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Grit and grind: How Fremantle Dockers forced their way to victory in season-opening win over Brisbane

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Credit: Kelsey Reid/The West Australian Grit and grind: How Fremantle Dockers forced their way to victory in season-opening win over Brisbane Craig O’DonoghueThe West Australian March 17, 2024 6:52PM Comments TopicsFremantle DockersAFL When Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir compiles the highlights of his team’s win over Brisbane at Optus Stadium, he won’t be looking for anything spectacular. He’ll be highlighting effort and grit. After a horrible start, the Dockers surged to a 14.9 (93) to 10.10 (70) victory on the back of inspirational footy acts that coaches love. Caleb Serong was magnificent with 46 possessions and 11 clearances while dominating as a contested player, and it was the team’s willingness to fight that won them the game. Things like Sam Switkowski running for more than 20 metres to lay a smother on Joe Daniher as he prepared to drive the ball inside 50. Or Josh Treacy laying a massive tackle on Conor McKenna that earned Fremantle a free kick for holding the ball. Treacy nailed his set shot opportunity to level the scores.. TheNightly Get in front of tomorrow’s news for FREE Journalism for the curious Australian across politics, business, culture and opinion.READ NOW From there, it was a Hayden Young huge tackle on Hugh McCluggage, followed quickly by a Switkowski and Michael Walters gang tackle on the same player. Those efforts changed the game, got the crowd involved, made the Dockers want to get their hands dirty and had Brisbane feeling rushed. It was a far cry from the start of the game when basic errors handed the Lions easy goals. A deliberate rushed behind gave Eric Hipwood a set shot from the top of the goal square. A 50m penalty gifted Brisbane territory and the chance to find Dayne Zorko inside 50 for another major. And when Oscar McDonald misdirected a pass which was intended for Andrew Brayshaw and instead went to McCluggage, he kicked to Zac Bailey who converted his set shot. Three easy goals would have had Longmuir tearing his hair out. The Dockers went from being 25 points down in the first quarter to leading by 18 points at half-time on the back of competing.Camera IconJosh Treacy celebrates a goal. Credit: Kelsey Reid/The West Australian Walters ensured Fremantle maintained that focus when they returned with brilliant chases on Charlie Cameron and Callum Ah Chee. Treacy followed that by running back with the flight to get his hands on the ball and allow Brennan Cox to kick a goal at ground level. The Dockers have been criticised for their ball movement in the past and for making too many skill errors. Those skill issues were still evident at different points of the game. But the win means they can walk away with an identity based on chasing, harassing, tackling and putting their bodies on the line for their teammates. That’s an identity that will win games. And it matches what a lot of their players are really good at too.Camera IconAFL Round 1 – Fremantle v Brisbane at Optus Stadium Hayden Young tackles. Credit: Kelsey Reid/The West Australian Fremantle lost Karl Worner (concussion), McDonald (knee) and Cox (hamstring) in the second half which robbed them of rotations as Brisbane launched a mini-fightback. But the Lions missed shots and Jye Amiss made them pay down the other end. Michael Frederick then sealed the win with a spectacular goal on the run. That should be on the highlights tape too. But that was the cream on top of the cake. Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email Us Copy the Link Register and have your say. Register to comment Already have an account? Log in Book NowJoin AFL Chief Executive Andrew Dillon and special guests for an afternoon of fun to celebrate WA’s biggest rivalry – the RAC Derby. 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Rangers vs Dundee clash postponed due to waterlogged pitch

Ground staff at Dundee were working on the pitch hours before kick off (PA Wire) Rangers’ Scottish Premiership clash against Dundee at Dens Park has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. The game was due to kick off at midday but the surface was deemed unplayable after a pitch inspection at 10:15am. (Rangers FC/Shutterstock) (PA Wire) (PA Wire) (Rangers FC/Shutterstock) More to follow… For more stories like this, check our sport page. Follow Metro Sport for the latest news on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Russia boosts navy firepower to counter Ukrainian drone attacks

NEW DELHI: Russia on Sunday ordered increased firepower and training for its navy to combat Ukrainian drones attacking “from the air and by uncrewed boats””There must be training for personnel every day. Training on how to repel attacks from the air and by uncrewed boats,” defence minister Sergei Shoigu said.Shoigu has “ordered the installation of additional firepower, large-calibre machine gun systems to defeat enemy drones,” the official statement said.The Black Sea, a key battleground, has witnessed multiple Ukrainian strikes, leading to the relocation of Russian military vessels. Ukraine claimed to have destroyed over two dozen Russian ships, showcasing its military achievements in the region.Recently, Ukrainian military intelligence released a video showing an attack on a Russian patrol ship by a naval drone, causing a significant explosion. The conflict in the Black Sea continues to escalate, with both sides engaged in strategic moves to gain an upper hand.(With inputs from agencies)

