Furious Central Coast Mariners demand apology from Fox Sports after tackle criticism

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The Central Coast Mariners are demanding a public apology from Fox Sports following on-air criticism of a tackle made by their captain, Nick Montgomery, that resulted in a red card during Saturday night’s 2-1 loss to Western Sydney Wanderers.

Montgomery was criticised by members of the network’s commentary team, who inferred that the Mariners midfielder was reckless in his challenge on Wanderers forward Golgol Mebrahtu.

Former Sydney FC captain Mark Rudan was especially scathing of Montgomery’s tackle, saying he showed no duty of care towards a fellow professional, particularly one who has worked hard to rebuild his career. Mebrahtu has only just returned from successive knee injuries.

Wanderers coach Tony Popovic was also furious with the nature of the tackle, but the Mariners issued a statement saying they were flooded with feedback from supporters about the negative television commentary.

“On behalf of our members, players and staff the Central Coast Mariners have today issued a formal complaint to Fox Sports Australia and Football Federation Australia in regards to inappropriate comments against our club and players following our most recent match against Western Sydney Wanderers,” the statement read.

“The Mariners have been inundated with members expressing their concerns and demanding that the club takes appropriate steps to ensure that the integrity of the Mariners and its players are protected against unwarranted and totally unfounded comments.

“This was also raised officially by the club’s supporter groups who recently held meetings with Mariners chairman Mike Charlesworth.”

Central Coast Mariners chief executive Shaun Mielekamp said the club felt they needed to act accordingly after such a reaction from their fans.

“When we receive such a clear message from our members that the club needs to take a stance we are obliged to do so,” Mielekamp said. “There are lines that we believe have been crossed and feel a public apology is the most appropriate outcome as the club must stand up for our players who are unfairly targeted. If these comments were made by a referee there would be an immediate fine but seems that those rules don’t apply when talking about a players integrity.”

Despite being contacted by the Mariners, the FFA said they had no position on the issue and believed commentators and fans were entitled to fair and reasonable debate on contentious issues.

“FFA has received a submission from Central Coast Mariners about comments which have been interpreted as unfair towards a Mariners player,” an FFA spokesperson said. “Commentators expressing their opinions are generally not subject to FFA’s jurisdiction. Responsibility for the opinions aired rests with the commentator and the broadcaster.

“FFA does not wish to inhibit the fair and reasonable debate about incidents in A-League matches, as this forms part of what makes the competition so interesting for fans.”

Fox Sports was sought for comment but had not responded at the time of publication.

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Artistic insight rewarded

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Talent: The first ARTEXPRESS exhibition opens on February 5 at Western Sydney University. It will be followed by other exhibitions including at Maitland Regional Art Gallery from September 10. Picture: Max Mason-HubersAMARA Woods’ personalreflectionon mental illness has earned her a place in one of the state’s most prestigious art exhibitions.

Intricate: Amara’s work.

The Swansea High student, 17, has had her work selected for ARTEXPRESS, a showcase of the best projectscompleted by NSW visual arts students as part of last year’s Higher School Certificate.

“I was jumping around my house, I was so happy and felt very proud of myself and the work I put in,”Amara said of being included in the exhibition.

“All the sleepless nights, the stress and the effort had finally paid off.”

Amara used her experimental artwork to exploreher grandmother’s experience of living with schizophrenia and how it had touched the rest of her family.

“It’s been a very strong influence in my life,” she said.

“It’s something that is always present at barbecues and family get-togethers, but it’s not something that we talk about very often.

“My relationship with my grandmother is also very strained at times, in our conversations there’s a list of things that we avoid talking about.We don’t bring it up.”

Amara used oil and acrylic paints, charcoal pastels, inks, pencils andfelt tip pens to create “intense, intricate” drawings across a piece of arches paper.

“I stitched wool into the paper and drew knitting needles and patterns to represent the deterioration and unraveling of relationships and the mind,” she said.

Amara also madetwo concertina books, to represent how the subject ofschizophrenia could be “closed off”in family discussions.

She said the work was neither positiveor negative.

“It’s more just about conveying what it’s been like for me,” she said.

“I think my family were interested to see that I was talking about it and expressing how I felt.

“My mum draws a lot of pastel works as well so she was offering me advice.”

Amara has always been an enthusiastic artist and as a primary schoolerwould spend lunchtimedrawing in her sketch pad.

