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Family labels can hide the best qualities in all of us

Jul 22 2018 Published by under 南京夜网

I know how powerfully the roles we’re assigned as children can have an impact on our adult selves, because even today, I see those roles reflected in the way my brother Matt and I interact.
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In our family, I’m the judgmental one who has lots of opinions and thinks she knows everything, while Matt is too kind and generous for his own good. And he loses things.

Like his keys. Which is why I recently found him crawling aroundmy floor.I sighed internally, trying not to seem like I was judging him for his carelessness. Instead, I pitched in. We looked everywhere.

We speculated about whether my daughtermight have hidden them. Or could the dog have eaten them? Or did my husband move them?

Yet deep down, I knew that the dog, my daughter and even my husband were unlikely culprits. Matt had surelyput them down somewhere strange and completely forgotten them. He’s always done that kind of thing. After all, the obvious solution to the problem – that he fetch his spare keys – was unavailable because he’d already lost them.

Eventually, Matt gave up and called the auto locksmith, an expensive exercise.

Then, the next day, I found thekeys in my bag. I must have put them there, absent-mindedly, thinking they were mine.In the course of the great key hunt, I’d searched everyone’s bag, except my own. Because they couldn’t be there. I never lose things, remember?

I rang Matt and he laughed and said:”I’m just so glad it was you that lost them. It’s such a relief to know it wasn’t my fault.”

We had once again played out our preordained roles. I had been judgey and superior, but I’d also been reminded that I am sometimes (rarely) wrong.

Matt sometimes loses things but he’s also, without question, generous, kind and forgiving. And that is a much, much dearer, and rarer, quality.

Monica Dux

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Memory wall: leave your tribute to Dapto man Gavin Roberts

Jul 22 2018 Published by under 南京夜网

Scroll to the bottom to read tributesto Gavin RobertsFriends and work colleagues said goodbye to Dapto man Gavin Roberts on Friday at a memorial service in the UK.
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The service at the historic Christ Church, Old Town in Swidon was also attended by members of Mr Roberts’ family, who are due to return home to Australia on Sunday.

In aFacebook post, Mr Roberts’ brother Nathan wrote: “I should know the timings for Gavin’s return tomorrow. Once this has been confirmed we’ll then be able to organise a date for his funeral.”

Mr Robertswas involved in a head-on collision in England on June 11 while on his way to work. He diedin hospital on June 15.

A family membersaid his organs had been donated and saved seven lives.

TheGavin Roberts Medical Fund, which will help with the cost of repatriating the bodyof Mr Roberts to Australia,continues to attract support ongofundme南京夜网.

Gavin Roberts at his graduation ceremony at the University of Wollongong. Photo: Facebook

R.I.P Gavin you will be solely missed and It was such a honor to know such an terrific kind hearted person like you, thinking of you all x Jules, Tarrawana

REST IN PARADISE GAV. Till we meet again fly high big guy. Darren, Dapto

Absolute gentlemen and legend rip till next time we meet. Mitchell Taylor, Dapto

RIP fly high beautiful angel known you since my sis and you went to school together you will be dearly missed but never forgotten Ashley Kiely Warrawong, formally Dapto

I love you bro Kim Hunt, Oran Park

Rest In Peace Gavin! That contagious cheeky smile will never be forgotten xx Kacey, Horsley

Rest in peace Gav! You were truly an amazing guy who will be missed xoxo Jasmin, Dapto

Taken from this world too soon. You’ll be very much missed Gavin. Xx Courtney, Dapto

R.I.P Gavin. You will be remembered. My condolences to all of your family and friends at this very sad and difficult time xox Rebecca, East Koonawarra

Gavin it was such a pleasure working with you. You were always the person that could lift the spirits in anyone. You have left us all too soon, but until we meet again, fly high buddy.My condolences go to Gavin’s family & all that have been affected by our loss. #HutcrewCourtney, Warilla

Rest easy gav! Untill we meet again! Will never forget your smiling face! Alana Dunwell, Dapto

Still changing lives hey. Its pretty hard to believe you’re gone.You were one of the good guys and will always live on for many of us. Rachae Hanna, Lisarow

My friend my buddy my pal. Miss you more than words can describe. Jimmy, The world

