BATTLE TO BE BEST: Bundy sides face off on Anzac Day
AUSSIE RULES: The Waves might be the defending premiers but they insist they feel no pressure from other sides as they prepare to take on Brothers today.
The Eagles will start their new Aussie Rules season in the traditional Anzac Day rivalry at Hervey Bay, three weeks after they were meant to start the season.
Weather from ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie and the holiday breaks for Easter have prevented them from playing in the new QFA Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast competition.
Instead, they will now debut in the fifth annual Anzac Day memorial round.
"There's not much you can do to prepare for the draw,” The Waves coach Michael Sommer Liverton said.
"We've just tried to implement harder stuff at training to get ready.”
But Sommer Liverton does concede it will have an impact, especially with the side playing their first two games in the next five days.
"Match fitness will come into it,” he said.
"It would be great to get a good start and put some goals on the board early but I'm sure that is what they will be aiming to do as well.”
The coach said they would also not be taking their opponents lightly either despite winning 20 of their past 21 matches against them.
"Brothers sound like they are going to be pretty strong,” he said.
"We're chomping at the bit to get started and get on the track.”
Brothers aren't concerned about the lack of match practice from The Waves.
"They are going to come out strong,” Brothers vice-captain Jack Sickerdick said.
"We're just going to take it how it comes.”
Sickerdick said it was an important day for the players.
"It's really an honour to play on this day,” he said.
"We hope to put in a four-quarter effort and keep our fitness up with our centre work.”
Sickerdick said the centre was where the game would be won or lost.
"The spine they've had over the past three years has been great,” he said.
"We need to stop their flow and play on our own terms.”
The two sides will face each other at 1.15pm.
Bay Power and Hervey Bay's match follows at 3.15pm.