Sea Eagles sink claws into Merimbula Diggers

On baller: Elouise Russell works the ball forward for the Tathra Sea Eaglettes in their win over the Merimbula Diggers on Saturday.
On baller: Elouise Russell works the ball forward for the Tathra Sea Eaglettes in their win over the Merimbula Diggers on Saturday.

A single point separated the Sea Eagles and Diggers at half-time in Saturday’s senior encounter. 

By the three-quarter break, Tathra had the edge by six points. 

But by full time they had steamed home in an excellent display to down the Meirmbula outfit in the grand final rematch by 40 points 11-9-75 to 18-8-116. 

A huge portion of credit for Tathra’s final tally will be heaped on midfield prodigy Troy O’Loghlin, who booted a 12-goal haul and almost single-handedly kept pace with the Diggers on the scoreboard. 

The Diggers got the better of the Sea Eagles in the opening quarter by a slight margin, taking the edge 21-12 at the break. 

However, the Sea Eagles are almost accustomed to starting off the back foot, they seem to evaluate their opposition and then match them accordingly throughout the later stages of play. 

And this week was no exception as the Tathra outfit took a single-point lead at the main break and never looked back. 

Louis Coulton was still showing good form for the Eagles, scoring four majors for the club, while some new additions to the goal kicking list were added on the weekend. 

Blake Grant and Tom Marshmann both kicked a single apiece in a solid effort. 

Played at one of the league’s biggest grounds, the intimidating Berrambool Oval, Tathra captain Luke Taylor said the Sea Eagles revel in the extra space to move the ball around. 

He says it suits there fast-flowing style of football and it paid dividends for the Sea Eagles in a frantic final quarter that featured eight majors for the Tathra club. 

Best for the hosts were full forward Ian Radford and Scott Richmond, who both kicked three goals apiece. 

In the earlier women’s encounter, the Sea Eagles were relatively unchallenged by the new Merimbula ladies outfit. 

The Eaglettes stormed home with a convincing 14-12-96 to 0-0-0 result. 

The Tathra ladies exerted their ability to win most of the central clearances and quick accurate foward passes gave the front line troops plenty of shots on goal. 

Tyjana Blacka and Abbey Ellison both starred with three goals apiece, while Cassidy Alker chimed in with two to her name. 

The Sea Eagles are in good position on the competition ladder with Pambula and Narooma to chase down in the seniors’ draw.

The Lions are yet undefeated in the men’s comp. 

For the ladies, Narooma sits unbeaten, while Pambula and Eden shared a tie last weekend with Tathra currently holding fourth after their loss to the Whalers.