Matildas ride winning streak into Newcastle for Brazil rematch

Chloe Logarzo, Emily van Egmond and Gema Simon in Newcastle on Monday. Picture: Simone De PeakMatildas midfielder Chloe Logarzo traces the side’s hard-won popularity back to the Asian Olympic qualifiers in Japan 15 months ago.
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waltzed through the final qualifying tournament undefeated, playing to a TV audience back home of more than 300,000.

They carried that form to the Rio Games, where they lost on penalties to hosts Brazil in the quarter-finals, then they topped their group at the Algarve Cup in Portugal in March, in front of the Netherlands, Sweden and China, before losing to Denmark on penalties in the third-place play-off.

Matildas ride winning streak into Newcastle GOLDEN GIRLS: The Matildas celebrate after Lisa De Vanna scored with a long-range volley against Brazil on Saturday in Penrith. The FFA expects a crowd of more than 14,000 for Tuesday’s night’s second game at McDonald Jones Stadium. Picture: AAP

TweetFacebookNewcastle Herald on Monday.“The fact we’ve started being successful, everything feels like it’s falling into place and we are being portrayed as the elite athletes we should be.

“We were so successful in the Japan campaign for the Olympic qualifiers, and that’s where we really first sparked the love and everyone really got behind that and watched us.The TV ratings were ridiculous, and that was a really goodstart.”

Logarzo, who last appeared in the W-League for Newcastle early last year and now plays for Norwegian club Avaldsnes, came off the bench inthe last 15 minutes on Saturday and hopes for more game time in front of her adopted home crowd on Tuesday.

Fellow midfielderEmily van Egmond said beating Brazil again last weekend, after the 6-1 rout in California, was “sweet” revenge for the Rio disappointment.

“They’ve knocked us out of an Olympic Games, and obviously it hurt,” she said.

“Tournament of Nations they were missing some key players, so that’s what made the victory even more sweet on Saturday at Penrith.I think they were pretty close to their full-strength squad.

“To have a five-time player of the year come out like Marta and to beat them 2-1 is awesome and shows what direction this team’s going in.”

She said the recent success followed years of hard work by the players, coach Alen Stajcic and his support staff, who include her father, assistant coach Gary van Egmond.

“I think we had success in America, and I don’t know if we would have had these crowds [without it], but we’ve been playing some exciting football for a while.

“I think it’s great that we’re able to come home and show the exciting brand that we are playing.We’ve heard nothing but good things about the crowd.”

The former Newcastle midfielder, who now plies her trade with Wolfsburg in Germany’s Women’s Bundesliga, said n football was following the lead of other sports with better pay for women at W-League and international level.

“I think women’s sport in general in is going in the right direction. You see what AFL are doing, even Cricket with their contracts.

“With that comes a high level of professionalism and expectation, and that’s what we want to aim for, to be regarded among the other best countries in the world.”

Jets captain and Matildas left back Gema Simon, who also plays forAvaldsnes,did not take the field on Saturday but said the sellout crowd was “surreal”.

“Growing up in Newcastle and always wanting to play in the national team, to be able to do both at home is pretty special,” she said.

Simon and Logarzo will fly out of on Wednesday and are due to play in Norway on Saturday.

Simonsaid she would return to Newcastle after her club commitments end on either November 4 or 18. The W-League starts on the last weekend in October.


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Mental health groups sound alarm over dramatic same-sex marriage survey spike

Mental health groups are in urgent talks about how to deal with a dramatic spike in demand they are attributing to the same-sex marriage postal survey, with fears the situation will worsen further as the campaign goes on.
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Digital youth service ReachOut saidit has seen a 20 per cent surge in people accessing its online advice relating to LGBTIQ issues since August, when the postal survey became Turnbull government policy.

ReachOut –a frontline group that has about 1.5 million unique visitors to its website every year –saidits online forums have also recorded a sharp increase in activity, with young gay people reporting feeling scaredand tired of personal attacks.

Digital youth service ReachOut said it has seen a 20 per cent surge in people accessing its online advice relating to LGBTIQ issues since August. Photo: Andrew Meares

One of the country’s top mental health experts –former n of the Year, Professor Patrick McGorry –is in no doubt the spike is linked to the divisive debate unleashed by the postal survey campaign.

“We are hearing a lot from LGBTIQ people that this is reviving traumatic experiences, particularly from their school years,” said Professor McGorry, now the executive director of Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health.

” is on the threshold of something really positive but we do have to manage the risk to vulnerable people over the course of the debate.”

