NSW kidnapping accused released on bail

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Two men allegedly involved in an abduction ring that helped mothers kidnap their children, with plans to smuggle them overseas, have been released on bail from a Brisbane court.

Patrick O’Dea, 63, and William Russell Massingham Pridgeon, a 64-year-old Grafton doctor who founded the n Anti-Paedophile Party, are among those charged for their alleged role in a network that evaded detection for a decade.

The men were extradited from NSW on Friday to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court over accusations they helped parents abduct and disguise their children, sometimes for years.

Federal police allege Pridgeon was the main financial backer and planner behind efforts to help two mothers abduct their children, contrary to family law orders.

He is disputing two counts of conspiracy to defeat justice and dealing in the proceeds of crime to the value $100,000, along with two counts of child stealing and unlawful stalking.

Pridgeon, who has ties to South Africa and New Zealand, was slumped in the dock with his eyes closed for much of the hearing.

He owns a yacht in Perth that police believe was going to be used to smuggle kidnapped children from Western to Tasmania and then on to New Zealand.

But his lawyer Andrew Owens told the court intentions for the vessel remain unclear.

“He is 64, he is wanting to retire shortly and that was going to be a venture for him,” Mr Owens said.

O’Dea, a permanent resident who migrated from South Africa 12 years ago, is accused of being a co-organiser, and allegedly attempted to portray the fathers of the children as child abusers online.

He is contesting two counts of child stealing, unlawful stalking, two counts of conspiracy to defeat justice, using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence, and publishing an account of proceedings.

The network relied on the help of supporters to provide food, money, accommodation and transport during the abductions, and used an internal cash economy and encrypted messaging apps.

Both men have been released on bail and are due to next appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on December 7.

On Thursday, police said they had charged three men and a woman over the ring which helped parents abduct their own children across in contravention of family law orders.

Arthur Ernest Doublebay, 83, of Rasmussen, appeared in Townsville Local Court on Thursday, where he was granted bail.

Doubleday was charged with two counts with dealing in the proceeds of crime and one of aiding and abetting the publication of an account of proceedings.

He will reappear the same court on December 20 for a committal hearing.

A 78-year-old Perth woman has been served with a court attendance notice for December.

On Thursday, detectives said the two-year investigation – dubbed Operation Noetic – was still ongoing and there could be more arrests to come.

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Port Community Contribution Fund recipients announced

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LIGHTING UP PORT-SIDE: GrainCorp will receive funding to upgrade the projectors it uses to light up its silos. Picture: Marina NeilFive projects on Newcastle’s foreshore will receivea total of $1.35 millionfrom theHunter andCentral Coast Development Corporation’s 2018 Port Community Contribution Fund, including two projects that will illuminate the harbour.

Scot MacDonald MLC, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, announced the successful applicants for the funding on Friday, October 19.

“I am pleased to announce that a good mixture of community activation and port-side infrastructure works make up this year’s successful projects,” Mr MacDonald said.

GrainCorp will receive $332,000 to go towards“state-of-the-art”lightingto projectimages and videos on its Carrington silos in high-definition.

The company said the projectors will be the “the same technology used fortheSydney Vivid Light Festival”, allowingthe projectionsto bevisible from across the harbour.

BEAUTIFICATION: An artist’s impression of what Cottage Creek could look like after beautification works. Picture: Supplied

Another successful project, put forward by the University of Newcastle, will also use digital projection to illuminate Brake Block Park, agreen-space located at 101 Honeysuckle Drive.

A project led by Hunter Water to explore the beautification of the Cottage Creek storm water channel received $450,000, the largest single grant inthe funding round.

“Pending environmental investigations, community engagement, design and approvals, the project could see new vegetation, open areas and promenades introduced along the storm water channel, stretching from the rail line to Honeysuckle Drive,” Mr MacDonald said.

A minibus for theSeafarer Volunteer Service, andthe Council’s Camp Shortland precinct activation works, will also benefit from the fund.

The Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund supplies annual grants, totallingmore than $1 million,to support community infrastructure around the Port of Newcastle to improve amenity and community access.

