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IFFLAND MOVES INTO TOP SPOT

Australia’s Rhiannan Iffland has moved into top spot in the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, following round four in Switzerland. Iffland appeared to be cruising towards another victory, but didn’t flawlessly execute a new dive in the final round. Instead it was Canadian mother-of-three, Lysanne Richard, who missed the entire 2017 season with a neck injury, who claimed an emotional win. The overall lead still gave the Australian reason to smile.

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NARROW LOSS FOR THE NORTHSTARS

The Newcastle Northstars have dropped out of the Australian Ice Hockey League’s top four, following a narrow loss to ladder leader’s Canberra. Trailing 5-2 in the third period, the home side was back in it with eight minutes left in the game. But the visiting Brave iced the game 6-4 in the final seconds. Next up, Newcastle will host the Sydney Bears on Sunday.

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HUNTER PLAYS HOST TO AUSTRALIAN DIRT TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS

Hunter riders had their hands full over the weekend, as competitors from as far away as Townsville and Melbourne made their way to Eagleton, near Raymond Terrace, to challenge for Australian Dirt Track Championship titles. Riders competed in a range of classes, including the Dirt Track Sidecars and the 500cc slider class. Queenslander Briony Hendrickson dominated the women’s class, winning for the fifth time in six attempts.

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WALLABIES ARRIVE IN CESSNOCK

After selecting his Bledisloe Cup squad, Michael Cheika has taken the Wallabies to the Hunter Valley for a training camp. The 36-man squad held a skills session with junior rugby players at Cessnock Showground late this afternoon. The camp is part of preparations for the opening clash with the All Blacks on August 18. We’ll have more on the visit in tomorrow night’s bulletin.

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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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