Canberra Raiders shoot themselves in foot again in loss to Wests Tigers

A dejected Blake Austin leaves Canberra Stadium after Monday’s loss to the Tigers. Photo: Melissa Adams Shannon Boyd of Canberra Raiders goes over for a try as James Tedesco looks on. Photo: Melissa Adams
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Most NRL teams can handle being outplayed, but too many times this year the Raiders have effectively beaten themselves with a lack of composure and impatience. Raiders coach Ricky Stuart acknowledged as much after the game, admitting his side “should have learned” from the wealth of close home losses which appear to have cost them a finals spot. Canberra is one of the league’s best attacking sides but when the game is on the line they’ve regularly being guilty of panicking and trying to score off every set. It was again the case against the Tigers. Canberra has plenty of points in them — unfortunately they’re yet to work out if they’re patient they will come.  SHANNON BOYD SMASH!

The Wests Tigers will be glad they don’t come across Raiders giant Shannon Boyd again this season after he and fellow bench prop Paul Vaughan turned the game on its head when they came on midway through the first half. Vaughan ran for 128 metres off 12 runs in a devastating 20-minute burst before the break, and the Raiders thrived off the momentum he created. Canberra was down 4-0 against a sharp-looking Tigers before the young duo came on. Boyd scored Canberra’s two first-half tries to give them a 12-4 lead. In the corresponding clash at Leichhardt Oval earlier this year, Boyd scored the initial try which helped Canberra overcome a 22-0 deficit, the equal biggest comeback win in club history. Unfortunately the Raiders couldn’t capitalise on the complete dominance of their pack.  BARNETT LOOKS A LIKELY TYPE

It was a bold call from Raiders coach Ricky Stuart to elevate debutant Mitch Barnett off the bench and throw him straight into the starting line-up in such an important game. It was justified with an eye-catching display from the 21-year-old back-rower. He racked up 120 metres and 24 tackles and justified his reputation for not taking a backward step toward anybody. With the emergence of Josh Papalii, Vaughan, Boyd and Luke Bateman in recent times, the Raiders pack has undergone a transformation from one of the league’s most experienced to a young and exciting one in the space of two years.  HOME LOSSES COST RAIDERS DEARLY

Canberra has lost eight of its 10 home games this year, five of those by four points or less. The perception the Raiders are tough to beat at home is a myth. If they lose to in-form Manly at Canberra Stadium on Sunday, the Raiders will eclipse the inaugural 1982 side (four) for the lowest number of home wins in a season in club history. Three times they’ve been sunk by a late field goal at home — against the Bulldogs, Cowboys and the Sharks in golden point. To their credit the young side has kept fronting up but had they won even half their close games, they’d be in the top eight.

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Boat accident victim Rob Royston remembered as ‘awesome guy’

A 30-year-old man is pulled from the water off Cape Moreton Photo: Supplied The rescue off Cape Moreton Photo: Seven News
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Ron Fankhauser, 30, was plucked from the water after a boating accident that claimed the life of his friend, Rob Royston. Photo: Facebook

Moreton Bay boat accident survivor clung to father’s dead body: RescuerThree people pulled from waters off Cape Moreton

A man who died in his son’s arms after a boating accident has been remembered as an “awesome guy” who passed doing what he loved.

Keen fisherman Rob Royston, son Leevi and friend Ron Fankhauser were knocked into the cold ocean north-east of Moreton Island on Sunday morning when two rogue waves capsized their boat.

They didn’t have time to grab life jackets and barely managed to set off an emergency beacon to let authorities know where they were.

Leevi and Ron were pulled from the water with hypothermia more than an hour and a half later but Rob didn’t make it.

“(The waves) went over that fast I couldn’t set EPIRBs and stuff off before we were all in the water so I had to dive back underneath the boat to get the EPIRB,” Mr Fankhauser told Nine News.

After activating the emergency beacon credited with saving his and Leevi’s lives, the father of three struck out for three trawler ships in the distance to find help.

