BACK PLAY: Waves player John Brillante passes in the Wide Bay League game at Martins Oval.
BACK PLAY: Waves player John Brillante passes in the Wide Bay League game at Martins Oval. Paul Donaldson BUN060816FOOT3

Waves seal finals berth in Wide Bay League

FOOTBALL: With a top-two finish still in their sights, the Waves are aiming high as they focus on the finals.

On Saturday they sealed their finals spot at Martens Oval with a 6-3 win over Sunbury.

In a high-scoring contest, Waves fought off a stubborn Fraser Coast outfit to move two points clear in second spot.

After getting out to a two- goal lead in the first 15 minutes, Sunbury fought back to level at 2-2.

They then levelled again at 3-3 in the early stages of the second half before Waves pulled clear with three late goals.

Despite being pleased with their attack, Waves coach Jason De Papi said their defence was not good enough at times.

"We let them back into the contest with two goals,” he said.

"The last couple of weeks we've been letting them in too cheaply, which isn't good enough.”

De Papi conceded that area will be the focus of the team this week.

"We'll be working on defence and our positioning when we are attacking,” he said.

With an improved second half, De Papi said certain players stood out as well.

"Tom Adam in defence and Callum Hillier played well,” he said.

"Joe Williams at left midfield also did well as he made a couple of vital tackles on the left-hand side of the midfield.”

With two games to go before finals, De Papi said his team will be treating every match like a final to get prepared.

"We will have quality hit- outs against Doon Villa away and then Brothers Aston Villa in the final round,” he said.

"Anyone could be in the first eleven out of 15 to 16 players in the team so positions are on the line.”

"We are starting to peak nicely.”

Waves play Doon Villa in Maryborough on Saturday.



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