Round 9 wrap up of the A-grade Newcastle Hunter Rugby League comp with wins for Mallabulla and Fingal plus Nelson Bay wins Rugby against Singleton

Mallabulla got their season back on track with a strong 20-6 win over the Umina Bunnies in the Newcastle Hunter Rugby League competition.

The Panthers backed up after a solid 22-22 draw the previous week against Shortland.

The Bulla boys  got into the grind from the opening whistle and lead 12-6 at half time in wet conditions.

Hayden Thompson showed class as players’ player.

Jamie McSpadden was a constant threat from half back while fullback Koby Martyn was safe at the back in terrible conditions.

Mallabulla has a bye before it hosts Fingal Bay on June 17. Kick off is 3pm.

Fingal fires

Fingal Bay continues to move up the ladder this time with a gutsy 26-24 win over Tea Gardens on Sunday.

The Bomboras raced to a 22-0 lead at half time but the big, powerful Hawks pack rolled up the middle in the second half and was 22-22 with five minutes left.

The Bomboras back line proved the difference with a clutch play started by Mitch Wilton who turned centre Nathan Dover inside to link with a flying Denam Glasson to score.

Cameron Scully was the players’ player.

Bay beats Bulls

Nelson Bay won 39-12 over the Singleton Bulls last Saturday.

Try scorers for the Bay were Nathan Oliver, Chad Northcott, Dan Collins, and Michael Wiringi.

A bye will give several players a rest including Tod Arnold who played Maitland with two broken ribs.