GOAL: Hervey Bay Bomber James Hickey is set to snap a goal despite pressure from two Bay Power defenders during the AFL Wide Bay preliminary final at Brothers AFL Complex, Bundaberg.
GOAL: Hervey Bay Bomber James Hickey is set to snap a goal despite pressure from two Bay Power defenders during the AFL Wide Bay preliminary final at Brothers AFL Complex, Bundaberg. Matthew McInerney

Memory of 2016 collapse powers Bombers to win

CAPTAIN'S CALL: Lachie Woodhams cut a relieved figure after Hervey Bay's big preliminary final win.

The Bombers captain endured two straight preliminary losses in the red and black, but he gladly welcomed a change of fortune at the expense of cross-town rivals Bay Power.

"It's great, just a relief. The last two years we've lost the prelim, one to them, but I'm relieved," Woodhams said. "It was very upbeat. It felt a bit different to the last few weeks, everyone was pumped and ready to go from the beginning.

"It is always a challenge going against the wind. If we didn't have it we'd have to step up, and we did. I said to the boys if we get two goals in the first quarter we're ahead already with the wind."

The last time these two teams met in a preliminary final the Power overturned a huge deficit to win and break Bombers hearts. Woodhams admitted he couldn't put that game out of his mind as the minor premiers pushed for its place in the grand final.

"In my head I felt like we had it at half-time but you can never rest on that," Woodhams said.

"Two years ago they came back, and that was in the back of my mind until halfway through that last quarter.

"They kicked a couple of goals and it was still in the back of my mind, but you could see a few of the guys step back and it all happened."