Central Coast-Hunter Country Rugby League 9s begin | Sports shorts

COMMITTED: Nelson Bay's under-16 tackle team (from left) Emily Harman, 16, Grace McKeown, 16, India Simpson, 15, Jacy Carter, 13, Emily Paton, 16, Kiara Dixon, 16, Emily Freeman, 15 and Tylah Harrison, 15.  Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts
COMMITTED: Nelson Bay's under-16 tackle team (from left) Emily Harman, 16, Grace McKeown, 16, India Simpson, 15, Jacy Carter, 13, Emily Paton, 16, Kiara Dixon, 16, Emily Freeman, 15 and Tylah Harrison, 15. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

Nelson Bay under 16s team played the first round of the Central Coast/Hunter Country Rugby League women’s 9s at Berkley Vale last weekend.

The competition at the Central Coast was keen with 34 teams across four age divisions. The Bay with only the basic nine players were strong in their narrow first-up loss to the South Lakes Roosters (24-16). Tylah Harrison scored three tries and Jacy Carter two tries, the girls bounced back with an emphatic 26-4 win over Budgewoi.

Read more about how they formed for the summer comp.  

Bay’s mixed bag

Nelson Bay Cricket Club had mixed results last weekend with the A-grade Makos suffering their first loss and the A-grade Turtles celebrating their first win. The Turtles defeated Warners Bay at Feighan Oval with fast bowler Kev Wright being the chief destroyer with the excellent figures of 4/14. Tyler Ostle and Carl Baker both captured a pair of wickets. Merewether chased down the Makos total on a sticky wicket while the B-grade team had an action packed victory over the General Roberts Hotel. The Bay looked gone for all money needing 30 runs off 30 balls with tail-ender Preston Brealey and Damien Mayer with a last wicket stand to record a terrific win. 

History made 

Nelson Bay Golf clubs B and C grade pennant teams created history with both teams winning the final of the Newcastle District Golf Association in their respective divisions at Toronto Golf Club. C-grade were too strong for Charlestown with a 5/1 victory. The team of Darren Hancock, Brian Pobje, Ray Carruthers, Lloyd Goodwin, Barry Elliott, John Maslen and Gary Troon  were on a mission after a strong showing in the semi-finals. The B-grade final against Newcastle resulted in sudden death play-off with Leigh Messner coming from 4 down with 5 to play to square his match to lock up the final at 3-3 all, then won the final in the 19 hole play off. The team Mal Baker, John Wade, Jim Ball, Brett Allman, Chris Mawson, Gary Hall  and Neil Lemcke were full of praise for Paul Kennedy and Kel Wright.