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The Royal Melbourne Show’s a no-show, but you can still grab a showbag


She is disappointed the family won’t be going this year. The show, due to start on September 19, was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Instead, to give the boys a taste of the excitement, Ms Antonello paid $65 to buy three showbags online.

The top-selling showbags for Bensons Trading (Bluey, Harry Potter and Barbie) and for Chicane Showbags (Bertie Beetle, The Australian Women's Weekly and My Kitchen Rules).

The top-selling showbags for Bensons Trading (Bluey, Harry Potter and Barbie) and for Chicane Showbags (Bertie Beetle, The Australian Women’s Weekly and My Kitchen Rules).

Top showbag producers faced disaster when more than 200 shows across the country were cancelled this year, but they’ve saved their skins by going online.

Most of the familiar showbags, including Harry Potter, Bertie Beetle and Freddo, can be clicked for delivery.

Ms Antonello, of Werribee South, bought the Nickelodeon Slime showbag for the boys to share. She bought the Ninja bag for Taylor, which has a plastic mask, swords and daggers, and Hot Wheels for Bailey, including miniature cars, a backpack and a drink bottle.

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She said it was a nice break from doing schoolwork at home.

“They were really excited. It’s a nice surprise, a nice way to remind them that things are sort of normal when they’re not normal.”

Before the pandemic, showbag companies were old-school, selling almost all their stock at stalls at shows (most of them now cancelled) across the country.

Samantha Atkinson, retail and product development manager for her family’s 70-year old Melbourne showbag company, Bensons Trading, said the business usually sold up to 500,000 bags at eight stalls at Royal Melbourne Show.

This time last year, Bensons was selling 10 showbags per day through its website showbags.com.au. It is now selling 500. Ms Atkinson expects this year Bensons will sell nowhere near its normal 500,000 showbags, “but there’s still enough numbers to continue in business”.

Emily Williams, director of Sydney-based Chicane Showbags, said her company sold more than 1.1 million bags at shows last year, including about 150,000 at Royal Melbourne Show. Its online sales at showbagshop.com.au have soared from 3600 last year to 220,000 so far this year.

It offers 70 brands including Bertie Beetle, Australian Women’s Weekly, KitKat and Smarties.

Ms Williams said for customers, buying showbags was something normal in an abnormal year.

“I think there’s a nostalgia with showbags. It brings them a little bit of happiness, in a year that is so stressful,” she said. “Our message has been, you can’t attend the show this year, there’s so many things you can’t do, but fortunately you can get your showbags delivered.”

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NSW Swifts, Melbourne Vixens stay unbeaten in Super Netball with wins on Sunshine Coast



NSW Swifts and Melbourne Vixens have both maintained their unbeaten starts to the Super Netball season with respective victories on Wednesday night.

The Swifts ran out comprehensive 66-51 winners over Adelaide Thunderbirds in the opening clash of the double-header at the USC Stadium on the Sunshine Coast, while the Vixens beat the Lightning 63-51.

The Vixens are in top spot on the ladder courtesy of a superior percentage.

The Swifts, the defending champions, flexed their muscles early as they cruised to victory to celebrate vice-captain Paige Hadley’s 100th national league match in style.

The result sets up a mouth-watering clash on Sunday with the Swifts taking on the Lightning in their first meeting since the 2019 grand final.

The Thunderbirds were aiming to back-up from Saturday’s first win against the Giants but the Swifts dominated possession in the opening two quarters, a 17-goal advantage nearing half-time putting to rest any concerns about their slow starts so far this season.

Adelaide showed plenty of fight in the third period, with co-captain Chelsea Pitman leading the charge from wing attack to see the Swifts’ lead cut to eight points with two minutes left in the term.

But a pair of super shots from Helen Housby steadied the Swifts, who went on to finish the job with a 19-16 final quarter.

Midcourter Hadley starred with 20 feeds, 11 goal assists and one intercept for the Swifts.

