Shellharbour's back-end spark burns Figtree Roos

Shellharbour's Elwyn Roberts arrived late but made up for lost time notching up seven goals for the Suns. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

Shellharbour's Elwyn Roberts arrived late but made up for lost time notching up seven goals for the Suns. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

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A stunning eight-goal third quarter spearheaded Shellharbour Suns to a nine-point victory over Figtree in a round-nine thriller at Figtree Oval.

The Suns trailed by 20 points at half-time then kicked eight unanswered goals in a 15.11 (101) to 13.14 (92) victory on Saturday.

The 50-point turnaround in the third quarter was among the most remarkable of the season and lifted the Suns to a third win and equal fifth spot.

Figtree led by 20 points at half-time but were outscored 8.4 [limited to just two behinds] in the third term before almost storming home with five goals in the final quarter.

Shellharbour coach Andy Wilton credited the third-quarter charge to the late arrival of key players Terry Deegan and Elwyn Roberts, who missed the first quarter.

"We knew both would be a bit late due to work and a wedding commitment. They got there midway through the second quarter and came off the bench," Wilton said.

"They're two of our quickest players and gave us some run and momentum and the goals just kept coming in the third term."

Roberts was outstanding with seven goals on the half-forward flank, while running defender Kade Kentwell and tough midfielder Sonny De Domenico had big games for the Suns.

Shellharbour have won three of their last four matches to equal the number of wins for all last season.

Wilton is targeting eight wins and a 50 per cent win record this season.

"We're getting a lot more consistency at training and it's flowing through to game day," he said. "The last few weeks have been great. We think we can win more games, keep improving and have a good season."

The win lifted the Suns to equal fifth (six points) with Port Kembla and Figtree, who have been the competition's other big improver.

Meanwhile, Nowra posted their second victory of the season with a 9.19 (73) to 6.8 (44) home victory over Port Kembla.

Adam Weller booted two goals for Nowra, while ruckman Jake Evans was in outstanding form.

In the first night clash at Bonaira Oval, Kiama claimed top spot with a 14.17 (101) to 9.4 (58) win over Bomaderry.

Travis Lothian and Ricky Neels booted four goals each for Kiama, while Northern Districts had a forfeit win over struggling Albatross.

Ladder: Kiama 14; Wollongong 12, Northern Districts 12; Bomaderry 10; Figtree 6, Shellharbour 6, Port Kembla 6; Nowra 2, Albatross 0.

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