Digital youth service ReachOut said it has seen a 20 per cent surge in people accessing its online advice relating to LGBTIQ issues since August. Photo: Andrew Meares

While ReachOut and Orygen have gone public with their concerns about the spike in demand, Fairfax Media understands half-a-dozen of the nation’s most prominent mental health organisations have been part of crisis talks during the last three weeks. Some have taken their concerns directly to the government.

ReachOut CEO Jono Nicholas said young LGBTIQ ns were discriminated against every day and were already at high risk of self-harm.

The national debate about their right to marry was “heightening this level of distress”.

“The debate around the postal survey has been, and will continue to be, a significant drain on both the LGBTIQ community and the mental health organisations that support them,” he told Fairfax Media.

“We fear will be counting the cost of the postal survey for many years to come, and not just to the budget.”

Another major service under pressure from the increased demand, but which did not want to be named, said young gay people were reporting feeling “hated by ns” as a result of the debate.

The groups say they are hearing not just from gay people but from friends and family similarly distressed about the debate. They say they fear most of all for young people who don’t seek help, with concerns thousands of young people are suffering in silence and at risk of harm as the ‘no’ campaign intensifies.

Opponents: Lyle Shelton, managing director of the n Christian Lobby and Karina Okotel, vice-president of the federal Liberal Party. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Opponents of same-sex marriage officially launched their ‘no’ campaign in Sydney on Saturday, led by conservative politicians Cory Bernardi, Matt Canavan and Concetta Fierravanti-Wells. Supporters of the reform launched the ‘yes’ campaign in capital cities across the nation on Sunday.

Many same-sex marriage advocates wanted a free vote on the issue in federal Parliament and opposed a public vote –whether by plebiscite or postal survey –partly because of fears about the mental health impacts.

But some opponents of the reform have dismissed the mental health concerns of the campaign, including Senator Canavan, a Nationals MP who said people should stop being “delicate little flowers”.

“Can’t we just all grow a spine and grow up? The debate hasn’t been that bad,” Senator Canavan said in response to warnings from the National Mental Health Commission last week. The worst of the debate had actually come from “vile tweets and statements we’ve heard from ‘yes’ campaigners”, he said.

Federal Liberal Party vice-president Karina Okotel said last week it was not just gay and lesbian ns facing harassment. She said she had been the victim of “vitriolic abuse” for her stance against same-sex marriage.

“A culture has developed whereby it’s acceptable to vilify, mock, abuse and shame anyone who stands in the way or even raise questions about whether we should legalise same-sex marriage. I have been called a homophobe, a bigot and been told that my views are disgusting,”she told the National Press Club this week.

National Mental Health Commission co-chair Allan Fels said the survey debate had heightened discrimination against gay and lesbian ns, with LGBTIQ people experiencing “damaging behaviour in their workplaces, communities and in social and traditional media”.

Worth its weight in fame: China looks sharp ahead of this year’s Emmy Awards

The Emmy award is a copper, nickel, silver and gold sculpture of a winged muse holding aloft an atom – representing the television “arts and sciences” – and wholesale she’s not worth much more than $US400.
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To the winner – either the television programs which take out drama, comedy and limited series, or the actors, directors and writers nominated for those same programs – the long-term value is much greater.

The precise economics of an award’s “worth”, however, is hard to pin down.

The Oscar “bump”, as its known, is worth an average of around $US14 million in box office terms.

Nicole Kidman was nominated for the lead actress Emmy for her role in Big Little Lies. Photo: Hilary Bronwyn Gayle

Television’s commercial metric is harder to break open, but few disagree an Emmy win is worth its weight in … well, at the very least copper, nickel, silver and gold.

Some shows –The West Wing,30 RockandLostamong them – actually posted audience drops after Emmy wins; but others, such asThe Shield, were saved from commercial uncertainty because the afterglow of the Emmy win soothed skittish advertisers.

is going into this year’s 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards with an impressive form, and two wins from four nominations at last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

Fashion designer Perry Meek and creative director John McKelvey won outstanding costumes in a variety, nonfiction or reality program and outstanding commercial respectively; Sam Neill and Ben Mendelsohn, nominated for outstanding narrator and outstanding guest actor, lost out.

Luminous performance: Judy Davis as Hedda Hopper in Feud.

But we sail into this weekend’s “night of nights” with a robust form: actors Nicole Kidman, Geoffrey Rush and Judy Davis, director Kate Dennis and producer Bruna Papandrea all up for key awards.

Given the critical acclaim for their work – notably the stunning reviews forBig Little LiesandThe Handmaid’s Tale– we’re in with a reasonable chance in the categories where we are competing.

