Harwood ready to raise the bat in honour of 150th birthday

Harwood Cricket Club president Tim McMahon is readying for 150th celebrations in August.

Mark Taylor special guest at Harwood birthday fundraising function.

UNFAIR: Group 2 fires back at Greenshields spray

Group 2 president Warren Gilkinson with the trophy at the Group 2 rugby league grand final at the Frank McGuren Park Grafton on Sunday 24th August 2014 Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner

"It is sad to see a player come out in the media and bad mouth us."

Trainer considers trip to Grafton for July Carnival debut

EYEING OFF CUP: Damien Lane and Cervinia after winning the Somerton Cup. She could run at Tamworth on Friday while Lane ponders a debut at the July Racing Carnival in Grafton.

The $50,000 South Grafton Cup looks a perfect race for Mr McBat

#14: 'Jockey' shocks the betting ring

Action in the betting ring on Grafton Cup Day.

DEX counts down 20 to 1 of the July Carnival's top moments.

Coutts campdraft all about the kids

Oscar Phelps is competing in the 8-11 years steer ride event at the Coutts Crossing annual junior campdraft, rodeo and wood choping event at Coutts Crossing on Saturday, 4th July 2015. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner

Children take centre stage at rodeo and campdraft

#15: Crowd favourite wins crown

CHAMPION: Akwazoff won the 1997 Grafton Cup.

We continue our countdown to the top 20 moments of the July Carnival

Grafton girls show the men how to find the net

TOUGH BATTLE: Action from the Premier League clash between Village Green City Bears and Easts Lismore at Brent Livermore Field.

It was a roller coaster weekend on the fields for Grafton hockey.

NSW coach calls for end to 'cruel' demands on stars

NSW State of Origin coach Laurie Daley.

Laurie Daley wants Origin warriors to be exempt from backing up.

100 people turn out for State of Origin event

100 people attended the Brookwater Golf And Country Club's second State of Origin event on Wednesday.

Brookwater hosts its second State of Origin dinner event

Who's in the frame to replace JT for Origin decider?

Cameron Munster of the Storm.

Maroons need a new five-eighth after Thurston was ruled out.

Johnathan Thurston to miss the rest of season

Jonathan Thurston of the Maroons reacts after his match-winning kick in Origin II.

Champion halfback reportedly requires surgery to fix his shoulder.

Cooper lauds JT's toughness in Origin epic

Johnathan Thurston (left) and Gavin Cooper celebrate the Maroons' victory in Origin II.

Johnathan Thurston inspired his troops with his mental strength.

Selectors way off the mark with man-of-the-match pick

Dane Gagai of the Maroons is tackled by Josh Jackson of the Blues.

Wrong man-of-the-match was named, and he was from wrong team.

Star Sun may rise for milestone match

Gary Ablett expected to shake off injury and rack up 300 game milestone

Henry expects Hayne Plane to fly high again

TRY TIME: Gold Coast Titans star Jarryd Hayne crosses the line for a try.

Hayne Plane ready to fly high

Brisbane Broncos winger sidelined by mystery illness

IN DOUBT: A mysterious illness appears to have ruled Corey Oates out the Broncos clash with the Storm.

Brisbane winger Corey Oates sidelined

Renowned Corbould Park rider set for region's top race day

SUNSHINE COAST JOCKEY: Damian Browne starred on the world racing scene last year, aboard Buffering, in the Al Qouz Sprint during the Dubai World Cup.

Damian Browne's looking forward to the carnival.

Diet drug to blame for Payne's drug test failure

FAILED TEST: Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michelle Payne attends an inquiry at Racing Victoria headquarters in MelbourneThe 31-year-old tested positive to a banned substance in a urine sample taken at the Swan Hill Cup meeting on June 11.

Michelle Payne regrets failed drug test

Cricketers will not be paid until new deal struck

NO DEAL: State cricketers with expiring contracts have been told by Cricket Australia they will not be paid until a new deal has been struck.

