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The Grafton Rowing Club Regatta



The Grafton Rowing Club Regatta

Clarence River Memorial Park, 11th December 2022

Entries for this regatta are now closed

A fully stocked canteen will be operating throughout the regatta

Of particular note to the Grafton Club is that this regatta recognizes 140 years since the first Grafton Rowing Club Regatta, a significant milestone.

Clubs competing are Centenary from Queensland, Grafton, Grafton High School, Lower Clarence, Manning River, Murwillumbah, South Grafton High School, and Tweed.

In all 56 athletes are involved covering 113 entries, 47 events and 173 seats. The Grafton course accommodates 9 lanes. Races are over 1000M and 2000M.

The most popular events are the Men’s Masters Handicap Single Scull with 8 entries. These rowers will be competing for the Greg Thompson Memorial Trophy which goes to the rower with the fastest time. The event is over 1000M.

The Men’s Handicap Single Scull has drawn 12 entries while the corresponding Women’s event has attracted 10 entries, each over 1000M.

Six races will be conducted over 2000M. Three of them involve Under 17 Women and Men’s single scull events and one Women’s double scull event. Open events involve a Women’s and a Men’s single scull event, and one Men’s double scull event.

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Champ back to defend South Cup




Cepheus hits the line a neck in front of New Zealand galloper Cotohele to win the 2023 Grafton Toyota South Grafton Cup (1600m). He has nominated for Sunday’s race, which is a qualifying event for the $3 million Big Dance in November.

Champ back to defend South Cup


By Tim Howard

After a stunning opening day at the 2024 Grafton July Racing Carnival all eyes have turned to the running of the 2024 South Grafton Cup.

Clarence Valley Jockey Club executive officer Michael Beattie said the excitement for this race has taken off in the racing community since it became an entry vehicle for the $3 million Big Dance.

He said on Monday that nominations had not yet closed for the event, but there were already 20 entrants for Sunday’s big race.

Among them is the Murwillumbah trained galloper Cepheus, last year’s winner and runner up in the Big Dance.

“Cepheus is back to defend his title, but I would say the main reason is to have another shot at the Big Dance,” Beattie said.

Beattie said the seven-year-old gelding looked to be in even better form than when he qualified for the race at Grafton and showed enough form to become one of the race favourites.

“I would argue this year he is in even better form than last year,” Beattie said.

“This time last year, coming into the South Cup, Cepheus had gone around in the Glasshouse, and run second in the Glasshouse, which was a Listed race.

“And he’d run fourth in the Eye Liner, which is also a Listed race.”

Beattie said Cepheus has not enjoyed the same results as last year, but has been racing in better quality events.

“This year’s he’s racing in two Group Ones, where he’s admittedly finished down the track, the George Ryder and the Stradbroke, but this time last year he’d only ever had one run at Group One level,” he said.

“There’s no doubt in my mind the horse is going equally well, if not better than last year.”

Beattie said Cepheus was likely to meet a stronger field in this year’s race, although it was hard to tell until nominations closed.

He said the opening day of racing for the carnival on Sunday, the Kensei Club Community Race Day, could not have gone better.

“We were absolutely thrilled to have enough entries to run a nine-race program,” he said.

“And we had a crowd comparable to last year’s, which was great to see.”

He said the CRJC had changed the format of the day, making six of the nine races a prelude to races later in the carnival.

“Essentially those horses that were contesting those races were here simply for the reason that they wanted to contest the better races later in the carnival,” Beattie said.

He said the winner of the Grafton Cup prelude, Full Press, was almost certain to run in the Grafton Cup on July 18.

“He’s a Coffs Harbour-trained horse so I’m certain he’ll take his place in the Cup field,” he said.

He said the strength of Sunday’s fields was a vindication for the club’s move to include more prelude races in the program.

“It gets trainers to think earlier about coming to Grafton,” he said.

“The best way they can guarantee they get a runner in the Ramornie, or Grafton Cup, is to come and win a prelude race.”

He said it was good for the punters to see these horses earlier in the carnival.

