Sadistic North Shore rapist Kay placed under supervision order

A serial rapist who preyed on women in Sydney’s northern suburbs will be subject to close supervision, including electronic monitoring, after a court found he continues to be a serious risk of further violent sexual offences.
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Graham James Kay sexually assaulted eight women, aged from 16 to 39, between December 1995 and December 1996 after grabbing them from behind and holding a knife to their necks in “premeditated and planned” attacks.

Kay was only stopped after a 1997 police operation dubbed Strike Force Allier caught him driving around looking for women and following them in Macquarie Park, Glebe and Epping.

The former Rural Fire Service volunteer was released on parole in February 2015 after serving about 18 years of a 20-year maximum jail sentence.

On Friday, the Supreme Court was told Kay had been sacked from his job after the application by the state for an extended supervision order two weeks ago came to the attention of his employer.

In an affidavit, Kay told the court his employer had identified him from media reports despite an interim non-publication order on his name.

Justice Ian Harrison declined to continue the prohibition on identifying Kay when handing down his judgment on Friday.

Kay had been working a job which required a 2am start and travel to and from home on public transport.

The state sought orders that Kay be subject to a high-risk sex offender extended supervision order for three years.

Kay opposed the orders, arguing he was not a high-risk sex offender. The court heard he had been “a model parolee” and has successfully completed intensive treatment and rehabilitation programs.

In a report to the court, two forensic psychiatrists found it likely Kay has sexual sadism disorder, a chronic and relapsing paraphilic disorder.

In granting a three-year supervision order, Justice Harrison said: “I am satisfied to a high degree of probability that Mr Kay poses an unacceptable risk of committing a serious sex offence if he is not kept under supervision.”

Kay will have to abide by a lengthy list of conditions including electronic monitoring and a ban on accessing pornographic, violent and classified material. He is not allowed to legally change his name or use an alias on social media or any other website.

In sentencing Kay in 2000, Justice Robert Shallcross Hulme said the graphic artist attacked most of his victims in a premeditated and planned way.

The attacks took place in Balgowlah, Artarmon, Epping, Eastwood and Wollstonecraft.

“The prisoner’s conduct was calculated to instil in at least some of his victims the fear of death with the concomitant loss of all that life holds, at least unless they bowed to his demands,” he said.

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White supremacist became gun ‘obsessed’ at age five, court told

A radicalised white supremacist who was stockpiling homemade guns has been “obsessed” with firearms since he was five, a court has heard.
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Michael James Holt, 26, pleaded guilty last year to manufacturing and possessing guns, knuckledusters and slingshots at his mother’s house in Windsor, his grandfather’s house in nearby Hobartville and room five at the Tall Timbers pub hotel in Ourimbah.

In an agreed statement of facts, an anonymous caller, who tipped police off to Holt’s gun stash, said Holt often talked about loading weapons into his car and driving to a public place where he would “just start shooting it up”.

He had recently said he wanted to do this at Westfield in Tuggerah on the Central Coast.

In a sentencing hearing in Penrith District Court on Friday, Holt’s lawyer Paul Bodisco emphatically denied that his client had expressed such a desire.

He said Holt was an obsessive gun collector and there was no evidence he had any intention of using them for violence.

He said his client’s offending was “causally related” to his autism spectrum disorder, which led to his obsessive behaviour.

Making guns was “an outgrowth of this fascination he had”, Mr Bodisco said.

He said Holt, who previously told a school teacher that Adolf Hitler was “the greatest person to live”, has been undertaking cognitive therapy in jail to change his behaviour.

He has also been counselled by a reformed white supremacist as part of a deradicalisation program funded by NSW Police.

However, Judge Jeffery McLennan questioned whether he could be rehabilitated.

“He has been obsessed with guns since the age of five,” he said. “It’s going to be difficult isn’t it?”

Holt had dropped out of a business course at Evocca College in Gosford in the lead-up to his arrest in 2015.

He was infatuated with neo-Nazi ideology and once told a school friend that he dreamed of walking through the school shooting students and teachers, the agreed statement of facts said.

The court heard he identified as a member of the Christian Separatist Church, an extreme, anti-Jewish church movement in the US.