Meanwhile Leevi held his father as the cold water slowly took it’s toll.

The 57-year-old died before emergency crews arrived to find his son still clinging to his father’s dead body.

Leevi’s friend Sophie Angel said he and his dad were best friends and fishing was their life.

“I guess you never think it’s going to happen to anyone you know and people say it all happens to the best people,” she said.

“Well it did because they were literally just the most amazing people ever, so kind.

“It’s honestly just a tragedy. I still can’t believe it’s happened. We all can’t.”

Queensland Government Air Rescue air crew officer Daren Parsons said the result could have been even worse if the emergency beacon hadn’t been activated.

“”There could have been three (fatalities) out there if they didn’t have a beacon,” he said.

“No one would have known they were out there until they would have been overdue.

“They were so far off the coast, it’s such a big ocean out there that the beacon’s sort of the only thing that saved the two other men’s lives.”

The trio were taking a new boat, which the hairdresser said belonged to another friend, on her maiden voyage.

Even more tragically, she said Rob had just beaten cancer.

“They’ve pulled him through that. He’s beaten that and just to have this happen (is shocking),” she said.

The hairdresser said Leevi and his father, who was an “awesome guy”, had brought their friendship group together with regular get togethers at their Beachmere home.

“At the end of the day at least he’s gone with something they both love doing and I think that’s what is holding Leevi together because they were both there doing something they loved,” she said.

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Ex inmate blasts Risdon’s healthcare

A FORMER Risdon inmate who suffered from gallbladder attacks says he stockpiled Panadol to avoid seeing doctors in prison, but the Health Department insists the service is well-resourced and of a high standard.
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The Launceston man, who was jailed for four months from January this year, said he suffered gallbladder problems before his imprisonment but his condition was exacerbated by poor healthcare and inadequate nutrition.

The man said he was placed on what he was told was a low-fat diet without warning or explanation about three months into his sentence.

His diary, part of which was given to The Examiner, detailed the meals he was fed while in Risdon: peanut butter, sausages and salami were prominent.

The man said the care he received from the Correctional Primary Health Service did not help his condition and that by the end of his sentence he preferred to take Panadol to alleviate his symptoms rather than ask for help.

Gallbladder attacks are characterised by severe stomach pain and are associated with vomiting, diarrhoea and chest pain. They can last between minutes or hours and in extreme cases require hospitalisation.

The former inmate credited his diet for the eight gallbladder attacks he suffered while in prison. He said he has not had one since he was released.

‘‘I refused medical assistance at one point because it was so appalling,’’ he said.

‘‘I became really frustrated. I was really stressed by the end of it.’’

A Tasmanian Health Service spokesman said inmates were given the same high standard of healthcare as that of the wider community.

He said the Correctional Primary Health Service’s five days a week service was complemented by 24/7 nursing staff and an after-hours on-call service.

‘‘CPHS has no record of a formal complaint from the patient in question about his healthcare at Risdon made either during his time in prison or since,’’ he said.

‘‘We encourage patients to raise concerns at the time of the issue so that appropriate action can be taken at the time.

‘‘If an inmate needs a specific diet for medical reasons, they are reviewed by CPHS and a request is then sent to the prison kitchen.’’

Prisoner advocate and lawyer Greg Barns argued the service was ill-equipped to deal with the high needs of its 497 inmates.

‘‘It’s grossly under-resourced,’’ Mr Barns said.

‘‘This is not 500 fit young men. This is a group of people with higher than usual rates of mental and physical illness.

‘‘I don’t condemn the doctors. It is just a chronic lack of resourcing.’’

The THS spokesman said inmates were supported by more than 40 full-time medical and allied health staff.

‘‘Prisoners who require specialist treatment receive that treatment off-site within clinically appropriate time frames,’’ he said.

‘‘Staff are employed from a variety of specialists areas, including mental health.’’

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Giddings pushes for Tasmanian workers

FOREIGN workers should not be the solution to Tasmania’s chef shortage, Franklin Labor MHA Lara Giddings says.
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The Tasmanian Hospitality Association says there are more than 140 vacant jobs for chefs and cooks across the state, with restaurants increasingly turning to importing workers on 457 visas.

