HDFNL - Bomber surge

MINE: Hoby Busseu claimed a mark during the second quarter of Leitchville/Gunbower's 73-point win against Mount Pleasant.

MINE: Hoby Busseu claimed a mark during the second quarter of Leitchville/Gunbower's 73-point win against Mount Pleasant.

A 14-GOAL to two second half helped reigning Heathcote District Football Netball League premiers, Leitchville/Gunbower remain in touch with top spot on the ladder.

Trailing Mount Pleasant by six points in a tight contest, the visitors - who had shown improvement the weekend prior against Colbinabbin - were on the verge of one of the upset results of the season.

With a strong southerly blowing straight up the Leitchville Recreation Reserves, the Blues had harassed and frustrated the home side with a more traditional approach to the conditions, while the Bombers persisted with a more precise short kicking approach when with the wind at their backs.

Inaccuracy hurt the hosts in the opening term, with the team failing to move the ball to the scoring side of the ground.

Daniel Coates showed great intent up forward and unlike many of his teammates and opposition looked completely comfortable in the blustery conditions.

Meanwhile, opportunism was the trademark of Mount Pleasant's scoring as they worked into the strong breeze and at quarter time they would have been pretty pleased with a scoreline that had them only four points down.

The visitors were more effective when it was their turn to use the breeze kicking the first three goals of the second term and looking capable of breaking the sometimes haphazard Bomber defence, led by Ryan Prendergast.

Mitchell Bruns and Matt Perri - who atoned for an rare miss earlier in the quarter - levelled the scores, but a late goal to the Blues gave the visitors the lead at the main break.

Much of Mount Pleasant's domination had come as a result of Mitch Bennet's ruck dominance, but when the tall suffered an ankle injury in the opening minutes of the third quarter, it enabled Russell De Groot and Lee Pollock to take control for the hosts.

Matt Ladson and Jack Gleeson then ran amok in the middle of the ground, feeding a forward line hungry for opportunity.

Le Pollock and Jake Vandongen followed Gleeson in scoring majors and when youngsters Brady Hore and Mitch McEwen chipped in with goals, the Bombers had shot out to a four-goal lead within the first nine minutes of the term.

It didn't stop there. With Lee Pollock taking over from De Groot in the ruck, the relentless attack from the home side continued.

Gleeson and Vandongen each kicked their second for the term and then celebrations peaked as debutant Blake Cooke underline his senior credentials with a strong mark and long goal.

Surprisingly, Perri's only goal of the quarter, and the Bombers' 10th of the term, came just before the three-quarter time siren, with 

The work of the Bombers' defence also helped, with any forward movement from the Blues met solidly, with Logan Prout blanketing key forward, Ben Weightman and Matt Hay leading the way across half back.

Sixty points up at the last change, the Bombers continued unabated in the last with Coates leading the way and the classy Gleeson taking his tally to four in a great display.

"We had a few guys out but I thought our new guys in Blake Cooke, Josh Hawken and Matt Hay all did real well slotting in and to come up with that third quarter and second half was sensational," Bombers coach, Michael Pilchers said.

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