Waves win Mecano Cup
A DOUBLE to Across The Waves’ striker Matt Martin insured the Bundaberg club were the first to have their names etched into the Mecano Shed Cup trophy on Saturday night.
Martin and his team were always in control against the youthful Golden City, coming away with a 3-1 win and adding to the big margin they had created from last week’s 6-3 away win.
The silverware is a welcome addition to a Waves trophy cabinet accustomed to regular top-ups.
“It’s good to get another title under our belts,” Waves striker Jason De Papi said.
“It’s a big achievement for us. It’s the first time the comp’s been played and I guess we are Wide Bay champions now.”
“The young lads involved all enjoyed it and all stepped up.”
It was the first premiership as co-captains for young duo Matt Martin and Tim Sergiacomi, but none of them are ready to rest on their laurels just yet.
“I think we’ll take this trophy as a bonus, but winning the GF at the end of the year is what we’re striving for,” De Papi said.
They will take plenty out of this performance though, considering it was a sterner Golden City outfit that turned up to Martens Oval this time though.
The visitors made Waves work harder to retain possession and create opportunities than their previous encounter, but the Bundaberg team had all the answers.
“We probably had about 70% of possession and missed three or four genuine chances to score more goals,” De Papi said.
“I think our general passing and ball movement was quicker than theirs and our finishing, although not great, was good enough.”
John Giovannoni bagged Waves third goal, while a mix-up at the back lead to an own goal and put Golden City on the board.
The Mecano Cup premiers have a busy schedule ahead of them, playing Archem league catch-up rounds in an attempt to claw their way back up the ladder.
“I don’t know whether we can catch Diggers but we’ll certainly give ourselves a chance against them. They’re not unstoppable,” De Papi said.
Normal Archem League competition continues next weekend, with Across The Waves facing a fuel-charged Bingera intent on keeping hold of second spot.