Our sincerest condolences to family and friends during this sad time. Paniagua family, Dapto

R.i.p gav…we sure r going to miss u mate…thanx for letting me be a friend 🙂 im sure all the angels in heaven r gonna love having u around…until wemeet again xoxoTiffany Hayler, Willow Vale QLD

Love you brother. I’ll never forget you and all the memories we had growing up. Miss you mate Platts, Adelaide

Gav you were a top bloke.. U will be sadly missed. RIP buddy. Much luv always xxx Moni Sinclair, Albion Park

Rest In Peace Gav, you are already so missed. Love to you and your family xxx Ebony, Dapto

Fly high Gavin. I will be forever grateful that I had a chance to know you. Gone but never forgotten xx Tamara, Albion Park Rail

Love you bro will be missed Todd McDonald, Townsville

Rest in Peace Gav.You were truly one of a kind!Thanks for the memories… ❤️ Charmaine Gibbons, Wollongong

RIP Gav the world has lost yet another of its shining lights. You knew how to make us laugh and smile every time you were around. Keep the party going for us up there xoxo Lauren, Berkeley

You were a true legend mate this world is truely less without you Joel Deans, Tullimbar

Sorry didn’t know Gavin please accept my sympathy Brian Bowdidge, CARRAMAR

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Tamworth Bolts forced into double time

Jul 22 2018 Published by under 南京夜网

THE Tamworth Thunderbolt men will hit the boards for the first time in six weeks at the Tamworth Sports Dome tonight.
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Matt Monkton (right) drives up the court for the Tamworth Thunderbolts earlier in the season against the Central Coast Crusaders. The Thunderbolts have a double header this weekend, playing Port tonight and Coffs Harbour tomorrow. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 230416GOG07

And they’ll be back on them tomorrow with a State League double header against Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour.

The John Ireland-coached side was originally only playing Port tonight but then Coffs got flooded in and couldn’t get over for their game two weekends ago.

It’s meant the Thunderbolts haven’t had a game for six weeks.

Ireland said it’s obviously not an ideal situation but commended the players for their efforts at training.

They’ve tried to replicate the intensity of a game situation as much as they can.

“Hopefully we can pick up where we left off,” Ireland said.

Obviously there will be a few teething problems and cobwebs to blow out.

He said they were at full strength with Jayden Pryer making his return from injury.

“It will be good to have Jayden Pryer back on the floor,” he said.

“It’s only his second game of the season.

“He’s an exciting young kid who will be a big part of the group for years to come.

“He brings good athleticism, good energy, good rebounding and is another perimeter shooter.”

That athleticism is true of the side as a whole and something Ireland will be looking for them to take advantage of, along with their speed and skill.

He said the Dolphins and Suns were quite similar basketball teams and in a rebuilding phase after losing some key players.

“Both have a lot of new faces,” he said.

Both have been playing some good basketball though.

“Their results have been really positive,” he said.

“We’ll have to bring our game and play well.”

He isn’t reading much into their previous results against them.

They played Coffs back in the first game of the season.

“We won by about 60 but, as I said, they’ve improved massively,” Ireland said.

“They’ve competed well against some of the better sides in the competition.

“We will be playing a different team to three months ago.”

They were similarly convincing against Port, beating them by about 35, but Ireland countered that the scoreline didn’t reflect the game.

“It’s always a tough physical game against the Dolphins,” he said.

“We have to match them physically.”

Tip-off against Port is at 6pm with tomorrow’s game getting underway at 1pm.

The Thunderbolt women also have a gruelling weekend.

They’re at Minto and will play Bathurst and Goulburn today, and Hawkesbury tomorrow, and will be hoping to return with at least one win.

But it will be tough for the Chris Tudman-coached side with only seven of their 11 available.

THUNDERBOLTS MEN: Luke Krug, Matt Monkton, Max Chillingworth, Ricky Ward, Kyle Gupton, Jayden Pryer, Ben Eather, Justin Leahy, Reece Chillingworth, David Bourke.

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Outback Barbas take Kickers 64-5

Jul 22 2018 Published by under 南京夜网

THE Dyno Nobel Queensland Outback Barbarians made it two in a row in a powerhouse performance against the Comox Valley Kickers on Vancouver Island in Canada.
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RUGBY NATION: The Queensland Outback Barbarians with the Comox Valley Kickers on Vancouver Island, Canada.

