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Samuel is a news and sports reporter for the Central Coast and Newcastle. He began working for NBN News in 2014.

RILEY MCGREE SIGNS WITH MELBOURNE CITY

Scorpion-kick king Riley McGree will return to the A-League next season, but it won’t be with the Newcastle Jets. The 19-year-old has instead signed a loan deal with the club he scored his incredible goal against – Melbourne City. McGree, who’s still contracted to Belgian heavyweights Club Brugge, says he’s heading south for the professionalism of City and its high-quality facilities. Newcastle did table an offer, but it’s understood it couldn’t match a club regarded as the richest in the league.

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GRESFORD COWBOY CLIFF RICHARDSON WINS MORE SILVERWARE

Gresford cowboy Cliff Richardson has laid claim to being Australia’s best, after winning the Last Cowboy Standing event in Brisbane. “I been to this event a couple of times and didn’t do any good. I been feeling good and fit and we got three nice bulls and it certainly paid off.” He said. Richardson is now third on the Australian pro bull riding rankings – and could take top spot at the tour’s next stop – in Newcastle, in August.

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KATIE-RAE EBZERY SIGNS DEAL WITH PERTH LYNX

She’s been a mainstay for Sydney Uni in the WNBL for the best part of a decade but Newcastle basketballer Katie-Rae Ebzery has made the decision to head west next season. She’s signed a two-year deal with the Perth Lynx. The Australian Opals guard says it was the professionalism of the club and its support staff that triggered the move.

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TERRIGAL-AVOCA CLAIM CRUCIAL WIN OVER NEWCASTLE CITY

Terrigal-Avoca has recorded a crucial result over fellow powerhouses Newcastle City in the Black Diamond AFL, 48-14 winners. It was a hard-fought contest – unbelievably the half-time score was just 11-10. Terrigal-Avoca skipped away in the third. The win consolidates second place for the Panthers on the ladder. Maitland won a tight one over Wyong, the Bombers won a comfortable one over Gosford. Singleton beat Nelson Bay, while Warners Bay absolutely thrashed Lake Macquarie.

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HAWKS SEND OMINOUS WARNING TO THE REST OF NHRU

The Hamilton Hawks have sent a message to the rest of the NHRU, easily beating the Wanderers 38-22 in a Grand Final replay this afternoon. Some late points helped salvage pride for the Two Blues, Hamilton were dominant. They raced away at the start of the second half, looking in-form. Elsewhere, ladder-leaders Merewether were far too good for Southern Beaches… Maitland piled more pain on the struggling Lake Macquarie, while Singleton got past the Students.

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SOUTHS BATTLE IT OUT IN NEWCASTLE NETBALL

A confidence-boosting result for Souths Lions in Newcastle Netball – but it came at the expense of their club-mates. The intra-club derby was one-sided this afternoon, Souths’ first team winning by 38 points. In the day’s other games, Wests continued their charge on top of the competition ladder with a win over Nova Thunder. Forsythes prevailed comfortably against Maryville Tavern, and BNC just snuck past Wests 2.

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