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Bernard Tomic overcame a mid-match dizzy spell and the evaporation of a two-set lead to defeat seeded American Sam Querrey in five sets in his opening match at Wimbeldon on Tuesday.
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Tomic, playing masterful defence, won the first two sets in tie-breaks, then lost his way and the next two sets in less than 45 minutes. That included a protracted break during the fourth set in which he was seen wincing, blinking and stretching as though in severe pain. A trainer and doctor were called, pills admininstered, and although Tomic lost that set, he gathered himself up to blast to a 6-3 win in the fifth.

“I was starting to get really hot,” he said. “I was dizzy. It wasn’t looking good. I felt bad. I just wanted to sit down. Luckily, it cooled down a bit.”

Tomic said the fainting feeling was new to him, and unexplained. “I’ve got to get it checked out later on,” he said. “Hopefully it goes away.”

Seemingly, drama must always attach to Tomic, but at least this day, it was winning drama. Preceding him on the same court, Sam Stosur despatched the lowest-ranked player in the women’s draw, Slovakia’s Anna Schmiedlova, in straight sets.

But elsewhere, James Duckworth and Matt Ebden lost. Ebden could have expected his fate against fast-rising 12th seed Japanese Kei Nishikori, whose ambition this year is to reach the semi-final of a major. But Duckworth was crestfallen after recovering a two-set deficit against American Denis Kudla, ranked one place below him, then fading away to lose the decider 6-1.

After two days, it leaves Australia in a familiar place: Stosur, Tomic and Lleyton Hewitt through, but nobody else. Australian tennis is still awaiting the cavalry.

Tomic, at least, can be satisfied. He beat Querrey at the Australian Open last year, but that meant nothing ahead of today’s match, for he is like Tomic in that he plays an arrythmic game, consisting of winners – 79 today – or errors – 43 of those. Tomic had less of both, and so can be said to have won because he was the steadier player, a rare twist. But the average rally was fewer than three shots, and the whole match lasted less than two-and-a-half hours, the blink of an eye for a five-setter.

Certainly, Tomic held his nerve when it mattered in the first two sets, then was able to lift his game again at the climax, albeit in something of the “beware the sick golfer” mode. Both can be seen as signs of maturity. His next opponent, veteran American James Blake, will test it in a different way.

For both Stosur and her opponent, this was a case of having to start somewhere.

For Stosur, a big tournament almost always begins with a player ranked many places below her, against whom she can settle her nerves and dust off her game. For Schmiedlova, an 18-year-old Slovakian who is still at school and made this draw only as a lucky loser from qualifying, Stosur represented the highest-ranked player she has met yet, and a chance to begin to make a name more distinctive than one that starts with Anna and ends with ova.

In the end, Stosur’s 6-1, 6-3 win served its purpose. Schmiedlova is of a type, lean, leggy and severely middle European. Since women’s tennis also became a power game, teenagers rarely impose themselves. Mostly, Schmiedlova was overwhelmed by all the extra kilometres in 29-year-old Stosur’s legs and hours in the gym.

The peacable silence of a sunny Wimbledon morning was punctuated by the sound of Schmiedlova’s heavy footfall as she tried to reach yet another forcing shot from Stosur. Her second serve proved especially vulnerable; Stosur swarmed all over it. When Stosur won eight of the first nine points of the match, a rout threatened.

But Schmiedlova was not overawed. Some players look at the winner of a major as if she must know something they do not and cannot. Schmiedlova concentrated instead on herself. Her courtcraft was elegant enough to suggest that she might stand in Stosur’s shoes one day. This day, her acheivement was to force Stosur to use all of her repertoire, for which both would have been pleased.

Stosur said later that Schmiedlova was an honest enough opponent on whom to rehearse the fine tuning she must make to her game on grass. In summary, these mean a lesser dependence on her heavy topspin: a sliced second serve, for instance, and a flatter forehand at times. On grass, she now understands, it is not so much about grooving as instinct. “You just have to react to what’s coming at you,” she said.

