THE council boss says that the fact that a licensing fee was paid to Supercars should have been well known to the public. Perhaps if they had put this information on one of their spin sheets then the newer members of council would not have had to ask this question. I understand the previous premier mentioned $2 million paid to Supercars to allow them to rip up our parks.
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John Hudson, Newcastle EastLET me get this straight. Our council paid a large sum of our money – how large they refuse to disclose – to host an event which Supercars could not place anywhere else, which has hurt small businesses, laid waste much of our city’s cultural and architectural heritage, destroyed and alienated our parklands, and rendered many thousands of citizens, many frail and elderly, prisoners in their own homes.An inquiry into this disaster is welcome, but our lord mayor needs to disclose the amount paid to host the races. Otherwise, what did she mean when she spoke of honest and transparent government?

John Beach, GoondiwindiBRAD Hill (Short Takes, 26/10): What a great idea using the Supercars track to race monster trucks. At least all those monstrous mine dumpsters won’t be thrown on the scrap heap when coal meets its maker. It would have to be held during the day as there won’t be enough candles to illuminate the track at night.

Steve Barnett, Fingal BayAFTER a recent illness I have been confined to the house and watched TV. It is now obvious that in order to be on daytime TV you will have to know how to cook, be gay, have a fire in your house in Melbourne or Brisbane (nothing happens in NSW), run your car into a house in Adelaide, but the worst is the funeral and life insurance commercials, not good for me.

John Maxwell Hollingsworth, HamiltonLOVE your idea of Super Truck racing, Brad Hill (Short Takes, 26/10). Pity the new track hadn’t been built in open space and inventive ideas would have meant year round rev head jubilation rather than inner city desecration.

Susan Macleod, Newcastle EastI WENT to Newcastle on a rare visit yesterday and noticed that Beaumont Street was closed because of trackwork. We really have to thank our government for desecrating our railway system.

John Brattan, ThorntonBEFORE the Herald readers dare to wonder if you and I get married if the same-sex plebiscite passes the senate Dave McTaggart, I hope you’re tasting a few more n-made beers instead of the concern of my whereabouts. As for the Knights outperforming the Jets, gladly in the wooden spoon department.

Rocco De Grandis, Cameron ParkTHE POLLSTHE Newcastle light rail is:

A great improvement on the city’s infrastructure 50%,It’s too early to say. Wait to see when it is finished. 28.31%,The worst thing to happen in town 21.69%Read More →

The n Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) would be able to “disgorge” or confiscate company profits obtained by breaking the law, under a proposal to beef up ‘s corporate penalty regime.
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A high-powered review of ASIC’s enforcement powers on Monday said the penalties available to ASIC were often too weak to act as a real deterrent, or inadequate when compared with the severity of misconduct.

The position paper also pushed for longer prison terms for criminal breaches of the Act, arguing some criminal penalties should be doubled from five to 10 years.

The move towards tougher civil and criminal penalties comes after multiple reviews have found ‘s penalties for corporate wrongdoing have failed to keep up with the public expectations.

“Appropriate penalties send a signal to the community that breaches of the law are taken seriously and so promote confidence in the system, as well as providing a deterrent to would be offenders,” the paper says.

In what would be a significant boost to the fines facing law-breaking companies, the paper proposed giving ASIC the power to demand companies be stripped or “disgorged” of any profits earned through misconduct – a penalty open to regulators in Canada, Hong Kong and the United States.

Offending companies could also be hit with fines, as well as having to hand over illegally-obtained profits.

“This position recognises that it may not be appropriate for a defendant to retain a profit or benefit derived from contravening the law, particularly where the financial benefit can be quantified,” the paper said.

It also recommended a significant increase in the maximum fines imposed on companies that break laws administered by ASIC.

The penalty for a company that breaches the Corporations Act should be increased from $1 million to near $3 millon, it says, or three times the value of benefits obtained or 10 per cent of annual turnover.

The paper also called for tougher jail terms for some corporate offences that involved “dishonesty,” saying a review of penalties in 2010 had increased the penalties for some crimes such as insider trading, but not others within ASIC’s scope.

The paper proposed doubling the maximum prison term to 10 years in several areas, including misleading disclosure that materially damaged investors, and dishonest financial reporting breaches, which are treated as criminal offences.

