WHEN Matt Martin led his team on to Martens Oval in the Four Cities League grand final against Moore Park at the weekend he was confident his teammates were capable of continuing the dominance they enjoyed over all challengers in 2014.
And the 5-0 defeat of Moore Park proved his belief wasn't misplaced.
In the opening moments of the game Moore Park moved the ball forward a shot on goal was denied and hopes of an upset over the favourites grew, but minutes later ATW pounced on a Moore Park mistake at the other end of the ground to start an avalanche of goals.
The opening 45 minutes of the match had the supporters of both teams on their feet. Big hits over the ball, stunning strikes, resolute defence and skilful ball movement entertained the crowd.
Other than the opening salvo fired by Moore Park it was all ATW in attack and Martin said past games between the two clubs had his team ready to be at its best and being crowned as the best club in Wide Bay men's football was a big honour.
"Moore Park are pretty much our arch-rivals and we like coming up against them for that reason - it's always a physical and heated battle and it brings the best out in both sides," Martin said.
"I'm pretty stoked, we set the expectation pretty high and we wanted to come away with the win and I was glad we could achieve that tonight."
When Martin was asked what his team did better than its opposition his answer was simple.
"Everything, we scored, we stopped goals and we were strong all over the park so it was really good to see," he said.
Martin was wrapped with the physical aggression and the mentality his players had before the game and he said Luke Leggett was the stand-out player of the game.
"He (Leggett) has been a powerhouse all year and he has been really strong - we've conceded next to no goals this season and he is probably the strongest bloke in our side," Martin said.
Moore Park was missing five of its starting 11, including captain Ricky Taylor, and unlike some teams which relax against a weakened opposition ATW was relentless.
Standing in for Taylor was Jake Davis who battled in defence all game and was one of Moore Park's best. Davis said the match was as hard as he thought it would be and the goal-scoring feats of ATW were too good to combat.
"It was a tough one because Waves kept attacking from the start they came out firing. Our defence was under fire and eventually we cracked," Davis said.
"When we went to attack ourselves we couldn't find our way through."
The Four Cities trophy was the second for ATW this season after winning the NewsMail Cup earlier this year and if past results are anything to go by ATW has one hand firmly on the Bundaberg Division 1 football trophy already.
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