Sports Shorts: Nelson Bay's Maya Stewart scores try in NSW Waratahs debut

Nelson Bay champion athlete Maya Stewart continued her impressive debut season with the NSW Waratahs in the Super W competition at the weekend.

Maya has always been a talented sportswoman. After a career in beach events with the Fingal Beach surf club where she won numerous sprint branch and state titles Maya graduated to rugby union.

She was always a star on the rise, playing with the Newcastle club and scored over 40 tries in a season.

Last year she played with Australia in the world school rugby sevens titles that Australia won in New Zealand. This year she was selected in the NSW Waratahs team.

And after a strong start with a 26-0 win over the Brumbies, Maya lined up against arch rival Queensland at Leichardt Oval and produced a stunning side-stepping try from 35 metres out to set the waratahs on to a good win 15-12.

Maya's family were there to support her on the day with grandparents Val and Barry delighted with her form.

Barry, a former powerful rugby league country and city winger in his heyday, claims to have taught Maya the fine art of side-stepping.

Fingal Bay Rugby League Club have two experienced coaches at the helm for season 2019 with Bo Earl and Cameron Scully taking on the role.

The club's recruitment has a great mix of youth and seasoned players available with former tough go forward prop Todd Doro returning.

Talented junior players including Billy Rae and Dane Carney are keen to transition to the senior grade.

The Bomboras looked pretty sharp in a recent trial against the Kearsley Crushers and ran out 30-0 victors with versatile back rower Blake Fuller having a strong game in the centres.

Fingal will host University on Saturday, March 23 in their final hit out before the competition starts on April 6.

Fingal flyer Grace Hewitt won a gold medal at the NSW Surf Life Saving state titles held at Blacksmiths Beach last weekend.

Grace won the under-15 beach sprint to go with her gold medal she won last year in the under-14 beach sprint.

She also made the final of the flags in a great day for the talented teenager.

Other Fingal contestants to perform strongly were Will Clark who competed up an age group to finish sixth in the 2 kilometre beach run after winning bronze last week in his age group.

Another rising star from was Brady Stewart who was impressive in the swim and board events.

Grace will now head up to the gold coast for the Australian SLS Championships on March 30.

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