Mateship pushed aside in IPL final

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Bulli’s Dean Heffernan. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Theyplayed side-by-side on the A-League’s biggest stage, but Bulli midfielder Dean Heffernan isn’t planning on paying former teammate and Dapto-Dandaloo player-coach Noel Spencer any favours when the pair meet on Sunday.

The former A-League duo will face-off at opposite sides of the Illawarra Premier League decider at WIN Stadium, which will potentially bring to a close two illustrious careers.

Spencer has already made the decision to hang up the boots at season’s end while Heffernan’s playing future will come under the microscope after the grand final stoush.

Both had extensive careers in the A-League and the old NSL and teamed up for Central Coast Mariners in their 2006 1-0 grand final loss to Sydney FC.

Heffernan, who was later sent off in Perth Glory’s 2012 grand final defeat, described his former teammate as “one of the best captains” he has ever played under, but admits any history will be cast aside on Illawarra football’s grand final day.

“He is a good bloke and a good player, but he is not going to get a present this week,” Heffernan said.

“Maybe if I see him out I can buy him a beer or something.”

While it mightn’t have the same prestige as an A-League decider, Heffernan was adamant he’d be taking things just as seriously come kick-off.

“A grand final is a grand final. There is no easy way to get to a grand final let alone win the league, so this one will be rated up there with all the other grand finals,” Heffernan said.

Many will be expecting the former A-League defender to play a starring role on Sunday.

But with an impressive young squad by his side, Heffernan was confident the entire League Championship-winning side would be ready for the rigours of a grand final stoush.

“The thing is with these boys, they love the big occasion and they love the big games,” Heffernan said.

“There are a lot of young players and really good players. I have been so impressed with all of them. Their attitude and things like that. I think all these boys will be well up for it to play on WIN Stadium in front of a decent crowd.

“There are so many people who put a tireless amount of effort every weekend and every week for us boys to only have to worry about training.

“All we can do is repay all that on the pitch.”

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No pressure on Cyril Rioli

Cyril Rioli at Tuesday’s training session at Waverley Park. Picture: GETTY IMAGESAUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL
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IfHawthorn’s Cyril Rioli gets a game in Saturday’s AFL grand final, he won’t be under pressure to win the match off his left boot.

Rioli’s dual-premiership teammate Sam Mitchell says the small forward, who suffered a hamstring injury in June and made his comeback in the VFL last weekend, just needs to play his role.

“It’s not about absolutely firing,” Mitchell said on Tuesday.

“For Cyril, it’s not about getting best on ground or kicking five goals or setting up five goals.

“It’s about whether or not we think he can play his role.

“That’s the decision and I’m very, very thankful it’s not mine because it would be very difficult to leave Cyril out of a grand final.”

Mitchell says 2012 All-Australian Rioli would be prepared to sacrifice his own personal glory for the team if he felt he wasn’t fully fit to take on the Swans at the MCG.

Rioli was rested at three-quarter time in last week’s VFL grand final between Box Hill Hawks and Footscray.

“It’s going to come down to an honest conversation,” Mitchell said.

“Cyril, for anyone that knows him, would be the first to put his hand up and say ‘I’m not ready’.

“If he says he is, there’s a decision to make for the match committee, and if he can play his role to a level that’s better than whoever he replaces, he plays.”

Ruckman Ben McEvoy and veteran onballer Brad Sewell are also pushing for recalls to the senior side.

“You look at Ben McEvoy and he’s played four best on grounds in a row in the VFL and still hasn’t had a look in,” Mitchell said.

“In any squad there’s real depth if you get this far. It’s not like 22 players get you to a grand final.

“We had 18 players get a vote in the Brownlow last night, which was by far the most.

“We have very good depth in our squad and there’s going to be a sad story for someone on the weekend.”

Mitchell said the Hawks were blown away by Sydney’s 71-point win in their preliminary final against North Melbourne.

“We all watched Sydney on Friday night and thought ‘wow’,” Mitchell said.

“We’re underdogs as far as everyone thinks, and that’s probably rightly so. They deserve to be the favourites.”

Former skipper Mitchell says it’s fitting that current captain Luke Hodge will reach a milestone on Saturday by playing his 250th game.

Mitchell said Hodge’s match-winning smother off the boot of Port Adelaide’s Brad Ebert in the last minute of Hawthorn’s three-point win last weekend was typical of Hodge.

“In finals, sometimes composure is what makes all the difference,” Mitchell said. AAP

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Murder victim’s father jailed for car crash on ice

Geoffrey Hocking, 60, of Ballater Street, Portland, was jailed on August 5 in the Portland Magistrates Court, but appealed against the severity of his sentence.THE father of a Portland murder victim has started a six-month jail sentence after causing a car accident while under the influence of the drug ice.
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Geoffrey Hocking, 60, of Ballater Street, Portland, was jailed on August 5 in the Portland Magistrates Court, but appealed against the severity of his sentence.

