The Bombers recorded a big win against White Hills to take top spot.GEORDIE COWAN April 8, 2014 3:36am
Leitchville-Gunbower rocketed to the top of the Heathcote and District Football League ladder for the first time in its history after a convincing win against White Hills on Saturday.
The Bombers, who had not won a round one match in the HDFL before, completely outplayed the Demons in the second half to win 18.14 (122) to 9.9 (63).
Featuring six new players in the side, Leitchville-Gunbower started well to kick three goals to none in the opening term at Leitchville to lead by 22 points.
However, White Hills struck back to kick five goals to two and the margin was only six points at the long break.
The Bombers improved again in the third term, kicking five goals to three, but they then went on to dominate the final quarter and record a convincing 59-point win with seven goals to one.
Midfielder Jake Williams was a stand out player for the home side, while returning Bendigo Pioneer Joel Helman proved influential with a five-goal haul.
Young player Shaun Douglass impressed with his dash, while new midfielder Bart Walsh, captain Jye Keath and midfielder Kade Merlo also had good games.
Helman was aided up forward by new player Ryan Hocking, who finished with three majors.
For White Hills, Jake Allport (three goals), Brad Wright and Jake Ward impressed, while Ricky Symes also kicked three goals.
■ Leitchville-Gunbower did not have as much success in the reserves despite a final quarter fightback, losing 9.9 (63) to 8.4 (52).
The Bombers trailed by 23 points at the last change and kicked four goals in a final flourish, but it was not enough.
Rowan Pollock kicked four goals for the team as Ben Embleton, Riley Keath and Brad Morris impressed.
For the Demons, Graeme Noonan, Daniel Hill and Jarrod Brittain were the best, with Justin Williams booting five goals.
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