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The Katering Show: How to shut-down annoying relatives at Christmas lunch

The Katering Show: Kate McCartney (left) and Kate McLennan. Photo: SuppliedGot your noodle in a knot over whether to parboil your potatoes or reheat your rigatoni? Stars ofThe Katering Show, intolerable foodie Kate McLennan and food intolerant friend Kate McCartney, tackle your vexing culinary questions. Our serving suggestion? Take their advice with a generous pinch of salt.

1. I love your booze reviews. What trendy drinks should I buy to serve at a Christmas party?McC says:HOW FUN ARE CHRISTMAS PARTIES, BJORN?!!!

That’s a genuine question, Bjorn. Please be specific. These days I only see three people; my kid, my cat and McLennan, so I don’t get invited to parties. It’s fine though, because it means I’m never hungover so I can rise early in the morning and eat toast over the sink, like a sad collab between Cotton On and an Edward Hopper painting.

However, all is not lost. Let me cast my mind back to when I used to go to parties and I’ll try to remember some trendy drinks:

Sub Zeros. The heavy-water reactor je ne sais quoi of this alco-pop is enhanced by drinking it in a park in 1996 when you are a girl who is quietly listening to that conversation that all straight white teenage dudes have about The Doors. The conversation goes for two years, a lot of it is silence and head-nodding, and if an unthinking girl makes a noise, or a movement in their peripheral vision – thus distracting them from their holy purpose – then they have to start the conversation all over again.

Blue Curacao and lemonade. This is a really lovely blue-tasting drink that has the added benefit of making you urinate green like you’re Mighty Poseidon and you can play the seas like a keytar.

Midori Illusion Shaker. From memory this drink can only be accessed via a hose that’s coming out of a custom-built backpack that is in turn being carried by a 19-year-old promotional model who just wants to exit the club and go to bed, leaving you all to writhe around on the dance floor to the pounding base of C’est La Vie by BeWitched.

Cognac. I went on a date once in 2003 and it was to a cognac tasting at a bar. I have no excuse for being a party to that cocksnappery, except to say that it was a different time and I was confused and wearing kitten heels with very baggy jeans.

That night, as per the (assumedly) regular framework of a cognac tasting, I tried a variety of cognacs. And although this experience was 13 years ago, I feel like cognac is still trendy because cognac tastes like the Exxon oil spill, and Reg Tillerson is hot-hot-hot right now. In fact, he’s so hot here’s hoping he self-combusts, next to, say, Steve Bannon.

When it comes to cocktails, the more sugar and food colouring, the better. Photo: iStock

Anyway, I guess those are my suggestions. Whatever happens, please invite me to your Christmas party, Bjorn, because it’s grim round these parts. The closest we’ve come to a Christmas celebration is McLennan’s suggestion that we go and “look at a plant (she) wants to buy” during our 20-minute lunch break. So in summary, please save me immediately.

EXPLICIT LANGUAGE WARNING2. I love my family but we have totally different politics. How can I avoid the Trump card being played at holiday dinners, and putting everyone off their food?McC says:I say go hard, Kelly. Thunderdome your family holiday dinners. Sort the wheat from the chaff. Not to be too dramatic, but if the trajectory of 2016 was anything to go by, we’re maybe 4 months off aWater Worldsituation and along with learning how to ride the back of a tiger shark with a knife between your teeth, you’ve also got to pick a side.

Oh, you think reducing homophobic and transphobic bullying and discrimination in schools is going to tear the fabric of our super cool, super cruisy Australian existence apart, do you Uncle Greg? Time to put down that fork and GO STAND IN THE PANTRY TILL YOU’RE LESS OF AN ARSEHAT, UNCLE GREG.

Oh, you think the Irish were slaves too, do you Aunty Helen? You take your second helping of pudding and YOU GET OUT OF MY PARENTS’ HOUSE AND YOU CLOSE THE SCREEN DOOR AFTER YOU BECAUSE OF THE DOG.


