AFL (from left): Hervey Bay Bombers Jason McConnell and captain Lachlan Woodhams.
AFL (from left): Hervey Bay Bombers Jason McConnell and captain Lachlan Woodhams. Matthew McInerney

Bombers leaders look forward to new coach's fresh ideas

NEW coach, new captain, and the promise of new players has the Hervey Bay Bombers confident of reaching this year's grand final.

The Bombers had the week off courtesy of a first-round bye, but the Raward Rd club is ready to take the field against Gympie Cats this week.

Lachlan Woodhams said he was proud to be awarded the club's captaincy.

Woodhams, a 23-year-old who finds his home in the midfield, said he believed this year's Bombers are a step above those that donned the proud jersey in 2016.

"I think we've nearly got a better team than last year to be honest, a much better side,” he said.

"Blokes are here all the time training, last year we had people living away who'd come back every week but they didn't have the fitness the guys training had.

"I didn't know a few guys until the first game day last year, but you can learn how everyone plays.”

Woodhams, who grew up in Victoria, started playing Aussie rules when he was 10 years old.

He only joined the Bombers last year but said he was enjoying the close, united club.

The Bombers will treat their fight against the Cats as a trial game.

Coach Tony Potter said their schedule, which included the bye, Gympie and then a week off for Easter, meant it was a smarter approach to treat their fourth-round game against Bay Power as the real opener.

For Jason McConnell, a member of the side's leadership group, the injection of new energy and new ideas will be key to their success.

"We were doing a bit before Christmas, then Tony came along and everything came together,” he said.

"Coming from Darwin he has other ideas - for an old bloke like me it's good to see some fresh ideas that are different to what you're used to do it.”



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