Paterson puts ATW on top
IT DIDN'T take long for Across The Waves to get back on the winner's list in the senior grade of the Wide Bay AFL thanks to a best-on-field performance from Ryan Paterson in the 18.16 (124) to 12.6 (78) victory over Bay Power.
A week after being beaten by Hervey Bay in the opening round, Paterson led by example and at times was unstoppable.
Paterson collected possessions in the midfield and kicked four goals to inspire his team to the comfortable win.
ATW coach Shaun Stone praised Paterson and said his main goal before the game was achieved.
"Ryan Paterson played out of his skin, it was the best game he'd played in a few years," Stone said.
"In the end we got the win, I was going to be happy as long as we won."
As good as Paterson was he couldn't do it all by himself, he was backed up with solid performances by some experienced players and juniors making their way into the senior team.
Patrick Power, Russell Vandenberg and Mathew Stevens led the old brigade, while Jai Trotter and Liam Price were the best of ATW's rookies.
It was a war of attrition at Brothers Sports Club as Hervey Bay belted the hosts 17.7 (109) to 4.3 (27). Players from both teams made a trip to hospital after the game with Brothers' Rodney Thurston the worse off from concussion.
Brothers put up a good fight for the first half but fell away after the main break when Hervey Bay's midfield started to deliver the ball to its forward line with more accuracy.
Veteran forward Chris Verbeek kicked six goals for Hervey Bay while Connor Baulch, in his first year out of under-17, was the only multiple goal kicker for Brothers.
Brothers' best were Jamie Lowein, Dylan Keam, Michael Lovett and Lachlan McGill.
The next senior games in the Wide Bay AFL are on Anzac Day when ATW hosts a double header: Hervey Bay v Bay Power and ATW v Brothers.
ATW 3.5, 7.10, 12.12, 18.16 (124) d Bay Power 1.2, 6.2, 9.5, 12.6 (78)
Goals - ATW R Paterson 4, P Power, L Price 3, M Stevens, M Fleming 2, J Bethune, R Vandenberg, M Blair, K Perry
Bay Power S Burden, B Williams 3, J Hamilton, J Perks, D McGreevy 2
Best players - ATW J Trotter, P Power, M Stevens, R Paterson, R Vandenberg, L Price
Bay Power C McCormack, J Perks, R McCormack, G Krohn, D Blackwell, J Hamilton
Hervey Bay 1.2, 6.5, 11.5, 17.7 (109) d Brothers Bulldogs 1.1, 2.1, 4.3, 4.3 (27)
Goals - Hervey Bay C Verbeek 6, T Andrews 5, I Dunbar 2, J Falkenberg, C Mackay, J Davis, J Neshoda
Brothers C Baulch 2, D Keam, B Illingworth
Best Players - Hervey Bay G Tracey, M Lewis, L Venaglia, J Falkenberg, C Verbeek, T Andrews
Brothers J Lowein, D Keam, M Lovett, S Brady, C Baulch, L McGill