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Vivid algae lights the way in Sydney, as festival kicks off a new way of thinking

<br><div> <!--endnoindex--> <p class="published"> Updated <span class="timestamp"> May 25, 2018 10:57:01 </span> </p> <p>If you think algae is slimy, green and, well, boring — think again.</p><p>The humble microorganism has been given a neon makeover — and, from tonight, is taking centre stage at Vivid Sydney as part of the first living exhibit in the festival's 10-year history.</p><p>University of Technology (UTS) Sydney professor of marine biology Peter Ralph said the aim was to start a conversation about the benefits of algae. </p><p>He said it could solve some of the most pressing environmental problems.</p><p>"We're going to show all of the families, all of the people visiting Vivid how different algae can be," he said. </p><div class="inline-content photo full"> <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-25/professor-peter-ralph/9797742"> <img src="http://www.abc.net.au/news/image/9797706-3x2-700x467.jpg" alt="Professor Peter Ralph" title="Professor Peter Ralph" width="700" height="467"/></a><a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-25/professor-peter-ralph/9797742" class="inline-caption"><strong> Photo:</strong> Professor Ralph hopes to show people coming to Vivid what algae can do <span class="source">(ABC News: Nicole Chettle)</span> </a></div><p>"We want to explore why algae hasn't been used for more products in more industries."</p><h2>Light the way</h2><p>The display, called Living Lights, includes green, bronze and red algae that has been carefully decanted into plastic tubes.</p><p>Lights have been placed underneath, and visitors can control their colour and intensity by waving their hands inside a special booth called "The Nucleus".</p><div class="inline-content photo right"> <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-25/algae-lights-up-vivid/9797758"> <img src="http://www.abc.net.au/news/image/9797704-3x2-340x227.jpg" alt="Algae lights up Vivid" title="Algae lights up Vivid" width="340" height="227"/></a><a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-25/algae-lights-up-vivid/9797758" class="inline-caption"><strong> Photo:</strong> The algae lights with Sydney's CBD in the background <span class="source">(ABC News: Nicole Chettle)</span> </a></div><p>Professor Ralph said the four-metre wide display would produce more oxygen during the festival than the average suburban park does in a year.</p><p>And he said there's huge potential to use algae to soak up carbon emissions and transform industry.</p><p>UTS PhD candidate Shawn Price is working to develop a biodegradable plastic using algae, which he hopes to make a reality in the next three years.</p><p>"Inside algae cells there are a whole range of molecules," he said. </p><p>"And there are special molecules called polymers that are very, very useful for plastic products. </p><blockquote class="quote--pullquote"><p>"And so what I'm trying to do is take these naturally occurring biopolymers and turn them into plastic products that biodegrade in the environment."</p></blockquote><p>Mr Price said the plastic resin he was designing could degrade within a month, meaning everyday items such as milk bottles could one day be made from the plastic.</p><div class="inline-content photo full"> <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-25/uts-scientists-all-all-in-for-algae/9797760"> <img src="http://www.abc.net.au/news/image/9797716-3x2-700x467.jpg" alt="UTS scientists all all in for algae" title="UTS scientists all all in for algae" width="700" height="467"/></a><a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-25/uts-scientists-all-all-in-for-algae/9797760" class="inline-caption"><strong> Photo:</strong> UTS PhD candidate Shawn Price looking at some algae <span class="source">(Nicole Chettle)</span> </a></div><p>"It's definitely technically feasible," he said. "The main issue is bringing the cost down so it's cheap enough and affordable enough to replace petrochemical plastics."</p><h2>Algae for all</h2><p>Across the laboratory, honours student Erica Leal is working to make an algae feed for oysters that could boost production and slash costs.</p><div class="inline-content photo right"> <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-25/erica-leal,-honours-student/9797722"> <img src="http://www.abc.net.au/news/image/9797722-3x2-340x227.jpg" alt="Erica Leal, Honours student" title="Erica Leal, Honours student" width="340" height="227"/></a><a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-25/erica-leal,-honours-student/9797722" class="inline-caption"><strong> Photo:</strong> Erica Leal, Honours student at UTS, is looking into algae for oyster growth <span class="source">(ABC News: Nicole Chettle )</span> </a></div><p>She said if successful her brew could enable oysters to be grown inland.