Hot Hervey Bay Bombers easily account for the Eagles
AUSSIE RULES: The only concern Darren Hunter has about his Hervey Bay Bombers is learning whether or not they have peaked too early.
The Bombers coach was clearly stoked with his side's dominant 20.8-128 - 8.6-54 win against The Waves at Norm Mclean Oval.
It meant the side strung together two strong performances in consecutive weeks, and maintained third position on the AFL Wide Bay ladder.
While Hunter expected his team to win, it was the way in which the Bombers controlled the Sherrin and dominated the opposition that left the coach scratching his head.
With eight rounds left to play, Hunter's men may have picked up the game plan a touch earlier than he would have preferred.
"I expected to win but not like that," Hunter said.
"They are starting to click, but we might have hit it a bit early with a few things."
Before last week's win against Bay Power, the Bombers had lost four straight. Now, they have produced two flag-worthy performances.
"We wanted to keep it going, keep it building until the end of the regular season," he said.
"Other teams might work us out but at the moment we're pretty happy. We might just have to come up with another plan if they work us out.
"We're using our midfield and working with the skills we've already got. We've never been able to put the same team on the park but the last few weeks we haven't really had to make too many changes.
"I just know we've got a quality side."
The AFL Wide Bay's top three teams all won against their lesser-ranked opponents.
Bay Power beat Brothers Bulldogs 12.11-77 - 11.11-71 to maintain its position atop the ladder while Gympie Cats trounced Maryborough Bears 41.27-273 - 4.1-25 to remain second and apply more pressure on the league leaders.
With Gympie to face the Power next week, the Bombers, who will play the Bears at Maryborough, could soon find themselves within striking distance of pole position.
"We'll approach that game like it's just another game," Hunter said.