• Wellington man caught with tin of cannabis- in the boot of his car

    Police evidence of the drugs found in the Wellington man’s car.
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    A woman has been killed and 69 people have been injured in crashes across the state during the first two days of Operation Tortoise, the NSW Police’s Easter road-safety campaign.

    The woman died after a two-car head-on collision in the state’s north on Friday 3 April 2015). About5.30pmemergency services were called to the Pacific Highway about 5km south of Macksville. The 56-year-old woman, travelling as a passenger in the southbound car, died at the scene. Four males travelling in the northbound vehicle and two men travelling in the southbound vehicle were all taken to hospital for treatment to various injuries.

    Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, said motorists need to remember fatal crashes can occur anywhere, at any time.

    “Sadly a woman has lost her life, and six people have been injured, in a horrific head-on motor vehicle crash near Macksville this Easter holiday long weekend.

    “With people in both vehicles being foreign nationals, it is timely reminder to motorists, travelling on stretches of road unknown or rarely used by them, that it is vital they drive with the utmost care,” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.

    “It is important for all drivers and riders to ensure they drive to the conditions, especially in the wet. With rainfall occurring throughout NSW, we are encouraging drivers to wipe off some of their speed, leave a greater braking distance to the vehicle in front, and in cases of significant rainfall or flooding pull over where safe to do so and wait for the wet weather to pass. Do not drive through swollen causeways, which present risks not only for drivers and passengers, but for emergency services who perform such rescues.

    “Ultimately you are the one responsible. While my officers will be out in force over the long weekend, it is up to the people behind the wheel, controlling the bike or crossing the roads, to keep themselves and those around them safe. Be patient, put your headlights on in the wet and be visible.

    “It’s not about tickets or fines because the ultimate penalty you can pay is with your life or the life of a loved one,” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.

    There have been 171 major crashes reported to NSW Police across the state since the start of Operation Tortoise, 193 crashes less than last year.

    During the first two days of Operation Tortoise, the annual Easter road safety campaign, police have conducted 96,452 breath tests charging 189 people with drink driving offences.

    Police have also issued more than 3880 traffic infringement notices and 2165 infringement notices for speeding offences.

    Some examples of errant driver behaviour from the operation so far include:

    About11.30am, Thursday 2 April 2015, Coonabarabran Highway Patrol stopped a 52-year-old Wellington man driving on the Newell Highway Patrol at Coonabarabran. The vehicle was searched and police allegedly located a tin with cannabis inside, concealed within the rear boot of the car. The driver was issued with a court attendance notice to appear before Coonabarabran Local Court in June for the offence of possess prohibited drug.

    About4pm, Friday 3 April 2015, Coonabarabran Highway Patrol detected an 18-year-old p-plater allegedly travelling at 137km/h on the Mendooran Road South of Coonabarabran. The local man was issued with an infringement notice for exceeding the speed limit by more than 30km/h and his licence was immediately suspended for three months.

    About9.45pm, Friday 3 April 2015, a 35-year-old woman was stopped by police while driving on Gould Road, Eagle Vale. She failed a random roadside drug test and was taken to the local police station where she tested positive to drugs. She had received her licence back nine hours earlier after serving a 24-hour prohibition order. She was issued with a prohibition order.

    About4pm, Friday 3 April 2015, police were conducting patrols of the Pacific Highway, Woolgoolga, when they detected a car being driven by a 40-year-old man, allegedly travelling at 129km/h in a 110km/h zone. The vehicle was stopped and the driver submitted to a breath test. He returned a positive result and was taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station. He returned a breath analysis result of 0.201. He was charged and his driver’s licence suspended. He will appear before Coffs Harbour Local Court on27 April 2015.

    About6pm, Friday 3 April 2015, police were conducting stationary random breath testing in Orlando Street, Coffs Harbour, when they stopped a sedan being driven by a 50-year-old man. He tested negative but was unable to produce a driver’s licence. Checks revealed that he had never held a valid licence in any State or Territory. He was issued with a field court attendance notice to appear at Coffs Harbour

    Local Court on the27 April 2015. .