On his online profiles, he posted pro-gun violence and anti-government rants, uploaded videos of homemade guns and made “disturbing” posts about killing himself and others after a failed relationship.

When police raided his rented room at the Tall Timbers Hotel, they found eight firearms hidden in the cupboards and a flick knife and slingshot in the fridge.

Some guns were “slam fire” guns, capable of firing a single shot.

Pipes and other gun parts, hand drawings relating to making guns, Nazi memorabilia and white supremacy propaganda were also found.

Prosecutor Alex Brown argued Holt’s online conversations showed an intent to be violent.

“It all points to the fact that there may have been other purposes other than just [gun] collection,” Ms Brown said.

Holt will be sentenced in April.

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Who are you gonna call? Lucky Gattellari, jury told

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 31: Lucky Gattelari is escorted to a police car under special security at King Street court on January 31, 2017 in Sydney, . (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Fairfax Media) Photo: Daniel Munoz
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“Lucky Gattellari is never going to be awarded n of the Year,” said the Crown prosecutor in the murder trial of wealthy property developer Ron Medich.

“But who do you go to if you want to arrange a murder and an intimidation?” posed Gina O’Rourke, SC, to the jury. “If you are the accused, ladies and gentlemen, you go to Lucky Gattellari. That is exactly what he did.”

Mr Medich has pleaded not guilty to the 2009 murder of Michael McGurk and the subsequent intimidation of his widow Kimberley.

Gattellari, the Crown’s key witness, received a discount on his sentence in return for giving evidence against his former close friend. Gattellari has told the jury that Mr Medich paid him $500,000 to organise the murder and intimidation because Mr McGurk and Mr Medich were embroiled in a number of legal disputes which Mr Medich wanted to end.

Ms O’Rourke said the reason Mr Medich approached Gattellari to do the murder was because Mr Medich trusted Gattellari “implicitly” and that he knew Gattellari “was a man prepared to do things that Joe Citizen would not be prepared to do.”

She said that, on Mr Medich’s behalf, Gattellari had been prepared to break into Mr Medich’s brother Roy’s house, follow Mr Medich’s then wife Odetta and chase up debts owed to his friend and benefactor.

The jury heard that Gattellari was financially beholden to Mr Medich and that, in the two years prior to Gattellari’s arrest in October 2010, Mr Medich poured more than $16 million, without any form of security, into Gattellari’s failing electrical businesses.

After six weeks of evidence in the trial, Ms O’Rourke began her closing address to the jury on Friday. But in a dramatic development before she commenced her address, a juror was discharged.

For legal reasons, it cannot be disclosed why this occurred.

After an hour and half’s delay, the remaining jurors were told by Justice Geoff Bellew that “it won’t have escaped your attention” that one of their members had been discharged.

The judge warned the remaining jurors that they were not to speculate about the reasons behind the discharge of the juror.

They were also warned that they were not to have any contact with that person until the trial had concluded.

The trial, which started at the end of January, commenced with 15 jurors. After four days, one juror was discharged and now, at the end of the trial, another juror has gone.

It is customary in lengthy trials to start with a larger jury in case of illness or misadventure.

Once the judge has completed his summing up, which is due to happen next week, there will be a ballot to see which of the remaining jurors will make up the final panel of 12.

At the end of the day Justice Bellew reminded jurors that it was a criminal offence to discuss the evidence outside the confines of the jury room and that they should not make their own inquiries about the evidence.

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City of Sydney’s new plan for affordable housing

Developers building in inner Sydney suburbs such as Potts Point, Darlinghurst and Erskineville will be forced to contribute to building affordable housing across the city, under a new proposal by the City of Sydney to tackle the lack of homes for low-income workers.
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The proposal recommends expanding the council’s current affordable housing policy, which operates only in pockets of the city, across the whole council area – a move which would boost the number of low-income homes by 40 per cent, but likely anger developers.

Under the policy, developers would be required to make a contribution – either a monetary payment to a community housing provider or an in-kind contribution of finished homes in their development for affordable homes – on new building projects across the city.

