WINNERS: The Waves cleaned up at the AFL Wide Bay awards with Cody Davis (left) winning U12 best and fairest, Trent Burchard winning U14 best and fairest and Jamie Wyatt taking out U14 coach of the year.
WINNERS: The Waves cleaned up at the AFL Wide Bay awards with Cody Davis (left) winning U12 best and fairest, Trent Burchard winning U14 best and fairest and Jamie Wyatt taking out U14 coach of the year. Braden Krebs

The Waves clean up junior awards

AUSSIE RULES: The Waves' Jamie Wyatt strives to be the best coach he can be.

The under-14s coach - in his first year of coaching at that level - made sure he studied the game so he could teach his players all about it.

Now, he's been rewarded, taking out AFL Wide Bay Junior Coach of the Year at the end-of-year awards.

Wyatt helped guide his Waves U14 side into this weekend's grand final against Hervey Bay.

The team won 11 of its 16 matches this season.

"I was a bit shocked to be honest,” he said.

"I didn't even think an award like this existed, so to win in my first year doing youth coaching is really special.

"I want to thank Marcus Verdel, the under-16 coach, who provided really good support to me.”

What makes the award so special for Wyatt is seeing the improvement in the team this season.

"They have come on in leaps and bounds,” he said.

"Some of our under-performers at the start of the year have really reached new heights towards the end of the season.”

One player who has impressed is the Waves' Trent Burchard, who won the U14 best and fairest.

"He reminds me of Western Bulldogs player Marcus Bontempelli,” Wyatt said.

"He dominates in the ruck, wins the one-on-one contests and can play in multiple positions.”

The duo weren't the only Waves players to win awards, with Cody Davis being named U12 best and fairest and Mason Gates finishing runner-up in U16.

Burchard and Wyatt now head to Hervey Bay for the AFL Wide Bay U14 grand final this Saturday at Frank Coulthard Oval.



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