State cricketers face months without pay

Kyrgios faces monumental task to win Wimbledon

TOP MAN: Andy Murray, chasing a third title, heads into Wimbledon as the top seed.

Kyrgios faces monumental Wimbledon task

LETTER: Timely wake-up call for local league

CALLS for more video scrutiny of matches as cheap shots become all too common in Group 2 Rugby League.

UNFAIR: Group 2 fires back at Greenshields spray

Group 2 president Warren Gilkinson with the trophy at the Group 2 rugby league grand final at the Frank McGuren Park Grafton on Sunday 24th August 2014 Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner

"It is sad to see a player come out in the media and bad mouth us."

Derby costs felt on both sides of the Clarence

INSIDE OUT: The hits in the Battle of the River derby were at 100 miles an hour, just ask South Grafton Rebels centre Austin Cooper who was upended in this effort by Grafton Ghosts duo Clint Greenshields and Dylan Collett.

Coaches pleased with spirited efforts, but full toll still unclear.

FOOTY FEVER: Excitement builds with strong Magpies win

DOUBLE DOSE: Jirra Breckenridge scored a double in first grade during the Lower Clarence Magpies and Kyogle Turkeys NRRRL clash at New Park.

"It is only onwards and upwards from here.”

GREENSHIELDS: Group needs to make welfare a priority

Former NRL player Clint Greenshields (right) alongside Grafton Ghosts captain coach and good friend Danny Wicks.

Greenshields opens up about perceived lack of player welfare in bush

Injury update on Ghosts forward after sickening head clash

ALL CLEAR: Grafton Ghosts forward Riley Law.

Grafton Ghosts forward Riley Law was taken to hospital after derby.

Ghosts emerge on top in brutal derby showdown

FIRST BLOOD: Grafton Ghosts winger Mitch Gorman leaves Rebels' Kieron Johnson-Heron clutching at air as he tip-toed down the sideline to score the opening try in the Battle of the River local derby at McKittrick Park.

Grafton Ghosts brings Rebels undefeated streak at home to an end.

'I did not think this would ever happen in my wildest dreams'

Giants defender Bec Bulley. Photo: Getty Images

Bulley prepares for Super Netball premliminary final with Giants

Cathy Freeman finds her love for athletics again

Former track and field athlete Cathy Freeman is a 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games ambassador.

Golden girl is an ambassador for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

What's happened to the great Novak Djokovic?

Novak Djokovic of Serbia during his game against Nick Kyrgios of Australia at Indian Wells.

Former world No.1 has gone from being tennis's king to its joker.

Firebirds legend has no regrets about retirement

Former players Clare McMeniman (left) and Laura Geitz celebrate a Firebirds win.

Clare McMeniman is loving the new Super Netball competition.

Sam Thaiday glad there's still loyalty in the game

TOGETHER AGAIN: Sam Thaiday, Johnathan Thurston and Mal Meninga.

Broncos star happy coach shows faith

Rep-break report card: your NRL club rated

Billy Slater of the Storm is chased by James Maloney of the Sharks.

We rate your club's season so far.

Stephen Hoiles: Wallabies need a quick fix

Karmichael Hunt of the Wallabies runs with the ball during the Test match against Scotland at Allianz Stadium.

Australians failed to generate any quick ball against Scotland.

Selectors way off the mark with man-of-the-match pick

Dane Gagai of the Maroons is tackled by Josh Jackson of the Blues.

Wrong man-of-the-match was named, and he was from wrong team.

Backs to the wall, Lions made best of bad situation

EX-LIONS: Sam Docherty is a lock for All-Australian selection this year.

Credit where credit's due when it comes to Brisbane recruiting

Michael Ennis: NSW facing a much sterner test

DANGER MAN: The Maroons will attempt to keep Blues fullback James Tedesco quiet in tonight's clash.

NSW preparing for a much sterner test, writes NSW great.

Justin Hodges: Maroons need to stick to game plan

DESERVED CALL-UP: Maroons debutant Jarrod Wallace has done a great job for the Titans since leaving the Broncos.