The Thunderbirds face another tough test on Sunday when they take on the Vixens.

Vixens outclass Lightning

The Vixens were in the unusual position of hosting the Lightning on the Sunshine Coast but the Melbourne club made themselves at home with another convincing win.

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The two teams had yet to taste defeat heading into the top-of-the-table clash, however the Vixens set up their third successive win with a dominant opening half, building an impressive 15-goal lead by half-time.

The victory was a fitting result for co-captain Kate Moloney, as she joined current teammate Tegan Philip and Bianca Chatfield as the third Vixen to play 100 national league games.

The Vixens burst out of the blocks with nine of the first 11 goals of the game but the Lightning’s attack started to flow when Steph Wood shifted to goal shooter and Cara Koenen cashed in on a Karla Pretorius intercept to reduce Melbourne’s lead to three.

But Caitlin Thwaites drained a super shot on the siren for a 16-11 advantage and the Vixens kept rolling with an 8-2 start in the second term, before Thwaites and Tegan Philip combined for four super shots in the Power Five period to go into half-time ahead 34-19.

The Lightning managed to reduce the margin to single digits at stages of the third and fourth quarters but the Vixens had all the answers with Thwaites, Philip and Mwai Kumwenda each playing their part to keep their attack on song.

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Death at Melbourne detention centre rocks fellow detainees


It is understood the man, from New Zealand, had been detained at Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation (MITA) for about four years.

Under section 501 of the Migration Act, people face visa cancellation if they have been sentenced to 12 months or more imprisonment.

A fellow detainee said the man had been held in a protection unit.

“He must have been a very sad, lonely person. All alone in the detention centre for months on end (no visits for months now – if he ever received any). Arbitrary detention with no end in sight.

“We are all terrified of coronavirus getting in here and that would have terrified him because of his weight. What a pitiful, tragic end for a human being. All alone in a detention centre. No one needs to get to that point. It is a refection on all of us.”

Another detainee said any death in a detention centre was a shock to an already vulnerable population.

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Melbourne destroys Kangaroos by 57 points, West Coast Eagles beat Carlton for sixth straight AFL win


Melbourne has thrashed the Kangaroos by 57 points at Adelaide Oval to sit ninth on the AFL premiership ladder.

Earlier on Sunday, the West Coast Eagles claimed a sixth consecutive win after unleashing a devastating third-quarter blitz to beat Carlton by 22 points in Perth.

In Adelaide, Christian Petracca and Angus Brayshaw were outstanding in the Demons’ 13.14 (92) to 5.5 (35) win.

The pair combined for 58 disposals as Melbourne completed a remarkable reversal of fortunes in a five-day stint in Adelaide.

The Demons arrived in the South Australian capital last Wednesday under a blowtorch after club chairman Glen Bartlett labelled them insipid in a preceding loss to Port Adelaide.

But they crushed winless Adelaide by 51 points last Wednesday night and then dismantled North Melbourne to return to finals contention.

Melbourne is now just two points shy of the eighth-placed Collingwood — and with a match in hand on most other clubs — while the Kangaroos remain in the mire in 16th position.

The Demons’ victory was full of midfield substance with Petracca (29 disposals, one goal), Clayton Oliver (31 disposals, one goal) and Brayshaw — whose 29 touches included a goal and eight inside 50s — all instrumental.

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Emerging key forward Sam Weideman kicked two goals and missed three other gilt-edged chances, Bailey Fritsch also slotted two majors, while Kysaiah Pickett (one goal) was eye-catching in patches.

The Kangaroos relied almost solely on Nick Larkey, who booted four of his side’s five goals with the other coming from Majak Daw in the second minute of the match.

North Melbourne led by 10 points at quarter-time but managed just two more goals in the match as the tide turned the Demons’ way.

The Demons booted three goals to one in both the second and third terms to create a 16-point buffer at three-quarter time.

