Ten AFL-listed Bombers featured in Sunday's thrilling one-point VFL win over Coburg at Windy Hill.

AFL development coach Leigh Tudor assesses each of their performances.

Kaine Baldwin

Key stats: Three goals, 10 disposals, three tackles, two marks

"I really liked his attack on the ball. He played to win. We needed to change things up a little bit so we threw him on-ball to get a big body in there and he made a difference for us. When the key moments happened, he was always in them."

Kaine Baldwin celebrates at the final siren. (Photo: Nathan Whytcross)

Cody Brand

Key stats: 10 disposals, two tackles, one mark

"It was another solid game from 'Brandy'. He's defending quite well and he worked in well with Cian (McBride), until Cian went down. Stewart came in as well, and that defensive trio was really solid."

Nick Bryan

Key stats: 15 disposals, 47 hitouts, four marks, three tackles

"He won a lot of hitouts. We didn't really gain as much as we did from his dominance at centre bounce. He put himself in dangerous positions in attack, worked hard to help our defence, and took some nice contested marks. He wasn't feeling that well, but when the game was there to be won, he played to win. He didn't complain that he was sick and just kept going, which I really like about him."

Nick Bryan was right in the thick of the action on Sunday. (Photo: Nathan Whytcross)

Tom Cutler

Key stats: One goal, 33 disposals, 12 inside 50s, six clearances, four tackles

"'Cuts' won a lot of the ball on the wing and then moved to half-back in the last quarter. His running power was great, he was strong in the contests, and he made good decisions with the ball. He was a good player for us."

Josh Eyre

Key stats: Three disposals, one mark

"'Eyrey' had one of those games where he got to a lot of contests but didn't quite finish off his work, so it's something we've been working on. His running patterns were OK, but he's just not finishing off where he needs to. We made him play more as a defensive forward in the last quarter, and he did a fantastic job for us. He didn't get much of the ball, but he had an important job to do for us and he did it."

Aaron Francis

Key stats: Two goals, 13 disposals, seven marks

"Aaron was a bit inconsistent, but when he attacked the ball with 100 per cent commitment, he looked above the level. He had moments where he looked like he was best on ground, and he stood up in some key moments, but we just need to see more of it."

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Tom Hird

Key stats: One goal, 14 disposals, two marks

"His work-rate has been the highlight of his last month. He probably got a little bit too high (up the ground) for what we'd like, but he was still at a lot of fall-of-the-ball contests and ended up kicking a goal. He's getting into positions to kick goals but missing a couple, so if he can finish off a bit better, he'll end up having really good games. He'll keep working on his polish."

Tom Hird celebrates a goal with Aaron Francis. (Photo: Nathan Whytcross)

Alastair Lord

Key stats: Seven disposals, two tackles

"When he was up on his man, he was really good and looked like a player. His defensive actions are something we'll continue to work on. When he gets the ball, he's quite a good decision-maker."

Cian McBride

Key stats: Four disposals, three marks, two tackles, six hitouts

"Cian gives 100 per cent effort all the time. He was having a good game in defence and also helping out in the ruck until he did a hamstring injury and missed the second half."

James Stewart

Key stats: 21 disposals, 15 marks

"He was really important in the last quarter. He ended up taking 15 marks, and six of them were in the last quarter. Under that scoreboard pressure, he really stood up on the last line of defence and saved us many times. Coming off a long injury layoff, it was a good result for him."

James Stewart in his return from injury. (Photo: Nathan Whytcross)c