IT was a tough round for the Shoalhaven teams this week as round three of the South Coast AFL was played and the Bomaderry Tigers, Nowra Blues and Albatross Demons all suffered losses.
The Demons stepped back up to first grade this season after taking out the reserve grade premiership in 2013.
However their first grade welcome back has proved difficult and Saturday’s game against the Northern District Tigers was no different.
The Demons had a home game at Tom Smith Oval but this seemed to be to little advantage as they kicked just two goals to Northern District’s 15.
Despite providing fair competition for Northern Districts in the first and second quarter, by the third the Tigers had established a 55 point lead, which only grew from there.
Albatross remained scoreless in the last two quarters, with the visitors kicking 11 goals to take the win 117-17.
Albatross’ Dale Richardson kicked the two goals for his team, with strong performances from Christian Lucas and Jonty Kelly.
Over at Kully Bay Oval, Nowra is still searching for their first win after suffering a narrow 59-51 loss to Port Kembla.
The first three quarters saw port establish a clear lead, and three goals in the third quarter saw the home side lead 52-24.
However in the fourth quarter Nowra were on the warpath, and sensing a possible win, stepped up their efforts.
This paid off with Nowra kicking four goals as a part of 27 points to Port’s seven points.
Despite this, the final whistle came too soon and Nowra was just nine points off the win with the final score going to Port 59-51.
Over at Artie Smith Oval the Bomaderry Tigers threw away an 11-point lead going into the fourth quarter to remain scoreless in the fourth and lose to Kiama 61-43.
In what was a see-sawing affair, Bomaderry were down 21-15 after the first quarter.
However the Tigers kept Kiama goalless in the second, whereas 10 points to Bomaderry had them in the lead.
A further three goals in the third quarter had Bomaderry looking like it was their day.
However Kiama was saving their best performance to last and kept Bomaderry scoreless in the fourth to overtake them and claim the win 61-43.
In the final match of the round at West Street Oval, Figtree made their way to a crushing 115-43 win over Shellharbour City.