Grafton volunteers the crux of masterful hockey titles

EMOTION OVERFLOW: Grafton 1 goalkeeper Dale Neaves embraces teammate Scott Thompson as the players from both sides come together after a gripping and emotional final at the Hockey NSW Men's Masters Over-50s State championships.

Championship coordinator Tony Nixon praises the work of community.

Kapeen double as Magpies welcome back NRL veteran

GLIMMER OF HOPE: Two solo tries from winger Eathan Kapeen gave Lower Clarence Magpies an early lead in their NRRRL encounter with Cudgen Hornets.

Another tough road trip for Lower Clarence

A man of league and much more

SUPER COACH: For Barrett rugby League is a passion.

Community champion on the sidelines of local footy

LIVE BLOG: Two debutants in Blues team for Origin I

Jarryd Hayne will return to the NSW side.

Redmen show true grit in come-from-behind thriller

DOWN AND DIRTY: Grafton Redmen scrum half Dom Bullock was instrumental in the visitors' narrow victory against Kempsey Cannonballs.

Iceman, Kevin Weeks, nails 40-metre penalty to capt last-gasp win.

Livermore bouncing back after on-field stroke

Barry Livermore playing for Grafton 3 in the Over 50's championships.

Masters representative already on his long road to recovery.

Davis scores last-minute try to clinch thriller

Rebels halfback Kayan Davis puts a grubber through during the Group 2 Round 2 catch-up clash between South Grafton Rebels and Woolgoolga Seahorses at McKittrick Park.

Rebels half scores solo effort in dying minutes.

Bundaberg duo overlooked for first State of Origin

NOT YET: Bundaberg's Coen Hess, in action for North Queensland against Canterbury, will not play in the first Origin.

'Old boilers' named for game one

All change for Blues for Origin opener

Nathan Peats is one of six changes to the Blues squad for Origin game 1.

All change for Blues for Origin 1

Broncos pair get first crack at Maroons

Anthony Milford has been named in the Maroons team to face NSW next Wednesday.

Thurston and Slater missing from Maroons line-up

NSW Blues set to touchdown for Tweed camp

NSW celebrates  in the 2016 series. A new look Blues' side will be named this evening (Monday)

Blues all systems go for Tweed camp visits

Winners and losers from Maroons squad announcement

Justin O'Neill

After a few shock omissions, form has counted for little

Maroons make shock selections for Origin

Johnathan Thurston has been named 18th man for Queensland

Johnathan Thurston has been named as 18th man

AFL to change MRP rules in bid to stamp out punching

The move comes after Sunday's fiery clash at the MCG which saw players - most notably North's Ben Cunnington - fined after striking opponents in the stomach.

Liverpool names strong squad for Sydney FC friendly

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge in action during an English Premier League match against Southampton at Anfield.

Club legends including Steven Gerrard are available for the match.

Clubs 'out of minds' to pay big money for Schache: Carey

Josh Schache of the Lions has been linked with a move back to Victoria

Carey said clubs would be "out of their minds” to pay large wage

Tributes flow for former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden

MotoGP rider Nicky Hayden of the United States for the Repsol Honda Team during a press conference ahead of the 2016 MotoGP at Philip Island, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. Phillip Island is the third last round of the Moto GP World Championship. (AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy) NO ARCHIVING

VIDEO: American has died after being hit by a car while on a bike.

Harry Cunningham adds to Swans' injury woes

Harry Cunningham has been sidelined for six weeks for the Swans.

Harry Cunningham ruled out for six weeks.

Boyce is in line for some NRL game time

TOUGH: Joe Boyce.

Sunshine Coast product is expected to add to his one NRL match.

Winger Holosko parts ways with Sydney FC

Filip Holosko has headed back to Europe after leaving Sydney FC.

Slovakian winger Filip Holosko leaving Sydney FC.

HOMECOMING: Walters puts 'family first' in return to Rebels

The strain of being away from home - especially being away from his pregnant partner Amber Gull - was taking a serious toll on the champion hooker.

Best NSW team for State of Origin: Game One

Sydney Roosters star Boyd Cordner appears to be the only sure-thing when it comes to NSW Blues Origin selections with the star second-rower touted to take over Paul Gallen's captaincy this year.

Moose and Northy nominate their best 17 to tackle the Maroons

Fahey touches down in America to ignite NFL dream

Darby Fahey is off to the US to play junior college football.

Grafton league star ready to tackle a new game in the United States.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Moss makes most of middle shift

LOOSE BALL: The ball comes free of the grasp of Seahorses' Jake Lauder during the Group 2 fixture between Grafton Ghosts and Woolgoolga Seahorses.

Winger turned back-rower enjoying change of position for Ghosts

Don knocking on the door for State of Origin selection

ORIGIN READY: Former Grafton Ghosts flyer Anthony Don scores a try for the Gold Coast Titans during their upset against Melbourne Storm.

