THE Batemans Bay Seahawks and a church group side from Culcairn have agreed to meet in an annual pre-season clash from next year onwards after a successful trial match at Hanging Rock on Saturday.
Culcairn made the trip north on the weekend for the second time in three years and went home satisfied after a hard-fought 19-point victory against an experimental Seahawks side.
However, both parties agreed the event was so enjoyable that it would be held every year.
“Everyone had fun and we’re actually locking it in as an annual event now,” Culcairn player and team organiser Jacob Muthsam said.
“We’re planning for February 15 next year and then we’ll take on the Seahawks in a game of Twenty20 cricket the next night so we’re going to make a bit of a weekend out of it.”
Culcairn ran out 75-56 winners in Saturday afternoon’s heat at Hanging Rock Oval and Muthsam insisted he was surprised by the intensity of the match.
“For a game this early on in the season it was quite competitive, reasonably quick and I think both teams played fair and fairly solid as well, so it was good,” he said.
Nick Roberts, Michael “Hanger” Hueske, Nathaniel Stroh, Justin Stroh and Jack Nunn were the best on ground for Culcairn, while veteran James Male kicked a game-high four goals.
For the Seahawks, co-coach Jamie Kemp said Shaun Green, Warren Grey and Taeg Rosevear were “standouts for the day”.
“It was a pretty good effort from our boys, the side we were up against was pretty tough but the boys battled pretty hard and it was the best I’ve ever seen a senior Batemans Bay side tackle,” Kemp added.
“So I was pretty happy with the outcome.
“Our delivery into the forward line probably wasn’t the best and we kept turning it over early on.
“We’ve still got a bit to do and we’ll keep working on our fitness.”
Kemp also singled out the efforts of young players Joe Tegart and Liam Brogan, who were involved in an intense Queanbeyan Tigers training camp earlier in the day.
As for the plans to have Culcairn back on an annual basis, Kemp said: “It’ll be a bit of fun, we’re going to put up a cup next year and start making it an annual event.
“We’ve got a few good cricketers at the club so I reckon we might win that battle.”