STRIKE: Bingera's Josh Haack celebrates the first goal in the NewsMail Cup final against The Waves.
STRIKE: Bingera's Josh Haack celebrates the first goal in the NewsMail Cup final against The Waves. Paul Donaldson BUN190817FOOT5

THE TIME IS NOW: Bingera focus on taking down Waves

FOOTBALL: "It's time for us to lift.”

Bingera coach Brett Kitching says it is now or never for his side as it prepares for tomorrow night at Martens Oval.

The side will take on The Waves in the Wide Bay League preliminary final at 7pm, for a spot in the grand final.

The winner will take on Brothers Aston Villa who defeated the Stripeys last week 2-1 in extra time.

Bingera losing in the big matches has been a theme recently after the side lost 3-1 to The Waves in the NewsMail Cup the previous week as well.

It is something Kitching is hoping to resolve.

"It's time for the squad to step up,” he said.

"We want to be in the final as much as anyone.

"It's now up to the players to win their one on one battles and the contest.”

But it will be tough against The Waves.

Last year's Wide Bay League premiers have only lost one game in all finals since 2014 - a loss in 2015 to Brothers Aston Villa in the Three Cities League.

In that time, the side has won four NewsMail Cup's, two Bundaberg division 1 titles, a Wide Bay League and a Four Cities League crown.

"They are a totally different proposition in finals,” Kitching conceded.

"We need to focus on the things in our control.

"Their strength is in the midfield, with some great players, so we need to win the possession.”

Kitching said the team was pretty much recovered from last week with no players out for the clash.

The Waves also have that luxury after a few players in their squad recovered from the flu earlier this week.

The side is in form after winning its past three matches including the NewsMail Cup and last week 6-0 against Sunbury.

"Our attack has been pretty up to it recently,” The Waves coach Jason De Papi said.

"We're going to stick to our style of play and hope it comes through the test.”

De Papi said the side might have beaten Bingera last time but it needed to be ready to play.

"It's a genuine 50/50 game,” he said.

"The top three teams (The Waves, Bingera and Brothers Aston Villa) have all been pretty equal all season.”

The side will now use its experience in finals to get them to a second-straight Wide Bay League decider.

"The side is committed and has the attitude to play,” he said.

"We need to now play for a full 90 minutes.”



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