A BLISTERING nine-goal opening term was the springboard for Leitchville-Gunbower's 99-point victory over White Hills at Leitchville on Saturday.

Jake Van Dongen stretches backwards for a mark before booting one of his eight goals for Leitchville-Gunbower on Saturday.

Jake Van Dongen stretches backwards for a mark before booting one of his eight goals for Leitchville-Gunbower on Saturday.

A BLISTERING nine-goal opening term was the springboard for Leitchville-Gunbower's 99-point victory over White Hills at Leitchville on Saturday.

Daniel Coates got the Bombers under way with a superb snap and with Jack Gleeson and Matt Pollock dominant in the middle of the ground the Demons' defence were totally overwhelmed.

In recent weeks the Bombers have spread the scoring load rather than relying too heavily on star forward Matt Perri and the trend continued against the Demons.

With Perri missing due to a hamstring strain, the Bombers sent Logan Prout forward with devastating result.

Released from minder duties in the backline, the youngster celebrated with three first quarter goals and along Jake Van Dongen gave a fine display of leading and marking.

Trailing by 52 points at the first break, the Demons put men behind the ball for the second term and were successful in stemming the Bombers' scoring and averting a potential 100-point half time deficit.

Indeed the visitors' efforts were so successful that they outscored the Bombers for the term - albeit by 2 points - and at least created an idea that they may be competitive in the second half.

It wasn't to be though as the Bombers rediscovered their early fluency and the goals began to flow.

Debutants James Kervin and Blake Gellety along with fellow youngster Josh Hawken and Blake Cooke, worked hard and give a good glimpse of what future Bomber sides may look like.

Captain Daniel Couwenberg agreed. "All the young guys coming in to the side bring that bit of enthusiasm which is great. When we have a few injuries we know we have blokes who can come straight in and perform.

"White Hills held us up really well in the second term and I reckon the kids were terrific in getting us back on track in the third quarter"

Seventy four points up at the last change the Bombers churned out a further five goals in the last term to run out easy winners.

Van Dongen finished with eight goals in a polished display while the support acts Coates and Prout kicked five and four.

"Jake was sensational and it's a real credit to him after all the footy he's missed in the last couple of years and to have the other guys up there as well we have plenty of options if Pez (Perri) isn't there" Couwenberg said.

Perri should return to the Bombers line-up next week when they face arch rivals Lockington away from home.

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