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SURFEST ON HOLD FOR A DAY AS ACE DROPS OUT

Dramatic scenes at Surfest with competition called off after just one heat this morning, due to wild conditions. Surfers in heat two of the women’s opening round were unable to get beyond the break… while a jetski rider was thrown off by a wave. “Oh woah. Oh my goodness. The jetski is washing in. Conditions are really difficult.” Thankfully he wasn’t seriously injured. It wasn’t the only blow – with confirmation men’s fourth seed Adrian Buchan from the Central Coast has withdrawn from the event, due to illness.

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BREWER AND VAN EGMOND HEADING TO PORTUGAL WITH MATILDAS

W-League Jets Emily van Egmond and Hannah Brewer have been rewarded for their great season with Newcastle by being selected in the 22-player Matildas squad for the upcoming Algarve Cup in Portugal. The Aussie side has been grouped with Norway, China and the host nation, and will kick off the tournament with a game against the Norwegians on March 1. Post-cup, the Matildas will return home to continue preparations for the 2018 Asian Cup in Jordan.

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JETS ISSUED WITH SHOW CAUSE NOTICE OVER MERRICK COMMENTS

Football Federation Australia has issued the Jets with a show cause notice, over Ernie Merrick’s criticism of match officials after Newcastle’s draw with the Wanderers, saying he’s breached the national code of conduct. Jets officials will now meet to discuss their response, which must be submitted to the FFA before 5pm on March 1. Newcastle boss Lawrie McKinna has told NBN News that the CEO of another A-League franchise has already offered to pay half of any fine Merrick’s comments may incur. Meanwhile, Andrew Nabbout has claimed goal of the round for his strike against Western Sydney.

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41 YEAR OLD CHARGED AFTER FRAUD INVESTIGATION

Charges have been laid following an investigation into counterfeit money being used across several Port Stephens suburbs including Lemon Tree Passage and Salamander Bay. A 41-year-old man presented himself to Nelson Bay Police Station on Monday morning where he was charged with dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception and breach of bail. He will face Raymond Terrace Court on Tuesday.

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OUTTERIDGE AND JENSEN ON TOP ON THE GOLD COAST

Lake Macquarie sailors Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen have finally lost a race in the Superfoiler Grand Prix series, but still hold a healthy lead. Round three on the Gold Coast didn’t all go according to plan. But the former Olympic gold medallists recovered to win the eighth race of the weekend. “It might’ve looked easy but it was really different …. happy to take another win and looking forward to the next event in Busselton.”

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