Buninyong fights back to draw with Waubra

WHILE Waubra and Buninyong walked away from Saturday’s Central Highlands Football League blockbuster with equal reward, the Bombers – or their supporters at least – would have felt like belting out the club song.

Buninyong coach Jarrod Morgan thinks his team has the potential to become a better side than the one that reached the grand final last season.

Buninyong coach Jarrod Morgan thinks his team has the potential to become a better side than the one that reached the grand final last season.

For the red and black army, it must have felt like a win.

The team had fought back from 26 points down early in the final term to snatch a draw against the Roos on their home turf.

The result is a reminder of just how tough it is to beat Buninyong. The draw continues a staggering run in home-and-away matches, with just two defeats since round nine of 2012.

Senior coach Jarrod Morgan said he felt the current senior group had the potential to become better than the one that was beaten by Hepburn in last year’s grand final.

“We had a really solid list of names last year, probably, but I don’t think we ever really clicked as well as what we could have, especially in the finals. We are playing some good footy, but not great footy,” Morgan said.

“I think we can be a better team than last year. We are not there yet, but the potential is definitely there.”

Morgan said the added leg speed that a younger crop of players had brought to the side was what could take the Bombers to greater heights in 2014.

“Every team aims to peak in finals and we’ve got there (in the past) and just haven’t got the job done for whatever reason,” he said.

“We’ve had a bit of a turnover and we are getting some more youth into the side, but we feel that’s an advantage for us, especially on the drier grounds later in the year.

“We have got some real pace now, which we probably lacked a bit in the finals.

“That’s probably hurt us a bit in the past, so we have got some genuine leg speed now.”

Buninyong remains second on the ladder following the weekend’s draw, but does have a tough run home to finals with games against unbeaten ladder-leader Bungaree, reigning premier Hepburn and the in-form Gordon.

tim.oconnor@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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