Bay Power coach strikes winning formula Anzac Day match
YOU couldn't miss the excitement and relief in the voice of Bay Power Aussie Rules' coach Michael Gay after his team's Anzac Day win.
Heading into last Saturday's match against the Hervey Bay Bombers, Gay predicted it would be a closely fought battle on a significant day.
With experienced players returning and the team raising the intensity, Gay's Power completed what many thought was a difficult feat, a convincing win against last year's grand finalists.
At Keith Dunne Oval on Anzac Day, Bay Power scored their first win of the season, taking down Bombers 13.15-93 to 9.9-63.
"It was a great win," a beaming Gay said.
"In the first quarter we were just ferocious - hard tackling and we didn't give the opposition any opportunity to get rid of the footy because we were just so intense."
That intensity coupled with a well-executed game plan saw Bay Power hold off a late Bombers' attack.
"We lapsed a bit in our concentration in the third quarter and gave them a bit of run but they were never in the game," Gay said.
"In the third quarter they looked like they were going to come back but we got back to what we were supposed to be doing and just went on with it."
He praised the young players in the side for stepping up, noting Marcus and Samual Dyson.
He now hopes his side will use their positive result to build momentum.
"The last two years we've been developing the game plan, this is a work in progress."
After the bugler went silent, Bundaberg's teams took the field for the curtain raiser to a local derby.
Reigning premiers Across The Waves continued their winning form, toppling Brothers Bulldogs 15.18-108 to 9.7-61.