Leitchville-Gunbower flying high in preparation for big clash next week.LUKE MCMANUS April 30, 2014 3:34am
Leitchville-Gunbower’s firepower reigned supreme against Elmore on Saturday.
The Bombers thumped the Bloods by 108 points at Elmore Recreation Reserve, helping themselves to three times as many scoring shots in the 8.10 (58) to 24.22 (166) triumph.
An 11 goals to five first half set the Bombers’ wheels in motion and a goalless fourth quarter from Elmore sealed the Bloods’ fate.
It was Elmore’s second consecutive triple-figure defeat, while the Bombers’ percentage (230.47) received a massive boost after recording its second consecutive triple-figure win.
The Bombers hold top spot on the ladder after premiership fancy Lockington-Bamawm United sat out round four with the bye.
‘‘We knew they’d have a fair crack in the first half, which they did,’’ Leitchville-Gunbower coach Marty Shadbolt said.
‘‘If we stuck to our game we’d eventually run away with it.’’
Scoreboard pressure was a major feature in the Bombers’ victory.
The Bombers had less goalkickers — eight — compared to last week’s annihilation of Heathcote (10), but boasted 12 more scoring shots than the Bloods.
Conversion lacked — blustery conditions one of the underlining issue behind the 22 sprayed chances according to Shadbolt — but the sheer magnitude of inside 50s and scoring pressure from the Bombers pleased their coach.
‘‘Troy Parker has been our key forward, but we’re not just relying on him, or just one or two blokes’’ Shadbolt said.
‘‘Our midfielders are running through and kicking goals.
‘‘We’re pretty versatile and can rotate blokes through to change things around.
‘‘We have blokes who can play at either end of the ground.
‘‘It’s a nice luxury to have.’’
Joel Helman, who featured up forward and on-ball, finished with five majors, while the Williams brothers, Abe and Jake, each kicked four.
Parker also kicked four goals, a week after topping last week’s goalkicking list with six majors against the Saints.
Alongside Helman and the Williams’, skipper Jye Keath shone.
For Elmore, Jeffery McMurtrie (one goal) was a standout, alongside James Harney (three) and Dean Holyman.
A talking point for Shadbolt and Leitchville-Gunbower was the return of key personnel Brad Perry and reigning best-and-fairest winner Russell Lee.
Shadbolt said both made it through unscathed and received some valuable game time ahead this weekend’s highly-anticipated fixture against LBU.
‘‘It’s obviously a big game and a game we want to win,’’ Shadbolt said.
‘‘They’ve obviously been the benchmark this season so it will be a good indication of where we’re at.
‘‘The pressure and intensity will go up so we’ll have to make sure we absorb that.’’
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