So close, yet so far for Wests

IT'S MINE: Seagulls winger Chol Chol tries to stop Wests from getting the ball at Salter Oval.

Wests almost knock off Hervey Bay for a spot in the final

WATCH: All-in-brawl at junior rugby league game

Bundaberg police on the scene at Salter Oval after a up to 100 people where invovled in a brawl at a junior game.

Police rush to Salter Oval after reports on an all-in-brawl

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Sport briefs

The Waves confident of a good performance

ON THE ATTACK: Tien Nguyen has the line in sight for The Waves in the Salters Oval A Grade game.Photo: Paul Donaldson / NewsMail

The Waves train well ahead of their elimination final

Top two teams face off for finals spot

OVERHEAD: Natasha Cross gets in a pass for The Waves Gold against Alloway earlier this season.

The Waves know their best can be good enough against Alloway

Tigers prepare to pounce in NDRL final

ON THE RUN: Avondale's Viliami Tufulele breaks through the Gin Gin line at Tegege Oval.

Team ready for battle with Hawks

Brothers players out for clash

DIGGING DEEP: Brothers' Mat Templeman and his team-mates know their season hopes are on the line.

Injured captain a likely casualty

Wests prepared for semi-final challenge

PUSHING THROUGH: Wests' Danny Moran looks for a gap against The Waves last week.

Seagulls only thing standing in way of grand final berth

Nic Beveridge embraces 'second life'

Nic Beveridge has turned adversity into a great adventure that will take him to Rio.

No grand exit for Lyon at Brookvale Oval

IN ACTION: Sea Eagles' Jamie Lyon.

No grand exit for Manly favourite Jamie Lyon.

Luke could be back for Warriors after surgery

QUICK RECOVERY: Warriors hooker Issac Luke.

Issac Luke looks set for return from injury.

Gallen says Sharks can turn around poor form

DEFENCE IMPROVING: Sharks captain Paul Gallen (centre) says his team can reverse its poor recent form after a strong showing against Souths.

Sharks captain confident of form reversal.

US Open fun for 'awesome' Serena

Serena Williams is going for her 23rd grand slam title.

Serena just wants to have fun in New York.

Smith spell gives Warner experience

RESTING: Australian captain Steve Smith.

David Warner to benefit from Smith's spell.

Cheika hits back at Rathbone over comments

WHAT NOW?:The Wallabies look lost during last week's thrashing by the All Blacks in Sydney.

Australia coach Michael Cheika has taken a swipe at former player.

Former gymnast dives in at the deep end

MAKING A SPLASH: Domonic Bedggood is making his Olympic debut in Rio.

Bedggood lining up in the 10m platform.

Mary Hanna set to Boogie at fifth Olympic Games

DISTINGUISHED CAREER: Mary Hanna with Boogie Woogie 6 and Umbro, which are both qualified to compete at Rio. Hanna, 61, will be competing in her fifth Olympics and is Australia's oldest competitor at the Games.

Hanna is already planning to compete at the Tokyo 2020

Worth aiming high in archery competition

ALL FOCUS: Australia's Taylor Worth at the 2012 Games.

Selection bitter-sweet after great mate missed out.

Denny takes the long road to Rio

WINDING UP: Queenslander Matthew Denny competes in the men's discus throw during the Australian Athletics Championships in April.

Queenslander claimed national title in April.

Rayner fighting fit for Rio

POWER-PACKED: Chloe Rayner in action during competition at the national titles.

Teen tore hamstring tendon off her pelvic bone in lead-up.

'Old man' takes up challenge of his fifth Olympics

AGE SHALL NOT WEARY HIM: Martin Marinov (left) will partner Ferenc Szekszardi in the C2 1000m in Rio, as well as taking on the C1 1000m.

Aussie the oldest canoeing athlete to compete at an Olympics.

An open letter to Mr Sam Thaiday

Sam Thaiday will play his 250th game.

HEY Sam, I want to set the record straight.

Sam jokes his way to major landmark

Tony Durkin and Sam Thaiday at the 2006 NRL grand final.

Endearing trait was that he never took himself seriously.

Half as many reasons for Gus to be excited

Nathan Cleary in action for the Panthers.

Gould suggests the NRL establish an academy for emerging halfbacks

Contenders suddenly have big holes to fill

Nic Naitanui limbs from Domain Stadium in Perth.

Jack Fitzpatrick and Jonathan Giles come on down.

Players and fans left to bemoan NRL judiciary

NASTY INCIDENT: Blood pours from Brisbane Broncos player Corey Parker's mouth during their round 24 NRL game against the Canterbury Bulldogs at Suncorp Stadium.

Brisbane forward Sam Thaiday admits he is totally confused.

Morris puts club before cash in rare selfless act

CLUB FIRST: Brett Morris will leave a decision on his participation in the Four Nations up to his Bulldogs coach Des Hasler.

Decision on Four Nations availability to be left to coach.

BRL: A-grade major semi final

Seagulls' Sione Nau. Hervey Bay Seagulls v Wests Panthers. Bundaberg Rugby League major semi final at Salter Oval, Bundaberg.

Some of the action from the Bundaberg Rugby League major semi final between Hervey...

An open letter to Mr Sam Thaiday

Sam Thaiday will play his 250th game.

HEY Sam, I want to set the record straight.

Warriors deny Gillett offer

Matt Gillett is in demand.

Andrew McFadden denies Broncos Matt Gillett is on radar.

Raiders no one-man team, says coach Stuart

Blake Austin of the Raiders.

Blake Austin has suffered a hand injury.