The levy would be phased in over four years and would create 600 affordable homes to be rented at below-market rates to low-income workers, according to the council’s projections.

Lord mayor Clover Moore, whose independent team has a majority of seats on council, is expected to approve the new strategy.

“Our experience in Green Square and Pyrmont shows affordable housing levies are an economically feasible way to deliver affordable housing without affecting the viability of development,” Cr Moore said.

Currently, the city’s affordable housing schemes are limited to three areas – Ultimo/Pyrmont, Green Square, and the Southern Employment Lands in Alexandria and Rosebery – and are expected to build 1300 homes.

The CBD would be excluded from the policy, as would land controlled by the state government.

In addition to this policy expansion, the council also wants to impose a separate “supplementary affordable housing contribution” on developers whose projects have benefited through changes to the council’s planning controls, such as height rezoning or floor space increases.

Known as the “value added method”, developers will be required to contribute 50 per cent of any increase in land value back to the council on these buildings.

Labor councillor Linda Scott, who supported the proposal, said the community needed to see some benefit from the “enormous windfalls” developers secured through land rezonings.

“This proposal allows for some of the financial benefits to be reinvested into a public good.”

Liberal councillor Craig Chung said the city needed to focus on fostering better relations with the developers who would ultimately be building the homes.

“The changes to the affordable housing policy goes some way towards achieving more affordable housing, but it is unfortunately tarnished by the Clover Moore political team’s blanket opposition to development in general.”

The proposal will be considered at the council’s planning committee on Monday, before going to a vote of councillors on March 27.

Its implementation, however, will be contingent upon approval from the Department of Planning.

The new approach follows a review of the city’s existing housing affordability strategy, which is struggling to reach the goal of providing 11,000 homes for low-income workers by 2030.

The policy is expected to anger developers and associated lobby groups, which oppose such levies on the grounds they undermine the viability of developments and have flow-on negative economic consequences by discouraging building across the city.

The council sought independent economic advice on this issue. It concluded that although there would be an impact to development viability in the short term, the levy could be introduced over four years “to allow for market adjustment”.

Woollahra Council, which represents some of Sydney’s most expensive postcodes, also took its first steps towards formulating an affordable housing policy on Monday.

In a move described by Greens local government spokesperson David Shoebridge as a “key mood change”, the eastern suburbs council agreed to explore the option of using its own property portfolio, as well as changing its planning controls, in a bid to provide housing for local workers who can’t afford to live in the area.

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Rain sends us all a-Twitter with emotion

The March rain sucks, right, but it’s better than the February heat wave, no?
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Yes and no, says one of the world’s first big data tools to monitor collective emotions on a massive scale.

How we all feel at any given time is hard to know. Surveys suffer from relying on people to remember how they felt at a particular time in the past.

We Feel is a data tool from the CSIRO that monitors population emotions in real time by analysing words used in Twitter posts, on a large scale and in real time. It shows Sydneysiders expressed more joy over three days of rain this week than they did during the February heat wave.

Joyful tweets made up an average of 15.42 per cent of English language tweets from Sydney on the three wet days from Wednesday to Friday, which was more than the 11.47 per cent of joyful tweets during three days of heat from February 9-11, when the thermometer soared to 41 degrees.

And if Twitter users are representative, the heat made us crankier too, with anger coming out in 1.15 per cent of tweets in the heat, compared with 1.07 per cent during the rain days.

The differences between February and March may have been exaggerated by system maintenance but the overall patterns seem clear. The tweet stream also seemed to confirm the rainy day blues, registering an average of 4.12 per cent sad words over the three wet days compared with 3.16 per cent over the February scorchers.

“We wanted to see if we can monitor people’s emotional states in real time over parts of the country” says Cecile Paris, senior principal researcher at CSIRO’s Data61.

“We hope it can uncover, for example, where people are most at risk of depression and how the mood and emotions of an area or region fluctuate over time,” said Dr Paris. “It could also help understand questions such as how strongly our emotions depend on social, economic and environmental factors such as the weather, time of day, day of the week, news of a major disaster or a downturn in the economy,” she said.