    On Friday 3 April 2015, a 28-year-old East Maitland woman, driving from Singleton to Rutherford, was stopped for random breath test by police. She returned a positive result and was taken to the local police station where she returned a positive result of 0.156. She had a six-year-old child in her vehicle. She was charged with high-range drink driving and due to appear at Maitland Local Court on11 April 2015.

    At8am, Friday 3 April 2015, a vehicle was stopped on the Federal Highway, Collector, where the 25-year-old driver was arrested for a failed drug test. He was taken to Goulburn Police Station and his vehicle search. Police allegedly seized cannabis and over 350 capsules believed to be MDMA, with an estimated potential street value of $9000.

    About4.15pm, Friday 3 April 2015, 57-year-old man was stopped on Hume Highway, Gunning, for allegedly travelling at 125km/h in a 110km/h zone. Checks revealed he has never held a driver’s licence.

    About4pm, Thursday 2 April 2015, a 49-year-old driver from Victoria was travelling along Echuca Street, Moama, when he was allegedly caught by Deniliquin Traffic & Highway Patrol using his mobile phone to take a ‘selfie’ of himself while driving. He allegedly extended his hand out of his vehicle taking the photograph as he past the police officers. The driver was issued a traffic infringement notice, ‘use mobile phone when not permitted’ incurring a $311 fine and lost three demerit points.

    About1.45am,Saturday 4 April 2015, a 55-year-old driver was stopped after being observed to leave the roadway whilst negotiating a right hand bend upon Brobenah Road, Leeton. He was subjected to a roadside breath test which proved positive and taken to Leeton Police Station where he returned a reading of 0.179. His driver’s licence was suspended and he was issued a field court attendance notice to appear at Leeton Local Court on5 June 2015for the offence of high-range drink driving.

    About3:30pm, Friday 3 April 2015, Barrier Highway Patrol police stopped a vehicle due to expired registration/insurance. The 50-year-old driver was found to have never held a licence and was issued with a field court attendance notice. His 45-year-old male passenger had an outstanding warrant and was taken to Dareton Police Station as a result.

    At1pm, Friday 3 April 2015, a 39-year-old Euabalong West man was allegedly detected driving in Euabalong with eight passengers, seven of which were unrestrained.

    At1pm, Friday 3 April 2015, a 38-year-old male from Gordon was stopped on the M4 at Wentworthville, allegedly using a mobile phone. He was issued an infringement notice; driver use mobile phone when not permitted. Five minutes later the same man was stopped by the same police officer on the M4 Motorway, allegedly using his mobile phone whilst driving again. The driver was stopped and issued with another infringement notice for the same offence

    Operation Tortoise began on Thursday 2 April and ends11:59pmonMonday 6 April 2015with double demerits in place for speeding, seat-belt and motorcycle helmet offences.

    Officers will be targeting speeding, seatbelts, alcohol and drug-affected drivers, fatigue and distraction, and will be a highly-visible presence while on patrol throughout the state.

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  • Torchlight Lantern Procession: Photos

    Torchlight Lantern Procession: Photos Tye Cumming, Lily Darmody, Tiffany Smith, Levi and Tiffany Cumming and Shanon Mitchell.Picture: PETER WEAVING
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    Jemima and Tim Jemima Egan.Picture: PETER WEAVING

