Black Diamond AFL: Terrigal Avoca Panthers host Newcastle City Blues in grand final replayphotos

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facebookSHAREtwitterTWEETemailwhatsappNew coach Mark Skuse wants his Terrigal Avoca squad to approach Saturday’s grand final replay against Newcastle City with a clean slate but knows some of his players still hurt.

The Panthers lost last year’s Black Diamond AFL decider to the Blues by 61 points and host the same opponentsin round two at Hylton Moore Oval with former NEFL representative Skuse now in charge.

“I didn’t play last year and we want to take it as a new season,” Skuse said.

“But I know a few of the blokes who played are still burning a bit.

“We’rejust looking forward to playing at home and building from last week.”

The likes of Peter Van Dam (rested), Austin Clark (calf),Jayson Van Dam (hand) andJames Webster (knee) remain sidelined for the Central Coast squad.

Newcastle City will not have the services of co-coach Mitch Knight, Aaron Seen, Jackson Crawford or Hamish Thomson but Patrick Gillingham, Brodie Jones, Abe Gibson and Jamie Cleaver come into the squad.

Elsewhere in round two on Saturday and first up winners Cardiff and Nelson Bay clash at Hillsborough Oval while both Killarney Vale and Warners Bay will chase their maiden victory of 2017 at Adelaide Street Oval.

All games kick off at 2pm.

Also on Saturday inthe Black Diamond AFL women’s competition Killarney Vale host Lake Macquarie, Cardiff are at home to Nelson Bay, Singleton travel to meet Gosford, Maitland tackle Warners Bay (10am) and Wyong Lakes take on Muswellbrook (12pm) while Newcastle City’s two teams were set to gohead-to-head at Tulkaba Ovalon Friday night (7.30pm).

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In other men’s team changes, Cardiff have named teenagerLucas Borrow to debut in the forward line with Jack Pratt suspendedfor two weeks.

Nelson Bay are down injured duo Tom Wood (dislocated shoulder) and Jordan Pritchett (broken arm) but gun forward Luke Price (bruised knee) passed afitness test this week.

Killarney Vale welcome Liam Hassel and Beau Cubilo aboard with Dane Amidy and Ben Simpson both out while coach Scott Reed is unavailable for a few weeks.

Adelaide recruit Ben Kernahan gets his first run with Warners Bay.


Self-taught Lambton baker makes his mum proudFOOD BITES

POPULAR VOTE: Aman Deep, chef at Kings XI, won the inaugural Menulog Local Plate. Picture: Supplied


The battle for the online takeawayfood market has stepped up a notch, perhaps because of the looming threat that is Uber Eats.

Whatever the reason, though, consumers are ultimately the winners.

At the NewRun finish line on April 2, Menulog’sfirst Taste of the Town cook-off took place andKings XI and Lime Gourmet battled it out for the chance to win the inaugural Menulog Local Plate.

TheHamilton eateries faced off in a tightly contested cooking challenge, with Kings XI’ssignature butter chicken just pipping the post ahead of two pasta dishes from Lime Gourmet.

“We’re so excited to have won the very first Menulog Taste of the Town event. Online ordering is a big part of our business,” Kings XI chef Aman Deep said.

New customers are being offered $10 off an order from any of the 35 Newcastle restaurants on Menulog by entering the code “Newcastle10” at the checkout.

One proud mumA bakery Olympics of sorts took place at Hamilton TAFE recently – the Bakery Association of Australia Competition. Food & Wine heard from Dorothy Pinder, the proud mother of Roy Pinder, who owns and runsWilliams Artisan Bread & Espresso at Lambton.

Roy Pinder, of Williams Artisan Bread & Espresso in Lambton.

Here is what Roy had to say:

“I entered the competition knowing that I was competing against trade-qualifiedbakersand my skills in baking are only from what I have learnt over the years from practice, reading and others who inspire me from all over the world.

“I competed against 68 bakersfrom all over NSW and 370 presented products on the day.

“I thought if I could get some recognition for my efforts in one of the sections I would be happy. But to my amazement I won the Grand Champion Loaf of the Show for my traditional baguette. This was the top prize of the show and the highest pointed bread of the show. It comes with a Perpetual Shield and this is only the second time the shield has been awarded to a bakery in Newcastle in the past seven years.

“I also won Grand Champion for the gourmet bread section because Iwonthe traditional baguette andtraditional white sourdough categories, came second in ciabatta and third for flavoured sourdough.

“I won thirdprize for our gluten-free flourless orange cake in another section, which I have made thousands of times overthe years and is always a house favourite.

“When I was presented the awards by the judges I had tears in my eyes. I have had no formal training, only my passion for what I do.It just shows you that if you enjoy what you do and you have passion for it you can do anything.”

Roy has run Williams Artisan Bread & Espresso for the past 11 years. Two years ago he and his wife Maxine revamped the cafe to pursue a shared passion for baking sourdough bread.

“Maxine hadcompleted a chef’s trade and wanted to put her own twist on our menu offering, andwe have been really excited with the changes we have made,” Roy said.

“We have seen a real following for our food and our all-natural leavened sourdoughs. It brings us great pleasure to makegreat food, bread and coffee for our customers.”

Also successful at the bakery competition were: Exquisite Cakes by Lennart (first in novelty or wedding cake; secondin macaroons and fruit tartlets; third in decorated mud cake); Adam Dobbie from Woolworths Charlestown (first in fruit-filled tea cake); and Hamilton TAFE’s Dutchanee Sangsaway (thirdin the vienna category).

