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Swimming: Ash Delaney reunites with Grant Hackett for the world champs in Kazan

Swimming: Ash Delaney reunites with Grant Hackett for the world champs in Kazan

Role reversal: Ashley Delaney, a backstroker now also swimming freestyle. Photo: Simon Scluter.When Ashley Delaney made his first major national team, as a backstroker at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, team captain Grant Hackett was among the earliest to applaud. Yet although Hackett knew Delaney’s name, his time, and something of his joy, the veteran could not have imagined back then that, almost a decade later, both would be relay swimmers bound for next week’s world championships in Kazan, Russia.
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Delaney, reinvented as a versatile freestyler, is a member of a 4 x 100 metre squad missing injured superstar James Magnussen. Hackett, reborn as a mature-aged 4 x 200 metre swimmer after a seven-year retirement and some well-publicised personal difficulties, will be the oldest team member in Russia, with 100-metre breaststroke defending champion Christian Sprenger the middle peg between 35-year-old Hackett and Delaney, 29.

“I still look at him in awe,” says Delaney of the elder statesman. “He’s just a great guy, and a great swimmer. Now that he’s back on the team we’ve had chats and stuff, and it’s just been good to talk to him. He’s just got so much experience and respect around the team and he’s a good leader for the swimming team, as well.”

Delaney, as another of its senior citizens, is also in a different, happier, place these days. At this stage of the last Olympic cycle, the Beijing silver medallist was growing closer to needing a change after almost five years at the AIS; keen to return home to his family and friends in Melbourne.

The problem, as he now sees it, was in the timing. He returned late in 2011, leaving himself little chance to adjust to a new training regime before the 2012 Olympic trials. The cost was immense, with a shattered Delaney missing his first team since that 2006 debut. It was a difficult period for the swimming nut and aspiring coach/swim school owner, who nevertheless did his best to train through the London Games. “There was just a few times where I was …,” he trails off. When you didn’t have it in you? “Yeah.”

At that stage, Rio seemed even further away than the 13,214km Delaney still hopes to travel to a second Olympics next year. “Even some of my family of members asked ‘oh, do you think maybe that’s enough’?” he recalls, along with his reply that while his motivation remained intact, so did his ambitions to swim on. At the world championships in Barcelona the following year, Delaney won a silver medal in the medley relay, and swam a personal best en route to sixth in the 100 backstroke final. “So I knew that I still had my best swims in me.”

What came as a surprise, though, was the role Delaney’s freestyle would play. He had swum “a little bit of it” along the way, but never at nationals. Until last year, when the result for the long-time VIS scholarship-holder was an encouraging ninth. “So then this year I thought I might take it serious and try and sneak in for that relay, which I did, which was a little bit of a blessing in disguise, because my backstroke was a little bit off at that meet.”

Now, he wishes he had broadened his focus earlier in a career that has nevertheless brought a silver medal as a heat swimmer in the medley relay in Beijing Olympics, four medals – including three gold – at the Delhi Commonwealth Games, multiple national records and one Commonwealth mark.

“Definitely regretting that a little bit,” he laughs. “But in saying that it’s given me a little bit more excitement to my swimming, it’s given me something fresh to focus on. After doing the same thing year in, year out, racing the same races, to flip over onto my front has been something fresh. I was still motivated with my backstroke, but it’s sort of given me that little bit of a spark that I can actually do both strokes and be competitive as well.”

He hopes to make a second Olympic team in both disciplines next year, when Hackett will be the oldest, Sprenger next, and Delaney third in the seniority race if all goes to plan for the trio in Rio. ” It’s sort of tough, because people ask me about my age … (but) Geoff Huegill swam his best times at 32, 33, when he came back after he’d had a lot of time out of the water,” says the Sale-raised, Hawthorn-based swimmer.

