Bombers just fod­der for high-fly­ing Saints

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT - MARC McGOWAN

WAYNE Wor­den’s first Pre­mier League coach­ing stint is still with­out a win as his Tiwi Bombers dashed their hopes be­fore half­time for the sec­ond straight week.

The Bombers kicked just three goals to the main break to trail pre­miers St Mary’s by 63 points, go­ing on to lose their fourth straight game by a whop­ping 103.

Their big­gest de­feat last sea­son was by 88 points, which also came against the high-oc­tane Saints at TIO Sta­dium.

St Mary’s sud­denly have an abun­dance of goal­kick­ing op­tions, with their for­ward mos- quito fleet – pre­dom­i­nantly Fran­cis Kinthari, Justin Cooper and 18-year-old Pio Puautjimi – wreak­ing havoc again.

Ricky Nolan’s Saints bet­tered yes­ter­day’s im­pos­ing 26.14 (170) score­line twice last sea­son, but there ap­pears to be ex­tra dy­namism about their cur­rent at­tack.

“They’re (Tiwi) bat­tling, but I’m rapt with the per­for­mance,” Nolan said.

“They didn’t give up, the things we talked about we did, and in that heat they were phe­nom­e­nal. I could see at three-quar­ter time and the end there, they gave their heart and soul to the footy club.”

Wor­den must have been fum­ing early, watch­ing his play­ers re­peat­edly mur­der the ball through the mid­dle – and of­ten un­der lit­tle pres­sure.

St Mary’s made them pay, too, with their five open­ingterm goals just the start of a tor­rid af­ter­noon. They fol- lowed with eight in the sec­ond quar­ter, seven in the third and six af­ter the last break.

The Bombers had two goals to half­time last week against Wan­der­ers on their way to a 49-point de­feat, and their sorry start shows no signs of end­ing.

Spear­head Dar­ren Ewing’s re­turn and league-lead­ing goal­kicker Fran­cis Kinthari’s pres­ence didn’t stop the ever­green Peter Mac­Far­lane slot­ting an­other bag of goals.

The man they call “Noo­dles” moved well and fin­ished with an equal game-high four ma­jors with Kinthari.

Ewing un­usu­ally had more hand­balls (two) than ma­jors (one), but he didn’t have to do much on this oc­ca­sion.

Three of Kinthari’s four came in a hurry in the third term in typ­i­cally op­por­tune fash­ion. The Wad­eye-based foot­baller, who spent a sea­son with Tiwi, has 17 for the year.

A fifth went beg­ging af­ter he put on the af­ter­burn­ers and left the Bombers de­fend­ers in his wake be­fore miss­ing.

NT Thun­der-listed Saints mid­fielder Jack Wil­liams was one of seven mul­ti­ple goal­kick­ers, but was also su­perb in set­ting up for­ward for­ays.

St Mary’s are set to wel­come back Cam Ilett, Raph Clarke, Michael Coombes, Karl Lo­hde and pos­si­bly Ryan Smith next week.

“They gave their heart and soul to the footy club”

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