Eagles down Panthers to take lead

The Pambula Panthers lost a close battle with Tathra on Saturday, while the Diggers had a standout goal kicker to win over Narooma.

At the Pambula Sporting Complex the Panthers and the Sea Eagles went into the contest both undefeated with the Sea Eagles battling out a close win 12-6-78 to 10-8-68.

The Sea Eagles got a couple of early goals ahead in the first quarter, but it took two quick fire options for Pambula to fire back with two goals of their own to trail by just one point.

However, it was a low-scoring second quarter and a five goal haul by Tathra in the third that established a 20 point rift between the clubs heading into the final period.

The Panthers rallied to out-score the visitors four goals to two in the final quarter with Tom Hammond finishing the day with three majors, while Josh Fountain had two.

Unfortunately for the Panthers, Tathra's two goals in the last period helped them hold the advantage to win by 10.

Jordan Mundey, Tom Ferguson and Keegan Burhop were among the best on ground for the Panthers where midfield battles had decided a majority of the possession through play.

Out of the visiting camp, Mitch May and Shayne Rettke were some of the top performers, while Jack Hukins and Troy O'loghlin both had three goals apiece.

Meanwhile, a seven-goal haul by Merimbula's Dylan Jordan led the Diggers to a good result over the Narooma Lions at Berrambool.

With Jordan leading the charge on the scoreboard, the Diggers secured a 10-7-67 to 7-9-51 result.

While the Lions are known for their speed, the visitors found few answers to Merimbula's tall long-range kickers with Jordan and Daniel Worden both featuring as some of Merimbula's best alongside pace on-baller Tom Adams.

Thomas Hodge and Harrison Bromwich were among the best performers out of the Narooma camp, but the Lions still left to rue a third straight loss following the result.

This weekend the Diggers and the Panthers come together again for a local derby at the Berrambool Oval with first bounce in seniors at 2.30pm.

A Pambula Panther gets a kick into the forward lines during a ball contest in the close battle with Tathra on Saturday.

A Pambula Panther gets a kick into the forward lines during a ball contest in the close battle with Tathra on Saturday.