THE Bega Bombers will face a tough task as they look to bounce back from last weekend’s loss, as they travel to Pambula to take on the ladder-leading Panthers on Saturday.
After missing out on the opportunity to secure a finals place when they lost to second-last placed Narooma last Friday, the Bombers are determined to book their spot.
Though they only need one win from their final three matches, senior coach Matt Fleet says they won’t be taking it easy.
“We know it’s in our hands, and we won’t be relying on other results going our way,” he said.
“It definitely doesn’t get any easier against Pambula this weekend.
“We’ll start favourites in our last game down at Eden, but apart from that, we won’t be favourites again.
“We’ve just got to take each game as it comes and make sure we keep improving each week.”
After enjoying the bye this weekend, another club who will be looking to get themselves back in the winners’ circle are the Bermagui Breakers.
Despite a 100-point hiding at the hands of Pambula, they will be playing finals football and currently sit just one win behind second-placed Merimbula.
A goalless opening term did the Breakers no favours against the Panthers, who refused to take their foot off the pedal and also piled on nine unanswered goals at one point in the final quarter.
They will be sure to come back with a vengeance when the two sides clash again next weekend, before ending the regular season at home to the Merimbula Diggers in a game that could potentially determine second place.
On the other side of the coin, the Tathra Sea Eagles are enjoying a solid run of form.
Before last round’s bye, they had picked up three consecutive wins, and will be on a mission to make it four on the trot when they host the Diggers on Saturday.
Currently in fourth spot and guaranteed of a finals berth with a win ratio of over 50 per cent, the resurgent Sea Eagles face the lower-placed Bega and Narooma in their last two regular season matches, making them a realistic chance to finish near the top of the pile.
In lower-grade action, cellar dwellars Bega have the bye, but will be looking to restore some pride against Merimbula next round.
The under 16s Bombers also occupy the bottom of the table with just two wins in 2014, but will have to wait for their next chance at a win due to a general bye round this weekend.
Meanwhile, the under 13s will go in search of their third win when they visit Pambula on Saturday, third-ranked Bermagui tackle Narooma.