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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.

STRONG START FOR BAKER IN JAPAN

Merewether’s Jackson Baker has made a great start to his campaign at the 6,000-point Qualifying Series event in Japan. He set the tone with the opening wave of his heat. It was – an eight point three to be exact, giving him a healthy lead. His second wave ended up being his second best score. Baker won by almost two points to advance to round two and a match-up with the likes of Brazil’s Alex Ribeiro and fellow Aussie, Mitch Coleborn. Merewether’s Ryan Callinan will begin his campaign in round two.

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STRONG FEW DAYS FOR TEAM BRUNEL

It’s been a great few days for Lake Macquarie sailor Kyle Langford, and his crew onboard Team Brunel in the Volvo Ocean Race. They won the race at Newport on America’s north east coast, then led the fleet early on leg nine to Cardiff in Wales. The 3,300 nautical mile transatlantic stretch will go a long way to determining the overall winner. Currently sitting in fourth overall, fellow Hunter sailor Chris Nicholson knows his crew on Team Akzonobel needs a big result. “I don’t know if we dropped our guard in the last one or we made errors but we didn’t have the points we needed to so if there wasn’t already a lot of pressure on there’s actually more on this time.”  

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PEARCE A CHANCE OF ROUND 18 RETURN

Mitchell Pearce has given an update on his torn pec muscle – having undergone surgery in April. At this stage, his best-case scenario is a return against the Eels in round 18. “Haven’t done too much contact yet, so it’s only in the early stages, but starting to run and do some weights. Stinging me not playing and I just want to get back out there as soon as I can.” Pearce’s teammates host Cronulla on Sunday, while also raising funds for the Mark Hughes Foundation at the temporarily-renamed ‘Beanie for Brain Cancer Stadium’. The skipper is trying to help ensure the Knights don’t give away wins, like they did against the Panthers and Titans. “Past is the past, we’ve got to learn from that in video this week, there’s a lot to play for this week on our home …

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‘BEANIE FOR BRAIN CANCER STADIUM’ IN SUPPORT OF MARK HUGHES FOUNDATION

Support for the Mark Hughes Foundation reached new heights today, with McDonald Jones agreeing to temporarily rename the Knights’ home ground ‘Beanie for Brain Cancer Stadium’, ahead of the clash with Cronulla on Sunday. “Bill McDonald, Nathan Thurston and the team, they just can’t do enough for us. They just get local community, they just want to help and I’m a very proud Knights ambassador. Phil Gardiner and all the Knights are right behind this.” Beanies will be on sale at the ground, while the Knights will wear special jerseys, which will be auctioned off to raise money for the foundation. “We have a brain cancer care nurse at John Hunter and she does a wonderful job assisting families and patients.” “We’re setting up two brain cancer hubs in Newcastle and one in Sydney that are going to give researchers …

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GOOD FORTUNE FOR JETS IN HONG KONG

Overseas and the Newcastle Jets have just begun the final of the Hong Kong Soccer Sevens Shield Competition. After losing all three games yesterday, the Jets were relegated to the second tier group, but definitely made the most of their opportunities. First they edged out the Wellington Phoenix in a penalty shootout in the quarter final. This afternoon they overcame Hong Kong’s Red Dragons in the semi. That strike was backed up by a Jackson Frendo free kick that turned into an own goal, as Newcastle won 2-nil.

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BAD NEWS FOR NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS

The news just gets worse for Newcastle, following yesterday’s disappointing loss to the Gold Coast. Forward Jacob Saifiti had scans last night which confirmed he has a fractured left shoulder. He’s expected to spend up to three months on the sideline. Meanwhile Brock Lamb suffered a fractured cheekbone and could be out for up to four weeks. It compounded what was a frustrating afternoon for the Knights, who led the Titans by eight until another unforced error swung the momentum back to the home side.

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MUSTANGS BEATEN IN WARATAH BASKETBALL

Newcastle made the most of the trip to Penrith in the Waratah Basketball League, with the women beating the Panthers by 40 points, while the men won by eight. The news wasn’t so good for Maitland, with the Mustangs beaten by Sydney side, Norths. Maitland raced out of the blocks to lead by nine at quarter time. But the visiting Bears levelled the score by half time and went on with the job after the main break.

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