Big names know how to get the job done when pressure is on.

Greg Martin: World Cup heartache still drives Scots

Israel Folau was one of the Wallabies' best against Fiji.

Wallabies should prepare for some angry Scotsmen in Sydney.

New Cowboy roped into five-eighth role

HOT SEAT: Mid-season Cowboys recruit Te Maire Martin (centre) will start at five eighth against the Canberra Raiders this weekend.

Te Maire Martin to start at five eighth for Cowboys

Sea Eagles wings clipped by injury

MAN DOWN: Sea Eagles second rower Curtis Sironen has been ruled out until the end of the regular NRL season after tearing a pectoral muscle.

Manly lose in form second rower

NRRRL: Lower Clarence Magpies v Kyogle Turkeys

Jirra Breckenridge scored a double in first grade during the Lower Clarence Magpies and Kyogle Turkeys NRRRL clash at New Park.

Action from New Park in Kyogle as the Lower Clarence Magpies first grade side...

Broncos boss warns against Brisbane expansion

BIG RUN: Brisbane Broncos forward Josh McGuire takes on the South Sydney Rabbitohs line.

Broncos boss not a fan of expansion proposal

Knee injuries bring end to Tigers career

RETIRED: Back-to-back knee injuries have forced veteran hooker Matt Ballin call an end to his NRL career.

Veteran hooker Matt Ballin retires

No Sunday best: NRL draw frustrates Brisbane

The Brisbane Broncos have been denied a Sunday game.

Broncos want more Sunday games

Demons see contender talk as a positive

POSITIVE ENERGY: Demons player Bernie Vince said the team sees recent premiership contender talk as positive that helps them remain focused and motivated.

Demons see benefit in premiership talk

Lions skipper escapes serious injury

SIDELINED: Brisbane Lions skipper Dayne Beams will miss a month of football after straining his AC joint in a bump with Giants Shane Mumford.

Lions skipper out for a mont

Suns vow to get physical against Saints

Suns player Touk Miller returns to the team this weekend.

Gold Coast sick of looking like a side that can be bashed.

Prince William and David Cameron sucked into FIFA scandal

William and Kate with their children, George and Charlotte. Photo / Supplied

Mr Cameron and the Prince were in a room where a deal was discussed

Socceroos coach not surprised by team's performance

Massimo Luongo was a top performer for the Socceroos against Chile.

SOCCEROOS coach Ange Postecoglou impressed.

Socceroos match it with Chile in Moscow

Tim Cahill (right) earned his 100th cap for the Socceroos against Chile.

FOR Ange Postecoglou there was regret to go with the pride.

Football Queensland to investigate "all-in brawl

HOME GAME: Warwick Wolves players (white) in a game at Queens Park. FILE PHOTO

Football officials will look into all-in-brawl in game in Warwick

'New' FIFA can be trusted with 2023 women's World Cup bidding

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull poses for pictures with current Matildas Kyah Simon (left), Michelle Heyman and Clare Polkinghorne during an event supporting the FFA's bid to host the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup at Parliament House in Canberra, Tuesday, June 13, 2017. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch) NO ARCHIVING

FFA insists FIFA has cleaned up its act over bidding processes

Socceroos give Chile big scare in Moscow

Tim Cahill played his 100th game for the Socceroos against Chile.

THE Socceroos in good form against Chile.

Aussies open Women's Cricket World Cup in style

BIG KNOCK: Australia's Beth Mooney opened Women's Cricket World Cup campaign with 70 runs as part of a 171-run opening partnership with Nicole Bolton.

Aussie women win Cricket World Cup opener

Australian cricket on edge of 'June 30 cliff'

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland.

About 230 players will be unemployed if no new deal is done.

Players stumped by Cricket Australia's industrial tactics

UNDERVALUED: Ben Dunk (batting) says Cricket Australia has taken an aggressive industrial attitude to player payments.

Cricket Australia treating players like hole-diggers, says Ben Dunk

Champions Trophy fairytale comes true for Pakistan

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed celebrates after claiming the catch to dismiss the last of the Indian batsmen in the ICC Champions Trophy final at The Oval in London.

