Even the ugly ones are wins

The Riverine Herald - - GAME ON - By An­drew John­ston

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.’’

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