Mallabula Rugby League Club’s semi-final chances took a hit on Saturday when the Panthers produced a lacklustre performance to lose to University 34-26.
The Panther’s started slowly and were in the contest at half time trailing 12-10. However, poor ball control and lack of discipline with two players in the bin proved costly.
The players’ player was tough forward Laurence Burdekin. Hayden Thompson picked up three points and half back Mick Daniels two points. The Bulla boys play North Newcastle away on Saturday in the final game before the semis.
Congratulations to the ladies team who won the minor premiership with an emphatic 50-0 win over Windale at the weekend. Sinead Trevor and Kirra Stewart had strong games. Teana Lovegrove scored two fine tries in solid team effort.
Nelson Bay Rugby Union moved into the elimination semi-finals with a comprehensive 62-10 victory over Singleton last Saturday.
The Gropers raced in 10 tries with the forward pack dominating the Bulls. The slick Gropers back line with Michael Wiringi and Michael Hotene led the way. The Bay are in great shape for semi-final football but the downside for the team was the red card for their workhorse breakaway Sapati Peniata who will face a charge of punching.
Nelson Bay will play their sudden death semi in two weeks after their bye on Saturday.
The Fingal Bay ladies league tag team is cheering after securing a semi-final spot in their first year of competition.
An 8-8 draw with Dora Creek on Saturday saw the A-grade tag team move into the semi.
The Fingal team looked in control for most of the game. They led 8-0 before Dora Creek raced in two late tries. Try scorers for the Bay were Mel Hodson and Sally Baker.
The Bay are now fourth on the ladder. They have a bye this Saturday.
In the men’s game, the Bomboras went down to Dora Creek 24-12. In a further blow to the team, several key Fingal players sustained injuries during the game.
Clever hooker Perry White’s neat kicking game was a highlight while tackling tyro Ben Schneider was nonstop.
Fingal Bay play Cardiff away this Saturday.
The Bomboras are sitting at the bottom of the A-grade ladder with three wins from 13 games.
It comes after the team enjoyed two premiership-winning seasons in 2016 and 2017. The Bomboras won the B-grade premiership in 2016 and moved into A-grade for 2017.
They completed their fairy tale season by defeating the grand-final favourites Shortland to claim the NHRL A-grade premiership.
Nelson Bay Junior Rugby League continued its successful season with the under-12s coached by Richie Kinkaid moving through to the grand-final after an impressive 42-6 win over Valentine in the major semi.
The well drilled under-16/2 team coached by Rod Dixon hit a hurdle in their campaign going down to Aberdeen 36-16 and will pay a sudden death final against Raymond Terrace on Saturday.
Chris Harmon’s under-14/2 are semi-finalists.