The Lithgow Bears rugby league club travelled up the mountains to play the Blackheath Blackcats in the New Era Cup Competition on Saturday, May 12.
In Rugby League, the Bears went down 60 to 0 to the top of the table Blackheath. In windy cold conditions the boys put up a good fight.
At half time Blackheath was only up 14-0 but they were too strong in the second half.
The Workies Club and Motel Players’ Player award went to Ben Blanchard for his strong tackling. The crowds points went to Timmy Hughes (3), Peter Lewis (2) and Ryan Bilby (1).
The Zambreros Coach’s Award went to Ryan Bilby and Joel Cameron.
In league tag, the game started off pretty evenly matched until Blackheaths player (former Workies player) Kirsty Willmott used her speed and experience running the field to score the opening try.
The Bears hit back with a quick pass by Emma Smith to Latia Hardie to score over the line. The Bears tried again with a small kick over the line and a chase by Ash Ifopo but was unfortunate with the ref calling for a line drop out as Blackheath appeared to touch the ball first.
The half time buzzer went off with one try separating the game leaving it 12 to 4. The final score was 24-10 to Blackheath. The Workies Club and Motel Players’ Player for this game was Latia Hardie. Latia also received three points from the crowd, two points to Marli-jai Hydee and one point to Jasmine Spittles.
The Zambreros Coach’s Award went to Amber Haynes.
The Bears presented the awards at the Bears major sponsor the Lithgow Workies Club.
The Bears would like to thank all sponsors, supporters and volunteers who have come on board this season. It is greatly appreciated.
This Saturday the Bears are playing in their second home game for the season. This game is a special game that means so much to the Bears and the Kandos Waratah Players.
It is the game that is played in memory of a former team mate and friend to both clubs, Nathan Boundy.
The Nathan Boundy memorial game commenced in 2017 after Nathan tragically lost his battle to mental illness.
A memorial shield is to be presented to the winner of the game with the Nathan Boundy Best and Fairest Player of the game picked by Nathan’s family.
Last year the Bears were unfortunate loosing to Kandos in what was a close game. The Bears hope to make a come back to gain the title.
Everyone is invited to attend to what is expected to be a great game of football this Saturday at Tony Luchetti Sportsground, Lithgow. League Tag will be kicking off at 1.30pm and Rugby League at 2.30pm.
Hope to see you at the game to support the Bears.