Fine line between pleasure and pain

KEY MAN: Nana Glen usually don't rely on Jay Guthrie's batting but will be when play resumes this afternoon against Dorrigo.

Nana Glen's chance of being minor premier on the line in run chase.

Look out for clues to unlock game blues

MATCH THE HATCH: Attack wings onto skirted lures to make them imitate flying fish when game fish are busting through schools of them.

Follow the old fly fishing adage of "match the hatch”.

Sawtell the Twenty20 champs

David Angus-Crouch plays to the offside for Sawtell in the CHDCA Twenty20 final against Nana Glen. cricket 23 February 2017 Coffs Coast Sport and Leisure Park Photo: Brad Greenshields/Coffs Coast Advocate

Sawtell wins Twenty20 final with a 54 run win over Nana Glen.

Wind blows in good mackerel while bass prove finicky

Sam Taylor with a big, healthy Australian bass. Bigger bass have been harder to come by recently.

WHAT a welcome sight this little bit of southerly has been.

Find a wave to suit any ability this week

ON EDGE: Avoca boardriders took out Nudie Australian Boardriders national final.

Still time to sign up for Woolgoolga Boardriders.

Cahill's 'cricket pitch' complaint about Coffs

TOP CLASS: Tim Cahill in action for Melbourne City at the C.ex Coffs International Stadium on January 27.

Australia's greatest Socceroo complains about Stadium's surface.

Hurry as entries for bcu Coffs Tri are closing fast

LARGE FIELD: Record numbers have already entered into next weekend's bcu Coffs Tri but the number is sure to increase before entries close at midnight on Sunday.

Entries for events in next weekend's bcu Coffs Tri close on Sunday.

A-League needs international breaks recognised

Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat wants international breaks recognised in the A-League.

Learning McGree gets lesson from Endo

Riley McGree (left) of Adelaide United on the ball.

Adelaide rookie says Japanese great gave a "next-level” education.

Wanderers coach praises ban on fans

Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic has applauded moves to stamp out anti-social behaviour at A-League games.

Tony Popovic has broken his silence on anti-social behaviour.

Aloisi expects ailing Phoenix to be tough

Jade North of the Brisbane Roar.

Roar coach is expecting a tough encounter against Wellington.

Missing bikes threaten to wreck World Cup campaign

MISSING: The Australian track team's bikes have been lost in transit.

The Australian track team's bikes are missing

Slater, Harris injuries cloud Storm start to season

NO READY: Storm fullback Billy Slater isn't ready for a return to action.

Slater and Harris ruled out for weeks with injuries

Federer wants more wins like Flinders Park

LONG TWILIGHT: Roger Federer has shelved retirement thoughts after his win in the Australian Open.

Roger Federer has shelved any thoughts of retiring

League legends pitch in to help ex-Manly great

Noel Cleal during his time as Sea Eagles recruitment manager.

Noel "Crusher” Cleal had fire rip through his farm at Pappinbarra.

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

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.

Brisbane gets nod for Davis Cup clash

Brisbane will host its biggest Davis Cup tie in more than a decade, with Pat Rafter Arena chosen by Tennis Australia as the venue for April's clash with the US.

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

Kyrgios prepares to defend title in Marseille

Nick Kyrgios

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.

Secret documents reveal $53.4m loss by NRL teams

NRL Captains at the launch of the new season.

Only two teams made a profit last year

Gallen to decide mid-year on retiring

LEADERS: The 16 NRL captains at yesterday's season launch (from left) Daly Cherry-Evans (Manly), Jarrod Croker (Canberra), Matt Moylan (Penrith), Darius Boyd (Brisbane), Jake Friend (Sydney Roosters), Tim Mannah (Parramatta), Rory Kostjasyn (Newcastle), Aaron Woods (Wests Tigers), Cameron Smith (Melbourne), Johnathan Thurston (North Queensland), Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (NZ Warriors), Greg Inglis (South Sydney), Paul Gallen (Cronulla), Gareth Widdop (St George), Ryan James (Gold Coast) and James Graham (Canterbury).

Gallen hasn't made up his mind on retiring yet

Halves pairing will shape Widdop's game plan

FLEXIBLE: Gareth Widdop knows he has to change his game plans with the Dragons

Halves pairing will shape Widdop's game plan

Tigers enjoying end of Farah saga

RELIEVED: Wests Tigers captain Aaron Woods says the club's youngsters have to take more responsibility.

