Rebels 'dumbfounded' over Coffs Coast 9s final snub

South Grafton Rebels first grade side at the Coffs Coast 9s.

Coach Ron Gordon admitted club felt like it had been "robbed"

AFL draw features another dose of cross conference matches

Sawtell/Toormina and the Coffs Breakers will renew their rivalry when they meet in a grand final replay in round three of the AFL North Coast season.

AFL North Coast releases its fixture for the upcoming 2017 season.

Construction of new Fitzroy Oval facilities surging ahead

Sydney Swans players Gary Rohan (left) and Dan Robinson run their eye over construction of new changerooms at Fitzroy Oval with AFL (NSW/ACT) State Manager for Diversity, Partnerships and Major Projects, Joseph La Posta and Coffs Harbour City Council Mayor Cr Denise Knight.  Photo: Laura Devoy/Coffs Coast Advocate

New changeroom and toilet facilities due to be ready by end of June.

Roos prevail in a close finish

The Sydney Swans and North Melbourne fly for a mark at the C.ex Coffs International Stadium. Photo: Brad Greenshields/Coffs Coast Advocate

Kangaroos hold on to win by two points against the Sydney Swans.

Sea Eagles fly high in Nines

Final Hoey Moey Tooheys Coffs Coast Nines 18 February 2017 Geoff King Motors Park. Photo: Brad Greenshields/Coffs Coast Advocate

Macksville scores late to claim Coffs Coast Nines final over Port.

Dorrigo on the verge of an upset

Nathan Secomb bowls for Dorrigo against Nana Glen. CHDCA cricket 18 February 2017 Coffs Coast Sport and Leisure park Photo: Brad Greenshields/Coffs Coast Advocate

Dorrigo and nana Glen locked in a thrilling cricket battle.

Case of 'aye, aye, Captain' for club's new leaders

New Sydney Swans captain Josh Kennedy celebrates after kicking a goal. Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media

New captains to lead Swans and Kangaroos for the first time.

Women's football set to receive cash boost

Plan calls for at least 60 players to earn at least $60,000 a year

Quade Cooper sees Reds of old in 2017 version

Quade Cooper poses during a Queensland Reds media opportunity at Ballymore Stadium

Reds prepare for Friday's season opener at home to the Sharks

Derby ends in tears after racist monkey chants

Everton Luiz, left, leaves the field  in tears after suffering persistent racist chants

Brazilian midfielder Everton Luiz was the target of racist abuse

Who's the fastest bowler in the world?

Tymal Mills bowling for the Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League.

England quick Tymal Mills fetched $2m in IPL.

Sutton meets FA Cup end as goalkeeper devours pie

Wayne Shaw chows down on a pie in the second half of Sutton United's FA Cup clash with Arsenal.

Sutton United back-up keeper Wayne Shaw stole the show

Walcott guides Gunners in FA Cup quarter-final

Arsenal's players celebrate Theo Walcott's, right, goal during the English FA Cup fifth round soccer match against Sutton United at Gander Green Lane stadium in London

Sutton United's fairytale run comes to an end

Federer could team with Nadal in Laver Cup

Switzerland's Roger Federer answers questions during a press conference in Prague

Team Europe to take on the Rest of the World in inaugural event

Will coaching change be too late for Rafa?

Rafael Nadal of Spain in action during the Australian Open final.

'Uncle Toni' regrets keeping news of his departure from Nadal.

Exit lounge: the NRL players set for a swansong

Former Dragons player Benji Marshall has signed with the Broncos.

We look at who is most likely hanging the boots up at end of 2017.

Firebirds champ Romelda Aiken ready to resurface

Romelda Aiken in control during a recent practice match.

Aiken is out to conquer her personal demons, writes Terry Mallinder

'When things don't go well the media hammers you'

Australia's Shane Watson during day one of the first Ashes Test in Cardiff in 2015.

Shane Watson opens up on his career struggles.

How Boyd turned his career - and life - around

Darius Boyd during a Brisbane Broncos training session.

How Boyd turned his career - and life - around

Who's the fastest in the NRL?

Sharks speed machine Valentine Holmes.

We have uncovered the lightning legs of the NRL.

Magic of the FA Cup still well and truly alive

Lincoln City's Nathan Arnold (left) and Burnley's Joey Barton battle for the ball.

Competition gives part-timers a chance to rub shoulders with greats.

Great Scott, he's serious about becoming a Knight

Cowboys prop Matt Scott.

Cowboys prop may feel a change of scenery could be an elixir.

