The Hunter Western Hornets started the representative touch season with a bang with the running of a successful Peter Wilson Memorial Championships (PWMC) over the weekend of February 5/6th at the newly renovated Tomaree Sporting Complex, Nelson Bay.
A total of 127 teams converged on Nelson Bay and competed across Boys & Girls U10-U18 divisions. The impressive new facilities were a sight to behold and were the talking point of many participants, both new and returning.
The Doyalson Dragons made it back to back Club Champions, taking out 3 of the 10 divisions (Girls U10, Girls U14 and Boys U14) as well as runners up in 2 others (Boys U10 and Boys U18).
Rivals the Central Coast Dolphins took out second place overall with wins in 2 divisions (Boys U16 and Boys U18).
The hosts Nelson Bay Neptunes put on a strong showing picking up third place in the club championship due to strong results in a number of divisions, including runners up in 2 divisions (Girls U10 and Girls U16).
Mudgee Mudcrabs took out the Girls U12 division.
Wallsend Wolves won the title in the Boys U12 division.
And former Hornets affiliate (and now part of rivals – Suns) the Orange Thunder continued their growing stature in the game with wins in two divisons (Girls U18 and Girls U16), and runners up in two others (Girls U14 and Boys U14)
Not only were the players and referees busy with the competition, Hornets selectors and coaches were busy identifying talented athletes for the upcoming NSW Junior Regional Championships, with squads announced for final trials that were held Saturday February 12th at the home of Beresfield Touch Association. Stay tuned for more information.
Hornets wishes to thank all players, coaches, referees selectors and event staff for a successful event. We would also like to thank the event hosts, Nelson Bay Touch for having presented and run a fantastic venue for the premier junior event of our region. And good luck at this weekends Junior State Cup in Port Macquarie!!
2022 PWMC RESULTS:
Newcastle Knights def. Doyalson 10-5
Player of the Final – Brax Horsey (Newcastle)
Doyalson Dragons def. Nelson Bay 5-2
Player of the Final – Olivia Clegg (Doyalson)
Wallsend Wolves def. Newcastle 5-0
Player of the Final – Isaac Barber (Wallsend)
Mudgee Mudcrabs 2 def Beresfield Bandits 0
Player of the Final – Sophie Perini (Mudgee)
Doyalson Dragons def. Orange 4-1
Player of the Final – Carter Mareko (Doyalson)
Doyalson Dragons def. Orange 3-2 (drop off)
Player of the Final – Sienna Butler (Doyalson)
Central Coast Dolphins def. Peninsula 5-2
Player of the Final – Jesse Walker (Central Coast)
Orange Thunder def. Nelson Bay 6-1
Player of the Final – May Simmons (Orange)
Central Coast def. Doyalson 5-4 (drop off)
Player of the Final – Sebastian Plaister (Central Coast)
Orange Thunder def. Wallsend 4-3
Player of the Final – Caitlan Prestwidge (Orange)
1st – Doyalson Dragons
2nd – Central Coast Dolphins
3rd – Nelson Bay Neptunes