Bombers’ midfield was outworked, says Parish


The 21-year-old said their last-quarter fightback, when they dragged the margin back from 43 points to less than three goals with two fit players on the bench, was a positive sign – but nowhere near good enough.

“We wanted to bring that for the whole game and unfortunately we couldn’t,” Parish said.

The Bombers’ midfield will be without Devon Smith for the rest of the season while Dylan Shiel is also set to miss the match against Carlton after hurting his hamstring. A cork also hampered skipper Dyson Heppell.

Parish is well aware that the Blues will be difficult opponents, with Carlton always lifting against their arch-rivals, beating them in three of their past five encounters.

He said the team needed to find form quickly as they sit outside the eight with four wins after 10 rounds.

“It has been an up and down year. We have not found that consistency,” Parish said.

“We know our best footy is good enough to match anyone but we have not seen that enough this year.”

The Bombers will also be missing Joe Daniher for the rest of the year while Orazio Fantasia is not expected back until after the bye.

Parish, who remains out of contract, was among the Bombers’ best in his 64th game and is beginning to put together a consistent stretch of form after being dropped during the early part of the year.


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