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City relaxed as Victory up derby ante

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Victory coach Kevin Muscat (left) and City coach Warren Joyce can’t wait until the Melbourne derby.The A-League’s master of understatement, Melbourne City coach Warren Joyce, calls it just another game.

But the reality is Saturday night’s Melbourne derby is so much more for both his club and the league.

After Friday night’s season opener in Adelaide, where United welcome premiers Sydney FC, Marvel Stadium will host the colour and the noise of the A-League’s biggest drawcard – a cross-town showdown.

Around 40,000 are expected, and should the number be reached it would signal a return to health for the maligned competition after lacklustre term last season.

Keisuke Honda, the league’s biggest new name since Alessandro Del Piero wore sky blue, will debut for Melbourne Victory, which can show off its A-League championship won last May.

And perhaps that’s why Joyce was keeping a lid on things on Friday.

“I don’t look at it as a party. It’s just a game we both want to win,” he said.

“It’s not a party, it’s a game of football. Two competitive teams and two competitive managers that both want to win.

“Who ever you (would be) playing tomorrow night, you’d want to win the game,” he said, nonplussed.

Muscat has two major injury doubts – newly arrived Swedish striker Ola Toivonen and captain Carl Valeri – but took the opposite approach to his opposite number, building up expectation.

“Tomorrow is a huge occasion,” he said.

“Our members and fans once again will be there to support us in huge numbers.

“We look forward to it as it’s been a long time since we’ve seen them. It will be a fierce contest.

No stranger to the raucous derby atmosphere, Muscat said settling into the environment would be crucial.

“In previous derbies, and I don’t think tomorrow will be any different, it’s been really hot in there and particularly in midfield,” he said.

“Composure on the ball is key.

“Once the game settles down the team that has the most composure with the ball will create ascendancy.”

While Victory have attracted the biggest stars, City have opted for lower key internationals such as Ritchie de Laet and Florin Berenguer.

Joyce said names – of both Victory’s side and his own – were unimportant.

“Everybody’s got two arms and two legs and that’s how we treat everyone we’re playing against,” he said.

“They’ve got a lot of stars. They had a lot of stars last year.

“Every team in the league has got good players.

“You’ve got to give them respect but no respect – the respect they deserve.

“What matters is what happens on the grass.”

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NSW government hands over $5.4 million grant to deliver Birubi beach tourism interchange

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BIRUBI Point will host a tourism interchange after the state government pledged $5.4 million towards the project on Friday.

The Gan Gan Road site at Anna Bay is a “game-changer” for the town, Port Stephens mayor Ryan Palmer said.

“Birubi Point Aboriginal Place is the best piece of coastline in , and this funding will ensure we can enjoy and protect it for many years to come,” Mayor Palmer said.“Over the years, the number of visitors to this beautiful place has grown exponentially — causing traffic chaos and putting increasing pressure on the environment and Aboriginal heritage and cultural values of the area.”

“This tourism interchange will be carefully designed to alleviate these issues. It will become the gateway for visitors to enjoy the Worimi Conservation Lands however they choose — four-wheel drive, quad bike, horse or camel ride, surfing, fishing, or just a stroll on the beach.

Port Stephens Council community services co-ordintor Steve Bernasconi said the announcement followed years of groundwork behind the scenes.

“This funding announcement is the culmination of sevenyears of hard work by the community and Port Stephens Council,” Mr Bernasconi said.

“Many people have been involved in coming up with a solution that will create a unique visitor experience and improve the lives of locals, while respecting the value and significance of this incredible place,” he said.

“I couldn’t be more proud of what we’ve been able to achieve here so far, and for what’s yet to come.”

The proposed design includes 50 car spaces, 10 coach parks and a drop-off zone that can accommodate two coaches.

The interchange includes more than 1300 square metres of covered space, public toilets and a kiosk.

Duty MLC Catherine Cusack said the $5.4 million from the government would come from the Growing Local Economies fund.

“This fund is specifically designed to invest the crucial projects which are needed to support job creation and economic growth across regional New South Wales,” Ms Cusack said.

