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Aust Open to draw on Presidents Cup stars

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Stephen Pitt is hoping to attract some International players to the Australian Open.Next year’s Australian Open will go head to head with Tiger Woods’ Hero Challenge in the Bahamas – and officials believe that’s a good thing.


The 2019 Open, to be held at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney, will take place from December 5-8, a week before the Presidents Cup in Melbourne.

While the clash rules out the possibility of Woods returning to contend for the Stonehaven Cup, Golf Australia boss Stephen Pitt believes the timing of the national championship can help secure many of the game’s other big names.

The Woods-captained United States team will take on The Internationals just four days after the Open at Royal Melbourne.

“This is great news for the Australian Open and we’re excited about what this means for Australian golf fans,” Pitt said on Tuesday.

“That was a critical moment in 2011 in terms of the Australian Open being before the Presidents Cup. We were able to leverage that pretty well.

“We had a star-studded field that year and we’re really confident about doing the same in 2019.”

With Woods’ field limited to just 18 players, Pitt is confident the 2019 edition will attract a raft of the world’s premier golfers.

“Last time I think we got nine out of the 12 US players,” he said.

“This time around the thought is probably that will flip and we will be targeting International players.”

Australian PGA Championship officials had also wanted to lock in December 5-8 for their event next year.

“We had very fruitful discussions with the PGA of Australia to reach this decision and admire the respect they’ve shown the national championship,” Pitt said.

“It’s an important decision. It’s the right decision for golf and I applaud them for making that decision.”

Having spent the past few days defending the 2018 Open field, which is devoid of Australian golf’s big three of Jason Day, Adam Scott and Marc Leishman, Pitt came under fire on Tuesday for the event being staged in Sydney for a 14th straight year in 2019.

“It’s hard to move and that’s been the reality of tournament golf in Australia,” he said.

“State government partnerships are absolutely critical to the health of the tournament.

“What I would say is that while the Australian Open hasn’t been around the country (in recent years), we have seen other tournaments around the country.

“We’ve had the PGA (regularly) in Queensland, Perth has got the Sixes, Melbourne’s had its share with different things; World Cup and Presidents Cup, and Adelaide’s had the women’s Open.

“So there’s been a good spread around the country.”

Port Stephens Pro: Nikki Van Dijk dashes Newcastle hopes on way to title and guaranteed spot on tourphotos

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Victorian Nikki Van Dijk ended the hopes of Merewether’s Philippa Anderson on the way to guaranteeing herself a sixth year on the championship tour with victory at the Port Stephens Toyota Pro at Birubi Beach on Tuesday.


Port Stephens Pro: Nikki Van Dijk dashes Newcastle hopes on way to title | photos SO CLOSE: Philippa Anderson reacts after her quarter-final loss on Tuesday. Picture: Ethan Smith/WSL

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1234567891011121314151617181920 – Van Dijk beat Anderson in the quarter-finals13.27 to 11.56, Costa Rican Brisa Hennessyin the semis 16.57 to 14.76and Central Coast’s Macy Callaghan in the final 14.56 to 13.34 at the last qualifying series contest of 2018.

Results at the 6000-point event werecrucial to several contenders for 2019 championship tour spots and Callaghan, Van Dijk and Costa Rican Brisa Hennessy were the big winners.

Callaghan, 18, secured her maiden place on the tour when making the final and Hennessy is certain to debut. They jumped to sixth and seventh respectively on the QS, which is effectively third and fourth when surfers in position to qualify through the CT top 10 are taken out. The top six from the QS are promoted each year.

Anderson was 11th on the QS and seventh on adjusted rankings before the Port Stephens Pro but she finished 13thand ninth.

Results at the CT finale in Maui from November 25could change the qualification picture. Van Dijk is now second on the QS and safe, as well as 10thon the CT, where Malia Manuel could still double qualify. The wildcard spot and injuries to Silvana Lima, who is justinside qualification, and Keely Andrew, who is just outside, could also befactors.