</p><blockquote class="quote--pullquote"><p>"There's a vast array of things which we can do with algae which are environmentally friendly and also good for us," she said. </p></blockquote><p>The NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said it was is an opportunity to rethink algae.</p><p>"Whenever people say 'algae' in our part of the world they often think of blue-green algae and the fact it shuts down water supplies or recreational lakes and waterways," he said. </p><p>"This has the potential to turn that around and be applied in a very positive sense, as a food stuff or as a supplement for some of our very strong agricultural areas."</p><div class="inline-content photo right"> <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-25/algae-in-a-dish/9797734"> <img src="http://www.abc.net.au/news/image/9797734-3x2-340x227.jpg" alt="Algae in a dish" title="Algae in a dish" width="340" height="227"/></a><a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-25/algae-in-a-dish/9797734" class="inline-caption"><strong> Photo:</strong> Algae has a wide range of potential uses <span class="source">(ABC News: Nicole Chettle)</span> </a></div><p>And as night falls and lights bathe Sydney in a kaleidoscope of colour as part of Vivid, Professor Ralph urged business to consider the abundant, natural resources available here.</p><p>"Australia has got heaps of sunlight," he said. </p><p>"So there's lots of opportunities for this type of production where you exploit what the sun's doing to grow products for us."</p><p>The Vivid Sydney Festival will set the city aglow for three weeks.</p> <p class="topics"> <strong>Topics:</strong> <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/topic/arts-and-entertainment">arts-and-entertainment</a>, <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/topic/events">events</a>, <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/topic/science">science</a>, <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/topic/environment">environment</a>, <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/topic/sydney-2000">sydney-2000</a>, <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/topic/nsw">nsw</a> </p> <p class="published"> First posted <span class="timestamp"> May 25, 2018 06:21:43 </span> </p> <!--noindex--> </div> <br> <br><a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-25/vivid-algae-lights-up-sydney/9797628">Source link </a>

'In tears': Irish emigrants in Australia celebrate after long-distance abortion campaign | World news

<br><div itemprop="articleBody" data-test-id="article-review-body"> <p><span class="drop-cap"><span class="drop-cap__inner">G</span></span>race Walsh desperately wanted to be home in Dublin and surrounded by friends to watch the results of the Irish referendum on abortion rights to roll in. But she couldn’t afford it and, having lived outside of <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/ireland" data-link-name="auto-linked-tag" data-component="auto-linked-tag" class="u-underline">Ireland</a> for more than 18 months, she also wasn’t eligible to vote.</p> <p>So she did what she could to support the repeal movement from her home near Launceston, Tasmania, where she has been living on a regional skilled migration visa. She raised money to <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/25/irish-expats-in-australia-fly-home-to-vote-and-fight-for-abortion-rights" data-link-name="in body link" class="u-underline">help emigrants and short-term visa holders living in Australia fly home to vote</a> and organised a gathering at her home on Saturday night to watch coverage of the results, staying up past 4am on Sunday until the landslide was confirmed. </p> <aside class="element element-rich-link element--thumbnail element-rich-link--not-upgraded" data-component="rich-link" data-link-name="rich-link-2 | 1"> </aside><p>“As a 37-year-old woman it’s impossible not to have been affected by the laws during my lifetime, through very close friends being affected and the fear and frustration we as women have felt throughout our lives,” she told Guardian Australia on Sunday morning.