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LIONS FINALISE TEAM FOR NATIONAL SERIES

UNE has announced its 12-player team for the National University Sevens Series’ tournament in Tasmania next weekend, with locals featuring heavily. Current student Kim Resch is joined by Tamworth’s Abby Schmiedel and Armidale’s Bea Roberts. Warialda High School student Rhiannon Byers also made the cut. The side has been supplemented by Rio gold medallist Alicia Quirk. Four players were also part of Australia’s youth Commonwealth Games winning squad last month. (no audio) FULL SQUAD Hannah Southwell Kennedy Cherrington Langley Serega Mel Howard Kim Resch Alicia Quirk Brydie Parker Rhiannon Byers Bea Roberts Riley McKay Emma Gillogly Abby Schmiedel

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ACE & WILKO FIRST ROUND WINNERS AT TEAHUPO’O

Avoca’s Adrian Buchan and Copacabana’s Matt Wilkinson have won their first round heats in Tahiti. Current World No. 1 Matt Wilkinson edged a heat win by just 0.20 points over local wildcard Taumata Puhetini and Brazil’s Wiggolly Dantas in Round 1 Heat 6. It was a low scoring heat win for Wilkinson who will be thankful that he has progressed through to Round 3 and will be hoping and requiring much better scores to continue his charge for this year’s world title. Meanwhile, 2013 event winner Adrian Buchan found a few rare barrel rides for the highest single score of the morning, an 8.83, to claim a Round 1 win over Brazilians’ Filipe Toledo and Miguel Pupo and will advance directly to Round 3. (VISION ONLY)

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WOMAN FOUND UNCONSCIOUS ON CENTRAL COAST ROAD

Witnesses are being sought after a woman was found unconscious and seriously injured on the Central Coast. The woman, aged 54, was found at the intersection of Fairview and Copnor Avenues in The Entrance shortly after 2pm yesterday. She was taken to Wyong Hospital with head injuries, but the woman remains unconscious. It’s believed she may have been walking around the car park of a bottle shop with a small dog just before she was found unconscious, and at the time she was wearing pyjama pants with ‘Batman’ on them and ugg boots. Police say she may have been living out of her car, a silver Saab, that was parked in the car park of the bottle shop. Detectives also believe a customer of the bottle shop may have witnessed what happened, and possibly even have video footage.

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GUNNEDAH ATHLETES TAKE OUT TOP HONOURS

Gunnedah has featured at this year’s Northern Inland Academy of Sport awards. Eliza Perkins was named female athlete of the year, for her achievements in netball – she’s also a member of the New South Wales under-17 development squad. Meanwhile, tennis player Andrew Osmond was named male athlete of the year. He’s currently competing in a platinum tournament in Sawtell. (VISION ONLY)

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FATAL ACCIDENT NORTH OF THE ENTRANCE

A man has lost his life after a crash on the Central Coast this morning. Shortly after 11am, police were called to Magenta, where a car travelling north had left the road. It’s believed the vehicle veered off the road and collided with a tree. The man was treated by paramedics but died at the scene. Investigators were at the scene for most of the afternoon, with one lane of Wilfred Barrett Drive closed to traffic. (VISION ONLY)

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TEEN CHARGED AFTER POLICE CHASE

A teenager who allegedly reversed into a police officer before starting a chase across Port Stephens and Newcastle has faced court. Tyson James Booby is facing 18 charges from yesterday’s incident, that ended in front of a number of stunned onlookers in Mayfield.  

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WALLSEND MP CHARGED BY NSW ELECTORAL COMMISSION

The NSW Electoral Commission has charged Wallsend MP Sonia Hornery for allegedly misusing enrolment information. The Commission alleges the offence occurred in August last year. One charge has been laid, with the NSW Crown Solicitor’s Office prosecuting the matter on behalf of the Commission. As the matter will be heard in the Local Court, the maximum fine that can be imposed is $22,000. The matter is listed before the Downing Centre Local Court on August 28. Ms Hornery has released a statement saying she will be “vigorously defending” the matter. “I take my duties as an MP very seriously and always act with integrity,” she said. “As the matter is about to go to court, I don’t think it is appropriate to make any further comment until the process is complete.”

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