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Howlett prepares for the Kosciusko

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The countdown is almost over for Todd Howlett and his four-year-old gelding Two Big Fari.

The horse is one of the favourites this Saturday’s Kosciusko, the world’s richest race for country-trained horses.

“We are pretty anxious,” Howlett told The Hunter River Times.

“But we’re really happy with the horse and we thought his trial was really good.

“We drew barrier six, could not be happier with that, all is positive.”

Two Big Fari has already celebrated six wins from nine starts and brought home $157,175 of prize money.

Whether they know it or not, his owners may have also inspired the narrative ahead of this afternoon’s $1.3 million race.

“He’s a proper country horse and the owner bought him from the Dubbo sales because he was born on his birthday,” he explained.

“The owners are from Telegraph Point and they said ‘we’ll get two big Ferraris with this horse’ and that’s how it got its name.”

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Roosterettes claim historic premiership victory

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The Singleton Roosterettes made history this afternoon when defeating Lake Macquarie to claim their first premiership since their inception in 2016.

Best on ground medallist Kalani Bates, 15, landed the opening two goals of the game while deputy captain Kyah McBride handed the side a 22-point lead ahead of the main break.

The Dockers responded in the third term with four straight goals however late majors to McBride and Brianna Howard would see the Roosterettes secure a 13-point win.

Premiership captain Tori Cowburn finished with 39 disposals.

“If you had told me this was going to happen nine years ago I wouldn’t have believed you,” Cowburn concluded.

(MORE TO COME)

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Playing for the family honour

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Chad Vesper knows what it takes to take out a Singleton Golf Club Championship title.

He has already claimed the feat in 2016 and 2018 so, with a four shot lead ahead of this Saturday’s third round, it would make sense that the sequence would continue.

“I hope to get the win, I’m nervous going in but we will see what happens,” he explained.

However his motivation is a little bit different on this occasion.

“My daughter Jasmine won the women’s title this year so my aim is to have our name on both boards for 2020,” he continued.

“I’m not sure if the men’s winner and women’s winner have been in the same family in the same year so it could be the case if all goes well.”

MEANWHILE the Scone Golf Club Championships will also commence this weekend (see story).

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Singleton and Cessnock cricket history in the making

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History will be made this weekend when the Singleton and Cessnock senior cricket fraternities combine for the inaugural Coalfields Cup competition.

All eyes will be cast on Cook Park 2 where Singleton District Cricket Association club Glendon play host to Greta Branxton.

The visitors will enter the clash as favourites.

“I’m very excited for the new Coalfields Cup, I think it’ll be more competitive and will be good coming up against different players,” former Glendon and current Greta-Branxton star Joey Butler told The Hunter River Times.

“I’ve played in both competitions and can definitely see it being a massive success.

“I hope it eventually turns into a three or four grade competition.”

Fellow Cessnock outfits Bellbird will travel to Mulbring while the Piranhas will host Wine Country at East End.

“Personally, I am keen to come up against some old teammates,” Butler added.

SEE YOU SATURDAY: Isaac Barry (Valley) and Greg Thrift (JPC) pictured on Friday afternoon. They will open their season against eachother on Saturday.

“We thank everyone who’s worked to get this started and we are really looking forward to it.”

MEANWHILE Cook Park will also play host to another two thrilling games.

Last season’s minor premiers PCH will take on Creeks at Cook Park 3 while Isaac Barry’s Valley line-up will play off against rival JPC.

Valley will the travel to Greta-Branxton the following round.

“I think this format is pretty good actually because it puts some new blood into the comp and it lets us compare how competitive we are compared to Cessnock,” Barry added.

“We (Valley) are welcoming back Chris Duthie and Brendan and Luke Nicholls will both be back as well.

“Hopefully we will be competitive across all three grades.”

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