Hervey Bay Bombers' Alastair Smith in action last week.
Hervey Bay Bombers' Alastair Smith in action last week. Valerie Horton

Bombers bow out after a tight loss to Roos

IT WAS not the plan.

Hervey Bay Bombers coach Tony Potter was more confident on Saturday than he was ahead of last week's elimination final against local rivals Bay Power.

But while the Bombers dispatched the Power, they couldn't do the same at a blustery Maroochydore.

The wind was that intense the ball went backwards off the boot. The Bombers, who struggled to adapt, were scoreless in the first term.

The second quarter was the complete opposite: the Bombers found the lead courtesy of its better goalkicking accuracy and Roos were kept scoreless.

Potter said the topsy- turvy continued until the wind died in the final term, and by the time the siren sounded his team was eight points short.

"They got their first two goals from 50-metre penalties and silly free kicks,” Potter said. "It's hard to come back from that.

"If they didn't get them it could've been different.

"It was a great game, they battled hard. But it was just a really bad day.”

The loss ends the Bombers season, and leaves the Fraser Coast without a representative in the QFA Wide Bay Sunshine Coast grand final.

Maroochydore will play Brothers Bulldogs at Gympie this Saturday.

The Bulldogs won the major semi final, though Roos won the first clash between the two on July 1.



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