Sports briefs

Young players excel

The boys and one girl in the St Marys under-seven division-one rugby league team are doing more than OK. They've won everything in sight and beaten everyone out of sight. They were undefeated in their competition before winning the grand final, then won the three knockouts contested before culminating their season with a win in the battle-of-the-west competition. Grateful parent Jeremy Smith said coach Peter O'Brien had no children of his own in the team, but dedicated his time to ensuring training and games were fun.

Warriors in trouble

Blacktown started the summer with hopes high of repeating last season's memorable first visit to the Sydney first-grade cricket finals.

The weekend confirmed they haven't got a prayer, unless there are miracles ahead.

The Warriors lost their two-day match against Sydney at Drummoyne Oval on the first innings and stay second-last on six points.

Blacktown were sent in and the batsman did better this time as the Warriors reached a competitive 251.

First-drop Matt Foster scored a painstaking 70 from 169 balls, including seven fours and a six, and Nathan Sowter 73 from 148 in the middle order.

Anthony Mosca got them going with 65 and then Sydney Sixer Daniel Smith and Tim Sparke shared a fifth-wicket partnership of 107 as Sydney reached the target without trouble.

Blacktown host Northern District in another two-dayer this weekend.

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