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SURFING PRO JUNIOR EVENT COMES TO LAKE MACQUARIE

Lake Macquarie is set to host a major surfing event early next year. Today it was announced the JQS-1000 Surfest pro junior will move from Newcastle to Redhead Beach, with almost 100 boardriders from around the world expected to take part. Local teenager Connor Lee has been given a wildcard. The two-day event gets underway on February 9. (audio in parts)

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WARATAHS RUGBY ESTABLISH ACADEMY FOR YOUNG FEMALE PLAYERS

The Waratahs are hoping to return to Newcastle and Hunter rugby’s premier men’s division by 2020, but they’re also building on their successful women’s program, by establishing an academy for young female players. Among the incentives will be coaching by Australian and Super-W representative, Katrina Barker, and New South Wales Country player, Tahlia Goldsmith. (VISION ONLY)

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SUZY BATKOVIC AGGRAVATES NECK INJURY

A few days after breaking the all-time scoring record in the WNBL, the Hunter’s Suzy Batkovic has aggravated a neck injury and missed most of Townsville’s clash with Melbourne. Batkovic was a frustrated spectator as the Boomers beat her Fire by six points last night. The 37 year old will have scans tomorrow, but is hoping to return for Friday’s clash with Adelaide. (VISION ONLY)

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JETS YOUTH WALK AWAY WINNERS AGAINST CANBERRA

The A-League side will be hoping for a result similar to the Youth team, today 2-nil winners over Canberra. Kent Harrison scoring the decisive winner in the second half. First-team players Mitch Austin and Kosta Petratos played – the latter also sporting a new sleek hair style. It came as Labinot Haliti was officially announced as the team’s head coach, replacing Lawrie McKinna, after completing his final coaching licence. (VISION ONLY)

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ANOTHER RECORD FOR SUZY BATKOVIC

Suzy Batkovic is regarded as the greatest WNBL player of all time, and now she has another record to prove it. The five-time MVP last night became the highest point-scorer in the league’s history, posting her five thousand-eight-hundred-and-twenty-fourth point, in front of a rapturous Townsville crowd. And to make the achievement even sweeter, the Fire posted a huge 93-51 win, a much-needed confidence boost after their slow start to the season. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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