GERRINGONG and Jamberoo have setup a tantalising top-of-the-table showdown after both recorded thumping Group Seven wins at the weekend.
Premiers the Lions remained unbeaten with a 44-18 demolition of Albion Park-Oak Flats, however, Jamberoo continue to set the early-season pace with a thumping 48-0 win over Shellharbour Stingrays.
The competition heavyweights now meet at Michael Cronin Oval on Saturday, in a true test of the Superoos’ credentials.
Gerringong raced out of the blocks against the Eagles, leading 30-nil, before fullback Ian Russell finished with three tries.
After scoring eight tries in each of their previous home wins over Milton-Ulladulla and Berry Magpies, the Superoos went one better this week with nine triesm in a great boost to the points differential.
Remarkably, winger Andrew Clarke scored five tries for the game, as Jamberoo ensured victory with a 28-nil lead at the break.
In a classy effort from Jamberoo, Clarke, Aaron Grigg, James Asquith, Mark Asquith and James Gilmore were Jamberoo’s best.
Captain-coach Dean Gray, Chris Demczpyszyn and Anthony Nabbe tried hard all day for first grade newcomers Stingrays.
Jamberoo have now scored 176 points in six rounds, conceding only 38. Meanwhile, Warilla captain Aaron Henry was grateful to leave Mollymook with victory, beating Milton-Ulladulla 18-16 on Sunday.
“It was really tough, they’re a pretty tough side,” Henry said.
“They’re going to trouble a lot of teams down here.
“(But) just our effort, we kept turning up and putting in for each other and it got us over the line.”
Milton-Ulladulla coach Nathaniel Morrison will be considering his playmaking options, after Mitch Klein and Michael Salafia have suffered injury setbacks.
Morrison praised young Jayden Millard who came off the bench to fill the void. “That really hurt, that (loss),” he said after the game.
“We’ve got to find some halves now.
“I think Mitchy Klein will be out and Salafia, he’s done his groin as well.
“There’s a chance we may pull Jayden Millard up into the seven for us, he was great for us.”
- GROUP SEVEN
JAMBEROO 48 d STINGRAYS 0, PORT KEMBLA 32 d BERRY-SHOALHAVEN HEADS 12, GERRINGONG 44 d ALBION PARK-OAK FLATS 18, WARILLA 18 d MILTON-ULLADULLA 16, KIAMA 24 d SHELLHARBOUR 18.