Amara willbegin a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at the University of Newcastle this year and is considering transferring at a later stage into medicine.

She will continue practicing art as a hobby.

Students from Lambton, Whitebridge, Maitland Grossman, Merewether andTomaree high schools also had their work selected.

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Human Rights Watch blasts Australia’s asylum-seeker policies, terrorism laws

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The Nauru detention centre. Photo: Angela WylieA leading international human rights group has blasted Australia’s asylum-seeker policy as “abusive” and says a serious rethink is needed to restore the country’s standing globally.

Human Rights Watch, one of the world’s most prominent rights campaign organisations, has said in its yearly report that Australia, while having a solid record on civil and political rights, was failing to respect international standards for asylum seekers and this was taking “a heavy human toll”.

The report also blasts new counter-terrorism laws, which had bipartisan backing from the major parties, as “overly broad and vague” – though that broadside was also aimed at a range of other Western nations.

In a statement accompanying the report, the organisation’s Asia director, Brad Adams, said that Australia had done “little to redeem its reputation” regarding asylum-seeker policy in 2015 despite international criticism.

“Australia needs to seriously rethink its abusive refugee policies and take steps to restore its international standing as a rights-respecting country.”

The report highlights a number of developments it says merit criticism, including the Coalition government’s “personal and unsubstantiated attacks” on Australian Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs.

It also singles out continued boat turn-backs, the gagging of Immigration Department contractors, the payment of cash to people-smugglers, the failure to resettle asylum seekers on Papua New Guinea, and evidence of sexual assaults on Nauru.

Mr Adams said Australia’s new counter-terrorism laws raised human rights concerns, particularly with the lack of legal safeguards in the new legislation that strips citizenship from dual national terrorists.

“Measures such as stripping citizenship from dual nationals without basic legal safeguards are major steps backwards for Australia,” he said.

The wider report, scrutinising human rights practices in more than 90 countries, said the “politics of fear” led many countries to wind back civil and political rights.

“Fear of terrorist attacks and mass refugee flows are driving many Western governments to roll back human rights protections,” said Kenneth Roth, the organisation’s executive director. “These backward steps threaten the rights of all without any demonstrated effectiveness in protecting ordinary people.”

Mr Adams said Australia’s own shortcomings undermined its own ability to call for stronger rights protections abroad including through its lobbying for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2018.

And he added that Australia rarely tackled other countries on human rights abuses, particularly nations with whom it cooperates on border protection or has a significant trade relationship.

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Suspension threat: Auburn council resolves to be on best behaviour

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Salim Mehajer leaves Auburn council chambers on Wednesday. Photo: Dominic LorrimerLess than six months since his “wedding of the year”, Salim Mehajer and the Auburn City Council convened for potentially the final time.

The council met on Wednesday to respond to last week’s announcement by Local Government Minister Paul Toole that he was giving the council 14 days to show why it should not be suspended.

Its planning decisions will come under a review by Sydney silk Richard Beasley.

An attempt by George Campbell, a member of the council’s minority bloc – the “poor four”, as Cr Mehajer has dubbed them – to welcome the minister’s move and ask that innocent councillors be spared punishment was a non-starter.

In the end, the council’s “super six” instead voted for a compromise solution.

In a response drafted by its lawyer, the council resolved to be on its best behaviour, co-operate fully with Mr Beasley’s inquiry and to refrain from all major planning decisions if allowed to keep running.

But there were some subtle swipes at the state government and muted protestations on the way.

The deputy mayor spoke against the suspension but only briefly.

“We don’t understand what the concern is,” Cr Mehajer said, regarding Mr Toole’s reasons for moving to suspend the council.

Hicham Zraika, a member of the council and Cr Mehajer’s ally, offered the most strident defence of the council’s much-criticised majority grouping.

“It would be laughable if those who are viewed to be guilty are exonerated,” he said.

Mr Zraika was last month expelled from the ALP for disloyalty. He had earlier been suspended for “unworthy conduct”, including allegedly falsifying meeting minutes. He is appealing the decision.

The council’s mayor, Le Lam, said she welcomed the inquiry but suggested it was orchestrated by council’s minority group.

“Giving information to the public and the media is how the whole thing instigated,” she said. “Now, by the end of the day, everything can come out fully.”

