Larah James first experienced feelings of anxiety four months after her daughter Abigail was born.
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“I’d never suffered any anxiety or mental illnesses at all,” she said. “Probably the most frightening part for me was that the feelings were very unfamiliar.”

Mrs James said the initial joy of motherhood was overwhelmed by physical symptoms of anxiety, which began around the time she stopped breastfeeding.

Her heart would race and she experienced shortness of breath. She had a dry mouth and could not sit down and focus.

Mrs James suffered sleepless nights, often several in a row, and suffered rapid weight loss – an experience that would be repeated following the birth of her son Charlie.

“I became completely obsessed with sleep and not only my own or lack of it but also the sleep routines of my children,” she said.

She also suffered several panic attacks that left her overwhelmed and frightened.

“I thought I was going mental,” she said. “It wasn’t so much the physical symptoms but the thoughts in my head, just the confusion.

She added: “It’s so hard to describe what goes on in your head during a panic attack. It’s like racing thoughts, it’s 100 thoughts at once. You’ve got no control over what you’re thinking.”

Mrs James is not alone. Anxiety and depression felt during pregnancy through to one year after birth affects around 100,000 families every year, according to Perinatal Anxiety and Depression .

“Anxiety is at least as common as depression during the perinatal period,” chief executive Terri Smith said.

Research by PANDA, which operates a helpline for people affected by perinatal anxiety and depression, suggests a majority of people do not know perinatal anxiety is an illness, with almost half unable to recognise its signs.

Philip Boyce, a professor of psychiatry at Sydney Medical School, said perinatal depression and anxiety was caused by a combination of “genetic endowment, social and interpersonal variables”.

“However, the majority of cases are related to psychosocial factors such as social disadvantage, lack of social support, marital or interpersonal difficulties with a lack of support and personality vulnerability,” he said.

It also comes at a high cost. The direct cost of health services to deal with perinatal depression was an estimated $78 million in 2012, according to the Deloitte Access Economics reportThe Cost of Perinatal Depression in . Indirect costs were more than $350 million, which Deloitte attributed mainly to an estimated $310 million in productivity losses.

A NSW Health spokesman said between 10 and 20 per cent of women develop a mental illness during pregnancy or within the first year after having a baby.

He said the 2010 n National Infant Feeding Survey suggested perinatal depression was less commonly reported among mothers who had higher levels of education, were working at the time of the survey and primarily spoke a language other than English at home. Mothers living in major cities also reported slightly lower rates of perinatal depression.

Marie-Paule Austin, a professor of psychiatry at the University of NSW and director St John of God Perinatal & Women’s Mental Health Research Unit, said was doing better in detecting perinatal depression and anxiety compared to a decade ago.

But she said: “We still need to come a long way in NSW compared to other states in terms of our lack of any public mother-baby beds that allows mothers to be admitted with their infant thus avoiding separation at this critical time in the infant’s life.”

A NSW Health spokesman said 90 per cent of these women suffered mild mental health symptoms that could be treated by their GPs or organisations such as Karitane and Tresillian.

“Of the remaining 10% of women who require specialist care for severe and complex mental health problems generally associated with significant clinical risk, a small proportion might require an admission to an inpatient unit and may also receive specialist care through public community mental health services,” he said.

He said there were various primary care and specialist services, and NSW Health had spent $3 million this financial year on supporting 900 people with moderate to severe perinatal mental health disorders.

Mrs James was fortunate to have a strong support network of family and friends but she said: “For a male it can be very difficult for them to understand.”

Some of her female friends understood, others did not. “Some of them normalise it and said ‘It’s just part of those early days. You’ll get over it’.”

When Mrs James realised the anxiety she felt following the birth of Abigail was not normal, she sought help from her GP.

“He certainly helped me survive the day-to day through sleep medication and also anti-anxiety medication,” she said. “But I didn’t really recover until she was about nine months old.”

At that point, Mrs James began sleeping and eating well, and bonding again with her daughter.

Mrs James was once again beset with post-natal anxiety about three months after the birth of her son Charlie.

As soon as she was on “the slippery slope of stressing and not sleeping”, she visited her G.P. and was referred to a consultant psychiatrist.