“So I think if the motivation’s there and you’re doing the right training then you can still get the best out of yourself later on in life. And I started being serious about swimming quite late, at around 15, 16. You’ve got some kids who burn out around 18, 19, because they were winning age nationals from when they were 10. I only ever got a bronze medal at age nationals at age 18, so I feel like I’ve been hungry for a long time, and I still am.”

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Wickers’ finals hopes hurt further by Crows

Wickers’ finals hopes hurt further by Crows

HARD FOUGHT: Jake Hart (Beaufort), Michael Griffin (Creswick) and Brendan Foster (Beaufort) battle for the ball on Saturday. Pictures: Kate Healy.BEAUFORT ‘S five-goals-to-none second half sank Creswick on Saturday.
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A slender three-point margin at half time blew out to a 34-point Crows victory in front of adisbelieving Wickers crowd at Doug Lindsay Reserve.

Creswick matched Beaufort quarter by quarter until half time and the Crows only managed slenderleads because of the home side’sinaccurate kicking.

The Wickers coped well in the muddy conditions for most of the first half, before losing the plot in a scorelessthird term.

The return of ruckman Josh McDermott tothe Graintech Crows’ line-up was evident. It freed Jake Garvey andJarrod Trigg, who had juggled McDermott’s spot the week before.

McDermott was one of four changes to the team before the clash. Branden Sternberg, Brendan

Foster and Mike Cachia replaced Michael Foster, Rohan Brown, James Blackburn and Zach Lockie.

But nothing comes without cost – especially winning.

Skipper Damien Day may be out for the rest ofthe season with a compound fracture to a finger and goal-sneak Jack Duke was hampered with anankle problem.

Duke kicked a spectacular goal off the ground in a rolling wrestling matchduringthebreakaway third term.

Kyle Orr kicked three majors for the Crows and combined with Brendan Foster in aslick play that snagged a great goal in thefirst term.

Foster also got on the scoreboard, along with Levi Cox, Lee Marshall, Joe Mason, Lachie Pfeifer,Aaron Bones and Jake Hart.

Best players for the Crows included Zac Marrow, Steven Lodge and Sternberg.

Joel Berry and Brennan Deppeler were among the bestfor Creswick. Others included Joel Antonio, LukeRobertson and Alex Code.

Beaufort coach Dale Power celebrated the win after a string of close losses to Gordon, Buninyong and Hepburn in recent weeks.

“It’s been tight, frustrating. But we have to play four competitive quarters every week because wedon’t have the scoring capacities to do otherwise. A couple of losses lately could have gone eitherway,” he said.

“That’s footy. We have to roll with the punches.”

Creswick coach Damian Lubeek blamed the loss –which leaves the team 10 points adrift of the Central Highlands Football League top eight with four games to play–on a mental fade-out by his players.

“After the game I told the group I don’t have the answer. The fitness work they’ve been doing isfantastic. The training is really good. It was just above the shoulderstoday. That’s a real disappointingthing,” Lubeek said.

Tim Rieniets

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Magpies begin to fly with successive wins

Magpies begin to fly with successive wins

YOU BEAUTY: Clunes’ Jesse Baird celebrates a goal during Saturday’s 16-point victory over Rokewood-Corindhap. Picture: Kate Healy.
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CLUNEShas managed consecutive wins for the first time this season, after grindingout a 16-point victory over Rokewood-Corindhap.

In an intriguing affair between two inexperienced outfits, the Magpieseventually wore down their opponents to break away in the final term.

Until then, there was little between the two sides.

An even opening quarter saw Clunes lead by a solitary goal at the first change, whichwas reduced to just four points by half time.

Little changed in the third term, as the Magpies once again entered the final breakwith a six-point buffer.

Grasshoppers’ forward Aaron Clarke kicked truly in the opening minutes of the finalquarter to put his side in front, but Clunes quickly replied with a centre clearanceand goal.

From then on, the Magpies dominated.

In a game that was remarkably low-scoring until three quarter time, thingsquickly opened up for Clunes.