The minister’s letter made reference to only one case of alleged wrongdoing by the council, the sale of a council carpark to Cr Mehajer in a private deal that Fairfax Media revealed was apparently discounted by up to $5 million off its open-market value.

“It’s got to be more than that,” Cr Mehajer said. “The letter just doesn’t guide us.”

Cr Mehajer also placed on record that the car park, which a family company has applied to turn into a 100-unit complex, was in Lidcombe not, as Mr Toole had said in his letter, in Auburn.

A range of councillors, many of whom, like Cr Mehajer, have local property interests, have also been revealed to be connected directly and through relatives in a range of business ventures that have not always been disclosed to council.

The council’s next meeting is scheduled for February 17.

It remains to be seen whether it will take place.

There is no timeframe for Mr Toole to respond to council’s submission.

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Parliamentary committee chair Damien Tudehope quizzes ICAC chief Megan Latham before inquiry

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Damien Tudehope, who will chair the parliamentary hearing into the ICAC. Photo: Supplied ICAC Commissioner Megan Latham gives evidence at a parliamentary inquiry last year. Photo: Daniel Munoz

The chair of a parliamentary committee preparing to quiz anti-corruption chief Megan Latham over the investigation of Crown prosecutor Margaret Cunneen has issued questions to her weeks before the hearing, signalling a fiery line of inquiry.

Liberal MP Damien Tudehope has taken the unusual step of writing to the commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption asking her to respond to questions – including the amount spent on legal fees on the Cunneen matter – by February 4.

Mr Tudehope sent his letter to Ms Latham on January 15 without first discussing the move with other members of the parliamentary oversight committee, as would normally be the case.

It comes after Ms Latham clashed with Mr Tudehope’s committee in August last year, when she refused to answer questions about the Cunneen investigation, arguing the matter was beyond the committee’s powers.

The committee is preparing to grill Ms Latham and senior commission officers on February 11 following a scathing report by the Inspector of the ICAC, David Levine, into its bid to investigate Ms Cunneen.

The ICAC sought to investigate an allegation, denied by Ms Cunneen, that she tried to pervert the course of justice by advising her son’s girlfriend, Sophia Tilley, to fake chest pains after a car accident to avoid a breath test.

It abandoned the investigation after the High Court ruled it was beyond the ICAC’s jurisdiction.

Inspector Levine found the episode was a “low point” in ICAC’s history and it had engaged in “unreasonable, unjust, [and] oppressive maladministration”.

But the ICAC claimed Inspector Levine’s report contained legal and factual errors.

In his letter, Mr Tudehope asks Ms Latham if there is a “manual” governing how the ICAC conducts private and public hearings and to provide a copy if one exists.

He also asks for any “policy document” governing the rights of witnesses and details of the process for issuing search warrants and how the ICAC handles complaints against it about alleged leaking to the media.

Apart from Ms Latham, the inquiry witness list includes ICAC solicitor Roy Waldon, executive director of investigation Sharon Loder and executive director of corruption prevention Robert Waldersee.

Inspector Levine’s report revealed Dr Waldersee advised against proceeding to a full investigation of Ms Cunneen as it was not within ICAC’s remit, but the contrary view of Mr Waldon and Ms Loder prevailed.

Inspector Levine and NSW Director of Public Prosecutions Lloyd Babb are also due to appear.

On Wednesday, Mr Tudehope said his questions were “standard questions on notice and cover matters which I believe may arise before the committee”.

“I do not believe the questions are unduly provocative,” he said.

A spokeswoman for the ICAC declined to comment.

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FFA admit W-League referee blunder cost Canberra United against Sydney FC

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Game-changer: Canberra United goalkeeper Lydia Williams is obstructed by Sydney FC striker Kyah Simon. Photo: SuppliedIt is “little consolation” for Canberra United, but Football Federation Australia referees boss Ben Wilson says referee Casey Reibelt got it wrong in allowing Sydney FC’s deciding goal in the W-League semi-final to stand and she will not officiate this weekend’s decider.

Wilson said Reibelt “wasn’t in the best position”, while additional assistant referee Katie Patterson made a “judgment error” when they allowed Jasmyne Spencer’s goal to stand at McKellar Park on Sunday.

Instead the referee should have awarded a free-kick to United because Sydney forward Kyah Simon had fouled Lydia Williams when the United goalkeeper attempted to catch a cross.

The ball spilled free and Spencer pounced to score the only goal of the semi, sending Sydney through to the W-League decider against Melbourne City.

