Sports Shorts: Fingal SLSC nipper numbers swell in new beach season

SMALL BUT MIGHTY: Fingal Bay nippers Violet Parker and Indiana Slade, both 5. Fingal Bay SLSC has 222 nippers registrations on their books this season. Picture: Supplied

SMALL BUT MIGHTY: Fingal Bay nippers Violet Parker and Indiana Slade, both 5. Fingal Bay SLSC has 222 nippers registrations on their books this season. Picture: Supplied

FINGAL Beach Surf Life Saving Club's season is up and running.

The club has 222 nippers registrations on their books and has announced their captains for the 2019-2020 season - Jack Lynch and Catalina Labra-Knox.

Vice captains are Hamish Eadie and Sarah Gray.

The Fingal club sent a competitive squad to the Newcastle Permanent Series Round Two Carnival held at Blacksmiths Beach, in Lake Macquarie, on Saturday, November 2 and achieved great result.

The club won gold medals in the under-13 girls and under-14 girls relay teams.

Fingal Bay athletes Shari Hurdman won gold in the under-13 beach sprint and Boadie Parker gold in the under-15 2km beach run.

Ryan Pietraszek won silver in under-10 flags and bronze in the under-10 beach sprint.

The Fingal club will host round three of the Newcastle Permanent series on their home break on Saturday, December 14 with a large roll up from the Hunter Branch clubs keen to participate.

Starfish nippers had their first day of the season on Sunday, November 17, seeing few more new faces in the mix.

NELSON Bay Cricket Club A-grade team came to grief on a dodgy Connelly Park wicket and were outgunned by last year's grand finalists Merewether at the weekend.

The B1 team had a great win for the Makos over Yarnteen.

Batsman Nick Griffith was on the rampage with a massive 121 n.o. belting 12 fours and seven sixes at Salamander No.1 ground.

Chris Gilven contributed a quick fire 24 in the total 4-194.

In reply, Yarteen struggled against right arm quick Tom Marshall who had the impressive figures of 4-6 as Yarnteen finished with 5-98.

NELSON Bay teenager Joel Barker continues to impress judges with his basketball skills.

The San Clemente student, at just 16 years old, has won selection in the Newcastle Hunters representative under-18 basketball team.

It will be his second year on the team.

Joel played up an age group last year.

At 7 foot tall Jeoel has all the requirements to make a big impact.

At such a young age and as an above average student, Joel has goals to study medicine and perhaps pursue a college career in the United States.

Joel puts in the hard yards by travelling to Newcastle to play representative and club basketball three times a week.

Joel also has had one-on-one training with Newcastle senior captain Josh Morgan.

He is destined to become a high achiever in his chosen career.

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