Whalers spark big win

On the run: An Eden Whaler - wearing the Bermagui Breakers jumper - makes a burst through the middle against the Tathra Sea Eagles. Picture: Seaspray Images.
On the run: An Eden Whaler - wearing the Bermagui Breakers jumper - makes a burst through the middle against the Tathra Sea Eagles. Picture: Seaspray Images.

The Eden Whalers handed Tathra a surprise loss on the weekend. 

However, the result was over-shadowed by both clubs coming together to honour long-standing Bermagui Aussie rules player Marcus Shaw. 

The Whalers donned Bermagui jumpers during their 17-13-115 to 8-8-56 win over the Eagles at Bermagui’s Dickinson Oval on Saturday. 

A Marcus Shaw commemorative seat was unveiled near the goal square in honour of the prolific goal-scorer for the Breakers.

A number of the Breakers club are representing Eden each week, so it was agreed at the start of the season to play a few games in Bermagui – and wear the Breakers’ colours. 

“It was a great way to honour Marcus’ legacy at the Bermagui club,”  Jarrod Moore said. 

“Eden and Tathra both got right behind it, and wearing the jumpers made the occasion a bit more meaningful,” he said. 

Eden stunned the Sea Eagles from the outset, bagging three first quarter goals, while the Tathra outfit could only land one to lead 20-9 at the first break. 

Nathan Sebire and Brayden Grimmond were the standouts for the Whalers with some fantastic fast passages of play ensuring good forward motion for the Whalers. 

The pair also featured on the scoreboard, kicking two goals apiece alongside Daniel Smith. 

It was the second quarter where the Whalers truly locked down their first win of the season, keeping Tathra scoreless, while piling on six goals of their own to lead 61-9 at the main break. 

Luke Grewar and Ben Thomas were the danger players with the boot, kicking four and three goals respectively. 

Tathra clawed back a little, but a resplendant final quarter from the Whalers ensured the result was safely going Eden’s way. 

The men’s victory capped off a pair of wins for the Whalers on the day as the women’s team enjoyed a successful round against the Giants at Tuross. 

The Whalers held a narrow lead early, but built to keep the Giants out of scoring position for the entire second half to win 8-8-56 to 3-3-21. 

Maggie Brown, Catherine Marino and Kate Mitchell all kicked individual goals, while Kamilla Grubesic kicked five to ensure a clean victory.

In other SCAFL news, the Narooma Lions have been selected to host the 2018 grand final, beating out interest from both Merimbula and Pambula.

Narooma Lions president Harold Mackie said the club is already in planning mode and hopes the home final might help the Lions break a premiership drought.

“It’s only the second time we’ve held a grand final in my 20-odd years at the club, so it means a hell of a lot, especially with our push for improved facilities at the moment,” he said. “There’s a real buzz around the club.