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Liberal campaign in chaos

SUSPENDED: David Compton’s name will still appear on the ballot, despite being disendorsed by the NSW Liberal Party. THE NSW Liberal Party insists that the decision to disendorse David Compton and two of the members of his ticket was due to an “irregularity” with his nomination form.

But the end of Mr Compton’s campaign for Newcastle Lord Mayor, and his suspension from the party, came afterweeks of speculation about his futureand the decision to stand in the first place.

The Newcastle Heraldrevealed on Friday that Mr Compton had been dropped from the party’s ticket because of what a party spokesman described as “irregularities” with documentslodged with the NSW Electoral Commission.

The Liberal Party has refused to offer any more detail, but the Heraldunderstands the issue relates to how one of the candidate’s nomination formswas witnessed.

But speculation is rife within the party membership that there’s more to Mr Compton’s dismissalthan meets the eye.

In recent weeks Mr Compton had become isolated from the other candidates on the party’s ticket, andmembers within the Newcastle branch of the party had been concerned about his well-being.

He failed to attend a number of candidate forums, and wasn’t at the final meeting of the current council last week. His motivation for standing as lord mayor was also being questioned within the party.

Mr Compton’s nomination was a first for theLiberal Party, which had never previously run a candidate for lord mayor. And while he spoke about beinghumbledby his preselection, he’d been under pressure not to stand to avoid eating into the vote of pro-business independent candidate Kath Elliott.

The remaining three Liberal Party ward candidates insist they’ve been kept in the dark on the reasons behind Mr Compton’s suspension. Hannah Eves, the party’s candidate in Ward 4, said she didn’t know what had happened with Mr Compton’s campaign.

“It’s obviously disappointing but rules are rules and they have to be followed,” she said.

Because nominations are closedMr Compton’s name will still appear on the ballot paper on election day, and in the event that he won the vote, he would still be eligible to take up a spot on the council,either in Ward 3 or as the lord mayor.

In 2013, Kevin Baker, now a Lake Macquarie councillor, ceased campaigning forthe Liberal Party while runningfor the seat of Charlton because of his links to an offensive website.

He and the party stoppedcampaigning in the seat, but Mr Baker still pulled 28.5 per cent of the primary vote.

Pauline Hanson was dumped asthe Liberal Party’s candidate in 1996, but went on to win the Queensland seat of Oxley.

The Heraldreported on Friday that Mr Compton’s disendorsement will likely pave the way for them to preference Ms Elliott’s campaign in the mayoral race.

Ms Elliott said she was “disappointed” Mr Compton would not be standing but said she would “appreciate” their vote.

She said she had not had discussions with the Liberal Party about a preference deal, but would be open to talking.

“The thing is Ibelieve passionatelyin doing what’s right for the city and I’m working very hard to get elected so if peoplefeel they’d like to vote for me then I’d appreciate their vote,” she said.

“I’d imagine this does increase my chances andI’m pleased about it for me but Iam disappointed forLiberal Party voters andfor David.”

Correction:An earlier version of this story stated that Kevin Baker was disendorsed by the Liberal Party in 2013. This is incorrect. Mr Baker ceased campaigning for the party when the offensive website became an issue in the 2013 campaign.

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Three straight for Man Utd

Aaron Mooy’s Huddersfield have continued their spectacular start to life in the Premier League and will fancy their chances of adding to their seven points in a fortnight.

Huddersfield go in to the third Sunday of the Premier League campaign two points behind Manchester United, who continued their stellar run with a 2-0 win over Leicester.

The promoted Terriers extended their unbeaten record after three games but could not manage a win as visiting Southampton held out for a goalless draw.

Huddersfield next face a winless West Ham in London after the international break. The Irons slumped to their third straight loss, 3-0 away to Newcastle.

Brighton, with Mooy’s Australian teammate Mat Ryan between the sticks, also got their first point of the campaign in a scoreless draw with Watford. The Socceroos gloveman did not have to make a single save at Vicarage Road.

FLIPPING OUT: Manchester United’s Eric Bailly in action against Leicester City on Saturday. Picture: AP

At Old Trafford, substitutes Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini were on target as Manchester United maintained their perfect start.

Rashford had been left out of the side for Frenchman Anthony Martial but he came off the bench and met a Henrikh Mkhitaryan corner with a side-footed finish in the 70th minute to set up United’s third win.

It had threatened to be a frustrating afternoon for United, who dominated throughout but found clear-cut chances hard to come by. They also failed to convert a penalty when Romelu Lukaku’s 52nd minute spot-kick was superbly saved by Kasper Schmeichel.

The win was secured eight minutes from time when another substitute, Jesse Lingard, played the ball into the area and Fellaini flicked it past Schmeichel.

“The difference is the quality of our football, we’re playing better today and if we hadn’t won this match I wouldn’t have anyone to blame,” manager Jose Mourinho said. “The team is playing very well and I’m very confident. We are comfortable on the ball and dangerous on the counterattack.”