The touring side delivered a far more polished performance in the second game of itsgreat North American adventure to pile on 64 points to 5 at Cumberland Field.

Very encouraging was that five of the tries went to wingers. Jesse James (Hughenden) scored a hat trick and Lachlan Conyers (Wollongong) picked up a double.

With tour captain Tom Beattie (Sunshine Coast) off the field with ahamstring twinge, it wasleft to campaigner Tom Robertson (Mount Isa)

The first try came just three minutes into the hit out when fly half Ross Morrissey (Gold Coast) put inside centre Brendan Ralph (Toowoomba) through skinny gap to score beside the posts. Morrissey added the extras to make it 7-0.

Just two minutes later A hard running Ralph broke through the defense offload to Jesse James who sprinted 20m to score in corner to make it 12-0.

The Barbas shock tactics seemed to rally the Kickers. Dynamic flanker and Kickers’ bestBrendan ‘Zeus’Hudson punched through the tourists to score 20m from posts. However, the kick was unsuccessful leaving the score 12-5.

Komox Valley Kickers captain Brendan ‘Zeus’ Hudson and Queensland Outback Barbarians captain Tom Robertson.

After continued pressure at the breakdown, apass from hard runningJackson Brown (Longreach) sentJames into the corner. Morrissey’s kick made it 19-5.

The game developed into something of an arm wrestle withsloppy play fromboth sides. The break came when abackline counter attack resulted in No8 Andre Van Staden (Toowoomba) going in beside the posts. The resulting conversion made it26-5.

It was on another counterattackthat winger Lachlan Conyers went innear the posts for the first of his two. The kick gave the tourists a33-5 lead. Six minutes later a great pop pass from best on pitch IzakHolmes (Moura) again saw Conyers go in near the post and a40-5 going into the break.

TheKickers may have been down but werecertainly not out. The homeside regrouped in second periodand put plenty of pressure onthe Barbas, threatening to cross thetry line on several occassions. Again it was the big defensive effort by the tourists that shone through.

But the game turned when a dropped ball from the kickers was swooped on by ever present Brendan McKeown (Bundaberg). The ball went throughsix sets of hands before Andrew Kliese (Dalby) scored beside the post. RobMcKeown’s (Bundaberg) conversion made in 47-5.

The Comox Valley Kickers put up plenty of contest.

Both sides continued to attack with plenty of action and solid hitsfrom both forward packs.Rylie Brown (Hughenden) made the most of the opportunity to scoreout wide takingthe score to52-5.

The game then became anerror ridden game of ruckingand malling. PropAaron Longbottom (Moura) scored out wide.

Three minutes later the Barbas again piled on the skills through a slick backline to giveJames his hat trick.Jesse Meinicke (Mackay) landed the conversion to make it 64-5.

Coach David Conyers said the eightpenalties conceded by the Outback Barbarians reflected themajor improvement on the Capilano game.

“We still did losetwo tight head scrums but we won all of our eightline outs plus one against the throw,” Conyers said.

“Even more encouraging was we had a bigger share of possession than the opposition.

“The areas we still need to work on is our scrums and having more control at the breakdown.”

Following the game Outback Barbarians players took time out to play rugby with the enthusiastic local children in Cumberland who had watched the game.

The Outback Barbarians’ next game is against theBanff Bears inBanff, Alberta, on June 29.

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Health link up gets top marks

Jul 22 2018 Published by under 南京夜网

WELLNESS WARRIORS: NPS students Annabelle Woods, Ashleigh Woods and Lilly Dayes learning about emergency response and CPR.
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The NPS community has once again taken up the opportunity to come together with a variety ofservices providers at our Community Link Up Day.

This day focuses on bringing all the service providerstogether in oneplace, with a focus on our students’ and families’ health and wellbeing.

Principal Denise King said NPS operates with the belief it takes a community to not only educate, butnurture and nourish a child.

“A major part of this day is full dental, vision and hearing screenings, where students in our schoolcan get full check-ups in regards to their oral, eye and ear health,” she said.

