One last chance for Waves

ACROSS The Waves have one last chance to realise their finals aspirations as the team prepares for a tough battle with rivals Brothers.

Coach Mark Craswell has rallied his troops in the lead-up to the finals fixture and demanded players put everything they have on the line.

“Football should always be played with a do-or-die attitude, but it's going to be especially important this weekend,” he said.

“Brothers are a good side, but if we play to our full potential we have every chance of coming away with the win; ultimately, I think it's going to be whoever wants it more.”

The spirits of Craswell have been buoyed by the return of captain and hooker Ben Guest and front-rower Damien Evans from injury.

He expects the pair to make an effortless return to the oval after a promising training session last night.

“Ben's a tough player and has the attitude and passion you need to win finals football,” he said.

“They're the leaders of our team and the mouthpieces of our team. They don't just worry about their own games, their actively involved in directing and controlling the team.”

The duo is only two of seven players to return to the Across The Waves fray after a series of crippling blows beset the side in the last fixtures of the regular season.

Second rower Dane Keppa, fullback Mark Annetts, centre Dave Zanette, centre Ken Stewart, winger Jamie McCarthy will wear the blue and yellow this weekend after absences from the line-up.

“We've got a pretty good complement of players and they're all ready to put in a big effort so it's going to be a matter of trying to do the little things right and come away with a win.

“If everyone does their job and plays together as a team we'll be right in there,” Craswell said.

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