Attack proves the best defence

June 19, 2017

A DEFENSIVE game plan from Colbinabbin couldn’t stop Leitchville-Gunbower from kicking a winning score as the Bombers made it three wins on the trot.

At the MJ Morgan Reserve, the Grasshoppers were intent on slowing down the high-scoring Bombers and kept the game tight for much of the game before the Bombers’ guns broke through to tear the game open and record a 30-point win.

Bombers’ coach Matt Hawken said his boys had worked hard to find a way through a strong Colbinabbin defence and record a win.

‘‘It was a really tight contest, they had good numbers behind the ball and that really stifled us,’’ he said.

‘‘We really didn’t break the shackles until midway through the third quarter; they defended really well.’’

Early in the contest the Bombers had chances to score but couldn’t make the most of their opportunities with a 2.5 return, enough for a slender nine-point quarter-time lead.

Both teams chipped away in the second term, this time it was Colbinabbin who wasted its chances with 1.5, Leitchville-Gunbower leading by 11 points at half-time.

The Grasshoppers had a player sent off in the second quarter and remained a man down for much of the third, the advantage contributing to the Bombers’ ability to hit three-quarter-time with a 19-point lead, well positioned to take the win.

They took control of the game and played well enough to run away with a resounding win, but another period of poor kicking saw 3.8 for the quarter, the Bombers having to settle for the 30-point win; 11.18 (84) to 7.12 (54).

Hawken said the kicking in front of goal hadn’t cost them a win, but was something to work on going forward.

‘‘It was our first really bad day in front of goal for the season,’’ he said.

‘‘We missed too many easy opportunities, but to come away from Colbinabbin with the win, we’re happy.’’

He added the resistance applied from the Grasshoppers was nothing less than expected.

‘‘They defended really well, they always bring good effort and that’s what you’d expect in a big game like this,’’ he said.

‘‘We made some skill errors due to pressure, but our skills were down and our skills in front of goal were down.

‘‘There’s still plenty to work on, but a pleasing thing is that when some guys have bad days others have taken up the slack.’’

Hawken was full of praise for Logan Prout and Lee Pollock, who he said were the side’s best two players on the day.

‘‘Logan went back on Ryan Hon, he did a role for us and he was fantastic; he was really outstanding and he’s only 17 years old.’’ he said.

After just five marks inside fifty for the first three quarters, the game broke open in the last with another six in the last quarter alone for the Bombers.

Matt Perri again led the way with three goals, Michael Pilcher and Jack Dye with two each.

They have a well-earned bye this week. Hawken said the side was looking forward to the break with four or five injured players to return after it.

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