The state government has pledged to work with the industry to attract the best possible people to the state, but Ms Giddings said the solution should lie closer to home.

‘‘I hope that we could actually grow our own, rather than bring others in to take jobs that really should be going to Tasmanians,’’ she said.

‘‘I can understand for industry that if they can’t get Tasmanians to fill those jobs then they have to find employees from somewhere.

‘‘I think what the government’s role is, is not to keep supporting foreign workers coming in and taking those Tasmanian jobs, but actually working with people on the ground in Tasmania.’’

Ms Giddings said she believed shows like MasterChef could spark an interest in young people to want to take up a career in cooking.

State Growth Minister Matthew Groom said the government was working with the industry to plan for the long-term, and wanted to bring more young Tasmanians into the sector.

‘‘Tasmania has got a great opportunity when it comes to the hospitality sector, that’s not just off the back of the tourism sector,’’ he said.

‘‘We want to work with the hospitality sector to make sure that young Tasmanians recognise that they can have a positive and exciting future, a positive and exciting career in hospitality.’’

There are about 270 TasTAFE students studying various cookery courses.

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Lambie’s son ‘ice addict’

Jacqui LambieSENATOR Jacqui Lambie has revealed her son’s ice addiction in Parliament in an impassioned speech arguing for involuntary detox for children.
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On Monday, Burnie-based Senator Lambie lamented her inability to fix her son’s drug problem while making an emotional plea on mental health laws.

‘‘I am a senator of Australia and I have a 21-year-old son that has a problem with ice, and yet even with my title I have no control over my son,’’ she said.

‘‘I cannot involuntarily detox my own son.

‘‘I am not talking to my son any more; I am now talking to a drug.

‘‘And I can tell you I am not the only parent out there in that situation; there are thousands of us.’’

In the speech she warned of the devastation of ice.

She wanted specific legislation for compulsory treatment for minors.

‘‘The way that ice is affecting these kids is phenomenal and it is a very, very bad result,’’ she said.

‘‘These kids will have three or four choices in their lives: they will either end up on a slab, end up in a mental institution or end up killing somebody else because of their actions, because they do not have control of the drug.

‘‘This is where this society is heading, and we are sitting here and we are not doing anything about it.

‘‘When we realise that this ice is a major problem in our society, it will be all too late.’’

Tasmanian community workers have warned that ice use could reach epidemic levels if not addressed.

The state government provided $4.8million in its recent budget, which would fund 12 new rehabilitation beds, although Rural Health Tasmania continues to call for early intervention and prevention services.

Senator Lambie said ice was a ‘‘mental health crisis’’ that would grow unless both federal and state governments took strong measures to prevent ‘‘mental health injuries’’ in young people.

She wanted political parties to consider national legislation making detox mandatory for children who were drug addicted.

She said Tasmania had a massive ice problem.

‘‘Australian parents deserve the right to speak to their children, not the drug, when they are trying to put them back on the straight and narrow.’’

She opposed a bill to amend social services laws, saying it would let the government cut the disability support pension to psychiatric or forensic patients accused of serious crimes.

‘‘It is very easy to take a populist position and vote for legislation which takes a hard line against people who are alleged to have committed terrible crimes and who have serious mental illnesses,’’ Senator Lambie said.

‘‘The harder position is to oppose this legislation on the basis that it undermines basic civil rights and the chance of a quicker recovery for people who are very sick with mental illness.’’

She said she was taking the ‘‘hard road’’ by voting against the legislation.

‘‘In this debate, I think the government has forgotten that the people affected by this legislation have already been assessed by the courts and found to be mentally very ill.

‘‘It seems that the government is trying to undermine the courts’ rulings and punish these people.’’

