Bulldogs utility Ben Wyborn has won his fourth Kurri Kurri first grade player of the year award in six years.
Michael Hartshorn Hunter rider Jason Doyle is on top of the world after winning his third straight Speedway Grand Prix in Stockholm on Sunday night.
Michael Hartshorn Kurri Kurri Cannons and the East Cessnock Comets have made strong starts to their Big Bowls Challenge.
Michael Hartshorn Kurri Kurri defended bravely but were unable to hold out Lakes United losing 18-12 in Sunday's Newcatle Rugby League open age final.
Kurri Kurri Bulldogs Open Age team head into their Real NRL grand final showdown with Lakes well rested and primed for a shot at back-to-back titles.
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