Bag an Ag BagIf you buy an Ag Bag at this year’s Sydney Royal Easter Showyou have the opportunity to make a difference in country NSW. It is the only showbag where 100 per cent of the proceeds directly support rural and regional communities throughthe Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation’s Community Futures Grant program. The showbag costs$20 but is valued at more than $60, andoffers a range of food and retail products donated by Australian companies.

Tocal returnsSpeaking of country,Tocal Field Days is happening May 5 to 7.This year the eventwill feature urban and community gardensand aims to encourage country and city residents alike to grow and cook their own food.“You don’t need a huge parcel of land to grow your own food and city families especially will be surprised and delighted at what they can do in their own backyards,” field day manager Wendy Franklin said.

Exhibitors will bring a vast array of products and services, from the latest in innovative farming techniques and technology, solar energy and fencing construction through to craft and food and wine products.The animal nursery will be back as well as the working dogs and horses, the Bake or Burn cooking competition and the infamous Penny Tocow, the purple cow.

Easter at CrowneCrowne Plaza Hunter Valley is going all out for Easter this year. Among the many events on offer this week is aHunter High Tea; anEaster Seafood Buffet Spectacular;Crowne Cinema Family Buffet and the annual Easter Egg Hunt.

Two- or three-course set menus at Redsalt Restaurantwill provide an alternative to the traditional buffet.

Redsalt Restaurant executive chef James Ashtonwill be baking his signaturehot cross bun, which will be part of the buffet offering and available for purchase at Lovedale Bar and Brewery. Also, children can learn the joys of cupcake decorating on April 15, with a pastry specialist from the hotel on hand to help.

Phone 4991 0000 for details and bookings.


Newcastle Hunter Rugby Union: Rival clubs Merewether and Wanderers clash in first round

NEW PLAYER: Sam Fogarty returns to Merewether at outside centre after a beneficial off-season with the NSW sevens program. Picture: Jonathan CarrollMerewether Carlton coach Mick Gill reckons Sam Fogarty has come back a different playerahead of the Newcastle and Hunter Rugby Unionseason opener against old rivals Wanderers at No.1 Sportsground on Saturday.


Outside centre Fogartyspent the summer months with the NSW sevens program andwas the sole country-based player in the state side, which included the national championships in Adelaide in November, and Gill barely recognised him at Townson Oval in the lead up to their 2017 campaign.

“It was like we received a brand new player after that off-season with The Waratahs,” Gill said.

“Fogo had gained a yard of pace, he came backstronger, and his skillset was unbelievable. Just 100 per cent a better player.”

Fogarty will partnerskipper Jay Strachan in the centres, which Gillidentified as a key area for Merewether.

“That’s where our strength is,” Gill said.

“Both players have a licence to throw it around and I don’t want to lock them in anywhere. Rather than having to standsomewhere on the field they can go andfind their own opportunities.”

The rest of the backline has been shuffled around with Thomas Smith slotting into fly half after University recruit Will Frost injured his shoulder in a recent trial while versatile Blake Creighton could miss the year following a knee reconstruction.

The Greens forward pack is also a mixed bag –weakened without Alex Hills (Randwick) and prop WendallWilhelmus (shoulder surgery) but bolstered by flanker Billy Freeman (University) and back-rower Kent Hatchwell (return).

Butstability has been provided in drawing the Two Blues straight up according to Gill, allowing the group to gel in sight of last year’s grand finalists.

“It actually helped with our pre-season, giving us that extra motivation,” Gill said.

“Not that you need much motivation to play Wanderers …but it made those fitness sessions a bit easier.”

Wanderershave named five-eighth Luke Simmons as captain whilesecond-rower Doug McKillop (Scone),halfback Gus Locke (UK) and No.15 Josh McCormack (Maitland) all debutfor the hosts. Tom Emayel returns after two years abroad.

Elsewhere, two-time defending premiers Hamilton are at home to The Waratahs, Beaches travel to meet Maitland, Lake Macquarie tackleSingleton and University take on Nelson Bay.

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Meanwhile, the NHRU season was officially launched at Wests City on Friday with former Wallabies coach Alan Jones the guest speaker at the annual Hawthorne Club luncheon.

And the women’s competition doesn’t start until April 22 but 10 Hunter players will represent NSW Country at the Southern States Championships in Wagga Wagga on Saturday.


NNSW NPL preview: Maitland brace for rested and smarting Edgeworth

KEY MAN: Marquee Matt Thompson also helps coach Maitland.


MATT Thompson believes Maitland are better this year, but they will need to be if they are going to challenge Edgeworth at Jack McLaughlan Oval on Saturday night.

The Magpies beat Newcastle Jets Youth 4-2 on Wednesday night at Speers Pointto belatedly open their NNSW NPL season after four washouts. Thompson scored the go-ahead goal early in the second half and Matt Comerford struck in injury time after it was 2-2 at half-time.

“It was just a good result, to get a game in and get through it unscathed,” Thompson said.“It’s not easy playing on that surface against a team that runs around a bit, after not playing for three weeks.”

They meet an Eagles sideon Saturday (7.30pm) in round five coming off the bye and smarting from a 2-1 loss to Lambton Jaffas. Maitland lost 4-3 to Edgeworth in the semi-finals last year and Thompson said they would need to improve.

