A COBDEN footballer who grew up dreaming of playing seniors believes the Bombers can make a late-season finals charge.
Angus Uwland will notch his 100th senior appearance for the Hampden league club on Saturday in a must-win clash against North Warrnambool Eagles at Bushfield Recreation Reserve.
Uwland, 23, said the Bombers’ form spike – they’ve won three of their past four matches – had them bullish about their chances of sneaking into the top five.
“Everyone has turned a corner a bit and is upbeat with finals still a possibility,” he said.
“The footy we’re playing is finals worthy and it makes everyone more positive about what we can achieve.
“We’re getting players back from injury and a lot of players are starting to hit form.
“It’s handy having 16 players vying for the best six each week.”
Uwland, who plays with his older brother Sam, said being part of the Bombers’ 2017 finals series was a feeling he wanted to replicate.
“As a team, making the preliminary final last year, getting there and feeling the support the whole community brings was a highlight,” he said.
Uwland, who made his debut in round two, 2012, grew up with ambitions of playing for Cobden.
He said it was “a humbling feeling” to reach 100 games.
“It’s your junior club, you play Auskick and watch the senior from five years old to when you grow up and then you get to be one of them,” Uwland said.
“It’s just special.”
The Cobden-based footballer, who travels to Colac daily for work, is now establishing himself as one of the Bombers’ onballers.
“I am helping the young kids through the stoppages and giving direction around the ground,” Uwland said.
“Since Brody (Mahoney) left I am trying to take the mantle and help as much as possible.”