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Hunt ends AFL career, set to join Qld Reds

Karmichael Hunt will have played in elite national competitions for three codes when he makes his Reds debut. Photo: Dave Hunt Hunt playing for the Suns. Photo: Matt Roberts
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One of the worst kept secrets in sport has been confirmed with Karmichael Hunt announcing his four-year AFL adventure is at an end.

Code-hopper Hunt will join Super Rugby team Queensland Reds next year and on Thursday announced he was leaving Gold Coast following Sunday’s final AFL clash against West Coast.

The former rugby league international has played 44 games since joining the Suns and described his journey in the sport as a “once in lifetime experience”.

“My family and I have been considering my next step as an athlete for some time, and as a result, now is right time for my playing career with the Gold Coast Suns to come to an end,” he said.

“I will be forever grateful to the AFL and Gold Coast Suns for giving me such an amazing opportunity.

“I’ve enjoyed every aspect of it and the game and the Suns will always be part of mine and my family’s life.”

The 27-year-old remains in the hunt for selection in the Suns’ team to take on the Eagles, with the club set to honour Hunt’s time regardless of whether he plays or not.

“Karmichael Hunt’s role in establishing us as an AFL club will never be underestimated by those close to our football club,” Suns chief executive Travis Auld said.

“Karmichael has delivered far more the we could have ever hoped for when we signed him in 2009.”

Hunt, along with James O’Connor, will be formally named as part of the Reds squad at their gala ball in Brisbane on Friday night.

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Black Coal Cup still smash hit: photos

THE Black Coal Cup battled the elements and the current economic climate but still came out on top at the Muswellbrook Golf Club on Tuesday.
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While playing numbers took a slight hit this week, organiser Joe Matthews was still a happy man.

“We’re down three teams on last year,” he told the Chronicle.

“But, things being as they are, it’s a great effort.

“Everyone is doing it tough at the moment.

“Overall, I’m very pleased with how it’s all gone.

“We just got a few drops of rain.

“And, I can’t thank all the people who participated, or helped out, enough.

“We should have an idea of how much we’ve raised in the next week or two.”

Unfortunately, not everything ran smoothly on the day.

Newcastle Knights legend Danny Buderus and a couple of National Rugby League stars were unable to make the trip to Muswellbrook after an issue forced the Westpac Rescue Helicopter to stay grounded.

“That was a big letdown, very disappointing,” Mr Matthews said.

“They were ready to board the aircraft, however a mechanical problem meant it couldn’t take off.

“Despite that setback, the region’s school kids enjoyed themselves, especially with the chipping competition.”

HAPPY CHAP: Black Coal Cup organiser Joe Matthews was pleased the charity golf day, which raises funds for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, dodged a bullet with the weather on Tuesday.

Black Coal Cup still smash hit: photos CHAMPIONS: Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service’s Richard Jones (left) and organiser Joe Matthews (right) with the winning team, from left, Shane Gageler, Ben Getley (Harvey Norman), Brendan Jones and Jeremy Gray. Absent: GarethLloyd

LINING UP: Everyone wanted to try their luck in the chipping competition at the Muswellbrook Golf Club on Tuesday.

FEELING THE POWER: Mac Gen team members, from left, Rod Latham, Phil Wallis, Ray Chillingworth and Pete Ellis at the Black Coal Cup charity golf day.

BRING IT ON: The quarter from BOC, from left, Willie Stols, Shannon Kemp, Rowan Higgins and Damien Fitzgerald were keen to help out the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

NO PRESSURE: Mangoola’s Dennis Gallen chips onto the green during the Black Coal Cup on Tuesday.

SUPER SHOT: Brian Webber, representing Active Drilling, sinks a long putt during the charity fundraiser round at the Muswellbrook Golf Club.

HAPPY PARTICIAPNTS: Active Drilling team members, from left, Gary Evans, Bill Costello, David Kinch and Brian Webber do their bit for charity on Tuesday.

HITTING THE COURSE: The Black Coal Cup attracted Mangoola representatives, from left, Dennis Gallen, Alan Burns, Ricky Clifford and Tom Waddington.

EASY DOES IT: Muswellbrook South Public School student Sharni Ridley takes on the chipping challenge.

FINE FORM: Muswellbrook High School teacher Sharon Turner went close a number of times in the chipping competition on Tuesday.

COLOURFUL COMBINATION: Muswellbrook Golf Club pro Jason Taylor (left) and John Tutt jnr made quite a sight at the Black Coal Cup.

ALL SMILES: Muswellbrook Forest Nursery team members, from left, Rob Tynan, Pete Hodgson and Danny Lewer supported the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

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Father’s Day 2014: photos, video

Father’s Day 2014: photos, video “My dad is the best because deep down under his manly exterior, he has heart of gold,” Dominica Sanda
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Victoria Pearson & Paul Roumanos.”I have always felt so lucky and blessed to have the dad that I have. My dad is and always will be my superhero!!!!” Victoria Pearson.

