Bombers blast the Rams at Natimuk

AN eight goal opening quarter set Noradjuha-Quantong up for victory against Natimuk at Natimuk Showground on Saturday.

The Bombers flew out of the blocks, to lead by 42 points at the first change.

Noradjuha-Quantong led for the rest of the match to win by 56 points.

Coach Rodney Hogan said it was a much improved performance from his side after three consecutive losses.

"I thought we were the dominant side all day," he said.

"Our hand skills were better and we had a lot more run and a lot more drive. The conditions changed in the second quarter. The breeze picked up and both sides struggled. You could see players having trouble dropping the ball onto the boot."

Shane Oakley kicked seven goals in the win, with Sam Weddell chiming in with four.

Hogan said Jack Patterson was also impressive in his senior debut.

"Jack was terrific around the contest, he is an in and under player and hard at it and I thought his hand skills were great," he said.

Natimuk coach Brett Whitley was disappointed with his side.

He said they didn't show the Bombers enough respect early.

"Our first quarter was just atrocious," he said. "We didn't play well at all."

Whitley said the poor start proved the difference, with his side kicking seven goals to Noradjuha-Quantong's nine in the final three quarters.

"We were playing catch up from there," he said.

"Even though we were better after quarter time, we just couldn't get it together."

Whitley said Jeremy Schmidt injured his ankle, joining the club's long injury list.

He said Shaun McDonald, who is out for the season after having his spleen removed after last weekend's interleague match, was discharged from Wimmera Base Hospital on Saturday and was at the ground.

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