Manly keep Stingrays at bay

Manly keep Stingrays at bay

Manly's Gemma O'Toole seems to have an extra long leg as she fights for possession with the Stingrays' Trudy Camilleri in yesterday's draw at JJ Kelly Park. Picture: DAVE TEASEThe Stingrays will have to wait a little longer to clinch back-to-back premierships after a 1-1 draw with Manly last night.Illawarra could have sealed their second straight title with victory at JJ Kelly Park, but will have to wait at least another week after defender Lisa Gilbert and Manly's Lisa Morrison traded first-half goals.The Wollongong side looked to have sealed three points - and their reputation as the state's best for the second consecutive year - when Jess Cooper tapped into an empty net 15 minutes from time, but the goal was disallowed.Ash Connor was ruled to have fouled Manly keeper Alyssa Harris, leading to the fumble that allowed Cooper to score. Cooper was then sent off with two minutes remaining after receiving her second yellow card to complete a frustrating outing under lights for the hosts.Stingrays coach Brett Wallin was disappointed with the decisions."Jess was wearing her heart on her sleeve," Wallin said. "To work like she does and get that at the end is disappointing."I thought it was a goal. I didn't get a clear view. When you get into that situation, advantage has to go to the attacker."Cooper will miss at least one week after being booked for time-wasting and dissent."Red cards don't get turned over - I'm hoping she only gets a week," Wallin said.With three rounds remaining, Illawarra (41) stay seven points ahead of second-placed Manly (34), although the Sydneysiders have a game in hand."We've got a game up our sleeve, we can lose one and if we win the other two we're premiers," Wallin said. "It would have been nice to have knocked them off tonight but they're making us work for it. Manly deserved something tonight, they scared us a few times."The Stingrays had a dream start when Gilbert netted early, but the northern beaches side equalised through Morrison's delightful chip 10 minutes before the break.Manly took heart from drawing level and peppered Sarah Gollop's goal in the dying stages, but the hosts held firm.The Stingrays reserve grade lost 2-1 after Albion Park defeated Woonona 1-0.
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Family’s scare as car hit by missile

Family’s scare as car hit by missile

The car that was hit by a projectile while a Flinders mother and her two daughters were returning from a Campbelltown shopping trip on the Appin Rd at dusk on Saturday. Pictures: DAVE TEASE The round hole left by the projectile as it smashed through the car's windscreen.
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A Flinders mother has told of the panic as her car window was shattered by a projectile that narrowly missed her daughter's head.The 41-year-old bravely kept her wits after the unknown object hit on Appin Rd at dusk on Saturday.The woman, who asked not to be named, was returning from a shopping trip to Campbelltown with her daughters, aged 16 and eight, when the incident occurred just before 5pm."It was horrible. It's literally like you see on television when you hear that really big thundery smash."It was just so scary. In that split second I didn't know what was going on."The woman said she felt a stab of pain to her leg as glass hit her jeans but did not penetrate the fabric.She then turned to see the shattered glass beside her 16-year-old's head. Both girls were sprayed with glass but were uninjured."The window is completely shattered, it's only held together by the tint."It's so traumatic because it's what could have been - a split second later and it could have hit my daughter's head," she said."My eldest kept saying 'are you all right'? We were just so traumatised. We were sitting on glass but too scared to stop and get out."The family kept going, not stopping until they reached Warilla Police Station.Lake Illawarra police Sergeant John Klepczarek said the car was examined and it was believed the projectile was a ball bearing or something similar.He said police were keen to hear from anyone who was travelling on Appin Rd and witnessed any suspicious activity at the time of the incident.In July 2007, Nowra beauty therapist Nicole Miller, then 22, suffered life-threatening injuries after a rock was thrown through her window at Kiama Downs, hitting her in the right side of her head.Contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Push to end paid parking heats up

Push to end paid parking heats up

Wise Eyes Optical owner Andrew Reveley and City Diggers general manager Phil Ryan with some of the thousands of signatures opposing parking meter measures. Picture: ADAM McLEANMore than 2000 people have signed a petition calling for Wollongong City Council to urgently review its unpopular parking meter strategy, ahead of what is shaping up to be a rowdy public meeting on Wednesday.The meeting, to be held at City Diggers at 6pm, has been billed as a chance for retailers, shoppers and employees to vent their fury over the paid parking measures they claim have severely dented trade and deterred shoppers from visiting the CBD.Wise Eyes Optical owner Andrew Reveley said the vast majority of customers were vehemently opposed to the existing parking meter strategy."I would say 99.9 per cent are dead against it," he said."A lot of people ... don't feel they are getting good value for money, and a lot of people feel there has been no community consultation."Business owners hope the council will commit to a parking meter review which involves community leaders who "have a sense of what the community wants", Mr Reveley said.City Diggers general manager Phil Ryan, who is spearheading the campaign against the paid parking measures, said the council's proposed move away from the $2 flat fee towards a pro-rata rate would not restore trade for the CBD's troubled retailers.Wollongong MP Noreen Hay and Liberal Wollongong candidate Michelle Blicavs have confirmed they will attend the meeting, along with Wollongong City Council general manager David Farmer and South Coast Labor Council secretary Arthur Rorris.Former marketing manager for the Newcastle CBD, Malcolm Barnes, will speak about the negative experience that city had when parking metres were introduced.Meantime, readers of the Mercury website have expressed their displeasure at the council's proposed parking meter changes released this week, which signal a move from a $2 flat fee to a pro-rata rate."Planet Earth to Council! Planet Earth to Council! Shoppers are not coming back until all the meters are gone!" declared RU Kiddinme."The whole system is screwed. I avoid town like the plague. Suburbs offer better shopping whilst not charging me to do so," wrote Ash.Andy said Wollongong people were "voting with their feet". He wrote: "How sad for small business owners who are on the receiving end of such bullish policy."
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Bellamy wants Blues to go back on attack

Bellamy wants Blues to go back on attack

NSW coach Craig Bellamy has labelled his team's decision-making in the opening two matches of the State of Origin series as "below NRL level".The Blues mentor has thrown down the challenge to his troops to come up with the right plays at the right time to avoid becoming the first NSW team to lose a series 3-0 since 1995."For long periods of (game two) we defended pretty well," Bellamy said."We were strong and pretty aggressive but some poor decisions at times really let us down."When you come up with poor decisions against a side as good as Queensland, they'll make you pay."While defensively the Blues have been below par in the first two games, it has been the team's attack - or lack of - which has come under scrutiny.Bellamy played down suggestions he had taken a defensive approach in the opening matches, but said he had been tinkering with a new attacking formula ahead of the final match at ANZ Stadium tonight."We like to go into games balanced in our attack and defence," he said."We've changed our attack around a little bit for this game. Hopefully that will be a bit more effective for us."The Maroons have dominated headlines this week after describing several NSW players as "grubs" for their actions around the ruck.Mal Meninga's men have used incidents from past games as ammunition and have earmarked Michael Ennis, Trent Barrett and Paul Gallen as the main offenders.Barrett laughed off the accusations made north of the border and said he wouldn't be fazed by the claims."It doesn't worry me and I'm sure it doesn't worry any of our players," Barrett said."What happens on the footy field happens and I certainly don't think any of our players go out of their way to come up with any of that intentionally."Bellamy, who sees no difference between the two teams around the play the ball, said his troops wouldn't be sidetracked by the Queenslander's trash talk. "Perhaps it's just a way of trying to get our team's focus away from not doing so well in that area," he said."Or trying to put pressure on a couple of individuals they have named."Or perhaps they are trying to get the referee a little bit more aware of us in that area, which is something (Queensland) are very good at."
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