Panthers pummel Breakers

Panther Kyle Overend handballs to a teammate during the undefeated side's 100-point thumping of Bermagui on Saturday.
Panther Kyle Overend handballs to a teammate during the undefeated side's 100-point thumping of Bermagui on Saturday.

The undefeated Pambula Panthers have rolled to another convincing SCAFL victory, crushing the Bermagui Breakers by 100 points on Saturday.

Undaunted by the task of taking on Bermagui on their home turf without the injured Justin Pilgrim, the Panthers dominated the ruck and clearance right from the opening bounce en route to a 155-55 romp.

Kyle Turner was strong in the centre, with the Proctor brothers, Scott and Aaron, delivering precise balls into the forward 50.

The Breakers were kept goalless in the first term, with Tom Hammond leading the way with two early goals as the Panthers raced to a 24-3 quarter-time lead.

Bermagui attacked with renewed vigour upon the resumption, but Pambula’s defence soon readjusted to their tactics after leaking a couple of goals.

Four goals of their own, including a skilful evasive effort from Steve Abbott, sent the Panthers into the main break with a 35-point advantage.

Alex Hammond slotted through two early majors, while Kyle Overend and captain Adam Nelson continually repelled a determined Bermagui side, who refused to lie down.

A few injuries didn’t slow the ladder leaders down as play entered the final term up 90-34, and they piled on nine goals to maintain their unbeaten run.

Tom Hammond led the way in the goal-kicking department, finishing the encounter with six to his name, while Sean Smith, Mitchell Cameron and Scott Richmond all added three of their own.

For Bermagui, the result means they relinquish their share of equal second, with that position now held outright by the Merimbula Diggers, who easily accounted for cellar dwellers Eden 165-16 on Saturday.

Meanwhile, continued pressure and quality play saw the under 13s Panthers keep the pressure on ladder-leading Merimbula, with a 44-25 win at the Bermagui Football Ground earlier in the day.

Solid teamwork and standout performances from defender Josh Stewart, and midfield duo Flynn Cook and Finley Cooke were the highlights for Pambula, who are just one win off the pace with three rounds remaining.

The club has thanked the senior team for their help and encouragement of the junior sides, who thoroughly enjoy their presence.

The Panthers travel to Bermagui on Saturday for the next round of SCAFL action.


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