ALL five of the top teams in Shoalhaven Football’s first grade competition went a long way to cementing their finals places at the weekend, by securing important victories in round 11.
Pace-setters Gerringong, who are now 10-0 on the season, made light work of the Sussex Seahawks, winning 8-nil at Gerringong Oval – thanks to a hat-trick from Kane Rowe and braces from both Paul Gaffney and Rhyley Foenander.
“It was great to see the boys continue playing the strong football I know they are capable of, after a week off,” Lavington said.
“It’s easy to lose focus after the bye but we trained well and relished the opportunity of being back on our home turf.”
Following the win, the Breakers sit on top of the table with 33 points - five points ahead of second-placed Bomaderry, who chalked up their eighth win of the season at the weekend. At Bomaderry Oval, Nathan Aldridge’s Tigers defeated Manyana 4-nil, on the back of goals from Brendan Kellett (two), Tom Moffatt and Nick Evans.
“I thought all the lads played well against a tough opposition in Manyana,” Aldridge said.
“We controlled the game well and scored a few nice goals on the back of that dominance.
“Manyana had a number of strong chances themselves but our goalkeeper Scott Fagerlund pulled off a number of exceptional saves to keep his clean sheet intact.”
Reigning-premiers Culburra remain in third thanks to a hard-fought 2-1 win against Shoalhaven United – with Jack Miller and Doug Gray scoring the goals.
“Stephen Gray had probably his best game of the season on the left edge, causing havoc which led to our first goal form the spot,” Culburra coach George Kulcsar said.
“We dominated possession and probably should have score more goals but just couldn’t finish off the chances – which is also a credit to United keeper James Spackman, who played really well.”
Fourth-placed Illaroo used a Hayden Strand double to defeat Shoalhaven Heads-Berry 2-nil, while Huskisson gave themselves breathing room in fifth, by edging out St Georges Basin 2-nil – thanks to goals from Angus Blackmore and Luke Reid.
“Saturday was a great day for the club – getting wins in all three grades against local rivals Basin,” Huskisson coach Rob Hawker said.
“Our defence was outstanding again with Alex Boardman having a great game and Matt Capel continuing his outstanding form this year.
“The key difference between the teams was Paul Taylor in goals, who pulled off a few remarkable saves to keep another clean sheet.”