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Mitchell Hughes is head sports reporter and presenter with NBN News in Newcastle. Mitch started his career as an editor with NBN, before graduating from Newcastle University and taking his first reporting job in the Tweed Heads/Gold Coast region.

SYDNEY BEARS TOO GOOD FOR THE NORTHSTARS

The Northstars have slipped to fifth in the Australian Ice Hockey League after a loss to the Sydney Bears. It was a tight opening term – with Newcastle the only side to find the net. Goals came in quick succession in the second term, before the Bears hit the front in the third. Bert Malloy pegged one back, but it wasn’t enough. The Northstars face the Bears again this Friday night.

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MIXED START FOR AUSSIES AT YOUTH WATER POLO CHAMPIONSHIPS

Merewether High students Matt Humby and Mitch Robinson found the back of the net as Australia made a mixed start at the World Youth Water Polo Championships in Hungary. The Aussies lost their opening match 10 goals to six against Montenegro, but recovered to beat Egypt in their second game. Humby was on target against the Egyptians, while Robinson bagged his second of the tournament, as Australia claimed a healthy win, 11 goals to seven. Our next game is against South Africa tomorrow.

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BLAKE WINDRED READY FOR FIRST US AMATEUR

Charlestown golfer Blake Windred is just hours away from the biggest tournament of his life, preparing to make his first appearance at the US Amateur. Windred is following in the footsteps of fellow Hunter golfer Nick Flanagan, who won the title in 2003, but the 20-year-old says that’s the furthest thing from his mind. He tees off at the famous Pebble Beach course at 6:30 tomorrow morning, our time.

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STRONG RESULT FOR HUNTER BULL RIDERS

They came into the event as the top two bull riders in Australia, and last night Aaron Kleier and Cliff Richardson didn’t disappoint fans at the Newcastle Invitational. While a host of their rivals found it tough to stay in the saddle, Queenslander Kleier set the tone. Before Hunter local Richardson followed suit. The pair finished the night equal on 255 points, with Singleton’s Cody Heffernan in third spot.

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JASON DOYLE UNABLE TO MAKE AN IMPACT IN SWEDEN

He recovered from a frightening crash in time to compete, but defending world champion Jason Doyle struggled to make an impact at round six of the Speedway GP series. Torrential rain delayed the start of the event and when racing got underway the Australian made a solid start, grabbing second in the opening heat. That was as good as it got for Doyle, he missed out on the finals and slipped to 11th in the world championship standings.

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WESTS BELT SOUTHS IN LOCAL HOCKEY

In Hunter Coast Premier League Hockey, Gosford beat Norths in a game that featured a brawl, with four players sent to the bin. Maitland scored an easy win over The Entrance and Wests belted Souths. Souths had an early chance through Tristan Hunt, while Wests went close thanks to Chris Boyle. It was Jacob Searle who eventually made it one-nil to boys in red and green. Blake Hinton and Sam Modford then combined to make it two-nil. Wests confirmed their dominance when Modford produced an impressive solo effort to make it three.

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