KEEN: Jake Mostert with the ball during Bay Power's trial against Boyne Island Tannum Sands at Bundaberg's Frank Coulthard Oval. The new season starts next week.
KEEN: Jake Mostert with the ball during Bay Power's trial against Boyne Island Tannum Sands at Bundaberg's Frank Coulthard Oval. The new season starts next week. Mike Knott BUN250217AFL3

Bay Power plan for another successful AFL season

MICHAEL Gay throws out an answer moments before the question is finished.

"One better than last year,” he says.

The Bay Power coach's vision for 2017 is crystal clear: he wants to lead his side to a premiership.

The Power shocked most judges when they stormed to an unlikely AFL Wide Bay grand final.

They were always going to finish in the top three, but their dream almost crumbled in the preliminary final against cross-town rivals Hervey Bay Bombers.

They went into the main break facing an impossible lead to overturn, but the Power somehow found the strength to turn the 30-point deficit into a dominant 27-point win.

Gay's plan, simply put, is to produce that second half performance on a weekly basis, and to turn the grand final loss to The Waves into an inaugural flag.

"We're looking pretty good at the moment. The newer guys are fitting in well and some of the kids coming through are getting to the know the ropes, and each other,” Gay said.

This year's restructured competition will see the four senior AFL Wide Bay clubs - Bay Power, Hervey Bay Bombers, The Waves and Brothers Bulldogs - combine with three clubs from the Sunshine Coast - Gympie, Maroochydore and Pomona - to form the Queensland Football Association Wide Bay/Sunshine Coast league.

The prospect of new, regular competition has the Power excited for the season to start according to Gay.

"We're pretty keen for it, it's going to be good to play other teams and see where we're at,” Gay said.

"The only trepidation we have is lack of resources with seniors and reggies playing at different grounds on the same day. We have to have a go at it and we're looking forward to it.”

Gay said the Power was still looking for players, particularly in the junior grades.

They train Tuesday and Thursday nights at Keith Dunne Oval, Urangan.



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