Lauderdale midfielder Phil Bellchambers is confident his side’s impressive come from behind win over the Tigers on Friday night will hold the team in good stead moving forward.
The Bombers have been forced to undergo a series of personnel changes to start 2018, with this round four victory the team’s first for the season.
“It was a big relief. It’s good to get the first win of the year, it’s on the up from here hopefully,” Bellchambers said.
The win didn’t look like happening at half time on Friday night, with the Bombers trailing by 20 points at the main break.
“At half time Browny said he wanted some effort, from not only four-five blokes but from the whole team and I think everyone stood up in the last half.
“Our effort really lifted. We were a bit reactive in the first half, but once we started getting the ball on our terms and made the Tigers more accountable, we got on top.
“I know we have enough potential to do that consistently, it just comes down to whether we can get it clicking for all four quarters,” he said.
Bellchambers has stood tall across the opening rounds of the season, and has needed to with star midfielders Bryce Walsh and Thor Boscott out injured and 2017 standout Dylan Fyfe no longer at the club.
“I think with the personnel we have out at the moment, it is going to take a lot more work from the midfield. I think Nat Franklin, Rhys Sutton and other guys in our leadership team have really stood up.
“I’m getting there [with my own form]. Once my fitness base gets better I can hopefully find my peak form,” Bellchambers said.
Although humble about his own performances, Bellchambers has caught the eyes of others across the first four weeks, being named in the team’s best players every round.
Another player to have impressed in 2018, and especially on Friday night, is Northern Territory recruit Tim Mosquito, who kicked four second-half goals after making the move from half back.
“He’s an exciting bloke. I was talking to him on Saturday night and he said he’d barely played forward in his life.
“He had always been at half back but now he’s kicking bags. The boys all love him,” Bellchambers said.
Lauderdale will have a chance to freshen up with the round five bye before taking on North Hobart and North Launceston.