“They get a chance to see which horses are in form and follow them through the carnival,” he said.

Beattie was also pleased with vibe the carnival generated on its opening day.

“The first day is family day, there’s free entry and there was a big crowd down at the Westlawn tent enjoying the free entertainment,” he said.

“And the betting ring was, as it always is, very busy which is a great thing to see.

“There was just a really good feel for the day and that bodes really well for the rest of the carnival.”


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Sydney Swans’ AFLW squad take Community Camp to Newcastle





Sydney Swans’ AFLW squad take Community Camp to Newcastle


The Sydney Swans’ AFLW squad is heading to Newcastle as part of the first-ever league wide AFLW Community Camp program on 6-7 July.

With fewer than two months to go until its third NAB AFLW campaign, the Swans’ players will use the visit to inspire new fans and garner more support in NSW’s second most populated city. The Swans host Collingwood in a blockbuster Friday night clash at North Sydney Oval on Friday, 30 August to kick off the AFLW season.

Women and girls will be front and centre at the Swans’ Community Camp with two sessions specifically relating to girls keen to play footy. An All Girls Super Clinic will be followed by an U9 girls gala day, providing fantastic opportunities for participants to meet elite players and have a kick.

In an action-packed weekend, there will also be sessions for selected women and girls involved in youth and senior football including a leadership forum, an umpiring information session and a coaching masterclass featuring players and coaches from the Sydney Swans.

Participation and Programs Project Manager, AFL NSW/ACT, Simon Smyth, said of the Sydney Swans’ visit to Newcastle: “It’s a great time to be a girl playing footy and we’re grateful the Sydney Swans have chosen Newcastle for the team’s first official AFLW Community Camp.

“This area has a strong connection to footy with AFL Hunter Central Coast one of the country’s oldest-running sports leagues. We’ve seen many Australian rules football legends come out of this area and we hope the Community Camp will inspire some stars of the future.

“I encourage all girls to attend Saturday’s clinic and any under-nine girl with an interest in team sport to try the gala day on Sunday. The Community Camp is also a great time for youth girls and senior women coaches, umpires and players to mingle with elite players and receive a few tips.”

Lord Mayor, Nuatali Nelmes, said City of Newcastle’s ongoing investment in No.1 Sportsground continues to pay dividends for local athletes. “We’re delighted to welcome the Sydney Swans AFLW squad to Newcastle for this highly anticipated Community Camp,” Cr Nelmes said.

“Through City of Newcastle’s 10-year Strategic Sports Plan we’re providing facilities that support universal access and allow for greater female participation in sport. Our $8 million investment into improving and expanding the playing surface and installing new floodlights at No.1 Sportsground was just the beginning of upgrades that are designed to deliver a facility capable of hosting elite-level AFL and AFLW matches.”

All Girls Super Clinic
A great way to mingle with the Sydney Swans AFLW players and play footy-based games. No previous Australian rules football experience needed.

  • Date: Saturday, 6 July
  • Time: 1:30-2:30pm
  • Location: No. 1 Sportsground, Newcastle
  • Ages: 5-12
  • Register: Here

U9 Girls Gala Day
An opportunity for girls under nine years to try Australian rules football in a fun environment with modified rules, including no tackle. Sydney Swans AFLW players will offer support and provide some basic coaching.

  • Date: Sunday, 7 July
  • Time: 11:30am-1:00pm
  • Location: Pasterfield Sports Complex, Cameron Park
  • Ages: 5-8 years
  • Register: Here

Swans AFLW Coach Masterclass
Be a part of the Swans AFLW Coach Masterclass, exclusively available for women and girls looking to gain invaluable insights from the experts.

  • Date: Saturday, 6 July
  • Time: 2:30PM
  • Location: No. 1 Sportsground, Newcastle
  • Register: Coaches will be invited to register via email

U9 Girls competition 2025
For the first time, AFL Hunter Central Coast will offer an U9 Girls competition in season 2025. Girls currently play mixed teams in U9s, with standalone girls sides competing from U11.