29-year-old Clarence Valley product is NRL's newest cult hero

Ghosts weather the conditions in defensive shut-out

CHARGING THROUGH: Ghosts' front rower Brett Wicks pushes his way through a tackle during the Group 2 first grade match between Grafton Ghosts and Woolgoolga Seahorses at Frank McGuren Field.

Grafton notch back-to-back clean sheets at home against Woopi.

Workhorse aims for glory against former club

HOME DEFENCE: Grafton Ghosts' workhorse Adam Slater.

Slater knows there will be ewxtra feeling against Woopi.

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.

Retired athletes reveal their struggles out of limelight

Australian women's basketball great Lauren Jackson.

Life after the final siren can be very tough going.

Hayne to Eels: will the prodigal son return?

Jarryd Hayne lining up for the Gold Coast Titans.

We break down the main issues of a potential Parramatta comeback.

Schache needs an extended break from game

UNDECIDED: Josh Schache is not ready to commit to the Brisbane Lions.

Young Lion not 'fully comfortable'

Why Corey Norman is ready for the Maroons

Corey Norman of the Eels takes on the Tigers defence.

If JT isn't right, the selectors might have some sleepless nights.

In Short, deliberate out-of-bounds rule needs another look

Jayden Short attempts to gain possession near the boundary line.

The rule makers have perhaps gone too far.

Returning Kangaroo from bully boy to believer

Andrew Fifita during a Kangaroos training session at the AIS in Canberra

Andrew Fifita has always struck me as the classic bully boy

Griffin has Bennett Hook, line and sinker

Penrith Panthers coach Anthony Griffin.

Broncos coach's record against Anthony Griffin is abysmal.

Respect the name of player transfer game

Patrick Dangerfield takes on his old team Adelaide.

I'd rather have the months of speculation

Tupou-led Roosters hold off Bulldogs

Daniel Tupou of the Roosters in action.
Source: Getty Images

Tupou form sure to make NSW selectors take notice.

Moylan leads Penrith back from the dead to win

LATE TRY: Dallin Watene-Zelezniak fends off Brock Lamb in the Panthers 30-20 win.

Panthers produced a stunning 30-20 upset over Newcastle

Fittler has no place for Tedesco in Blues' line-up

Brad Fittler has left James Tedesco out of his Blues Origin team.

No place for Tedesco, says Fittler.

Super League switch on cards for Barba

CAREER HIGHLIGHT: Ben Barba scores the first try of last year's NRL grand final. After an unsuccessful stint in French rugby, Barba is likely to switch to the English Super League.

Ben Barba could resurrect his rugby league career in England

More pain for Parra as Raiders claim thriller

Nick Cotric of the Raiders scores the opening try against the Eels.

VIDEO: Canberra got home at the death in Jarrod Croker's 200th game.

Sea Eagles expose Hayne weakness in triumph over Titans

Sea Eagles player Jake Trbojevic gets away from the Titans defence.

VIDEO: Manly targeted superstar's edge en route to a 30-10 win.

Mixed reaction to Eleni Glouftsis' AFL umpiring debut

Eleni Glouftsis throws the ball up.

John Worsfold says he would be happy to scrap the centre bounce

Cavalry on its way for struggling Gold Coast Suns

Michael Rischitelli is nearing a return for the Suns

Rischitelli will join full training for the first time on Monday

Big Joe back on target for greatness with Essendon

Joe Daniher is congratulated by Essendon teammates after kicking one of his five goals.

Essendon's fortunes this season have followed the same path Daniher

Maclaren gets a recall in Socceroos squad

Jamie Maclaren has earned a recall into the Socceroos squad.

ANGE Postecoglou has named a preliminary 30-man squad.

Gunners miss out on Champions League spot

Chelsea players celebrate with the trophy after they won the EPL

Man City and Liverpool secure Eorpean spots.

Fitting end for retiring Bayern Munich stars

Bayern Munich's Philipp Lahm receives a beer shower from assistant coach Hermann Gerland.

Bayern duo helps club to fifth straight title.

Neymar to miss Brazil's trip down under

Neymar celebrates scoring for Brazil.

But Argentina megastar Lionel Messi is a confirmed visitor.

Sydney FC star keen to impress against EPL big guns

Sydney FC's Rhyan Grant and Milos Ninkovic celebrate after winning the A-League grand final.

Rhyan Grant is looking forward to capping off a memorable season.

Reds facing potential Champions League nightmare

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool takes on Middlesbrough to try to seal third in the EPL.

Cricket pay row more than about cash, says Siddle

Australian bowler Peter Siddle says players just want to be treated fairly.

Pay row not just about cash, says Siddle.