Aaron Woods glad Wests Tigers' Robbie Farah saga is over

NRL boss to come down hard on players betting

Tim Simona has been stood down by the Wests Tigers while an investigation takes place into betting.

NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg cracking down on betting.

Bulldogs muzzled by the experts

BULLDOGS BRUSHED: Canterbury coach Des Hasler's team is being shunned by experts as NRL title contenders

Experts don't rate the 2017 Bulldogs as title contenders

Saints see off Power in pre-season hitout

Tim Membrey of the Saints.

St Kilda held off Port Adelaide to record a one-point victory.

AFL chief denies lying to bombers after secret tape leaks

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 15: James Hird, coach of the Essendon Bombers looks on during the round 20 AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Adelaide Crows at Etihad Stadium on August 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Recording reveals allegations the AFL recanted over punishments

David Koch left seeing red over China clash with Suns

The AFL is taking the game to China, but it's not without its controversy.

"We're paying you half-a-million dollars to buy your home game”

EPL champion Leicester sacks manager Ranieri

Sacked Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri.

Coach sacked less than a year after delivering a maiden title.

$20,000 fine for Western Sydney Wanderers

The FFA has fined Western Sydney Wanderers $20,000 after a lew banner was shown by the club's fans.

FFA fines Wanderers $20,000

Melbourne United coach pays price for poor NBL season

Melbourne United head coach Dean Demopoulos has been sacked.

Melbourne United has sacked coach Dean Demopoulos.

Woman coach gets off to a bad start

Eastern FC head coach Chan Yuen-ting.

Poor start for first woman coach in men's continental competition.

Cahill ready for "Cup final replay”

Tim Cahill is ready for action against Sydney FC.

Tim Cahill back and raring to go.

Going nuts over Brazil at the MCG

Neymar (centre), Philippe Coutinho (left) and Gabriel Jesus could play against the Socceroos in June at the MCG.

Brazil to play Socceroos at the MCG.

Late Starc flurry saves Aussies' blushes

Australia's Mitchell Starc bats during the first day of the first Test against India in Pune.

Australia reached 9-256 at stumps on day one against India in Pune.

Cricket legends blow up at Test rookie Matt Renshaw

Renshaw wasn’t feeling too crash hot.Source:AFP

After perfect start, things quickly went from rosy to shambolic

Sharks snap up Canberra winger Lee

Edrick Lee has signed for Cronulla for the 2017 NRL season.

Premier Cronulla has signed Canberra Raiders winger Edrick Lee.

It's not all about the spinners in India

Australia's Jason Gillespie displays the ball after he took five Indian wickets during the third day of the third Test match in Nagpur, India in 2004.

Pace certainly has it's place - and can indeed flourish.

Southern Stars in record loss to Kiwis

Meg Lanning of Australia

New Zealand launched a stunning series comeback

Aussies claim consolation T20 international win

Aaron Finch hits out at the Adelaide Oval

Adam Zampa and James Faulkner doing the bulk of the damage

Firebirds send order for Burger with the lot

94-Test veteran has answered the powerhouse's SOS for a seasoned playmaker

Swifts out to prove first-up form was no fluke

Abbey McCulloch of the Swifts exchanges high-fives with young fans.

Much-maligned Swifts lost narrowly to the Giants in season-opener.

Firebirds prepare for a familiar foe

TOUGH CLASH: Sunshine Coast goal shooter Caitlin Bassett is marked by Firebirds keeper Laura Clemesha.

Laura Clemesha takes us inside the Firebirds inner sanctum

Firebirds to roll out red carpet for former star

Two-time Firebirds premiership player Kim Ravaillion in action for the Magpies

Ravaillion starred in four grand finals and won two premierships

Swifts set to hit back against Thunderbirds

Paige Hadley of the Swifts and Jamie-Lee Price of the Giants contest possession

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

Bowman: Winx can run down Black Caviar record

Winx's winning streak stands at 14

Group 1 race just what the Doc ordered

Hey Doc ridden by Luke Currie wins race 6 CS Hayes Stakeson Black Caviar, The Great Horse Raceday at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Saturday. Feb. 18, 2017. (AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Trainer Tony McEvoy says Hey Doc "has to” go the Australian Guineas.

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

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.