A number of missing key players appears to have hurt the Tathra Sea Eagles, who got hammered by the Pambula Panthers on Saturday.
The Tathra squad were missing a number of key players for the Sapphire Coast AFL’s mega-round featuring a slew of games all held at Bermagui’s Dickinson Oval.
Tathra was under the pump from the outset as the Pambula Panthers put forward their full contingent and dominated play.
The Panthers capped off the round with a comfortable 21-16-142 to 6-13-49 result.
The Panthers already had a hold of the scoreboard at the first break, leading 35-7 and leading by almost 50 points at the main break.
With Gartside out, goal-scoring potential fell back to some of the Sea Eagles mid-fielders with Troy O’Loghlin heading up scoring efforts with three majors.
Meanwhile, there appeared to almost be a rotation of goal scorers for the Panthers with six individual players kicking two or more goals for the club.
The best of the bunch were Stephen Butterworth with five goals and Finley Cooke with four.
The Panthers were also able to outscore the Sea Eagles in each of the four quarters on the day, extending their lead up to the final siren.
The Panthers are now a clear second in the Sapphire Coast AFL competition, nipping at the heels of the Narooma Lions just four competition points behind the ladder-leaders.
This weekend, the Panthers play host to the Bermagui Breakers, while the ladies host the Bombers.