Albion Park-Oak Flats legends sent out in glory

Dane Corran crosses for a try as Warilla take out the minor premiership.  Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Dane Corran crosses for a try as Warilla take out the minor premiership. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Nowra-Bomaderry hit back but never looked like overcoming Warilla, who scored seven tries in their 38-24 home victory. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Nowra-Bomaderry hit back but never looked like overcoming Warilla, who scored seven tries in their 38-24 home victory. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

RUGBY LEAGUE

Albion Park-Oak Flats sent three club legends into retirement on a high note with Saturday's 38-24 victory over Berry-Shoalhaven Heads at Berry Showground.

The Eagles won't be around for the finals series but they provided a fitting farewell for Sean Jenkins and brothers Dean and Derek Gray.

The trio was an integral part of several premiership-winning sides with the Eagles and will leave a big hole.

"It looks like it could've been the changing of the guard," Eagles co-coach Adam Bezzina said.

"I don't think they can say the 'R' word, but it looks like it could be the last game for a few boys.

"The way Jenko, Spuddo [Derek] and Bugsy [Dean] bring the guys together, both on and off the field, they're going to be very, very hard to replace.

"I was lucky enough to play plenty of footy with those three guys. I know what they've done for the club and continued to do the last couple of years."

Jenkins was unable to play the full 80 minutes after suffering a hamstring injury in the second half.

"Jenko made a bust and came hobbling off holding his hammy, so he was a bit shattered that he didn't get to finish the game," Bezzina said.

Albion Park shot out to a 16-0 lead against the Magpies.

The margin was cut to 12 in the second half but the Eagles never looked like losing.

"Berry's got some good, young kids, similar to us," Bezzina said. "We've got some good kids, and hopefully those couple of wins at the back-end keeps the boys enthused and makes it easier for us to get them back for the start of preseason training."

Bezzina and co-coach Shane Sainsbury will be at the helm again in 2015.

Reigning premiers Gerringong warmed up for the play-offs with a 36-20 win over Port Kembla.

Warilla clinched the minor premiership with Sunday's 38-24 home win over third-placed Nowra-Bomaderry.

Lock Aaron Henry was typically dominant with three of his team's seven tries.

Shellharbour finished second on the ladder, tuning up for the finals with a 42-22 defeat of Jamberoo.

Final ladder: Warilla 36, Shellharbour 34, Nowra-Bomaderry 26, Gerringong 25, Kiama 23, Jamberoo 21, Berry-Shoalhaven Heads 18, Albion Park-Oak Flats 16, Milton-Ulladulla 12, Port Kembla 9.

Draw

Saturday 

Elimination final – GERRINGONG v KIAMA (2.45pm), Michael Cronin Oval

Sunday

Qualifying final – SHELLHARBOUR v NOWRA-BOMADERRY (2.45pm), Ron Costello Oval

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