Month: September 2019

Roosters hitting form when it matters

NRL premiers the Sydney Roosters have hit form at just the right time of the season after hammering a dangerous Warriors side 46-12 in Auckland on Sunday.

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On a weekend when leaders Manly were shocked by a rejuvenated Parramatta and second-placed South Sydney were stunned at home by North Queensland, the Roosters took full advantage to consolidate third spot on the ladder.

Trent Robinson’s side sit behind Souths on points differential and could potentially knock them out of the top two by beating them in round 26 when the teams meet at Allianz Stadium, should they beat Melbourne at home next week.

Robinson had labelled the Auckland match to play the Warriors, whose finals hopes took a huge dent with the loss, as one of their toughest of the season and was delighted with how his side is shaping up for the finals.

“We’ve built over that period and I knew our first real big test was coming here especially with the position the Warriors were in,” Robinson said.

“We need to play these games and we need to prove ourselves away from home on trips like this and then at home against teams like Melbourne and Souths,” he said.

“We’ll know where we’re at in a couple of weeks.”

St George Illawarra kept their season alive with a crushing 34-6 win over an injury-hit Gold Coast, who are already out of finals contention.

The win marked Paul McGregor’s first game as permanent coach in style and although their destiny is not in their own hands, they can knock the Broncos out of contention with victory over the ninth-placed Queenslanders in Brisbane on Friday.

Anthony Griffin got one over Wayne Bennett, the man who will replace him next season, on Saturday with an impressive 48-6 win over a woeful Newcastle.

It was the sixth time in eight games that Griffin has beaten Bennett with a Ben Barba hat-trick doing most of the damage to the Knights.

The Eels were impressive in beating Manly 22-12 on Friday and registered all of their points in the second half to keep the Sea Eagles scoreless.

They sit on 28 points in eighth spot and will play in the finals for the first time since 2009 if they win their last two games of the season away to Newcastle and Canberra.

Des Hasler’s Canterbury did enough to see off the injury-stricken Wests Tigers 30-10 on Thursday in a low-key encounter at ANZ Stadium.

Fourth-placed Penrith host Melbourne (seventh) on Monday night.

Australian ambulance officers in London’s sights

The London Ambulance Service wants Australian paramedics to join its ranks to help meet an ever-growing demand for emergency care.

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More paramedics are needed in the city due to year-on-year increases in demand and a move to more registered healthcare professionals overseeing patient care.

The shortage of skilled British paramedics has prompted an aggressive bid to entice Australian paramedics to make the move. The London Ambulance Service is hoping to sign up 250 new recruits at a series of interviews in Australia next month.

Some Australian ambulance officers have already taken the plunge.

Verity Reinke describes the move from Adelaide to Europe’s biggest city as “an incredible change”.

“There are better opportunities for career progression here than anywhere else and being exposed to more diverse cases and more exciting challenges is really improving my clinical skills.

“Nothing can beat the experience of working in this city. It’s busier, faster and more exciting than anywhere else.”

Claire Anderson says working Europe’s largest and most densely populated city – with a population of 8.3 million people – is a different feeling. 

“The jobs in Australia would probably be different to the jobs in London,” she told SBS World News.

“One minute you go to someone who has cut their finger or grazed their knee after falling off a skateboard; and the next minute you can go to a cardiac arrest in a public place, say in the middle of Oxford Street, where there is a couple of hundred people watching you.”

Ben Jones says the emergency calls are unpredictable and keep the officers on their toes. 

“You never know what is going to come down the screen next and what you’re going to be sent to. It’s really busy so you build up a lot of experience really, really quickly.”

The push for Australian paramedics is a practical approach to meeting London’s shortfall. While training a new paramedic from scratch takes up to three years, retraining those from overseas is far quicker, requiring only a short four-week conversion course.

London Ambulance Service director of operations Jason Killens says the service deals with about 3,000 emergencies everyday. 

He says the growing demand has forced them to actively recruit overseas for the first time.

“We’re looking to recruit paramedics from Australia where the skills and training closely match those in the UK,” he said.

“Aussie paramedics coming here to London can of course benefit from great opportunities and experience that we can offer as the biggest ambulance service here in the UK and indeed globally.” 

