jets to make a statement against Perth Glory in the FFA Cup round of 32 showdown at Magic Park on Tuesday night.

A win would send the strongest message.

‘‘Winning has to be the aim,’’ Miller said after the Jets finalised preparations with a short, sharp session at Ray Watt on Tuesday.

‘‘It will give us momentum moving forward.

‘‘It’s important but not vital, even though that is a contradiction in a sense.

‘‘The winning mentality I need to see. The competitiveness. We need to replicate our work on the training field in terms of our intensity.

‘‘If I see instances of the patterns we want to play in and out of possession, I’ll be happy.

‘‘More importantly, I will be happy with a result.’’

The match is Miller’s first competitive hit-out at the helm since plucked from Fulham on the recommendation of Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou as a replacement for Phil Stubbins.

‘‘It’s not about me, it’s not about one person, it’s about the team,’’ Miller said. ‘‘We will be measured as a group.’’

The start of the A-League season is two months away.

But in a sign of the growing stature of the FFA Cup, Miller will field close to his strongest side against a Glory outfit which has also undergone a major overhaul.

Enver Alivodic, who arrived from Serbia a week ago and is short of peak condition, moves back to the bench for Brandon Lundy in the only change to the Jets XI, which lost 2-1 to Central Coast in a friendly last Wednesday.

‘‘Straight after the game, I was disappointed with the result,’’ Miller said.

‘‘But having reviewed it and looking at how we played, there were a lot of positives.

‘‘I actually thought we had more purpose and penetration to our play.’’

The Mariners’ goals came from an error by the Jets playing out from the back and a lapse in concentration at a corner.

‘‘In the grand scheme of things, with more rhythm and more games behind us those mistakes would not be made,’’ Miller said.

The Jets are the only Northern NSW Football representative remaining in the knockout after National Premier League teams Broadmeadow Magic went down 3-1 to Heidelberg United and Edgeworth fell 2-1 at the death to Melbourne City.

‘‘I want 5000 people there,’’ Miller said.

‘‘I can’t see any reason if it is a nice evening in Newcastle why people wouldn’t come and support the team.

‘‘I’m hoping the FFA Cup environment will stimulate them mentally and get them over the line and actually perform for 90 minutes.’’

Glory striker Andy Keogh scored a goal in each half to lead the visitors to a 2-0 win over the Jets in the corresponding game last year.

The Northern Ireland international is among a number of players who have departed Perth in the fall-out from the West Australians’ salary cap breech.

‘‘We have analysed them to a degree,’’ Miller said.

‘‘We can look at last season’s structure.

‘‘I know Kenny well and I don’t think his structure will change completely.

‘‘Obviously the personnel will in terms of who and where and how they play.’’

Glory reached the final of the FFA Cup last season, going down to 1-0 Adelaide United, and coach Kenny Lowe is aiming for a repeat of their strong performance.

‘‘Why can’t we do what we did last year? I don’t know. We’re still here believing,’’ Lowe said.

Probable team (4-2-3-1): Mark Birighitti; Jason Hoffman, Daniel Mullen, Nigel Boogaard, Lee Ki-je; Mateo Poljak, Cameron Watson; Brandon Lundy, Mitch Cooper, David Carney; Labinot Haliti Res: Ben Kennedy, Lachlan Jackson, Ben Kantarovski, Enver Alivodic, Braedyn Crowley.

Scott Miller. Picture: Phil Hearne

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