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BYRON MAN DIES IN SHARK ATTACK

A Byron Bay man has died after being attacked by a shark while swimming in shallow water at a popular beach in the tourist town. The man’s wife was watching from the beach when he was struck by the shark. Despite the efforts of Newcastle man Mark Hickey to save his life, the victim died of his injuries.

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BANK TO REIMBURSE STOLEN MONEY

In some positive news for an elderly man robbed in Lake Macquarie last week, Beyond Bank has donated the full amount stolen. Gerald Minet and his wife Dorothy got a surprise visit from bank representatives yesterday, where they were told they would be reimbursed the $2,500. Mr Minet withdrew the money from the bank at the Belmont Citi Centre last Friday, but was robbed when he returned to his car. The money is being put towards renovations on the couple’s home.

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KNIGHTS UNVEIL NEW COACHES

Good news for the Knights with four players, including the Mata’utia brothers, picked in the Samoan train on squad, while Beau Scott, Kurt Gidley and Willie Mason were named in the Kangaroos squad. Meanwhile Newcastle has unveiled new additions to the coaching ranks for 2015.

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JETS AGREE TO RELEASE CRAIG GOODWIN

Newcastle Jets player Craig Goodwin will return to his home state of South Australia, with the club agreeing to release him from his contract. He was due to play for the Jets until the end of the 2015/16 A-league season, but the mutual termination of the contract means the 22-year-old can now join Adelaide United on a two-year deal. “Craig has been a great servant of the Newcastle Jets and we thank him for his efforts during his time at the Club,” said Head Coach Phil Stubbin. “We’ve got the luxury of having a number of quality players on that left-hand side and after adding everything up, we made a calculated decision to allow Craig to leave.” Goodwin has thanked the club and its members for their support. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the past two seasons at the Jets and I’d …

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FOOTY RAISES AWARENESS FOR BRAIN CANCER

A group of families affected by brain cancer released grey balloons at the Knights game at Hunter Stadium today, in support of the Mark Hughes Foundation. Kirsti and Scott Rickard lost their father to brain cancer in January this year. “We’re here so more people can know about it, we can raise funds, try and get a cure and make more people aware.” The Foundation was formed this year, following Mark’s diagnosis with brain cancer in 2013. ” Every cent raised will go towards the Mark Hughes foundation, which will go towards our efforts with research, we’re doing a lot of work with HMRI and it’s very exciting to see so much support.” (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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