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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.

OZTAGGERS FIND SUCCESS INTERNATIONALLY

Tamworth’s Under 20s women’s Oztag side took out the Under 21s division of the Tag Champions Challenge Cup in Auckland over the weekend. Their performance also earned them third overall among the women’s teams, competing against those in the opens and seniors divisions. Locals Geoff Sharpe and Jeff Faint were also part of Port Macquarie’s undefeated Over 45 men’s team. Tamworth referee Ryan Schmiedel also impressed across the ditch, taking control of the Under 18s grand final. (no audio)

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BOLTERS STRUCK DOWN

The Regional Bash Twenty20 campaign started brightly, but Northern Inland has been bundled out in Coffs Harbour. Taking on the hosts this morning, the north west outfit couldn’t contain the Chargers batsmen. Jai Tasker took three wickets, as the Bolters conceded 156 runs. “Outfield’s a tiny bit slow, but the wicket’s really good. They played pretty well.” They fell 25 short of the target, before Northern Rivers belted them by 73 runs this afternoon. (vision accompanied by the audio in part)

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WET WEATHER PLAYS HAVOC WITH SEASON ENDER

The final round of Australia’s only all female motocross series in Moree, had to be cancelled due to rain. After making a late decision to postpone yesterday afternoon, organisers had hoped to get on the track today. Another 33 millimetres in the last 24 hours ended any chance of racing. In a bid to get more women on motorbikes though, Mackenzie Tricker will be hosting a skills clinic in Tamworth next weekend. (no audio)

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MALUACH MAKES TRANSITION TO COLLEGE ‘BALL

Armidale’s Makuach Maluach is proving a valuable contributor to the University of New Mexico College basketball team in his first year. He’s averaging seven points, in just 15 minutes per game on the floor. His best performance came in the Lobos first match against Northern New Mexico, scoring 18 points. U-N-M have recorded three wins and four losses, and face the University of Texas El Paso tomorrow.

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NORTHERN INLAND BATTLING THE COAST

After matches were washed out last month, the Northern Inland Bolters will finally take to the cricket pitch for the Regional Bash this weekend. They’ll be up against Macquarie Coast, Coffs Coast and Northern Rivers in Coffs Harbour. The north west outfit will be hoping for a stronger showing than last summer, where they were bundled out in the first round. A strong side’s been named, including New South Wales Country wicket keeper Tom Groth, and noted power hitters, Simon Norvill and Michael Rixon. The Bolters first game is against Macquarie Coast, at 2pm tomorrow. (no audio)

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DEADLY 7S PROGRAM UNLEASHED

The Queensland Rugby Union began making inroads into New South Wales territory this week. The ‘Deadly 7s’ program has been rolled out at Toomelah Public School and Boggabilla Central, in a bid to get local children playing the sport. “Gives us an opportunity to motivate and inspire the next crop of young Indigenous rugby union stars.” It’s hoped Australia’s next gem could be uncovered in the north west. “A lot of them saw that Kurtley Beale had worn the national Indigenous jersey just three weeks ago against the All Blacks, and it really resonated with them a lot.” (vision accompanied by audio in parts)

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RACING THE BEST IN AUSTRALIA

Tamworth cycling duo Fletcher Partlin and Zane Tapp are in Brisbane this weekend, for the third round of the National Junior Track Series. Tapp is hoping to break into the Australian Under 15s top 10. He’s currently in strong form, having won the Sydney Cup On Wheels Handicap last month. Following this weekend, the final round is in Adelaide, on January 11 and 12. (no audio)

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