IS THERE anything the men's Wide Bay League grand final didn't have?

The Waves' 2-1 Hervey Bay Sports Club win over United Warriors included a controversial opening goal, a 15-minute stoppage due to a blackout, a late penalty, push and shove, a major injury and a red card.

The Waves were the better side for the majority of the match.

They shut down any chance United had to build momentum which allowed the visitors to dominate both possession and territory.

The Waves built a 2-0 lead by halftime, but United never gave up.

United striker Sam Hill entered the field as potential super-sub in the second stanza but was soon carted off on a stretcher after he snapped his ACL.

A sudden blackout forced a halt to the game midway through the second half, but when the lights came back on the Warriors found another gear.

Wide Bay League Premiers - The Waves.
Wide Bay League Premiers - The Waves. Matthew McInerney

They pressed The Waves' defence but couldn't find a way through until a challenge in the box drew the ire of the match officials.

Both sides claimed the foul but after a lengthy discussion with the linesman on the western touchline the referee pointed to the spot.

Brad Mitchell duly converted the opportunity to give his side a sniff but it was not to be Warriors' night.

United's Blake Walker also earned an early shower after he received a red card for what the referee deemed an illegal challenge.

It capped a tough night for the club after the women's side lost 5-1 in their grand final against Bingera at Bundaberg's Martens Oval.



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