The ASIC Enforcement Review comes after several inquiries have called for ASIC to be handed stronger powers to enforce corporate laws, to deter misconduct in the corporate sector and financial markets.

A Senate inquiry, published earlier this year, recommended ASIC be given the power to “disgorge” profits from white-collar crimes, such as insider trading or rigging of markets.

Outgoing chairman Greg Medcraft famously described as “paradise” for white-collar criminals in 2014, saying civil penalties often amounted to a “slap on the wrist”. Mr Medcraft is set to be replaced by former Goldman Sachs banker James Shipton.

The 2014 review of the financial system by former Commonwealth Bank chief David Murray also recommended tougher penalties for white-collar criminals and law-breaking companies. The ASIC Enforcement Review is a response to Mr Murray’s inquiry.

The ASIC Enforcement Review has also proposed that ASIC’s powers to obtain search warrants should be strengthened, and that it should also gain extra clout allowing it to ban senior managers and directors in finance who oversee breaches of the law.

The review is set to report to the government by the end of next month.

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Fighting cancer at 26 Brave: Danielle Richards said her family and workplace’s support was invaluable. “I would reflect on my family – living and gone – and my fiancee and think ‘I am going to do this for them’. I could see the pain everyone was in.’
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Change: Danielle Richards used scalp cooling during chemotherapy to keep her hair. More than 17,000 women in will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017.

Support: Danielle Richards, with fiance Jack Foster-Graves, said she had to adapt to “decisions and life changing events. Before that I’d never really had to do that”.

Questions: Danielle Richards, pictured recently, said she was originally confused by her diagnosis. “I never smoked or took drugs – why was this happening to me?”

TweetFacebookDanielle Richards had mapped out the next decade of her life.

The radio promotions manager and her fiance Jack Foster-Graves had just bought their first house in Cardiff and were planning to travel overseas, get married and then start a family.

What she didn’t factor in was facing a diagnosis of breast cancer, at age 26.

“My whole world was turned on it’s head,” Ms Richards said. “The first thing out of my mouth was ‘Am I still going to be able to have kids?’

“I didn’t want to lose my hair. I didn’t want to die.

“I thought ‘My parents aren’t putting their daughter in the ground’.”

Fast forward two years and Ms Richards, now 29, has endured cancer treatment, a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction, all before her 30th birthday.

Ms Richards has sharedher “nightmare” journey during breast cancer awareness month, to encourage women to check their bodiesand not ignore warning signs.

“Young women need to put their mind, body and health first,” she said.

“I thought it was just my hormones and did not go get checked until the nasty stage.

“I don’t have any history of any type of cancer in my family, except for my grandfather who smoked a lot and got lung cancer. It wasn’t a thing I thought would ever happen.”

Ms Richards was at work in July 2015 when she felt a hard lump the size of a lemon in her right breast.

She underwent an ultrasound, mammogram and biopsy.

“When I walked into my GP the following Monday she said ‘Thank goodness you’ve got your Mum with you – you’ve got breast cancer’,” Ms Richards said.

“I felt like I was about to pass out.

“She was talking but it was going over my head.

“I could not conceptualise this was going to happen to me.”

Ms Richards’ eggs were harvested and she was booked for a mastectomy in August.

“When I was about to go in my surgeon asked me, ‘Are you sure you’re okay?’,” she said.

“As much as I wanted to run away, I said ‘Yes, I’m ready’.

“I wanted it gone. Something about that moment changed me and I knew from that point I had to move forward every single day.

“I thought ‘I’m going to win, I’m going to beat this’.

“That momentum kept me going through the whole thing.”

Ms Richards underwent six rounds of chemotherapy – one every three weeks.

After the third round she was found to have a gangrenous appendix, which had been perforated during chemotherapy, and was rushed into surgery.

She soon weighed just 47 kilograms.

Around the same time, Ms Richards was found to have a mutation in her PTEN gene, which she said increased her risk of breast cancer to 85 per cent.

“I thought ‘This is going to happen to me regardless’,” she said.

“In a way it was clarification about what this meant for my future.

“I had a sense ‘I’m in control now’ – and I knew then I’d have to have my remaining left breast removed as well.”

Ms Richards started five weeks of daily radiation therapy in early 2016.

