TIWIS’ GIFT FOR DEPARTING TOY
Bombers lift with key players out, leave mentor with great memories
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.