Daniel McBreenThe FFA Cup is the No.1 priority for Edgeworth and they will be taking no chances against last-placed Valentine on Wednesday night at Jack McLaughlan Oval.
The Eagles restedDaniel McBreen,Dominic Bizzarri and Tyson Jackson in a 1-0 NPL loss to Adamstown on Sunday in preparation for the midweek round-five cup clash and all will return against Phoenix. The winner progresses to the final eight in the Northern NSW division, from which two make the nationwide round of 32.
Edgeworth have made the national stage the past three years and are the only NNSW club to reach the round of 16, where they lost 5-1 to Western Sydney in 2016.
“It’s No.1. Full stop,” Eagles coach Damian Zane said of the cup.“In terms of what it does for your club, it puts you on the national stage, and financially what it can do to build your club.And the boys will step up a notch.”
Zane said the loss to Rosebud was a wake-up call for his squad, which loses Dylan Holz (groin) andAaron Oppedisano (hamstring)but regainsAaron McLoughlin.
Valentine drew hosting rights for the game but asked to play at Edgeworth because of lighting concerns at CB Complex.
Valentine coach DarrenSills planned to promote under 20s players and “shake things up a bit” after a poor effort in the 2-0 loss to Charlestown on Sunday.
“It’s not our lesser names that need some guidance and that will be brought up at training and hopefully thatchanges our attitude and the way we do things on Wednesday night,” Sills said.
He said confidence was down at Valentine and they didn’t do enough in attack to win against Charlestown.
Goalkeeper Scott Carter (work) and defenderWilson Edwards (injury) are out and Luke Willard (ill) is in doubt. Sills, though, was keen to make unforced changes as well.
“We need to do something,” he said.
“We need to get some pace up front and we’ll do that tomorrow night and shake things up a bit and see what happens.
“But we all need to roll up our sleeves and have a dig, coaches included.”
FULL CIRCLE: Trent Hodkinson during his time with the Newcastle Knights. The former Origin halfback switched clubs from Cronulla to Manly on Tuesday. Picture: Marina NeilTrent Hodkinson’s NRL return to Manly as the answer to their five-eighth woes is complete, with the Sea Eagles signing him until the end of 2019.
A day after being released by Cronulla, Hodkinson had his Sea Eagles contract registered on Tuesday by the NRL, opening the way for him to face Melbourne on Saturday night.
Manly is Hodkinson’s third club three months, after being released from the final year of his Knights contract in February.
It will represent a return to the club where Hodkinson debuted in 2010. He had been then-coach Des Hasler’s preferred halfback over Daly Cherry-Evans.
He’s since won a State of Origin series for NSW and played for Canterbury and Newcastle, before heading to the Sharks last summer.
Hodkinson was named on the bench for the clash against the Storm, with Dylan Walker still in the No.6 jersey. But if he fits in at training this week he could still start at five-eighth.
“It’s good to be back on the Northern Beaches and I’m very excited” – Hodkinson ???Trent Hodkinson spoke to Manly Media on his first day back at Narrabeen since 2010! ? – https://t.co/FqGAeqpIwX#WeAreManlypic.twitter南京夜网/5IAUahogNN
— Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (@SeaEagles) May 15, 2018
Regardless, the shift means he is likely to fill injured five-eighth Lachlan Croker’s jersey for the rest of the season once he establishes himself, giving Cherry-Evans a much needed experienced halves partner.
“Cherry’s a great talent,” Hodkinson said.”He has been for a long time and his stronger attribute is running.Hopefully, I can alleviate some pressure from Cherry and use my organisational skills to help him out, so he can be comfortable in his own game and go back to what he does best which is running.”
Hodkinson’s acquisition will come as a welcome relief to coach Trent Barrett, with the injury crisis deepening at the club.
Young forward Taniela Paseka will join six others in Manly’s casualty ward for at least the next four weeks. Scans have revealed a high ankle sprain from Saturday’s win over Brisbane.
“Trent’s experience and game management will be of enormous value to us,” Barrett said.
“As a person, Trent is also highly respected for the wonderful amount of work he does in the community, so he will bring plenty to the club on and off the field.
“This is a great signing for Manly.”