Suddenly it was able to find space in the forward line and hit the scoreboard, withJayden Hind (four goals) and Jesse Baird (three) proving a force in attack.

Joint-coach Jason Hill said his young side was able to find another gear in the last quarter.

“We carried the ball and broke the lines,” Hill said.

“At times we caught (the Grasshoppers) flat-footed on the rebound and I think that’swhere the difference was.

“We encouraged our quick runners and ball-users at three quarter time to tackle,tuck the ball under their wing and go with it.”

It was another missed opportunity for Rokewood-Corindhap, which performed wellin the midfield, but struggled to capitalise on its good work with scores.

Too often the Grasshoppers missed easy shots on goal or failed to hit targets in theirforward 50m.

Coach Michael Hynes described the result as “frustrating”.

“Our inability to use the football costs us week in, week out,” Hynes said.

“We continually don’t take our opportunities in the forward line and turn the footyover. Our last month of footy has been really good, and our contested footy, but wecontinually cough the ball up and don’t kick goals when we’re having easy set shots.

“It’s very disappointing and frustrating.”

Forward Cauis Barrenger was excellent for the Emerald Grain Grasshoppers, kicking three goals,while the performance of Jake Weston was also a highlight.

For the Magpies,utility Nick Hind showcased his class,as did Josh Lee.

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GALLERY, VIDEO: Orange City overcome slow start to run down Cowra Eagles

GALLERY, VIDEO: Orange City overcome slow start to run down Cowra Eagles

GALLERY, VIDEO: Orange City overcome slow start to run down Cowra Eagles Orange City took on Cowra in Blowes Clothing Cup action. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0718rugby16
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Orange City took on Cowra in Blowes Clothing Cup action. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0718rugby17

Orange City took on Cowra in Blowes Clothing Cup action. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0718rugby18

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Mounts score crucial victory

Mounts score crucial victory

FOCUSED: North Bendigo’s Jacqueline Button sets up another attack in the match against Heathcote. Picture: GLENN DANIELS MOUNT Pleasant is still a chance of figuring in this season’s Heathcote District Netball Association A-grade finals series.
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The Blues scored a crucial 23-goal victory in Saturday’s play against Elmore at Toolleen.

A 43-20 result lifted Mounts’ points tally to 22.

The seventh-placed Blues moved within two points of Huntly and Lockington-Bamawm United at the end of the 13th round.

Line-ups in second to fourth on the ladder recorded emphatic victories.

The second-placed North Bendigo scored a 58-goal win at Superior Roofing Oval in Atkins Street.

Colbinabbin won at Lockington by 21 goals.

The third-placed Grasshoppers beat the Cats, 51-30.

Closest contest of the afternoon was at Leitchville-Gunbower where the fourth-placed Bombers beat Huntly by 13 goals.

White Hills had the bye.

A-grade ladder: White Hills 11 won 1 lost 0 drawn 1 bye 182 per cent 52 points; North Bendigo 11 2 0 1 185 48; Colbinabbin 10 3 0 1 168 44; Leitchville-Gunbower 8 3 1 2 141 42; Huntly 5 8 0 1 101 24; LBU 4 8 0 2 88 24; Mt Pleasant 4 8 1 1 85 22; Elmore 1 11 0 2 37 12; Heathcote 1 11 0 2 31 12.

Highlight of next Saturday’s 15th round will be the showdown between top teams, White Hills and North Bendigo at Scott Street.

The fifth-placed Huntly and sixth-placed Lockington-Bamawm Unitedclash on the Hawks’ court at Strauch Reserve.

Elmore hosts Leitchville-Gunbower, and Heathcote faces Mount Pleasant.

Colbinabbin has the bye.

