Seven dead in Indonesian terror raids

THE death toll from the latest anti-terror raids in Indonesia has risen to seven after specialist police unit Densus 88 raided four locations on Wednesday.
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Another 13 suspected terrorists were captured alive, according to the national police spokesman, Brigadier General Boy Rafli Amar.

It’s the biggest terror cell to have been exposed since 2010 when police shut down a training camp set up by Abu Bakar Bashir in the jungle in Aceh.

Mr Boy said the seven who died had been involved in fire-fights with police.

The raid in a village near Bandung, south-east of Jakarta, yielded four pipe bombs, 200 rounds of .38 calibre ammunition, 80 rounds of 9mm ammunition and about 6 million rupiah ($A600) in cash.

Mr Boy said police were working on mapping the terror network, and anticipated that there would be more raids. He did not comment on what, if any, attacks the group had planned.

The Indonesian police chief, General Timur Pradopo, had earlier defended the high death toll in the police operation, saying the heavily-armed officers had tried negotiating with the men in the Bandung house for 3 1/2 hours, but the reply was “explosions, gunfire and bombs”.

Security expert Johanes Sulaiman told Fairfax Media that the cell was responsible for an attempt last week to plant pipe bombs at the embassy of Myanmar in Jakarta.

Radical preachers including jailed extremist Abu Bakar Bashir have been calling for jihad against Buddhist-majority Myanmar because of the violence there against the Rohingya muslim majority in the country’s east.

Mr Sulaiman told Fairfax Media that the old terror network of the Bali bombings had been fractured by ruthless police work and decimated by arrests. However, their spiritual leader, Abu Bakar Bashir, was still influencing young people with his fiery speeches from the jail where he’s serving 15 years for terror-related offences.

Mr Sulaiman said a talented new jihadist preacher, Aman Abdurrahman, who was linked to Bashir, was inspiring a new and widely dispersed generation of young radicals who were “desperate to do jihad”.

“If you look at the strand (of ideology) most comes from Abu Bakar Bashir — but the new terrorists are not part of the old network,” he said.

“The young people got influenced and they figure they must do quick holy war.”

However, they had not so far developed the discipline, training or networks to mount large-scale attacks.

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Airport’s world-first ‘sleeping pods’ allow private naps for passengers

Abu Dhabi International Airport has installed 20 ‘sleeping pods’ for passengers, with a futher 35 to be fitted later this year. The pods are available for use at $12 an hour and will eventually feature internet access and power sources for electronic devices.
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Abu Dhabi International Airport has installed dozens of bizarre-looking “sleeping pods” that allow passengers to nap in privacy.

The Finnish-designed “GoSleep” chairs, a world-first unveiled on Sunday, feature a sliding door/roof designed to either partially or fully enclose passengers within the pod, shielding them from surrounding noise, light and crowds.

Ten pods now reside in Terminal 3, and 10 more in the Al Dhabi Lounge at Terminal 1, while a further 35 are to be fitted later this year. Once all are installed, the pods will be upgraded to provide internet access, storage space for luggage and other valuables, as well as a power source for laptops, mobiles and other electronic devices.

The pods are currently available at a cost of 45 Dirham ($A12) per hour, payable using a credit card.

They may look unusual, but are a step up from the Ostrich Pillow, which was launched last year. The portable device is placed over your head to “enable power naps anytime, anywhere”.

Design firm Kawamura-Ganjavian claims the device, which includes a mouth hole to allow easier breathing, is ideal for airport lounges, trains and aeroplanes.

Hotels offering compact, short-term accommodation have been popular in Japan for years. The Capsule Inn Osaka was one of the world’s first capsule hotels when it launched in 1979.

Capsule hotels have also reached British shores. The Yotel chain – the brainchild of the founder of the YO! Sushi – now has branches at two London airports – Gatwick and Heathrow. Its single and double cabins offer free wifi and are equipped with flat screen TVs, multiple power outlets, and showers. A Yotel can also be found at Amsterdam Schiphol and in New York City, two blocks from Times Square.

Earlier this year, Moscow installed its first city centre capsule hotel, the Sleepbox Hotel Tverskaya, which features 50 windowless pods that can each accommodate up to three people. Each has internet access, and is soundproof and air conditioned.

Portable ‘modular bedrooms’ were also introduced by the Barcelona-based firm Dream and Fly, at Barcelona’s international airport. The compact ‘Bubbles’ are able to accommodate both individuals and families, and each comes with a bathroom.

