Round twelve of the AFL Wide Bay senior competition kicked off on Saturday, with Bundaberg hosting the two fixtures.
In the top of the table clash between Brothers Bulldogs and the Hervey Bay Bombers, the visitors came out on top with a 12.9-81 to 5.2-32 victory.
It was an even first quarter between the teams, with Brothers kicking the first two goals and taking the lead into the first break before the Bombers kicked away in the second and third teams to set up the win, kicking 58 points to 12.
The Bombers eased off in the final term, which did not please coach Troy Ignatenko.
“Credit to the Bulldogs; they really challenged us in the first quarter before we responded in the second and third quarters,” Ignatenko said.
He believes their fitness and skilful use of the ball were the difference between the teams.
Ben Holland kicked six goals for the Hervey Bay team in their win.
Brothers Bulldogs coach Brad Grogan is confident his team will be better for the game.
“They played well, but we matched them except for two ten-minute lapses in the second and third quarter,” Grogan said.
Across town, the ATW Eagles accounted for Bay Power, winning 13.2-80 to 8.2-50 to secure their first win of the season.
Jason Bethune kicked five goals for the Eagles.
The competition breaks for two weeks and returns on Saturday, 16 July, with the Eagles hosting Bay Power while Brothers Bulldogs will travel to Hervey Bay to play the Bombers.
In reserves, it was a win to Bay Power over Brothers, winning 14.5-89 to 3.4-22, while the Hervey Bay Bombers easily accounted for the Maryborough Bears 18.10-118 to 5.2-32.