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Dec 10 2018

Cross-town rivalry steeped in decades of folklore

Crunch time: Shaun Kenny-Dowall gets nailed by Chris Sandow in 2009. Photo: Steve Christo 1996, Anzac Day carve up Roosters win 62-0

Former Rabbitohs and Roosters captain Sean Garlick described the match as a “dark day” for his beloved South Sydney. Unlike South Sydney fans, Garlick could take some solace in the fact he played a key part in the 62-0 onslaught as captain of the high-flying Sydney City Roosters in the round six game at the SFS in 1996. “It was a dry day and every pass stuck and every kick found its mark,” the former hooker said. “As each try scored we grew in confidence. It was a great day for Roosters supporters but a dark day for Souths.” Winger Peter Jorgensen scored a hat-trick of tries, while Peter Clarke crossed twice. Centre Ivan Cleary finished with a 22-point haul scoring a try and kicking nine goals. Phil Gould was coach. “I remember thinking everything Gus said worked to perfection which just then gives everyone more confidence if you end up doing what he said,” Garlick said. “Being a Souths junior it was bitter-sweet, whilst you play to win no one likes to see teams getting a hiding like that. In reflection it was a bit of a sad day for the Rabbitohs.” The win was midway through a 10-game unbeaten streak for the Roosters. They would fall one short of a grand final spot, while Souths finished the season second to last with South Queensland claiming the wooden spoon. The defeat was Souths worst in history until they lost 66-0 to the Warriors in 2006.

2009, Russell Crowe’s thumbs down Souths win 52-12

Winger Nathan Merritt scored a hat-trick of tries for South Sydney in their rampant 52-12 win against the Roosters in their round one clash in 2009. Despite the Bunnies crossing for nine tries it was a gesture from club owner Russell Crowe that overshadowed the on-field action. Crowe gave a gladiatorial “thumbs down” from the verandah of his corporate box imploring Souths to finish off the Roosters in front of almost 25,000 at Allianz Stadium. The Roosters finished with the wooden spoon.

1968, Minor premiership on the line Souths win 24-22

Souths beat the Roosters in 1968 to win the minor premiership. This Friday’s epic encounter isn’t the first time Souths and the Roosters have squared off in a final regular-season game with the winner securing the minor premiership. Souths beat Easts 24-22 at the SCG to claim the 1968 minor premiership where Rabbitohs five-eighth Dennis Pittard scored two tries within five minutes. Souths led 14-11 at half-time in front of almost 40,000. Souths went on to beat Manly 13-9 to win the premiership.

Correction: In Monday’s story it was stated South Sydney won just two matches in their comeback season. They won five.

Rabbitohs watch

Experienced South Sydney forward Jeff Lima has a simple message for his young teammates — relax and enjoy the moment heading into the minor premiership deciding game, against Sydney Roosters on Friday night.

Lima, who has played in three NRL grand finals with the Storm, has spoken to his teammates about the importance of being settled in the lead-up to big games.

‘‘We just tell them to be humble and relax,’’ he said. ‘‘I know guys get too excited when you play big games and they don’t turn up. I tell them to relax and enjoy the moment  … I still get nervous. I should be all right once the game starts. I’ve played in some big games and they are the best memories I have.’’

Lima, former Melbourne teammate Greg Inglis and Roy Asotasi have tasted premiership success. While both sides would happily forfeit lifting the J.J.Giltinan Shield in exchange for the NRL trophy, Lima knows the importance of a good performance on Friday night.

‘‘Over the years I’ve played in games where we’ve lost before the finals series and we didn’t go too well,’’ he said. ‘‘These games you’ve got to try and do the best you can do to win these games.

South Sydney players did a mixture of gym and field work at training on Tuesday.Roosters watch

The tricolours had a non-training day on Tuesday.

