ARL Under 12s
Illingworth 22Newsome Panthers 14
NEWSOME got the game off to a flying start.
Illingworth kicked off and the ball was gathered by Josh Clay who crossed the line with barely a minute on the clock.
But the visitors persistence paid off when they were rewarded with a try to level the scores.
Illingworth were deep in Newsome’s half when Izaac Farrell received the ball to run the entire length of the pitch and touch down under the sticks. Farrell converted to give Newsome a half time 10-4 lead.
Illingworth quickly turned the game around by running in their second try and added the extras to take a 10-16 lead.
Newsome fought back hard and man of the match Josh Clay powered over for his second try.
At 14-16 Newsome were in with a real chance, but Illingworth’s wide runners could not be prevented from adding another try and kick.
ARL Under 14s
Clayton 40Newsome Panthers 6
The Under 14s were only able to send 10 players over to play Clayton who declined to drop their own numbers. Clayton scored 24 unanswered points in the first half. Panther's never say die attitude was a real credit, and this was exemplified when Connor Matheson gave a 70 yard chase to prevent a certain try.
The second half was a much more gritty affair, with Panthers really working hard for each other but they were reduced to nine with 15 mins to go. Shortly after Matheson, having been fed out by Hayes scored a fantastic, typical Matheson try. Connor converted his own try and had all the crowd applauding. Connor was awarded man of the match by the opposition.
Newsome Panthers 12West Bowling 20
NEWSOME faced the unbeaten league leaders for the fifth time this season and despite conceding an early penalty for a high tackle, came storming back as MacCauly Bucci scored a classic wingers try. Jordan Higo doubled the lead to give the Panthers an 8-2 lead. However West Bowling stuck to their game plan and edged into the lead with three tries, two from the powerful prop forward who crashed over from short range. The second half was a defensive battle as Bowling added a further six points, while Joe Gillespie raced 75 metres for an interception try.