Whalers give Diggers the slip in wet

Forward leader: Alley Crowe clears the ball out of a contest with the Tathra Eaglettes, who the Whalers will face in a grand final rematch this Saturday.
Forward leader: Alley Crowe clears the ball out of a contest with the Tathra Eaglettes, who the Whalers will face in a grand final rematch this Saturday.

Ally Crowe is stepping up in a big way for the Eden Whalers, dominating play in a wet and scrappy outing against the Merimbula Diggers. 

The Diggers ladies were simply outclassed by the strong Eden outfit to go down by almost 80 points 11-13-79 to 0-1-1.

Play was physical and fast, but a little disjointed as marks were extremely hard to come by given the greasy and blustery conditions. 

It was here that Crowe shone, helping cover the goal square for the visitors to kick two goals for the Whalers alongside attacking forward Chelsea Cassie. 

Meanwhile, it was Eden goal-kicking prodigy Kamilla Grubesic still on top of the game, booting six goals. 

The Whalers fired out of the gates in the first quarter to score 26 points and then pressed the attack to lead by almost 40 at the main break. 

The club continued the pressure in the third and fourth quarters, kicking two goals in each

The Diggers proved too good for Eden in the wet on Saturday, but the reverse was true in the women’s clash. 

In a low-scoring encounter in driving winds and smatterings of rain, the Merimbula Diggers bested the visiting Eden Whalers 6-15-51 to 1-1-7.

Both the goal and the behind for the Whalers came in the third quarter after struggling to find any forward momentum against the Diggers. 

Jarrod Moore was the sole goal kicker for the visitors, while Dan Edwards led the charge for the host team, booting four goals on the day. 

The Diggers were largely in control from the outset, but even if the field were empty it would have been challenging to kick goals. 

With the Whalers providing good resistance the hosts weren’t able to gain any game-breaking momentum and took a 20-point lead at the first break. 

Then in the second quarter, despite a weight of possession, the Diggers were only able to extend their lead through a smattering of behinds. 

The Whalers came out of the blocks well in the third quarter to find their few scoring opportunities, but the Diggers soon resumed command of play. 

It was in the last quarter that the hosts sealed the result, kicking two goals and a couple of behinds to lock in a 50-point lead as the clock counted down. 

Despite the result, it was a good show of resilience from both clubs in appalling conditions where some sports were called off over the weekend. 

Officials commended the endeavour from both outfits in both senior games, particularly with such strong winds wreaking havoc on play. 

The Whalers will be hoping for better weather when they host the Tathra Sea Eagles on Saturday at the Eden Cricket Ground. 

This will be the first grand-final rematch between the Whalers and the Eaglettes in ladies with senior play from 1.10pm.