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Newcastle City eyes off State Cup titles


Newcastle City is eyeing off a number of titles following a successful afternoon at the revered 2020 NSW Touch State Cup at Port Macquarie on Saturday.

The local association entered the second day of action on 5 December with four sides – the women’s open, senior mixed, 40 men’s and 60 men’s – undefeated in the biggest representative tournament of its kind in the southern hemisphere.

And, following a terrific showing in elite company, both men’s teams are still in the mix for state glory at the Regional Sports Stadium and Tuffins Lane fields this weekend.

After accounting for the Maitland Redbacks (4-3) and Balmain Tigers (4-0), as well as drawing with the Penrith Panthers (4-all) on Friday 4 December, the 40s maintained the rage against the Macksville Falcons (5-1) and Wingham Wombats (8-1) 24 hours later.

The 60s, who had previously knocked over the Manly Sea Eagles (4-1) and Ballina Bull Sharks (2-0), returned the next day to beat the Taree Flames (6-0), before sharing the honours with Manly again (0-all), to finish on top of the ladder.

Unfortunately for the Knights, the women’s open outfit suffered a 7-2 loss to the Sea Eagles.

The ladies then drew with the Eastern Suburbs Roosters 3-all, wrapping up the preliminary rounds with a win over the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs 3-2.

Newcastle City’s senior mixed squad stopped hosts Port Macquarie in its tracks, thanks to a closely-fought 4-3 result, but faltered against the Roosters 2-1.

The Knights’ experienced 40 women’s line-up scored a couple of impressive victories today, as well, proving too strong for neighbours Maitland Redbacks 4-3 and the Hills Hornets 2-1.

Men’s open also looked sharp.

Despite losing early to the Hornsby Lions 5-2, the boys shared the spoils with Bankstown Sports (5-all) and Ryde Eastwood Hawks (3-all), and then sent the Carlingford Cyclones packing 9-2.

Matches continue tomorrow (Sunday 6 December), culminating in the divisional play-offs, with Newcastle boasting chances in women’s open, senior mixed, 40 women’s, 40 men’s, 50 men’s and 60 men’s.

Newcastle City’s day one results:

Women’s open – def Central Coast Dolphins 3-2, def Deakin Thunder 2-0, drew Wests Tigers 4-all, bye

Men’s open – lost Doyalson Dragons 4-8, drew Wollongong Devils 4-all, lost Canterbury Bulldogs 2-5

20 women’s – lost Orange Thunder 1-6, lost Macksville Falcons 1-8, def Balmain Tigers 1-0

20 men’s – def Penrith Panthers 4-3, bye, lost Parramatta Eels 1-2

30 women’s – lost Coffs Harbour 1-4, drew Central Coast Dolphins 1-all, lost Manly Sea Eagles 0-6

Senior mixed – def Gunnedah 7-1, def Wollongong Devils 5-1, def Penrith Panthers 8-4

40 women’s – def Macksville Falcons 3-2, bye, lost Canberra City Magic 0-4

40 men’s – def Maitland Redbacks 4-3, drew Penrith Panthers 4-all, def Balmain Tigers 4-0

50 men’s – lost Nelson Bay Neptunes 4-5, drew Wests Magpies 1-all

60 men’s – def Manly Sea Eagles 4-1, def Ballina Bull Sharks 2-0

Day two results:

Women’s open – lost Manly Sea Eagles 2-7, drew Eastern Suburbs Roosters 3-all, def Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs 3-2

Men’s open – lost Hornsby Lions 2-5, drew Bankstown Sports 5-all, drew Ryde Eastwood Hawks 3-all, def Carlingford Cyclones 9-2

20 women’s – lost Ryde Eastwood Hawks 0-2, lost Maitland Redbacks 2-4

20 men’s – drew Wollongong Devils 4-all, lost Macksville Falcons 4-6, def Doyalson Dragons 4-2

30 women’s – lost Cronulla Sharks 1-8, bye

Senior mixed – def Port Macquarie Makos 4-3, lost Eastern Suburbs Roosters 1-2

40 women’s – def Maitland Redbacks 4-3, def Hills Hornets 2-1, lost Wallsend Wolves 0-5

40 men’s – def Macksville Falcons 5-1, bye, def Wingham Wombats 8-1

50 men’s – def Deakin Thunder 3-1, lost Manly Sea Eagles 1-3

60 men’s – def Taree Flames 6-0, drew Manly Sea Eagles 0-all

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