Bombers and Bulldogs continue their dominance

Ryan Bethune finds some space. Images: Brendan Bowers.

Brendan Bowers

Unless Bay Power and the ATW turn their results around, it appears as if it is a two-horse race for the AFL Wide Bay men’s flag in season 2022.

Once again, the Hervey Bay Bombers and Brothers Bulldogs won easily in round six of the senior competition.

Hosting the Eagles at home, the Hervey Bay Bombers dominated the first half before the rains came to run out winners 12.19-91 to 1.4-10 over their Bundaberg rivals.

Dylan Rowe and Ben Holland kicked three each for the home team.

Bombers coach Troy Ignatenko was pleased with his team’s commitment on the day.

“We were dominant and pretty strong across the park in the first half before the rain came. After that, it was pretty scrappy, but we are pleased that we got the win and didn’t get any injuries,” Ignatenko said.

It was a story repeated in Bundaberg where the ATW easily accounted for Bay Power.

Racing in four goals in the first quarter, the Bulldogs set up the win, but the Hervey Bay team fought back in the second stanza before a 30-7 third quarter sealed the Bulldogs’ victory.

Bay Power came home with a dominant final term kicking five straight goals, but it was too little too late by then.

Bulldogs coach Brad Grogan was not getting carried away with plenty of games still to play.

“It is nice to take four from five, but we went to sleep in the final quarter. We need to play out the entire match,” Grogan said.

He singled out Joel Saunders and Griffin Webb for their contributions on the day.

Round seven action kicks off on Friday night when ATW host the Bulldogs before Bay Power and the Hervey Bay Bombers meet in Hervey Bay on Saturday.

There was only one game in reserves, with Bay Power defeating the Maryborough Bears 11.11-77 to 1.3-9, while ATW forfeited to the Hervey Bay Bombers.

Bay Power hosts the Brothers this week while the Bombers travel to Maryborough to play the Bears.