Former Hills hooker Nic Dolly now an English rugby star Former Kenthurst local Nic Dolly is lighting up the English rugby fields after barnstorming his way into the national squad. The powerful hooker played for Dural and Eastwood Rugby Club,  where current Australian Sevens coach John Manenti nurtured his talent. Dolly, 23, visited England in

Up close and personal with the legendary Tina Turner

It is unusual when someone interviews you about a story you did many moons ago. But I have to say that The National’s Arts and Culture writer Razmig Bedirian did a fantastic job when he called me out of the blue after the death of music icon #tinaturner who has left behind an amazing legacy far beyond her music.

Eastwood Rugby aim to boost sport in The Hills

Our successful profile will be a drawcard for athletes for decades to come – EASTWOOD RUGBY CHAIRMAN ROBERT FROST Eastwood Rugby, one of the powerhouses of the sport in NSW, are keen to kick off at Fred Caterson Reserve’s planned premier rugby union facility. Despite growing opposition to the latest rugby venue in Castle Hill, Eastwood Rugby’s General

Molly Taylor thrives on Dakar Rally challenges

Australia’s all-conquering champion Molly Taylor finished an impressive 12th at the Dakar Rally, the world’s toughest rally, after overcoming a collision on the eighth stage. The Hills local said she was delighted at improving on her performance in the T4 Modified Production SSV Class – with co-driver Andrew Short – having finished 14th in her

Hannah Dodd is Queensland’s Wheelchair Athlete of the Year

Acardia-born Hannah Dodd continues to raise the standards in Australian wheelchair sports. She is now Basketball Queensland’s number one wheelchair athlete. This follows a stellar year where the NSW star helped Australia win the silver medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in the highly-competitive 3×3 wheelchair basketball event. Hannah, who was born with

Cycling ace Hannah’s miraculous escape

Young Bella Vista cycling ace Hannah Hussein survived a very serious crash while competing in the NSW Junior Metro, Country, and Open Road Championships in August. She suffered a grade three concussion, fractured eye socket, perforated bowel, and torn ligaments in a shoulder. The 12-year-old Norwest Christian College student was racing at 45km/hour at the

Doug Walters AM: One of a kind

Kevin Doug Walters, one of Australia’s iconic and much-loved cricketers, has been awarded Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for significant service to cricket at an elite level. This adds to his MBE awarded in 1975, Centenary Medal in 2003, and an inductee into Sport Australia Hall of Fame

Norwest Bulls charging ahead

Norwest Bulls Junior Rugby Club are making big strides in the new season, welcoming more female players as their teams expand. Bulls vice-president Dennis Nothdurft said they had a terrific start last weekend as the Sydney junior rugby union season got under way. “Our Under-14s exemplify the benefits of fostering inclusion and development,” Dennis said.

Debutants Hills United leave rivals standing in FNSW Women’s One competition

Debutants Hills United are setting the pace in the FNSW League One Women’s competition, with nine straight wins under their belts. Led by a timely second-half brace from Isabella Sciberras, Hills United outclassed South East Phoenix FC 4-1 over the long Easter weekend at South Nowra Football Complex. Hills United were held 1-1 at half-time

Why female football is booming in the Hills

Female football is expanding fast after Hills United, the representative arm of Hills Football, was granted a full licence for the first time by Football NSW. This has opened up a full female pathway in the Hills starting with the Girls Skill Acquisition Program for U10s, through to senior first-grade football. This provides a clear and

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