Jaimie Abbott, a Port Stephens councillor and Liberal candidate, said 15 per cent growth in visitor numbers over the past two years had ramped up the pressure to deliver the project.

“Stockton Beach and the Worimi Conservation Lands is internationally recognised for its incredible Mars-like landscape and is a popular destination for outdoor recreation and tourism like 4×4 driving, fishing and surfing. Even tours by vehicle, horse or camel,” Cr Abbott said.

“The massive growth in visitor numbers is fantastic for our local businesses. However, the recent increase in vehicle traffic across sensitive Aboriginal lands has led to ecological damage and stress for local residents with unregulated visitor traffic congestion in James Patterson Street, Anna Bay.

“85 percent of people accessing the area, some 220,000 every year, are doing so by off-road vehicle access from the Birubi Point Aboriginal Place entrance. The Interchange will create a well-designed, integrated information centre and gateway to Stockton Beach for sand dune tours and recreational users,”

“We need jobs for our youth in Port Stephens. Investment that helps grow employment opportunities for locals through supporting our small businesses to grow is extremely welcome in our community,”

The plans have been designed by CHROFI and McGregor Coxall.

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Troy Vanderlight pleads guilty to breaching serious crime prevention order – first of its kind in NSW

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SEARCH: Police photograph Troy Vanderlight’s Finks vest during raids earlier this year. SOURDOUGH toast with beetroot and feta, a flat white, two months in jail and the state’s first ever conviction for breaching a Serious Crime Prevention Order.

Former high-ranking Finks bikie Troy Vanderlight only ordered the first two when he sat down for a light lunch with the president of the Gladiators Port Stephens chapter at the Heritage Gardens cafe at Ashtonfield in August.

But when Strike Force Raptor investigators got a tip-off, it turned out that the time in jail and the conviction for contravening the order, imposed by the NSW Supreme Court in April in an unprecedented attempt toput a stop to the Hunter’s violent bikie “civil war”, were also on the menu.

Vanderlight was one of five Finks, as well as five Nomads, hit with the strict 12-month orders, which banned them from associating with any member of any bikie gang.

And ironically, Vanderlight was meeting with the Gladiatorto discuss howhe could attend a funeral without breaching the orders.

“He was breaching the orders to see how he could avoid breaching the orders,”Magistrate John Chicken said on Friday.

Vanderlight, 27, who police allege was the Newcastle president of the Finks outlaw motorcycle gang, and who twice had his house shot up during the tit-for-tat attacks earlier this year, had pleaded not guilty to contravening the serious crime prevention order and two other charges after his arrest outside the Ashtonfield cafe on August 17.Hewas due to face a hearing in Maitland Local Court on Friday, butpleaded guilty to contravening the order – the first of its kind in NSW – after prosecutor Benjamin Bickford agreed to withdraw the other two charges.

Mr Chicken said there was nothing to suggest the lunch meeting on August 17 was for a“nefarious purpose” and noted the conflict earlier this year had not involved the Gladiators.

Mr Chicken also said adiscrepancy in the NSW Supreme Court orders meant he could not be satisfied that Vanderlight was the Newcastle president of the Finks. That fact reduced the objective seriousness of the offence and he ordered Vanderlight serve an 18-month community corrections order, the new equivalent of agood behaviour bond, that Mr Chicken said would test Vanderlight’s claims that he was no longer a member of the Finks.

Vanderlight remains in jail, refused bail on charges of affray and participating in a criminal group relating to an alleged brawl with a member of the Newcastle Nomads in a car park of Charlestown Square in January this year.

And, despite serving his time for breaching the Serious Crime PreventionOrder, Vanderlight might be destined to live under even more stringent conditions,with the matter listed again in the NSW Supreme Court next Thursday to vary the conditions against him.

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A-League: Moss plays for keeps as Jets take off

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GREAT SHAPE: Jets keeper Glen Moss has worked hard in the preason and is feeling as strong as any time in his career. Picture: Jonathan CarrollGLEN Moss has achieved just about everything in football.

The veteran gloveman hasplayedmore than200 A-League games, has 29 caps for New Zealand and hasbeen to a World Cup.

