Legends query Cats defender Josh Hunt’s attack on the ball

By Mark Stevens with Colin MacGillivray – First published on the Herald Sun website 21/5/2012

Josh Hunt has come under scrutiny by experts. Picture: Geroge Salpigtidis, Herald Sun.

ESSENDON great Matthew Lloyd has questioned the hardness of Geelong premiership defender Josh Hunt after an incident in Friday night’s clash with Collingwood.

Commentators rarely nail players for placing self-preservation ahead of winning the ball, but Lloyd did not hold back after watching Hunt drop his head as Dane Swan surged at him in the first quarter.

“He needed to be harder, I’ll be blunt on that,” Lloyd said yesterday.

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Essendon coach James Hird ready to test his side against West Coast

First published on the Herald Sun website 11/5/2012

Essendon coach James Hird says he has more pressing issues to worry about than the Eagles’ free kick count. Picture: Michael Klein, Herald Sun.

ESSENDON coach James Hird says his team is keen to test its top-four credentials against the best team in the competition tomorrow night.

Hird said the Bombers were excited to play the top-of-the-ladder Eagles and would use the game to test themselves.

“We’ve had some good performances this year but playing against the best is always an indication of how well you’re going,” Hird said.

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Western Bulldogs have the sniff of success

First published on the Herald Sun website 9/5/2012

Shaun Higgins chases Dane Swan last Friday night. Picture: Michael Klein, AdelaideNow

WESTERN Bulldogs midfielder Shaun Higgins says the team must replicate the intensity of Friday night’s game against Collingwood if the Dogs are to stay in touch with the top eight.

With a tough game against North Melbourne on Sunday, Higgins said the club would have to match or improve on the effort.

“For us, wins are like gold and we’re building towards them,” Higgins said. “We definitely won’t be taking our foot off the pedal this week.

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Hawks to lift game

First published on the Herald Sun website 8/5/2012

Hawthorn midfielder Sam Mitchell says the team is still a long way from producing its best football. Picture: Michael Dodge, Herald Sun.

HAWTHORN midfielder Sam Mitchell says the Hawks are still a long way from playing their best football.

He said while the playing group responded well against St Kilda on Saturday night, after an embarrassing Round 5 loss to Sydney, consistency would be a focus before Friday night’s clash against Melbourne.

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Carlton players accept Giant rest

First published on the Herald Sun website 2/5/2012

Micheal Jamison says the Blues may rest some stars for their clash against the Giants. Picture: Herald Sun.

CARLTON hasn’t named names, but key defender Michael Jamison admits the Blues are likely to rest some stars from Sunday’s clash against Greater Western Sydney.

“I’m sure the guys behind the scenes might be discussing it, but who it might be I’m not sure,” Jamison said.

“Some of the older guys might put their hands up if that is the case.”

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Restored church completed

Restored church completed – First published in The Courier 1/12/2011

By COLIN MACGILLIVRAY

VICTORIAN Minister for Planning Matthew Guy was in Ballarat yesterday, as he inspected the completed restoration work on a historic Ballarat church.

Flanked by City of Ballarat Mayor Craig Fletcher and several councillors, Mr Guy was taken on a tour of the newly restored St Nicholas Church in Humffray street.

The building was built as a Methodist church in 1867, but was taken over by the Greek Orthodox community of Ballarat in 1975.

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Cleaners set to strike

Cleaners set to strike – First published in The Courier 26/11/2011

By COLIN MACGILLIVRAY

STOCKLAND Wendouree cleaners could be on stike during the biggest season of the year for the shopping centre.

Cleaners across the state are set to strike within weeks, after workers’ union United Voice voted overwhelmingly for action to be taken at several shopping centres in Victoria.

Hundreds of United Voice members recently participated in an Australian Electoral Commission postal ballot on the issue, with the results announced on Tuesday night.

More than 94 per cent of members voted to proceed with strike action at 11 shopping centres operated by Spotless, Australia’s largest cleaning service contractor.

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