The only nit that you might have picked was that sometimes she tried too hard. It is a let, rather than a fault. “Even before today I felt like I was playing well,” she said. “I felt like I’ve been moving better, just overall feel probably a little bit more clarity, when I’m out on the court. I obviously don’t know what that’s going to equate to, but hopefully it’s going to mean a decent tournament for me, because I do feel like I’ve been playing a lot more confidently on grass at the moment.

“I do feel like I’ve been practising probably better than what I have in previous years and able to then at least make some gains and feel like I know what I’m doing and I’m not panicked. I’m not stressed about what I’m trying to do out there.”

Stosur’s unwanted honour in this tournament is that she is the lone Australian standardbearer, the most meagre representation at Wimbledon in 60 years. The least and most that can be said after round one is that that standard still is flying.

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Shanghai Night Net.

STORY: Gallen happy to be Maroons’ target
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STORY: Meninga unmasks anger at Myles’ promotion

HISTORY will not be on the Blues’ side when they run out onto Suncorp Stadium tonight attempting to win their first State of Origin series since 2005.

Seven times they have headed to Brisbane with a 1-nil series lead, yet only once have they walked away victorious.

In fact, of the 16 games that have been played in Queensland with the series on the line, NSW have won just three.

Despite the dire record, NSW say all the pressure is on Queensland to extend Origin’s greatest dynasty heading into tonight’s game.

And as far as the Maroons are concerned, that’s fine by them.

“We’re up against a very committed Blues side who’ve come here to do a job on us,” Meninga said on match eve.

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“A team that wants to go 2-nil up and celebrate all their success when they go back down south for game three.

“We’ve got our backs against the wall, and sometimes that’s the way we like it.”

But the Blues are convinced the Maroons are feeling the pinch heading into the must-win encounter.

They point to the abandonment of Queensland’s pick-and-stick policy and the appeal for a fairer go from the referees as evidence of a group feeling the heat.

“There’s definitely more pressure on them than there has been in the past,” Blues skipper Paul Gallen said.

“We haven’t gone 1-0 in a series since 2008.

“And it’s a different team now. We seem to be a little bit more confident.

“They certainly have got a little bit more pressure on them, and you see it by their changes to their side.”

But capitalising on that pressure has not been a strong suit of the Blues, particularly at Suncorp Stadium.

It’s why Meninga says the Maroons aren’t too concerned about the pressure being applied on his side, especially with seasoned campaigners Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and a fit-again Johnathan Thurston calling the shots.

‘‘They’ve won twice in game one before [during the current seven-year winning streak] and we’ve handled the pressure,’’ Meninga said.

‘‘Six times we’ve gone one-all … [having] to win the third game. That’s pressure, and I think we’ve handled that really well.’’

Pressure aside, Meninga knows what the Maroons dished up in game one won’t be good enough to get the job done tonight, no matter the brilliant record they have at their spiritual home.

‘‘We know we have to do better; we know we have to play better,’’ Meninga said.

‘‘All the little things that make up a rugby league game we’ve got to do better. We have to execute that now.’’

Meninga launched a charm offensive yesterday after the NSW camp accused Queensland of trying to influence the referees before game two.

‘‘We are nice guys, that’s the way we like it.

‘‘We are honest. You can trust us.

‘‘All those nice quantities make up a Queenslander.

‘‘We like to win the fairest way.’’

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SENIOR Catholic clergy have known about, and covered up, the actions of a paedophile priest in the Hunter for at least 16 years, an internal Church report allegedly reveals.

In a jaw-dropping day of evidence before the Special Commission of Inquiry in Newcastle yesterday, it was also revealed that Newcastle police allegedly knew about and held on to the report for almost 12 months before their inaction was raised with the Police Integrity Commission by Newcastle Herald journalist Joanne McCarthy.

The report, compiled by the Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Diocese in 1995, included a confession from disgraced priest Denis McAlinden that he had abused young victims in the preceding years. It also included a letter from Bishop Leo Clarke urging McAlinden to accept his defrocking, move overseas “for the good of the Church” while his “good name” was protected.

The police also had a 26-page statement from a McAlinden victim who referred to Father Brian Lucas’s alleged knowledge of the criminal nature of McAlinden’s offending in 1993.

