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Caroline Wilson unleashes on Channel Seven’s ‘boys club’ AFL coverage

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Channel Seven has sparked an online uproar over its AFL coverage after a commentator made a ‘pathetic’ joke about his wife’s pregnancy live on air.

Former AFL premiership star’s Xavier Ellis’ comments about his heavily pregnant wife Emily during Saturday night’s elimination final initially went unnoticed without controversy. 

But they infuriated well-known journalist Caroline Wilson who unleashed an angry tirade at the network, describing the moment as ‘rubbish’ and a ‘boys club’.

Ellis has been inundated with support from fans after he apologised late Monday. 

The controversial moment between commentators in the studio and at the ground occurred between quarters during Collingwood Magpies’ thrilling one point win against West Coast Eagles in Perth on Saturday night.

Xavier Ellis (pictured right on Saturday night) has come under fire for making an on-air joke about his heavily pregnant wife Emily

Xavier Ellis (pictured right on Saturday night) has come under fire for making an on-air joke about his heavily pregnant wife Emily

Xavier Ellis (pictured right on Saturday night) has come under fire for making an on-air joke about his heavily pregnant wife Emily

‘Isn’t your much, much, much better half expecting?’ Channel Seven presenter James Brayshaw asked Ellis.

Ellis replied: ‘Yes, at the end of the month. I’ve scheduled that in for Derby Day, so I’ll be watching the races while she gets to work.’

Wilson aimed fire at the network at in her segment Caro’s Arrow on Channel Nine’s Footy Classified on Monday night.

‘Some things just aren’t picked up on or analysed or covered the way they should be when most of the footy commentators are on the other side of the country,’ Wilson said.

‘But how is it in a network where Daisy Pearce has become one of the best special commentators in the country, and the face of footy news is Jacqui Felgate, that we have to put up with rubbish like this?

‘Enough of the boys club, lads … it was pathetic.’

Caroline Wilson (pictured) has since labelled the moment as rubbish and pathetic

Caroline Wilson (pictured) has since labelled the moment as rubbish and pathetic

Caroline Wilson (pictured) has since labelled the moment as rubbish and pathetic

Wilson began the segment moments earlier praising the rival network for their coverage during a turbulent season disrupted by COVID-19.

‘Channel Seven and their footy coverage has been our friend all season. They haven’t been perfect, but then, who has? Certainly not me, and they’ve made the best of a bad situation,’ Wilson said on Footy Classified in her Caro’s Arrow segment. 

‘To be fair, most of the best and biggest moments were given their due.’

Wilson ended her 60-second rant with a firm warning to her fellow co-hosts.

‘And Matthew (Lloyd), I’ve got my eye on your show on a Sunday — and you too Kane (Cornes) — so you won’t be getting off lightly if you come up with that sort of stuff,’ she warned.

Wilson’s comments’ sparked a response from Ellis, who apologised for any offence while providing context to his controversial comments.

Xavier Ellis (pictured with wife Emily) has apologised for his comments on Saturday night

Xavier Ellis (pictured with wife Emily) has apologised for his comments on Saturday night

Xavier Ellis (pictured with wife Emily) has apologised for his comments on Saturday night 

He and his wife Emily are expecting their second child. 

‘I want to apologise if anyone found the comments I made on Saturday night offensive. Obviously it wasn’t my intention; maybe just a poor attempt at some poor humour,’ Ellis explained in a video posted on late Monday night.

‘Em’s (first) labour went for 24 hours last time, and while she slept, I did indeed watch the races to pass the time. And this year, her caesarean is scheduled for Derby Day.

‘So there’s the connection. Maybe it was just a poor attempt at some humour, and I do apologise if someone was offended, and I can guarantee that Emily isn’t.

‘We’re just both excited to welcome number two into the world.’

Ellis was flooded with messages of support from fans who insisted he didn’t have to apologise.

Former AFL star Xavier Ellis and his wife Emily (pictured) will soon welcome their second child

Former AFL star Xavier Ellis and his wife Emily (pictured) will soon welcome their second child

Former AFL star Xavier Ellis and his wife Emily (pictured) will soon welcome their second child

‘I’m really concerned for the world if a simple comment that is clearly a joke, which is also clearly in inside joke between you and your wife is deemed offensive by someone completely outside of the situation. Not sure how Caro is offended by this,’ one fan commented.

