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Formula one: Hamilton blitzes field, Ricciardo to start sixth in Italian Grand Prix

Oct 20 2018 Published by under 南京夜网

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in the qualifying session for the Italian Formula One Grand Prix, with Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg coming second and Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel qualifying third at the Monza racetrack. Photo: Antonio CalanniFor all the intrigue about Ferrari’s lack of success this season, fans of the Scuderia can cheer all they like but probably still expect to watch a couple of Mercedes finish one-two at Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix.
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Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg ensured it was situation normal in formula one when they qualified first and second at Monza, but the Ferrari’s finally had something to cheer about with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen filling the second row.

Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo will start from sixth, alongside fifth-placed  Valtteri Bottas in a Williams. In the other Red Bull Max Verstappen was seventh followed by the Force India cars.

After qualifying Ricciardo said that it was close between the Red Bull and the Williams, and joked that was why he’d downsized his pizza intake for the weekend.

“I only had one [pizza] last night not one and a half, normally when I come here I have two a night,” he said on Skysports. “So I’m  not going to blame the pizza, I would say that if I had my usual serving I might even be behind Max, but yeah, it’s pretty close between us three.

Ricciardo said there was not much Red Bull could do to keep pace with the faster cars on the fastest circuit in formula one.

“I don’t think we’ll do more than two stops tomorrow … we might need to rely on a bit of strategy, but with some DRS I think we can still pull off a move [on Williams],” he said.

“We are pretty strong on the brakes normally and I think that they are so quick on the straight we might be able to find a way past them.”

Hamilton was fastest in a time of one minute 21.135 seconds, improving his time on the final flying laps, while Rosberg could go no better than his first run, finishing .478 behind his teammate.

However, the world champion will begin the race with a tyre issue, having flat-spotted his starting tyre in Q2 and will likely need to apply to race officials to replace it with a tyre of similar age.

The last six Grands Prix at Monza have been won by the pole sitter and Hamilton’s dominating performance  saw him match the record of five career pole positions at the Italian Grand Prix, joining racing legend’s Ayrton Senna and Juan Manuel Fangio.

“Obviously very happy today, I was only made aware of that record at the start of this weekend, so that was at the back of my mind hoping that it wouldn’t steer me off course,” Hamilton said.

“Yeah I feel incredibly proud and honoured to be up amongst Senna and Juan Manuel, I mean incredible drivers and I never in a million years thought my name would be mentioned  in the same sentence as theirs, so I’m very proud of that.”

“It’s such a great track and has got such a great crowd … but what this team has achieved, race by race I  continue to say, it is just phenomenal and I am so fortunate to be driving for this team and to be representing them and to drive a car as it was today I got it right in the sweet spot and was able to do an exceptional time with it.”

For his part Rosberg was brief, offering this reason for being so far behind his teammate: “I think the explanation is that he did some good laps and that’s it because I had a decent weekend up to now and got some good laps today, but just not quick enough.”

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Plenty of satisfaction at RedFestPhotos

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STRAWBERRY: Alexandra Hills High School volunteer Natasha Martin, 17, encouraged Brandon and Abigail Winstanley of Cleveland to think outside the strawberry patch.Joe Camilleri may have closed his set singing about getting ‘no satisfaction’, but the crowd got plenty as itwhooped and screamed collectivelyfor more.
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It was a fitting start to the entertainment highlights to follow at this year’s RedFest, with Joe Camilleri and the Black Sorrows only spreading joy to an appreciative audience on Friday night, Jeff Lang wowing the bigger Saturday night audience with his musical versatility and style and Taxi Ride set for a journey down a mighty musical highway on Sunday.

These were the headline acts but acts that could have graced the main stages with equal aplomb kept the thrum of the festival pulsing with energy and verve across multiple stages. Most festival goers agreed that the calibre of entertainmentis what made the entry price a bargain.

Plenty of satisfaction at RedFest | Photos SHOWBAGS: Jacon Brown, 13 of Thornlands and Isabella Petrillo, 8, of Cleveland pick up their share of showbags.

EMERGENCY: Volunteer SES workers Lauren Folster teaches safety first to Jessica Heironymus, 8, of Redland Bay, Zara Harrow, 9, of Redland Bay and Amity Heironymus, 9.