    Jake, Vanessa, Lilah and Craig Reptik.Picture: PETER WEAVING

    Mary and Kevin Burrow.Picture: PETER WEAVING

    Jocelyn Chiu and Isabelle Cheung.Picture: PETER WEAVING

    Aish Tupper, Abby and Meg McCarthy and Maeve Tupper.Picture: PETER WEAVING

    Crowds gather for the Bendigo Torchlight Procession.Picture: PETER WEAVING

    Isaiah Chibs, Danielle Penna, Alexander Biggs with Little.Picture: PETER WEAVING

    April McEwen-Price, Haylee Hoggan and Jayda Hoggan-Lord.Picture: PETER WEAVING

    Ebony Johansen, Gemma McPhee and Georgia Marrone.Picture: PETER WEAVING

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  • Dubbo Square evacuated

    Verbal threats on the telephone resulted in the evacuation of Dubbo Square Charter Hall on Saturday afternoon. Photo: LAURA McINTYREEMERGENCY services were called to Dubbo Square Charter Hall shortly after 2pm on Saturday, April 4.
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    Orana Local Area Command Inspector Gemini Bakos said Coles supermarket management had received a telephone call from an unhappy customer.

    “There were many verbal threats made,” Inspector Bakos said.

    In response to the telephone call, Coles management and Dubbo Square Charter Hall management made the decision to evacuate the entire centre.

    Police were on the scene at 2:10pm, Inspector Bakos said.

    “Dubbo police assisted with the evacuation and conducted their own investigation in Coles,” she said.

    At 2:43pm, the area was deemed safe by Orana Local Area Command and was reopened.

    “This was decided by both Dubbo Square Charter Hall management and Coles management.”

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  • A pillar of strengthPhotos

    OVERWHELMED: Wagga woman Amanda Norman was speechless with the turnout for the world record attempt. Picture: Kieren L TillyThey call multiple sclerosis the “invisible” disease because it’s hard to tell who is affected by it, but on Saturday the city put a human face to the illness that impactsthousands of Australians.
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    It was a show of support for Wagga woman Amanda Norman, who will fly to Russia later this year to undergo radical but “life changing” stem cell treatment.

    “I don’t know what to say,” Ms Norman said, holding back tears. “I’m lost for words. Where do you even begin to thank people?”

    A pillar of strength | Photos Cassie Sutton, 12, at Wagga’s world record attempt at Bolton Park. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

    Adam Franks, 9, and Wendy Franks at Wagga’s world record attempt at Bolton Park. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

    John Curtis, of Mudlarks Pottery and Ceramics, at Wagga’s world record attempt at Bolton Park. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

    Sienna Heffernan, 5, at Wagga’s world record attempt at Bolton Park. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

    James Sutton and Brooke Lunch, 8, at Wagga’s world record attempt at Bolton Park. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

    Thomas Sutton, 11, Amber Lynch, 13, and Jack Lynch, 11, at Wagga’s world record attempt at Bolton Park. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

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    Spectators show off their paper hats at Wagga’s world record attempt at Bolton Park. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

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  • Machete attack accused out on bail

    A manaccused of attacking his friend with a machete was reacting in anger after having his bathroom smeared with faeces, a Wollongong court has heard.
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    Chilean national Cristian Adrian Celedon Carrasco, 38, faced Port Kembla Local Court Saturday morning charged with wounding the 48-year-old man with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

    The court heard the men had been drinking at the Harp Hotel for two hours on Thursday night before they returned to Celedon’s Corrimal Street apartment.

    Celedon allegedly went to the bathroom to check on the older man and found he haddefecated himself and was spreading faeces around the room.

    Police allege Celedon armed himself with a large Gurkha-style knife and struck the man‘s right hand, cutting him to the bone, when he refused to clean up the mess.

    The court heard Celedon then ejected the man from the unit and threw his pants into the complex stairwell.

    The victim left the unit bleeding profusely, wearing only a shirt, and walked to Wollongong Police Station.

    Police officers had great difficulty obtaining details of what had happened.

    The man’s blood trail led them to Celedon’s unit.

    The court heard Celedon, who speaks only limited English, had provided conflicting versions of what had happened, via Spanish-speaking interpreters.

    He was granted bail on condition that he not consume alcohol during his period of remand and avoid ports of departure.

    He must also comply with an apprehended violence order that prohibits him from going within 100 metres of the alleged victim.

