Across the Waves end 2015 in style
ACROSS the Waves put an emphatic exclamation mark on its sensational 2015 season by winning the Wide Bay AFL Senior Grand Final.
Only losing two games during the regular season, ATW lived up to its pre-game favouritism with a clinical performance at Keith Dunne Oval on Saturday afternoon against Brothers Bulldogs winning 17.9.(111) to 14.13.(97) in a fantastic game for spectators.
ATW took a slender lead into the half-time break before kicking three goals clear in the third quarter making it increasingly difficult for Bulldogs to chase down the lead.
"It was a really close game, especially in the first half when Brothers came out really strong," ATW captain coach Jim Power said.
Brothers had their opportunities but with about three kicks hitting the posts for a behind it was not to be their day.
Power said the team had been working on its third quarters all year and for the hard work to come to fruition in the biggest game of the year was reward for all the team's effort.
"We wanted to come out strongly and play aggressive in that third quarter," he said
"We set a goal of kicking three goals clear of them and we did that."
After winning last year's premiership, ATW set itself a goal to win back-to-back trophies in 2015.
"I think we really improved this year and have been a solid side," he said.
"We had a few players leave after the grand final last year and the young players that came in have really stepped up and played a great role for us.
"Once that final whistle blew we knew it was one of the seasons that will go down in the club's history."
The only blemish on the 2015 season was the side's two losses and while Power said he was frustrated with the losses, the sweet taste of grand final victory had removed any bitterness.
"I was really annoyed we lost those two games, especially with the players we had available," he said.
"But those losses help us mentally knowing that we can't just turn up and expect to win."
Power said Michael Blair picked up the coaches' award for best on ground and Jai Trotter was the umpires' pick for best on ground.
"Those two guys played really well and Paddy Power kicked six goals but no-one let the team down," he said.
As celebrations ran into early yesterday morning Power hoped the team would remain together for 2016, especially the younger players.
"Hopefully they can stick round and be the next generation to push us forward," he said.
ACROSS THE WAVES 17.9-111 def BROTHERS BULLDOGS 14.13-97.
Reserves"BROTHERS BULLDOGS 11.6-72 (C. Puruntatameri 5, R. McKeown 2, J. Sweatman 2, L. McLure, R. Thurston) def HERVEY BAY BOMBERS 5.6-36 (S. Andrew, S. Penna, M. Burgess, N. Firth-Meldrum, T. Cain).Under-17s"BROTHERS BULLDOGS 14.6-90 (J. Perry-Warren 4, B. Dempsey 2, J. Straub 2, L. Dullaway 2, J. Rivett, J. Zahn, A. Franklin, C. Dullaway) def BAY POWER 7.16-58 (J. Donaldson 4, B. Harch, B. Bird, C. Miles).
Under-15s"BROTHERS BULLDOGS 8.9-57 (M. Parsons 3, L. Dullaway 2, S. McInnes, J. Hamilton, L. Dempsey) def HERVEY BAY BOMBERS 7.6-48 (M. Duffy 2, N. Parry, B. Vagne, S. Smith, V. Green, J. Ennis).