Under-Powered Bay fall to the Bulldogs
BAY Power will need their returning players at top form if they are to avoid three consecutive losses.
The long-time strugglers sat atop the table after they won their first three games of the season, but back-to-back defeats have left the Power staring down the barrel.
It will not be a season-defining run of poor form - there is plenty of time to turn it around - but it is a string of results coach Michael Gay wanted his troops to avoid.
"We'll have a few players come back (for ATW next week)," he said.
"It was great for three quarters but we just didn't have anything left towards the end."
Saturday's 17-point loss to Brothers Bulldogs was unexpected given their powerful start to the season.
The unavailability of up to eight players made the Bay's mission more difficult, but with several players backing up from junior and reserve grades they simply ran out of steam.
They outplayed and out-matched their opponents for the first half, and held a 17-point lead at the main break.
A quality third quarter from the Bundaberg club reduced that lead to one by the last break, and last year's runners-up ran away with it in the final quarter.
Captain Damon Oakley was among the best, while Paul Heffernan was a shining light for the home side.
Jadon Fredericks finished the game as the Power's best, while Glenn Krohn's six goals ensured they stayed in the fight.
"Damon was exceptional. He's a quiet achiever; his actions speak much louder than his words," Gay said.
"Defensively we were solid, but we lacked a little bit of firepower."
Hervey Bay Bombers travel to Maroochydore and the Bulldogs travel to Pomona next week.
BROTHERS BULLDOGS 15.10-100 (L. McGill 4, J. Saunders 2, J. Baulch 2, A. Rendell 2, L. Wood, D. Keam, C. Crowther, J. Rojahn-Searle, T. Taylor goals) def BAY POWER 12.11-83 (G. Krohn 6, C. Miles 3, K. Sims, D. McGreevy, D. Oakley goals) at Keith Dunne Oval, Hervey Bay.
ATW and HERVEY BAY BOMBERS had the bye.