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Royal Blues stun St Arnaud

Royal Blues stun St Arnaud

PADDLE: Donald’s Josh Reichman tries to keep the ball alive against Wedderburn’s Ben Dearaugo in round 13. Picture: JASON SMITHDONALD has announced itself as a legitimate premiership contender in the North Central Football League, comfortably beating St Arnaud by 55 points on Saturday.
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The two sidesfought out a thrilling top-of-the-table-clash earlier in the season, with the Saints prevailing by 20 points.

But as the toptwo sides met again at Lord Nelson Park at St Arnaud, itwas the Royal Blues who proved too strong on Saturday, winning 14.11 (95) to 5.10 (40).

Donald did what most sides this year have struggled to do, quelling the Saints’ ability to score heavily.

St Arnaud had just one goal to its name by the main break as the Royal Blues slammed home six to lead by 31 points.

Donald hung tough again to win the third term despite a lift by the Saints, with the 38-point, three-quarter-time margin proving too large to reel in.

Seamus Young booted four goals for the Royal Blues as Glen Wyatt, BrodyHaddow and Josh Reichman chimed in with two-apiece.

For the Saints, five players booted singles as Nick Baldwin and Caleb Bloomer were the standout performers.

St Arnaud remains atop the table in the league, but has had is advantage cut to one game.

Donald remains second.

In other matches, Boort trailed by just 24 points at half-time against Charlton, but was blown away in the second half to go down by 102 points.

Wycheproof-Narraport shocked Wedderburn with a 96-point belting.

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Cummings takes Tour de France stage victory

Cummings takes Tour de France stage victory

JUBILANT: Stephen Cummings celebrates victory at the finish of stage 14 in the Tour de France at Mende.Stephen Cummings celebrated Nelson Mandela Day in style for his African team MTN-Qhubeka by taking a historic first Tour de France stage victory on Saturday.
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The 34-year-old Briton timed his effort to perfection as he outwitted French pair Romain Bardet and Thibaut Pinot to win the 178.5km trek from Rodez to Mende.

“It’s my first time (winning a Tour stage) and just to be here it’s a dream,” said Cummings.

“When I did it in Vuelta (a Espana), I thought ‘I did it in the Vuelta, so why not in the Tour’, but it’s not as simple as that,” he added.

Michael Rogers (30th overall) and Adam Hansen were the best of the Australians just under 10 minutes behind Cummings.

Compatriot Richie Porte was well back at the tail of the field after getting a puncture while trying to rejoin his teammates with bidons.

Chris Froome tightened his grip on the leader’s yellow jersey but Nairo Quintana jumped over Tejay Van Garderen into second.

With the Alps looming in a few days, Froome said the Colombian was now his major rival.

“Nairo seems to be the biggest threat to me at this stage, he was really strong up the climb today,” said Froome, who leads the Colombian by 3min 10sec.

“But having said that, I don’t think I can write off any of the guys in the top ten.”

Quintana lost only one second to Froome while his Movistar teammate Alejandro Valverde lost just 4sec and is fourth at 4min 02sec.

And Quintana has not given up hopes of winning come Paris a week on Sunday.

“We’ve shown that we can fight for the yellow jersey,” said the 25-year-old.

Cummings, who was part of a 20-man breakaway that contested the victory, admitted he didn’t think he could win the stage as he’s not a known climber and the brutally tough 3km ascent just before the finish did not suit his strengths, unlike Bardet and Pinot.

“I knew the climb was really hard and that I wasn’t the best climber. I wasn’t thinking of victory, just my effort and arriving at the top on the limit rather than blowing halfway up.

“There were a lot of climbers better than me but I didn’t get excited because it’s the Tour.

“I went full gas at the top of the climb. I could still see Pinot and when the road tipped and went down, the race changed in my favour because I have more kilos and I’m probably more aerodynamic than those two.

“They didn’t cooperate in front and when I caught them I went straight to front because I knew there were a few corners and Pinot’s a bit cautious in the corners.

“So I tried to do the corners as fast as I could, without taking any risks, and when I came out the last one I saw he (Pinot) wasn’t in my wheel and I just went for it.

