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Swing to sound of sweet jazz in August

From big band to Dixieland jazz lovers of all kinds will happy with the line-up for the 20th annual Dubbo Jazz Festival.
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More than 700 musicians are expected to converge on the city on the weekend of August 13-15 to swing to the sounds of cool and bluesy jazz.

The Dubbo Jazz Festival is one of the best in Australia and will see the largest gathering of some of the best musicians seen west of the divide.

This year’s line-up includes world class musicians playing all styles of jazz during a 26-hour period in five quality venues under one roof at the Dubbo RSL Club Resort.

In addition to festival performances at the Dubbo RSL Club Resort, bands will play at selected times at two wineries, the West Dubbo Bowling Club, Dubbo City Bowling Club, Western Plains Cultural Centre and Shoyoen Japanese Gardens.

A multi-denominational Gospel Service will also be held on the Sunday at St Brigid’s Catholic Church with Anita Harris and friends.

The festival will feature some of Australia’s best jazz acts as well as international ones.

The Junior Dixieland Band will travel from the Czech Republic to be part of the festival while closer to home the Australian Army Band Camouflage won’t be blending into the background with their smooth sounds.

A delicious jazz breakfast will be held on Saturday morning at the RSL in the entertainment lounge.

Bookings are are essential

Another highlight of the festival will be the big sounds at the big band concert on the Saturday at the RSL where the much-awarded St John’s College Stage Band will be part of the line up.

The weekend will wrap up with the popular wind down dinner dance on Sunday evening where bands such as Junior Dixieland, Anita Harris Quartet, Maurie’s Jolly Rollers will provide the music for dancing.

Weekend passes, session and day passes will be available at the door for each swinging show.

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Nikolic gives the green light for cup hope Red Ruler

Rejuvenated jockey Danny Nikolic is planning an assault on winning his second feature race of the Caulfield carnival with the ride on New Zealand five-year-old Red Ruler awaiting in Saturday’s $2.5 million Caulfield Cup.Nikolic was at his frontrunning best when securing victory in last weekend’s $1m Caulfield Guineas on Starspangledbanner, and the jockey feels Red Ruler has had the right preparation to give the Caulfield Cup a shake.”I think he’s got a great hope,” Nikolic said yesterday at trackwork. ”His four runs back from a spell have all been good. Now he’s just got to find that extra length to be able to win and with the blinkers going on he can do that.”Red Ruler has drawn barrier 14 in the Caulfield Cup, a race in which he finished sixth last year with Corey Brown in the saddle.”He’s a go-forward horse so he can offset that alley with his tactical speed,” Nikolic said.”And he is proven at the mile and a half [2400m], he did run second to Nom Du Jeu in the AJC Australian Derby last year. And he has handled rain-affected going. Any conditions will suit him.”Red Ruler was a last-start fifth in the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington behind Melbourne Cup favourite Efficient, which beat him home by just 1.3 lengths.”He has been consistent throughout his whole campaign this time in work,” Nikolic said. ”It now comes down to whether or not he is good enough on the day. He ran sixth last year but was still a little bit immature.”I’ve got no doubt he is a better horse this year than he was last year. I worked him Tuesday on the course proper at Caulfield and I made him do a solid gallop. He has come on fitness-wise through the campaign so he was ready for a hard hit-out.”In addition to winning the Caulfield Guineas, Nikolic also combined with Flemington trainer Danny O’Brien to win at Caulfield on Wednesday on Spacecraft.He will ride Rachine (Arrowfield Plate), Savaging (Jayco Plate) and Glam Slam (Pure Blonde Plate) for O’Brien at Caulfield on Saturday while top-class mare Hot Danish, trained at Randwick by Les Bridge, will be his mount in the Harrolds Stakes. ”She’s drawn nicely in seven,” Nikolic said. ”I rode her back from an ordinary barrier last start at Flemington and in hindsight it was the wrong choice. All things being equal she should come out and win this weekend. I’m just hoping that the track is not too affected because her best form is on dead to good ground. If it becomes too wet then that would become a problem. But if that isn’t the case then she is just too good for those. I’m not worried about any of the opposition, I think she’ll beat them all. I know Neroli goes well but when she beat home Hot Danish in the Queen Of The Turf the track was very much rain-affected and Neroli picked her up late.”Neroli is better suited when the track is wet, I think she felt the harder track a bit at Flemington last time when she raced Hot Danish. On a wet track Neroli is the only one with a genuine chance of beating Hot Danish this time.”Included in Nikolic’s other rides are Berlioz (David Jones Cup) and Huxssen (Perri Cutten Caulfield Sprint) while he is excited about hopping on O’Brien’s team. ”Savaging for Danny O’Brien is a horse that I think is a sneaky hope heading towards the Victoria Derby but if that is to be the case you’d want to see him performing in this race on the weekend, though,” he said. ”He warmed up when the race was all over last time.”Damien Oliver rode Rachine when she raced at Moonee Valley last time out and Nikolic said ”she should have won, she got held up when she needed a run”.Glam Slam hasn’t raced since winning the Creswick Stakes at Flemington in June but Nikolic expects a forward showing. ”She won the Creswick up the straight and has had a bit of time off since then but Danny should have her primed to do something fresh even though she will strip fitter for the run,” he said.”Overall, I’ve got a good book of rides and I’ve been having a good trot. To win a Caulfield Cup this weekend would be great for the confidence as we move deeper into the spring carnival.”
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‘It was either get the knife or get killed’

