Kiama continued their solid 2017 campaign with a hard fought 36-18 victory over a competitive Milton-Ulladulla Bulldogs side at Kiama Showground on Sunday.
It maintained their grip on a top four spot with coach Matt O’Brien impressed with his side’s effort.
“It was a very physical game. We’ve just got make sure we tighten our defence up a little bit more before our clash with Warilla next week but overall I was very happy that we came away with the two points,” O’Brien said.
Milton-Ulladulla showed a lot of character and proved to be quite a handful in lengthy periods of the game but couldn’t produce points when their side needed it the most.
Ethan Ford secured his second hat trick on home soil for season as Vaughan Thistlethwaite, Travis Poole, Matt Morris and Cameron Cornell all getting across, while Cameron Vazzolar kicked four goals from seven attempts.
The visitors were a much improved outfit in the second half and were physical in defence. Paul Ardler crossed the white chalk for a double while Lepani Waqua and Sean Deaves posted from close proximity. Waqua slotted just one goal on what was a tough day for the goal kickers as Kiama ran out winners 36-18.
Elsewhere, Shellharbour ended Gerringong’s Lions unbeaten streak with a 26-22 win while Port Kembla upset Jamberoo 20-18.
Berry-Shoalhaven Heads defeated the Stingrays of Shellharbour 40-12 in their first victory for 2017 while Nowra-Bomaderry fought hard for their 27-16 win over Warilla.