But there is one glaring hole in his resume –a championship.

The 35-year-old went close to ticking the box last season, withthe Jets falling1-0 to Victory in the grand final.

They begin a new campaign against Wellington Phoenix at Westpac Stadiumon Sunday and the hunger remains as strong as ever.

“We won’t be satisfied with anything less than a win,” Moss said on Friday before departing for New Zealand. “I’mat that stage of my career where it is all about winning. When I started out it was about getting game time, getting minutes. Then I wanted to be the No.1. Next was the Kiwi squad. Now it is just about winning. Win every game, get to a final, win that.For me it is aboutwinning a grand final. I haven’t won one yet. I feel I am in the best shape to do that and the squad is in the best shape to do that.”

Eight players that started in the 1-0 loss to Victory inMay will start against Phoenix. Brazilian Jair comes in for Riley McGree, Lachy Jackson has replaced Johnny Koutroumbis, who was this week diagnosed with phyroid cancer, and Matthew Ridenton is in for Ben Kantarovski (hamstring).

The attacking front-foot football remains.

“We didn’t win last year so we still have the hunger to go a step further,” Moss said. “The guys we have brought in are going to fill any holes created by the guys who have left. Matthew Ridenton, Jair .. these guys have come in and lit the place up.”

The Jets face aPhoenix siderebuilding after a disastrous 2017-18 season. Mark Rudan has taken over as coach. Mitch Nicols, Nathan Burns, David Williams and former Premier League defender Steve Taylor head the list of arrivals.

“I learnt long ago not to underestimate anybody, especially in the A-League,” Moss said.

Despite the influx of attackers, Phoenix will take a cautious approach with three at the back and two wingbacks, and look to hit on the counter.

“They can definitely hurt us in transition,” Moss said. “But that is something we have been working on in the pre-season because we know our style. We like to go forward in numbers quickly. When we do lose the ball, wehave to recover and win the ball back quickly.”

Moss is an example of how quicklythings can change. Although he started in the grand final, he was No.2 for much of lastcampaign. However, the departure of Jack Duncan to Saudi Arabia opened the door.

“I put my head down and worked hard and would like to think I have earned the No.1 spot,” he said. “People keep saying that goalkeepersdon’t peak until the later stages of their career. I kept thinking when is that coming. Fingers crossed, we are on the money. The longeryou go on you are a bit more proactive than reactive. I’m feeling great. Ifeel like a kid on Christmas eve.”

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Aloisi expects Roar to be entertainers

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Brisbane coach John Aloisi hopes for more razzle dazzle from his Roar outfit this season.Fit, focused and ready to entertain, John Aloisi is talking big when it comes to Brisbane’s upcoming A-League campaign.

The ex-Socceroo believes the additions of Adam Taggart and Stefan Mauk alongside existing talent such as Henrique and Eric Bautheac has given him a license to make the Roar an attacking force.

Add in Danish international Tobias Mikkelsen and Spanish midfielder Alex Lopez and Aloisi is promising his team will be one of the most eye-pleasing in the competition.

“The way we’re going to play our football will be exciting to watch and I’m sure they’ll be happy when they see us on Sunday,” Aloisi told reporters on Friday.

“What everyone’s going to be excited about is our front four … I know it takes a while for chemistry to build but our players have been here from very early on.

“You can really see the last two or three weeks the understanding’s really grown and they’re enjoying playing with each other.”

The Roar begin their campaign at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday against Central Coast.

The Mariners will be led by former Roar coach Mike Mulvey and, while the attention in Gosford has largely been focused with on-trial ex-sprinter Usain Bolt, it’s another Mariners recruit that has Aloisi concerned.

“We’ve got to make sure that we stop their crosses because they’ve got players like Tommy Oar who will cross the ball,” Aloisi said about the ex-Roar winger.

“We know him very well because he was here with us.

“I’m pretty sure that people recognise he’s a top player and we just have to make sure we’re ready for him.”

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ODIs or Shield for under-fire Shaun Marsh?

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Of the many conundrums confronting national selectors, what to do with Shaun Marsh looms as perhaps the most challenging.