Police at the scene of Thursday night’s stabbing attack in Narromine.A victim of a knife attack in Narromine last week says he was “lucky” to be out of hospital and walking around today.
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The 29-year-old man, who did not wish to be named, escaped with some cuts on his arm, chest and stomach but did not need any stitches.

A 36-year-old woman’s throat was slashed and remains in Dubbo Base Hospital.

She was in a critical condition in the intensive care unit after the attack on Thursday night but is now in a stable condition in another ward, a Greater Western Area Health Service spokesperson said.

A 47-year-old man is alleged to have broken into an Ellengerah Street home in Narromine where the two victims were in the bedroom.

Police believe he slashed the 29-year-old with a boning-style knife causing significant wounding before slashing the woman’s throat, Orana Local Area Command crime manager Rod Blackman told media on Friday.

The alleged attacker’s body was later located at his home about 200 metres away.

At this stage, police are not treating his death as suspicious.

The male victim told the Daily Liberal yesterday that he was still quite sore and was finding it difficult to walk.

“But I didn’t have to have any stitches … I was pretty lucky,” he said.

During the attack, the man’s instincts kicked in and he grabbed the knife from the attacker, he said.

“It was either get the knife or get killed,” he said.

“It still hasn’t really sunk in … I still don’t know what to do.

“It’s something I don’t want to go through again.”

After the attack, the woman managed to get to the neighbour’s house where they called the police.

Narromine mayor Dawn Collins said the incident was “a shock to the whole community”.

“A lot of people are talking about it,” she said yesterday.

“Obviously this is something we don’t like to see in our community … you feel for all the families.”

Police and ambulance were called to the domestic-related incident shortly after 10pm on Thursday, Detective Inspector Blackman said.

They found the woman in a serious condition and the 29-year-old man in a “fairly serious” condition with a number of wounds to his arms and body.

“They were subsequently taken by ambulance to Dubbo Base Hospital and Narromine Hospital,” Detective Inspector Blackman said.

“A number of other resources were allocated

to the township of Narromine, including Dubbo detectives.

Police searched the premises but could not locate the 47-year-old man at that stage.

Following further inquiries, officers attended another address on Manildra Street and entered the home through an open rear door, NSW Police reported.

“Officers found the 47-year-old man’s body lying in a pool of blood.”

The 36-year-old woman underwent surgery at Dubbo Base Hospital on Friday.

