Unbeaten Diggers on sacred ground
DIGGERS have been written into the annals of Football Bundaberg as one of the Premier League’s most successful teams after claiming both the minor and major premierships.
The undefeated competition leaders concluded their unblemished season on Saturday with a 3-1 grand final defeat of Across The Waves.
It is the first time in 40 years a team has claimed the premiership without a loss.
Coach Nathan Darlington said there had been no passengers on the road to the finals success with each player contributing to the extraordinary 20-match winning streak.
“I couldn’t have asked for more from the guys, both in terms of the commitment and dedication they have shown and the respect they have given me as a coach,” he said.
“They deserved this win, not only because of the football they brought to the paddock on Saturday, but because of all the hard work and sweat they put in throughout the year.”
Darlington’s well-drilled midfield was used to brutal effect against Across The Waves with the combination of Damon Giles and Andrew Stout ensuring Diggers dominated possession for the whole match.
Giles and Stout got their team off to a quick start both slotting home goals leaving Across The Waves chasing a 2-0 deficit in the second half.
A lull in intensity in the late stages of the second half allowed Across The Waves midfielder John Giovannoni to break through for the team’s only goal.
Diggers quickly sparked back into action however, with striker Michael Stayte scoring in the corner of the box to put the game out of Across The Waves’ reach.
Darlington said players would now take a well-earned break after a grueling season featuring some lengthy training sessions and a few harsh words.
“It’s a fantastic achievement for us, but it didn’t just happen,” he said.
“I asked a lot for a lot from the guys and they were made to work hard, so to see them with the trophy was a pretty proud moment.”