Project collaborator The Black Dog Institute is using the tool to better understand the prevalence and drivers of emotions. The tool processes 45,000 Twitter posts per minute, on average. The results are visualised online in real time and freely available for use.

Joy has been dominant emotion every day so far this year with peaks on New Year’s Day and most recently, International Women’s Day on March 8. Women tweeted more joy than men in and New Zealand that day, most frequently using words such as happy, great, good, proud, strong, smart and successful. They also tweeted more joyfully than their female counterparts worldwide, with 20.09 per cent of their tweets expressing joy compared with 14.45 per cent the world over.

So far the data has confirmed typical known patterns of mood through the day. Peaks of sadness have been observed in relation to events such as the deaths of cricketer Phillip Hughes and comedian Robin Williams. But “joy tends to be quite high most of the time. It is usually predominant,” says Dr Paris.

“With major events we see sadness increasing a lot, but it doesn’t necessarily overcome the joy either.”

Tweeters expressed the most sadness so far this year on January 20, the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration. An anger peak was reached nine days later, coinciding with widespread dismay and demonstrations at US airports in response to the first ban on immigration to the US from seven Muslim countries.

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Non-traditional funerals bring compassion and change

Sam Aulton’s husband and young daughters weren’t ready to say goodbye when the 46-year-old died in hospital last December of complications associated with breast cancer.
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Instead of an undertaker ushering Ms Aulton’s corpse away to a funeral home where strangers would have prepared her for cremation and the standard 45-minute chapel service three to five days later, the East Maitland family brought the rock-singer, mother and campaigner home.

“We set up a room for her with candles, picked out favourite clothes, the kids [Maggie, 12, and Ruby, 9] did her hair and her nails, and it was just so beautiful,” said her partner Brent Fairns.

Friends visited and said goodbyes. “We were all in shock at the hospital, and [being at home] was such a beautiful way to process loss,” he said.

Mr Fairns didn’t know that caring for the dead at home until cremation or burial was possible until he spoke to funeral celebrant, Lola Rus-Hartland. She worked with a new online company, Picaluna, to create a funeral that suited the Fairns/Aulton family and its finances.

About 160,000 ns die every year, generating $1.1 billion a year for the funeral industry, including cremations and burials. About 37 per cent of the market is dominated by Invocare, which owns a range of funeral homes, crematoria and coffin businesses.

Now the industry is seeing a range of new players providing greater choice, more transparent pricing, more affordable options, and the promise of doing good for others.

When 89-year-old Petronila Benites died in Sydney on Christmas Day 2016, her daughter Luz Huamanyaure used a new service by the Salvation Army after another company had made her feel stressed when she was sad and grieving.

“He was pushing us, and just wanted business,” she said. The Salvos funeral was beautiful, she said, more affordable than those of her friends’ parents and the extended Peruvian family got what they wanted, a traditional service and the white coffin her mother had wanted.

Research by Greg Inglis, the managing director of Picaluna, of 89 people who had organised funerals with a range of providers found everyone felt exploited.

“They are looking for compassion and clarity, and I don’t think the current industry is providing either,” Mr Inglis said.

Last year Picaluna and Salvos Funerals did a pilot to test the affordable funeral market. They’ve since launched separate businesses. The Salvos promise affordable funerals – including a no-attendance, no-service cremation for $2180 – with profits reinvested back into the charity. Picaluna donates a percentage of its profits to charity, and runs an online portal – with funeral celebrants as guides – so bereaved families can pick and choose what they want.

What a family spends on a funeral is a personal decision, but Mr Inglis said they often wanted something that was affordable, with no upsells or hidden costs.

He claimed most funeral directors will sell an average coffin for $2000, although it only cost them $350, adding that he didn’t see “what value they are adding to make that profit”.

In Port Kembla, the not-for-profit company Tender Funerals has also tapped a real need, organising around 50 funerals since it launched in September. Founder Jennifer Briscoe-Hough said families came to her not because it was affordable, but because it was fair.

“We’re interested in unselling them,” she said. They were encouraged to do their own flowers or help in preparing the body. “I would say “I don’t think your mum would want a lot of money spent on her coffin,” Ms Briscoe-Hough said.

