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Queensland rugby legend Mal Meninga among five new Immortals

Staff writers, August 2, 2018 7:44AM News Corp Australia Network

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Mal Meninga has been named as an Immortal. media_cameraMal Meninga has been named as an Immortal.

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NRL: Mal Meninga said the NRL’s surprise decision to add five players, including three from before World War II, to rugby league’s Immortals made his elevation* to the elite* group feel even more special.

Queenslander Meninga, St George captain Norm Provan and pre-World War II giants Dally Messenger, Dave Brown and Frank Burge were all honoured in Sydney last night.

Judges Wally Lewis, Bob Fulton, Andrew Johns, Wayne Bennett, Phil Gould and Ray Warren selected Meninga and Provan before considering the three founding* greats, whom they have never seen play, should also be recognised.

It had been generally accepted that only two players would be named after it took almost four decades to nominate the first eight Immortals. Players can only be named an Immortal (meaning they are the greatest of the great in the game) after being made a Hall of Fame member.

“It was an opportunity the game could not afford to miss and the Immortals now reflect the full history of rugby league — from 1908 to the present,” NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg said.

Trent Buhagiar (right) of Sydney competes for possession against Daniel Petkovski of Rockdale. Picture: AAP
media_cameraTrent Buhagiar (right) of Sydney competes for possession against Daniel Petkovski of Rockdale. Picture: AAP

SOCCER: Sydney FC’s new era* is off to a winning start after opening their FFA Cup defence with a come-from-behind 4-2 victory over Rockdale City Suns last night.

A huge upset appeared likely in new coach Steve Corica’s first official match in charge, with Rockdale grabbing the lead in just the sixth minute through an amazing goal from Harris Gaitatzis.

But new Sydney recruit Daniel De Silva levelled the scores on the half-hour mark with a well-struck volley. The Sky Blues then scored twice in three minutes early in the second half to take the sting out of the contest.

Another new A-League coach made his debut* on Wednesday, but it was a night to forget for Mike Mulvey. His Central Coast Mariners were smashed 3-0 on the road by Adelaide United, with off-season recruit Mirko Boland scoring a bicycle-kick goal in his first game for the club at the Marsden Sports Complex.

Serena Williams returns the ball to Johanna Konta. Picture: AAP
media_cameraSerena Williams returns the ball to Johanna Konta. Picture: AAP

TENNIS: Serena Williams suffered the worst loss of her career at the WTA San Jose event yesterday losing the final 12 games in a shocking first-round upset to unseeded Johanna Konta.

The 23-time Grand Slam winner struggled against the British No. 1 and former winner Konta, who crushed Williams 6-1, 6-0 in just 51 minutes.

Williams, who was playing her first match since dropping the Wimbledon final, is trying to regain her top form after missing most of the 2017 season due to a pregnancy.

The 36-year-old Williams tried to shrug off the worst loss of her hall of fame career.

“I don’t know. I have so many things on my mind that I don’t have time to be shocked about a loss where I clearly wasn’t at my best,” she said.

Williams has won 72 singles titles earning more than $86 million in prizemoney.

GLOSSARY

elevation: being raised to a higher level

elite: a special group that is better in quality and ability

founding: original

era: a long and distinct period of history

debut: first appearance in a role or team

QUICK QUIZ

1. Name the five players elevated to the Immortals in NRL.

2. Who is Sydney FC’s new coach?

3. How many games did Serena Williams win in her shock loss?

VCOP ACTIVITY

With a partner see if you can you identify all the doing words/verbs in this text? Highlight them in yellow and then make a list of them all down your page. Now see if you and your partner can come up with a synonym for the chosen verb- make sure it still makes the context it was taken from.

Try and see if you can replace some of the original verbs with your synonyms and discuss if any are better and why.

Curriculum Links: English, Big Write and VCOP

HAVE YOUR SAY: Do you agree with the NRL decision to elevate five players to Immortal status rather than the usual two? Why?

No one-word answers. Use full sentences to explain your thinking.

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