Test cricketer Robert ‘Dutchy’ Holland dies after battle with brain cancer

Robert ‘Dutchy’ Holland dies after battle with brain cancer LEGEND: Newcastle leg-spinner Bob Holland in action during ‘s Ashes tour of England in 1985.
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HAPPIER TIMES: Carolyn gives Robert a congratulatory kiss after he was named in the 1985 Ashes touring squad, two days after NSW won the Sheffield Shield final.

LOYAL SERVANT: Robert Holland batting for the Hunter Lord’s Taverners against a Central Coast side in 2011 at Awaba Oval. Picture: Ryan Osland

Celebrating a wicket for NSW against WA

Holland dismisses Indian great Sunil Gavaskar caught and bowled while playing for Northern at No.1 Sportsground in 1978.

Holland with Murray Bennett in 1985.

TweetFacebookNewcastle Herald on Sunday night.

“He showedno pain on the night and stayed till the end of the show. My familywere amazed as we thought he might stay an hour or two.

“He went to the grand final of the Newcastle baseball and watched his grandson play intwo games.

“He had a bad night last night and Mum decided to take himto hospital this morning. It was confirmed he had broken a few ribs.”

Holland was diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer in late March and had surgery a week later to remove part of the tumour, followed bychemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Craig said his father had “quickly and peacefully passed away” after suffering the brain bleed.

“We knew this day was coming, but we thought considering how well he had been we had more time,” he said.

“My family are humbled by and appreciate the support of the community and his friends fortheir support in the past and recent difficult times.”

Holland made his Test debut in 1984 at the age of 38and famously spun to victory with 10 wickets against the West Indies at the SCG in early 1985.

He played in that year’s Ashes series in England and took another 10-wicket haul against New Zealand in Adelaide.He appeared in 11 Tests in all, taking 34 wickets, and in 95 first-class matches, most of them for the Blues, and was still playing state cricket into his forties.

Friend and Test batsman RickMcCoskertold the Newcastle Heraldin July that Holland’s popularity extended throughout the cricketing world.

“They’ve always respected him, not just the guys he played with but the guys he played against, whether it was for the n team or the NSW team,” McCosker said at a function where his friend was presented with life membership of the Hunter branch of The Lord’s Taverners .

Holland last played for the Lord’s Taverners, a cricketing charity organisation, early last year.

The Southern Lakes life member and former president was awarded an Order of Medal in January after decades of service to the sport as a player, coach and administrator.

“He’s already got a wonderful legacy of what he’s done. Nothing can take that away,” McCosker said.

He is survived by hiswife Carolyn, sons Craig and Rohan and daughter Naomi.

Cricket NSW pays tributeCricket NSW has paid tribute to former NSW and n spinner Bob Holland.

Cricket NSW chief executive Andrew Jones said Mr Holland was not only a fine player, coach, administrator and mentor but also a delightful man.

“Bob’s death is a sad loss for Newcastle, NSW and n cricket,” Mr Jones said.

“He was an inspiration as a player, not only because of his skills but also his persistence. He was first picked for NSW at the age of 32 and became a cult hero during the mid `80s when chosen for at the age of 38.”

“I and many others will never forget Bob’s performance at the SCG in 1984 against the West Indies, when the world’s nicest man beat the world’s most feared cricket team”.

​Cricket NSW chairman John Warn said that in addition to his career at State and International level, Holland made an enormous contribution to the game at grassroots level.

“Bob gave us an enormous amount of pleasure as a player and put even more back into the game,” Mr Warn said.

Holland’s contributions include:

• 427 games for Southern Lakes/Toronto Workers Cricket Club, where he took 1,127 wickets, including 67 five-wicket hauls

• Holding all committee positions at Southern Lakes at various times, Culminating in 16 years as President

• Regular contributions as a coach to Toronto Workers Academy, Hunter Academy of Sport, Hunter Sports High School, various Newcastle youth representative squads, multiple Newcastle Grade clubs, many Level 1 coaching courses and numerous young spin bowlers

• Leadership in the implementation of MILO in2Cricket in the Newcastle region, which is the game’s entry-level program

He is a Life Member of Toronto Workers Cricket Club (1978) and Newcastle District Cricket Association and was also inducted into the Hunter Region Sporting Hall of Fame.

“We will miss Bob’s genial and warm-hearted nature,” Mr Warn said. “Our thoughts are with his wife Carolyn and family at this difficult time.

“Bob will forever be a member of the NSW cricket family.”

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NSW Women’s Premiership: North Newcastle Maidens make grand final in inaugural season

SHOWDOWN: NSW Women’s Premiership player of the year and Jillaroos representative Caitlin Moran in action during North Newcastle’s 20-14 preliminary final win over Glenmore Park on Sunday. Picture: NRL PhotosTwelve months ago there was no North Newcastle women’s team.
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After forming the Maidenslost their firsttwo games of theseason by almost 100 combined points.

