Lower grades struggle on sunny afternoon

BARGING THROUGH: Ghosts' Under 18s front rower Lionel Johnson charges into the Panthers defensive line.

Under 18s and Reggies get second chance at finals.

Fatigued Pilley succumbs in Hong Kong quarters

EXTRA EFFORT: Yamba's Cameron Pilley fell in the PSA World Series squash Hong Kong Open quarter-finals to sixth-seeded Karim Abdel Gawad.

Pilley could not sustain pressure as he dropped HK quarter-final.

Vikings' dogged fourth quarter keeps undefeated run alive

Vikings' Sam Wicks on the charge for the home side.

Vikings win scrappy clash with dogged last quarter.

Rebels charge into second straight grand final

SOMETHING TO CHEER FOR: South Grafton Rebels celebrate after Jordan Walker (right) crashed across for his first try of Sunday's semi-final.

South Grafton Rebels create club history booking back to back finals

Captain is calm as Rebels chase grand final place

LEADER: South Grafton Rebels' captain Grant Stevens is always there to take a tough hit up.

Stevens shows nerves of steel ahead of semi-final at The Fortress

Ghosts reignite finals charge against Panthers

Grafton Ghosts' captain Ben McLennan claws for meters against the Sawtell Panthers during the Grafton Ghosts and Coffs Harbour Comets Group 2 minor semi-final at Frank McGuren Field.

Ghosts dominant in 2016 home ground farewell game.

Vikings to host rivals at The Cage

Vikings' Dean Egan attracts some attention during the Grafton Vikings and Lismore Storm Sunshine Basketball Conference opener at the Lismore Basketball Stadium.

Lismore visit for first time this season

Touch girls do Clarence proud

REPRESENTATIVES: Clarence Valley touch footballers Zhanae Whalley and Romaney Berry at the NSW PSSA Girls Touch State Carnival.

Showing good form for North Coast team

Sainsbury glad to have defensive partner back for Iraq clash

Trent Sainsbury will play in front of friends and family as well as renewing his partnership with Matthew Spiranovic at the heart of the Australian defence.

Stuart may rest players ahead of Raiders' finals campaign

KEY PLAYER: Aidan Sezer of the Raiders is nursing a shoulder injury.

Canberra coach could risk losing a potential home final.

'Good vibe' at Broncos ahead of Parker's farewell

LAST SEASON: Corey Parker of the Broncos is tackled against the Storm.

About 40,000 expected to turn out on Thursday night.

Brisbane Lions part ways with Justin Leppitsch

FINAL INSULT: A disappointed Brisbane Lions coach Justin Leppitsch walks off the ground after being beaten by St Kilda by 58 points on the weekend.

Mark Thompson and Brett Ratten could head the list of replacements.

'Our best is better than theirs' says Giants forward

FINALS DEBUT: Greater Western Sydney Giants player Devon Smith.

Devon Smith has fired the first shot at cross-town rivals the Swans.

Warner guides Aussies to narrow win in first game in charge

TAKING CHARGE: Australia's stand-in captain David Warner sets the field against Sri Lanka.

Australians now lead the five-match series 2-1.

Day driven to despair after horror run off the tee

CUP LEADER: Patrick Reed smiles as he holds the The Barclays trophy.

American Patrick Reed wins FedEx Cup play-off event.

Prince's hoop dreams

FINE TUNING: Danielle Prince competes in the rhythmic gymnastics at the 2016 national titles.

Rhythmic gymnast leaving no stone unturned in her preparation.

Former gymnast dives in at the deep end

MAKING A SPLASH: Domonic Bedggood is making his Olympic debut in Rio.

Bedggood lining up in the 10m platform.

Mary Hanna set to Boogie at fifth Olympic Games

DISTINGUISHED CAREER: Mary Hanna with Boogie Woogie 6 and Umbro, which are both qualified to compete at Rio. Hanna, 61, will be competing in her fifth Olympics and is Australia's oldest competitor at the Games.

Hanna is already planning to compete at the Tokyo 2020

Worth aiming high in archery competition

ALL FOCUS: Australia's Taylor Worth at the 2012 Games.

Selection bitter-sweet after great mate missed out.

Denny takes the long road to Rio

WINDING UP: Queenslander Matthew Denny competes in the men's discus throw during the Australian Athletics Championships in April.

