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Throwback Thursday: Houses of the Weekphotos

10/02/2019 Posted by admin

Throwback Thursday: Houses of the Week | photos Kilaben Bay
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Newcastle East

Newcastle East

Newcastle East

Newcastle East

Newcastle East

Newcastle East

Newcastle East

Cooks Hill

Cooks Hill

Cooks Hill

Cooks Hill

Cooks Hill

Cooks Hill

Cooks Hill

Cooks Hill

Cooks Hill

Cooks Hill

Cooks Hill

Cooks Hill

Cooks Hill

Cooks Hill

Cooks Hill

Cooks Hill

Cooks Hill

Cooks Hill

Cooks Hill

Cooks Hill

Memorial Drive, Merewether

Memorial Drive, Merewether

Memorial Drive, Merewether

Memorial Drive, Merewether

Kilaben Bay

Kilaben Bay

Kilaben Bay

Kilaben Bay

Kilaben Bay

Kilaben Bay

Kilaben Bay

Kilaben Bay

Kilaben Bay

Kilaben Bay

Lookout Road, New Lambton Heights

Lookout Road, New Lambton Heights

Lookout Road, New Lambton Heights

Lookout Road, New Lambton Heights

Lookout Road, New Lambton Heights

Lookout Road, New Lambton Heights

Lookout Road, New Lambton Heights

Lookout Road, New Lambton Heights

Lookout Road, New Lambton Heights

Lookout Road, New Lambton Heights

North Lambton

North Lambton

North Lambton

North Lambton

North Lambton

North Lambton

North Lambton

North Lambton

North Lambton

North Lambton

North Lambton

North Lambton

North Lambton

North Lambton

North Lambton

North Lambton

North Lambton

Merewether

Merewether

Merewether

Merewether

Merewether

Merewether

Merewether

Merewether

Merewether

Fennell Bay

Tighes Hill

Paterson

Paterson

Paterson

Paterson

Paterson

Paterson

Tighes Hill

Tighes Hill

Tighes Hill

Tighes Hill

Tighes Hill

Tighes Hill

Tighes Hill

Tighes Hill

New Lambton

New Lambton

New Lambton

New Lambton

New Lambton

New Lambton

Lambton

Lambton

Lambton

Lambton

Lambton

Lambton

Lambton

Lambton

Lambton

Lambton

Lambton

Lambton

New Lambton Heights

New Lambton Heights

New Lambton Heights

Bar Beach

Bar Beach

Bar Beach

Bar Beach

Bar Beach

Bar Beach

Bar Beach

Bar Beach

Bar Beach

Bar Beach

Bar Beach

Bar Beach

Bar Beach

Bar Beach

Bar Beach

Bar Beach

Bar Beach

Bar Beach

Bar Beach

Mindaribba

Mindaribba

Mindaribba

Mindaribba

Mindaribba

Mindaribba

Mindaribba

Mindaribba

Mindaribba

Mindaribba

Mindaribba

Mindaribba

Mindaribba

Mindaribba

Mindaribba

Mindaribba

Mindaribba

Bar Beach

Bar Beach

Bar Beach

Bar Beach

Bar Beach

Bar Beach

Bar Beach

Bar Beach

Bar Beach

Bar Beach

The Junction

The Junction

The Junction

The Junction

The Junction

The Junction

The Junction

The Junction

The Junction

The Junction

The Junction

The Junction

The Junction

The Junction

Warners Bay.

Warners Bay.

Warners Bay.

Warners Bay.

Warners Bay.

Warners Bay.

Warners Bay.

Warners Bay.

Warners Bay.

Merewether.

Adamstown.

Adamstown.

Adamstown.

Adamstown.

Adamstown.

Adamstown.

Arcadia Vale.

Arcadia Vale.

Arcadia Vale.

Arcadia Vale.

Arcadia Vale.

Arcadia Vale.

Belmont.

Belmont.

Belmont.

Belmont.

Belmont.

Belmont.

Belmont.

Black Hill.

Black Hill.

Black Hill.

Black Hill.

Black Hill.

Black Hill.

Black Hill.

Bolwarra Heights.

Bolwarra Heights.

Bolwarra Heights.

Bolwarra Heights.

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Caves Beach.

Caves Beach.

Caves Beach.

Caves Beach.

Caves Beach.

Caves Beach.

Caves Beach.

Chisholm.

Chisholm.

Chisholm.

Chisholm.

Chisholm.

Cooks Hill.

Cooks Hill.

Cooks Hill.

Cooks Hill.

Cooks Hill.

Cooks Hill.

