By Shane Jones
From bottom to top, Bingera’s under-14 team rose to the challenge when it counted and stunned The Waves.
And it did it with pretty much the last kick of the game.
Bingera went from fourth on the ladder at the end of the season to champions after winning three games in three weeks.
It defeated the United Park Eagles Green and Red in the first two weeks, beating both for the first time, before beating The Waves as well for the first time in the decider.
Both teams scored two goals in the final, to be locked at 2-2, with moments to play.
Bingera’s Cameron Manski then did what every young kid dreams of, scoring a free kick from outside the box to give the team the lead and the win.
“I don’t know, I just put my foot to the ball and hoped for the best,” he told Bundaberg Today of the kick.
“It was good and the moment it went over the keeper it was so good.”
Manski couldn’t believe the team had won from fourth and beaten second and first.
But his coach Ty McKeown knew the team could do it.
“You are always in it when it comes to finals, attitude goes a long way and we showed it today,” he said.
“First time we beat them (The Waves) and first time we beat the UPE teams as well, we got the wins at the right time.
“It’s a bit of attitude and a bit of belief that made us win.”
Manski’s teammate Christopher Rudd, who was goalkeeper, was named man of the match.
His role in stopping the best attacking team in the competition swayed the voters towards him.
“I though Cameron would get it, but I thought I played really well,” he said.
“I just focused and said ‘c’mon boys keep it up’ throughout the contest.
“We just never won it before (against them), so we just had to keep it going.
“We just used everything we had.”
The team, along with The Waves, will now rise to the next level, which could be under-15 or under-16 next year.