Cobden Bombers surge into top five with win over Hamilton Kangaroos

ACCURATE: Young Cobden goal shooter Molly Hutt shot 35 goals at 87 per cent efficiency on Saturday. Picture: Amy Paton
ACCURATE: Young Cobden goal shooter Molly Hutt shot 35 goals at 87 per cent efficiency on Saturday. Picture: Amy Paton

COBDEN’S fate is in its own hands after surging into the top five with a thumping win over Hamilton Kangaroos on Saturday, according to coach Nadine McNamara.

The Bombers’ remarkable turnaround after a seven-game losing streak continued with the 65-31 demolition of the Kangaroos, who were without goaler Aleisha McDonald.

The Bombers worked to a four-goal advantage at the first break after a close start and, from there, they put on the afterburners to leave the Kangaroos in their wake at Cobden Recreation Reserve.

The home side shot 18 goals to nine in the second term, 15 to eight in the third and 19 to five in the last.

McNamara praised the accuracy of Bombers goalers Molly Hutt (35 goals) and Alicia Blain (30), as well as players standing up all over the court in a win that saw her side replacing the Kangaroos in the top five.

“The Hamilton defenders were playing a split ring, but they (Hutt and Blain) were really smart,” the coach said.

“They shot really well – Molly shot at 87 per cent and Alicia shot at 77 per cent.”

The percentage-boosting win moved Cobden to the head of the pack chasing down the top four sides, as one of three teams on five wins, along with the Kangaroos and Port Fairy.

McNamara said although the Bombers was thrilled to get the win, they knew they were far from safe in there.

“We’re really excited,” she said. “In saying that, though, we’re aware it’s a really close race for the top five.

“You work to get yourself in that top five and your fate is in your own hands.”

The Bombers had an average losing margin of eight goals from rounds two to eight, but have bounced back to win their past four matches.