Recalling that period in her life, Mrs James said: “It was so bad. It was really frightening. I felt guilty I wasn’t enjoying motherhood any more.”

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Tributes flow for Doohan the ‘Becker wrecker’ | VIDEO, PICTURES Newcastle’s Peter Doohan after defeating Boris Becker at Wimbledon in 1987.
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Peter Doohan waves to a friend as he leaves the court with a happy Pat Cash after their doubles triumph on October 03, 1987.

Peter Doohan and Pat Cash in the Davis Cup, October 3, 1987.

Pat Cash leaps for a forehand smash as Peter Doohan looks on in the Davis Cup doubles encounter, March 15, 1987.

Peter Doohan (foreground) with Alton Bowen in 2012.

Peter Doohan and Rod Stubbs, at Nelson Bay Tennis Club.

Peter Doohan in November 2012.

Peter Doohan in 2011.

Peter Doohan at the Nelson Bay courts during upgrades in 2009.

Peter Doohan with Roger Federer in 2011.

Peter Doohan and Pat Cash at the Davis Cup Semi at White City VS India on October 3, 1987.

Peter Doohan in action in April, 2005.

Peter Doohan in 1987.

Peter Doohan in action against Leconte, January 14, 1988.

Peter Doohan in 2001.

Newcastle tennis player Peter Doohan was inducted into the Hunter Region sporting hall of fame in 2005.

Peter Doohan.

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— Boris Becker (@TheBorisBecker) July 22, 2017Newcastle Herald journalist Carrie Fellner spoke to Peter Doohanabout his devastating diagnosis. Here is her story from May 21, 2017.

Hunter sporting great Peter Doohan has spoken bravely about his battle with motor neurone disease, revealing he is about to begin a course of powerful, experimental drugs in a bid to prolong his life.

The 56-year-old admitted things have been “up and down” since hereceived the shock diagnosis last Tuesday, with his neurologistgiving him months to live.

There has since been an outpouring of support for Doohan, both from within the Hunter and the broader tennis community.Pat Cash, Wally Masur and John Fitzgerald have been among those to send messages of support from and abroad.

Doohan spoke to theNewcastle Heraldon Sunday from a pub near the Sydney hospital where he will begintreatment on Monday.

He was accompaniedby family members so he could watch his beloved Newcastle Knights take on the Panthers.

“They are very powerful drugs to try and settle down my immune system, which happens to be in overdrive,” he said.

“I’m just hopingto get some strength back, because at the moment my body is very weak. A little bit of quality time would be good. I won’t ask for too much”.

Doohan – better known as the “Becker Wrecker” –pulled off one of the most memorable upsets in tennis history with his defeat of two-time defending championBoris Becker at Wimbledon in 1987.

By doing so he helped clearthe way for Pat Cash to claim eventual victory in the tournament.

“I’ll have to remind him to send me the royalty cheque in the mail,” he joked.

Doohan counts his undefeatedDavis Cup record and his singles win over Andre Agassi among other career highlights.

Hereached a career-high world ranking of 43 in singles and 15in doubles, winning six ATP titles.

Will O’Neil, who runs the Cessnock Tennis Centre, has been close friends with Doohan for decades and said the news had left him “completely and utterly gutted”.

He said he was“clinging”to hope that the experimental drug treatment wouldbe a success.

“Peter is a friend and a mentor and someone I’ve looked up to since I was 10 years old,” he said.

“He’s an absolute gentleman and a real stalwart for Newcastle. A finer example of a gentleman you couldn’t find.”

Motor neurone disease is terminal disease wherepeople progressively lose use of their limbs and their ability to move, speak, breathe and swallow. The mind and senses usually remain intact.

There is no known cause or cure for the disease, which has an average life expectancy of two-and-a-half years.

More than 2000 people have the disease in , about 60 per cent male and 40 per cent female.

Mr O’Neilwas confident Doohanwould fight his battle with the same tenacity that earnedhim the nickname‘The Bear’ on the court.

“That’s why I’m still giving him a chance, I know how much of a fighter he is,” he said.

“You’d think you had the match and then you’d lose and go ‘I don’t know how the hell that happened, but it did.’”

