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Cundletown’s Cudlin prepares for classic challenge

DAMIAN Cudlin was a late withdrawal from last year’s Troy Bayliss Classic after his wife fell ill.

However, all is now on track for tomorrow’s event at Taree Motor Cycle Club’s Old Bar Roadside Circuit and Cudlin is determined to put on a good show.

Cudlin rode in the inaugural event in 2013 but admits his results were somewhat underwhelming. This time around he believes he has a bike that will roar him into contention.

“I’ll be in there trying anyway,” he said.

Cudlin nominates Bayliss as the rider to beat. However, he was one of a number of riders who tested at Gunnedah last weekend on a track that is similar to Old Bar. He said the American contingent will also give plenty of cheek tomorrow.

“They’re going to be fast,” he said.

Cudlin enjoyed his first experience riding in the classic.

“It’s a good event,” he said.

“They get a big crowd out at the track. It should be the same this weekend so hopefully we can put on a show for them.”

Cudlin started his racing career at the Old Bar track. The sport has taken him around the world and he was based in Germany for a number of years.

But these days he’s happy back living in Cundletown, although he still rides in Europe.

“I’ve missed too many family birthdays and Christmases because I was living away,” he explains.

“So it’s good to be back living here. There’s a bit of travel involved, but that doesn’t bother me.”

Cudlin has signed with Yamaha and will be riding in the European Superbike Championship this year.

He’ll be in Italy next month for the launch of Yamaha’s new bike.

“I’m also hoping to ride with Yamaha in the World Endurance Championship,” he said.

“The details haven’t been fully financed yet. But I’m hoping to sign the contract when I’m in Italy.”

Cudlin has also gained sponsorship from Saxby’s Soft Drinks for tomorrow.

“Sponsors are hard to find and it’s great that a local firm like Saxbys will back a local rider,” he said.

Cudlin’s brother, Alex, will miss tomorrow’s classic.

He has commitments in Qatar, where he’s defending the Qatar Superbike Championship.

He’s won the title there for the last four years, which is a record.

Paul Berg from Saxbys Soft Drinks wishes Damian Cudlin all the best as he prepares for Saturday’s Troy Bayliss Classic

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Danny Buderus Field to be named at Taree Recreation Centre

THE official naming of the Danny Buderus Field will be held as part of the Manning in Motion’s celebrity league tag challenge on Saturday January 24.

Taree Panthers Junior Rugby League Club made the suggestion to council to name the field opposite the canteen at Taree Recreation Centre in Buderus’s honour. Buderus started his rugby league career at a junior playing at the recreation centre. He is also a patron of the Taree Panthers.

Buderus is Taree’s most decorated footballer. He played for Australia 25 times and represented NSW in 21 State of Origin matches. While playing in England with Leeds he captained the Exiles team against England – a team made up of overseas players involved in the English Super League.

A hooker, Buderus played a record number of matches with the Newcastle Knights while he was a member of the club’s premiership winning side in 2001. He was the Dally M player of the year in 2004. Buderus was inducted into the Greater Taree City Council Sporting Hall of Fame in 2010.

He retired after the 2013 season but remains involved with the Knights in a coaching capacity.

His last game in this area was in 1994 when he played five-eighth for Taree United’s premiership winning under 18 side.

“It is very fitting that this field be named in his honour to recognise his achievements,” mayor Paul Hogan said.

“His sporting achievements are something that many young Manning athletes can aspire to.”

Buderus will join the mayor, the executive of the Taree Panthers and Manning in Motion organisers at noon on Saturday January 24 to officially name the field. The community are invited to attend.

Danny Buderus makes a break for NSW in a State of Origin clash in 2005. A field will be named in his honour at Taree Recreation Centre on Saturday January 24.

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Taree footballer off to high performance camp

Clive Bloomfield from Iguana with the first sportstar of the week for 2015, footballer Sam Modderno.TAREE’S Sam Modderno has been selected for the Northern NSW Football’s Telstra High Performance Camp.

Sam has been named in the 12 years division. The camp will be attended by selected country and Emerging Jets players.

Sam is the only Manning-based player named.

The camp will be held at the Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility in Spears Point this weekend.

Newcastle Jets coaching staff will attend. Sam will be hoping to be named in the Northern NSW team to contest the Australian championships later this year.

Sam is the first Manning River Times Iguana Sportstar of the Week for 2015. He wins a $50 open order at Iguana.

He started playng football when he was five. He says it’s the number one in his life.

“I played school basketball, but that’s it,” Sam said.

During football season Sam’s weekends are spent travelling to Port Macquarie and Newcastle to play in the Football Mid North Coast team in the under 13s National Premier League.

The team has been in training with their coach Daryl Pascoe since September, with their season starting in March.

Sam’s inspiration comes from his favourite players Tim Cahill and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Sam is looking forward to the Telstra High Performance Camp, although another football event is on his mind.

“My uncle got me tickets to the semi-finals of the Asian Cup in Newcastle,” he said.

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Great nominations for upcoming race meet

TAREE Wingham Race Club has again received great nominations from city, provincial and country trainers for its seven-race TAB meeting at Taree on Tuesday.

A feature race, the Manning In Motion Raceday Benchmark 60 Handicap over 1267m, has attracted runners from Hawkesbury, Muswellbrook, Broadmeadow, Scone, Taree and Port Macquarie, many of them placed or recent winners in what should be a very competitive event.

Four-year-old gelding Showmaster is a last start winner at Bathurst for Hawkesbury trainer Garry Frazer, that being its first start back from a spell over 1200m on December 19.

Broadmeadow trainer Grant Marshall has had plenty of success with Slots and Miss Tripod at this track and he has a handy one in four-year-old mare Gods Gift To Women which has run third at Port when resuming and then was only beaten a half-length over 1200m at Gosford on December 31.

Port five-year-old gelding Friendsinlowplaces resumed from a spell with a solid win over 1100m on its home track on December 15 and wasn’t disgraced when 2.6 lengths back in fifth behind Youwaitandsee over 1206m at the same track on January 8.

Placed in the same race was five-year-old gelding Delagos, trained at Port by Neil Godbolt, it being capable on its day.

Taree seven-year-old mare Ruling Class had strung four thirds together at its past four starts at Port, Scone and Taree before a 3.4 lengths seventh to Youwaitandsee and has placed five times at Taree.

Broadmeadow trainer Paul Perry had a frustrating run with his gallopers at Taree’s five previous meetings, but grabbed the feature Wingham Beef Exports Cup over 1400m at the club’s last meeting with six-year-old gelding Pesaro.

He has a live chance in four-year-old gelding Salerton which was beaten less than two lengths by Dream Habit over 1100m at Scone and should be suited here.

Another exciting race will be the Winning Post Function Centre Benchmark 55 Handicap over 2018m where three last start winners in Just Atina, trained at Coffs Harbour by Brett Dodson, Dubai Dusk, trained at Broadmeadow by Mick Dwyer and Kempsey’s Brasileiro Macho, from the in-form stable of Julie Lynch, are engaged.

Just Atina and Dubai Dusk won races around the distance at Port whereas Brasileiro scored at Kempsey after being a close second in the Woop Woop Cup at Wauchope on Boxing Day.

The track should be in perfect order despite a few showers, it gaining widespread acceptance from visiting trainers who scooped all seven races at Taree’s last meeting.

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