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DISAPPOINTING RESULT FOR HUNTER DRIVER CHARLOTTE POYNTING

It was nowhere near as dramatic, but there was also a disappointing finish for Hunter driver Charlotte Poynting in the Aussie Racing Cars round at Ipswich. Two laps into race four, Poynting suffered mechanical problems and was marooned on the track, before being towed to the pits. It came off the back of her best result of the weekend, where she climbed from outside the top 20 to grab 13th in race three.

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GRADE ONE CHARGE FOR KNIGHTS’ AIDAN GUERRA

The Knights’ Aidan Guerra has copped a grade one dangerous contact charge for a hit on Ash Taylor during the win over the Titans, but will avoid suspension with an early guilty plea. He’s likely to line up alongside Kalyn Ponga, who’s expected to return from a hamstring injury for Newcastle’s clash with the fullback’s old club, the Cowboys, on Friday in Townsville. Speaking on the Sunday Footy Show, coach Nathan Brown also said the Knights are a million miles away from signing the Bulldogs’ David Klemmer.

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HUNTER RAIL WORKERS SET FOR 24-HOUR STRIKE

Hunter rail workers will walk off the job for 24-hours tomorrow as part of state wide strike action. Australian Rail and Track Corporation employees will stop work from three-am, after recent enterprise agreement negotiations failed. The Rail, Tram and Bus Union says talks have been underway since later 2016 – but both parties are still yet to agree on proposed changes to pay and conditions. The industrial action follows a five-hour stoppage last week. (FILE VISION)

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MEREWETHER WALK AWAY WINNERS OVER NEW LAMBTON IN WPL

In Round 19 of the Women’s Premier League, Warners Bay maintained the competition lead with a win over Wallsend, while Merewether beat New Lambton. There was no shortage of chances at Alder Park, a keeper error allowing Rhali Dobson to open the visitor’s account. New Lambton bounced back, Georgia Thomson finding the back of the net. Before Leah Guiffre put Merewether back in the lead. Both teams had plenty of chances in the second half. But Guiffre secured the win with her second.

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JASON DOYLE INVOLVED IN HORRIFYING SPEEDWAY CRASH

World champion Jason Doyle, has been involved in another horrifying crash, this time during round five of the Speedway GP series in Wales. There was plenty of concern for the 32 year old, with Australian team mate Chris Holder and his wife Emily joining him on the track, before he was taken to hospital. In some good news, a post on Doyle’s official Facebook page says he was released this morning after being diagnosed with a couple of minor fractures.

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NEWCASTLE CITY HAMMER LAKE MACQUARIE IN BLACK DIAMOND AFL

Newcastle City continues to gather momentum towards the finals, hammering the hapless Lake Macquarie 214 to 7 this afternoon. Number One isn’t a happy hunting ground for visiting teams, and that was the case today, City quickly racing out to a sizeable lead, and never looking back. Cardiff was also big winners against Singleton, while Wyong Lakes kept its finals hopes alive. Terrigal-Avoca moved top of the league on points difference after its outing, and the Bombers beat the Bay.

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GRAND FINAL REMATCH IN NEWCASTLE NETBALL

Newcastle Netball returned from its three-week break with a blockbuster, Wests versus Souths in a grand-final rematch. And it lived up to the hype, although the undefeated Wests, also the defending champions, raced out to an early lead. They were all square at half-time. Wests lead by two at three-quarter-time, before extending that – although, only just – in the final term. It’s the hardest they’ve been pushed this season, winning by six. In other games, Forsythes were too strong for Wests 2, BNC got up, while Maryville and the Pride, finished all even.

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