Can’t believe that the US is being so selectively outraged at Russia’s interference with the US election given their own history of meddling in other countries’ elections, eh Cousin Freya? WELL THAT’S ACTUALLY AN INTERESTING POINT I’LL NEED TO RESEARCH THAT MORE, THANKS COUSIN FREYA, DO YOU WANT SOME MORE BEANS?

McL says:Karen, your elitist attitude is exactly why we are in this mess in the first place. You’ve been too busy buying your smashed avocado and soy matchstick lattes and compostable diaphragms to realise that white people are suffering.

That’s why I suggest you sit down with your uncles and aunties on Christmas Day, perhaps after they’ve finished eating their seafood buffet lunch, and really listen to them and hear their thoughts on why they “don’t like the direction this country is heading.” Let them finally have a voice, Karen, because they’ve been silent and repressed for far too long. Then once they’ve finished their ranting and sucking back of Coffin Bay Oysters you need to start thinking about how you can make things better for them; because everybody knows that the only hope of achieving equality for all man-kind is to ensure that all the white people are happy and really rich first. As you can imagine, it’s very hard to open your hearts to the children of Syria when you’ve just had a nightmare run on the Peninsula Link.

Or you know, just do what I do and start clapping and chanting “Mmmmm! Best pav yet! Best pav yet! Best pav yet!” whenever anyone starts to tee off on a minority that they’ve literally never clapped eyes on.

Pavlova saves Christmas, yet again. Photo: iStock

3. My sister-in-law insists we only bring healthy food to Christmas lunch this year. I’m feeling very flat about it. Should I rebel?McC says:Hi Florina. I can understand your frustration. I know I get angry when people insist that I cook healthy food for an event, or cook for an event at all, or cook at home, or engage with food in anyway, or listen to jazz, because jazz is like listening to a clarinet trying to stabilise its moods.

But let’s look at each other in our good eye and speak plainly, Florina: that stodgy English Christmas food isn’t actually good, is it?

No one in Australia needs to carb load in December; we’re not shaking the kilojoules out of us in the bitter cold. I’m personally sick of eating a traditional English Christmas meal of dormouse dunked in suet and a side of hot gravy boots when we’re in the Antipodes, it’s 45 degrees Celsius outside and the polar Ice caps are melting like a Calippo under a bum.

Also, everyone stop making Christmas about food. Aside from a shared ice addiction, food is the worst way to bring a family together. Family meals are long and require too much cutlery, and you are normally stuck in a chair at a weird angle next to a homophobe who is also psychic, and often all the food – inclusive of dessert – has onion in it. And onion, we all know, is the main cause of farting in Kate McCartneys.

In summary, tell your sister-in-law to scrap the lunch aspect of Christmas lunch altogether. Just buy some quoits, some cool drinks – maybe even a Tesla home battery if you want to be a responsible consumer – and let your family be the revolution, Florina. And if muscle memory makes you feel like you need to eat, just eat some watermelon. Watermelon is temperature-appropriate and the seeds turned into a superfood this year. Plus a watermelon looks like a head so you can put a Santa hat on it and pretend to talk to it when the homophobe is wafting your way, looking to spread some Christmas hate.

McL says:Hi Florina, You know what? Your sister-in-law is doing her shitting best. Maybe she’s just really concerned for you guys, particularly with your family history of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and gout. Perhaps she’s wanting to avoid a situation like the last family gathering where you bought a deconstructed nacho plate and it made Nan spring a leak. Cut her some freaking slack Florina. And what kind of name is Florina anyway? It sounds like a feminine hygiene spray for cats. You leave those cats alone.

For the record, I think your sister-in-law is doing a remarkable job; she’s raising a child, working two jobs, writing this column, suffering from a nasty head cold and is dealing with the demands of being a woman in a patriarchal society that is hell bent on destroying her oneDaily Telegrapharticle at a time. Just take a toss salad, Florino, and shut the hell up. And for the love of shortbread, give her a hand with the dishes and leave when she starts yawning. She’s so tired her bones are crying.

