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TWO NEW TEAMS FOR 2019 HERITAGE CUP

Hunter football’s Heritage Cup is back for 2019, featuring two new teams – Merewether Advance, founded in 1894 and Minmi Wanderers, the state’s first soccer club, which began 135 years ago. The pair joins NPL clubs Edgeworth, Weston and Lake Macquarie in the cup, which kicks off on Sunday. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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NEW-LOOK LAKE MACQUARIE PCYC GYM OFFICIALLY OPENS

A huge boost for the future of Hunter boxing, with the redeveloped Lake Macquarie PCYC gym officially opened today. Commonwealth Games champion Ajna Stridsman and two-time world champion Sakio Bika were on hand for some “playful” sparring. Bika now calls the Windale facility home, as he looks to secure one last big bout before retirement. (VISION ONLY)

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CRUMMER TO HAVE MORE SURGERY ON BROKEN LEG

W-League Jet Larissa Crummer has revealed she’ll need another operation to fix her badly broken leg. The 23-year-old has taken to social media to thank Newcastle officials and her teammates for their support, confirming she’s committed to re-signing with the club. Crummer will miss the Matildas’ World Cup campaign this year, but is determined to feature at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.’ (VISION ONLY)

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RHYS SEARANT FINISHES RUNNER-UP AT GOSFORD AMT

He was unstoppable at the Australian Money Tour event in Newcastle last week, but the heat has taken its toll on Rhys Searant, with the Whitebridge ace losing the singles and doubles finals at the Gosford AMT tournament last night. Searant was outclassed in the singles by the top seed, Neutral Bay’s Arjun Mehotra, 7-6, 6-4. He then lost the doubles in three sets to fellow Hunter player Luke Rankovich. “It’s been about 35 degrees everyday, minimum 1 to 2 matches singles and then 1 or 2 doubles, on court til 10.30 last night, playing doubles so it’s been a tough turn around.” – Rhys Searant (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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KURRI DRIVER BECOMES FIRST FEMALE TO WIN NATIONAL SPEEDWAY TITLE

Kurri’s Kiona Sunerton has become the first woman ever to win an Australian speedway title, claiming the RSA Street Stocker championship in Gilgandra over the weekend. The former state champion was one of only two females in a field of 30 drivers, and was rarely challenged, winning two heats and the final. Sunerton now turns her attention to the New South Wales titles in March. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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