Soldiers Point.

Soldiers Point.

Soldiers Point.

Soldiers Point.

Soldiers Point.

Soldiers Point.

Dudley.

Dudley.

Dudley.

Dudley.

Dudley.

Dudley.

Dudley.

Dudley.

Hamilton.

Hamilton.

Hamilton.

Hamilton.

Hamilton.

Hamilton.

Lakelands.

Lakelands.

Lakelands.

Lakelands.

Lakelands.

Lakelands.

Lakelands.

Merewether.

Merewether.

Merewether.

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Merewether.

Merewether.

Merewether.

Merewether.

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Merewether.

Merewether.

Merewether.

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Mindaribba.

Mindaribba.

Mindaribba.

Mindaribba.

Mindaribba.

Mindaribba.

Mindaribba.

New Lambton.

New Lambton.

New Lambton.

New Lambton.

New Lambton.

New Lambton.

New Lambton.

New Lambton.

New Lambton.

New Lambton.

Newcastle East.

Newcastle East.

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Newcastle East.

Newcastle East.

Newcastle East.

Newcastle East.

North Lambton.

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Redhead.

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Redhead.

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Stockton.

Stockton.

Stockton.

The Hill.

The Hill.

The Hill.

The Hill.

The Hill.

The Hill.

The Hill.

Tingira Heights.

Tingira Heights.

Tingira Heights.

Tingira Heights.

Tingira Heights.

Tingira Heights.

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Tingira Heights.

Tingira Heights.

Toronto.

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Wallsend.

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Lorn

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Newcastle East

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TweetFacebook The houses of the Hunter: photosEvery week a beautiful Hunter home is picked out as the House of the Week.

From lakeside stunners to cosy cottages, there are some grand housesnestled throughout the Hunter.

Take a look at more than a year’s worth of shots of some of the region’s most stunning houses.

short story: Fire and The Moon by Alison Hawksworth

10/02/2019 Posted by admin

WORTH 1000 WORDS: Each day we will publish a finalist in the Herald short story competition. The winner will be announced on January 28, 2017. Picture: Marina Neil
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Read more finalists’ stories hereIN frustration, the fiery-haired girl stormed out the front screen door, slamming it behind her.

She plonked down on the top step of the decaying, weather-beaten veranda, mulling over what had just happened. She felt totally out of control and her feelings began to boil and bubble inside of her, despite the coolness of the night. She found that sitting still was impossible, so she marched out the gate and down the tree-lined road.

She didn’t know where she was going but the act of just doing something, anything, seemed to help ease her mind a little. Her stride changed from a march to a jog and finally into a lung-busting, heart-pounding run. She ran until she couldn’t possibly run any more. When she stopped she realised she was at the edge of the village. Being quite new to the area, she came across a small lane that she had never seen before. It had a large white rose bush at the entrance and meandered down towards a paddock.

The girl wandered down the dark lane, for there were no street lights here, and started to feel cold as the exertion of running wore off. She shivered and pulled her meagre cardigan more tightly around her.

The air was so calm and still that as she came nearer to the paddock, she could see the exhalations of horses, rising like the puffs of old steam trains, lingering a moment before disappearing into the dark, crisp night above. The nearly full moon poked its head out from behind a cloud and bathed the paddock and the horses in a silvery glow.

The girl clambered over the rickety, wooden fence and slowly approached the large beasts, as they glanced up at her unfazed. A white horse, almost crystalline in the glow of the moon, broke away from the others and ambled up to her. It seemed to sense her sour mood and looked down at her with its long-lashed eyes, as if it were looking down deepinto her soul itself. Then it nudged her with its velvety nose and stamped a front hoof on the ground, almost impatiently.

The girl touched the horse’s cheek, enjoying the feel of the soft, smooth fur. Then she raised her hand up to stroke the horse’s velveteen neck and her hand continued on down to rub the horse’s back. Over and down, over and down, in a hypnotic rhythm. With each stroke of her hand, she could feel a small piece of the hardened rock inside her crumble away.

Suddenly, the horse knelt down with its front legs and nudged her lwith its nose, as if to invite her to climb on. The girl, as if in a dream, grabbed the horse’s mane and pulled herself up on to its back and twisted her fingers through the silky hair. The horse gave a low whinny and then took off like a tightly coiled spring towards the fence, clearing it in a soaring arc.

The clip-clop sound of the horse’s hooves as it trotted down the little, dark lane penetrated the otherwise silent night. On they travelled, girl and beast as one. They cantered down the road, passing the girl’s house, then crossed the bridge and followed the path alongside the river. The horse broke into an exuberant gallop and the girl grinned – they both felt more free than they had in such a long time. There was no destination, all that existed was now.

