Bulldogs crush Bears in Bundy
THE MARYBOROUGH Bears crashed back to reality and to the bottom of the AFL Queensland Bundaberg Wide Bay Aussie rules competition ladder again on Saturday.
Bundaberg's Brothers Bulldogs ensured that in the round 18 clash at Faircloth Oval in the Rum City.
The second-placed hosts hammered the Bears 30.21.201 to 1.2.8.
The Bears were hoping to carry on from where they left off only seven days earlier when they had crushed Bay Power by almost 100 points and moved off the bottom for the first time in four years.
Clint Ennis made sure the joy was short lived as he kicked 14 goals to send the Bears packing.
Christopher Curthoys booted the only goal of the game for the Bears.
Curthoys, Dean Backwell, Mitch MacDonald, Ben O'Brien, Michael Simpson and Gavin Thomas were the best on field for the Bears.
The defeat means Bay Power, who had the bye, have now leapfrogged the Bears into fourth place with just two rounds of the season remaining before the finals start.
However, the Bears were not the only Fraser Coast club to suffer at the hands of Bundaberg rivals in the round.
Home ground advantage counted for nothing as the Hervey Bay Bombers, the defending premiers, lost in a low-scoring affair against competition leaders, Across The Waves, at Torquay's N. E. McLean Oval on Saturday night.
The visitors led from start to finish, winning 9.12.66 to 4.10.34.
Cameron Baker, Brent Dean, Kevin Junker and Geoff Scown were on target for the Hervey Bay Bombers.
Nicholas Frawley, Bradley Wex, Jake Nagy, Marcus Philpot, Scown and Chris Hughes received the best on field votes.
The Bombers are now third on the ladder.
Rob Battle, the Hervey Bay Bombers president, said it had been one of those games.
“We just couldn't get it going,” he said.
“They were the better team on the day so they got the points – that's footy and that's the way it goes sometimes.”