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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.

NSW CLAIMS TWO WINS AT THE NATIONAL INDIGENOUS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Two Hunter cricketers have helped New South Wales to victory at the National Indigenous Championships in Alice Springs. Ryan Fennings from Toronto went into the grand final averaging 69 for the tournament. But he wasn’t required to bat, as the Blues chased down Queensland’s total of 105 for the loss of just two wickets. Nelson Bay’s Jemma Astley finished with figures of none for 11 in the women’s decider, as New South Wales claimed a comfortable 46-run win over Victoria.

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A WIN AND A LOSS FOR HUNTER HURRICANES AGAINST BALMAIN

It was a mixed day for the Hunter Hurricanes in the Australian Water Polo League. The men’s team edged out Balmain by one, but the Sydney-siders dominated the women’s game. Balmain set the tone early, with Caroline Anderson scoring twice in the opening minutes, before Rowie Webster also scored a double to make it four-nil. The home fans finally had something to cheer about when Emma Preece hit the target. Hurricanes keeper Kelsey Wakefield did her best to keep the score respectable. While Rachel Fattal gave Hunter some hope of a comeback, but the visitors went on to complete a big win.

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SARAH KEMP GRABS SECOND AT VIC OPEN

Scotland’s David Law has shot a final round 66 to claim a dramatic win at the $1.5-million Vic Open. “He makes it – what a finish.” In the women’s event, Tuncurry’s Sarah Kemp shot a final round seven under to rocket up to second spot. But she could only watch on as France’s Celine Boutier held on to win the tournament by two shots.

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SURFEST: CENTRAL COAST SURFERS DOMINATE PRO JUNIOR DIVISIONS

Finals day of Surfest’s Pro Junior had to be moved from Redhead to Catherine Hill Bay because of rough conditions, but that didn’t bother the Central Coast contingent in both divisions. Avoca surfer Caleb Tancred started as favourite in the men’s final and he didn’t disappoint. He bagged an early seven point two, then scored a late eight to wrap up the title. Jaggar Bartholomew, son of legendary Aussie surfer, Wayne, finished fourth. In the women’s decider, North Shelly’s Molly Picklum notched an eight point seven to establish an early lead. America’s Alyssa Spencer gave her plenty to think about with a six point five and a seven point six, but Picklum did enough to claim the crown.

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THREE SIXES IN A ROW FOR CHARLESTOWN’S DANIEL ARMS

In Newcastle District Cricket only three matches made a start today following overnight rain, with Wests in some trouble against Waratah-Mayfield, while City is 8 for 154 against Cardiff-Boolaroo. At Kahibah Oval, opener Daniel Arms got Charlestown off to a flying start against Wallsend. In one Nathan Price over, Arms smashed three sixes in a row, his second helped him pass 50. He survived an appeal at the other end from the next over, but was eventually run out for 65.

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