Hervey Bay Bombers edge Bay Power in Bundaberg
HERVEY Bay's AFL Wide Bay teams showed there was almost nothing between them in yesterday's Anzac Day clash.
In one of the closest contests this season, Hervey Bay Bombers won against the odds, by two points, against their rivals Bay Power.
Down almost throughout the final term, a goal late in the contest saw the Bombers win without the breeze.
Bombers coach Darren Hunter said his team was lucky to win.
"[Bay Power] killed us in the middle and we changed it up in the last quarter," Hunter said. "They showed us in the third quarter how to play against the wind and we just dug deep by putting one man in defence instead of two or three."
In a seesaw contest in windy conditions, Hunter added it was a good return to form after last week's debacle against ATW.
The undermanned Bombers were smashed by 23 goals in one of the club's darkest days.
"We had 14 players out last week against Waves," he said. "They're a good bunch of boys but sometimes you need to keep at them with their skills."
As for Power, they are disappointed about not taking their chances to win.
A late miss by Shane Dryden after the Bombers took the lead was compounded by the match finishing in their forward 50.
Coach Michael Gay said their lack of finishing ultimately let them down.
"Our attack on the ball was good and our skill level was pretty high," he said.
"Unfortunately we squandered a few shots on goal and at times just didn't play to our potential."
Despite the loss, the results so far this season show the team is on the right track in the competition.
"We're confident that we can mix it with the other teams," he said. "We've got a better skill team than in the past and we are heading in the right direction."
They will now face the Bulldogs next week at home with Hervey Bay having the bye.