“Other services that we have brought on board include Western Region NSW Health, MissionAustralia, NSW Police Force, Family Referral Service, Centacare, Ability Links/ Early Links, Carewest,NSW Fair Trading, Marathon Health and many others.These services provide valuable support to our parents, carers and wider community in all aspects oftheir day-to- day life.”

Access to services can be a barrier for students and families and by bringing them all together in theone place they are able to gain information, seek advice and referrals.

More than 20 services attend the event and in excess of 50 people came to take part in the servicesoffered.

Mrs King said the success of this day reflects the partnerships the school has been able to form withthe community.

“We believe in a holistic approach to our students learning and know that if their, and their familieshealth and wellbeing are addressed, we know that the child will succeed in learning and life.”

In other healthnews students at NPS have been taking direct action to improve their wellbeing.

The Year 5 and 6 students have been taking part in a special four week program which has providedthe students with the opportunity to have professional people come and talk to them aboutdifferent aspects of their wellbeing.

MrsKing said over the course of the program the students have had professionalsspeaking about mental health, self esteem and confidence; nutrition; oral health; emergencyresponse and strong posture and structure.

OPEN WIDE: Dental was one of the many serivces offered at the Narromine Public School linked in Day.

The students will also take part in other activities surrounding these information sessions includingnail painting, jewellery making, frisbee, golf and team games.

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Hospital honours namesake Fiona Stanley with portrait

Jul 22 2018 Published by under 南京夜网

A portrait of Fiona Stanley now hangs on the walls of Fiona Stanley Hospital. Visitors to Fiona Stanley Hospital will now be greeted with a portrait painted by one of Australia’s most prestigious artists in honour of the hospital’s namesake, Professor Fiona Stanley.
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The painting, unveiled by Health Minister John Day on Friday, was commissioned three years ago and painted by Mary Moore.

The public hospital in Perth’s southern suburbs was named after former Australian of the Year, Professor Stanley, a name chosen via a public competition when the hospital was first mooted in 2005.

Mr Day said the painting, hung in the hospital’s main concourse, reflected Professor Stanley’s strength, determination and wisdom.

“On either side of the main portrait is a series of small panels depicting some of Professor Stanley’s many milestones and significant achievements during her impressive career, along with some touching personal highlights,” he said.

Those highlights include an outstanding medical contribution to WA which was born from treating children in remote Aboriginal communities in the 1970s.

Professor Stanley is the founding director of the Telethon Institute, established in 1990 and despite retiring in 2011, she remains closely associated with the institute through her medical research.

Her commitment to maternal and child health services made her a Companion of the Order of Australia in 1996 and in 2003, Australian of the Year.

She has also been honoured as a National Living Treasure by the National Trust and made a UNICEF Australia Ambassador for early childhood development.

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AFL season 2016: Gold Coast Suns, Bombers in draft intrigue

Jul 22 2018 Published by under 南京夜网

The Gold Coast Suns have declared they will look at “every option” – including a swap of selections for the No.1 draft pick – should that be the best way for them to emerge as a power.
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The Suns, enduring a rugged season because of injury and poor form, shape as one of the more intriguing players in this year’s national draft.

At it stands, they are likely to have the third or fourth overall selection, and will also have Melbourne’s first-round pick as a result of a splitting of picks last year. That means they are likely to have two selections in the top eight. The Suns will also boast four second-round picks, having secured these from Port Adelaide, Richmond and Fremantle – plus their own.

Essendon or Brisbane appear likely to have the No.1 pick this year – a prize which could be decided when they clash in round 18 at Etihad Stadium.

The Bombers have already declared they will consider all options should they have the top pick, which could involve a swap of picks or a trade for an established talent.

There is a school of thought the Dons should consider a deal with the Suns should they finish last. In a bid to fast-track their rebuild in what shapes as an even and strong first round, the Bombers could offer a deal, including their No.1 pick for the Suns’ numbers 4 and 8, giving them two selections in the top 10.

Draft experts consider Suns academy player Jack Bowes, an exciting midfielder, as the best available player. Should they trade for the top pick, the Suns then could secure the best boy outside of their academy with the top pick, and wait for a rival club to bid for Bowes – potentially from second-bottom placed side – whom they would have the ranking points to match and secure.

The Suns also have first dibs on another of their highly-rated academy prospects, midfielder Brad Scheer.

Suns list manager Scott Clayton said the expansion franchise had a strong hand.

