Photo courtesy of Daniel Johnson
The Aberglasslyn Ants had three grades competing in the Ladies League Tag, Ladies Tackle and Men’s B Grade Newcastle and Hunter Community Rugby League grand finals on the weekend – the club’s proudest achievement to date since their inception in 2017 but only the Ladies League Tag team managed to come away with the spoils.
The Ants' Ladies League Tag team kicked off the day in the A Grade competition with a 14-2 win against their arch rivals University to record their fourth minor-major double in a row.
"There was a lot of pressure, University were right on their game all day and really pushed us,” Player of the match Cassidy told The Maitland Mercury.
"It's been an effort by all the girls all season, we've faced plenty of challenges with covid but we've kept on enjoying each other's company.
“We love playing together."
While it was the Ants fourth straight premiership, Cassidy acknowledged there had been player movements each year which has helped the side stay fresh.
"It's always great to win, but it's important to be challenged as well."
Aberglasslyn's Women's tackle team suffered a 24-14 loss to the powerhouse team of the competition in the Berkeley Vale Panthers.
The men’s team went down 8-4 in a golden point thriller to Waratah Mayfield Cheetahs in B-grade.
"I'm so proud of them all, it was tough conditions and we took it up to the best team in the competition all day." Ants captain Jeremy Fredericks said after the loss.
"We just couldn't quite finish off our good work with a score to get us home.”
In the Men’s A Grade, the Thornton Beresfield Bears achieved the 2020 title with a 22-18 win against Dora Creek.