In Saturday’s early match, a scrambled last-gasp winner from Raheem Sterling gave Manchester City a 2-1 victory at Bournemouth.

Sterling’s joy was short-lived, however, as he was shown a second yellow card – resulting in a red – for going into the crowd to celebrate his second goal in a week.

Aguero may find himself in hot water after Dorset Police launched an investigation into an alleged assault on a steward during the chaotic aftermath.

“It is madness,” City captain Vincent Kompany said. “First thing I did was go to [Benjamin]Mendy and [Bernando]Silva and said: ‘Welcome to the Premier League’.

In London, goals either side of the break to Tammy Abraham and Jordan Ayew gave Swansea a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

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Tyrrell’s rule in wine show: 10 trophies

BUMPER HAUL: Jane Tyrrell, winemaker Andrew Spinaze and John Tyrrell with some of the trophy haul from Friday’s Hunter Valley Wine Show 2017.The Tyrrell’s winery juggernaut dominated the Hunter Valley Wine Show this week – collecting no less than 10 trophies.

TROPHIES APLENTY: Jane Tyrrell with the Len Evans Trophy which they won with their 2011 Stevens shiraz. Picture: Chris Elfes.

More than 600 wines were judged with 36 gold, 80 silver165 bronze medals awarded, along with 23 trophies.

Tyrrell’s efforts includedBest White Wine of Show, Best Semillon, Best Mature Semillon (all for their (2009 Vat 1 Semillon), Best Chardonnay (2013 Vat 47), Best Museum Red (2007 Vat 9 Shiraz) and Best Museum White (2006 Vat 1 Semillon).

Tyrrell’s also picked up the Wine of Provenance Award –which recognises a wine’s pedigreefor their HVD Vineyardsemillon. The HVD vineyard is a dry river bed more than 100 years old.

Silkman Wines also starred winning Best Red of Show and Best two year old Shiraz (both for 2015 Reserve Shiraz) and also Best Other Red (2016 Reserve Shiraz Pinot Noir).

Vinden also had a strong show producing the top verdelho, and winning US guest judgeElaine Chukan-Brown’s Silver Bullet trophy for a wine that stands out to them.

According to Chairman of Judges PJ Charteris, the most pleasing results came from the Shirazclasses which is a brilliant outcome given the challenging 2015 and 2016 vintages.

“This shows that our winemakers are paying attention to the vintage conditions while showingrestraint in the winery, the result being medium bodied wines with bright fruit and supple tannins. These are great drinking wines and the best of them will develop into classic HunterRiver Burgundy styles,” he said.

“While Shiraz is indisputably the King of Reds in the Hunter, some other red varieties andblends are starting to show consistent promise. Tempranillo and Touriga are leading the waywith bright vibrant wine styles as varietal and blended wines. The re-emergence of the classicShiraz/Pinot Noir blend is also paying dividends with youthful generosity the order ofthe day.”

“The 2017 Semillon results reflect a strong vintage and the wines show great depth of fruitwhile maintaining the finesse we have come to expect from this variety and region. Semilloncontinues to show that the Hunter is its natural home with strong medal tallies across allSemillon classes and vintages.”

“Chardonnay and Verdelho also performed well with fresh and vibrant Verdelho styles whileChardonnay goes from strength to strength. The best Chardonnay entries have fruit powerwith winemaking complexity carefully woven through,” he concluded.


Best Current Semillon (Classes 1, 23 & 34)

Winner: First Creek Wines 2017 Winemakers Reserve Semillon


Best One-Year-Old Dry Semillon (Classes 8, 24 & 34)

Winner: Agnew Wines 2016 Reserve Semillon


Best Mature Two-Year–Old and Older Semillon (Classes 13, 24 & 34)

Winner: Tyrrell’s Vineyards 2009 Vat 1 Semillon


Best Current and One-Year-Old Chardonnay (Classes 2, 9, 25 & 34)

Winner: Hart & Hunter 2016 26 Rows Chardonnay


Best Two Year-Old and Older Chardonnay (Classes 14, 26 & 34)

Winner: Tyrrell’s Vineyards 2013 Vat 47 Chardonnay


Best Verdelho (Classes 3, 10, 27 & 34)

Winner: Vinden Estate 2017 Verdelho


Best Chardonnay

Winner: Tyrrell’s Wines 2013 Vat 47 Chardonnay


Best Sweet White (Class 18)

Winner: Margan Family Wines 2016 Botrytis Semillon


Best Fortified Wine (Class 20)

Winner: Mount Pleasant Wines NV Fortified


Best Museum Red Wine (Class 22)

Winner: Tyrrell’s Vineyards 2007 Vat 9 Shiraz


Best Museum White (Class 21)

Winner: Tyrrell’s Vineyards 2006 Vat 1 Semillon


Best Named Vineyard White Wine (Classes 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 & 28)

Winner: Tyrrell’s Vineyards 2011 Stevens Semillon


Best Named Vineyard Red Wine (Classes 29, 30 & 31)