“We are certainly strategising what we will do. We certainly have a strong hand. We have got six picks inside 30 probably,” he said.

“Besides our two first rounds, we have four second rounds, tied to Richmond, Port Adelaide and Fremantle, who at this stage are all outside the eight, as are we.

“We are open to do whatever is best for us, so we have a strong hand.

“There are quite a few clubs who would like more picks in the first two rounds in this draft.

“There would be no surprise that there may be some splitting of picks because there is good depth in this draft. We would look at every option, and there will be many options because people are getting excited about this draft – the first two rounds.”

Bowes, who at 187cm is an elite talent who can play in several positions, moved from Cairns to the Gold Coast last year to further his career. He has impressed during the national championships.

During the trade period last year, the Demons swapped pick numbers 6, 29 and their first-round selection this year for picks 3, 10 and 43. This allowed them to secure Clayton Oliver and Sam Weideman inside the top 10.

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Gold Coast Titans coach Neil Henry working wonders with NRL surprise packets

Jul 22 2018 Published by under 南京夜网

1. Knights v Dragons
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Given the relative impotent nature of both teams’ attack – the Cowboys, Broncos and Raiders have scored more points this year themselves than the Knights and Dragons combined – this will be a fascinating battle of two former teammates with the clipboards. Nathan Brown needs time. Paul McGregor has been getting it. But how long will their fans keep persevering with the tryline wobbles? Hunter Stadium has been a happy holiday place for the Dragons, who have only lost three times in 17 trips to Steel City.

2. Sharks v Warriors

Expectation hasn’t always been easy to deal with for the Sharks, whose coach Shane Flanagan joked “what have I done?” after walking into a packed pre-game press conference on Friday. They sometimes need to drag people off the street to ask him questions at the weekly media call. How will Cronulla’s Origin contingent rebound? They come switched on, they win. They don’t, the rapidly improving Warriors can pounce. Paul Gallen’s response will be fascinating, but perhaps Wade Graham’s mindset even more intriguing.

3. Bulldogs v Broncos

There’s good and bad news from Corey Parker’s bizarre retirement announcement, which perhaps only he saw coming. The bad? He won’t be around next year. The good? The Broncos might actually have some ammunition to fire them out of a mid-season malaise. Even allowing for the standard Origin toll, Brisbane’s form has been puzzling. Wayne Bennett won’t panic, though. Never does. And now his troops have a big carrot to finish the season well.

4. Titans v Raiders

Voting for NRL Coach of the Year closes now. Who do you pick? Sharks brains trust Shane Flanagan? Maybe BandAid man Brad Arthur? What about the King? Surely Neil Henry has to be in the conversation? And he still doesn’t seem to get the respect he perhaps deserves. There are not many sharper minds out there and the visit of the Raiders – who have an abysmal record on the holiday strip – has a Henry-inspired Titans upset written all over it.

5. Storm v Tigers

Since when did Jason Taylor ask his skipper Aaron Woods to do his dirty work for him? All jokes aside, the recovering Robbie Farah wasn’t going to be “rested” from the Tigers’ trip to Melbourne before copping friendly fire and a mild concussion from his Origin teammate. Not “rested rested” like he was against the Roosters anyway. But if the Tigers are any hope of pushing for an unlikely finals berth it won’t matter anyway. They need to measure up again against the Storm, who have the cavalry coming back left right and centre.

6. Cowboys v Sea Eagles

One is foolish to question an Immortal-in-waiting, but how effective will Johnathan Thurston be in Michael Morgan’s potential month-long absence? The Cowboys’ golden injury run for 18 months may be creaking a little, Morgan struggling to be fit for Origin III and out of Manly’s visit. Don’t underestimate how much Thurston’s regular sidekick has relieved the pressure on the No.7 in the last couple of years. The Sea Eagles’ arrows will all be pointed in one direction now with Paul Green unlikely to rest Thurston given Morgan’s absence.

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AFL season 2016: Opposition scouts analysing women’s games for possible rule changes

Jul 22 2018 Published by under 南京夜网

Whole new game: The women’s league was launched last week Photo: Justin McManusAFL opposition analysts have been looking at women’s exhibition games this year, studying game trends with a view to making minor rule alterations for next year’s inaugural season of the national women’s league.
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While the AFL insists there will not be wholesale changes to the rules after some opposition from leading female players, the league confirmed that modifications to improve the spectacle  were still on the table.