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  • Tensions threaten to boil over at Brisbane Reclaim Australia rally

    One Nation founder Pauline Hanson addresses the Reclaim Australia rally in Brisbane. Photo: Robert Shakespeare Outnumbered, but not outvolumed. The counter rally to Reclaim Australia in Brisbane. Photo: Robert Shakespeare
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    Police issued two protesters with move on directions and charged one for public nuisance. Photo: Robert Shakespeare

    Passions threatened to boil over in Brisbane’s King George Square on Saturday as insults flew between an anti-Islamic rally, at which Pauline Hanson took centre stage, and a pro-multiculturalism counter-rally.

    Perennial political candidate Ms Hanson, the leader of One Nation, told one of the 16 Reclaim Australia rallies held across Australia on Saturday that Islam was a threat to their safety.

    At the same time, the smaller counter-rally chanted and held anti-Nazi banners.

    “It makes me sick to look around at this crowd and think that each one of us has a potential target on our heads by extreme individuals and terrorist groups,” Ms Hanson said.

    “Many Muslim extremists are leaving Australia to fight for ISIL, an organisation that hates western values and democracy.

    “…If those men have gone to fight Australian citizens with dual citizenship, I call on their citizenship to be revoked.”

    Ms Hanson, who has not been elected to office since 1996, told the crowd One Nation would contest Senate seats in every state at the next federal election.

    That announcement was met by cheers by the crowd, many of whom expressed concern that sharia law would be enforced upon Australia.

    Neither side covered itself in glory – chants of “Muslims are welcome, bigots are not” and “Nazi scum off our streets” were countered with chants of “Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi” and “bullshit bullshit bullshit”.

    One of the organisers of the counter-protest, Shayne Hunter, said it was important to send a message to Muslims that the Reclaim Australia crowd was not representative of the wider community.

    “We displayed that these views aren’t acceptable and that there is vocal opposition to the scapegoating of Muslims and blaming Muslims for everything,” he said.

    “We also showed that people understand the issue of Islamic terrorism is multidimensional.

    “Not all Muslims are to blame for it and there’s a lot of things that Australia could do, like thinking about the war crimes in Iraq and how that leads to hatred within some minorities in the Muslim world.”

    The two competing rallies at times threatened to spill over into violence, but a heavy police presence ensured no major flare-ups.

    There were some minor scuffles, however, requiring police intervention.

    Two people were given move on directions, while one man was issued with a notice to appear in court on public nuisance charges.

    Inspector David Cuskelly estimated there were about 1000 protesters in King George Square, 800 of whom were part of the Reclaim Australia rally and the remaining 200 part of the counter-rally.

    “I think generally it went very well,” he said.

    “It’s an emotive topic and our role here is to ensure people can assemble peacefully and get their point across and that’s what we’ve done today by the way we’ve managed it.

    “There were a couple of instances where people had to be separated and moved on, but there were no arrests made.”

    While Reclaim Australia organisers and most sympathisers outright rejected the “Nazi” jibes from the other group, there was evidence of some extremist infiltration.

    Users of an online white supremacy forum seen by Fairfax Media urged fellow neo-Nazis to attend the rally “undercover” to “preach our message”.

    “So no swastikas guys. No Celtic cross. No ‘Nationalist’ stuff,” the user wrote.

    “So please skinheads. Leave you suspenders and combat boots at home. Tomorrow is a undercover OP (sic) for us.”

    At least one man in the Reclaim Australia rally ignored that advice and wore a Golden Dawn t-shirt, representing a neo-Nazi party that has gained prominence in Greece in recent years.

    Mr Hunter said the neo-Nazi presence showed fascism was “not a thing of the past”.

    “They have a right to free speech, we also have a right to free speech,” he said.

    “We have a right to assemble here, a right to use our voice and challenge their louder, bigoted, racist and openly Nazi views.

    “We have a right to come here, share that platform and share our platform.”

    One of the Reclaim Australia organisers, who would only provide her first name, Cheryl, said the counter-rally was “not any of my business”.

    “We had the legal permits, we did everything legally, so it’s freedom of speech,” she said.

