The Sydney Morning Herald from Sydney, New South Wales on July 20, 1997 · Page 89
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The Sydney Morning Herald from Sydney, New South Wales · Page 89

Sydney, New South Wales
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Sunday, July 20, 1997
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I I Wwpd. Plugger's flying solo Top Eels in court fight JUST when you thought everything TRYING to sell Tony Lockett is a tough task, with legal charges hanging over his head. was going along nicely for the Eels, along comes another drama that is sure to create tension in the ranks. ( -I Lockett isn t co-operative at the best of times, especially with the media, and even the lure of sponsors' dollars isn't enough to get him to the phone. So it's little wonder that he is without a manager after he and John Ford ham split on good terms. In further Swans news, the Sydney City Roosters first-grade squad attended the clash with the West Parramatta's No I badge holder Harry Hudson, the former general manager of James Hardie, is taking legal action against Parramatta chairman Alan Overton. Hudson is fuming about comments that Overton made about him during the most recent elections. Hudson's ca in which he is going for $2(X) in damages, will be heard in Coast Eagles last night. "We've got a new rule with things like this," said centre Brandon Pearson, "it's one in, all in. They took a vote Woodies front row fires up By PHILWILKINS EASTWOOD tore a leaf out of the All Blacks' rugby bible and broke West Harbour on the steel of their scrum at TG Millner Field yesterday. The destiny of the game was determined in the first 20 minutes when hooker Lee Green's scrum churned through Wests, ejecting tight-head Rod Moore to the line for a rare try. Coach John McKee proved there are few more astute coaches in the game, introducing a new second-rower in Grant McNamee for Stuart Dreves, nursing an ankle sprain, and then based his game strategy on domination of Wests through the scrum. How typical of a New Zealander and a former , Wellington forward. . The Woods' front-row trio of Green, Moore and loose-head Bill Young were not hard to find after the game, huddled together, mute as ever, their smiles saying it all. Nathan Grice, invariably one of the Woods' toughest, said: "We thought we could dominate them in the scrums. "We realised they had been replacing a prop during recent games. Master them in the scrum and you invariably master them out wide." In still, perfect conditions, Eastwood scored and most of the boys were keen to have a look." Food for thought over Strauss the Sydney District Court THE wooing of former Springbok rugby star Tiaan Strauss is said to be very much on the cards, with NSWRU heavies inviting Waratah players to have dinner with him during the week. The Canberra Raiders' Ben Kennedy is also a reported target NSW coach Matt Williams denied there was a dinner with Strauss. "This is all a bit of a beat-up," he said. "We haven't talked to him for six weeks." Williams also doused the ANDREW WALKER solid and very good contract with the Raiders." Williams also revealed that Chris W hi taker and Manuel Edmonds had handshake agreements to play with the Waratahs next year, and that Sydney City's Andrew Walker wasn't an option. Meanwhile, Players' Association representative Tony Dempsey has called for the introduction of a fourth Australian Super 12 side, in either Melbourne or Perth, to stem the flow of players overseas. s -y n Kennedy rumour. But we hear that NSW are Tubby bats 01. desperate for both men. We contacted Kennedy's AN interesting rumour doing the rounds after Mark Taylor's 60 Minutes manager Terry Weber, who said: Ben has a rock- interview had Taylor making a big announcement One that got away YET another triumph this week for NSW in September. Putting rugby. NSWRU executive officer John two and two together, it meant he was going to Winstanley managed to lose Damien Smith back Queensland. Here was a player desperate to move to retire, right? "Not so," said manager John Fordham. "Mark is having a benefit lunch on September 1 2. We're hoping to get Steve Waugh along and I've written to John Howard to see if he can attend." The 60 Minutes chat was always going to take place after the third Test - Taylor didn't agree to do it just because his side won. And he didn't receive a fee to Sydney so he could be with his girlfriend, Australian water polo star Bronwyn Mayer. Now he is heading home. We couldn't locate Smith, but we know he is still rock-solid with Mayer, so that wasn't his reason for returning home. Queensland didn't up their offer, although they did weigh in with a job in advertising that could secure his future. Could it have been that Smith was unimpressed with the NSW set-up? Maybe that's why players like Michael Brial and Matt Isaac are considering offers from Queensland. Brial is also being wooed by the ACT, who are concerned about the likelihood of Troy Coker staying put Coach Matt Williams called us and explained the Smith scenario. "Damien got back with his mates up in live tries to two in a game of blunders and lost scoring opportunities. Wests No 8 Fili Finau cruised through midfield in the 13th minute and weaved over near the post only for referee Craig Pudig to disallow the try upon touch judge Mark Eades' report of a late tackle by winger Dave Tuiniua. Despite their scrum trauma Wests captain Vili -Ala'alatoa began the game injured Wests were still only a try away from victory at 26-21 with six minutes remaining. But the Woods burned forward into Wests' quarter and, after a series