However, Anderson, 26,appears certain to miss out again. It is the third time she has finished 13thon the QS. She has also been12thtwice across eight years on the second tier.

Anderson needed at least a semi-final to improve her position and shestarted well against the eventual champion, locking in a 6.63 to lead. Van Dijk, who was fourth on the QS before the event, took over with a 6.13 to back up a 6.5 at the halfway point.

Anderson needed a six-point ride to go top before Van Dijk improved with a 6.77 inside the final nine minutes. Anderson bettered her back-up score with a 4.93 with seven to go but she still needed a 6.65.

The waves, already small, were few and far betweenand Anderson had a desperate attempt at an aerial in the last seconds.

“Obviously all the girls here, we’re all such good friends and I think when you come up against your friend in a heat like Philippa – honestly, I’ve been cheering her on all year – it feels funny,” Van Dijk said after winning her quarter-final.

“But we’re really good at crossing the line and it’s basically like we’re going to work out there, so we put ourgame faces on.We had a bit of a chat out there, like ‘Oh gosh, it’s so small’.

“But all the girls are surfing so well and there’s so many points on the line, and it’s really close.”

Callaghan led the final early with a7.17 on her first wave. She backed that up to have a competitive13.34 total. But Van Dijk shone in the final 10 minute with scores of 7.33 and 7.23 from big backhand turns to take her second 6000-point win of the season after prevailing at Manly in March.

“This feels really incredible,” Van Dijk said. “I started the year off with a win at the Vissla Sydney Surf Pro and then finished one of here — which is awesome.

“Two wins in Australia is super special. It’s been such a great week surfing against all of these girls, I was pushed so much in every heat.

“It is a really good warm-up before I head to Maui for the final CT event of the year – it could be just the confidence booster I need.

“Knowing I’m safe on the CT next year is so huge. It was such a reality check for me as every heat I had was against someone who was looking to qualify or re-qualify, but I knew I did too so it made it really intense.

“Knowing I’m safe now means I can head to Maui and just try to enjoy it and hope that the reduction in pressure will allow me to surf my best.

“Obviously the last event of the year is always pretty scary. There’s so many points on the line in this event.

“Every heat I was up against girls who had crazy important points on the line, the same with myself actually. I was needing a lot of these points as well so it was so exciting and what better place to have it than here in Birubi.

“Macy got that seven at the start and I almost thought no more waves are going to break, and I was ‘oh gosh, just please bring another one’.It was a little unfortunate we couldn’t go wave for wave but I guess I got a couple underneath her and I lucked out.”

Callaghan narrowly missed out on qualifying at Birubi Beach last year but was safe before going into the final on Tuesday.

“Finishing second never felt so good,” Callaghan said.

“I came second as a wildcard in France on the CT recently, but I think this one feels even better than that.

“My friends and family on the beach knew that I was on (next year’s CT) but didn’t tell me so it was such a surprise when I came in.

“I’m stoked with how I performed this week and had such a fun time in here in Port Stephens, so to leave knowing I’m on the CT next year makes it a dream come true. I’ve wanted to be on the CT since I was a little girl and I know it’s where I’m meant to be.

“I knew coming into this event I had a big task, and I feel I put all the hard work in and I’m just really happy it all paid off.”

Hennessy was also celebrating.

“No words can describe how I feel – this is a dream come true,” Hennessy said.

“There are so many people I need to thank and that have helped me along the way I just don’t know where to start.

“This is my best result all year so I when I was eliminated in the semi-finals it was kind of bittersweet as I wasn’t sure I had done enough to qualify. My goal at this event was to solidify myself on the CT and when I was beaten by Nikki and qualified at the same time it made it all good. It was great to surf against Nikki today — I’m just over the moon.”

Japan’s Mahina Maeda and CT competitors Sage Erickson and Paige Hareb lost in the quarter-finals. Hareb requalified through the QS but Erickson will needs a huge result at Maui to jump up from 14th. She finished 12thon the QS.

Fundraising bid for guard after Vic attack

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Bourke St on Novemeber 9. Photo: AAP Image, Benita KolovosA fundraising campaign is under way for a brave security guard who tried to resuscitate dying terror victim Sisto Malaspina during Friday’s attack in Melbourne.


