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STRONG FEW DAYS FOR TEAM BRUNEL

It’s been a great few days for Lake Macquarie sailor Kyle Langford, and his crew onboard Team Brunel in the Volvo Ocean Race. They won the race at Newport on America’s north east coast, then led the fleet early on leg nine to Cardiff in Wales. The 3,300 nautical mile transatlantic stretch will go a long way to determining the overall winner. Currently sitting in fourth overall, fellow Hunter sailor Chris Nicholson knows his crew on Team Akzonobel needs a big result. “I don’t know if we dropped our guard in the last one or we made errors but we didn’t have the points we needed to so if there wasn’t already a lot of pressure on there’s actually more on this time.”  

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PEARCE A CHANCE OF ROUND 18 RETURN

Mitchell Pearce has given an update on his torn pec muscle – having undergone surgery in April. At this stage, his best-case scenario is a return against the Eels in round 18. “Haven’t done too much contact yet, so it’s only in the early stages, but starting to run and do some weights. Stinging me not playing and I just want to get back out there as soon as I can.” Pearce’s teammates host Cronulla on Sunday, while also raising funds for the Mark Hughes Foundation at the temporarily-renamed ‘Beanie for Brain Cancer Stadium’. The skipper is trying to help ensure the Knights don’t give away wins, like they did against the Panthers and Titans. “Past is the past, we’ve got to learn from that in video this week, there’s a lot to play for this week on our home …

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GOOD FORTUNE FOR JETS IN HONG KONG

Overseas and the Newcastle Jets have just begun the final of the Hong Kong Soccer Sevens Shield Competition. After losing all three games yesterday, the Jets were relegated to the second tier group, but definitely made the most of their opportunities. First they edged out the Wellington Phoenix in a penalty shootout in the quarter final. This afternoon they overcame Hong Kong’s Red Dragons in the semi. That strike was backed up by a Jackson Frendo free kick that turned into an own goal, as Newcastle won 2-nil.

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MEREWETHER WALK AWAY WITH NARROW WIN OVER SOUTH WALLSEND

In Round 11 of the Women’s Premier League, Warners Bay scored a big win over Thornton, Adamstown walked away with the points against Wallsend, while at Myamblah Crescent Merewether edged out South Wallsend. It was the home side with the best of the early chances, Ellie Withers going close. Kalista Hunter keeping the Wolves in it, deflecting a shot from Leah Guiffre. Before the home side finally got on the scoresheet, Indi Asimus putting away a Jaymee Ellis corner. South Wallsend wasn’t without its chances, a long range effort from Elizabeth Kermode tapped over the bar.

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MUSTANGS BEATEN IN WARATAH BASKETBALL

Newcastle made the most of the trip to Penrith in the Waratah Basketball League, with the women beating the Panthers by 40 points, while the men won by eight. The news wasn’t so good for Maitland, with the Mustangs beaten by Sydney side, Norths. Maitland raced out of the blocks to lead by nine at quarter time. But the visiting Bears levelled the score by half time and went on with the job after the main break.

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SOUTHS BOUNCE BACK IN NEWCASTLE NETBALL

In local netball Souths Lions bounced back from last week’s Grand Final replay loss to Wests, by hammering Nova Thunder. The teams were fairly even in the opening quarter, goal-shooting sisters Tiffany Gilmore for Souths, and Katrina Tressider for Nova going blow for blow in the opening term. But it was the Lions who roared ahead in the second extending their lead to 16, and never looking back. It ended as a comfortable win, while Forsythes also got up. Wests 1 remain on top after winning the intra-club derby, and Maryville beat BNC.

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