CONTEST: Maroochydore reached higher in its win over ervey Bay Bombers.
CONTEST: Maroochydore reached higher in its win over ervey Bay Bombers. Valerie Horton

Bombers now in danger of missing the finals

HERVEY Bay's finals hopes are now in jeopardy after a tight loss to Maroochydore.

The second-placed Sunshine Coast team took the Bombers' position on the ladder a week ago. Now, the Roos' 8.6-54 - 6.9-45 win at NE Mclean Oval has pushed the Bombers towards an early end to their QFA Wide Bay Sunshine Coast season.

Hervey Bay coach Tony Potter could only watch as side was out-muscled in the tight contest.

His side missed several top names, but with the likes of Lachie Woodhams, James Hickey, Todd and Jack O'Connell and Pat Papas on the park should have maintained their fortress.

The black-and-red-clad club enjoyed more scoring opportunities than the visitors, but the off-target radar has seen the Bombers slump to fourth place on the table, just two points ahead of Across The Waves.

"It was a bit of a bad kicking,” Potter said.

"Ryan Duke was our best player in the first half and he broke his wrist just after half time. We were in it just after half time but those things went against us.”

ATW Eagles is on the hunt for its fourth consecutive flag. A Pomona forfeit meant ATW moved to 26 points, increasing the Bundaberg club's run to four consecutive wins.

Maroochydore will host ATW on Saturday, a result Potter will nervously anticipate while his side hosts Pomona.

A Roos win could mean the Bombers are safe.

An Eagles win will set up a last-round blockbuster when the Bombers host ATW on August 5.



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