Bombers end Brothers' undefeated start to the year
HERVEY Bay Bombers has sensationally ended Brothers Bulldogs' unbeaten start to the QFA Wide Bay Sunshine Coast season.
Bombers supporters were forced to hold their breath as the Fraser Coast's top-ranked club squandered a 26-point lead to win by just five points. Bay Power did exactly the same thing in their five-point home ground win against ATW.
The Bombers-Bulldogs clash was described as one of the best contests so far this year.
Blair Bretag bagged three Bulldogs goals in a frantic final term but the Bombers held on to win courtesy of a late Patrick Papas major.
"It was great,” Bombers captain Lachlan Woodhams said after the siren.
"Paddy up at the end there, I think he was struggling a bit with a complaint in his lower leg somewhere, (he luckily) just got on the end of it.
"I think it was a fluke but he'll definitely take it.”
Woodhams said the club's last two results - the streak-ending win over Brothers and last week's 77-point thrashing of Bay Power - proves the side can match it with the best.
"It has to put us back up there,” he said. "We've got a decent chance to make finals (now) and then we'll reassess from there.”
Bulldog Connor Baulch said his side's running lost them the game. He said the performance was pleasing considering they were down a player early after Brennan Dempsey went off with a hamstring injury.