Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Records Fall on All Tracks; Sport Stars Cool off in February

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Records Fall on All Tracks; Sport Stars Cool off in February

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Byline: Matthew Elkerton

Two-legged speedsters break records on track

CRICKET: As Brothers' speedster Jamie Firth crossed the line in record time at the Grafton Greyhound track he, along with his four running teammates, sent a strong message to every other club.

It was a back-to-back relay crown for the Brothers' quintet, this time doing it without the services of junior athletics champion Natasha Rudder but still proving just as dominant.

Brothers finished the relay in 1:10.75 almost a second faster than last year, about four seconds faster than the next team past the post, Lower Clarence, who strode home in 1:14.74.

Coutts Crossing found its way on to the podium with a streaking 1:15.01 and were the only other club to better their time from 2016. GDSC Easts finished the 550m journey in 1:15.68 while South Services and Harwood took just over 1:20 before they went past the post.

Titanic visit keeps new star grounded

RUGBY LEAGUE: While it is a tumultuous time for new Gold Coast Titans recruit Jarrod Wallace as he assimilates into pre-season at a new club, visiting the Clarence Valley was the perfect remedy to keep the livewire prop grounded.

Wallace, along with Gold Coast Titans teammates David Shillington, Karl Lawton and Ben Nabukuwai, were in the valley in February as part of the 17th annual NRL Community Carnival delivering a message about respect and belonging to regional schools.

"It is for a good cause and is a very important part of the game and one that I think should definitely be done more often," Wallace said.

Fahey five-fa turns game under lights

CRICKET: Coutts Crossing young gun Eli Fahey tore the house down and rebuilt it in his name during Cleaver's Mechanical Night Cricket at McKittrick Park.

A five-wicket-haul with the cherry was backed up by an innings-carrying 29 runs as he led Coutts Crossing to a three-wicket victory against South Services.

The 15-year-old all-rounder turned the South Services innings on its head in a single over when he bowled a triple-wicket maiden, beginning with a superb caught and bowled effort to remove Jasper Peady.

Polocrosse club back from the brink

POLOCROSSE: Grafton Polocrosse Club roared back into life after almost fading into obscurity at the start of 2017.

On each Saturday afternoon in February, Hawthorne Park echoed to the thundering hooves of polocrosse horses as a mixture of veterans of the sport and newbies held practice sessions ahead of the carnival season start in April.

Club president Scot Bergen said talk in equestrian circles about reactivating the club had been happening throughout 2016, culminating with a meeting to elect officers late in the year.

Pilley slides in world rankings

SQUASH: After back-to-back nail-biting losses to world champion Karim Abdel Gawad, Yamba-born squash sensation Cameron Pilley relinquished his mantle as Australia's number one squash player. …

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