The victim alleged that Father Lucas knew then that McAlinden had sexual intercourse with a girl under 10 and had used the information to strip the priest of his faculties.

The report was given to police by Ms McCarthy in 2010, but it received little or no attention from a police force hampered by a lack of resources and struggling with investigations of a less historic nature, the inquiry heard.

Counsel for Ms McCarthy, Winston Terracini SC, said the report also showed that clergy had warned McAlinden his activities could attract police attention.

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“If that isn’t trying to protect a paedophile, I don’t know what is,” he said.

“Yes, I agree,” Ms McCarthy replied.

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This is a transcript of a statement by Joanne McCarthy outside the commission yesterday afternoon.

“I am pleased to have assisted this special commission in its inquiry into the NSW police force’s handling of the alleged failure of the Maitland-Newcastle Catholic diocese to disclose the offending of paedophile priest Denis McAlinden. This became known as Strike Force Lantle.

I have the highest confidence in the commission’s staff, and thank them for their support.

I am looking forward with interest to the next stage of this inquiry, scheduled to start next week, which is an historic, timely and necessary investigation into how the Catholic Church handled allegations of child sex abuse by clergy in the Hunter Region.

As difficult as inquiries into these kinds of issues can be, they are important issues. It is worth noting that some of the most significant media investigations, and police prosecutions involving Catholic clergy in Australia, have occurred in the Hunter Region.

JOANNE MCCARTHY

I am very pleased [that] we have a federal royal commission and we have this inquiry looking into specific issues in the Hunter Region . . . on the back of a Victorian parliamentary inquiry which has really exposed to the Australian public the very real differences between what the Catholic Church has said in the past about how it deals with these matters, and what it actually has done behind the scenes with the victims and their families who have had to deal with the Church on their own.

I think that’s the issue: as a community we are really becoming aware of the perspectives of the victims and their families on this issue, and how they have been left on their own. The reality of what they have to deal with will now be known.”

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SENIOR Catholic clergy in the Hunter knew since 1995 that disgraced priest Denis McAlinden had sexually abused hundreds of victims in the Hunter, but failed to report him to police, an inquiry heard yesterday.

Newcastle police also had evidence of the cover-up for almost 12 months, and took little or no action against the Church.

The sensational evidence was dropped like a bomb before the Special Commission of Inquiry in Newcastle yesterday by Newcastle Herald journalist Joanne McCarthy.

Ms McCarthy revealed she had been given a copy of an internal Church report into Father McAlinden’s offending by a victim of the notorious priest.

She gave the report to police on April 23, 2010, but 12 months later when she lodged a complaint with the Police Integrity Commission, on April 11, 2011, police had yet to take any action against senior clergy.

Counsel for Ms McCarthy, Winston Terracini SC, asked Ms McCarthy during cross-examination if the diocese’s internal report mentioned that Father Brian Lucas was aware of Father McAlinden’s activities.

“Yes,” Ms McCarthy replied.

“Was there any attempt by the police at this point to interview Lucas?” Mr Terracini asked.

“No,” Ms McCarthy said.

“The material tends to indicate the systemic protection of paedophiles?”

“Yes.”

“The material that the police had obviously shows . . . an intention to alert McAlinden [that the Church was aware of his actions]. If that isn’t trying to protect a paedophile, I don’t know what is,” Mr Terracini said.

“Yes, I agree,” Ms McCarthy said.

“Lucas knew that McAlinden had been interfering with children and the priest did nothing about it?”

“Yes.”

A copy of Ms McCarthy’s complaint to the Police Integrity Commission was formally tendered to the commission yesterday. The commission, headed by Commissioner Margaret Cunneen SC, agreed to release a copy to the Herald last night.

In it, Ms McCarthy reveals that the diocese’s 1995 report into Father McAlinden contained a letter from Bishop Leo Clarke to McAlinden. In it, Bishop Clarke recommended that Father McAlinden agree to his proposed defrocking “and go to live somewhere pleasant, like the Philippines”.

Bishop Clarke notes that “in light of your admission to Father Brian Lucas and other evidence”, Father McAlinden should agree to his defrocking “for the good of the Church”.