</p> <p>“It was such a mix of emotions as I realised Ireland had voted to repeal. There was so much joy for it passing but sadness for the pain and trauma already endured, for just the countless incidents of suffering of women over the years. This hasn’t been an easy battle.” </p> <p>The deputy leader of the Tasmanian opposition, Michelle O’Byrne, attended Walsh’s gathering, and was behind the successful amendment that led to abortion being removed as a criminal offence in that state when her party was in government. O’Byrne gave a speech, saying the repeal referendum was a reminder that in Australia abortion reform has a long way to go, with women <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/20/women-shouldnt-have-to-travel-interstate-for-abortions-doctor-says" data-link-name="in body link" class="u-underline">still struggling to get easy access to abortion in Tasmania</a>. In Queensland and New South Wales, abortion is still a crime for women and doctors unless a woman’s mental or physical health is in danger. </p> <p>“I spent most of the last 24 hours in tears watching the incredible work women and many men in Ireland have done to bring about change,” O’Byrne said on Sunday. “But the proof will be in the legislation and the way it is enacted, because what have seen in Tasmania is sometimes legislation isn’t enough and you need to get it right to make abortion truly accessible and to stop women from having to travel for it.”</p> <figure itemprop="associatedMedia image" itemscope="" itemtype="http://schema.org/ImageObject" data-component="image" class="element element-image img--landscape element--supporting fig--narrow-caption fig--has-shares " data-media-id="69cb4ffb3b4aca98c2b96f7a064f4d37c94390ed" id="img-2"><meta itemprop="url" content="https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/69cb4ffb3b4aca98c2b96f7a064f4d37c94390ed/0_106_2276_1711/master/2276.jpg?w=700&q=55&auto=format&usm=12&fit=max&s=ab12ab1e7b71804d844d6d38579ea0a5"/><meta itemprop="width" content="2276"/><meta itemprop="height" content="1711"/><a href="#img-2" class="article__img-container js-gallerythumbs" data-link-name="Launch Article Lightbox" data-is-ajax=""> <div class="u-responsive-ratio" style="padding-bottom: 75.18%"> <picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source media="(min-width: 1300px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 1.25), (min-width: 1300px) and (min-resolution: 120dpi)" ><source media="(min-width: 1300px)" ><source media="(min-width: 980px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 1.25), (min-width: 980px) and (min-resolution: 120dpi)" ><source media="(min-width: 980px)" ><source media="(min-width: 660px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 1.25), (min-width: 660px) and (min-resolution: 120dpi)" ><source media="(min-width: 660px)" ><source media="(min-width: 480px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 1.25), (min-width: 480px) and (min-resolution: 120dpi)" ><source media="(min-width: 480px)" ><source media="(min-width: 0px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 1.25), (min-width: 0px) and (min-resolution: 120dpi)" ><source media="(min-width: 0px)" ><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img class="gu-image" itemprop="contentUrl" alt="Grace Walsh and the deputy leader of the Tasmanian opposition, Michelle O’Byrne" src="https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/69cb4ffb3b4aca98c2b96f7a064f4d37c94390ed/0_106_2276_1711/master/2276.jpg?w=300&q=55&auto=format&usm=12&fit=max&s=21efe556d50148ce00d390d0cc658c88"/></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></picture></div> <span class="inline-expand-image inline-icon centered-icon rounded-icon article__fullscreen modern-visible"> <svg width="22" height="22" viewbox="0 0 22 22" class="centered-icon__svg rounded-icon__svg article__fullscreen__svg modern-visible__svg inline-expand-image__svg inline-icon__svg"><path d="M3.4 20.2L9 14.5 7.5 13l-5.7 5.6L1 14H0v7.5l.5.5H8v-1l-4.6-.8M18.7 1.9L13 7.6 14.4 9l5.7-5.7.5 4.7h1.2V.6l-.5-.5H14v1.2l4.7.6"/></svg></span> </a> <figcaption class="caption caption--img caption caption--img" itemprop="description"><span class="inline-triangle inline-icon "> <svg width="11" height="10" viewbox="0 0 11 10" class="inline-triangle__svg inline-icon__svg"><path fill-rule="evenodd" d="M5.5 0L11 10H0z"/></svg></span> Grace Walsh and the deputy leader of the Tasmanian opposition, Michelle O’Byrne. </figcaption></figure><p>On Saturday the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/26/ireland-votes-by-landslide-to-legalise-abortion" data-link-name="in body link" class="u-underline">Irish electorate voted 66.4% in favour of abolishing the controversial constitutional amendment that gave equal legal status to the life of a foetus and the woman carrying it. Ireland’s prime minister, Leo Varadkar, has promised to introduce legal terminations by the end of 2018</a>. Walsh said it was essential to keep raising money to support Irish women to travel for abortions until then.