Across The Waves cements top place
ACROSS The Waves has cemented its place at the top of the AFL Wide Bay ladder with the defeat of reigning premiers Hervey Bay Bombers.
Across The Waves emerged from the scrappy Frank Coulthard encounter as victors in convincing fashion outscoring Hervey Bay in each quarter to leave the final tally set at 13.19.97 – 7.7.49.
Across The Waves now sit two wins clear of second-placed Hervey Bay and three wins clear of the trailing Brothers Bulldogs.
Coach John Williams believes his team is shaping up to a finals berth but says there is still a way to go before his team emerges as a serious premiership contender.
“We’re quite happy sitting at the top of the table, but there’s still room for improvement and there are still some things we need to work on,” he said.
“I think at the moment we’re playing at about 80% capacity and we need to make up the difference if we’re going to be a finals force this season.”
Frank Coulthart Oval was buffeted by strong winds during the Saturday afternoon match-up which tested the accuracy and kicking power of Across The Waves.
The hulking tall timber of Hervey Bay meant the visitors had a natural advantage in one-on-one contests but Across The Waves compensated with strong rucking and ground work.
“They played close to the ground to pick up loose ball and lined up well together on the field,” Williams said.
“It was a great effort in what was trying conditions.”
Paul Welsh welcomes a bye this weekend ahead of their next clash against the Maryborough Bears.
Williams said the bye would be crucial for his team with niggling injuries and signs of fatigue evident in the team.
“There’s some soreness and injury creeping in so the boys are going to take a well-earned rest,” he said.
“Hopefully the boys can take a bit of a spell and work at getting back on top of their game and work towards reaching finals form before we get there.”