Bottom-ranked side springs upset in tournament decider

The long history between cricket's greatest foes

India captain Virat Kohli marks a half-century in the ICC Champions Trophy semi-final against Bangladesh.

India and Pakistan to meet in Champions Trophy decider.

Agar called in for out-of-favour O'Keefe on Bangladesh tour

Ashton Agar during a nets session at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Recurrence of a stress fracture has ruled Mitchell Starc out.

Goal attack looks forward to another season at Lightning

THE 25-year-old, who was on Monday included in the Australian Diamonds squad, was a key player for the Lightning in its maiden national league campaign.

Key veterans miss out on Australian netball selection

TOUGH DECISION: Australian Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander has described the axing of veteran Natalie Medhurst as 'emotional'.

Veteran stars miss out on Diamonds selection

Super captain has more to offer at Lightning

CAPTAIN: Sunshine Coast Lightning leader Geva Mentor.

Mentor wants to encourage those around her to reach their potential.

Queenslanders stand out at netball awards

BIG WINNER: Sunshine Coast Lightning captain Geva Mentor.

Firebirds and Lightning players steal show in annual netball awards

Super Netball on hold for Commonwealth Games

The Sunshine Coast Lightning won the inaugural Super Netball grand final against the Giants on Saturday.

SUPER Netball faces a 10-month wait before a return to action.

Firebirds swoop on rising star

Former Queensland Firebirds and Australia captain Laura Geitz (right) is yet to make an announcement about her playing future.

Queensland Firebirds reveal player list

Lightning captain stepped out of comfort zone and thrived

CAPTAIN: Geva Mentor.

Lighting's defence was crucial in its grand final win.

JULY CARNIVAL 20-1: Moss Rocket v Cangronde

The 1996 duel between Australia's top sprinters Moss Rocket and Candronde is still talked about in reverential tones among race fans.

#17: Racing called off during WW2

ALL QUIET: The betting ring at Clarence River Jockey Club was packed at 1939, but from 1942 to 1945 it was empty, with racing called off during the Second World War.

Continue our countdown of the best July Carnival moments

#18: Gai claims a third Grafton Cup

TRIFECTA: Blake Shinn rides Bonfire to victory at Clarence River Jockey Club in 2015 to hand trainer Gai Waterhouse her third Grafton Cup.

20 to 1 countdown of the best July Carnival moments of all time

#19: Loveable lout steals hearts of Grafton

Takeover Target's 2014 Ramornie Handicap win.

THE DEX counts down the July Carnival's top 20 moments of all time

#20: Winter racing institution is born

PIONEERS: Clarence River Jockey Club officials of 1909 who revived plans for the first ever Grafton Cup race.

The DEX counts down the July Carnival's top 20 moments of all time.

Michelle Payne will remember Ascot ride 'forever'

Michelle Payne with Kaspersky at Royal Ascot.

Payne was gobsmacked at the pageantry of the Royal meeting.

Godolphin stable launch a July Carnival assault

Darren Beadman (right) with Sydney jockey James McDonald after steering Godolphin horse Exosphere to victory in the Golden Rose Stakes. Beadman has said Godolphin will be supporting the July Racing Carnival.

Godolphin assistant trainer Darren Beadman confirms July intentions.

Epic bunker shot seals PGA win for Spieth

Jordan Spieth lands epic bunker shot to claim PGA title with play-off victory

Brooks Koepka wins US Open golf title

Brooks Koepka holds up the winning trophy after winning the US Open at Erin Hills.

BROOKS Koepka has won his first major championship.

Harman in front on crowded US Open leaderboard

Brian Harman leads the US Open by one shot.

AMERICAN Brian Harman takes lead at US Open.

Carnage at US Open as world's top three sent packing

Jason Day, of Australia, reacts on the ninth hole during the second round of the US Open at Erin Hills in Wisconsin.

Marc Leishman set to be the only Aussie to make the cut.