“We talk about how we nearly beat them, but at the end of the day, they won and they probably never felt like they weregoing to lose it,” he said. “No doubt, we need to be better. We haven’t really lost in terms of personnel fromlast year. Obviously we lost [Dean] Heffernan, but we gained Shane [Cansdell-Sherriff], Andrew Pawiak and Josh Dutton-Black.I think we’re in better position than last year in that we have a strong 16, 17 players.”

Also Saturday, Valentine host Adamstown (2.30pm) and Hamilton welcome the Jets Youth (6pm). On Sunday, Charlestown host Broadmeadow and the Jaffas are away to Lake Macquarie.

* Go totheherald苏州美甲学校苏州美甲学校论坛for the BarTV Sports livestream of Lake Macquarie v Lambton JaffasEdgeworth coach Damian Zane, meanwhile, said attacking UK recruit Kieran Sanders would play under 20s on Saturday after serving a three-match ban carried over from his time with Far North Queensland Heat.

Zane said the Eagles had responded on the training paddock to the midweek loss to Jaffas.

“We trained on Saturday and it was quite a heavy and intense session,” Zane said.

”You can just seenow, all the cattle are back andplayers are looking around and seeing there’s a battle on now for spots.

“They are proud of what they have done the last couple of years and that loss stung them. It was a tad harsh to lose, but losing away to Lambton, there’s noshame in that. It was good for us, it’s got us going and I’ve seen it at training.

“I think the game showed up a couple of players who were a yard off as well. We’vegot a fair bit of work into them over the last week and a bit, so I expect a big performance from them.”

Thompson said “Edgy, for me, are the team to beat again”.

“Even though they had a loss to Lambton the other week, they have proven themselves over the last few years and they are a quality side,” he said.

Thompson said Ryan Clarke, who missed the win over Jets Youth with a hamstring problem, would likely return against Edgeworth.

Thompson, Maitland keeper Matt Trott, Adamstown’s Stuart Musialikand Edgeworth striker Daniel McBreen will back up on Sunday in the F3 Derby Legends Game at Central Coast Stadium before the A-League clash between Newcastle and the Mariners.

McBreen and Trott will play for the Mariners, whileThompson and Musialik will be in Newcastle’s line up for the seven-a-side exhibition.

“I’m not sure which one’s more important to be honest,” Thompson laughed about the two clashes this weekend with McBreen, who has been talking up the Legends Games rivalry.

“Hopefully we can get the win in both, that’s the plan.”


Harder for Australians to pay off mortgage by retirement than ever

10 ways to pay off a million-dollar mortgage fasterAustralians’ housing debt at all-time high after doubling in 11 yearsAustralians are entering twilight years with $150,000 of mortgage debt: ING Direct


Australia is the world’s most indebted country and more older Australians will now retire with a mortgage debt than ever before, a new report shows.

An increasing proportion of Australians will probably need to use some of their superannuation savings to get rid of leftover mortgage debtat retirement, the report prepared by economist Saul Eslake for the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees found.

The retirement income system had taken it for granted that Australians would have paid off their mortgages over the course of their working life, but the research found larger mortgages relative to incomes and first-home buyers getting on the ladder later in life were making this less likely.

The proportion of home owners who did not have a mortgage dropped from 61.7 per cent in 1996 to 47.9 per cent by 2011.

“In other words, compared to 15 years ago when almost three out of five home owners owned their home outright, home owners with a mortgage are now in the majority,” Mr Eslake’s research found.

In 2013-14, 88.2 per cent of homeowners aged 35 to 44 had outstanding mortgage debt. This was up from about 67 per cent in 1995-96.

One couple bucking the trend is Ai Shin Cruz, 31, and her husband Erik, 36 who paid off their Sydney mortgage in eight years and four months – and it was their first home.

But while they say they wouldn’t have been able to achieve it without frugal habits, they are also the lucky ones: they bought in pre-boom.

The couple bought a townhouse in November 2008, for $320,000. They had $110,000 in savings between them – having both saved while living with their parents – and were getting married in 2009.

After the first home owner grant and stamp duty concession, their mortgage came to about $210,000.

With a household income of just $65,000 for the majority of that time – Ai Shin is a stay at home mum and Erik works in IT – they’d paid off the entire sum by March 2017 – as well as raising three children, now aged six, four and one.

They attribute their success to “being minimalist” and refusing to buy into the idea of keeping up with the Joneses.

“My mum is a Vietnamese refugee from the 1970s and she’s a penny pincher,” Ms Cruz said.

“It’s ingrained in me … I still find it very difficult to spend money.”

But even this frugal couple counted their blessings they were able to buy when they did, Ms Cruz said.

Similar properties in Toongabbie have recently sold for about $600,000. “We’re committed to never having a mortgage again,” she said.

Though in Sydney or Melbourne the thought of a $210,000 mortgage can only be scoffed at – in NSW, the size of the average mortgage jumped tens of thousands of dollars each year during the property boom – the average Australian mortgage is $375,900, a sum that could quickly be paid down with some planning, Finder苏州美甲学校苏州美甲学校论坛 spokeswoman Bessie Hassan said.

Those on a 30-year term $300,000 mortgage with a 4.8 per cent rate would save more than $50,000 and cut down their repayment time by close to six years by paying an additional $250 a month.

Changing the frequency of the repayments to fortnightly would result in an extra repayment each year, paying down the loan even faster, and asking for a lower interest rate could prove effective.

Mortgage Choice chief executive John Flavell said it was still possible for borrowers to pay off their mortgage quicker provided they were diligent with their money.

