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HUNTER CYCLE CLASSIC HAS GREAT START

Sydney cyclist Richard Lang is no stranger to the winner’s podium but he claimed a rare prize at the Great Hunter Cycle Classic by winning the first ever race. It could soon be a treasured feat given Cycling NSW predicts big thing for the Classic, tipping the event will draw upwards of 2000 riders in coming years. Given the location, they could well be right with the circuit around central Pokolbin offering cyclists and spectators the chance to enjoy a competitive ride in the wonderful surrounds of premier wine country.

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GREAT HUNTER CYCLE CLASSIC

Cycling New South Wales predict the Great Hunter Cycle Classic will quickly grow into one of the premier events on their calendar. Raced today for the first time, Sydney’s Richard Lang earned inaugural honours over two Newcastle riders.

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UNI PROP IN RUGBY BAD BOOKS

Wanderers have come behind to beat University in a rain effected round of Newcastle and Hunter Rugby. Elsewhere a big win for the Blacks, Singleton shared the same result while Hamilton also won. The match at Belmont was washed out while the Two Blues downed a gallant University 32 – 24 as they finished with 14 men on the field after an ugly exchange.

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STATE TEAM NO DISTRACTION FOR KNIGHTS

Newcastle coach Brian Smith doesn’t believe the timing of the Blues origin squad announcement will prove a distraction on Monday night. It’ll happen at half-time in the Knights’ clash with North Queensland, but the team believes the dangers of this game are far more obvious.

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CAN JETS KEEP ITALIAN STAR?

Can the Newcastle Jets afford to keep Fabio Vignoroli for the coming A-League season? Many would say they can’t afford not to. As the Italian star attracts interest from international clubs, the Jets remain hopeful of retaining him.

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NEWCASTLE JETS FLY INTO ACL KNOCKOUT STAGE

The Newcastle Jets have become only the second A-League side ever, to reach the Asian Champions League knockout stage, thanks to a one-nil win over Ulsan in Korea. Newcastle only needed a draw to advance, but local junior Jason Hoffman ensured the Jets would return to Australia with all three points. The Jets finished second in their group and will return to Korea on June 24, for a round of 16 knockout clash against the Pohang Steelers.

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PATERSON COMEBACK ON HOLD FOR ANOTHER WEEK

Knights’ coach Brian Smith is yet to settle on his line-up for Saturday’s clash with the Roosters, with Adam MacDougall and Aku Uate both in doubt. Cory Paterson has expressed interest in playing for Lakes in the local league this weekend, but the coach says he’ll be rested for a possible return to the national comp next round.

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