North’s David Laurent tangles with ATW’s Matthew Morrall.
North’s David Laurent tangles with ATW’s Matthew Morrall.

Waves finish winners

A FRIDAY afternoon appeals committee re-instated Across The Waves one competition point and they hit the pitch the following day like a team reborn.

Their 5-1 thumping of North Bundaberg cemented third spot on the Archem League ladder and set up a knock-out clash with Bingera this Saturday.

Co-captain Matt Martin returned to the forward line and provided the tenacity and leg work that had been absent in recent weeks.

Fellow striker Jason De Papi said his team was confident they could go deep in to the finals based on their most recent performance.

“I think we’ve rediscovered some form now and with all the mid-week games out of the way it will be a bit easier on us,” he said.

“But of course finals are tough and Bingera are a great side in finals, so it’s going to take our best football to get through.”

Mick Giovannoni scored twice, while De Papi, Warren Metz and Morrall all registered goals to their name.

Warren Brough was North Bundaberg’s lone goal scorer.

Waves were originally docked a point for playing an “unregistered” player, but the decision was reversed when Waves argued that they had been given consent to field the player before the game.

Football Bundaberg chairman Greg Bath confirmed the appeal had been successful, but stood by his original decision to reprimand the club.

“All we could do was enforce the penalty at the time because the rule states a player’s paperwork must be completed by 5pm on the Friday before the game,” he said.

He did say that new regulations will be brought in next season to ensure player registrations are only dealt with by the appropriate officials, not parents or other club members.



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