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Pilley draws first blood at World Championships

Cameron Pilley loads up for a strong backhand shot against teammate and compatriot Ryan Cuskelly.

Yamba squash star blows fellow Australian off the court.

SPORTS SHORTS: Local news in bite-sized chunks

Cody Walker runs through a drill during an Australian Wallabies Under-20s captain's run ahead of their clash against Italy at the World Rugby under-20s Championships in Georgia.

Get the low-down on what's happening in Clarence Valley sport.

Clarence girls make another step toward AFL dreams

ROARING TIGERS: Lily Doyle and Georgia Breward selected in the State Academy Squad.

Breward, Speechley and Doyle all selected for youth academy.

HAIL: Cricket round white out as hail turns fields into ice rinks

ABOVE: It was like a blanket of snow across McKittrick Park after a hail storm caused play to be called off. FAR LEFT: Players dash for cover after covering the wicket at Lower Fisher Park. LEFT: Play called off at JJ Lawrence.

Players left to scramble as powerful storm rolls in out of nowehere.

Yamba nipper flies the flag on Far North Coast

Yamba junior lifesaver Paris Brailsford waves the flag after being announced as the female Far North Coast junior lifesaver of the year.

Paris Brailsford junior nipper of year

Veteran rivals share one final tradition before battle

CHAMPIONS: Clarence River are back to defend their over-40 title from last season.

Clarence River aims to kick off Neil Frame Shield defense at Yamba.

FOCUSED: Yamba fighters are ring ready

READY FOR ACTION: Yamba's Sam Lollback gets some water from coach Norm Harvey during a recent bout at Grafton.

Final tickets available for the pro fight night in Yamba.

premium_icon NRL 2018: Why Warriors can actually pull it together

DO you believe in the Warriors? Every year they look fantastic on paper and every year it all falls apart. Can 2018 be different? Here’s five reasons to get...

premium_icon Roosters in lockdown as Tedesco steps out

James Tedesco steps out for his first day on the job at the Sydney Roosters.

Star recruit James Tedesco starts training at Sydney Roosters

premium_icon Cap breaches could cost Manly a halfback

Manly Sea Eagles.

Manly face NRL sanctions over potential salary cap breaches

Manly Sea Eagles ‘breached salary cap’

The Sea Eagles could be facing significant fines.

The NRL have issued the Sea Eagles a breach notice

Warne mocked for Ashes brain fade

Shane Warne wants Marsh in and Handscomb out.

One big problem with Shane Warne’s plan for the Aussie cricket team

Larkin’s plan to overcome Rio disappointment

Mitch Larkin winner of the 200m backstroke final on day 1 of the Australian Swimming Championships at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre in Chandler, Sunday, April 9, 2017. (AAP Image/Glenn Hunt) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Mitch Larkin could add the medley to his Commonwealth Games assault

Run out jinx cost wicket, says Cameron Bancroft

RISING STAR: Cameron Bancroft poses after being added into the WACA ground's Test Player Walk.

"I probably brought the jinx upon myself,” Bancroft admitted.

BEHIND THE SPORTS DESK: Where there's a Wicks, there's a way

With Danny Wicks back at the helm, do the Ghosts already have one hand on back-to-back Clayton Cups?

Rebels pre-season plans derailed after deluge

South Grafton Rebels captain Grant Stevens leads from the fron with a strong hit up against the Coffs Harbour Comets during the Group 2 preliminary final. rugby league 27 August 2017 Geoff King Motors Park

South Grafton were to host a coaches meet and greet on Tuesday.

DECISION MADE: Ghosts end months of Wicks speculation

Danny Wicks will return to the Grafton Ghosts to captain-coach first grade in 2018.

Danny Wicks confirms his movements for 2018 league season.

WINGMAN: Don stays put despite Hayne exit

UP THERE WITH THE BEST: Storm player Billy Slater fails to stop Titans player Anthony Don scoring a try during the Round 10 NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, in May this year.

Anthony Don in a very good position with the Titans.

Rebels return to paddock with a cause

South Grafton Rebels leaders Ron Gordon (left) and Grant Stevens were all smiles after the Rebels won the Group 2 preliminary final against the Coffs Harbour Comets. rugby league 27 August 2017 Geoff King Motors Park

South Grafton hit the training paddock ahead of 2018.

Broncos scouting one more step for Ghosts speedster

BATTLE HARDENED: Grafton Ghosts junior league star Grayson Reimer has been offered a spot with the Brisbane Broncos junior talent squad.

Grafton Ghosts junior offered opportunity with Broncos talent squad.

Wicks undecided on future at Ghosts

ALL SMILES: Danny Wicks laughs as he is interviewed by sports awards emcee Katie Brown.

Wicks puts family first in decision on his future.