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Langer lives to play another day as Chargers blown away by T

BANGALORE: Justin Langer was watching Deccan Chargers play Trinidad and Tobago on the big screen in the team hotel bar on Wednesday even more intently than his Somerset teammates. For three hours the former Australian opener hardly moved, admitting afterwards he had not ”watched that much cricket for ages”. He had good reason to be on edge: a Chargers win would have sent him into retirement, effective immediately.While the Sabres’ last-ball victory over Deccan last weekend was dramatic, Langer said watching Wednesday night’s match – the last of round one in the Champions League Twenty20 – was harder to cope with.”It was different because we obviously had control over that [first match] at least. If we hadn’t have got through, that was the end of my career … never to play again. So at least I’ve still got two more games left in me,” the 38-year-old, who turns 39 next month, said after the match.”When we beat Deccan Chargers [in] the first game it was one of the most exciting games I’ve played in. The crowd was massive, and for our young guys it was huge. And then we got flogged by Trinidad – that was almost like a massive downer – and then to win tonight was [amazing].”The Champions League is a fitting end to Langer’s four-year stint at the English county side, which he’s captained for three years.”I’ve had a great time at Somerset. We’ve gone from bottom of everything in the second division three years ago, now we’re playing on the big stage. So it does make you proud, definitely,” he said.The left-hander was never favoured by Australia in the shorter form of the game – he played only eight one-day internationals – yet in Twenty20 he has proved to be a very effective opener, averaging 29.35 at a strike-rate of 138.8. Langer said he had become a huge fan of Twenty20 since his international retirement.”It’s a massive emotional rollercoaster, Twenty20 cricket, and that was highlighted again here,” he said. ”It’s been amazing. Honestly, it’s a great thing. Brilliant. Look at the people jumping around … it’s brilliant. I’m rooted, I’ve got to say.”Somerset’s progression means they’ll face South Africa’s Diamond Eagles tonight and the formidable NSW side on Sunday. It also means the team’s prizemoney jumps from $US100,000 to $US200,000 – and will soar to $US500,000 for a semi-final berth. The financial implications of this tournament are, Langer admitted, enormous for ”all of us”.Indian selectors have dropped experienced batsman Rahul Dravid from the squad for the first two games of the one-day international series against Australia.
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Kiosk being considered for skate park and its users

Skate park users have asked the council to consider putting up a kiosk for them to use. Photo: JEN McGHEEDubbo City Council staff are discussing an appeal by the users of the city’s skate park for a kiosk where they can grab a drink or a snack.
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The proposed kiosk was one of the suggestions made by children and youth earlier this week at a community meeting and barbecue organised by the council after it was told of bullying at the world-class, $400,000 facility, opened a year ago.

Council staff and representatives of “service providers” such as the police, Smith Family, Mission Australia and UnitingCare Burnside made their way to the skate park on Wednesday where they talked to users about the bullying, but also littering and vandalism.

Late that afternoon, council’s social services manager John Watts revealed that efforts were being made to connect with a small group of youth thought to be disruptive.

He also signalled the immediate launch of an informal roster of adults willing to keep a watch on the skate park.

Yesterday, the manager reported that Dubbo Neighbourhood Centre staff had set up a barbecue and spent a “full day” at the park on Thursday.

“They surveyed a lot of the kids and are sending a report to me,” Mr Watts said.

Likewise, he was expecting written feedback from other service providers that had rallied behind council in its bid to curb anti-social behaviour reported by the community.

Among the adults visiting the skate park at different times is Mr Watts, who found it to be “looking pretty good” on Thursday.

“There was no rubbish and the kids were happy,” he said.

“We stay in the background so we don’t interrupt their fun. But at least they know that someone is there.”

Mr Watts said the “slowly, slowly” approach involving consultation would be more effective than a heavy-handed reaction.

“You’ve got to consult with people … otherwise they are not going to comply with the rules,” he said.

A byproduct of the intervention is infrastructure advice to the council from the skateboarders about “fences too low and ramps too high”.

“One of the biggest things to come out of talking with the kids is that they want a facility in the area where they can get a drink or something to eat,” Mr Watts said.

