Dragons star Benji Marshall hopes the NRL won't quash the club's attempts to sign Russell Packer when the wayward former Warriors prop is released from jail in January.
Australian Maverick Banes had to dig deep to stay in the hunt for singles glory at the Wollongong ITF Futures tournament at Beaton Park on Friday.
Coledale talent Billie Melinz plans to use this weekend's Subway Summer Surf Series event in Kiama as a launching pad in her pursuit of national selection for the World Junior Surfing Championships.
Most South Coast outfits will want to put their disappointing one-day form behind them in Saturday's opening day of the two-day competition in the Premier League.
Port Kembla are the only club to have claimed first innings points, with the first hour's play crucial in all games in Saturday's day two of round five in Illawarra cricket.
It came a little earlier than expected, but Wollongong muay thai fighter David Pennimpede is confident a strong showing in his pro debut will prove the ideal preparation for one of the biggest fights of his young career.