Sports Shorts: Excitement for season start

BIG THINGS AHEAD: Port Stephens product Lisa Steane is part of the Giants AFLW team in 2020. Picture: Ryan Miller, GIANTS media
BIG THINGS AHEAD: Port Stephens product Lisa Steane is part of the Giants AFLW team in 2020. Picture: Ryan Miller, GIANTS media

THERE are two very proud grandparents out Soldiers Point way with former Northern Suburbs and Lakes five-eight Les Bowditch and his wife Florence watching their granddaughter Lauren Ahrens play for the Gold Coast Suns in the opening round of their AFLW season against the GWS Giants on a very soggy Blacktown International sports park last weekend.

The game will be remembered for the all time low score with GWS winning the game 9-8 in deplorable conditions. Nelson Bay's own Lisa Steane was drafted to play for the GWS Giants for 2020, but did not play in the opening game. Steane's next opportunity to play could be on Saturday when the Giants face the North Melbourne Kangaroos.

Les continues to give back to rugby league as a committee man for the local Men of League Foundation branch and loves his lawn bowls.

FINGAL BAY Rugby League Club have started training on Tuesday nights at 6pm with good numbers rolling up for both the men's team and ladies league tag side.

The Bomboras men's team will have the experienced duo of Dean Carney and John Gutherson in the coaching role. Some exciting young players and some quality former grade players have been turning out to have a run at training. The ladies league tag side will have former Irish international Blaine O'Flaherty as coach. They are confident of building on last year's success.

The Fingal club continues to improve its facilities with the council working on ground landscaping. The club has installed an electronic scoreboard.

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