TWO deflating injuries have soured Cobden’s much-needed second triumph of the campaign.
Both Daniel Watson (hamstring) and Luke Pekin (knee) went down early in the Bombers’ 12-point triumph over Warrnambool on Saturday.
Bombers mentor Levi Dare said the injuries were a blow and extended the club’s growing list of forced absences.
“We’ve copped a couple, which is a bit unfortunate with a couple of guys already out,” Dare said.
“Luke (Pekin) hurt his knee and Daniel Watson did his hamstring, which is very disappointing. He’s had a lot of hamstring complaints over the years.
“He’s been building some solid football over the last month and he wasn’t far away from a breakout match, in my opinion.
“We’re not sure how serious they are but (Watson) could be maybe a month or so.”
Dare revealed his players were determined to salute Bombers legend Paul Foster, who suited up for his 250th match in the triumph.
The second-year coach said strong numbers around the contest helped Cobden over the line.
“Contested footy is Cobden’s footy. It’s what we want to get right,” Dare said.
“We want teams to have to fight it out against us. We pride ourselves on that and if we can make the game a contested battle, we’ve done what we want to do.”
Dare said hitting the scoreboard early – a five goal to one first term – was integral in setting up the 9.13 (67) to 7.13 (55) victory.