Father and son Paul and Codie Welsh prepare for their first grand final.
Father and son Paul and Codie Welsh prepare for their first grand final. Shane Jones

Family affair in the decider

AUSSIE RULES: Regardless of the result tomorrow in the AFL Wide Bay grand final, the day will be a special one for the Welsh family.

As The Waves prepare to battle Bay Power for their third straight premiership, Paul Welsh will create history of his own as he becomes the first Eagles player to play 200 games.

Joining the club when it merged from North and South Bundaberg in 1997, Welsh has been part of seven of their flags so far.

Proud of his achievement the 37-year-old said the most important job was to win on the day.

"I'm more worried about getting the win in a grand final, rather than being worried about my 200th game,” he said.

"I've played in seven of the nine grand finals we've won, hopefully I'll make this eight of 10,” he said.

Still playing the sport for the love of it, Paul also remains a part of the team to play with his son Codie.

This year, for the first time, they will play in a grand final together after Codie missed The Waves triumph against Brothers last year.

"It was unfortunate he missed the senior squad last year, so it is good he is playing this year, Paul said.

"He keeps me going and its been good to play with him last year and this year.”

"It would top the year off (if we won the grand final).”

Unfortunately this game could also be the last for Paul, with an injury in his knee troubling him.

"I've got a torn meniscus in my knee, so I'll get that operated on at the end of the year,” he said.

"I would like to continue but we'll see how we go.”

"I'm confident though I can get through the grand final with no problems.”

Talking about the game itself The Waves captain Michael Blair said their attack on the ball would be vital against the Fraser Coast outfit.

"We just need be aggressive,” he said.

"We definitely got the talent to win but we've got to play hard to win it.”

With Bay Power playing in their first grand final as well, The Waves believe their experience could count on the day.

"There is no pressure at all on us, we've done it before,” Blair said.

"The experience will help but it is all about who is better on the day.”

"We've got to go out and worry about ourselves and the result will come.”

Tomorrow will be a big day for the club with three teams in the grand final.

At 9am the under-15s will face Bay Power, before the reserves take on Hervey Bay at 1pm.

The seniors grand final between The Waves and Bay Power will then start at 2.45pm.



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