He said they should budget and consider offset accounts and other facilities to reduce interest costs.

“A ‘good’ budget will factor in all of your regular spending habits, showing you how much you spend each month and how much you can save,” Mr Flavell said.

Spending $15 a day for lunch adds up to $75 in a working week. If these funds are redirected to additional payments on a $400,000 mortgage with a 4 per cent interest rate, this can save $77,000 in interest over the life of the loan.


Hunter Water, RMS and Eagleton Residents Action Group lodge objections to rock quarry proposed by Eagleton Rock Syndicatepoll

ON THE ATTACK: Catherine and Tony Witcomb at their property in Eagleton, which would border a proposed rock quarry. They fear their rural way of life will be destroyed if the proposal receives the green light. Picture: Simone De Peak HUNTER WATER and the Roads and Maritime Service havecome out in opposition to plans for a hard rock quarry in the catchment for Newcastle’s main drinking water source.


Boral Resources –which operates the nearby Seaham Quarry – has also launched an attack onthe proposal, warningit contains“deficiencies, incorrect conclusions and inadequate mitigation measures”.

TheHeraldreported in February that plans for the quarry at Eagleton, north of Raymond Terrace, hadbeen resurrected after four years.

The EagletonRock Syndicate plans to extract around 10 milliontonnes of rock inside the boundaries of the catchment for Grahamstown Dam, which supplies about 20 per cent of Newcastle’s drinking water.

In a letter to the planning department, senior Hunter Water engineerMalcolm Withers said the organisation “does not support approval of the proposed development in its current form.”

Hunter Water found the syndicate had failed to show water discharged from the quarry would be of equal or better quality than what is currently leaving the site.

Its management plan had been designed for a “typical catchment” rather than a sensitive drinking water source, it argued.

It came as residents mobilised against the proposal, lodging nearly 50 objections with the Department of Planning and forming the Eagleton Residents Action Group.

“It’s a majorissue not just for us but for the people of Newcastle,” spokesperson Tony Witcomb said.

“Because of the Williamtown fiasco,Hunter Water have closed off use of some of the Tomago Sandbeds,soit’s more important than everthat the Grahamstown catchment doesn’t have any contamination issues.”

The quarry wouldcome within 150 metres of Mr Witcomb’s back fence and would see the removal of a hill that acts as a buffer between his home and the Boral quarry.

His home is also near a motorbike racing track and the site of the proposed $12 million Circuit Italia and Mr Witcomb said the company’sacoustic assessmenthad not taken into account all the noise sources in the area.

“The noise is going to be atrocious,” he said, adding most residents relied on tank water and feared it would be contaminated with dust.

The group has also pointed out a number of existing quarries in the area haveapplications before the state government for expansions.

“Why build a greenfield quarry whenthe infrastructure is not there and the quarry’s not required?” Mr Witcomb said. “It’s not like people are screaming out for gravel.”

In its objection, the Road and Maritime Service warned extra truck movements would put pressure on the intersection of the Pacific Highway and Italia Road, “exacerbating the potential safety risk”.

It found the intersection was likely to need upgrading if the quarrygoes ahead.

Boral Resources complainedit had not been consulted on the proposed development, despite the syndicate’s claims to the contrary.

The company said trafficassessments for the new quarry were based on the “incorrect” assumption it would cease operations by 2026 and the proposal had “ignored” noise and air quality impacts on the proposed Kings Hill subdivision.


Beer reviews from the2017photos

Beer reviews of 2017 | photos Pulped Fiction, Blood Orange IPA, Mountain Goat, 7.8%, $123 stars


Whisky Sour (Berliner Weisse), Sailors Grave Brewing, Orbost, VIC, 4.3%, $7.504 stars

Norman Australian Ale, Yullis, Surry Hills, 5.1%, $4.503 stars

Doss Blockos F#&K. the. rent, East 9th Brewing Co, St Kilda, 4.6%, $3.30 3.5 stars

Rare Ink Session Stout, Stockade Brew Co, Smearton Grange NSW, 4.4%, $4.703 stars

Pagan’s Empire IPA, Prancing Pony Brewery, Adelaide Hills, SA, 6.6%, $52.5 stars

PALE, Two Birds, Spotswood, VIC, 5%, $4.503.5 stars

Chainbreaker White IPA,Deschutes, Oregon USA, 5.6%, $53.5 stars

Ten FIDY Imperial Stout, Oskar Blues, Colorado US, 10.5%, $7.504 stars

Drifter, Fortitude Brewing Company, Mt Tamborine, QLD, 4.4%, $53 stars

JSP, Wolf of the Willows, Cheltenham Vic, 5.2% $53 stars


facebookSHAREtwitterTWEETemailwhatsappEVER wanted a bit of impartial advice at the bottle shop? Let Weekender’s Daniel Honan be your guide.

Flick through his reviews from 2017 below, or get the quick version in the gallery above.

Pulped Fiction, Blood Orange IPA, Mountain Goat, 7.8%, $123 stars

Pulped Fiction, Blood Orange IPAThe path of the creative craft brewer is beset on all sides by the mass-produced model of production of evil men (accountants). Blessed is she who, in the name of taste and imagination, shepherds the flavour through the aisles of swill and dullness, for she is truly her brother’s keeper, and the finder of lost brewers. Mountain Goat’s single keg series beers are usually reserved for in-situ tastings only, andits availability is limited. An amber red body capped with a thin, off-white head reeks of citric hops and the sweet, mushy decay of overripe cumquats and mandarins. More soft orange citrus flavours in the mouth balanced by aggressive hop bitterness, followed by a flash of blood orange sweetness to finish. More sweetness, to curb the bitterness, would be nice.