4. I want to raise my table centrepiece game this Christmas. What’s the 2016 ‘turducken’?McC says:What you need to do is take the classic ingredients of a turducken; a chicken, a duck and a turkey. Then you need to not kill the birds. Then you just need to turn up the Bing Crosby and unleash these live birds on your Christmas table. Did you know that when turkeys become aggressive they will leap with large, sharp talons, and try to peck or grasp the head of their foe? Well, you will soon.

McL says:Hi Miranda. You better raise your table centrepiece game in 2016 because we heard about your 2015 efforts, and frankly, we’re disgusted. You should give back your Woman Membership because you failed us Miranda.

Having said that, I’m so glad that you’ve reached out to us – two women who know everything because they’ve been on the telly – because we can absolutely help you turn your miserable, shameful life around.

Hear me when I say that the Turducken of 2016 is WHO GIVES A CRAP MIRANDA – COME JANUARY 20TH THE WORLD WILL BE ON FIRE!!!

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Pill press, six firearms and drugs allegedly seized as six houses searched across Abermain, Weston and Chisholm

SEIZED: Strike Force Olenia detectives allegedly found a small pill press during one of the simultaneous raids on a Chisholm property on Tuesday morning.

WHEN members of the Central Hunter’s drug unit went knocking on a few doors across Abermain and Chisholm on Tuesday, they were already planning to lay significant drug charges against an alleged burgeoning drug syndicate.

But what they allegedly found even surprised them.

A pill press, so rarely seized by law enforcementbecause of its obvious manufacturing value, at least six firearms and a total of nearly 500 grams of ice was allegedly seized in the six simultaneous search warrants.

Strike Force Oleria detectives later charged seven people following the raids.

At the alleged drug kingpin Kirt Wayne Griffiths’ home on Charles Street at Abermain, police said they found a handgun, two 12-gauge shotguns, a sawn-off .22 calibre rifle, a shortened .22 calibre rifle, an air rifle, assorted ammunition, an extendable baton as well as some drugs.

Mr Griffiths, 21, was later refused bail on a range of charges, including two counts of supplying a large commercial amount of drugs and manufacturing a large commercial amount of drugs.

DISCOVERY: Investigators will allege they discovered a handgun during the search of one of three houses on Charles Street at Abermain.

At an associate’shouse at Chisholm, police allegedly located thepill press, a powder believed to be amphetamine, pills believed to be MDMA (commonly known as ecstasy), a white rock substance believed to be methylamphetamine, as well as methylamphetamine oil and other tools and implements used in the manufacture of prohibited drugs.

A man, 31,was arrested at the home and charged with multiple drug offences including manufacture prohibited drug (large commercial) and supply prohibited drug (large commercial).

At another home on Charles Street, Abermain, police allegedly located an amount of cannabis, drug paraphernalia, water pipes, scales, an amount of cash, and a mobile phone.

GUNS: Sawn-off rifles, shotguns, an air rifle, assorted ammunition, an extendable baton as well as some drugs were seized in the raids.

A man, 23,wascharged with knowingly take part on large commercial quantity supply of methylamphetamine, and supply cannabis.

And police allegedly seized a number of mobile phones, laptop computers, storage devices, a Honda 125cc motorcycle, personal documentation, a white powder believed to be methylamphetamine, and a small amount of cannabis at a third CharlesStreet premises.

A man, 23, and 20-year-old woman were arrested at that house and charged with drug offences.

A woman, 33, is also facing serious drug offences after an amount of ice and cash were found at a home on Ellis Street, Weston.

Police alleged located an amount of cash, assorted personal documentation, and electronic devices at another Abermain house.

A woman, 51 was spoken to at the address, however no arrests were made and enquiries are ongoing.

The Newcastle Knights are at 251/1 odds to win the 2017 premiership

Underdogs: Can the Knights do a Leicester and win next season’s premiership? Can the Newcastle Knights win the comp next season?

One punter thinks so.

The TAB says a $1000 bet has been placed on the Knights to follow back-to-back wooden spoons with a premiership in 2017.

If the Knights pull off this miracle, the punter will collect $251,000.