The AFL contacted the AFL Coaches Association to seek experts who could watch women’s games this season and provide feedback to the governing body.

AFL game development manager Simon Lethlean said: “We just wanted to make sure we were engaging with experts on the analysis on those games, At least six or eight of them put up their hand.

“[There’s] nothing pre-conceived about it. We just wanted to get the right people looking at it.

“We’re not looking to make significant changes to any of the rules for women’s footy, but we’ve been fortunate enough to have exhibition matches this year, all broadcast and filmed, and [with] Champion Data stats and heat maps for the ball use.”

Coaches association chief executive Mark Brayshaw said his organisation was happy to help.

“The coaches’ association was asked to find members within our ranks who could help the AFL analyse this season’s women’s league game with a view to providing them with the sort of analysis these opposition analysts deliver to their own senior coaches.

“We got a handful of members of the association who are specifically in that niche that have volunteered to do that, and they’ll give all that information to Simon Lethlean and his team, and they’ll analyse it.”

Several rule changes have been trialled during women’s exhibition games this year, including 16-players-a-side “last touch”, “high density” and “protected area” rules.

The league is keen to remain respectful to the female players, with leading players Alicia Eva and Phoebe McWilliams telling the AFL website earlier this month they hoped the rules next year would be as close as possible to the men’s rules.

“I can see why the AFL is putting forward ideas because they want to make women’s football attractive,” Eva said.

“But girls are now coached to play exactly the same rules as the boys are, and taught the same philosophies.”

“So if [the rules] can stay as close to the AFL  that would be fantastic.”

The AFL last week announced the eight  clubs for next year’s league. The competition is set to feature just six rounds in February and March, however there are hopes for an expanded competition in following years.

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State of Origin 2016: NSW need a plan, says Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett

Jul 22 2018 Published by under 南京夜网

Advice for NSW: Wayne Bennett. Blessed: Johnathan Thurston has been the pillar of a talented Queensland lineup.
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Why Gallen should not be picked for Origin IIINeck specialist decries Thaiday tackleBrisbane coach Wayne Bennett says criticism of NSW’s team culture from Phil Gould are valid and the Blues lack a State of Origin plan.

Bennett says the Blues are in a similar situation to that Queensland found themselves in after a disastrous 2000 campaign, which ended in a 3-0 series whitewash and a humbling game three 56-16 defeat.

Gould slammed the Blues after the 26-16 game two loss at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday condemned them to a 10th series defeat in 11 years.

The former NSW coach said the Blues were being undermined by “selfishness” and not being allowed to develop a culture and chemistry to overcome Queensland.

Bennett, who took over for a third stint as Maroons coach following the 2000 disaster, says the foundations for Queensland’s decade of domination were established after that series.

“If you look at Queensland from 2001 onwards there was a hard core of players that were always in your team,” Bennett said.

“That allowed them to keep the team pretty stable and not take a lot of bad losses, they lost some games but not really bad losses. NSW don’t seem to be able to do that.

“There’s a few there that have been there a while but they still can’t settle on a halfback/five-eighth combination, which I think really hurts them. I think they got it then all of a sudden they’ve gone somewhere else this year.”

Bennett says there’s no doubt Queensland have been blessed to possess talents such as Johnathan Thurston, Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Greg Inglis all at the same time.

The seven-time premiership winner says Queensland have had to endure times when they couldn’t match the talent NSW boasted, but have historically handled it better than the Blues.

“Thurston, Cooper Cronk and Cam Smith, you put them in the NSW team – we’re in a very fortunate time because those guys are so good,” he said.

“There’s a lot of good players around them but they’re the keys to it.

“NSW in those key positions, just don’t have the quality that we have.”

Bennett also says NSW captain Paul Gallen deserves an Origin farewell despite speculation the Blues would be better off blooding a new player for next month’s game three in Sydney.

“You’re trying to create something within the team about consistency and how you treat players, your top players, and all that sort of stuff,” Bennett said.

“Sometimes you’ve got to take a bit of pain with that but it’s worthwhile because everyone sees how it’s done and it’s done properly.”

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