World Cup Team of the Tournament

Australian team member's celebrate their victory in the Rugby League World Cup men's final match between Australia and England in Brisbane on December 2, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Patrick HAMILTON / --IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE — STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE —

Australia cap off stunning RLWC with five in Team of the Tournament

premium_icon The 10 best moments of the 2017 World Cup so far

HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND — NOVEMBER 11: Tongan fans celebrate during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup match between the New Zealand Kiwis and Tonga at Waikato Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Hamilton, New Zealand. (Photo by Renee McKay/Getty Images)

Ahead of Saturday’s final, here’s ten of the very best.

premium_icon World Cup team of the tournament with a twist

David Mead, Jason Taumalolo and Mitchell Moses had exceptional campaigns.

There’s only one rule — no players from the Big Three are allowed.

premium_icon Pressure builds on Milford to deliver for Broncos

Anthony Milford has vowed to step up as Brisbane’s main man next season. Picture: Liam Kidston

Brisbane star has spoken candidly about his growing responsibility.

Women's cricket is picking up pace

Australian fast bowler Holly Ferling is excited by the growth of women's cricket.

Holly Ferling says female bowlers can break new ground.

How Chooks got their man

Cooper Cronk celebrates after the Storm's grand final triumph.

The Roosters' pitch for Cooper Cronk was surprisingly simple.

premium_icon Kosmina: Roos can make it out of group

Socceroos Aaron Mooy in action during the World Cup qualifier against Honduras.

Why the Socceroos can make it out of the group in Russia 2018

RLWC: How the Kangaroos are shaping up

Jordan McLean during training in Brisbane ahead of the Kangaroos' opening Rugby League World Cup game against England in Melbourne on October 27.

Australia certainly isn't exempt from the cloud of confusion

Wallabies take note: How to beat the All Blacks

Sekope Kepu is tackled by Rieko Ioane during game 1 of the Bledisloe Cup at ANZ Stadium in Sydney

The Wallabies need to play like cornered animals again.

Craig Bellamy is worth $3 million

MORE SUCCESS: Storm coach Craig Bellamy after Melbourne's grand final win.

Craig Bellamy deserves to be the highest paid person in rugby league

Kent: Storm are good, but they're not the greatest

Overrated? ... the 2017 NRL premiership winners.

Timing is always essential when it comes to assessing great teams

Durkin: Class should live happily ever after

PRIZE: Storm captain Cameron Smith and Cowboys captain Gavin Cooper with the trophy at Luna Park in Sydney.

It is a fiction, a legend, a romance and a fantasy.

Women's league on the rise after NRL announcement

Collegians league tag player Bella Mountain has had a successful first year in the sport.

New initiatives provide big opportunity for girls in rugby league.

‘Class above’: Carney NRL comeback verdict

Former Dally M medallist Todd Carney.

Carney states case for NRL return, Northern Pride back Manly move

Northern Pride backing NRL interest in Todd Carney

SUPPORTIVE: The Northern Pride are open to the prospect of losing former Dally M medalist Todd Carney before he’s an played a game with the Intrust Super Cup club. Picture: BRENDAN RADKE

Williamson says it would “hurt” to lose prized recruit Todd Carney

Aussie league veteran plans to play on

Steph Hancock breaks free duringthe World Cup match against the Cook Islands.

Jillaroos star Steph Hancock to play on after NRL comp revealed

premium_icon Broncos to face Hunters in PNG

The Broncos are to play a pre-season trial against the PNG Hunters.

Brisbane Broncos face PNG Hunters in preseason trial match in Port Moresby

Cowboy moves on from Lowe point

Ethan Lowe carts the ball up for the Cowboys against the Roosters this season.

Cowboys back-rower Ethan Lowe shrugs off neck injury

Gaz: I’m back for another flag

Gary Ablett sporting his new No.4 jumper at the Cattery. Picture: Alison Wynd

Gary Ablett says he’s come back to Geelong to win another flag

Top draft pick lines up with Brisbane

Cameron Rayner was selected by the Brisbane Lions on Friday night. Photo: Getty

Cam Rayner keen to show why is Lions picked him at No.1

Former Richmond forward punts on NFL career

Ben Lennon is set to try his fortunes as an NFL punter.

Former Tigers forward Ben Lennon eyes NFL career

Aloisi talks up Roar’s ‘bright future’

Petros Skapetis leaves the field following Brisbane’s draw with Wellington.

JOHN Aloisi says he’s building for the future.

Conte says Chelsea cannot win the Premier League

Marko Arnautovic scored West Ham's only goal in a 1-0 win over Chelsea.

CHELSEA boss Antonio Conte has given up on his team's title defence.

Matildas embrace ‘tough’ Asian Cup draw

Sam Kerr will be an integral part of the Matildas’ push for the Asian Cup crown.

Japan, South Korea, Vietnam lie in wait at Asian Cup in Jordan

Socceroos face off in EPL clash

Aaron Mooy will face fellow Socceroo Matthew Ryan in the EPL this weekend.

