Across the Waves handballs out of danger with Bay Power’s Isiah Beasley chasing him down.
Across the Waves handballs out of danger with Bay Power’s Isiah Beasley chasing him down. Max Fleet

Bulldogs chase top spot

A FULL-STRENGTH Across The Waves will fight to cement its place at the top of the AFL Wide Bay ladder in a Frank Coulthard Oval showdown with Brothers Bulldogs.

A win against the Bulldogs would assure Across The Waves of the minor premiership as the team mounts its finals campaign.

Across The Waves have a perfect record against the Bulldogs this year with three straight wins, but coach John Williams has warned players not to discount the hometown rivals.

“They're a fierce competitor week in and week out and we certainly won't be taking any chances,” he said.

High on the agenda for Waves will be clipping the wings of the competition's leading goal scorer, Brothers bulldogs centre-half forward Aaron Purcell.

The two-metre giant has been in devastating form in recent weeks and booted 57 goals this season.

“He's been a constant problem this season and if he gets loose this weekend, we could be in a lot of trouble,” Williams said.

Williams said his team would be primed and prepped for the match after a period of intensive training in the finals lead up.

“We're training longer, harder and smarter,” he said.

“The guys still have a way to go, but they're looking sharp.”

Williams said there may be a few surprises in store for competitors when finals football gets underway after a bit of experimentation on the training paddock.

Williams has tweaked with player structures and developed new strategies he hopes will propel the team to the grand final.

“I don't want to give too much away but there's a few things we've been working on that have the potential to be pretty devastating,” he said.

Across The Waves will clash with Brothers Bulldogs 2.30pm tomorrow at Frank Coulthard Oval.



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