The Telegraph, London

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Search and rescue operation underway for missing cruise ship passengers 

AN air and marine search and rescue operation is underway off the coast of Forster for two people missing from a cruise ship.
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About 11.30am (Thursday 9 May 2013), staff from a cruise ship contacted police after they discovered two passengers – a 30-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman – missing after the ship had docked at the Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal.

Police attended and conducted a thorough search of the ship, however the pair was not located.

Officers attached to Marine Area Command reviewed CCTV footage and determined the pair had gone overboard about 8.50pm on Wednesday (8 May 2013).

Police and Australian Search and Rescue (AusSAR) have determined a search area approximately 60Nm east of Forster and have deployed aircraft and marine vessels.

Officers are investigating the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of the pair and, in these early stages, are focused on the search efforts.

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Cheetahs v Hurricanes

Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein, Saturday 3.10am (AEST)Last meeting: Round 6 2012 – Cheetahs 47 bt Hurricanes 38 at Westpac StadiumHead-to-head: Played 8 Cheetahs 3 Hurricanes 5In Bloemfontein:  Played 4 Cheetahs 2 Hurricanes 2Referee: Stuart Berry (RSA)TV: Live, FoxSports 2TAB Sportsbet: Cheetahs $1.33 Hurricanes $3.15
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Steve Samuelson writes: These matches are always high scoring affairs with the Cheetahs winning 47-38 last year while the Canes edged a 50-47 win in 2011. Victor Vito will lead the Hurricanes in the absence of star centre Conrad Smith (head knock).

AAP writes: The Cheetahs’ finals destiny is well and truly in their own hands, especially with their remaining six games all to be played in South Africa. But with tough games against the Reds, Bulls and Blues included in those fixtures a win against the hit-and-miss Hurricanes is a must.

The past two matches between these sides have produced a whopping 21 tries, so another entertaining affair could be on the cards. Inspirational Hurricanes captain Conrad Smith will miss this match after suffering a nasty concussion in last week’s 48-14 loss to the Bulls. The Cheetahs should be fresh and raring to go after a week off.

CHEETAHS: Hennie Daniller, Willie Le Roux, Johann Sadie, Robert Ebersohn, Raymond Rhule, Burton Francis, Piet van Zyl, Philip Van der Walt, Frans Viljoen, Heinrich Brussow, Francois Uys, Lodewyk de Jager, Lourens Adriaanse, Adriaan Strauss (capt), Coenie Oosthuizen. Reserves: Ryno Barnes, Trevor Nyakane, Rynard Landman, Boom Prinsloo, Sarel Pretorius, Elgar Watts, Rayno Benjamin

HURRICANES: Andre Taylor/James Marshall, Alapati Leiua, Reynold Lee-Lo, Tim Bateman, Julian Savea, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara, Victor Vito (capt), Jack Lam/Karl Lowe, Faifili Levave, Jason Eaton, Jeremy Thrush, Ben May, Ash Dixon, Ben Franks. Reserves: Reggie Goodes, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, James Broadhurst, Brad Shields, Chris Smylie, Tusi Pisi, James Marshall/Karl Lowe

Reds v Sharks

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Friday 7.40pm (AEST)Last meeting: Qualifying Finals 2012 – Sharks 30 bt Reds 17 at Suncorp StadiumHead-to-head: Played 18 Reds 10 Sharks 8In Brisbane: Played 9 Reds 6 Sharks 3Referee: Glen Jackson (NZL)TV: Live, FoxSports 1TAB Sportsbet: Reds $1.36 Sharks $3
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Steve Samuelson writes: The Reds will be without skipper James Horwill (head knock) and are vulnerable after four tough matches in succession. The Sharks have beaten the Reds in six of their past seven games, including last year’s semi-final in Brisbane.

AAP writes: This is the last box to be ticked for the Reds under Ewen McKenzie and many would say they’ll never have a better chance to beat their hoodoo team. The Sharks are riddled by injuries with a dozen players sidelined after centre Frans Steyn and No.8 Lubabalo Mtembu became the latest to join the casualty list. Added to that, they come off four straight losses but Queensland certainly aren’t taking them for granted with three Boks on their bench. The Reds will also be without captain James Horwill (head knock) in a big loss.

Ewen McKenzie has reshuffled his backline, with Chris Feauai-Sautia playing in the centres, seeking extra punch after they scored just one try in the past two games. The Sharks have made their own interesting call at No.13 with JP Pietersen to start there.

