Eden Whalers were defeated by Bermagui Breakers 25.10 (160) to 6.10 (46)
The Eden Whalers recruited heavily to hit the road and play the Bermagui Breakers on Saturday.
With only 12 players ready to play, the Whalers picked up some extras to send out 17 players.
Cam Brown, Matt Creswick and Tom Marsh were playing their first game for the Whalers this year.
The Whalers had a good first half but at the finish of the game were 114 points in arrears of Bermagui.
The opening quarter saw plenty of possession come Eden’s way.
Cam Brown was making his presence felt with plenty of kicks in to the forward line, but kicks were drifting behind when they could have been goals.
Josh Abbott nailed Eden’s only goal in the first quarter after a rare mis-kick by Pete Russell.
This was Abbott’s first goal and was well received.
Ryan “Crusher” Turnbull was working his way in to the forward line, at the same time Jaydn Spivey was working his magic with the ball.
Unfortunately for the visitors, Bermagui piled on four goals and held a solid lead at the first siren.
The second quarter started with Abbott taking a mark and giving a pass to Spivey, who nailed the goal from a tricky angle.
Creswick, taking the day off golf, took a strong mark and found Abbot for his second goal of the day.
Creswick was showing he had lost none of his skills he had learned “back in the day”.
The Breakers only scored one more goal for the quarter giving the Whalers some confidence that they were still in the game.
Eden coach Greg Hooper realised it could be difficult as many of the players had not played together, but was impressed with the endeavor the team was showing.
At half-time, the Breakers were ahead by only 26 points, which made it possible for a comeback.
However, the third quarter opened with a flurry of goals to the Breakers.
Abbott showed some good pace to gain possession and pass the ball to Russell, who then kicked an easy goal.
Again the Breakers were quick to reply, with three goals of their own.
Creswick took a strong mark off a Russell kick and nailed the goal.
The scoreboard left Eden with little chance of getting back in the hunt as the Breakers extended the lead to 70 points.
Kane Kirkby opened the final quarter well to take a strong mark and then pass the ball to Abbott.
But this time the kick only resulted in a point.
The only goal for the quarter was scored by veteran Paul “Plugger Kirkby from a kick at a difficult angle.
Plugger is working towards his 400 game milestone for the club.
The Whalers thanked the three players from Bermagui who swapped teams for the day to enable the game to proceed.
Award winners for Eden were; the Bi-Lo gift voucher Cameron Brown, Eden Motors Tom Marsh, Eden Carpet Cleaning Matt Creswick, Cass’s Corner Pete Russell, Eden Radiator Ben Seide, Eden Fishermens Club best on ground Cam Brown, Golden Ocean dinner Terry Grant, Bendigo Bank encouragement award John Halloran, IGA six-pack Jaydn Spivey and Naomi Turnbull goal kicking award to Josh Abbott.
The Whalers now have two weeks off and are looking forward to playing the Narooma Lions in Eden for their return.
Players are training eagerly and the club said it would include some different activites to keep players ready.