Sports shorts: four Nelson Bay Junior Rugby Union teams in grand finals

Action shot from Nelson Bay Junior Rugby Union under-17 team's quarter final. Picture: Facebook/Nelson Bay Junior Rugby Union

Action shot from Nelson Bay Junior Rugby Union under-17 team's quarter final. Picture: Facebook/Nelson Bay Junior Rugby Union

Nelson Bay Junior Rugby Union will host the Newcastle Hunter Junior Rugby Union grand finals this Saturday at Tomaree Sports Complex.

The junior committee have done a mighty job and join the Maitland club in having four teams playing grand final games on Saturday.

Unfortunately, the Bay’s under-10 team missed a grand final after a flu bug depleted their team.

The under-11s coached by Clint Brown will kick off the day at 9.15am when they play Maitland.

At 12.20pm Mitch Fraser’s under-14 team play Maitland.

The under-16, coached by Andrew Evans, team do battle with the Wanderers at 1.30pm.

Under-17s coached by Tod Workman will be the final grand final of the day. Kick off is at 2.45pm.

Former Nelson Bay Junior Rugby League player James Elias showed plenty of grit and determination to come back from major ankle and knee surgery to take his place in the West Rosellas first grade team’s grand final.

The Rosellas will play the grand final on September 23 against the winner of the Central and Macquarie game to be played this Saturday.

The tough second rower has had a great season.

Since leaving the Bay juniors Elias has been a vital part of the Knights junior system and their NSW cup team for the past six years.

His versatility saw him selected in the Lebanon World Cup training squad to be coached by Brad Fittler.

Elias has previously played test matches for Lebanon in the lead up to their World Cup campaign.

Nelson Bay Bowling Club will host the annual Men of League charity bowls day on Sunday, September 24.

The recently formed Port Stephens Men of League branch rely on community support to help the men, women and children of the rugby league family who may have fallen on hard times. The foundation is always ready to lend a hand.

Teams of four (mens, women, mixed and non bowlers) are invited to enjoy a family fun day with two games of 12 ends followed by roast lunch.

Teams are encouraged to dress in their favourite team colours.

The cost is $80 per team which includes lunch.

There will also be plenty of great auction items and raffles prizes.

The special guest speaker for the day will be the quiet achiever of rugby league, Alan Bell.

Bell was the right-hand man for the code’s top coaches including Alan McMahon, Tim Sheens, Warren Ryan and David Waite.

He also was also a mentor to several high profile  players including brothers Andrew and Matthew Johns. 

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