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HAZELWOOD READY FOR STATE DEBUT

Bendemeer’s Josh Hazelwood will enter cricket’s history books on Thursday when he makes his debut for the New South Wales Blues. The 17-year-old bowling prodigy will become the state’s youngest ever representative when he lines up for the Blues in their four day game against New Zealand at the SCG. With Nathan Bracken and Doug Bollinger unavailable, Hazelwood was called into the first 11 after impressive performances in representative and reserve grade matches.

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WATT WINS PORT HALF IRONMAM

Queenslander Cam Watt held off a late charge from local triathlete Tim Berkel to take out today’s Port Macquarie Half Ironman. The 29 year old finished the race in just over four hours, 38 seconds. Port Macquarie Half-Ironman Triathlon 1. Cam WATT (Qld) 4:01:53 2. Tim BERKEL (NSW) 4:02:31 3. Brian FULLER (Qld) 4:02:37

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PERKINS MAKES A SPLASH

Dual Olympic Gold medallist Kieren Perkins touched down in Tamworth today. The Australian champion hosted a special coaching clinic for the region’s swim stars, but insists success is as much about hard work and motivation as it is natural ability.

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JUMPING JUDGES

The North and North West show jumping society are gearing up for a big weekend. Renowned international judge Graham Davey is visiting Tamworth for a two day clinic, designed to educate local officials on show jumping rules and horse and rider welfare. It’s the first time in eight years a judges clinic has been held in the region, and comes as a direct response to growing interest in the sport. North West Showjumping President, Annette Maunder says the sport is definitely growing and certainly at a junior level we’ve got quite a few participants in the North West and New England area, and we’re needing to have officials that have the appropriate accreditation for the shows that we’re running.

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GUNNEDAH’S ACE ATHLETES

Gunnedah long distance swimmer Tom Harris and rising netball star Alexa Wilkinson have been awarded the town’s highest sporting honour. The duo were named the Sports Star of the Year at the the Gunnedah Shire Sports Awards dinner. Cyclist and tri-athlete Jack Hickey and swimmer Laura Tumbers took out the junior titles. Touch football referee Tony Melick was honoured as the town’s top official, while Belinda Dawson received volunteer of the year for her support of local netball and swimming. (*****)

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HIGH HOPES FOR TAMWORTH CRICKETER

Tamworth’s Blake Fitzgerald travels to Bowral this weekend hoping to cement his spot in the New South Wales under 19s squad for the second year running. The 18-year-old batsman now ready to focus on cricket full time having recently completed his HSC

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NORTH WEST TAGS VICTORY

The North West’s top Oz Tag players have had a strong start at day one of the national championships in Coffs Harbour. Two of the region’s four teams walked away with opening round victories but officials warn games will get tougher in the lead up to Sunday’s grand final.

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