Sports Shorts: Good day out for Makos, Gropers appoint 2020 coaches

Nelson Bay A-grade opening bowlers Matt Palmer 5/16 and Andrew Daly 5/16 on the weekend after they both took five wicket hauls. Picture: Supplied
Nelson Bay A-grade opening bowlers Matt Palmer 5/16 and Andrew Daly 5/16 on the weekend after they both took five wicket hauls. Picture: Supplied

NELSON Bay Cricket Club had a good day on Saturday with two wins and a draw.

In A-grade the Makos made short work of the General Roberts Hotel with the Bay's opening pace attack of Andrew Daley and Matt Palmer capturing five wickets each to limit GRH to 33 runs. In reply, the Bay were comfortable at 2-37.

B1 were unlucky with a solid total 187 on the board. The rouge cricket club were feeling the heat when rain stopped play, ending the game with a draw.

B2 passed the gravity riders total 5-167. The Makos' opening batsman Matt Cements and Isaac Chapman give the Bay a good start with 42 runs each before big hitting Tom McCoy smashed 51 runs with six fours and one six to give B2 their first win of the season.

A-grade play the Mary Ellen Mudrats at home this Saturday.

NELSON Bay Rugby Union Club have announced their coaching staff for season 2020.

Former Gropers colts coach Darren Zorbas will return to the Bay after an amazing record with five grand final wins with the Hamilton Hawks where he was an assistant coach.

Darren brings a wealth of experience to the role and he will be assisted by forwards coach Gareth Wasik and backs coach, former international Michael Wiringi. Also working on player's fitness levels will be sports science guru Redmond Mahoney.

The Gropers have also announced its director of coaching, Ben Whaler, who will continue playing and has had a stellar career. At just 34 years of age, Whaler has had rugby stints with Canberra Brumbys (2004) and Western Force (2005-2006).

He also played rugby league with the Tweed Head Seagulls before playing with the Kurri Bulldogs and Maitland. He then joined Nelson Bay Gropers.

FINGAL Beach SLSC continues its wonderful community work with their Starfish Nipper program.

This is a modified program for children with special needs aged 6 years and over. These include autism, attention deficit disorder, Downs syndrome, Aspergers and other physical and intellectual disabilities.

The program is run by Mitch Fraser and Nikki Morrow with the assistance of older cadets and nippers.

Activities include beach and water games, flags, running, water familiarisation and surf safety.

The Starfish program is increasing in numbers thanks to specialised equipment which gives the club more accessibility. This equipment includes wheelchair friendly matting for the sand and specialised beach wheelchairs.

Taj Worrall, 14, a proud Fingal Beach SLSC Starfish Nipper. Picture: Supplied

Taj Worrall, 14, a proud Fingal Beach SLSC Starfish Nipper. Picture: Supplied

For some these nippers, the program is the only outdoor activity they participate in. It is held in conjunction with other nipper programs to make it more inclusive.

PORT Stephens PCYC at Nelson Bay continues to provide activities for young and old alike.

Basketball at the PCYC has seen a growth spurt with more than 80 juniors and 80 seniors taking part.

The basketball program is overseen by Dan Howard who has had an impressive career as a former representative player and coach with Maitland and Port Stephens. He also assisted with some high performance coaching with NSW.

The PCYC holds skills sessions for age groups in under-8, 12, and 18s with competitions run for the under-14 an under-18 ages.

Last week the grand finals were held with a terrific roll-up to support the cause.

In the under-14 game the Anna Bay Anglers had and exciting win over Soldiers Point Cannons 31-22 with Alex Hearn-Rener the best for the winners and Caleb McGann strong for the runners up.

In a close contest in the under-18 grand final the Fingal Bay Rippers 47 defeated Nelson Bay Mariners 41.

Best for the Rippers was Jesse Reungkitchaya while for the Mariners Riley Armstrong was non-stop.

The senior basketball finals will be held this week.

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