Bishop Clarke assured Father McAlinden “your good name will be protected by the confidential nature of this process”.

All the information was given to Detective Shaun McLeod, who was working with police Strike Force Georgiana at the time. He recommended a thorough investigation of the matter and alleged cover-ups by senior clergy, but he went on stress leave soon after.

A subsequent police investigation, Strike Force Lantle, was also aware of the material provided by Ms McCarthy, but it was plagued by staff shortages and lack of resources when all three police officers assigned to it went on extended sick leave.

In evidence given to the inquiry earlier yesterday, Ms McCarthy said the diocese knew about other paedophiles within its ranks.

Under questioning from Wayne Roser SC, who is acting for senior police, Ms McCarthy said that if police investigated all the Hunter priests who had been convicted of child sex abuse, they would find that the Church knew something about “every one of them”, but did nothing.

In other evidence, Ms McCarthy denied repeated suggestions that she was acting in collusion with Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox, who blew the whistle on police investigations.

Asked if she had “encouraged” or “urged” Mr Fox to breach police protocols or commit a criminal offence, she said “no”, repeating earlier evidence that while she was aware of strained relations between Mr Fox and other officers, “I didn’t want anything to do with that”.

“My obligation was to the victims . . . to make sure they were looked after by police,” she said.

The inquiry continues today.

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Father Lucas, the general secretary of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, made a brief comment to the Herald last night.

“I’ll deal with this in front of Commissioner Cunneen,” he said.

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ALL day I have searched for an image with which to describe the courtroom feel of the Special Commission of Inquiry sitting in Newcastle.

And the best I can come up with is this: imagine a giant ball of wool that you know is there, but which you cannot see.

Imagine, now, that the court participants – the barristers, the witnesses, the special commissioner Margaret Cunneen – can pull skeins of that ball of wool out into the open and examine them, at length, in minute detail.

That’s what it’s like.

The participants have the full script. The affidavits lodged as evidence in chief. Volume after volume of them, all marked with coloured tabs for ease of finding a particular quote or passage.

The media can apply for material, but approval is not always automatic.

A document colleague Jason Gordon asked for on Monday was given to him yesterday, after the hearing had adjourned, with the sensational results you will read on these pages.

But the people in the gallery must decipher things as best they can.

So we listen, in rapt silence, as Newcastle Herald reporter Joanne McCarthy is cross-examined in length about particular words in emails between her and Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox.

Or as Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Humphrey is asked about his communications with other senior officers over Strike Force Lantle.

One minute we are in 2007.

Then it’s 2010.

In essence, it’s a microscopic examination of a very particular set of circumstances, which were set out by counsel assisting the inquiry Julia Lonergan back in early May. Any questions that stray off that particular patch are quickly objected to by one or more counsel.

Questions are withdrawn or rephrased.

The need to preserve anonymity means the hearings are littered with any number of pseudonyms, which can be confusing for all concerned.

In the gallery, most of the 30 or so people who have turned up this week are involved in some way with the matters being canvassed.

Two men told the Herald they were there to support Ms McCarthy, who had given immense amounts of help and support to their families, and many others.

Pat Feenan, who had a son raped by the late Father Jim Fletcher, has been watching proceedings. Her book about her family’s ordeal, Holy Hell, was published late last year.

One of her sisters, retired teacher Moira Thomas, said they were at the court to see justice done.

Mrs Thomas said the paedophilia scandal had made her question the Church, but not her faith: “I believe the people are the Church.”

One of their friends drew the Herald’s attention to Jesuit Father Michael Kelly, who spoke in Newcastle last week about the problems facing the Church.

The diocese website quotes Father Kelly as saying: “The present challenge . . . is an even more profound one than questioning the cultural relevance of Catholic Christianity.

“This time in the Church is a challenge to and a questioning of its credibility – moral and spiritual – and not just in Australia but North America and Europe also.”

Canberra Raiders coach David Furner says the club’s mid-season spending spree on outside backs is not insurance for troubled centre Blake Ferguson.
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Furner is optimistic Ferguson will meet the guidelines of his NRL-imposed suspension and be back playing for the Raiders when the four-week ban expires – as soon as Canberra’s round-19 home clash with Parramatta.

