Sports Shorts: Hewitt, Hurdman win state surf lifesaving gold for Fingal Bay

FINGAL Bay had an impressive run in the 2020 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships.

Hosted by Swansea-Belmont SLSC at Blacksmiths Beach on March 7-8, the massive carnival saw 2700 junior life savers competing across a range of beach and water events.

Fingal Beach SLSC sent a strong squad of 18 competitors to the championships who achieved some outstanding results.

Grace Hewitt won the under-17 and opens beach sprint while Shari Hurdman won the under-13 beach sprint.

Zeke Hay had a good day, achieving silver in the under-9 flags and bronze in the beach sprint.

In conjunction, state inclusion carnival for Starfish competitors was held with the Fingal club sending eight entrants.

Coaches Mitch Fraser and Nikki Morris plus other volunteers also attended.

The Fingal club had the largest representation at the carnival.

Ki O'Brien was the standout performer earning three gold and one silver medal while Cooper Smylie showed great determination to pick up three bronze medals.

Shari Hurdman. Picture: Supplied

Shari Hurdman. Picture: Supplied

THE FINAL of the district 20 pairs was played at Nelson Bay Bowling Club recently.

After over 60 pairs teams had been eliminated the final game down to a local derby with Nelson Bay and Soldiers Point playing for the right to represent Newcastle at the state finals later in the year.

The Nelson Bay duo of Richard Girvan and Shannon Gittoes won the final 21-10 over Soldiers Point's pairing of Matt Johnstone and Adam Clements.

With both clubs starting the pennant season strongly the peninsular's bowling depth continues to impress.

PORT Stephens PCYC at Nelson Bay continues to provide a large range of sports for juniors and adults including basketball, gymnastics, archery, and boxing.

The boxing squad continues to produce quality up and coming boxers.

Three members represented the club last Saturday night at Dee Why PCYC with light heavyweights Jett Lancaster and Brendan Curtis both gaining ringcraft in exhibition bouts.

Lightweight lady boxer Phoebe Earl was brave in her split decision loss.

The boxing coaches at the PCYC have a family connection in former Victorian boxer dad Peter McDade, son Mitchell who had a successful amateur career and daughter Phoebe who coaches the club's women and girls.

They have their nights on Mondays 6pm to 7pm.

On Tuesday and Thursdays its juniors first, 5pm to 6pm, then adults mixed 6pm to 7pm.

NELSON Bay Cricket Club have played their last matches of the season having a solid win over Maryland Tavern.

Andy Daly posted a quick fire 38 runs with five fours. Kevvie Wright chipped in with a neat 23 to post a total 124 runs. The Makos then bowled Maryland out for 92.

Bryce Causley produced a fine spell 3-24 and Daly 2-2. B2 went down to the final over against Wallsend D.C.C.

Best with the bat for the Bay was a sparkling innings of 48 by Ed Williams while Wayne Banks was the pick of the bowlers 2-13.