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Dec 10 2018

Arsenal finally raid piggy bank

In a busy day of last-minute bargaining in the English Premier League, Arsenal pulled off a coup on Monday’s transfer deadline day, smashing their transfer record by signing German playmaker Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid for £42.4 million ($73 million).

The move came on the day Gareth Bale was presented as a Madrid player after leaving Arsenal rivals Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of about £80 million, paving the way for Ozil’s exit. Ozil underwent a medical examination in Munich and Arsenal said he had signed a “long-term contract”, reportedly lasting five years.

“We are extremely pleased to have signed Mesut Ozil,” said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who had never previously spent more than £15 million on a player. “We have watched and admired him for some time as he has all the attributes I look for in an Arsenal player.”

Ozil told the Arsenal website: “I am thrilled to be joining a club of the stature of Arsenal and am looking forward to playing in the Premier League.”

Ozil’s transfer was the most significant development on a day when gross spending by English Premier League clubs during the close-season window surpassed £500 million for the first time, according to financial consultants Deloitte.

Reigning champions Manchester United were thought to be pursuing a move for Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini late on Monday, amid reports he had submitted a transfer request. United manager David Moyes brought Fellaini to Britain during his time at Everton. His successor at Goodison Park, Roberto Martinez, has identified Wigan Athletic midfielder James McCarthy as his preferred replacement for the Belgian, according to Latics chairman Dave Whelan.

Moyes’ attempts to sign Leighton Baines from Everton and Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera by the deadline were reported to have failed, however.

During a day that bordered on farce, with reports in Spain that a group of “imposters” claiming to be United officials arrived at Spanish league headquarters to scupper the Herrera deal, Moyes finally secured his first major signing as manager by completing a deal for Belgian midfielder Fellaini.

Unlike Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham, all of whom have spent lavishly on new players, United’s only arrival to date is little-known Uruguayan full-back Guillermo Varela.

Liverpool completed three signings earlier on Monday. Defenders Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori joined from Paris Saint-Germain and Sporting Lisbon respectively, while Victor Moses arrived on a season-long loan from Chelsea.

Liverpool reportedly paid a combined £25 million to sign Ilori and France international centre-back Sakho, who had fallen down the pecking order at PSG.

“I came here because the project that is in place at Liverpool interests me. I’m really looking forward to playing my first game,” Sakho, 23, told Liverpool’s website.

Ilori, 20, was born in London but raised in Portugal and is a Portuguese youth international, while 22-year-old Moses arrives after being crowded out at Chelsea.

Aston Villa made Czech international striker Libor Kozak their seventh new recruit of the close-season, signing him from Lazio on a four-year contract for a reported fee of about £7 million.Kind of a big deal: the key transfer  window dealings

Gareth Bale Tottenham  to Real Madrid, £77m ($138m)

For all the money lavished on new players in  the past three months, the most high-profile transfer involving an English club was a sale. Welsh forward Bale, 24, swapped White Hart Lane for the Bernabeu after a dazzling season with Tottenham in which he scored 26 league goals.

Mesut Ozil Real Madrid to Arsenal  £42.4m ($73.8m)

One downside of Bale’s move to Madrid for the selling club was that it persuaded the Spanish giants to allow the German international to leave for Spurs’ arch rivals Arsenal. Manager Arsene Wenger has been criticised by Arsenal’s fans for his reluctance to spend money on new players in recent years, but he smashed the club’s transfer record.

Erik Lamela Roma to Tottenham;  £30m ($52.21m)

After being pipped to a Champions League place by Arsenal last season, Spurs spent around £110 million on seven players, with Lamela the third  recruit to break the club’s transfer record. The 21-year-old Argentine attacking midfielder is a talented dribbler and will be expected to soften the blow of Bale’s departure.

Willian (Anzhi Makhachkala to Chelsea; £30m ($52.21m)

Tottenham also hoped to add Brazilian schemer Willian to their ranks, but after completing a medical at the club, his move was hijacked by Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea.

