Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Sport Briefs

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Sport Briefs

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Iconic cup coming to town

THE Ballina Jockey Club has been selected as a host for the Melbourne Cup when it tours New Zealand and Australia before arriving at Flemington on Tuesday, November 3, for the 149th running of the race.

Ballina is among 23 destinations chosen to host this iconic trophy and it will arrive in Ballina on Sunday, October 4.

Ballina Jockey Club chief executive officer Sarah Wills said it would be privelege to host the cup.

"The Ballina Shire Council and other community groups are working with us to ensure a wide community coverage of this event," she said.

Netball down to business

AFTER 12 rounds of close games, Far North Coast premier league netball has reached its play-offs.

Ballina RSL is first on the points ladder, with Clarence Coast second, Ballina Headlands third and Casino Tatts fourth

Tomorrow, Ballina RSL plays Clarence Coast in the major semi-final at the Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre, while Ballina Headlands take on Casino Tatts in the minor semi-final at Ballina netball courts.

Both games will start at 3pm.

The grand final is set for Saturday, August 22.

Woodlawn on big stage

ST JOHN'S College Woodlawn will be at full strength for their clash with rugby league powerhouse school Matraville in their Arrive Alive Cup match in Sydney tonight.

The game will be played as one of the curtain-raisers to the NRL fixture between the Penrith Panthers and St George Illawarra at CUA Stadium, Penrith.

Woodlawn assistant coach Simon Andrews said he didn't know what to expect from the game.

"We've seen some tapes, but honestly we have no idea what to expect," Andrews said.

"The fact that it is 25 minutes each way probably brings us back a bit and we know that they have a couple of Australian Schoolboys in their side."

Andrews confirmed Woodlawn would be at full strength and nominated players such as Michael Thomas, Caleb Binge and Paul O'Neill as pivotal.

The team will also look to the Titans' Harold Matthews Cup player of the year, Jack Durheim. …

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