DOMINANT: Aaron Townsend played his first game for Hervey Bay Bombers last week, but will be a major part of the side's QFA Wide Bay Sunshine Coast squad.
DOMINANT: Aaron Townsend played his first game for Hervey Bay Bombers last week, but will be a major part of the side's QFA Wide Bay Sunshine Coast squad. Valerie Horton

Northern influence powers the Hervey Bay Bombers

HERVEY Bay Bombers' northern influence had an immediate impact: now coach Tony Potter hopes his former Spartans can lead the club's fight to the QFA Wide Bay Sunshine Coast finals.

Before he was a Bomber, Potter successfully coached Olympic Spartans in the Northern Territory.

He won multiple flags in his time in the Territory, and has slowly instilled a similar playing style at the NE Mclean Oval club.

Former Spartans Aaron Townsend and Pat Papas played their first games for Hervey Bay in last week's big win over the Power, and both are expected to play out the season.

Potter said their influence was not limited to the field. The duo know his systems and helped other members of the squad understand the process.

"They just know what is expected,” Potter said.

"They walk straight into the side. It's interesting they told the boys about the systems - I think a few of them were in awe that they know all about it.”

The Bombers travel to Bundaberg today to face Brothers Bulldogs, the only remaining undefeated team left in the competition.

Potter said Jack O'Connell and Scott Clark could be among the club's leaders for the clash.

First bounce at 3pm.



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