Bombers ready for undefeated Bulldogs after Bay rout
HERVEY Bay Bombers look to Saturday's game against QFA Wide Bay Sunshine Coast ladder-leaders Brothers Bulldogs with more confidence than ever before.
The Bombers shot to second courtesy of a 77-point thrashing of Bay Power at NE Mclean Oval, and have set their sights on the undefeated Bundaberg club.
Coach Tony Potter said his side concentrated on themselves ahead of the second derby, and its a focus the side will use as it tackles its biggest game to date.
"I think we hyped the first game up to be more than what it was and there were a few incidents leading up to the game that hyped it up to be something it definitely wasn't,” Potter said.
"We learned our lesson.
"We didn't talk about them at all this week, we pretty much concentrated on playing the football we wanted to play which was cutting their outlets out which we did early.”
Scott Clark continued his recent run of top-quality performances while teenager Alastair Smith finished with six goals.
While the Bombers had the result sealed after a six-goal-to-nil first term, Potter was cautious of how the Bulldogs would produce.
"Up there they may be a bit different but we'll see what we can work out and make sure everything's good,” Potter said.
"We saw what they had last time so we'll work on some stuff. As I said at the start (of the season), I don't know any of the teams but I'll find out for myself in the second round.
"(This) was the first time we played a team that beaten us and I think we tidied up pretty well when you see that score.”
Bay Power coach Michael Gay will return to the whiteboard for their home game against Across The Waves Eagles.
"They were switched on; they came to play footy and it took us a while to get going,” Gay said.
"We just have to take a positive approach and identify the things we have to work on.
"Overall I think it was our concentration. We were probably reactive in a lot of ways, there's a lot of things we didn't get right.”
Both games are scheduled for a 3pm start.
HERVEY BAY BOMBERS 19.11-125 (A. Smith 6, L. Woodhams 5, T. O'Connell 4, J. Frohling, S. Clark, P. Papas, T. Andrews) def BAY POWER 7.6-48 (M. Schlein 2, J. Wheeler 2, S. Eekelschot, K. Bugeja).