Charles Charlton-Walker - on his way to New Zealand for rugby tour.
Charles Charlton-Walker - on his way to New Zealand for rugby tour. Adam Hourigan

DEX Sport Year in Review: March

Livermore adds to home legacy

HOCKEY: As the dust settled on another annual Mike Rowe-Dawn Scott Memorial Carnival, it was Olympic gold medallist Brent Livermore standing on his namesake turf holding the shield aloft.

Livermore brought his Labrador side down for the tournament to give them a feel for his hometown and the facilities at the Grafton Regional Hockey Complex.

Livermore said if scheduling could line up he would aim to use the tournament in future seasons as a pre-season training for his Tigerstix but said more "incentive" was needed to get local players more involved.

Mitchell gets bubbly beginning to Supersport season

MOTORSPORT: The racing season has kicked off in one the best possible ways for Townsend support class rider Luke Mitchell.

The 19-year-old found himself standing on the podium in the ASBK Supersport first round after what was a tough and troublesome weekend at Phillip Island.

"After how the weekend started I am stoked with the result," Mitchell said. "I sort of went down the wrong road with bike set up, and we were nowhere ... We just went blind into the first race."

Headstrong gelding clinches opportunity at Randwick

RACING: On a revamped NRRA Country Championships Qualifier coupled with the Blues, Brews and BBQs Yamba Cup Day, 1900 racegoers witnessed Profiler Profiler score a stunning win in the feature.

It was the "biggest win" for the headstrong gelding racing out of the Stephen Lee stable in Ballina made all the more special with hometown hero Tegan Harrison riding him past the finishing post.

Profiler and Jim Jarvis-trained runner-up Ultimate Dreamer both travelled to Sydney during The Championships but finished mid-field in the $400 Country Championship Final (1400m).

Moss rockets to World Records in Sydney

CYCLING: Grafton cyclist Laurelea Moss has proven herself to be a master of the velodrome in the most incredible way, smashing two world record times just six months after moving from road to track.

And it wouldn't have happened if not for a chance meeting with former velodrome champion and Brushgrove resident Rhonda Thew in a local coffee shop about six months ago.

The cyclist experienced her biggest achievement in cycling at the NSW Masters Track Championships in Sydney with two official 'world best' times in the flying 200m and the 2000m individual pursuit.

Lords of the Night: Harwood slay Coutts in final replay

CRICKET: Coutts Crossing were once again left ruing what might have been after their top order struggled to fire giving up another night cricket title to Harwood in consecutive seasons.

It was the mesmerising turn of Jacob McMahon (3 for 20 off 5) and Lachie Johnson (2 for 19 for 5) that ran through the middle order as Coutts scraped to 9-130 off their 40 overs.

While it was 30 runs past what Harwood captain Ben McMahon would have liked - after the Coutts tail wagged - the Harwood side made short work of the total as Zac Honeybrook (19 not out) steered them to victory.

 

 

Coutts Crossing's Corey Kempshall is bowled at the night cricket grand final at McKittrick Park.
Coutts Crossing's Corey Kempshall is bowled at the night cricket grand final at McKittrick Park. Adam Hourigan

Rebels halved as Cowan heads to the woods

RUGBY LEAGUE: Merely weeks out from the start of the 2016 Group 2 season the South Grafton Rebels were thought to have been dealt a killer blow as halfback Ant Cowan walked out on his contract.

The premiership winning pivot handed in his resignation requesting a release so he could join former halves partner Mal Webster Jnr at the Orara Valley Axemen.

The pair joined a long list of departures from the Rebels 2015 premiership winning side including Chris Carr, Oral Monaghan (who returned later in the season), Roy Bell and Steven 'Rocko' Walker.

Lower Clarence hold club crisis talks

RUGBY LEAGUE: Discussion almost resignedly turned to folding the Lower Clarence Magpies at an extraordinary committee meeting involving players.

But in a swell of support for the embattled club, past players and current generation players spoke of the pride in the jersey and the need for it to play football in 2016.

However Ryan McGoldrick warned player numbers would need to drastically improve as the club began looking toward only having First Grade and Under 18s registered in the NRRRL.

Harwood dominance stretches to three trophies

CRICKET: A masterstroke century at the crease from Harwood veteran Mark 'Dickie' Ensbey helped the most dominant side in the competition to a third consecutive GDSC Premier League crown in March.

In what was a grand final replay a year in the making, Ensbey was measured in his approach to the crease only looking to score off the bad balls. But with a support cast of Doug Harris, Harrison Nicholson and Ben McMahon, Ensbey was able to build into his innings amassing an unbeaten 130 runs taking Harwood to a winning total of 370.

 

Harwood batsman Mark Ensbey is participating in the CRCA premier league final between Harwood and Tucabia at Ellem Oval on Saturday, 19th March, 2016. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner
Harwood batsman Mark Ensbey is participating in the CRCA premier league final between Harwood and Tucabia at Ellem Oval on Saturday, 19th March, 2016. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner Debrah Novak

While wickets became hard to come by as the deck flattened out it was a spell of conservative spin bowling through the middle overs from Doug Harris and co which choked the Tucabia run rate.

Harris bowled five consecutive maiden overs before snaring the valuable wicket of Tucabia veteran Matt Pigg (41) to put the result beyond a doubt.

Honeybrook blast leads Wanderers to title defence

CRICKET: The most dominant team throughout the First Grade season, Wanderers were out to prove their credentials from the get go in the LCCA grand final.

'Bear' Honeybrook starred with the blade for Wanderers constantly finding the middle on his way to 64 as the side set the pace with a competitive 188 off their 40.

While Harwood managed to bat out their overs they never came close to the Wanderers target falling 100 runs short after Honerybrook (2 for 7 off 8) and Dylan Causley stifled the top order.



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