Some big games in Round 5 this weekend in the Sapphire Coast AFL. The match of the round this weekend will be Eden hosting Tathra in the Women’s grade!!

Round 5 Fixtures…

Eden v Tathra (Eden Football Ground) 2:30pm
Pambula v Merimbula (Pambula Sport Complex) 2:30pm
Narooma- Bye
Pambula v Merimbula (Pambula Sport Complex) 1:10pm
Bega v Bermagui (Roy Howard Field) 1:30pm
Narooma v BM Giants (Bill Smyth Mem Oval) 2:30pm
Eden v Tathra (Eden Football Ground) 1:10pm
Pambula v Merimbula (Pambula Spor Complex) 11:50am
Narooma v BM Giants (Bill Smyth Mem Oval) 1:10pm
Tathra- Bye

Round 5 Preview
Eden v Tathra
After a comprehensive victory over Pambula two weeks ago, the Sea Eagles were brought back down to earth in the wet last weekend in their loss against the Narooma Lions. The Sea Eagles will be confident that they can get back on track this weekend as they take on the winless Eden Whalers. The Whalers were much improved last weekend, taking it too the Diggers and will be looking to do so again this weekend. Joshua Brown has been lively for Eden in 2018 bringin quickness to the Whalers lineup. Player to Watch: Louis Coulton, Has fast made his way forward to be the Sea Eagles most important player, playing across the half forward/wing. Has been important all season. Prediction: Tathra by 30 points.

Pambula v Merimbula
it is tight up the top in the senior men’s grade in 2018 with Pambula, Merimbula, Narooma and Tathra all on 8 points for the season. The Panthers have wins over Eden and Merimbula in 2018 although the club has not hit top gear yet in 2018. The Diggers have been much improved in 2018 and the club has been led by Daniel Worden, Dylan Jordan and Jamie Hamblings good form. The ruck contest between Harrison Peters and Jack Burch will be one to watch this weekend with the contested possessions to be extremely important in who comes out on top this weekend. Player to Watch: Cameron Farrell, One of the Diggers unheralded players although puts in 100% every match. Prediction: Pambula by 26 points.

One of the biggest matches of the weekend as well as the season will be when the two top sides of Eden and Tathra go head to head this weekend. Both teams are undefeated in 2018, and although this will be a big game, both clubs will know that it matters most come September. Sam Crowley and Kamilla Grubesic have been huge for the Sea Eagles and Whalers up forward and both players will be two to watch this weekend. The Bermagui Breakers are flying high in 2018, with two wins and the youthful Breakers should make it three wins as the team travels to Bega this weekend. Bermagui are playing tough skillful football as they look to play finals in 2018. In Pambula the Panthers will be looking for two wins on the trot after a four point last weekend against the Giants who have pushed the top teams in 2018. The Diggers are yet to get on the winners list this season and will need to be at their best this weekend to take the four points against Pambula. Claudia Ferguson has been a good acquisition for the Panthers in 2018 being one of the top rucks in the women’s competition. In the final match of the weekend the Narooma Lions host Broulee Moryuya in what is set to be a tight and hard fought contest. The Giants need four points this weekend to keep their finals hopes alive early in the season. Player to Watch: Luxmi Selvakumaran, The foundation Giant has been impressive for the Giants this season. A big game will be needed this weekend to get the Giants the four points they so desperately need. Prediction: Bermagui, Tathra, Pambula & Broulee Moruya.