Queenslander claimed national title in April.

Rayner fighting fit for Rio

POWER-PACKED: Chloe Rayner in action during competition at the national titles.

Teen tore hamstring tendon off her pelvic bone in lead-up.

An open letter to Mr Sam Thaiday

Sam Thaiday will play his 250th game.

HEY Sam, I want to set the record straight.

Sam jokes his way to major landmark

Tony Durkin and Sam Thaiday at the 2006 NRL grand final.

Endearing trait was that he never took himself seriously.

Half as many reasons for Gus to be excited

Nathan Cleary in action for the Panthers.

Gould suggests the NRL establish an academy for emerging halfbacks

Contenders suddenly have big holes to fill

Nic Naitanui limbs from Domain Stadium in Perth.

Jack Fitzpatrick and Jonathan Giles come on down.

Players and fans left to bemoan NRL judiciary

NASTY INCIDENT: Blood pours from Brisbane Broncos player Corey Parker's mouth during their round 24 NRL game against the Canterbury Bulldogs at Suncorp Stadium.

Brisbane forward Sam Thaiday admits he is totally confused.

Morris puts club before cash in rare selfless act

CLUB FIRST: Brett Morris will leave a decision on his participation in the Four Nations up to his Bulldogs coach Des Hasler.

Decision on Four Nations availability to be left to coach.

Warriors suffer collapse to fall out of finals race

TRY: Kevin Naiqama of the Wests Tigers beats Manu Vatuvei of the Warriors to score.

Warriors miss out on finals spot.

No grand exit for Lyon at Brookvale Oval

IN ACTION: Sea Eagles' Jamie Lyon.

No grand exit for Manly favourite Jamie Lyon.

Luke could be back for Warriors after surgery

QUICK RECOVERY: Warriors hooker Issac Luke.

Issac Luke looks set for return from injury.

Gallen says Sharks can turn around poor form

DEFENCE IMPROVING: Sharks captain Paul Gallen (centre) says his team can reverse its poor recent form after a strong showing against Souths.

Sharks captain confident of form reversal.

An open letter to Mr Sam Thaiday

Sam Thaiday will play his 250th game.

HEY Sam, I want to set the record straight.

Warriors deny Gillett offer

Matt Gillett is in demand.

Andrew McFadden denies Broncos Matt Gillett is on radar.

Chase for Jaeger all part of post-season fun and games

YOUNG GUN: Suns player Jaeger O'Meara lines up a kick.

Melbourne clubs keen to entice O'Meara to look their way.

Brayden's second run-in with his idol

STARSTRUCK SUN: Gold Coast's Brayden Fiorini enjoyed clashing with his idol, Scott Pendlebury.

Brayden Fiorini has enjoyed his encounters with Scott Pendlebury.

Maverick approach works wonders with Saints

Maverick Weller has thrived during his time at St Kilda.

Maverick Weller enjoying life at St Kilda.

Spurs say Sadio is main concern

IN FORM: Sadio Mane.

Spurs focusing on the main man.

Cahill ready to link with Bruno at Melbourne City

Melbourne City FC new signing Tim Cahill is seen at the club's training facility at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. (AAP Image/Julian Smith) NO ARCHIVING

Star to fit in wherever coach John van't Schip wants him

Bobcats keep finals dream alive with win over Eagles

COMPLETE FOCUS: Jarred Doyle escapes a Coffs City defender earlier this season. Doyle will be a part of the Maclean Bobcats side as they tackle Urunga Raiders this weekend for a spot in the finals.

Maclean set to shape up to white hot Urunga team

RIO 2016: Neymar sends Brazil into raptures

MAN IN THE MIDDLE: Neymar is swamped by media and fans after receiving his gold medal at the Maracana Stadium.

Neymar leads Brazil to gold medal.

Gunners out to shoot down premiers

LEICESTER TRIP: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

Wenger says facing Leicester City will be no different to last year.

RIO 2016: Brazil with shot at redemption against Germans

STAR POWER: Brazil's Neymar will line up in the gold medal game against Germany.

Football giants to clash in the Olympics football final.

Starc reality of facing Aussie paceman first-up

Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc during a practice session in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Aaron Finch is glad to have Mitchell Starc on his side

ODIs a chance for Aussies to save face

WORK TO DO: Australian cricket captain Steven Smith and coach Darren Lehmann chat during a practice session in Colombo.