Eamon Davie was working on the door of the Carlton Club when the attack unfolded and rushed to the scene where he tried to save the restaurateur’s life.

His sister Jackie told radio 3AW on Tuesday she launched the online campaign for her “hero” brother, a university student and casual doorman, to help pay his bills over the next couple of months while he recovers from the traumatic event.

“He was just starting work on the door and he saw the car coming down the road and saw the guy jump out of it and he was just running at people,” Jackie said.

“My brother’s first instinct was to run back into the Carlton Club and lock the doors to lock all the other people inside.”

He called Triple 0 then ran to the wounded restaurateur who’d been fatally stabbed and desperately tried to resuscitate him.

“He doesn’t see himself as a hero, because in his eyes, he didn’t save him,” she said.

Jackie said her brother won’t ask for help, but he has bills to pay and she does not want him to return to work before he’s ready.

“If he’s not working, he’s not getting paid,” she said.

She has set a $5000 fundraising target.

Another crowdfunding campaign launched for the homeless man dubbed “trolleyman” who helped police during the Bourke Street attack has now raised more than $133,000.

Michael Rogers, 46, used a shopping trolley to ram Hassan Khalif Shire Ali as police officers tried to disarm the Somali-born radical before fatally shooting him on Friday.

Celebrating 40 years of the ground-breaking Allandale winery

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LATEST CHAPTER: Allandale’s owners Michael and Cecilia Lee and May and Dominic Leung.THISmonth the Hunter’s trend-setting Allandale winery marks its 40th birthday – an event harking back to an English migrant’s enchantment with a Tulloch 1964 Pokolbin Dry Red.


When founded in 1978, Allandale broke new ground by owning no vines and relying on grapes from growers in the Hunter and beyond.

The migrant was Ed Jouault, born on Jersey Channel Island and an accountant. After he migrated to Australia in the 1960s, the Tulloch red ignited a burning desire to switch from accounting to a career in wine.

That brought him to the Hunter to jobs with the old Saxonvale company, part-time winery cellar hand work and to a Wagga Agricultural College winemaking course.

Then came a post as sales manager and assistant winemaker at the McPhersons winery, now Bimbadgen Estate, in McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin, and in 1975 he earned a study tour of France’s Champagne Region by winning the Australia-wide Vin de Champagne Award based on knowledge ofChampagne.

Next came realisation of an ultimate dream.With the backing of a group of investors, Ed Jouault bought 12 hectares of sloping land in Lovedale Rd, choosing the name Allandale in memory of winery that ceased operation in 1920 after being one of the Hunter’s largest producers in the 1890s.

A winery and cellar door were set up on the brow of the hill with panoramic views of the Brokenback Range and, using 25 tonnes of grapes from premium growers Ed had signed up, began producing wine.

It was a rare business model for those times, but paid off grandly thanks to Ed’s hard-earned winemaking expertise and the excellent fruit from such suppliers as Petersons at Mount View, the Jack Leonard vineyard in Palmers Lane and Lovedale Rd neighbour Ben Dawson.

The 1982 National Wine Show in Canberra gave the little new venture a stunning triumph when the Allandale 1980 Dawson Vineyard Chardonnay won the Farmer Brothers’ Trophy for the champion chardonnay.

It was the forerunner of decades more of major show awards for Allandale, but Ed Jouault parted company with his fellow shareholders in 1986 and took a job with Wyndham Estate and shortly afterwards but was grievously injured in a car crash and died in 1991 after spending four years in a coma.

He is now remembered in a Hunter Valley Wine Show trophy for the best one-year-old dry semillon.

In the wake of Ed’s departure, Allanandale was caringly owned between 1987 and 2016 by founding shareholders Sydney shoe repairs and shoemaking businessman Wally Atallah and his pharmacist wife Judy.

In January 2016 the Atallahs sold to Hong Kong-based May and Dominic Leung and engineer Michael Lee and his wife Cecilia. Dominic Leung has had a long association with Allandale as its Hong Kong distributer.