Wilson said the officials would get coached to try and ensure the error did not happen again.

He said the FFA had brought in two additional assistant referees for the semis – on top of the usual three on-field officials – to specifically be “an extra pair of eyes for critical decisions in and around the penalty area”, such as what happened at the weekend.

Wilson said the result would stand regardless of the error.

“In short the refereeing team made an error … the referee probably wasn’t in the best position to see the contact between the two players, so the coaching for her was she could’ve got into a better position,” he told Fairfax Media on Wednesday.

“We have these additional assistant referees for the first time in the W-League semi-finals and there was one in a good position, but she just made a judgment error and didn’t think the contact was sufficient for it to be a foul.

“So she advised the referee through the communication system that there was no foul and the referee took her advice.

“It’s little consolation I’d imagine to be told the referee made a mistake.”

The FFA announced on Wednesday Kate Jacewicz would take charge of the W-League grand final, with Reibelt not listed in her team of assistants.

“We couldn’t really consider match officials that were involved in a match-changing error in a semi-final to show up in a grand final,” Wilson said.

“That would probably be galling for Canberra United players to see that on TV.

“That’s not the only thing that comes into consideration, but it’s one of the considerations.”

Canberra chief executive Heather Reid wrote to the FFA seeking clarification about the incident.

She said it was “no consolation” the FFA had confirmed what “99 per cent” of people who saw the incident thought.

Reid felt Reibelt possibly should not have been allowed to take charge of the game in the first place.

She said while United had chances to equalise, they had been forced to change their game plan as a result of going behind.

“That’s the cruel nature of sport, whether it’s soccer, basketball, league, it’s unfortunate that it happened and I’m sure the FFA will be looking at their processes and procedures to make sure that these sort of things don’t happen again,” Reid said.

“The other thing is that perhaps we’d seen this particular referee too many times this season and a different referee might have been better for us because there were other incidents that we’ve had with her so there’s a little bit of history.”

Reid said United would also talk to Wilson about the treatment winger Ashleigh Sykes received during the game.

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Australian Open 2016: Andy Murray follows predictable script

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Semi-final bound: Andy Murray celebrates his hard-fought quarter-final win over David Ferrer. Photo: Cameron Spencer Tough encounter: Andy Murray is congratulated by David Ferrer after their quarter-final battle. Photo: Vincent Thian

The narrative of the tournament has been one of little surprise. Yes Rafa departed early but his body issues ensured that were was no blindsiding in that.

Novak won, a few precocious gits acted like precocious gits, Serena beat Maria. Again. And now Andy Murray is in another semi-final.

If this sounds familiar it is because it is the sixth time the Scot has made the semi-finals at the Australian Open. Four times already he has made the final, too, so if the tournament sticks to this wrinkle-free narrative Murray will play Djokovic in the final. And lose.

Murray has now beaten David Ferrer in their past six matches. All of them were close, each set narrowly decided, but ultimately Murray won. This is how it is meant to be in seeded tournaments, but there is always space for the unexpected.

Ferrer offered nothing unexpected, which is not to say he might not have won. It would have been unexpected if he was wiped. It was a match that went to expectations: it was tight; it ebbed; it flowed; there was little discernible difference between them; Ferrer won a set, was in absolutely every set; and then lost.

Murray won the first set in relative ease, which created a first for Ferrer – he was the only man in the last eight not to have dropped a set in reaching the quarter-finals – but was broken immediately in the second. The set and then the match became a wrestle.

Murray aced to save one set point, which meant the game ended up going to a tie break that the Spaniard won.

Murray was frustrated with his own game, bleating to his box about his forehand in particular and looking challengingly at his coach Amelie Maursemo as if to ask what was she going to do about it.

After dropping a set it was like he calmed and lifted his game. He broke Ferrer’s serve early then, inexplicably given it was hosing down in Geelong and the idea it might rain here was well anticipated, organisers decided now was the time to close the roof and not three games earlier during the set break.

“I found it easier to return [after the roof closed]. It was a bit windy early … that helped me a little bit on the return,” Murray said. “But I think it was good to good to have a break, we played some brutal rallies in that second set.

“It’s tough. In those situations ideally I would have played the next game and held serve after the break … but I like to play indoors, I grew up in Scotland and the weather is not quite like here so I like it.” The game resumed and it was those half moments that differentiated them. Like the low running passing shot from the back corner of the court to help ensure he held his serve in the fourth set after breaking Ferrer.