The New Zealand Warriors have released winger Bill Tupou to join the Raiders this week, on a two-year deal, while rugby union convert Jordan Rapana has signed with Canberra this week.

The Raiders also remain in talks with Penrith winger Travis Robinson, although time is running out for a mid-season shift.

Ferguson has been ordered to undergo alcohol counselling and has been suspended pending a court appearance on July 16 for an indecent assault charge.

But Furner insisted the recruitment strategy was not a contingency plan in case Ferguson did not return to football this season.

Canberra’s outside-back depth has been decimated by injury and suspension with Ferguson, Edrick Lee, Haydon Hodge and Dimitri Pelo unavailable. It has also been compounded by Canberra’s sacking of Origin fullback Josh Dugan just one week into this season.

Winger Sandor Earl will also leave the Raiders for French rugby at the end of the season.

”Fergo will play don’t worry about that,” Furner said. ”He’s got the court case, but I think he’ll be close to [to a return against] Parramatta. When you think about it, with Edrick Lee, Josh Dugan, Sandor’s leaving next year … if we get any injuries in our outside backs we’re a little bit thin.”

Ferguson’s suspension has denied him the chance to play in the biggest game of his life for NSW on Wednesday night, when the Blues are out to seal their first series win since 2005.

The Raiders had implemented a management plan for Ferguson before the alleged incident on the night before Origin II camp.

”We’re still using the psychologist here and we’re starting to put together what they [the NRL integrity unit] has put in place,” Furner said. ”We were already doing a lot of it, so not much has changed, it’s still ongoing.

”Everyone was saying he’s changed and he’s back, but I always said there’s still a long way to go, there’s no short-term fix.”

Tupou and Rapana have signed until the end of 2015 and next year respectively. Canberra also announced on Tuesday that it had signed Melbourne back-rower Lagi Setu to a two year deal beginning next year.

Raiders boss Don Furner said Setu would be an adequate replacement for St George-Illawarra-bound Joel Thompson.

”Lagi is a fine young player,” Furner said. ”We tried to sign him four years ago, but he returned to Brisbane and then headed off on his two-year Mormon mission. We are very happy to have secured him the second time around.”

Meanwhile, prop Brett White will be out up to three weeks after scans confirmed he fractured his eye socket in Saturday’s loss to Wests Tigers. David Shillington has been recalled to the starting line-up in place of White.

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Shanghai Night Net.

Surprise, surprise it’s pizza tonight on the third night of MasterChef’s Ethnic Stereotype Week.Day three of MasterChef’s Italians Are Magic Week, and having last night discarded Nicky and his unpleasant desire to make his parents proud, tonight our skilled amateurs are finally free to show their abilities in the greatest test of a gourmet chefs’ talents: pizza delivery.
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We begin in the MasterChef house, where various contestants pretend to be disappointed that Nicky has gone, but we don’t dwell there, as the many hours of footage filmed at the MasterChef house failed to produce any interesting material at all.

Rishi guesses that the next challenge in Italian Week will be pizza. Is he right? Yes he is, because we already saw that on the preview, but nevertheless the suspense is killing us!

When the contestants arrive at MasterChef headquarters, it’s been transformed into a pizza restaurant, so apparently they’re going to be making pizza! Wow.

And now, the twist that will Change The Game Forever. The amateurs will have to not only serve pizza to diners in the restaurant set up at headquarters, but also deliver to people’s homes. The shock is palpable: do any of these people even know how to drive?

Matt declares that it doesn’t matter whether pizza was invented by the Spartans or the Neapolitans. He just doesn’t care, dammit. To HELL with the historical antecedents of the dish, is Matt’s attitude.

The contestants are separated into teams. Rishi is in a team with a bunch of girls and is at severe risk of contracting germs. The girls make Rishi their team captain due to internalised misogyny. Kelty is on the other team with Totem and Vern among his teammates, which is good because it gives him something to bitch about. Jules has no intention of going back into another elimination, and we are left to gaze with admiration at her commitment to meaningless statements.

