Across The Waves’ player Michael Liverton, left, charges in towards Brothers Bulldogs player Jamie Howdon at the Frank Coulthard Oval.
Across The Waves’ player Michael Liverton, left, charges in towards Brothers Bulldogs player Jamie Howdon at the Frank Coulthard Oval. Max Fleet

Can Bears keep going?

A NEW-LOOK Maryborough Bears outfit will fight to topple Wide Bay AFL heavyweights Brothers Bulldogs and mount the history making first finals campaign in the club's history.

Coach Cameron Middleton hopes to continue the momentum as the finals approach following a historic 90-point annihilation of Bay Power last weekend.

It was the club's second win in the past four years.

“The guys look like a completely different team out there,” Middleton said.

“They're playing with confidence and they're supporting each other and using their football smarts.”

The return of retired Bears' campaigners Dean Backwell, Shannon Beavis and Ben Hannan has bolstered the midfield and Fraser Coast Rugby League Wallaroos recruits Todd Campbell and Adam Churchwood has added bulk and height to the forward line.

Middleton said if the new-look team can repeat last week's performance, the Bears finals dreams were very much still alive.

“The guys looked good and if they keep it up, I think they may surprise a few people.”

“We've had a pretty rocky season, but if we can push through and make the finals I think it will be a whole different ball game.”

Brothers captain Jamieson Webb said his team would be wary of the resurgent Bears.

“They're riding a wave of confidence after last week's big win.”

Webb said his team must lift their intensity after a lacklustre second-half performance last week against Across The Waves led to a disappointing defeat.

“The boys finally had a dip in the last quarter and got close again, but we lost it in the middle part of the game.”



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