ROCK THE STAGE: Rocking the main stage on Friday night was Joe Camilleri and the Black Sorrows.

FIRE: Fire fighters teach the best way of managing a kitchen fire.

STRAWBERRY PLAZA: Chuck and Chrissy create a folk feel in the Strawberry Plaza.

FAMILY TIME: Family time at RedFest for Rick and Dani Woolfe of Thornlands with Sophie, 2 and Noah, 4.

WEAVING: Sonja Carmichael of Point Lookout displays some woven items she has creatd using materials washed up on North Stradbroke Island. She was among those at the Quandamooka Festival to run weaving activities.

CLOWNING AROUND: Lolipop clowns around with Paige Michael, 12 of Thornlands, and Amayah and Talan Cross, 7 and 9, of Victoria Point.

OPENING: The Yulu Burri Ba dancers offer dances to the welcome to country.

VOCAL TALENT: Doreen Thomas of the Redland Sporting Club congratulate the winners of the vocal contest Georgia Moreton, Quinn Chambers, Tara Hines, Leah Lever, Grace Hunt and Chloe Makiol.

PARADE: Preparing for the lantern parade are Ellen Duncan, 8, of Thornlands and Emma Wardell, 8, of Redland Bay. The girls made their lanterns at school.

Lantern parade.

MUSIC: Lantern parade beats to the sound of a different drum.

COLOUR: The lantern parade captured the imagination of many.

BRIGHT STAR: Rowena Plant of Birkdale proudly leads the parade.

CRIER: Stephen Clarke of Gosford with herald John Edwards. Clarke took out the champion of champions at the town criers championship.

SAND: Craig Tapp of Dunwich tells the story of the fish and the dolphins in sand art.

CAMELS: Ella Cashman, 6, of Cleveland rides a camel.

STRAWBERRY EATING: Adam Kelly, 10,of Cleveland proved his mettle around a plate of strawberries at the heats of the junior strawberry eating championships.

CHILDREN: Cooper and Briannah Johnson, 2 and 7, of Mount Cotton got into the animal groove with the Kangagangs in the children’s tent.

CHAMPION: Strawberry eating champion Scott Bidois, 41, of Thornlands gets in some practice before taking out first place in the strawberry eating competition.

TweetFacebookMama Juju and the Jam Tarts.

Saturday night’s lantern parade and fireworks attracted the families with hundreds of children carrying hand made lanterns throughout the festival grounds.

Winning this year’s vocal contest was Georgia Moreton, Leah Lever and Tara Hines with second place getters in junior, intermediate and senior divisions Quinn Chambers, Chloe Makiol and Grace Hunt.

The Quandamooka Festival included dance, story telling, sand art with Craig Tapp and weaving, using fibres washed up on the shores of North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah).

Also run at the festival was the 25thannualNational Town Criers Championshipattracting a field of 28 Australian and two guest criers from New Zealand. It was hosted by Redland town crier Max Bissett who was awarded the Vic Garth memorial award for outstanding service to the guild and to the Redland City Council and also the conviviality award.

Stephen Clarke of Gosford took out best crier, best dressed and champion of champions with Graham Keating of Sydney taking out the loudest cry, second place and second champion of champions. Judy Campbell of Echuca/Moama took out third place and best scroll. GavinBarker of Victoria took third place in champion of champions with senior prizes going to Bob Townsend of the southern Downs and Fred Krebs of Sandgate.

The iconic strawberry eating competition also attracted a large number of punters with the winning place hotly contested. Winning the senior section was Scott Bidois, 41, of Thornlands, consuming 150 grams of strawberries in 12 seconds. Runner up was Matthew Addicott, 39, of Cleveland eating the same weight in 20 seconds. Winning the junior section was Tamika Pettigrew, 12, of Capalaba who ate 100 grams of strawberries in 19 seconds with Jacob Nelson, 12,of Alexandra Hills gaining second place, consuming the same quantity in 28 seconds.

RedFest President Patrick Burke said it was the people and the community that made the festival a wonderful event.

It brings people here, whether they are participating or volunteering or coming for a look,” he said.

