Whalers ladies fire into finals

Re-match: The Eden Whalers will face the Tathra Sea Eaglettes in the SCAFL major semi-final after capping off a win over Pambula on Saturday to finish second.

Re-match: The Eden Whalers will face the Tathra Sea Eaglettes in the SCAFL major semi-final after capping off a win over Pambula on Saturday to finish second.

The Eden Whalers women’s side capped off the regular SCAFL season with a strong win over Pambula. 

The Whalers comfortably claimed the spoils 9-10-64 to 1-2-8 to finish second overall close behind the Tathra Sea Eaglettes. 

Adriane Reardon and Chantel Gleeson had a good showing for the home side, but the Panthers just couldn’t match range and height with the tall Whalers’ ladies. 

Tammy Whitford proved the danger player for the Whalers, constantly breaking free of the pack to run in open space and set momentum forward where Kamilla Grubesic was finishing cleanly with her three-goal haul for the day. 

There was good pressure in the front lines from the Eden side as both Nicole Crowe and Maggie Brown chimed in with two goals apiece. 

The Panthers kicked their solitary goal in the opening quarter, while the visitors slotted a pair and a hanful of behinds to lead by 10 at the first break. 

The Whalers mounted increasing pressure in the later stages of the match, with the hosts finding just two behinds in the second quarter and going scoreless for the second half. 

Into the final quarter, the Whalers were able to lift further again to bag four goals with the Panthers now left trailing significantly. 

The Whalers finish second, just two competition points behind the Sea Eaglettes, but remain the competition’s leading point scorers by almost 200.

The Whalers ladies will get to enjoy a week-off before heading into the major semi-final against the Tathra outfit on September 2. 

Matches will be held at Narooma’s Bill Smyth Memorial Oval, while the minor semi-final goes ahead this Saturday at Tathra’s Lawrence Park. 

Unfortunately, the Eden seniors end their 2017 campaign at the bottom of the ladder after going down to the Panthers convincingly on Saturday. 

The hosts dispatched their visitors comfortably with the final tally sitting at 20-12-132 to 1-0-6.

Pambula piled on 34 points in the opening quarter, while the visitors were unable to post any shots at the goals through an outstanding middle performance. 

Justin Dickson and Charlie Sheppard were outstanding for the home side, while Jake Taylor continued his dominance in front of the goal square with a five-goal haul to his name. 

Club veteran Ian Smith chimed in well kicking three majors for the Panthers. 

Corey Spink was the standout for the visitors as one of the only players able to contend possession and push any play forward for the Whalers. 

Eden’s solitary goal came in the second quarter through Jordan Merkel, while the Panthers continued to ravage their guests on the scoreboard, booting a further three goals and a handful of behinds. 

The Sea Eagles will host Bermagui in Senior play on Saturday at Lawrence Park. 

Senior play from 11.50am.

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