Former flag winner Mortimer returns to help the Bombers
IF ANYONE knows the inner workings of Hervey Bay's Aussie rules rivalry its Rohan Mortimer.
The ruckman won three premiership flags with Hervey Bay Bombers in 2007, 2013 and 2014 - the last two as captain - but took two years off for family reasons.
Mortimer will be back in the black-and-red guernsey for today's Anzac Day blockbuster against Bay Power, and if the words thrown around in the centre square are by anything to judge, it's going to be huge.
"I remember playing a few years and the talk was they didn't care if they missed out on the grand final, they just wanted to win this game,” Mortimer said.
"I haven't been able to play for a few years but playing Bay Power is like playing a grand final.”
The 32-year-old will add experience and leadership both on and off the field to a side intent on winning another premiership.
While it was only a two-year absence from the game in a full-time playing capacity, it felt like an eternity for Mortimer who watched his beloved side struggle for numbers.
"Once you stop playing the itch never gets away,” Mortimer said. "I have to get those last few seasons out of the system.
"Sitting on the sideline and seeing them struggle gets to you a bit. Guys need to put their hand up and help out the coach.
"Tony's (Potter, coach) done a good job.”