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Extra-time thriller is cruel end for the Jets

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KENNA BELIEVE IT: Coleambally midfielder Drew Kenna drives his side forward in Saturday’s drama-charged preliminary final against the Jets. “We’reall shattered,” a hurting Sam Fisher said.
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The Northern Jets had their season ended in the cruellest fashion on Saturday, beaten by a Coleambally ‘golden point’14 minutes into extra time,after a controversial call not to award a Jets goal at the other end.

Showing remarkable sportsmanship,Fisher and his co-coach Darren Jackson, were gracious in defeatafter more than 110 minutes of game-time boiled down to a couple of key decisions.

“It’s very disappointing for the boys to put all the hard yardsin all season, just tocome up short by a point in extra time, it’s very, very heart-breaking,” Fisher said.

“A few calls we thought didn’t go our way in the last little bit but that’s how they go in finals footy.

“Well done to Coly, they’ve been one of the benchmark sides all year…but it was very disappointing for the umpires to have such a big impact in a good game like that.”

The records will show Coleambally beat the Jets 11.8 (74) to 11.7 (73) in the Farrer League preliminary final at Robertson Oval.

Simon Mackie struts his stuff for the Blues as Todd Clark and Tony Pound keep an eye on his style. Pictures: Kieren L Tilly.

But it doesn’t explain a gamethat waslargelyuninspiring for two quarters, before the Jets opened it up in the third. And then someone flicked the switchto ‘maximum drama’ in the fourth.

Coleambally –who had kicked five goals in three quarters to trail by 19points–launched a stunning comeback,hitting the front in the 20thminute, through veteran midfielder Shane Pound.

The teams traded goals but the Jets still trailed until a Sam Fisher shot in the 24thminute was knocked through for a point to tie it up.

Dean Pound kicked the only goal of the first five minutes of extra time.

In the second,Fisher missed a couple of chancesbut the points were valuable whenBrad Moye goaled to tie it up with around 90 seconds of play to come.

The Jets then looked to have found the winner when Mark Kimball chipped to Justin Mesman in the goal square who, after a contest with Carl Pound,soccered it through off the ground.But a huge call was made to award a mark to the Blues full-back.

The Blues then went down the wing and after two more free kicks Shane Pound kicked the behind to win, some 90 seconds into what waseffectively‘golden point’.

It was a heart-breaking finish to the year and left the Jets lamenting every play.

“I missed two goals in that last five minutes which could’ve put us out of reach,” Fisher said.“Butthe umpires made a few calls right at the end…itwas clear as day that wasn’t a mark but anyway.”

There were also question marks about the last free kick butFisher and fellow co-coach Darren Jackson didn’t want to take away from Coleambally’s win. They conceded they hadn’t been able to put the game away, or to halt the resurgent Blues.

But it still hurt.

Full-time (after extra time)

COLEAMBALLY: 2.0 4.1 5.2 10.5 11.8 (74)

NORTHERN JETS: 2.0 4.0 8.3 10.5 11.7 (73)

Goals:(Coleambally) D Pound 4, S Pound 2, G O’Connell 2,S Light, S Mackie,C Cerato;(Jets) J Mesman 2, S Fisher 2,B Moye 2, M Haddrill,M Kimball, M Maguire, P Bray, J Grinter.

Best:(Coleambally) J Hamilton, B Jones, S Light, S Pound, C Cerato, M Carroll; (Jets) D O’Rourke, A Bonny, C Bell, S Fisher, D Keenes, M Haddrill

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Western Bulldogs trounce Melbourne in women’s all-star match

Oct 20 2018 Published by under 南京夜网

Bulldogs’ Katie Brennan tackles Daisy Pearce.The Game 
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After a slow first quarter, the Western Bulldogs went into the break leading Melbourne 1.3 to 1.2.

It was in the second term that the Doggies shook off any nerves and found their rhythm, cheered on by a crowd heavily in favour of the red, white and blue.

Darcy Vescio and Moana Hope showed why they were both chosen as marquee players for next year, all class in the Bulldogs’ forward half, whereas Melbourne struggled in front of goal, booting 2.5.

By the dying minutes of the last quarter the Doggies’ had the game stitched up and won 14.6.90 to 7.9.51.

The Bulldogs sang the team song out on the ground, replacing “sons’ of the West with “daughters.”

