Hervey Bay Bombers the last local team standing
HERVEY Bay Bombers re-established itself as the Fraser Coast's best Aussie rules team after the club vanquished the demon that plagued its 2017 campaign.
The Bombers had beaten Bay Power only once since mid-August last year, and went into the QFA Wide Bay Sunshine Coast elimination final as the underdog.
But the Bombers should never be underestimated.
They arrived at Keith Dunne Oval with two tasks: win its first game at the venue this year, and end the Power's season.
It was that determination, that narrow focus, that deliver Tony Potter's men victory when it mattered.
The Bombers immediately shot to a big lead, and despite a second quarter fightback by the home side never gave in.
The Bombers did it comfortably in the end, despite the 15.13-104 - 10.11-77 scoreline which suggested the Bombers should have won by more.
"We were in control from the start, it's probably one of our better games,” Potter said after full-time.
"We definitely dominated on the scoreboard but we probably kicked ourselves out of it.”
"Our forwards did what we needed them to do and we left it open for them and they did well. To Power's credit they came back so good luck to them, and hopefully they'll be around bigger and better next year.”
Bombers captain Lachie Woodhams had a different word to describe his post- match feelings.
"Oh, relief?” he said.
"We had a bit of a hoodoo I suppose; we just kept losing down here. (We have a few) simple errors we have to get rid of, but once we got a roll and ran it when we needed to, it worked well.”
The Bombers will now shift its focus to Saturday's preliminary final, where they will face the minor premiership-winning Roos.
Brothers Bulldogs qualified for the grand final courtesy of its 12.15-87 - 11.10-76 win over the Roos.