2017 was a season that saw the Bega Bombers take significant strides in the Sapphire Coast AFL competition. The Bombers found a new home in Roy Howard Field which they have made their own and is an improvement on their previous home the Bega Showgrounds. The Bombers also made big strides off the field, with a great club effort off the field whilst the club also put a women’s team on the field in season 2017.

2017 Prediction: 8th
2017 Finish: 8th
It was a tough first season for Bega’s inaugural women’s team continually finding themselves on the wrong side of some heavy defeats. The Bombers averaged less than a goal a game for the 2017 season although the women can hold their heads high, persisting week in and week out whilst hitting some internal team goals thanks to the upbeat nature of coach Steve Nicol. It was tough going for the two new sides in 2017 which shows that the Bega Bombers will show significant improvement come the 2018 season.

Key Player: Kaela Kull, Kull was ever present for the Bombers in 2017 playing 13 or the clubs 14 games being in the clubs best on 6 occasions. Kull made the Sapphire Coast Youth Girl’s squad to play in the Shoalhaven Rep carnival and is a player the club can build on.

Under 13’s
2017 Prediction: 6th
2017 Finish: 6th
Although the side only picked up two wins in 2017 against the Whalers, the Bombers were competitive throughout the 2017 season pushing the likes of Narooma, Merimbula and the Giants throughout the season. Bega lacked some experience depth in 2017 with only a handful of top age players to complement their brigade of youngsters. The play of Andrew Tribe, Jude and Caiden Butchers, Khama Geisler and Wes Jessop was a positive for the Bombers with the 5 being key cogs for Bega. With a number of youngsters coming through the ranks look for the Bombers to continue to grow in 2018 and improve on their win total.

Key Player: Khama Geisler, was the Bombers best in 2017 playing a strong role for the Bombers in several positions around the ground. The highly versatile youngster kicked 9 goals and polled 8 league votes in the best and fairest.

Under 11’s
2017 Prediction: 5th
2017 Finish: 5th
The best finishing of the Bombers three sides, the clubs under 11’s were unlucky to miss out on finals action in the 2017 season. The team was still a slender chance of making finals in the final round of the season although the loss to the Giants saw the side finish 5th for the second straight season. A couple of close losses at the back end of the season to top 4 sides and a round 14 loss to the Whalers saw the Bombers task of top 4 action extremely difficult. The Bombers were able to claim the 8 points against cross town rivals Tathra in 2017 and a huge two point win against the Lions in Narooma was one of the wins of the season. The play of Raphael Turville, Darcy Woodley and Danny Smith was impressive in 2017 with the young Bombers improving year on year.

Key Player: Jackson Parsons, Parsons was regularly in the Bombers best whilst kicking 6 goals and receiving 8 league best and fairest votes for the Bombers which was equal best for the side. Parsons played regularly in the under 13’s throughout the season and will be a key player next year for the side.