No pressure for Scoob's first footy season in 16 years
AUSSIE RULES: Mark Davies is used to pressure.
The man from the Mornington Peninsula, about 70km south of Melbourne, moved to Hervey Bay last year to start Karma Dives, a business that teaches visitors how to scuba and free dive.
At the start of this year he decided to rekindle his relationship with the Sherrin, marking an end to a 16-year separation between the 38-year-old and the footy field.
"I joined to meet some people but that first game, that was full of nerves,” he said. "It didn't go exactly to plan but it picked up as it went along.”
Davies has travelled the world. He spent nine months living and running a scuba diving business in Bali, and when he returned to Melbourne he considered doing similar.
"I wanted to set up shop there but there's heaps down there, so I came here,” he said.
That crowded diving market led to his decision to explore other regions - a decision that led him to the Fraser Coast, and ultimately to the Hervey Bay Bombers.
Davies, who switches between centre half forward and full forward depending on his team's needs and tactics, has kicked 34 goals in 17 games.
Four of those came in the last game against local rivals Bay Power, and the preliminary final shapes as a chance for the Bombers to again show they are a dominant Aussie rules club in Hervey Bay.
"Those rivalry games, that's what you look forward to. It's always good to beat the other local team,” Davies said.
"You're out there to enjoy it and to play footy, but this will be a tough game.
"I think we have the team to get over the line. We've done all the training, we just have to do it on the field. It cost us last week but if we play four quarters we'll be good.”