NAB AFL Auskick Burst in Newcastle
Participants inspired by the Sydney Swans will have an opportunity to join the fun weekly, with NAB AFL Auskick re-opening in Newcastle from 21 July, offering participants half a season of the Auskick experience and the beloved Auskick pack.

We call it Auskick Burst, with participants bursting on the footy scene and having a great time. Auskick Burst will be offered at a greatly reduced price, which will be revealed before the Sydney Swans’ AFLW Community Camp.


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Exciting New Location for the 2024 Australian Longboard Titles




Australian Longboard Titles

Exciting New Location for the 2024 Australian Longboard Titles


Major Shakeup to the 2024 Australian Surf Championships

The Australian Longboard Titles will be held as a stand-alone event for the first time, with the Tweed Coast offering a variety of waves suited to the longboarding style of surfing.

Event Dates: September 12th – 17th, 2024
Location: Tweed Coast, NSW

CASUARINA, NSW (June 21, 2024) – Surfing Australia is thrilled to announce a new location for the 2024 Australian Longboard Titles. This year, for the first time, the longboard divisions of the 2024 Australian Surf Championships will run as a stand-alone event on Bundjalung Country on the Tweed Coast in northern New South Wales.

The event will span six days, from Thursday, September 12, 2024, to Tuesday, September 17, 2024. Potential event locations include Cabarita Beach, Hastings Point, Kingscliff Beach, Fingal Beach, and Duranbah Beach.

This announcement follows Surfing Australia’s decision to host the Australian Shortboard Titles, the Australian Para Surfing Titles, and the Australian Bodyboard Titles in Port Macquarie, NSW (July 31st – August 8th), and the Australian SUP Titles on Phillip Island in Victoria (October 22nd – October 26th).

Surfing Australia Event Director Rohan Fell stated, “We’re looking forward to seeing the longboard divisions of the Australian Surf Championships at a new location that is suited to their style of surfing. The Tweed Coast offers a range of point breaks and back beaches that are not only ideal for longboarding but are also close to the Hyundai Surfing Australia High Performance Centre. This centre offers world-class training facilities, function rooms, accommodation, and support services such as coaching and physio that will be available to athletes during the event window.”

Multiple-Australian Champion Landen Smales (Noosa Heads, QLD), who won his first Australian Logger Title at 12 years old when the Australian Titles were held on the Tweed Coast in 2019, expressed his enthusiasm for the event’s return to the region.

“I’m really looking forward to the Aussie Longboard Titles. It’s great to have the event moving to the Tweed Coast, Bundjalung Country this year. There are so many different breaks to choose from. Last year, I won the Junior and Open Men’s Logger, and I’m keen to compete in the new longboard division with the criteria change this year. The changes suit my surfing, and I’ll be trying to lock in a spot in Team Australia to compete at Worlds later in the year,” Smales said.

Australian Longboard Titles – Divisions:

  • Under 18 Junior Men
  • Under 18 Junior Women
  • Open Men
  • Open Women
  • Grand Masters Women O40
  • Grand Masters Men O40
  • Kahunas Men O45
  • Grand Kahunas Men O50
  • Women O50
  • Dukes Men O55
  • Grand Dukes O60
  • O60 Women
  • Legends Men O65
  • Grand Legends Men O70
  • O70 Women

For the most up-to-date longboard criteria, please refer to the 2024 Surfing Australia Rule Book.


Opening Ceremony:
Date: Thursday, September 12, 2024

Competition Windows:
Window 1: Friday, September 13, 2024 – Saturday, September 14, 2024
Divisions: Open Men & Women, U18 Junior Men & Women
Presentation: To be held after competition on Saturday, September 14, 2024

Window 2: Saturday, September 14, 2024 – Tuesday, September 17, 2024
Divisions: Over 40 Men & Women, Over 45 Men & Over 50 Men & Women, Over 55 Men, Over 60 Men & Women, Over 65 Men & Over 70 Men & Women
Presentation: To be held after the competition on Tuesday, September 17, 2024

For more information, please visit Australian Surf Championships.


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