“I know from the track that with 400-500m to the finish it’s difficult for a climber to stay in a track rider’s wheel.”

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Inaccuracy hurts Swans

Inaccuracy hurts Swans

BEHIND EARLY: Griffith’s Sam Daniel trying to evade a tackle from Coolamon’s Zac Stibbard in their round 13 clash.
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Griffith’s James Fallon

The Griffith Swans’ battle for a finals spot took a blow on Saturday in their round 13 clash against Coolamon, going down by 48 points at Kindra Park.

The Swans never got going in the game, trailing after each period before eventually succumbing 12.10 (82) to 4.10 (30).

Griffith came into the game sitting fifth and trailing the fourth placed Coolamon by just four points.

After the loss on Saturday they now see themselves sitting seventh on the ladder.

The first quarter saw the Swans fall behind big as Coolamon were near perfect in front of goals, kicking 6.1 (37) for the period.

On the other end, the Swans kicked just 1.3 (9) in front of the sticks.

The second period provided glimpses of the Swans turning it around, but it was the accuracy in front of goals that would come back to haunt them.

Despite having only two fewerscoring shots than Collamon, the Swans found themselves trailing by 32 at the half.

The break didn’t seem to do either team any favours, with both teams amassing just ten points between them in the third period.

It was the Swans that fell behind further as they could only account for one behind in the period.

The fourth period told the same story as the Swans managed just 1.3 (9) to Coolamon’s 2.5 (17).

Joshua Hamilton, James Toscan, Daniel Peruzzi and Chris Cerato each slotted home one goal apiece, but it was Coolamon’s Rick Pritchett who stole the show, nailing seven goals, with four coming in the first period.

Swans assistant coach Tom Groves said Coolamon started the game much better than they did.

“It was avery disappointing loss and we wentin there with full confidence that we could win,” he said.

“They came out of the blocks fast right from the start and we couldn’t weather storm quickly enough.”

He said a lack of finishing definitely hurt their cause.

“They really hit us hard early and kicked some vital goals,” he said.

“We had similar inside 50’s but we just didn’t take our opportunities.”

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Why is there a skin allergies in the season?

Why is there a skin allergies in the season?

The Octonauts performed at Griffith Regional Theatre on Saturday. The crowd cheered throughout the show. The Area News photographer Anthony Stipo was there to capture all the excitement.
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Octonauts take to stage in Griffith | Photos Billy Collis, Sally Nunn, Samuel Nunn and Patrick Nunn have fun at the Octonauts performance.

Chiara Zanatta, Mikayla and Emily Bellato are ready to enjoy the show.

Annabelle Yates is ready to cheer on the Octonauts.

Prince Patel is a fan of The Octonauts.

Amiya Nardi and Niketa Alampi at the Octonauts show.

Lukas Prothererois ready for some fun.

Lailani Prothereo at the Octonauts show at the Griffith Regional Theatre.

Lauren and Luke Valenzisi enjoy the show.

Levi Malone enjoys the Octonauts performance.

Liam Young is excited to be at the Octonauts show.

The Octonauts perform on stage at the Griffith Regional Theatre.

The Octonauts perform on stage at the Griffith Regional Theatre.

The Octonauts on stage at the Griffith Regional Theatre.

The Octonauts on stage at Griffith Regional Theatre.

The Octonauts perform on stage at the Griffith Regional Theatre.

The Octonauts perform on stage in Griffith.

The Octonauts were a hit with the crowd.

The Octonauts perform on stage at the Griffith Regional Theatre.

The Griffith Regional Theatre was full when the Octonauts performed.

The Octonauts perform on stage at Griffith Regional Theatre.

The Octonauts perform on stage at Griffith Regional Theatre.