Socceroos' clash to highlight Huddersfield-Brighton showdown

Cahill opens up on City exit

Tim Cahill quit Melbourne City earlier this week. Picture: Getty Images

Tim Cahill opens up on his exit from Melbourne City

Grafton club looking for a fresh future on local fields

READY TO RUMBLE: Grafton United's Nick Taylor on the burst during the North Coast Football second division match against Coutts Crossing Cougars last season.

United aiming to become dominant club on the North Coast.

Shane Watson goes absolutely berserk

Shane Watson has lost none of his power.

Shane Watson tees off in mammoth six-a-thon

Stokes’ New Zealand struggles worsen

Ben Stokes was run out for a golden duck.

Ben Stokes struggles again in New Zealand.

premium_icon Gilly praises Aussie attack

Australia celebrate Mitchell Starc’s fifth wicket, Jonny Bairstow, that won the second Test against England at the Adelaide Oval. Pic: AAP/Dean Lewins.

Adam Gilchrist notes Joe Root’s men face a great Australian attack.

Perry concern for injured boy in the crowd

The spectator is treated after being hit by an Ellyse Perry six at North Sydney Oval on Saturday night.

Boy hit in the face by Ellyse Perry six at North Sydney Oval

‘Was that for real?’: Gayle leaves world in awe

Chris Gayle returned to form with a vengeance.

Chris Gayle explodes in record-breaking T20 knock

English cricket a ‘f***ing embarrassment’

It hasn’t been a great tour for England.

Kevin Pietersen lashes out after latest Ashes incident

Diamonds waiting on Sharni Layton green light

Australian netballer Sharni Layton is waiting clearance to rejoin the Diamonds as they up their preparations for the Commonwealth Games

CRANES stars shine brightest at twilight

BRIGHT STARS: The CRANES netball side has lit up the courts in Grafton Netball Association's Twilight netball competition.

CRANES taking netball by storm with their friendly approach to life.

Sharni Layton named for return

Sharni Layton of the Diamonds competes for the ball with Bailey Mes of the Silver Ferns during game one of the 2016 Constellation Cup.

Defender named in squad to tour in January next year.

Diamonds cement top spot with clean sweep

Gabi Simpson regains possession for the Diamonds in their battle against the Silver Ferns. Source: AAP

"We put everything out there in those last four games”

It's Kiwis and us for Games gold

Australia's Caitlin Bassett (centre) says it will be a Diamonds-New Zealand final for the netball gold medal at next year's Commonwealth Games.

Bassett says it's Australia and New Zealand for Games gold medal

Perfect start for Sunshine Coast Lightning, says coach

Lightning players celebrate their win in the Super Netball grand final over the Giants in June.

Grand final rematch perfect start for Lightning.

Super Mum back to play Super Netball

Laura Geitz (second from right) is making a return to Super Netball.

Laura Geitz to make netball comeback.

Racing the scales to stay under weight

Two of the Sunshine Coast's best jockeys weigh in on their body battles

Lawson puts year ban to rest with home track win

BRIGHT FUTURE: Wayne Lawson's gelding Dominant Crown storms across the line to win by a length in the Benchmark 60 at Grafton on Sunday.

Dominant Crown finishes strong to clinch Bmk 60 Hcp win.

Promising filly punches through to win in a photo finish

BY A NOSTRIL: Cathy Chapman-trained Howick (yellow cap, inside) gets the win in a head-bobbing duel in the 3YO Maiden Plate.

She might be a madam, but Cathy Chapman is loving life with Howick.

Baby, she was born to run on the track

Grafton jockey in training Leah Kilner has put the miles in the saddle and is almost ready to take up her apprentice license.

Emerging Grafton rider following in influential hoofsteps.

BARRIER BRIEFS: Parramore's smelling the roses with Henry

J&K Jarvis Racing Benchmark 60 Handicap over 1600mts.  winner Arabian Falcon riden by jockey Matthew Paget beats \"before you think\" across the line.Pic Trainer Andrew Parramore..29 th august 2016.

Get you bite sized chunks before you head to the track.

Paget to ride three strong contenders

READY TO ROLL: Jockey Matthew Paget after winning a race in Coffs Harbour last year.

Paget confident of rides on Sunday

Lawson ends year long road to redemption

BACK ON TOP: Grafton trainer Wayne Lawson.

Grafton trainer looks to capitalise on recent run of form.

Bland looking forward to 2018

ADELAIDE golfer Adam Bland will put the clubs down and map out his 2018 travel plans after finishing one shot away from victory in last week’s Australian PGA

Hungry Smith targets top 50

Cameron Smith with Jordan Ontiveros. Photo: Liam Kidston.

Australian PGA winner Cameron Smith targets world top 50 and Masters

Hales cleared for Aussie ODIs but Stokes in limbo

Alex Hales looks likely to come to Australia for the ODI series.

Ben Stokes has to sweat on his future as Hales is ready for ODIs

Tiger Woods is 'super, super ready for The Masters'

Tiger Woods showed he is back to top-level golf after his performance at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas

Excitement is building over Tiger Woods' return