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Joey dons Wolves clothing for coaching stint

Andrew Johns is spreading his wings, with the master halfback’s flourishing coaching career now stretching to England. Johns will take on a pre-season coaching stint with Super League club Warrington, the club he played for during a short time in 2005 and who won this year’s Challenge Cup. Johns has been doing consultancy work with several NRL clubs, most recently Parramatta and his former club Newcastle, and clearly he is a man in demand. Johns will be in Warrington for a fortnight in January to assist Wolves boss Tony Smith, the brother of former Newcastle and now Roosters coach Brian, focusing on skills. “I had a fabulous time when I played three matches for the Wolves four years ago,” Johns said. ”My debut against Leeds … remains one of my personal highlights.” Smith said: “To have a world-class player of his calibre will be incredibly beneficial to the whole squad, particularly the halfbacks. The insight he can give on the game as a whole will be fantastic for all concerned; coaches and players alike.” MO WORRIES Kangaroo Cameron Smith revealed a very personal reason why he is only too happy to get behind the squad’s new sponsor, Movember. With alcohol advertising banned in France, the Kangaroos will don jerseys with emblazoned with the charity’s logo for the November 7 match against France and will be growing moustaches to help raise awareness and funds for men’s health. Smith, the Australian hooker, revealed his uncle Russell had recently beaten prostate cancer. ”He went in for the tests, which was a pretty good thing for him to do,” Smith said. ”He just turned 50 a few years back, and they found the cancer there and acted pretty quickly. It was a bit of a shock at first … It certainly makes you more aware when someone close to you has the cancer, because it’s a hard thing for men. It’s a bit of a hard thing to step into a doctor’s surgery to get a check-up, but it’s a great thing for everybody to jump on board and we’re doing our part.” ISLAND STRIFE World MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi has complained about the timing of the Australian MotoGP, saying it should be at a time the weather is more stable. Rossi, aiming for his sixth win at Phillip Island this weekend, says the track is the best in the world but the event is ruined by the inevitable spring wind and rain. TADHG WIN BONUS Former Swan Tadhg Kennelly’s amazing year for Kerry in the All-Ireland championship has been capped by a nomination for the Gaelic Players Association team of the year. Kennelly, who is still pondering a return to Sydney, is on a shortlist of 45 players for the team and will pocket €2500 ($4051) if he makes the final cut. WAUGH MEDALS Bev Waugh, mother of champion cricketers Steve and Mark, has narrowly missed out on a squash gold medal at the World Masters Games. Waugh lost a five-game thriller against Kiwi Kay Jackson in the 60-64 years squash. Jackson claimed the first game 11-6, before Waugh fought back, winning the next two games 11-4 and 11-9. But her opponent took the next two games to claim the match and the gold medal. A visibly exhausted Waugh staggered as she reached for a shot in the last point. She takes home a silver medal to add to the Waugh family’s impressive trophy cabinet. WHATUIRA HELD Former New Zealand international and two-time NRL premiership winner Paul Whatuira is in hospital in England pending a psychiatric assessment after being held in connection with two assaults. English media reported the 28-year-old was arrested on Tuesday morning (UK time) after allegedly being involved in a ”bizarre sequence of events” in Huddersfield. The incident allegedly left two men with serious facial injuries. Whatuira is contracted to former St George Illawarra coach Nathan Brown’s Huddersfield Giants in the English Super League.The Huddersfield Daily Examiner reported the 16-Test centre was restrained by police and taken into custody before being taken to a local hospital. ”Paul and his family have the full medical support of the club available to them at this difficult time,” said Huddersfield Giants managing director Richard Thewlis. ”I would ask that everyone respects the importance in this instance of confidentiality and understands that the club is upholding its duty of care to provide the best possible environment to help Paul.” Whatuira played for the Warriors, Melbourne, Penrith and the Wests Tigers in the NRL. He won premierships with Penrith in 2003 and the Tigers two seasons later. Glenn Jackson and agencies
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Impoundment, fine working to stop bikes, scooters in CBD

A ban on skateboards and scooters in the central business district is making the streets safer for all pedestrians, Dubbo City Council’s Michael Ferguson says.
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Council has looked to step up its enforcement of the ban this school holiday period and Mr Ferguson said young people are taking heed.

Ranger patrols and a $55 impoundment fee were council’s tandem strategy to stop children from using their skateboards, scooters or bicycles on main street footpaths.

Pedestrian safety was at the forefront of the council policy, Mr Ferguson said.

