Port Kembla upbeat after Blues conquest

SOUTH COAST AFL

Peter Bright booted five goals to spearhead Port Kembla to their first win back in South Coast AFL first grade in an eight-point thriller against Nowra Blues at Kully Bay Oval.

 The Blacks led by 28 points at three-quarter time before the Blues stormed home with a strong breeze in the final term.

Port held on to win 9.5 (59) to 7.9 (51) with Blacks coach Brad Yates relieved to hear the final siren.

‘‘If it had gone much longer we’d have lost,’’ Yates said. ‘‘The wind was really blowing into our faces, it was wet and they had a head of steam up. But full credit to my team for hanging tough. We deserved it.

‘‘To get our first win back in the top grade is great.’’

Centre half forward Bright was a handful for the Blues defence, booting five of his team’s nine goals.

‘‘Peter and Stuart Baker our ruckman were outstanding. They stood tall and really lifted the whole side,’’  Yates said.

 Port Kembla returned to the first grade comp in 2014  after two seasons in reserve grade and Yates is confident the side will build on their first win.

 Meanwhile, Shellharbour Suns might have lost their opening three games but coach Andy Wilton was pleased with the effort in Saturday’s 58-point loss to Figtree Kangaroos at West Street Oval.

‘‘We played out the  four quarters and never stopped trying,’’ Wilton said.

‘‘We’re a young side and have plenty to learn but the effort is there.’’

Figtree have won two of their first three matches, while Kiama Power also made it two from three, inflicting Bomaderry’s first loss  8.12 (60) to 6.7 (43) at Artie Smith Oval.

 In the other round three match, Northern Districts remain the only club with three wins following a 100-point victory away to Albatross. Premiers Wollongong had the bye.

 With Easter, round four resumes on April 26.

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