No surprise in Wide Bay grand final – it’s deja vu
IN LIFE there are three certainties in life - death, taxes and uncertainty. Unless it's the grand finalists in the senior grade of the Wide Bay AFL it's only the first two because the two teams playing for the premiership are more often than not Across The Waves and Hervey Bay.
ATW made its way to the grand final after belting Brothers Bulldogs 15.11 (101) to 7.7 (49) at Keith Dunne Oval and will play in its 13th season decider since 2000.
From the opening bounce the ATW midfield surged the ball forward and Brothers backline was under pressure and 10 goals in the opening half set up the 52-point win.
Eagles coach Shaun Stone said his joy in the first half disappeared after the long break and he expected a better effort against Hervey Bay.
"We won it in the first half and in that third quarter we didn't play real good footy - but Brothers didn't allow us to play good footy," Stone said.
"To Brothers credit it was really good and we finished it off in the last quarter.
"I wasn't really happy with the last half and next week we won't be able to play like that."
Stone said Brendan Prossliner's work at centre half-forward was excellent, Mathew Stevens was his usual productive self and Russell Vandenberg were his best players.
For Brothers Dylan Keam, Jack Sickerdick and Braden Krebs were the best players and with five players over 25 years old the season's experience will be invaluable going into the future.
Rarely do players need added motivation for a grand final but ATW can look 12 months into the past if they need it. On their home ground the Eagles were embarrassed by the Bombers in the 22.11 (143) to 9.10 (64) loss.
Stone said the players would enjoy a light training regime this week consisting of mainly skill work. He added his focus was going to be on what his team can do best to win the game.
"Always concentrate on yourself first to make sure you have everything in place and them we will worry about them. We've had some stuff we were working on over the last six weeks without being in front of ourselves," he said.
"We will be confident as long as we turn up on the day - and last year's result should be a bit of motivation as well and I'm sure that will get mentioned."
Across The Waves 5.1, 10.3, 10.6, 15.11 (101) d Brothers Bulldogs 2.4, 4.45, 5.5, 7.7 (49)
Goals - ATW R Paterson 4, B Prossliner, J Bethune 3, D Nelson, R Blair, J Power, P Power, M Stevens.
Brothers T Taylor 3, L McGill 2, B Doherty, C Baulch.