    “…We didn’t invade their space, they did what they did.”

    Dubious symbolism was not limited to the Reclaim Australia crowd – North Korean and Soviet flags flew over the counter-rally, and many of its front line participants covered their faces with scarves or Anonymous-style Guy Fawkes masks.

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  • Still no sign of missing boy Luke Shambrook despite search in Fraser National Park

    Teams of rescuers are searching for Luke ShambrookRescue, SES and members of the public are still searching for 11 year old Luke Shambrook who went missing (around 9:30am Good Friday ) from the Candlebark camping ground in Fraser National Park, Lake Eildon. Photo by Penny Stephens. The Age. 4TH APRIL 2015 Photo: Penny StephensPolice and campers continue to frantically scour the vast and thick scrub in a national park near Lake Eildon for 11-year-old Luke Shambrook who has been missing since 9.30am on Friday.
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    The search is made more difficult because young Luke may not want to be found. He has autism, limited speech and a habit of hiding.

    “He may not even know he is lost,” said Sergeant Greg Paul, leading the search effort in the Fraser National Park.

    “He won’t necessary respond to searchers … he may not necessarily respond to being called. That may change a bit as he gets hungry. We don’t know whether he’s curled up sleeping somewhere, or whether he’s hiding.”

    About 60 police, SES officers and professional search and rescue personnel are taking part in the search, along with more than 50 campers taking time from out their Easter holidays.

    But even searching is nigh on impossible. The tea tree grows thick around Lake Eildon’s Candlebark Campground, where Luke was last spotted on Friday morning. His family were camping nearby.

    The searchers all but disappear into the scrub, the only trace little blue ribbons to mark areas already searched. Luke is a needle in the tea tree.

    It dropped to about 8 degrees overnight, but Luke was dressed warmly and searchers say it’s likely he survived the night. They are more concerned about the water – Luke is fascinated by it but unable to swim.

    “It was pretty cold last night, but not life-threatening cold,” said Sergeant Paul.

    “Luke was last seen wearing a jacket, he had a beanie with him. The daytime temp up here has been fairly warm. Obviously he’d be hungry and cold by now.”

    The Shambrook family released a statement on Saturday afternoon thanking campers for their efforts to find their son.

    “[We] are very grateful for the diligence and huge effort put in by all emergency units, volunteers, family and friends in searching for Luke. Our thanks to everyone for their ongoing prayers and support,” the statement read.

    Police have been inundated with offers to help, with many people who aren’t even camping nearby driving into the Fraser National Park to aid the search. It is believed the Shambrook extended family are regular visitors to the area.

    One camper said so many people in the area knew Luke that when the news broke campsites were quickly deserted as people rushed to join the search.

    “He has been walking in the area before … but we’re not sure how much he’d recall from his previous walks,” Sergeant Paul said.

    A police helicopter spent much of Saturday scouring the bushland with an infrared camera, hoping to pick up Luke’s heat signatures, while the police dog squad searches for his scent.

    State Emergency Service crews and water police have been combing the lake’s shores. Another camper said the lake was at quite a low level, so it was unlikely someone would have fallen in – Luke would have had to wade through a fair bit of mud to get to the waterline.

    Police scuba teams have also been sent to scour holes, gullies and water tanks in the national park in case Luke is hiding inside, while campers are being asked to check their tents.

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  • Awakening of the Dragon ceremony: Photos

    Awakening of the Dragon ceremony: Photos Intermediate Flag and Fan Dancers Bendigo Chinese Association
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    Intermediate Flag and Fan Dancers Bendigo Chinese Association

    Leader of the Hung Gar Yar Shu (Melbourne) Dancers

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    Hung Gar Yar Shu (Melbourne) Dancers performing a Lion Ball dance

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    Awakening of the Dragon Ceremony

    Bendigo Chinese Association General of the Lion Dancers

    Bendigo Chinese Association Lotus dancers doing the donation dance

    Bendigo Chinese Association Lotus dancers doing the donation dance

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    Bendigo Chinese Association Lotus dancers doing the donation dance

