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Samuel is a news and sports reporter for the Central Coast and Newcastle. He began working for NBN News in 2014.

SOUTHS BOUNCE BACK IN NEWCASTLE NETBALL

In local netball Souths Lions bounced back from last week’s Grand Final replay loss to Wests, by hammering Nova Thunder. The teams were fairly even in the opening quarter, goal-shooting sisters Tiffany Gilmore for Souths, and Katrina Tressider for Nova going blow for blow in the opening term. But it was the Lions who roared ahead in the second extending their lead to 16, and never looking back. It ended as a comfortable win, while Forsythes also got up. Wests 1 remain on top after winning the intra-club derby, and Maryville beat BNC.

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HUGE CRASH IN AUSSIE RACING CAR SERIES

It was a mixed day for Lake Macquarie driver Charlotte Poynting on the Aussie Racing Car series. She finished 11th in this morning’s first race, and didn’t finish the second, but she at least fared better than Grant Thomson. Unbelievably he was left with just the shell of his car, thankfully, he was ok.

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BLACK DIAMOND AFL REP TEAM OUT-PLAYED BY CANBERRA

The Black Diamond AFL side has been hammered in its annual representative outing beaten 127 to 57 by Canberra this afternoon. The Black Diamond side fell behind early, and didn’t do itself any favours with the boot in the opening quarter. And from there, Canberra didn’t look back racing away for a comfortable win. It’s a tough result for the Hunter rep side after pushing the highly-fancied Sydney competition right to the wire last year.

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TOUGH DAY FOR JETS IN HONG KONG

It was a tough day for the Jets Youth side in Hong Kong, going down in all three of its games at the 7’s tournament. They lost 3-nil to Scottish giants Glasgow Rangers, 3-1 to Newcastle United after the Magpies scored an own-goal, before a last-minute 2-1 loss to the host club. Kieran Hayes was the only Jet to find the back of the net. The tournament’s finals are held tomorrow, but Newcastle won’t be taking part.

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NO SIGN OF FFA CUP HANGOVER FOR EAGLES

Edgeworth showed no signs of an FFA Cup hangover, beating Lake Macquarie 2-nil in the NPL this afternoon. Dom Bizzari finished Jamie Byrne’s strong run for the Eagle’s first goal. Before Byrnes turned scorer – how’s this for an effort – running onto Josh Low’s huge kick, chipping the keeper, and heading home off the upright.

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SIMMONS NAMED FINALIST FOR ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

He enjoyed a standout NBA season, now Ben Simmons is in the box seat to be rewarded for it, named as one of three finalists for the Rookie of the Year award. There has been conjecture about his eligibility though, due to the fact he was drafted in 2016, before missing the entire season through injury. Simmons led his Philadelphia 76ers to the Eastern Conference semi-finals.

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