Numbers of children on skateboards and scooters increase during school holidays.

The past two holiday periods have seen council also tighten the enforcement of the ban, with council staff warning that users risked being slapped with a $110 fine and their skateboard or other item confiscated.

Mr Ferguson reported that eight scooters and one pushbike had been confiscated during the Easter school holidays.

Impounding fees are $55 and $3 for each day spent confiscated.

Mr Ferguson said the policy was effective.

“I went for a walk and there were a number of kids walking their bikes or scooters, instead of riding them,” he said.

Rangers doing foot patrols had found children were generally complying with requests to hop off as well, he said.

They were assisted by parking patrol officers.

“This policy is there to help ensure the safety of shoppers particularly elderly shoppers,” he said.

“People can unknowingly walk out of a shop and kids are flying past.”

Council reminded skaters and cyclists that there were designated skate and scooter areas in the city, including the skate park and BMX track.

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Flight risk: Wallabies caught on the hop by short turnaround

AT LEAST nine Wallabies are facing the task of playing two matches in four days at venues thousands of kilometres apart to start their northern hemisphere grand slam tour.While the Wallabies will shortly select different starting XVs for the opening tour match against the All Blacks in Tokyo on October 31, and then a midweek game against Gloucester in England on November 3, some players may have to play twice.As the Wallabies are taking away 35 players, two of the starting Test players in Tokyo will have to sit on the bench in Gloucester, while the full bench contingent of seven players used in the Bledisloe Cup will be required to start in the midweeker. And more personnel will be needed if there are any injuries in Japan.As there is a 13-hour flight to London, and then a 2½-hour bus trip from London to Gloucester, it will require precise planning to ensure the two Australian sides do not lose their bearings.Wallabies coach Robbie Deans says he wants to separate the squad into two distinct starting XVs, and plans to have them repeatedly oppose each other at training during the tour, including in Tokyo before the Bledisloe Cup Test. It is only during that session that the separate starting sides will be revealed.”We’ll train the two teams at the same time, which will be a good thing,” Deans said yesterday. ”We do want two starting XVs which are distinct, and ideally we don’t want someone starting on Tuesday against Gloucester who had also started in the Tokyo Test.”Having two distinct starting XVs will be good for preparation, because it will see that the training sessions have genuine meaning. It will be good for the whole group, even if there is going to be some logistical challenges.”It will also ensure the back-up players never lose interest over a five-week tour, which in the past has often only involved Saturday Test matches. This led to the some fringe players becoming mere spectators for weeks on end.Deans hopes to use the Gloucester match to trial some of the newer members of the squad to get an idea of who is ready to step up.”It’s not like the old midweek fixtures, when you were just playing the club side, Gloucester,” Deans said. ”Now they are an international side; so they will be formidable opponents. It will be a good, torrid workout, because those blokes don’t get the chance to play against international sides that often. It will be a real education for them.”Deans has yet to decide whether he will make dramatic changes for the Bledisloe Cup match, after the All Blacks swamped the Wallabies 33-6 in Wellington. That dreadful performance prompted Deans to accuse the group of lacking pride in the jersey.”We haven’t finalised that group actually, so I couldn’t tell you. I couldn’t tell you who played last time … it was that long ago,” Deans said with a laugh.However, some tinkering is anticipated. Digby Ioane, who missed the bulk of the season due to injury, is in contention for a wing spot, while former skipper Stirling Mortlock will be under consideration for a midfield spot. If Mortlock returns to outside-centre, Adam Ashley-Cooper is likely to move to fullback, although Lachie Turner is also in contention for the No.15 jersey.While the tight five is expected to be retained for the clash with the All Blacks, the make-up of the back row could be changed, because of uncertainty over whether veteran George Smith will remain at No.8.Wycliff Palu and Richard Brown are hovering, which could mean Smith moves to his more favoured openside flanker position. The only two certain selections are the new captain Rocky Elsom at blindside flanker, and his deputy Berrick Barnes, who could play at five-eighth, with Matt Giteau shuffled to inside-centre.
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Woman, 36, charged for alleged shooting at two teens

A woman has been charged after allegedly shooting at two teenagers on a property 35km south of Brewarrina.
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Police said the teenagers, aged 13 and 19, were sitting in a four-wheel-drive stopped on Tarcoon Road at 5pm on Tuesday when the 36-year-old woman approached them with a firearm.

