Openers hold key on balmy day at McKittrick

FINDING FORM:  Westlawn opening batsman Kallen Lawrence has found some much-needed form with the bat scoring a confidence-boosting 64 not out last week.

Easts and Westlawn poised for first win of season.

Former Magpies sons return to lead into next generation

NEXT GENERATION: Lower Clarence Magpies new coaches Anthony Hickling and Dan Randall with club president Darrin Heron (centre).

Lower premiership winner Dan Randall returns to lead 2017 charge.

Commercial fishers get extension, but it makes no difference

Ballina trawler harbour.

Deadline extended for NSW fishers buying back into the industry

Wooli surf grom vying for Australian title

PREPARED: Wooli grommet 13-year-old Carly Shanahan is ready for the Australian Junior Surfing Titles which kick off on Sunday.

Carly Shanahan, 13, will compete in finals at Phillip Island today

Maclean look to keep bowling strategy simple

Bowler Nathan Williams walks back to his mark for Maclean United.

Line and length will be key in heatwave-like conditions.

Baird bunny-hops on bicycle ID plan

New laws for passing cyclists are now in place.

NSW Government puts brakes on plan to force cyclists to carry ID

FIRED UP: Kara keen to turn the tables for her new team

Former Grafton cricketer Kara Sutherland bowling her left-arm medium pacers for the Queensland Fire.

QLD Fire take on NSW Breakers in Women's National League final today

Wanderers hitting their straps, says Popovic

Coach is confident his team is ready for a move up the A-League ladder, despite not winning in six games.

Roar won't be bullied by City, says Aloisi

Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi.

War of words continues between coaches.

Early start no problem for clubhouse leader

Australian golfer Ashley Hall plays a fairway shot during the second round of the Australian PGA at Royal Pines.

Ashley Hall on target to achieve his dream of a European Tour card.

Supercars leader sets fastest time in practice

Shane van Gisbergen's Red Bull Racing car.

Shane van Gisbergen has laid down a marker.

'Mr Fix-it' keen to ply his trade with Cowboys

Former Storm utility Ben Hampton has moved to the Cowboys.

Ben Hampton is ready for the latest chapter in his young NRL story.

Foord named best player in Asia

Caitlin Foord of Australia has been named the best footballer in Asia.

Sydney FC star claims AFC Player of the Year crown.

Tiger shows glimpses of brilliance in return to action

Tiger Woods reacts after missing putt on the 11th hole during the first round at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.

Former world No.1 had four birdies in the opening eight holes.

Young gun Matt Renshaw fires up nerves of mum and dad

NEW BOY IN TOWN: Matt Renshaw poses at the Adelaide Oval this week.

Baby-faced son prepares to face up to a red-hot South Africa.

Johnson joins list of freak sporting injuries

Steve Johnson in action for the GWS Giants this season.

In wake of Giant's injury, we look at 10 other unlucky incidents.

Dark times made Johnson wish he was injured

Australia's Mitchell Johnson bowls to England's Ian Bell on the third day of the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval in 2015.

Bowler didn't want to play the game, let alone bowl for his country.

Ireland's win caps remarkable year of upsets

Ireland's CJ Stander celebrates after his side's win over New Zealand in Chicago.

Has there ever been a year like this?

Play it again, Sam: young Bull keen to keep impressing

Sam Heazlett of Queensland bats against Victoria at the Gabba last season.

Left-hander is fit and raring to go after an injury lay-off.

Camaraderie 'broke down' in Test team, reveals Ian Healy

Ian Healy will be back in the Channel Nine commentary box this summer.

Former keeper can't get his head around claims of in-fighting.

Buck stops with Kidwell after disappointing Four Nations

Shaun Kenny-Dowall of the Kiwis failed to repay his coach's faith in him.

If David Kidwell is to continue as Kiwis coach he'll need some help.

Kiwis flop on game's biggest stage

Australia's Josh Dugan looks to offload during the Four Nations final.

This felt like the bad old days against the Kangaroos.