And just as they did against Adelaide when they scored seven last-term goals, the Demons again went on a scoring spree in the final quarter.

This time, they kicked six consecutive goals while restricting the flagging Kangaroos to a solitary point.

Eagles maintain winning form

Alarm bells were ringing for the Eagles when Zac Fisher’s fourth goal gave Carlton a 19-point lead in the opening minute of the third quarter.

Josh Kennedy, however, settled West Coast’s nerves a few minutes later with his first goal of the match.

But the real damage was done in the dying minutes of the third term when West Coast slammed home four goals in the space of three minutes to go into three-quarter time with an 11-point lead.

Dom Sheed then booted two goals in the final quarter to help lift West Coast to the 11.6 (72) to 7.8 (50) win in front of 19,092 spectators.

Sheed was best afield with 26 disposals, nine clearances and two goals, while teammate Nic Naitanui (41 hit-outs, seven clearances) was a dominant force in the ruck.

The Blues lost Jack Martin to a calf injury in the second quarter and ruckman Marc Pittonet spent about 30 minutes off the field with what appeared to be a finger injury.

Carlton’s star midfielder Patrick Cripps tallied 19 disposals and eight clearances despite spending long stints up forward.

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The Eagles got on top of the Blues late in the match to clinch the four competition points.(AAP: Richard Wainwright)

West Coast’s win improved its standing to a 7-3 win-loss record. Carlton (4-6) now faces an uphill battle to make the top eight.

Both teams booted two goals apiece in the opening term, with the most notable moment coming when the Blues were on the wrong end of a controversial holding-the-ball free kick late in the quarter.

Sam Petrevski-Seton was powerless to get a disposal away after having his arms pinned in a bear-hug tackle from Jack Darling as soon as he got the ball.

The Carlton defender expressed his disbelief when the free kick was paid, with the subsequent 50-metre penalty gifting the Eagles a lucky goal.

Fisher booted his second and third goals in the second quarter to help give Carlton a surprise 13-point lead at half-time.

The sun peeked out from behind the clouds in the third quarter in what was a complete contrast to the pre-match downpour.

The conditions clearly favoured West Coast, who had Naitanui dominating in the ruck and the team’s midfielders feasting at ground level.

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Protesters arrested at an anti-lockdown Melbourne Freedom March


A man is confronted by a police officer at the anti-lockdown protest.

A man is confronted by a police officer at the anti-lockdown protest.Credit:Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

One of the event organisers is expected to be charged on summons with further offences. This man is not one of the two organisers who were arrested on Thursday.

Twenty-four of the fines were issued for leaving home for a non-essential reason. One person was fined $200 for not wearing a mask.

Police arrested two men who helped organised the protest on Thursday night.

In a statement released on Friday morning, a spokeswoman said an investigation was launched to find those responsible for organising the gathering.

Officers raided two properties, one in Mooroolbark and another in Chirnside Park, where mobile phones and a computer were seized.

They charged a 41-year-old man from Mooroolbark with incitement. The offence, in the Crimes Act, involves a person inciting someone else to pursue a course of conduct which will involve the commission of an offence.

Police question members of the public not wearing a mask in Melbourne's CBD.

Police question members of the public not wearing a mask in Melbourne’s CBD.Credit:Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

The man was bailed and is due to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates Court on January 21 next year.

A 41-year-old male from Chirnside Park was also arrested on Thursday night, but was later released pending summons.



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Perth Glory stumble towards A-League finals as Melbourne Victory secure shock 4-0 win


Perth Glory’s hunt for a semi-final ticket remains in the balance after they slipped to a shock 4-0 defeat against out-of-form Melbourne Victory at Jubilee Stadium in Sydney.

Marco Rojas led the way with a stylish double as the Victory banged in three second-half goals to stun an uninspired Glory.

The Western Australians have been safely ensconced in the top-six since the season resumption, but now face a potentially must-win scenario against Western United on Wednesday.