“You can’t beat the girls of the Bulldogs breed, we’re the team of the mighty West.”

The Crowd

There were 6,365 football fans at the Whitten Oval.

The Hero

Hope goes hard into a contest. Photo: Getty Images

Moanna Hope reads the ball as well as anyone in the game.  After a couple of uncharacteristic misses in the first quarter, she top scored with six goals.

When AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan presented the Collingwood marquee player with her jumper he remarked that she would fit right in at the Pies – the forward is covered with tattoos.  She showed the Whitten Oval crowd on Saturday night just how magical she is in front of goal, prompting Magpies staffers to send out the message on Twitter – “Don’t forget… she’s ours.”  Collingwood fans would have been very glad she will be wearing black and white jumper next year.

Hope was later named player of the match.

Special mentions

Midfielder Daisy Pearce, widely considered one of the players in Australia, was typically dynamic for the Demons, an on-field leader with 12 kicks and 13 hand passes for the game.

Western Bulldogs captain Steph Chiocci was crucial, leading the Doggies’ possession count with 24 disposals.  Perhaps surprisingly she was not chosen as a marquee player by any of the eight clubs, but looks certain to be picked up in the draft.  An unselfish player, she helped the ‘Doggies move the ball smoothly up the ground and finished the match with 24 disposals.

In accepting the winner’s cup after the match Chiocci thanked Melbourne for the contest, saying women’s football had been the victor that night.

She thanked the club, the AFL and especially the fans who turned out on the night.

“This is for you, stay tuned for next year, it’s going to be a ripper,” she said.

The Clanger

Sabrina Frederick-Traub  Photo: Getty Images

Melbourne’s Sabrina Frederick-Traub is an English-born super-star.  Tall and strong with a sure pair of hands, the forward was chosen by Brisbane as one of their marquee players for the 2017 season.  But nerves seemed to get the better of the 19-year-old when she hit the post from 15 metres, directly in front.

Play of the Day

It is impossible to go past the brilliance of Hope and Vescio, who is headed to Carlton as a marquee player in the new year.  Vescio moved quickly through the centre of the ground and a lobbed a long kick into the Bulldog’s forward-50.  She found Hope on her own, who was able to run into an open goal.

Runner Up

Under pressure from her Melbourne opponents, the Bulldog’s Kaitlyn Ashmore injected new energy into the game when she goaled with a beautiful right-foot snap shot for the first major score of the second term.  After a low-scoring first quarter from both teams, it opened the floodgates for the ‘Doggies.

The Rules

The AFL’s decision to trial a 16-a-side in the women’s game was not universally welcomed, but it did seem to encourage quite a free-flowing style of play.  Towards the end of the match though, when the players began to tire, they may have appreciated more options around the ground.

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Ten years on Steve Irwin’s legacy remains in safe hands

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Steve Irwin starring in his Crocodile Hunter Diaries TV program. Bindi Irwin with boyfriend Chandler Powell, mum Terri and brother Robert Irwin. Photo: Australia Zoo
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Bindi Irwin turned 18 this year. Photo: Ben Beaden

Ten years ago, Terri Irwin lost the love of her life.

The very public tragedy of her husband Steve’s death played out on the front pages of magazines and newspapers, on TV bulletins and in the public discourse.

Publicly his family put on a brave face. His daughter Bindi, just eight at the time, read a moving tribute to her dad at his public memorial at Australia Zoo, Terri walked through the home they had created on Beerwah’s Sunshine Coast with Ray Martin and spoke of her life with the crocodile hunter.

Privately, she was breaking.

Ten years on, the Irwin family has just returned from their annual pilgrimage to the Steve Irwin Wildlife reserve. There they each reflected on the enormous tragedy they endured and the change it brought to all of their lives.

For Terri, the immediate impact was the knowledge that she faced another lifetime without Steve in her life.

“I remember thinking when he died, ‘I am 42, I could live another 40 years or more,'” she says.

“I could do another 40 years without Steve.”

The couple, who met through a chance encounter in 1991 and fell immediately in love, married just eight months later.

They filmed their first documentary on their honeymoon and even at that early stage they had big plans for their lives together.

“Steve and I made a deal when we got married that whatever we profited from what we were doing we would put back into conservation,” she says.

