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HALL FALLS SHORT OF MAIDEN AIR RACE TITLE

Merewether’s Matt Hall has fallen agonisingly short of winning a maiden Air Race title, after finishing second at the final round in Texas early this morning. With series leader Michael Goulian eliminated in the round of eight, Hall gave himself every chance of winning the event and the series. But the Czech Republic’s Martin Šonka had other ideas, beating Hall’s time by just three tenths of a second to win the round at Fort Worth, and also claim the world title. Hall was runner-up in the championship for the third time in his career. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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NEW SOUTH WALES IN BOX SEAT IN SHIELD CLASH

Newcastle’s Jason Sangha, has helped New South Wales into a commanding position on day three of the Sheffield Shield clash with Queensland. Blues openers Nick Larkin and Daniel Hughes both scored centuries, before Sangha made it to the crease. Needing quick runs before a declaration, Sangha did away with his usually steady approach, scoring 32 runs off 21 balls. Queensland finished the day a 2 for 51, needing 328 for victory tomorrow. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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HUNTERS NAMED SENIOR TEAM OF THE YEAR

The Newcastle championship winning men have been named the senior team of the year at today’s New South Wales Basketball Awards. The Hunters won the Waratah League grand final in August, beating the Norths Bears by six in the decider. Newcastle teenager Isabel Palmer won the prestigious Lauren Jackson medal, awarded to the best junior female player in country New South Wales. (VISION ONLY)

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HALL QUALIFIES FIFTH AT FORT WORTH

Merewether pilot Matt Hall has qualified in fifth spot, for the eighth and final race of the Red Bull Air Race season at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. Currently sitting in third overall, the Australian has only one option if he’s going to win his first world title. Hall begins his campaign early on Monday morning our time in the round of 14, against Canadian Pete McLeod. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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