An Andrew Nabbout penalty and an injury-time strike from Elvis Kamsoba — his first goal in 40 A-League appearances — saw the Victory equal their season-best result.

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Conversely, it was Perth’s worst loss of the season and an unusually poor defensive showing from the Tony Popovic-coached side.

“We have been inconsistent since we have been in the hub, we have had some good games and good moments, but today there is not a lot of positives,” Popovic said.

Curiously the Glory enjoyed far more possession but a toothless showing in attack meant they barely forged a genuine goalscoring chance.

Perth’s lack of penetration in attack saw star forward Bruno Fornaroli substituted just 10 minutes into the second half.

“We didn’t get into the front third enough,” Popovic said.

“We didn’t have enough movement in the midfield and were too disconnected from our strikers.

“Mentally we weren’t in the game in the second half and we have to get that right for the next game.”

The Victory were seeking to end a club record five-match losing streak, a run in which the traditional competition powerhouse had shipped 15 goals.

It was interim coach Grant Brebner’s first win since assuming the reins following Carlos Salvachua’s decision to return home to Europe.

“I’m more happy for the people of Melbourne and our fans … needed that to give them a lift because as we know they are doing it tough,” Brebner said.

“This [match] was an opportunity to show we are still moving forward in the right direction and make an early start towards next year.”

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Penrith records 28-12 NRL win over Canberra Raiders as Newcastle and Melbourne Storm enjoy victories


The Penrith Panthers have beaten the Canberra Raiders 28-12 to match the club’s record of eight straight wins, again proving they are the genuine NRL premiership threat in 2020.

In what shaped as another acid test of their premiership credentials, the Panthers flexed their muscles in a powerful first half to play last year’s beaten grand finalists out of the match.

The win drew the Panthers level with the club’s best winning streak, set in 2003, while they also finish a fourth straight round in top spot on the ladder.

In Saturday’s earlier matches, Newcastle’s finals hopes were given a massive boost with the heavy 44-4 defeat of the Wests Tigers, while Cameron Munster sustained a knee injury in the Melbourne Storm’s 41-10 victory over Canterbury.

Against the Raiders, halfback Nathan Cleary was again brilliant for the Panthers.

He became the youngest player to pass 700 first-grade points since Graham Eadie way back in 1976 with his first goal, while his combination with Viliame Kikau proved lethal when he isolated his teammate one-on-one.

He was also superb in defence, once helping hold up Josh Papalii alongside Apisai Koroisau and another time putting Jordan Rapana into touch.

It was Cleary and Kikau who got Penrith on the board when the hulking second rower was unleashed from close range in the 10th minute.

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Koroisau had a hand in Penrith’s next try, darting out of dummy half and putting Liam Martin through a big hole.

And while the Panthers’ size and smarts are beating teams down in the middle, their speed and athleticism is doing the job out wide.

Stephen Crichton has 10 tries in his past eight matches and is now the NRL’s leading try scorer with 12, despite only getting his starting spot in round three.

The Panthers have now scored 10 tries on the right wing from the past five weeks, this time coming from Brent Naden with a classic on the sideline from a Tyrone May cut-out ball.

The Raiders, meanwhile, were not as bad as the scoreline suggested.

Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad had a nervous start at the back on return from a gruesome finger injury, but scored both of the team’s second-half tries.

The loss leaves the Raiders in fifth place on the ladder, two points behind the Roosters in the race for the top four and with a far inferior for-and-against.

Knights humiliate Wests Tigers

The Knights’ comprehensive win at home simultaneously threw the Tigers into a tailspin to save their own season as the dismal display produced their third consecutive loss.

For Green, it was the second win in as many weeks over the Tigers after arriving at the Knights from the Warriors at the start of the week.

An old hand at fitting in quickly, Green slipped easily into attacking structures and set up the first try of the night and put up the kick for the second within the first 14 minutes.

His experience allowed the new-look spine to click as the Knights advanced to a 24-4 half-time lead before completing a 40-point rout.