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Emma and Samantha Chawner’s tragic past from mum’s sudden death to loss that sparked weight gain

The controversial X Factor sisters have endured some tough times before finding happiness. Samantha Chawner, who tied the knot on Saturday, and Emma Chawner made fame in a duet audition on the X Factor in 2009, after Emma tried to bag a place in the singing competition two years earlier as a solo artist. She was hit with criticism from nasty trolls, however the rest of the family were also the subject of abuse. They were cruelly branded the “fattest and laziest” in Britain as they appeared in the limelight. As the former reality star celebrates her big day, The Mirror takes a look back at difficult moments of their life. Just a couple of years after X Factor, the family had been forced to live in their car after being booted out of their home in 2012. Police evicted Emma, Samantha and their parents Audrey and Phil when they refused to hand over the council house keys. They had been branded neighbours from hell for playing loud music and all-night karaoke. Residents in Ramsbottom, Lancashire, lodged 130 complaints. The Chawners then starred on Nightmare Neighbour in 2016, following over 500 complaints from residents. After becoming a figure of hate, Emma told the Mirror: “I feel so sad.” The daughters, along with their dad Phil, appeared on The Jeremy Kyle Show back in 2015 to confront their mum Audrey, who they claimed had walked out on them. But instead of begging for an apology, mum Audrey used the Jeremy Kyle stage to make a request for the return of her beloved Manchester United scarf. The host couldn’t quite believe his ears when she requested: “One thing I want back from you Emma is my Man United scarf back.” Her leaving the home without warning came as a huge shock. Only the day before they all enjoyed a meal with friends and the family insisted she seemed perfectly happy in an interview with the Mirror in 2015. The next day the family set off at 3.30pm to give a relative a lift. When they got back two hours later Audrey – who struggled to walk and only went out once a week for a brief shopping trip, had vanished. Emma said: “Mum had posted her front door key through, it was on the mat. It was such a big shock. When we said ’bye to her, she was completely normal. “She was looking forward to Dad’s 60th birthday and their 29th wedding anniversary. We called the hospitals. Mum suffers from -septicaemia, cellulitis, a heart murmur, epilepsy, asthma and high blood -pressure. Then we called the police.” Audrey had taken her clothes and Philip’s iPad and left her wedding ring. Police took the details and an officer later returned. “He told us Mum had been spotted a couple of miles away,” said Sam. “He spoke to her and she said she was fine and didn’t want to know us anymore.” The loss took a toll on the daughters, and Emma says it’s the reason for her immense weight gain. Speaking with Lorraine in 2020, Emma reflected: “It was the stress that I had with my mum and dad breaking up and losing my dog.” And in an interview with Closer in 2019, the sisters also explained that they turned to comfort eating when their mum walked out on them. Emma, who was diagnosed with diabetes, added: “It was a huge shock to hear that I was making myself ill.” The entire Chawner family weighed 91st between them at one point but after starting her weight loss journey, Emma saw an incredible change. Following her TV stint, Emma went on to drop a massive 12 stone in two years thanks to a huge diet overhaul. The ex-reality star revealed in a Facebook post: “Two years and a half ago I weighed 28 stone. I am now 15 stone 9. Thank you everyone for your support.” Emma shared, alongside an impressive picture of herself, that she had ditched crisps, cakes and biscuits for a healthier routine. She had previously believed that her weight was not down to diet or exercise but that it was in her “genes”. Emma added: “It’s not because of what I’ve eaten. It’s because of my genes in my family. Mum’s big, my dad’s big, my sister’s big. No-one’s thin in our house.” She hoped her sister would follow suit as she shared her concerns about Sam’s size, who weighed 30 stone in 2019 at her heaviest. “Now I just have to get my family to follow my lead – especially my sister Sam,” she said. “I don’t understand how she hasn’t got diabetes already; she gets really breathless when she walks. I’m desperate for her to do as well as I have. If I can do it, anyone can.” Following their stint on the ITV daytime chatshow, the family made contact but Audrey didn’t return to the home she shared with her husband for 30 years. The family gained notoriety when it was revealed they had claimed £342,000 in benefits over 18 years, and Emma claimed she was too fat to work. However after appearing in a few shows, they and Emma remained out of the public eye. And in recent times, Samantha and Emma have grown apart after Sam became estranged from the family after leaving home. Over the years, Emma, a childminder, has concentrated on her weight loss journey, saying she is ‘loving’ the process after now losing 13 stone in five years. But at the start of the year on January 15, Emma revealed their mum had sadly passed away aged 73. “RIP my beautiful amazing mum,” she penned on Instagram. “I’m just letting you all know my mum passed peacefully in her sleep at 4am this morning.” The daughter then set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money for Audrey’s funeral after admitting to struggling to fund it. On the fundraiser page, she wrote: “My name is Emma Chawner and the reason I have done a gofund me page is that my mum passed away on Monday the 15th she died peacefully in her sleep in hospital my mum was lovely caring respectful lady and i miss so much so I would appreciate any help towards her funeral because at time it’s really hard for me and my dad to pay for it and I really want my mum to have a good send off any amount of money would be greatly appreciated thank you all so much.” Just the next day, she announced that her dog Ruby had passed away, alongside an adorable photo. “Going to miss her so much, what else can go wrong for me,” she wrote on Instagram. On Mother’s Day on Sunday, Emma shared the grief she was feeling on the special occasion without her mum. Alongside a graphic of a purple rose with butterflies, she penned: “This is one hard day for me.”