Marouane Fellaini (Everton to Manchester United; £27.5m  ($47.86m)

New Manchester United manager David Moyes saw approaches for several transfer targets rejected before finally turning to Fellaini, with whom he worked at previous club Everton. Will bring brawn and aerial presence.


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Dec 10 2018

2014 SMH Good Food Guide: Popular Choice

Oldie but a goodie: Caffe Moretti’s pizza has outlasted most in Leichhardt. Photo: Peter Morris Roman-style pizza: Cipro Pizza al Taglio. Photo: Edwina Pickles

Neapolitan pizza: Raised crust and traditional toppings at Gigi Pizzeria in Newtown. Photo: Sahlan Hayes

Barletta: Tomato, mozzarella, prosciutto and basil still graces La Disfida’s menu. Photo: Quentin Jones

Bravo: Lucio’s has a little Neapolitan feel in Sydney’s Darlinghurst. Photo: Marco Del Grande

The Bathers’ Pavilion at Balmoral Beach: The vegetarian food is almost as good as the beach views. Photo: Jim Rice

Native ingredients colour her cooking: Kylie Kwong at her restaurant Billy Kwong. Photo: Quentin Jones

Meat-free line-up: Foveaux Restaurant and Bar, Surry Hills.

Having fun with their food: Gastro Park at Kings Cross is pushing modern dining boundaries. Photo: Quentin Jones

Bar-meets-restaurant at 10 William St in Paddington. Photo: Domino Postiglione

Living up to its name: The Animal in Newtown. Photo: Edwina Pickles

Moricella and potato hash with fried duck egg in one reason to venture behind The Carrington’s busy front bar. Photo: Brianne Makin

Small prices, big taste: There’s more to Cipro Pizaa al Taglio that the meats the eye. Photo: Edwina Pickles

Bang for your buck: The Devonshire’s three-course lunch costs just $35 which may or may not include caramelised pineapple, pudding. Photo: Jennifer Soo

Jugemu & Shimbashi: handmade Soba and the teppanyaki-grilled okonomiyaki are a must. Photo: Fiona Morris

Just try and resist: burger at Mary’s in Newtown. Photo: Sahlan Hayes

Mexican wave: Mexico Food & Liquor is flavoursome and affordable. Photo: Jennifer Soo

Modern mezze meets Bondi cool: Sefa Kitchen, Bondi. Photo: Edwina Pickles

Mediterranean-inspired small plates: The Union tapas bar in Penrith. Photo: Marco Del Grande

Berowra Waters Inn: Fine dining among the gumtrees. Photo: Ash Sweeting

Harbour views: Bird and Bear Boathouse in Elizabeth Bay. Photo: Fiona Morris

Unique harbour views: Blackwattle Caf? in Glebe. Photo: Danielle Smith

Views to match the food: The Boathouse at Balmoral Beach. Photo: Jennifer Soo

Spoilt: Cafe Sydney’s views are second to none incorporating the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, not to mention Sydney Harbour.

The prosciutto and basil Pizza from La Disfida, Haberfield. Photo: Quentin Jones

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Dec 10 2018

SMH Good Food Guide 2014: Second helping awards

Most inventive bar: Bulletin Place where Robb Sloan plies his trade. Photo: Marco Del Grande Craziest drinks list: the Newtown Hotel features sauvignon blanc on tap. Photo: Edwina Pickles

Finest flatware: Restaurant Botanica’s plates are made specifically for the restaurant with some purpose-built for certain dishes.

Best drink-friendly snacks: Mojo Record bar in Sydney’s CBD features pork scratchings. Photo: Edwina Pickles

Best pit-stop on way to the snow: Mocan and Green Grout restaurant at Acton. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

Authenticity award: Petaling Street – a real slice of Malaysia. Photo: Domino Postiglione

Best d?cor and soundtrack: The Farmhouse in Kings Cross offers communal dining in a fun thin atmospheric room. Photo: Edwina Pickles

Best view: Flooded Gums restaurant in Bonville.

