Palmer overcomes obstacle in rally

GRAFTON’S Lee Palmer has overcome a broken windscreen to stay on course for another successful rally completion.

The mechanic took part in Sunday’s prologue for the Estoril-Portimao-Marrakech event, and on Monday began the serious stuff alongside Amadeus Matzker in their Land Rover Discovery.

The pair completed the first two special stages without major problems – only a broken windscreen halted their progress as the pair climbed to 17th in the rankings.

Yesterday saw another special stage in Portugal before a road liaison to the port of Almeria in Spain from where the rally caravan takes the boat to Morocco.

More talent needed in AFL’s North Coast

AFL clubs may have just signed NRL young guns Israel Folau and Karmichael Hunt but the search continues for more players in Northern NSW when the Future Stars Carnival comes to town on July 16.

The event, held at Coffs Coast Leisure Park, provides an opportunity for boys in Year 5 and 6 – who do not currently play Australian football with a local club – to experience the game.

“We’re expecting a large proportion of our academy to be made up of players from alternative sports – it’s a priority for our academy,” Swans’ development manager Chris Smith said.

Northern NSW will host their own carnival in 2010 with squads from the North Coast, North West and the Mid North Coast.

Contact North Coast’s Danny McFadden on 0421 863 622.

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