</p> <p>Numerous other events were held throughout Australia, organised and attended by Irish emigrants who could not afford to fly home to vote, or who were no longer eligible to vote. They gathered at McGinty’s bar in Cairns, Queensland, at the Last Jar bar in Melbourne, and at the Windsor in South Perth. Louise Nealon from Sligo, Ireland, has been in Sydney for the past 15 years, and she and her friend Shauna Stanley organised a repeal event at Baby Bear Bar in Darlinghurst, which was attended by about 50 people. </p> <p>“As an emigrant I have lost my right to vote, which you lose if you have spent 18 months out of Ireland and if you don’t plan on returning within the following 18 months,” Nealon said. “Now and during the marriage equality campaign in Ireland I was feeling very helpless and frustrated, and so for both campaigns friends and I organised fundraising initiatives and social media campaigns to ask people at home to vote on our behalf.”</p> <p>Stanley said the influence of grassroots campaigns around the world on the vote should not be underestimated. Many of those movements worked together, she added.</p> <p>“There was a sense of comradery and sisterhood,” she said.</p> <p>Nealon said Baby Bear Bar management and staff “were incredibly supportive,” and let attendees watch the results on the television until 2 am. <br/></p> <p>“It was a beautiful night of solidarity and gratitude and people really appreciated having a place to come together and, as it turns out, celebrate together,” she said. “If it had been a different result it would have been even more important to be together I think.”</p> <p>People began cheering as the tallies were updated throughout the night, she said.</p> <figure class="element element-tweet" data-canonical-url="https://twitter.com/markohalloran/status/1000149318748262402"><blockquote class="js-tweet tweet"> <span class="tweet__user-name">Mark “REPEALED” O’Halloran </span> <span class="tweet__user-id">(@markohalloran)</span> <p lang="en" dir="ltr" class="tweet-body">Consider this: a grassroots feminist movement trashed the combined might of the church, the patriarchy, American evangelicals and the Alt-right. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/repealthe8th?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" data-link-name="in body link" class="u-underline">#repealthe8th</a></p> <a href="https://twitter.com/markohalloran/status/1000149318748262402?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" style="display: none;"/> <a href="https://twitter.com/markohalloran/status/1000149318748262402?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" data-link-name="in body link" class="tweet-date">May 25, 2018</a> </blockquote> </figure><p>“I am bursting with pride today,” Nealon told Guardian Australia. “I am so proud to be part of such a progressive country, which in such a short space of time has thrown away its traditions [in order to] give all of its citizens their human rights and places its trust now in individuals to make the choices that are right for them.</p> <p>“I am so proud of all the brave women and men who stood up to tell their stories, of all the canvassers who worked their hearts out to spread the message, of all the people who started with a no and listened to why it should be a yes, of all the people who travelled home to vote from all the corners of the world and to the emigrants from around the world who helped in any way they could.”</p><p>Nealon and Walsh said the next focus for the Irish diaspora needed to be on a campaign allowing emigrants to vote from overseas.</p> <aside class="element element-rich-link element--thumbnail element-rich-link--not-upgraded" data-component="rich-link" data-link-name="rich-link-2 | 2"> </aside><p>Anna Dempsey is from Dublin and was one of the many Irish emigrants who watched the vote from her television. She has lived in Sydney since 2011 and said Savita Halappanavar has been at the front of her mind throughout the campaign. Halappanavar died in Ireland at the age of 31 after being denied an abortion, despite naturally miscarrying. She developed sepsis throughout the ordeal but was still denied treatment.</p> <p>“I also thought of all my friends, in particular the new mums and mums-to-be, my own family, my incredibly strong mum, sister, grandmother and aunties who endured some of Ireland’s most oppressive years ... and I cried,” Dempsey said. </p> <p>“I wish I was there. You don’t anticipate being homesick at times like this but there’s a huge sting that reminds you that you’re so far away. Repeal brings with it a huge sigh of relief, a letting go of the tension, sadness and anger and an inhale of hope, love and compassion.” </p> </div><script async src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <br> <br><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/27/in-tears-irish-expats-in-australia-celebrate-after-long-distance-abortion-campaign">Source link </a>

Donald Trump cancelling meeting with North Korea an unsurprising return to the norm