Her oncologist, knowing she was not yet being paid through income protection insurance, suggested she contact the Cancer Council NSW for practical assistance.

It arranged for three weeks of grocery vouchers, and later for a cleaner.

During the last week of radiation therapy and without her eyebrows, she returned to work.

“The whole process showed me my mind is more powerful than my body,” she said.

“For me, going back to work was about having a purpose again.

“I could still be a 26-27 year old girl even though I’d been through this life changing journey.”

Ms Richards had her left breast removed and a breast reconstruction in May this year.

Her tissue expanders were replaced with implants on September 6.

Ms Richards said while she still occasionally suffers from post traumatic stress, the transformative experience has altered her world view in a positive way.

She and her partner have frozen six embryos and she is also undergoing hormone therapy.

“It’s changed me completely,” she said.

“I had to adapt to this big and scary world and it’s helped me with my own day to day life, in situations that another 29 year old probably could not handle.

“I’m also definitely more grateful and I don’t sweat the small stuff.”

The Cancer Council hopes to raise $1.6 million in NSW through itsPink Ribbon and Girls’ Night activities for research, cancer prevention and advocacy programsand support services.

Breast changes to look for include lumps; achangein thesize, shape and skin; a change to the nipple; nipple discharge; and unusual persistent pain.

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POPE’S View (Herald,27/10): Magnificent. Both the opinion by Waleed Aly and the Editorial have clearly elucidated this fiasco by Turnbull and Cash.I have always respected Malcolm Turnbull as a decent and honourable person but no longer.I believe that his stature has been diminished
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Donald Mennie,The EntrancePLEASE Nathan Brown, don’t do it. A game of football is not worth bringing Mitchell Pearce to the Knights and Newcastle. Give a local young kid a go. He’ll have pride and passion and play his heart out.

Darryl Horne,WaratahBOTH parties Liberal and Labor couldn’t run a pub chook raffle. Disgraceful would be a kind comment. They have no idea about the real issues facing everyday people. Self important, incompetent and ignorant best describes these creatures. John Howard or Gerry Harvey please help.

Brad Hill,SingletonRIGHT on Bob Walker (Letters, 27/10)! I grew up in Bailey Street, Adamstown from 1939 on, always proudly Newcastle never Newy/Newie! Always someone wanting to change tradition.

Kevin Miller,WindaleWELL, here we are almost three years after cutting and removing the Newcastle heavy rail line and still a split Herald poll result (The Polls, 27/10). Fifty per cent support and the jury’s out for almost a third of participants on the impending light rail, so future polling will be interesting. Given the cost of work so far I doubt this transport novelty will be funded beyond its current circuit.

Garry Blair, MaitlandTO Tony Padgett (Short Takes, 26/10). Thank you, Tony, for your kind words but I can assure you that your suburb is not the only one who is subjected to these burnouts, but if you like the race track so be it. As they say, there is nothing like the smell of burning rubber in the morning.

Barry Reed,IslingtonKEITH Parsons (Letters, 28/10), where else, but coastal CBD Newcastle, with an ideal station, would you replace distance mainline railway infrastructure of a global city, Sydney, with light rail? Weakening the infrastructure does not answer the airport’s obvious call for unity to lift tourism, (‘Airport calls for unity to lift tourism’, Herald,27/10). We can do much better.

Graeme Tychsen,Rankin ParkTHE POLLSWHAT should visitors be excited about coming to visit in Newcastle and the Hunter?

Beaches 24.39%,Food and wine 34.15%,We’re close to Sydney with international travel links 9.76%,Arts and culture scene 9.76%,Other 21.95%WHAT do you think about “’s first dedicated recreation resort park for motoring enthusiasts”?

Sounds awesome 67.68%,It’s not my scene 14.55%,It will be good for local tourism 17.78%HAVE you been a victim of sexual assault or harassment?

Yes (I’m female) 33.82%,No (I’m male) 29.41%,Yes (I’m male) 25%,No (I’m female) 10.29%,Other1.47%Read More →

The AFL has confirmed the Gold Coast Suns will play North Melbourne in Cairns in round one of the 2018 premiership season.
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The game will kick off at 6:25pm local time (7:25pm in Melbourne and Sydney) on Saturday March 24, at Cazaly Stadium.

