LEITCHVILLE-GUNBOWER completely dominated Mount Pleasant at the Gunbower Recreation Reserve on Saturday, winning by 188 points in a totally one-sided affair.
Matthew Perri was at his best, leading the way with 12 goals as the Bombers dismantled their opponent.
The Bombers suspected it wouldn’t be their toughest game of the season given the Blues’ position at the bottom of the Heathcote and District Football League ladder.
And they made light work of their opponent, having the game sewn up by half-time with a 90-point lead, which they would more than double in the second half playing scintillating football.
Bombers’ coach Matt Hawken was impressed with his side as it continued to play football ranking it among the league’s top two sides.
‘‘Having had the week off we’re really starting to get our full list back,’’ he said.
‘‘We played a really strong brand of footy, with a big score and a lot of inside 50s as well.
‘‘It’s as well as we’ve played for four quarters in a while which was pleasing.’’
The Bombers jumped brilliantly and raced to a 47-point quarter-time lead.
Hawken said given the first-quarter smashing, Mount Pleasant decided to try and play a more defensively-minded game, which played right into the hands of the Bombers.
‘‘We knew they’ve had quite a few injuries, they went defensive but it really limited their options to score,’’ he said.
‘‘Their strength probably would have been to stay one on one and keep generating some attacking play and hitting the scoreboard.
‘‘If you go defensive, you lose that flair and our backline controlled things after that.’’
The onslaught would continue in the second term with another seven Bomber goals, the score 102 to 12 at the half.
With a focus on playing four full quarters of consistent football, they kept their foot on the gas for the entire second half, with 15 unanswered goals in the half to build the massive winning margin of 188 points.
Hawken said he’d seen improvement in the game despite the clear disparity between the two teams.
‘‘You have to break down games like that to how you’re playing; we made a real effort to identify parts we needed to improve and we felt we were strong in those areas,’’ he said.
‘‘We want our players playing a brand of footy that will hold up in bigger games. We moved the ball well and worked for each other, and we’re starting to get back to full strength.
‘‘Our skill level hasn’t been where we want it to be, and the protection for each other to give guys a bit more time with the ball around the contest — we did that really well.
‘‘We had some brilliant individual performances but we’re still reliant on everyone.’’
Perri and Jack Dye dominated up forward as usual, with Matt Pollock, Adam Decicco, Daniel Couwenberg and Daniel Coates rounding out the LG best. Youngsters Logan Prout, Brady Hore and Olly O’Shea also impressed their coach as they have throughout the season.