The greatest twist this day delivered was not in the play of this match but in its consequence. By Murray winning, after Johanna Konta won on centre court before him, it ensured that two Brits (OK one is from Scotland and the other lived here for half her life) have reached the semi-finals of a major for the first time since 1977.

Murray has now made the semi-finals here for the sixth time (and the 18th time in all grand slams). He has also has made the final here four times before without taking the title. Now getting there and beating Roger or Novak would be a wrinkle in the narrative.

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Short Takes

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LAST week a police van pulled up at the front of my house. I panicked slightly and raced out tosee what may be wrong. In the front of the van was my dog Joe who had wandered off. They let him out, smiled and said we thought we would pick him up as we did not want theowner not knowing where he was and go looking for him in case he waspicked up by the ranger. Thank you very much officers, you were wonderful.

Gavin Wolfgram, RedheadHAPPY AustraliaDay fellow contributors, readers andHeraldstaff. Let’s celebrate the fact we live in thebest country in the world. Disagree? Then tell me where is better. OK, we’re not perfect but lifewould be bloody boring if we were. Aussie, Aussie, Aussie and proud of it.

Dave McTaggart,EdgeworthTHE Jets will continue to struggle, until a new ownerwho knows football, is found. A successfulclub starts with the administration and we really lack in that department. Showing somerespect to our best player, would be a good start. The capitulation on Sunday had a bad vibeabout. The body language of some players did not look good to me. FFA needs to get the sale of theclub into top gear.

Daryl Frost,EleebanaJOHN Sorensen (“Time to lower sights”Letters, 27/1) alludes to an oxymoron inrelation to the Jets. I think a classic oxymoron is the term “professional sport”.

Bruce Brown,Marks PointIF I was Scott Miller, I’d be resigning as Jets coach before he’s used as ascapegoat. It takes more than a coach to make a team, the teamneeds good players and after their 6-1 thrashing. Maybe a recruitment drive would be a goodidea.

Wayne Ridley,GatesheadHOW must it feel to have a worse send-off record than Muscat. Well, Jets management you did buy him.

Percy Cooper,Fern Bay6-1 down. At home. This is still not the team Newcastle Jets’ fans deserve. Still waiting.

Daryll Hadfield,RedheadGOOD grief.That loop de looping plane has now been loop de looping over us.Thanks for thegreat show.

Jennifer Bailey,Hamilton SouthI HAVE another “notbad idea”that Peter Mason (“Service at servos”Herald,27/1 ) might like to casta thought at: Those poor men without hope on Hunter Street could start shining shoes.

David Wilson,Bar BeachMESSAGEBOARDBELMONT View Club will be meeting at Central Charlestown Leagues Club onWednesday, February 17, from 10.30am.New members welcome. Phone 4945 5870.

TODAY’S TEXTYOU are tempted in the same way that everyone else is tempted. But God can be trusted not to let you be tempted too much, and he will showyou how to escape from your temptations.

1 Corinthians 10:13

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Sam Frost and Lisa Hyde BFFs no more? Trouble in Bachelor bestie paradise

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They both live in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, but Sam Frost has yet to introduce her best friend Lisa Hyde to her boyfriend Sasha Mielczarek. Photo: Network Ten Hyde supported Sam Frost after Blake Garvey (left) dumped her, but she has yet to meet Sasha Mielczarek (right). Photo: Network Ten

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Lisa Hyde and Sam Frost were inseparable after Blake Garvey dumped them on The Bachelor Australia, called off his engagement with the latter and ran off to Thailand with second runner-up, Louise Pillidge.

Rarely seen without each other during that time, the reality TV show best friends appeared in mourning together on The Project as they spoke for the first time about the controversial Perth auctioneer, shared snaps of each other on Instagram gushing about their “love” for one another and were regulars on the red carpet at Sydney soirees. But they say there are three types of friends: for life, for a reason and for a season, and Hyde and Frost’s relationship seems to have only lasted for Network Ten’s The Bachelor Australia season two.

Despite both Hyde, 28, and Frost, 26, living in close proximity in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, Hyde has yet to meet Frost’s new beau Sasha Mielczarek, 30, who she chose on her second reality TV show outing, The Bachelorette Australia, last year.

