Round 8 featured some excellent performancers from our teams. It puts us in a great position going into the Queen's Birthday break.
The thirds kicked off the day at Dandenong, facing the Redlegs for the first time since 2013 and for the very first time at Greaves Reserve. Our boys were looking to bounce back from a flat finish the previous week and got off to a flying start. The team featured a former goal-kicking superstar in Luke McGuiness, who was playing his first game since retiring from senior football at the end of last season. Despite a lazy finish, the Bombers were able to register a 174-point win. Luke McGuiness was best-on-ground, kicking 13 goals. The thirds remain undefeated and go into the break with a three-game lead on top of the table.
The reserves opened preceedings at Springvale Reserve. The reserves don't need a lot written about them as they continue to get the job week-after-week. The foot was on the gas the whole afternoon with the final result an 84-point win to the Bombers. Young Chris McCann was best-on-ground with three goals, while Matt Poore and Mick Kalviskis kicked four a-piece. The reserves go into the break undefeated and two games clear on top of the ladder.
The seniors then faced the daunting task of facing Springvale Districts at Springvale. It is never an easy task but a five-goal to one first quarter set our boys up for the rest of the game. There were some excellent individual efforts, but the team work was what really shone through in the end. A 61-point win was the final reward. Ben Evans kicked three, but it was Shaun Thomas who dominated from the back line. The seniors have enjoyed a resurgence and have ended up in third spot on the ladder going into the break.
The under 19s were treated to a rare sleep-in when they were scheduled to face Hallam at 3:30pm. Unfortunately, the extra snooze did nothing to help the result. There were some great efforts, but in the end; Hallam were too good. Hallam got off to a fast start and went on to win by 21 points. Tyson Ross again showed signs of his potential, taking best-on-ground honours. The 19s have had a slow start and sit 11th on the ladder. We are look to the boys to work hard at training and turn their season around after the break.
Over at the netball complex, the A-side defeated Chelsea Heights by 8 points. Unfortunately, the B-side were defeated by Highett, 21-13. It has been an excellent start to the season for our girls and we hope that they can continue their good work.
We hope that everyone enjoys the long weekend and we look forward to seeing everyone down at the Hangar on June 13th when all four football sides return home!