Bombers just fodder for high-flying Saints
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”