Whisky Sour (Berliner Weisse), Sailors Grave Brewing, Orbost, VIC, 4.3%, $7.504 stars

Whisky Sour (Berliner Weisse), Sailors Grave BrewingThe palate gets bored too easily. It’s the brain’s fault. Apparently, our brains have evolved to be attracted to novelty. Dopamine, otherwise known as the ‘reward chemical’, is released by the brain in increased levels whenever novelty abounds. The search for the new, especially, new smells, tastes and textures, is part of the reason why I picked up this can of Whisky Sourby Sailors Grave Brewing (the other reason was the can’s magnificent shininess and artwork). Hazy pale gold in the glass with a frothy, bright white head, it smells of creamed honey spread on white bread, lemon butter and faint vanilla. Then, novel flavours of sour orange candy, crunchy nectarines and briny cherries tickle the glossal.

Norman Australian Ale, Yullis, Surry Hills, 5.1%, $4.503 stars

Norman Australian Ale, YullisWithout any prior knowledge of what a Yullis is, or might be (it’s a vegetarian restaurant in Sydney, btw), you could be forgiven for thinking the liquid that lies behind the kitsch Aussie label on this Norman Australian Ale willeither taste as boring as sipping Crownies at your uncle’s second wedding, or, be as ironically cool, but, still, nonetheless as gross as admitting you really do like the taste of VB. Not so, this is an approachable and tasty beverage. It pours the colour sun-bleached straw with a foamy white head and smells like green melons and yellow citrus with a touch of sweet grassy hops. It’s nicely balanced and will extinguish your thirst with bitter citrus and lychee flavours that’s well supported by a baseline of toasted maltiness. Two thumbs up.

Doss Blockos F#&K. the. rent, East 9th Brewing Co, St Kilda, 4.6%, $3.30 3.5 stars

F#&K. the. rent,East 9th Brewing CoDid you know that a particular word on the label of this beer, brewed by East 9th Brewing Co, is included in the top 10 most used swear words around the world? Such words, like the one on the label of this beer, account, for 0.7 per cent of the average English speaker’s vocabulary. So, what about the beer? Well, if you look past the stylistically inflammatory label and taste the liquid inside, you’ll find a brightly coloured, finely beading amber ale covered with a frothy white head that smells of fresh cut flowers and orange citrus lifted above honey and caramel malts. Creamy textures and sweet toasted orange flavours offset a light bitterness that makes this one easy drinking adult beverage.

Rare Ink Session Stout, Stockade Brew Co, Smearton Grange NSW, 4.4%, $4.703 stars

Rare Ink Session Stout, Stockade Brew CoThere’s nothing quite like a refreshing adult beverage after a hot day in the sun. Something to quench the thirst, assuage the core body temp, and revitalise the mind and mouth with composite flavours of charred toffee, chocolate and caramel. If you’re a fan of dark beer, as I am, it can be difficult to find one that’s fit for purpose in the warmer months. Monteith’s, schwarzbier style, Black Beer does the trick. As does this Rare Ink Session Stout from Stockade Brew Co. Rather than a dark lager, Rare Ink is a black pilsner, so it’s crisp and refreshing, but black and tan in colour, and stout-like in flavour: Smoky, caramel toffee on the nose, with a little bitter chocolate, it tastes like Americano coffee and burnt toast for breakfast, but feels light enough to slam it down fast. Great for slaking a summer thirst.

Pagan’s Empire IPA, Prancing Pony Brewery, Adelaide Hills, SA, 6.6%, $52.5 stars

Pagan’s Empire IPA, Prancing Pony BreweryPrancing Pony are the Supreme Champions of beer, having won the trophy for world’s best sherbet at last year’s International Beer Challenge. This, of course, means they can now compete against the other Supreme Champions from the seven other planets in our solar system, and potentiallywin and be crowned Super Supreme Champions of beer (and pizza). Then, they would be eligible to enter the highly coveted interstellar Galaxias Beer Competition. Perhaps they should enter this single IPA, called Pagan’s Empire. Clear amber in colour with an excitable tannish head, aromas of citrus blossom, cumquat, and caramel soaked resin, followed by smoky burnt orange flavours of smouldering pine and charred hops, with a fierce texture, in the mouth. Good luck!

Drifter, Fortitude Brewing Company, Mt Tamborine, QLD, 4.4%, $53 stars

Drifter, Fortitude Brewing CompanyAs, I think, the old saying goes, “you can get it liftin’, you can get it Driftin’, you can get it any old how,” as a matter of fact, I got it just the other day when I completed my first DeBeyers Drift of 2017. In case you haven’t heard of the obscure sport known as bike sailing, or drifting, let me explain. The aim of ‘the drift’ is to cycle down a steep hill, stop pedalling at a particular spot, then roll or ‘drift’ as far as you can to the end. Its curator assures me that it’s bound go mainstream any day now. There’s even an official beer: The Drifter, by Fortitude Brewing Co. It’s a no-brainer summer ale, with a golden body and thin white head, smelling of honey on toast and a bit of fresh orange citrus. Super refreshing. Drift on.

