Diggers don’t slip up despite downpour

front lines: Seen here in an outing against the Pambula Panthers, the Merimbula Diggers proved too good for the Whalers in the wet on Saturday.
front lines: Seen here in an outing against the Pambula Panthers, the Merimbula Diggers proved too good for the Whalers in the wet on Saturday.

The Diggers proved too good for Eden in the wet on Saturday, but the reverse was true in the women’s clash. 

In a low-scoring encounter in driving winds and smatterings of rain, the Merimbula Diggers bested the visiting Eden Whalers 6-15-51 to 1-1-7.

Both the goal and the behind for the Whalers came in the third quarter after struggling to find any forward momentum against the Diggers. 

Jarrod Moore was the sole goal kicker for the visitors, while Dan Edwards led the charge for the host team, booting four goals on the day. 

The Diggers were largely in control from the outset, but even if the field were empty it would have been challenging to kick goals. 

With the Whalers providing good resistance the hosts weren’t able to gain any game-breaking momentum and took a 20-point lead at the first break. 

Then in the second quarter, despite a weight of possession, the Diggers were only able to extend their lead through a smattering of behinds. 

The Whalers came out of the blocks well in the third quarter to find their few scoring opportunities, but the Diggers soon resumed command of play. 

It was in the last quarter that the hosts sealed the result, kicking two goals and a couple of behinds to lock in a 50-point lead as the clock counted down. 

The Merimbula club didn’t have it all its own way, going down in the women’s game by almost 80 points 11-13-79 to 0-1-1.

The Diggers ladies were out-classed by the strong Eden contingent in a physical, but disjointed clash. 

Ally Crowe stepped up in a big way for the visiting Eden side when marks were hard to come by and ball contests became scrappy on the wet ground. 

Crowe helped cover the goal square for the visitors, kicking two goals alongside Chelsea Cassie. 

Meanwhile, it was Eden goal-kicking prodigy Kamilla Grubesic still on top of the game, booting six goals. 

It was a similar scenario in Narooma where the Lions proved too strong for the Tathra Sea Eagles in the senior men’s match, winning by 20 points. 

However, the ladies game in similar fashion favoured the visitors with the Eaglettes claiming a comfortable win over the Lions. 

The Panthers had a bye in the top grade, while the ladies side had a narrow four-point win over the Broulee/Moruya combine. 

The Pambula reserves had a faultless win over the Giants, bagging 99 points, while keeping the hosts scoreless with Angus Tarpey leading the charge with seven goals. 

The Panthers host Merimbula on Saturday.