And for Dennis in particular, the nomination alone has been transformational, effectively shifting her into a high tier of Hollywood directors: among themBetter Call Saul’s Vince Gilligan,The Crown’s Stephen Daldry andHomeland’s Lesli Linka Glatter.

Coming out of last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmys – where the first 93 of the 120 Emmy Awards were given out in a heaving two-night extravaganza – Netflix’sStranger Thingsand HBO’sWestworldwere trending strongest.

Those two shows took home five Emmys apiece, ahead of HBO’sThe Night Of(which had four wins),Big Little Lies,The Handmaid’s TaleandVeep(three wins apiece) andThe CrownandFeud: Bette and Joan(two wins apiece).

The night’s biggest category – outstanding drama – is almost splitting at the seams, but was gifted a little breathing room by the absence ofGame of Throneswhich, this year, fell outside the qualifying airdate.

Director Kate Dennis is an Emmy nominee for her work on The Handmaid’s Tale. Photo: Paul Harris

The seven nominees are:The Crown,The Handmaid’s Tale,Westworld,Stranger Things,This Is Us,Better Call SaulandHouse of Cards.

It’s a formidable lineup, and whileThe Crown,WestworldandThe Handmaid’s Taleare rock solid contenders, it’s hard to imagine notoriously weepy American sensibilities not giving the award toThis Is Us. Given it’s a network show, that’s a huge win.

In the drama acting categories, its hard to go pastThis Is Us’ Sterling K. Brown for outstanding actor in a drama series. He was luminous. For outstanding actress, most likely it’s Elisabeth Moss forThe Handmaid’s Tale. (Unless she’s given a royal outpacing byThe Crown’s Claire Foy.)

The seven outstanding comedy nominees areBlack-ish,Atlanta,Veep,Master of None,Silicon Valley,Unbreakable Kimmy SchmidtandModern Family.

It’sVeep’s to lose, particularly given the clock is now ticking towards its series finale, butBlack-ishis a strong emerging contender and it would be nice to see a network comedy wrestle the award back from cable.

In the comedy acting categories, the smart money is on Donald Glover fromAtlanta, unless he’s bumped byTransparent’s Jeffrey Tambor; outstanding actress will surely go toVeep’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus, though it would be nice to see it go toBlack-ish’s Tracee Ellis Ross.

2017 Primetime Emmys n form guideNicole Kidman, nominated for outstanding lead actress in a limited series or movie.

Up against:Felicity Huffman, Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon and Reese Witherspoon.

Prediction:Kidman’s stunning performance inBig Little Liesought to secure the win, but Hollywood has a hard-to-shake affection for Lange.

Geoffrey Rush, nominated for outstanding lead actor in a limited series or movie.

Up against:Riz Ahmed, Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert De Niro, Ewan McGregor and John Turturro.

Prediction:In a dense field, Ahmed and Turturro are serious contenders, but it’s hard to see anyone outpacing Robert De Niro.

Judy Davis, nominated for outstanding supporting actress in a limited series or movie.

Up against:Laura Dern, Jackie Hoffman, Regina King, Michelle Pfeiffer, Shailene Woodley.

Prediction:Tough to predict; Davis’ performance was luminous but ifBig Little Liessweeps the night it’s down to Dern and Woodley.

Kate Dennis, nominated for outstanding directing for a drama series.

Up against:Vince Gilligan, Stephen Daldry, Reed Morano, Lesli Linka Glatter, the Duffer Brothers and Jonathan Nolan.

Prediction:Dennis is the dark horse in a tight race, but Nolan’sWestworldand the Duffer Brothers’Stranger Thingsare both favourites.

Bruna Papandrea, nominated (as producer ofBig Little Lies) for outstanding limited series.

Up against:Fargo,Feud: Bette and Joan,GeniusandThe Night Of.

Prediction:Aside from strong contenders inFeud: Bette and Joanand HBO’s amazingThe Night Of,Big Little Liesshould have this sewn up.

The 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will air live on Monday from 10am on FOX8 or can be streamed on Foxtel Now

What we love about Newcastle: John Earle

Hollywood was the centre of the world no longer NEWCASTLE: Artist John Earle down at Bar Beach. Picture by Simone De Peak
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NEWCASTLE: Artist John Earle down at Bar Beach. Picture by Simone De Peak

NEWCASTLE: Artist John Earle down at Bar Beach. Picture by Simone De Peak

TweetFacebook Meet JohnAS a kid, John Earle wondered why he was stuck in Newcastle, when, in his eyes, Hollywood was the centre of the world.

Half a century on, as one of the city’s best known artists, Earle sees his hometown differently.

“This place is like the centre of things to me,” he says. “It’s where it’s at.”

