Garth Brennan 2019 Gold Coast Titans

Garth Brennan slams “dumb” Titans after loss to Sharks

Gold Coast Titans coach Garth Brennan has delivered a scathing assessment of the side’s performance against the Sharks, describing them as “dumb” and mentally soft”.

A clearly frustrated Brennan didn’t hold back as the side slumped to its third straight loss and its seventh in nine rounds.

The Titans led 18-10 at half time after Tyrone Peachey scored in the 37th minute.

But the Sharks quickly squared things up in the second half thanks to a double from Aaron Gray.

Tyrone Peachey then gave away a penalty in the 75th minute, gifting the Sharks two points to put them in front.

Sharks captain Paul Gallen cemented the win when he crossed in the 80th minute.

To rub salt salt in the wound for the Titans, Gallen converted his own try in what was his final ever game at Suncorp.

Brennan was seething after full-time, lamenting the side’s poor options and soft penalties.

“Dumb” is how Brennan summed it up.

“There’s guys kicking the ball on play four, penalties, discipline was poor,” Brennan said.

“This one hurts. That second half was poor. We’ve got to be smarter. We’re just dumb.”

Brennan didn’t hide his frustration at the post-match media conference.

“We’re mentally soft, we’re not a soft football team. We look for quick fixes instead of getting in the grind.

“Players have got to take accountability, there’s some talent in that football team but some players aren’t dishing up what they’re capable of doing.”

Brennan has refused to write the season off but says a top eight finish is not on their minds.

“Semi-finals are not even in the equation at the moment for us we’re just focusing on our week-to-week performance.

“I know it’s an old cliche but for us it is, we’ve got to dust ourselves off and hopefully we can take some lessons out of that second half. And we better.”

One highlight for Brennan was the debut of Jess Arthars who played 20 minutes after coming off the bench.

“He showed some class didn’t he.

“It’s a great story Jesse’s story, he’s made a lot of sacrifices in his life, he had a tough 12 months, he walked away from a deal with South Sydney just to be home with his dad and his brothers after losing his mum last year.

“You’ve got some rollercoasters as a coach and at the moment there’s some downs for me but that’s certainly a high when you can give a young kid who has worked really hard and made lots of sacrifices the opportunity to fulfil his dream.

“I thought he was really good there tonight.”

MY DOG® beef & liver food recalled due to potential presence of plastic

A pet food brand has issued a recall of dog food, due to concerns there may be plastic in the product.

MY DOG® is recalling their ‘Beef & Liver 100g 12x Pack’, due to plastic contamination fears.

Only a specific batch could be affected – which can be identified by the batch code 84901WOD51, or best before date: 06 DEC 2020.

Mars Petcare Australia, the owner of the MY DOG® brand, released a statement saying the health and wellbeing of Australian pets is their number one priority.

“While we have not received any reports of injury or illness associated with the affected product, we believed it is the right thing to do to recall it,” the statement reads.

If consumers believe they have one of the affected products, they can either discard the food or return it to the retailer for a full refund or exchange.

Steps are being taken to ensure that all affected products are taken off distributor shelves.

No other varieties or batches are believed to be affected, including the individual trays of that flavour, and the 6x packs.

“We understand that this recall may be concerning for pet owners, however no other MY DOG® varieties or batches are affected by the recall, and owners will still be able to find unaffected product on shelf,” the statement reads.

For more information, 1800 640 111 (toll free) in Australia or visit https://www.mydog.com.au/

PHOTO | Supplied by Mars Petcare Australia

Ambulance QLD

Man fighting for life after LIME scooter crash

A man is fighting for life in hospital this morning, after falling from a LIME electric scooter in South Brisbane overnight.

It’s believed the man – in his 50s – hit his head during the fall and went into cardiac arrest.

Multiple ambulance crews were called to the scene at the South Bank Parklands shortly after midnight.

They were luckily able to revive the man at the scene so that he had a pulse, before transporting him in a critical condition to the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Critical Care Paramedic Matthew Meister says they’re still trying to piece together exactly what caused the crash.

“We believe he was riding along a concrete area, and there was some steps, so we thought he might of had a fall from those steps.

“But at this stage it’s still too early to tell exactly what’s occurred.

“We believe he’s had a fall off his scooter, and landed on the ground and suffered a head injury,” Mr Meister said.

Police officers were also called to the scene around 12.30am.

They confirmed this morning that the man was riding a LIME scooter.

Investigations are now underway, with a LIME spokesperson saying the company will help as much as possible.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of this incident in Brisbane, and our thoughts are with the man and his family.

“We have reached out to local authorities to support however possible and stand ready to assist in any investigation,” the spokesperson said.

Queensland Police

Police still hunting for stolen car involved in multiple Gold Coast offences

Police are still hunting for a stolen car, that’s been involved in multiple offences on the Gold Coast in the past month.

A dark grey Subaru Impreza with Queensland registration 487 WCM was taken from an address on Eden View Drive in Reedy Creek on April 8.

The car has since been involved in a number of offences, including impersonation a police officer on the Gold Coast, and registration plate theft.

Two plates were stolen: 263 YBR from a Worongary address and 959 WTW from a Yatala address.

The car was allegedly involved in impersonating a police officer on the M1 southbound near Elysium Drive at Carrara on April 16.

The driver of the car was allegedly wearing a Queensland Police Service baseball cap and driving alongside other drivers and telling them to pull over.

It’s believed no drivers complied.

Since April 25, the car has been involved in at least six different dangerous driving offences on the Gold Coast.

It was most recently seen yesterday in the Mudgeeraba area with damage to the rear bumper, bearing the stolen 959 WTW Queensland plates.

Anyone who sees the car is being urged to immediately contact police, and not to approach it.

PHOTO | Supplied by QPS

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

Major tourism coup as direct flights from Gold Coast to South Korea launch

Gold Coasters will now be able to fly direct to Seoul, in South Korea, after Jetstar announced its new service this morning.

The partnership with JeJu Air directly links the two countries, and unlocks exciting benefits for the Gold Coast.

Jetstar Group CEO Gareth Evans says it will become the only low coast carrier to fly direct to Seoul from Australia.

“We’ve seen how well it works from an international point of view with our flights to Japan.

“So it’s a destination in it’s own right, a hugely attractive one, also a place where people can connect over, to go either through to the rest of Australia or from the rest of Australia out of the Gold Coast,” Mr Evans said.

The flights will commence in December, and operate three times a week (to start).

More than 50,000 South Koreans are expected to visit annually, injecting more than $170 million into the Gold Coast economy.

South Korea is believed to be a huge market for the Gold Coast, with the latest tourism data revealing South Korean visitors increased by over 50 percent on the Gold Coast and New South Wales north coast.

Tourism Minister Kate Jones says it’s a major coup for the Gold Coast.

“This new partnership with Jetstar, we know, will deliverer thousands more visitors to the Gold Coast.

“We expect that when these flights go live in December, with three flights a week, that up to $176 million will be injected into the local Gold Coast economy,” Minister Jones said.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate is ecstatic for future possibilities, now that the link has been created.

“Apart from additional tourists and 50,000 seats coming through, this opens a market for South Korea.

“One, that our vision will be to harness South Koreans to call the gold coast their second home.

“It’s the way of getting them here and having multiple visits.

“The second one, is that international students from South Korea – you watch this space – that number is going to accelerate,” Mayor Tate said.