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It was a case of déjà vu all over again

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April 09, 2018

Timothy Devereaux of North Bendigo attempts a tackle on Mitchell Bruns of Leitchville-Gunbower during the HDFNL seniors football match between Leitchville-Gunbower and North Bendigo. Photo by Luke Hemer.

STOP me if you’ve heard this before.

Leitchville-Gunbower wins in the football.

Matt Perri kicks a bag.

Not much has changed for the Bombers in 2018.

The reigning premiers disposed of arch rivals North Bendigo in a grand final rematch on Saturday, opening their account for 2018 with a 25-point win.

Following his century last season, Perri was the dominant forward of the game with four goals, though he also was off.

Coach Michael Pilcher said he can only see his key forward getting better.

‘‘He showed us last year what he is capable of, so it’s no surprise that he played as well as he did,’’ Pilcher said.

‘‘He would be happy with his goals, but he’d also be disappointed with a few misses. He’ll work on it this week and we wouldn’t be surprised if he kicks six next week, he’s that kind of player.’’

Pilcher also spoke highly of Lincoln Sieben.

‘‘Linc was great for us,’’ Pilcher said.

‘‘He’s been with the Pioneers over the pre-season and was very unlucky to miss out. But it’s been a big gain for us. He’s incredibly fit from that, he’s learnt a lot about his work around the ground as well. He pressed up really well for us yesterday, had a number of inside 50’s so we were really happy with his showing on the day.’’

Pilcher also spoke glowingly of Jack Gleeson.

‘‘Jack was fantastic for us yesterday,’’ Pilcher said.

‘‘He was targeted early by the opposition, which we expected he would be because he’s such a high quality player having come from the state league in Tasmania.

‘‘He responded incredibly well to that as well, he got his head down over the footy, ended up with 30-odd touches and was really important to us.’’

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