ATW wins shoot out against the Eagles
FOOTBALL: Across The Waves has backed Football Bundaberg's decision to play the latest round of matches in wet and windy conditions on Saturday night.
Battling all the elements of a winters night, Waves held off a late comeback from the United Park Eagles to win an entertaining match 5-4 at Martens Oval.
Supporting what the association did Waves coach Jason De Papi said the conditions were good enough for the contest.
"It wasn't too bad and there wasn't enough rain to cancel the game," he said.
"We know Football Bundaberg would have called it off if the conditions were a concern."
In a match controlled by a strong wind, Waves utilised it well to dominate the first 45 minutes.
Four goals, including three from set pieces, gave them a 4-1 lead at the break.
While the Eagles responded their three goals in the final 20 minutes was not enough.
Pleased to win the match De Papi conceded the team struggled in the second half.
"We had a few tired legs with the wet weather at the end," he said.
"UPE pushed a few forward and we just held on at the end."
With Waves moving into the top two, De Papi said the team was hitting good form.
"It's good to have a full team together," he said.
"If we can win our next two games we can finish inside the top four."
They will face Bingera next with the Eagles facing Diggers in a must-win match for their finals chances.