Time for truth: how to face the end of a life lived well

Polglase Kylie Polglase with her mother Rosemary and her dog Toby. ”Everybody dies [yet] every time I talk about it, I am treated as if I am being negative.” Photo: Wolter Peeters
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Even as a six-year-old, Kylie Polglase was comfortable talking about her own death from cystic fibrosis, a terminal lung condition.

”If I don’t do all this treatment, I will get sick and die,” she wrote in a picture book more than 20 years ago.

Now a frail 26-year-old, Ms Polglase, of Cherrybrook, is using her limited breath to convince others that talking about death – and creating an advance-care directive on how we want to die – should be a normal part of life.

This week she spoke at the launch of a plan by NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner to make discussions about the quality of our deaths as common as those about the quality of our lives.

Making an advance-care plan should be like making a will, or deciding to become an organ donor, Ms Skinner said.

It is something we should talk about in healthy midlife or early in an illness with our families, friends, legal advisors, carers and medical practitioners, she said.

Ms Skinner’s mother, a nurse, made her children promise there ”would be no heroic interventions”.

Yet the government’s action plan finds many decisions about end-of-life care are made in a crisis, often resulting in unwanted and often unwarranted life-sustaining measures. It will include an education campaign to encourage doctors, lawyers and aged-care providers to discuss and suggest advanced-care directives, changes to ensure that advanced-care plans are incorporated in all health care records, and the introduction of a standard form to replace the many different ones being used.

Currently, those who do feel comfortable talking about their own deaths, including the chronically ill like Ms Polglase, are often treated as if they are crazy or suicidal.

”Everybody dies. It is not like I am different,” Ms Polglase said. ”Yet it is very weird that every time I talk about it, I am treated as if I am being negative or depressive or people say ‘Have you thought about talking to somebody about it?”’

Although she is an advocate for advance-care plans, she doesn’t yet have one of her own.

”I’ve recently had discussions about the decision I want to make and that’s been met with, ‘Have you thought about seeing a psychiatrist?’ It’s just very odd.”

Doctors tell her that she doesn’t need an advanced-care plan yet, and that she has plenty of options.

Ms Polglase is relatively well now. But the lungs she received in a double lung transplant are failing, she has had a stroke and lost the sight in one eye, and she suffers from conditions such as osteoporosis and arthritis, conditions that are most commonly associated with advanced age.

She’s outlived most of her friends who received new lungs, and has seen many awful deaths. ”All the losses I have witnessed have influenced my thoughts. It seems very rare that we get what we want at the end.”

When Ms Polglase got her new lungs, she also got asthma. ”My worst fear is that I will end up in intensive care, or in an ambulance, or in an emergency department room, and they’re going to resuscitate me or artificially keep me alive, and it will be against everything I want.”

She is now concentrating on improving the quality of her life, instead of the quantity. Before the transplant, Ms Polglase had never eaten yum cha, owned a dog or caught a bus to the city. Now she has.

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Shanghai Night Net.

杭州桑拿 04/12/2018

Brutal Central Coast murder-suicide 

POLICE are investigating why a truck driver gunned down his estranged partner on their own driveway before taking his own life in a brutal murder-suicide on the Central Coast.
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SHOOTING: The home where Sue Glasgow and Dave Chalmers lived before their separation.

Sue Glasgow, 49, was picking up the last few items from the couple’s former home at Woongarrah on Thursday afternoon when Dave Chalmers cold-bloodedly shot her dead.

He then fled behind the nearby Central Life Church and killed himself.

Shattered friends and neighbours yesterday told of a loving woman who worked as a receptionist at a local business, volunteered for charities and used to boast of having “a nice house, nice car, swimming pool and good bloke”.

But their relationship had soured and Ms Glasgow had moved into rental accommodation at Long Jetty in March, friends said.

“He was a bit depressed because they split up,” a friend, who only identified himself as Gaz, said.

“She was a lovely lady. I just can’t believe it.”

A neighbour said Chalmers, a truck driver who was ex-army and a regular at the Wallarah Bay Recreation Club, had become depressed following the separation and had removed himself from society.

“He used to stop and chat but recently, he would drive straight past,” she said.

Gaz said Ms Glasgow was picking up a few last things from the house when she was killed.

