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THE VOLUNTEERS BEHIND LOCAL SPORT

So many kids play weekend sport through winter. But have you stopped to think about the hours, the effort and the dedication it takes to run your local club? NBN News spent some time with just one of the more than 9,000 volunteers running football clubs in our region, to learn just what it takes.

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WELL TIMED BYE WEEKEND FOR THE KNIGHTS

With Origin being on Sunday night, NRL teams have a bye this weekend – and it’s particularly good timing for the injury-ravaged Knights. They’ve actually got two byes in four weeks, meaning there’s potentially only one more game before the return of Mitchell Pearce. Nathan Brown admits the side’s lack of experienced players at the moment is hurting. “Since we’ve sort of gone through this 6 to 8 week we’ve sort of had a fair few more inexperienced players we’ve had real key parts of the game where we’ve let ourselves down ” RELATED:¬†INJURY DEPLETED KNIGHTS BEATEN BY MELBOURNE Meanwhile, Lachlan Fitzgibbon could miss two weeks after being charged over a crusher tackle.

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47-YEAR-OLD DIES IN CRASH AT URALLA

A 47-year-old man has died in a single vehicle accident in Uralla at 10 pm last night. Emergency services were called to Kingstown Road near the intersection of Wallaby Rocks Lane after the vehicle he was driving crashed into a rockface. He died at the scene. Police say he was a local and are asking any witnesses to come forward.

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REFEREE KNOCKED UNCONSCIOUS IN ALLEGED BRAWL

A 56-year-old soccer referee has been knocked unconscious during an assault at a match at Bateau Bay on the Central Coast. It’s understood the 56-year-old was struck on the back of the head when he intervened in a brawl between opposing players and spectators in the third-grade clash. He was taken to Gosford Hospital in a stable condition. Anyone who saw the incident is asked to contact police.

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MAN BEHIND BARS FOR ALLEGED HORRIFIC CRIME AGAINST SCHOOL GIRL

The bravery of a young girl – and the power of a community have led to the arrest of a man, accused of an unspeakable crime. Among 200 phone calls to police – a tip that led to the alleged sex predator. But it was the 11 year old victim – who had the courage to report the crime, and the strength to relive it – that means a Newcastle community can sleep a little easier tonight. NOTE: Please be advised the identity of the accused has been suppressed by order of a court. Any comments or posts which identify or lead to the identification of the accused may impact court proceedings.

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