He says the breadth of tasks are diverse as staff are divided into teams: special events, flight paramedics, cycle response unit and fast response cars. 

“As the largest city in Europe and one of the most densely populated, the work of London paramedics is fast paced, but nowhere else will you experience such diversity. This month alone, we’ve treated tens of thousands of patients, including those at music concerts in Hyde Park and at Tour de France which came through London.”

Australian paramedics who make the switch can expect to earn around $75,000 a year.

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AFL top-eight fight down to the wire

Port Adelaide’s AFL top-four hopes are still alive and Richmond have surged back into the eight, setting up a tantalising final round of action next weekend.

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Richmond beat bottom side St Kilda 15.8 (98) to 10.12 (72) at the MCG on Sunday.

The Tigers take on ladder leaders Sydney next Saturday at ANZ Stadium, where an upset victory would probably allow the Tigers to sneak into the finals.

Ninth-placed Collingwood are equal on 44 points with Richmond but trail by 8.4 per cent.

Richmond’s emotion-charged, eight-game winning streak began the week after their clash with Sydney in round 14.

In Sunday’s other two games, the Swans belted the Western Bulldogs 20.10 (130) to 9.13 (67) at Etihad Stadium and Fremantle were untroubled at the Gabba, recording a 15.16 (106) to 6.12 (48) win over Brisbane.

Fourth-placed Fremantle are likely to face stronger opposition at home next Saturday against Port Adelaide, who can claim fourth spot with victory in Perth. Dockers coach Ross Lyon says he welcomes a shootout for fourth place.

“The reality is it’s sudden death for top four next week. We’re really thrilled by that,” Lyon said.

Top-three rivals Geelong and Hawthorn put on another entertaining show on Saturday night at the MCG as the Hawks recovered from a 31-point halftime deficit to win 14.10 (94) to 11.5 (71).

Geelong will consider shifting All-Australian defender Harry Taylor forward against Brisbane next Saturday night after Shane Kersten suffered a hamstring injury against Hawthorn.

Essendon are on track for a possible elimination final against North Melbourne after finishing strongly to beat Gold Coast 16.12 (108) to 13.11 (89) at Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Michael Hurley was a match-winner at both ends of the ground for the Bombers, who drew praise from their coach Mark Thompson for a courageous effort in a season dominated by ASADA’s controversial investigations into the club’s use of supplements in 2012.

North Melbourne guaranteed themselves a home elimination final with a solid 14.17 (101) to 13.16 (94) win over Adelaide in Hobart on Saturday. Midfielder Jack Ziebell went forward and booted four goals for the Kangaroos.

The loss was devastating for the Crows who slip from eighth to 11th.

Hamstring injuries to Clinton Young and Dane Swan and Brent Macaffer’s heartbreaking second ACL knee drama couldn’t stop Collingwood scoring an 11.9 (75) to 9.13 (67) win over Greater Western Sydney at Spotless Stadium on Saturday.

West Coast stayed in the hunt for a top-eight finish by handing Melbourne a 66-point thumping in Perth on Saturday. Mark Le Cras and Josh Kennedy scored four goals each for the Eagles who won 18.11 (119) to Melbourne’s 8.5 (53).

Tenth-placed West Coast, on 40 points but with a superior percentage, could leapfrog Richmond and Collingwood if West Coast can beat Gold Coast next weekend and Richmond and Collingwood lose to the league’s two top sides Sydney and Hawthorn.

Collingwood will host Hawthorn next Friday night at the MCG.

Port Adelaide showed some encouraging pre-finals form by crushing a tired-looking Carlton side 20.20 (140) to 5.7 (37) on Friday night at Adelaide Oval.

Poroshenko rallies thousands in Ukraine

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has decried Russian “aggression” as Kiev staged a symbolic Independence Day parade while battling pro-Moscow rebels in the east of the country.

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Army cadets and military hardware crossed Kiev’s Maidan, or Independence Square, as thousands rallied in an emotional show of strength aimed at boosting morale in the strife-torn nation.

Crowds of Ukrainians, many sporting the national colours of blue and yellow, sang the ex-Soviets state’s anthem as the flag was raised.

“I am convinced that the battle for Ukraine, for independence, will be our success,” Poroshenko told the crowds in a speech ahead of the parade.

“War has come to us from over the horizon where it was never expected,” he said, referring to Russia.

