Noradjuha-Quantong 104 d Pimpinio 54
A SOGGY Pimpinio Recreation Reserve could not dampen Noradjuha-Quantong’s spirits as the Bombers posted their fourth win of the season.
Heath Watson’s six-goal haul helped set up the 50-point win, while the versatile Sam Weddell kicked two goals in a best-on-ground display for the visitors.
Tory Chapple played one of his best games since joining the Bombers at the start of the year, also finishing with two goals.
Brian Harrison was unable to overcome a calf complaint and take the field, but the Bombers forward line kept the scoreboard ticking over in his absence.
They outscored the Tigers 10 goals to one in the first half, eventually finishing with 16 goals to eight for the match.
However, it was one game where the scoreboard didn’t tell the whole story.
Despite falling into a big first-half hole, the Tigers were competitive but unable to capitalise on their opportunities.
When the wet ground slowed the game in the second half, they were able to scrap seven goals, with Luke Riddell, Jack Wood, Tex Hernon and Dylan Baker providing them.
James Wills played well for Pimpinio and Darcy O’Connor overcame midweek injury concerns to be named among the Tigers’ best.
Coach Mal Coutts said the response from his players was good after a poor loss to Rupanyup in the previous round.
“In the second and third quarters, we had a heap of the play, and we probably should have scored more than what we did in the first half,” he said.
“They started regularly winning the footy out of the middle and, for the first time in a while, I would say there were 10 or 12 blokes who you could easily put in the best.”
Noradjuha-Quantong’s Jarred Combe said his side was simply happy to get a win.
“It was a bit of a mud pit and the game turned into a slog, so to get a win in those conditions was good,” he said.
“Our tall players, such as Sam Weddell, Jordan Huff and Heath Watson, played really well in the conditions and were probably three of our best.”