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Ashes 2015: Mitchell Marsh says it’s hard to see how much Shane Watson cops

Ashes 2015: Mitchell Marsh says it’s hard to see how much Shane Watson cops

LONDON: Mitchell Marsh says he feels for Shane Watson, the man he replaced in the Australian team for the second Ashes Test, explaining that “the amount that he cops back home” made the sideshow around which all-rounder would play at Lord’s difficult to cope with.
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The 23-year-old displaced Watson for the second time at international level this year, having taken his spot during the World Cup only for the more experienced player to be recalled for Australia’s very next game.

Barring injury the likelihood of that happening in this English summer does not appear great, particularly if Marsh can continue to perform with the ball as he did on Saturday, taking the key wickets of England captain Alastair Cook and all-rounder Ben Stokes, and contribute with the bat.

The fact that he was gunning for Watson’s spot in the Test side, however, does not make Marsh feel any more comfortable with how the much-maligned 34-year-old is spoken about by sections of the public.

He said the narrative about whether Watson would be dropped or not after the first Test in Cardiff had been challenging for him over the past week.

“It was quite tough to be honest because, for me, I’ve just got so much respect for Shane and he’s someone who I really enjoy working with and watching him do what he does,” Marsh said.

“Although sometimes he cops a bad rap he’s been a very good player for Australia over a number of years and to do what he’s done over 60 Test or however many he has played is a fantastic effort. And he’s always played a part in winning teams for Australia.

“To be honest it was really hard to see the amount that he cops back home. I just want to do well and hopefully I can keep contributing to this team.”

It’s not the first time Marsh has been caught up in a Watson selection saga. He had been brought into the XI for the World Cup group stage match against Afghanistan in Perth in March, a selection that was widely interpreted as a permanent one. But Watson won his place back days later against Sri Lanka in Sydney, with selectors explaining conditions were behind his recall, and remained in the side as they went all the way to collect the trophy.

“It was obviously very tough at the time to be left out at that stage of a World Cup,” Marsh said. “And at end of the day if I’m being honest it was probably the right decision to go with Shane with all his experience in one-day cricket.

“I got a medal around my neck and that’s all that mattered. I was a part of that (squad of) 15 just as much as anyone else in that team, or that’s what it felt like. I thought the right decisions were made throughout the World Cup.”

Watson’s more controlled bowling was said to have edged him over the line for selection in Cardiff after Marsh scored back-to-back hundreds in the pre-series tour games against Kent and Essex. Australia’s bowling coach Craig McDermott has described the West Australian’s bowling as a work in progress and Marsh is determined to ensure that side of his game squares up with his batting.

“I’ve always seen myself as a batter and my bowling has been a bonus but we know at this level if you want to be playing as an allrounder you need to be pretty equal,” Marsh said.

“I’ve said it many times before my bowling is something I’m working on and want to keep improving.”

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One dead, four injured in spate of Queensland collisions

One dead, four injured in spate of Queensland collisions

A 21-year-old woman has died and four people have been injured, three critically, in Queensland traffic crashes. Photo: Robert ShakespeareA spate of traffic collisions across Queensland in just more than 12 hours on Saturday has left a 21-year-old British tourist dead, three people critically injured and a 33-year-old woman seriously injured.
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Two police officers were also treated for minor injuries when the car driven by the 33-year-old woman crashed into a police car in Toowoomba on Saturday evening.

The 21-year-old British woman was killed instantly when the quad bike she was riding on a beach in Port Stewart, in Queensland’s far north, travelled through a stream of water and rolled, according to police.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Her passenger, a 37-year-old man, was uninjured.

Later, a 12-year-old girl was left fighting for life after being hit by a car on the Gold Coast.

Police say the girl suffered serious head injuries when she stepped onto the Gold Coast Highway at Broadbeach about 5pm and was hit by a car travelling south.

She was taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition.

The driver of the car is assisting the Forensic Crash Unit with its investigation.

About five hours later in Townsville, a 53-year-old man also suffered critical injuries after being hit by a car.