Another added: ‘But it’s your life…and your partners life…so pretty sure you’re allowed to joke about it if you’re both OK with it! Appreciate you trying to straighten it out mate but you have nothing to apologise for. We need more laughs in the world right now not less.’

Other dads shared their own sports watching moments while their partner was in labour. 

‘Don’t listen to her rubbish..I watched day 3 of the Boxing Day text in 09 while the wife had our son..no issues from her so play on,’ one commented.

Ellis played 120 AFL games, which included a premiership with the Hawthorn Hawks in 2008.

He announced his retirement in early 2016 due to injury after two season stint with the West Coast Eagles. 

Xavier Ellis was inundated with support after he responded to Wilson's comments

Xavier Ellis was inundated with support after he responded to Wilson's comments

Xavier Ellis was inundated with support after he responded to Wilson’s comments

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NRL grand final to be affected by huge rains and wild winds amid fears match could even be delayed

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Footy fans heading to the NRL grand final have been warned to bring wet weather gear with torrential rain and wild winds expected.

Sydney is set to cop another soaking on Sunday night with up to 30mm rain forecast for rugby league’s biggest night of the year.

Around 40,000 Penrith Panthers and Melbourne fans are making their way to ANZ Stadium for the blockbuster clash, which kicks off at 7.30pm.

The Bureau of Meteorology says a 90 per cent of rain is forecast for Sunday’s game at Sydney Olympic Park. 

Penrith Panthers supporter Caitlin gets ready to brave the elements at ANZ Stadium

Penrith Panthers supporter Caitlin gets ready to brave the elements at ANZ Stadium

Penrith Panthers supporter Caitlin gets ready to brave the elements at ANZ Stadium

‘Rain expected to be light and patchy at first, becoming more widespread and persistent in the afternoon and evening. Winds southerly 25 to 40 km/h,’ the forecast states. 

No thunder or lightning is forecast for Sydney, which almost threatened to delay the AFL grand final in Brisbane on Saturday night

There were talks of delaying the 7.30pm kick-off after a severe thunderstorm and hail warning was issued for the NSW far north coast but has since been given the all-clear.

Temperatures will reach a top of just 15C in Sydney, but strong winds will make it feel even cooler.

‘The showers will increase this evening and will continue overnight,’ forecaster Shuang Wang told Daily Mail Australia:

‘It will be wet and windy, so it will be cooler than the actual temperature.’

The wet forecast has led to the Panthers making a late change to their side, dropping Brent Naden. 

Some part of Australia's east coast including Sydney will cop a drenching on Sunday night. Areas in green will receive an estimated 7-10mm at 8pm

Some part of Australia's east coast including Sydney will cop a drenching on Sunday night. Areas in green will receive an estimated 7-10mm at 8pm

Some part of Australia’s east coast including Sydney will cop a drenching on Sunday night. Areas in green will receive an estimated 7-10mm at 8pm

Pictured are events staff preparing for the big game at a wet ANZ Stadium on Saturday

Pictured are events staff preparing for the big game at a wet ANZ Stadium on Saturday

Pictured are events staff preparing for the big game at a wet ANZ Stadium on Saturday

 ANZ Stadium also urged fans to come to the game prepared.

‘With showers forecast, fans should bring a poncho or protective jacket to the #NRLGF. Reminder, umbrellas are not permitted in the seating bowl’ it posted on social media. 

The worst of the rain will be closer to the coast with similar wet and windy conditions forecast for Monday with a top of 17C, Ms Wang added. 

The weather forecast comes as Sydney received up to 35mm in some areas in the 24 hours up to 9am Sunday.

It;s been a wet weekend in Sydney with more rain expected on Sunday night.  Pictured are Sydneysiders braving the conditions in the CBD on Saturday

It;s been a wet weekend in Sydney with more rain expected on Sunday night.  Pictured are Sydneysiders braving the conditions in the CBD on Saturday

It;s been a wet weekend in Sydney with more rain expected on Sunday night.  Pictured are Sydneysiders braving the conditions in the CBD on Saturday

It will wet and rainy grand final for Penrith Panthers fans at ANZ Stadium tonight, pictured at last week's preliminary final

It will wet and rainy grand final for Penrith Panthers fans at ANZ Stadium tonight, pictured at last week's preliminary final

It will wet and rainy grand final for Penrith Panthers fans at ANZ Stadium tonight, pictured at last week’s preliminary final

The wet weather could be a good omen for the Panthers, who played in similar conditions when they last won a NRL premiership in 2003 when they beat reigning champion Sydney Roosters.

