Think tank aims to save local league

LET'S TALK: Former Grafton Ghosts' Under 18s coach Col Speed, Lower Clarence's Belinda Martyn, Brian Smith, Debrah Novak and Magpies' president Darrin Heron on the banks of the Clarence   for a meeting about the   NSW Grassroots Rugby League Summit.

Yamba summit to discuss the future of grass roots footy

ENSBEY ATTACK: Lawrence win on the back of relatives

LAYING A PLATFORM: Lawrence batsman Luke Ensbey was on top of the Wanderers bowlers as he constructed a well-earned half century.

Coming of age spinner Hayden Ensbey tore through Wanderers.

Grafton duo clinch Indoor Hockey National title for NSW

ON FOR GOAL: Tyler Gaddes beats the goalie in the final at the Under 13s boys National Indoor Hockey Championship at Illawarra Sports Centre in Woolongong.

Cropper and Gaddes clinch gold with NSW at National champs.

Bowlers' tireless efforts earn Toast honours

RELENTLESS: Coutts Crossing's Zac Page was tireless despite the mercury passing 40 degrees.

While the mercury soared, bowlers refused to give up their heat.

Pilley slams into second round after big win

WON ONE: Cameron Pilley uses his pace and quick racquet speed to easily dispatch tournament qualifier Raphael Kandra in straight sets.

Yamba squash player Cam Pilley takes win in NYC.

Scorcher on pitch sparks temperature concerns

WARMING UP: Brothers' pace bowler Mitch Kroehnert puts his head down as he scampers through for a run at McKittrick Park. The temperature soared on the CRCA cricket fields this weekend to more than 40 degrees.

Cricketers encouraged to raise heat concerns at AGM.

Coutts in driver's seat after valiant Page spell

Coutts bowler Zac Page is competing in the CRCA premier league match between Easts and Coutts at Small Park Ulmarra on Saturday, 17th December, 2016.

Coutts Crossing determined seamer Zac Page finished with 7-49.

'Hopefully soon I'll be playing like she does'

Jaimee Fourlis allowed herself a moment to soak in the rock-star moment of being announced on to a main court at her home grand slam.

Favourite Porte moves into Tour Down Under lead

Australian rider Richie Porte of BMC Racing celebrates winning stage two and taking the lead of the Tour Down Under in Paracombe, near Adelaide.

BMC rider has conquered Paracombe to record a thrilling win.

Horn 'has no real talent', says boxing judge

Australian boxer Jeff Horn in the gym.

Bruce McTavish has taken a swipe at Queensland pugilist.

Lynn out, Handscomb in for third one-dayer

Peter Handscomb of Australia hits a four during the third Test against Pakistan.

Peter Handscomb will make his one-day international.

Sharks re-sign Barba to reduced deal

Ben Barba scores for the Cronulla Sharks.

Cronulla has sent fullback's contract to the NRL for approval.

How Jillaroos coach plans to avenge Nines defeats

Kezie Apps of the Jillaroos is tackled by Nora Maaka (left) and Teuila Fotu-Moala of the Kiwi Ferns last year's trans-Tasman Test in Newcastle.

Aussies hellbent on reversing the result from last year.

Porte feeling positive about Tour success

Australia's Richie Porte rides during the 18th stage of the 2016 Tour de France.

Aussie has paid his dues and knows 2017 could be his time.

WATCH: Knowles talks hockey, family, career and the future

Mark Knowles in Rockhampton.

Knowles sets sights on Commonwealth Games on Gold Coast in 2018

Year in review: Leicester shows fairytales can come true

Leicester City's Wes Morgan (centre) celebrates with teammates after a win in the English Premier League.

Phil Dillon looks back at 2016 in the beautiful game.

Year in review: Rio gold shades Bledisloe wipeout

Kieran Read of New Zealand with the Bledisloe Cup after winning the Bledisloe Cup.

Rugby was about more than just rucks and mauls in 2016.

Year in review: Palmer leaves a lasting legacy

Rory McIlroy reacts after sinking a putt on the fourth hole of a play-off to win the Tour Championship and with it the FedEx Cup.

One of golf's greats was farewelled in 2016, writes Phil Dillon.

Year in review: Triumph trumps tragedy in AFL

Bulldogs players pose with the Premiership Cup after winning the 2016 Toyota AFL Grand Final

Bulldogs proved fairytales can come true in 2016

Video assistants must help our referees

POINTED CRITICISM: Melbourne Victory striker Besart Berisha gestures to the video screen after being shown a red card by referee Chris Beath against the Brisbane Roar at AAMI Park on Friday night.

