ATW wary of the Bears
ACROSS The Waves have been told to err on the side of caution when taking on a vastly improved Maryborough Bears.
The Bears have been the AFL Wide Bay disappointments, managing only a sole win and suffering a tragic early season campaign featuring losing margins of more than 200 points.
But history has told coach John Williams to be wary of the Bears, no matter the circumstances or conditions.
“They’re the sort of team that can produce an upset out of nowhere and they’ve been known to do it in past seasons,” he said.
“They matched it with Brothers and Hervey Bay in their past two games and they’ve been improving week on week.”
Williams said players expecting an easy win would be in for a shock in the Maryborough encounter. “They’re not going to be cannon fodder for the boys,” he said.
“They’ve got a notoriously loyal band of supporters and they’re going to be hungry to get some glory before the season is out.”
Across The Waves will take to the field with fresh legs after some downtime after last week’s bye and will be boosted by the return of Brett O’Donald to the back pocket.
“All the boys are well rested and we’ve got O’Donald back so we’re looking forward to getting out there and seeing how we perform,” Williams said.
Karl Williams will be absent from the half back flank after suffering an ankle injury.
Coach Williams said the performance of Curtis Janke would be critical to the game.
“He really takes control of the game and has a beautiful long boot so we’ll need him to bring his skills to the fore,” he said.