Bombers lift with key play­ers out, leave men­tor with great mem­o­ries

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT - GREY MOR­RIS

TIWI Bombers pro­duced the ideal farewell present for long­time men­tor Bren­ton Toy when they crushed a dis­ap­point­ing South­ern Dis­tricts by 46 points in their Round 14 clash at Fred’s Pass.

The Ti­wis showed a lik­ing for the wide open spa­ces of Nor­built Oval by booting 15 goals to three af­ter a sloppy first half to record their fifth straight win.

The 17.12 (114) to 9.14 (68) win also tight­ened the Bombers’ hold on third po­si­tion and the cov­eted dou­ble chance at fi­nals time. Mid­fielder Ash­ton Hams, young gun Matthew Kan­tilla and classy util­ity Nathan Djer­rkura cre­ated the ex­plo­sives the Bombers dropped on the Croc­o­diles.

“Hav­ing those se­nior play­ers out gave others an op­por­tu­nity and they made it count in a pretty tough game of footy,’’ Hams said af­ter the fi­nal siren. “We’ve got four more tough ones to get over (Buf­faloes, Night­cliff, St Mary’s and Wan­der­ers) and don’t want to drop any of them, so this is a good start.’’

Hams said as­sis­tant coach Bren­ton Toy’s exit af­ter a long in­volve­ment in coach­ing and men­tor­ing the Tiwi play­ers was an­other rea­son the play­ers wanted to do well. “One of our favourite sons step­ping aside was some­thing else we had to get us up, we wanted to win for him be­cause he has done so much for the footy club.’’

The Bombers looked like they were run­ning out of fuel late in the se­cond quar­ter when Dis­tricts kicked late goals through Josh Innes and Davin Hall to take a five-point lead into the main break.

But some stern words from joint coaches Shane Tipua­man­timirri and Jamie Scrym­gour and a re­turn to their run­ning ways pro­duced a six­goal to one third term.

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