LOOSE BALL: Bingera’s Shane Youngberry races to shoot in the football game at Martens Oval. Photo: Paul Donaldson / NewsMail
LOOSE BALL: Bingera’s Shane Youngberry races to shoot in the football game at Martens Oval. Photo: Paul Donaldson / NewsMail Paul Donaldson BUNFOOT

Reigning premiers start season with win

YOU'D think a scoreline of 5-1 win would make a coach very happy.

But while Across the Waves coach Jason De Papi was pleased with the overall performance against Diggers Bundaberg, he was quick to lament his side's inability to finish off all of its opportunities.

"It was convincing but there were a few runaway goals," he said.

"Our last passes let us down."

In their first match of the Wide Bay League season, Waves came up against a Diggers outfit determined to make last year's premiers earn the win.

"Diggers pushed the ball around very nicely and made us work hard," De Papi said.

"We came away with two runaway goals in the first half to go two-nil up."

In the second half Waves gained more control and possession to take the game away from the Diggers.

De Papi praised striker Mitchell Capuzzo, who scored a double.

"He hurt his knee and back midway through last season so didn't play much," he said.

"Mitch is pretty fast and once he gets behind the defence he is pretty hard to run down."

De Papi said wingers Boyd Smith and Blake Santalucia were in good touch, offering up plenty of opportunities for the entire match.

"I was happy with some aspects of the game but there are others we still need to work on," he said.

"We have some new players here and we just need to learn to play as a unit."

SCORES

Men:

Waves 5-1 Diggers

Brothers 4-0 Bingera

UPE 5-2 KSS Jets

Utd/DoonVilla washed out and rescheduled

Women:

Brothers 3-2 Bingera

Utd Warriors 4-0 Doon Villa

UPE 7-1 HBay