Ten FIDY Imperial Stout, Oskar Blues, Colorado US, 10.5%, $7.504 stars

Ten FIDY Imperial Stout, Oskar BluesWhere do you sit on the tinnies versus bottles debate? Me? Well, unless I’m drinking outdoors, I don’t mind, one way or the other. So long as the product inside is cold, wet and drinkable, with at least a bit of intrigue, flavour-wise, I’ll drink it from whatever vessel a brewer puts it in. Pouring it into a cold glass, the tin hasn’t diminished this Oskar Blues Ten FIDY Imperial Stout from Colorado. It pours like sump oil from an F-150 with a beautifully foamy charred brown head. A nose of cacao and cherry, spent coffee grounds and burnt caramel echoes in the mouth with bitter malts and some smoky spiced flavours delivered by a creamy soft and lightly carbonated texture, with an aftertaste akin to glowing embers. Bring me a tin of this and some smoked ribs, stat!

Chainbreaker White IPA,Deschutes, Oregon USA, 5.6%, $53.5 stars

Chainbreaker White IPA, DeschutesThis tasty beer is from Bend, Oregon. The name of the brewery, Deschutes Brewery, shares its name with the Deschutes River, where the brewery is located. From what I can gather, The Chainbreaker has nothing to do with Daenerys Targaryen, but something to do with mountain bike riding. It’s a white IPA brewed with wheat and pilsner malt, a mix of bravo, centennial, cascade, and amarillo hops and a dash of sweet orange and coriander. It pours a cloudy white with pale yellow hues and a fluffy white head. Aroma is orange zest and citrus spice floating over grassy, wheaty, yeasty notes. Taste is tangy lemons and sweet biscuits with a little grapefruit held by softly carbonated and creamy textures. It’s a Belgian style IPA hybrid, well balanced with a delicious depth of flavour.

PALE, Two Birds, Spotswood, VIC, 5%, $4.503.5 stars

PALE, Two Birds, SpotswoodAccording to the market research, Australian-style pale ales are on the … zzz. Oh, sorry. Are you still here? At the time of writing I was immersed in fascinating tidbits from press releases proclaiming insightful analysis into the latest beer-drinking habits of Aussie … oops, there I go again. Basically, pale ales are popular. Every beer in the top10 2016 Gabs Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers were variations on pale ale. Even in the craft beer world, the hop doesn’t fall too far from the bine. The timing for this new brew by Two Birds Brewing couldn’t be better. Nicely packaged, refreshing, flavoursome and balanced. It pours bright gold with a thin white head. Loud tropical fruit fanfares on the nose with white bread, followed by more tropical sweetness offset by moderate hop bitterness and a soft, foamy texture that finishes crisp and dry.

(Green) T, Mayday Hills (Bridge Road Brewers)Collaborations among the beer community are nothing new. Magical things can happen when two breweries with different styles join forces to create an adult beverage that’s unique and delicious. But what if, say, a brewer formed an alliance with a green tea farmer? Well, you’d get this here (Green) T by Mayday Hills (a farmhouse beer project by Bridge Road Brewers) and Alpine Tea Co. A gentle spritz sounds as the crown seal is broken … it pours out shades of browned orange with a big foamy head. My expectation of a hoppy Sencha aroma and taste are immediately quashed by the distinct smell of fresh feijoa fruit, lime candy, some vanilla and grapefruit, then, crunchy Granny Smith apples, a squeeze of lime, some hop bitterness and a dash of sweetened Matcha.

Tonic, Doctor’s Orders Brewing, Sydney, 4.5%, $4.50 2.5 stars

Tonic, Doctor’s Orders BrewingApparently ambidextrous, Tonic by Doctor’s Orders Brewing, is a Witbier-styled amalgamation of orange peel, juniper berries, coriander, lemon myrtle and cinchona bark, plus, hops, yeast, water, and wheat, obviously, which, the brewers say, you can drink on its own, or, as a tonic mixer with gin. Why not both? Solo, it pours like polished gold with a frothy white head and spritely effervescence; smelling of sweet citrus, a little wattle and other yellow wild flowers, it tastes of cumquat, spice and yellow Skittles, finishing bright and crisp. Mixed with gin (Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin) and a squeeze of lime, the beer takes on a tart shandy character that seems to negate the more refreshing aspects of the solo beer. Not as versatile as an adroit switch-hitter, but, a bi-curios concoction nonetheless.

JSP, Wolf of the Willows, Cheltenham Vic, 5.2% $53 stars

JSP, Wolf of the Willows

It’s April already and, Trump hasn’t blown up the world, yet. In light of this, I’d say things are going pretty good. April also signifies the middle of autumn, which means, in the immortal words of Ned Stark, ‘winter is on its way’ (the more accurate, ‘winter is coming’™ had to be omitted due to copyright concerns). This means it’s time for Aussie beer fans to turn towards the dark side. This Johnny Smoke Porter by Wolf of the Willowsis a good start. Cola black with a thin brown head, it smells of campfire smoke and BBQ slow-cooked beef brisket, soy sauce and a dab of honey. Dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee beans taste strong between the teeth, offset by a touch of tobacco wafting over backdrop hops and a smooth, silky mouth feel. Pessimism sure is tasty.


Open for inspection: What to see this weekend

Gordon Park: Brisbane’s newest boom suburbTears of joy: architect and builder snag Ascot land’Best start to a year in a decade’ for Brisbane market49 Maynard Street, Woolloongabba


49 Maynard Street, Woolloongabba Photo: Ray White East BrisbaneOffers over $1.45 million

4 bed, 3 bath, 2 car

Saturday April 8, 10.30am – 11am

Agent: Ryan McHarg, Ray White East Brisbane, 0421 222 334

This is no ordinary Queenslander; arguably Woolloongabba’s finest residence, it was originally built and owned by the jam manufacturing Duthie family around 1894.

