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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.

JOSH FIFE CLAIMS WIN IN ROUND THREE OF AUSTRALIAN KART CHAMPIONSHIPS

Reigning national KZ2 champion Josh Fife, has lived up to his reputation, by winning the final during round three of the Australian Kart Championship at Cameron Park. Scott Sorensen was second overall in the KA1 category heading into this round, but he dominated the decider. In other divisions, Jaiden Pope came from seventh on the leaderboard in the KA2 karts, to win today’s decider.

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BRENDAN JOHNSTON CLAIMS BACK TO BACK PORT TO PORT MOUNTAIN BIKE WINS

He made a slow start to this year’s Port to Port mountain bike event, but defending champion Brendan Johnston has done enough to claim back to back titles in the men’s division. “I thought I might’ve been out of it for the week and got better each day and moved up one spot on overall each day and a little bit of pressure but there’s some strong guys so no one’s going to expect me to get up over them.” Rankin Park’s Cameron Ivory won the opening day, but dropped back to finish third overall. Armidale’s Holly Harris dominated the women’s race on debut, winning every stage. “I’m definitely feeling it. There’s definitely a tingling in my legs and I’m a bit tired, but very happy.”

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HEENEY STARS IN SWANS WIN

The Swans have moved up the ladder following last night’s hard fought win over Brisbane. Isaac Heeney made the most of his opportunities up front. In a rain-soaked, low scoring contest, Buddy Franklin had a quiet outing, as his young teammates led the way in the 18-point win.

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PLENTY OF WORK TO DO FOR JASON DOYLE

The Hunter’s Jason Doyle still has plenty of work to do, as he looks to defend his Speedway GP world title. After a disappointing effort in round one in Poland, the Australian was again in trouble, crashing in heat seven in the Czech Republic. But round two was back on track as Doyle took out heat 16 and managed to qualify for the finals. He avoided a crash in the first semi, but couldn’t sneak into the top two from the restart. His points haul for the night sees him move up to tenth on the world championship leaderboard, ahead of round three in Denmark on June 30.

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IVORY CLAIMS STAGE ONE OF PORT TO PORT RACE

The Hunter’s own cross-country national champion, Cameron Ivory, is making his debut in the Port to Port mountain bike race, as the opening stage shifted from its original home at Port Stephens to Pokolbin. “It’s my first time here so I guess I don’t know what the first stage was like at Nelson Bay but I’m looking forward to it. I’ve never ridden up here before so it’s a first for me.” Ivory eventually won the day by the barest of margins. Racing continues tomorrow with a 45-kilometre stage, starting at West Wallsend.

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CALLINAN THROUGH TO ROUND FOUR AT THE QS 6000 IN JAPAN

Merewether’s Ryan Callinan has survived a scare, to advance to round five of the 6,000-point Qualifying Series event in Japan. The Australian started well, posting a six point eight on his opening ride to lead the heat. But with the swell dropping, his opportunities were limited. With less than four minutes remaining, Callinan was last. “Ryan Callinan he waited for a while for this wave, nice arcing turn, jams it up off the lip.” That gave him a four point three, before a five point seven on his last wave saw him get through in second spot.

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