“In the 21st century, in the centre of Europe, there is a flagrant attempt to breach the border of a sovereign state without declaring war,” he said. “It is as if the world has returned to the 1930s, the eve of World War II.”

Poroshenko pledged to allocate 40 billion hryvnias ($A3.25 billion) to its cash-strapped army over the next three years in what he called “only the modest beginning” in the rebirth of the Ukrainian military.

The money will be used to purchase warplanes, warships and helicopters, he said.

Crowds, many people wearing traditional embroidered shirts or flower wreaths, densely packed the Maidan and surrounding streets for the first time since the pro-European rallies in the winter that eventually toppled former leader Viktor Yanukovych.

It was the first military parade in Kiev in five years, and some said it helped boost the nation’s spirits as the Ukrainian army is engaged in a bloody conflict in the east of the country.

But while Kiev was gripped by patriotic fervour, fierce clashes continued to ravage the industrial east with mortar fire hitting a hospital in the main rebel hub of Donetsk.

The city of a million people before the conflict tore through it, has increasingly seen fighting in the streets. On Saturday shelling attacks killed six civilians in residential neighbourhoods, including a child.

Kiev’s conflict with the pro-Russian rebels in the separatist regions of Lugansk and Donetsk has claimed more than 2,200 lives since April, and increasingly moved into populated areas in recent weeks as the army surrounds separatist strongholds.

Poroshenko is under pressure ahead of a meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and EU officials in Minsk on Tuesday, where the two are expected to try to take a step toward resolving the bloody conflict.

Earlier this week Moscow set off alarm bells by driving in a convoy of more than 200 trucks in a unilateral aid mission to war-torn Lugansk, where people had been without power or communication for three weeks.

Riewoldt’s six lifts Tigers into top eight

Two months ago the idea was folly but with just one match left in the regular season, Richmond have entered the AFL top eight with a 26-point win over St Kilda.

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While next week’s trip north to play Sydney will determine whether the Tigers stay there, Richmond’s best streak in 34 years was cause for celebration in itself.

Led by six-goal Jack Riewoldt, the Tigers made short work of St Kilda for their eighth straight victory, winning 15.8 (98) to 10.12 (72) in front of an impressive 47,188 at a wet MCG on Sunday.

Having restored parity in their win-loss record last weekend in Adelaide, Richmond improved to 11-10 with their demolition of the hapless Saints.

The rout was on early, with Riewoldt’s first-minute conversion followed by Ben Griffiths’ impressive running checkside in the second minute.

When Brett Deledio stole the ball in midfield soon after, shrugged a tackle and goaled from the top of the 50-metre arc, the roar of the Tiger faithful told the story.

Richmond had six goals before the Saints had their first, all but ending the contest.

Chris Newman and Bachar Houli powered Richmond from defence, with the re-signed Anthony Miles and Shaun Grigg doing the grunt work in midfield.

Up front, Riewoldt raised eyebrows by opting to kick around the corner instead of lining up traditional drop punts from the pocket.

But it didn’t affect his output, with 6.2 his best return since an 11-goal bag against GWS in May.

After Richmond’s electric start, St Kilda did rally with two unanswered goals either side of quarter-time.

Nick Riewoldt’s fine goal started from a run-up on the MCG fence reduced the Tigers’ lead to seven points but Richmond responded.

The Tigers kicked the next seven goals to open up a 50-point lead, taking their foot off the pedal late to leave St Kilda with a flattering scoreline.

Damien Hardwick’s side was full of winners, with Troy Chaplin prolific, Brett Deledio busy, and Shane Edwards impressive in his 150th game.

David Armitage and Nick Riewoldt were St Kilda’s best on another learning curve for the young side.

First-gamer Spencer White showed strong ability, kicking three goals in a hopeful debut.

Hardwick said it was pleasing to finally sit inside the top eight.

“Hopefully at the end of next week as well,” he said.

“You’ve got to give the guys some credit, they’ve shown a lot of heart to get back and put our head above water for the first time this year.”

St Kilda boss Alan Richardson said while he was still encouraging his younger breed to believe in themselves and White was impressive.

“You can certainly say he made the most of his opportunities,” he said.

“It’s important he comes through… when he was in a contest he looked positive.”