Buns of choice: Pan-fried crab and pork buns from New Shanghai, Ashfield. Photo: Jennifer Soo

Best condiments: Cornersmith’s spicy eggplant relish belongs in every pantry. Photo: Edwina Pickles

Dreamy dessert: Bloodwood’s trifle – cherries, pound cake, port-wine jelly, champagne anglaise and yoghurt mascarpone. Photo: Steven Siewert

Dreamy dessert: Honey sugar puff with cultured goat’s milk, lemon thyme sorbet and blueberries from The Sailors Club in Rose Bay. Photo: Jennifer Soo

Favourite counter meal: Cafe Sopra in Bridge Street. Photo: Jennifer Soo

Memorable meals: Sean Connolly’s long-cooked lamb shoulder at The Morrison. Photo: Louise Kennerley

Best customer service: Bitton caf? & Bistro, Alexandria. Photo: Tamara Dean

Local hero: The Inthavong family, Green Peppercorn, Fairfield. Photo: Edwina Pickles

Local hero: Biota Dining’s caramel pear, raw cacao ice cream, warm buckwheat and malt.

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Dec 10 2018

Great Barrier Reef policies at odds

The major parties and the Greens are at odds over how to protect Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef in the final week of the federal election campaign.

Opposition environment spokesman Greg Hunt on Monday released the Coalition’s Reef 2050 policy which promised $40 million to set up a Reef Trust to manage the Great Barrier Reef.

The Coalition will review Labor’s Reef Rescue plan, which spends $200 million over five years.

Labor Environment Minister Mark Butler has questioned which parts of the $200 million Reef Rescue program the Coalition plans to cut as part of its Great Barrier Reef protection policy.

The funds are currently directed to farm groups, councils and individual farmers to control nutrients that flow from farms to rivers and ultimately to coastal waters surrounding the reef.

“What Greg Hunt has failed to make clear is what critical element of Reef Rescue will be cut to make way for Reef Trust, jointly managed by the Queensland and federal governments,” Mr Hunt said.

“Given Tony Abbott has already indicated he will give environmental approvals to the states, and considering Campbell Newman’s environmental credentials it is a sobering thought that the future of the reef could be at the mercy of the Queensland government.”

Mr Hunt said the Reef Rescue policy was misdirected.

However, Mr Butler said a long-range research document which outlined Labor’s strategic planning for the Barrier Reef was due to be tabled in October.

He accused Mr Hunt of ignoring this work.

“In fact, Greg Hunt appears to be intending to ignore 18 months of in-depth work and start a whole new process,” he said.

However Mr Hunt on Monday said the Coalition would continue to work with the Queensland government on this long-term strategy.

“We will work with the Queensland government on an agreed strategic assessment for the future of the reef,” he said.

Mr Butler said the Coalition’s Reef 2050 policy made little mention of the impacts of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef, a concern mirrored by the Greens.

Queensland Greens senator Larissa Waters said her party’s main concern was over proposed dredging in Queensland ports close to Barrier Reef waters.

“Only the Greens are taking heed of UNESCO’s warning that the Great Barrier Reef could be added to the international list of World Heritage sites in danger by next year if the reef continues to be industrialised at such an alarming rate,” she said in a statement.

“The Greens are standing up to the big mining companies with a plan to stop new dredging and offshore dumping of dredge spoil in this World Heritage Area and put an end to damaging port expansions like Abbot Point.”

Last month, Mr Butler delayed a decision – expected in July – on dredging to widen the Abbot Point coal point until after the federal election.

Queensland’s deputy premier Jeff Seeney condemned Mr Butler for delaying the decision, however Queensland Resources Council chief executive Michael Roche said he understood.

“It was always going to be difficult for him to make a calm and reasoned decision in the hothouse political environment of an election campaign,” Mr Roche said.

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