• Duncan sees big picture in his faith

    Landscape photographer Ken Duncan’s Good Friday address focused on his photography Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ.
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    A MAN hired to photograph stills from The Passion of the Christ is in Launceston as part of the city’s Easter Community Festival.

    Ken Duncan spoke at the Tramsheds at Inveresk yesterday about his experiences with the film and its impact on his faith.

    Duncan, a friend of director Mel Gibson since the pair were at school, said his involvement with The Passion of the Christ confirmed his religious beliefs.

    He likened working alongside Jim Caviezel, who played Jesus in the film, to being in a “3D confessional”.

    “It was such a graphic reminder of what Jesus went through,” Duncan said.

    “I was a Christian before the film but when I saw that I thought ‘there’s no way that didn’t happen’. When you look at the evidence, you can’t just write it off.”

    Organising committee member Andrew Corbett said that the festival would tap into the Easter tradition of inspiring great art, music and thought. Duncan is one of three key figures at the festival, with law professor Tim McCormack representing “thought” and astronomer Professor Fred Watson, who put himself through university by playing the guitar, representing music.

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  • A mother’s pride in her family of loyal Knights

    Happy family: Mrs Mata’utia with her sons Pat, Sione and Chanel at Nobbys Beach. Photo: Marina Neil Happy family: Mrs Mata’utia with her sons Pat, Sione and Chanel at Nobbys Beach. Photo: Marina Neil
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    Happy family: Mrs Mata’utia with her sons Pat, Sione and Chanel at Nobbys Beach. Photo: Marina Neil

    Happy family: Mrs Mata’utia with her sons Pat, Sione and Chanel at Nobbys Beach. Photo: Marina Neil

    Matalena Mata’utia’s eyes well with tears, and not because of the howling nor’easter blowing sand and grit from nearby Nobbys Beach.

    Mrs Mata’utia is talking about her beloved boys, and how proud she is of them, and where they have come from, and what they have achieved. Those boys, Sione, Pat and Chanel Mata’utia, turned down offers from Canterbury to sign new three-year contracts with the Newcastle Knights two weeks ago. Being close to their mother, and continuing to represent their adopted home town and the club where they began their flourishing footy careers, is why they stayed.

    “When they said they’d been asked by other clubs to go there, I said ‘Do what you have to do, but I’m not moving’,” Mrs Mata’utia said. “I’m settled here and I’ve gotten used to the life here. I think they felt like they wouldn’t do well without me but I wanted them to go and experience that for themselves if they wanted to. But they decided to stay because I said I wasn’t moving. I’m happy that they’re staying, but I’m just happy because they’re settled and they’re happy.” Mrs Mata’utia raised the boys, Sione’s twin sister Sylvia, and older siblings Josephine, Jana and Peter, mostly on her own. Working several jobs to keep the children fed, clothed and housed, she did it tough, initially in Sydney’s inner western suburbs around Bankstown and Liverpool, then relocating to Raymond Terrace and eventually resettling in Mayfield.

    Though 18-year-old Sione is the baby of the family, he does most of the talking for 21-year-old Pat and 22-year-old Chanel. He has assumed the role of patriarch since 24-year-old Peter left the Knights to join St George Illawarra last year. “I’ve noticed that everything has to go through this boy, even though he’s the youngest, but it’s good for him to take control of things and learn how to handle things,” she said of Sione. “He makes decisions for himself and what’s suitable for him, but I’m proud of him that he’s 18 and he’s more of the leader of the group than the older boys. I’m happy and I’m proud of all them that they’re doing well for themselves but it wasn’t an expectation for me when I first put them into rugby [league]. All I did was throw them in there to get them off the street, but I didn’t expect them to go this far and be successful.”

    Mrs Mata’utia said her allegiances were tested when the boys play each other, as they did several times last year, so she sits on the fence. Sione will be the family’s sole representative when the Knights play the Dragons on Saturday.

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  • No worries on legal mistake

    THE Law Society of Tasmania says it’s unlikely that a 30-year-flaw in the way that magistrates have been appointed will affect past legal decisions.
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    Yesterday the state government revealed that magistrates, coroners and justices of the peace hadn’t been appointed in accordance with the law for three decades.

    The realisation saw the government scramble to swear in all current magistrates properly yesterday morning to ensure that their authority was valid.

    Magistrates, coroners and justices of the peace are meant to take the “judicial oath” in front of Tasmania’s governor or a Supreme Court justice.

