WOLLONGONG Bulldogs made good use of their home town advantage over the Bomaderry Tigers on Saturday as they narrowly defeated their southern opponents 102-86 at Keira Oval for round 15 of South Coast AFL.
The loss pushed Bomaderry down to fourth position in the competition ladder, with Northern Districts moving into third spot thanks to a 97-52 win over Figtree.
A first quarter lull is what let Bomaderry down in their match with Wollongong.
The Bulldogs were on top of the game from the opening whistle, and in the first quarter, kicked five goals to Bomaderry’s two to have them 33-15.
In the second quarter the Tigers staged a comeback and kicked five goals to the Bulldogs’ four to have them within 11 points of the lead at the break.
In the third quarter Wollongong crept further in front to take the score to 88-67.
Bomaderry finished strong with 19 points to Wollongong’s 14, but this was not enough to secure them the win.
The Blues were finally able to taste victory again thanks to a 109-17 win in the hometown clash with Albatross Demons at Tom Smith Oval.
Nowra started strong in the first quarter with five goals and continued their dominance until half-time with a 59-2 scoreline.
In the third quarter the Demons staged a bit of a comeback and kicked their only goal of the game, while restricting the Blues to just two of their own.
But in the fourth quarter Nowra returned to their usual form and added another 33 points to blow the score out to 109-17.
Nowra’s Taigen Dubbelde was on target and kicked five goals. He was well supported by Adam Weller with two.
Over at Jock Brown Oval Shellharbour City Suns led a stong attack against Port Kembla, taking the win 175-27.
In the final match of the round Northern Districts were just too good for Figtree 97-52.