<br><div> <!--endnoindex--> <p class="published"> Updated <span class="timestamp"> May 25, 2018 12:19:33 </span> </p> <div class="inline-content photo full"> <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-25/us-president-donald-trump/9798496"> <img src="http://www.abc.net.au/news/image/9798494-3x2-700x467.jpg" alt="President Donald Trump delivers an address." title="US President Donald Trump" width="700" height="467"/></a><a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-25/us-president-donald-trump/9798496" class="inline-caption"><strong> Photo:</strong> Donald Trump has left the door open to rescheduling the summit. <span class="source">(AP: Evan Vucci)</span> </a></div> <p>It was on. It was shaky. It was off.</p><p>"I believe this is a tremendous setback for North Korea and indeed, a setback for the world", Donald Trump said, after sending a letter to Kim Jong-un <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-25/donald-trump-cancels-us-north-korea-summit/9797806" target="_self" title="">cancelling the forthcoming June 12 meeting</a>.</p><p>It's unsurprising, given the speed at which the relationship had appeared to change with North Korea, that we've quickly reverted to something more closely resembling the norm.</p><p>It would have been more shocking if the first ever face-to-face meeting between a United States president and a North Korean leader had gone off without a hitch, resulting in immediate denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.</p><p>World affairs have been upended since Mr Trump came to office, but that would have been one out of the box, even in 2018.</p><p>And so, after a brief detente, it's back to the old rhetoric.</p><div class="inline-content full"> <a href="https://twitter.com/WhiteHouse/status/999647796218269697"><span><strong>External Link:</strong> White House's letter</span> </a></div><blockquote class="quote--pullquote"><p>"Our military, which is, by far, the most powerful anywhere in the world and has been greatly enhanced recently as you all know — is ready if necessary," Mr Trump said, after making the announcement.</p></blockquote><p>One wonders now, whether North Korea ever intended to go ahead with the talks, or whether it was all part of a game to boost the profile and credibility of the rogue regime. </p><p>Mr Kim has been treated like a statesman during the lead-up to the now-cancelled summit, helping satisfy his deep need for legitimacy. </p><p>It was comments from relatively new national security adviser John Bolton that gave the North Koreans an excuse to pull out. </p><p>A mis-timed reference to the 'Libya model' of denuclearisation in 2003 was interpreted as a US threat to topple Mr Kim, Gaddafi style.</p><p>Mr Trump then doubled down, suggesting total decimation would befall North Korea if a deal was not made, and Vice-President Mike Pence weighed in saying North Korea "may end like Libya".</p><p>It was a return to "fire and fury". </p><p>Top aide to Mr Kim, Choe Son-hui described the Vice-President's remarks as "ignorant and stupid".</p><p>She went on to raise the prospect of a nuclear confrontation.</p><blockquote class="quote--pullquote"><p>"Whether the US will meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown is entirely dependent upon the decision and behaviour of the United States," she said.</p></blockquote><p>The US, having toughened its rhetoric to avoid perceptions it was being too accommodating of what is a brutal dictatorship, had pushed North Korea back into its corner. </p><p>No doubt America was testing too, to see just how deep the potential for change is, and just how much resistance would be met in any talks where a deal with verifiable outcomes would be expected to pop out at the end.</p><p>So for now, the summit is off.</p><p>"We always knew too that there could be a summit that didn't work — that ultimately was unsuccessful," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a committee on Capitol Hill.</p><p>"I hope we quickly are able to get back to that place but ultimately Chairman Kim will have that decision to make for himself."</p><p>Plainly it's better for Mr Trump to have been the one who pulled the pin on the meeting. </p><p>Much as he was desperate for the photo op, as was Mr Kim, being left sitting at an empty table in Singapore on June 12 would have been disastrous.</p><p>Mr Pompeo said America was fully prepared for the upcoming summit but in recent days the North Koreans had gone dark.</p><p>"Over the past many days we have endeavoured to do what Chairman Kim and I had agreed: was to put teams — preparation teams — together to begin to work to prepare for the summit and we had received no response to our inquiries from them," Mr Pompeo said.</p><p>It's hard not to walk away with a sense the US has been played, but perhaps that's the price you pay for trying to negotiate with the North Koreans. </p><p>The deeper question is whether the situation now reverts all the way back to the beginning, or has this exercise advanced the cause somewhat?