Doohan spent his formative years atMerewether High School, playing tennis at District Park in Broadmeadow on weekends under the guidance of coach Frank Brent.

After turning professional, he spent 20 years playing and coaching in the United States. He was based inArkansas, where his sons John and Hunter still live.

Doohan returned to Nelson Bay in 2009 and coached up until June last year. Since becoming unwell, he has been spending much of his time with his mother, who lives in Hamilton South.

Reflecting on his career, he said one of the most rewarding aspects has been the close bonds forgedwith many of his former students and their parents.

“I get a lot of satisfaction from the way those students grow and learn life lessons through sport,” he said.

Tennis taught children integrity, he added, because unlike other sports they were forced to make line calls against themselves.

“Things like perseverance, persistence, commitment and hard work.We don’t expect them all to be Wimbledon champions. The reason we play sport is because of the things they learn for life.”

Doohan admitted he is passionate about his home town, to “the point of being overzealous”.

“I love the Knights,” he said. “I flew back from the US in 2001 to watch them win the premiership.”

He said his proudest moment as a Novocastrian was when his Wimbledon winwas ranked number four in the Herald’stop 101significant moments in Hunter history.

Mr O’Neil describedDoohan as a “true mate” and a very caring dad to his two boys.

“The amazing part about Pete is he will just always go out of his way to help you.”.

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Up to 7500 asylum seekers who arrived in by boat have been given four months to apply for refugee status or face deportation.
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Branding them “fake refugees”, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says they have until October 1 to provide detail about their protection claims. He says some have refused to lodge protection claims while others have refused to give even basic information about their identities.

“This is a very serious situation and it’s costing n taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars a year,” Mr Dutton said on Sunday. “Money that could be spent on education, on health, on police, on other services in the community. Now we aren’t going to tolerate that any longer.”

Many arrived without identity documents on boats run by people smugglers up to seven years ago under the previous Labor government, he said.

Mr Dutton said many were residing in on government benefits which last year cost around $250 million in income support alone.

But refugee advocates are furious over the move, saying it punishes people who have been waiting patiently to submit their claims.

The Refugee Action Coalition’s Ian Rintoul called the deadline “completely arbitrary” and said it was a cruel hoax on people whom the government has left in limbo.

“These people have been denied legal help by this government,” said Mr Rintoul. “They have systemically denied them the possibility of making an application. To suggest that they are unreasonably consuming taxpayers dollars is simply vicious.”

Human rights lawyer George Newhouse said the move showed a “blatant disregard’ for the processes of the law and the cost of legal aid.

And advocates at the Edmund Rice Centre accused Mr Dutton of “yet another unfair and extreme attack” on refugees and asylum seekers.

“Peter Dutton and the Turnbull government are deliberately making the process of applying for protection as difficult as possible,” the centre’s Dominic Ofner said.

“There are over 21 million refugees worldwide and the international community is facing the biggest humanitarian crisis since World War II. In this context, it is simply beyond embarrassing that our government is doing everything it possibly can to deny basic rights to 7,500 people seeking asylum in .”

Labor’s immigration spokesman Shayne Neumann criticised Mr Dutton for branding people “fake refugees” before they had even lodged their applications.

“I think the public will see what this is all about. It’s about Peter Dutton putting his name in the paper, angling for the prime ministership – not doing his job and angling for Malcolm Turnbull’s job,” he said. He also questioned why the government was only now acknowledging it had a problem after nearly four years in power.

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One of the world’s biggest retailers continues to register trademarks in , despite insisting it has no plans to set up here.
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German discount supermarket Lidl – which will open stores in the US next month, offering up to 50 per cent off rivals’ prices – has trademarked the words LIDL TO GO and LIDL YOU.

LIDL TO GO is the chain’s convenience assortment. LIDL YOU is a streaming service.

A Lidl representative told Fairfax Media the chain had “no plans” to enter .

It’s speculated Lidl is keeping open the option of launching here, once it has bedded down its aggressive US expansion.

Lidl is owned by the privately held Schwarz Group, one of the world’s largest retailers, which also owns discount department store Kaufland.

