Suburbs Seals celebrate back-to-back Nelson Bays division one football league titles after their 3-0 win over Tahuna at Saxton Fields on Saturday. Photo: Jacob Page.

Best defence leads to Seals defending football crown

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It was appropriate Suburbs Seals earned their second consecutive Nelson Bays division one football league title with a clean sheet.

The Seals beat Tahuna 3-0 to win the league with a game to spare.

The defending champions conceded just 12 goals in 13 games on their way to the title.

The irony being, four of those came in their opening match against club mates Nelson Suburbs Reserves.

Suburbs Seals defenders Hamish Lewis, Neil Connell, Brett Yates (goal keeper), Nathan Haymes and Matty Elliott conceded a league lowest 12 goals in 13 games on their way to back-to-back league titles. Photo: Jacob Page.
Suburbs Seals defenders Hamish Lewis, Neil Connell, Brett Yates (goal keeper), Nathan Haymes and Matty Elliott conceded a league lowest 12 goals in 13 games on their way to back-to-back league titles. Photo: Jacob Page.

Captain Hamish Lewis, Neil Connell, Nathan Haymes, Matty Elliott and goal keeper Brett Yates have proven to be a difficult last line of defence to penetrate.

Coach Brendan Hodgson says while the team has struggled at times in front of goal, their ability to keep goals out was probably the major key to success.

“Considering we’ve conceded six goals against our other Suburbs team, we’ve done really well against stronger competition this year.”

Brendan says the work of Nathan in central defence had been most impressive.

“We have experienced guys, but the improvement Nathan has shown has been one of the big reasons we’ve been so good at the back.”

Hamish says all the guys play for each other and it helps with communication.

“We all enjoy playing alongside each other and that shows in the results.”

The Seals have one more league game play, against Richmond, before the cup games start.

In other results; Richmond beat Nelson 3-2 at Jubilee Park, Marlborough downed FC Nelson 4-2 at Victory Square and Nelson Suburbs Reserves cruised past Wakefield 7-0.

In the other senior divisions, Nelson College for Girls secured back-to back women’s titles, with a game left to play. Richmond Athletic won the division two men’s crown with a win over Nelson College and FC Nelson won the masters men’s title.