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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.

JOEY CHAMPNESS BREAKS FOOT AT TRAINING

A major blow for the Newcastle Jets, with Joey Champness sidelined for up to 10 weeks, after fracturing his foot today at training. Champness was set to fill the void left by the suspended Roy O’Donovan, but he’ll now be racing the clock to be fit for Newcastle’s season-opener in late October. The 21-year-old was also set to take part in Graham Arnold’s first Olyroos camp next week.

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DATE SET FOR OXBORROW APPEAL

There’s hope for Broadmeadow Magic that Mitch Oxborrow can play in their FFA Cup tie next Tuesday, with an appeal hearing set down for Friday night. The former A-League midfielder was banned for five matches, after allegedly spitting at an opposing player. The appeal will be heard by an independent body. Oxborrow has already served two games of the ban.

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TERRIGAL-AVOCA CLAIM BLACK DIAMOND AFL MINOR PREMIERSHIP

Terrigal-Avoca has claimed the Black Diamond AFL minor premiership, after a 21-point win over Newcastle City. The Panthers made a fast start, and were helped by some wayward kicking in front of goal from the home side. Brandon Thomas booted four, as Terrigal-Avoca booked itself a week off. Cardiff finishes the regular season in second, ahead of City in third and Warners Bay fourth. Singleton and Killarney Vale will also play finals footy. Joined by Wyong Lakes, who prevailed in a must-win clash against Gosford.

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FINAL FOUR SET IN NEWCASTLE NETBALL

Newcastle Netball’s final four is set after Forsythes beat Nova Thunder this afternoon, ending its play-off chances. It was fourth versus fifth, and the game was close too. Playing to keep its season alive, the Thunder was strong in defence, forcing a number of turnovers… But struggled to convert at the other end. No such trouble for Forsythes, who ran out 13-point winners. They could jump BNC into third place in next week’s final round, after Souths locked down second. Wests One were far too strong for the winless Pride, and Maryville Tavern beat Wests two.

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FIFTH PLACE FINISH FOR LAKE MACQUARIE’S WILL RYAN

Will Ryan’s dream of winning a third straight 470 World Championship is over, with the Lake Macquarie sailor finishing in fifth place. Ryan and crewmate Mathew Belcher were a medal chance heading into last night’s final races in Denmark but were ultimately off the pace. There are still some locals in contention brother and sister duo Nathan and Haylee Outteridge have rocketed into the lead in the Nacra class.

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