Bombers wary of the Power's strengths but confident of win
BAY Power might hold the edge this season but history doesn't matter come 2pm.
That's the attitude of captain Lachie Woodhams and his Hervey Bay Bombers teammates as they prepare for one of the biggest clashes between the cross-town rivals in their history.
The Bombers have won just one of three games between the two this season, but both of those losses came at Keith Dunne Oval - the site of today's QFA Wide Bay Sunshine Coast elimination final.
For some Bombers, the hurt extends to last year's preliminary final when the Power overturned a 30-point half-time deficit to snatch a 27-point victory.
"Yes and no,” Woodhams said when asked if it served as extra motivation.
"It was my first year at the club last year but we weren't as flash. It was disappointing and it definitely sits in the back of some guys' minds.
"The build-up (to today's final) actually feels bigger than last year. The top five teams were so close, and it does feel there's more pressure this time.”
Woodhams said that may not hurt his side, instead it could provide the Torquay club the fuel it needs to overcome their closest rival.
He said Power captain Josh Wheeler was one player they had to shut down, but said the Bombers could not afford to overlook the likes of Dale Burt and Marcus Dyson.
"Our midfield has to perform,” he said. "We have been a bit slow for the past few weeks. They've played some pretty good games this year but if we have to fire.”
Woodhams said his side was quietly confident of ending the Power's season, and setting up a preliminary final against either Brothers Bulldogs or Maroochydore.
"We're confident but we don't want to get ahead of ourselves,” Woodhams said.
"I think we can (beat the Power). We'll have one of our best sides this season. We struggled against them at the start.
"We'll just play what's in front of us.”