Consistency counts for Shellharbour Suns


Shellharbour have continued their stunning season in South Coast AFL by claiming their biggest scalp with a 21-point victory over fourth-placed Northern Districts at Jock Brown Oval.

The Suns trailed narrowly at quarter-time and half-time but booted 11 goals to six in the second half in a 16.12 (108) to 13.9 (87) victory.

After just three wins last season, Shellharbour already have four victories in 11 rounds in 2014 yet, arguably, their best performance was in pushing premiers Wollongong Bulldogs to two goals in round 10.

‘‘The consistency is the really pleasing part,’’ Suns coach Andy Wilton said.

‘‘We’re getting the numbers to training and able to work on a few things and it’s showing on match day.’’

Matt Nagy, Troy Cole and Brock Ashton were outstanding for the Suns.

Norths remain fourth despite the loss and paid the price for having up to 13 players missing due to injury, holidays and university exams.

In other games, Bomaderry took a grip on third spot with a crushing 232-point win over a goal-less Port Kembla at Artie Smith Oval.

Brayden Varcoe booted 11 goals for the Tigers, while James Lees also had a field day with seven majors. Matt Ganderton was outstanding for Bomaderry.

In a big day for goalkickers, Jack Tidd booted nine goals for premiers Wollongong in an impressive 23.16 (154) to 6.3 (39) away win over Albatross.

Bulldogs coach Lee Murray said it was a solid performance, while Albatross tried hard.

Finally, leaders Kiama posted an impressive 22.11 (143) to 7.9 (51) home victory over Figtree.

Ricky Neels and Josh Walton booted three goals each for the Power.

The comp has a bye this Saturday with South Coast facing Sapphire Coast.


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