Cahill stars as Westlawn finish rebuild year strong

Westlawn junior Aidan Cahill

Towering 13-year-old leads from the top of the order.

United forging path back into the Premier League

ON THE PARK AGAIN: Drone footage captures Grafton United Premier League players in one of their final training runs ahead of Sunday's FFA Cup preliminary clash.

Grafton United kick off return to the top level in FFA Cup action.

NRRRL settles on draw for new season

Murwillumbah Mustangs second rower Jone Macalai celebrates winning the NRRRL grand final last year. The season starts next month.

Competition starts next month

Morse set to make amends at Lismore

Lee McKinnell is back at Lismore Speedway this weekend after winning the first round of the Mr Modified Series

Tim Morse hoping for better outcome this time

Council cash boost for iconic cycle classic marketing

Action from the 2015 Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic on Saturday, 24th of October, 2015. Photo Bill North / Daily Examiner

Extra cash a boost for Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic.

Wheelchair tennis hits the courts

Yamba amputee Will Elrick lobs the ball for a serve at Grafton City Tennis Club.

Grafton to host its first wheelchair tennis tournament

Wooli surfer comes up against world champion

SPRAY IT: Wooli's Carly Shanahan surfs in the Australian Boardrider's Battle series final. INSET: Shanahan and world number one surfer Tyler Wright pose for a picture before their heat together.

World surf champion Tyler Wright in Carly's heat

NO GIVENS: Wicks puts his Ghosts on notice

DANNY Wicks brings Brad Arthur-inspired professional approach to first season at the helm of Grafton Ghosts.

Rebels 'dumbfounded' over Coffs Coast 9s final snub

South Grafton Rebels first grade side at the Coffs Coast 9s.

Coach Ron Gordon admitted club felt like it had been "robbed"

Summit the first step for bush footy

One of the round table discussions held by one of the groups led by scribe Col Hennessy during the NSW Grassroots Rugby League Summit staged at the Yamba Sports Complex on Saturday, 18th February, 2017.

Orange Sky Laundry inspiring at grassroots footy summit.

McMillan a Knight in Lower armour

NEW FLAVOUR: Lower Clarence Magpies new recruit Alex McMillan gets miles in the legs during a recent pre-season training run at Wherret Park.

Magpies newest recruit out to make new friends in region.

Inspirational guest speakers for landmark summit

Orange Sky Laundry co-founders Lucas Patchett (L) and Nic Marchesi have arrived in Yeppoon, Sat. Feb. 21. 2015 to help people impacted by Cyclone Marcia. The pair operate a free mobile laundry service that usually help the homeless, but is also used in disaster situations. (AAP IMAGE/ Karin Calvert) NO ARCHIVING

Grassroots Rugby League Summit in Yamba this Saturday

Walters playing with Clarence league history

CHASING HISTORY: Rhys Walters at Lower Clarence Magpies training earlier this week.

Walters aims to complete premiership trifecta

PAY YOUR DEBTS: Northern need to be more cash savvy

Magpies Ryan Binge and DJ Eamens make a tackle during the NRRRL match between the Magpies and Northern United at Maclean Showground on Sunday 9th August, 2015. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner

BEHIND THE DESK: Who is to blame for the Northern United fiasco?

A-League needs international breaks recognised

Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat wants international breaks recognised in the A-League.

Learning McGree gets lesson from Endo

Riley McGree (left) of Adelaide United on the ball.

Adelaide rookie says Japanese great gave a "next-level” education.

Wanderers coach praises ban on fans

Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic has applauded moves to stamp out anti-social behaviour at A-League games.

Tony Popovic has broken his silence on anti-social behaviour.

Aloisi expects ailing Phoenix to be tough

Jade North of the Brisbane Roar.

Roar coach is expecting a tough encounter against Wellington.

Missing bikes threaten to wreck World Cup campaign

MISSING: The Australian track team's bikes have been lost in transit.

The Australian track team's bikes are missing

Slater, Harris injuries cloud Storm start to season

NO READY: Storm fullback Billy Slater isn't ready for a return to action.

Slater and Harris ruled out for weeks with injuries

Federer wants more wins like Flinders Park

LONG TWILIGHT: Roger Federer has shelved retirement thoughts after his win in the Australian Open.

Roger Federer has shelved any thoughts of retiring

League legends pitch in to help ex-Manly great

Noel Cleal during his time as Sea Eagles recruitment manager.

Noel "Crusher” Cleal had fire rip through his farm at Pappinbarra.

Will coaching change be too late for Rafa?

Rafael Nadal of Spain in action during the Australian Open final.

'Uncle Toni' regrets keeping news of his departure from Nadal.

Exit lounge: the NRL players set for a swansong

Former Dragons player Benji Marshall has signed with the Broncos.

We look at who is most likely hanging the boots up at end of 2017.

Firebirds champ Romelda Aiken ready to resurface

Romelda Aiken in control during a recent practice match.

Aiken is out to conquer her personal demons, writes Terry Mallinder

'When things don't go well the media hammers you'

Australia's Shane Watson during day one of the first Ashes Test in Cardiff in 2015.

