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RUGBY PLAYER CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING REFEREE

A Hunter rugby player has been charged with assaulting a referee, during an under-19 grand final. Maitland’s Mark Meafua is accused of striking 19-year-old match official Niklas Gaal in the face, when he was about to receive a yellow card. Police allege 18-year-old Meafua then left the field – he was later arrested at his Rutherford home. He’s been charged with common assault and is due to face Maitland Court next month.

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TRIBUTES FOR TENNIS CHAMPION PETER DOOHAN

Tributes are flowing for Australian tennis ace Peter Doohan, who’s lost his battle with motor neurone disease at the age of 56. Doohan, from Newcastle, famously took down two-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker in 1987. “A moment which rocked the tennis world and changed forever the life of Newcastle battler, Peter Doohan.” It earned him the title of “Becker Wrecker” – something not lost on the German great, who’s taken to Twitter saying “RIP mate, you were the better player”. Doohan reached a career high ranking of 42 in singles and 15 in doubles and was unbeaten in Davis Cup representation. “Two of the things all Australian tennis players think about is Wimbledon and Davis Cup. I’ve talked to the other blokes on the team and we’re all very excited about it. Wally, Fitzy and of course Cashy the Wimbledon …

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WOMAN BOUND WITH DUCT TAPE DURING ARMED ROBBERY

A worker’s hands and feet have been bound with duct tape, during an armed robbery at Abermain Bowling Club last night. Two men, one armed with a gun and another with a sledgehammer, smashed their way into the club at around 10:30. They threatened the female employee before taping her arms and legs together. She was freed briefly to open an ATM and several poker machines, before being restrained again. The men fled in a white Nissan Pulsar which was found burnt out, nearby in Bathurst Street. The woman at the centre of the ordeal was able to provide detectives with descriptions of the men. Anyone who has information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000

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