The Eden Whalers faced some stiff opposition in the Pambula Panthers on Saturday.
The early favourites for the women’s premiership, the Whalers were cut short and kept to a draw against the Pambula ladies in a 5-4-34 to 4-10-34 result.
The Whalers were under-strength without gun midfielder Kamilla Grubesic, but it was kicks fading wide that caused the most grief for the visitors on the day.
The Whalers used their speed, fitness and strong tackling prowess to gain good possessions of the ball and even take more shots on goal.
But by the final siren, six more shots than the Panthers had drifted wide to settle as single-pointers.
However, the Whalers were still capable at sharing the workload with each of the four goals scored kicked by separate players.
Team-mates congratulated Rhiannon Richardson, Kate Mitchell, Tammy Whitford and Chelsea Cassie, who all booted a major each.
For the hosts it was full forward Mel Leach leading the way to kick a pair for the Panthers.
The visiting side had shown its dominance in the competition throughout the early stages, taking a 13-1 lead at the first break before holding a 10-point buffer at the main break.
Unfortunately for the Whalers, the Panthers were able to fight back into the dying stages and had a lead as the clock died down.
However, Eden slotted a goal neatly in the dying minutes to secure the drawn result.
Unfortunately, the senior squad took a pummeling at the hands of the Panthers.
The hosts had a stranglehold of the game from the outset as they ran home a 36-6-222 to 4-2-26 result.
There was a flood of goal kicking opportunities for the Pambula line up that they capitalised on with a dominant display from the forward line.
There were two main destroyers emerged from the pack as the frontmen took control with Jake Taylor kicking 11 goals, while Dylan Cook kept pace on nine majors to score a majority for the club.
Pambula was in control from the outset with a 40-point buffer at the first quarter as the margin just extended in their favour throughout.
Ben Thomas was one of the best for the visitors, kicking two majors for the Whalers.
This weekend, the Whalers will be at home to the Narooma Lions in senior play.
Meanwhile, the ladies will take on the Broulee/Moruya Giants roster.
The under 11s and 13s will also take on the Giants with play from 9.10am.
Women’s at 1.10pm and seniors at 2.30pm.