Shane Watson opens up on his career struggles.

How Boyd turned his career - and life - around

Darius Boyd during a Brisbane Broncos training session.

How Boyd turned his career - and life - around

Magic of the FA Cup still well and truly alive

Lincoln City's Nathan Arnold (left) and Burnley's Joey Barton battle for the ball.

Competition gives part-timers a chance to rub shoulders with greats.

Great Scott, he's serious about becoming a Knight

Cowboys prop Matt Scott.

Cowboys prop may feel a change of scenery could be an elixir.

Brisbane Tens was doomed from the start

Reds player Samu Kerevi crosses to score a try during a quarter-final at the Brisbane Global Tens at Suncorp Stadium.

Concept simply comes across as a clunkier version of sevens.

Nines showcase thrilling talent ... and bad haircuts

New Panther James Tamou looks fitter than ever.

Tony Durkin looks at some of the left-field highlights.

Cahill send-off overshadows great weekend of A-League

Tim Cahill of Melbourne City walks off after being red carded before even being substituted on to the field during the round 18 A-League match against the Melbourne Victory.

Just when you thought you'd seen it all in Socceroos's career ...

Sainsbury move bodes well for Socceroos

Australian soccer player Trent Sainsbury takes part in a training session in Sydney.

Central defender has to make the best of his time at Inter Milan.

Brisbane gets nod for Davis Cup clash

Brisbane will host its biggest Davis Cup tie in more than a decade, with Pat Rafter Arena chosen by Tennis Australia as the venue for April's clash with the US.

Federer could team with Nadal in Laver Cup

Switzerland's Roger Federer answers questions during a press conference in Prague

Team Europe to take on the Rest of the World in inaugural event

Kyrgios prepares to defend title in Marseille

Nick Kyrgios

Kyrgios will forge uncharted territory on Tuesday night

Goffin saves face after thanking 'girlfriends'

David Goffin in action  in Rotterdam, Netherlands

The crowd's awkward reaction said it all.

Two titles in one day for rising teenage star

Germany's Alexander Zverev has won two titles in one day.

Rising teenage star Alexander Zverev has won two titles.

Americans sorry for German anthem gaffe

Germany's Andrea Petkovic was upset after American officials played the wrong national anthem.

Officials have apologised for playing the wrong anthem.

Secret documents reveal $53.4m loss by NRL teams

NRL Captains at the launch of the new season.

Only two teams made a profit last year

Gallen to decide mid-year on retiring

LEADERS: The 16 NRL captains at yesterday's season launch (from left) Daly Cherry-Evans (Manly), Jarrod Croker (Canberra), Matt Moylan (Penrith), Darius Boyd (Brisbane), Jake Friend (Sydney Roosters), Tim Mannah (Parramatta), Rory Kostjasyn (Newcastle), Aaron Woods (Wests Tigers), Cameron Smith (Melbourne), Johnathan Thurston (North Queensland), Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (NZ Warriors), Greg Inglis (South Sydney), Paul Gallen (Cronulla), Gareth Widdop (St George), Ryan James (Gold Coast) and James Graham (Canterbury).

Gallen hasn't made up his mind on retiring yet

Halves pairing will shape Widdop's game plan

FLEXIBLE: Gareth Widdop knows he has to change his game plans with the Dragons

Halves pairing will shape Widdop's game plan

Tigers enjoying end of Farah saga

RELIEVED: Wests Tigers captain Aaron Woods says the club's youngsters have to take more responsibility.

Aaron Woods glad Wests Tigers' Robbie Farah saga is over

NRL boss to come down hard on players betting

Tim Simona has been stood down by the Wests Tigers while an investigation takes place into betting.

NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg cracking down on betting.

Bulldogs muzzled by the experts

BULLDOGS BRUSHED: Canterbury coach Des Hasler's team is being shunned by experts as NRL title contenders

Experts don't rate the 2017 Bulldogs as title contenders

Saints see off Power in pre-season hitout

Tim Membrey of the Saints.

St Kilda held off Port Adelaide to record a one-point victory.

AFL chief denies lying to bombers after secret tape leaks

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 15: James Hird, coach of the Essendon Bombers looks on during the round 20 AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Adelaide Crows at Etihad Stadium on August 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Recording reveals allegations the AFL recanted over punishments

David Koch left seeing red over China clash with Suns

The AFL is taking the game to China, but it's not without its controversy.

"We're paying you half-a-million dollars to buy your home game”

EPL champion Leicester sacks manager Ranieri

Sacked Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri.

Coach sacked less than a year after delivering a maiden title.

$20,000 fine for Western Sydney Wanderers

The FFA has fined Western Sydney Wanderers $20,000 after a lew banner was shown by the club's fans.

FFA fines Wanderers $20,000

Melbourne United coach pays price for poor NBL season

Melbourne United head coach Dean Demopoulos has been sacked.

Melbourne United has sacked coach Dean Demopoulos.

Woman coach gets off to a bad start

Eastern FC head coach Chan Yuen-ting.