Five-match series set to get under way.

Burns or Khawaja faces chop for Test

NET GAIN: Shaun Marsh (left) and Steve Smith look on during an Australian cricket team training session.

Marsh in line to play in third Test.

International cricket to be played in Coffs Harbour

The Australian women's cricket team the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars will take on South Africa at the C.ex Coffs International Stadium in November.

Southern Stars to play South Africa in Coffs Harbour in November

Aussies in spin after Herath takes hat-trick

SPIN KING: Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath.

Australia on the ropes in second Test.

Holland set to replace injured O'Keefe

TEST CALL-UP: Jon Holland celebrates a wicket with his Victorian teammates in the Sheffield Shield.

Tourists look to fight back after losing the first Test.

Maclean High determined to defend DEX Shield at Westward Park

Last year's finals went down to the wire and close competition is expected again

Netballers invited to Netball NSW workshop

GUIDING THE FUTURE: SP Netball coaches and Netball NSW Swifts team members Susan Pettitt and Amy Sommerville at a coaching clinic with Grafton junior netball girls at the weekend.

Strategic planning key to moving forward

Birds pull win over Swifts out of the fire

CHAMPIONS AGAIN: The Firebirds celebrate their extra-time grand final win over the Swifts yesterday.

There's no win quite like an extra-time win

Geitz focused on grand final, not what future may hold

STRONG DEFENCE: Laura Geitz will hope to lead her Firebirds to a second-straight ANZ Championship title.

Firebirds and Swifts to play in decider for second year in a row.

Firebirds recover from jitters to make grand final

SUPER INTENSE: The pressure got to the Firebirds Romelda Aiken, but she recovered to get the Queenslanders into next week’s final.

The Firebirds are the first team through to next Sunday’s final

‘White-line fever’ gives Aiken the edge

HARD TO HANDLE: Queensland Firebirds goal-shooter Romelda Aiken lines up a shot.

Firebirds shooting for another grand final.

Departure Tax looking to make up for lost time

A six-year-old in a maiden plate might not be a good sign for punters, but according to Departure Tax trainer Julie Hodder the numbers don't tell the full story

Farewell win in sight for Silver Trinket

READY TO WIN: Silver Trinket at Ballina recently.

Butler aims mare at Benchmark 55 before she is off to stud.

Blinkin you'll miss it as Grills's runner breaks maiden tag

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Grills runner on track to break maiden tag after strong trial run.

Hong Kong apprentice earns good opportunity at Grafton

HAVING A CRACK: Coffs Harbour based trainer Brett Bellamy is ready to have a crack at the Benchmark 65 Handicap with enterprising galloper Purrvosa.

Young apprentice gets chance to impress at Grafton.

Red Bowers to power over the top of field

Trainer Matthew Dunn takes "Mington" for his morning walk TWE280711dunn Photo Blainey Woodham / Tweed Daily News

Matthew Dunn expects Red Bowers to power home in August Flying.

Can Winx make it 10 straight in Warwick Stakes?

Winx will start the Warwick Stakes as a very short-priced favourite

Winx the star attraction at Royal Randwick.

First-up horses have an edge in PB Lawrence Stakes

The PB Lawrence Stakess set to be an intriguing betting affair.

RIO 2016: Aussie pair starts well in golf

The Australian duo of Minjee Lee and Su Oh have had decent starts in their bid for a medal in the women's strokeplay singles.

Matt McKee golf sequence

Grafton golfer Matt McKee hitting off on the first for the club championships on Saturday, 1st August, 2015. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner

2016 Grafton Golf Club champion Matt McKee

PUTTS AND PARS: Hollie, Maddie get among the trophies

WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: Winners from the Graham Coe Memorial Junior Golf Classic, including Grafton golfers Holllie Fuller and Maddison McKee (both wearing pink in middle), held at Casino Golf Club on Sunday.

Grafton girls grinning after gallant golf game

ON THE DANCEFLOOR: McKee lands maiden Grafton title

Grafton golfer Matt McKee hitting off on the first for the club championships on Saturday, 1st August, 2015. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner

Club champion turns attention to custom-built Holden Scramble side