Usman Khawaja to lead Australia A on tour of South Africa

Australian batsman Usman Khawaja.

Squads give hope the impasse over a new pay deal can be resolved.

World Cup selection a dream come true for Mooney

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 22:  Meg Lanning and Beth Mooney of Australia walks out to bat during the Women's Twenty20 International match between the Australia Southern Stars and the New Zealand White Ferns at Adelaide Oval on February 22, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

World Cup selection was Beth Mooney's goal during the summer.

Lehmann confident Ashes will go ahead

ASHES HOPES: Australian coach Darren Lehmann (left with David Warner) expects the players' pay dispute to be resolved before this year's Ashes series.

Australian coach Darren Lehmann says there'll be no Ashes boycott

Shane Warne reveals the problem with his ‘big balls’

Warne's portrait at Lord's. Source: News Corp

Shane Warne reveals the problem with his ‘big balls’

Coulter-Nile helps roll Sunrisers after midnight

HOWZAT: Kolkata Knight Riders' Nathan Coulter-Nile after taking a stunning return catch from Chris Jordan.

Coulter-Nile helps knock Warner's Sunrisers out of the IPL finals

Firebirds feeling disappointment after missing finals

"There's been a lot of soul-searching”

Lightning urged to lift their game as finals close in

MIDCOURTER. Lightning's Laura Scherian in action during a win over the Swifts at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Ratio of turnovers to goals not as high as coach would like.

Lightning success sets up winner-takes-all clash

Samantha Wallace of the Swifts (left) and Geva Mentor of the Lightning compete for the ball.

THE Sunshine Coast had a 63-49 victory over the NSW Swifts.

Thwaites' radar almost perfect for Magpies

ON FIRE: Caitlin Thwaites (left) was in superb form for Collingwood. Fever defender Stacey Francis couldn't stop her run of goals.

Caitlin Thwaites has led Collingwood to the Super Netball finals

Firebirds hold off Giants to keep finals hopes alive

Jo Harten of the Giants and Kate Shimmin of the Firebirds compete for the ball.

GWS nearly pulled off an unbelievable comeback.

Gretel Tippett excited by Firebirds future

UPHEAVAL: The Firebirds' Gretel Tippett is looking forward to 2018 with great optimism.

Firebirds use mixed year to evolve

Lightning keen to grab double chance in Super Netball finals

Caitlin Bassett of the Sunshine Coast Lightning.

Noeline Taurua's team is intent on finishing season with a flourish.

Dougherty weathers the storm in a photo finish

A final burst of extra energy on the line from maiden challenger Jameslea Worlds gave Grafton trainer Alan Ryan plenty to smile about after the first race today

Hunter tracking down milestones with Steve's Surprise

Trainer Hunter Kilner with his horse Steve's Surprise, who is on hat trick of wins when he lines up for the Brushgrove Cup this afternoon.

Hat-trick of wins will surprise veteran trainer.

Exciting mare has a bright future in the bush

FRESH START: Fleur Henley with  Baroque Girl.

Henley and Team McDonnell connection to light up Grafton.

Grafton's leading trainer to fight 15-month racing ban

Trainer Dan Want and trainer Mike Dougherty with horse Dantga - running in the class 3 on Westlawn Day. Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner

Dan Want found guilty after stewards inquiry into cobalt finding

The Big Show delivers rampaging success

ACTION-PACKED: Tahlia McDonald competing in the 2017 Big River Campdraft at Hawthorne Park, South Grafton, on May 13.

Campdraft action draws more than a thousand entries

Racing community raises $165,000 for paraplegic jockeys

A fundraising night was held at Clifford Park next Saturday for injured trackwork riders Ben Saunders (left) and Wade Clasohm.

The region’s racing community rallied for two Toowoomba jockeys

Campdraft action kicks off today

Molly Cave on Gina competing in last year's annual Big River Campdraft at Hawthorne Park, South Grafton.

Big River Campdraft back for another year

Day misses out in sudden-death playoff

AUSTRALIAN Jason Day has missed out on winning his first US PGA title in more than a year after defeat in a playoff at the Byron Nelson PGA tournament.

Birdie streak puts Jason Day in contention in Texas

Jason Day celebrates with fans after he sunk a 60-foot putt on the 17th green during the third round of the Byron Nelson golf tournament.

Jason Day has round of seven-under 63 to move up leaderboard.

Golf club shining ahead of major May tournament

SHINING SILVERWARE: Grafton Ladies Golf Club vice-president Julie White, captain Peg James and president Heather Robinson show off some of the trophies on offer at next week's Grafton Ladies May Tournament.

Hundreds of competitors set to descend on Grafton Golf Club.

From Players Championship winner to cattle class

Si Woo Kim, of South Korea, during the third round of The Players Championship.

Si Woo Kim won tournament with a flawless bogey-free final round.