GREAT CATCH: Maitland fly-half Pat Batey takes the ball off the boot of Nelson Bay opposite Charles Fielder in the Blacks 45-15 win at Marcellin Park. Picture: Michael HartshornNHRUMerewether moved alongside Lake Macquarie in fifth place as the top two teams were brought back to earth.
The Greens powered past University 52-34. But it wasn’t enough to leapfrog the Roos, who scored two tries in the final 10 minutes to snatch a 37-all draw with Hamilton at Walters Park.
Southern Beaches bounced back to form with a hard-fought 20-14 win over Wanderers to claim the Tony Wansey Shield.
The Waratahs thrashed Singleton 52-22 and Maitland were too strong for Nelson Bay 45-15at Marcellin Park.
NNSW FOOTBALL NPLMaitland kept their faint finals hopes alive with a 2-1win over Lambton Jaffas at Edden Oval.
The Magpies trialed 1-0 at half-time but stormed home with goals to Liam Thornton and Jye Mackellar.
Edgeworth strengthened their push for a third straight minor prmiership with a redounding 5-0 win over Valentine at Cahill Oval. Brody Taylor, Dylan Holz, Will Bower, Daniel McBreen and Keigo Moriyasu) hit the target.
Herald Women’s Premier LeagueDefending champions Warners Bay will take a comfortable 4-2 lead into the second leg of their home-and-away semi-final against Mid North Coast after winning in Taree on Saturday.
Warners Bay led 3-0 at the break after goals to captain Nadja Squires, defender Brooke Miller and striker Jenna Kingsley.
Player-coach Cassidy Davis extended the lead to 4-0 early in the second period before the hosts hit back with two goals of their own.
Mid North Coast will need to win by three goals in the second leg to advance to the decider.
Adamstown are at home to Merewether on Sunday in the opening leg of their semi-final.
NEWCASTLE RLLeaders Western Suburbs bounced back to form with a hard fought 28-18 win over Cessnock at Cessnock Sportsground. The Rosellas lead 12-6 at half-time.
GANG TACKLE: The Maitland defence swarm in to wrap up the ball in the Pickers 22-14 win at Coronation Oval.
Maitand produced one of the upsets of the season to beat second placed Macquarie 22-14 at Coronation Oval. The Scorpions led 10-6 at half-time.
BLACK DIAMOND AFLTerrigal Avoca hung on to beat a fast-finishing Newcastle City 9.14-68 to 9.11-65 at No.1 Sportsground.
They Blues are now two wins behind Cardiff second-placed Cardiff, who accounted for Nelson Bay 15.9-99 to 5.6-36at Hillsborough Oval.
Warners Bay kept their slim finals hopes alive with a 10.11-71 to10.5-65victory overcellar dwellers Killarney Vale at Adelaide St.
NEWCASTLE OPEN NETBALLMaryville Tavern missed a place in the final after going down 60-34 to South Lions in the final round.
In other games, minor premiers Wests were too good for Junction Stella 66-19, BNC accounted for Nova Thunder 43-29and Forsythes accounted for Souths Pride 32-29.
HORSE RACINGNewcastle trainer Kris Lees trained the quinella in the group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Randwick with Invincible Gem defeating favourite and stablemate Le Romain. The Monstar, for Scone trainer Brett Cavanough, was third.
Lees earlier won with Wahng Wah and he also had second placings on the program with Launch Code and Admiral Jello.