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David Teague to be named Carlton coach as AFL world mourns Polly Farmer and day one of the Ashes is rained out

Staff writers, August 14, 2019 6:20PM Kids News

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Carlton caretaker coach David Teague address the players during a recent match against West Coast. Picture: Michael Klein media_cameraCarlton caretaker coach David Teague address the players during a recent match against West Coast. Picture: Michael Klein


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David Teague will be formally announced as the new full-time head coach of AFL club Carlton today, completing a stunning rise for him in the coaching ranks.

Teague, 38, was given almost no chance of taking over from the sacked Brendon Bolton when he first stepped into the temporary role after Round 11.

But the team’s on-field success that has seen the Blues win five of their past nine games — and the enthusiastic backing of the playing group including skipper Patrick Cripps — has won over the coaching selection panel.

Teague is understood to have signed a three-year deal.

media_cameraAustralia’s Nathan Lyon, left speaks the 4th umpire Alex Wharf during the rain delay. Picture: AP

CRICKET: Day one of the second Ashes Test has been washed out without a ball being bowled at Lord’s.

The match will now be restricted* to four days, with Australian coach Justin Langer confirming fast bowler Josh Hazlewood will play and Mitchell Starc will be 12th man.

“He’s got an outstanding record,” said Langer of the 28-year-old Hazlewood, who has taken 164 wickets in 44 Tests at an average of 27.14 runs but who was sidelined* with a stress fracture in his lower back earlier this year.

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AFL 2019 Media - Polly Farmer in Pictures media_cameraGraham ‘Polly’ Farmer in his playing days. Picture; AFL Photos

AFL: Graham “Polly” Farmer, widely regarded* as Australian Rules football’s greatest ruckman, has died aged 84.

Farmer’s ruckwork and creative use of the long handball were considered revolutionary* during his 101-game career with the Geelong Cats from 1962-67 — including a key role in the 1963 premiership — and a long career in the WA Football League with East Perth and West Perth.

Farmer also coached the Cats in the Victorian Football League from 1975-77 and at both West Perth and East Perth.

Farmer was an inspiration for generations of indigenous* footballers. He was named as first ruck in the AFL Team of the Century and in the same position and as vice-captain in the Indigenous Team of the Century. Farmer was one of the first 12 Legends named when the AFL Hall of Fame was set up in 1996.

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said the game had lost one of its greatest players.

“At every point of his career, his teams found success on the field, thanks largely to his dominance that built a record that few players could ever hope to match,” Mr McLachlan said.

Football legend Graham 'Polly' Farmer dies aged 84

2019 NRL Hall of Fame media_cameraDanny Buderus at last night’s 2019 NRL Hall of Fame event in Sydney. Picture: Getty Images

NRL: Danny Buderus has called his Hall of Fame selection as the greatest individual honour of his career after being inducted* alongside six others on Wednesday night.

Ruben Wiki, Stacey Jones and Craig Young and contributors JJ Giltinan, Ray Warren and Peter Frilingos were honoured along with Buderus at the Carriageworks in Sydney.

Buderus was presented his jacket by Immortal* Andrew Johns with whom he formed arguably the greatest hooker-halves combination of all time at Newcastle.

“From an individual point of view you can’t get much more,” Buderus said. “No one sets out to make a Hall of Fame. It’s an award that comes along at the end of your career.

“Just walking in the room you straight away felt you were in a room of greatness. It’s an amazing feeling to know I am wearing a blazer like those blokes.”


  • restricted: cut back
  • sidelined: not playing
  • widely regarded: well known and recognised for something
  • revolutionary: changes the way things are done 
  • indigenous: Aboriginal
  • inducted: officially added into a group
  • Immortal: Hall of Fame players given legendary status


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  1. David Teague will take over at Carlton from which sacked coach?
  2. How many days will the Ashes second Test be played in now?
  3. What position did Graham ‘Polly” Farmer play for the Cats?
  4. Who was Farmer an inspiration for?
  5. Who presented Danny Buderus with his Hall of Fame jacket?


1. Hall of Fame
Think about an activity you do at school regularly. It could be down ball, football or hopscotch. Now think about the players who play with you.

If you were to induct three players into the Hall of Fame for your activity, who would they be?

Write a list of inductees and one paragraph on why you think they deserve to be inducted. Include details such as their skills, their behaviour and whether they are a role model for others.

Time: allow 15 minutes for this activity
Curriculum links: English

2. Extension
Draw a logo for your Hall of Fame. Include elements of the activity (such as a football or bat etc) in the imagery along with the words Hall of Fame.

Time: allow 25 minutes for this activity
Curriculum links: English, Visual Arts

After reading the article, with a partner, highlight as many pieces of punctuation as you can find in green. Discuss how these are being used, where and how often. What level of the punctuation pyramid is the journalist using in this article?

HAVE YOUR SAY: Is David Teague a good appointment as Carlton coach? Why or why not?
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