    But since the mid-80s it appears they’ve only been taking the oath in front of other magistrates.

    Attorney-General Vanessa Goodwin said “legal doctrine” would uphold the validity of past decisions, sentences and actions made by magistrates.

    Law society president Matthew Verney said the alternative would be “somewhat chaotic” and he didn’t envisage any challenges to past decisions in the magistrates court.

    “The bottom line is to maintain public confidence in the courts, and I don’t think that’s been challenged by this,” he said.

    Mr Verney said it was positive to see government publicly identifying the problem and addressing it.

    The government did not say how the oversight was caught.

    However, Ms Goodwin has previously said that she hoped to modernise some of the state’s legal practices.

    She said the requirement to have the judicial oath taken by the Governor was “impractical and outdated”.

    “An amendment will be introduced in the next sitting of Parliament … to allow the oath to be taken before a magistrate,” she said.

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  • Cats in fine form to maul Robins

    WYNYARD 24.26 (142) -d- ULVERSTONE 11.10 (76)WYNYARD started the new season from where it left off last year, beating arch-rival Ulverstone last night.
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    The Cats went through the 2014 season undefeated and have started in similar fashion, casting aside one of the teams expected to give them a run for their money this year.

    It was a familiar sight at Wynyard with key forward Gregg Sharman kicking eight.

    Zane Murphy came off the field in the last term to rest a minor ankle injury but he should be fit to play against East Devonport next week.

    Although many of last year’s premiership players are missing, the Cats are still going to be a formidable force.

    Sharman, the competition’s leading goalkicker in 2014, is likely to get plenty of support this season as brothers Nick and Tom Mitchell kicked three goals each, as did Stuart Turner.

    Turner is on the comeback trail this year after missing last season with a shoulder injury.

    Ulverstone went into last night’s game under-manned with several of its top players missing. New Robins’ coach Justin Rodman made his presence felt with three goals in the opening half.

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  • Rule change too negative

    THERE had to be a definitive statewide ruling from AFL Victoria on finals eligibility.
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    The ruling it did make was just too negative.

    AFL Victoria has declared this week that any player who plays more than 10 games in the Victorian Football League will be barred from returning to their nominated home grassroots club for finals.

    This is designed to stop players fine-tuning their game at the state’s top level – against and alongside AFL-listed players – then dropping back to dominate country and suburban flag bids.

    Something had to happen because there was no uniform ruling to restrict VFL players.

    AFL Victoria community football operations manager Gerard Ryan told The Courier there had been concerns raised with the game’s state governing body about this.

    Ballarat Football League club presidents Peter Carey (North Ballarat City) and Jack Ogilvie (Sunbury) have been outspoken against the ruling and deny any consultation on concerns.

    Imagine the uproar – probably a happy roar from the Lions – should decorated North Ballarat Roosters ruckman Orren Stephenson suddenly appear onfield for Redan in September if the Roosters missed the finals.

    Unlikely, but still possible.

    The crunch would be felt more on fringe VFL players and their community club.

    A more positive ruling on finals eligibility would be to flip the AFL Victoria stance.

    In the Ballarat Football League there is a mandatory three-game standard to qualify for finals. Why not adopt this across the state’s club competitions? Even lift it to four or five games if you want to make it a little harder for VFL players looking to return home.

    This would instead encourage predominantly younger, developing players to keep striving to take their game to the highest level they can, rather than worry about potential game-count repercussions.

    Those playing key VFL roles are unlikely to return to community football enough to qualify under this alternate standard anyway. The Roosters, for example, have two byes this season and there is no break for interstate football because the VFL has the year off.

    Senior players clocking up serious minutes – and those carrying niggling injuries or sore bodies – do not return to grassroots football in their breaks.

    This is all part of player management. Clubs know this when they take on a VFL-listed player.

    Generally, when a VFL player is returning from injury via a home club, it is only for a week or two, in the same way AFL clubs might work a star player back through its VFL arm.

    The Roosters had North Melbourne captain Andrew Swallow in action for two games last season.

    If a VFL player takes to the field for a home club longer than that, struggling to find form or struggling for selection, then they, too, deserve a chance to represent their home club in finals.

    Sunbury duo Jack Sheahan and Daniel Toman each chalked up the mandatory three games in the BFL home-and-away season to play finals for the Lions last year.

    Under AFL Victoria’s new rule, both would have been deemed ineligible due to their game time with the now-defunct Bendigo Gold.