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2 Killed, 5 Injured In Washington D.C. Shooting

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Ardoyne Youth Club’s frustration at “years without progress” on new centre

A North Belfast youth club which provides a safe space for hundreds of young people, has shared frustrations at years of waiting for a new centre. Ardoyne Youth Club has been a lifeline for families in the area for over 60 years, working with children as young as five, through to young adults in their 20s. It is a voluntary organisation that facilitates educational programmes to meet the needs of members. In 2019, Belfast Live revealed the major plans for a new £2million youth club for Ardoyne Youth Club – five years on, and the new space remains a dream for those who use the service. READ MORE: Ardoyne youth explore issues of drugs and gang culture during USA trip READ MORE: Family donate £15,000 to Belfast youth clubs in son’s memory Planning permission was granted for the project in 2019, after the club was awarded funding from the Department of Education to develop a new youth centre building on the current site. The current building they are in, was to be demolished, with it thought to be 18 months before completion. This week, AYC shared Belast Live’s original article and said: “Five years from this article, no closer to this project being completed. “Every day, young people and staff team create wonders in our current derelict building. Surely, young people deserve better treatment than this.” When asking the Department for a repose to the community’s concerns, a spokesperson for the Department of Education told Belfast Live: “Given the enormous demands on the Department of Education’s capital budget, unfortunately, no funding has been available to progress any youth capital schemes to site in 2023/24, including the proposed scheme for Ardoyne Youth Club. “Substantial capital investment is urgently required across the entire Education Estate, including the voluntary youth sector. The Minister is making the case for additional and sustained capital investment in our education infrastructure.” Stephen Konrad, who works with Ardoyne Youth Club said that a new centre would mean providing a safe space for young people to socialise, access further resources, engage in educational and recreational activities, receive support and guidance, and build a stronger sense of community. “It will also contribute to youth development, empowerment, and well-being within the local community,” he added “A new youth centre could be highly beneficial for the community in several ways. “Positive Youth Development: It provides opportunities for young people to engage in constructive activities, develop new skills, and build positive relationships. “Safe Environment: It offers a safe and supervised space for young people to spend their time, reducing the likelihood of engaging in risky behaviour or becoming involved in negative influences. “Community Engagement: It fosters community cohesion by bringing together young people from diverse backgrounds and providing a platform for community involvement and collaboration. “Support Services: It offer access to support services such as counselling, mentoring, health education, and referrals to other resources, addressing the unique needs and challenges faced by youth. “Empowerment and Leadership: It promotes youth leadership and empowerment by involving young people in decision-making processes, organising events, and implementing projects that benefit the community. “Overall, a new youth centre has the potential to make a significant positive impact on the lives of young people and the community as a whole. “It is very frustrating that we have been now waiting several years for this. It is simply not good enough. Waiting for several years without seeing progress on such an important initiative can be incredibly disheartening. “It’s crucial for us to continue advocating and pushing for action from local authorities and stakeholders to prioritise the establishment of the youth centre. We hope our persistence and voice can play a significant role in bringing about the change needed to address this issue effectively.” For all the latest news, visit the Belfast Live homepage here. To sign up to our FREE newsletters, see here.