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    Bendigo Chinese Association Lion Dancersbeing applauded

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    Intermediate Flag and Fan Dancers Bendigo Chinese Association

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  • For Sunday April 5

    Feel guilt-free about indulging in some Easter eggs this weekend by getting active every day. Here are some two-minute examples of how to get moving for effective fat-burning. Add all seven for this week together for a tough 14-minute workout.
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    Sunday’s 2-minute challenge

    50 skips

    5 push-ups

    10 squats

    * Looking for healthy food options? Click here for our seven-day meal plan.

    * Photos: See who’sgetting fit in the Hunter

    Missed previous challenges? Catchup here.

    WEEK 1

    ●Saturday Feb 7

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    WEEK 2: FAMILY WEEK

    ●Saturday Feb 14

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    WEEK 3: OFFICE WEEK

    ● Saturday Feb 21

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    WEEK 4: ARM WEEK

    ● Saturday Feb 28

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    ●Saturday March 7

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    ● Saturday March 14

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    ● Saturday March 21

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    WEEK 8: SKIP TO IT

    ● Saturday March 28

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  • AFL Round One: Melbourne Demons vs Gold Coast SunsPhotos

    AFL Round One: Melbourne Demons vs Gold Coast Suns | Photos Photos from the round one AFL match the Melbourne Demons and the Gold Coast Suns at the MCG on April 4, 2015. Photo: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images
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    Photos from the round one AFL match the Melbourne Demons and the Gold Coast Suns at the MCG on April 4, 2015. Photo: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

    Photos from the round one AFL match the Melbourne Demons and the Gold Coast Suns at the MCG on April 4, 2015. Photo: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

    Photos from the round one AFL match the Melbourne Demons and the Gold Coast Suns at the MCG on April 4, 2015. Photo: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

    Photos from the round one AFL match the Melbourne Demons and the Gold Coast Suns at the MCG on April 4, 2015. Photo: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

    Photos from the round one AFL match the Melbourne Demons and the Gold Coast Suns at the MCG on April 4, 2015. Photo: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

    Photos from the round one AFL match the Melbourne Demons and the Gold Coast Suns at the MCG on April 4, 2015. Photo: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

    Photos from the round one AFL match the Melbourne Demons and the Gold Coast Suns at the MCG on April 4, 2015. Photo: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

    Photos from the round one AFL match the Melbourne Demons and the Gold Coast Suns at the MCG on April 4, 2015. Photo: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

    Photos from the round one AFL match the Melbourne Demons and the Gold Coast Suns at the MCG on April 4, 2015. Photo: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

    Photos from the round one AFL match the Melbourne Demons and the Gold Coast Suns at the MCG on April 4, 2015. Photo: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

    Photos from the round one AFL match the Melbourne Demons and the Gold Coast Suns at the MCG on April 4, 2015. Photo: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

    Photos from the round one AFL match the Melbourne Demons and the Gold Coast Suns at the MCG on April 4, 2015. Photo: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

    Photos from the round one AFL match the Melbourne Demons and the Gold Coast Suns at the MCG on April 4, 2015. Photo: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

    TweetFacebookFirst, Colin Garland outmarked his opponent on the Melbourne half-back line, turned, took off and kicked. Then Jay Kennedy-Harris marked, looked sideways, played on and placed his pass onto the chest of a moving Dom Tyson. Tyson took a few quick steps, sidestepped an approaching Gold Coast defender, took a few more and then guided the ball towards goal.

    Already, Jesse Hogan had taken a big mark at centre half-forward, refusing to be spoiled. Angus Brayshaw had run a player down in the centre square, Jack Viney had won more of the ball than anyone and Aaron Vandenberg had taken a mark as gutsy as Hogan’s. But Tyson’s running goal completed the Demons’ best bit of play yet: quick, precise, confident. It pushed them four goals clear of the Suns but it also raised a question: what would happen from there?

