Diggers take charge on SCAFL leaderboard

A Panther gets a kick away during round one, with the club going down to Narooma by just two behinds on Saturday, while the Diggers have claimed top of the ladder.

A Panther gets a kick away during round one, with the club going down to Narooma by just two behinds on Saturday, while the Diggers have claimed top of the ladder.

After just two rounds of the Sapphire Coast AFL season, the Diggers are emerging on top.

The Merimbula senior side is the only team to post a flawless two-win record after comfortably downing the Eden Whalers over the weekend.

The Diggers scored a decisive victory 17-17-119 to 2-1-13 at Merimbula's Berrambool Oval on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Pambula faced the Narooma Lions who showed a remarkable return to form and were able to turn the Panthers away with a narrow win by just two points.

At the Pambula Sporting Complex, the Panthers went down 13-7-85 to 13-9-87.

The Diggers had something of a field day against the Whalers where Matt Molkentin led the charge on the scoreboard bagging four majors up the front for the host team.

Not to be outdone, Reece Moulden scored three, while Wade Edmed, Jamie Hambling and John Simos each kicked a pair.

The Diggers opened to a steady start, kicking a capable three goals in the first period before adding a further three in the second quarter.

Some shots strayed wide and the behind count piled up quickly.

The hosts led by 41 points at the main break and there was still potential for Eden to field a remarkable comeback.

However, the Diggers locked out any chance in the third quarter, piling on eight goals and a handful of behinds to seal the result, taking a 91-point lead into the final period.

The domination continued with a further three goals and a trio of behinds locking in the final scoreline for the club.

After their round one trouncing of the Lions, the result gives the Diggers a commanding presence in for and against as well with just 16 points posted against.

At Pambula the Panthers came within two points of closing a 17-point three quarter deficit against the Narooma Lions.

From the outset the teams appeared to be inseparable battling point-for-point with Pambula just one behind shy as both teams opened to a frantic pace kicking five goals apiece.

Narooma took a narrow 10-point lead at the main break, then extended in the third quarter despite a remarkable forward effort from Jonathan Di-Donato who bagged five majors for the Panthers.

Corey Tucker and Tom Ferguson were the other leading goal kickers for the Panthers with two each.

The Panthers piled on four goals to one, but a flurry of five behinds for Narooma was enough to maintain the tiny buffer.

Play will break for Easter with round three on April 27.