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Mitchell Hughes is head sports reporter and presenter with NBN News in Newcastle. Mitch started his career as an editor with NBN, before graduating from Newcastle University and taking his first reporting job in the Tweed Heads/Gold Coast region.

HUNTER BASKETBALLER EBZERY IN OPALS CAMP

Hunter basketballer Katie-Rae Ebzery is in Canberra this week for the Opals selection camp. The 28-year-old is hoping to retain her spot for next month’s World Championships in Spain, with the Australian side keen to bounce back from a poor Rio Olympics campaign. “We were a little bit disappointed after Rio obviously so it’s really a way for us to redeem ourselves on the international stage I think and get back to where we need to be and where we think we can be as an Australian basketball team.” There’s certain to be new faces, but Ebzery is confident the Opals will be ready. “We had a trip to China a few weeks ago and I think these last few sessions we’ve really started to gel offensively and defensively which is really nice.” (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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SYDNEY BEARS TOO GOOD FOR THE NORTHSTARS

The Northstars have slipped to fifth in the Australian Ice Hockey League after a loss to the Sydney Bears. It was a tight opening term – with Newcastle the only side to find the net. Goals came in quick succession in the second term, before the Bears hit the front in the third. Bert Malloy pegged one back, but it wasn’t enough. The Northstars face the Bears again this Friday night.

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MIXED START FOR AUSSIES AT YOUTH WATER POLO CHAMPIONSHIPS

Merewether High students Matt Humby and Mitch Robinson found the back of the net as Australia made a mixed start at the World Youth Water Polo Championships in Hungary. The Aussies lost their opening match 10 goals to six against Montenegro, but recovered to beat Egypt in their second game. Humby was on target against the Egyptians, while Robinson bagged his second of the tournament, as Australia claimed a healthy win, 11 goals to seven. Our next game is against South Africa tomorrow.

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BLAKE WINDRED READY FOR FIRST US AMATEUR

Charlestown golfer Blake Windred is just hours away from the biggest tournament of his life, preparing to make his first appearance at the US Amateur. Windred is following in the footsteps of fellow Hunter golfer Nick Flanagan, who won the title in 2003, but the 20-year-old says that’s the furthest thing from his mind. He tees off at the famous Pebble Beach course at 6:30 tomorrow morning, our time.

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