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All the signs Sam Heughan may be joining new Harry Potter film franchise

Outlander fans reckon that Jamie Fraser actor Sam Heughan might be joining the Harry Potter movies after hinting at a move to the film franchise. Sam regularly shares updates to his 4.3 million Instagram followers and in his recent post, he shared a cool black and white picture of himself with his hand out and wrote “Expelliarmus!” The Scots actor appeared to be doing a spell from the Harry Potter books, which has raised some eyebrows. Outlander and Harry Potter fans flocked to the comments as they reckoned it would be a great move. One said: “Love it!” Another said: “Excellent photo Sam! Team Gryffindor. I’m completely disarmed.” While one said that they reckon that Hermione would definitely give her stamp of approval of him joining the cast. It’s unknown if Sam will join the cast for the Harry Potter show but a boss at Warner Bros, reports the Express US, said they want to make a new Harry Potter series for their streaming service, Max, by 2025 or 2026. David Zaslav, the CEO of Warner Bros Discovery, said: “We’ve not been shy about our excitement around Harry Potter. I was in London a few weeks ago with Casey [Bloys, CEO of HBO] and Channing [Dungey, chairperson of Warner Bros Television] and we spent some real time with JK and her team.” Warner Bros has also confirmed the project, which will cover all seven of JK Rowling’s popular books. Get the latest celebrity gossip and telly news sent straight to your inbox. Sign up to our daily Showbiz newsletterhere.

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Ukraine launches new wave of drone attacks on final day of Russian presidential vote

Ukraine has launched a new, large wave of drone attacks as Russians cast ballots on the final day of a presidential vote set to extend president Vladimir Putin’s rule for another six years. The Russian defence ministry reported downing 35 Ukrainian drones overnight, including four in the Moscow region. Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin said a fifth drone, close to the capital’s Domodedovo airport, was later downed on Sunday morning. No casualties or damage were reported. According to the ministry, another two drones were shot over the Kaluga region just south of the Russian capital and the Yaroslavl region northeast of Moscow. The attacks in Yaroslavl, which is about 500 miles (804km) from the Ukrainian border, were some of the farthest launched by Ukraine so far. More Ukrainian drones were downed over the Belgorod, Kursk and Rostov regions that border Ukraine and the southern Krasnodar region, the ministry said. Belgorod governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said the Ukrainian shelling killed a 16-year-old girl on Sunday and injured her father. A drone fell on a refinery in the Krasnodar region, sparking a blaze that was extinguished a few hours later, according to regional authorities. A worker at the refinery died of a heart attack, officials said. Refineries and oil terminals have been key targets of Ukrainian drone attacks. The attacks followed a series of other Ukrainian drone raids and other attacks over the past few days that Putin described as an attempt by Ukraine to frighten residents and derail Russia’s presidential election. “Those enemy strikes haven’t been and won’t be left unpunished. I’m sure that our people, the people of Russia, will respond to that with even greater cohesion,” Putin said on Friday. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian military said 14 Russian drones had been shot down over the Odesa region on Sunday. The attack followed a Russian ballistic missile assault on the southern port city on Friday, blasting homes and killing at least 21 people. A second missile then targeted emergency services who arrived at the scene, officials said. Russian forces also launched five S-300 anti-aircraft guided missiles at Ukrainian-controlled areas in the Kharkiv and Donetsk regions, as well as two X-59 guided missiles in the Chernihiv region, the Ukrainian air force said. As the war entered a third year, Russian forces have made some slow and incremental gains along the front line, relying on their edge in firepower, while Ukraine has fought back with more drone attacks deep inside Russia and cross-border raids. On Saturday, two people were killed and three others were injured in the Ukrainian shelling of the Russian border city of Belgorod which has faced regular attacks. The Russian military also claimed it thwarted another attempted cross-border incursion by Ukrainian “sabotage and reconnaissance groups” on Saturday. The Russian Volunteer Corps – which includes Russians fighting alongside Ukrainian forces – released a video on social media on Saturday alleging to have captured 25 Russian soldiers. The claim could not be independently verified. Cross-border attacks in the area have taken place sporadically since the war began and have been the subject of claims and counterclaims, as well as disinformation and propaganda. – AP

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Kevin Kilbane: Brief shop window beckons for O’Shea to push his future claims

