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Knights tame Tigers at Hunter Stadium  | Photos THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll
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THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

THRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll

TweetFacebook Knights tame the TigerTHRILLER: All the action from the Newcastle Knights’ 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers on Sunday at Hunter Stadium. Pictures: Jonathan CarrollNEWCASTLE scored their first victoryunder coach Nathan Brown–and ended a 231-day winless run–with a gripping 18-16 triumph against Wests Tigers at Hunter Stadium on Sunday.

GIDDY UP

KNIGHTS coach Nathan Brown says his players have nothing to fear as they prepare for Saturday’s clash with competition leaders Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium.
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Brown acknowledged that the 2015 runner-upsand premiers North Queensland remain the NRL’s benchmark sides, judging by their form in the opening six rounds of the season.

But after Sunday’s 18-16 win against Wests Tigers –their first victory this year –Brown declaredhis troops will head north full of confidence and belief that they can spring a boilover.

“It should be a good opportunity for our blokes to go up there, play in front of a really bigcrowd, and enjoy the game and back themselves to do well,’’ Brown said.

“We shouldn’t go there thinking we’re going to lose. We’ve got to go there with a mindset that we can do well.

“It doesn’t mean we will, but that’s the mindset we’ve got to have. That’s the mindset that, as a club, all those younger players have to develop.

“If we compete hard, whatever else comes, comes. We can build off the back of that.’’

Even after Sunday’s breakthrough win, Newcastle’s first since Brown was appointed at the end of last season, they are certain to be at long odds to upset the Broncos.Brisbane have ruthlessly ground out five wins from their first six games of 2016.

Their only loss was by one point to Penrith in round three.In the process, they have scored135 points and conceded 73.

The Knights, in contrast, have a draw and a win to their credit after six games, and have scored 92 points while conceding176–the most in the NRL.

Brisbane have won their past four games against Newcastle by a combined scoreline of 153 to 52 –or 38 to 13 on average.

Brown said, on early-season performances, the Cowboys and Brisbane were a class above the rest of the competition.

“If there was a grand final tomorrow, they’d be the two teams running around in it,’’ Brown said.

“At the moment there’s no doubt about that.But like when we went to Melbourne, we’ve got to look at it as a really good challenge.

“We’ve got to go there believingwe’ve got a really good shot at winning the game. We’ve got to get that mentality.We’ve got to give ourselves a chance, but obviously Brisbane are in fine form.’’

Newcastle are expected to welcome back 2014 Kangaroos representative Sione Mata’utia, who missed the win against Wests Tigers with concussion, and possibly hooker Danny Levi(back).

BENCHMARK: Brisbane players celebrate a try.

Vintage day of Stomping good revelry

STEP UP: The Cessnock Stomp Festival is an event for all the family, offering a slightly quirky take on entertainment, lifestyle, fun, food and wine.
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Advertising FeatureKick back in country style for a day of revelry, fine local food, wine and music at the Cessnock Stomp Festival,an event for all the family.

Enjoy a feast of beautiful food and wine from the Hunter Region, an eclectic range of arts and crafts markets, many different offerings from local businesses, a Mad Hatter’s High Tea party, a meet-the-wine-makers breakfast and a chance to meet the legends of the Hunter Valley wine industry.

On this Sunday, April 17, the festival’s expanded program will embrace the diverse skills of the Cessnock community –from wineries, restaurants and artisans to artists, historians and musicians.

The centerpiece of the Festival is the McGuigan WineGreat Cessnock Stomp, where participants will celebrate the end of vintage in the age-old traditional stomp.

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Cessnock Stomp FestivalWith shoes off and pants rolled up, competitorsstep inside the barrel and work their feet into a stomping frenzy and get the grape juice flowing to fill their jug as full as they can in two minutes.

Five Great Cessnock Stomp heats will be held hourly from 10.30am.

Heat winners will go feet-to-feet in the final stomp battle at 3pm.

The winner will be crowned the 2016 Great Cessnock Stomp Champion and be awarded great prizes.

Chat to some of the best wine makers of the Hunter while sharing breakfast at the Meet the Wine Makers Breakfast.

Wine makers include StoneHurst Wines, Catherine Vale, Ascella Organic Wines, Ballabourneen Wine, Capercaillie Wines, Ernest Hill Wines, McGuigan Wines, McLeish Estate, Tempus Two Wines, Tamburlaine Organic Wines and Draytons Family Wines.

Tickets to the Meet the Wine Makers Breakfast are just $15 and can be purchased online at the 梧桐夜网cessnockstompfestival南京夜网419论坛.