REDS: Jonathan Lance, Rod Davies, Chris Feauai-Sautia, Anthony Faingaa, Digby Ioane, Quade Cooper, Will Genia (capt), Jake Schatz, Liam Gill, Ed Quirk, Ed O’Donoghue, Rob Simmons, James Slipper, Saia Faingaa, Greg Holmes. Reserves: James Hanson, Albert Anae, Adam Wallace-Harrison, Jarrad Butler, Beau Robinson, Ben Lucas, Ben Tapuai.

SHARKS: Riaan Viljoen, Piet Lindeque, JP Pietersen, Meyer Bosman, Lwazi Mvovo, Patrick Lambie, Charl McLeod, Keegan Daniel (capt), Jean Deysel, Marcell Coetzee, Franco van der Merwe, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Wiehahn Herbst, Kyle Cooper, JC Janse van Rensburg. Reserves: Monde Hadebe, Jannie du Plessis, Anton Bresler, Derick Minnie, Willem Alberts, Tian Meyer, Odwa Ndungane.

Chiefs v Force

ECOLight Stadium, Pukekohe, Friday 5.35pm (AEST)Last meeting: Round 7, 2012: Chiefs bt Force 20-12 at nib Stadium, Perth  Head-to-head: Played 6 Chiefs 5 Force 1In Pukekohe: First clashReferee: Mike Fraser (NZL) TV: Live, FoxSports 1TAB Sportsbet: Chiefs $1.10 Force $6.25
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Steve Samuelson writes: Force halfback Brett Sheehan will play his first match of the year after injuring his ankle during the Wallabies’ spring tour with Alby Mathewson joining Sam Norton-Knight on the bench. The Force last beat the Chiefs in 2008.

AAP writes: The Force were magnificent in defence against the Reds last week. But was it legal? Queensland scrumhalf Will Genia questioned some of the Force’s defensive tactics, claiming he was held off the ball, tackled late, and unfairly pulled away from rucks. The Force’s line speed proved too much for the Reds to handle, and they’ll need a similar effort against the Chiefs, who are yet to hit top gear despite sitting second on the table. A six-day break and a long trek to New Zealand could leave the Force vulnerable.

The Chiefs have opted to give flyhalf Aaron Cruden a rest by naming him on the bench, while halfback Tawera Kerr-Barlow returns from a broken jaw.

CHIEFS: Robbie Robinson, Lelia Masaga, Savenaca Tokula, Bundee Aki, Patrick Osborne, Gareth Anscombe, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Matt Vant-Leven, Sam Cane, Liam Messam, Brodie Retallick, Craig Clarke (capt), Ben Afeaki, Hikawera Elliott, Toby Smith. Reserves: Mahonri Schwalger, Ben Tameifuna, Michael Fitzgerald, Tanerau Latimer, Augustine Pulu, Aaron Cruden, Asaeli Tikoirotuma

FORCE: Jayden Hayward, Patrick Dellit, Ben Jacobs, Kyle Godwin, Nick Cummins, Sias Ebersohn, Brett Sheehan, Ben McCalman, Chris Alcock, Matt Hodgson (capt), Sam Wykes, Toby Lynn, Kieran Longbottom, Heath Tessmann, Pek Cowan. Reserves: James Hilterbrand, Tetera Faulkner, Rory Walton, Richard Brown, Alby Mathewson, Junior Rasolea, Sam Norton-Knight

Japanese to rekindle Cup memories

After seven years of being deprived of some of the world’s finest stayers, Racing Victoria officials are confident that this year’s Caulfield and Melbourne cups will again have Japanese representation.
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Following key talks with Japanese officials and RVL’s international scout Leigh Jordon, the chances of possibly two starters from the world’s most progressive racing nation appear strong.

And five-year-old stayer Admire Rakti, who finished fourth in the group 1 Tenno Sho recently, could be the horse to revive memories of Japan’s Delta Blues and Pop Rock’s breathtaking tussle in the 2006 Melbourne Cup.

Admire Rakti, owned by businessman Richii Kondo, told Jordon recently that his five year-old was ”having the perfect Australian” lead-up to this year’s spring carnival.

”He was very upbeat about coming to Australia,” Jordon said. ”He wanted to know what a trip to Australia involved, and was very pleased at what we had to offer and what our racing had to offer.

”He has been a long-time owner in Japan and seemed genuinely excited by the challenge of coming to Australia.”

