The Eden Whalers senior Aussie Rules squad travelled to Tathra for the umpires appreciation round of AFL.
However, the visitors were unable to crack it for the first win of the season, going down by 106 points.
Club spokesman Harry Weatherman said the game “started out well for the Whalers” with Scott Munday kicking a goal in the first minute, but the Sea Eagles replied very quickly.
“Tathra then kicked another five in the first quarter without the Whalers being able to reply,” Weatherman said.
Dylan Wallace, back in the Whalers jumper, was rucking well and contesting at every opportunity around the ground.
It looked pretty dim for Eden, with Tathra controlling the first quarter having 17 shots at goal to Eden’s one.
Munday kicked his second goal early in the second quarter with a banana kick curving in from the boundary line.
Weatherman said the wind started to take its toll.
“This was to be followed up with Ian Merrington having two kicks at the big sticks, but both were affected by the blustery wind coming off the ocean.”
Tathra continued their good use of the ball throughout the quarter.
Near the end of the term Damian Stackpole, a new player to the Whalers, added another goal.
However, it wasn’t enough to get closer to the Sea Eagles and they led 71-21 at halftime.
Weatherman said training drills started to show as the game advanced.
“The Whalers showed some of the skills they have been working on at practice and had a string of five accurate passes to be finished off with a goal through Stackpole for his second of the game,” Weatherman said.
“Shane Clohesy had a big task at fullback for the day.
“Playing on a much larger man kept him down to a minimum of goals.
“Shane did learn that kick outs after points do not go down on his ‘dream team’ statistics,” Weatherman said.
Ryan Turnbull also was in good form in the back line.
At three-quarter-time Tathra led by 64 points and the aim thrown out by coach Greg Hooper was to outscore Tathra in the final session.
‘Sure shot’ Pete Russell kicked a goal from a snap shot and Lachlan Rooney kicked his first senior goal in AFL football in the last quarter.
“That was the finish of scoring for the Whalers, while the Sea Eagles put on seven more,” Weatherman said.
As the final siren sounded, Tathra had jumped ahead to a 100-point margin at 21.26(152) points to Eden’s 6.10(46).
However, Weatherman said the club took away some good points from the game.
“It was exciting to see Crusher [Turnbull] dash up the wing like a gazelle, having five bounces and then an accurate pass to a player in the forward line,” he said.
“There was a big effort from Ben Seide and Shane Agnew all day moving around the ground.”
Award winners for the Whalers were; Coles best on ground Dylan Wallace; Eden Motor Group, Ben Seides; IGA, Scott Munday; Eden Radiator, Shane Agnew; Cass’s lunch to Shane Clohesy; Golden Ocean, Pete Russell; Turnbull family, Dylan Wallace; Fishermens Club, Ryan Turnbull; and Bendigo Bank encouragement award to Lachlan Rooney.
This Saturday is a home game against the Pambula Panthers at the Eden football field.
The game starts at 2.15pm.
“Come down and watch the Whalers do battle with Pambula,” Weatherman said.