Followers of the Republic of Ireland will get behind John O’Shea and his management team. How could we not? John is one of the most accomplished athletes the country has ever produced. Next week the Irish players get to rub shoulders with him, Brian Kerr and Glenn Whelan. Also, O’Shea’s number two Paddy McCarthy has been caretaker manager at Crystal Palace and seems ready for a sustained career in the dugout. Like the back room set-up, it’s a cleverly selected squad with something old (Robbie Brady), something new (Finn Azaz) and something blue (Séamus Coleman). The FAI should sell out the Aviva for Belgium and Switzerland. But these games cannot be framed as a new beginning. Nothing of the sort. The team will be familiar to anyone paying attention since Stephen Kenny started blooding kids in 2021. In reality, the latest fresh start comes in June against Hungary and Portugal. The FAI can dress up these March friendlies any way they please but this period of our history finishes immediately after the Swiss game on Tuesday week. What O’Shea can do is cap Sammie Szmodics, Azaz and Joe Hodge. That would do the state of Irish soccer some service. He might even set a standard for the Nations League window in September, especially if the new manager retains him as an assistant coach. But, truth be told, John O’Shea will learn more about himself and his ability to make tactical changes from the sideline, than we will learn about his potential to last in the professional game. Last year, he sat behind Kenny and Keith Andrews in Athens as the Euros dream slipped away and – as Gus Poyet helpfully pointed out – the Greeks tactically outmanoeuvred Ireland. He was also close enough to whisper in Kenny’s ear when Ronald Koeman changed up and removed any chance of a special result against the Dutch in Dublin. So he knows what is expected of him when Belgium coach Domenico Tedesco starts devising plans for Lois Openda to bring his Bundesliga form for Leipzig to the Aviva. O’Shea will need to react, change formation on the run just to avoid humiliation. Even without Kevin De Bruyne, Belgium operate on a different planet to Ireland. Same goes for his head-to-head with Swiss manager Murat Yakin, who came through the Grasshoppers’ coaching ranks before gaining Champions League experience, most notably when his Basel side beat Chelsea home and away in 2013. These are serious, seasoned opponents for O’Shea, who was rapidly promoted from being the number three Irish coach to the boss. He will have seen how isolated a manager becomes when things go wrong on the pitch. He could not save Wayne Rooney at Birmingham City. He could not save Kenny either. McCarthy, Whelan and even Kerr will whisper some choice words but the final decision stops with my former team-mate. It’s a lonely, unforgiving job. And recent evidence suggests that the current squad – certainly without Coleman – cannot problem-solve in-game. That is O’Shea’s brief and next Saturday night he will be doing it for the first time in his entire life against the fourth best team in the world. We should be worried. Job one is to get the formation and line-up spot on. I imagine training begins with a 3-4-3 system that can switch to 3-4-2-1 and a back four. I think, long term, Ireland will play with four across the back as the threat of Mikey Johnston and Chiedozie Ogbene can combine with our fullbacks to create overloads and get more balls into the opposition’s box. I’d start Gavin Bazunu against Belgium. Caoimhín Kelleher has been incredible for Liverpool recently and there is an argument to give both goalkeepers a game but Kelleher could easily slip into the background at Anfield when Alisson returns. Every decision I made as a player came down to starting week in, week out. Not sharing the position or being part of a big club’s rotation policy. Playing was all that mattered. The back three should be Andrew Omobamidele, Nathan Collins and Dara O’Shea as they are playing regularly in the Premier League. Collins and O’Shea have made mistakes under intense pressure for Brentford and Burnley but if this trio builds a strong relationship every team will find it difficult to score against Ireland. That’s how we start winning again, with a solid defensive foundation. I’d love to drop Coleman into the starting XI but he has barely played for Everton. Same goes for Matt Doherty at Wolves and Brady at Preston while Festy Ebosele has half a Serie A campaign under his belt. Still, Coleman at right wing back and Doherty on the left, with Festy and Brady held for impact does make sense. Whoever replaces O’Shea next month, they cannot do much about the midfield options. It’s been a problem for 15 years. Start Josh Cullen and Jason Knight as the holding pair and lean into our strengths elsewhere. Cullen and Knight both aspire to the play at the highest level, with Cullen back in the Burnley side and Knight operating as a number 10 for Bristol City. Priority number one should be to take possession on the back foot and move it forward at pace. Mind the house but dictate the tempo. Easier said than done but this is how Ogbene and Johnston will do damage, with Szmodics coming off the bench. It’s how overlapping fullbacks can pick out Evan Ferguson in the box. It’s how these games will yield positive results. John O’Shea has named a decent squad with an impressive management to prepare them. But Belgium and Switzerland will poke plenty of holes in their best laid plans before moving swiftly on to the Euros.

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