Usain Bolt 'nervous' ahead of his first A-League pre-season match

Usain Bolt says he'll definitely be nervous when he makes his first appearance for A-League club Central Coast Mariners in a pre-season practice match on Friday night.

The Olympic track great has been training on the left wing since beginning his trial with the club last week and says he hopes to play about 15-20 minutes against a Central Coast amateur selection in Gosford.

Mariners officials are predicting a crowd of about 12,000.

While Bolt has performed in front of far bigger crowds and on much grander stages, he expects to feel some butterflies.

"There definitely will be nerves, it's not like it's a charity game anymore," he said.

"I expect to make mistakes but I also expect to go out there, make myself proud and to push myself.

"I know I'm not going to have a perfect game."

Bolt did a full session today as opposed to half ones last week and at times it appeared to take a toll on the 32-year-old Jamaican superstar.

He was on his haunches and sitting on a cooler box at stages during the session, which was watched by NSW Origin rugby league coach Brad Fittler.

"I think the thing he's struggling with more than anything else right now is getting used to the football fitness," Mariners coach Mike Mulvey said.

Bolt said there hadn't been a lot of improvement in that since last week but he felt there had been some.

"For me, it's the stop and go's, the tick-tacks. Because I'm not used to picking up speed, going back down, up and down, up and down, back and forth, that's the most challenging.

"The season doesn't start until the end of October so I have time."

When asked if he was far from being at the required level for Friday's hit-out, Bolt said: "I wouldn't say far, it's just time.

"I don't know how my body is going to feel. I know when I'm on the field, I'm always going to push myself."

Asked if Bolt's skill levels were up to A-League standard, Mulvey said he was "doing OK".

"He's got rudimentary skills, there's no problem about that. It's about being able to do it at the speed that we do it."

The Olympic champion is in Australia to trial with the A-League's Central Coast Mariners.

Needle found in Sydney apple amid strawberry contamination crisis - report

A mother has reportedly found a needle inside an apple she bought from a Woolworths supermarket in Sydney's northwest.

The Seven Network today reported the needle was found in a six-pack of Pink Lady apples purchased from a supermarket at The Ponds.

The Kellyville Ridge mother reportedly found the needle when peeling an apple for her daughters this morning.

"I just thought wow this can't possibly be happening," she told the Seven Network.

"Not in apples. I'd seen the news about the strawberries and I'd been vigilant about cutting those up for the girls but to see this in an apple ..."

A Woolworths spokesman told AAP "we're aware of the customer report and understand police are investigating".

"The details have been referred to the authorities leading the response to this matter and we'll consult with them on next steps," he said in a statement.

New South Wales Police say they are investigating and have called a press conference to discuss the matter.

Needles have been found in strawberries across Australia with New Zealand announcing this week it would pull the Australian-grown fruit from its supermarket shelves.

A health warning to throw out or cut up strawberries remains in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania and South Australia.

Cripps Pink apples just in from harvest at an apple orchard
Apples (file picture). Source:


Most read: Man told wife she was too weak to survive biblical rapture in plot to get her life insurance, court hears

This story was first published on Monday September 17.


A Queensland man accused of assisting his wife take her own life as he was the beneficiary of her $1.4 million life insurance told her she was too weak to survive the biblical rapture, a court has heard.

Jennifer Morant died on the Gold Coast in 2014 after her husband Graham Robert Morant, 69, allegedly repeatedly told her her suicide would not be a sin in God's eyes because of the financial windfall to his pastor aspirations.

Morant wanted to buy a property in the Gold Coast hinterland with the life insurance money to start a religious commune, Jennifer Morant's sister Lynette Lucas has told a jury.

"He had explained to her that he was going to have a communal environment, with bunkers and extended out-buildings so that when the raptures came, they would have a place of safety," Ms Lucas has testified in Brisbane Supreme Court.

"He was quite adamant he was going ahead with it ... (he said) she'd be doing something good for the church and helping him.

"He did reinforce they (the raptures) were very imminent. They were coming soon and Jenny would not be able to cope with this disaster and it would be better if she weren't around to experience it."

Jennifer was "horrified" by the plans and wanted no part of them, Ms Lucas said.

Morant pleaded not guilty today to aiding in the suicide of Jennifer and counselling her to do so.

He claimed he found a suicide note after coming home one night in November 2014.

The note explained Jennifer didn't want to be a burden on anyone, especially her husband, and it would not be fair on him to care for her "24 hours a day".

"Please believe it is my choice to do this and and there is no one to blame," the note read, said crown prosecutor Michael Lehane.

Morant told police Jennifer suffered "a lot of back pain" and took pain relief medication. But she was "fearful for her life", Ms Lucas said.

"(I told her) your life's in danger with these (life insurance) policies," she said.

Police found Jennifer, 56, dead in her car with a petrol generator.

Prosecutors allege Morant helped his wife buy the generator and assisted putting it in the boot of her car.

Morant said she tried to kill herself at least twice previously, the prosecution says.

Asked by police if he helped in her suicide, Morant said he didn't and she knew how to take her own life because she watched a lot of the US television show Crime Scene Investigation.

Jennifer was in "intense daily pain", defence barrister Dean Wells said.

"I suggest to you Graham is more innocent than anybody you will hear giving evidence against him," Mr Wells said.

"Truth is stranger than fiction. There are ... more subplots in this particular case than you will ever see in any courtroom drama on television."

The trial continues.

Australian strawberry crisis: Sewing needles have now been found in strawberries in all six Australian states

A health warning remains in place to throw out or cut up strawberries across most of Australia after sewing needles were found in the fruit in all six states.

New Zealand has pulled the Australian strawberries from its supermarket shelves, as police investigate after metal needles were found in punnets of fruit across the country.

Sewing needles and pins have been deliberately placed inside strawberries across the ditch. Source: 1 NEWS

Nervous farmers fear a multimillion-dollar sabotage, with Queensland Strawberry Growers Association vice president Adrian Schultz blaming "commercial terrorism" for bringing the industry to its knees.

"I'm angry for all the associated people, it's the farmers, the people who supply them, the packaging people, the truckies with families to support, who suddenly lose their jobs ... it's far-reaching," he said.

A farmer in Queensland says he will install a metal detector to check his produce while others are destroying their crops, rather than pick them, to save money, The Courier-Mail reports.

Two contaminated punnets of Mal's Black Label strawberries have been found in separate towns outside Adelaide, with the latest in Morphett Vale.

The Mal's Black Label strawberries were grown in Western Australia, where a man yesterday reported to the York Police Station in regional WA that he'd found a needle in a punnet of strawberries.

The warning to throw out or cut up strawberries remains in Queensland, NSW, Victoria and South Australia.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has ordered Food Standards Australia New Zealand to investigate whether there are supply chain weaknesses or systemic changes needed.

Coles supermarkets have pulled all strawberries from their shelves, except Western Australia, as a precaution.

Aldi supermarkets are returning non-contaminated strawberry brands to their shelves.

Berry Obsession, Berry Licious and Donnybrook Berries have recalled their strawberries nationwide.

Foodstuffs and Countdown, which are owned by Woolworths and control nearly the entire New Zealand grocery market, yesterday announced they had stopped sending out Australian strawberries to their stores.

The halt comes after needles were found in different brands in Australia. Source: 1 NEWS