Across the Waves player John Giovannini.
Across the Waves player John Giovannini. Max Fleet

Diggers set to march into history

DIGGERS have been hailed as one of the best teams to grace Martens Oval, but coach Nathan Darlington has warned against any premature celebrations.

The minor premiers have ascended through the Archem Premier League competition undefeated, leaving a pile of battered teams in their wake.

A defeat of Across The Waves in tomorrow’s grand final would make Diggers the first team to complete a clean sweep of the Bundaberg competition in nearly 40 years.

Football Bundaberg chairman Greg Bath has confirmed Diggers are poised to enter the record books, saying the team is among the fiercest he has encountered.

“They are a top-notch unit and are a credit to the local competition and the sport on a local level,” he said.

Darlington, however, has remained indifferent to praise. The hard-boiled coach said the only thing on his mind, and the only thing his players should be thinking about is the forthcoming grand final.

“If we come away with a win, we can sit down and go over everything, break things down and analyse it all – but at this stage none of it matters,” he said.

“The grand final has to be our main focus because, at the end of the day, everything that has come before is just details.”

Darlington has braced his team for a physical offering from Across The Waves warning his players to keep a level head if conflict occurs.

“We don’t have any kids on the team and we’re mighty hard to intimidate,” he said.

“We’ve all been around long enough to know what it’s all about.”

Diggers will battle Across The Waves for the premiership 6pm tomorrow at Martens Oval.



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