Bombers desperate to stay in top 5
EVANS Head Bombers will be out to prove they are not in a form slump against Kyogle Turkeys when NRRRL action resumes at Stan Payne Oval, Evans Head, tomorrow afternoon.
After a stellar start to the season, the Bombers have lost their past two games and are desperate to stay in touch with the top five. Bombers coach Mick Davis is not concerned yet.
“The way the draw has been set up hasn’t helped us,” he said.
“We had to play three of the top four teams in the last month.
“In saying that, we need to get some consistency and momentum back.
“It’s not the sort of competition where you can afford to lose three in a row.”
But the Bombers will have to do it the hard way, with three of their best players on the sideline with long-term injuries.
Sam Kennedy (shoulder) and Anthony Robinson (wrist) are out for the season, and wrecking ball Palastina Ale is still a month away from making his return from a shoulder injury.
Strike centre Clarence Kelly is also away, on representative duty.
“I think we really matched it with Murwillumbah in our last game,” Davis said.
“They ran away with it in the end, but it was a real learning curve for us.
“We want to play more like them (Murwillumbah) and we take pride in playing in front of our home crowd.”
Turkeys coach Mark Doolan said the competition bye last weekend was bitter-sweet for his men.
“We wanted to build on our win against Casino and we didn’t get the chance to do that,” he said.
“But we had a few big men in our forward pack that had some injuries, so it was a good chance for them to rest up.
“They (Evans Head) are a good team and should be commended on what they’ve done this season.”
Doolan is hoping for wet-weather conditions similar to when the two teams met last, in round one.
“We want to slow them down, so I’m hoping the field turns into a bit of a mud hole,” he said.
“We’re a smaller forward pack and we need to string a few wins together if we want to make the finals.
“David Briggs is getting better each week too.
“He scored a double against
Casino, so that hat-trick that I’ve been hoping for might not by far off.”
Kick-off is 3.45pm.