Admire Rakti will start in the group 2 Meguro Kinen over 2500 metres on Sunday week, the same race Pop Rock won before coming to Australia and finishing such a valiant second behind Delta Blues.

A forward showing in the Meguro Kinen could see Admire Rakti go into quarantine.

”We had some very encouraging talks in Japan about their horses coming out for our two main cups in the spring,” Jordon said. ”I think we have had just one runner from Japan in nearly eight years but we know the vast resources and depth of distance racehorses they have over there.

”We still want to build our major races in the spring with horses from across the world. They seem interested again in making the trip. We seem to have got over any quarantine problems.”

■ Two Victorian trainers charged over positive swabs will front Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board hearings in the coming weeks.

Darren Weir was charged by stewards after Doing Our Best tested positive to a banned substance after winning at Ballarat in February.

Doing Our Best’s sample contained traces of a diuretic.

Peter Gelagotis was charged after three-year-old Hvasstan returned a positive swab to Ibuprofen after his Alister Clark Stakes win in March.

Barnes and Mitchell return

Back to work: Utility back Berrick Barnes, who has played just 20 minutes this season. Photo: Anthony Johnson Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has taken out kicking insurance for his side’s must-win clash against the Stormers this weekend, backing Test back Berrick Barnes to start from the bench after just 20 minutes game time this season.
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Barnes joins winger Drew Mitchell on the bench as the only two changes to the side involved in the Waratahs’ historic 72-10 rout of the Kings in Port Elizabeth.

After missing the first three games with a knee injury, Barnes played 19 minutes against the Cheetahs in round five before hurting his right hand. The injury to his thumb required surgery and kept him out of the game for the next seven weeks, leading team insiders to speculate Barnes would find it difficult to make it back into the squad with such limited time in the back line.

Despite their growing flair in attack, the Waratahs have struggled without a consistently competent kicker, and Barnes’ return to the match 22 for a game against a side with as strong a defensive line as the Stormers’ could be read as an extra option for Cheika. Earlier in the week, Barnes believed he was as likely to return to playing with Sydney University via the Shute Shield as he was for the Waratahs.

”I’m fully confident about the hand and feeling reasonably fit but you can’t get game fitness training,” Barnes said. ”You need to get that back playing, and either way I’m going to get that this weekend.”

Rookie Cam Crawford has been backed to continue his solid form on the wing with Peter Betham on Saturday, while Tom Kingston lost out to Mitchell for the final bench spot, after the Test wing recovered from a hamstring strain.

They will take on a Stormers’ back line stacked with Springboks, including departing great Bryan Habana, Gio Aplon, Jean de Villiers and Juan de Jongh.

But it is the forwards the Waratahs have spent most time preparing for this week, after their lineout and work in the collision was shown up against the Bulls in Pretoria two weeks ago.

”They are renowned for dominating teams physically, with their forwards carrying over you,” breakaway Michael Hooper said. ”We haven’t got a small pack by any means, but they’re good at what they do; they hold players and teams up. We’ve got to work on ways to combat that.”

Hooper said the Tahs could not afford to be too high in their ball carries, while captain Dave Dennis continued to press his teammates in their lineout work. ”[Tatafu Polota-Nau] and John [Ulugia] are good throwers when they’re on, and we’ve got good jumpers, so it’s a pretty simple area of the game that you can probably overcomplicate sometimes,” Dennis said. ”We’ll do some good work on it [so I’m] confident on how we go.”

Hastings props bookend rep team

Rep honours: Three players from the Port Macquarie Sharks, Michael Bright, Kurt Moloney and Sam Wara have been selcted along with a single player from the Port City Breakers Mitch Fowler to represent Group 3.THE Group 3 rugby league senior representative squad has been picked and boast arguably the biggest and best prop combination in country NSW.
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Mitch Fowler, from the Port City Breakers, and Chris Trembath, from the Wauchope Blues, are the two bookends selected for the team and will no doubt give opposition sides big headaches.

Both are standout performers in their respective local sides with neither unfamiliar with rep selection.

Joining them are Port Macquarie Sharks players Michael Bright, Kurt Moloney and Samu Wara and another Trembath, Robbie.

Beau White, Dean Hurrell, Jordan Galloway and Matt Bird from the Blues also made the cut.

Sharks coach Phil Trembath said the fact the players were selected reflected their ability.

“Their talent speaks for itself,” he said. “To have several Sharks players selected in our first year back in Group 3 is something to be proud of, but more so for the club itself given that everyone except Wara has come through the junior ranks.