Winner: Ridgeview Wines 2016 Impressions Shiraz


Winner: Vinden Estate 2017 Verdelho


Winner: Thomas Hordern


Best Current & One Year Old Shiraz (Classes 6, 11, 29 & 35)

Winner: De Iuliis Wines 2016 Shiraz


Best Two-Year-Old Shiraz (Classes 16, 30 & 35)

Winner: Silkman Wines 2015 Reserve Shiraz


Best Mature Three-Year-Old and Older Shiraz (Classes 16, 30 & 35)

Winner: Mount Pleasant Wines 2014 Maurice O’Shea Shiraz


(Classes 7, 12, 17, 31 & 35)

Winner: Silkman Wines 2016 Reserve Shiraz, Pinot Noir


Best Semillon (from Trophies)

Winner: Tyrrell’s Vineyards 2009 Vat 1 Semillon


Best Shiraz (from Trophies)

Winner: Silkman Wines 2015 Reserve Shiraz


Best Named Vineyard Wine (from Trophies)

Winner: Tyrrell’s Vineyards 2011 Stevens Shiraz


Best White Wine of the Show (from Trophies)

Winner: Tyrrell’s Vineyards 2009 Vat 1 Semillon

DOUG SEABROOK MEMORIAL TROPHY (sponsored by Clear Image)

Best Red Wine of the Show (from Trophies)

Winner: Silkman Wines 2015 Reserve Shiraz


Classes 32 & 33

Winner: Tyrrell’s Vineyards HVD Semillon

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Elder finishes on level high with double

BIG NIGHT: Young reinsman Brad Elder finished fourth on the NSW junior drivers premiership.LOUTH Park reinsman Brad Elder was hungry for more –and a senior premiership of his own –after scoring a winning double at the final Newcastle meeting of the season to tie Mark Callaghan for the title on Saturday night.

Callaghan took a 44-43 lead over Elder in the Newcastle drivers’ premiership into the finale as both chased a first title.

Elder started the night with a hard-fought head-length victory aboard favourite Ashkiifor his uncle, Michael Elder, to draw level.

The 19-year-old had an easier time in the fourth when favourite Justarumour, trained by his father,Darren Elder, comfortably led all the way to give him the premiership edge.

Morisset trainer-driver Callaghan was third on race favourites Rave Moonraker, Just Pit Boss and Dashing Hannah and Elder was fourth on $4.60 top pick Threepennyopera.

Elder almost caused an upset with Bright And Sonny in the seventh, finishing 1.4m second to Trijet and in front of Just Pit Boss.

Callaghan, 45, then levelled the battle with an easy win on KerryAnn Turner-trained odds-on favourite Dance For Glory in the 10th and second-last race.

Elder did not have a drive in the last and Callaghan was fifth on Tahminga.

Elder was glad to finish the season on a high ahead of a month-long holiday to America with his family, who will watch the coveted Little Brown Jug race atDelaware County Fairgrounds on September 17.

“I had a pretty good season, ending up with 45 at Newcastle and 55 all up,” Elder said. “I won the juniors title at Newcastle and won a group 3 race as well, so it’s been a super season.

“It was good to tie with Mark, he’s a pretty good driver and we get along well.”

As for a future goal, Elder said: “I haven’t really got one at the moment, but I probably wouldn’t mind winning the premiership by myself,” he laughed.

While the focus was on the Callaghan-Elder battle, CodiRauchenberger (Glenenise and Grecian Holiday) and James Harding (Sur Le Feu and Trijet) had winning doubles on the program.

Both ofRauchenberger’s victories were for visiting trainer James Rattray.

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Alleged child abductor arrested

Alleged child abductor arrested Photo: NSW Police

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TweetFacebookVideo: NSW Police Media. Strike force investigators, assisted by officers from Tuggerah Lakes, arrested a man, 31,during a vehicle stop at Lake Haven about 9.30pm on Friday.

Police executed asearch warrant shortly after the arrest at a home at Woongarrah, where they seized a number of items relevant to the investigation.

The man was taken to Wyong Police Station, where he was charged with kidnap with intent to commit serious indictable offence (occasioning actual bodily harm); stalking or intimidation with intent to cause fear of physical or mental harm;two counts of aggravated indecent assault of aperson under 16; aggravated sexual assault of aperson under 16; grooming achild under 14 years for unlawful sexual act; aggravated act of indecency to aperson under 16; producingchild abuse material; and possessingor usinga prohibited weapon without permit.

He was also charged in relation to alleged incidents involving a young girl known to him between October 2016 and April 2017.

He was charged withaggravated indecent assault to aperson under 16; an aggravated act of indecency to avictim under 16 and under authority; grooming child under 14 years for unlawful sexual act;and incitingaggravated act of indecency

While the man was in police custody, he suffered a medical episode and was taken to Wyong Hospital, where he stayed under police guard.

He was refused bail and is expected toappear at Wyong Local Court at a later date.

Strike Force Garawan continues to investigate and is making inquiries intothe attempted abduction of a woman, 18,near Narara Railway Station on June 4.