Star full-back Kalyn Ponga was as dangerous as he has been all season, scoring two tries as well as setting up another two.

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Kalyn Ponga touched down for two tries for the Knights against the Wests Tigers.(AAP: Darren Pateman)

His 194 run metres and three line breaks ripped through poor Tigers defence that did not do milestone man Chris Lawrence justice in his 250th NRL match.

In all, the Knights scored eight tries with Hymel Hunt, Starford To’a, Jacob Saifiti, Herman Ese’ese, Gehamat Shibasaki and Phonix Crossland also crossing over.

Half-back Benji Marshall, in his 250th appearance for the Tigers, had a particularly difficult night as his forward pack was thoroughly outmuscled.

Marshall and recalled halves partner Luke Brooks were targeted in defence, but had limited ball in attacking space to get points on the board.

The Tigers’ lone try was not a moment of brilliance and came just before half-time when Luciano Leilua kicked through a ball that ricocheted from Marshall’s boot to score.

Munster injury sours Storm win

Munster, a Queensland State of Origin representative, fell awkwardly in a tackle and is set to miss two matches.

The Storm were already without injured hooker Cameron Smith (shoulder), in-form full-back Ryan Papenhuyzen and forward Dale Finucane (both rested) on the Sunshine Coast.

Munster has already missed time with a knee injury this season and will now join Smith on the sidelines for next Thursday’s clash with the Sydney Roosters and possibly the following round against Parramatta.

The Munster injury did not fluster the Storm on Saturday, however, as replacement hooker Brandon Smith, back rower Kenny Bromwich (two tries) and new full-back Nicho Hines ran riot.

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Cameron Munster will be sidelined after sustaining a knee injury against the Bulldogs.(AAP: Darren England)

The Bulldogs did not help themselves. Lachlan Lewis and Josh Jackson both threw loose passes that were scooped up by wingers Josh Addo-Carr and Suliasi Vunivalu respectively for long-range tries.

The first was one of three in five minutes to break the match open, while Vunivalu made up for some lazy play to close the first half just as the Bulldogs threatened a boilover trailing 23-10.

Addo-Carr then added salt to the Bulldogs’ wounds, winning the race to a long kick down-field to grab a brace.

Hines was as far back as fourth in the pecking order last season but was all class in the number one jersey with strong carries, assured kicking, safe hands and an early try.

Lewis’s forgettable match included being sin-binned and placed on report for a high shot on Munster.

The Bulldogs (2-11) remain rooted to the bottom of the ladder, while the win was the Storm’s (11-2) seventh straight.

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Newcastle hands 44-4 NRL thrashing to Wests Tigers as Melbourne Storm beat Bulldogs 41-10


Blake Green has breathed new life into Newcastle’s NRL finals hopes after starring in the Knights’ heavy 44-4 defeat of the Wests Tigers.

The comprehensive win simultaneously threw the Tigers into a tailspin to save their own season as the dismal display produced their third consecutive loss.

In Saturday’s earlier match, Cameron Munster sustained a knee injury in the Melbourne Storm’s 41-10 victory over Canterbury on the Sunshine Coast.

For Green, it was the second win in as many weeks over the Tigers after arriving at the Knights from the Warriors at the start of the week.

An old hand at fitting in quickly, Green slipped easily into attacking structures and set up the first try of the night and put up the kick for the second within the first 14 minutes.

His experience allowed the new-look spine to click as the Knights advanced to a 24-4 half-time lead before completing a 40-point rout.

Star full-back Kalyn Ponga was as dangerous as he has been all season, scoring two tries as well as setting up another two.

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His 194 run metres and three line breaks ripped through poor Tigers defence that did not do milestone man Chris Lawrence justice in his 250th NRL match.

In all, the Knights scored eight tries with Hymel Hunt, Starford To’a, Jacob Saifiti, Herman Ese’ese, Gehamat Shibasaki and Phonix Crossland also crossing over.