Salvos Funerals chief Malcolm Pitteridge said the motivation for the new affordable funeral service wasn’t to disrupt the market: “But it just so happens there is a real opportunity to serve people really well, and connect and guide them through.”

In contrast, a new online company EziFunerals – which has 600 independent funeral directors who will bid for business – is clear about its goal of challenging Invocare.

“This is a disruptive innovation. This is going to touch a cultural chord. It aggregates the decision making and it gives people a sense of empowerment,” founder Peter Erceg said.

A senior analyst with IbisWorld Andrew Ledovskikh said the concentration of the market meant there was potential for online platforms that provided price comparisons and online quotes had the potential to shock the industry.

“When you have only one major player, you get a lot of complaints from consumers about price gouging and lack of transparency. That sentiment makes larger industry players more vulnerable to competitors that provides more transparency and offers more personalised service,” he said.

Brent Fairns said he wanted others to know there were other options, although he realised his family’s farewell was not for everyone.

“When you spend so long with someone, to have them whisked away in a very clinical and soulless environment, it is just not meaningful. I don’t how our culture evolved this way,” he said.

“Somewhere in the public health system there needs to be facilitator, like prenatal classes, to inform us of all that is possible. And to do it at the other end of life and be guided by what [the family and the deceased] want to do.”

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Candidates front up to become NSW Police Commissioner

Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn, NSW Police Force and Acting Deputy CommissionerNeil Gauhan, n Federal Police, joing press conference regarding the 5 arrested in joint counter-terror raids overnight. Photographed Wednesday 7tn October 2015. Photograph by James Brickwood. SMH NEWS 151007 Photo: James BrickwoodAfter years of speculation, jostling, at some points infighting, and a two-month application process that culminated with interviews on Friday, an announcement on who will replace Andrew Scipione as NSW Police Commissioner is due within the fortnight.
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Mr Scipione’s long-serving deputy commissioner, Catherine Burn, is the most senior serving officer to be interviewed for the role but her involvement in a long-running bugging scandal may have cruelled her chances.

Ms Burn has rejected adverse findings made against her by the Ombudsman over the scandal.

Former deputy commissioner Nick Kaldas may be the most highly credentialled applicant to ever apply to be NSW commissioner but again, the Ombudsman’s bugging report, and the fact he has left the force on medical grounds may work against him.

Dave Hudson, the other deputy commissioner, was interviewed but is not believed to be among the frontrunners at this stage

Instead, the speculation is that the NSW government may look for generational change and appoint from the assistant commissioner rank or outside the force.

Assistant Commissioner Mick Fuller had been touted as the frontrunner and, as one of the younger candidates, the current Sydney Metropolitan Region chief would signal that generational change.

His fellow Assistant Commissioner Jeff Loy has a reputation as one of the force’s brightest minds.

Currently the Northern Region Commander, Mr Loy has a lower profile than many of the other candidates.

Geoff McKechnie, another Assistant Commissioner, is also in the running and is fancied to fill one of the vacant deputy positions.

Outside NSW Police, the n Border Force chief Roman Quaedvlieg was interviewed for the commissioner’s job on Friday.

If successful, it would be the first time since Peter Ryan’s controversial appointment in 1996 that the NSW force has looked outside its own ranks.

Mr Quaedvlieg’s appointment would also most likely be met with opposition from the NSW Police Association, which wants Mr Scipione’s replacement to come from within the force.

His appointment would most likely bring about changes in the senior ranks with Mr Quaedvlieg believed to have outlined his plans for modest reform within the force during discussions with the government.

The state government has said Mr Scipione’s replacement is expected to be known when he finishes in the role on April 2.

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Minister calls NSW prison statistics ‘a tragedy’

It’s a record, but not one to be proud of: one in four prisoners in NSW jails are Indigenous, a statistic that has risen by 35 per cent since the Coalition government came to power in 2011.
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The Minister for Corrections David Elliott conceded “it is a tragedy”. Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders represented 24 per cent of the prison population in October 2016, up from 22 per cent in March 2011.

That means the NSW justice system is imprisoning Indigenous people at 11.3 times the rate of non-Indigenous people.

