WPL, Hunters, Ladies Leaguetag, Greater Open Championship and more in women's sporting action

STRONG SIGNS: Former W-League Jets player is showing continual improvement for South Wallsend in Herald Women's Premier League. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

STRONG SIGNS: Former W-League Jets player is showing continual improvement for South Wallsend in Herald Women's Premier League. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

WPL: Buds get boost

Adamstown will look to build on just their second win of the Herald Women’s Premier League season when they host South Wallsend in round 10 on Sunday.

Rosebud improved to fourth place with their 2-0 win over last-placed Thornton in a rescheduled match at Thornton Park on Wednesday night.

Coach Lou D’Amico said the win would prove “a boost” for the young side, who had conceded 20 goals in three big losses in the space of eight days leading up to the clash with Redbacks.

“I thought we played well, dominated possession and we kept our composure,” D’Amico said.

They face a tough assignment against South Wallsend, who hold fifth place with seven points, just one point adrift of the Buds.

The Wolves are also coming off their second win of the season after beating Mid North Coast 3-1 in round nine.

South Wallsend will be without key midfielder Gemma Pearce, who is out through unavailability, but coach Gary Wilson has been encouraged by the continual improvement of former W-League Jets player Stacey Day.

Day returned to the field this season after two knee reconstructions.

“Stacey is doing well,” Wilson said. “She’s still not at her top fitness, nowhere near it, probably about 60 per cent.

“But she’s scoring goals and creating stuff and, if she can get close to 100 per cent by end of year, then the signs are really promising.”

Unbeaten league leaders Merewether will be without Alison Logue, Sarah Halvorsen, Lori Depczynski and Hannah Sunasky when they host sixth-placed Wallsend.

Second-placed Warners Bay head to Thornton to take on the Redbacks.

All games are Sunday.

Netball: Forsythes take on big guns

Forsythes Business Advisors face a tough test against unbeaten competition leaders West Leagues Balance in Greater Open Championship at National Park netball courts on Saturday.

Forsythes’ only loss this season has been to three-time defending champions Souths Lions while West were made to fight for their win in a gritty battle with NBC Whanau last round.

West won by five goals in the end but never felt comfortable.

The Lions play Junction Stella, Maryville Tavern are up against Nova Thunder and BNC Whanau battle Souths Pride.

Leaguetag: Another big test for Lakes

Lakes upstaged the highly fancied Wests Newcastle since in a thrilling come-from-behind 12-10 last round but face another tough task when they host South Newcastle on Saturday.

South recorded a comprehensive 54-point win over Maitland in the opening round of Newcastle Ladies Leaguetag but have not played since.

Kurri Kurri are at home to Maitland, Macquarie take on Wests, and on Sunday Central play Cessnock at Peacock Field.

All games are at 11.10am.

Basketball: Hunters keen to bounce back

Newcastle Hunters hope the pain of a recent blow-out loss to Manly-Warringah will sting them into action in their rematch at Northern Beaches Indoor Sports Centre on Saturday.

The star-studded Sea Eagles thumped the defending Waratah Basketball League women’s champions 90-52 at Broadmeadow only two weeks ago.

Triple Olympian Suzy Batkovic missed that game for the Hunters to rest an ongoing back injury but is expected to play on Saturday, and Newcastle coach Mark Gledson believes Manly will be without Batkovic’s former Opals teammate Belinda Snell.

The Women’s National Basketball League championship-winning Sydney Uni Flames captain scored 24 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in the win against Newcastle on April 29.

Seventh-placed Newcastle (2-5) have lost three straight since rallying to beat Bankstown 83-75 at Broadmeadow on April 22 in Batkovic’s first game for the Hunters.

Manly (5-3) are fourth after unbeaten leaders Hornsby (6-0) ended their three-game winning streak with an 81-62 victory last Saturday.

“The disappointment of not playing to our potential is lingering between us, but I am expecting this time round we will do the little things well,” Gledson said.

Newcastle will be without 17-year-old Australian junior guard Cassidy McLean, who is in training camp with the Australian under-19s squad.

HWRU: No games

There are no matches in Hunter women’s Rugby union this weekend as the Australian Country Championships are being staged on the Gold Coast from May 11 to 14.

Hunter have several players in the NSW Country squad. They are: Hayley Amm, Katrina Baker, Rachel Crothers, Britney Duff, Kate Gilbert, Tahlia Goldsmith, Melanie Howard, Annika Jamieson, Skye Lovett, Naomi Medlin and Martha Webber.

BDAFL: Big scores expected

Unbeaten Black Diamond AFL women’s leaders Newcastle City are expected to overpower Singleton when they meet at No.1 Sportground at 9am on Saturday.

Warners Bay are chasing their fifth straight win when they host Newcastle Novas at Feighan Oval at 10am.

Gosford take on Cardiff at Adcock Park at 10am in what looks set to be the closest match of the round.

Defending champions Nelson Bay take on Lake Macquarie at Dick Burwell Oval, Wyong Lakes play Maitland at Don Small Oval and Killarney Vale are at home to Muswellbrook.

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