Half-back Benji Marshall, in his 250th appearance for the Tigers, had a particularly difficult night as his forward pack was thoroughly outmuscled.

Marshall and recalled halves partner Luke Brooks were targeted in defence, but had limited ball in attacking space to get points on the board.

The Tigers’ lone try was not a moment of brilliance and came just before half-time when Luciano Leilua kicked through a ball that ricocheted from Marshall’s boot to score.

The loss will come as a huge blow to the Tigers, who now face a tough run into the end of the season and sit 10th on the ladder, in danger of missing the finals.

Over the last seven rounds, they will play every top four side as well as Manly, South Sydney and Gold Coast.

Meanwhile, the Knights moved into sixth position on the ladder despite eight starting players missing through injury.

Munster injury sours Storm win

Munster, a Queensland State of Origin representative, fell awkwardly in a tackle and is set to miss two matches.

The Storm were already without injured hooker Cameron Smith (shoulder), in-form full-back Ryan Papenhuyzen and forward Dale Finucane (both rested) on the Sunshine Coast.

Munster has already missed time with a knee injury this season and will now join Smith on the sidelines for next Thursday’s clash with the Sydney Roosters and possibly the following round against Parramatta.

The Munster injury did not fluster the Storm on Saturday, however, as replacement hooker Brandon Smith, back rower Kenny Bromwich (two tries) and new full-back Nicho Hines ran riot.

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Cameron Munster will be sidelined after sustaining a knee injury against the Bulldogs.(AAP: Darren England)

The Bulldogs did not help themselves. Lachlan Lewis and Josh Jackson both threw loose passes that were scooped up by wingers Josh Addo-Carr and Suliasi Vunivalu respectively for long-range tries.

The first was one of three in five minutes to break the match open, while Vunivalu made up for some lazy play to close the first half just as the Bulldogs threatened a boilover trailing 23-10.

Addo-Carr then added salt to the Bulldogs’ wounds, winning the race to a long kick down-field to grab a brace.

Hines was as far back as fourth in the pecking order last season but was all class in the number one jersey with strong carries, assured kicking, safe hands and an early try.

Lewis’s forgettable match included being sin-binned and placed on report for a high shot on Munster.

The Bulldogs (2-11) remain rooted to the bottom of the ladder, while the win was the Storm’s (11-2) seventh straight, moving them into top spot ahead of Penrith, who meet Canberra later on Saturday.

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Melbourne Vixens post 78-50 Super Netball win over Queensland Firebirds as Adelaide Thunderbirds down Giants



The Melbourne Vixens have shone a light on the class gap in Super Netball with a 78-50 demolition of the Queensland Firebirds in Brisbane.

So one way was the traffic after quarter-time, Vixens co-captains Kate Moloney and Liz Watson were rested for lengthy portions of the second half to refresh them for Wednesday night’s clash with the Sunshine Coast Lightning.

In Saturday’s other Super Netball encounter in Brisbane, the Adelaide Thunderbirds triumphed 59-51 over the Giants.

Against the Vixens, Romelda Aiken shot 35 goals for the Firebirds but there was little else to soothe the sting of defeat.

The injection of Tegan Philip for the Vixens in the second quarter signalled the turning point in the match, with the star goal attack finishing with 23 goals at 85 per cent accuracy.

Mwai Kumwenda also shot 23 goals for the Melburnians.

Kate Eddy, Jo Weston and Emily Mannix were the hardened gatekeepers, turning back every incursion launched by the Firebirds as the Vixens took control of the encounter in the second quarter.

Any prospect of the home team claiming their first win for the season was dashed after the Vixens ran riot in a 22-8 second term.

The first-half dominance of Moloney and Watson created an opportunity for Tayla Honey to sample some court time in the second half.

In just her second Super Netball appearance, Honey moved sharply in the attacking third in a sign she has overcome the Achilles tendon injury that ruined her 2019 season.

