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HUNTER OLYMPIANS

Jade North was the first of our Hunter Olympians to see action in China during the Olyroos 1-all draw with Serbia. The opening ceremony is next on the itinerary for most while Merewether water polo player, Richie Campbell, has already enjoyed a royal experience.

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TAUFUA MAKING HIS MARK

There was bad news for lock Zeb Taia out of last night’s game (Monday) with the in-form back rower expected to miss between four to six weeks with a medial ligament tear in his knee. Mark Taufua though continues to impress. A country rugby convert, he’s working towards earning both a new deal and a World Cup start with Samoa.

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HELM DIVES IN

Newcastle’s Olympic softballers Nat Ward and Belinda Wright leave with the team for Bejing tomorrow morning while shooter Michael Diamond was among those who arrived in China overnight. So were the Australian Diving team which includes Matthew Helm, who’s at his his last Olympics.

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HUNTER SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS

Broc Parkes remains third in the World Supersport standings after an horrific crash brought a premature end to their race at Brands Hatch. Fellow rider Craig Jones suffered a severe head injury and remains in a critical condition in hospital.

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HAGAN HOMECOMING

The Knights host the Eels in a match that means so much to their respective finals campaigns. For the coaches its also a milestone match with Brian Smith clocking up 500 games and Michael Hagan hitting 200, with the latter returning to his old stomping ground for the first time as an opposing coach.

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EDMUNDO STEPS OUT

All things being equal, Ecuador’s Edmundo Zura will officially be a Newcastle Jet tomorrow night (Tuesday) with his medical checks to be completed. The coach preferring to give him the once over where it counts – on the field.

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JETS GO DOWN AT PORT

Jets fans have had their first look at the club’s Danish import, with Jesper Hakansson playing his debut match. Newcastle took its round three, pre-season cup game to Port Macquarie only to have Melbourne snatch the win, one-nil.

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