GAP: The Waves Sam Meyer in action against Bingera earlier this season in the Wide Bay League.
GAP: The Waves Sam Meyer in action against Bingera earlier this season in the Wide Bay League. Paul Donaldson BUN030617FOOT4

Can The Waves keep their streak going?

FOOTBALL: History beckons for The Waves Football Club if it can claim tonight's NewsMail Cup at Martens Oval.

The side will take on Bingera in the decider aiming to become the first club in 65 years to win four straight cups in the most prestigious tournament for football in Bundy.

The Waves opponents were the last club to achieve the feat all the way back in 1952 and have been the only side to do it since the cup started in 1925.

"We always lift for these competitions,” The Waves coach Jason De Papi said.

"It's the mentality of the club, the supporters and the players - we always want to win.”

In recent years this has been showed with two wins over Brothers Aston Villa in 2015 and 2016 and a 5-1 smashing of Bingera in 2014.

The side is expecting a test tonight after Bingera won 3-1 in its most recent meeting last week.

De Papi said a few areas cost the side dearly, which they need to improve on.

"Our midfield needs to get cracking and control possession better,” he said.

"We also let ourselves down in finishing so we've focused on that.”

The side has injury concerns with defender Matt Twyford out for the rest of the season after shoulder surgery.

"We'll have a strong eleven out there and we'll be competitive for sure,” De Papi said.

"I really believe this side can win.”

Bingera will be chasing its first NewsMail Cup since 2010 when it defeated Diggers.

"We've been happy with our performances lately and seem to be hitting form at the right time,” Bingera coach Brett Kitching said.

"The last win against The Waves gave us plenty of confidence.”

The side said the start was important.

"Experience will count and we'll have quite a few players experiencing it for the first time,” Kitching said.

"If we play well early the whole side will lift and gain confidence and composure.”

Both coaches added they have practised penalties just in case the match goes to extra time.

The two sides will face each other at 7pm.

LAST FIVE CUPS

2016 - Waves 4 Brothers Aston Villa 2

2015 - Waves 4 Brothers Aston Villa 1

2014 - Waves 5 Bingera 1

2013 - Moore Park Beach 3 Brothers Aston Villa 2

2012 - Diggers 2 Moore Park Beach 0



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