Nelson Bay Rugby Union Club were outplayed by Maitland on their old boys day, going down 38-17.
With plenty of former stars celebrating their 20 year reunion premiership victory the Blacks had the edge on the rugged Bay outfit who were off the pace with errors in attack and defence.
Four yellow cards that saw them defend with 13 men at crucial times. The Gropers drop to fourth spot on the ladder with two rounds remaining.
The Gropers face Singleton away next weekend and have a bye in the last round.
Mallabula Rugby League Club put a lacklustre Dudley team to the sword with a comprehensive 64-10 victory.
The Panthers were in cruise control at half time leading 38-6 on the back of a dominant forward pack led by bookends Ben Mossop and Leigh Kelly.
This allowed the slick back line to run riot. Centre Mitchell Simington scored three tries, wide running back rower Hayden Thompson scored a double, classy five eight Rob Chaffey sparked plenty of attacking raids thanks to the hardworking forwards.
Mallabula are home this Saturday against University. A special mention to the Mallabula ladies who won a titanic battle over Stroud 12-10 with just 10 players.
Fingal Bay Rugby League Club made the tough trip to play Shortland Devils with a very depleted line up and were outclassed 46-10 at the weekend.
With the Devils at full strength it was mission impossible for the Bomboras. However, the 15 players that turned up showed plenty of character against a giant Shortland forward pack lead by former NRL player Timana Tahu.
This weekend Fingal hosts Dora Creek in their final home game of the season.
Raymond Terrace Rugby League Club got their season back with a strong 31-18 win over the Kotara Bears at the weekend. The Terrace are equal fifth on the ladder and still a chance to play semi-final football.
The Magpies looked solid after a run of outs with lock Chanel Misifosa picking up the players’ player award.
Once again PJ Ellis added some nice touches. Rookie winger Blake Simpson scored two tries, one off front rower John Schultz’s chip kick that brought the crowd to their feet. Hard running centre Steven Soper had a strong game.
The Ravens ladies team had a narrow 12-10 win over Awabakal with Knights player Ellie Russell leading the way. Raymond Terrace North team were down on troops and soundly defeated by Hinton.
This Saturday the Terrace play competition front runners Stockton at home with the first game to kick off at 12.30pm.
Nelson Bay Junior Rugby Union Club continue to make giant strides in the development of the code with Walla Rugby (for kids aged 5 to 9) starting this Sunday at Strong Oval from 8.30am.
The juniors have plenty of their teams heading for semi-finals with the 11, 14, 15, and both 17 teams going strong. NSW five eight Jack Vincent continues his recent good form and has been impressive in recent matches.
The under-12 team, coached by Clint Brown and helped by first grade fullback Jack Arthur, have the minor premiership wrapped up with four games remaining.
Try scoring machine Xavier Stewart and work horse Oscar Affleck both have had great seasons.