The A-League will be trialling a video referee in round 25.

Gloves off as NRL stinks of double standards

Chris Sandow is to face court over his New Year's Day stoush.

Sandow is due to appear in court today

Brosque worthy of Socceroos recall

Alex Brosque of Sydney FC gestures after being sent off against Brisbane.

Sydney star could play for country for the first time since 2013.

Burning new year issues NRL coaches must resolve

Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett.

These might be the resolutions of the 16 NRL coaches.

Dave looks Taylor-made for Green Machine role

David Taylor is the right man for Canberra, says Tony Durkin.

Ricky Stuart did outstanding job with Raiders.

Below-par Djokovic sees off Verdasco

No.2 seed had 24 winners against 34 unforced errors.

Tomic wants to serve up another win

Bernard Tomic of Australia reacts after winning against Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil during the Round 1 of the Mens Singles on Margaret Court Arena during the Australian Open, in Melbourne, Australia Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Aussie ready for tough match with Victor Estrella Burgos.

Stosur's losing streak goes on in Open fadeout

Australian Samantha Stosur shows her emotions during her loss to Heather Watson of Great Britain in round one of the Australian Open.

Aussie's summer of discontent has continued with a three-set loss.

Raonic and Nadal breeze through

Canada's Milos Raonic takes a break during his match with Germany's Dustin Brown.

Canadian third seed has shown why he is tipped as a possible winner.

Rising star pushed to limit in five-set thriller

Germany's Alexander Zverev makes a forehand return to Robin Haase of the Netherlands.

Alexander Zverev survived a meltdown to move through to round two.

Williams wobbles but takes first-round win

Serena Williams of the USA in action against Belinda Bencic of Switzerland.

American had a straight-sets success over Swiss star Belinda Bencic.

Konta's hot streak of form continues

Johanna Konta of Great Britain in action against Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium.

No.9 seed recorded a 7-5 6-2 win over Belgian Kirsten Flipkens.

Nines is not just for the boys in 2017

NEXT GENERATION: Ladies League Tag will be included in the Hoey Moey Toohey's Coffs Coast 9's tournament for the first time next month.

Coffs Coast 9's crosses gender lines for the first time.

Johnathan Thurston to quit Origin, Test footy for Cowboys

Johnathan Thurston

Dally M Medal winner keen to show loyalty to North Queensland club

Jarrod Mullen tests positive to steroids

Jarrod Mullen of the Newcastle Knights.

Knights star is facing a ban of up to four years.

Scott applies contract pressure to Cowboys

The Cowboys' Matt Scott will put family first in his contract negotiations with the North Queensland Cowboys.

The Cowboys will have to cough up to keep Matt Scott next year.

Titans star happy to re-sign for club

Gold Coast Titans player Ryan James (centre) takes issue with Broncos captain Corey Parker (right) during their round five NRL match last year.

Ryan James agrees a new long-term deal with the Gold Coast.

Roberts in nightclub hair-pulling allegations

James Roberts during a Brisbane Broncos training session.

NRL officials and Brisbane are investigating claims against Bronco.

Lions sign up with global sports brand

Dayne Beams is among the frontrunners to be awarded the captaincy at the Brisbane Lions.

The Brisbane Lions have made an important signing.

Sheedy says he'll reach out to Hird

Essendon coach James Hird (right) with former coach Kevin Sheedy in 2015.

Essendon great Kevin Sheedy has called for patience with James Hird.

Tania Hird pleas for privacy for husband James

Tania Hird leaves the family Toorak home with her children while James Hird is recovering at a facility after a suspected drug overdose.

James Hird's wife has asked for privacy in the wake of the incident

Van Gaal ends coaching career

Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal.

Former Man United manager has called time on his coaching days.

Popovic slams officials after derby draw

Wanderers goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic dives on the ball ahead of Sydney's David Carney.

The 14th Sydney derby was one that neither side deserved to win.

Costa absence no problem for Chelsea

Chelsea's Marcos Alonso (centre) celebrates scoring his second goal during the English Premier League match against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.

Blues recorded a 3-0 win at Leicester City.

Pochettino hopes Spurs learn well

Tottenham's Dele Alli (right) celebrates with teammate Eric Dier after scoring a goal against Chelsea.

Tottenham preparing to face a stubborn West Brom at White Hart Lane.

Phoenix faces big week to save season

Andrew Durante of the Wellington Phoenix clears the ball.

Eight-day stretch could make or break Wellington's season.

Wanderers ready to end Sydney's run

FULL FLIGHT: Western Sydney midfielder Mitch Nichols says his team can knock over Sydney.

Sky Blues are 22 points clear of their city rivals.

