By Shane Jones
The challenge of winning a first Takalvans AFL Wide Bay women’s competition continues into next season for The Waves.
But the team got really close to getting what it has craved for four years.
The Waves fell again to Hervey Bay in the decider as the Bombers won their fourth-straight premiership in the competition.
In a quality contest between the best two teams in the competition there was nothing between the two teams but Hervey Bay led when it mattered.
The Waves started well, leading after the first quarter after kicking the only goal of the term.
Hervey Bay then responded, kicking a goal of their own in the second quarter as The Waves were kept goalless, the Bombers leading by two points at half time.
Both teams then matched goals and behinds in the final two terms as Hervey Bay were able to hold on to win by the same margin as the main break.
It was a bitter blow for The Waves who had been unbeaten all season, beating Hervey Bay twice, before losing in the final game of the year.
“The first quarter, we played the best,“ The Waves captain Kayla Osborn said.
“In our attacking 50 we were looking pretty good.
“After the start of the second quarter it went Hervey Bay’s way and they got on top and got a couple of goals.
“We kind of couldn’t get back to lead, we ran out of time.“
Osborn said the Bombers just knew what to do on grand final day to win.
“Their willingness to get the win, it showed on the park,“ she said.
“They’ve won grand finals before, they know how to use the extra legs for fitness.
“It’s all the same players as during the season but they all just pulled together on the day.“
That’s not to say The Waves didn’t know how to do it either, or didn’t play well enough to win, it just didn’t fall their way at the crucial times.
And that was the difference between what could have been a perfect year and what it is now.
But Osborn said there was plenty of positives from the side.
“We are so proud of what we achieved,“ she said.
“It’s a brand new team and to come out there and almost go through undefeated, it’s definitely something we are proud of.
“We did come away with a loss but we’re not going to put our season down to that.“
But one thing is for sure, The Waves are coming back next year to hunt down that premiership crown.
“Hopefully we can keep the same squad of girls,“ Osborn said.
“A loss of a grand final sticks around forever and it will be a driving force for us.
“I think the girls will use that as motivation.
“It sucks we were just two points behind them, just two points.“
In the men’s competition, The Waves defeated Brothers for the second time this season in the seniors, winning by 86 points.
The Waves player Lachlan Patterson and Jason Bethume kicked seven and five goals respectively in the win.
The defending premiers will play Hervey Bay at Norm McLean Oval tomorrow.