Fingal Bay Rugby League Club did the tough road trip to Dora Creek on Saturday but were overrun by the giant Swampies forward pack late in the game to lose 26-20.
The Bomboras looked solid leading 20-12 with 15 minutes on the clock. Captain coach Bo Earl was strong up front doing a power of work while block busting back rower Ben Schnieder was non-stop, sscoring two tries.
Fingal have suffered a major blow losing club stalwart and versatile player Cameron Scully who has retired following a back injury.
This Saturday Fingal host the Cardiff Cobras.
Raymond Terrace Rugby League Club went into their game on Saturday full of confidence against undefeated competition front runners Stockton after a strong win over Kotara the previous week.
The Magpies looked the goods with 20 minutes left on the clock and leading 38-20 over the Sharks.
However, defensive lapses and injuries proved costly as Stockton stormed home with four quick tries to win the game 50-38.
The Magpies were down on troops as work and family kept the Landgon family busy.
Kane Roby, Billy Greentree and Luke Perry had strong games while the birthday twins Isaiah and Jordon Bower played well.
This Saturday at Lakeside there will be plenty of league action with the Ravens facing Uni in the league tag, D-grade North Magpies facing Gloucester and in the main game, the Terrace host Shortland Devils.
Mallabula Rugby League Club won a cliffhanger in their match against University on the weekend, 20-18.
In bleak conditions on Saturday the Panthers held a narrow 12-10 lead at half time. The smart work from hooker Mick Daniels and busy back-rowers Connor O’Neill and Haydon Thompson proved the difference in a very physical encounter.
In tag, the ladies team continued on their winning way with a massive 50-4 win over Windale and now lead the competition. Raegan Mcilwain was a stand out with three tries. Beth Daniels had a strong game.
This Saturday is the Panthers’ old boys day. The 1993 premiership winning team will be in attendance when the club host North Newcastle. The ladies will get the action underway at 2pm.
Nelson Bay Junior Rugby Union Club are producing some very talented players with Jack Vincent in impressive form.
Jack, playing up in under-18s, was a key member of the Hunter Wildfires representative team that posted an emphatic 47-0 win over Central Coast in the final of the Country Championships.
Jack’s performance gained him selection in the NSW Country team. Jack and fellow teammate Jordon Byfield attended the NSW CHS trials in Sydney where both teenagers were selected in the squad to play against the cream of rugby players, including the powerful GPS and CAS teams later in the year.
Jack is the grandson of former Parramatta Two Blues half back Dave Strong and grand nephew of his team mate and former Wallaby Rod Batterham.
Dave has been battling ill health in recent times but is a regular at Gropers home games.