Bombers turning heads

By Jamie Brown

EVANS Head's rugby league team, the Bombers, are back.

Manager Brad Mayes says his team has re-invented itself and they were quick to take up the invitation by Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League to play in reserve grade, filling in when other clubs have a bye.

The Bombers have started wagging tongues with the humiliation of the Kyogle Turkeys (44-12), Marist Brothers Rams (28-10) and last Saturday the Grafton Ghosts (40-22).

The win against Brothers was especially satisfying, with the elite club caught off-guard and under-enthused.

Tomorrow night at Ballina, 2however, 1the Bombers face their biggest test challenging: the Seagulls.

"The Seagulls' secretary-manager checked out our boys at the Grafton game, so we are obviously on their mind," Mayes said.

There have been a few secret weapons up the Bombers' sleeves, with the addition of Pommy talent Peter Hodson, a former semi-pro player with English club Widnes.

Hodson came to Australia on a sport visa to play with a Port Macquarie club and when that avenue expired he found work with Eire Constructions, sub-contracting to the Evans Head sewage treatment works.

"He's a versatile player," says Mayes. "He wanted to play hooker but in our competition his defence and running is so strong that he is playing second-row and he is outstanding."

After Hodson's recent performances it seems every club around has their eye on him.

Meanwhile, home-grown local Luke Turner at centre is also turning heads. He is working well with five-eighth Rob Turner, who has played top-level league in Brisbane before. There are many new faces in the side, but loyal fans could not fail to notice captain-coach Willy Simpson and his sons Luke (wing) and Gordon (front row). They are a formidable pack with a lot of talent and heart.

"Our boys are keen to play," Mayes said. "We out-enthuse the other sides. We get in early and break them early. In the past three games we were leading by a large margin at half-time."

Home games have attracted superb crowd support. The energy is infectious and for the players, very rewarding.

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