Until last year, Lidl planned to open in and emulate the success of its arch-rival Aldi.

But Schwarz Group chief, under executive Klaus Gehrig, decided Lidl would focus on the US and Kaufland would head Down Under to increase its international sales.

Michael Bate is the head of retail at Colliers International, which conducted research for Lidl about the n market.

Mr Bate said Lidl was initially excited by but concluded the market was too small and too concentrated, and was now focused on the US.

He said Lidl was “hedging its bets” by continuing to register brands here. The LIDL YOU application was lodged after Kaufland confirmed in November it was looking for land and staff in .

Lidl has applied for thousands of trademarks in since the year 2000, around the time Aldi set up here.

Last year it applied for trademarks covering hundreds of products, held talks with the Victorian government, and contacted suppliers.

It’s understood Schwarz Group plans to launch a bespoke Kaufland in , rather than use its German or Eastern European formats. It’s unclear when the first Kaufland stores will open here, although it’s speculated it will be several years from now.

After years of competing, Fairfax Media understands Lidl and Kaufland are now being encouraged to work together and share resources at a top level.

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Forensic police at the scene on Sunday. Picture: Ian KirkwoodONE man is recovering in hospital with stab wounds, while another sustained a cut to his head while detaining an intruder during separate home invasions in the Hunter over the weekend.
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A man, 28, suffered lacerations to his arm and chest after he was confronted by two men at Charlestown on Sunday morning.

Police said the man was outside his home on Hillsborough Road about 5am when he was attacked by the men, who police said were dressed in dark clothing and armed with an “edged weapon”.

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Paramedics were calledand treated the man for lacerations to his left arm and chest.

He was taken to John Hunter Hospital in a serious condition.

The man’s injuries are not considered life-threatening, according to a NSWpolice spokesman.

Meanwhile, a man, 58, has appeared in Newcastle Bail Court after he was allegedly found inside a home in Hamilton East on Friday night.

The man, who police identified as Shane Anthony Nicholls, was allegedly found in a bedroom of a home on Warrah Street about 8.20pm, police said.

Three people were inside the home when one of the occupants heard noises coming from his bedroom.

The man, 54, went to investigate and allegedly found Mr Nicholls, 58, standing in the room.

The two allegedly became involved in a scuffle, with the 54-year-old suffering a cut to his head, police said.

The 54-year-old’s family came to his aid and one of the occupants called police.

Newcastle City police arrived moments later and arrested the 58-year-old.

He was taken to Newcastle Police Station where he was charged with aggravated break and enter.

He was refused bail by police and appeared in Newcastle Bail Court on Saturday morning where the matter was adjourned to Newcastle Local Court on Wednesday.

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The Turnbull government has quietly axed eight environmental conditions aimed at protecting vulnerable turtle species set to be affected by Adani’s proposed $3 billion coal terminal expansion at Abbot Point in Queensland.
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The move by the Environment Department, signed by minister Josh Frydenberg on May 10, also modified a ninth condition that required the Indian-owned miner spend $450,000 annually to implement a marine offsets strategy. Those funds will now go to the Reef Trust, possibly from a later date.

“The beaches at Abbot Point are important nesting sites for flatback turtles and the region is a high priority foraging habitat for green turtles,” said Imogen Zethoven, a campaign director for the n Marine Conservation Society. “Both of these species are listed as vulnerable under federal and Queensland law.”

Abbot Point’s environment record was already under a cloud after coal sediment entered a nearby wetland and the company may have breached its temporarily elevated pollution limits during Cyclone Debbie in March.

The Terminal 0 expansion at Abbot Point is vital to service the $16 billion-plus Carmichael coal mine Adani hopes to build – with eager federal and state Labor backing- in the Galilee Basin.

At its approval in 2013 by the Abbott government, then environment minister Greg Hunt declared the 95 conditions to be “some of the strictest” in n history. These included controls on feral pigs and dogs as part of a turtle plan and the offsets strategy to be reviewed every three years – both conditions now cut.

A spokesman for Mr Frydenberg said that description “is still accurate”, with offset liability unchanged and projects that will focus on the same protection issues.