The accused killers of Melbourne mother Samantha Kelly posed as the parents of her children.A childless Victorian woman accused of killing a “vulnerable” mother in order to take her children allegedly preferred others to call her “mum” than by her first name.
Christine Lyons and Ronald Lyons, 47 and 45, are on trial in the Victorian Supreme Court, accused of murdering 39-year-old Samantha Kelly at Bendigo in 2016.
The trial has been told there is no dispute Christine Lyons’ current lover Peter Arthur killed Ms Kelly by striking her to the head with a hammer six or seven times.
But prosecutors said the Lyons, who are not related, were part of an “agreement” that Ms Kelly – who attended special needs schools as a child and still received support as an adult – should go “on a permanent holiday”.
It is alleged Christine Lyons had a “powerful desire” to have a family, but was infertile.
Ronald Lyons and Peter Arthur were “devoted” to Christine, and killed Ms Kelly to give the woman “what she desperately wanted”, prosecutors say.
It is also claimed the Lyons attempted to murder the mother-of-four a few days before her death by feeding her a “cocktail” of drugs.
A woman who lived nearby gave evidence on Tuesday, stating she’d considered having a baby for the childless Christine.
“I remember Christine told me she suffered from cancer and she couldn’t have children and she asked people to have a child for her but she was unsuccessful,” Rebecca Stow told the court.
“At first I said I’d think about it and then my partner said he couldn’t do it.”
Ms Stow said she often referred to Christine as “mum” as the accused murderer didn’t like being called by her real name.
Ms Stow said on January 26, 2016, she visited the house to discover Ms Kelly had “up and left”.
She said Christine claimed Ms Kelly abandoned her children and that the Lyons and Arthur would become parents to at least two of them.
She also said Christine claimed that Ms Kelly had broken into Christine’s “egg bank” and stolen her eggs, and that the deceased woman’s youngest children in fact belonged to Christine and the men.
A 16-year-old girl who lived with the trio told police the Lyons gave her “love” and she called Christine “mum”.
“I never had a mum in my life or a dad figure … I loved them as parents,” the girl told police in a recorded interview played to the court on Tuesday.
“They gave me love, and that’s why I lived there.”
The trial continues.
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Melbourne hooker Anaru Rangi’s Super Rugby form has made him a contender for the Wallabies.The midweek beers and gut are long gone for Melbourne Rebels hooker Anaru Rangi, who hopes to replace them with a Wallabies jersey.
The 29-year-old has gone from playing club footy for fun to being first choice Rebels rake and winning man of the match in their crucial Super Rugby victory over the Brumbies last round.
With Tatafu Polota-Nau in Europe, Rangi is also among the contenders to fill the vacant No.2 jersey for the Wallabies’ three-Test home series against Ireland next month.
“I’m a bit of a late bloomer as (Rebels coach) Dave Wessels likes to call me,” Rangi told AAP.
“I never really took rugby seriously until I moved to Perth and left a few mates behind in New Zealand and actually gave it a a good crack so I owe a lot to the Australian system for giving me a shot.”
Rangi admitted that just a year or so ago he couldn’t have played 80 minutes as he did against the Brumbies.
Carrying at least an extra 20 kilograms and spending more time in the pub than the gym, he said he wasn’t up to it.
“There wasn’t a lot that was strict about me in those days,” said Rangi, who is down to 104kg.
“Being a tradie there was certainly a few beers midweek – more than I’d like to confess to so I definitely needed a lot of work.
“I gave up the beers and started cooking at home and training hard and the weight started to fall off.”
Born in Wellington, Rangi shifted to Perth in search of a job in the mines and started playing club rugby.
Soon after he was brought in as injury cover for the Western Force and over two seasons played nine matches, but has made the most of his opportunities since joining Melbourne this season.
His form relegated Jordan Uelese to the bench, with the young Test hooker then suffering an arm injury which has left him in race against the clock to be fit for Ireland.
“I always knew the challenge at the Rebels was going to be a tough one but I backed myself to give it a go,” Rangi said.
“I knew Jordan was still quite young and up and coming so I thought I might have been able to slip in there.”
Rangi has only just become available for Wallabies selection through residency and says he’s “flattered” to be in the mix.
But he’s also determined.
“The hooker position is up for grabs for whoever wants to take it by the reins and make it theirs so that’s what I’m trying to do.”
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