Pambula Panthers pounce on premiership wins

Man of the match: Pambula's Aaron Proctor fends off a tackle attempt from two of the Narooma Lions during the senior grand final.
Man of the match: Pambula's Aaron Proctor fends off a tackle attempt from two of the Narooma Lions during the senior grand final.

The Pambula Panthers have stolen the show in the SCAFL grand final. 

Many pundits were banking on the Narooma Lions in the senior clash, but the Pambula side upstaged their rivals to clinch the premiership 17-15-117 to 7-8-50.

Earlier, the Panthers had also claimed the spoils in development grade 7-5-47 to 3-3-21.

The Panthers set the stage for their triumph early, launching into play at full pace to win a number of early contests and outscoring the Lions four goals to two. 

The runaway began with Jordan Pilgrim flying high to win a number of mark contests with support through the middle from Shannon Butterfield, Ian Smith and Jake Taylor. 

From there, the troops had solid movement out of the middle and accurate shots on goal up front where Tyson Nunn, Sean Smith and Mitch Cameron were working hard to contain the Lions within their own 50. 

Coming out of the backs, Dylan Cook and Charlie Shepherd were impeccable with some great contests in the air and long range kicks towards goal. 

Meanwhile, Pambula on-baller, Aaron Proctor was named man of the match after a stellar display, battling to keep Narooma out of his defensive 50, while also pushing play forward well out of the central clearances. 

By the main break, the Panthers had kept the scoring ratio of two-to-one and things were looking shaky for the Lions. 

The Lions fired back in the third, but the Panthers mounted even more pressure to continue their scoring six goals to three and a chasm began forming on the scoreboard as the Panthers surged to a 44-point buffer by the break. 

Officials praised Hamish Wenczel, Jono Di-Donato, who muscled up well in ball contests, while Tom Keath was also praised for some top form. 

The development grade result hinged on Pambula’s impeccable defence and the man of the moment was Ryan Becker, who provided a seemingly impenetrable wall against the Lions. 

Becker was named man of the match for his strong contests on the ball and excellent marking of Narooma’s forwards. 

Thanks to some great movement out of the backs and through the middle, the Panthers had kept the Lions to just a single goal by the main break, while piling on four for themselves. 

Joel Lansky and Stephen Brown proved troublesome to contain out of the Narooma camp, but the Panthers proved up to the task keeping the Lions quiet until the final quarter. 

The Lions found a pair of goals, but were behind the eight ball as the Panthers counted down the clock for the win. 

In the 16s, Merimbula staged a massive second half turnaround to keep Pambula scoreless and clinch the win 

The Panthers also claimed the 13s with a three-point win over Bermagui.