The Lees, the Leungs and the Atallahs will all be joining in Allandale’s 40thbirthday celebration at the winery on Saturday week, November 24. Bookings for the $185 per person event, featuring a four-course Ros Baldwin dinner and a fine array of Allandale wines, live music and dancing, can be made on 4990 4526,[email protected]杭州龙凤m.auandallandalewinery杭州龙凤m.au.

For the past 32 years the post of Allandale chief winemaker-general manager has been held by Bill Sneddon, who had joined the winery as assistant winemaker to Ed in 1983.

Under Bill, Allandale’s chardonnay excellence has been maintained – with the 1997 Hunter River Valley Chardonnay being declared the top chardonnay of 1998 by Winestate magazine.

Bill, born and schooled in Cessnock, put himself through a Newcastle University economics degree by working in Hunter wineries then won a Charles Sturt University winemaking degree.

Allandale has gained its own seven hectares of semillon, chardonnay and pinot noir plantings below the winery and continues to buy in quality grapes from the Hunter Valley, Mudgee, Orange, Hilltops, Tumbarumba, Wrattonbully, Goulburn Valley, Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale.

Bill and Alex Woods, who joined Allandale in 2006 after switching from a UK IT project management career to winemaking in Australia, produce an interesting and diverse Allandale portfolio that stays true to the tenets of Ed Jouault.

WINE REVIEWSEXCELLENCE UPHELDTHEAllandale 2017 Winemaker’s Reserve Chardonnaymaintains the brand’s fine chardonnay reputation. Green-tinted straw, it has tropical fruit salad scents, smooth, ripe peach front-palate flavour, apricot, lemon curd, almond and vanillin oak on the middle palate and flinty acid at the finish. It’s at cellar door andallandalewinery杭州龙凤m.au.

PRICE: $50.

DRINK WITH: paella.

AGEING: six years.

RATING: 5 stars

SHIRAZ IS PLUM ONTHISmulti-faceted, 15%-alcoholAllandale 2017 Matthew Hunter Valley Shirazis bright garnet-hued and bouquet garni-scented. The front palate introduces intense Satsuma plum flavour, the middle palate shows dried cranberry, black olive, mint chocolate, spice and mocha oak characters and the finish chalky tannins.

PRICE: $40.

DRINK WITH: roast pork loin with prune stuffing.

AGEING: 10 years.

RATING: 4.5 stars

HILLTOPS VIBRANCYFROMthe Young area that’s supplied fruit for 25 years, theAllandale 2016 Hilltops Tempranillohas 15.5% alcohol and gamey aromas and is deep purple in the glass. The front palate shows vibrant raspberry flavour, followed on the middle palate by Morello cherry, spearmint, cloves and savoury oak and on the finish by dusty tannins.

PRICE: $30.

DRINK WITH: veal scallopine.

AGEING: five years.

RATING: 4 stars

Woman who killed fiance ‘loved him dearly’

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Cathrina Cahill An Irish woman who killed her fiance in Sydney has told a judge she did not leave the “controlling and fairly unpleasant” man as she loved him dearly.


Cathrina “Tina” Cahill also told her sentence hearing she believed David Walsh every time he said he would change but he always returned to his bad behaviour after a few weeks.

She was giving evidence on Tuesday in the NSW Supreme Court after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of her 29-year-old fiance.

She stabbed Mr Walsh once in the neck in the early hours of February 18, 2017, at the Padstow home they shared with two other Irish nationals.

Cahill was originally charged with murder, but the Crown accepted her plea to the less serious charge on the basis of substantial impairment due to an abnormality of the mind at the time.

Prosecutor Nanette Williams on Tuesday noted Cahill told police in September 2015, after an AVO was issued against Mr Walsh to protect her, that she held no fears against him.

“I was in fear of getting in more trouble from David if I told the truth,” she said.

“He would call me a rat and a dog.”

She agreed she also told police Mr Walsh was not a risk to her in any way, but she said she was trying to protect him.