The woman is alleged to have fired a number of shots at the vehicle.

Bullets are alleged to have struck the bonnet of the vehicle near the steering wheel.

Police said the teenagers were not injured and

the alleged shooter fled the scene.

An investigation began and police executed a search warrant on a property at Gongolgon, 45km south of Brewarrina.

Officers seized an unregistered .22 calibre rifle and ammunition for forensic examination.

A 36-year-old woman was arrested late on Thursday.

She was taken to Brewarrina police station where she was interviewed and charged with discharging a firearm in a public place with disregard for the safety of persons, possessing an unauthorised firearm and possessing ammunition without a permit.

The woman was granted conditional bail to appear in Brewarrina Local Court on July 20.

Brewarrina is situated on the Barwon River 378 kilometres north-west of Dubbo. Other towns and villages in the district include Goodooga, Gongolgon, Weilmoringle and Angledool.

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Cole says pressure turning him into diamond on pitch

WEEK by week, game by game. This is the mantra of Shannon Cole, for he cannot afford to look any further ahead than his next 90 minutes.Tonight, he will run out for Sydney FC against Adelaide and take his position at right back, 10 metres away from Simon Colosimo, the central defender who is in the type of form that could carry him back into the Socceroos.This time last year, Cole had already been called up to the national squad, despite playing just a handful of games in the A-League. This year, he fights a weekly battle to hold his spot at club level.Some may see it as a dramatic fall from grace, but that’s not fair on Cole, or his teammates. At the heart of the matter is a simple truth: Sydney FC have got much better.And unlike last year, when injuries and suspensions frequently affected the squad, competition for places is red hot.The only position the versatile Cole has been able to find at Sydney is at right back, where this year he has found stiff competition from a star young recruit from Melbourne Victory, Sebastian Ryall.Now that Ryall is back from suspension, Cole knows his place in the starting XI is something he can’t take for granted.”I guess he’s a good player so I can’t say ‘no, I’m not feeling it’,” Cole told the Herald . ”But it’s not a bad feeling. I like the pressure. I seem to play better when I’m under pressure. In football, you can’t be scared of challenges like that because if you are, you’ll never achieve anything. So it’s not something I can worry about, even if it’s definitely there.”Only once has coach Vitezslav Lavicka had all five of his top defenders available: the 1-0 win over Central Coast Mariners in round nine. Cole was dropped to the bench that day, making a late appearance. But with Stephan Keller missing the subsequent match against Melbourne and now tonight’s clash with Adelaide, Ryall will shift into the middle, giving Cole another chance.If he responds as brilliantly as he did last week, Lavicka might have something to think about.”The team is the most important thing and you never forget that but the moment when you hear you’re dropped, it’s devastating,” he said. ”Then you have to figure out the situation and look at what you can do to prove yourself when that next opportunity comes.”So when I came off the bench against Central Coast, I didn’t have much to do but I wanted to show I could still fight for the team and fight for a spot. Then came Melbourne, and I was just so switched on and so determined.”Long-time observers of Cole have noted his willingness to get forward, which leads to questions about his position. A natural midfielder, Cole understands why some believe he would be better suited there, but he’ll be the last to complain.He knows he hasn’t mastered the right back position, but still enjoys the challenge.”There’s plenty to learn still and every game and every situation provides an opportunity to learn and get more experience under my belt,” he said.”Yes, I like to play further up the park with every opportunity that I get. When I have a good game, people seem to notice that I have been getting forward but if I can do the job defensively, why not do both?”If the dreaded time comes for Cole to be sent to the pine, at least he’ll be in good company. Former title-winning Jets Mark Bridge and Stuart Musialik were both on the outer at the start of the year but have now forced their way into the squad.”You only need to look at the type of players who’ve been left out of the squad completely and haven’t even been on the bench at times,” Cole said. ”It just shows how competitive it is here. Nobody’s giving an inch.”
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