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Kate Haberfield is a senior news and sport reporter/presenter with NBN News. After studying Broadcast Journalism at Charles Sturt University, Kate worked in television and radio in Canberra and Sydney for six years before returning to her hometown of Newcastle in 2009.

TOWNSVILLE FIRE BEATEN BY DANDENONG RANGERS

Despite a double-double from Hunter basketball legend Suzy Batkovic, the Townsville Fire fell to the Dandenong Rangers 73-68 in the opening round of the WNBL. Now in her final season, Batkovic top-scored with 20 points, and bagged 16 rebounds. Meanwhile, it wasn’t a perfect start for fellow Novocastrian, Katie Rae Ebzery. She managed just three points, all from the free-throw line, in Perth’s 12-point loss to Adelaide.

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CALLINAN LANDS WILDCARD FOR PORTUGAL EVENT

Ryan Callinan will face Owen Wright in the opening round of the world tour event in Portugal, which starts tomorrow. As expected, the Merewether surfer earned a wildcard after his incredible performance in France, where he finished second to fellow Aussie, Julian Wilson. 26-year-old Callinan is now almost assured of returning to the tour full-time next year. (VISION ONLY)

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SANGHA IN LINE FOR POTENTIAL SHEFFIELD SHIELD DEBUT

New South Wales cricket captain Peter Neville says Newcastle prodigy Jason Sangha has brought a lot of energy to the squad. The 19-year-old is one of three potential debutants named in the 12-man Blues outfit, for the Sheffield Shield season opener against Adelaide on Tuesday. It follows an impressive performance in the Futures League in Canberra. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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THREE ACADEMY PLAYERS HANDED JETS W-LEAGUE CONTRACTS

With the W-League season less than two weeks away, the Jets have awarded contracts to three academy players. Renee Pountney, Paige Kingston-Hogg and Tessa Tamplin will be promoted to Craig Deans’ squad. “Definitely pushing for a starting spot that would be absolutely incredible first season in the W League that would be a dream” The recruits are relishing the chance to train alongside more experienced players. “Really good for me to build training underneath them learning from them and them teaching me what they’ve grown up playing with so it’s going to be really good”

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BONUS POINT FOR WESTS IN ROUND 1 OF NEWCASTLE CRICKET

Local cricket is back with some tight finishes in round one. The students easily accounted for Wallsend, Charlestown beat Stockton, Wests took care of Newcastle City. Toronto overcame Waratah, Belmont won in a thriller and Hamwicks defeated Cardiff. Batting first at Learmonth Park – Newcastle City struggled to get going thanks to some handy fielding. The defending champions restricting Newcastle’s batsmen to 163, which they easily passed in just 18 overs to secure a bonus point.

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