Tough day at the office

By Andrew Johnston

IT WAS a tough day at the office physically for Leitchville-Gunbower.

On a rock-solid Toolleen Recreation Reserve, the Bombers faced off against Mount Pleasant in what is never going to be an easy road trip.

It was a physical contest, with two players from the Blues concussed, a number of the Bombers playing walking away with soreness from a tough match.

But on the scoreboard — it was the same old Leitchville-Gunbower.

The Bombers returned from the bye in true LG style, demolishing the Blues by 80 points.

And it was the Matt Perri of old who led them there, booting 11 of the Bombers 23 goals.

The win restored the Bombers to top spot on the HDFL ladder in the process.

LG coach Michael Pilcher said it was a great result from his Bombers.

‘‘With the pressure that the Blues put on us, we had to rise above it and work really hard to get the result that we wanted for the week,’’ Pilcher said.

‘‘When you are in a situation like that and you produce your best football and get the win in a tough game you walk away with a lot of pride in how you performed.

‘‘So for us to stand up to that pressure and still play the kind of football that we want to play is really pleasing.’’

Pilcher held special acclaim for his backline.

‘‘We’ve been missing some guns down there,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s tough to hold your side together when you are missing a lot of your talent, so we have been really happy with how our group has held together and kept sides to low scores as the season has gone on.’’

But the star of the day for the Bombers was of course Matt Perri.

The goal-kicking machine booted 11 goals to move his season tally to 52, despite spending a number of weeks on the sidelines with injuries.

The performance also saw Perri re-claim top spot on the goal kicking ladder for the competition.

‘‘He’s obviously incredibly important to our side,’’ Pilcher said.

‘‘We’ve been able to get goals out of a lot of players this year, but having Matt there as a reliable guy who will get a lot of the ball and usually produce a goal for you is really important. It also frees up his teammates to get more of the footy.’’

The next game for the Bombers sees them host Huntly.