Young guns soar high

The Riverine Herald - - BOWLS - By Alex Mitchell

LEITCHVILLE-GUN­BOWER’S un­der 17s made it a per­fect week­end for the club, com­plet­ing a re­mark­able run to the grand fi­nal with a hard-fought premier­ship win.

The young Bombers set the tone for the se­niors who would win their own premier­ship later in the day, belt­ing Lock­ing­ton-Ba­mawm United in a fi­nal-quar­ter blitz to run away with a 21-point win.

It was a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive premier­ship for the side, hav­ing taken down the same op­po­si­tion in 2016.

But early in the con­test, it was a tough start for LG, only in­ef­fi­ciency in front of goal from the Cats keep­ing the game close.

LBU led 1.5 (11) to 0.3 (3) at quar­ter-time, and the poor kick­ing con­tin­ued in the sec­ond quar­ter as it took a five-point lead to the in­ter­val.

The Bombers pep­pered the goal in the third term but a waste­ful 1.5 (11) re­turn opened the door for LBU, who took ad­van­tage with two goals to keep the scores level en­ter­ing the fi­nal term.

But with the premier­ship on the line the young LG play­ers seized the mo­ment, boot­ing 5.0 (30) in the fi­nal stanza to lock up the bril­liant re­sult.

Mitch McEwen and Josh Hawken each chipped in with two goals kick­ing half the LG goals be­tween them, while Jheuban Me­d­ina kicked two for the Cats in an im­pres­sive per­for­mance.

Pa­trick Bax­ter con­tin­ued strong form to be named as the Bombers’ best, Blake Cooke, Blake Gel­letly and Lin­coln Sieben other star per­form­ers.

The win com­pleted a bril­liant fi­nals run for LG, a per­fect run from fifth on the lad­der tak­ing them to the flag.

It was an­other pos­i­tive sign for the club mov­ing for­ward; three of last year’s 2016 un­der 17 premier­ship play­ers fea­tured in this year’s se­nior premier­ship.

Luke Se­v­ior, Lo­gan Prout and Brady Hore all were part of the se­nior’s week­end tri­umph, with more con­tribut­ing through the sea­son, se­nior premier­ship player Joel Done­hue coach­ing the un­der 17s to the flag.

Bombers are pumped: grand fi­nal at Huntly. Leitchville-Gun­bower's un­der 17 side cel­e­brate af­ter win­ning the HDFL

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