“This change is consistent with the government’s 2013 election commitment to establish the Reef Trust and enable it to deliver offsets on behalf of [the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation] Act proponents.” he said.

Opponents of the port expansion and mine say the changed conditions add to a lengthening list of concessions by the governments of Malcolm Turnbull and Annastacia Palaszczuk.

These include unlimited groundwater rights, a possible federal loan of some $1 billion to link the mine and port, and a potential $320 million royalties holiday expected to be discussed at a state cabinet meeting on Monday. ‘Their request’

An Adani spokesman said the EPBC amendments had been at the government’s “request and direction” to align conditions with the Reef Trust.

“The new condition is not an easing of requirements,” he said. “The same payment amount is required, for the same period and for the same purpose.

But Larissa Waters, the deputy n Greens leader, said “the gifts for this billionaire company from Labor and the Liberals keep stacking up”.

“Will any future breach of conditions be simply excused and waved through?”, Senator Waters said. “Cutting out huge chunks out of Adani’s conditions makes a mockery of Liberal and Labor claims that this project is governed by ‘strict’ conditions.”

Tony Burke, Labor’s federal environment minister, said minister Frydenberg “really needs to explain this one”.

“If there has been any weakening of conditions [under the EPBC Act], I don’t see how that could be justified,” Mr Burke said. “How is it possible for conditions affecting turtles and the Great Barrier Reef to be weakened during a time when the health of the reef has only declined?” Offsets offside

The Queensland government is expected to finalise soon its own report into Abbot Point’s handling of pollution during the cyclone, a category-4 storm the company has described as a one-in-500-year event.

Ms Zethoven said the whole concept of offsets was itself against the World Heritage convention that had signed up for.

The convention states government are supposed to protect or improve sites, she said. It doesn’t say “you can damage here provided you substitute over there”.

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Crossbench kingmaker Nick Xenophon has called on the Turnbull government to abandon any plans to force dumped senators Bob Day and Rod Culleton to repay their taxpayer-funded salaries and allowances.
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Senator Xenophon says it’s “ridiculous” the Department of Finance has sent the pair letters telling them they are required to pay back the salaries, expenses and staff costs they accrued during the time they sat in the upper house invalidly.

Both men are on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars, despite being officially declared bankrupt.

“I think it is a bit ridiculous really,” Senator Xenophon told the ABC on Sunday.

“Whatever you thought of Bob Day and Rod Culleton the fact is they were declared elected. There was a process where they were found not to be duly elected but they turned up to work, they did so in good faith and it would set a very dangerous precedent.”

The government would likely be “throwing good money after bad” by pursuing them given the state of their finances, he said: “I think the Commonwealth has got other ways to better use its resources.”

???The High Court ruled both men were invalidly elected – Mr Culleton because he was bankrupt and Mr Day because he had a constitutionally prohibited financial interest in the Commonwealth due to a complex office leasing arrangement.

Mr Culleton was paid more than $100,000 in salary and superannuation between the July 2 election and the court’s decision in January. Mr Day was paid close to $130,000 between February 2016, when the office arrangement took effect, and his November resignation. Both men also racked up thousands in travel and office allowances, and staff costs.

However the government could choose to waive the debt. The men can apply for an “act of grace” from Special Minister of State Scott Ryan, who would then decide whether the debt should stand or be forgiven. The Department of the Senate could also apply to have the debts forgiven on their behalf.

“There’s a process to go through that any citizen can apply for about the waiver for a debt to the Commonwealth,” Senator Ryan said last week.

The finance department could also decide not to pursue the debt if the men provide evidence as to their “financial circumstances”.

Mr Culleton has angrily described the debt notice as a “politically-motivated attack”. Mr Day has declined to publicly comment.

Labor has demanded the government go ahead with the debt recovery.

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Thousands of dogs across the nation have walked for their four-legged friends in need, in the RSPCA’s annual Million Paws Walk. Some of these pooches are very clever– snapping and posting along the way, with their very own Instagram accounts.
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How it happened last time​ | PHOTOS Watene-Zelezniak bombs a try, catching a ball metres from an open line with a foot raking the sideline chalk. Picture: Fox Sports/Twitter
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TweetFacebookThe Knights play Penrith at 2pmon Sunday afternoon at McDonald Jones Stadium. You can follow the live match blog here.

