Tough day for Bombers’ re­serves

Mansfield Courier - - Sport - By AN­DREW RAB­SON

BON­NIE Doon re­serves took the trip to Be­nalla this week with high an­tic­i­pa­tion of a win on the cards.

The first quar­ter saw Be­nalla Pan­thers put on a clinic for their home crowd, stick­ing it to the Bombers who were ea­ger to bounce back and make amends for their first quar­ter ef­fort of just one point.

The Pan­thers sat com­fort­ably on 27, but af­ter some match ups were made which saw Aaron Miller put down the back, their scores be­gan slow­ing down.

A few key changes saw the Bombers start to move well, with Harry Parks prov­ing his worth in the mid­dle again fol­lowed closely by Matty De­la­hey and Jordy Wilko saw mul­ti­ple for­ward en­tries.

Soon af­ter mak­ing these key changes, the Bombers scored their first goal for the day through An­drew Rab­son fol­lowed closely by Isaac Mur­ray, who didn’t shy away when putting pres­sure on the Pan­thers’ de­fend­ers.

How­ever, the Pan­thers weren’t tak­ing their foot off the gas ei­ther with a dom­i­nant dis­play around the con­test.

The Pan­thers were mak­ing the most of their op­por­tu­ni­ties go­ing for­ward, with Jack Car­vosso do­ing his best to get the ball out of de­fence and back into the Bombers’ for­ward half.

A last ditch ef­fort for one be­fore the break for the Bombers saw the veteran and se­nior coach in Ken Be­nalla 4.3, 6.4, 8.7, 14.8 (92) Bon­nie Doon 0.1, 3.2, 5.3, 6.3 (39)

GOALS, Be­nalla All Blacks: Christo­pher Lock­hart 7, Joshua Ko­tuas 2, Matthew Sch­luter 2, Bren­don Smith 2, Da­mon Cox 1. Bon­nie Doon: Isaac Mur­ray 2, An­drew Rab­son 2, An­thony De­la­hey 1, James Ber­talli 1.

BEST, Be­nalla All Blacks: Da­mon Cox, Richard­son Shane, Joshua Ko­tuas, Scott Ni­chol­son, Jeremy Mans­field, Bren­don Smith. Bon­nie Doon: Jack Car­vosso, Paul Di­a­mond, Isaac Mur­ray, Codie Cum­mins, Aaron Jonathan-Miller, Nick Parker.

Mur­ray pulling the boots on for the Bombers and hav­ing a hard shot on goal - but un­for­tu­nately, he couldn’t con­vert.

The Bombers went into half time just a few kicks be­hind the sec­ond half which saw Paul Di­a­mond show off his skills like he’s done all year down the back.

Mak­ing their op­po­nents ner­vous, the Bombers be­came hun­gry for more.

A few more quick ones were put on the board through James Ber­talli, An­drew Rab­son and Isaac Mur­ray; but the Pan­thers weren’t lay­ing down.

They were up for the fight with it fly­ing back down their end, and a few handy goals from a cou­ple of their mid­field­ers saw James Ber­talli have a quick burst in the mid­dle, lay­ing some big bumps and hard tack­les.

Credit to the Pan­thers, who weren’t stop­ping and had plenty of num­bers around the con­test.

Mitch Pur­cell and Codie Cum­mins showed plenty of fight, mak­ing sure their side weren’t drop­ping their heads.

Matty De­la­hey kicked his first for the day, but sadly the Pan­thers were well and truly too strong in the last quar­ter.

The boys are ea­ger to get back home next week against Greta for their last home game for the year.

LIKE FA­THER, LIKE SON: Se­niors coach Ken Mur­ray stepped away from the side­lines and onto the field on Satur­day, and suited up in red and black for a match along­side his son, Isaac Mur­ray.

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