Northern NSW pulls Emerging Jets out of women’s league

“There’s a concern the WPL is currently not providing the girls with consistently challenging opportunities”: David Eland.THE Emerging Jets will not be part of an expanded Herald Women’s Premier League, but the Emerging Jets boys’ program will remain integrated in Northern NSW’s senior and youth National Premier Leagues in 2015.

Northern NSW Football chief executive David Eland said Emerging Jets academy director Gary van Egmond had recommended the teams be withdrawn from the WPL and management at the governing body was supporting the move.

It comes after the under-18 Emerging Jets girls defeated minor premiers Adamstown 5-2 in the WPL grand final and their under-15 side lost to Rosebud in the under-18 decider last month.

The results followed a regular season in which the Jets and Adamstown dominated oppositions.

“Obviously we have an obligation to provide the Emerging Jets girls with the most suitable competitive opportunities possible,” Eland said yesterday.

“And there’s a concern the WPL is currently not providing the girls with consistently challenging opportunities.”

He said NNSWF was “looking at a range of opportunities” for the Emerging Jets girls for next season, including matches against “appropriately aged boys teams”.

However, Eland said that would not involve participating in NPL Youth competitions, although he admitted that playing in Sydney leagues was an option under consideration.

The decision comes as part of an annual evaluation of the Emerging Jets program, which was formed and is managed under a three-way agreement between NNSWF, the Newcastle Jets and Football Federation Australia.

Emerging Jets boys teams will continue to compete in the NPL, but Eland said he had challenged van Egmond to find regular opportunities for matches against same-age elite teams from the Central Coast Mariners Academy and Football NSW’s institute program in Sydney.

Eland told the Herald that increasing the number of clubs in the WPL was part of NNSWF’s strategic plan for women’s football, and three new clubs had applied for inclusion in a likely seven-team competition for the 2015 season.

Warners Bay, Wallsend and South Wallsend are believed to be the clubs vying for the two positions.

Submissions are under review and recommendations will be made to the NNSWF board on October 11.

The board will also vote on recommendations on which two clubs will be added to the second-tier, first-division men’s competition.

Cooks Hill United, Morisset, Swansea, Wallsend and Kahibah are in the running for two positions in a new-look 10-team competition.

Katter condemns mosque vandalism

BOB Katter has condemned the vandalism of a mosque in Mareeba and asked the government if it would continue limiting migrants from countries associated with terrorism.

The federal member for Kennedy said in federal parliament that the defacing of the mosque, which had the word ‘Evil’ spray-painted on the mosque last Friday, was “an act of intolerance” against people who had lived in Australia up to four generations.

“The area’s four major organisations have been led by people of the Islamic faith from Albania,” he said.

“The Ghan is an Australian icon.”

Mr Katter asked: “Is the government continuing with the policies of skills and family reunion, restricting migration from the homelands to only 30,000 of the 170,000 intake and one-tenth of them coming from countries associated with terrorism?”

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Scott Morrison, responded to the question by saying Australia was the most successful immigration nation because it chose migrants not attempting to change the culture.

“The reason we have been successful as an immigration nation where many others have failed is that our immigration program over the generations has focused on bringing people to this country who come to join us and not to change us, first of all, and secondly, come to make a contribution.”

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Kiama car show fund-raiser for Bendigo Bank Aerial Patrol

Todd Johnston, Rodney Day and Andrew Draper with other participants preparing for the car show to be held at Black Beach on Sunday. Picture: ROBERT PEETSouth Coast revheads will support the Bendigo Bank Aerial Patrol again on Sunday with a bumper car show fund-raiser at Kiama.

The EJ-EH Holden Owners Club of Southern NSW will host its 17th show at Black Beach on Sunday morning, with entry fees to benefit the aerial patrol.

‘‘It will be anything from bikes to hot rods, any make or model,’’ club member Andrew Draper said.

‘‘It’s great to get the car out and enjoy other people’s cars, to see what everyone else has been doing.’’

Display entry fees of $25, as well as gold coin donations from spectators, will go towards the aerial patrol as it gears up for another busy summer in the skies.

Holden club treasurer Matthew Sharman said the organisation had raised thousands of dollars over the years for numerous charities across the region.

‘‘It is already promising to be our biggest event in 17 years,’’ he said.

Display vehicle entry starts from 7am, with spectator entry from 9am.

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