The Narooma Sporting and Services Club Devils took on the newly reformed Tathra Eagles at Tathra last Sunday. In hot and humid conditions the Tathra team came out on top 24-12 after a torrid game marked by tough defence from both sides.
Narooma opened the scoring with a Jackson Kelly try and Ryan Norris goal after just three minutes but the Eagles hit back five minutes later to tie it up at 6-all at half time.
After the break Tathra scored early but a clever Ryan Norris try and conversion tied the scores at 12-all with 20 minutes to go.
Tathra's big pack were proving hard to handle in attack and punishing in defence and five minutes later sustained pressure by the Eagles saw them score to lead 18-12. Narooma put in a sustained attack on the Tathra line but their defence lifted and put in a top effort to keep Narooma out. A late try sealed the match for the Tathra side leaving the Devils disappointed but determined to improve on this game.
Best for the Devils were Tully Wilton, Jackson Kelly, Ali Elmasri and Anthony Thomas while Ryan Norris, Tim Wilson and Kane Ayers also put in top efforts.
The Ladies League Tag also took on Tathra and came away winners 20-12. An early try to Tathra was answered by a try to Jaydean Lonsdale and then a Kira Campbell try saw the score 10-6 to the Devils at the break. Tathra scored after half time to tie it up at 10-all but from then on Kira showed her best form with two top tries to seal the game.
Best for Narooma were Kira, Jaydean and Taliya Smith while Taliya also won the Players Player award.
The Under 18s played Bega at Bega earlier in the day. It was their first hit out of the year and it showed with lots of errors leading to an uncharacteristic game from last year's premiers going down 30-12 to a well-drilled Roosters team.
They were still in the game at half-time but two quick tries from Bega sealed the match in the second half.
Best for Narooma were Jack Godfrey, Connor Martin and Clyde Parsons, with Zac Moore winning the Players Player Award. Best wishes to Connor Breust who damaged his shoulder on Sunday.
The Devils next game will be at home in Narooma on the Saturday after Easter. It's going to be a huge day of footy against Merimbula-Pambula in all grades from Under 8s to first grade in a first ever whole club day! More information next week but first grade should kick off at about 6pm.