Marsh has reclaimed his title as the whipping boy of n cricket, producing scores of seven, zero, three and four during the Test series in the UAE.

It has led to calls for the 35-year-old to be axed for the final time in a stop-start international career, which appeared to be over prior to last year’s Ashes call-up.

The silent minority point to Marsh’s previous summer in , when he struck career-best form, a man-of-the-match century that delivered a 2-0 series lead, and more Ashes runs than any batsman bar Steve Smith.

Whether the left-hander can recreate that form in the four-Test series against India that starts on December 6 is the question Trevor Hohns’ panel will wrestle with.

Test vice-captain Josh Hazlewood has backed Marsh to return to his best, suggesting the veteran’s experience will be required this summer.

“It’s a shame he didn’t get going on this tour but I think he’ll definitely get a chance in ,” Hazlewood told AAP.

The cramped schedule adds a degree of complexity to the conversation between Hohns and coach Justin Langer, who lobbied for Marsh’s Test call-up while coaching Western last year.

Marsh is the form batsman in ‘s ODI side, having peeled off two centuries during a 5-0 series loss in England this year.

But playing the ODI series against South Africa next month will come at the cost of valuable red-ball practice with WA’s Sheffield Shield team.

“They’re going to have to weigh that up with a lot of different players and make some decisions,” Hazlewood said.

“You always want to play for but sometimes it might be a case where a batter has to play some Shield games, put some runs on the board and prepare the best they can for a big Test series.”

Skipper Tim Paine said Marsh would be disappointed with his performance in the UAE.

“He would like to score more runs, like the rest of us,” Paine said after ‘s crushing defeat in Abu Dhabi.

“But we get to go home now. I think there’s four rounds of Shield cricket for all of us to go back to and hopefully score a lot of runs to put our name up for the next Test.

“Clearly it’d be a pretty exciting time to be a batsman around Shield cricket at the moment if you’re scoring hundreds, there’s no doubt about that.

“There’s opportunity for everyone and the batting group that are here are also a part of that.”

Matthew Renshaw, overlooked throughout the Test series in the UAE, headlines the list of contenders to take Marsh’s spot in the XI.

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Legally Blonde: The Musical Jr returns to Lake stage

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SQUAD GOALS: Members of a high school cheer squad, who also go to university together, in Legally Blonde: The Musical Jr.THE characters inLegally Blonde: The Musical Jr are mainly young people who have just finished high school and are enrolled in a law school at a prominent university.

While that might seem to be an unusual staging choice for a cast involving actors as young as 10, it has been very popular with junior performers who have been in two Newcastle productions – and audience members of all ages have found it to be a lot of fun.

Pantseat Performing Arts staged the show in 2017, and Bling Productions is rehearsing it with a 28-member cast aged 10 to 18 for shows at Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre on November 7 and 8.

One of the Bling cast, Maia Diaz, 17, was also in the Pantseat show, and enjoyed it so much that she auditioned for the new production. She is playing a very different role this time, as Vivienne, a law student who is chosen by Professor Callahan, the most feared teacher at the law school, to be hisassistant. Initially supporting the professor, she becomes a friend of Elle Woods, who has managed to get herself into the law school to try to persuade her former high school boyfriend, Warner, who has just started the law course, to come back to her.

Maia says Viviennesees herself as better than everyone else. But she warms to Elle.

The full-length Legally Blonde, a stage musical adaptation of a 2001 film comedy of the same name, has been a hit with audiences since it premiered on Broadway in 2007. And the young actors in the Bling production, directed by Jody Hooker, are certainly enjoying it. The unsmiling Professor Callahan is played by Javaan Amato, a very short 10-year-old. He laughingly says: “It’s really my character. He’s very evil. But, seriously, portraying him is fun and very exciting.”

The show’s Elle, Katie Collins, 18, finds her very bubbly. “She’s not a dumb blonde – and she’s not mean. She tries not to hurt other people’s feelings, and always has a positive outlook.” And Kartya Bailey, 18, sees her character – Paulette, a hairdresser – as providing comic relief. “She’s very down-to-earth in the way she talks to Elle and other people.”