After what seemed like hours wandering aimlessly through the surrounding villages and countryside, both the girl and the horse were tiring. The horse turned its head for home and they made their way along the river path, back over the bridge and down the road.

The girl pulled the horse to a stop outside her house and dismounted, feeling at once cold and lonely but with a sense of calm and serenity. She gave the white horse a final pat on its ever-so-soft neck, then stumbled up the crumbling stairs to her house, watching as the horse clip-clopped back down the road and out of sight.

Dragging herself to the front door, the girl turned the handle and was grateful to find it unlocked. She tiptoed quietly to her bedroom and opened the door. The door squeaked loudly and her alarm clock glared at her – bright red numbers breaking through the inky black, as if in silent reprimand at the late hour. She threw herself down onto her bed and was asleep in seconds, exhausted.

The girl slept late and when she arose mid-morning, the house was empty, thankfully. She had a quick shower and wolfed down a hasty breakfast. She was keen to see the white horse again, so she rushed out of the house and ran back down the road to the lane.

When she arrived, there was a young man mucking out the paddock. He was handsome – tall and slim, with long white-blond hair that kept blowing across his face. As he was tucking a tousled lock behind his ear, he looked up and noticed the girl standing by the fence. She was peering around the paddock, as if looking for something. She noticed him glancing at her and climbed over the fence.

“Hi!” she greeted him as she walked over, still looking around.

“Hey!” he replied, softly spoken. “Can I help you with something?”

“Yeah, I came to see the white horse but I can’t see it here today,” she explained.

“The white horse?” the young man asked, looking confused. “I’ve worked here for years and there’s never been a white horse.”

Ben Simmons is preparing for his NBA debut

10/02/2019 Posted by admin

SHOWTIME: Ben Simmons hopes to make his NBA debut in the near future. Picture: Getty ImagesPhiladephia’scomeback win over the New York Knicks has been overshadowed by the sight of former Newcastle Hunters junior Ben Simmons training with his teammates during the pre-match warm-up.
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In a buzzer-beating moment, TJ McConnell hit a baseline jumper to give the Sixers a 98-97 win.

But the sight of No.1 draft pick Simmons completing training drills promises to give just as much inspiration to the Sixers.

Simmons hasn’t played this season after breaking his foot in a training camp.

“To even see him today go through five-on-zero stuff, not a lot, not at a hundred per cent, but with us in a 76ers uniform, the gym got a lift,” Sixers’ coach Brett Brown said.

Simmons could be ready to play within a month although Brown is reluctant to put a timetable on a return.

When Simmons eventually makes it onto the court, Brown would like to think the 20-year-old could have the same impact as Joel Embiid who had 21 points and 14 rebounds on Wednesday night.

“We believe Ben is going to be in that same species, that same genre,” he said. “You feel like that’s going the way that we hoped that it would.”

Brown insists Embiid is a huge part of Philadelphia’s future and a big reason the Sixers have won four of five.

Ersan Ilyasova added 16 points to help the Sixers rally from a 17-point deficit.

During the dying seconds, Kristaps Porzingis found himself open for a three-pointer that would’ve sealed a win for the Knicks.

But his shot ended up being an airball which led to McConnell completing the Philadelphia comeback in grand fashion. Derrick Rose returned from a one-game hiatus and scored 25 points for the Knicks.

In other games, Russell Westbrook posted his 18th triple-double of the season as the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 103-95.

Westbrook finished with 24 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists for the 55th triple-double of his career.

He already has matched his triple-double total from last season less than halfway through this one.

Last year’s total was the most for a player since Magic Johnson had 18 during the 1981-82 season.

Isaiah Thomas scored 20 of his 38 points in the fourth quarter as the Boston Celtics pulled away late for a 117-108 win over the Washington Wizards.

Andrew Wiggins scored 28 points, Karl-Anthony Towns had 23 points and 18 rebounds, and Shabazz Muhammad scored 20 to help the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Houston Rockets 119-105.

James Harden scored 33 points and had 12 assists for Houston, which saw its nine-game winning streak end.

Rookie Dylan Phythian is in line to start season as Newcastle’s fullback

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OPPORTUNITY: Dylan PhythianIT’S been a long, hard pre-season, but Knights rookie Dylan Phythian will be the least likely to complain.
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Just 12 months ago, after all, he was digging ditches for a living.

