STILL ON TOP: Max Wright clears the ball for ATW Eagles against the Bulldogs at Brothers Sports Complex.
STILL ON TOP: Max Wright clears the ball for ATW Eagles against the Bulldogs at Brothers Sports Complex. Shane Jones

A former Dog has his day for Waves

IN A tense game between two rivals a former player spoiled the day for the Brothers Bulldogs.

Playing just his second game for ATW - after moving from his rivals - Miels Grice kicked two vital final term goals to set up a 25 points win for the Eagles.

Kicking six overall for the day Grice provided a target up forwad that helped Waves arrest its two game losing streak in Bundaberg.

It was a bitter pill to swallow in more ways than one for the Bulldogs.

Playing their best game of the season they were also their own worst enemy.

Missed set shots and turnovers cost the team dearly as they failed to put the Eagles away.

Brothers coach Brad Grogan conceded that and said the class of ATW was too good.

“Waves are a winning football side, they’ve got some good combinations,” he said.

“We missed our opportunities in the first quarter when we could have had a bit of a lead.”

“I’m still very proud of the boys and it shows what they are capable of.”

For the Waves they were relieved to take the win and maintain their spot at the top of the ladder.

Player Jacob O’Connor said the experience players got them home in the end.

“It was a good scrappy game and both teams put in the effort,” he said.

“A few of our senior players stood up, showed a bit of leadership and got us home in the end.”

O’Connor said just getting the win could turn around their season.

“I think [the win] is probably the best thing for us,” he said.

“There’s a bit of fire in the belly now and we’ve got the drive back.”

“It will set us up well for the final series.”

O’Connor said he was also relieved Grice stood up with Michael Blair and Ryan Patterson strong for the team.

ATW will now face a tough trip to face Bay Power next week who will be aiming to bounce back after losing by 61 points to Hervey Bay.



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