LEITCHVILLE-GUNBOWER has overcome a determined but ultimately undermanned Lockington-Bamawm United.

DOMINIC BAXTER

LEITCHVILLE-GUNBOWER has overcome a determined but ultimately undermanned Lockington-Bamawm United outfit in a tough Heathcote District Football League contest at Lockington on Saturday to the tune of 68 points.

The Cats' season has been one of great improvement and rebuilding and was expected to provide decent opposition on their home turf but were blown away in the early going with the Bombers far too classy.

Matt Perri and Daniel Coates both scored early in an ominous opening for the Cats – Perri's second for the term a tremendous snap on the run yet by quarter time both would be sidelined with game-ending injuries.

Not to worry, the Bombers still had plenty of forward options left with Jake Van Dongen's run of form continuing - seven goals to the big forward and Jack Gleeson (two goals) continues to score from the midfield.

While the Bombers scored freely the Cats struggled with Brad Ladson and Ryan Prendergast sublime in defence while Joel Donehue continues to influence games with hard tackling and calm disposal a feature.

Tim Lincoln, too, is having a consistent season and outran the athletic Nathan Dyson in dominating his wing.

Forty six points down at half time, the Cats, through Lachie Collins, attempted to disrupt the Bombers with a more physical approach.

Collins's efforts saw him receive a yellow card in the third term as the umpires sought to gain control over a game that threatened to become overheated.

The Cats succeeded, though, in slowing the Bombers' rate of scoring but unfortunately couldn't impact the scoreboard sufficiently to make any material difference to the end result.

The win sees the Bombers on top of the HDFL ladder at the half way point of the season and even with injury to key players look to have the depth to be as well placed at the end of the home and away season.

LEITCHVILLE- GUNBOWER     17.9 [111]

LOCKINGTON- BAMAWM UNITED     6.7 [43]

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