Weekend sport preview

IT'S semi-final time for Manning Hockey Association and Taree and District Netball Association at Taree Recreation Centre.-

Hockey semis started on Thursday night and will continue on Saturday. The netball gets underway from 9am.-

Elimination and preliminary semi-finals in the Football Mid North Coast Premier League will be decided at Dixie Park Port Macquarie and Laurieton on Saturday.-

Port United and Macleay meet in the first grade preliminary semi at Port while Camden Haven and Kempsey Saints clash in the elimination game at Laurieton.-

Wallis Lake and Macleay face off in the preliminary reserve grade semi while Taree and Port FC battle in the elimination clash.-

It's the last round of matches in the Lower North Coast Rugby Union season-proper on Saturday. Manning Ratz host Gloucester while Myall Coast's semi-final hopes go on the line against minor premiers Forster-Tuncurry at Tuncurry.-

The second round of Taree Golf Club's championships is scheduled to be played on Saturday.-

Ben Eadie leads A-grade after the first round with Bruce Walker out front in B-grade and Peter Lavender in C-grade.-

Manning Cycle Club will conduct its graded championships on the Bootawa Dam course on Saturday from 2pm.-

The surf lifesaving season looms and Lower North Coast Branch club Taree Old Bar will conduct gear inspections this weekend. The official raising of the flag to mark the start of the beach patrol season will be at Crowdy Head on Saturday September 20.-

Racing returns to Taree Greyhound Club's Kanangra Drive complex on Saturday with a 12 race card starting from 12.35pm. The Bushland Tavern Best 8 is the feature event.-

Taree Basketball Association's junior representative campaign officially comes to an end with a presentation at Taree West Bowling Club from noon on Saturday. However, the association is already planning for 2015 with teams to play in a number of off-season carnivals.-

Group Three Junior Rugby League grand finals will be played at Wauchope on Saturday.-

Looking slightly ahead on Saturday January 17 has been confirmed as the date for the Troy Bayliss Classic to be conducted at Taree Motor Cycle Club's Old Bar Roadside Circuit.-

This will attract 36 Australian and international legends riders as well as all star racers in the main event. There'll also be a strong support class.-

Bayliss will be back to defend the crown he won in brilliant fashion last January.

Taree and District Netball's junior and senior semi-finals will be played at Taree Recreation Centre on Saturday.

Taree and District Netball's junior and senior semi-finals will be played at Taree Recreation Centre on Saturday.