The man was running across Flinders Street, at the intersection of Fletcher Street about 10.30pm, when he was hit by a car.

He was taken to Townsville Hospital in a critical but stable condition.

The 68-year-old driver is assisting police with their inquiries.

Earlier in the day, a 45-year-old Inala woman was also left in a critical condition when the car she was a passenger in slammed into a parked car in Inala.

The car was travelling east along Andromeda Street when the collision occurred about 7.15am.

The woman was taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital in a critical condition.

The 20-year-old male driver was not injured in the crash.

In Toowoomba on Saturday evening, a 33-year-old woman suffered chest injuries when she allegedly hit a police car in suburban Darling Heights.

Both vehicles suffered significant damage in the crash, which occurred about 6.15pm.

The woman was taken to the Toowoomba Hospital with chest injuries, while two police officers and four passengers in the woman’s car were treated for minor injuries.

Investigations are continuing.

The 21-year-old British woman’s death lifts the Queensland road toll to 128 for the year, compared to 115 at the same time last year.

Her death came two days after a 26-year-old motorcyclist died in the Princess Alexandra Hospital on Thursday, after suffering critical injuries in a Cannon Hill crash on Wednesday.

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Melbourne Express: Sunday July 19

Melbourne Express: Sunday July 19

Cold morning at Mt Buller, Sunday July 19, 2015. Photo supplied Photo: Andrew RailtonWEATHER ​
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It’s freezing in here, Mr Bigglesworth … Melburnians have woken to a bone-numbing morning, the coldest morning in any month for more than 18 years, with the temperature in the city hovering at around one degree for an hour after 6am this morning. The Bureau of Meteorology recorded a stinging one degree at 6.49am, falling further to 0.8 degrees at 7.26am, making it the coolest morning since August 5, 1997, when the temperature was a teeth-rattling 0.3 degrees.

Sunday morning was the coldest July morning since 1994. “The last time we had a zero in rounded figures in Melbourne was August 1997 … and it’s never happened since,” said Bureau senior forecaster Scott Williams.

The reason? On a winter’s night you need a blanket and last night Melbourne had no cloud cover to slide under. Last week’s aggressive, extended stretch of cold (which involved three cold fronts sweeping through the city) left a parting gift: dry air. “We have now had a night with no cloud, no wind and with this dry air … that’s what’s brought about this exceptionally cold morning.” Read more here.BREAKING NEWS 

Steve Lillebuen reports that an elderly man has died in a Melbourne bayside suburb after being struck by a train at a rail crossing. The man had begun crossing the tracks near Church Street at the Middle Brighton railway station just before the signals began operating, a police spokesman said. He wasn’t able to complete the crossing before he was struck by a low speed, city-bound train just after 10pm on Saturday. He died at the scene.

In other breaking news, a couple have been taken to hospital after fleeing from their burning home in Bunyip. Firefighters were called to Jolley Road just before 11.30pm on Saturday, where a single storey brick home was engulfed in flames. Two people in their 50s and 60s had managed to escape and were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation before being taken to hospital, a CFA spokesman said. The home was severely damaged by the fire. No cause has been determined. TRANSPORT 

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Service changes will apply on Route 30, 70 & 75 trams from Saturday 18 to Friday 24 July due to tram improvement work on Flinders Street. More here.

While maintenance works take place, buses will replace all trains between Blackburn, Belgrave and Lilydale. Buses will also replace trains from South Yarra to Sandringham until 7.10pm due to vegetation clearing. Read more.FIVE THINGS YOU SHOULD READ: 

Bronwyn Bishop at a press conference answering questions about her chartered helicopter flight from Melbourne to Geelong. Photo: James Brickwood

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4. Annabel Crabb: Few sports stars can match Shane Warne for imaginative, victimless spectacle

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Shane Watson poses in the changeroom.