of scrums, No 8 Cameron Fear put the game beyond Wests reach. With Waratah five-eighth Nathan Spooner out injured and Test fullback Matthew Burke in Melbourne, Andrew and Scott Wiseman-tel enjoyed a stimulating partnership, culminating in a try to fullback Scott soon after halftime. For the winners, no back was more instrumental in keeping Wests on the verge of a nervous breakdown than Matt Miller. EASTWOOD 33 (R Moor M Milter, S Wise-mantel, C Fear tries, penalty try: I Madz 4 goals) bt WEST HARBOUR 21 (M SeuSeu, P Sullivan tries: T Tuioolutii goal, 3 pen goals). Manly's century a record By ALEX BROWN MANLY set a club record for points scored when they demolished Newcastle 106-29 at Manly Oval yesterday. The Blues had seven minutes left when they registered their 100th point - the first team to pass the mark this year. Manly coach Tim Lane, although elated, put the game into perspective. "Our wins against Randwick, Eastwood and Warringah were much better than that," he said. Former Wallaby prop Tony Daly provided plenty of scrum power on debut for the Blues. MANLY 106 (S Taufa 3, S Taupeaafe 2. w Of ahengaue 2. D Gillies 2. R Gallacner 2. D Cummins, L Doiman, M Nakauta. S Fena D Vlckers tries: D Vkkers 1 3 goals) bt NEWCASTLE 29 (C Henderson 3, D Earn. S Woodhouse tries; O Earn, I Heaney goals). RANDWICK 37 (C Whittaker2.IRilev,S Neilson, D Gordon tries; G Smith 3 goals. 2 Den goals) bt SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 3 (E C rosun pen goal) at Forsnaw Rugby Park. PARRAMATTA 17 (B Matthews. R Burtev tries; B Matthews 2 goals, pen goaO bt GORDON 14 (T Wallace. P Scarr tries; T Wallace 2 goals) at Parramatta. EASTERN SUBURBS 61 (D Smith S, S Payne 3. A De Saxe 2. 1 stokes tries: S Fay 2, S Payne goals) bt PENRITH 24 CM Macfcaneff. G Balkin. P Muller tries; M Flutey 3 goals, pen goal) at Wooilahra. talk, although he does have a contract with the Nine Network that will see him joining Richie Queensland and once you do that the loyalty thing sets in," he said. "He realised he can live here and play there and that is something he didn't know he could do before." At least with Smith going, NSW will have the services of Alister Murdoch, who was going to replace Smith up north. World according to Porky Benaud and the boys when he quits - which won't be in September. Coach's close shave NICE gesture of the week. World winger Marcus Bai gave his most treasured league possession - his Rest of the World jersey - to his club coach Phil Economidis. Meanwhile, Economidis is on the look-out for a new nickname. He has long been called "Bernie" after the character in the movie Weekend At Bemie 's, but after the Chargers had won three straight games he made good on a bet and shaved off his distinctive mo. "I was born with a mo," he said. "I've now promised U WITH compromise looming we asked.Super League architect Paul "Porky" Morgan to cast his eye over what has become of rugby league. Of the big picture he said: "You don't get gain without pain. Cricket is a better game for the WSC revolution. This was the only way rugby league was going to grow. It is not just a Sydney game." Of rumours that Rupert Murdoch is poised to blow full-time on Super League: "He'll never pull the pin. He believed in the concept betore so why shouldn t he now" On to shave another part ot my body it nJaVWi we win another three in a row " We QlfjL the ruture of State ot Origin: It will become a non-event Look at Super 12s in rugby and how the emphasis is right off the State of the Union clashes." And a name for the new combined league? "Why not the Premier League?" can't say which part, but he'll need help to do it Warns can't see appeal in snapping up cash 242 271 10 6 recent results have shown. It comes as something of a relief, therefore, that NSW Cricketer of the Year Brad McNamara won't have to have surgery after breaking his shoulder while playing for Haslingden in the Lancashire League. "I should be ready to get back into it in about six or seven weeks," he said. A broken shoulder is more frequently associated with rugby league than cricket "It was an unusual one," said McNamara. "I was about three TWEAK-sheik Shane Warne has turned his back on an estimated $70,000 by declaring baby pics of Brooke and mum Simone off-limits to the media. Warne would have passed up close to $200,000 by not selling his wedding or baby pictures to the women's magazines. Of course, his wedding pics did get a run after a guest's snapshots were duplicated by a film processing worker. Warne was in much demand from the press when he jetted in to see baby Brooke for the first time last week. It has been suggested that he had nine separate requests for interviews from Channel Nine alone, although manager Austin Robinson denies this. "All 111 say is that Shane had a large number of interview requests from all areas, and that's why he did one large conference," he said. Brad's lucky break NSW cricket cant afford to be without any of its top-liners, as or four overs into a spell and I just felt this crack. I was in a fair bit of pain when it happened and I knew I couldn't go on." McNamara, who celebrates his testimonial year in 1997-98, had just recovered from a groin operation when the shoulder gave way. "It's funny, you know, I was bowling a slower one when I busted the shoulder." Who knows what may have happened to him if he had been bowling a bouncer. 316 246 242 470 464 424 416 361 347 376 311 272 256 10 10 S 5 - 37 29 27 27 27 Sth Districts West Harbour Nth Suburbs 420 344 793 25 2 Denotes to play today. 5 THE SUN-HERALD, July 20, 1997 99

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