ON THE RUN: Connor Baulch kicks for Brothers Bulldogs at their home ground.
ON THE RUN: Connor Baulch kicks for Brothers Bulldogs at their home ground. Paul Donaldson BUN030617AFL5

Bundy sides beaten in a bunch of fives

AUSSIE RULES: The unbeaten run of the Brothers Bulldogs is over after Hervey Bay won a thriller at Brothers Sports Complex.

In one of the best contests in Bundaberg this season, both sides showed they will be premiership contenders later this season.

The Bombers survived a late charge from the Bulldogs to move level at the top with six wins each.

Leading by 26 points at one stage, the Bombers saw their lead vanish in a frantic final term as the Bulldogs stormed to the front with three final quarter goals to Blair Bretag.

The Bombers holding on to win by five points as a late Patrick Papas goal off the ground gave Hervey Bay the win.

"It was great," Bombers player Lachlan Woodhams said.

"Paddy up at the end there, I think he was struggling a bit with a complaint in his lower leg somewhere, (he luckily) just got on the end of it.

"I think it was a fluke but he'll definitely take it."

Woodhams said the previous two weeks, with wins over the top three sides in the Power and the Dogs, proves the side can match it with the best.

"It has to put us back up there," he said.

"We've got a decent chance to make finals (now) and then we'll reassess from there."

Bulldogs player Connor Baulch said their sides running lost them the game.

"It was a good comeback and I thought we had them so it was a bit disappointing in the end," he said.

"I think we can run a bit more (in future and) maybe space them around and chip it around a bit more."

Baulch said the performance was pleasing considering they were down a player early after Brennan Dempsey went off with a hamstring injury.

In other matches, The Waves also fell five points short against Hervey Bay opposition.

The side losing to Bay Power despite being down by 38 points heading into the final quarter of the contest.

A final term comeback, including five last quarter goals to no score from the Power, wasn't enough as Bay Power held on to win.

The competition will now take a week off and resume on June 17.

SCOREBOARD

Hervey Bay 10.6.66 (M. Burgess 3, C. Mackay 2) def Brothers Bulldogs 9.7.61 (B. Bretag 5)

Bay Power 7.11.53 (J. Wheeler 3) def The Waves 6.12.48 (J. Trotter 2, K. Wagstaff 2)



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