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Cyclone-type damage in freak thunderstorm

ON THE SCENE: Emergency personnel at a damaged building in Ulverstone last night.A LOCALISED weather event caused “cyclone-type” damage at West Ulverstone last night, according to the SES.
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What appeared to be a brief thunderstorm tore off part of the roof of the Lions club and damaged Queen Street shops, including the office being used by the Richmond Fellowship, SES acting regional officer Damian Hingston said.

The soccer club roof in Flora Street was also damaged.

“I’ve seen it from cyclone-type damage before where it looks like the wind has got inside the [Lions club] building and then it’s pressurised the building and then blown some of the roller doors out from inside,” Mr Hingston said.

“I spoke to the Bureau of Meteorology and they were not even aware of it so it didn’t even show up on any of their monitoring equipment. It’s just one of those things that’s dropped out of a storm cell.”

Some other buildings were damaged by debris. Mr Hingston said there did not appear to be any serious damage to residences in the area. Police were first to attend about 7pm.

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Dinosaurs come to life on stage

YOU can pat, feed and learn about the behaviour and habits of dinosaurs at Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo.
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This cutting-edge theatre production will be held at the Burnie Arts and Function Centre on August 25 at 11am and 6pm.

“Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo fuses together extraordinary artistry with captivating scientific facts, all the while bringing a collection of dinosaurs to life in front of your eyes,” BAFC director Geoff Dobson said.

“Erth are recognised as an innovator of physical and visual theatre, both nationally and internationally, creating a menagerie of large-scale puppets.

“The world’s largest known flying insect, the Meganeura monyi, will even be there. Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo is suitable for primary school students.”

Student group bookings are available for the 11am show and there is a resource kit available for teachers.

There is also a puppet-making workshop on August 25 at 2pm, where children can learn how to make and operate their own dinosaur. The workshop is suitable for ages five to 12 and costs $15 per person. Bookings are essential.

The workshop is supported by the Unearthed Arts program, which, in partnership with MMG, provides access to quality arts experiences for the community through audience development activities, workshops and opportunities to exhibit and perform.

For show tickets or workshop bookings, visit 梧桐夜网burniearts.net or call the box office on 6430 5850.

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Applying the Heat on premiership drought

SOMERSET stalwart Leigh McInnes is the only coach to date to have taken the Heat to an NWBU senior men’s grand final appearance.
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That was in 2003, against Devonport.

“I remember it was a massive crowd and Mark Banovic came out and shot 23 points in the first quarter and that killed us,” McInnes recalled.

“We prepared well and did everything right but just couldn’t get over the line.”

While the 400-game veteran is no longer playing, McInnes said it would delight him to see the Heat claim their first-ever NWBU men’s title in tonight’s grand final against Burnie.

“Even though I’m not playing, it would still mean a fair bit,” he said. “I coached a lot of those guys and played with a lot of them – it would be fantastic for the club.”

McInnes said he would be at Ulverstone tonight cheering the team on, along with several other former players.

Current club president Graham Hyland has been involved at Somerset since 1993 and was also involved in the 2003 grand final defeat as team manager. Hyland is also hopeful the Heat can come out on the winning side of the ledger this time around.

“I feel calm and collected, and I just hope these boys can go on with it,” he said.

“Dave [coach David Kay] and Josh [assistant Josh Salter] have been two great coaches, they really have – they’ve put in a lot of time and Dave has done a lot of travelling [from Smithton], averaging three times a week coming up here.”

Hyland, who was treasurer at the club for 19 years and has been president for the past two, said a premiership victory would mean a lot to him.

“It would put the icing on the cake for me because I’m not getting younger, I’m 74, and I’m probably the oldest by a good 10 years of anyone here.

“It would be very, very nice.”

Current player Damien Aherne said the team was “quietly confident” of breaking the club’s premiership drought.

“We’re really focused on getting out there, everyone fulfilling their role, giving 110 per cent and leaving nothing out there,” he said.

Somerset’s men are aiming for their first-ever premiership in the competition.400-game former player Leigh McInnes and long-time club president Graham Hyland will be cheering on current player Damien Aherne and the rest of his team. Picture; Stuart Wilson.

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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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