Bayside strikes third consecutive premiership
THERE is something about the final weeks of the football season that makes Bayside Strikers produce their best.
The Hervey Bay club celebrated its third straight Fraser Coast League Division 1 Men's premiership earlier this month courtesy of a 4-2 win against minor premiers KSS Jets in the final.
Strikers coach Clive Bowers said the team's successful three-year run atop the competition was built on player familiarity and mateship.
"We've kept the core of the team, which is mainly brothers and good mates, together for most of the three years,” Bowers said. "I think we only lost two players at the end of last season. The majority of players have been together for three of four years.”
It capped an enormously successful season in which the club fell one point shy of completing the double.
"This season, myself and two sons were away for about five weeks and at one stage we had about eight first-team players out,” Bowers said.
"We weren't too disappointed to miss out (on the minor premiership). It went right once everyone was back.”
While the prolonged success has painted a rather large target on the Strikers' jerseys, Bowers said the players would probably prefer to stay in the Fraser Coast League rather than step up to the Wide Bay League.
The Wide Bay League includes teams from Hervey Bay, Maryborough, and Bundaberg.
"We all want to play together but we're more about enjoying the game, then enjoying a beer afterwards rather than the serious competition,” he said.
"Most players have done Wide Bay League before but would rather stay in the Fraser Coast.
"I think a few players would struggle with recovery and previous injuries - a lot have had knee and ankle injuries.
"It's something the club should do but the core of our squad aren't looking to the Wide Bay League.”
Strikers captain Dwayne Mcinnes was Player of the Final.