“She went back to get the last of her gear,” he said.

“He said to me he had everything packed in boxes and as soon as the place was sold, he would make a fresh start and move on.

“It’s very sad.”

Neighbours said a relative of Ms Glasgow’s discovered her on the driveway of the Natasha Place home before 5.45pm and frantically knocked on doors asking for someone who knew first aid.

“We thought at first it was a home invasion,” one neighbour said.

But the discovery of Chalmers’ body about 50 metres away behind the church quickly dispelled the theory.

Police said they would wait for formal identification and an autopsy report before confirming whether the incident was a murder-suicide.

A spokesman said police were treating the incident as suspicious and there was no evidence that anyone else was involved.

Ballistics experts joined crime scene detectives at the scene on Thursday night.

Tuggerah Lakes duty officer Inspector Chris Wellfare appealed for any witnesses to contact police.

Detectives will prepare a report for the coroner.

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杭州桑拿 04/12/2018

Zamorar in line for big things

Just two years ago it seemed that Seymour trainer David Bourne had uncovered a sprinter of exceptional talent and he was determined to take every precaution towards grooming him into a group horse.
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Over the past two decades Bourne has always had a knack for uncovering a flagship horse for his small but successful stable, and Zamorar looked to be the next in line.

While city wins came quickly, Zamorar was unable to snare any of the major sprint races either in Melbourne or interstate.

He did, however, continue to show patches of the brilliance that had greatly interested Asian bloodstock agents, and the trainer is still hopeful that the four-year-old gelding can win group 1 and 2 races next season.

”He is a horse that has just had so many setbacks in the past year,” Bourne said.

”Just when we get him to a certain stage something will go wrong.

”In fact he has not won a race since May last year at Caulfield.

”We had the Goodwood Handicap in Adelaide in mind but 10 days before the race, another small nagging problem sees him go back to the paddock.

”Don’t put the boots into him just yet. He’s on the way back and he showed at Flemington [on June 22] that he was very much switched on.”

At Caulfield on Saturday, Zamorar will start in the Sir John Monash Stakes, a race that he is more than capable of winning.

Jamie Mott, who guided Zamorar to second place behind Pago Rock on June 22, is again on board.

Zamorar will be up against Pago Rock as well as Happy Galaxy, who will try to extend his winning streak to five, and Oakleigh Plate winner Mrs Onassis.

Happy Galaxy, who is at the Hawkes stable, is likely to have a short spring campaign before heading to Hong Kong.

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Shanghai Night Net.

杭州桑拿 04/12/2018

AFL blasted on Milne stance

Stephen Milne leaves court with his wife, Melissa, on July 5. Photo: Justin McManusA sexual assault expert who consulted the AFL on its Respect & Responsibility policy has lambasted the league for allowing Stephen Milne to resume playing while charged with rape, saying any player on such a charge should be stood down until the case is resolved.
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Carolyn Worth, from the Victorian CASA (Centres Against Sexual Assault) Forum, was among critics who said St Kilda’s management of Milne was confusing and potentially damaging. Another was former politician and ex-VFA star Phil Cleary.

“I think the AFL and the clubs need to have a serious think about what they do about these sorts of charges,” Worth, who was personally involved in helping the AFL author its policy to help address violence against women, said. ”They appear to have managed to sort out what they do about racism and drugs, but I think they still struggle with sexual assault.

“Of course you’re innocent until proven guilty, but these are very serious charges and I thought that they should have kept him stood down.

“I think the players need to get a better grip of the fact that they’re role models and that they shouldn’t have these sort of charges levelled at them. I don’t think it’s good role modelling for young guys to have somebody actually charged with four counts of rape and then allowed to continue with his job. It’s a difficult process to get charged with something like this.

“In most businesses you’re stood down if there are charges directed at you of sexual assault or harassment until they’re proven or disproven. You get stood down on full pay.”

Derek Humphery-Smith, of law firm Lander & Rogers, who led Andrew Lovett’s litigation against St Kilda after he was sacked in 2010 before successfully defending a rape case, said of Milne’s reinstatement: “That’s obviously an excellent outcome for Stephen Milne, who remains accused. It reflects a presumption of innocence that certainly the board of St Kilda Football Club at the time did not extend to Andrew Lovett.

