Bombers’ first quarter blitz buries Bay Power
HERVEY Bay Bombers midfielder Ian Dunbar has lauded his side's unheralded defence after it muzzled Bay Power in their 51-point victory at Keith Dunne Oval on Saturday.
While the Bombers had the aid of a strong breeze at the beginning, the Power went scoreless in the first quarter and had just two goals until finally breaking the shackles in the last term.
The Bombers' defensive unit has gone through myriad changes since winning the 2012 AFL Wide Bay premiership in September.
But with new recruit Dean Stanley showing tremendous leadership, rookie Billy Kelso, 16, making his mark as a centre halfback, Michael Lewis starring at fullback, and a number of running defenders rebounding hard and fast, the Bombers are yet to concede a triple-figure score this season.
Dunbar said the Bombers' new-look backline had shown time and time again it was capable of preventing the opposition from scoring.
"They really have been going well and have held teams to under 10 goals nearly every week," he said.
"They fly under the radar a bit but in the change rooms with us they are the stars as far as we're concerned.
"They do their job well, they know what their task is and know exactly what they have to do to execute, keeping it simple really."
The win was set up in the opening term for the Bombers as they piled on six goals to none in a blistering first quarter.
While both sides were inaccurate, the Power's dreadful kicking for goal in the second stanza ultimately killed off any hopes of a comeback, scoring a remarkable 1.8 for the quarter.
The Power trailed by 65 points at three-quarter time before booting six goals to four in the last quarter.
Clint Ennis provided a strong target up forward for the Bombers, booting five goals while Power's Evan Fulton kicked four majors in the final term after being held goal-less by the first three-quarter time.
While disappointed with the first quarter display, Power captain Ben Driscoll said they could still take some positives out of the game.
"We had a few boys out and if they're the top side of the comp, then I can't wait until we get all our boys and get a few more training sessions under our belt because we dominated them in that last quarter," he said.