AFL: Round three of the Wide Bay AFL senior competition had Bay Power against the high flying Across the Waves Eagles.
Both teams had yet to taste defeat in the season and were determined to keep their unbeaten start alive.
Slippery conditions, particularly around the cricket square in the middle of the field made swift ball movement difficult.
It was a fiery first quarter with both teams attempting to prove their dominance led to a melee involving all players.
The umpires restored some semblance of order with potential flair ups continuing throughout the contest.
It was the Bundaberg team who led after the first quarter going into the break 1-3 – 9 to 0-3 – 3.
It is becoming the norm for the Bay Power team failing to capitalise on scoring shots early in matches.
In a scrappy second quarter, the Hervey Bay team outscored their opposition ten points to one in the second quarter.
A determined effort by the home team in the third quarter had them double their score while allowing the Eagles a solitary point.
The final quarter was a goal onslaught for Bay Power with six goals and two behinds to secure their third win for the season.
The final score, 9-12 – 66 to 2-6 – 18. Bay Power’s Clinton Horne coming over from the Bundaberg Rugby League was the top scorer of the match with two goals and three behinds. Thomas Bennetts and Jaydon Fredericks were the only other multiple goal scorers with two each.
Bay Power captain Matt Saunders was pleased with the win.
“It was a great effort with credit to our backline who stopped the Eagles attack,” he said.
In a local derby, Bay Power travel three kilometres down the road next Saturday to play the Hervey Bay Bombers who recorded their first win of the season yesterday.
Across the Waves will attempt to bounce back to form when they play Brothers Bulldogs.
In reserves action, it was a win to Bay Power defeating Across the Waves by three points, 8-8 – 56 to 8-5 – 53.
Bay Power was unable to make a clean sweep of the day falling short in the Colts competition losing to Across the Waves 9-13 – 67 to 5-1 – 31.