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TAMWORTH TRIO AMONG HOCKEY’S BEST

Heat and humidity will be one of the major challenges for three Tamworth hockey players, who will tour Malaysia with the Australian country side in April. The girls have begun an intense training schedule to prepare for the tournament, which involves games against three other countries.

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PARAGLIDERS TAKE OFF

The sky finally cleared for more than 100 paragliders who launched off Mount Borah, near Manilla, today for the opening round of the World Pro Series. But the event wasn’t just open to professional pilots. Former rugby league star, Andrew Ettingshausen, took to the skies as part of a documentary.

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FARRER THROUGH TO QUARTER FINALS

To cricket, and Farrer High School is through to the quarter finals of the Davidson shield after defeating Kingscliffe High in the inter-regional final. The Tamworth side won the toss and batted first, scoring 220 runs off 40 overs. Matt Brady top scored with the bat, while Mitchell Swain was the best of the bowlers. Farrer will play either Hunter Sports High or Sydney Boys High in two weeks time.

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PARAGLIDERS TAKE TO MANILLA SKIES

116 paragliders have finally taken to the skies above Mount Borah, near Manilla. The competitors, who hail from 24 different countries, are in town for the Open World Series, but had been grounded since Saturday due to rain. The paragliders only managed a two hour practice flight this afternoon because of storms further west. However organisers expect the competition to begin tomorrow.

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BRING ON THE CARP

Anglers are being encouraged to cast a line in the Namoi River at Narrabri next month, for the annual carp muster. It follows the success of a similar event in Manilla last November, where more than a tonne of carp was caught over two days. Organisers are hoping to top last year’s Narrabri carp muster which attracted more than 300 anglers. The event will be held on the 7th and 8th of March.

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PEDDLING FOR JUNIOR WORLD TITLES

Two of the north west’s up and coming cyclists have made their under 19s debut at the Oceania Games in Victoria. Inverell’s Ethan Kimmence and Tamworth’s Sam Spokes didn’t finish on the podium, but hope the experience will help them qualify for the Junior World Games.

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HICKEY STILL A CHANCE FOR AUSSIE TEAM

Gunnedah triathlete, Jack Hickey, has finished ninth in his second last qualifying race for the World Junior Championships. Hickey is hoping to snare one of three spots on the under-19 Australian team to contest the titles come November. The 17 year old started last weekend’s Hobart event well, but couldn’t hold onto his early lead in the bike leg. He has one more chance to make the team, when he competes in the final qualifying race on the Gold Coast in two weeks.

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CRICKET SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

The curtain has fallen on the North West representative cricket season. An undefeated Tamworth side will retain the War Veterans Cup, after rain washed out today’s final against Gunnedah. The trophy is another feather in the Tamworth cap, but marks a disappointing end to what was an impressive summer for Gunnedah. Tonight we look back at the season highlights, from upsets to victories and moments of brilliance.

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WAR VETERAN CUP WAIT

Wet weather has bought Tamworth sporting action to a stand still. The War Veterans final between Gunnedah and Tamworth is in doubt, while more than 100 interstate and overseas competitors visiting the district have been forced indoors.

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