SPORT IN BRIEF

Academy hosts league event

THE Western Sydney Academy of Sport hosted its 2014 Rugby League Program Presentation on June 4, at St Mary's Leagues Club, the home ground for both the academy's Harold Matts and S.G. Ball teams.

Special guests were Parramatta Eels player Junior Paulo, Penrith Panthers players Bryce Cartwright and Dallin Watene-Zelezniak and Minister for Sport and Recreation Stuart Ayres.

Parramatta Eels general manager Daniel Anderson interviewed player Junior Paulo, who gave advice to the aspiring young athletes. Other guests included representatives from Penrith and Parramatta District rugby league football clubs, and the NSW Rugby League.

Coaches awards went to Kytak Chan from Mount Pritchard and Tangirere Hokai of Fairfield West, while Henry Nafai from St Marys and Orchard Hills resident Corey Waddell gained the awards for Best and Fairest.

Spartans return to winning

BLACKTOWN Spartans returned to their winning ways with a 1-0 victory over the Rockdale City Suns in a lacklustre affair at Ilinden Sports Centre on Sunday.

The lone goal of the match came two minutes before half-time when Corey Biczo took advantage of a defensive miscommunication to poke the ball into the back of the net.

Rockdale gave a much better showing in the second period but were unable to break a stubborn Spartans defence.

Following the match, Blacktown Spartans head coach Ben De Haan said he was happy his team stuck to the tactics set out on a difficult pitch.

"It was purely result-based today, that's all it was about," he said. "You can't come here to play, the ground is atrocious and so were the conditions."

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