This, of course, means the odds of the Knights being triumphant when the whistle blows on next year’s grand final are 251/1.

These are the longest odds among all the teams, followed by St George/Illawarra at 81/1.

North Queensland are favourites at $7.50/1, followed by Brisbane and Melbourne at 8/1.

“If you took the glass half-full approach with the Knights, the Sharks were wooden spooners in 2014 and, of course, went to the top this year,”TAB’s Glenn Munsie said.

“But this is a Knights’ side which won one game in 2016, so it would be up there with Leicester City winning the English Premier League should they manage to go all the way next season.”

We should also mention the Chicago Cubs, who won the World Series this year after 108 years of waiting.

Glenn said another TAB customer had last month placed a $400 bet on Newcastle to win the 2017 premiership and “stands to collect $100,400 should they pull off a sporting miracle”.

Here’s the full odds for next season:

Newcastle in 2017

$251 NRL winner

$15 Top four

$251 Minor Premiership

$1.90 Most losses

$7Final eight

2017 NRL Premiership

$7.50 North Qld





$11 Cronulla

$11 Warriors

$13 Roosters

$15 Manly

$17 Bulldogs

$17 Gold Coast

$17 Parramatta

$17 Souths

$26 Wests Tigers

$81 St George Illawarra

$251 Newcastle

We don’t condone irresponsible gambling. In fact, we think gambling is a mug’s game. But we do like odds. Odds are interesting.

Take this quote from Elon Musk, the man behindSpaceX and Tesla Motors: “When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favour”.

Day trippers drive the Hunter’s record year in tourism

SHIFTING SANDS: A Quad Bike King tour group explores the Stockton dunes in December. The Hunter’s record year in tourism has been driven by almost 6.7 million day trips, a 17 per cent increase. Picture: Marina Neil- Why Asia is in love with the Hunter

THE Hunterhas enjoyed a record year oftourism, with a day tripper-drivenincreaseofmore thana million visitors whocollectively spent$2.3billion.

The total10.1 million visitors in the year to September was up by 1.25 million people, and tourism chiefs creditthe international pull ofthe Hunter Valley wine countryand Port Stephens, andthe newfound urban chicof Newcastle.

Tourism Hunter chairman Will Creedon said thesector’s boost of $120 millionwas a windfall for the near-six thousand businesses and28,000 workers who rely on the Hunter’s visitor economy.

The valley and Port Stephens bothhad three million visitors in twelve months.

Newcastle,long overlooked byholidaymakers, drew more than fourmillion.

There was a steady rise invisitors stayingin the Hunter overnight, both from Australia and thetraditional overseasmarkets ofBritain, New Zealand and the USA.

ButMr Creedon also pointed to the burgeoning number oftourists from China, India and South Korea who stayed in Sydney and visited the Hunter for the day.

“There were nearly 6.7 million day trips, which is a 17 per cent increase. It’s a big number,” Mr Creedon said.

“With the day trips you don’t know where they’ve come from, but our business is growing in Korea, China and India.”

BIG NUMBERS: Tourism Hunter chairman Will Creedon has lauded the Hunter’s record visitor numbers. Picture: Simone De Peak

The Hunter’s brand has been bolstered, Mr Creedon said, by itsassociation with events such as football’s2015 Asian Cup and next year’sV8 Supercars Championship race in Newcastle.

The V8 race has become a flashpoint for some residents of the city’s East End who are angryabout the looming disruption and what they say has beenalack of consultation by Newcastle City Council.

But Mr Creedon, a vocal supporter of the race, said the success of 2017 as “a building year” for the Hunter’s tourism will hinge on a receptive approachfrom locals.

“With respect to Novocastrians, I think a lot of people have a lot to say in Newcastle without knowing what they’re talking about,” he said.

“I think we need to play the long game.”

Records have also tumbledat Newcastle Airport, whichoverhauled its passenger recordin a calendar year by November, moving 1.21 million people.

“October was our biggest ever month at the airport, and since November last year we’ve been growing every month by around the sixper cent mark. That’s twice the growth rate compared with Sydney Domestic [airport]’s business,” the airport’s chief executive Peter Cock said.