“I think that the Group 3 side this year can go one or two steps better than last year and possibly win it.”

Breakers coach Josh Hyde was equally as impressed with the look of the team and said they have a great chance to win.

“It’s good to see Mitch Fowler get selected again because he deserves it,” Hyde said. “He was always expected to be there. He’s the best player in the group in my opinion. The team looks really good on paper so hopefully they can perform and do Group 3 proud.”

In U8s selection new, Breakers young gun Connor Cheeseman gained selection while Sharks players Jake Flanagan, Scott Grant, Samuel McGrath, Ethan McKenna and Ronald Sines were also picked.

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This Pirate take a wife

Walked the plank: Port Pirate Chris Geary will return to the Pirates line up this weekend after a break from the game to marry his wife Sharni.CHRIS Geary will return to the Port Macquarie Pirates first grade squad this weekend a changed man.
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The forward will turn out for the Pirates against the Kempsey Cannonballs after an extended hiatus from the game.

Geary has been out of the team for three weeks after taking on another formidable opponent, marriage. The now-married man took the leap with wife Sharni.

The newlyweds have since spent recent weeks in Thailand for their honeymoon.

It will be the lock’s first game back in senior grade after running out for reserve grade last week to recapture some much needed match fitness.

He’s looking forward to returning to the top grade this weekend.

“The break’s done me good in a way because I was carrying an ankle injury but it’s given me a chance to get over that,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to getting back to it, we should have a really strong team on the park this weekend.”

Pirates coach, Marc Minor, said although his team had an impressive victory against their Kempsey rivals in the first round of competition they would not be taking the game lightly.

“They are always a team that manage to stay in striking distance all the time,” he said.

“They just keep coming at you, that’s their style, they stay close to you and if you’re not on your game that’s when they win. They’re all-round good scrappers.”

Minor said his players were still hurting from a single point loss to Southern Cross University a fortnight ago and after enjoying a bye last week are keen to get back on the field.

“The whole club is upset about that loss,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what excesses there is, it was a sub-par performance. A lot of the guys are keen to get out there and play a lot better.”

The Pirates will be at home to the Cannonballs tomorrow at Stuart Park.

Action kicks off with reserve grade at 1.45pm followed by first grade at 3pm.

Port Macquarie Pirates First Grade squad;

1 Jeremy Brigden, 2 Geoff Lee, 3 Tim Farnsworth (c), 4 Cameron Mitchell, 5 Tim Sales, 6 Chris Turnham, 7 Johnnie Hoy, 8 Chris Geary, 9 Chris Young, 10 Sam McNeil (vc), 11 Ryan Owens, 12 Addam Greenaway, 13 Jacob Law, 14 Scott Thompson, 15 Korie Paio.

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Community support for SARG appreciated

The Committee and volunteers of Sunraysia Animal Rehousing Group (SARG) wish to sincerely thank the following businesses, and members of our community.
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Their commitment enabled our third Paws Along the Murray walk on May 5 to be a wonderful success:

Mildura Rural City Council for provision of an events and festival grant; PETstock Mildura’s Shane Hoiles and his team as gold sponsors; silver sponsors Bronywn Welsh from Mildura Delta Dogs, and Rick and Cathy Pearson at Paws Resort Boarding Kennel and Cattery; bronze sponsors of Mildura Veterinary Hospital and Benetook Veterinary Clinic.

Special thank you to, as a major media sponsor, Sharon Rose, marketing manager of Sunraysia Daily; your assistance in ensuring our event received coverage is very much appreciated.

A heart felt thank you to one of our foster carers, Rhett Burnie, of Win TV, who was our guest MC for the day. Thank you to Matman of 97.9 Sun FM Mildura for his generous ongoing radio support given to SARG. Thank you to Drew and Maddy of Attic Designs our event photographers. Thank you to Deputy Mayor Ali Cupper as our ongoing SARG Ambassador.

Thank you to the following business and community members who donated goods and services or their time: Go- MAD Pty Ltd, Sunraysia Institute of TAFE, Mildura Regional Waste Management Group, Fido and Feline Fare, Club Aquarius, Endota Spa, Bunning’s Mildura, Pizza Cafe, Cinema Deakin, Sunny Kupcakes, Supreme Browbands, Mildura 2nd Scout group, Ziggy’s Cafe, Greg Harrison, MRCC Local Laws Officers and St Johns Ambulance volunteers.

Sincere thanks to our valued SARG volunteers, their friends and families who all helped out on the day and leading up to the event.