Join the Hunter Valley’s home-grown microbreweries for ale, a lager, or a stout.

It’s just a “hops”, skip and a jump to beer enlightment when you’re in the company of Hunter Beer Co, Hope Brewhouse and The Lovedale brewery.

Or join the crowds at the Tempus Two Bubble Lane to celebrate and explore all things bubbly.

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Birthday fun at Billabongs

FILLING A NICHE: Billabongs officially launched its new sushi bar on Wednesday night, believing it provides diners with a new eating option in Maitland.Advertising Feature EVER POPULAR: Billabongs and East Maitland Bowling Club have grown together over the years, and the restaurant now seats 470 people.
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Billabongs FamilyRestaurant celebrated 21 years in business on Wednesday nightwith the official launch of its brand new sushi barand a gala prize givewayat East Maitland Bowling Club.

Billabongs offersa widerange of food at numerousserving stations, includingbarbecue, seafood, noodles,salad,desserts and now its all-newsushi bar.

“We looked around and realised no one in Maitland was really doing sushi at night,” Billabongsmanager Mr Ly Do said.

“We thought there was an opportunity to offer a new dining option.

“We did a soft opening on April 2 and last night was the official launch.

“We hope our new sushi bar gives our loyal customers a chance to explore a new type of food that’s proving very popular.We’re eager forfeedback and treating it like a work in progress.”

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Billabongs Family RestaurantPrizes in the giveaway totalled over $19,000, including a 55-inch flat screen TV, a huge range of whitegoods likefridges, washers and dryers,plus the ever-appetisingfree entry to the buffetto the end of the year, and a 50 per cent off buffet voucher to the end of the year.

“Customers who ordered an adult meal at the restuarantover the last couple of months received a ticket and those tickets went into the barrel,” Mr Do said.

“We just wantedto thank all our loyal customers, suppliersand the community for supporting us.”

Mr Do said the celebration had becomepart of a tradition of showing appreciationover the past 21 years that everyone joins in.

“We’re like a family,” Mr Do said.

“George Brown, from Swan Bay Oysters, supplied eight dozen oysters to give away on the night.

“Local cake makerHeavens Kitchen and Constant Cake Craving suppliedthe birthday cakes.

“Local food suppliers like Bibina, Bidvest and Red Funnel, and all our Chinese food suppliers contributed to the prize draw, and we just want to thank them too.

“We’re freshevery day, every time and that’s a tribute to our suppliers who enable us to be the best value and keep customers coming back.”

East Maitland Bowling ClubCEO Steve Duggan said theclub was proud of its long andprosperousassociation withthe owner of Billabongs, Mr JimmyPo.

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Wests return stronger

Local rugby league returns to the Newcastle sporting agenda this weekend with round one of the Real NRL. But how are the teams shaping up in 2016 and who will be striving for a tilt at the title? Herald sports reporter JOSH CALLINANtakes a closer look around the grounds.
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JUBILATION: Lakes United will be defending their premiership crown in 2016 and hoping to go back-to-back in the Newcastle Rugby League first grade competition.

WESTERN SUBURBS

Coach:Steve Storrie

Last Premiership:2014

Last Year:Minor Premiers(missed grand final)

In:Jake Finn (Newcastle Knights –NSW Cup),Tim Holman (Bathurst),Jacob Jenkinson (return),Jacob Ling (injury),Kyle MacGregor (Wyong),Chad Redman (Gold Coast Titans),Brad Tighe (Gold Coast Titans).

Out:Justin Smith (retired).

Bottom Line: Last year’s minor premiers will start as favourites with NRL players Brad Tighe and Chad Redman adding to an already strong Rosellas squad. Keen to make amends for missing first grand final since 2010.

Tip:First

MACQUARIE

Coach:Adam Bettridge

Last Premiership:1991

Last Year:Third (grand finalists)

In:Daniel Abraham (Kurri),Shane Beale (South Newcastle),Scott Briggs (South Newcastle),Sol Foster (Windsor Wolves),Brock Harmer (Kurri),JosephLeighton (South Newcastle),Ryan Pywell (England),Matt Simon (South Newcastle).

Out:Travis Edwards (Canterbury –NYC),Royce Geoffrey (England),Mitch Manson (England),Mick Moran (retired).

Bottom Line:The Scorpions fell just short of breaking a25-year premiership drought last seasonand welcome Scott Briggs on board in the halves for 2016. Adam Bettridge takes over the reins as coach.

Tip:Second

LAKES

Coach:Dean Noonan

Last Premiership:2015

Last Year:Second (Major Premiers)

In:Shaun Boss (Wyong–NSW Cup),Kyle Kennedy (Mackay),Marcus Marsh (Aberdeen).