Broncos plan for risky business against Storm

SMART PLAYER: Cooper Cronk in control for the Storm during the last clash with the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium.

WAYNE Bennett has won hundreds of NRL games.

Sam jokes his way to major landmark

Tony Durkin and Sam Thaiday at the 2006 NRL grand final.

Endearing trait was that he never took himself seriously.

Maverick approach works wonders with Saints

Maverick Weller has thrived during his time at St Kilda.

Maverick Weller enjoying life at St Kilda.

Jaeger drops bomb of own on shattered Suns

GONE: Jaeger O'Meara is all smiles during a Suns training session at Metricon Stadium.

Harsh nature of AFL football has been there for all to see this week

Rude awakening as North prepares to cut veterans loose

Brent Harvey attends training at Arden St today.

As far as kangaroo culls go this was as brutal as it gets

Cahill ready to link with Bruno at Melbourne City

Melbourne City FC new signing Tim Cahill is seen at the club's training facility at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. (AAP Image/Julian Smith) NO ARCHIVING

Star to fit in wherever coach John van't Schip wants him

RIO 2016: Neymar sends Brazil into raptures

MAN IN THE MIDDLE: Neymar is swamped by media and fans after receiving his gold medal at the Maracana Stadium.

Neymar leads Brazil to gold medal.

Gunners out to shoot down premiers

LEICESTER TRIP: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

Wenger says facing Leicester City will be no different to last year.

RIO 2016: Brazil with shot at redemption against Germans

STAR POWER: Brazil's Neymar will line up in the gold medal game against Germany.

Football giants to clash in the Olympics football final.

Socceroo great just here to help

BIG COUP: Melbourne City FC's new signing Tim Cahill trains at the club's facility.

Tim Cahill doesn't want a "circus” around him at Melbourne City.

Zlatan still has what it takes, says United boss

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, left, and Bournemouth's Harry Arter challenge for the ball.

Manchester United gets first-up win over Bournemouth.

ODIs a chance for Aussies to save face

WORK TO DO: Australian cricket captain Steven Smith and coach Darren Lehmann chat during a practice session in Colombo.

Five-match series set to get under way.

Burns or Khawaja faces chop for Test

NET GAIN: Shaun Marsh (left) and Steve Smith look on during an Australian cricket team training session.

Marsh in line to play in third Test.

Aussies in spin after Herath takes hat-trick

SPIN KING: Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath.

Australia on the ropes in second Test.

Holland set to replace injured O'Keefe

TEST CALL-UP: Jon Holland celebrates a wicket with his Victorian teammates in the Sheffield Shield.

Tourists look to fight back after losing the first Test.

Johnson set for a debut in Big Bash at long last

STILL FIRING: Former Australian Test quick Mitchell Johnson will play for the Scorchers in the Big Bash.

Former Aussie bowler signs with Scorchers.

Smith looks to put spin on loss

REGROUPING: Australia's Steve Smith reacts after complaining about fading light on day four of the first Test match against Sri Lanka in Pallekele.

Australians look to regroup after capitulation in first Test.

Netball

The Waves Gold v Alloway

Bundaberg Netball Nipper Break Up Day

NIPPERS NETBALL: Laura Stack with her trophy at the Bundaberg Netball Nipper Break Up Day.

Bundaberg Netball Nipper Break Up Day.

Netball

NETBALL: Demi Burgess and Sarita Narayan reach for the ball.

Brothers v Alloway

Birds pull win over Swifts out of the fire

CHAMPIONS AGAIN: The Firebirds celebrate their extra-time grand final win over the Swifts yesterday.

There's no win quite like an extra-time win

Geitz focused on grand final, not what future may hold

STRONG DEFENCE: Laura Geitz will hope to lead her Firebirds to a second-straight ANZ Championship title.

Firebirds and Swifts to play in decider for second year in a row.

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Gietz in Bundy

Firebirds recover from jitters to make grand final

SUPER INTENSE: The pressure got to the Firebirds Romelda Aiken, but she recovered to get the Queenslanders into next week’s final.

The Firebirds are the first team through to next Sunday’s final

Can Winx make it 10 straight in the Warwick Stakes?

There is no doubt that Winx is the star attraction at Royal Randwick and she will start the Warwick Stakes as a very short-priced favourite.

TAB dividends

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TAB divs

First-up horses have edge in PB Lawrence Stakes

The PB Lawrence Stakes is set to be an extremely intriguing affair.

Payne loses ride on Prince of Penzance

Prince of Penzance, ridden by Michelle Payne, after winning the Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse.

Concerns over the jockey's fitness have prompted the move

RIO 2016: Aussie riders take bronze medal

Shane Rose, Stuart Tinney, Sam Griffiths and Christopher Burton of Australia celebrate winning a bronze in Rio.

Aussies win bronze in the Rio Olympics team eventing.

History suggests Capitalist might struggle

Capitalist set to start Missile Stakes as short-priced favourite.

Men's winner vows to return next year

Brisbane golfer Trevor Box has shot to victory in this week's Frenchville Sports Club Tropic of Capricorn Veterans Golf Carnival.

GOLF: Bargara Legends Pro-Am.

LEGENDS GOLF: Neil Wall competing in the Bargara Legends Pro-Am.

Bargara Legends Pro-Am.

RIO 2016: Aussie pair starts well in golf

Australia's Su Oh carded a level par opening round in Rio.

Aussies off to a steady start.

Robert Allenby cops late-night arrest outside US casino

Robert Allenby, pictured here on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, walking past Clive Palmer's dinosaur at the Palmer Coolum Resort.

In early 2015, Allenby was caught up in a bizarre kidnapping saga