Thunderbirds trump Giants

The Thunderbirds’ new and old guard finally clicked to restore hope to the proud club in a morale-boosting win against the Giants.

Goal attack Jo Harten was exceptional for the Giants with 20 goals but could not do enough to disrupt the strong connections built by the Thunderbirds.

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Circle partners Lenize Potgieter (43/45) and Georgie Horjus (12/16) were the perfect targets for an Adelaide side still searching for its first finals appearance since the national league was re-engineered in 2017.

The Thunderbirds led by six goals at three-quarter time and needed to hold their nerve to keep the talented and skilful Giants at bay.

They had already been steered into a strong position by youngsters Horjus and Maisie Nankivell and by the dynamism of defensive stalwart Kate Shimmin, whose afternoon included a pair of flying intercepts and a blocked shot.

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Infected nurse’s message to Melbourne residents


A young Melbourne nurse who contracted COVID-19 has pleaded with residents to take it seriously.

The nurse, named only as Daniel, made a video that is gaining national attention where he outlines what it’s like to be on the front line.

His experience of running a shift at a Melbourne nursing home and have multiple patients die while he was in charge was shared by the Royal Melbourne Hospital’s Facebook page.

“My name’s Dan and I’m a registered nurse … I’ve just been diagnosed with COVID-19 and I’m in hotel isolation,” he begins the Facebook video.

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“This year I’ve really been in the thick of the COVID response and I’ve seen how devastating the virus can be.”

In the video, Daniel says he has been working as a nurse full-time for two years, and he feels mentally scarred by what he’s seen.

“Outbreaks started happening in aged care so when the call went out I responded to help out,” he says.

“My first shift I was there, I did a nurse-in-charge shift. On that shift I had two patients die.

“My third day was even worse. It was probably one of the most difficult, mentally and physically, shifts that I’ve ever had.”

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For his third shift, the young nurse said he spent the whole time jumping between multiple patients who desperately needed oxygen.

One patient kept telling him “it’s really hard, it’s really hard to breathe”.

“I was trying to reassure him as best I could but there really wasn’t much we could do,” he says in the video.

“Then his family called and they had to say their goodbyes over the phone. It was one of the most heartbreaking things. And then I held his hand until he passed away.”

The Royal Melbourne Hospital described Daniel as “young” and “fit” but he’s still worried about what the coronavirus will do to him.

“Every day I went to work there was this air of nervousness and worry among my colleagues as we all wondered if we were going to get the virus and expose our friends, family to it,” he said.

And now he has the virus.

“Fast forward 10 days, I’ve now contracted COVID-19,” he said.

“I’d be lying if I didn’t say there was a bit of fear and trepidation. I’m lucky that I’m young and young people can bounce back.”

Daniel described the huge toll the virus is taking on his body. He took a shower and was panting heavily, as if he had just done a jog.

“You don’t want COVID-19,” he said.

“I’ve had intermittent fever, cough, lost my smell, lost my taste.

And then there’s also the worry of chronic health conditions. Clots can form, they can go to my heart or my lungs, and I could have a heart attack or a stroke.

“And so right now I’m day six (of having the virus), and that’s when some of this stuff can start to happen.”

He also shared a blunt message for the conspiracy theorists residing in Melbourne.

“I just wanted to say COVID’s not a conspiracy – it’s a global health emergency. I’ve seen first-hand what it does. It might suck that we might have to stay inside or wear masks,” he said.

“The end goal is we do reduce the cases, and life can return to some semblance of normal”

The video has been shared almost 5000 times on Facebook at time of writing.

The Royal Melbourne Hospital said of the video: “He (Daniel) is sharing his story as he wants this to be over. He wants to let families in to see their loved ones.

“He has had to hold the hands of patients dying of COVID-19, because he didn‘t want them to die alone. He doesn’t want to do that anymore.

“You are the best line of defence. We can do this, but we need your help.”



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