Out:Hayden Jeans (Wagga Wagga),Jack Mackin (Brisbane), Rob Mason (Maitland).

Bottom Line: The only thing harder than winning a premiership is defending it, but with player of the year Chris Adams there again Lakes will certainly be in the mix to claim the crown once more.

Tip: Third

Wests return stronger TweetFacebook Lakes’ grand final glorySOUTH NEWCASTLE

Coach:Todd Hurrell

Last Premiership:1989

Last Year:Sixth

In:Sam Cook (NZ Warriors–NSW Cup),Jared Edwards (Cessnock),James Elias (Newcastle Knights–NSW Cup),Willie Heta (Cessnock), Ben Roose (injured), James Taylor (Newcastle Knights–NSW Cup),Ben Tupou (Newcastle Knights–NSW Cup).

Out:ShaneBeale (Macquarie),Scott Briggs (Macquarie),Riley Brown (Central),Joey Leighton (Macquarie), Matt Simon (Macquarie), Kurt Warden (Wyong–NSW Cup).

Bottom Line: The Lions have recruited well to present a strong starting squad, and if theyavoid injuries to key signingswill look to make inroads at the back end of the year.

Tip: Fourth

CESSNOCK

Coach: Dan Smailes

Last Premiership: 2003

Last Year: Fourth

In: Kori Barber (France), Noah Easton (Newcastle Knights–NYC),Marvin Filipo (Newcastle Knights –NSW Cup), Chris Pyne (return),Jake Watts (return).

Out: Geordie Connelly (Maitland), Jared Edwards (South Newcastle),Willie Heta (South Newcastle),Kerrod Holland (Canterbury Bulldogs).

Bottom Line: Goannas mentorDan Smailes was captain-coach the last time Cessnock won the competition and he will be hoping to repeat the dose from the sidelines this year.

Tip: Fifth

MAITLAND

Coach: Trevor Ott

Last Premiership: 2011

Last Year: Eighth

In: Kurt Aldridge (Manly –NSW Cup),Geordie Connelly (Cessnock),Toby Evans (Guildford Owls),Liam Faughlin (Eastern Suburbs–Sydney rugby union),Cameron King (Parramatta – NYC),Rob Mason (Lakes), Luke Mercer (Kurri),Shay Padberg (Kurri), Willie Poleo (Greta Branxton),Jacob Sinclair (overseas).

Out: Tyme Dow-Nikau (Kurri), Howie Grant (Wanderers –rugby union),Kade Hardy (Kurri), Elliott Jennings (Wanderers –rugby union).

Bottom Line: Last year’s wooden spooners could be theimprovement package with new additions creating depthacross the park, including the return of 2013 rookie Liam Faughlin.

Tip: Sixth

CENTRAL NEWCASTLE

Coach:Rowan Kelly

Last Premiership:1949

Last Year:Fifth

In:Cody Brooks (injury),Riley Brown (South Newcastle),Brad Calder (Belmont South),Dale Clacherty (Old Bar),Jacob McKendry (injury),Tom McKenzie (Central Queensland Capras).

Out:Jace Delaney (injured), Daniel French (Kurri Kurri),Dean McBain (retired).

Bottom Line: The Butcher Boys made the semislast yearand there is no reason why they can’t do it again, especially with the inclusion of playmaker Riley Brown.

Tip: Seventh

KURRI KURRI

Coach:Phil Williams

Last Premiership:1995

Last Year:Seventh

In:Mitchell Bird (Greta Branxton), Paulo Dinauvoli (Scone), Nathan Campbell (Wagga Wagga), Tyme Dow-Nikau (Maitland), Daniel French (Central), Kade Hardy (Maitland), Joel Harrison (Scone), Brady Hammond (Tweed Heads), Josh Griffiths (Muswellbrook),Joel McCann (injury),Ethan McKenzie (return), Jake Moore (Greta Branxton), Cameron Moran (Western Suburbs), Kevin Torrens (Casino).

Out:Daniel Abraham (Macquarie), Tim Bennett (Queensland), Scott Dunn (not playing), Brock Harmer (Macquarie), Brad Manton (Sydney),Luke Mercer (Maitland), Josh Papworth (Maitland),Shay Padberg (Maitland), Kyle Smith (Penrith Panthers–NYC),Jay Stevens (overseas), Damien Walters (retired).

Bottom Line: The Bulldogs are almost an entirenew squad with a lot of player movements, but Terence Seu Seu and Ryan Walker will be vital in key positions.

Tip: Eighth