The Waves’ get tested but prevail in under-13

The winning under-13 Wide Bay North team - The Waves. Picture: SHANE JONES.

By Shane Jones

The Waves’ under-13s might have won easy in the end, according to the scoreboard, but Brothers Aston Villa pushed them all the way.

The side claimed the title 6-2 to end its season in the ideal way, winning the title after claiming the minor premiership and losing one game all season.

But Brothers Aston Villa pushed the side all the way.

Both teams matched goals early and Villa was in the contest until the final few minutes as The Waves added more goals to make the game safe.

The Waves striker Xavier Ulbl scored five goals.

“Xavier did a great job out front,” The Waves coach Tony Saffioti said.

“In the backs, Sean (Andreoli) and the boys at the back did a good job.”

Saffioti said the game was a bit touch and go at times but the team was able to get it right in the end.

He praised the team’s fitness as another contributor.

While Ulbl’s achievement was fantastic in the contest, he wasn’t the player of the match. Villa’s Cassius Amey took the honour.

He scored a goal for the runners-up and was a threat in the middle of the park throughout.

“I just ran up when I got the chance, and I got one (a goal),” he said.

Amey thought the team could win the contest after drawing with them earlier this season, but it wasn’t to be.

He can’t wait to play again next year with his friends at the club.

All players will transition to under-14s next season.