Rishi’s first act of captain is to have his teammates order him around. Jules wants a pizza with mushrooms. Christina thinks mushrooms are slimy and wants potatoes. Apparently nobody is around to let her know how terrible pizzas with potatoes on them are, and so the green team careens towards disaster. Jules notes that potato pizza is a bad idea, but she has to let it go because it’s Rishi’s call. Which in this case means it’s Christina’s call because Rishi would really rather not be involved.

“The showdown has begun,” Pip cries, for no other reason than she is sick of not being on camera. But it’s true, it has. You can’t argue with the facts, and Pip has put her finger on a deep reality here.

Meanwhile Totem is slicing meat and throwing it in the bin. George angrily demonstrates something he does in his own kitchens, which is tipping all the rubbish out onto the floor. Have the health inspectors visited George’s restaurants lately? Maybe someone could teach George a way to check the contents of a bin without covering the floor with garbage. Anyway he’s very angry that Totem has thrown good food in the bin, because people in the world are starving, but to be fair if anyone here cared that people were starving this show wouldn’t have been made in the first place.

“It’s a hard lesson learnt, don’t throw things in the bin,” says Totem, though it’s probably the lesson that you should scatter waste recklessly throughout food preparation areas that will have the greater influence on his future culinary career.

As the judges discuss the philosophical underpinnings of various toppings, a message pops up on screen asking us to go to Facebook to tell them what they’d put on their pizza. Immediately the four or five saddest people on earth do so.

Kelty really wants to make a gourmet pizza, because of course he does, he’s Kelty for god’s sake. His ferocious concentration as usual causes him to act like an utter pillock, this time by angrily ordering Vern to leave his caramelised onions alone. Caramelising onions is  a precision, highly technical task and if anyone but Kelty, with his high-end caramelisation training, handles those onions, they will be destroyed and possibly kill someone.

At this point Emma tells us she’s not a daily dough girl, or a weekly dough girl, but when she does make dough she enjoys it, and not for the first time we as viewers are exposed to Emma’s innate talent for making people feel incredibly tired. Then she puts her dough in the wrong place, and Gary and George tell her to go put it in the garden but I’m pretty sure they’re just messing with her.

Jules sees the bocconcini hasn’t been done, and then her “worst nightmare”: potatoes that need slicing. Jules is plagued by very peculiar dreams.

Meanwhile Emma is shouting at the camera but I don’t understand what she’s saying so let’s not worry about that. Apparently her dough is “too tight”: let’s not worry about that either, because it sounds weird. Whatever it all means, it’s causing Emma to make some very distinctive hand-shapes.

Liliana takes charge, and makes sure everyone on the red team knows what they’re doing, which is pretty funny of her in a satirical sort of way. Rishi tries to do the same, but his talents clearly run less to command and more to sweating. His orders are unclear, and Noelene is so confused she is just about ready to fall asleep. Nobody knows what they’re doing. Unfortunately, when the contestants were divided into teams, the green team didn’t happen to get any functioning adults.

Suddenly the restaurant is filled with horrible smelly people wanting to stuff their faces, and the green team shows admirable restraint in not simply tossing everything on the floor and running for it. But they’re off to a good start as the first order comes in and Faiza can’t read it, then when she can read it nobody can hear her.

The red team seems to be operating more smoothly, although they’re still fighting against the crippling handicap of having Kelty talk to them. Also they’re putting a big bunch of rocket on top of their pizzas, having not got the memo that rocket is stupid and should be banned from everything.

The green team’s first pizza comes out, and Rishi is upset that the dough hasn’t risen, although it looks OK to me – I think maybe Rishi thought he was serving cakes instead of pizzas. Meanwhile Faiza has lost track of the dockets and may be suffering a complete nervous breakdown. But at the tables people are eating pizza with knives and forks, so really they probably don’t deserve good pizza anyway.

“Who wants to run a pizza shop NOW?” Gary bellows, which is a stupid question: nobody ever wanted to run a pizza shop. If they wanted to run a pizza shop they wouldn’t be wanking about on MasterChef.

Which is good because they are very bad at running a pizza shop. Liliana, Lucy and Daniel are bickering over the orders which they don’t seem to understand, and people are complaining about not getting their pizzas. George has a migraine. He begins yelling at them. We sense a deep inner pain in George that may stem from his childhood: possibly his parents were murdered by incompetent pizza cooks.

