Kurri Kurri Bulldogs slogged out a hard-fought 28-18 win against Central Newcastle to surge into the top five.
Michael Hartshorn Maitland's youngest netballers showed plenty of pluck to brave the cold blustery conditions on Saturday morning.
Michael Hartshorn Justin Peterkin's nickname "Bumper" encapsulates his tough, uncompromising approach in 299 games wearing the Kurri Kurri Bulldogs jersey.
Kurri Kurri junior lawn bowlers Tailor Appleby and Daniel Eyeington have been crowned state champions.
Michael Hartshorn The Weston Bears fell agonisingly short of claiming their first win of the season but had to settle for a two-all draw with Valentine.
Police are re-appealing for witnesses after a woman died in custody at Maitland Police Station last week.
UPDATE, 11.50am: Cessnock mayor Bob Pynsent critical of new jail expansion.
Around 1500 runners wound through wine-country and up heart-break hill for this year's winery run.