Junior golfer makes the most of regional opportunity

Lucas Higgins gets a hug off his dad after winning the NSW OPEN Regional Golf Qualifier at the Grafton Golf course on Sunday, 25th September, 2016. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner

North Coast high school student clinches Open golfing opportunity.

Young girl with big plans in the surf

SURF'S UP: Maclean grommet Lilli Young is ready to show what she's got at the Hurley BL's Blast Off junior competition in Sydney.

Lilli Young could be a name worth storing in the memory bank

Champion to use club event to prepare for national titles

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN: John Smith racing in the Class 2 category in his Nissan Skyline.

GSCC Hillclimb Series enters round four at Mountain View

COUNTRY CUP: Clarence River draws Lismore in round one

ON THE ATTACK: Mitch Kroehnert batting for Clarence River. The representative side will be out to qualify for the Country Cup finals as the host association this season.

Selectors hopeful of strong showing from representative team

Golfers have chance to etch name in history

TEEING OFF: Mat Worthing, Elizabeth Fairweather, Richie Williamson, David Morgan, Greg Harvison and Matt McKee with the Kel Nagle Cup trophy.

Regional amateurs have chance to win through to NSW Open

Wakeboard fun on the Clarence River today

Big River Ski Club wakeboarder Hayden Fuller will be one of more than 50 riders at round one of Wakeboard Queensland event at Big River Holiday Park.

More than 50 riders to hit the water for wakeboarding action

Al Richards Memorial winners announced tonight

CARVING UP: Nigel O'Neil riding the waves at Turners Beach for the Al Richards Memorial.

CLARENCE Head Longboarders to hold awards at Yamba Shores Tavern.

WATCH: Football Coach disappears into thin air

A COLLEGE football coach in the United States has appeared to vanish into thin air on live television.

WATCH: Cardinal takes amazing one-handed catch against Bills

All that way and he still catches it in one hand

Warriors star in demand in NRL

WANTED: Ben Matulino of the Warriors.

Clubs in the running to sign Warriors star.

Tremain ready to take his chances for Australia

ON THE RISE: Chris Tremain will be hoping for more celebrations like this.

Chris Tremain is determined to take his chances.

Sharks have plenty of bite, says Storm star

WARY OF SHARKS: Melbourne Storm star Cooper Cronk.

Round 26 win means nothing, says Cronk.

"Best-ever” claims set to fire up Europeans

Davis Love III has made some bold claims ahead of the Ryder Cup.

US captin claims his team is best ever in Ryder Cup.

Breaking up is hard to do ... just ask these NRL personalities

Tigers hooker Robbie Farah, who will move to the Rabbitohs next season.

We look at the biggest NRL break-ups of 2016.

Chris Bond steeled for more Games gold in Rio

FIRED UP: Chris Bond takes the ball upfield during Australia's win over Great Britain.

Chris Bond takes pride in being a "big-game player”.

Curtis McGrath: Soldiering on at Rio Paralympics

Curtis McGrath celebrates after qualifying for the Paralympics earlier this year.

Soldier became world champion in para-canoe in just two years.

Torita Isaac fit and ready to fire in Rio

Australian Paralympic team member Torita Isaac.

The 21-year-old is among the favourites to win the Paralympics 400m.

Blood, sweat and gears: Colin Sieders' remarkable journey

Colin Sieders of Australia looks on after competing in the European canoe sprint Paralympic qualifying event in Duisburg, Germany, in May.

Colin Sieders is used to etching his name into the history books.

Tige Simmons ready to rock and roll for Rio

Tige Simmons of Australia (left) chases down Ade Oregembe of Great Britain during a 2012 World Challenge game in Sydney.

The man they call "Tiger” loves brutality of wheelchair basketball.

Paralympic performance we can all be proud of

Team Australia celebrates after winning the match against the United States in the men's wheelchair rugby gold medal match at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Australia finished fifth on the medal tally.

Extra time wins out against golden point

Cowboy Coen Hess is congratulated by treammates on his try during the NRL elimination final against the Broncos at 1300 SMILES Stadium in Townsville.