“You need to get food out!” George yells, and the red team undergoes an epiphany: by God, he’s RIGHT.

Meanwhile on the green team pizzas are going to the wrong tables and Faiza has lost the ability to read. George yells at Rishi, his fury at the lax standards of modern pizzerias growing by the second. Jules understands how rubbish everything is, but she’s keeping quiet because she considers after the show when talking to camera to be the proper time to address these issues. George tells her she needs to take control. Finally Jules lets her spirit soar, and dives straight in to the job she was born to do: screaming angrily at everyone.

On the red team, Liliana has likewise taken control and begun shouting out orders, Lucy’s thick accent banished to the backbenches.

“On the upside, people are eating,” Matt says, making it clear just how low his opinion of the contestants’ abilities is. “A kitchen is like a pyramid,” George replies, drunkenly.

“We’ve come together as a good team,” says Kelty, unaware of what people are saying behind his back. Meanwhile Gary stalks the floor stirring up rebellion among the customers, while Jules shrieks frenziedly about sausage pizzas. “Jules has become Gordon Ramsay,” says Noelene, not realising that if Gordon Ramsay had to deal with this level of incompetence he would have literally dismembered someone by now. “Give us a break!” she adds, but maybe Noelene should be the one giving us a break, from being crap at her job.

It’s time for a delivery, and Lynton comes to a lady’s door to deliver some pizza and the erotic charge of his smile. The pizza is the wrong one, but the smile is oh so right. At least, in delivering the wrong pizza, he has delivered a pizza though: Pip has taken the novel approach of setting out on a delivery run with nothing to deliver. Or to be more exact, she’s delivered two pizzas to people who ordered three. “There’s nothing I can do to change the situation,” Pip says, although I vaguely recall from my days as a pizza delivery driver that there is something you can do to change that situation. I think it has something to do with going back and getting the other pizza or something. It’s very technical.

Back at the kitchen, Rishi asks if he can use the red team’s oven. Vern responds with hilarity. Green team customers are still waiting for pizzas. The red team has pizzas to spare. They steal the green team’s orders. Kelty is incredibly smug. It is revolting.

“We can do it!” Jules shouts, in defiance of all available evidence, as the judges tuck into some pizza, since apparently how the food tastes does have some small part to play in today’s challenge. “A good margherita is all about tomato, mozzarella and basil,” says Gary, unerringly listing all the ingredients in that winning way of his. The red team’s pizzas seem successful, both according to the judges and to a random woman who is having strong feelings about figs.

The green team’s pizzas look less promising due to Emma’s death-wrestle against dough, and indeed it turns out that the margherita tastes like a focaccia. The potato pizza is better, despite having potato on it which it shouldn’t, and being covered in rocket which is incredibly annoying and nobody should ever do. The last two pizzas are much better, but like they say, even when it’s bad, it’s pretty good.

Back in the kitchen, Jules is still shouting like a Nazi Lamaze coach and the final pizzas are coming out. Kelty is proud of how the reds have worked together as a team: it’s only when things go badly that he throws his teammates under the bus.

And then time is up and the restaurant is closed and I guess anyone who didn’t get their pizza can just sod off.

And so it is time to judge just who has failed in the task to run a pizza shop and thereby brought shame upon their families. It’s pretty obvious that Pip has in her failed delivery, and that Kelty has just generally, but in a team sense? Who knows? George says they both did an awesome job but he is both a liar and inebriated.

Gary lets Emma know that she failed miserably with her dough, and Emma feels the cold sting of guilt at having let everyone down. Because yes indeed, the red team has won on the back of its ability to make pizza dough, and so Emma will compete alone in an elimination challenge tomorrow.

Haha, just kidding – of course the entire green team must compete, even the ones who aren’t Emma or Rishi. “I’m gonna smash it again,” says Jules, and she’s probably correct when you consider who she’s up against. Noelene? Yeah right.

Anyway tune in tomorrow for a pretty stupid challenge involving colours and George looking threateningly at people.

