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BEN DEMERY BACK FROM BEIJING

Collecting two silver medals was definitely a highlight, but many of Ben Demery’s memories of the Paralympics revolve around the performances of others. Back from Beijing for barely a week, the Dudley cyclist says his first Games were a real eye opener.

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DANNY’S FINAL FUNCTION AS KNIGHTS SKIPPER

It’s been more than a month since supporters resigned themselves to the Knights without Danny Buderus, but today marked the end of his official duties with the club. The skipper’s next journey will take him to the other side of the world, but first he made sure some of his team’s most memorable moments won’t be forgotten.

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JETS COP ANOTHER BLOW

It goes from bad to worse for the Newcastle Jets who have now lost two more players to representative duty on top of their injury crisis. James Holland and Jason Naidovksi will leave for Australian Under 20s duty on Wednesday, further stretching an already thinned out playing roster.

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KNIGHTS SEARCH FOR SUSTAINABILITY

Privatisation has long been a dirty word at the Newcastle Knights but with a view to searching for alternative funding models it can’t be ruled out. But it’s just one of a range of options being investigated to best generate the club’s long term financial sustainability.

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INJURY RAVAGED JETS

Thh 2-nil loss against Adelaide and serious injury has seriously dented Newcastle’s A-League title defence with Jason Hoffman’s season on the line and star striker Joel Griffiths out for the best part of a month. They actually finished the game with only 10 fit players.

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HAWKS RUGBY GLORY

Hamilton coach Scott Coleman would have retired last season had his team won the Newcastle and Hunter Rugby grand final. Narrowly beaten by Merewether that day, the pain of defeat motivated both he and several key players to push on one more year. It was worth it, as they beat a gallant University 35 – 20 to win claim the 2008 NHRU title and spark celebrations a year in the waiting. Clink on for extended highlights of the big day.

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HAWKS FLYING HIGH

Hamilton has put the disappointment of last year’s result well and truly behind them with a convincing win in Newcastle and Hunter Rugby’s 2008 grand final. The Hawks were never headed against University, beating the students 35 – 20 to clinch the title.

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HIGH FIVE FOR DUTCHY

To be fair, it wasn’t quite the news Newcastle Jets fans were expecting but the long term contract extension today for coach Gary van Egmond was still warmly received. Including the current season, he’ll effectively remain for five more years and that could be enough to ensure their star player, Joel Griffiths does as well.

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BEN VENUE WINS NSW TITLE

And Armidale’s Ben Venue has only just beaten Seaham primary on countback, in school soccer’s New South Wales Football Cup, played at Raymond Terrace this morning. With half the number of students the visitors have, Seaham showed plenty of fight to lead at one stage when Harry George scored. State captain, Brandon Lundy, kept the hosts’ momentum going, only to have it broken by Armidale’s Cody Watts, forcing the match into extra time. Still 2-all at the end, and with equal corners, Ben Venue won through to next month’s semis because it scored the first goal. (*****)

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STADIUM WAR OF WORDS

After several attempts in the past, Newcastle Jets owner Con Constantine says he no longer wants to buy the Newcastle Knights despite the rugby league club floating the idea of privatisation once again. The millionaire businessman will instead pursue the Knights for what he says is a fairer lease arrangement at EnergyAustralia Stadium, something the Knights say they already have.

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