“It shows the strength of the Hunter tourism product. Just over a year ago we opened our new terminal, so I think people are giving us a go.”

TAKING OFF: After a record year at Newcastle Airport, chief executive Peter Cock says the best way to attract international flights is for locals to keep using the airport’s domestic services. Jonathan Carroll

The airport hasopenlycourtedcarriers forinternational routes to New Zealand and South EastAsia, though Dr Cock declined to predictwhether2017 wouldbe the year overseas-bound flights began taking offfromWilliamtown.

He said the most effective wayfor locals to unlock international routes –with a trans-Tasman service the most likely starter –is to flyfrom Newcastle whenever possible onthepresent carriers Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia, FlyPelican and Rex.

“What I can do is promise to try andnotleave any stone unturned,” Dr Cock said.

“We’re trying to get into that virtuous cycle where people are using their local airport and airlines are putting flights where the numbers are.”

Maitland’s home for the aged Benhome is in the middle of an $18 million redevelopment.

An $18 million revamp is underway at Maitland’s home for the aged Benhome.

DIGGING DEEP: Benhome’s Director of Services Irene Gill, Site Manager Andre Bartley, and Benhome CEO Neil Sutherland. PICTURE: Jonathan Carroll.

Work started on the Regent Street site in April this year and is expected to be completed mid to late 2017.

Benhome CEO Neil Sutherland said the work involved the installation of on-site demountable buildings to accommodate a temporary kitchen, stores and staff amenities.

The new works will accommodate 45 additional residential aged care beds and an additional 14 replacement beds.On completion the new works will mean Benhome will be able to accommodate 121 permanent residents and close to 100 staff.

Mr Sutherland saidthe relocation of other services including physiotherapy, laundry, staff offices and maintenance department all needed to take place before half of the property was handed over to builderstodemolishbuildings that had become outdated for providing aged care.

He said the expansion will also incorporate a new function room and attached servery from the kitchen to seat 150 people. It will also have an operable wall for partitioning into two function areas including a chapel.

Builders will also work on anew main entry and reception area, new kitchen and laundry, new physiotherapy centre (gym), doctors’ consulting room, physiotherapy, dental and hairdressing clinics, a new men’s shed, emergency power generation room, maintenance department, additional 30 car parking spaces and two 23-person lifts.

Mr Sutherland said the expansion is a sign of the times withBenhome, like most other aged care facilities, experiencing lengthy waiting lists.“We do have a lengthy waiting list,” he said. “The disappointing aspect will be that for every place offered on completion, there will be three families for every place offered that will be disappointed.”

He said the expansion has meant many jobs during the construction phase and will result in additional positions being created in registered nursing, carers and hotel support service staff (catering, cleaning and kitchen), once the new buildings are commissioned.

Benhome is also hoping to significantly increase its home care services from February.

Fisheries officers net two men with illegal abalone catch

Fisheries officers nabbed two South West men fishing north of Margaret River, who had in their possession a combined total of 405 of the abalone in excess of the allowable daily bag limit. Two South West men are being investigated, with a view to prosecution, for alleged offences related to recreational abalone fishing off the coast, just north of Margaret River.
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The men, both aged 27from Busselton and Dunsborough, were apprehended by Fisheries and Marine Officers on Friday, December 16.

Acting compliance manager for the southern region Steve Embling said the men were returning to their vehicle after fishing for abalone, when first approached by the Fisheries officers.

The officersthen searched the men’s vehicle and located a total of 445 Roe’s abalone, which were concealed in the rear of the vehicle.

“The men told the Fisheries officers they had dived and caught the abalone and also claimed the abalone were for personal consumption,” Mr Embling said.

“Officers seized a combined total of 405 of the abalone in excess of the allowable daily bag limit that applies.

“Licensed recreational abalone fishers are limited to a maximum of 20 Roe’s abalone per day per fisher, in the Southern Zone fishery.

“Search warrants were executed on the homes of the two men at Busselton and Dunsborough but no further abalone was located. Investigations are continuing and charges are expected.”

