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NORTHS HANG ON TO TOP SPOT IN HUNTER COAST HOCKEY

In Round 18 of Hunter Coast Premier Hockey,  Gosford belted Uni, Wests beat Maitland, while Norths outclassed their bitter rivals. Missing a host of rep stars, Souths trailed three nil at half time, before Ky Willott made it four early in the second half. Rory Walker and Shaun Frazer then combined to make it five-nil. With time running out, Souths gave their supporters something to cheer about. Norths keeper Shaun O’Brien made some impressive late saves to ensure the boys in blue would retain top spot on the ladder.

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WESTS DISMANTLE FORYSTHES IN NEWCASTLE NETBALL

Defending Newcastle Netball champions Wests have sent another emphatic message to the rest of the competition, dismantling the third-placed Forysthes this afternoon. The clear ladder leaders were at their best, opening up an early lead, and running away with it. Just as impressive was their defence. Forsythes put up a fight – this heavy collision saw skipper Sophie Buckley go off, but that didn’t change the result. They finished 43-goal winners. Elsewhere, the Lions stayed in second. BNC jump into third place, while Nova Thunder aren’t far behind the top four, in fifth.

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LAKE MACQUARIE SAILOR’S HOPES TAKE A HIT IN DENMARK

The dream of Lake Macquarie sailor Will Ryan and his teammate Matthew Belcher to win a third-straight sailing world championship has taken a huge hit, after tumbling down the leaderboard in Denmark overnight. The pair entered the second day of 470-class competition in third, but finished in 10th. There’s still time to fight back, with the event nearing the halfway point.

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ANDREW DODT IN WITH A CHANCE IN FIJI

Charlestown’s Andrew Dodt’s title hopes at the $1.5-million Fiji International are well and truly on, just one stroke off the lead, with one day left to play. It comes after overnight leader Ben Campbell carded a third round of five over, throwing the race wide open. Dodt held his nerve, shooting par for the day, producing three birdies and three bogeys. He’s in a share of second, behind Indian Gaganjeet Bhullar.

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