For four years they made no money, but when the documentaries they were making got picked up in the US, suddenly their fortunes changed.

The boy from Beerwah was a big deal and the profits they were making through their growing Sunshine Coast Zoo and lucrative television deals was all being poured back into their conversation efforts.

Despite their lives changing completely, their desire to change the world didn’t.

“Suddenly (Steve) became a big deal on the world stage, but he never, ever changed his ethics,” Terri says.

When he died, on September 4, 2006, the easy path for Terri would have been to take her children back to her home in America and raise them in relative anonymity in Oregon.

Terri is a determined woman and that was never an option that was before her.

“I didn’t anticipate, at 42 years old, I would be at the helm of everything we created,” she says.

“That was the sad surprise. But I have really tried to step up.

“I am doing the level best that I can, and for as long as I draw breath I hope I am able to make things a little bit better with the world.”

With the tragedy 10 years behind her, Terri says she still feels the loss of Steve every single day, but she chooses to be thankful for what she had rather than focus on what she has lost.

“I am still really, really sad,” she says, the still-thick American accent and wide smile breaking momentarily.

“We were lucky to have this great relationship.

“But in the end, I got my happily ever after. We had a great marriage and a great adventure and I choose that to be my perspective rather than spending every day wishing he was here.”

That, almost obsessive, drive to find something positive in even the most negative of situations is something she has passed on to her children.

Bindi Irwin was incredibly young when she lost her “hero”. At just eight she experienced a sadness that children shouldn’t.

But with the help of her mother she was able to gradually move on and find her happiness again.

“Mum came up with this really great game when dad passed away,” Bindi says.

“She said, ‘Every day we are going to find our favourite part of the day.’ It was this little game but it developed into this huge life lesson.

“We would sit down over dinner or whatever and she would ask us what our favourite part of the day was.

“Some days we would have three or four favourite parts, other days when we were sad it might be something like having a warm shower or laying on the grass.

“She was actually helping to instil in us, subconsciously, to look for the good parts of the day. Now we just tend to focus and dwell on the good parts of the day.”

Terri and Steve’s son Robert was just three when he lost his father.

Sitting by the campfire on the Steve Irwin Wildlife reserve looking through photographs he has shot during his visit, he is surrounded by people who knew his dad well.

April, who has worked for the Irwin family for years, pauses as she walks past.

“He looks so much like Steve, it’s uncanny,” she says.

Over Robert’s shoulder is the iconic photo of Steve holding a crocodile and smiling at the camera.

She isn’t wrong.

As he ventures towards his teens, Robert’s personality is beginning to evolve into the person he is going to be.

He loves mountain bike riding, he has never met a lizard he didn’t like and he is happiest when he is as close to nature as he can be.

He is also becoming an expert wildlife photographer, just like his dad.

“It’s really cool,” he says.

“I didn’t know this when I first started getting interested in photography, but my dad was a really amazing photographer as well.

“It was only when I told mum I wanted to do more wildlife photography that she told me and showed me some of the photos dad had taken.”

He is very aware of his role now in continuing the family legacy of documenting amazing wildlife experiences and it is one he is excited to share.

But he is also aware of how important capturing the memories he has while he is making them.

“It’s a great opportunity because I can carry on in his footsteps and document incredible wildlife,” he says.

“The other really cool thing in terms of how my whole life has been documented and how much of my dad’s life was documented, if you ever forget something or a memory starts to fade you can press rewind and relive these amazing memories.

“It’s a great way to remember dad and enjoy those memories.”

With one of her children entering adulthood and the other not far away, Terri has a moment to reflect on the types of people they are becoming.

And she is, justifiably, incredibly proud of the way she has managed to raise them both in Steve’s image.

“I love ’em so much it’s crazy and I am so proud of them,” she says.

“I think they are beyond amazing.

“Both Bindi and Robert are so much more accomplished and aware of everything around them and more mature and beautiful kids than I ever was at that age.”

This month, Terri and Robert head off overseas to visit conservation work the zoo is involved in around the world, Bindi will stay behind to make sure everything at the zoo continues to run smoothly.

And it would seem that the legacy Steve left behind for Terri is just as safely in the hands now of his children.

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