Here’s a look back at Robert Dillon’s match report from that Friday night in Marchwhen the two sides met for the first time this year.

The Newcastle Knights were again hindered by head knocks as they crashed to a 40-0 hammering fromPenrith at Pepper Stadium on Friday night.

The seven-tries-to-none victory was partially overshadowed by a 29th-minute incident, when Knights bench forward Jacob Saifiti crashed to the ground after trying to tackle Penrith’s hard-running Sitaleki Akauola.

Saifiti sat dazed on the turf as he was treated by Knights trainer Tony Ayoub.

He was then taken to the dressing room for a head-injury assessment, unlike last week, when Knights fullback Brendan Elliot was allowed to stay on the field after a high shot from South Sydney centre Hymel Hunt.

The Elliot situation and ensuing controversyprompted the NRL to hit the Knights with a $100,000 breach notice, which the club intends to contest.

Saifiti returned to the game for the start of the second half, but soon after Knights hooker Danny Levi also suffered a heavy knock and went off for an assessment.

He, too, returned to the game.

Despite winning only one of their first three games, the Knights were in each of those contests until the 80thminute.

Against Penrith they were simply outclassed and the resultwas virtually sealedby half-time, with Penrith leading 22-0.

Penrith opened the scoring in the fourth minute when skipper Matt Moylan worked a backline move and winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak dived over in the corner.

Five minutes later, Watene-Zeleniak went within inches of scoring after Penrith created another right-edge overlap.

The home side made it 10-0 in the 21stminute when debutant Corey Harawira-Neara crashed through some flimsy defence, and halfback Nathan Cleary converted.

The scoreline quickly mounted as five-eighth Te Maire Martin and centre Tyrone Peachey scored before half-time.

The Panthers added further tries to Peter Wallace,Dean Whare and Cleary, who also kicked six goals from seven attempts.

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Knights VS Panthers | live blog TweetFacebookAt half-time the Knights were on track to avenge their 40-0 loss earlier this seasonbut it wasn’t to be.
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Post-match press conferencesWhat’s next for Nathan Ross? Nathan Brown says “any number of things could happen” but issue that saw him dropped to NSW Cup is dealt with. pic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/64RwpNUPdV

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— Matt Carr (@MattCarrNH) May 21, 2017Swing and a missTRY: Moylan makes it a brace after chasing his own kick, putting himself in the right spot to take advantage of an air swing from Dane Gagai.

Penrith had more than 70 per cent of the second half possession, which goes some way to explaining how they’ve shut out the same side that kept them scoreless in the first 40 minutes.

Fans start to spill off the hills asPenrith lead 30-14 with less than three minutes to go.

Saifiti soars, nearly scoresJaelen Feeney pops through the Penrith line and offloads to the big man, who slides through and over the line.

He loses the ball, but a push on Feeney in backplay hands the Knights a penalty. Gagai loses the ball in a tackle and Penrith fans breathe out.

An easy one for Moylan and he gets himself a double!#NRLKnightsPanthers 14-30 with 3 minutes remaining.#NRLpic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/78ELI60REO

— NRL (@NRL) May 21, 2017A big finishTRY: Newcastle need a big finish to claim this one. Brock Lamb attempts to deliver with an intercept, but instead it gives Penrith another six tackles inside the 10.

That’s just enough for Cleary to put the kick through for Watene-Zelezniak to reach it, but his grounding gets sent to the bunker.

Roars from the crowd as it’s awarded. Cleary converts.

Penrith lead 24-14.

Moylan making his markTRY: Matt Moylan keeps the pressure on Newcastle with an angled grubber for the left corner. Another drop-out and Penrith beginning to look likely.

James Tamou delivers, running around the defence to break hearts throughout of the 13,139-strong crowd even before Nathan Cleary slots the simple conversion.

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— NRL (@NRL) May 21, 2017Lucky KnightsA kick off the laces down the right edge catches a grasping Penrith hand –and Newcastle stay on the attack in fertile territory.