Time to get rid of golden point during the regular rounds.

AFL-created 'monster' gobbling up its rivals

GROWING FORCE: Tom Scully (centre) celebrates with his Giants teammates after kicking a goal against the Swans on Saturday.

GWS has blossomed into a great team with great players.

Two hesitant referees are botching the game

NO PENALTY: Bronco James Roberts kicks out at Titan Ryan Simpkins.

Commentators scathing of match officials.

Match Review Committee has become laughing stock

Michael Ennis of the Sharks avoided sanction for an apparent shoulder charge.

MRC members have just made one too many mistakes.

Lions on the level with coach?

Justin Leppitsch was sacked as Brisbane Lions coach last week.

Coaches need proper qualifications.

'That's not a forward pass you clown!': commentator blow-up

Jarrod Croker (left) of the Raiders is seen injuring his knee during the NRL preliminary final between the Melbourne Storm and the Canberra Raiders at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016.

David Morrow launched into an absolute tirade

Sharks one win from a maiden title

HE'S IN: Sharks winger Sosaia Feki scores a try despite the efforts of the Cowboys Justin O'Neill and Michael Morgan during the NRL preliminary final at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.

North Queensland's NRL premiership defence is over.

Should international league eligibility rules be changed?

FLIP FLOP: Proposed changes to the international rugby league eligibility rules could see NRL stars like Anthony Milford play for tier-two nations like Samoa without jeopardising their chances to play State of Origin or for Australia or New Zealand.

Proposed changes have divided the rugby league community

Cleary: There's no way I'll be rookie of year

YOUNGSTER: Penrith's halfback Nathan Cleary.

Nathan Cleary says he's not expecting to be the rookie of the year

Foran will give new hope to Warriors

KIWI RETURNS HOME: Kieran Foran will be a great addition to the NZ Warriors next year.

Warriors will boast a world-class spine with Foran's signing

Mbye's chance to hook cup role

WORLD CUP HOPEFUL: Bulldogs utility Moses Mbye

Several Four Nations fringe players get the chance to impress

Hanley not on the move, says Lions chief

Pearce Hanley has been the subject of trade talk.

Lions chief executive Greg Swann says Pearce Hanley is staying.

Palmer can do the job for Giants

Greater Western Sydney Giants player Rhys Palmer takes part in a training session.

GWS coach Leon Cameron has backed Rhys Palmer to shine in the prelim

Watson decides to play on in '17

Jobe Watson will play for the Bombers next season.

JOBE Watson said he had been unsure if would ever return to the AFL.

Brett the Roar's x-factor

READY TO ROAR: Brisbane player Brandon Borello.

Brandon Borello says Brett Holman will boost the Roar

Rooney not worried about form talk

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney has struggled this season.

Wayne Rooney has dismissed criticism of his form.

Manchester sides to clash in League Cup

West Ham United's Dimitri Payet scores the winner during his side's English League Cup third-round soccer match against Accrington Stanley.

Ddraw for the EFL Cup has thrown up some intriguing ties.

Aloisi satisfied after Roar's pre-season thumping of Perth

Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi.

Roar kicks off its A-League campaign on October 7.

Toffees come unstuck against Championship team

Everton's Enner Valencia and Norwich City's Youssouf Mulumbu battle for the ball during the English League Cup third round match between at Goodison Park.

Norwich upset Everton in League Cup.

Man Utd won't panic buy despite string of losses

New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is under pressure.

New manager Jose Mourinho under early pressure.

Fringe players have chance to shine, says Lehmann

Melbourne Stars player Daniel Worrall bowls against the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League match at the WACA in January.

Aussies set play Ireland and South Africa.

Head hopes to shoulder load in ODI side

Australia's Travis Head plays a shot against Sri Lanka during their first twenty20 cricket match in Pallekele, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Batsman hopes to cement spot on Australia's limited overs team

Injured Starc could be right for first Proteas Test

Australia's M

Bad luck continues to plague Australian pace bowler Mitchell Starc

Australians welcome old foe as batting coach

Graeme Hick in his time as Australia's high-performance coach in 2013.

Graeme Hick has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal.