    Lions president Ogilvie raised an interesting point in what would now happen should either have played 11 VFL games and then been dropped.

    What club would want such a quality player whose season would end in the final round?

    VFL players who return to grassroots clubs are a bonus for their home team and league to which they return.

    Any time a high-calibre player, or developing player exposed to high-level competition and training, makes a homecoming, they lift the standard of those around them.

    Access to such players ultimately makes the game stronger and more exciting across the whole state.

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  • Ballarat Heritage Weekend to pay homage to Anzac centenary

    On song: Ballarat City councillor Samantha McIntosh with members of the Federation University Graduating Actors Company, who will perform as part of Ballarat Heritage Weekend. PICTURE: LACHLAN BENCESTURT Street was alive with the sound of Federation University performing arts students on Thursday.
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    The Federation University Graduating Actors Company students were warming up their vocal chords for next month’s Ballarat Heritage Weekend.

    The students have been behind the scenes preparing to perform a series of war-themed shows, including the epic 1960s musical Oh, What a Lovely War.

    The musical will be performed nightly at the Helen Macpherson Smith Theatre.

    Students will also perform in a pop-up concert featuring iconic songs from both World Wars at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.

    Director of the project Bryce Ives said all the performances were about retelling iconic chapters in Australia’s history.

    “It will be a rigorous work of art,” Mr Ives said.

    “The idea behind the concept is to connect and draw comparisons between now and what people were experiencing during wartime 100 years ago.”

    He said students would also be taking patrons on a walking Anzac tour, which will retrace the steps of World War I soldiers in Ballarat.

    Mr Ives said students will be reading personal diary passages and letters from World War I soldiers during the tour.

    People are also invited to bring along their own war memorabilia.

    City of Ballarat councillor Samantha McIntosh said Ballarat’s unique historic streetscape would come to life for the weekend.

    “We all know history lives in Ballarat all year round but Heritage Weekend really is our chance to celebrate and discover parts of Ballarat you may have never explored before,” Cr McIntosh said. “It will be a particularly significant historical showcase this year as we come into the Anzac centenary.”

    Other highlights of the weekend will include an extensive display of military vehicles, steam train and double decker bus rides around the city.

    Fashion enthusiasts can step back in time with a Charlotte Smith war-themed fashion parade and an exhibition dedicated to vintage aprons.

    Special guests will include archaeologist and ABC television host of Who’s Been Sleeping In My House, Adam Ford.

    Ballarat Heritage Weekend will be held from May 9 to 10 from 10am to 5pm.

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  • Walters takes medal after Dockers thump Magpies

    Burnie Dockers ruck-rover Harry Walters capped a dream start to the season.BURNIE 16.13 (109) -d- DEVONPORT 9.5 (59)BURNIE Dockers ruck-rover Harry Walters capped a dream start to the 2015 State League season when he took out the inaugural Cameron Baird Memorial Medal after his team’s 40-point win over Devonport.
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    The 27-year-old on-baller was in the thick of play all night in the game played at West Park and was presented with his medal before an appreciative crowd after the final siren.

    Cameron Baird was Australia’s last Victoria Cross winner and lost his life in a gunbattle in Afghanistan.

    His father Doug, a former player with Cooee, came from interstate and made the presentation of the medal to Walters.

    The Baird Medal will become an annual feature for the best player in future Burnie-Devonport derbies.

    Burnie overcame a slow start last night to reel in the Magpies and go on to a big win in perfect conditions at West Park.

    Devonport led early by three goals before the Burnie machine moved into top gear and the Dockers were clearly the better team on the night.

    Walters gained great assistance from Darren Banham who challenged him for the Baird Medal and it was also the Burnie big men led by Nick McKenna, Jason Laycock and “fly-in” Cameron Cloke who caused damage to Devonport.

    McKenna, recognised as one of the best defenders in the competition, found himself on the forward line and was effective kicking four goals.

    Laycock was credited with eight marks in the first quarter and went on to take 13 for the game in an impressive start to the season while Cloke made his presence felt as the game progressed.

    Devonport was left to lick its wounds with new coach Mitch Thorp assisted off in the last term, and he is in doubt for next week’s clash with the Tigers.

    Thorp had played well until he was injured, and the Magpies would have been happy with the debut of former Wynyard big man Sam Douglas.

    Kade Pitchford appears ready to continue on from where he left off last year while Sean McCrossen and Ben Hawkes were impressive.