Penalties can be severe for illegal fishing activity.

Proven recreational fishing offences can attract fines of up to $5,000 per person and any excess abalone involved would also attract an additional and mandatory penalty of $30 per abalone for each person found in possession of them.

Abalone is a highly sought-after shellfish, with strict rules to ensure that the stocks are not over exploited.

A number of other people have been apprehended in WA’s South West in the past few weeks with excess bag limit and undersize abalone.

A copy of theRecreational fishing for abalone guide 2016/17can be found on the Department of Fisheries website at梧桐夜网fish.wa.gov419论坛or at information outletsaround WA.

The guide has details of WA’sSouthern Zone for abalone fishing, which extends from the Busselton Jetty to the South Australian border and that zone is currently open for fishing every day, until the annual season closes on 15 May 2017.

Fisheries officers will continue to patrol and monitor fishing activity.

Licences are required for all abalone fishing and can be purchased from the department’s website.

As always, fishers are urged to consider their personal safety at all times and to not take risks.Safety tips for fishing in WA are available on the Fish and Survivewebsite.

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Morning BuzzThursday, December 22

Regular unleaded petrol is the most popular type of fuel in Australia. Photo: Chris RatcliffeGoodmorning and welcome to the Morning Buzz for Thursday, December 22.
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It’s set to be a cloudy day with tops of 24 degrees across the Sydney region.

Traffic BuzzSEVEN HILLS:A truck breakdown is affecting traffic on Gibson Road from Old Windsor Road. The southbound lane is closed.

MOUNT KURING-GAI:There has been an accident involving a truck and pedestrian on the M1 Pacific Motorway (F3) near Church Street. The site has been cleared, but there are still heavy traffic conditions. City-bound motorists should expect significant delays.

News Buzz The 24-kilometre stretch of road from Parramatta Road, Concord, along the M4 to the M7 Westlink is the most dangerous place to drive in Australia. It is often the site of crashes such as the one pictured. Photo: Seven News

DANGEROUS ROAD: A 24-kilometre stretch of Sydney’s M4 Western Highway – the site of 788 crashes causing serious injuries and six deaths from 2010 to 2014 – is Australia’s most dangerous place to drive.

OUT OF GAS:Regular unleaded petrol – the most popular fuel choice among Australian motorists – would be completely phased out under a series of radical proposals by the Turnbull government.

FAMILY SPEAKS OUT:Most people would find it difficult to fathom how a person could bash a baby to death.The father of a man accused of carrying out such an act in Guildford West says he can’t either.

Mohammed Khazma’s father Joude, at home in Guildford West, said he does not condone the alleged actions of his son. Photo: Louise Kennerley

RECORDING HOUSING:A record number of homes built in Sydney over the past year is struggling to address the city’s housing affordability crisis, as the state and federal government remain at loggerheads over the best policy approach for addressing the problem.

BUCKING THE TREND:Five schools across Sydney are bucking the trend of Australia’s decline in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, leaping more than 10 places compared to their overall HSC ranking to become one of the state’s top 20 schools for STEM.

SHOPPING SPREE:More than 80,000 people, equivalent to the crowd at ANZ Stadium for the Sharks’ historic premiership win, are expected at Westfield Miranda today for the climax of the Christmas shopping spree.

EXPLOSION IN CANBERRA: A van reportedly carrying gas cylinders was driven into the Australian Christian Lobby headquarters in Canberra on Wednesday night, causing an explosion.

PETROL INCENTIVE:New cars could cost up to $2000 more under new environmental standards being considered by the Turnbull government, butmotorists could save more than $500 ayear on their petrol bills.

Petrol bills could fall but the cost of new cars could climb under any tightening of Australia’s fuel standards. Photo: Louis Douvis

TRANSPORT DERAILED:Rail transport through central Sydney was crippled on Tuesday night because of the failure of a bracket used to hold up power lines between Wynyard and Town Hall.

HURSTVILLE PROTEST: About 200 people have gathered outside the Hurstville Baptist Church in Dora Streetto protest the compulsory acquisition of the church by Georges River Council.

