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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.

SUPER SPUDS GROWING FOR NEXT YEAR

The Guyra Super Spuds are eyeing a return to senior rugby league in 2018. They folded two seasons after returning to Group 19, taking this year off to re-group. Sick of seeing locals playing for other towns, an informal gathering has been called for October 4 at the ‘Bottom Pub’. If there’s enough interest in a revival, another formal meeting will be conducted. Once sure of their playing stocks, the Super Spuds will approach the Group 19 and Group 4 committees to discuss their options for next season. (no audio)

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EAGLES HUNTING FIRST WIN

Armidale is set for its first taste of National Rugby Championship action tomorrow, with both teams arriving today. The New South Wales Country Eagles are seeking their first win, while Canberra is entrenched in the top four. Tamworth-bred captain Paddy Ryan and Glen Innes’ Alex Newsome headline the local talent on display for the hosts. Quirindi’s ACT Brumbies skipper Sam Carter has been rested from the visitors side this week. Kick off is 1pm at Belle Vue. (no audio)

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MAN VERSUS BEAST

Professional Bull Riding returns to the Inverell Showground this Saturday night. The event attracts some of Australia’s best, with riders competing for national ranking points. Also on the line, qualification for November’s ‘Tamworth Invitational’. The action gets underway at 7pm. (no audio)

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UNFORTUNATE TIMING LEAVES GLEN INNES STRANDED

Glen Innes’ senior representative netball side has had to pull out of this weekend’s State Cup in Sydney due to a lack of playing numbers. Study and work commitments meant the team couldn’t travel, with three of four defensive players ruled out. As Northern Inland Regional League champions, they were meant to represent the zone against the top country and metropolitan teams in New South Wales. (no audio)

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FAST TRACK TO SUCCESS

A small north west community of less than a thousand people is still celebrating its champion rugby league team, after claiming the Group 19 premiership. The Macintyre Warriors only formed last year, and already there’s silverware in the cabinet.

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