Bermagui Breakers crack under Panthers' pressure

• Owen Ford looks to handball to a team-mate during the Breakers match against the Pambula Panthers on Saturday.
• Owen Ford looks to handball to a team-mate during the Breakers match against the Pambula Panthers on Saturday.

THE Bermagui Breakers were crushed under a strong showing from the Pambula Panthers on Saturday.

The Sapphire Coast AFL clash saw the Panthers pick up a win at home by more than 200 points with a final score of 34.24 (228) to Bermagui’s 2.2 (14). 

Breakers president Tim Holdsworth said a lack of numbers had a negative impact on the day. 

“We went in with a very depleted side,” Holdsworth said. 

“We expected to be right up against it because we were under-gunned.”

Holdsworth said the club suffered some minor injuries during training that affected the playing roster. 

“We copped a couple of injuries during the week at training, but it was personal reasons mostly [for the low numbers on Saturday].”

However, the injuries shouldn’t impact heavily on the game this weekend against Eden. 

“They should be right for Saturday, we hope to get them back in for this week.”

Holdsworth agreed with the sentiment of other clubs that Pambula is the pinnacle of the league this year. 

“They are definitely the benchmark, they played very good football,” he said. 

Some clubs have had woes facing Bermagui at home, but Holdsworth said the Breakers enjoyed playing on the large Pambula ground. 

“With the team we had in, we knew where we were going to be on the day, but we look forward to playing on the bigger ground.

“It’s a different style of football and the boys enjoy it,” he said. 

From the outset play favoured the home side, but Holdsworth said he was impressed by a strong effort from the Breakers. 

“The club as a whole is extremely proud of the Breakers. 

“They just put their heads in and gave it their all, it was great just to field a side to be honest,” Holdsworth said. 

The club is looking for redemption on Saturday when it meets the Eden Whalers. 

“We’ll come off the back of this and be looking for a win on Saturday,” Holdsworth said. 

“Eden are always tough, they’re never a walkover – we’ve got a lot of respect for them and we look forward to the challenge,” he said. 


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