Platform laid for a Waves’ Div 1 dynasty
ACROSS The Waves not only won the men's Division 1 grand final 4-0 against Moore Park at the weekend, with skipper Matthew Martin at the helm it seems the challenge was set for the other teams to try and thwart a dynasty being built.
Starting the season with two losses from the first three games was the only negative on what was a dominant season where ATW conquered not only Bundaberg, but Wide Bay club football.
If Martin and his team's coach, Jason De Papi, can keep the squad together the other five teams in Div 1 have plenty of work to do to catch up to ATW.
Before the grand final predictions from as high as the top echelons of Football Bundaberg forecast a whitewash, but Moore Park refused to give in and challenged ATW at times during the 90 minutes.
But as hard as Moore Park player's Ricky Taylor, Dan Hardy and Brenden Banks tried, they couldn't stop the power of a well-drilled, disciplined and talented ATW line-up.
Player of the final Jacob Trudgian's speed down the left side was a danger all night, Martin's potency up forward had Moore Park constantly worried and Luke Leggett's defence was as good as it had been all season.
Back-to-back Div 1 titles ensured Martin was happy with the win.
He said all the hard work he, his teammates, and coaches put in was worth it.
"This is awesome mate - it's great to come away with the win and it's everything we wanted from the back end of the season," Martin said.
"It was excellent, to tick all the boxes and come away with the win (which) was what the team was really working towards."
"We don't see to be losing many blokes for next season so we're pretty confident we can come out and repeat the dose next year," he said.
A disappointed Taylor proffered few words after the game but he thanked his club's coaches and supporters while praising the 2014 champions.
"It's tough losing a grand final but someone has to lose and Waves turned up today," Taylor said.
"Well done to Across The Waves, you guys were clearly the better team and you had a great season."
Division 1 2014
Premiers: Across The Waves
Player of the final: Jacob Trudgian (ATW)
Player of the year: Luke Leggett (ATW)
League Champions: Moore Park
Golden Boot: Brenden Banks (Moore Park)
Club champions for 2014
Across The Waves