Reformed Kangaroos give Barba a positive vibe

Josh Dugan in action for the Kangaroos.

Watching the Four Nations final should prove a door is still ajar.

Postecoglou must stick with those getting game time

Robbie Kruse of Australia and Pratum Chuthong of Thailand battle for the ball.

Where does Australia go now after poor showing in Thailand?

Flying Bird makes the Titans so much better

Former Titans player Greg Bird.

Bird the fourth most suspended player since the NRL was formed.

Heat on Dragons over alarming slide

Gareth Widdop in action for the Dragons.

Gareth Widdop has faded to become a shadow of his former self.

END OF AN ERA: Major shake up to rep footy in the bush

Macksville veteran Aaron Wood is one player who would not be eligible to represent Group 2 or North Coast Dolphins in the revamped CRL Under-23 Country Championships competition.

NRRRL head slams new look Under-23s format

NSW Blues to move on from Coffs Harbour

MOVING ON: NSW Blues' Jack Bird training at Novotel Pacific Bay Resort earlier this year. The Blues will house their training camp elsewhere next year.

After three years of training in Coffs Harbour, the NSW Blues move on

Eels insist Radradra will be with club in 2017

Semi Radradra of the Eels.

Confusion reigned after French outfit said it had signed winger.

NRL showdown talks on hold

Australian Rugby League Commission chairman John Grant.

Discussions over funding postponed indefinitely.

Hayne backs NRL duo to succeed in NFL

NRL players Valentine Holmes and Jason Taumalolo (right) speak to reporters in Los Angeles.

Ex-49er says youth will help Jason Taumalolo and Valentine Holmes.

Daley impressed with Ferguson's form

Australia's Blake Ferguson is caught by New Zealand's Jason Taumalolo (left) and Adam Blair.

Winger was named Australia's best player in the Four Nations.

Suns say talk of Ablett trade a 'beat-up'

Gold Coast Suns star Gary Ablett.

Gold Coast has dismissed talk Gary Ablett could be traded.

Gary Ablett to hand over Suns captaincy

Gary Ablett walks out to warm up prior to the round-one clash with Essendon this year.

Lynch, May set to lead the club

Queensland's rise in draft costs Tasmania

The top 10 draft picks presented during the AFL draft in Sydney.

Tasmania failed to have a player picked in draft.

Knee injury to keep Holman out for six weeks

Brett Holman of the Brisbane Roar.

The 32-year-old was set for minor surgery on a torn meniscus.

Arsenal boss concedes Southampton were too good for his side

Southampton's Jordy Clasie (centre) celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the English Football League Cup quarter-final against Arsenal at the Emirates in London.

Arsene Wenger has bemoaned Arsenal's "lack of urgency”.

Southgate targeting home success as England manager

New England coach Gareth Southgate.

Gareth Southgate is seeking redemption for his own Euros heartbreak.

United sees off West Ham to book spot in cup semis

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action against West Ham.

Jose Mourinho's men will now play Hull City in the last four.

Cahill reveals boos spurred him on

Melbourne City player Tim Cahill during the FFA Cup against Sydney FC at AAMI Park in Melbourne.

Tim Cahill scored the winning goal in the FFA Cup final.

Zidane junior scores on debut for Real Madrid

Real Madrid's Enzo Zidane (right) celebrates with a teammate after scoring a goal in the Copa del Rey.

Enzo Zidane has begun his journey into professional football.

Maxwell plays it smart for NZ series

Australia's Glenn Maxwell in action in a T20 international.

All-rounder will be holding himself back against Kiwis.

Siddle hoping age won't count against him with selectors

Australian bowler Peter Siddle.

Veteran paceman Peter Siddle admits to feeling the nerves.

Finch hoping to carry Shield form to ODIs

Aaron Finch bats for Victoria in the Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania at the MCG.

Batsman says runs in any form of the game are a confidence boost.

Slater backs Marsh for recall in Gabba Test

Shaun Marsh raises his bat after hitting a half-century for Australia against South Africa in Perth.

