THE Figtree Kangaroos have claimed the 2017 Tom Smith Lightning Cup, after defeating hosts Nowra Albatross in the final.
At West Street Oval, the Kangaroos edged out the Vikings 4.2 (26) to 2.3 (15) in the decider.
To get to the final, the Vikings defeated both Dapto 7.3 (45) to 0.0 (0) and Port Kembla 3.6 (24) to 0.0 (0) in their pool A encounters.
In the final pool A encounter, Port Kembla defeated Dapto 9.6 (60) to 1.0 (6).
In pool B, Figtree won both of their games to porgress to the final.
They first defeated Bomaderry 5.4 (34) to 2.3. (15) before backing it up against South West Sydney 7.1 (45) to 3.3 (21).
Bomaderry won the final pool B clash 6.3 (39) to 0.2 (2) against South West Sydney
South Coast AFL teams will now finalise their pre-season preparations ahead of the season kick-off on April 1. The Vikings will host cross-town rivals Bomaderry in the opening round, with reserves start at 12.30pm, before first grade at 2.15pm.
Other round one first grade match-ups will see the Kiama Power host Northern Districts at Bonaira Oval, Figtree hosts Shellharbour at Figtree Oval and the Wollongong Lions host the Wollongong University Bulldogs at North Dalton Park.
In reserve grade, other matches in round one are as follows (all matches start at 12.15pm); Port Kembla will take on Ulladulla at Kully Bay Oval, Kiama host Northern Districts, Figtree take on Shellharbour and Wollongong Lions host University Bulldogs, with Dapto City having the bye.