ROUND 4 PREVIEW
Round 4 Fixtures…
Round 4 sees some cracking contests this weekend with Narooma hosting Tathra set to be the venue of the weekend!!
Merimbula v Eden (Berrambool Complex) 2:30pm
Narooma v Tathra (Bill Smyth Mem Oval) 2:30pm
BrouleeMoruya v Pambula (Kyla Park) 1:10pm
Bermagui v Bega (Dickinson Oval) 11:50am
Narooma v Tathra (Bill Smth Mem Oval) 1:10pm
Merimbula v Eden (Berrambool Complex) 1:10pm
BrouleeMoruya v Pambula (Kyla Park) 11:50am
Narooma v Tathra (Bill Smyth Mem Oval) 11:50am
Merimbula v Eden
The Diggers have looked a different team in 2018. After a solid performance in round one against Pambula, Merimbula went on to upset Narooma two weeks ago with Daniel Worden instrumental in both games this season whilst Lance Musgrave was the star up forward kicking four. Eden are coming off a couple of tough losses against Pambula and Narooma and will be looking to put in a good performance this weekend against Narooma. The Whalers welcome in Nathan Sheldon who missed last weekend. Player to Watch: Justin Burch, Back from a stint in Victoria, Burch will be looking to start well. Prediction: Merimbula by 25 points.
Narooma v Tathra
The Lions were back to their best last weekend in their comprehensive victory against Eden. After missing round 2 Tom Clarke was best on for the Lions and with Tyson Mikolic and Simon Mackie starring up forward, the Lions will have plenty of confidence as they host ladder leaders Tathra this weekend. The Sea Eagles stamped their ticket as premiership contenders in 2018 after a convincing win over Pambula last weekend. Sitting on top after three rounds, the Sea Eagles have another opportunity this weekend to test themselves against one of the premiers teams of the competition. Player to Watch: Marcus Shaw, Found space against Pambula and used the ball extremely effectively. Prediction: Narooma by 8 points.
Some big games on the cards this weekend in the women’s grade. The Whalers go into this weekend with some important outs that will give Merimbula some added confidence. The Diggers are looking for win number one this weekend although the Whalers will be looking to maintain their ladder leading position. In Bermagui the Breakers will look to make it two wins on the trot as they take on last placed Bega. The Breakers youngsters in Maddy Thornton and Molly Minett were fabulous last weekend and will be important again this weekend. In Narooma, it is match of the round with the Lions set to host the Sea Eagles. Both teams are undefeated in 2018 and have been impressive in 2018. After a year off Tyjana Blacka has been integral for the teams success and another big game will be needed this weekend. In the final match the Giants host Pambula in a game that could have big ramifications on the top four. After a tough loss to Narooma last weekend, the Giants will look to hand Pambula their third loss on the trot. Another loss for Pambula will see the club put themself in a tough situation early in the season. Player to Watch: Brooke Bragg, First year player for the Bermagui Breakers, Bragg has shown a toughness around the ball that Bermagui were missing in 2017. Bragg will be looking to impose her physical nature on the contest this weekend. Prediction: Bermagui, Tathra, Pambula & Eden.
BrouleeMoruya v Pambula (Kyla Park) 10:30am
Narooma v Tathra (Bill Smyth Mem Oval) 10:30am
Bermagui & Merimbula- Bye
Bermagui v Bega (Dickinson Oval) 10:30am
BrouleeMoruya v Pambula (Kyla Park) 9:10am
Tathra & Merimbula- Bye
Bermagui v Bega (Dickinson Oval) 9:10am
BrouleeMoruya v Pambula (Kyla Park) 8:00am
Merimbula v Eden (Berrambool Complex) 11:50am
Narooma v Tathra (Bill Smyth Mem Oval) 9:10am
It’s just the two games in the under 16’s this weekend with Bermagui and Merimbula having the bye. The Giants host Pambula this weekend in a game that should be highly competative. The Giants are yet to get a win in 2018 although a close loss last weekend to Narooma has the Giants confident of winning on home soil. Theodore Turner as well as Jack Hirst and Stuart MeGee will be important this weekend to combat the likes of Flynn Cook, Kynan Baker and Tom Kellar as Pambula look to maintain their place in the top four. The two top sides face off this weekend, with Narooma hosting Tathra in a match that will see just one undefeated team left in the under 16’s competition. Zac Harlow and Doug Stubbs have been important for the Sea Eagles although they will need to stop Harrison Bromwich who has been a standout for the Lions in 2018. Player to Watch: Jack Hirst, Hirst is a dynamic midfielder for the Giants who sees plenty of the ball on a week to week basis. Prediction: Giants & Narooma.
Like in the under 16’s, it is just the two games in the under 14’s this weekend with Merimbula and Tathra having the bye. In Bermagui the undefeated Breakers are set to take on winless Bega. The Bombers were much improved last weekend against the Giants and the Bombers are set to unveil Matthew O’Meara this weekend after making the switch from the Breakers. O’Meara will give the Bombers a large boost although Bermagui should still have enough firepower to keep the Bombers at Bay. In the second game of the weekend, the Giants host Pambula in what is the match of the round in the junior grades. Both sides come into the game undefeated and confidence for both teams are at an all time high after comfortable wins for both teams. The winner will believe that they are premiership contenders in 2018. William Seach has been outstanding for Pambula in 2018 and will be key again this weekend. Player to Watch: Elijah Turner-Collins, The Giant who was selected for the Stingrays last season has been oustanding for the Giants since and will be a key player in stopping some of Pambula’s key weapons. Prediction: Bermagui & Pambula.
After a last minute one point win last weekend against Bermagui, the Diggers made it two one point wins in two weeks against last years grand finalists. Merimbula will be looking to build their percentage this weekend as they take on Eden at home. The Whalers will be looking to get back to their round one winnning form this weekend as they look to keep proceedings close. After their one point loss last weekend, the Breakers host top of the table Bega Bombers who are flying high in 2018. Hamish Morrison and Jackson Parsons will be looking to build on their goal totals against Bermagui who have been sturdy defensively to date. In Narooma, the Lions got back on track last weekend in their win against the Giants. Tathra will be looking for win number one this weekend although will need to find someone to combat Jarra Weston who has starred in the ruck for the Lions in 2018. In the final match of the weekend, the Giants host the Panthers. The Giants are looking for win number one against a Pambula side who has been inconsistent over the past two seasons. Nate Woods starred in his first game back for the club last weekend and another big performance this weekend should see the Panthers claim the our points against the Giants. A young Giants squad, is building with confidence and win number one is not too far away. Player to Watch: Fegus Judd, The Pambula junior has been impressive for the Panthers in the under 12’s and 14’s and looks to be another Panther junior with a bright future. Prediction: Pambula, Merimbula, Narooma & Bega.