Now the rookie squad has qualified for the 2017 NSW Women’s Premiership grand final and inaugural coach Mick Young couldn’t be prouder.

“It’s a reward for all of their hard workand I’m just sohappy for them to make a grand final,” Young said.

“Some of the girls started training in November and we didn’t even know if we were going to have a team. Some of the girls travel from as far as Port Macquarie, Taree, Singleton and Penrith. Some of the girls are working mothers.

“They just genuinely love rugby league andto see how far they’ve come in such a short time frame is unbelievable.

“They lost their first two games of the year by almost 100 and have stuck at it and now they get such a great opportunity.”

North Newcastle stayedcomposed in Sunday’s 20-14 preliminary final victory against Glenmore Park at Leichhardt Oval, scoring three unanswered triesin quick succession midway through the second half to overcome a 10-point deficit.

“I never had doubt there, I was just more worried about the way we were playing,” Young said.

“But only being 10-4 down and not playing well, I knew if we could just hold the ball and get back to our game we would be a chance.”

Maidens centre Isabelle Kelly, a NSW and n representative vying for a World Cup spot later this year, crossed in either half to take her finals tally to seven from three appearances.

This featured a hat-trick in last weekend’s 28-20 minor semi-final win over Mounties and another double against Greenacre in a 32-18 elimination semi-final triumph.

North Newcastle will now meet minor premiers the Redfern All Blacks in the state showdownat Leichhardt Oval on Sunday (4:20pm).

NORTH NEWCASTLE 20 (Isabelle Kelly 2, Theresa Wilhelmus, Holli Wheeler tries; Wheeler, Moran goals) defeated GLENMORE PARK 14 (Thalia Hunter, Monique Donovan, Anneliese Hughes tries; Stevie-Lee Foster goal)

Newcastle Rugby League: Macquarie defeat Central 60-0 in preliminary final

RUNAWAY: Macquarie’s Randall Briggs crashes over for one of the Scorpions 11 tries despite the best efforts of Central’s Justin Worley. Picture: Jonathan Carroll Macquariewill ride a wave of unbelievable confidence into a third straightNewcastle Rugby League deciderafter producing a 60-0 preliminary final annihilation ofCentral at Townson Oval on Sunday.
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A week after being beaten 35-8 by grand final opponents Western Suburbs and with their 2017 campaign on the line,the Scorpions turnedit completelyaround by crossingfor an incredible 11 tries and managing tokeepthe Butcher Boys scoreless.

Macquarie were relentless, clinical at either end of the field and made the most ofalmost everysingle opportunity, scoring 40 second-half pointsand running outcomprehensivevictors.

Scorpions coach Adam Bettridge can’t remember seeing anything like it.

“Never, ever,” he said.

“Last year we beat Lakes40-0 I think, but this one 60-0, and especially being a preliminary final.It was just one of them days.

“Central had a good year and they’ve got a few injuries, but for ourboys to adjust and play what was in front of them was fantastic.

“We’re a happy camp, we’re going to enjoy thisweekand we’re already looking forward to getting down there on Saturday.”

It was a disappointing note for Central, striving for their first grand final appearance since 1963, to finish their season after improving from second last to third in the space of 12 months.

The Butcher Boys’ cause wasn’t helped during the week with captain Ethan Cook ruled out and still in hospital after undergoing unexpected surgery on an infected knee on Friday.

“We’ve not offering excuses,” Central coach Craig Miller said. “Embarrassed by the scoreline but we will come back better for it next year.”

Macquarie and Wests have met once beforeon grand final day in 1991. The Scorpions, then known as Toronto, won 21-10.

Wests had this weekend off but Rosellas hooker Chad Redman posted on Twitter shortly after full-time.

“Congrats Scorps!! 2 best sides go at it next weekend! Will be a cracker can’t wait,” the former NRL rake said.

Saturday’sshowdownat McDonald Jones Stadium will also showcase four otherclubs in the lower grades with Souths and Wests in reserves, Lakes and Cessnock in under 19s and Souths and Central in ladies league tag.

Meanwhile the Shortland Devils, featuringformer Knights premiership winner and dual international Timana Tahu, were beaten 31-26 by the Fingal BayBomboras in Saturday’s Newcastle and Hunter Rugby League grand final at No.1 Sportsground.

The remaining second division major premierships were claimed by theDudley Magpies (B-grade), Waratah-Mayfield Cheetahs (C-grade) and Glendale Gorillas (D-grade). Ladies league tag titles went to the Aberglaslyn Ants (tier A) and CardiffCobras (tier B).

