Rugby LeagueBumper week for Wallerawang Warriors

Josh Howarth
Nanjing Night Net

IT was a great week for the Wallerawang Warriors that started on Friday night when Josh Howarth was named the New Era Cup Player of the year and highest pointscorer.

Then, the following day, they upset favourites Blackheath in the major semi final earning them the right to host the grand final.

It has been a good year for Howarth who has starred each week after moving from the Lithgow Workmens Club Wolves to his home town Wallerawang to play the season.

Wallerawang travelled to Blackheath for the major semi finals and in a committed effort took the match 18-4.

Unfortunately, the Warriors Oz League side went down 32-4 to CSU in the curtain raiser.

The Warriors were a little rusty as they had not played for over six weeks and could not match it with the classy CSU side.

The girls are still alive and will take on Lithgow Giants at Blackheath in the final this Saturday to see who will go into the grand final.

The Warriors men got off to the perfect start when Josh Howarth latched onto a cross field kick to open the scoring after only five minutes.

Nick Bender added to the scoreboard when he scored following a good run by fullback Nathan Redding and some slick ball movement from the Wallerawang backs to get the ball to Bender to push the score on to 8-nil.

Midway through the half, the Warriors went further ahead when veteran Jason Nunan put in a good kick to his winger Ben Beecroft who did the rest.

Again the try was unconverted and Wang led 12-nil.

A penalty goal by Josh Howarth right on half time took the score to 14-nil.

The second half turned into an arm wrestle and with 20 minutes to go, Blackheath Blackcats finally broke the Warriors’ defence to score and cut back the lead to 14-4.

Two further penalty goals saw Josh Howarth push the score on to 18-4 which was the final score.

Wallerawang were strong right across the field and well backed up by their bench with captain Aaron Manton leading the way and good performances by Josh Howarth, Nick Bender and Nathan Redding.

Blackheath Blackcats will now face Villages after they accounted for last year’s premiers CSU Yellow at Blackheath for the right to play the Warriors.

The New Era Cup grand final will be at Wallerawang Sports Ground on Saturday September 19 in what should be a mammoth day for the people of Wallerawang who really get behind their sporting teams.

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