Brendan Elliot’s high-ball heroics have kept the Knights the past few minutes, bringing down bombs deftly as Penrith loomed large.

Tamou gets the @PenrithPanthers in front for the first time in the game! #NRLKnightsPanthers 14-18 with 14 minutes remaining.#NRLpic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/KC9f2zHiuE

— NRL (@NRL) May 21, 2017Latu makes it twoTRY: Bench forward Leilani Latu buries over under the posts, and suddenly Penrith are back in the match.

Moylanmakes it hurt

TRY: Trent Merrin stands up from a play-the-ball and takes exception to marker Sione Mata’utia with a potent shove.

Replays indicate Mata’utia’s hand brushed Merrin’s face when he was on the deck, so he returns the favour and Penrith roll on towards Newcastle’s tryline.

Here come the @PenrithPanthers!Game on.#NRLKnightsPanthers 14-12 after 54 minutes.#NRLpic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/0aZt4qmprS

— NRL (@NRL) May 21, 2017…and we’re backJaelen Feeney puts Brock Lamb through a hole early, but the ref calls forward pass. Poor Lamb always seems to be the man with the ball in his hands eyeing the trylinewhen the whistle goes today.

Dallin Watene-Zelezniak threatens down Penrith’s right edge but takes the ball into touch on the second tackle.

Moylan gets the @PenrithPanthers going!#NRLKnightsPanthers 14-6 after 50 minutes.#NRLpic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/6vKqOUqqmB

— NRL (@NRL) May 21, 2017Every which way but pointsNewcastle were doing everything they couldto find another first half try, but it wasn’t to be.Several late breaks threatened, most notably when Dallin Watene-Zelezniak spilled the ball to a waiting Sione Mata’utia.

But by the time the Knights skipper had whipped the ball to a wide open Brock Lamb, the whistle had handed the ball back to Penrith.

Some huge positives for Newcastle in that first half –while Penrith had their chances, the Knights had many more. And only one side has bothered the scorer so far.

Newcastle lead 14-0.

Take the twoPENALTY GOAL: Brock Lamb pushes the lead beyond two converted tries from right in front.

Less than five minutes left in the first as the Knights bring it back and Lamb stabs it into touch.

A surging tackle in the subsequent set appears to end with Joe Wardle collecting a lost Penrith ball, but the refs disagree and the visitors keep chasing their first points.

Lamb collects a threatening grubber on his line and the Knights, visibly bunching as the half winds down, escapeagain.

High hit on Peta HikuPenrith are pushing hard for points in the final eight minutes. They’re beginning to find success on the right edge after headingto the left for most of the opening exchanges.

Luke Yates gets a bit of help from the upright to halt a lunge for the tryline beforeKen Sio intercepts.

The big wingermakes it to halfway before he’s dragged down by a powerful Dallin Watene-Zelezniak.

Mitch Barnett is taken high at the other end and Newcastle elect to take the two.

Chance after magic from GagaiThe fullback put the hammer down with a return on the last, but despite a neat bit of play hiscurling kick failed to find friendly hands.

Waqa Blake almost conjured his own bit of special play, nearly running down a long kick that threatened to stay in-field a bit longer than Ken Sio would have enjoyed.

A Sam Stone knock-on in the next set and Penrith are on the attack –until they lose it 15 metres out. Josh King heads out in lieu of Daniel Saifiti.

Penrith on the attack with 37 minutes gone after a bit of push and shove in a tackle on Matt Moylan. Knightslead 12-0.

Penrith win the penalty, somehowA dubious possession change after a knock-on called against Newcastle metres from the line. It looks suspiciously like a Penrith hand snagged the pill, but the ball is in Penrith hands again.

It ultimately comes to little after an excellent take from Ken Sio sets it up for a half-break from Brock Lamb, but the Knights are unable to capitalise.

The end to end arm-wrestle rages on.

Newcastle make it to halfway and Brock Lamb buries a grubber into touch for a breather.

Injury dramas for the Panthers, with Bryce Cartwright limping and reports it was a groin injury that forced Peter Wallaceto the bench.

Knights hold them offPenrith power into Newcastle’s 20, sweeping left early in the tackle count. The Knights hold despite an overlap on that side on as aPenrith grubber topples into touch.

