Gerringong have moved back into the Group 7 winners’ circle following a 50-10 win over Albion Park-Oak Flats at Michael Cronin Oval on Sunday.
The Lions, wearing their special Indigenous themed jerseys in support of Reconciliation week and the Close The Gap initiative, took only minutes to register their first points when Nathan Ford produced a fine individual effort.
The hooker caught the Eagles’ defense napping and raced downfield, shrugging off cover defenders to cross, Joel Roberts converted for an early 6-nil lead.
The lead was doubled in the next set of six, the Lions moved the ball up field with ease before Kal Collins busted through the line and sent Rixon Russell in under the posts.
Roberts slotted the easy conversion for a 12-nil lead.
The more than point a minute run continued for the Lions when Corey Mulhall burrowed over for 16-nil after 12 minutes.
To the Eagles credit they didn’t let Gerringong have it all their own way and some determined running from Kyle Zimmerman led to Dean Gray going in under the posts.
Matt Carroll’s conversion narrowed the gap to 10 at 16-6.
However the Lions weren’t about to give the visitors the final say of the half and Collins, channelling his inner Steve Gearin, stormed onto a Patrick Cronin bomb to cross next to the posts.
Roberts’ conversion pushed the score to 22-6 at half-time.
Gerringong continued where they left off when play resumed, and after pressuring the Eagles’ line early they were rewarded when Lloyd Bowen crossed.
The home-side were soon celebrating another four pointer when Russell showed the speed that he is known for as he raced away for his double and moved the score to 30-10.
A run of penalties to the visitors gave them a chance to see if they could keep the score somewhat respectable and after some confusion on the goal-line they had their second try of the day when Simon Harris crossed.
Any glimmer of a comeback, however faint, was soon extinguished when Bowen powered his way over under the posts and Roberts followed suit he plucked an intercept and raced away.
Roberts converted both to make it 42-10.
Albion Park’s long day wasn’t over yet though, Bowen capped a fine game has he grabbed his third try for the day and Taylor Hudson rubbed salt in the wounds when he cleaned up a loose ball and strolled over to round-out the score at 50-10.
For Gerringong Ford, Russell and Bowen all played well, while Carroll, Kurt Holloway and Harris did all they could for the visitors.