NRL Football

Origin star bailed after being charged with ‘aggravated sexual assault’

UPDATE @ December 14, 6.15 AM | ST GEORGE forward and State of Origin star Jack De Belin has been released on conditional bail after being charged with sexual assault following an alleged incident south of Sydney.

The 27-year-old voluntarily attended Wollongong Police Station for questioning about 3.40pm on Thursday afternoon and was charged with one count of aggravated sexual assault in company.

The charges relate to an incident involving a 19-year-old woman at a unit in Wollongong on Sunday.

He’s been granted conditional bail to appear in Wollongong Local Court on Tuesday 12 February 2019.

St George released a statement on Thursday night, saying they were “taking the matter very seriously”.

“The St George Illawarra Dragons have today been advised that forward Jack de Belin has been charged with sexual assault following an alleged incident in Wollongong,” the statement reads.

“The club is taking the matter very seriously and have been working with Jack and all relevant authorities, including the police and the NRL Integrity Unit, since this time.

“Jack has been provided with welfare support to enable him the time and opportunity to deal with the matter.

“As this is a police matter to be considered by the court, the club is not in a position to make any further comment at this time.”

FIRST at December 13, 5.50 PM |  ST GEORGE forward and State of Origin star Jack De Belin is the latest NRL player to be charged with sexual assault following an alleged incident south of Sydney.

The 27-year-old voluntarily attended Wollongong Police Station for questioning on Thursday afternoon and has since been charged with one count of aggravated sexual assault in company.

The charges relate to an incident involving a 19-year-old woman at a house in Wollongong on Sunday.

According to 9NEWS, the young woman “told police she got into a Pedi Cab with De Belin and another lower grade player under the impression they were going to another nightspot”.

The woman claims, however, that the two players said they needed to go to an apartment to get changed.

While at the apartment, about 1.30am, the woman allegedly went upstairs to use the bathroom and told police she came back down to find the two men naked.

It’s understood that’s when the players are alleged to have aggravatingly sexually assaulted her.

De Belin has reportedly denied any kind of assault and professed his innocence to club officials.

He is expected to be released on strict conditional bail ahead of his court appearance, a date for which has not yet been set.

Investigations into the allegations and involvement of the second player are continuing.

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Aussie Cricketers to feel the heat in Adelaide

The first test of the Australian summer starts today, with scorching temperatures expected for the match in Adelaide.

It’s expected to get to 39C today when the Aussies and Indians commence hostilities.

The hot weather is expected to drain whatever life is left in the Adelaide wicket making the coin toss between Virat Kohli and Tim Paine all that more important.

The Australians are confident their fast bowling battery of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazelwood will be enough for the first 5-day match of the summer.

They’ve left out Vice Captain Mitch Marsh and recalled Victorian batsman Peter Handscombe.

He’ll be joined by his State teammate Marcus Harris who’s in line to make his debut.

Adding to the heat on the field is the drama surrounding Australia’s best batsman Usman Khawaja.

His brother was arrested this week after allegedly framing another man with a “terrorist notebook.”

Coach Justin Langer is confident Khawaja will be able to focus on the match.

“He’s got the right temperament, he’s obviously hurting,” he told Adelaide radio station 5AA.

“If anything happens to your family it hurts.

“One of our key values is to get around each other and we’ll make sure we do that.”

Titans confirm Oxenford Leagues Club development

The Gold Coast Titans have today confirmed plans to build a multi million-dollar leagues club on the northern Gold Coast.

In a statement on Tuesday, club owners the Kelly and Frizelle families revealed architectural plans for the ‘Titans, Oxenford Community Club’ have been produced for approval.

They said the 2,500 square metre facility, which is proposed to be built on an “easily accessible” parcel of council owned land in Oxenford, formed a large part of their proposal when purchasing the rugby league club in 2017.

“As part of that proposal and central to the future of sustainability of the club was the establishment of an external business model, with the creation of the Titans, Oxenford Community Club” Co-owner Darryl Kelly said.

“The club’s owners are committed to building a community centre which provides a significant boost to the local area whilst also creating a host of exciting new opportunities and a place locals and visitors to the region can be proud of.”

It’s understood the club will be operated as a separate, not for profit entity and will see more than 80 local jobs created.

“The ‘Titans, Oxenford Community Club’ will be operated as a not for profit entity, with a team of four Directors appointed to provide the best level of operational governance, it will share just one common Director with the Titans Rugby league Pty Ltd company, however operate using a joint mission statement,” Mr Kelly said.

“It will provide a platform for the Gold Coast Titans to continue, enhance and expand the reach of the club’s community programs, while also providing some financial relief to the football operations.”

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate says he’s behind the Titans plans to build the club in the “growth corridor”.

“I love the proposed location up in the northern part of the Gold Coast,” he said.

“What’s good about this is we know that the Titans will have longevity for years to come because the cash flow will be there.

“It’s a business model and people can join as a member, so that’s why I’m interested to take it to Councillors and explain that this is a great thing for our team.”

If approved by council, the ‘Titans, Oxenford Community Club’ is expected to be up and running by 2021.

Golf Ball Hole

Gold Coast to host lucrative Celebrity Pro-Am golf tournament

High profile sporting personalities, celebrities and professional golfers will descend on the Gold Coast next year for the highly anticipated GC Celebrity Pro-Am golf tournament.

PGA of Australia announced the exciting news on Tuesday, revealing the event will be played at Lakelands Golf Club from 4-5 April 2019.

The two-day tournament will be hosted by Australian golfing legend Wayne Grady and will see professional golfers compete against celebs including Kerri-Anne Kennerley, Matt Rogers, Robbie McEwen, Hayley Bateup and Chris Walker for a whopping AU$150,000 in prize money.

“I am really excited about the GC Celebrity Pro-Am and its future on the Gold Coast,” Grady said.

He also revealed that all money raised from the event will go towards Gold Coast charity foundation Ashton’s Place, which supports local family’s through providing funds for early intervention services for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

“My ultimate goal is to build the 36 hole pro-am into a 72 hole tournament on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia. We are also excited the pro-am will have a large charity benefit for the Gold Coast community,” Grady said.

The announcement comes following another successful Australian PGA Championship tournament, which wrapped up at the Gold Coast’s RACV Royal Pines on Sunday.

Queensland golfer Cameron Smith defeated fellow Aussie Marc Leishman to win the event for the second consecutive year.

Cameron Smith

Smith defends Australian PGA Championship title at Royal Pines

Queensland golfer Cameron Smith has taken out the Australian PGA championship for the second consecutive year.

The 25-year-old defeated fellow Aussie Marc Leishman in a stunning Sunday shoot out at the Gold Coast’s RACV Royal Pines Resort.

Smith came from behind to win by two shots, finishing with a 16-under par total of 272.

The victory meant Smith became the first player since Robert Allenby in 2001 to win back-to-back Australian PGA Championship titles and also landed him inside the top 30 in the world.

But that’s not enough for the young gun, who’s now itching for the next challenge.

“I would love to get into the top 20 by the end of next year, it’s definitely the next goal,” Smith told PGA Australia.

“That’s the next big step for myself, to get myself in there and get myself in a lot of situations where I can win golf tournaments.”

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate congratulated Smith on his back-to-back victory and confirmed the City is interested in extending its contract with the PGA beyond 2020.

“The combination of the RACV Royal Pines, PGA Australia and City of Gold Coast is an unbelievable combination – a winning combination,” Mayor Tate said.

“The players love it, the people have voted with their feet – as far as I can see we’ll keep on playing here.”