James Collins is one of four key Hervey Bay Bombers players returning to the side today.
James Collins is one of four key Hervey Bay Bombers players returning to the side today. Nat Bromhead

Bombers ready to fly high

HERVEY Bay Bombers is a club built on success.

Originally known as a Seahawks when they were established in Dundowran in 1977, the club tasted premiership glory in its debut season.

That set the tone for a lot more successes to come.

The club has claimed a remarkable 20 A-grade premierships in 35 years.

Troy Ignatenko was a part of 10 of those flags as a player.

Now coach of the senior team, he understands the importance of his team beating their cross-town rivals Bay Power today in their Wide Bay AFL clash at NE McClean Oval in Torquay.

With past players and members to gather at the field as part of the club's 35 year reunion, Ignatenko said the pressure was on his players to perform.

"It's a very important day for our club," he said.

"We'll have more than 400 people, including former players, there watching so we're ready to put on a show and get a big win for them."

Despite being without the services of Brad Richards, who is on representative duties with the Country Stockmen side, Ignatenko said the undefeated Bombers would field their strongest side of the year.

Dean Leary, James Collins, Tony Andrews and James Falkenberg are expected to return to the line-up for the clash against the winless Power.