It was the Bay Power of old, and that's not a good thing
BAY Power's huge loss is the latest in a worrying trend for coach Michael Gay.
When the Urangan club won its first four games the headlines were focused on the club's unbeaten start, a major turnaround for a club that made its first finals appearance last year after a decade-long struggle.
A glance at the form line noticed a surprising recurring theme: the club concedes more points every game.
It started at a 30-point margin, rose to 52, then on Saturday exploded to 125 courtesy of a rampant Hervey Bay Bombers.
"It's almost the Bay Power of old,” Gay said.
"That's something that was last year, the blowout, but we have to move on. We'll move forward and forget about it.”
The Power suffered two similarly-large losses in 2016.
Eventual premiers Across The Waves slaughtered the Power 28.19-187 - 6.5-41 in Bundaberg on May 7, and an away trip to Gympie on July 30 ended in disaster as the Cats reigned 18.10-118 - 5.7-37.
The combination of sleek opposition attack and the Power's inability to hit back resurfaced as the Bombers embarrassed their cross-town rivals.
The Bombers kicked six goals to lead 6.2-38 - 0.1-1 by the first break, and never looked like slowing down.
Gay said the club could not afford to dwell on the NE Mclean Oval result.
Instead, he said the Power had to shift its focus to Saturday's important clash with ATW.
"We just reset, start again, this week's gone,” he said after the final siren.
"We need to work on what we need to fix and we'll sort that out at training. I don't know what it was; it was just poor performance.”
A win can keep them in touch with the top two, a loss could see ATW keep pace with fourth-placed Maroochydore, the best-placed Sunshine Coast club.