Boomers believe under Maguire
Following their frustrating exit from the 2018 finals series against Augusta-Margaret River, Eaton Boomers coach Brett Maguire was determined for his side to bounce back quickly.
And they did.
With a series of hungry forwards keen to capitalise on the good service provided to them by a fleet-footed midfield, the Boomers kicked a total of 45.26 (296) in their opening two victories against the Collie Eagles and Carey Park.
The Boomers suffered their first defeat of the season in round five against the Lions, when they led at all changes, but were unable to hold on in the dying stages of the match.
Quality victories followed against the Harvey Bulls, Donnybrook and Augusta-Margaret River, before the Boomers put in their most puzzling performance of the season.
Pitted against eighth-placed South Bunbury at Hands Oval, the Boomers were jumped early by the home side and although they managed to hit the front at half time, visible concern was plastered all over the players’ faces.
Led by Kelvin Lawrence, Souths held on to record an 11-point victory, with Maguire less than impressed with his players in the changerooms following the match.
Concerned his side was not switched on against the Tigers, Maguire reinforced the importance of mental application and the Boomers players responded positively thereafter.
Despite falling short against the Lions in both round 16 and the second semi-final, the Boomers appeared to have gained a lot of belief from both encounters, with several of their players able to disrupt the high-octane nature of the Lions’ ball movement.
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