Sports shorts: Nelson Bay Gropers break records with 121-12 win over lake Macquarie

2018 NHRU Round 2 Premier 1 - Nelson Bay Gropers v Lake Maq Roos

Raymond Terrace Rugby League Club received a forfeit from Shortland on the weekend.

However, the lower grade Edmonds-Morten Charity Shield was played between Karuah and Raymond Terrace with the Roos kicking a goal on the bell to win 28-26.

Karuah looked strong across the park, helped by the hard working forward pack.

For the Terrace, teen front rower Alex Slade was impressive in his first game in senior football while five eight Josh White had a strong game.

Terrace coach Craig Murray is still on the look out for more players to bolster their numbers.

Training is at Lakeside on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6pm.

Nelson Bay Rugby Union created history with a record score against Lake Macquarie, 121-12, at Strong Oval on Saturday.

The Gropers’ premier one team are runaway leaders on the competition table, shooting to first place after two rounds.

Six players crossed for multiple tries with winger Emerson Burgess scoring five tries.

Premier two team are undefeated with a 22-19 win over University in the first round and an emphatic 84-3 win over Lake Macquarie at home on Saturday.

It was a great weekend all round with Medowie also grabbing the competition points, posting a 18-5 win over Merewether Carlton 2 in a well drilled team effort.

The Gropers and Medowie line up against the strong Southern Beaches club on Saturday.

Medowie Rugby Club v Merewether Carlton on Friday night. Medowie won 18-5. Picture: Facebook/Medowie and Districts Rugby Union Club

Medowie Rugby Club v Merewether Carlton on Friday night. Medowie won 18-5. Picture: Facebook/Medowie and Districts Rugby Union Club

All three Nelson Bay Marlins grades went to the Central Coast to take on Killarney Vale last Saturday, with the women’s team the only side to register victory on the day.

In the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup, Nelson Bay struggled from the outset eventually going down to Killarney Vale 16.11 (107) to 5.8 (38).

Having lost the majority of their team from last year, Marlins coach Sean McGrath has the task of putting together a competitive unit, which on Saturday showed glimpses of potential as the year progresses.

Star midfielder Jayden Rymer was again at standout whilst new recruit Andrew Last, plus Adam Grinyer and ruckman Billy Barton also put in solid performances.

In the GE Women’s competition, Nelson Bay’s second quarter, where they kicked three goals whilst keeping Killarney Vale scoreless, set up their solid 33-point victory at Adelaide St Oval.

Final scores were Nelson Bay 7.7 (49) to Killarney Vale 2.4 (16).

In a hard fought contest Nelson Bay’s best players were Annalise Norton, Jemma Astley, Kate Holland and centre Sophie Balcombe. Up forward three players each kicked two goals for the Marlins; Jesse Jakubowski, Eliza Smyth and Kaitlyn Douglass. 

In the Balck Diamond Plate, the Bay went down 3.1 (19) to 22.14 (146).

Next week, Nelson Bay return to Dick Burwell Oval where they will host Maitland in all three games commencing at 10am.

Port Stephens Power AFL Women’s received a forfeit from Wallsend-West Newcastle. They are at home to Gosford this Saturday.

Nelson Bay Hockey Club 

The fields were looking spectacular on Saturday as Port Stephens Council watered before the games, a thankful respite from the heat that was building. 

The Warriors were in fine form for the first round of competition for 2018, taking out almost every division.

Teams were short players as some people had already moved into holiday mode, making players all run a lot more.


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