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JEDINAK BACK IN SOCCEROOS MIX FOR SYRIA SERIES

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has named a preliminary 30-man squad for October’s World Cup playoff series against Syria. Skipper Mile Jedinak returns, despite fears his groin injury hasn’t fully healed, while former Newcastle Jets Craig Goodwin and Mark Birighitti have also been added. Postecoglou will finalise a 23-player squad next week, for the two games.

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EDGEWORTH TO HOST BRISBANE IN NPL SEMI FINAL

Edgeworth has earned the right to host the Brisbane Strikers in the National Premier Leagues semi-final this Saturday, after both clubs scored convincing wins over the weekend. The Eagles outclassed Canberra Olympic 4-1 in the nation’s capital on Saturday, while Brisbane beat South Hobart 4-2 in Tasmania yesterday. The semi kicks off at Jack McLaughlan Oval at 4pm.

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BACK TO BACK PODIUMS FOR MATT HALL IN RED BULL AIR RACE

Australia’s Matt Hall has moved up to fifth in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship following another positive result. The former fighter pilot finished second at the penultimate round in Germany, scoring back to back podiums for the first time this year. “It’s good to be there consistently, two races without a penalty. We’re getting very consistent in the aircraft, fast without risk of penalties.” The final round takes place in the US next month.

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JOHNSON-HOLMES SAYS BEST IS YET TO COME FOR NSW COUNTRY EAGLES

While the Two Blues are preparing for the NHRU grand final against Hamilton, former Wanderer Harry Johnson-Holmes is getting used to life in the national rugby championship. The 20-year-old is in his debut season with New South Wales Country, and while the Eagles have lost their opening two games, Johnson-Holmes remains confident. “I think it’s just cohesion. I think we’ve just come together from all over the state. We’re getting that cohesion and synergy so we can play as a unit.” The Eagles host the Canberra Vikings in Armidale this Saturday.

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IFFLAND HOPING TO BE FIT FOR THE FINAL CLIFF DIVING ROUND

While a knee injury cost the Hunter’s Rhiannan Iffland the chance to compete in the latest round of the Cliff Diving World Series, the 25-year-old has shown her class by congratulating her rivals who made the podium. Iffland is now waiting to learn the extent of the injury, and hopes to be back in time for the final event of the year in Chile, on October 21. She now leads the series by 60 points.

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MATILDAS HAPPY TO BE HOME

The Matildas are about to train at McDonald Jones Stadium ahead of tomorrow night’s highly anticipated clash with Brazil. The Aussie women beat the visitors 2-1 on Saturday, and are confident of winning again in front of a healthy Newcastle crowd.

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