Sports Shorts: Fingal Bay Bomboras down Raymond Terrace Magpies, Ravens in NHRL and tag

Fingal Bay edged Raymond Terrace out twice in the local derby at the weekend.

Playing at Fingal Oval, the Bomboras claimed a win in A-grade and ladies league tag.

The Bomboras avenged their first Newcastle and Hunter Rugby League round defeat at the hands of the Magpies with a 30-24 win at home on Saturday.

Both teams struggled to field a complete roster with injuries affecting key players.

However, Fingal showed plenty of spark in attack and raced in seven tries but in the extreme wind could only land one goal.

The lightweight forward pack, with Lliam Dooley picking up the players’ player award, were strong in the middle. Tackling tyro Ben Schneider and player-coach Bo Earl worked hard.

Magpies captain-coach Brooke Roach had to bring in several players from the Terrace North team to play in Saturday’s game.

He said he was disappointed in his team’s completion rate and poor ball control ball in the tough conditions.

Once again the ever consistent half back Luke Hansaker tried to spark the attack with forwards Corey Alberio and Kane Roby best in a beaten side.

Before the A-grade men’s sides took to the field, the Bomboras and Raymond Terrace Ravens went head-to-head in the ladies league tag.

A tight, exciting game it was the Bomboras who won 14-12.

The Magpies North team, playing against Clarence Town on Sunday, drew with the Cobras 32-32.