Bombers’ run comes to end

TALL ORDER: Ballina ruckman Joel McMullen (left) gets the jump on Tweed Coast rival Carson Bolt during the preliminary final.
TALL ORDER: Ballina ruckman Joel McMullen (left) gets the jump on Tweed Coast rival Carson Bolt during the preliminary final. Patrick Gorbunovs

MATESHIP can take you a long way in sport as the Ballina Bombers have demonstrated that with a giant-killing run in the South East Queensland AFL/Northern Rivers Division Four premiership.

But any hopes of a fairytale finish to their 2013 campaign came to an end when they lost 15.13 (103) to 11.12 (78) to the Tweed Coast Tigers in the preliminary final on Saturday.

Bombers player/president Jason Ross said he was disappointed with the loss but delighted with his side's efforts this year.

"There's no regrets," he said.

"We have come a long way from just before the start of the season when we didn't have a team.

"We may not have the best footballers but we've really stuck together this season. We don't have anyone backstabbing or hating each other.

"It's been a good effort."

The Tigers' victory was built on an impressive performance from David Round and Ashley Gemmill.

Round and Gemmill booted 13 goals between them as the Tigers ran out 25-point victors.

Jacob Rodda, Simon Crocker and Timothy Price all booted two goals for the Bombers, but their efforts were in vain.

There was only 10 points in the contest going into third quarter but the Tigers showed their power to claim victory.

"We knew it was going to be hard to beat Tweed at this stage," Ross said.

"For three quarters of the match we hung in there but I think they had some good footballers who really dominated us.

"We couldn't quite match up with them."

Ross, who racked up his 200th game for the club earlier this season, said the Bombers efforts in 2013 had made him reconsider any plans to hang up his boots.

"I think I will have another run next season," the 43-year-old said.

"I hope a lot of the players stick around and we go even better next year."

The Tigers will face Byron Magpies in next Saturday's grand final at a to-be-confirmed venue.

Ross thanked everyone at the Bombers for their support this season and wished both finalists good luck.



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