Kangaroos’ rise continues

FIGTREE’S quest to become the ‘fourth force’ in the South Coast competition took a major stride forward, with a dominant victory over Bomaderry on Saturday.
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Success: Figtree celebrate winning last year’s AFL South Coast reserve grade premiership. Picture: Mike Driscoll

Humbled by league powerhouse the Lions in their return to first grade, the Kangaroos piled on six goals to two in the final quarter to beat the Tigers17.16 (118) to 9.6 (60).

The Lions and premiers Wollongong Bulldogs were a level above last season, while Kiama are expected to be a contender this season.Figtree coach Ash Cairnduff said the win was a reward for the hard work in lifting the club back into first grade, after winning the reserve grade flag last year.

“It is a bit of a relief, it’s a good feeling,” he said.

“That was the best football the club has played for some years and it shows we’re working towards the goal of becoming the fourth force in the competition.

“Some of our young players are starting to grow into key roles and do a job.

“We thought we lacked a little bit of intensity against the Lions, but we worked hard on our contested ball and contested marks against Bomo.”

A physicalBomaderry showed they were not about to hand Figtree a first win easily, dominating the opening 10 minutes.

But Figtree steadied to be within four points at quarter time and then produced seven second term goals to take control.

Still, Bomaderry stayed in touch enough to be down by 31 points at the final change, within striking distance if nerves were a factor for the Kangaroos.

In the end, Figtree delivered in emphatic style, scoring 6.4 in the final term to win by 58 points.

Captain Mitchell Daly led the way through the midfield, while brother Ken, versatile half forward Tom Shannon and Nick Stacey were among the standouts for Figtree.

Cairnduff has the opportunity to pushthe Roos’ cause as a finals contender when they tackle Northern Districts on Saturday.

Northern Districts, who were close to the pace set by the Bulldogs and Lions last year, were out-gunned by the premiers at Hollymoount Park.With 32 scoring shots, the Bulldogs ran away 19.13 (127) to 6.3 (39) winners.

“We know it’s going to be another tough challenge,” Cairnduff said.

“They’ve lost a few players from last season, but it’s early days this year and it’s hard to gauge how each team is travelling.We’ve set ourselves goals about aiming up against the top teams, but Norths certainly present a big challenge for us this week.”

The Lions showed their class to romp to a 158-point victory over Shellharbour.

The Bulldogs joined them at the top of the ladder, after scoring 12 goals to one in the first half against Northern Districts.Kiama had to work hard to overcome Nowra-Albatross.Nowra led at three-quarter time after a four goal third term.

However the five point advantage was quickly erased as Kiama scored 6.2 to a single goal in the final quarter to run away with it.

Ben Griffin was the spearhead for the Power, with five majors, while representative player Jack Mahoney was best on ground.

AFL SOUTH COAST

Ladder: Lions 8 (493.33 per cent), Kiama 8 (307.06), Bulldogs 8 (278.89), Figtree 4 (89.07), Nowra-Albatross 0 (68.24), Bomaderry 0 (50.85), Shellharbour 0 (22.22), Northern Districts 0 (21.78).

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