Shellharbour Suns aim to keep shining

Port Kembla and Shellharbour players and supporters are united for Pink Sports Day in South Coast AFL Seniors. Front (left to right) Andy Wilton, Elwyn Roberts, Michael Talbott, Colin Heydon, Patrick Hammond and Brad Yates. (Back) Jayden Bright, Jorja Rickards, Lily Kopke, Jackson Kopke, Jorja Yates and Elli Rose Warren. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Port Kembla and Shellharbour players and supporters are united for Pink Sports Day in South Coast AFL Seniors. Front (left to right) Andy Wilton, Elwyn Roberts, Michael Talbott, Colin Heydon, Patrick Hammond and Brad Yates. (Back) Jayden Bright, Jorja Rickards, Lily Kopke, Jackson Kopke, Jorja Yates and Elli Rose Warren. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

SOUTH COAST AFL

Shellharbour Suns take the confidence of a first win of the season into Saturday's round-six South Coast AFL clash against Port Kembla at Kully Bay Oval.

Brendan White booted eight goals as the Suns put a blowtorch to Nowra in the final quarter last Saturday for a 44-point victory.

Shellharbour are realistic about their position in first grade this season but will be out to make it two straight wins. But home side Port also view this as a winnable game.

Shellharbour coach Andy Wilton was rapt with the way his team wore down Nowra.

"It was great we stuck to our game plan and team rules, and in doing this we knew Nowra would crumble at some time," Wilton said.

"Our constant pressure and tackling proved too much, and to finally kick straight was the difference between the two teams."

Port Kembla already have two wins in their comeback season in first grade and want to push their home ground advantage.

Meanwhile, all AFL South Coast Seniors clubs are backing Pink Sports Day on Saturday to promote the Breast Cancer Network of Australia.

All matches will feature pink Sherrin game balls. Home players will wear pink socks and visiting ones yellow socks, to raise funds for breast cancer sufferers and their carers in the community.

In other news Figtree, who slayed the Goliath in premiers Wollongong last Saturday, aim their slingshot at Northern Districts at Figtree Oval.

Figtree's pressure and contested footy was outstanding in the surprise two-goal win over the Bulldogs. The clash against Norths was another barometer of the Kangaroos' improvement in 2014.

Elsewhere, Nowra play host to Albatross at West Street Oval, while leaders Bomaderry host Wollongong in the match of the round.

In Sydney AFL, the Illawarra Lions face a test of their depth in Sunday's away clash with first division leaders Balmain at Henson Park.

Injuries and a lack of goalkicking firepower hit the Lions hard in their 10-point loss to Macquarie Uni in round five.

Illawarra have a 2-3 win-loss record and take on an imposing Balmain side who have won four of their first five matches. First bounce is 2.10pm.

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