</p><p>"In some ways it's situation normal," a clearly deflated Mr Pompeo said, before adding, "The pressure campaign continues". </p><p>After all, he's had two face-to-face meetings of several hours with Mr Kim. He says America's conditions for a deal were well understood. On that basis, the North Korean leader agreed to a meeting.</p><p>The US is leaving the door well and truly open.</p><p>"If you change your mind having to do with this most important summit, please do not hesitate to call me or write," Mr Trump said in his cancellation note to Mr Kim.</p><p>The President also hinted, in an interview with his favourite show Fox and Friends, that a staged process of denuclearisation may be necessary to make any deal workable. That's an important concession.</p><p>White House officials say backchannels for discussions with North Korea remain open, but the rhetoric must change.</p><div class="inline-content full"> <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRMtg_GWqdk"><span><strong>External Link:</strong> Youtube: North Korea's nuclear weapons, explained</span> </a></div> <p class="topics"> <strong>Topics:</strong> <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/topic/donald-trump">donald-trump</a>, <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/topic/world-politics">world-politics</a>, <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/topic/nuclear-issues">nuclear-issues</a>, <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/topic/united-states">united-states</a>, <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/topic/korea-democratic-peoples-republic-of">korea-democratic-peoples-republic-of</a>, <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/topic/singapore">singapore</a> </p> <p class="published"> First posted <span class="timestamp"> May 25, 2018 06:26:51 </span> </p> <!--noindex--> </div><script async src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <br> <br><a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-25/donald-trump-cancelling-north-korea-summit-unsurprising/9798654">Source link </a>

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West Coast beats Hawthorn to stay top of AFL ladder, Melbourne and Kangaroos post wins

<br><div> <!--endnoindex--> <p class="published"> Updated <span class="timestamp"> May 27, 2018 19:38:59 </span> </p> <div class="inline-content photo full"> <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-27/west-coast-celebrates-a-goal-against-hawthorn/9805524"> <img src="http://www.abc.net.au/news/image/9805522-3x2-700x467.jpg" alt="West Coast players celebrate a goal against Hawthorn." title="The Eagles show their delight after kicking a goal against the Hawks." width="700" height="467"/></a><a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-27/west-coast-celebrates-a-goal-against-hawthorn/9805524" class="inline-caption"><strong> Photo:</strong> The Eagles show their delight after kicking a goal against the Hawks. <span class="source">(AAP: Julian Smith)</span> </a></div> <p>The Eagles showed why they are a premiership favourite with a win over the Hawks, the Demons destroyed the Crows in Alice Springs and the Kangaroos triumphed on the road against the Dockers in the west.</p><a name="HawksEagles"> </a><h2>Eagles stay top with win over Hawks</h2><p>A rampant West Coast has gone a match clear on top of the AFL ladder with a nail-biting 15-point win over Hawthorn at Docklands.</p><p>The Eagles were made to fight for everything in a see-sawing encounter on Sunday afternoon but did enough to outclass the Hawks for a 11.9 (75) to 9.6 (60) victory.</p><div class="inline-content photo full"> <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-27/willie-rioli-contests-for-the-ball-against-the-hawks/9805394"> <img src="http://www.abc.net.au/news/image/9805386-3x2-700x467.jpg" alt="Willie Rioli and Shaun Burgoyne contest for the ball." title="West Coast's Willie Rioli (L) and Hawthorn's Shaun Burgoyne contest for the ball." width="700" height="467"/></a><a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-27/willie-rioli-contests-for-the-ball-against-the-hawks/9805394" class="inline-caption"><strong> Photo:</strong> West Coast's Willie Rioli (L) and Hawthorn's Shaun Burgoyne contest for the ball. <span class="source">(AAP: Julian Smith)</span> </a></div><p>It is the Eagles' ninth consecutive win and their first over Hawthorn in Melbourne since 2006, taking them four points clear of reigning premiers Richmond.</p><p>Scores were level at half-time and the game was well and truly up for grabs in the fourth quarter as the Eagles went to the final break up by a goal.</p><p>In the end, it was the Eagles' big names who stood tall when the game was on the line.</p><p>Nic Naitanui was the first to hit the scoreboard, soaring for a huge pack mark and calmly slotting his shot at goal.</p><p>Dual Coleman medallist Josh Kennedy then earned a free kick and slotted his third major to extend the Eagles' lead to a match-high 19 points.