Late last week he abandoned his appeal and started serving the six-month prison term.

Hocking’s son, 20-year-old Troy Hocking, was gunned down in a Portland residential street on October 15, 2012, during a Portland drug turf war for allegedly owing a $65,000 drug debt.

On December 30 last year his father caused an accident in Percy Street, Portland, when he veered onto the wrong side of the road and ran into a vehicle containing four people, including a mother and her two children.

The court heard that although no injuries were caused, the family members were put in extreme fear.

Hocking pleaded guilty in the Portland court to six charges, including driving under the influence of drugs (methamphetamine) and driving in a dangerous manner.

His new six-month jail term included a previously suspended jail sentence.

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Coastal plan hails potential of Peterborough

Peterborough, described in a draft masterplan as “an idyllic playground”, is listed for a local history museum, upgraded boat ramps and an extended golf course.AN extension of Peterborough’s golf course, a pedestrian-focused town green in Port Campbell and an eco-adventure hub in Princetown are among the bold visions outlined in a draft masterplan to boost tourism numbers on the Shipwreck Coast.
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Peterborough, described in the plan as “an idyllic playground”, is also listed for a local history museum.

The document, which is out for a month of public scrutiny before being adopted, proposes better connections to nearby coastal parks and a revamp of the foreshore area, including ramps and decks to the Curdies inlet and Newfield Bay.

Irvine Road and Irvine Street have been listed for new north-south tree plantings, a cluster of recreation uses including wetland boardwalks and small-scale accommodation including a local café/provedor.

A town green is proposed to edge the south-east end of Irvine Road with a visitor pod, transport stop, bike share base and play and picnic facilities facing the beach.

“There is also potential for private-sector investment with an extension to the golf course if the land becomes available,” the plan says.

“Extension of the golf course will provide an opportunity for a new clubhouse to be established in a north-facing and relatively wind protected location close to the Curdies inlet which will in turn support existing and proposed accommodation offers.” Upgraded boat ramp facilities and a deck with multi-season bar/café are also in the plan.

Port Campbell is described as the historic heart of the Shipwreck Coast and is proposed as the head link with trails looping east and west.

The southern end of Lord Street is proposed for a “town green”.

“The green presents a unique opportunity to achieve a wind-protected, sun-filled space with opportunities for seating, shade and beach-edge views coupled with a retail edge,” the plan says.

A pedestrian-friendly main street would be encouraged.

“An opportunity exists for further private sector tourism investment near the rifle range or Two Mile Bay,” the plan says.

The Parks Victoria office would be moved to the depot and be replaced by a public transport park and ride hub which would also have a visitor centre.

In Princetown proposed new recreation attractions include boardwalks, viewing hides, a kayak/canoe and bicycle hub and a trail loop to the Glenample Homestead.

New trails, lookouts, access steps and pedestrian and bicycle bridges over the Sherbrook River are proposed along with a visitor pod on the Great Ocean Road.

The draft masterplan is available on the shipwreckcoastyourplan website.

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Port Waratah Coal cuts 32 jobs

ANOTHER 32 coal industry jobs are threatened after Port Waratah Coal Services announced more retrenchments at its Carrington and Kooragang Island coal terminals.
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PWCS chief executive Hennie du Plooy said the company wanted to retrench 14 operators and trades people, nine staff and nine contractors.

But Australian Manufacturing Workers Union state organiser Cory Wright said unions were unhappy at the way the company had ‘‘announced the job cuts by press release’’ and that the loss of unionised jobs would be opposed.

‘‘We have a meeting with the company at 9.30am on Thursday and we need to see the evidence for them being genuine redundancies,’’ Mr Wright said.

‘‘There will be some older workers happy to take a package but as far as the union is concerned the important thing is to protect permanent jobs in the long run.’’

The latest cuts follow the loss of 34 jobs announced in July.

In total, PWCS will have shed about 10per cent of its workforce in the two tranches of retrenchment, but it still employs about 350 people and about 190 contractors.

Tonne for tonne, PWCS employs far more people than the Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group terminal on Kooragang Island, which was built to be as mechanised as possible.

Mr du Plooy said on Tuesday the job cuts were part of the coal industry’s ‘‘focus on improving efficiency and productivity in response to current market conditions’’.

“We recognise the impact of changes like this on people and therefore don’t make these decisions lightly,” Mr du Plooy said.

“Industry demand for Port Waratah’s coal handling services remains high but it is important that we position our business to support the sustainability of the coal chain as a whole.’’

A PWCS spokesperson said the company expected to ship slightly more coal this year than last year.

He said coal companies were lodging their requests or ‘‘nominations’’ for capacity next year, with the results likely to be known in November.

Latest figures from the Hunter Valley Coal Chain Co-ordinator, which oversees the movement of coal from mines to the port, show that the industry is producing about 95per cent of the coal it expected to ship at the start of the year.