Bay Power bursts into the team song after their win. Bay Power v Hervey Bay Bombers. AFL Wide Bay preliminary final at Coulthard Oval, Bundaberg.
Bay Power bursts into the team song after their win. Bay Power v Hervey Bay Bombers. AFL Wide Bay preliminary final at Coulthard Oval, Bundaberg. Matthew McInerney

Power has one more job to do to complete historic year

AS GOOD as it will be to win an AFL Wide Bay premiership, Bay Power coach Michael Gay is happy to have helped make club history.

For the first time since Bay Power's inception in 2004, the Urangan-based club will feature in the senior grand final.

If Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde were ever to be made into a footy match, last weekend's preliminary final was it.

Hervey Bay Bombers were strong out of the gates.

Granted the Bombers' sharpshooters missed a few majors, but Hervey Bay dominated their ugly cousins for the whole first half.

After full-time Gay said he believed his side were still a chance at the main break, but the mentor, who has coached the Power for three years, was fibbing if he said he wasn't nervous.

The origin of the half time speech remains a mystery, but it influenced a complete makeover in the second half, in which the Bay powered to a memorable preliminary final victory.

Gay's troops know they can't afford a similar start as The Waves will blow them out of the water.

"We're preparing as per normal, but we're excited about the prospect of a grand final," he said.

Bay Power has the potential to be a completely different outfit to that which took the field for the majority of this season.

A side bolstered by under-17s and reserve grade players, their elimination means Power will enter the contest with a squad of fresh players.

But that alone doesn't assure victory, far from it, as The Waves eye a third consecutive premiership.

That gives the Eagles an early advantage in that their players have experienced a grand final before, but Gay believes his side will be ready.

"I think they'll be okay, these juniors have played a number of grand finals (in lower grades) and the few guys we've had come to the club have won GFs elsewhere," he said.

"There's only four or so blokes who haven't played grand finals before so I think they'll be okay."



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