Gold Coast have been forced to move the match because of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, which will see them lose access to their regular Metricon Stadium home until round 11.

Nearly 10,000 extra seats are currently being built at Metricon Stadium to take its capacity to 35,000.

The stadium will host the opening ceremony and then athletics events throughout the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Fairfax Media reported earlier in October that the Suns were also likely to get the green light from the AFL to sell a 2018 home game to the Fremantle Dockers.

The club is also being paid $2.4 million from the Queensland government for their forced removal from Metricon Stadium.

The round one match at Cazaly Stadium in Cairns will be the eighth time the Suns have played at the venue, for a record of two wins and five losses.

North Melbourne have never played at Cazaly Stadium. Richmond hosted games there between 2011 and 2013 while the Western Bulldogs did the same between 2014 and 2017.

Suns chief executive Mark Evans said the club was excited to play in Cairns, given the footprint they already had in the north Queensland region.

“The Suns are thrilled to be kicking off our 2018 season in Cairns against North Melbourne. A round one game in Cairns presents a wonderful opportunity to showcase the region ahead of what is always a much-anticipated opening round,” Evans said.

“As a club we have established significant support in Cairns and throughout North Queensland. We are committed to playing our role in developing our game throughout the region, which is also a key recruitment catchment for the Suns Talent Academy.”

The AFL said it expected more than 10,000 people to attend the clash. The Suns will also play home matches in Townsville in 2019 or 2020.

AFL general manager of clubs and broadcasting Travis Auld said the north Queensland region had produced a number of AFL players for the Suns.

“The Gold Coast Suns have played in Cairns seven seasons in a row, however this will be the first time the Suns will be the home team and North Melbourne’s first ever match at Cazaly Stadium.

“North Queensland has produced current AFL players in Charlie Dixon, Jarrod Harbrow, Zac Smith and Jack Bowes and the AFL hopes that bringing matches to the region will continue to inspire both female and male players to reach the big time.

“As in previous years, the AFL has worked closely with the Queensland government, through Tourism and Events Queensland, Cairns Regional Council and AFL Cairns to secure the city the premiership match and once again we thank them for their continued support,” he said.

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MORE OR LESS: Want to be a better leader? Refine you aim. Want to know the single, most important responsibility of a leader?
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It’s easy to become overwhelmed just thinking about everything we, as leaders, should be doing. Becoming a better leader is easier said than done.

Some people have given up trying because there is just too much to think about.

But what if we distilled being a great leader into just one thing?

I recently consulted my mate, Professor Google, about a couple of burning questions. I typed in ‘definition of leadership’ – 280 million search results. I also searched ‘what do leaders do’ – 515 million results.

I have a bookcase in my office that is chock full of big, thick leadership and management texts.

How did leadership become so complex?

There is one thing leaders can focus on to make a massive difference: make people better.

This thinking was inspired by the 6th US President, John Quincy Adams, who said “If your actions inspire others to dream more, do more, learn more and become more, you are a leader.”

Think about this really important question. As a result of your leadership, are your people becoming more, are they remaining the same, or have they become less?

It’s sort of tragic if they are less than when they met you. Almost as sad if they have not changed as a result of your influence.

“You manage things, you lead people” US Navy Rear AdmiralGrace Hopper said. It can’t be any simpler.

Focus on helping your people grow and develop as your number one leadership priority.

Do this, and everything else will fall into place, as it will be your people who will step up and, together with you, make your organisation successful.

You have one job. MAKE. PEOPLE. BETTER.

Greg Mowbray is a leadership speaker, author, mentor and consultant. Email him at [email protected]苏州夜总会招聘Read More →

When they upended the Doctor Who universe with the casting of the first female “incarnation” of the iconic TV time traveller, it was a given the rulebook had been tossed out the window.
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Now, the role of The Doctor’s dutiful female companion – the one who historically screamed a lot, particularly when the Daleks were approaching – is to be filled by a 57-year-old man.

The new Doctor Who, Jodie Whittaker, will have a male companion called Graham. Photo: Karwai Tang

Comedian-turned-actor Bradley Walsh is to become the companion to Jodie Whittaker’s female Doctor Who … and his character’s name is Graham.

