Juggernaut rolls on

By Andrew Johnston

YOU couldn’t keep them down for long.

Leitchville-Gunbower returned from the bye in the best way possible — a 73 point smashing of Mount Pleasant.

The Bombers piled on 19 goals on the day, spread across 10 different goal kickers.

The highlight for the game came in the third quarter, where the Bombers booted 10 goals six, without allowing their opponents to hit the board even once.

While Matt Perri kicked four goals, the standout player was Jack Gleeson, who was viewed in the best players for the day, while kicking four of his own.

Coach Michael Pilcher — himself one of a number of Leitchville-Gunbower players missing due to injury said it was nice to return to the winners’ list.

‘‘A loss is never easy,’’ he said.

‘‘And having the bye directly after that is pretty frustrating. You are at a point where you want to get out and atone for the mistakes last time you played but you get stuck waiting.

‘‘It’s great to have a win, and a convincing win at that.’’

Following the win, Pilcher was happy to have a bit of fun during the interview.

When prompted on what had changed and made the side play its best quarter in the third, he was more than willing to make a joke.

‘‘I put that down to great coaching,’’ he laughed.

‘‘But seriously, I put it down to our boys being able to adjust to what was going on around them. They were able to see what was happening on the field, see their best players and how we could shut them down, how best to make changes to restrict how they moved the ball and what they did with it.

‘‘It’s something we should be able to do as a team, adapt our own style of play to take the opposition out of the game and it’s something we want to continue to do.’’

A number of L-G players are named in the HDFL interleague team, and while he can’t personally play — he’s still three to four weeks away — Pilcher encourages all his players to enjoy the interleague time.

But to also remember who they play for.

‘‘I want guys to enjoy footy, I want them to play as much football as they can, it’s really important for them to have that time,’’ he said.

‘‘But also, I would hope they wouldn’t do anything that jeopardises their season.’’