The Panthers and Storm trained for wet weather conditions last week as part of their grand final preparation.

Penrith dunked balls into buckets of water, while Melbourne watered their playing surface on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, where they’ve spent the last four months.

Nathan Cleary hopes to steer the Penrith Panthers to a third premiership on Sunday night

Nathan Cleary hopes to steer the Penrith Panthers to a third premiership on Sunday night

Nathan Cleary hopes to steer the Penrith Panthers to a third premiership on Sunday night

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Woolworths shoppers are obsessing over a new toy – complete with a ‘mini supermarket’ cash register

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Australian parents are racing to Woolworths to get their hands on the ultimate Christmas toy for their kids.

The chain is now selling a ‘mini supermarket’ toy set that comes complete with 47 accessories, including a cash register, scanner, shopping bags and toy groceries.

Excited shoppers noticed the new product on shelves, with dozens saying they are planning to surprise their kids with the make-believe shopping game.

While some have spotted the product in stores for $40, the full price is $60.

Woolworths is now selling a 'mini supermarket' toy set that comes complete with 47 accessories, including a cash register, scanner, shopping bags and toy groceries

Woolworths is now selling a 'mini supermarket' toy set that comes complete with 47 accessories, including a cash register, scanner, shopping bags and toy groceries

Woolworths is now selling a ‘mini supermarket’ toy set that comes complete with 47 accessories, including a cash register, scanner, shopping bags and toy groceries

The chain is now selling a 'mini supermarket' toy set that comes complete with 47 accessories, including a cash register, scanner, shopping bags and toy groceries

The chain is now selling a 'mini supermarket' toy set that comes complete with 47 accessories, including a cash register, scanner, shopping bags and toy groceries

The chain is now selling a ‘mini supermarket’ toy set that comes complete with 47 accessories, including a cash register, scanner, shopping bags and toy groceries 

‘Children love to pretend shop and food play,’ one woman said.

‘It looks well worth [the money] to me,’ another said, a third added: ‘That’s going straight under the tree!’

The new product is 750mm high and 460mm wide, which is perfect for toddlers and children to play with.   

The new product is 750mm high and 460mm wide, which is perfect for toddlers and children to play with

The new product is 750mm high and 460mm wide, which is perfect for toddlers and children to play with

The new product is 750mm high and 460mm wide, which is perfect for toddlers and children to play with

A Woolworths spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia that the new product and is available at 900 store locations nationally

A Woolworths spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia that the new product and is available at 900 store locations nationally

A Woolworths spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia that the new product and is available at 900 store locations nationally

A Woolworths spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia that the new product is available at 900 store locations around the country.

‘With Christmas around the corner and parents starting to look for fun gifts that fosters creativity and imagination, we’ve introduced a mini Woolworths supermarket for all the fresh food kids in the making,’ a Woolworths spokesperson said.

‘They’re already proving to be a popular gift with customers and we expect them to be a big hit this Christmas.’

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Alleged family day care scam run by Sydney single mother

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A single mother is accused of directing a fake family daycare business that allegedly defrauded $500,000 from taxpayers out of a ‘mocked up’ shop next to a Coles supermarket. 

Suzy Zreika, 46, was among 13 people arrested by NSW Police across Sydney this week over an alleged fraud involving the company ABC Kid’s N Care.

Zreika is one of two western Sydney ‘carers’ accused of being ‘silent directors’ of the company, which prosecutors will allege defrauded the Federal Government of a half a million in childcare benefits from March to October this year.  

That includes $138,000 from the coronavirus stimulus package – designed to keep the sector afloat through the pandemic – as well as childcare subsidies. 

