Bombers gear up for spirited Dogs

Newborough has never met Yallourn-Yallourn North in second semi-final since the current finals configuration was adopted in 1995.

Since then Newborough has played in seven finals with four wins and three losses (all to Yinnar in 1998, 1999-2000).

The Dogs’ last win was against Mirboo North in 2014, but prior to that in the final four situation Newborough had played 10 times with five wins and five losses.

From 1937 to 1994 YYN has played in 16 finals for 10 wins and six losses, playing under three names – Brown Coal Mine, Yallourn North and now Yallourn-Yallourn North.

From 1995 they have played in two finals for a return of one win and one loss.

This season Newborough has played 35 players with only four players going the full roster – Liam Charles, Josh Pearce, Josh Hecker and Anthony Rosato.

Newborough has dropped points only once this season, and that was at the hands of Yinnar in round two.

They have amassed 1994 points for the season (an average of 110.7 per game) and one of the toughest defences, only allowing the opposition to score 39 points per game.

Twice this season the Dogs have kicked more than 30 goals in a match while the highest scored against them was 12.8 (80) by Boolarra in round five.

The Newborough defence kept two teams down to goalless scores – Morwell East 0.8 (round 10) and Boolarra 0.2 (round 14).

Twice this season they have played and beaten YYN by 16 points and 44 points.

The big influence for the Bombers is their goal kicking arsenal with four players in the top 10: Dean MacDonald (84), Tim Phillips (34), Tom Hutton (33) and Barry Brooks (33) while the Dogs have only one, Joel Mitchell on 36.

Newborough has plenty of players who can step up to the plate to score its goals and could give Michael Gelagotis a full forward berth after two recent big bags of goals.