Legal advocates say a mix of tougher bail laws, racial prejudice, better detection methods and under investment in diversionary programs is contributing to the problem, while the Greens blame the major parties’ “law and order auctions” as politicians compete to look tough on crime.

“We have postcode justice,” said Sarah Hopkins, Managing Solicitor of justice projects at the Aboriginal Legal Service.

“Diversionary options are not available across all of NSW, particularly in regional and remote areas, so courts are unable to divert people from prison. This does impact disproportionately on Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people who live in these communities.”

She points to the rise in convictions of indigenous people for relatively minor offences.

Investment in early intervention and therapeutic treatment programs have been shown to have a far greater impact on reducing recidivism than short prison sentences, she said.

It is also cheaper: a recent study by Deloitte Access Economics found that $111,000 can be saved per year per offender by diverting non-violent Indigenous offenders with drug problems into treatment instead of prison.

In a presentation to the NSW Law Society last week, Dr Don Weatherburn at the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research said that the biggest driver of growth in Indigenous convictions over the five years from 2011-2016 were not violent crimes but regulatory driving offences followed by breach of community-based orders and driver licence offences.

There has been a steady rise in the number of court appearances by Indigenous people since January 2011 (from about 1000 a month to over 1600); and in the percentage of Indigenous defendants refused bail (from 15 per cent to 18 per cent) in the same time period, he said.

The overall prison population has been steadily climbing over the past decade (13 per cent growth between 2006 and 2016) but the Indigenous prison population has grown faster (31 per cent growth).

Dr Weatherburn said that over 95 per cent of Indigenous prisoners are serving sentences of less than two years.

But BOCSAR could not yet say what was driving the increase.

Minister Elliott said “All incarceration has gone up because we toughened the Bail Act up, and we make no apology for the fact that we have the toughest bail laws in the country.”

However, he said, the unrepresentatively high Indigenous incarceration rates are “unacceptable”.

“Which is why I’ve spent $237 million on reducing reoffending. We want to make sure that everyone who goes into jail who the court has said will be released gets every opportunity to be rehabilitated.”

The government is spending $3.8 billion on building 7000 new prison beds across NSW over the next four years to accommodate the growing prison population.

Upper house MP David Shoebridge from the Greens said police discretionary powers such as consorting laws, move on powers and public order offences are disproportionately applied to Indigenous people.

“When you increase discretionary police power and make backward changes to bail laws then you are basically deciding to jail more Aboriginal people, and that’s been the Coalition’s track record over the last six years,” he said.

The Shadow Attorney-General, Paul Lynch, said, “Aboriginal incarceration rates are alarmingly high. The situation is now worse than it was at the time of the Royal Commission into Black Deaths in Custody.”

Mr Lynch said the government was not doing enough in justice reinvestment (redirecting money spent on prisons to preventative community programs) and said Labor had committed to do more if elected.

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Melbourne thrash Fremantle with record AFLW score to keep grand final hopes alive

AFLW Round 7: Melbourne v Fremantle Daisy Pearce of the Demons in action during the 2017 AFLW Round 7 match between the Melbourne Demons and the Fremantle Dockers.
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Emma Humphries of the Demons (left) celebrates with Brooke Patterson of the Demons.

Daisy Pearce of the Demons (centre) celebrates with Shelley Scott (left) and Laura Duryea of the Demons during the 2017 AFLW Round 7 match between the Melbourne Demons and the Fremantle Dockers.

Daisy Pearce of the Demons shakes hands with Ebony Antonio of the Dockers.

Alyssa Mifsud of the Demons is tackled by Stephanie Cain of the Dockers.

Shelley Scott of the Demons (left) celebrates with Daisy Pearce of the Demons.

Daisy Pearce of the Demons is tackled by Stacey Barr of the Dockers.

Gemma Houghton of the Dockers kicks the ball ahead of Brooke Patterson of the Demons.

Amy Lavell of the Dockers in action ahead of Jasmine Grierson of the Demons.

Richelle Cranston of the Demons in action.

Daisy Pearce of the Demons is tackled by Stacey Barr of the Dockers.

