MOMENTUM for the Sapphire Coast AFL finals is pushing the Tathra Sea Eagles and the Bermagui Breakers when they clash on Saturday.
The Sea Eagles are looking to make their win record three in a row, while the Breakers are seeking redemption after a “shock” loss to the Bega Bombers last week.
Breakers presisdent Tim Holdsworth said the club aimed to reverse last week’s result.
“We had a bad day out and we’ve got to turn that around this week,” Holdsworth said.
Meanwhile, Tathra playing-coach Luke Taylor said he expected a tough game, but was happy about more consistency.
“Bermi will be looking to redeem themselves and we’ll be expecting a good match,” Taylor said.
“We’re getting a bit of continuity in our lists, but we’re not the only one with injuries,” he said.
Holdsworth said the Breakers didn’t have a home-field advantage over Tathra.
“Not against them, but each time we play it’s for the Jack Kenny Cup and it’s very passionate for both teams trying to take it home.
“We won it last time, so we want to retain it here in Bermagui this time around,” he said.
Injuries from Bermagui should be returning this week, including coach Brent Ohlin.
“Brent is the cornerstone of their side, but it is not only him, their captain Kane Fowler, if they get good support, they’re hard to shut down,” Taylor said.
“We’ll look to nullify them.”
Meanwhile, both teams will be looking to take control in the midfield.
“If we can take control in the midfield early and put a stamp of control on the game then we could put three on the trot, that’s our goal,” Taylor said.
Holdsworth had his own ideas.
“We’ll take out the spine and get control of the mid.
“I think we need work there if anything, but it is getting better every week.”
The Sea Eagles have been working on their up-and-coming young players.
“Our young guys are coming up and we couldn’t be more happy at the moment,” Taylor said.
“The senior guys sort of take care of themselves.
“It is always good to put a win over a club on their home ground and we’ll be looking to inflict that on Bermagui tomorrow.”
The club is also aiming at a strong start to the next season, after rebuilding its senior team this year.
“We’re trying to make sure these guys are ready for round one next year.”
Meanwhile, the Bermagui club is relishing in renewed success in second place on the SCAFL ladder, after pulling out of the comp last year.
“It’s not just for the seniors, but the junior development, which is key to the success of any club,” Holdsworth said.
“Our juniors are holding third place so that is equal, if not more important.”
The resurgence of the club to a powerful place on the ladder could have a positive outcome for recruiting next season, too.
“It might inspire people to sign on, success breeds sucess,” he said.