Dramatic arrest interrupts Today reporter’s live cross in Brisbane

May 22, 2015

Kim Stephens


A television reporter has maintained her composure as a live cross was interrupted on Friday by a man fighting arrest.

Channel Nine reporter Aislin Kriukelis was outside police headquarters in Roma Street, Brisbane, updating the Today show’s 7.30am news bulletin on the suspension of two Queensland police officers when the camera caught police arresting the man.

While officers had the man restrained, he yelled in the direction of the reporter as two police officers dragged him close behind her.

A Today reporter had her live cross interrupted by a dramatic arrest on Friday.

A Today reporter had her live cross interrupted by a dramatic arrest on Friday. Photo: Supplied

She kept her cool as the man was filmed being led away.

“They are clearly arresting someone here, Sylvia, so we will find out what’s happening,” she told newsreader Sylvia Jeffreys.

A Queensland Police spokeswoman said the man had gone to headquarters early on Friday and became agitated in the foyer.

A Today reporter had her live cross interrupted by a dramatic arrest on Friday.

A Today reporter had her live cross interrupted by a dramatic arrest on Friday. Photo: Supplied

When he could not be placated, police officers moved to escort him around the corner to the watch house.

The spokeswoman said the officers were unaware the live cross was taking place.

The cause of the man’s outburst was unknown, she said.

The man was charged with public nuisance and obstructing police.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Australian Matildas can win World Cup: Michelle Heyman

May 23, 2015 – 2:06AM

Matthew Elder

Michelle Heyman celebrates with Australian teammates.
Michelle Heyman celebrates with Australian teammates. Photo: Getty Images

Canberra United striker Michelle Heyman says the Matildas can win next month’s World Cup in Canada, the 26-year-old also determined to prove herself on the international stage after the controversial omission of Australian sharp-shooter Katie Gill.

Heyman says she’s a better player for the disappointment of missing the 2011 World Cup, now driven by the ambition to lead the goal-scorers at this year’s tournament and attract the attention of America’s professional league.

But Heyman also has all the faith in the world for her 22 Australian teammates.

Michelle Heyman scored a hat-trick of goals in 18 minutes against Vietnam on Thursday.
Michelle Heyman scored a hat-trick of goals in 18 minutes against Vietnam on Thursday. Photo: Getty Images

“Now is the best team that the Matildas have ever put together,” Heyman said. “There’s a lot of fight and a lot of power within us.

“I’ve dreamed about this day for a very long time. I won’t let the nerves get to me and I’ll go out there and give it my all and have no regrets. If we can be ourselves and play as a team and communicate well, then there’s nothing stopping us.

“I want to help us girls fulfil the dream we’ve all had, coming away with the World Cup and bringing it to Australia.”

Matildas coach Alan Stajic has had to defend the omission of Gill from his World Cup squad, a veteran of 83 international caps and the Golden Boot winner for most goals in the national W-League last season.

But Heyman showed how dangerous she can be in Thursday’s friendly against Vietnam, bagging a hat-trick in the first 18 minutes to set up an 11-0 win.

It’s the type of attacking flair the Matildas will need in their World Cup “group of death” against USA, Sweden and Nigeria.

“It’s always nice to finish off the chances that I create. I was pretty happy with my execution,” Heyman said.

Heyman, who has scored 11 goals in 33 official appearances for Australia, said the selection process was tough but she had learned from her own experience of missing the 2011 World Cup.

“I was a little bit stressed because of what happened last time,” Heyman said. “This time, to have a positive outcome, I’m over the moon.

“I still believe [2011 Australian coach] Tom Sermanni made the right decision to not pick me in the World Cup team, as hard as that is to say. I was young and fresh to the Matildas at that time. It’s never nice not to make a squad, but now I look back on it and I’ve become a better footballer. I’ve only tried even harder and pushed myself further than what I thought I could do. I’m proud of what I’ve achieved in the last four years.”

Australia is ranked 10th in the world and begins its campaign against second-ranked nation, the US, on June 9.

Heyman hopes it is Australia’s chance to prove their World Cup credentials, but also for her to make a point to American scouts.

“I trained with Houston last season, which was a great experience. The league is very different to what we have at home, it’s more of a physical, athletic kind of football. I’m hoping that after the World Cup I sign with a team in the US,” Heyman said..

“As a female athlete we need to make the most of our opportunities while we still can.

“I’ve been known as a poacher and that’s my goal-scoring ability – to be in the right place at the right time. I love the game and love the feeling of scoring a goal, it’s always in the back of my mind in how I can get into those positions to score for my country.”

Heyman has been a pivotal member of Canberra United’s two titles, in 2012 and 2014, but credited the W-League club for her own rise through Australia’s ranks.

“They’ve been the one team who have put their all into me and knew that I had something inside of me that I wanted to show to the world.”


The Canberra Times