NAROOMA played the strong Merimbula Club in three grades at Bill Smyth Oval on Saturday. The first game to be played was the under 13 teams. Coach Peter Hodge has the Narooma team improving each week with now over 18 players training each week; although the Narooma team tried hard all day the Merimbula team ran out winners. Jerry Mason played well in his first game; Zalia Betts had a great game in defence; Chenoa Lyons kicked goals in the forward line; Lachlan Brennan won most of the taps; Tom Hodge had plenty of tackles; Tyson Wells, Rory Spurgeon and Ryan Rowley got plenty of kicks.
Narooma has the bye this week then play Bermagui at Bermagui and with Jackson Taylor returning could have a win.
The two top sides in the under 16 comp were next to play and after a great contest Narooma 9.5 defeated Merimbula 5.3. These two sides played some great football. All football lovers should go and watch these two teams play in the finals. Zak Martin played his best ever game in defence; Zak Brown kicked two goals while Charlie Stokes, Fred and Sebastian Hanneberry had plenty of possessions. Liam Clothier ,Zak Wilson, Jai Reed and Clifford Taylor had their usual strong games.
With 24 players in this age group training under Mick Clothier, the future looks good for the Narooma Lions AFL club.
In the final game of the day Narooma seniors took on second placed Merimbula and after a great first half the scores were even at half time, Narooma were looking for an upset. The next one and a half quarters was an even contest but as has happened all year the Narooma players ran out of steam, perhaps the senior players should take a leaf out of the juniors and realise to win games you must train, the final scores in a very entertaining match was Merimbula 17.13 to Narooma 12.10.
Youngster Jesse Alaimo was Narooma's best player kicking four goals. Steve Brown also kicked four goals; Jason Sauiluma, Lance Musgrave, Ben McCulloch, Bob Day, Will Farrell and coach Rowan Hawkey all tried hard for the Lions.
Narooma plays Bega on Friday night at Bega; a win is a must if they have any chance to make the finals.
The Narooma club advises that the supporter’s club draw for the $5000 prize will be drawn on Saturday night August 16 around 7pm at Narooma Golf Club. There are still limited tickets available so the club urges all players and supporters who have not brought one yet to see Bruce Day or Geoff Wilson to get one.
The next day Sunday, August 17 the club is holding the AGM. It is important that players, parents and supporters attend. The time for this meeting is 4pm at the golf club.