Hervey Bay Bombers to go back to basics after loss
HERVEY Bay Bombers will go back to the drawing board after their second loss of the season.
The Bombers lost by a combined 100 points in the space of four days, and coach Tony Potter is desperately seeking a solution.
Hervey Bay led Brothers Bulldogs by one point at three-quarter time on Saturday, before the visitors kicked away in an emphatic seven-goal last term.
Potter suggested the side's slow starts were behind the surprisingly large losses.
"Every team this year has got the jump on us, they've kicked the first one or two goals every quarter.” Potter said. "We've worked on high intensity at training but that's obviously not working.”
Defender and captain Lachlan Woodhams could only watch as Bulldog Brennan Dempsey bagged an astonishing nine goals.
He suggested the issue was his teammates' lack of urgency when it came to setting up both attacking and defensive structures.
"It's setting up our structures, we know what we want to do but we're not getting there in time to set it up,” Woodhams said.
"We're not in the positions early enough to set it up.”
The Bombers' other issue was finding their targets.
As Brothers turned up the heat in the last term, the Bombers missed targets and fumbled their way through the forgettable period.
"It's the basic skills, it got us in trouble a couple of times,” Woodhams said.
"Instead of doing a soft handball to a runner out wide we'd smash it into him and it would go to ground or go past them, it's stuff we have to work on.”
With a road trip to Maroochydore Roos on the horizon, the Bombers have to secure a win before the season slips away.
"We just want to push hard and get these games under our belt,” Woodhams said. "We have to put our best foot forward.”