The 57-year-old actor’s credits include Coronation Street and Law & Order: UK; he has also hosted game shows such as The Chase and Cash Trapped.

Graham is one of three companions joining the series: the other two are former Hollyoaks stars Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole, who play Yasmin and Ryan.

The announcement of Whittaker’s casting as The Doctor earlier this year triggered a media furore, though to be fair it was met with almost overwhelming positivity by Doctor Who fans.

The “furore”, though, became a self-fulfilling prophecy: the media focused largely on a handful of disgruntled comments on social media to frame the announcement as controversial, when in truth it was barely that.

Whittaker is replacing actor Peter Capaldi, who has been in the role since 2013.

Walsh would replace Bill Potts, played by Pearl Mackie, who served as “companion” to Capaldi’s Doctor.

The change of actor within the Doctor Who narrative was a plot conceit established in the 1960s when the actor who originated the character, William Hartnell, became ill and was unable to continue working on the series.

But the notion of the Doctor’s “companion” has existed for the entire life of the series.

Initially, Hartnell’s Doctor was accompanied on his travels by his granddaughter Susan (Carole Ann Ford) and two of her schoolteachers Ian Chesterton (William Russell) and Barbara Wright (Jacqueline Hill), who forced their way into the Tardis after following Susan home.

But later Doctors were accompanied by a variety of companions, including journalist Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen), the warrior Leela (Louise Jameson), would-be “spy” Jo Grant (Katy Manning) and soldier Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart (Nicholas Courtney).

And while the notion of a female Doctor was surprising at least, the Doctor’s Tardis has been filled with companions of all genders, as well as a couple of robots: K-9 the dog and Kamelion.

Walsh said he remembered watching Hartnell’s Doctor as a child.

“Black and white made it very scary for a youngster,” he said. “I was petrified but even though I’d watch most of it from behind the sofa through my fingers, I became a fan.”

Walsh said he then queued as a boy to watch Peter Cushing’s Doctor in the standalone colour Doctor Who features produced in the 1960s. (Those films have no narrative connection to the TV series.)

he change of Doctor and companion comes as executive producer and showrunner Steven Moffat is bowing out, to be replaced by Chris Chibnall.

Capaldi announced his plan to step down in January, 2017; the upcoming Christmas episode, The Doctors, will be his last.

He made his debut in the series, briefly, in the program’s 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor, which was broadcast in 2013; he later made his formal debut in the Christmas special, The Time of the Doctor.

Except for two breaks, between 1989 and 1996 and 1996 and 2005, Doctor Who has been in production since 1963.

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DETERMINED: Striking Rail, Tram and Bus union members outside Pacific National’s Port Waratah depot listen as union organiser Steve Wright updates them on their industrial campaign. Pctures: Max Mason-Hubers.WITH a regular backdrop of supportive motorists’ horns, more than 100 striking Pacific National freight train drivers vowed on Monday to keep up industrial action in pursuit of a new enterprise agreement.
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Greg Cameron

Gathered outside Pacific National’s Port Waratah terminal on Industrial Drive, the Rail, Tram and Bus Union mass meeting came at the end of a 48-hour stoppage from noon on Saturday.

The coal and bulk cargoes train drivers –women as well as men –were especially angry at a public statement issued on Friday by Pacific National that they said was inaccurate.

The statement said the striking drivers were on 12 per cent superannuation, but union organiser Steve Wright said this applied only in Victoria.

“Everyone here is on the same 9.5 per cent that is standard,” Mr Wright said.

The statement also said that 20 per cent of Pacific Nationaldrivers were on $150,000 a year, but Mr Wright said anyone on that sort of money “arethe ones working away from home interstate and at depots elsewhere in the statebecause of redundancies given out in areas that arenow booming in grain haulage”.

When the mass meeting was asked how many drivers earned $150,000, no-one put their hand up.

The strike by hundreds of drivers stopped Pacific National coal trains to Newcstle and Port Kembla, and affected grain and other bulk cargo trains across much of the state.

The meeting heard that the union and Pacific National had held more than 30 bargaining meetings without any real result or progress.

“Everything we put to them they just say they have problems with,” Mr Wright said.

Union project officer Greg Cameron said the plan wasto merge separate coal and bulk cargoes enterprise agreements into a single document covering both types of trains.

