WPL: Bay, United take first blood
Merewether and Warners Bay hold the ascendancy going into the second leg of the Herald Women’s Premier League semi-finals after wins over the weekend.
Minor premiers and defending champions Warners Bay beat Mid North Coast 4-2 in Taree on Saturday after leading 3-0 at half-time.
It was much closer at Adamstown Oval on Sunday, when United beat Rosebud 2-1 in a game which was delayed for 20 minutes when the hosts’ goalkeeper Olivia Sneddon was concussed.
Adamstown travel to Myamblah Oval for the second leg of their semi-final on August 12.
Warners Bay host Mid North Coast at John Street Oval on August 13.
The winners across both legs will meet in the championship decider at Edgeworth on August 20.
Netball: Finalists decided
BNC Whanau secured fourth place in Greater Open Championship with a final-round win over Nova Thunder at National Park on Saturday.
BNC beat Thunder 43-29 and now face a semi-final showdown with third-placed Forsythes on August 12.
Maryville Tavern’s finals hopes evaporated in a 60-34 loss to second-placed Souths Lions on Saturday.
Minor premiers West Leagues Balance defeated Junction Stella 66-19 and Forsythes beat Souths Pride 32-29.
West and Lions meet in the other semi-final.
AFL: Bulldogs out of finals
Killarney Vale killed off Warners Bay finals hopes in Women’s Black Diamond AFL on Saturday with a convincing 53-point victory at Adelaide St Oval.
Killarney Vale won 11.7.73 to 2.8.20 to finish on 36 points, level with the Bulldogs and Wyong Lakes, who defeated Muswellbrook 3.10 (88) to 0.0 (0).
Wyong Lakes finished fifth, Killarney Vale sixth and Warners Bay seventh on winning percentages.
In other final-round action on Saturday, Newcastle City beat Newcastle Novas 15.12 (102) to 5.6 (36), Gosford downed Lake Macquarie 13.15 (93) to 3.1 (19), Nelson Bay won 9.6 (60) to 0.2 (2) over Cardiff and Maitland won 7.6 (48) to 1.1 (7) against Singleton.
Minor premiers Newcastle City and second-placed Nelson Bay have the next weekend off while Gosford play Killarney Vale and Wyong Lakes meet Maitland in the elimination semi-finals on August 12.
Leaguetag: Central still unbeaten
Maitland downed Macquarie 26-8 as Western Suburbs beat Cessnock 52-0 in Newcastle Rugby League ladies leaguetag on Saturday.
On Sunday, South Newcastle beat Lakes United 14-0 and Central won 18-0 against Kurri Kurri.