Bombers big win­ners

Mansfield Courier - - FRONT PAGE - BY SCOTT AN­DER­SON san­der­[email protected] ne­me­

WHOROULY’S hopes of reach­ing the Ovens and King fi­nals suf­fered a blow on Satur­day, with the Lions un­able to over­come Bon­nie Doon in what was a sea­son­defin­ing match.

The 41-point loss leaves Whorouly lan­guish­ing in sev­enth po­si­tion, and with a tough clash against Tar­rawingee com­ing up next, the Lions’ chances at crack­ing the top six ap­pear to be shot.

They started off well at home amid the welcome sun­shine on Satur­day.

Richard Jack­son was get­ting his fist to the ball first in the ruck, Matt Charleston and Bryce Hooper were up and about and Josh Kelly was win­ning the hard ball.

But af­ter scor­ing two goals in the first five min­utes of the match, the Lions were shut down by Bon­nie Doon’s bril­liant tran­si­tion football.

The Bombers were load­ing up off half back, with Justin Col­lis and Josh Alam al­lowed far too much room to op­er­ate, set­ting up at­tack­ing thrusts along the outer side wing.

Skip­per Heath Fi­dock was ter­rific on the wing, pro­vid­ing the link to at­tack, while Leigh Hughes’ work on the half for­ward line saw Bon­nie Doon be­gin to gather se­ri­ous mo­men­tum.

PHOTO: Scott An­der­son

STEP­PING UP: Leigh Hughes ad­dresses the Bon­nie Doon play­ers at quar­ter time af­ter a strong start against Whorouly.

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