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HALL SLIPS TO THIRD IN AIR RACE STANDINGS

Aussie air racer Matt Hall has blamed complacency for a seventh place finish in the latest round of the World Championship in Russia. The Newcastle pilot was on target for the fastest time of the day, and allowed himself to relax – which proved costly. Hall has now slipped from first to third in the world standings, with three rounds to go.

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JETS TO HEAD SOUTH FOR FFA CUP CLASH

The Jets will fly to Melbourne tomorrow, ahead of their FFA Cup clash with City. Newcastle will be without Ben Kantarovski, who has a calf complaint. Ronny Vargas, on the other hand, is feeling fit and injury free. The Round of 16 encounter will be the first time Jets players will face former teammate, Riley McGree.  

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FINAL ROUND OF HUNTER COAST PREMIER HOCKEY

Gosford has claimed the Hunter Coast Premier Hockey minor premiership, after beating Wests in the final round. Norths claimed second after hammering The Entrance, and Maitland beat Uni. Gosford will host Norths on Central Coast this weekend, after relegating Wests to the elimination match against Souths. Ben Ferguson opened the scoring in the three-nil whitewash.

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CELEBRATIONS CONTINUE FOLLOWING WPL DECIDER

The celebrations continued for Merewether today, after winning back-to-back WPL grand finals. The Llamas beat Warners Bay for the second straight year, and by the same score. “In all honesty I could probably cry, I probably will later, I’m so proud of those girls. One nil down, to come back 4 goals, got a bit tight there near the end.” – Rhali Dobson, Merewether Player Dobson scored a brace in the four-three victory, adding to her win in the W-League decider with Melbourne City. FULL MATCH REPORT: MEREWETHER BEATS WARNERS BAY AGAIN IN WPL GRAND FINAL “For me, I’m just ecstatic that’s 3 in 12 months, I’m so proud of these girls, they dug in and that’s probably our best performance this season.” (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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JASON DOYLE FAILS TO MAKE THE FINALS IN POLAND

Jason Doyle competing in Denmark

Jason Doyle’s Speedway Grand Prix world title defence is all but over, after the Australian failed to make the finals at round seven in Poland. Doyle grabbed second spot in four of his heats, but couldn’t grab a win. He’s now tenth overall in the championship standings, 50 points behind series leader Tai Woffinden from England, with three rounds remaining.

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CENTRAL BEATS CESSNOCK AS NEWCASTLE LEAGUE FINALS TAKE SHAPE

In Newcastle Rugby League, Central has finished second on the ladder after outclassing Cessnock 36 points to 16 in the final round. Trailing 14-nil at half time, the Goannas got back into the contest after the break, as Joe Woodbury scooped up the ball and raced 90 metres to score. But the Butcher Boys put the result beyond doubt as Simon Williams waltzed through the Cessnock defence. Central’s win means Kurri makes the finals in fifth, with Lakes, Souths and Maitland making up the top four.

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