THE unbeaten Narooma Red Devils flexed their muscles in the Major semi-final played at Narooma on Sunday easy accounting for the Eden Tigers by 36 points to nil.
Eden’s 1st half running into the strong wind was probably their best and at half-time appeared to be well in the game trailing by 14 points to 4.
Narooma had opened the game at a lively pace but could not convert their breaks into points early. Eventually in the space of ten minutes however they ran in three tries (Troy Beecham, Gene Willis, Grant Jessup) and a conversion to Drew Houston had them leading by 14 points to nil.
Right on half-time Eden scored through Mark Yalden to reduce the margin to ten points. The Eden camp would have been quietly confident with the wind behind them in the 2nd half.
Their defence had worked hard but they were having problems making breaks and their forwards were being held easily by the Narooma Pack.
Out wide Narooma were making yards as they pleased through Drew Houston and Troy Beecham and Eden had holes everywhere whenever Narooma moved the ball around.
Any chance Eden had of coming back were quickly snuffed out by Narooma in the 2nd half as they dominated everything and scored as they pleased.
Tries to Drew Houston, Gene Willis (2), Zeke Morton and Scott Lawrie and a conversion to Scott Lawrie had Narooma easy winners.
A consolation try to Eden’s Robert Horton in the last minute and Ian Smith’s Conversion saw the Final score Narooma 36 defeated Eden 10.
If Eden are to be a major threat to Narooma then they need to find a miracle between now and Grand Final Day.
Narooma are a side that would match any and are worthy Grand Finalists
After last weekends windy conditions lets hope we get better weather this weekend at George Brown Memorial Oval Eden for the Group 16 Preliminary Finals round.
In First Grade an injury ravaged Moruya Club head to Eden this weekend to challenge for a Grand Final Birth in their 1st year back in Group 16 Rugby League.
An effort that should be acknowledged by itself. In fact Moruya are competing in all three grades.
Forming their club on an amateur basis with no paid players and a club spirit that is tremendous the Sharks are showing the way. Whilst they are missing Michael Johnson, Michael Edwards, Justin Zutt, John Ivanoff and Paul Mercer with season ending injuries the sharks have come up with young players who will put their hand up and have a dig.
There win over Bombala was full of ticker and a never say die attitude and they will push Eden to the limit.
On the other hand Eden will be thinking what they can do to match Narooma and if they don’t turn up ready to play the full 80 minutes them could seem them having Mad Monday a week earlier then they expect.
Eden lacked any penetration against Narooma’s defence last weekend especially in the forwards and will appreciate playing against the lighter Moruya pack.
Out wide they have a match winner in Mark Yalden but too often he received the ball with the Narooma defence right on his doorstep. Ian Smith must return to Five Eight to provide some variety to the Eden attack, which was so predictable last weekend.
Moruya will look to Charlie Nye and Richie Bradbury for their attacking options and bring young Billy Halligan of the bench to make some breaks.
This game will depend who can win the opening exchanges and while Moruya will miss Justin Zutt if the can be in the game at half-time then Eden may be finishing the season early.
Again Moruya clash with Eden and this game will depend on selections. Eden should use Daryl Cruise in 1st grade but will probably leave him in reserve grade. Against Bombala he dominated the game and proved impossible for the Bombala Defence to stop. Moruya were unlucky not to beat the bulldogs last weekend and are confident that if they progress have the Bulldogs measure.
Eden have been solid all year and Bill (Batlow) Denham has been a great leader for them. He will again take the ball up and prove a handful for the defence.
Codey Smith is Moruya’s best attacking player and has plenty of pace but could be a 1st grade selection this week and Ken Goodsall at fullback scored three tries last week and will need watching.
This will be a good game and the outcome could depend on who is available after 1st grade selections.
Again Moruya front up this time to take on the under performing Bulldogs. Moruya have improved all year and will push the Bulldogs to the limit. If the dogs perform like they did last weekend then their season will be over.
They will look to Andrew Doyle and Kris Kent to take control but need their forwards to stand up and be counted.
Moruya will look to Keiran Stewart for their points and line breaks and the Bulldog defence needs to watch him closely.
This game will go to whoever comes out to play football and keeps their mistakes to a minimum.
The day bigins with the Under 18s kicking off at 11am/
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