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Waves win would secure top spot

TOP OF THE LADDER: The Waves team captain Matt Martin and team striker Jacob Trudgian are looking forward to their big clash against Gympie Diggers. Photo: Zach Hogg / NewsMail
TOP OF THE LADDER: The Waves team captain Matt Martin and team striker Jacob Trudgian are looking forward to their big clash against Gympie Diggers. Photo: Zach Hogg / NewsMail Zach Hogg BUN030714WAV1

WITH a finals spot guaranteed The Waves will look to gain a psychological edge against fierce rivals Gympie Diggers ahead of the final series.

The Waves continued its magnificent season in the Four Cities competition trouncing Alloway 7-1 last weekend making it nine wins in a row.

Captain Matt Martin said if someone had told him at the beginning of the year that the team would be sitting unbeaten on top of the table he would have struggle to believe them.

"I would have believed we were capable of it but the season has exceeded our expectations," he said.

"We have been in a rebuilding process since the middle of last year and came into our own later in the year and took out the first division title."

The 7-1 victory was the second for the club in a matter of weeks.

"Conceding one goal in a match is pretty good and that is two weeks in a row where we have won 7-1," he said.

"That's happened due to the personnel at the back gelling well together and defender Luke Leggett is a powerhouse back there."

Martin paid tribute to the club's youth development program which he said has been key to its success this year.

"This year we have really benefited from that," he said.

"There are probably about five or six players aged 16 or 17 that are becoming first division regulars. They have been the difference."

The 24-year-old striker said the side was full of confidence after clinching the NewsMail Cup earlier in the year and believes the team can go all the way.

"We are approaching this year with a lot of positivity," he said.

"We have really good competition for spots and plan to take out everything this year."

With the finals looming, Martin was looking forward to the clash against second-placed Diggers, only our points behind on the ladder.

"We know what they are capable of and how dangerous they can be," he said.

"We obviously don't want to give them too much opportunity around our box.

"They are strong unit that have been together for a few years now."

Martin singled out the match against Moore Park several weeks ago when the side fought back from a 3-0 deficit at halftime to win 4-3, as the defining match of the season so far.

"We took a lot from that win," he said.

"No matter what the score is against us we are never down and out."
 

Topics:  football, four cities league, gympie diggers, the waves




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