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Retiring Brisbane skipper Justin
Hodges faces a nervous wait ahead of the
NRL season decider after being placed
on report in the Broncos’ stunning 31-12
preliminary final win last night over the
Sydney Roosters at a sold-out Suncorp
Hodges, 33, is at risk of missing
Sunday week’s grand final after being put
on report for a 57th-minute lifting tackle
on Roosters back-rower Aidan Guerra.
But Hodges told the Nine Network at
full-time: “Nah, not worried mate.
“It ’s what I said to the ref -- he’s
(Guerra) sorta jumped and he won the
“I’ll be fine mate — it’s one of those
things. He jumped in the tackle; I could
do nothing about it.”
It seemed nothing could go wrong
for Brisbane in the grand final decider
against the minor premiers, with fullback
Darius Boyd scoring an opening-minute
intercept try thanks to a Shaun
Kenny-Dowall brain snap.
Brisbane duly booked their first grand
final berth since 2006 but it did not
all go to script with Hodges creating
potential heartache for coach Wayne
Bennett ’s Broncos.
Hodges will be sweating on the match
review committee findings as he looks to
keep alive a fairytale farewell to his 16th
A grade-one dangerous throw charge
carries a 125-point base penalty.
Hodges will need to fight it if pinged
by the MRC on Monday, as he has
committed a previous offence which
carries a 20% loading.
But last night, Hodges was the prince
of Suncorp Stadium with most of the
51,826-strong crowd wishing him a fond
farewell to his home ground.
It remains to be seen if he gets the
happy ending and helps Brisbane claim
their seventh premiership under Bennett.
It is fair to say not much went right for
the Roosters in the seven-tries-to-two
After Kenny-Dowall’s opening-
minute howler, the winger looked for
redemption in the first set of the second
half when he crossed the line in the 42nd
minute — only to be denied by the video
referee for a forward pass.
And Roosters halfback Mitchell Pearce
did not emerge for the second half,
staying on the sideline icing his knee.
Kenny-Dowall’s gaffe helped Brisbane
jump to a 16-0 lead after 19 minutes but
a Blake Ferguson double reduced the
deficit to 20-12 by halftime.
It marks only the sixth time since 1999
that a minor premier has failed to make
the grand final.
Brisbane have won just two of their
past six grand final qualifiers.
They have a perfect 6-0 grand final
The Broncos will play the victor of
tonight ’s Melbourne-North Queensland
second preliminary final in the
premiership decider in Sydney.
PICTURE: Getty Images
James Maloney of the Roosters is tackled by a Broncos player.
Persistence has paid off for Auckland
striker Charlotte Harrison with her
recall to the New Zealand women’s
Harrison, 26, has been missing from
the national squad since 2013. Harrison
has won 183 caps, and her 50 goals put
her fifth on the all-time Black Sticks
National coach Mark Hager is pleased
that Harrison has worked on areas of
her game which needed brushing up,
and had got her reward.
“The biggest thing Charlotte’s shown
is real desire, on and off the field that
she wanted to be part of the group
again,” Hager said yesterday.
“ We saw a real work ethic on the
field, not just on attack but where
we’ve challenged Charlotte in the past
is her defensive role. She’s worked
hard on that and really put in in that
Harrison, who made her international
debut as a 16-year-old in 2005, is
“ It’s pretty special to be named after
having a couple of years off, it made
me miss it — it’s great to be back and
playing alongside some really good
friends,” she said.
Harrison, who was part of the K Cup-
winning Auckland team last weekend,
knows she has got more work to do on
her fitness to prosper at international
level but “I really enjoyed playing last
week and I think my fitness helped my
Hager has named a seriously
experienced squad of 24 players, with
a separate, overlapping group of 20 for
the four-game series against Argentina
from October 3-11 in Blenheim,
Nelson and Christchurch.
In addition, there is a national
development group of 12, and selection
for the Oceania Cup in Stratford
next month is open to all. The door is
certainly not closed to those not named
in the 24, Hager added.
The return of former skipper Kayla
Whitelock, the most capped Black
Stick, defender Emily Naylor — both
of whom took time off after last year’s
Commonwealth Games, Whitelock to
have her first child. The squad averages
109 caps per player. Four of the
country’s all-time leading scorers are in
Players are working towards the
World League final in Argentina
in December, then the ultimate
prize, a spot in the 16 for the Rio
What Hager and his fellow selectors
would like is to have difficult choices to
make, and that is why they are aiming
to put all players under the griller in the
“It’s probably the most difficult
selection process we have had to
go through due to the quality of
players we had — but we now
have 36 players vying for Olympic
“The level at the National Hockey
League was high — the teams were close,
and there was some exceptional play.”
— N Z M E-New Zealand Herald
international Krisnan Inu is to
extend his stay in Super League
after signing a new 12-month
contract with Catalans Dragons.
The 28-year-old centre, who had
been linked with a move to Hull, has
scored seven tries in 12 appearances
since joining the Dragons on a
short-term deal from French rugby
union side Stade Francais in June.
Frayssinous said: “I am delighted
that Krisnan has chosen to stay
with us next season.
“ He is a really talented player who
can do what only a few players in
Super League can do. He settled in
really well here and showed some
great qualities with us since his
arrival, although he does have to
improve his consistency.
Inu was a member of the Kiwis’
2008 World Cup-winning team
and played in the NRL for
Canterbury Bulldogs, Parramatta
and the Warriors before briefly
switching codes a year ago.
Inu to extend Dragons contract
Boxing heavyweight champion
Vladimir Klitschko has postponed
his title fight next month against
Briton Tyson Fury following a
tendon injury in training, he said
The 39-year-old Klitschko’s WBA,
WBO, IBF and IBO crowns were to
be on the line when the pair meet
in the German city of D uesseldorf
on October 24 but the Ukrainian
sought medical treatment yesterday
after tearing a tendon in his calf.
“I was looking forward to this
fight,” Klitschko said in a statement.
“I am really sorry not to be able to
box on October 24 and that of course
goes for my opponent as well who
has been preparing for this fight for
weeks. I will do everything possible
to get fit as soon as possible.”
A new date will be announced
next week after further medical
checks, with the location of the fight
Klitschko postpones title defence
Having been in business on
the Coast for over 28 years, I
“a real wake
with the response generated
from my recent daily
advertising in the Greymouth
I have done a fair bit of
advertising over the years,
but recently started a regular
advert in the Greymouth Star.
I admit the response
generated has been a real
eye-opener. You tend to
become a bit complacent
and get into the mindset that
because it's the Coast, and
I have been around for a
number of years, everybody
knows who we are and
where we are. But this is no
longer the case, with the
Coast having such a transient
population, you really do
need to have that regular
presence. I also found that
locals who did know of my
business had forgotten about
me, so I am now seeing not
only new customers, but old
clientele as well.
It is hard sometimes to gauge
if your advertising spend is
working, but I credit having
an advert that created a
talking point – mentioning I
was open until 11pm – as a
fantastic way of proving to
me that I was getting the best
return from any advertising I
had ever done.
Newspaper advertising works!
No other media on the
West Coast gets
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