Eagles fight through wind and rain to help

In-form: Dennis Paratene is one of the emerging in-form players for the Sea Eagles heading into finals says his captain.
In-form: Dennis Paratene is one of the emerging in-form players for the Sea Eagles heading into finals says his captain.

The Tathra Sea Eagles raised about $7000 to help Emma Orr on Saturday. 

Emma plays for the Sea Eaglettes women’s side, but has recently been hit by a devastating brain cancer diagnosis, so the club rallied quickly to help with the medical costs. 

“Tathra town did itself proud supporting the Eagles’ Day for Emma and a total of about $7000 was raised,” a spokeswoman for the club said. 

Senior captain Luke Taylor echoed the sentiment, adding that despite appalling weather in icy winds and showers, “the people of Tathra still turned out in droves”. 

Emma is keeping a positive attitude and featured on Saturday, kicking her maiden goal for the club. 

“The Football Club sincerely thanks everyone for their help,” the spokeswoman said. 

“To top off the day, it was great to see Emma’s family over from Wagga to watch her kick a couple of goals.

“I think her Dad even had a tear in his eye,” she said. 

The Eaglettes claimed a comfortable win over the Breakers 13-16-94 to 1-4-10.

Meanwhile, Taylor said helping Emma just added more incentive for an already hungry senior side. 

“We always put our hand up to do anything we can for someone like that in the community,” he said. 

“It was a fantastic day to support her and that really spurred a few of the boys on.”

He commended Frog and Val Little alongside the committee and Tathra businesses who had done so much work to raise the money to help with Emma’s medical costs. 

On the field, both the Eaglettes and the seniors claimed the result over the Bermagui Breakers. 

The seniors conquered the Breakers 15-17-107 to 9-13-67.

But this has extra relevance for the seniors, who will again host Bermagui in the opening round of finals. 

“They were really good last time we played them so it was good to see the big turnaround,” Taylor said.

“We played a solid game against Merimbula to put is in good stead for this week and if we continue this form we’ll give the finals a really good shake.”

The Sea Eagles like to see a good team-wide effort, but Taylor said there were some stepping up. 

“Dennis Paratene is taking his game to a new level, his last month has been fantastic,” Taylor said. 

“And Troy O'Loghlin has lifted again, I think he smells that finals in the air and he's come to the party.”

Saturday’s win locks in third place for the Sea Eagles,. while the Eaglettes have finished as minor premiers, holding a two-point lead over Eden. 

Tathra will host Bermagui again on Saturday for the minor semi-final.