LEITCHVILLE-GUNBOWER Football Club is coming into round three off a bye but can be confident in its season starter against Colbinabbin in the Heathcote and District Football League.
The 2016 grand finalists enjoyed a cracking first round win at Leitchville Recreation Reserve by 48 points.
A strong first-half gave the Bombers a 30-point lead at half-time and despite missing some scoring shots in the third they managed to hold on to a comfortable lead of 24 points at the next break.
The Bombers were able to close out the game strongly, as all good sides do, 100-52.
Coach Matt Hawken said there was a patch of about 20 minutes where they let the Hoppers back into the game and the team would be looking to address that this weekend when the side travels to Toolleen Recreation Reserve tomorrow to take on Mount Pleasant.
Hawken was hoping for full four-quarter pressure this week.
‘‘It was a very physical game against Colbinabbin and a few of the boys pulled up a bit sore,’’ Hawken said.
‘‘But we were lucky to get the Easter break off and many of them will be back out on the park this week.’’
Jack Dye suffered a knock to his shoulder during the game and will miss the next couple of weeks.
But Hawken was confident in the youth coming through, such as Blake Dye, Logan Prout and Mitch McEwen, to bring plenty of pace to the team.
Shaun Turvey had also returned from Corrowa Rutherglen Football Club and at 19 years old was a handy pick-up for the Bombers.
‘‘It’s not often you get players like that returning to a small town club,’’ Hawken said.
‘‘We’ve got about eight or nine new players this season; some coming up from thirds and a few returning players.
‘‘There’s still a bit of work to be done on our mid-field stoppages and entries inside 50 but I’m happy with how the group has settled so far.’’
Hawken was expecting the return of some fire power to the Mounts line-up this week in Ryan Herring who kicked five against Lockington-Bamawm United in round one.
‘‘We’ll look to minimise the impact of those good players and hopefully with an even contribution we can turn up and put in a good performance (tomorrow),’’ Hawken said.
Matt Perri was sharp in the first game against Colbinabbin, kicking five goals, and was expected to be strong again this weekend.
‘‘He’s coming off an 80-goal season and has a lot of confidence from that,’’ Hawken said.
‘‘He looked dangerous all day and will be a hard match-up for anyone.’’
Tim Lincoln kicked two against the Hoppers and there was an even spread of goal kickers to follow.
‘‘There’s a lot of players pushing for that spot in the senior side and the turn out at trainings is showing that,’’ Hawken said.
‘‘Our back-line was really strong against Colbinabbin and our forwards were able to share the load and take some strong marks.’’