Ennis the menace boots 11 in Bombers' 139-point victory
CLINT Ennis proved a menace for his former club at N.E McLean Oval on Saturday, as the Hervey Bay spearhead kicked 11 goals in the Bombers' 26.17 (173) to 5.4 (34) demolition of Brothers Bulldogs.
While the 34-year-old was quick to palm off the praise to his teammates, there was nothing the Bulldogs could do to stop the powerful full-forward, who beat the Bulldogs' final tally by himself.
It was his first double-digit haul for the Bombers and the most goals he has kicked in a game since booting 16 for the Bulldogs against Maryborough in 2010.
"It's good to get a bit of the touch back and confidence because the guys have got the confidence in me," Ennis said after the match.
But it was the Bombers' ability to break the Bulldogs side open and deliver clean ball into the forward line that allowed Ennis to kick a bag.
"It's like being fed with a silver spoon," he said.
"It's like you don't have to feed yourself and someone is actually sitting there and putting the food in your mouth.
"The silky skills from up the ground were just that brilliant I would give them 100 out of 100 today."
Ennis had kicked 18 goals for the season heading into the match, but extended his lead in the top goalscorer race to 10 after Saturday's big haul.
While it was easy to marvel at Ennis' feats, the Bombers had excellent contributions from several of their key stars.
After a tight first term, the Bombers exploded in the second quarter booting eight goals to two to turn a 29-13 lead at the end of the first quarter into a 79-26 half-time lead.
The Bombers blew their opponents away with a nine goal to nil third quarter as the margin surpassed 100 points at three-quarter-time.
For most part the Bombers' speed on the counter-attack, instigated by left-footer Jason McConnell off halfback, and James Falkenberg's ability to find space and use the ball skilfully and decisively, was the difference.
Cameron Mackay also had a big impact on the result, while skipper Rohan Mortimer was rarely beaten in the ruck, supplying his onballers with plenty of ball.
Stuart Buckley finished with five goals, while goal sneak Tony Andrews chimed in with three.
Saturday's victory was the Bombers' fifth on the trot and propels them to the top of the ladder, leaving the premiers on track to defend their title.