It’s a stunning example of what would have been a luxurious Queenslander back then and today it stands as a gorgeous contemporary home, a landmark property with a magnificent streetscape and a raft of carefully preserved historical features.

Its sophisticated interiors are only recent ??? previously the house was owned by the Endeavour Foundation and run as part of its local offices. But an architect owner stripped it back completely and painstakingly brought it back to life, agent Ryan McHarg says.

“You can’t repeat a house like this. The original architecture is stunning and it’s been so beautifully renovated,” he says.

Luxury features include Italian marble throughout, Miele appliances, European Oak parquetry flooring and chandeliers but its the original high ceilings, wide hallways and oversized timber frame windows that give it that irreplaceable sense of grandeur.

The house is set on , 783 square metres of land in one of Woollongabba’s most central locations less than 10 minutes to the CBD, four minutes from the Woollongabba shopping precinct and five minutes to the PA Hospital. Extras include a private secure entrance, a timber deck overlooking both the front and rear gardens and ducted air conditioning. 40 Alma Street, Paddington

40 Alma Street, Padddington Photo: Red & Co Real Estate$1.8 million – $1.9 million

4 bed, 2 bath, 2 car

Open Saturday April 8, 9.30am – 10.15am

Anthony Oddo, Red & Co Real Estate, 0430028254

Perched in a leafy Paddington street, this pre-war Queenslander has equal parts charm and equal parts potential.

Set over two 405 square metre lots, it’s perfectly liveable as is but has the space required to extend it into a commanding family home, agent Anthony Oddo says.

“The land gives you that opportunity to extend, add a pool, turning into a mid-$2 million property,” he says.

“It’s got beautiful Queenslander features … there’s so much that can be done here. You can live in it with your family and the house can grow with you.”

The house features high ceilings, ornate breezeways, VJ boards, polished floorboards and large front and rear decks. The block itself is gently sloping and beautifully shaded by established trees and shrubs.

Only 300 metres from Latrobe Terrace and 700 metres from Rosalie, it’s in the Milton State School catchment and ideally positioned just a few kilometres from the CBD. 10c/135 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba

10C/135 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba Photo: Ray White Mooloolaba$599,000

2 bed, 2 bath, 1 car

Open Saturday April 8, 10am – 10.30am

Steven Allen, Ray White Mooloolaba, 0416 110 918

Height restrictions mean apartments on the 10th floor are a rare commodity in Mooloolaba; so rare, in fact, there’s only two buildings that have them.

That makes this two bedroom unit on the 10th floor of the iconic Newport building a sought-after piece of real estate, agent Steve Allen says.

“This is an absolutely blue chip position with stunning, 180-degree uninterrupted views of the ocean, as well as views out to the seaway,” he says.

Opposite the surf club, the unit is only moments from the Esplanade with its cafes, restaurants and shopping.

The unit itself is light and breezy with a fully tiled open plan living and dining area leading out onto the balcony. Both double bedrooms have built-in robes and the main bedroom has its own ocean front balcony and large ensuite.

Resort facilities include a large heated swimming pool, barbecue and outdoor entertaining areas surrounded by tropical landscaped gardens, children’s playground and heated spa and sauna.2/212 Vulture Street, South Brisbane

2/212 Vulture Street, South Brisbane Photo: Place Estate Agents Kangaroo PointOffers over $2.75 million

4 bed, 4 bath, 3 car

Open Saturday April 8, 10.30am – 11am

Agent: Simon Caulfield, Place Estate Agents Kangaroo Point, 0437 935 912

Buyers wanting to replicate the privacy and space of a house will love this north-facing, sprawling apartment in the tightly-held “Villagio” building in South Brisbane, agent Simon Caulfield says.

“This is a proper boutique building because it’s only one apartment per floor and only eight apartments in the entire building,” he says.

“You get the benefits of a house, with the space, the privacy and your own four walls, without the maintenance of a house.”

The apartment is more than just the complex though. The views from this residence are beautiful; a glittering skyline, quiet ripple of the river and the urban views surrounding it give it a sense of excitment.

This is inner city living at its best with Southbank, Kangaroo Point, West End and the CBD all within arms reach. With four bedrooms, four bathrooms and three car spaces, it’s well appointed and an easy place to take up residence.

Features include generous huge open plan living areas, C-bus security, private secure lift entry, chef’s kitchen, high ceilings and an expansive terrace that overlooks the city and river without interruption.


Married With Children star Katey Segal calls hit show’misogynistic’

It was dedicated viewing during the ’90s, but Katey Segal has publicly reconsidered the show that made her a star, Married With Children.


“It was a very misogynistic show,” Segal, who played disinterested housewife Peggy Bundy, has said about the classic sitcom, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this week.

“The women were portrayed [as] completely exploited on the show. That was Al Bundy’s thing,” she added, referring to the miserable shoe salesman played by Ed O’Neill (Modern Family). “He liked hot women, and they showed them all the time.”

The sitcom, a wry take on ’50s suburbia and feelgood family shows, ran for ten seasons from 1987 to 1997 and built a loyal audience despite middling ratings and controversy over its often lewd punchlines.

Alongside Peggy and Al, it provided breakthrough roles for Christina Applegate and David Faustino, who played the pair’s dropkick kids Kelly and Bud (or, ‘Grandmaster B’, as some remember him).

