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LG pumps Bloods in dominant style

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May 01, 2017

Coach Matt Hawken said the players who had stepped up to cover the six injuries his side suffered last week had done themselves proud.

ANOTHER dominant win to Leitchville-Gunbower has kept their perfect record for the season intact and moved it to second on the Heathcote and District Football League ladder.

The Bombers were far too good for opponent Elmore at the Leitchville Recreation Reserve, posting a whopping 133-point win after winning each quarter of the game.

Most impressive was the fact the Bombers had 13 individual goalscorers, again led by Matthew Perri who booted seven.

Daniel Couwenberg, Tom Brereton, Ryan Prendergast and Logan Prout all bagged three goals for the Bombers, while Matthew Pollock and Matthew Ladson were two of the stars.

Coach Matt Hawken said the players who had stepped up to cover the six injuries his side suffered last week had done themselves proud.

‘‘Tommy Brereton kicked three and could have had five or six, he was really busy right through the game,’’ he said.

Hawken praised Prout for his three goals as well as Kyle Rowlands, Hugh Mcgillivray and Lachie Duncan for their efforts.

The Bombers raced out of the blocks and immediately took control of the game, a 43-1 quarter-time score reflecting their early dominance.

The margin continued to build in the second quarter and the Bombers took a massive 76-9 lead into half-time.

Elmore hit the scoreboard for two goals in the third quarter but was no match for the firepower of Leitchville-Gunbower, who extended the lead by 97 points at three-quarter-time.

And the damage kept coming right through to the end of the game, the Bombers kicking eight goals in the last quarter to take the match by 133 points, 27.9 (171) to 5.8 (38).

Hawken said the performance of his side’s defenders had been just as impressive as the huge score it kicked.

‘‘The backline was sensational, we’ve been really miserly in defence,’’ he said.

‘‘A fair bit of the work is done through the middle and our pressure holding the other team up, that is taking pressure off the defenders.’’

The large spread of goalkickers also pleased the senior coach.

‘‘We’ve worked on our versatility, we’ve got players that can swing back to half-back and then go forward and hit the scoreboard,’’ Hawken said.

‘‘We don’t pigeonhole our players into certain positions. We have lots of alternative ways to play.’’

The Bombers travel to Heathcote next week for what could easily be another comfortable win. The round seven away clash with North Bendigo looms as the next massive game for Leitchville-Gunbower with the Bulldogs sitting on top of the ladder.

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