</p><div class="inline-content full"> <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/sport/afl/results/?competition=10409&season=2018&match=104091006&show_quarters=true&show_scorers=true&away_order=normal&show_crest=true&show_date=true&player_names=full"><span><strong>External Link:</strong> Hawks v Eagles summary</span> </a></div><p>Off-contract star Andrew Gaff delivered a complete performance in the midfield, gathering 35 disposals, seven clearances, 12 marks and a goal.</p><p>Liam Shiels (29 disposals) and Jaeger O'Meara, who slotted three goals in his return from a calf injury, led the way for Hawthorn.</p><p>In-form spearhead Jack Darling went goalless but the Eagles still had plenty of firepower with youngsters Willie Rioli (two goals) and Jake Waterman (one) both important contributors.</p><p>Rioli delivered one of the highlights of the game when he took a spectacular mark on the half-back flank, then helped set up a Mark LeCras goal with a silky-smooth pass.</p><div class="inline-content full"> <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/sport/afl/results/?widget=matchstats&competition=10409&season=2018&match=104091006&sub=teamstats&show_image=false&team_name=full"><span><strong>External Link:</strong> Hawks v Eagles stats</span> </a></div><p>But the Eagles livewire could face match review scrutiny for an incident involving umpire Ray Chamberlain late in the first quarter.</p><p>Rioli gave away a 50-metre penalty for dropping his knees into the back of a prone Blake Hardwick, then gave Chamberlain a friendly pat on the backside while running back to his mark.</p><a name="DemonsCrows"> </a><h2>Demons embarrass Crows in Alice Springs</h2><div class="inline-content photo full"> <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-27/tom-mcdonald-takes-a-mark-on-the-lead-against-crows/9805470"> <img src="http://www.abc.net.au/news/image/9805434-3x2-700x467.jpg" alt="Tom McDonald takes a mark on the lead against the Crows." title="Tom McDonald takes a mark on the lead for the Demons against the Crows." width="700" height="467"/></a><a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-27/tom-mcdonald-takes-a-mark-on-the-lead-against-crows/9805470" class="inline-caption"><strong> Photo:</strong> Tom McDonald takes a mark on the lead for the Demons against the Crows. <span class="source">(AAP: Mark Brake)</span> </a></div><p>Melbourne has emphatically proved its premiership credentials in Alice Springs, breaking a number of records in its 91-point hammering of Adelaide.</p><p>The Demons racked up their fifth consecutive win with the 23.8 (146) to 8.7 (55) victory over last season's beaten grand finalists.</p><p>It was the first time Melbourne has won back-to-back games by more than 90 points in the club's history, the first time since 1993 that the Demons have won two games in the same season by more than 90 points and also their third victory in a row by more than 10 goals.</p><p>For the Crows, the drubbing was their heaviest defeat under coach Don Pyke.</p><div class="inline-content full"> <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/sport/afl/results/?competition=10409&season=2018&match=104091007&show_quarters=true&show_scorers=true&away_order=normal&show_crest=true&show_date=true&player_names=full"><span><strong>External Link:</strong> Demons v Crows summary</span> </a></div><p>The Demons got off to a flyer, kicking the first five goals of the match.</p><p>The signs were bad early for Adelaide when the fourth goal, before the 10-minute mark, involved four Melbourne players handballing to each other with barely a Crow in sight.</p><p>Eddie Betts notched Adelaide's first goal with a 50-metre kick that brought the strongly pro-Adelaide crowd of nearly 6,989 at Alice Springs's Traeger Park to life, despite it being the Demons' home match.</p><p>The Crows kicked three out of the next four goals but Melbourne steadied with two more to lead by four goals at quarter-time.</p><div class="inline-content full"> <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/sport/afl/results/?competition=10409&season=2018&match=104091007&show_quarters=true&show_scorers=true&away_order=normal&show_crest=true&show_date=true&player_names=full"><span><strong>External Link:</strong> Demons v Crows stats</span> </a></div><p>Crows fans' hopes for a better start in the second quarter were dashed when Demon Tim Smith scored just 50 seconds in.</p><p>The match looked over when Charlie Spargo kicked a goal half-way through the third quarter taking Melbourne's lead to 53 points.</p><p>The Demons were winning out of the centre, with Max Gawn beating Sam Jacobs to get first use of the ball for a tough on-ball brigade including Jack Viney, Nathan Jones and James Harmes and Jess Hogan kicking five goals.