Sea Eagles heading to SCAFL finals

Agile: Billy Stubbs runs the ball for the Merimbula Diggers during a hard loss to the Tathra Sea Eagles on Saturday.
Agile: Billy Stubbs runs the ball for the Merimbula Diggers during a hard loss to the Tathra Sea Eagles on Saturday.

The Merimbula Diggers will likely end their 2017 SCAFL campaign on Saturday when they host the Narooma Lions across all three senior grades for the final round. 

In play on the weekend, the senior Diggers couldn’t match the physicality of Tathra. 

The Sea Eagles surged in the third and fourth quarters to win comfortably 21-18-144 to 4-11-35.

The visiting Tathra side shot some quick early goals to take charge before the Diggers bounced back with some strong passages of play in the opening quarter. 

The Sea Eagles took charge from the clearances with a dominant display as Troy O’Loghlin and Luke Taylor combined through the middle to ensure most play was pushing forward for the Sea Eagles.

The visitors surged ahead to a three-goal advantage, before the Diggers quickly shifted gears and fired back with two goals in quick succession. 

However, the run of possession swayed swiftly back to the Eagles as they dominated mark contests and were able to clear the ball from a number of tackles. 

Billy Stubbs was impressive for the hosts, matching his man and providing some quick forward-momentum for the hosts, but strong displays by Louis Coulton and Dennis Paratene meant the hosts simply couldn’t match on the scoreboard. 

Coulton led the count for the Sea Eagles with one of his season-best displays of six goals, while O’Loghlin pushed out of the midfield to claim four. 

Paratene was also high in the goal-count with three majors to his name, while John Simos led the charge for the Diggers with a pair of goals. 

The Diggers mounted some long-range shots on goals, but were denied the six points by fingertips as the ball was repeatedly batted through for a single.

Earlier, the Diggers had gone down to the Moruya/Broulee Giants in the reserve grade match up. 

The Giants took charge from the outset to run out winners 13-8-86 to 2-1-13.

Michael O’Hanlon and Charles Aggenbach were the goal kickers for the Diggers as the visitors were led by Cameron Dorn with a seven-goal haul. 

The Merimbula women’s side faced a similarly challenging outing, as they went down to the Giants 9-5-59 to 1-2-8.

Kiarna Woolley-Blain was the sole goal-kicker for the hosts as the Giants proved too dominant out of ruck contests for the Merimbula side to contain. 

This weekend is the final round of the home and away season with the Diggers playing host to the Narooma Lions in all three senior grades. 

The reserve grade clash goes ahead at Berrambool Oval from 11.50am.