Glenn Maxwell "doubted his ability” before century

Australia's Glenn Maxwell plays another big shot on his way to 145 not out against Sri Lanka.

Maxwell smashes ton as Australia breaks world record.

Injury-hit Aussies gear up for T20 series

Australia's David Warner celebrates scoring a hundred against Sri Lanka during their fifth one day international cricket match in Pallekele, Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka to host two-match T20 series.

Grafton's best off to Sydney for Netball NSW State Cup

NEWLY formed representative competition pits 24 sides vying for the title across one weekend.

2016 A Grade Netball grand final

Opals GA Amy Jones during the 'A' grade netball final between Redmen and Tucabia Opals at Westward Park Grafton on Saturday, 17th October, 2016.

Grafton Redmen defeated Tucabia Opals to take out the Grafton Netball Association A...

NETBALL: Opals sizzle as Redmen fire

BACK ON TOP: After missing out in last year's finals series, Redmen Jaca Hotel made up for its lack of 2015 silverware and then some with a dominant 44-21 victory in the A-grade grand final against defending premier Tucabia Opals.

Tucabia no match for top class opposition

Grand finals a day to remember for Breakers Netball Club

CHAMPIONS: The Division 1 grand final winners Just Breakers with coach Lee Jones.

Lower Clarence Netball fails to let weather deter big day

Grafton Netball grand finalists

Redmen Jaca Hotel

Team photos of each of the grand finalists across all divisions in the 2016 Grafton...

Diamonds shooter shines in Quad Series win

Jane Watson of the Silver Ferns and Caitlin Bassett of the Diamonds compete for the ball.

Caitlin Bassett shines for the Diamonds in Melbourne.

Diamonds know they must lift game against New Zealand

SHARPSHOOTER: Australia's Caitlin Bassett will be a handful for New Zealand to contain when they clash this weekend.

Silver Ferns set to turn on the defensive pressure.

Ladbrokes: is the Underwood Stakes a race in two?

The Underwood Stakes is the feature race at Caulfield and the betting market with Ladbrokes suggests it is a race between Black Heart Bart and Lucia Valentina.

Grafton trainers look to make their mark in Lismore Cup

ONE TO WATCH: Grafton mare Coastal Gem will run in the $50,000 Lismore Cup today.

Strong field expected for Lismore Turf Club's feature race

Our First One powers into all-local win

Jockey Matthew Paget hits the line hard on board David Campbell-trained Our First One in the Class 3 Handicap at the Clarence River Jockey Club.

Smooth ride guide gelding to victory

Winx in class of own in George Main Stakes

Chris Waller has won three of the past four editions.

Jamboree a blue ribbon event for Lower Clarence Pony Club

RIDING HIGH: Georgia Everson, Harrison Lee, Ben Ensby and Makayla Jesser claimed the award for the top four highest points scoring riders at the Murwillumbah Pony Club Jamboree.

Lower Clarence Pony Club wins overall point score

Weir chases his first Makybe Diva Stakes win

Victorian trainer is saddling up three runners.

Coffs connections clean up country Cups

Coutts Crossing Cup winning connection Peter Wood shares a joke with jockey Raymond Spokes at the Clarence River Jockey Club's Coutts Crossing Cup Day.

They're at it again, Woods and White swindle another Clarence Cup.

Day, Scott start well for big cash

Australians Jason Day and Adam Scott are well in the hunt for a massive payday after the first round of the season-ending US PGA Tour Championship in Atlanta

Win or bust for Jason Day in tour finale

Jason Day during a practice round for the Tour Championship.

Jason Day wants to end season with a big win.

Grafton Pro-Am

Grafton Golf Club professional Mark Harvison passes a club from the back of a Mitsubishi Lancer up for grabs to Clarence Coast Motors principal dealer Geoff Wicks and club president Trevor Townsend.

The professionals tee off for the $11,000 Monty Conderman Memorial Pro-Am at...

Scott eyeing $10m bonus at Tour Championship

Adam Scott, of Australia, tees off from the first tee at the BMW Championship earlier this month.

Fellow Aussie Jason Day also a chance of claiming cup.