Whalers get drop on Bega

The Eden Whalers, pictured in finals play last year, made a strong start to their 2021 campaign with wins over Bega.
The Eden Whalers, pictured in finals play last year, made a strong start to their 2021 campaign with wins over Bega.

The Eden Whalers have made a strong start to their Sapphire Coast AFL campaign with wins over the Bega Bombers in reserves and ladies over the weekend.

The Whalers welcomed the Bega outfit to the Eden Cricket ground and after a steady opening quarter in reserves, the hosts found their strides to run away with 14-13-97 to 3-1-19 result.

Earlier in similar style, the Whalers had secured the early result in the women's clash with an 11-7-73 to 5-3-33 finish.

In the reserves game it was Lee James leading the charge for the Eden club, kicking four majors, while Kate Mitchell's four goals also headed up the scoreboard in the women's clash.

Play had been steady in the opening quarter as both clubs found their footing with Eden kicking two goals to one to lead 15-7 in a tight hussle.

However, the Whalers opened the taps in the second quarter and were soon peppering shots on goals that overwhelmed the visiting club.

The hosts scored four goals to one with a couple of handy behinds to open up almost a 30-point lead by the major break.

A scoreless third quarter for the visitors while Eden found another four majors including good results from Liam Wilkinson, Brad Wills and David Jeffery who each finished play with two goals apiece.

The Bombers reeled in one goal in the final period, but the Whalers extended an already unassailable lead to bag another four goals and some behinds and finish the day with the strong margin.

Spencer Timms, Rhys Grewar and Matthew Owen were named Eden's best on ground for the day.

The scenario was incredibly similar for the Whalers women's roster who also had just a one-goal advantage coming out of the first quarter to lead Bega 18-12.

However, the three-time premiership winners hit their strides in the second quarter, needling six kicks through the big sticks to take a potent lead before the main break.

Mitchell's four-goal haul was well backed up by Alley Crowe with three and Rhiannon Richardson with two majors on her tally.

Sally Moylan and Kaela Barnes proved challenging to shut down when the Bombers did find some forward scoring opportunities, but early in the piece the Whalers had enjoyed a lion's share of the possession to dominate shots at goal.

By the second half, scoring steadied to one goal apiece in each of the last two quarters, but the early lead established by the Whalers was too much for Bega to contend with.

Teams will commemorate special Anzac weekend clashes on Saturday and the Eden Whalers will be in front of a home crowd to welcome the Bermagui Breakers on the day.

Women's at 11.50am and reserves at 1.10pm.