</p><p>Melbourne was harder and used the ball better, while the Crows looked indecisive.</p><p>Their afternoon was typified by Josh Jenkins at one stage kicking it straight to a Melbourne player from a free kick after spending a long time choosing where to kick and Wayne Milera giving away a goal when he was caught holding the ball in the backline.</p><a name="DockersKangaroos"> </a><h2>Kangaroos claim win over Dockers in the west</h2><div class="inline-content photo full"> <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-27/nat-fyfe-takes-a-mark-for-the-dockers/9805526"> <img src="http://www.abc.net.au/news/image/9805468-3x2-700x467.jpg" alt="Nat Fyfe takes a pack mark for the Dockers against the Kangaroos." title="Nat Fyfe takes a pack mark for the Dockers against the Kangaroos." width="700" height="467"/></a><a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-27/nat-fyfe-takes-a-mark-for-the-dockers/9805526" class="inline-caption"><strong> Photo:</strong> Nat Fyfe takes a pack mark for the Dockers against the Kangaroos. <span class="source">(AAP: Richard Wainwright)</span> </a></div><p>Fremantle has been left stunned by a costly umpiring decision in its 28-point loss to North Melbourne in Perth.</p><p>The Dockers were a chance of pulling off a come-from-behind victory in the rain-affected contest when Michael Walters kicked a goal-of-the-year contender to close the margin to three points at the 11-minute mark of the final term.</p><p>But just minutes later Fremantle's momentum was brought to a crashing halt by a controversial goal to Shaun Atley.</p><p>Dockers defender Joel Hamling should have been paid a free kick after being tackled to the ground without the ball by Ben Jacobs.</p><div class="inline-content full"> <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/sport/afl/results/?competition=10409&season=2018&match=104091008&show_quarters=true&show_scorers=true&away_order=normal&show_crest=true&show_date=true&player_names=full"><span><strong>External Link:</strong> Dockers v Kangaroos summary</span> </a></div><p>But with no free kick given, Atley was able to swoop on the loose ball and shoot truly from 35 metres out.</p><p>Dockers players were left shocked by the non-decision, with Atley's major sparking a run of four straight goals that secured the 12.14 (86) to 8.10 (58) win in front of 37,575 spectators.</p><p>Fremantle ruckman Aaron Sandilands might miss a week after being heavily concussed in a clash of heads with Sam Durdin in the final quarter.</p><p>Durdin also left the field looking groggy, while teammate Kayne Turner copped a heavy hit to the head earlier in the match.</p><div class="inline-content full"> <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/sport/afl/results/?competition=10409&season=2018&match=104091008&show_quarters=true&show_scorers=true&away_order=normal&show_crest=true&show_date=true&player_names=full"><span><strong>External Link:</strong> Dockers v Kangaroos stats</span> </a></div><p>Spearhead Jarrad Waite stood tall in the wet with three goals - including two at crucial points of the third quarter.</p><p>Fremantle skipper Nat Fyfe (31 disposals, one goal) and Ben Jacobs (29 disposals, one goal) enjoyed an intriguing battle.</p><p>Sunday's result improves North Melbourne's record to 6-4, while Fremantle (4-6) face a major challenge to work its way back into finals calculations.</p><a name="ladder"> </a><h2>AFL ladder</h2><div class="inline-content full"> <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/sport/afl/standings/?competition=10409&season=2018&show_layout=default&sorting=true&show_image=false"><span><strong>External Link:</strong> AFL 2018 ladder</span> </a></div><p><strong>AAP</strong></p> <p class="topics"> <strong>Topics:</strong> <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/topic/australian-football-league">australian-football-league</a>, <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/topic/sport">sport</a>, <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/topic/melbourne-3000">melbourne-3000</a>, <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/topic/alice-springs-0870">alice-springs-0870</a>, <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/topic/adelaide-5000">adelaide-5000</a>, <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/topic/north-melbourne-3051">north-melbourne-3051</a>, <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/topic/hawthorn-3122">hawthorn-3122</a>, <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/topic/fremantle-6160">fremantle-6160</a> </p> <p class="published"> First posted <span class="timestamp"> May 27, 2018 13:10:09 </span> </p> <!--noindex--> </div> <br> <br><a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-27/west-coast-melbourne-kangaroos-post-afl-wins/9803998">Source link </a>

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