IN THE NET: The Waves captain Callum Hillier celebrates a goal with Warrick Stuart and Joe Williams in the NewsMail Cup final at Martens Oval.
IN THE NET: The Waves captain Callum Hillier celebrates a goal with Warrick Stuart and Joe Williams in the NewsMail Cup final at Martens Oval. Paul Donaldson BUN190817FOOT4

The Waves win fourth-straight NewsMail Cup

IN ONE passage of play The Waves showed why they are the kings when it comes to the NewsMail Cup.

The score was deadlocked 1-1 in first half of yesterday's final against Bingera after the Stripeys went on the attack.

A Bingera cross in the box led to a shot that looked likely to go into the net until The Waves' Brenton Morrison had his say.

The shot stopper, diving acrobatically, saved a certain goal which led to a corner.

It was the save that won the NewsMail Cup.

WINNERS: The Waves won the NewsMail Cup with a 3-1 win over Bingera in the grand final.
WINNERS: The Waves won the NewsMail Cup with a 3-1 win over Bingera in the grand final. Shane Jones

"He did an outstanding job, I don't know where he plucked all the saves from,” The Waves coach Jason De Papi said.

"He saved two certain goals out of nothing to keep us in the game.

"It gave the boys confidence.”

The Waves, during the next play, scored through captain Callum Hillier to take the lead and never be headed.

The side claimed the title 3-1 with a late goal to Mitch Aslett sealing a fourth-straight cup.

Incredibly, Morrison almost didn't play and was a late inclusion to the side.

"He usually plays seconds and he missed his grand final (in the second division cup) due to Bailey (Bainbridge) being away and he stepped in,” De Papi said.

"I just said to him 'you helped us out, you can take the goals.'”

And the rest is history.

The Waves became the first side in 65 years to win four-straight titles. Bingera did it in 1952.

"Coming into the night we were doubtful (to win), we'd lost a couple of players this year,” De Papi said.

"I had all confidence coming into the final they'd show up and turn it up a couple of notches which they did.”

The Waves fought back from being 1-0 down early.

"(The performance) shows the team chemistry we have,” Hillier said.

"We get together, have fun, and it helps when you are on the park and get along well.”

Bingera will focus on the Wide Bay League finals, which start this weekend.



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