Even the ugly ones are wins
THEY won’t always be pretty.
If you’re going to keep getting wins for the season, sometimes you have to win the ugly ones.
And Saturday’s win for the Bombers was a slog.
A tough game that didn’t see either side post particularly high scores throughout the game, the Bombers ran out with a 29-point win against their Heathcote District league opponent Colbinabbin.
The win may not have been the Bombers best of the season, but it was one of their most important.
The result means the Bombers are highly unlikely to finish outside the top three for the season, and with a number of injured players likely to return to the side in the next five weeks, the side will likely get better as finals approach.
It also means the Bombers avoid the embarrassment of losing to a side twice in the same season.
‘‘You really don’t want that to happen,’’ coach Michael Pilcher said.
‘‘It has a massive impact on you as a team going into the finals having a side that has beaten you twice.
‘‘The mental impact is the one you need to worry about in that situation. You would go into the finals knowing you haven’t beaten this team and that will be a bit of a mental block on you.
‘‘It shows to us, in our minds that they are beatable, which is important as it is fairly likely that we are going to be coming up against them again at some point during the finals.’’ By that logic, everyone is beatable. With the win against Colbo, the Bombers have now knocked over every team in the competition this season.
While a lot of those wins have been strong wins, this one was truly a tough one.
And a win in a tough game further strengthens the resolve of the playing group. ‘‘It was very tough,’’ Pilcher said. ‘‘It was one of those games where, as a coach, you say to your players that you then appreciate the most.
‘‘Seeing all 22 of your boys contribute; well it’s really important, so we certainly enjoyed getting the win on this occasion.’’
The Bombers will have the week off this week, before a run home that includes both Huntly and LBU.
And Pilcher is taking neither side lightly.
‘‘They will both be tough matches for us,’’ he said.
‘‘They’re also important for us in a tune up for the finals.’’