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Storm star Billy Slater cleared of shoulder charge, free to play in Grand Final

September 26, 2018 7:56AM News Corp Australia Network

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Billy Slater arrives at the hearing into the alleged charging offence. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraBilly Slater arrives at the hearing into the alleged charging offence. Picture: Getty Images

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NRL: Melbourne Storm star Billy Slater has been cleared of a shoulder charge and is free to play in Sunday’s NRL Grand Final.

A three-member panel last night found the retiring* Melbourne fullback not guilty at a three-hour hearing — allowing him to play one final match of rugby league against the Sydney Roosters.

The NRL panel agreed this Billy Slater knock on Sosaia Feki was not an intentional shoulder charge. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraThe NRL panel agreed this Billy Slater knock on Sosaia Feki was not an intentional shoulder charge. Picture: Getty Images

The verdict will be an incredible boost for Melbourne Storm, looking to become the first team to win successive* titles in united competitions since Brisbane in 1992-1993.

After the hearing, Slater said: “I’d just like to thank the judiciary members for a fair hearing. It was important for me tonight to get my point across and what my intentions* were in this incident.

“Now it’s important for me to focus on the game. I haven’t started my preparation for the game as yet. That starts as of now. Now it’s time to play in the grand final.”

Melbourne has named the same 17 players from its win over Cronulla, with club great Ryan Hoffman remaining on an extended* bench.

Roosters coach Trent Robinson appears to be playing mind games having named a shock replacement at halfback for the injured Cooper Cronk in utility Mitchell Aubusson. Cronk has been named on an extended bench, while Victor Radley returns to the starting side.

Centre Latrell Mitchell returns from suspension in place of Paul Momirovski who moves to the bench. Dylan Napa also returns from suspension on the bench.

Sam Kerr playing for the Matildas. Picture: AAP media_cameraSam Kerr playing for the Matildas. Picture: AAP

SOCCER: Australia’s Sam Kerr has been denied* FIFA’s player of the year award for a second straight year despite Brazil’s six-time winner, Marta, voting for the Matildas superstar.

Kerr had been in the running, with her firepower* helping the Matildas reach an all-time high ranking of world No. 4 at the end of 2017, but was well off the pace at the end of voting despite Marta selecting her as the best player in the world.

The decision to overlook Kerr left many fans and soccer experts shocked.

Jesse Hogan of the Demons. Picture: AAP media_cameraJesse Hogan of the Demons. Picture: AAP

AFL: Jesse Hogan has likely played his last game at Melbourne after making it clear he is open to a trade to Fremantle this year.

The Melbourne star, who kicked 47 goals in just 20 games this year, will likely be traded to the Dockers just as he enters his prime* at the age of 23. His management will meet with Melbourne in coming days to discuss his options, but the Demons are believed to be open to working through what a trade would look like.

BASKETBALL: Another top performance from Liz Cambage has inspired Australia to a 90-64 victory over Turkey at the women’s basketball World Cup in Spain.

The Opals centre scored 25 points to lead Australia to an undefeated run through the group phase in Tenerife and book a place in Friday night’s quarter-finals.

Continuing her career-best form, Cambage exploded for 24 points in the first half, 14 of those coming in a dynamic opening quarter won by Australia 32-19.

With Cambage unstoppable close to the basket and her teammates hitting three-pointers, the Opals were never troubled on their way to their third win in three games.

Eleven players scored for the Opals with Rebecca Allen (13), Cayla George (12) and Sami Whitcomb (11) joining Cambage in double figures.

GLOSSARY

retiring: stop playing

successive: one after the other

intentions: aims or plans

extended: bigger

denied: not allowed

firepower: scoring ability of a team or player

prime: best it can be

QUICK QUIZ

1. Which teams are playing in the NRL Grand Final?

2. What world ranking do the Matildas have?

3. How many goals did Jesse Hogan kick this year?

4. How many players scored for the Opals?

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 sense in the context it was taken from.

Try to 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: Who will win the 2018 NRL Grand Final and why?

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

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