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Coach gives pass mark

Getting there: Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor still holds high hopes of his side playing finals football this year. Picture: Anna WarrSix out of 10.
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That’s the score Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor has given his side at the half way point of the season.

“We started really well and the last month we’ve been strong but that period in the middle was no good enough,” he said.

“We want to be more consistent.

“The opportunity is still there top make an impression.

“That’s the beauty of how tight this competition is–you have a few wins and it puts you in a good position.

“But we have to consolidate that position by continuing to win games.”

For the last five years“youth”and“development”havebeen used asexcuses for lacklustre seasons.

However with players like James Tedesco, Mitchell Moses and Luke Brooks no longer considered rookies, that age is no longer a defense for failure.

While Taylor said the side was still developing, he didn’t believe that was an excuse for not playing finals football.

“We are definitely still developing but there’s no reason we can’t make the eight because we are still developing,” he said.

“There’s not too many teams at this point of the year who have given up on making the eight.”

In a year that’s beenmore up and down than an elevator, Taylor said there had been plenty of positives.

One of thosewas acquisition Jordan Rankin.

The former Gold Coast Titans prodigy started the season on the wing and filled in at fullback while Tedesco was sidelined for a few weeks.

Taylor said the 24-year-old had been unlucky to find himself out of the NRL side in the last few weeks,

“It’s been a tough decision to leave him out of the side but with Teddy coming back and Josh Addo Carr playing well, it was a decision I had to make,” he said.

“But the way he came to the club and the way he has applied himself has been superb.

“He is an example of what we are trying to achieve here in terms of professionalism.”

Another impressive recruit has been 20-year-old Josh Aloiai.

After making the shift from the Parramatta Eels in the off-season, the back rowerfound his way onto thebench after a few games.

His impressive form eventually saw him force his way into the starting side.

Taylor said his performances showed why thesoftly spoken New Zealander commanded respect on the field.

“He’s one of the nicest guys you will ever meet but you wouldn’t want to be standing in front of him when he’s running at you,” Taylor said.

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Coach gives pass mark

Getting there: Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor still holds high hopes of his side playing finals football this year. Picture: Anna WarrSix out of 10.
Nanjing Night Net

That’s the score Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor has given his side at the half way point of the season.

“We started really well and the last month we’ve been strong but that period in the middle was no good enough,” he said.

“We want to be more consistent.

“The opportunity is still there top make an impression.

“That’s the beauty of how tight this competition is–you have a few wins and it puts you in a good position.

“But we have to consolidate that position by continuing to win games.”

For the last five years“youth”and“development”havebeen used asexcuses for lacklustre seasons.

However with players like James Tedesco, Mitchell Moses and Luke Brooks no longer considered rookies, that age is no longer a defense for failure.

While Taylor said the side was still developing, he didn’t believe that was an excuse for not playing finals football.

“We are definitely still developing but there’s no reason we can’t make the eight because we are still developing,” he said.

“There’s not too many teams at this point of the year who have given up on making the eight.”

In a year that’s beenmore up and down than an elevator, Taylor said there had been plenty of positives.

One of thosewas acquisition Jordan Rankin.

The former Gold Coast Titans prodigy started the season on the wing and filled in at fullback while Tedesco was sidelined for a few weeks.

Taylor said the 24-year-old had been unlucky to find himself out of the NRL side in the last few weeks,

“It’s been a tough decision to leave him out of the side but with Teddy coming back and Josh Addo Carr playing well, it was a decision I had to make,” he said.

“But the way he came to the club and the way he has applied himself has been superb.

“He is an example of what we are trying to achieve here in terms of professionalism.”

Another impressive recruit has been 20-year-old Josh Aloiai.

After making the shift from the Parramatta Eels in the off-season, the back rowerfound his way onto thebench after a few games.

His impressive form eventually saw him force his way into the starting side.

Taylor said his performances showed why thesoftly spoken New Zealander commanded respect on the field.

“He’s one of the nicest guys you will ever meet but you wouldn’t want to be standing in front of him when he’s running at you,” Taylor said.

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Shake your booty and dance all day

Let’s Dance: Salsa dancers getting in the rhythm. Picture:Dallas Kilponen. Imagine being transported to Cuba and dancing the salsa. Now imagine being in a shopping mall.
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The two don’t quite seem to fit. But somehow, the folks at Coco Cubano Restaurant at Charlestown Square have made it happen.

Anyone can join in a bit of salsa dancing at the restaurant on Sunday… even if you have two left feet.

And thankfully, Latin Dance Newcastle’s Martin Gomez will be on hand to give a few pointers.

Martin has a passion for salsa.“The rhythms are infectious. You can really melt into the music,” he said.

The different instruments used to create salsa music become fused tocreate“a great vibe and energy”.

“It really connects people, brings people together,” he said.

“That’s whether you’re dancing, watching or listening to the music.”

Salsa was music for all moods, “whether you’re energetic, down or already feeling happy”.

“The melodies are harmonious and enjoyable,” he said.

Salsa emerged in New York in the 1970s in communities that immigrated from Cuba and Puerto Rico.

“New York already had the jazz influence and salsa literally became a melting pot of different origins,” he said.

The dance was influenced by Latin styles such as rumba, mambo, cha-cha, bomba and merengue.

The Charlestown restaurant reflected “the mystery of Cuba” –its hedonistic 1920s heyday as a tropical playground for the rich and famous to the 1950s revolution when it was “locked in time”.

Coco Cubano Restaurant Charlestown co-owner Louise Slavin said the Cuban-themed eaterywas a colourful, fun place and ideal for Latin dancing.

“Anyone can come and join in. You don’t have to know how to dance.It’s more social than anything,’’ she said.

The dancing, which is free, will be held on Sunday at 3pm. So get your dancing shoes on – arriba arriba.

Let’s DanceWhile we’re on the dancing theme, a David Bowie show will be held at Wests New Lambton on Saturday night.

The show, Ziggy – The Songs of David Bowie, aims to keep hislegacy alive.

Songs on the playlist include Heroes, Space Oddity, Life on Mars, Young Americans, Starman, Fame,Ashes to Ashes, Under Pressure,Ziggy Stardust and, of course,Let’s Dance.

David Bowie as one of his alter egos, Ziggy Stardust.

Here’s some quotes from the dazzling pop star: Tomorrow belongs to those who can hear it coming;Talking about art is like dancing about architecture;I’m always amazed that people take what I say seriously,I don’t even take what I am seriously;I can ask for cigarettes in every language;I re-invented my image so many times that I’m in denial that I was originally an overweight Korean woman;I’m afraid of Americans;There’s a terror in knowing what the world is about;I’ve come to the realisationthat I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing half the time;Fame itself… doesn’t really afford you anything more than a good seat in a restaurant.

Open SecretThe Herald reported recently about a University of Newcastle rooftop mural that depicts a retro-style backyard swimming pool.The work, painted by former student Lucas Grogan, was apparently an “artistic nod to the hidden pools of Newcastle”.

As such, its location was being kept secret.Well, word has been getting around… so Topics reckons it’s time for this secret to be revealed.A spy told us it was on top of the Watt Space Gallery at Northumberland House in Auckland Street in Newcastle.

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