Legally Blonde: The Musical JR, which runs for 75 minutes, plus an interval, retains most of the songs from the full-length show, many of which, such as Bend and Snap, which amusingly has a woman showing others how to do exercises that will attract male attention, have been hits.

The show can be seen at Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre, Lake Street, Warners Bay, at 6.30pm on Wednesday, November 7, and Thursday, November 8. Tickets: $25; student, pensioner $20; child, 12 and under, $15. trybooking成都夜总会招聘/XREY

MOONEY DOES MALCOMEDIAN Lawrence Mooney has been having fun with Malcolm Turnbull since last year’s Melbourne Festival – not that Turnbull would appreciate it – so it’s appropriate, given the former prime minister’s departure from politics, that he is on a regional tour with his show,Lawrence Mooney: An Evening with Malcolm, that will be staged at Wyong’s The Art House on Friday, November 2, at 8pm, and Newcastle City Hall on Saturday, November 3, at 8pm. All tickets are $44.90, with Newcastle bookings available through the Civic Theatre box office.

The 80-minute, interval-free performance, has Turnbull trying to get his own TV tonight show off the ground, and he has a high-profile political guest at each show. Mooney got the idea for the show when he became fascinated by Turnbull’s appearances onQ&Ain 2014. He admits that he actually likes Turnbull and was surprised when he approached him after seeing his performance one night.

STAR PSYCHICNew York’s John Edward, who has won popularity as a television personality, author and allegedpsychicmedium, has also included Newcastle in his latest n tour, with a two-hour show at the Civic on Tuesday, October 30, at 7pm. Ticket prices range from $73.55 to $135, with the highest-paying audience members getting VIP treatment. Over the past 25 years he has actually managed to predict future events and, in his down-to-earth shows and best-selling books, has shown an ability to communicate with those who have passed to the other side.

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Toivonen under injury cloud for A-L derby

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Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat won’t rule him out but star striker Ola Toivonen faces a battle to make his A-League debut in Saturday night’s derby after missing training on Friday.

The giant Swede is one several in doubt for the showpiece match, including club captain Carl Valeri.

There’s no doubt over Keisuke Honda, a confirmed starter at Marvel Stadium where 40,000 people are expected to welcome the champions back into action.

Georg Neidermeier and Corey Brown are also certain to debut, as is returning defender Nick Ansell.

Muscat said Valeri was “in a good place” even though the 34-year-old didn’t play in two recent friendlies.

Ever the optimist, Muscat was putting a positive spin on Valeri’s fitness issue, pointing to new-found depth following a strong summer of recruitment.

“He’s missed a couple of weeks through a little bit of a knock,” he said.

“We’ve got quite a few players that can play in that role.

“Keisuke has played the majority of his football in midfield, Raul (Baena), Leigh Broxham.”

Toivonen, 32, started behind the eight-ball as the last arrival into Victory’s camp and looks likely to start on the bench, if at all.

“Today was the first session he missed. We’ll wait and see in the morning,” Muscat said.

“He obviously wants to play.

“The exciting part of all this is possibly six or seven new faces in the 11.”

Should Toivonen miss, Kenjok Athiu could play in his first derby.

“And what a great opportunity for Kenny,” Muscat said. “He’s been working tirelessly. So there’s positives.”

Victory’s final selection issue is at right-back, where returning Socceroo Thomas Deng will be considered against Storm Roux.

“We were immensely proud of him. It’s a wonderful story isn’t it,” Muscat said of Deng.

“His family coming across to as refugees and getting the opportunity to represent your country was enormous … we certainly made a fuss when he got back.

“Whilst Tommy has been away and done remarkably well for himself Storm has been here working … there’s merits in both of them.”

Opponents Melbourne City aren’t without their selection issues, with eight youth internationals away, Osama Malik (calf), Michael O’Halloran (hamstring) injured and Curtis Good unfit.

“It’s great for the club and the kids but more difficult in training,” coach Warren Joyce said of his missing youngsters.

“It makes selection problems easy,” he laughed.

Ritchie De Laet and Florin Berenguer should start for their A-League debuts.

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