Melissa Hickey of the Demons is tackled.

Kirby Bentley of the Dockers in action.

Emma Humphries of the Demons celebrates a goal with Aliesha Newman (left) and Deanna Berry of the Demons.

Aliesha Newman of the Demons (left) celebrates a goal with Madeleine Boyd of the Demons.

Ainslie Kemp of the Demons is tackled by Tarnica Golisano of the Dockers.

Daisy Pearce of the Demons in action.

Ebony Antonio of the Dockers celebrates a goal.

TweetFacebookWhy Melbourne won the gameIt was a pretty clinical team performance. Sure, there were stand-out games from Pearce, Elise O’Dea and Lily Mithen, but the Demons had contributors across the board and across the four quarters. Richelle Cranston, Karen Paxman and Shelly Scott were others to shine.

With eight goals to their credit by half-time and just two majors from the visitors, the match was done and dusted. They were solid and organised in defence.

Melbourne took full advantage of their numerous entries in the forward 50 but most times they had set up their attacks from the defensive half. In contrast, Freoat times looked disorganised in attack.

The play of the gameIt was a wonderful team goal for the Demons at the 10-minute mark of the third quarter that ultimately gave them the highest score by any team this season.

Starting with Pearce in the back pocket, the Dees were nearly blemish-free as they carried the ball forward, eventually finishing in the hands of Paxman who slotted truly. At this point Melbourne had a deadly accurate 10.0 and the highest winning margin was also well within their sights.

Therewere many highlights but this coast-to-coast effort is one worth tracking down on the replay.

The moment that people will talk aboutIt’s a little unfair to single out a Fremantle lapse, but it did reflect the fortunes of the two teams on the day.

The Demons were dominating possession and the scoreboard midway through the second quarter when the Dockers made a rare foray forward. They desperately needed their third goal to somehow get back into the match.

Melbourne was penalised for a deliberate out of bounds, giving Freo’s Kirby Bentley a free kick deep in the left forward pocket. She did the right and creative thing by playing on but then tried too much. After evading her opponent, she should have snapped truly but instead dished off a handball. Opportunity missed.

What the win / loss means for the teamsIt was win number five for the Demons, including their fourth in their final five games, ensuring a positive finish to their regular season. Whether or not they somehow sneak into the season decider, they can look ahead with positivity to next year.

Fremantle’s season was already cooked, of course, but they finish with one win, five losses and one draw.

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Melbourne City put Newcastle Jets to the sword

A-League: Melbourne v Newcastle A City fan plays with a soccer ball before the round 23 A-League match between Melbourne City FC and the Newcastle Jets.
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Jets Keeper Jack Duncan dives for a save during the round 23 A-League match between Melbourne City FC and the Newcastle Jets.

A general view is seen as teams huddle during the round 23 A-League match between Melbourne City FC and the Newcastle Jets.

Tim Cahill of the City heads the ball over John Koutroutmbis of the Jets for a goal.

Bruno Fornaroli of the City kicks the ball for a goal.

Tim Cahill of the City heads the ball against Nigel Boogaard of the Jets.

Bruno Fornaroli of the City kicks the ball at goal against Jets Keeper Jack Duncan.

Bruno Fornaroli of the City kicks the ball for a goal.

Anthony Caceras the City (L) and Alexsandr Kokko of the Jets compete for the ball with Jets Keeper Jack Duncan.

Bruno Fornaroli of the City kicks the ball at goal against Jets Keeper Jack Duncan.

Nigel Boogaard of the Jets receives a yellow card.

Andrew Hoole of the Jets (L) compete for the ball against Josh Rose of the City.

Nicholas Colazo of Melbourne City runs with the ball.

Ruon Tongyik of the City runs with the ball.

Jets Keeper Jack Duncan dives for a save from a kick from Bruno Fornaroli of the City.

Bruno Fornaroli of the City (C) celebrates a goal with Nicholas Fitzgerald (L) and Nicholas Colazo.

Anthony Caceras the City (L) and Nigel Boogaard of the Jets compete for the ball.

Ivan Franjic of the City is helped up by Andrew Nabbout of the Jets after a contest.

