FOCUS: Hervey Bay Bombers regroup during the last break.
FOCUS: Hervey Bay Bombers regroup during the last break. Matthew McInerney

Hervey Bay Bombers to learn from heavy local derby loss

HERVEY Bay Bombers coach Tony Potter was succinct in his summation of the Fraser Coast derby.

"We just got a lesson in footy,” Potter said.

The tough session saw Bay Power embarrass their rivals on one of the biggest days on the QFA Wide Bay Sunshine Coast calendar, winning 14.9-93 - 4.8-32.

For Potter, it is the lowest of the low in terms of results over his career.

"The biggest loss I've ever had in my career as a coach is 36 points so to lose by 61 is a wake-up call for me,” Potter said.

"The last quarter was the only bit we did (right).

"We started using the handball and going long so we looked good.

"I was worried we'd run out of legs but we still kept running so that was a good thing, and we finished off the quarter okay.”

The Bombers will host Brothers Bulldogs on Saturday, but they will do so without returning three-time premiership- winning player Rohan Mortimer.

Mortimer was taken to hospital with possibly broken ribs and suspected punctured lung after he made heavy contact with the fence.

"You can't replace a three-time premiership player and a captain; it's a big hole to fill,” he said.

"Going forward we'll but some pressure on Brent (Firth-Meldrum) and Burgo (Matthew Burgess) to take a bit more responsibility in the ruck.”

Brothers Bulldogs finished with a one-point win over The Waves Eagles.



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