As he prepared for his 2016 campaign, as a fringe member of Newcastle’s NSW Cup squad, the Belmont-born utility held down a day job installing NBN data cables.

“Cutting concrete, removing concrete, digging holes, removing cables, conduit and stuff,’’ Phythian recalled.

“It’s definitely hard work, training, but it’s better than digging holes. It’s hard on the body, but I’d rather be doing that than waking up at six o’clock in the morning to go and dig holes 10 hours a day.’’

Phythian’s life changed dramatically last August when he took a surprise phone call, informing him he had been called into Newcastle’s NRL squad for the round-25 clash with South Sydney.

A try on debut, within a minute of entering the game, and another bench cameo against St George Illawarra a week later was enough to earn the former Hunter Sports High student a contract for 2017. He is now a genuine chance of wearing Newcastle’s No.1 jersey in the season-opener against the Warriors at Mount Smart Stadium, after Jake Mamo’s decision to join Huddersfield and North Queensland’s refusal to release Kalyn Ponga a year early.

Knights coach Nathan Brown declared recently that Phythian and Peter Mata’utia were the standout candidates for the custodian role.

Used as an interchange hooker in his two NRL games, Phythian spent most of his junior career as a half or five-eighth, but has been learning the craft of fullback play from Knights assistant coach Mick Potter.

“I grew up playing six orseven,’’ he said.“I did play a little bit of fullback, but the majority was in the halves.

“I’d never really played hooker until I debuted last year. It’s not a bad trait, I suppose, being able to play a few different positions.’’

Brown said after Phythian’s promising initiation last year that theformer South Belmont Rabbitoh was a natural footballer.

“He is certainly tough and competes well,’’ Brown said.“The more of those type of people you put in the squad, the better off we will be.”

The coach has reinforced those comments by backing the 21-year-old as a possible last line of defence for the season ahead.

“It is a massive confidence booster, hearing that from him,’’ Phythian said.

“But at the same time, I just want to be out there learning as much as I can.

“Obviously the goal is to be there in round one, but if that’s not the way it works out, I just want to keep working hard and improving as a player.’’

Asked what would be his strengths as a fullback, Phythian said his ball-playing and kicking game.

“I think I can be a bit of a free-roaming half and run the ball when needed,’’ he said.

Phythian admitted his first full pre-season had taken a toll, especially at the start.

“There was a bit of wear and tear on the legs, shin splints and stuff, but I’ve got used to it as we’ve gone on,’’ he said.“I made the most of our two-week break, but now we’re back into it, and I’m feeling good.’’

Newcastle Jets: A-League critics fire up coach Mark Jonesphotos

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Big-city critics fire up Jets coach | photos TweetFacebookNewcastle Herald this week.
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“I think that’s complete ignorance from people that should know the game better. Very disrespectful.

“I always thought that when we got players back we’d dowell and play quite good football, and we’ve been shown to do that.

“It’s mind-blowing the comments that were made. I remember those things and weprove people wrong and we move on.”

The Jets lost twice to unbeatenleaders Sydney and fellow heavyweights Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City in their barren spell, and Jones pointed out their worst defeat in that period was 2-0.

He took particular exception to suggestions the Jets did not belong in the A-League.

“It drives us. I’ve always said that a team from Newcastle can do as good as anyone, and when people from Sydney and Melbourne come out with comments that we’re not good enough.

“I think there was a reflection there at one point that us and Central Coast Mariners probably shouldn’t be in the league. Ridiculous statements when we’ve won the league, we’ve got magnificent facilities, we’ve got a magnificent town.

“We’re self-sufficient. We’re a big town and a good town and a town steeped in history, and nothing better than we beat a Sydney or Melbourne team to win the league again.”

Jones was named coach in the A-League team of the week after Newcastle’s come-from-behind 3-2 win inBrisbane last Saturday.

“It’s funny–you win a game and you’re a good coach, and you lose a game and you’re a mug. I’m more than aware of that.”

With the bulk of their squad restored to health, Newcastle have claimed three wins and a draw in their past five games to surge to sixth on 16 points, one behind Perth and two in front of seventh-placed Western Sydney Wanderers, who play Sydney on Saturday night.

“Our aim is to get in the top six, but if we could get a result on Perth on the weekend and Victory do us a favour and beat Brisbane, then we’re two points off fourth, so we’ll chase that,” Jones said.

“Long way to go. We’re only halfway through the season and we need to at least duplicate what we’ve done to this point to make it.”

The cut-off point for the top six in the past five seasons has been 41, 34, 38, 32 and37 points. Newcastle are on 16 after 14 rounds with 13 to play.