Wide Bay League Rd 18: Sunbury v KSS Jets at Maryborough Cricket Club.
Wide Bay League Rd 18: Sunbury v KSS Jets at Maryborough Cricket Club. Matthew McInerney

Sunbury to play finals for first time in seven years

IT IS the occasion seven years in the making.

Sunbury Blues will face Across The Waves in an elimination final after its 4-0 thrashing of KSS Jets.

The Jets put up a tough fight and were unlucky to miss several first-half chances, but nothing stop Sunbury's march to third.

THEY'VE DONE IT: Sunbury's Anthony Mollee (bottom) and Jayden Zampech (top) celebrate a goal.
THEY'VE DONE IT: Sunbury's Anthony Mollee (bottom) and Jayden Zampech (top) celebrate a goal. Matthew McInerney

Sunbury coach Andrew Howlett is cautious of the next step though.

While the Blues have beaten both Brothers Aston Villa and Bingera, who finished first and second respectively, they are yet to defeat ATW.

Jets goalkeeper Chris Merrison. Wide Bay League Rd 18: Sunbury v KSS Jets at Maryborough Cricket Club.
Jets goalkeeper Chris Merrison. Wide Bay League Rd 18: Sunbury v KSS Jets at Maryborough Cricket Club. Matthew McInerney

"A couple rounds ago we had them 3-3, it should've gone our way but we conceded a penalty late,” Howlett said.

"They're the Bundy side to watch.

"They'll lift, they'll have the crowd up there, but I'm sure our president's already booking a 55-seater.”

Sunbury's Anthony Mollee. Wide Bay League Rd 18: Sunbury v KSS Jets at Maryborough Cricket Club.
Sunbury's Anthony Mollee. Wide Bay League Rd 18: Sunbury v KSS Jets at Maryborough Cricket Club. Matthew McInerney

ATW, who won the NewsMail Cup, come into the game in hot form.

Howlett is confident in his squad. The club's seven-year absence from finals will only fuel the players' motivation, but they will still have to produce their best.

Sunbury goalkeeper Coen Shelford. Wide Bay League Rd 18: Sunbury v KSS Jets at Maryborough Cricket Club.
Sunbury goalkeeper Coen Shelford. Wide Bay League Rd 18: Sunbury v KSS Jets at Maryborough Cricket Club. Matthew McInerney

"(ATW is) a classy side, they're the defending premiers for a reason,” Howlett said.

"We led most of that game and conceded a penalty in the final five minutes. We lost 1-0 in the first round.

Sunbury's Jayden Zampech. Wide Bay League Rd 18: Sunbury v KSS Jets at Maryborough Cricket Club.
Sunbury's Jayden Zampech. Wide Bay League Rd 18: Sunbury v KSS Jets at Maryborough Cricket Club. Matthew McInerney

"We just don't have that win.

"We haven't played finals since 2010 so it's seven years in the making. We've got the squad to do it. It's going to be hard, we have to win three games in Bundaberg to bring the cup home.”

Doon Villa beat United Park Eagles 2-1 and United Warriors thumped Brothers Aston Villa 4-0 in the other games.



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