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  • Burnie unable to match the experience of Devonport

    DEVONPORT 19.24 (138) -d- BURNIE 6.7 (43)THE Devonport Magpies are on top of the ladder after making a brilliant debut against the Burnie Dockers in their NWFL match at West Park yesterday.
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    The Magpies, sprinkled with many players who have had State League experience, stamped their authority from the opening bounce, and the outcome was never in doubt.

    On the other hand, Burnie was playing with many youngsters who were at senior level for the first time, and it showed as the Dockers had been able to kick just one goal by three-quarter-time before playing their best football in the final term, when they kicked five goals.

    Devonport was led by former State League captain Al Clements, who dominated from the backline.

    Clements has worked hard over the summer months and is at his fittest and lightest for a couple of seasons.

    He had good support from Jake Howard and Quentin Rataj, who picked up plenty of possessions during the afternoon.

    Rover Brad Taylor, making a comeback after a couple of years away from the game, showed he had lost none of his tenacity for the football and was one of his team’s best.

    Another making a return to football was former Tassie Mariner Clint Matthews in the ruck, and Will Huxtable showed the benefit of State League experience by being the team’s best forward.

    Judging on yesterday, the Magpies will be top-four contenders.

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  • Domestic violence must stop

    No longer silent: Domestic violence victim Caroline Pascoe with her parents Gladys and Grant Pascoe.PICTURE: LACHLAN BENCEToday, The Courier can finally tell the stories of two very brave women.
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    Both have been victims of one violent man.

    Both are bravely speaking up because they don’t want any other woman to suffer what they went through.

    Caroline Pascoe and Kate Moffatt both took their attacker to court, but he received a suspended sentence in one instance and a community-based order in the other.

    Both are also speaking up because they are concerned domestic violence sentences are too lenient, and the legal system fails the victims.

    As Ms Pascoe says: “Society and the legal system say you have to speak up and have a voice, but you need to be supported when you do speak up.”

    Both women also wanted their assailant named, as his criminal convictions over their assaults are a matter of public record.

    And they want all women to live free of fear, with both determined to make a difference.

    Ms Pascoe is now a passionate anti-domestic violence campaigner.

    “I don’t want any other woman to go through what I went through. I may have laid down for a little while, but I never gave up the fight,” she said.

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  • Woodcock’s injury takes shine off strong Latrobe win

    East Devonport’s Stuart Carter gets a handpass away under pressure from Latrobe pair Michael Flint and Rodney Coghlan yesterday. Pictures: PHILLIP BIGGS
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    LATROBE 18.13 (127) -d- EAST DEVONPORT 6.11 (47)LATROBE’S 80-point win over East Devonport was soured by a serious injury to onballer Gavin Woodcock.

    The former Baldock Medalist snapped his hamstring just before half-time and is expected to miss at least six weeks of football.

    “Gavin’s our spiritual leader and was having a good game until he was injured,” Latrobe coach Wade Anthony said.

    “It’s very disappointing for Gavin as he did so much work over the summer,”.

    Anthony is in his first year of coaching at Latrobe after making a return to the game and said he was satisfied with Latrobe’s 80-point victory.

    He was a former senior player with Devonport and Latrobe and in 2000 was selected in an All-Australian team after the national country football championships were held in NSW.

    “We were a bit scrappy and inaccurate in front of goal but I couldn’t fault the guys with their endeavour,” he said.

    The Demons gave Anthony little cause for concern by winning the toss and kicking with the breeze in the opening quarter and kicking 7.7 to 1.2.

    “We started well and although we slipped away a bit in the second quarter, it was a satisfying result,”.

    Anthony was full of praise for Michael Flint who was a dominant player for four quarters while rover Rodney Coghlan showed his tenacity to win the ball.

    Over summer Coghlan had considered switching to East Devonport but at the last minute decided to stay with the Demons and made his presence felt yesterday.

    Anthony believes Latrobe will be a competitive side as the season rolls on and said the team still had Rory Gurr, Matthew Sheehan and Zane Good to return.

    Although beaten, East Devonport showed signs of improvement from last year when it went through the season without winning a game.

    The Swans now have some big-bodied defenders such as Nathan Gore and Stuart Carter who both played well and former best and fairest winner Nathan Applebee won his share of the ball in his first game back with the club.

    East Devonport does have a deficieny in the forward line with another big player needed to support Michael Bloomfield and Sam Borlini.

    The team suffered a blow when it was confirmed Jake McDermott had broken his ankle.

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