But in a “stunt” on Friday, the company bypassed the union by writing directly to employees saying it now wanted to negotiate on separate agreements.

Mr Wright said the union had called for a hearing before Fair Work , which was scheduled for Wednesday in Sydney.

At the close of the meeting, members voted for overtime bans to be introduced whenever the union executive “sees fit”. Another 48-hour stoppage is scheduled for next weekend.

Pacific National insists the offer it has put to workers is “attractive” and “aligned” to industry standards.

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TAKE-OFF: Newcastle Jets star Emily Van Egmond, third from right, at the W-League season launch on Monday in Sydney. Picture: AAP.(left to right) Michelle Heyman (Canberra), Hayley Raso (Brisbane), Steph Catley (City), Rosie Sutton (Wanderers), Sam Kerr (Perth), Lisa De Vanna (Sydney), Emily Van Egmond (Jets), Laura Alleway (Victory), Emma Checker (Adelaide). Emily Van Egmond believed fans would be excited to see what the Jets can producethis W-League season, ahead of the announcement that goalkeeper Britt Eckerstromand midfielders Tori Huster and Arin Gilliland will join striker Katie Stengel as American imports at Newcastle
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Stengel, who played last season with Western Sydney, was announced as a Jets signing last week. The other three Americans are set to be unveiled on Tuesday.

Huster played with Newcastle in 2012-13 and again in 2014. She also hada season with Western Sydney Wanderers in 2013-14.

Newcastle Jets set to unveil rest of American quartet for W-League season Britt Eckerstrom. Picture: Timbers苏州夜总会招聘

Tori Huster playing for the Jets in 2014. Picture: Dean Osland

Tori Huster, second from right, with Newcastle in 2012. Picture: Simone De Peak

Arin Gilliland last season for Newcastle. Picture: Marina Neil

Britt Eckerstrom. Picture: Timbers苏州夜总会招聘

Arin Gilliland last season for Newcastle. Picture: Marina Neil

Tori Huster with Newcastle in 2012. Picture: Simone De Peak

TweetFacebook The Jets’ new American signingsThe 28-year-old midfielder comes to the Jets this time from Washington Spirit in the US National Women’s Soccer League, where she has also played for Western New York Flash.

Gilliland, a 24-year-old Chicago Red Stars defender, had an impressive W-League debut season with Newcastle last year in midfield and returns in a major boost for the club.

Eckerstrom, 24, was second-string keeper this year with NWSL champions Portland Thorns, who beat North Carolina in the decider 1-0 on October 14.She takes over from Katelyn Rowland, who playedfor NWSL minor premiers North Carolina and came in as an injury replacement for countrywoman Kelsey Wys at the Jets early last W-League season.

The Americans will join returning Matildas Van Egmond, Tara Andrews, Hannah Brewer and Gema Simon in the Jets squad.

Simon, a captain and foundation Jets player, is yet to be announced but is expected to return following her off-season stint in Norway.

The Jets start the W-League season against Western Sydney Wanderers on Sunday at McDonald Jones Stadium as part of a double-header with the A-League side.

Van Egmond was the Jets representative at the W-League season launch in Sydney on Monday.

The Matildas No.10’s return to Newcastle was confirmed last Friday and she said then that Jets supporters would be “quite excited to see what we can produce this year” and “I think we’re going to be quite competitive”.

Van Egmond last played with Newcastle in 2014, when she finished with theJulie Dolan Medal as the W-League’s best and fairest.She was also part of the club’s inaugural squad of 2008-09, which made the Jets’only appearance in the play-offs.

“We haven’t reached the finals for quite a number of years and I think that’s a goal of everyone in the team,” she said.“We’ll take it one game ata time, and all the other teams are bolstering their squads as well, so I think it’s going to be a great season.”

Coach Craig Deans said “the American girls that come in will definitely add to the group” and the squad was potentially better than last year’s, which finished fifth.

“I think our team last year wasn’t too bad,” Deans said. “We got to a game with Melbourne City to make the finals and we weren’t good enough.

“Those players who went through that last year are mostlyyounger players and I would hope they would have learned from that.”

“Those younger players need to step up and show the mentality that’s needed. We have the potential to be a better team than last year but until they actually get on the field and start to show it, it doesn’t mean anything.”

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