Round 5 Fixtures…
Under 16’s
Pambula v Merimbula (Pambula Spor Complex) 10:30am
Narooma v BM Giants (Bill Smyth Mem Oval) 11:50am
Bermagui v Tathra (Roy Howard Field) 11:50am
Under 14’s
Bega v Bermagui (Roy Howard Field) 10:30am
Pambula v Merimbula (Pambula Sport Complex) 9:10am
Tathra v BM Giants (Roy Howard Field) 8:00am
Under 12’s
Bega v Bermagui (Roy Howard Field) 9:10am
Pambula v Merimbula (Pambula Sport Complex) 8:00am
Eden v Tathra (Eden Football Ground) 11:50am
Narooma v BM Giants (Bill Smyth Mem Oval) 10:30am

Round 5 Preview
Under 16’s
Some big games in the under 16’s this weekend. In Bega the Bermagui Breakers take on the Tathra Sea Eagles in what should be a pulsating contest. Tathra fell short last weekend against the top of the table Narooma although Zac Harlow and Tullen Ford have been good for Tathra. Coming off the bye, Bermagui will be looking to build on their round 3 win. In Narooma, the Lions host the Giants. The Lions will be looking to make it 4 wins from 4 whilst the Giants will be looking to build on their first win of the season from last weekend. In the final match of the round, Pambula host Merimbula with the Diggers looking for win number one. The Panthers will want to bounce back from last weekends loss and their is nothing sweeter than a win against local rivals. This one is set to go the distance with both teams to leave nothing left on the field. Player to Watch: Jacob Overend, The Merimbula midfielder saw plenty of the ball the last time out against Bermagui. Prediction: Narooma, Tathra & Pambula.

Under 14’s
Coming off of the bye, the Merimbula Diggers’ task of getting their first win for the season doesn’t get any easier with the Diggers travelling to Pambula to take on the unbeaten Panthers. Pambula are coming off a solid win against top four side Broulee Moruya in the rain whilst the Diggers will be fresh from the bye. Bega sees a double header this weekend with Tathra and Broulee Moruya set to meet for the first time this season. The Giants were outmatched last weekend although the Giants will go into the match as favourites against the winless Tathra side. The Giants Sam Thomas has bee instumental for the club whilst Khama Geisler has led the way for the Sea Eagles. In the second match of the double header, the Bega Bombers host Bermagui. The Bombers were highly competative against the Breakers last weekend in the rain and the side will be hoping that the dry conditions will help them further in knocking off the top side. Watch out for the Butcher brothers in this one as they have been great for the Bombers in 2018. Player to Watch: Emille Turville, Showed great speed for the Bombers in last weekends clash breaking out of the middle regularly. Prediction: Bermagui, BM Giants & Pambula.

Under 12’s
It was a tough weekend of football last weekend for the juniors with strong wind and driving rain at all venues across the competition. Teams will be looking forward to dry conditions this weekend with some important matches on the cards. After a tough round 2 loss, the Pambula Panthers have won two straight and sit just outside the top 4. This weekend will be a tough contet for the club as they take on cross town rivals Merimbula who are yet to lose in 2018. Nate Woods has been pivotal for the Panthers recent form and a good match this weekend will see his side push the ladder leaders. In Narooma, the Lions have been dominant after a round 2 loss to Merimbula beating the Giants and Sea Eagles in consectutive weeks. The Lions host the Giants this weekend who are without a win in 2018. The Lions have been putting up big scores in recent weeks with Frank Friskin and Hudson Bromwich up top of the leading goal kicker tally. The Giants have improved each week in 2018 and will look to keep that trend going this weekend. In Bega the Bombers host the Bermagui Breakers. The Breakers got the better of the Bombers in driving rain last weekend with a hot start and whoever gets off to a good start this weekend should have the upper hand. Jackson Parsons has been the player to watch for the Bombers whilst Lachlan Moresi will be looking to have a big game before the PSSA carnival in Batemans Bay next week. The final match of the round sees Eden host Tathra. After a round 2 win, the Whalers have dropped their last two although the team knows if it produces their best they can keep Tathra winless to start the season. The youthful Sea Eagles will be confident of causing an upset away from home this weekend. Player to Watch: Hudson Bromwich, the Narooma junior kicked 5 last weekend, which is unheard of in the under 12’s competition. Will be looking to add more. Prediction: Bega, Merimbula, Eden & Narooma.