Somewhere along the way, its satirical slant got muddled, the show’s live audience infamously whooping and hollering over Al’s aggrieved nonsense, including regular putdowns of neighbour Marcy (Amanda Bearse) and a sad gang of husband-activists named No Ma’am who met in Al’s garage to shake a fist at the feminist agenda wreaking havoc on their bowling nights and nudie bars.

Married’s lively studio was so distinct, it was later spoofed in an episode of Futurama, on which Segal was a regular voice actor.

In the interview with AOL, aimed at promoting her new book Grace Notes: My Recollections, Segal noted her conflicted feelings on Married With Children’s legacy.

“People would ask me questions like, ‘Is this what you think? I mean, how can you be on a show like this?’ And I was really clear that I don’t believe in censorship, and I also believe that it’s my job as an actor to interpret the material – it’s not my belief,” she added.

“If you’re asking me, do I think women should be portrayed in a misogynistic way, in an exploited way, of course I don’t think that. But playing Peg Bundy had nothing to do with what I thought; that was my job.”

The show, which currently reruns on 7Flix, has been at the centre of reunion rumours for years.

A spin-off, focusing on Bud’s ongoing struggles with the ‘Bundy curse’, is said to still be in the works, with Segal and O’Neill reportedly onboard to reprise Peggy and Al, now lottery millionaires living in Las Vegas.


Filming to begin in Wagga this weekend on Jason Stevens’ film Chasing Comets starring Isabel Lucas

Dan Ewing, DJ Havana Brown and Stan Walker all star in Chasing Comets, a comedy highlighting the rivalry between rugby league an Australian rules, written by ex-NRL player Jason Stevens (second from left). Picture: Chasing Comets/FacebookThe road to Hollywood begins in unlikely places. Like Wagga’s Gumly Oval, which will launch the Farrer League season in a blaze of excitement on Saturday, when filming begins on a new movie set in Wagga.


AsEast Wagga-Kooringal and Coleambally prepare for a grand final rematch, the crew forChasing Cometswill begin seven days of shooting in and around Wagga.

STAR CAST: Dan Ewing and Isabel Lucas will play the lead roles in Chasing Comets. Set in Wagga, the movie is being produced by former league star Jason Stevens and tackles the rivalry between rugby league and Aussie rules.

Written and produced by former rugby league international, Jason Stevens, Chasing Comets isa comedy drama touching on the battlelines between Australian rules and rugby league.

“We’re going to have a massive week,” Stevens said.

“We’re there from Saturday to Thursday, obviously at the oval,and we’re definitely going down to the Murrumbidgee River. We’ll be shooting bits and piecesall around town.”

The cast includesIsabel Lucas andDan Ewing in the lead rolesas well asHavana Brown, Rhys Muldoon, Justin Melvey, George Houvardas, Kat Hoyos, Stan Walker and former footballers Beau Ryan and Brendan Fevola.

EWK president Steve Absolum said the Hawks are only too happy to have the movie crew at Gumly.

Stevens’ comedic talent on display in a hilarious appearance on Fox Sports’ The Back Page last year“You want to be a good community club, and we’re more than happy to help out,” Absolum said.

“Publicity is always good if it helps promote our club and country footy…andsome of our ressies might feature in the movie.”

Stevens confirmed there will be an opportunity for locals to featurelater in the week.

“We’re looking for some extrasto play AFLin(actor)Stan Walker’s team,” Stevens said.

“Stan’s a Kiwi who’s turned his back on league and is playing AFL.

“That’ll behalf-a-day probably on Thursday.”

Rugby league, Australian rules battle lines drawn on the big screen Isabel Lucas and Dan Ewing on set for Chasing Comets. The pair lead a star cast in the film.

Isabel Lucas and Dan Ewing on set for Chasing Comets. The pair lead a star cast in the film.

Isabel Lucas and Dan Ewing on set for Chasing Comets. The pair lead a star cast in the film.

Isabel Lucas and Dan Ewing on set for Chasing Comets. The pair lead a star cast in the film.

TweetFacebook Chasing Comets Isabel Lucas plays a lead role in ‘Brooke’ opposite Dan Ewing’s star character ‘Chase Daylight’ in the film written and produced by Jason Stevens.+4Isabel Lucas plays a lead role in ‘Brooke’ opposite Dan Ewing’s star character ‘Chase Daylight’ in the film written and produced by Jason Stevens.MORE GALLERIES

facebookSHAREtwitterTWEETemailwhatsappcommentCommentsAformer NSW and Australia propwho played 232 games for St George and Cronulla, Stevenschose Wagga for his first film due toits fierce sporting rivalry.

“It’s set against the backdrop of AFL and league, which is why Wagga wasunique in the fact that it’s a hotly-contested area for both codes,” he said.

“We’ve got two characters – Justin Melvey fromDays Of Our Lives, he’s a rugby league man. And his brother Rhys Muldoon, from House Husbands, he’s an AFL man. He’s the coach of the Hawks –and they’re at each other constantly about the superior code.”

“And we bring up a lot of the legends that come from Wagga, on both sides of the coin.”

It’s not the first feature film set in Wagga and Stevens declared he’s a fan of the 2013 hitBackyard Ashes.

“I lovedBackyard Ashes, I thought they did a great job,” he said.“I know they couldn’t have done it without the support of the community, and that’s going to be the same for us really.”

Chasing Comets is expected to be in cinemas in spring.

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