VETERAN: Tim Krohn is one of the only Bay Power players who experienced the decade-long AFL Wide Bay finals drought. First bounce is scheduled for 2.30pm.
VETERAN: Tim Krohn is one of the only Bay Power players who experienced the decade-long AFL Wide Bay finals drought. First bounce is scheduled for 2.30pm. Valerie Horton

Bay's decade-long drought busted and eye is on the prize

WEST Coast Eagles broke through for their third premiership with a one-point win over Sydney Swans the year Bay Power last reached the AFL Wide Bay finals.

The Power reached the elimination final in 2006 but fell at the final hurdle, and in the time since has slumped from wooden spoon to wooden spoon.

Coach Michael Gay's appointment three years ago saw a change that focused on the club's juniors, and it is those players that make up the bulk of the Power's outfit this season.

"There is only three or four of those old school Power players, others are juniors who have come through the club and experienced success or players like Dean (Backwell) and Dale Burt who have won elsewhere,” Gay said.

"We don't have any demons so I think they'll be able to handle it.”

Gay named a 26-man squad for the elimination final at Bundaberg, which includes returning pair Tyler Simpson and Steve Eekelschot.

Gay said his troops would have to play to their strengths if they are to proceed to the big dance.

"We have attacked the footy (in recent weeks) but we have to be ferocious at it for the whole game,” he said.

"We did it for three quarters against Bombers last week but didn't really have a bench.

"We'll have a full bench of fresh players this week so it's going to be a major factor.”

The Fraser Coast will contribute six of the eight teams to compete in today's elimination finals at Bundaberg's Frank Coulthard Oval.



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