THE 2018 season came to a crashing halt on Saturday for five Group Seven lower grades teams, losing their respective elimination finals matches at Michael Cronin Oval.
A clutch field-goal from Shellharbour Sharks reserve grade halfback Nick Greenhalgh has allowed his side to end Gerringong reserve grade’s season with a 13-12 victory at Michael Cronin Oval on Saturday.
After the side’s traded tries to Manning Berry and Greenhalgh to tie the scores at 6-all at the main break, it was left to Greenhalgh to land his deciding one point with ten minutes remaining.
The match was played in extremely heavy conditions, however both sides created plenty of chances and both sides should be congratulated on the quality of the play, considering the state of the ground.
Women’s League Tag division one
Ladies League Tag Division 1 perennial glamour side Milton-Ulladulla have kept their premiership hopes alive after accounting for Shellharbour Sharks 12-4.
First half tries to Ebony Murray and skipper Cheyanne Hatch gave their side a valuable 8-0 lead, and allowed them to hold out the determined Sharks after the break, with Alysha Adams and Sharks Sharnice Sola the second half touchdowns.
Goalkicking proved difficult on the heavy ground, with none of the four tries converted.
Warilla-Lake South Gorillas have stayed alive after a resurgent Kiama Knights gave them a massive scare before they emerged 22-18 winners in Under 18s.
The Knights only just snuck into the semis after a last minute try in round 16 to edge out Gerringong, and took that enthusiasm into Saturday’s clash, with Warilla only holding an 8-6 lead at the break.
The second half proved more of the same and in the end it was Zane Boersma’s try, the Gorilla’s fourth, that proved the difference and will see them take on Berry-Shoalhaven Head at Jamberoo on Saturday in another sudden-death clash.
Jamberoo Superoos have edged out Crookhaven Magpies in a thrill-a-minute Third Grade clash.
The winners won 40-30 in a match highlighted by 13 tries, with Jamberoo leading 16-14 at halftime before the Crooky side looked headed for a win when they led 30-26 late in the game.
The turning point came when Jamberoo’s Reece Conley scored a try in the corner to level the scores and captain Scott Adams slotted a pressure conversion to put his side in front 32-30.
They then finished the game with a late try to Blake Maples and conversion and penalty to Adams.
Women’s League Tag division two
Two long-distance tries to Warilla-Lake South proved to be the difference as their side scored a tough 12-4 win over Jamberoo Superoos in the Ladies League Tag Division 2 elimination semi-final.
The first half was tight throughout before speedster Natasha Kanitz snapped up a loos Jamberoo pass and sped from inside her own half, then midway through the second half Donna Check found a gap and also raced away to give their side a 10-0 lead.
Jamberoo skipper Cindy Breakspear gave her side a sniff last in the game with a try from dummy-half, only to see Rachel Henry boot a goal after the bell to secure the win.