Bombers to prove point after Bears
THE Hervey Bay Bombers will take to the field against Across The Waves with a point to prove after their historic loss to last year’s wooden spooners Maryborough Bears.
The bottom-of-the-ladder Bears beat their rivals from up the coast for the first time in the club’s 20-year history last Saturday.
Across The Waves coach John Williams said the Bombers would approach today’s Frank Coulthard Oval encounter with a fire in their belly.
And he has warned his team to be wary.
“They’ll be smarting and eager to try and take it out on us,” Williams said.
“You can bet on it.
“They will be out there with a point to prove and it’s going to be up to the team to make sure we don’t help them do it.”
Williams said it would be ill-advised to discount the Hervey Bay Bombers after the historic defeat.
“I’ve played against them and I’ve coached against them, and year in, year out, they are the team to beat,” he said.
“They might have an off week or a bit of a lull, but you can bet it won’t last long.
“If you get complacent they’ll come at you and make you pay.”
Williams said his team had been boosted in the lead-up to the game by a return of key players from summer commitments.
Michael Loader, Sean Stone, Alex Woodward, Travis Patterson and Ryan Patterson will be welcomed back into the Across The Waves fray.
“We’ve got a few more personnel on the books than we did last week and I think we’re going to look all the better for it,” he said.
Williams said the return of senior players Sean Stone and Michael Loader would provide a new avenue for leadership of younger players on the team.
Stone will slot into half-forward flank and Loader will take on half-back flank.
“They’ve both got a wealth of experience and they are both still good footballers in their own right,” he said.
“They really know how to get the ball moving and they talk on the field which is invaluable.
“Having a voice on the ground, giving directions and guidance can make all the difference.”
Across The Waves will play Hervey Bay Bombers at Frank Coulthard Oval 2.30pm today.