Bombers’ gun can improve

April 13, 2018

Matt Perri celebrates his 100th goal of the season.



He kicked four goals and six behinds on the weekend but that’s an underachievement for Leitchville-Gunbower spearhead Matt Perri.

His coach Michael Pilcher said his centurion goalkicker of 2017 would improve.

‘‘We know he can get even better,’’ Pilcher said.

‘‘I wouldn’t be surprised if he kicked six (goals) four (behinds) this week.’’

And he could be in with his chance.

The Bombers come up against Elmore, a side who are reeling after a 97-point loss to Colbinabbin.

The Bombers are also coming off a victory in the netball over North Bendigo.

In a tight match, the Bombers finished up with a four-goal victory.


Lockington-Bamawm United will face Huntly on Saturday in an early season second-plays-third clash.

Both sides had big wins in round one to stake claims as strong contenders for finals action.

And it is a match LBU playing-coach Kahl Oliver does not want to miss out on.

‘‘It will be another big test for us,’’ he said.

‘‘The boys played well last week and we hope it will be no different this week.

‘‘We had a couple of sore bodies after the match, but hopefully they’ll be training tonight and are fresh for Saturday.’’

Huntly, with its new coach and a bunch of new recruits, are a dangerous prospect for Oliver’s team.

‘‘I don’t think they’ve lost too many, and they recruited well,’’ Oliver said.

‘‘I expect them to be playing finals this year.

‘‘I hope to keep the momentum going forward and continue on this week.’’

In the netball, LBU head coach Amanda Walker is confident her side can bounce back after a first round defeat to Mt Pleasant.

‘‘Our confidence is really good,’’ Walker said. ‘‘We have a lot of faith in each other to bounce back.

‘‘I think we have worked on the things that let us down last week and everyone is positive about this game. After Tuesday’s training there was a bit of a team meeting and the girls talked about the flaws that let us down on the court. Everyone is keen to get going again,’’ she said.



It was the perfect weekend for Tonny with both a netball win and a football triumph over Mulwala and five goals from Mark Watson.

Against a Finley side tomorrow that has conceded just 97 points this season, a big bag from someone may be the difference.

The team will again rely on it’s leaders for a second victory to set the Blues’ season up going forward.

Across the reserve in netball, the Blues are coming off their second victory of the year.

Both the Cats and the Blues are undefeated in A grade, but Tongala has a massive percentage advantage with its attacking style expected to be the key.PDFNL


Mathoura has another tough task ahead of it when the side comes up against Strathmerton away tomorrow.

Coming off the back of a huge loss against reigning premier Picola, the young Mathoura side will have to grow up quickly if it hopes to overcome a side that has made finals for the past six years.

Mathoura playing coach Jack Keogh said the side will be bolstered by the arrival of new faces.

‘‘We have a few ins so with that we hope to get a few tools back and hope that can make a difference to the team dynamics,’’ he said.

‘‘I found out in Saturday’s match I got an AC joint sprain (shoulder), so hopefully I’ll only be out for one to two weeks.

‘‘James Eddy has broken his collarbone so he’s out for six to eight weeks. We hope to have a few guys to fill those holes.’’

Keogh said he was concerned that the opposition have been steadily achieving over the years.

‘‘They have been very consistent over that time in the past five or six years,’’ Keogh said.

‘‘They’ve always been there or there abouts in terms of finals.

‘‘We’re keeping positive this week and we’ll be up for the challenge, and we hope to put up a better performance.’’

The netballers will also face Strathmerton in round two of the Picola and District Netball League.

After disappointing first rounds from both Mathoura and Strathmerton, both sides will hope for redemption in tomorrow’s match.

The match will be played in Strathmerton from 2pm.

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