“I think it’s completely understandable that Andrew would feel incredibly poorly treated by the club, but he didn’t have the length of service to the St Kilda footy club that Stephen Milne now has, and I’m sure he was judged differently as a result.”

Worth also referred to the Lovett case, saying: “The AFL and clubs have got rid of players for lesser things. StKilda got rid of Andrew Lovett and he was found not guilty [of rape].”

The Australian Olympic Committee on Friday pointed to a passage in its ethical behaviour by-law that states all team members must “not at any time be convicted of, or charged with, any serious offence involving violence … or any sex offence”.

There are several instances of aspiring Olympians being excluded from the national team, including swimmer Nick D’Arcy and cyclist Chris Jongewaard.

When the rape charges were laid against Milne last month his ex-coach, Grant Thomas, said the AFL should write new policy to help it deal more consistently and transparently with players facing criminal charges.

Cleary, meanwhile, said it was “confused and contradictory” for Milne to suddenly be allowed to play.

“It’s confused because they stood him down and then three weeks later said ‘now you can play’, when nothing had changed,” he said.

“It’s contradictory because, by standing the person down you’re saying it’s not in his, or the public’s, interest for him to play, but now you’re saying it is in the public’s interest, and his interest, to play.”

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Shanghai Night Net.

杭州桑拿 04/12/2018

Jake Sylvester wins junior surf crown

Artwork Grant SprouleIT came earlier than expected, but Merewether surfer Jake Sylvester claimed the Australasian Pro Junior championship just the way he wanted yesterday – with a win.
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Sylvester took out his first heat at the Be The Influence Surf Pro at Parks beach in Coffs Harbour on Fridaywith a dominant performance, earning the highest single-wave score of the day, a 9.35, and a 7.5 for a 16.85 total.

But it was the mistakes of sole title rival Mitchell Parkinson in and out of the water that allowed Sylvester to seal overall honours in the four-event series after just one heat.

Parkinson was seeded to meet Sylvester in the final but because he lodged an entry late into the contest, the cousin of world champion Joel Parkinson was forced to start in the opening round.

He won that, setting up a clash with Sylvester.

The Novocastrian shone and Parkinson struggled, bowing out of the contest with a combined 10.4 score and third place behind Sylvester and Pama Davies (10.85). It meant Sylvester, who won two of the three previous events on the series, could not be headed for the crown.

‘‘I’m so happy. I’m ecstatic at the moment,’’ Sylvester said afterwards.

‘‘I knew there was a really good chance Mitch would win that round-one heat and be in my heat in the second.

‘‘I really didn’t think he was going to be knocked out.

‘‘Coming into the event, I really didn’t want to have a shocker and be banking on Mitch losing.

‘‘From the get-go, I wanted to win this event and the series on my own account because I’m surfing well. It was good to win that way.’’

Sylvester was humbled to join the likes of Joel Parkinson, Taj Burrow, Mitch Crews and Adrian Buchan in claiming the junior crown.

‘‘Just looking at the guys who have won it, not many of the big names have missed out, so it’s a pretty insane list to be added to,’’ he said.

Fellow Hunter surfers Jackson Baker and Jack Scollard bowed out yesterday.

杭州桑拿 04/12/2018

Tribunal overhaul may need dynamite

DEVIL’S ADVOCATE
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There is an increasing cry for definable logic and consistency in the way the AFL adjudicates player infractions on and off the field.

For example, in the wake of the incident involving Adelaide’s Shaun McKernan and West Coast player and long-time Hoodoo Gurus guitarist Brad Sheppard, both of the AFL coaching Scott brothers – North’s Brad and Geelong’s Chris – protested the leniency of the decision and suggested the match review panel system needed to be hoisted on a hydraulic lift and bashed at with a handy spanner (roughly speaking).

Actually, that could have been one Scott brother saying the same thing a number of times, or both of them saying it once, or some variation in numbers of reiterations and Scott twins – it’s hard to tell.

AFL exec Mark Evans also expressed some concerns regarding the decision-making methodology used by the match review panel, the need for a review on how that panel interacts – or doesn’t – with the tribunal, and also the desirability of someone having a bit of a butcher’s at the points system, the grading system, the system’s system and quite possibly the Scott system, if one is found to exist.

