The Batemans Bay Seahawks’ 12-game winning streak was snapped on Saturday in an eight-point loss to the Woden Blues at Hanging Rock Oval.
The loss makes the Bay’s goal of a top-two finish tough, as they are four percentage points behind the Blues with one round to go.
The match was tight in the first quarter, as the sides traded the first four goals of the match.
However, it was the visitors who would lead at quarter time thanks to a goal inside the last minute of the stanza.
Woden’s lead was quickly overturned in the second quarter, as three quick goals from Sam Millynn helped the Seahawks build a game-high 16-point lead midway through the term.
Woden hit back with two goals late to bring the deficit back to just four points at the main break.
The weather set in at half time, as a storm brewing in the west brought a downpour just before the start of the second half.
This change favoured the Blues, as their big-bodied midfielders started getting on top in the trying conditions.
The Seahawks managed to keep the visitors at an arm’s length with goals to Millynn and Bill Alves, but a late flurry from the Blues gave them a one-point lead at the final change.
The fourth quarter was played almost exclusively in Woden’s attacking half, and although a Ross Hummel goal gave the Seahawks some hope with 10 minutes to go, the Blues held on for an important 10.3 (63) to 8.7 (55) victory.
Seahawks coach Mick Kenny said his side didn’t adapt to the changing conditions well enough to win.
“We probably let them back into the game in the third by playing a bit too cute,” he said.
“We were all over them for two-and-a-half quarters, but once that rain set in, they got on top.
“They’re a really good contested footy side, so we knew we’d struggle against them in that area.
“Full credit to our boys though, they worked really hard.”
The Seahawks played without a ruck during the second half thanks to a first-quarter injury.
“Our ruckman did himself a mischief in the first quarter,” Kenny said. “That made our jobs tougher in the second half, but I thought we battled really well.”
Despite the loss, Kenny believes the match could hold them in good stead come final’s time.
“We hadn’t played a wet-weather game since last year, so this is good,” he said. “If we go into the finals and there’s a wet-weather game, we’ll be prepared.”
In reserve grade, the Seahawks lost to a very good Woden side 14-8 (92) to 3.8 (26).