Hervey Bay Bombers captain/coach Johnny Neshoda tries to fire up his players at half-time during the elimination final loss against Brothers Bulldogs on Saturday.
Hervey Bay Bombers captain/coach Johnny Neshoda tries to fire up his players at half-time during the elimination final loss against Brothers Bulldogs on Saturday. Nat Bromhead

Bulldogs defeat Bombers

A GRAND final berth was on the menu at Maryborough’s Bear Park on Saturday afternoon.

However, it wasn’t a Fraser Coast club which had the hunger to win it.

Bundaberg’s Brothers Bulldogs sent the defending premiers, the Hervey Bay Bombers, crashing out of the premiership-winning race after winning the elimination final by 28 points.

Brothers Bulldogs led from start to finish, winning 17.11.113 to 12.13.85, to set up an all-Rum City grand final showdown with minor premiers Across The Waves at Urangan’s Keith Dunne Oval this Saturday.

Hervey Bay Bombers captain-coach Johnny Neshoda did his best to inspire his players by kicking four goals.

Rory Pope (three), Oliver Clarke, Kevin Junker, Jason McConnell, Jake Nagy and Matthew Innes were the other goalkickers.

Brad Wex, Pope and McConnell were the best on field.

The Bombers have won the premiership flag eight times since 2000, but club president Rob Battle said that didn’t look like happening this year from the opening bounce on Saturday.

“We just didn’t have it in us for some reason,” Battle said.

“It wasn’t the performance needed to win an all-or-nothing game of footy and we paid for it.

“They (Brothers Bulldogs) were much hungrier than us across the park all game – they wanted it more than us.

“We were simply beaten by the better team on the day, but that’s footy for you.

“We cannot do anything about it now except erase it from our memories and focus on getting ready for next year.”

Although the Hervey Bay Bombers won’t have a senior team in action on grand final day, they will have a couple of junior line-ups take the field in the under 15 and 17 deciders.

Both games will be against Brothers Bulldogs.

Another Whale City team, Bay Power, will contest the reserve-grade final against Brothers Bulldogs.



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