Laurieton Hotel Stingrays defeat Lower Macleay in club first

Crash through: This Laurieton Hotel Stingrays player attempts to break through the Lower Macleay defence.
Crash through: This Laurieton Hotel Stingrays player attempts to break through the Lower Macleay defence.

The Laurieton Hotel Stingrays have downed Lower Macleay 48 points to 22 in their Hastings League clash played on Saturday.

The game was at Laurieton's home ground, Stingray Stadium.

It was the first home game of the season for the 2018 runners-up. It was also the annual double header.

In the first game, Kendall ran out winners over the Beechwood Shamrocks 38-26 in a see sawing battle.

The Stingrays were yet to defeat the Lower Macleay side in their Hastings League history, a club spokesperson said.

"The boys started slowly with the Magpies scoring early in the first set. That fired our boys up and they clicked into gear," the spokesperson said.

"Our left side attack found plenty of space through great hole running by Jack Harper and service from Drew Bartlett, providing some breaks and space in which Jack delivered our first points to Lleyton Winter who scored a top try on the canteen corner.

Strong defence: Laurieton Hotel Stingray defence was strong in their clash with the Lower Macleay Magpies.

Strong defence: Laurieton Hotel Stingray defence was strong in their clash with the Lower Macleay Magpies.

"It wasn't long and Jack put Lleyton over for his second try for the afternoon, and not to be outdone, Cooper Lewis Bain capitalised on another Harper break and a scored under the posts.

"The boys got right into the grind then and led up front by Sam Black and Correy MacFarlane which provided a try for Mitch O'Neill to a score under the posts."

Lower Macleay hit back to go to the sheds 22-12.

The boys started a second stanza with points through a try to Brenny Carter.

The boys were able to build build some pressure which provided tries to Cooper, Jacko scoring twice with the game being iced with a great individual try to Kieren Ford.

The final result Stingrays 48, Lower Macleay 22.

"The awards this week were to two of our new young guns in Sam Black receiving Players Player and Cooper Lewis Bain picking up Coaches Award.

"Massive thank you your big band of volunteers who helped organise a wonderful afternoon of footy."

Next weekend is a bye for the Easter weekend. The following week, the Stingrays travel to the plateau to take on the Comboyne Tigers.

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