She had packed her bags many times to leave him, but Mr Walsh would tell her everything was going to be different.

“He would be making me dinner, buying me flowers, buying me a teddy bear but after two to three weeks it would go back to the way it was.”

She agreed with Justice Peter Johnson that her evidence revealed they had a “pretty stormy relationship” and that Mr Walsh might be seen to be a “controlling and fairly unpleasant person”.

But she said she stayed with him as “I loved him very dearly” and he did have some good features.

The hearing continues.

Australia needs a Wembley Stadium – even if Socceroos always play in Sydney

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Over to you, Frank Lowy. Photo: Daniel MunozAnge Postecoglou slams ANZ Stadium pitchNo more excuses for sub-standard pitches: players’ union
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In Ange Postecoglou’s dreams the Socceroos would always perform on a lush, verdant carpet, a beautifully manicured grass surface where the ball runs true and skill, pace, technique and athleticism are rewarded.

But then the national team boss wakes up and is confronted with the rather more mundane reality – that his side has to cope with lumpy, bumpy, uneven pitches churned up by rugby and footy players, surfaces that handicap, rather than help, skilful players of the kind he is now developing.

What Postecoglou would love, and what Australia needs more than ever as it seeks to climb the international rankings, is its own version of Wembley Stadium.

A national soccer stadium owned, managed and run by the FFA, a ground that it doesn’t have to share with anyone else, a venue at which it can guarantee pitches and true surfaces where the Socceroos can perform at an optimum level.

If former FFA chairman Frank Lowy really wants to leave an enormous legacy for the sport, a memory which will live long after the octogenarian billionaire has passed on, he might consider funding such a stadium.

It could be called Westfield Arena or Lowy Park in his honour, a lasting legacy to his involvement in the sport and a permanent reminder of the role he played in restructuring  the game’s administration following the closure of the NSL and the winding up of Soccer Australia and its replacement by FFA, of which he was the inaugural chairman.

Of course such a prospect would fill most fans, and some state governments, with horror, as it is odds on that any Australian “Wembley” would almost certainly be in Sydney.

The FFA is based there, four of the A-League’s current 10 teams are located in New South Wales and many of the game’s powerbrokers are in Sydney.

This idea won’t play well in Melbourne particularly, but if the game ever was to have its own national ground that’s most likely how it would pan out – unless some billionaire philanthropist from the Victorian capital would be prepared to stump up the cash and offer an alternative vision.

Of course there are many who feel that the sport is already too Sydney-centric, that its decisions and administration is swayed far too much by local concerns rather than the full national picture. That is hard to argue against where the A-League and aspects of the sport’s broader policy making is concerned.

But this is something different, something entirely separate.

Postecoglou knows that he might be perceived as a whinger for continually banging on about the state of the pitches his team has to play on, but he is right to draw attention to the difficulties they present and how embarrassing it can be to host top-level teams and present them with the soccer equivalent of ploughed fields.

While soccer remains the No.2 sport in most states and territories, while the rugby codes hold sway in NSW and Queensland and Aussie Rules dominates Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia, it will ever be thus.

For rugby and footy, conditions underfoot are almost immaterial, save for loose patches of ground or the surface being too hard. A poor surface at a footy stadium might not make for the best spectacle, but it certainly doesn’t have the same impact on the game as it does on a soccer international.

As long as the Socceroos have to groundshare with the Kangaroos, the Wallabies, the AFL and the NRL it will be the same story.

A national stadium, if funding can be found, is one way to solve the problem. If it has to be in Sydney, then so be it.

There are myriad other challenges facing soccer administrators, so this isn’t the most pressing. But it is something that would not only boost the national team, it would make a huge statement about the game’s ambitions.

And Ange, if he is still in charge by then, would surely be able to sleep much easier rather than wake up from a nightmare vision where Tim Cahill misses the last gasp goal that would have taken the Socceroos to the World Cup in Russia because the ball bobbled on a loose divot dislodged by a thundering forward pack during a rugby match at Stadium Australia the night before.