THE Batemans Bay Seahawks overcame heavy conditions and a heavy injury toll to out-slog the Merimbula Diggers at the weekend.

In a game that at times resembled water polo rather than football, it was the Seahawks who lived up to Merimbula’s moniker, digging in to hold off the home side which had failed to kick a goal before half-time.

Seahawks coach Brad Sinclair was ecstatic with the performance of his side which was missing three of its most experienced campaigners.

“It was a good win, an enormous win,” Sinclair said.

“We had a lot of guys out, so actually it was one of the best wins I’ve been associated with.”

Sinclair was particularly pleased with the progress of some of his players who are new to the code.

“Our (rugby) league converts, the small hard on-ballers like Daniel Boss and Shaun Lloyd had great games.

“There hard blokes those rugby players.”

Following last weeks heartbreaking loss to the Merimbula Marlins, the Seahawks held a midweek meeting in order to ensure they were mentally prepared for the game ahead.

In almost a mirror image of last week the Bay were on top at the main interval before Merimbula stormed home in the final quarters.

“After the Marlins loss we had a meeting and did a lot of soul-searching,” Sinclair said.

“Everyone had the opportunity to air their grievances with each other and the coaching staff.

“It was very productive and we gained a lot of positives out of the discussion.”

Those positives were added too, as the Bay ground out a hard-fought win, turning around the disappointment of the last Saturday’s game.

“We arrived at the ground thinking six goals might win us the game, under those conditions,” he said.

“As it turned out four goals-nine was enough.

“It was not a pretty game, (but) there’s now a self-belief that they can win these tough games… even with guys like Ian Macaulay out and Shane Art who has been the backbone of this team for years.

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