Brisbane Tens was doomed from the start

Reds player Samu Kerevi crosses to score a try during a quarter-final at the Brisbane Global Tens at Suncorp Stadium.

Concept simply comes across as a clunkier version of sevens.

Nines showcase thrilling talent ... and bad haircuts

New Panther James Tamou looks fitter than ever.

Tony Durkin looks at some of the left-field highlights.

Cahill send-off overshadows great weekend of A-League

Tim Cahill of Melbourne City walks off after being red carded before even being substituted on to the field during the round 18 A-League match against the Melbourne Victory.

Just when you thought you'd seen it all in Socceroos's career ...

Sainsbury move bodes well for Socceroos

Australian soccer player Trent Sainsbury takes part in a training session in Sydney.

Central defender has to make the best of his time at Inter Milan.

Kyrgios prepares to defend title in Marseille

Kyrgios will forge uncharted territory on Tuesday night

Goffin saves face after thanking 'girlfriends'

David Goffin in action  in Rotterdam, Netherlands

The crowd's awkward reaction said it all.

Two titles in one day for rising teenage star

Germany's Alexander Zverev has won two titles in one day.

Rising teenage star Alexander Zverev has won two titles.

Americans sorry for German anthem gaffe

Germany's Andrea Petkovic was upset after American officials played the wrong national anthem.

Officials have apologised for playing the wrong anthem.

Fed Cup captain praises young stars despite defeat

Daria Gavrilova lost both her singles in the Ukraine.

Fed Cup captain Alicia Molik is hoping to have Samantha Stosur back.

Aussie girls feel the heat in chilly Ukraine

Ashleigh Barty of Australia

Australia is in danger of being left out in the cold.

Kyrgios misses out on All Star game

Nick Kyrgios will not play in the NBA All Stars weekend.

Nick Kyrgios has not been named to play in the NBA's Celebrity Game.

Merrin has sights set on success with Panthers

Trent Merrin wants to inspire his teammates and fans.

Merrin takes great pleasure in the fact he can make someone smile.

Sharks sent packing by Burgess-led Wigan

Joe Burgess of Wigan Warriors goes over for the opening try under pressure from Jesse Raimen of Cronulla at DW Stadium

Wigan sprung a 22-6 World Club Challenge upset on the NRL premiers

Coffs Coast Nines

The defence of the Port Macquarie Sharks was on show during the first grade final of the Hoey Moey Tooheys Coffs Coast Nines 18 February 2017 9s Geoff King Motors Park. Photo: Brad Greenshields/Coffs Coast Advocate

The Hoey Moey Tooheys Coffs Coast Nines played at Geoff King Motors Park signalled...

Farah shines as Souths down poor Dragons

Damien Cook of the Rabbitohs.

Rabbitohs buried Dragons 32-14 to retain the Charity Shield.

Tuivasa-Sheck tears up Titans

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck of the Warriors runs at Ash Taylor of the Titans.

Warriors jet stole the show in Palmerston North.

Sea Eagles teen hospitalised after chest pains

A Manly SG Ball player is recovering after fears he was having a heart attack.

Game halted with fears player was having a heart attack.

Gun Sun could miss the season with hip injury

Sam Day

The Suns have been crippled by injuries the past two seasons

Sun suffers horror injury in pre-season match

Sam Day of the Gold Coast Suns.

Gold Coast's Sam Day was taken from the field in first quarter.

Positive signs for Roos coach in trial clash

Shaun Higgins of the North Melbourne Kangaroos.

Brad Scott will have been happy to with new-look team's performance.

Defender signs new deal with Brisbane Roar

Shu Sasaki of Global FC (right) takes a shot at goal as he competes with Roar player Jade North during the AFC Champions League second qualifying round match between Brisbane Roar of Australia and Global FC of the Philippines at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Jade North signs up for another year with Roar.

EPL sides restore order in FA Cup

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring his side's second goal against Blackburn Rovers.

FA Cup wins for Manchester United and Spurs.

Bale on target for Real in comeback game

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale celebrates after scoring.

Real Madrid has strengthened its position at the top of La Liga.

Ref reportedly admits to penalty mistake in Sydney derby

Tensions boil over between the Wanderers and Sydney in Saturday night's derby.

Chris Beath has reportedly said he was wrong to deny spot kick.

Brisbane Roar thows away points in A-League draw

Perth Glory's Diego Castro and Jade North of the Brisbane Roar challenge for the ball in the 2-2 draw at nib Stadium.