Getty Images Most Memorable Cricket Moments of 2016

Cricket: The best images of 2016 from Getty Images

Last year was an epic one for cricket - here are the best 10 moments

Monty to put his spin on India for Aussie tweakers

Monty Panesar will be giving the Aussie spinners some tips ahead of Australia's tour of India.

Monty Panesar will be giving some tips to Australia's spinners.

Freak bat accident rules Nevill out of BBL

Jono Dean of the Adelaide Strikers checks on Peter Nevill of the Melbourne Renegades after he was hit in the head by a loose bat.

The dumped Test player was felled by a bat while wicketkeeping.

Slow and steady winning the race in BBL

Fawad Ahmed in action for the Sydney Thunder.

Tweakers have proven to be the foundation of any good T20 attack.

Chard 'captain's knock' helps Tucabia to strong total

Tucabia batsman Daniel Cootes during the premier league cricket match between Harwood and Tucabia at Harwood Oval on Saturday, 14th January, 2017.

Chard top scores with half-century as Tucabia pass 200-run mark.

Leather reigns over willow in back and forth clash

EFFORT IN VAIN: GDSC Easts' opening bowler Brad Robertson tore through the Brothers' top order with seaming pace to claim his first five-for of the season.

17 wickets fell for a combined 170-runs at McKittrick Park.

Former Diamonds World Cup winner to play for England

Former Australian player Chelsea Locke has switched allegiances and is set to play for England in next month's quad netball series.

Army training pushes Firebirds to their limits

Queensland Firebirds leader Gabi Simpson.

Military-style training camp has team steeled.

Firebirds happy to 'fly under the radar'

The Queensland Firebirds, including Caitlyn Nevins (second from left), have signed Lorna Jane as their major sponsor.

Wing attack Caitlyn Nevins heaps the pressure on new rival.

TV presenter to host region's sports awards

PRESENTING: Channel Seven Gold Coast sports reporter and presenter Katie Brown will host the 2016 Clarence Valley Sports Awards.

Katie Brown looking forward to mixing with local sporting stars

Netball competition gets a name

Caitlin Bassett, right, will be one of the stars of the newly named Super Netball competition.

Australia's new-look netball league will be called Super Netball.

Pettitt to return to Diamonds after three-year absence

Sharni Layton of the Diamonds competes for the ball with Bailey Mes of the Silver Ferns during the Constellation Cup netball series last month.

Coach names squad of 12 for Quad Series in South Africa and England.

Lightning to face acid test first up

PRIMED: Geva Mentor is itching to play for the Sunshine Coast Lightning.

First round of National Netball League has been revealed

Veteran jockey secures emotional Magic Millions win

Houtzen has rocketed to the top of Golden Slipper betting charts.

BEARBACK: Charlee returns with a fiery run

CROWD FAVOURITE: Flying filly Charlee Bear made a strong return to the track yesterday.

The Clarence's favourite filly made a strong return at Ballina

Birchley hoping for some magic at Gold Coast

Pepperano, a chance in Saturday's Magic Millions QTIS Open event, returns to scale after winning the Off The Track Subzero Handicap on Oaks Day at Flemington on November 3 last year.

Trainer Liam Birchley is seeking Magic Millions glory.

Smarter than the average bear

RIGHT: Strapper Leah Kilner with Charlee Bear, which is racing at Ballina today.

Bargain filly Charlee Bear has proven to be a shrewd investment

Trainers get mixed bag at soft Coffs

FLYING THE FLAG: The only winner out of the Grafton stables at Pink Silks Day in Coffs Harbour was Dan Want-trained Benasong (No. 3) with mount Ben Looker peeling away in the home straight to clinch the opener by a bobbing head.

Grafton trainers were among the winners ... and losers at Coffs.

German galloper makes it four from from

Trainer Darren Weir.

Plein Ciel could be Hobart Cup-bound.

Easy win lifts Houtzen to Millions favouritism

Trainer Chris Waller.

Stage is set for an intriguing showdown next week.

McIlroy forced out with rib problem

Northern Irishman out of this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Thomas cards 59 to join exclusive club

EXCLUSIVE CLUB: Justin Thomas became the youngest golfer to break 60 on the US PGA Tour.

American Justin Thomas breaks 60 in Hawaii

LISTEN: 'I was ready to win at that point'

IN ACTION: Charlie Dann at the Australian Master of the Amateurs in Melbourne.

Charlie Dann wins biggest title of his golfing career.

Woods says Trump can belt a golf ball

Tiger Woods lines up a putt.

Duo played at the Trump International Golf Club in Florida.