TAX CRACKDOWN:The Australian Tax Office has announced that 27 people have been chargedfor serious taxoffences in the last year, resulting in 23 jail sentences.

CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE: This Christmas, the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is throwing down a challenge to households in NSW to create less waste.

FED UP:Telstra hasbeen accused of being a bullyby an 83-year-oldgrandfather whose protest resulted in the police being called to Wodonga Plaza.

Sports Buzz Leading men: The fitness and form of Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc will be major considerations. Photo: Paul Kane

SOLDIERING ON:There are no plans to rest Australia’s pace aces Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood for the final two Tests of the summer despite their heavy workloads in Brisbane.

PANTHERS POUNCE ON WIN: Minor premiers the Penrith Panthers have claimed grand final glory in the 2016 NSW Wheelchair Rugby League (NSWWRL) season.

SONS OF LEGENDS: Will Sutherland, whose father James is the chief of Cricket Australia,is among a group of precocious youngsters progressing through the governing body’s pathways system.

CONTROVERSIAL FINISH:NSW premiership leader Brenton Avdulla can further Chris Waller’s hopes of a first Magic Millions success after stewards admitted they were hoping the state’s hottest jockeywon a controversial photo finish that prevented a serious charge at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.

Elite list rises for Carnival Series

Distance running events at the Tasmanian Christmas Carnival Series have received another boost with two more elite athletes added to the list.
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ADDITION: Elite Australian Jordan Williamsz will join Olympian Zoe Buckman at this year’s Carnival Series. Picture: Getty Images.

World Championship finalist Zoe Buckman and dual world relays bronze medalists JordanWilliamsz have both been confirmed torun a trio of races for the series.

The duo will first tackle the indoor mile at Launceston before backing it up with performances in the 800m event in Devonport and Burnie Mile on January 1.

Williamsz will be making his first carnivals appearance and the Victorian said he hadbeen keen to take to the grass.

“I ran at Stawell when I was younger, so I’ve had some experience, but I’m looking forward to doing it properly this time,” Williamsz said.

“I’m not too sure what to expect. I know it will be a great event and something I’ve been looking forward to.

“It will be great to race training partners like Ryan (Gregson), Gen (LaCaze), and Zoe on a level playing field; I guess some bragging rights may be on the line.”

The 24-year-old will start as the backmarker from scratch in the 800m, thanks to his personal best at the distance of 1:46.77.

He will also be the backmarker in the Launceston indoor mile and after years of racing on the college scene in the USA and he hopes his experience will come in handy.

“I think my experience indoors in the states will come in huge, that being said, a handicap changes the game immensely.”

Buckman isa two time Olympian and Australia’s fourth fastest ever at the 1500m distance and said she was excited for her first carnivals campaign.

“I actually don’t know what to expect, but it will be great to get in some hard efforts andpractice pace judgment.

“I’ve never raced in a professional handicap event, so it will be interesting.”

After making the semi-finals in the 1500m at the Rio Olympics, Buckman recordeda lifetime best at the distance of 4:03.22 at the Paris Diamond League meeting in August, before a third placing at the Mitchell Street Mile.

Buckman said she was pleased with her recent form in 2016 but hoped the upcoming Carnival Series would help her ahead of a new season.

“Running a PB after the Olympics was great, but championship results are where it really counts, so making the final would have been even better. But hopefully these races will kick start the new season.

“Training has been going great recently.

“I got an early start compared to previous years and had a good block at altitude in November which I’ve never done before.

”Am appreciative of having strong training partners like Gen Lacaze andEloise Wellings, as well as some new talent like Georgia Wassall.”

The field for the Launceston Indoor Mile has now been announced.

Handicaps for the event in Launceston willfollow closer to the event date.

The field is;Jordy Williams,Kale Adams,Deon Kenzie,Josh Harris,Pat Smith,Dylan Evans,Zoe Buckman,Jordan Tyler.

VISIT: Rio Olympian Zoe Buckman will compete in Tasmania. Picture: Getty

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