Brisbane Roar drawws 2-2 with Perth Glory.

Santalab pops up to end Sydney streak

Brendon Santalab of the Wanderers celebrates victory with the fans.

Sydney FC unbeaten streak ended by Wanderers

Aussies have point to prove in final T20 international

Travis Head says Australia has played some really good cricket against Sri Lanka.

A consolation win in Adelaide is essential

'Keep it simple', Warner tells Renshaw

Matt Renshaw bats during a practice session in Mumbai.

David Warner has told Matt Renshaw to get back to basics.

It's bye bye Boom Boom as Afridi quits

Shahid Afridi has called it a day in international cricket.

Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has called it a day.

Aussies lose on last ball again

Asela Gunaratne of Sri Lanka is congratulated by teammates after hitting the winning runs to win the second International Twenty20 match between Australia and Sri Lanka at Simonds Stadium.

Australia has suffered a horrible case of deja vu in Geelong.

Starc walks away from $1m IPL pay day

Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc.

Bowler will direct all his energy into Australia's Test efforts.

Marsh puts up hand for Test spot

Australian cricketer Mitch Marsh an Australian team training session.

All-rounder hit 75 in the practice match against India A.

Swifts set to hit back against Thunderbirds

NSW outfit keen to prove they're the "real deal”

Thunderbirds rally late to seal first-up win

Natalie Medhurst of the Fever passes during the round one Super Netball match against the Fever.

Adelaide was trailing Fever by seven goals at three-quarter-time.

Vixens show Melbourne is still their town

Kate Moloney of the Vixens makes a pass at Hisense Arena

Diamond-studded and highly-rated Magpies were upstaged

Firebirds show heart in snatching draw

Romelda Aiken of the Firebirds and Geva Mentor of the Lightning

The Lightning appeared on track for a stunning upset victory

Shimmin glad to be on Aiken's team

Kate Shimmin in action for the Firebirds in a pre-season game.

Kate Shimmin keen to do retired stars proud.

Dream becomes reality as Mi Mi flies with Firebirds

Jemma Mi Mi used to dismiss her chances of one day playing for the Queensland Firebirds.

Rising star puts hand up for Super Netball side

Star Firebird ruled out for season

Mahalia Cassidy in action for the Firebirds.

Cassidy was a member of the triumphant Firebirds squad last year

Group 1 race just what the Doc ordered

Trainer Tony McEvoy says Hey Doc "has to” go the Group 1 Australian Guineas in two weeks.

Only bad luck will end Winx's streak, says trainer

Hugh Bowman celebrates another Winx victory.

Peter Moody insists Winx has same invincibility as Black Caviar.

Free Standing books a ticket for Royal Randwick

GOLDEN TICKET: The Cathleen Rode trained Free Standing returns to scale with jockey Raymond Spokes aboard after qualifying for the Country Championship Final to be run at Royal Randwick on April 1.

Coffs Harbour will have a local to cheer for in Championship Final.

VIDEO: Perfect Dare "belts them up” at Grafton

6 - Perfect Dare sprints clear of the field to win Heat 1 of the Country Championships at Grafton

Dunn favourite wins opening heat of Country Championships

Jets Cracker tipped to live up to promise at Grafton

CONSISTENT FLYER: Jets Cracker has been doing everything right for his trainer Hunter Kilner. He is pictured here with stablehand Kevin Blanch.

Win at Grafton would be apt reward for well behaved horse.

Winx on track ahead of return run

Hugh Bowman rides Winx (right) past the post in the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley Racecourse last October.

Trainer says preparation faultless going into her comeback

Jockey spoilt for choice in Blue Diamond Stakes

Craig Williams rides Formality to victory in the Chairman's Stakes at Caulfield.

Craig Williams juggling four star contenders for the race.

Johnson takes golf's No.1 spot from Jason Day

Winless since May last year, Aussie Jason Day has given up the world number one ranking after a stay at the top that finished just short of a full year.

Late blitz helps world No.6 to Australian Open title

Ha Na Jang of South Korea plays a shot during round four of the Australian Open at Royal Adelaide.

Ha Na Jang produced a stunning late surge to win at Royal Adelaide.

Day not ready to give up No.1 tag yet

PRIDE OF PLACE: Australian Jason Day is determined to hold onto his number one ranking as a matter of pride.

Jason Day is determined to hang on to his world No.1 spot.

Golfer's miracle shot sets up remarkable win

American Ethan Tracy hits a tee shot.

Ethan Tracy needed an eagle from 101 yards out on the 18th hole.