South kicks Sapphire out to sea

SOUTH Coast has once again proved they are the best on the coast at Australian football following a thrilling win over Sapphire Coast on Saturday at Nowra Showground.

Despite battling strong winds, South Coast were able to use them to their advantage with a 115-68 score line at the final whistle. 

With five players from the Bomaderry Tigers and one from the Nowra Blues, there was a big crowd at the showground to cheer on the representative team, which also had players from Northern Districts, University, Kiama and Figtree.

“We were quite confident as we had a pretty good side picked this year and we were also on home soil,” South Coast team manager Neville Hickmott said.

“But you never know – they could have come back determined to make amends for last year.” 

The first quarter saw South Coast against the wind and down 24-23.

But in the second quarter the home side were on target and used the wind to their advantage to kick six goals to Sapphire’s one and take the score to 62-31.

After a motivating half-time talk, Sapphire rallied in the second half and matched South Coast goal for goal in the third quarter.

However South Coast’s second quarter domination was too much for the visitors to come back from and the home side celebrated a 115-68 victory.

“They played well in the last quarter, we just finished better,” Hickmott said.

“It was a fairly physical game as both sides didn’t hold back. We were just a bit stronger and physical in clearances and stoppages.”

Kiama’s Michael Williams was awarded the AFLSC Joey Tatnell Medal for man of the match, just one vote ahead of Keegan Litchfield.

“It was a really good all round team effort,” Hickmott said.

“It was well coached and a great effort by all people involved.”

WINNERS: Bomaderry Tigers players Matt Ganderton and Brent Herdman (with ball) represent South Coast in their defeat of Sapphire Coast on Saturday. Photo: SHAREN BALAZIC

WINNERS: Bomaderry Tigers players Matt Ganderton and Brent Herdman (with ball) represent South Coast in their defeat of Sapphire Coast on Saturday. Photo: SHAREN BALAZIC

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