Hervey Bay Bomber Cameron Baker lines up his successful shot at goal.
Hervey Bay Bomber Cameron Baker lines up his successful shot at goal. Matthew McInerney

Baker's back from Cairns on a mission

AUSSIE RULES: Former Hervey Bay Bombers captain Cameron Baker made an instant impact in his return to the black-and-reds.

Baker, who captained the Bombers in 2015, kicked a goal as Hervey Bay beat local rivals Bay Power by 27 points.

It is the second game Baker has played for the Bombers this season - he was named the side's best on ground in June 2's 56-point win against the Power - but Saturday's Battle of the Bay marked his full return to the AFL Wide Bay.

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He was a strong a presence on the field, and will be a major part of Bombers' coach Darren Hunter's premiership puzzle as the regular season enters its final four weeks.

"He's a quality footballer," Hunter said. "He's smart and he played up at Cairns for the past 12 months and that's a strong competition.

"He's going to be massive for us. You look at him, Luke O'Toole and Matty O'Brien back, it's going to look good."

Baker is a long-term Hervey Bay Bombers player, having been part of the 2012 premiership winning side.

He played 17 games in 2012, 15 games in the 2014 season, when the Bombers fell to Across The Waves in the final, and played 11 games in 2015.

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His experience and ability, alongside that of previous South Queensland rep squad member O'Toole, who added a goal to his season tally of 17 in 13 games on Saturday, and O'Brien, who has 11 goals in six games but missed the Bay derby, makes for a dangerous combination for any AFL Wide Bay contender to face



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