Speaking from the purple carpet of Zoolander No. 2’s Sydney premiere, Hyde said: “I haven’t personally met him [Mielczarek], ya … We’ve just been too busy, you know, it has been hard catching up and obviously we’ve got lots of different things going on, so it was tough.”

Like the public, the Queenslander said she keeps up-to-date on Frost’s love life “in the media”, but that doesn’t include her daily 2DayFM breakfast show with Rove McManus as Hyde doesn’t tune in.

“It’s been a bit difficult, I don’t really get up that early,” she laughed.

Frost and McManus could do with the extra number in Hyde as radio results in December showed the new duo barely shifted the ratings numbers, recording a statistically insignificant uptick​, but they are still settling down and marking their territory in the early slot.    Do I really need a caption? I’m pretty sure everyone knows how much I love this woman #sydneybound @lisa_m_hydeA photo posted by Sam Frost (@fro01) on Oct 14, 2014 at 10:49pm PDT   A photo posted by Sam Frost (@fro01) on Sep 19, 2014 at 12:34am PDT

There are also those who say Frost doesn’t deserve to host the coveted broadcast show because she has little experience in radio, but Hyde said “she is doing the best she can.”

“I’ve heard a few episodes and she is doing great. It’s a tough gig, the morning show in Sydney … She’s gone into a role that she has never done before so the people that are criticising her need to put themselves in her shoes and see how they go.”

Hyde, who is currently busy working on her sunglasses collection Shevoke, was joined at the Ben Stiller event by her boyfriend travel presenter and model, Tyson Mayr. After appearing on the Australian version of I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here last year, he offered some advice for this year’s contestants.

“Eat as much food as you can because you will be very, very hungry in there.

“They will offer you one big meal before you head into the the jungle and eat as much as you can … overeat.”

The handsome pair were dressed to kill at the movie premiere, despite having just come from the beach and then an Australia Day boat party earlier in the afternoon.   Finishing Aus day at the @zoolander premier with this cutie #hashtagzoolander2 || attire @elliattA photo posted by Lisa Hyde (@lisa_m_hyde) on Jan 26, 2016 at 1:34am PST

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Scans to determine if Perth Scorchers quick Jason Behrendorff is back this summer

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Waiting game: Perth Scorchers fast bowler Jason Behrendorff is having scans on his troublesome back this week. Photo: Matt BedfordPerth Scorchers and Western Australia quick Jason Behrendorff is having scans on his back this week to determine if he will bowl again this summer.

Behrendorff has been plagued by swelling in the area where he had stress fractures a year ago which resulted in him missing almost two months of cricket last November and December.

It was initially reported Behrendorff would be out for four months following the Scorchers’ Big Bash League semi-final loss to the Melbourne Stars last Friday, but a WACA spokesman said the Canberra product was having scans this week with results to determine how the rest of his summer would proceed.

Behrendorff modified his action this summer in an attempt to prevent the stress fractures from recurring.

WA play their next Sheffield Shield game against NSW in New Zealand next Wednesday.

“He did change his action prior to the Big Bash and there’s degrees of movement that sports science has determined is the optimal levels for bowlers to operate within and his new action is within those levels,” the spokesman said.

Meanwhile, Tasmania have beaten the ACT Comets by an innings and 69 runs at Bellerive on Wednesday.

Needing 243 to make Tasmania bat again, the Comets were bowled out for 174 with Matthew Condon top scoring with 53.

Tasmania medium pacer Hamish Kingston, who has made four Shield appearances, took 5-80 and Cameron Wheatley claimed 4-23.

Comets coach Aiden Blizzard said while the result was not what they wanted it was a good learning opportunity for the young side.

Blizzard has just returned from winning the BBL title with the Sydney Thunder and has been using Thunder coach Paddy Upton’s coaching philosophy, which puts a lot of the onus back on the players to improve themselves.

He was especially pleased with the efforts of 17-year-old quick Joe Slater on debut.

“Not ideal, but some pretty good learning experiences for a lot of them – batting on Bellerive, being an international cricket oval, against a pretty much first-class cricket team,” Blizzard said.

“We’ve said a few times we’d love to win every game, but it’s more about the development of these young individuals.

“We’d love for every single one of them to take the next step to be contracted, whether that be a rookie or a senior contract, within the state system.”

The Comets play NSW at Manuka Oval from February 8-11.

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