Family day care operator Suzy Zreika, pictured exclusively above, has been charged with 'conspiracy to defraud' for her alleged role as a silent director of ABC Kids N Care

Family day care operator Suzy Zreika, pictured exclusively above, has been charged with 'conspiracy to defraud' for her alleged role as a silent director of ABC Kids N Care

Family day care operator Suzy Zreika, pictured exclusively above, has been charged with ‘conspiracy to defraud’ for her alleged role as a silent director of ABC Kids N Care 

Some 13 people were arrested - including eight women - as part of the alleged scam on Wednesday, with Zreika (centre) charged with conspiracy to defraud

Some 13 people were arrested - including eight women - as part of the alleged scam on Wednesday, with Zreika (centre) charged with conspiracy to defraud

Some 13 people were arrested – including eight women – as part of the alleged scam on Wednesday, with Zreika (centre) charged with conspiracy to defraud

Another woman accused of playing a role in the scam is walked to a car by detectives as the investigation reached a critical point this week

Another woman accused of playing a role in the scam is walked to a car by detectives as the investigation reached a critical point this week

Another woman accused of playing a role in the scam is walked to a car by detectives as the investigation reached a critical point this week

Zreika put out a job ad for an 'energetic motivated person' with a diploma in early childhood a fortnight ago

Zreika put out a job ad for an 'energetic motivated person' with a diploma in early childhood a fortnight ago

Zreika put out a job ad for an ‘energetic motivated person’ with a diploma in early childhood a fortnight ago

Prior to her alleged ringleading of the scam, the Guildford woman advertised family day care services in the city’s south-west on Facebook’s Muslimoon Trading Post.

She recently posted a job ad for an ‘energetic, motivated person’ with an early childhood diploma to join her team in an unspecified supervisor position. 

Footage of police raids broadcast on A Current Affair last night showed the Smithfield shopping centre the business allegedly operated from. 

A man is arrested by a Strike Force Mercury detective this week, accused of playing a role in the alleged ABC Kids N Care scam

A man is arrested by a Strike Force Mercury detective this week, accused of playing a role in the alleged ABC Kids N Care scam

A detective escorts another co-accused to a waiting undercover police vehicle

A detective escorts another co-accused to a waiting undercover police vehicle

A man is arrested by a Strike Force Mercury detective this week, accused of playing a role in the alleged ABC Kids N Care scam

Zreika's childcare business was an approved day car provider but she has since been charged

Zreika's childcare business was an approved day car provider but she has since been charged

Zreika’s childcare business was an approved day car provider but she has since been charged

Posters, certificates and insurance documents were plastered on the walls but there was no sign of play equipment and prosecutors will allege it was a ‘mock’ set up.

The business had told federal childcare regulators it operated from 7am to 8.30pm on weekdays and was even open on Saturdays. 

The regulator ranked it as ‘working towards’ a series of key government quality requirements. 

This is the suburban store where a family day care centre was allegedly run out of

This is the suburban store where a family day care centre was allegedly run out of

This is the suburban store where a family day care centre was allegedly run out of

This is the inside of the alleged family day care office which police will allege was 'mocked up' and actually a 'sophisticated scam'

This is the inside of the alleged family day care office which police will allege was 'mocked up' and actually a 'sophisticated scam'

This is the inside of the alleged family day care office which police will allege was ‘mocked up’ and actually a ‘sophisticated scam’

Detectives examine accreditation lined up on the walls of the alleged family day care centre

Detectives examine accreditation lined up on the walls of the alleged family day care centre

Officers cleared out the centre following a series of raids across Sydney on Wednesday

Officers cleared out the centre following a series of raids across Sydney on Wednesday

Detectives examine accreditation lined up on the walls of the alleged family day care centre and rip it down following a series of raids across Sydney on Wednesday

Detectives attached the specialised Strike Force Mercury executed 34 search warrants at 18 properties and vehicles across Sydney on Wednesday.

Raids were conducted at Blair Athol, Bossley Park, Canley Heights, Edensor Park, Elizabeth Hills, Fairfield, Green Valley, Green Park, Guildford, Lane Cove, Merrylands and Smithfield.   

Zreika was arrested and charged with two counts of conspiracy to defraud. She was also charged with one count of causing the delivery of a false statement under the Migration Act. The man, 38, was arrested on Thursday morning.

Her co-accused Al-Sharif was charged with two counts of conspiracy to defraud. Both were granted bail to appear at court on November 16.   

Seven other women and four men were charged with dishonestly intend to cause a loss in the alleged pyramid-scheme style scam and will face court next month.  

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