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Nick Hornby-Howell is a reporter with NBN News in Tamworth. After finishing high school in Newcastle, Nick studied Sports Media at the University of Canberra.

O’NEILL ADDED TO BUSH BLUES

Tamworth fast bowler Tom O’Neill has been a late inclusion to the New South Wales Country cricket side. He claimed four wickets at the Country Championships last month, and will replace former Sheffield Shield quick Burt Cockley. O’Neill joins wicketkeeper Tom Groth in the team, coached by Tamworth’s Jeff Cook.

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PATTERSON RETURNING TO ASIA

Werris Creek’s Garnet Patterson has renewed his deal with Eurasia Motorsport, for the 2018 Chinese Le Mans Prototype 3 series. He’ll again partner Martin Cao, who Patterson won the first round of this year’s edition with. Next season has been expanded to five rounds, and the duo are expected to be among the overall Championship contenders. (no audio)

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NEW COACH LEADING THUNDERBOLTS

Robyn Skelton has been announced as the new coach for the Tamworth Thunderbolts’ women’s State League basketball side for 2018. She replaces American Brad Melton, who left after just one season at the helm. Tamworth will be hoping the team continues its rapid improvement, after finishing just two spots outside of the playoffs this year. After a high player turnover leading into 2017, the Thunderbolts are hoping the majority of this year’s roster returns to maintain team chemistry. (no audio)

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SUPPORT FOR MOORE FAMILY

A weekend fundraiser for a Tamworth family’s five month old with a rare throat cyst, has raised over $4,500. Lotte Moore even managed a rare public appearance at the West Tamworth Bowling Club, having spent most of her young life in hospital. About 150 were in attendance, at the club where father Ryan works as a green keeper. A ‘Go Fund Me’ page has also raised more than $3,500, with all money going towards medical bills and accommodation near Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital. The Moore’s are hoping to be able to spend Christmas together. (no audio)

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T20 FINALISTS DECIDED

Simon Norvill’s unbeaten 68 off just 37 balls saw Old Boys maintain its undefeated Twenty20 cricket record this summer. Lachlan Cooke and James Wallace claimed three wickets each in City United’s win, while Bective secured a place in the final.

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PORCH FAST BECOMING INTERNATIONAL REGULAR

Farrer alumni John Porch is currently in South Africa, for his 11th tournament with the Australian sevens rugby side. The speedster will be hoping to lead his team to the semi finals, after the Aussies finished fifth in Dubai. But they face a tough pool in Cape Town, with matches against New Zealand, the U-S-A and Spain. The first match is against the Spaniards, later tonight. (no audio)

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