Sports Shorts: Raymond Terrace soccer club fight to keep FFA Cup dreams alive

Raymond Terrace Soccer Club found themselves sitting at the ‘big boys’ table this week, fighting to keep their FFA Cup dreams alive.

Following a 5-1 victory over Garden Surburbs in the fourth round of the FFA Cup, the Terrace were due to face Adamstown Rosebuds on Wednesday, May 17 in round five.

While the win that put them into the final 12 teams in the Southern Conference was against a fellow Zone League team, their fifth round challenge was set to be slightly tougher.

Before the Wednesday game, hosted at Raymond Terrace Soccer Club’s home ground of King Park, the Terrace were the the last remaining ZL1 club in the Cup.

Nelson Bay Junior Rugby League under-14 girls team following their first game on the weekend.

Nelson Bay Junior Rugby League under-14 girls team following their first game on the weekend.

Nelson Bay Junior Rugby League continues to set new milestones. Four juniors were selected in Newcastle representative teams during the summer including Adian Jenkins, Cobi Saunders, Jarred Williams and Emily Harmon in the Newcastle Knights Tasha Gale Cup.

More club history was made last weekend with the under-14 girls team playing in the winter competition for the first time.

The girls side posted their first win 22-14 over Thornton-Beresfield. The talented teenagers are short on numbers. Interested players can join up on Wednesdays from 5pm at the club.

The club’s first division under-13 team also needs more players with coach Aaron Mullins impressed with their good start to the season. Injuries have depleted their line up.

Nelson Bay remain undefeated so far after a 289-point win on the weekend. Picture: Ken Hogan

Nelson Bay remain undefeated so far after a 289-point win on the weekend. Picture: Ken Hogan

It was a disappointing Saturday for Nelson Bay’s Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup AFL team when they went down to Warners Bay 16.11(107) to 2.5 (17).

Entering the game on the back of a good win the previous week, the Marlins were unable to reproduce its previous solid team performance and only kicked two goals for the game. Jayden Rymer had a great battle all day with tagger Josh Rainieri, and despite constant attention, was the Marlins best player.

He was well supported by David Wood, Chris Eddy and Joel Erickson.

In the GE Women’s Competition, Nelson Bay moved to the top of the competition ladder with an easy win over newcomers The Entrance-Bateau Bay with Jesse Jakubowski a standout kicking 11 goals. The final score was 44.25 (289) to 0.0 (0).

At Ferodale Park, Port Stephens Power continued their improved form despite a loss to third placed Singleton on Saturday. Emma Fleming, Josie Johnson, Letisha Duveck-Smith and Melissa Harding were best for Power. The final score was Singleton 15.15 (105) to Port Stephens 0.2 (2)

This week there is a general bye in the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition with the men’s representative team travelling to ACT to take on AFL Canberra. Andrew Last is the Bay’s sole representative on the squad.

The Marlins’ next contest will be on May 26 with all teams travelling to Newcastle No 1 Sportsground to take on Newcastle City. Port Stephens take on Maitland at Max McMahon Oval.

Mitchell Pearce of the Knights looks to pass the ball during the Round 7 NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Newcastle Knights on April 21, 2018. Picture: AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

Mitchell Pearce of the Knights looks to pass the ball during the Round 7 NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Newcastle Knights on April 21, 2018. Picture: AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

Newcastle Knights captain Mitchell Pearce will be a special guest to Port Stephens Men of League’s dinner and golf weekend.

The dinner, beginning 6pm at Nelson Bay Golf Club on May 26, costs $60 per person to attend. Registrations for the golf day open at 9am on May 27.

It is a four person ambrose event open to men, women and mixed teams. The cost to play is $90.

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