MACQUARIE 60 (Matt Hay 2, Nathan Cantor 2, Andy Sumner 2, Ryan Pywell, Matt Simon, Randall Briggs, Daniel Abraham tries; Scott Briggs 6, Sumner, Abraham goals)defeat CENTRAL 0

POINTS: Macquarie winger Matt Hay nabbed a double and was one of seven try scorers in a 60-0 preliminary final triumph over Central Newcastle. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Tim Crakanthorp says government planning to move Broadmeadow rail assets to Sydney

ON THE MOVE: Newcastle Labor MP Tim Crakanthorp says the government is secretly planning to move Broadmeadow rail assets to Sydney.THE Berejiklian government will put the Hunter’s rail history at risk if it moves assets from the Broadmeadow Locomotive Depot to Sydney, Tim Crakanthorp has warned.
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The Newcastle MP was speaking after fire tore through the Richmond Vale Railway Museum last week, causing an estimated $1 million worth of damage to many of the Lower Hunter’s rail assets that hold historical industrial significance.

Mr Crakanthorp said it was now “more important than ever” to safeguard the region’srail assets, with a cloud continuing to hang over the Broadmeadow depot after much of the land was declared “surplus to operations” last year, stoking Laborfears that large chunks of the 18-hectare site could be sold off. The MP said he believed the government was secretly planning to moveBroadmeadow’s rolling stock to Chullora, in Sydney’s western suburbs.

Under questioning from Labor heritage spokeswoman Penny Sharpe in budget estimates earlier this month, Transport Minister Andrew Constance repeatedly refused to rule out the move, saying only that the government was doing “everything we can” to protect the rail assets and accusing Labor of “letting them rot”.

NSW TrainLink chief executive Howard Collins admittedthat the trains were “deteriorating very quickly” but they couldn’t fit inside the depot’s roundhouse.

Hunter’s rail assets are at risk, MP says Inside the Broadmeadow Locomotive Depot. Pictures: Supplied

Inside the Broadmeadow Locomotive Depot. Pictures: Supplied

Inside the Broadmeadow Locomotive Depot. Pictures: Supplied

Inside the Broadmeadow Locomotive Depot. Pictures: Supplied

Inside the Broadmeadow Locomotive Depot. Pictures: Supplied

Inside the Broadmeadow Locomotive Depot. Pictures: Supplied

TweetFacebook“The physical problem is that there is very little space to accommodate what are probably 70-, 80-, or 60-foot long pieces of heritage infrastructure and we cannot squeeze anymore into the existing covered round house,” he said.

“The trains and carriages that are left out in the open are deteriorating very quickly and as a heritage member I am absolutely committed to ensure that we get these things under cover from the sun and the rain and everything else that is causing them damage.”

Mr Crakanthorp called on the government to restore the Broadmeadow depot.

“We need to keep Newcastle’s history in Newcastle,” he said.“Why does this Government insist on sending Newcastle jobs and assets to Sydney?”

Gosford beat Norths to win Hunter Coast Premier League Hockey grand final

Unbeaten Gosford win grand final thriller THRILLER: Gosford celebrate victory after Rory Walker’s last-ditch penalty corner deflected over. Picture: Marina Neil
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“It was a good win. We tussled it out there at the end. That second half was something special,” Gosford captain Liam Alexander said.

“They had the ball and they just kept going at us and going at us, and we just managed to keep them out.The last two minutes was frantic.”

Norths had won seven of the previous 10 grand finals, but Gosford were clear favourites after winning 17 and drawing one of their games in the regular season.

The Magpies scored twice in the last five minutes of the first half. Rhiley Carr arrowed a short corner inside the left post then Brett Giffin doubled the lead on the buzzer when he deflected in a cross from Lloyd Radcliff.

They had chances to put the game out of Norths’ reach in the second half, but goalkeeper Shaun O’Brien made two stunning saves.

The Blues steadily took hold of the game, controlling possession and forcingGosford keeper Nick Holman, a NSW squad member, into a series of good saves.

“He’s missed most of the season through an injury, and fortunately for them he came right at the right time of the year.He was outstanding,” Norths captain Theo Gruschka said.

“It was a disappointing end to the game, but I was really proud of the boys, particularly in the last 35 minutes.I thought we had the batter of that second half. It was 1-0 in the second half, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough.”

Gruschkapraised his goalkeeper and a trio of young stars for helping the Blues make a game of it late on.

“Rory was great,Ky Willott was great. Olly Flack up the back was really good, and I think our players’ player was definitely Shaun O’Brien. He made some amazing saves in that second half.

“A couple more games of experience in big games like this will certainly put us in the right stead for next year.”