HUGE GAME: The region's Aussie rules community is a guaranteed winner from these clubs' success.
HUGE GAME: The region's Aussie rules community is a guaranteed winner from these clubs' success. Valerie Horton

There is no better time for our AFL community

OPINION: This is the finals series of which the Fraser Coast's Aussie rules community could have only dreamed.

It is the first time in years no Bundaberg teams are left in the title hunt just one week into the post-season, and Hervey Bay's two clubs will go toe-to-toe for a place in the grand final, to be held at Hervey Bay.

The only thing that could have been better was if Bay Power and Hervey Bay Bombers met at Norm McLean Oval in the grand final.

That dream will be delayed.

For now, it's time to get excited for a clash that could be the best between the rivals.

In one corner, you have the minor premiership-winning Bombers who have won 22 titles since 1977 (four as the Seahawks pre-1985).

The red-and-blacks have been starved of a flag since 2013, and are determined to crack its equal-longest title drought since the Seahawks' went without a flag between its Bundaberg Australian Football League. championship wins in 1977 and 1982.

In the other corner, you have a young club who is yet to win a senior premiership.

The Power has transformed from a club considered easy beats who rarely finished with a positive win-loss record and percentage, to back-to-back equal first finishers and genuine premiership contenders.

It is tough to pick a winner. Even on this year's form, it's difficult to judge just how each team will handle the pressure of the preliminary final.

History shows that anything can and will happen between these clubs, and that includes post-season miracles. The only guarantee is our Aussie rules community will benefit from each club's success.