TOPICS: The dodge squad stands ready for some hardball

TOUGH ENOUGH: Tim Leishman of Belmont, league founders Caitlin Nash of Merewether and Isaac McIntyre of The Hill, and Annalisa Ceccato of Adamstown prepare for round two of the Newcastle Dodgeball League at Howzat gym yesterday. Picture: Dean Osland

TOUGH ENOUGH: Tim Leishman of Belmont, league founders Caitlin Nash of Merewether and Isaac McIntyre of The Hill, and Annalisa Ceccato of Adamstown prepare for round two of the Newcastle Dodgeball League at Howzat gym yesterday. Picture: Dean Osland

MOVE over ultimate frisbee, there’s a new novelty sport in town.

Tonight the Newcastle Dodgeball League will kick off round two of its inaugural season at the Howzat gym in Cooks Hill.

And while it may not attract the big crowds or the lucrative sponsorship deals, in the cut-throat world of amateur dodgeball they play for keeps.

If we’re honest most, OK – all of our knowledge of dodgeball comes from the 2004 Ben Stiller film of the same name, so we were quite pleased when we found out the league’s founders Isaac McIntyre and Caitlin Nash were also fans.

They decided to start the league after being impressed by a similar set-up in Melbourne, but already some Purple Cobra uniforms are popping up, and McIntyre said a few of the dodgeballers had been quick to take on the White Goodman persona.

The Newcastle dodgeballers haven’t been training with wrenches as yet, but McIntyre was confident they’d be able to handle it.

‘‘I’d like to hope so, mostly because I wouldn’t want to get hit by one,’’ McIntyre said.

‘‘We’ll probably start heading down to Hunter Street to have a dodge in the traffic soon.’’

For more information on the league go to the Newcastle Dodgeball League Facebook page.

 INSEPARABLE: Milton ‘‘Mr Maitland’’ Morris with his beloved devon.

INSEPARABLE: Milton ‘‘Mr Maitland’’ Morris with his beloved devon.

IF Topics had a dollar for every theory on how to live a long and healthy life we’d have, you know, quite a few dollars.

But if Hunter legend Milton Morris is anything to go by, the secret is simple – hard work, and a lot of devon sandwiches.

Well known for his tireless work ethic, the man who served as the state member for Maitland for 24years celebrated his 90th birthday yesterday in typical style – by going into the office at the Hunter Valley Training Company where he still works.

Topics got an insight into what fuels that irrepressible drive when the man nicknamed Mr Maitland told us about one of his great loves: devon and tomato sauce sandwiches.

‘‘From the time I first had a devon sandwich as a Wickham school student, I’ve been wedded to them ever since,’’ he said.

‘‘I used to eat them on the train into parliament [and] even as a 90-year-old you can do no better than a devon sandwich.

‘‘I never took them into that place [the chamber], I thought that would have been a bit far.’’

He said he celebrated his birthday by spending time with family and friends, and then ‘‘starting plans for the next 10 years’’.

STATE member for Charleston, Andrew Cornwell, was at the Adamstown RSL sub-branch yesterday to give a small but valuable gift.

The club’s old PA system has apparently been on the way out for quite a few years, and developed a habit of dropping out at fairly inopportune times – on Anzac Day during the Last Post, for example.

The sub-branch has 120members, 85per cent of whom are World War II veterans, so having a loud service is, you know, kind of important.

With Anzac Day looming, we hear they’re pretty chuffed at the gift.