1. The Ashes 2015: Mitchell Marsh steps up to fill the all-rounder role

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4. Roma turn on the skill but not the goals at MCG

5. AFL: GWS Giants beat Gold Coast Suns in mixed affairWHAT’S ON? PROPERTIES TO SEE

Check out Domain’s pick of the top open for inspections this weekend.SIX REASONS TO VISIT HAWTHORN 

Head to Hawthorn for good food and wine, the Town Hall and the Lido Cinema  

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Favourites dominate play on BFNL courts

Favourites dominate play on BFNL courts

MID-COURT DUEL: Gisborne’s Tiana Newman wins possession under pressure from Golden Square’s Steph Freemantle. Picture: DARREN HOWE FAVOURITES dominated in Saturday’s 13th round of matches for A-grade teams in the Bendigo Football Netball League season.
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Golden Square’s superb run kept rolling on at MyJet Oval in Wade Street.

The unbeaten Golden Square line-up took on Gisborne.

Slick passing, strong defence and accurate goaling were all features of Golden Square’s play in a 59-39 victory.

Maryborough’s hopes of reaching the top five took a massive hit as Sandhurst beat the Magpies at Queen Elizabeth Oval.

The second-placed Sandhurst won 58-35.

Kangaroo Flat dominated its clash with Eaglehawk at Bendigo Mazda Oval in Dower Park.

The Roos’ defence teamed superbly to limit the Hawks to 22 goals.

By the final whistle, Kangaroo Flat led 45-22.

Kyneton withstood a spirited challenge from South Bendigo to win at Kyneton Showgrounds.

The Tigers clawed their way to a 44-33 victory.

Strathfieldsaye Storm was in hot form at Castlemaine’s Camp Reserve.

The Storm surged to an 85-20 victory against the the Magpies.

BFNL A-grade netball ladder after 13 rounds:

Golden Square 13 won 0 lost 0 drawn 181 per cent 52 points; Sandhurst 11 1 1 154 46; Gisborne 8 4 1 119 34; Kangaroo Flat 8 5 0 141 32; Strathfieldsaye 8 5 0 137 32; Maryborough 6 7 0 108 24; Kyneton 6 7 0 99 24; Eaglehawk 3 10 0 56 12; South Bendigo 1 12 0 55 4; Castlemaine 0 13 0 40 0.

In next Saturday’s play, Sandhurst takes on Kangaroo Flat at the QEO.

The second-placed maroon and blue will be determined to keep its winning run rolling against thefourth-placed Kangaroos

Eaglehawk hosts Castlemaine, Gisborne clashes with South Bendigo at Gardiner Reserve, Kyneton faces Golden Square, and Maryborough plays Strathfieldsaye at Princes Park.

Meanwhile,PyramidHill has grabbed top spot on the A-grade netball ladder after Saturday’s win against YCW in the Loddon Valley Football Netball League’s match of the day.

Playing on its court at Mitchell Park, Pyramid Hill won 48-35.

Victory for the red, white and blue meant ladder positions going into the round 15 clash were flipped.

Another exciting match was played at Calivil Recreation Reserve.

On a day where the club celebrated its 125th birthday, Calivil United fought on to beat Mitiamo by six goals.

The Demons led 29-23 after the final play against the Superoos.

Newbridge beat Bears Lagoon-Serpentine by eight goals at Riverside Park, and Bridgewater scored a 24-goal victory on Marong’s court.

Inglewood had the bye.

The A-grade ladder after 15 rounds:Pyramid Hill 11 won 2 lost 0 drawn 2 bye 145 per cent 44 points; YCW 11 2 0 2 140 44; Calivil United 10 2 1 2 163 42; Bridgewater 8 5 1 1 113 34; Newbridge 7 7 0 1 98 28; Mitiamo 6 8 0 1 104 24; BL-Serpentine 4 9 0 2 75 16; Inglewood 2 11 0 2 69 8; Marong 0 13 0 2 49 0.

Golden Square v Gisborne: PHOTOS

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