FINGAL Bay Rugby League Club had a great day out on Saturday. The men's team were far too strong for Wallsend, gaining a 40-10 win, while the ladies league tag team climbed to the top of the ladder with a powerful 26-4 win over Greta-Branxton.
Once again the Fingal wall went up with the ladies team only conceding one try in their last three outings - a credit to the girls and coaching staff. Jordie Bennett had a great game and won the players' player award while Bec Hawthorn continues to get the hard yards up front.
The Bomboras men showed plenty of discipline in their game. In a very physical contest, they controlled the game from the opening whistle and lead 22-4 at halftime. The slick Fingal backline looked sharp on the back of a hard working forward pack with fullback Isaac Upton and clever half Tyler Perrin sharing the players' player award. Centres Jake Redmond, Nathan Dover and Dane Carney enjoyed plenty of early ball.
This Saturday club stalwart and tackling tyro Ben Schneider will celebrate his 100th game at home in the local derby against Mallabula Panthers.
MALLABULA Rugby League Club posted a comprehensive win over Maitland United 54-12 on Saturday.
The Bulla boys finished in style after leading 20-12 at halftime, racing in five tries in the second half and conceding none. Panthers wingers Liam Boiden and Scott Triston both scored doubles. Players' player went to fullback Koby Martin while the engine room ticked over with RAAF representative players Chris Tomarti and Connor O'Neill both having solid games.
The ladies league tag team had a good win over Swansea 16-10. Players' player was Kiara Dixon and the coaches' award went to Bree Keysell.
The Panthers men are set to travel to Fingal Oval on Saturday to play the Bomboras. The ladies face Hamilton away.
RAYMOND Terrace Rugby League Club had a mixed day on Saturday.
The men's team fell to Dungog, the Ravens ladies tag team produced a classy performance to defeat Maitland United 26-4 and the women's tackle team showed plenty of character to down Maitland United 18-10.
Women's tackle players Eboney Oakley, Shelby Nikora and Helena Bills had strong games. The coaches' award went to Sarsha Venables.
The Magpies men were beaten by Dungog 24-12. The Terrace gifted too much ball to the visitors, had a poor completion rate and defensive lapses. The Handsaker brothers, Luke and Dean, had strong games. Classy centre Scott Wratten picked up the players' player award.
The men are away to the Budgewoi Bulldogs on Saturday, the Ravens are away to the Fingal Bay Bomboras while the Magpies women are away to Dora Creek.
NELSON Bay Rugby Union Club continue to provide players for the elite Sydney competitions.
The ladies Hunter Wildfires team features Gropers Kate Holland and Emily Freeman, which suffered a heartbreaking 10-8 loss on the bell to Campbelltown at the weekend.
Across town, the men's Wildfires team captained by the Gropers tough forward Adam Edwards drew with the heavyweights of the Shute Shield competition, Manly, 29-29.
On the good news front, Nelson Bay Junior Rugby Union Club got their season back under way after missing the first two rounds with teams abiding by a voluntary stand down because of COVID-19 fears.
Nine teams travel to Maitland at the weekend with some great results. Tthe under-16 team, coached by Grant Vincent, were the standout. The side posted a 59-0 over the Blacks. The under-18s coached by Scott McLennan and Darren Stewart worked hard for their 19-7 win over Maitland.
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