Former opener says the veteran should take place of Matt Renshaw.

Inexperienced Black Caps chasing No.1 ranking

Martin Guptill is one of the Black Caps' most experienced campaigners.

New Zealanders preparing for defence of the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy.

Chappell 'put a line through Marsh's name a while ago'

Australian batsman Shaun Marsh raises his bat after reaching a half century on day two of the first Test against South Africa at the WACA.

Injury-prone 33-year-old batsman is edging closer to full fitness.

Firebirds happy to 'fly under the radar'

Queensland Firebirds wing attack Caitlyn Nevins has heaped the pressure on new rival Collingwood ahead of the 2017 Super Netball season.

TV presenter to host region's sports awards

PRESENTING: Channel Seven Gold Coast sports reporter and presenter Katie Brown will host the 2016 Clarence Valley Sports Awards.

Katie Brown looking forward to mixing with local sporting stars

Netball competition gets a name

Caitlin Bassett, right, will be one of the stars of the newly named Super Netball competition.

Australia's new-look netball league will be called Super Netball.

Pettitt to return to Diamonds after three-year absence

Sharni Layton of the Diamonds competes for the ball with Bailey Mes of the Silver Ferns during the Constellation Cup netball series last month.

Coach names squad of 12 for Quad Series in South Africa and England.

Lightning to face acid test first up

PRIMED: Geva Mentor is itching to play for the Sunshine Coast Lightning.

First round of National Netball League has been revealed

Tough defence helps Diamonds finish series with a win

Australia celebrates its series defeat of New Zealand during game four of the Constellation Cup netball series.

Aussies edge Silver Ferns 49-45 in Invercargill.

Ferns preparing to unleash new tactic in series finale

Caitlin Bassett of Australia and Anna Harrison of New Zealand during game three of the Constellation Cup netball series.

New Zealand has trialled the new move in training this week.

Fitness brings new attitude for Sky Brook

Sky Brook is changing horse with her increased fitness bringing in a new attitude

Proud club riding high after 60 years

SADDLE SISTERS: Pony Club members Brooke Surawski, Logan Robb, Olivia Farrer, Kate Connors, Chelsea Hughes and Jada Blackadder.

Grafton Pony Club ready to celebrate 60-year milestone

Top English jockey to ride for Godolphin down under

Jockey James Doyle at Warwick Farm in 2015.

James Doyle has ridden 17 Group 1 winners in four countries.

Christmas comes early for leading jockey

IN FORM: Ben Looker.

A winning treble extends Ben Looker's championship lead

Veteran race caller Greg Miles set to retire

Racer caller Greg Miles in the broadcast box at Moonee Valley last year.

The voice of Victorian racing has called the most Melbourne Cups.

Hodge holds all the aces in Christmas Cup win

Gold Coast apprentice Jed Hodge storms home on Toby Edmonds-trained mare Flaming Aces to win the Christmas Cup (1200m) at the Clarence River Jockey Club.

Apprentice gets job done in maiden win for future father-in-law

Consolari's good form to propel her through first 1700m race

Olivia Pickering gets a kiss from Consolari, who is runningn at Grafton on Sunday.

Consolari takes on new race on Christmas Cup Day

Yamba Golf

Players spotted enjoying a round of golf at Yamba Golf and Country Club on Saturday, 26th November, 2016.

Mind over matter as Dodt takes lead at PGA

Australian Andrew Dodt during round one of the Australian PGA Championship at Royal Pines on the Gold Coast.

Golfer thought of quitting tour before seeing a sports psychologist.

Woods eyeing victory in comeback tournament

Tiger Woods will return to action in the Hero World Challenge.

Tiger Woods hasn't played on the US PGA Tour for 15 months.

Day won't rush back from back injury

Jason Day of Australia at the Tour Championship in Atlanta in September. Day withdrew from the tournament due to a back injury after playing eight holes.

World No.1 does not want to be in the same situation as Tiger Woods.