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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.

POOLS MAKING A SPLASH

Pool season began in the Tamworth region today, with Scully Park opening to the public. It comes after extensive tiling work was done, to repair some sharp edges which had formed on the exit ladders. But Scully’s not the only paddling paradise to have undergone a winter makeover. “At Manilla, we’re in the process of doing some tiling work, similar to what we’re doing at Scully. The Barraba pool, it opens on Wednesday. Some exciting news up there in that they’ve had their diving board re-instated.” Meanwhile Tamworth’s Olympic Pool will open next month, after upgrades there are complete. A full list of when all facilities will be open, is available on the Tamworth Regional Council website. (vision accompanied by audio in part)

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DATES LOCKED IN FOR SERVICE NSW UPGRADE

An opening date has been announced for Gunnedah’s new Service New South Wales facility. It’ll take over from the current RMS operation on Conadilly Street, from November 10. Among the increased number of transactions available at the new centre, local residents will be able to get Opal Cards. The motor registry will be shut from October 21, but customers will still be able to make payments online during the three week closure. (no audio)

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PAUL GRILLS TAKES HOME MANILLA CUP

Today’s Manilla Cup came down to a photo finish in Gunnedah, between the top two. Pre-race favourite ‘Collins Street’ came from second last with 500 metres to go, but couldn’t reel in ‘Melted Moments’ . “Evangelist on the fence. Melted Moments and Collins Street. This is a ding donger.” There was no dividend paid on third, with numbers six, four and three needed for the trifecta. It was worth just over $50. (vision accompanied by audio in part)

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INCREASED ACTION FOR YOUNG CRICKETERS

Junior cricket is undergoing a major¬†makeover in the north west this summer. Those aged from nine to 11 will play seven-a-side, on smaller fields. It’s designed to increase involvement in the game, and to see more runs being scored. “This is about fast, fun, highly active and improve skills because we’re not trying to bowl a length that is beyond our capacity. We’re not trying to hit a ball out over the six line.” The new season gets underway next Saturday. (vision accompanied by audio in part)

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