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Test rookie Jesse Mogg has declared he is ready to help the Wallabies resurrect their series against the British and Irish Lions and wants his call-up to be ”for a long time and not just a one-off”.
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Just days after watching the first Test in a Dickson pub, Mogg has rocketed into contention as the Wallabies count the cost of a brutal opening to the series.

Pat McCabe, Digby Ioane and Berrick Barnes have all been ruled out of the second Test in Melbourne on Saturday, while outside-centre Adam Ashley-Cooper is racing the clock to recover from a shoulder injury.

But if coach Robbie Deans calls on Mogg, the ACT Brumbies flyer wants to ensure it’s the start of a long career and not just a cameo.

”The worst thing you could probably do is make your debut and then go missing,” Mogg said on Tuesday.

”Hopefully when I do get that opportunity to play for the Wallabies for the first time – whether that’s Saturday, the end of the year or next year – I hope it’s for a long time and not just a one-off.”

A Test debut would cap a rapid rise to the top for Mogg.

He was playing club rugby in Canberra for Wests and preparing to give up on his Super Rugby dream when Brumbies coach Jake White threw him a lifeline. When the Lions toured 12 years ago, Mogg was playing Australian football and hadn’t even contemplated a career in rugby.

He was included in Wallabies camps earlier this year but missed selection in Deans’ initial squad for the Lions series.

”I was a little bit disappointed when I didn’t make the [Test squad], but two years on from where I was is a massive leap. I’m still striving to be better and make my debut and be a mainstay in the Wallabies,” he said.

Mogg trained at fullback and is one of three options – along with Israel Folau and Kurtley Beale – Deans has to replace Barnes in the No.15 jersey. The 24-year-old isn’t daunted by the task and will draw confidence from his performance for the Brumbies against the Lions in Canberra last week if he gets an opportunity.

Wallabies and Brumbies great Stephen Larkham said Mogg’s performance against the Lions in Canberra was proof he could take the next step in his career.

”I can understand why Moggy’s been called in – he’s had a fantastic season,” he said on Tuesday.

”He had a great game against the Lions and really controlled the game with his boot. He’s a very dangerous attacking player and the things he brings to the game is something the Wallabies need.”

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High stakes: Mal Meninga and Laurie Daley share a joke. Photo: Ben RushtonAs the Queensland and NSW camps traded insults over perceived illegal tactics, coaches Mal Meninga and Laurie Daley met with referees’ boss Daniel Anderson seeking clarification on several rulings stemming from a heated Origin I.
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Of concern for both teams was the positioning of markers, the 10 metres and the punishment of foul play. Anderson reinforced a hardline stance against any foul play; there’s an automatic sin-binning for anyone who throws a punch at Suncorp Stadium after Paul Gallen stayed on the field despite punching Nate Myles in game one.

”There’s obviously going to be a lot of scrutiny on any incidents of foul play,” Anderson said. ”This is not a new rule but, as a refereeing body, we need to be more stringent and not just in Origin but all fixtures. I heard Gorden Tallis speak and he said that he expected to go to the sin bin if he punched someone and, if he didn’t, it was a bonus. The rules haven’t changed.”

Shayne Hayne and Ashley Klein will again officiate after Anderson said the pair were solid in game one. The meetings between Anderson and the coaches will please Maroons captain Cameron Smith, who had challenged the referees to be more consistent.

”Both coaches have alluded to the 10 metres and the markers,” Anderson said. ”I’m not sure if it’s a bit of theatre but there’s no pressure on the referees to conform to what’s been said in the papers. I’ve spoken to both coaches. They had questions and I said we have to be more compliant about markers, they were a little loose at times. We also spoke about ensuring the referees have to have a consistent 10 metres. They weren’t complaining. They knew their teams were guilty and innocent in misdemeanours.”

NSW won the penalty count 7-4 in game one but Daley said the Blues had won just one penalty count in Brisbane in the past eight years. Neither coach spoke with Anderson in the lead-up to the opening game. Anderson said his referees knew where they needed to improve.

”There wasn’t a big discussion,” Anderson said. ”I didn’t have to say too much. We knew from the adjudications in the first game that things were always going to crop up.”

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