Thank you to the volunteers who worked tirelessly on the day to ensure the event went smoothly. A special thank you to our wonderful foster carers who provide loving care and attention to our animals in their own homes. We could not do what we do with out you.

All proceeds will be utilised to fund SARG’s ongoing rescue work with abandoned and homeless animals.

Trudie Chant,

President SARG

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Bring it on

THE mouth watering clash between the respective ladder leaders in the South East Australian Basketball League is now just a matter of hours away.
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The Castec Rural Supplies Mount Gambier Pioneers take on the Geelong Supercats at the Icehouse tonight and if you’re not there early, don’t expect to get a seat.

This is potentially the biggest game the Pioneers have played in the SEABL since winning the 2003 premiership.

Coach Richard Hill has moulded a squad together that believes in their own capabilities and trust in their teammates and are playing accordingly.

Eight wins from 11 outings this season and eight of those on the road, have set up a serious tilt at the finals come late August.

But for now, the Pioneers must take care of the Supercats, who are 8-2 and on top of the East Conference ladder.

This will be the first of two roster games between the Pioneers and the Supercats with the return bout scheduled for July 13 in Geelong.

Last year is history, but Geelong won 81-74 at the Icehouse and 96-79 at home.

A lot has changed since then and for the Pioneers, it’s all been for the better.

The inclusion of Tom Daly, Ben Allen, Titus Robinson and Lukass Blicavs has allowed the likes of Matt Sutton, Erik Burdon, Jan Warbout, Brad Hill and Kurt Russell to grow even further than their already enhanced reputations sat at.

The Pioneers enter tonight’s match on a three game wining streak, beating North-West Tasmania, Albury/Wodonga and Sandringham in a sizzling eight day blitz.

Geelong will be on the rebound after being surprised at home last Friday night by the Hobart Chargers 93-103 and will be out to make amends.

The Supercats’ starting five is likely to be Ash Cannan, Jamie Medved, Mike Mercer and either Dominic Friend or Nick Owusu and the Pioneers will have to be prepared to play from the tip-off.

Other Geelong team members tonight are likely to include Keith Harrison, Lachlan Headlam, Theron Wilson and Nathan Herbert.

In recent games, the Pioneers have been able to get away to good starts and that will be paramount tonight.

After tonight, the Pioneers will play 10 of the remaining 16 games on their home court which should give them an ideal platform to stage an assault on the finals.

Next Friday, Pioneers’ captain will be hosting a special breakfast at the Commodore-on-the-Park featuring three time Olympian Brett Maher as guest speaker.

Scheduled between 7.30am and 10am, the breakfast is open to all Pioneers’ fans and the general public.

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Doors at the Icehouse tonight will be open from 6.30pm and tip-off is scheduled for 8pm.

MONSTER CLASH: Vice-captain Erik Burdon and the Mount Gambier Pioneers will play the Geelong Supercats at the Icehouse tonight in – arguably – the biggest game the club has experienced since the 2003 SEABL grand final

Fishos heating up: Anglers enjoying bounty of large cod and perch

WHILE the weather might be cooling down it has done little to dampen the enthusiasm of those who like to wet a line.
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In fact, the fishing has been very good at many locations not least of all our own local waters.

Over the past few weeks there have been numerous reports of both Murray cod and golden perch on the chew.

Anglers fishing with lures above and below Mildura in the pool water along the Murray River have been catching good numbers of cod up to and 1m in length.

Visiting angler Leigh Steers tried his hand and managed to troll up two very nice cod in as many days, both fish were more than 80cm and were released to fight again.

Some good sized golden perch have also been keen to strike the larger cod lures so it’s an each-way bet on what you might end up catching.

Many of these perch have been up too 55cm and easily more than a couple of kilos­ in weight. Fort Courage on the old Wentworth Road has also been another popular and productive location for both cod and perch, with one fish landed on a lure measuring in at a whopping 120cm.

Several other good sized cod have also been caught as have some very respectable perch on both bait and lures.

The Darling River upstream of Wentworth has produced cod on bait with the biggest of these also around 120cm.

Cheese, grubs and large yabbies have been the best baits so far.

A little further away, the Menindee Lakes have been producing good numbers of golden perch on bait with anglers easily accounting for their bag limits during most outings.

The perch have almost queued to chow down on baits of either shrimp or small yabbies.

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On the bite: The cooler weather has not stopped anglers from catching Murray cod and golden perch in local waterways.

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