There are two problems – at least – with such theories. One is that the match review and points systems – employed to replace the previous tribunal-only pre-points system and make this process nominally more consistent and transparent – seems now to have become so labyrinthine, so hideously overgrown with cant, precedent and furphies, that nothing short of dynamite can clear up the view.

The other problem may be the Scotts/Evans notion of clearing up any confusing anomalies in the system. Arguably, in many areas, the AFL has demonstrably been more oriented towards multiplying those than removing them.

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Shanghai Night Net.

杭州桑拿 04/12/2018

Young Swan back with something in reserve

Three years after making his AFL debut, Gary Rohan feels like he is about to play his first game again.
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The 22-year-old has been given the all-clear to make his comeback in the curtain-raiser to the Sydney derby on Sunday, almost 15 months after suffering a horrific broken leg.

It’s still too early for the Swans to consider giving Rohan a fairytale return to the seniors but the fact that he is back on the field is a cause for celebration.

He went through a period in February when he needed a fortnight just to recover from a training session.

He was still sporting a limp as recently as April, though he said that was more out of habit than through pain.

But he has taken big strides in recent weeks. Before one session, in a sight that would have brought joy to many Swans fans, Rohan unloaded 60-metre drop punts at goal, which suggests he has not lost any penetration in his kicking.

There has been no noticeable difference either in his pace, which was one of his major weapons before the injury.

Rohan will play a quarter on Sunday morning, against Greater Western Sydney’s reserves side, and he can’t wait to be back.

”I’m having sleepless nights just thinking about it, it’s a buzz,” Rohan said.

”I can’t wait to run up the race and get the first touch out of the way. I need to get the first massive tackle and I’ll be right.”

Rohan’s courageous fightback has inspired the entire club. Unbeknown to him in the change room, the entire Swans list had formed a guard of honour at the top of the race to welcome Rohan onto the field for training on Friday.

Each player ruffled his hair or slapped him on the back as he ran through.

”I heard all the boys were clapping and I looked up the race and ran through, it got me up for training,” Rohan said.

”It means a lot. They care, they’re not just worried about their game or their career, they’re worried about a young player, like myself, getting back.”

Rohan thanked Rhyce Shaw for his support, describing his mentor as ”one of the greatest leaders at the club”.

Fans wanting to catch a glimpse of Rohan in action are advised to get to the SCG in time for the 9.30 start.

”He won’t play a long time but he’ll get a taste of it,” said Swans coach John Longmire.

”We don’t care if he doesn’t touch the ball. We just want him to get out there, cross the white line and run around with a big grin on his face, which I’m sure he’ll have.

”He’s a ripping bloke. He’s a great kid around the footy club and everyone loves him.

”He’s a really popular figure among the players.

”They’d be as thrilled to see him play 20 or 30 minutes of reserves as anyone.

”Just to see him out there running around and enjoying his teammates’ company,” Longmire said.

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Shanghai Night Net.

杭州桑拿 04/12/2018

Spiritual quest takes seekers to their homelands

Hands across the ages: Jules Dumoo says getting out to Perrederr on what he calls a ”bush holiday” is a route towards greater spiritual meaning, especially for the young men of his mob. Photo: Justin McManusIt was late in the day and food supplies were getting low when the wallaby arrived, already dead. It had been shot by a mob on another nearby Northern Territory Aboriginal homeland out in the harsh, remote plains south-west of Darwin.
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They brought it to us as a gesture.

As it came in, one of the boys here, Jules Nganbe – his ”language” name Nimit – hoisted it on his shoulders in a hunter’s stance, even though he was nowhere near the animal when it was shot. Then the eldest of the Dumoo extended family, Jules Dumoo, or Kingirinh, quickly cut off the tail and threw it on the fire.

His brother Willy Dumoo, or Dirrinin, strung the rest of the animal up on an old clothes line, gutted it, skinned it then started chopping meat out for stew. Bones and meat in the billy with spuds and onions and water and salt.

There’s plenty of bush tucker around here on the Dumoo traditional land at Perrederr in the west of the territory, out of Wadeye; red lilies, snakes, roos, the wurlil or pumpkin-sized ”cheeky yams” that grow underground.

The flood plains nearby host wild horses, buffalo, crocs, pigs and incredible birds.

