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.
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.
"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.”
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.
"(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.
"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.