Abermain Hawks and Kearsley Crushers chase wins in charity day double-header

Abermain Hawks will look to bounce back from their top of the table loss to Waratah Mayfield when they host Hinton at Howe Park on Saturday in Newcastle and Hunter Rugby League C-grade action.

The game is part of a fundraising double-header with B-grade neighbours Kearsley Crushers who meet cellar dwellers Maitland United in the early game at 1pm.

It’s the second of two double-headers featuring the clubs, with Kearsley raising money for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter last month and proceeds from Saturday going to Abermain’s charity the Kids With Cancer Foundation.

The Crushers were 46-6 losers against Belmont South last week and sit in sixth spot behind Dudley equal on points but with a significant points difference.

In other B-grade games the Dungog Warriors exacted some grand final revenge beating Carrington 42-16 at Connolly Park last Sunday.

After going to the break with a 12-10 lead Dungog blew the Pirates off the park in the second half. 

The return of Jeremy Fredericks and Lee Nevin gave the Warriors the direction they lacked last week against University and both players had great games.

The Warriors, who are second on the ladder behind Kotara Bears, play Swansea on Sunday in double-header with Clarence Town playing Swanseas D-grade team. 

Clarence Town coach Peter Maytom has praised his team's effort for sticking with competition leaders Glendale in a 28-18 loss on Saturday.

Maytom said the Cobras’ endeavour was first class but they just lacked the execution at vital stages to upset the Gorillas at Clarence Town Park.

“We missed our captain James Foot’s control in the halves towards the end when we were disallowed a try and camped ourselves near their line for three sets but were unable to score,” he said.

Maitland United’s D-grade team are yet to break their duck for the season going down to Hexham Jets 36-18 last Sunday.

The C-grade ladder tightened even further after round 13, with Abermain dropping to fourth courtesy of their 44-16 loss.

Only two points separates top side Waratah Mayfield on 19 points and Abermain with Woodberry and Gloucester second and third on 18 points.

There is another logjam of teams from fifth placed East Maitland on 14 points to Stockton on 10. The top eight teams this year play in the finals.

Woodberry and Paterson River both collected wins via forfeits by Maitland Pickers and Stockton respectively.

Hinton ended Wallsend Maryland’s winning run with a 34-16 win at Stuart Park last Sunday.

Stroud beat East Maitland 48-26 and Gloucester defeated Morpeth 44-10.


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