No longer teddy bears: The Maryborough Bears celebrate their Aussie rules win against Bay Power at Bear Park on Saturday night, a victory which saw them move off the bottom-of-the-ladder.
No longer teddy bears: The Maryborough Bears celebrate their Aussie rules win against Bay Power at Bear Park on Saturday night, a victory which saw them move off the bottom-of-the-ladder. Nat Bromhead

Bears crush Hervey Bay rivals

FOR four long years, the Maryborough Bears have lived at the foot of the AFL Queensland Bundaberg Wide Bay Aussie rules competition ladder.

That's not the case anyone.

The Bears are on the way up the ladder and in the hunt for finals footy after crushing Hervey Bay rivals, Bay Power, by almost 100 points at Bear Park on Saturday night.

The home team, cheered on by the biggest crowd in years, led from start to finish to win 21.5.131 to 5.5.35, a victory which sent Bay Power to the bottom-of-the-ladder.

It was the Bears second win of the season and ironically, Bay Power had been the last team they had beaten after a 10-point win at Urangan's Keith Dunne Oval last month.

Christopher Curthroys (seven), Adam Churchwood (three), Patrick Scanlon (two), Shannon Beavis, Dean Backwell, Stuart Buckley, Mitchell MacDonald, Ben Hannam, Zachery Edmondstone, Luke Beatty, Matthew Walker and Cameron Tuohy kicked the goals for the Maryborough Bears.

Paul Moloney, Ben O'Brien, MacDonald, Dion Simmons, Backwell and Hannam received the best on field votes.

Joshua Crowder (two), Chris Tapper, Tim Krohn and Darren McKinnon were on target for Bay Power.

Daniel Bailey, Tapper, Crowder, Kyle Bugeja, Damien McGreevy and Cameron McCormack were Bay Power's shining lights on a dark night.

Not surprisingly, Maryborough Bears president Anthony Stothard said it had been a great day for the club.

“We've never given up and that determination has paid off,” he said.

“The win against Bay Power earlier this season breathed new life into the club and we are benefiting from it.

“We get great numbers to training nowadays and the desire to be competitive is there for all to see during a game.

“Saying that, we are not getting carried away – we'll just take it one game at a time and keep giving it our best.”

The defending champions, the Hervey Bay Bombers, had the bye.



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