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NEWCASTLE TRAINERS TARGET GROUP ONE GLORY IN SYDNEY

Newcastle trainers Paul Perry and Kris Lees will chase Group One glory in Sydney this weekend, on day one of the Championships at Royal Randwick. Lees has Le Romain and Sense of Occasion in the $3-million Doncaster Mile. Le Romain drew barrier eight, and is likely to start as favourite. “He’s in good order, he’s such a consistent horse, he’ll run really well. Now the weight’s gone up a kilo that’s a good leveller now but I’m very pleased with the horse.” Closer to home, Lees will have Beretta and Clevedon Bay in tomorrow’s last Provincial Championship qualifier at Broadmeadow. What Could Be is a sentimental favourite, with trainer and part-owner Alan Scorse recovering from cancer treatment. The top three from the race will qualify for the $390,000 final at Randwick on April 8.

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MEREWETHER WOMEN HOLD ON TO WIN SURFTAG

Mixed news for Merewether at today’s National Surftag qualifying event. The men’s team cruised into the final, where they faced three teams from Sydney, including defending champions, North Narrabeen. Merewether made a solid start through Jesse Adam, but the visitors soon found their feet. In the end, North Avalon and North Steyne finished first and second, with the locals grabbing third. Making their debut, the Merewether women won their semi, then faced a nervous wait in the decider. North Narrabeen needed a decent score in the dying stages, but the home side hung on.

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PELERIN WINS RELOCATED COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP

In racing and the Country Championship wildcard race at Muswellbrook, was transferred to Scone today because of the recent wet weather and it proved a lucky move for Tamworth trainer, Cody Morgan. The Robert Thompson ridden After All That and the well-backed All Summer Long also qualified for Saturday’s Country Final in Sydney, but it was Pelerin who stole the show.

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TEAM EFFORT GETS HUNTERS WOMEN THE WIN

In the Waratah Basketball League and the Newcastle men suffered a 13-point loss to the Hawks this afternoon. Maitland beat Hills last night, while Newcastle’s women won their first game this year. While still missing WNBL great Suzy Batkovic, the Hunters got solid contributions from all their starters. Canadian signing Cherub Lum led the scorers with 19, while Alison Ebzery had 10 points and 14 rebounds, as Newcastle beat Illawarra by two.

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HAMWICKS CLAIM FIRST TITLE SINCE 2004

Hamilton-Wickham has outclassed Belmont to win Newcastle Cricket’s two-day grand final for the first time since 2004. With Rhys Hanlon and Matt Webber at the crease this morning, Hamwicks were 4 for 195, a lead of 123. The captains conceded the match was over at drinks, handing Hamwicks their second trophy this season. Mark Dries was named man of the match. The skipper is confident he and the side’s long-serving players will be back to defend the title.

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