Nicholas Fitzgerald of the City (C) celebrates a goal with Anthony Caceras the City (L) Bruno Fornaroli and Nicholas Colazo (R) during the round 23 A-League match between Melbourne City FC.

Andrew Hoole of the Jets is spoken to by the referee.

TweetFacebook A-League: Melbourne v NewcastleHighlights of the round 23 A-League match between Melbourne City FC and the Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park on March 18, 2017 in Melbourne, . Photos: Michael Dodge/Getty ImagesA first-half Tim Cahill header and three second-half goals, one to substitute Nick Fitzgerald and two to captain Bruno Fornaroli, eased Melbourne City to a comfortable 4-0 win over Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park on Saturday night.

The victory –only their second back-to-back win of the season –moves City into a clear third spot on the A-League ladder, three points ahead of Brisbane Roar, who travel to Adelaide on Sunday afternoon.

Michael Valkanis team is keen to try and shore up third place as it will give them a first home final against the team that eventually finishes sixth.

Newcastle, desperate for points to stay in the finals race themselves, began the game in lively enough fashion and had the first two chances of the game before City were able to settle into a rhythm.

Wayne Brown, once of Fulham and Bristol Rovers but now a key player for the Hunter Valley side, dispossessed Neil Kilkenny in the third minute and, spotting Thomas Sorensen off his line, tried his luck with an audacious long range lob, which the Danish goalkeeper managed to get back in time to collect.

There was a far better opportunity a couple of minutes later when a long ball down the flank fell to Jets winger Andrew Nabbout, who bore down on goal.

The ex-Melbourne Victory forward has been something of a revelation with Newcastleand has scored eight times this season, but with just Sorensen to beatand Osama Malik thundering in for a late challenge, Nabbout fired wide.

That was really as good as it got for the visitors as City regained their composure and began to stamp their authority on the game.

City captain Fornaroli is not just a goalscorer, but he is also particularly adept at drawing free kicks for fouls in dangerous areas.

When Andrew Hoole was penalised for an illegal challenge on him early in the game the statistic flashed up on screen to hammer the point home, revealing that Fornaroli had been fouled 86 times so far this campaign with, ironically, Hoole the next most sinned against, with 63 fouls against him.

Fornarolidid not punish Newcastle then, but he did shortly after when he was involved, along with Nicolas Colazo, in the move to set up Cahill’s opening goal.

The ball was played back to Josh Rose, the left-back’s cross being met perfectly by the veteran Socceroo, who beat defender John Koutroumbis and headed wide of Jack Duncan to put the hosts in front.

City then enjoyed a period of domination where they retained possession, recycled the ball well and huffed and puffed but could not find a way to break down the visitors a second time.

Colazo hit the side netting after being set up by Ivan Franjic, then Newcastle captain Nigel Boogarde, one of the league’s serial offenders, picked up a card for tangling with, yes, you guessed it, City’s Uruguayan skipper, who stepped up to direct the resultant free kick just wide.

Fornaroli made space for himself just after the restart but his shot was easily held by Duncan. Ben Kantarovski’s loose clearance was then picked up by Kilkenny, who found Colazo only for Duncan to save his shot.

At the other end Morten Nordstrand, on as a replacement for Aleksandr Kokko, was played through but perhaps lacking game time his touch let him down.

Cahill made way for Nick Fitzgerald just before the our mark and the substitute almost made a speedy impact, jinking in space on the right before firing in a shot, which Duncan saved.

Fitzgerald’s next intervention was even more telling. He drove into the Jets penalty area before back heeling the ball to Anthony Caceres on the edge of the box. Fitzgerald kept running and took Caceres’ delightful chip over the defence first time to lob over Duncan and into the back of the net for City’s second goal.

Shortly afterwards Fornaroli put the game to bed from the penalty spot after another substitute, Bruce Kamau, had been brought down by Daniel Mullen.

He then grabbed a second when the Jets failed to clear Nick Fitzgerald’s cross, lashing home a loose ball from close range.

City now face two tough road trips, away to Western Sydney and Sydney in the next fortnight, but confidence will be high after this win.

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