Nick Maas netted 32 goals in 15 games this season for Diggers, to take the Golden Boot award for 2010.
Nick Maas netted 32 goals in 15 games this season for Diggers, to take the Golden Boot award for 2010. Scottie Simmonds

Maas shoots down golden boot

IT WAS a race between Diggers club mates Nick Maas and Michael Stayte for the Football Bundaberg golden boot last season, and in the end they couldn't be split.

No such story this time around, with the 34-year-old Maas more than doubling nearest rival Stayte to claim the gong, with 32 in just 15 games this year.

He capped off an incredible year in front of goal, with five against arch rivals Bingera on Saturday night.

Maas's coach and team-mates will forever give him grief about being the big-headed striker, and he has learnt to cop it.

“How many of those were tap-ins, Maasy,” coach Nathan Darlington said with a smirk.

To his credit, however, the goal-scoring machine has been on the spot to finish off his team's flawless build-up and scored enough individual goals in 2010 to warrant high praise.

“I guess you do count your goals, but every striker does and they're lying if they say they don't,” Maas admitted this week.

“I'm very proud with my 32; it's definitely gone past my expectations.

“I'm confident and the team is in good spirits at the moment.”

Diggers have emerged from the normal season with 18 wins from 18 starts, boasting a fantastic goal difference of 67.

Their minor premiership has been celebrated at the club, but now attention switches to attaining their first Archem League premiership since 2006.

“It was very disappointing to go out like we did last year,” Maas said.

“It hasn't really been mentioned but it's definitely still driving me.”

Club president Andrew Halpin joined in on ribbing their glorified striker, but was quick to praise the former Bundaberg Waves and Rochedale first grade player's impact this season.

“You would be more than happy with a goal per game from a striker. So that obviously put Nick's season in perspective,” Halpin said.

The green and gold play Moore Park this weekend, when automatic entry to the grand final is on offer.



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