    The query was a reasonable one, given that for its many fresh faces in recent years, Melbourne had not won four points in round one since 2005. Not since John Howard was Prime Minister, the Bali Nine was arrested, Pope John Paul II died, Lance Armstrong won his seventh Tour de France and Britney Spears won a Grammy had the Demons started the season with a win and that was three coaches ago, six if you count the interims. Mark Jamar was the only member of Saturday’s side to have played in that match alongside David Neitz, Clint Bizzell, Jeff White, Adem Yze and others.

    The question also applied to the Suns, who were far from their usual slick selves and with Tom Lynch missing had no one other than Sam Day to look for moving forward. They began their first challenge early in the second half, winning more contested possessions, moving the ball forward with more urgency and starting to score with a little more ease. Three goals in a row had them within 12 points by halfway through the third quarter and more players were starting to contribute, but it was then that their other problem started to become more apparent.

    For all their attacking, the Suns weren’t simultaneously about to hold Melbourne back when the Demons got the ball. Not enough to make them anywhere anxious enough, anyway. And Melbourne wanted to hold on. Brayshaw took a tough mark. Nathan Jones kept running, Viney too. Jack Watts forced the ball to ground on the goal line so that Jeff Garlett could poke it back over with his toe. When Vandenberg smothered a ball on the 50-metre line and handballed off to a running Ben Newton, the Demons were exactly where they were half an hour earlier: four goals clear.

    They still needed to resist one last time, from a more pressured position, to make sure it all ended in a win. It happened quickly, too: Jarrod Harbrow scored in the first minute of the last quarter and then Gary Ablett bobbed up not once but twice in the forward pocket, dodging, evading and slipping past players to kick two quick goals and cut the gap to eight points, with more than half of the quarter to go.

    Again, the Demons persisted. Again they refused to panic, and again they were able to turn their hard work into goals. Watts kicked his third, around the corner from the boundary line after the ball bounced off Rory Thompson’s boot and over the line on the full. Hogan took another big mark. Newton snapped his second goal and young Sun Jack Martin helped them out at the other end, not quite making the most of his three opportunities. But the “this feels over” moment came when Nick Malceski’s pass out of the back line was intercepted by Heritier Lumumba, who was only ever going to take off, straighten up and thump through a goal.

    There was so much more to like. Watts didn’t stop working, his three goals a nice bonus. Newton (foot skills), Garlett (genius), and Lumumba (who linked the half-back and half-forward lines together nicely) all got a tick. Hogan hit the ball hard and didn’t look like a player held up by his body for so long. Brayshaw was what he was before he got to the club last November: hard, tough, competitive. So was the older Vandenberg. Given the chance to play under slightly less stress than they did for most of last season, McDonald and the other defenders controlled most of what went on around them. Any number of others deserved a spot on the best player list: Nathan Jones, Jack Viney, Jeremy Howe, Lynden Dunn, Colin Garland, Tyson.

    Melbourne know more than any other team what can go wrong. But the Demons ran and kept running; they seemed to be in motion for most of the day. They looked like a more confident, calm, organised and proactive side, but one willing to knuckle down when it looked like things were starting to turn against them. This was just a start, against a slightly underdone side that needs one or two of its key forwards back badly. But it was a very, very promising one.

    MELBOURNE17.13(115)GOLD COAST13.11(89)

    Goals: Melbourne:J Watts 3 B Newton 2 D Tyson 2 J Garlett 2 J Hogan 2 A vandenBerg C Garland C Salem H Lumumba M Jamar N Jones.Gold Coast:G Ablett 2 M Rischitelli 2 S Day 2 A Saad A Sexton D Gorringe D Swallow H Bennell J Harbrow T Miller.

    Umpires:Chris Donlon, Luke Farmer, Brendan Hosking.

    Reports: Gold Coast:M Shaw (Gold Coast) reported for rough conduct on Dean Kent (Melbourne) in the first quarter.

    Official Crowd:27,013 at MCG.