First tackle of the fresh set and it’s an offside penalty, putting Newcastle back on the march.

A Brock Lamb kicks sits up gently inside the dead ball line, forcing Penrith to play it out and give possession back to the Knights early.

Penalty PanthersThe visitors are making it easy for Newcastle, with the home side again given an ideal attacking opportunity.

Sadly they can’t make it three from three, with a knock-on handing Penrith the scrum feed just inside their own 40 metre line.

12-0, 12 minutes gone.

…and againTRY: Daniel Saifiti pounces on a Danny Levi cut-out pass 10 metres from the line to score under the post, and Newcastle’s off to a dream start.

Both tries have come after Penrith penalties let the Knights get on the attack quickly.

First pointsTRYSione Mata’utia busts through the Penrith line, offloading to Jaelen Feeney who pops it up from the ground to a swooping Brock Lamb.

The @NRLKnights are hungry for some points this afternoon!Saifiti gets a 4 pointer.#NRLKnightsPanthers 12-0 after 9 minutes.#NRLpic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/9fbui56Ryf

— NRL (@NRL) May 21, 2017The early exchangesLamb charges through! Finds the line. The @NRLKnights are in early! #NRLKnightsPanthers 6-0 after 5 minutes.#NRLpic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/gj1ddlUCYA

— NRL (@NRL) May 21, 2017Here we go!Both sides are wearing the Mark Hughes Foundation beanies (which sold out about an hour ago at the ground) as they head out of the tunnel.

Nearly kick-off…So, just to recap –Jaelen Feeney partners Brock Lamb in the halves, with Trent Hodkinson not playing in either NSW Cup or NRL today.

Dane Gagai plays fullback as Brendan Elliot moves into the wing spot left open when Nathan Ross was sensationally dropped to NSW Cup for this week.

Jaelen Feeney.

Jacob Saifiti comes into the starting side for Josh King, with Tyler Randell moving into Saifiti’s bench spot.

Jack Stockwell steps in for Anthony Tupou due to a hip complaint.

Mitch Barnett also returns from an ankle injury today.

How Nathan Ross went in NSW CupJames Gardiner withthe latest from McDonald Jones Stadium.

BEATEN: Nathan Ross played in the Knights’ NSW Cup side in Sunday’s 44-18 loss to Penrith.

NSW CupPenrith held the upper hand in the NSW Cup match, blowing pasta Newcastle outfit including a demoted Nathan Ross 44-18.

Knights NRL line-upchangesInitial indications Trent Hodkinson may play appear to have been premature, with Jaelen Feeney expected to retain his spot in the halves after a strong showing in the win over Canberra.

Most of the changes for Newcastle are in the forwards.

Jacob Saifiti takes Josh King’s spot in the starting line-up as Jack Stockwell steps in for Tupou.

Tyler Randell jumps into the bench spot originally reserved for Saifiti.

Anthony Tupou (hip) and Nathan Ross dropped off the 21-man squad named on Tuesday, with Brendan Elliot sliding into the centres as Dane Gagai moves to fullback.

Mark Hughes beanies are goneHuge support for the Beanies for Brain Cancer round, with the Mark Hughes Foundation’s beanie supply depleted before kick-off in the main game.

The Knights reported they were sold out shortly after 1pm.

If you’re heading to McDonald Jones Stadium, don any beanie and drop a donation in at the ground.

Early resultsIn the NYC, the Knights notched a third straight win against the competition leaders with a 28-22 victory.

Click here to read more about the Knights of 1997 and their efforts to support the Mark Hughes Foundation.

The Panthers finished fast after the Knights led 12=10 at the break, blown out minutes into the second half when Mitch Andrews pushed the score out to 22-10.

PantherJarome Luai spent some time in the sin bin for dissent but it failed to break the Penrith side, who stayed in the match until Luai could return and score his own try down the middle.

With scores level, Knights five-eighth Hayden Loughrey broke free to offload to Mitch Cooper for a try and earned the Knights their 28-22 margin.

Penrith held the upper hand in the NSW Cup match, blowing past a Newcastle outfit including a demoted Nathan Ross 44-18.

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