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HUNTERS NAMED SENIOR TEAM OF THE YEAR

The Newcastle championship winning men have been named the senior team of the year at today’s New South Wales Basketball Awards. The Hunters won the Waratah League grand final in August, beating the Norths Bears by six in the decider. Newcastle teenager Isabel Palmer won the prestigious Lauren Jackson medal, awarded to the best junior female player in country New South Wales. (VISION ONLY)

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HUNTERS FIRMLY FOCUSED ON PLAY-OFFS AS THEY MOVE TO THE TOP

The Newcastle Hunters men’s side goes into this weekend’s clash with Hornsby on top of the league. But players say, they aren’t paying TOO much attention to that. “A little bit, not really though.” Jacob Foy said. “More focused on the way we play and the way we do things, rather than the result we get, you know? We understand if we do things the right way and stick to the process, then at the end of the season the results will take care of themselves.” 18-year-old Jacob Foy is a star on the rise – he’s been playing in both the championship and youth teams, and will move to Hawaii in August to take up a college scholarship.

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TOUGH NIGHT FOR MAITLAND MUSTANGS

A tough night for the Mustangs in the Waratah League, beaten 89 points to 55 by Sydney’s Hills Hornets. Maitland was down by nine at quarter time and that margin continued to grow throughout the contest. Having released American Karl Moore just a few games into the season, the Mustangs have received a boost. 2017 import and league MVP Tyler Monroe has re-signed with the club for the rest of this season. Maitland officials are now waiting on a visa clearance for the American before he can take the court.

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HUNTERS’ IMPORT AUSTIN THORNTON AWAITING SCAN RESULTS

They’re 4 and 0, and top of the Waratah Basketball League – but the Hunters have been given a scare, with star recruit Austin Thornton in a moon-boot and nervously awaiting the result of MRI scans, after injuring his ankle. “A little bit frustrating is a bit of a understatement. Extremely frustrating would be a better way to describe it. Just because you hate to be the guy who comes in as an import, plays 3 to 4 games then you’re in a boot.” Thornton has lit up the league since his arrival, thankfully the injury isn’t thought to be too serious. It’s likely he will miss the Hunters’ clash with the Bears tomorrow night though, the women are in action beforehand, from 5pm.

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NEW HUNTERS COACH BEGINS TO BUILD WOMEN’S TEAM

New Hunters women coach Shannon Seebohm, admits it’s unlikely Suzy Batkovic will return in 2018, but he’s still hoping to sign an Australian WNBL star. For now, he’s keen to work with local players and see them take control of the team. “Ali Ebzery I think even though she’s young, she can take more of a leadership role. Charlotte Bull’s another one.” Meanwhile, Newcastle Basketball has been named the state’s Association of the Year, while local junior Lara McSpadden won the best country female player award.

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CRUSADERS DRUBBING CONTINUES HUNTERS HORROR SEASON

The Maitland Mustangs have beaten Sutherland in round 19 of the Waratah Basketball League. Meanwhile the Hunters’ men suffered a disappointing loss at the hands of the Central Coast. The Crusaders were rarely troubled – leading at every quarter. Dane Suttle top scored for Newcastle with 18 points. The Hunters are second last on the ladder, with just one round of the regular season remaining.

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