Then there is the rock art, all but unseen by ”white fellas”.

We walk through gums and pandanas up a steep hill and along a sheer ridge to find sequences of ancient dots and an extraordinary series of hand prints in caves under the ridge.

The Dumoos wanted to show us their traditional land, their homeland, and the culture that lives within it. Perrederr is only accessible in the dry season, the 30-year-old outstation buildings are derelict and there is no power and limited water, but however humble it is theirs. And it was their ancestors’ long, long ago.

The family live most of the time three hours away in Wadeye, the troubled territory indigenous shanty town that is now home to 2500 people and expected to grow exponentially in the next decade.

Wadeye is notorious for gang violence; Lenny Dumoo, Jules Dumoo’s nephew, is in jail in Darwin for killing a member of a rival clan last year, which he claimed was self-defence.

For his uncle, getting out to Perrederr on what he calls a ”bush holiday” is a route towards greater spiritual meaning, especially for the young men of his mob.

”We want to keep our culture going,” he says. ”As long as people respect us and respect what we want.”

In Wadeye, he says, he and many others from other places in the western territory can only ever be ”guests”.

The NT government recently introduced a new homelands policy that gives $200 million over 10 years – with a large portion of federal government money – to some homelands to rebuild and maintain facilities. About 10,000 people live on 500 NT homelands but the vast majority are like the Dumoos: traditional owners who have limited access to what they own and little knowledge of funding and how to get it.

The NT’s Minister for Aboriginal Advancement, Alison Anderson, said: ”Some homelands are not places of permanent residence, they are places of respite or cultural ceremony only. So people may spend time there, but not make it their place of permanent residence.

”The new policy makes it easier for people to do that by ensuring that funding for municipal and essential services is based on actual inhabited homes.”

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Shanghai Night Net.

杭州桑拿 04/12/2018

POLL: Shop gives cash for containers

MICK Strichow was sick of pollution.
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BRING THEM IN: Bar Beach General Store owner Mick Strichow is willing to pay customers 5¢ for every plastic container brought to him for recycling. Picture: Phil Hearne

He was also dissatisfied with the state’s recycling program, believing it provided no incentive for people to recycle bottles.

Environmentalists have been agitating for NSW to join South Australia and the Northern Territory in a 10¢ per bottle refund, but changes are yet to be made.

Mr Strichow’s solution was to start his own Cash for Containers initiative at the Bar Beach General Store that he owns.

It is designed to encourage people to clean up public places, and Mr Strichow will give 5¢ in the form of a discount on sales for every plastic container collected and taken to the store.

Before-and-after photographs of cleaned-up areas are also enough to redeem the discount.

The store will collect and dispose of the containers so residents won’t have to worry about overflowing recycling bins.

Mr Strichow has already shown his commitment to recycling. He stopped selling Coca-Cola in his store after the company fought against recycling programs in the Northern Territory. And he walks the city with a group that cleans parks and beaches – but he still felt more needed to be done.

An avid surfer, Mr Strichow is passionate about the health of the ocean. So every piece of garbage not flushed out to sea is a victory.

He launched his Cash for Containers idea on the store’s Facebook page on Wednesday, and has had positive support.

“Newcastle City Council isn’t doing enough and neither are the state or federal governments,” he said.

“I see people smoke and then throw their butts on the ground out the front of my shop and it makes me feel sick. They end up in the ocean and take a hundred years to break down.

“It’s 2013 and people still don’t think about how their actions affect other people and animals.”

杭州桑拿 04/12/2018

GALLERY: Football legends in town

Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney poses with the English Premier League trophy on a double decker bus during the soccer team’s English Premier League victory parade outside Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, northern England May 13, 2013. MANCHESTER UNITED’S BRYAN ROBSON (LEFT) AND PAUL INCE (RIGHT) F.A. CUP SEMI-FINAL 1994 AFTER ROBSON SCORED AGAINST OLDHAM ATHLETIC
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Manchester United captain Denis Irwin, fresh from a long flight from England to Australia, ponders over a question during a news conference in Melbourne July 14, 1999.

Manchester United captain Denis Irwin (L) and his Australian Socceroo counterpart Alex Tobin (R) pose with the Challenge Cup at a news conference in Melbourne July 14, 1999

Manchester United’s Denis Irwin (L) jumps against Leeds United’s Mark Viduka in their FA Premiership game at Elland Road in Leeds, March 3, 2001. Leeds United and Manchester United drew 1-1.

Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson lifts the Premier League trophy following the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on May 12, 2013 in Manchester,

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson (C) lifts the English Premier League trophy at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, northern England May 12, 2013.

Socceroos V Manchester United at the MCG. Manchesters Denis Irwin and Mark Bosnich

20 May 1990: Bryan Robson of Manchester United and Manager Alex Ferguson celebrate after their victory in the FA Cup Final against Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium in London, England. Manchester United won the match 1-0 after extra time.

ONE of the greatest trophies in world sport will visit Newcastle on Monday, along with its own security team and two former football greats.

The official English Premier League trophy will be carried into Newcastle City Hall by a delegation from football super club Manchester United, which will play in Sydney next week.

Newcastle lord mayor Jeff McCloy will meet with Manchester United ambassadors Denis Irwin and former team captain Bryan Robson.

Robson joined Manchester United in 1981 and went on to become the famous club’s longest-serving captain. He captained the team to three FA Cups and a European Cup.

Irwin is still regarded by the club’s former manager Sir Alex Ferguson as one of the club’s greatest ever players. The Irish-born Irwin played fullback for Manchester United in an 18-year career that ended in 2004.

Cr McCloy will host a civic reception at 1pm on Monday before the cup and club ambassadors travel to Broadmeadow for a football coaching clinic.

Manchester United will play a friendly match against a team of all-stars from the Australian A-League on July 20 before what is expected to be a sold-out crowd at Sydney’s Telstra Stadium.

Former Weston junior and Newcastle Breakers star Nigel Boogaard and Jets defender Connor Chapman will turn out for the A-League squad.

Star striker Wayne Rooney was yesterday ruled out of the Manchester United line-up with a hamstring injury.

杭州桑拿 04/12/2018

Signing Williams is United’s No.1 priority

Canberra United goalkeeper Lydia Williams. Photo: Gary SchaferCanberra United chief executive Heather Reid says the retention of Matildas goalkeeper Lydia Williams is the club’s No.1 priority while the search for a new coach intensifies.
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Williams missed all of last season because of a knee reconstruction, but has returned to full fitness with Swedish club Pitea IF and the national team, where she played in the second half of Australia’s 2-0 upset of France last weekend.

Reid returned this week from a working trip in Europe where she met with Williams and Canberra United defender Nicole Sykes, who is also in Sweden with Kristiantads DFF.

While Sykes has committed to hold down the left-side of United’s defence for the upcoming W-League campaign, Williams is weighing up her options as rival clubs attempt to pry the 25-year-old Tuggeranong junior away from her home town.

”Along with maintaining the bulk of last season’s squad, our recruitment will always start with the No.1 position, and as far as I’m concerned that’s Lydia Williams as our goalkeeper,” Reid said. ”She’s vitally important.

”As a foundation player, as the national goalkeeper, as a local person and as someone in that game against France, she’s extremely capable. The fact she’s been our co-captain for a couple seasons and a strong leader in our team, she’s someone we’d like to try and retain.” Both Sykes and Williams would most likely miss the opening couple of games for United as it clashes with the end of the Swedish season.

Another pressing issue is the appointment of a coach to replace championship winner Jitka Klimkova, who has taken over the New Zealand under-17 women’s national team.

Reid has four candidates – three from Australia and one from overseas – in contention for the role, with an announcement expected within the next fortnight once it is ratified by the Capital Football board.

With the start of the new season fast approaching at the end of October, Reid said it was important a decision was made soon.

”It’s important to confirm to the players who the coach is going to be so we can retain as much of last year’s squad as possible,” Reid said.

”We also want to continue discussions with players from overseas, so we can pick up our recruitment for two or three overseas players in the next month.”

Meanwhile in the men’s Canberra National Premier League, Belconnen United will look to stay in touch with the top two when it takes on surprise packet Woden Valley on Sunday.

Ladder leader Canberra FC and Canberra Olympic will be favourites in their respective away games with Monaro Panthers and Cooma Tigers, while cellar dweller Tuggeranong United and Canberra City square off in Saturday’s only fixture.

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Shanghai Night Net.