CULBURRA easily disposed of an under-manned Huskisson outfit with an 8-nil win at Culburra Oval on Saturday.
Culburra coach Tony Gauci said the game panned out a little bit more like a training run, with most of Huskisson’s players having to back up after playing reserve grade.
In-form striker Corey Ryan opened the scoring for the home side after 10 minutes and added a second before half-time, giving them a 2-nil lead at the break.
The floodgates opened in the second half, with Ryan adding two more goals to take his tally for the afternoon to four, Jack Miller also scored a double, while Aaron Mason and Jayden Witt were the other goal-scorers.
Culburra coach Tony Gauci said the game never really reached any great heights, but was pleased with the result.
“All in all, I was very happy with the way the whole team played,” he said.
“But I take my hat off to Huskisson for sticking there and playing the full game.
“They always hung in there and made a good go of it.”
Gauci said he thought Corey Ryan, Aaron Mason and Kasey Kulscar were their best players on the day.
Short of a complete disaster, Culburra will finish as minor premiers as they are now nine points adrift at the top of the table.
They need only one point in their last three games to make it official, which Gauci is hoping they can do when they take on Illaroo next week.
Gauci wanted to let Shoalhaven United coach Trevor Skingle know he had two players out, but said that was nothing compared to how many Husky were missing.
Huskisson coach Ian Osterloh said it was always going to be tough with so many players out.
“We had two over 35s playing at the back and an outfield player from reserve grade in goals, so given what we had on the park, it could’ve been well over 10-nil,” he said.
“There’s not much we could do about it, but I’m hoping we’ll have a few back next week and pick up a couple more points before the end of the season.”