Many have seen Newcastle through the eyes and paintings of John Earle. He has meticulously recorded the city’s most beautiful features with his paints and brushes, from the harbour to the ocean pools.

But Earle’s favourite spot for converting life into art is the long strip from Bar Beach to Merewether.

“This is just gorgeous,” he murmurs, as he stands at the northern end of Bar Beach, with a paint-smeared palette and the bones of a new work just waiting to be fleshed out by his brushes. In front of him, the sand is speckled with sunbathers and the sea is a luscious green and blue, its colours being flushed out by the early afternoon sun.

“And look at all those colours there,” he gestures towards the array of swimsuits. “Turquoise, pink, all against the beige setting of the sand. “And when the tide is going out, the rocks look like blue lumps, they add complexity to it.”

When he was a teenager, this place was a source of recreation more than inspiration. He loved surfing and would coax his mother to drive him from New Lambton Heights to the beach. It wasn’t until he was at art school in his early 20s, when he saw the sea on a grey day, that Earle quickly sketched the scene and realised the beach was where he wanted to be artistically.

Earle lived in Sydney and travelled the world painting, but about thirty years ago, he returned to Newcastle to live and work. He’s been painting his home ever since.

“Newcastle’s got an incredible amount of variations,” he says. “I could paint this place every day of my entire life.”

More than being a source of painting subjects, Earle and his wife Amanda Pitcairn love living here. They often stroll along this band of sand that he has painted in hundreds of images. For a holiday, they sometimes travel all the way from their Merewether home and studio and book into Noah’s, “just so we can wake up in this incredible beach city”.

“You’ve got the ocean, the harbour, it’s almost like an island,” he says. “In 100 years’ time, it will be Manhattan by the sea.”

India v China, 1st ODI: Aussies fall short in rain-soaked opener

Chennai: have fallen short in their pursuit of a revised target, losing the rain-affected first one-day international against India in Chennai.
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Chasing 164 off 21 overs after a lengthy delay on Sunday, the visitors slumped to 4-35 in the eighth over when David Warner nicked Kaldeep Yadav through to MS Dhoni.

Glenn Maxwell tried to launch a rearguard action, but his 39 off 18 balls wasn’t enough to save his side from going one-nil down in the five-match series.

David Warner heads back to the pavilion as rain stops play in Chennai. Photo: AP

With the required run rate in excess of 10 with 11 overs remaining, the hard hitting allrounder kicked into gear by plundering 22 off a Kuldeep Yadav over including three consecutive sixes.

But Maxwell was caught in the deep off Yuzvendra Chahal (3-30) looking to clear the boundary for a sixth time before Marcus Stoinis (three) departed three balls later.

From 6-76 the mountain was too steep to climb and finished 27 runs short at 9-137.

It was a cruel loss given the match was only minutes from being abandoned when play resumed.

Rain started falling shortly after India fought back to post 7-281 off their 50 overs after the n bowlers dominated early.

Persistent drizzle abated minutes before the match was due to be abandoned, giving the chance to make a quick dash for victory.

Earlier, West n fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile made a dream start to his first international match since June last year with a sensational opening spell in Sunday’s series-opener.

The 29-year-old picked up three wickets in 13 balls including the prized scalp of India captain Virat Kohli who was out for a duck to a sensational one-handed Glenn Maxwell catch in the gully.

Kohli may have been regretting his decision to bat first under overcast skies as Coulter-Nile made the most of conditions to shape the ball away from the right- handed batsmen.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni made a solid 79 off 88 balls for India. Photo: AP

He had opener Ajinkya Rahane (five) and Manish Pandey (duck), both caught behind and was unlucky not have a fourth wicket when Steve Smith missed a chance to catch Hardik Pandya at slip.

Showing no signs of the stress fracture in his back, which has cruelled the last 15 months of his career, Coulter-Nile finished with 3-44 off his 10 overs.

India were reeling at 5-87 when Cartwright took a simple catch to dismiss Kedar Yadav for 40 off the bowling of Marcus Stoinis (2-54).

The situation was tailor-made for MS Dhoni, who combined with Pandya for a 118-run partnership.

While Dhoni rotated the strike, Pandya’s power hitting came to the fore as he hit three consecutive sixes off legspinner Adam Zampa (1-66) in the 37th over, which yielded 24 runs.

Pandya looked to be on his way to a century, but he top-edged an attempted slog sweep to third man off Zampa to end his innings of 83 off 66 balls, including five sixes and five fours.

Dhoni holed out to deep mid-off in the final over, off James Faulkner’s bowling, (1-67) after making 79 off 88 with two sixes and four fours.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar added a useful 32 off 30 balls to help the home side to finish strongly.