getimageRYAN Tandy’s former coach Jamie Feeney paid tribute to the uncompromising front-rower on Monday.

Feeney coached Tandy at the Central Coast Storm, before the Melbourne Storm called him up to play in the National Rugby League.

He said he was “shocked and saddened’’ to hear of Tandy’s death.

“He was a leader of our team,’’ Feeney recalled. “He was a little bit old school, that tough front-rower who wouldn’t take a backward step for anybody.’’

Tandy, 32, played his junior football with the Kincumber Colts, before moving on to play for St Edwards.

Kincumber club president Dennis Wagner was shocked by Tandy’s death.

“I spoke to him a couple of months ago and thought things were looking up for him,’’ Wagner said.

Police believe the most likely cause of Tandy’s death was an overdose of prescription drugs.

While Tandy was a known drug user, sources have claimed only prescription drugs were found near his body when he was discovered by his mother shortly before 2pm at her Saratoga home.

Police are not treating the death as suspicious and is seen as a tragic end to a stormy life.

Tandy was never able to regain control of his life after he was banned from the NRL for match fixing in 2012.

Last year he was arrested for driving an unregistered car and possession of drugs.

In January he faced court charged with kidnapping a man over an alleged unpaid drug debt.

It was alleged Tandy was acting on orders from a bikie gang, for which he worked as a debt collector and standover man.

A police media spokesman issued a holding statement last night: “About 2pm today police from Brisbane Water Local Area Command were called to a home at Saratoga after reports a man had died. His death was not being treated as suspicious and a report will be prepared for the coroner.’’

Tandy was thrust into the headlines when he was accused of fixing a game involving Canterbury and North Queensland in August 2010. He was arrested in February 2011 and despite pleading not guilty, Tandy was found guilty of match fixing and banned for life from the NRL in 2012.

Evidence during his trial revealed that of the bets placed on the game’s firstscoring option with the TAB, 95 per cent were on the unusual, but more lucrative, choice of a penalty goal.

Minutes into the game Tandy failed to get off a ballrunner and was penalised.

Tom Rogic ignoring Socceroos hype as Australia camp prepares for Brazil in Gosford – World Cup 2014

Where you lucky enough to catch a glimpse of our Socceroo Heroes training in our own backyard?

Of all the young faces in the Socceroos squad, no-one is surrounded by more hype than Tom Rogic, but the playmaker insists he does not feel the weight of expectation.

The 21-year-old former Central Coast Mariners player was back where it all began on Sunday, training in Gosford with the 15 other Socceroos already in camp.

Tim Cahill, Matthew Spiranovic, Matthew Leckie and Ben Halloran will join the group on Monday with the rest of the 30-man preliminary World Cup squad arriving during the week.

With nine international appearances, Rogic is the most capped of the young brigade in the squad.

Since his Socceroos debut in 2012 he has been considered a star in the making with coach Ange Postecoglou declaring him a “leading light” as he attempts to rebuild the side.

Now he is on the brink of getting to showcase his exciting, dynamic style on the greatest stage of all in Brazil.

But Rogic says he is not taking any notice of what the public expect of him.

“All the outside influence, I can’t control it,” he said on Sunday.

“You guys can say what you want and have your fun but I just keep focusing on myself.

“I set goals and targets within myself and I know where I want to be, what my targets are and as long as I’m on track then I’m happy.

“I keep my targets to myself, that’s it.”

Playing at a World Cup is no doubt one of those targets.

Postecoglou has played Rogic in both of his games at the helm so far against Coast Rica in November and Ecuador in March.

But with seven players still facing the axe with the final 23 to be named on June 2, Rogic says he is not getting complacent.

“You look at Ange’s past couple of teams he has a big emphasis on youth,” he said.

“At the same time it’s only if they are doing the job and performing well.


Beyonce’s Angel – Chelsea James Dies Overnight


A Newcastle girl who captured hearts after she joined Beyonce onstage, has died overnight.

Chelsea James, who suffered from a rare form of cancer since she was four, became an online sensation after being serenaded at a concert in 2009.

Chelsea had been given a grim diagnosis a few weeks ago, and was taken to John Hunter Children’s Hospital on Monday afternoon, after asking to spend Sunday night in a hotel with her mum.

She died surrounded by her family.

Fridges Go Swimming – Must Be A Fisher Paykel…

This story sounds a little fishy to me…

Customs is investigating after a shipping container full of fridges washed ashore at Shelly Beach on the Central Coast overnight.

Huge swell and waves from a low pressure system managed to break open the container, allowing the new Fisher & Paykel fridges to float to shore.

Beachgoers made the discovery this morning.

Initial investigations suggest the container was one of five lost from a ship near Sydney.

The fridges were taken away shortly after lunch.

Wyong set for largest capital spend ever…

Wyong Council has outlined a $340 million budget in its draft strategic plan.

The plan is currently up for exhibition and outlines a total of $100 million in capital spending and $240 million for community services.

Wyong mayor Doug Eaton says it is a record breaking haul.

“100 million in our capital budget, 340 in our total budget, this is our largest capital spend ever,” he said.

“Most of that 100-million will go into roads, around 30-million for our roads.”

Other major sources of spending will be around $10 million for an art house, up to $7 million for the Lakehaven cinemas and around $2 million for the Norah Head boat ramp.

Councillor Eaton says the money has come from a number of sources including the additional rate rise approved by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal.

Luck for you if you are living in the Wyong Local Council..

Kyal and Kara: ‘Our reserve was too high’

The favourites to win The Block, Kyal and Kara Demmrich, have taken a swipe at the reserve set on their apartment before their unexpected defeat in the show’s finale.

The NSW Central Coast “Super Ks” were given the highest reserve of any apartment – $1.9 million – after a stellar series that saw them win more challenges and room reveals than any other couple.

With their mega budget and winning streak, Kyal and Kara were tipped as the hot favourites to take out the finale, but finished third behind Steve and Chantelle and Alisa and Lysandra.

“We got our reserves and we thought they were pretty high,” Kyal said after the final auction.

“But there was quite a big gap between them so we originally thought they might have been a bit tighter.”

The Super Ks’ initial reserve was reduced to $1,872,750, only below Steve and Chantelle’s ($1.759 million), after the deduction of $27,250 as a result of their competition win with Dale and Brad in the final week.

“They did go in a reasonable order to what we thought, ours being the highest, Steve and Chantelle’s second, third boys and fourth the girls,” Kyal said.

“But there was quite a big gap between them so we originally thought they might have been a bit tighter.”

Steve and Chantelle: Dreams can come true and this is the proof

Central Coast Mariners flight to Perth for A-League clash with Glory makes emergency landing.

A smoke warning alarm has sparked an air emergency in Adelaide. Authorities say the jet had been travelling from Sydney to Perth with 266 people on board, including the Mariners who face a vital clash in their bid to lock down second place on the A-League ladder. when it turned back. Breaking: Our team’s flight from Sydney to Perth has had to land in Adelaide due to smoke in the cabin.

Kariong Juvenile Correction Centre under review

The New South Wales Government has announced a review of the Kariong Juvenile Correction Centre on the Central Coast.

A proposal is due to be submitted to the Attorney-General by the end of April.

Mr Smith says the facility is half empty and he would like to see a more effective use of resources. He says staff and unions will be consulted and kept fully informed.