“My dad gets me! That’s where I get my zany sense of humor from. He lives in the UK and I can’t believe how much I miss him!” Hetha Anfield

“My dad Greg is one of the biggest inspirations in my life and has always supported me – he’s one of my great friends,” Josh Bartlett

“I love my dad because he’s such a good thinker, and he can always come up with a solution to any problem I throw at him!” – Victoria Lee

“My Dad is one of the best men I know. I love him so much and am so aware of all the love, support and encouragement that he gives and has shaped me and guided me” xoxo Liss

TweetFacebook”Nothing I’ve ever done has given me more joys and rewards than being a father to my children,”

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PSOs on duty in Traralgon

Protective service officers hit the Traralgon Railway Station platform on Monday, ahead of their first shift on Tuesday night.
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They will patrol the platform, car parks and surrounding area from 6pm until the last train each night, and work in shifts of two.

Traralgon is the last of Victoria’s designated regional centres to receive PSOs after officers were assigned to stations in Bendigo, Ballarat and Geelong in May.

Pictured are PSOs Shane Dole, David Fenwick, David Adele and Darren Snowden.

SOCIAL TALKThe Express’ Facebook followers’ reaction to news that protective service officers were deployed at Traralgon Train Station on Tuesday.

Matthew Muscat No coincidence that there’s an election in November. Why wasn’t there PSOs in the Valley a year ago or even 6 months? Too late Napthine.

David Rushton Sad it’s come to that, that we need this… Anyone would think we were in the city. Very disappointing.

Alyssa Hill Traralgon is where all the clubs are so Traralgon needs it most, but I reckon Morwell and Moe should eventually get them too.

Deb Williams Well done – The PSOs in Melbourne make me feel much safer when waiting on stations (especially at night).

John Ernst But they are not allowed on the trains! Maybe you might like to ask why? So a crook can jump on the train and the PSO can do nothing about it.

Alison Shea Would be nice for the early morning trains too!

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Wagga Sports AwardsPhotos

Wagga Sports Awards | Photos (Back, from left) Gabby Suckling, Naomi Price, Kirsty Blake, Mil Ansell, Virginia Baggio, Kara Price, Emma Thompson (middle, from left) Tarni Price, Tempe Oke, Jess Absolum, Sarah Stewart, Maddison Absolum, Bridget Horsley (front, from left) Molly Stewart. Picture: Laura Hardwick
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Mark Cunningham collecting the award on behalf of AFL player Harry Cunningham. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Wagga Public School Australian Football players Jake Manley, 11, Ned Cooper, 11, Campbell Simpson, 12, and Harry Reynolds, 13. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Chris McKenzie and David Leonard. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Junior Tennis team Thomas Gardner, 14, Max Prest, 11, and Matt Hort, 17. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Junior Sportsperson winner, Kaitlin Staines. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Senior Sportsperson winner, Simone Alexander. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Thomas Gardner, Charlie Prest and Trey Murphy. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Isaac Rayner and David Ferguson. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Junior Sportsperson in cricket winner, Rachel Trenaman. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Wagga Swim Club junior team Abbey Senior, 8, Brodie Senior, 13, Tim Murphy, 15, and Meg Senior, 11. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Chris Tuckett, Todd Henderson and Sean Perry from crickets Team Wolverines. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Junior Sportsperson in archery winner, Joe Hand. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Senior Sportsperson in cricket winner, Joel Robinson. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Isobel Cowell wins for hockey. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Sachi Bandara, Darcy Gribble, Tim Murphy, Matthew Tom, Tom Dorg, Evan Nichell, Sam McLay and Tom Crouch. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Senior Cricket winner, Dean Crane. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Junior Sportsperson in athletics winner, Frankleen Newah-Jarfoi. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Senior Sportsperson in cricket winner, Jon Nicoll. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Nick Donato, Jack Stubbs, Ed Ansell, Daniel Downes, Luke Murray, Blake Jorgensen, Lachlan Moore, John Downes, Ian Begg. Picture: Laura Hardwick

(Back, from left) Gabby Suckling, Emma Thompson, Bridget Horsley, Jess Absolum (front, from left) Sarah Suart, Mil Ansell, Maddison Absolum win for league tag. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Alison Miller. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Tom Byrnes and Jerry Maslin. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Kate Gallaher. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Charlie Westerman. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Alison Miller wins for netball. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Terry Storch and John Wells. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Campbell Lovell. Picture: Laura Hardwick

(Back, from left) Max Dejong, 12, Cooper Adams, 12, Xavier Henney, 12, Shane Roberts, 12, Nathanael Mooney (front, from left) Jock Cheeney, 11, Jed Dejong, 10, Damon Apps, 12, Wil Hurst, 10, Max Jenkins, 12, Jett Buttifant, 10 and Tom Carroll, 12. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Brandon Demmery wins for motor sport. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Michael Vella, Brandon Demmery and Richard Giffiths. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Brandon Demmery. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Michael Vella, Isaac Rayner, David Ferguson and Richard Griffiths. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Nick Donato, Michael Stubbs, Jack Stubbs, Ed Ansell, Daniel Downes, Luke Murray, Blake Jorgensen, Lachlan Moore, John Downes and Ian Begg. Picture: Laura Hardwick

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