Nelson Bay Rugby Union Club has had a busy off-season with the hard-working committee led by chairman Gavin Rocher announcing its coaching staff for the 2022 season.
Last year’s coach, New Zealand-born and Romanian World Cup number 10 Michael Wiringi, will be first-year coach, assisted by Rhys Cutbush, who coached the Under-19 Wildfires to a national championship last year, and the manager will be former Brisbane player Stew Fielder.
The second Gropers have the experienced duo of James Boyd and Tony McGee at the helm as coach and manager. James hails from Scotland and represented the Bravehearts as a coach and player before coming to Australia to play with the University of Sydney.
He won a CAS premiership with Cranbrook School before a stint with Kinross. Tony played his football with the West Wyalong Weevils and Canberra. Former Manly mainstay and life member Hughie Thompson will coordinate the third.
THE Nelson Bay Gropers Rugby Club training is underway with the men’s teams training on Tuesdays at 6.15pm and Saturdays at 8.15am at Bill Strong Oval.
The Gropers are delighted with how the first part of the season has gone smoothly and are planning several pre-season games at the ‘Groperdome’ with a trial against the strong side Tamworth Pirates in March.
In exciting news, Lady Gropers will host the first round of Bill Strong’s Summer Women’s Seven on February 18 in an action-packed program featuring eight teams. Kick-off is at 6:15 p.m.
NELSON bay The golf club proved its wet weather credentials when it hosted the Northern Conference of the Newcastle District Golf Association’s Grade A pennant series.
The Bay hosted Hawks Nest, who are traditionally tied, which proved to be the case on Sunday with a 3-3 draw between the two teams. Bay’s wins were all close matches with Jamie O’Connor, Will Marshall and Peter Gibson.
With the scores locked, a play-off was needed with the match over three holes before Hawks Nest got the result. The Nelson Bay pennant team travel to Pacific Dunes on Sunday to play the solid Muree Golf Club.
NELSON bay The junior under-15 cricket team was one of the few teams to play last weekend. The team kept coach Dean Gibson happy with a win to stay second on the table. The Bay played Merewether blue and picked up a solid win with a solid hit, compiling 6-122.
Luke Donovan was the best with 31 carries from 25 balls including five to four, the talented all-rounder Riley Gibson celebrated his birthday in style with 21 carries and beautiful figures of 2-20 with Rowan Connick (17 carries from 16 balls ) that made the dashboard spin. .
Average pace Lillee Banks was the bowlers’ choice, catching up 2-11 to limit Merewether at 8-80.
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