Poor start for first woman coach in men's continental competition.

Cahill ready for "Cup final replay”

Tim Cahill is ready for action against Sydney FC.

Tim Cahill back and raring to go.

Going nuts over Brazil at the MCG

Neymar (centre), Philippe Coutinho (left) and Gabriel Jesus could play against the Socceroos in June at the MCG.

Brazil to play Socceroos at the MCG.

Late Starc flurry saves Aussies' blushes

Australia's Mitchell Starc bats during the first day of the first Test against India in Pune.

Australia reached 9-256 at stumps on day one against India in Pune.

Cricket legends blow up at Test rookie Matt Renshaw

Renshaw wasn’t feeling too crash hot.Source:AFP

After perfect start, things quickly went from rosy to shambolic

Sharks snap up Canberra winger Lee

Edrick Lee has signed for Cronulla for the 2017 NRL season.

Premier Cronulla has signed Canberra Raiders winger Edrick Lee.

It's not all about the spinners in India

Australia's Jason Gillespie displays the ball after he took five Indian wickets during the third day of the third Test match in Nagpur, India in 2004.

Pace certainly has it's place - and can indeed flourish.

Southern Stars in record loss to Kiwis

Meg Lanning of Australia

New Zealand launched a stunning series comeback

Aussies claim consolation T20 international win

Aaron Finch hits out at the Adelaide Oval

Adam Zampa and James Faulkner doing the bulk of the damage

Firebirds send order for Burger with the lot

94-Test veteran has answered the powerhouse's SOS for a seasoned playmaker

Swifts out to prove first-up form was no fluke

Abbey McCulloch of the Swifts exchanges high-fives with young fans.

Much-maligned Swifts lost narrowly to the Giants in season-opener.

Firebirds prepare for a familiar foe

TOUGH CLASH: Sunshine Coast goal shooter Caitlin Bassett is marked by Firebirds keeper Laura Clemesha.

Laura Clemesha takes us inside the Firebirds inner sanctum

Firebirds to roll out red carpet for former star

Two-time Firebirds premiership player Kim Ravaillion in action for the Magpies

Ravaillion starred in four grand finals and won two premierships

Swifts set to hit back against Thunderbirds

Paige Hadley of the Swifts and Jamie-Lee Price of the Giants contest possession

NSW outfit keen to prove they're the "real deal”

Thunderbirds rally late to seal first-up win

Natalie Medhurst of the Fever passes during the round one Super Netball match against the Fever.

Adelaide was trailing Fever by seven goals at three-quarter-time.

Vixens show Melbourne is still their town

Kate Moloney of the Vixens makes a pass at Hisense Arena

Diamond-studded and highly-rated Magpies were upstaged

Bowman: Winx can run down Black Caviar record

Winx's winning streak stands at 14

RACING: Harnova looms as lightning Godbolt prospect

DOMINANT: Harnova storms across the line more than a length ahead of the field to win race one at Grafton yesterday.

Pacey 2yo will be back in Grafton for July Carnival.

Blevic bypasses Brisbane for consecutive Grafton wins

TRACK CONNECTION: Guyra trainer Ian Cook has led Our Blevic around the CRJC winner's circle on several occasions and will be hoping to again today.

Ian Cook runner set to claim back-to-back open handicaps.

Howells' precious Gem makes home track return

SOLID: Coastal Gem beats out Starfest and High Storm in Race 2 at Grafton Races.

Greg Howells said the 1200m is all about easing Coastal Gem back.

Jockeys on track to reach magic milestones

JOCKEY CHAT: Grafton jockeys Ben Looker and Matt McGuren are clear leaders of the local premiership rankings and now in a race to be first to 100 wins for the season.

Grafton jockey's Ben Looker and Matt McGuren in race to the 100.

Group 1 race just what the Doc ordered

Hey Doc ridden by Luke Currie wins race 6 CS Hayes Stakeson Black Caviar, The Great Horse Raceday at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Saturday. Feb. 18, 2017. (AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Trainer Tony McEvoy says Hey Doc "has to” go the Australian Guineas.

Only bad luck will end Winx's streak, says trainer

Hugh Bowman celebrates another Winx victory.

Peter Moody insists Winx has same invincibility as Black Caviar.

Golfers bring international flavour to Yamba

AN experienced field contesting for a $20,000 purse in the BWAC Ladies Pro Am at the Yamba Golf and Country Club.

Johnson takes golf's No.1 spot from Jason Day

Dustin Johnson poses with his trophy on the 18th green after winning the Genesis Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club.

Aussie Jason Day has given up the world number one ranking.

Late blitz helps world No.6 to Australian Open title

Ha Na Jang of South Korea plays a shot during round four of the Australian Open at Royal Adelaide.

Ha Na Jang produced a stunning late surge to win at Royal Adelaide.

Day not ready to give up No.1 tag yet

PRIDE OF PLACE: Australian Jason Day is determined to hold onto his number one ranking as a matter of pride.

Jason Day is determined to hang on to his world No.1 spot.