A huge congratulations to Across The Waves who have been crowned as Mitre Football Queensland (FQ) Premier League Champions League Men’s champions after Surfers Paradise Apollo FC were today disqualified by Football Queensland for fielding three ineligible players in their 6-1 Final victory over them at Waves Sports Complex on Saturday night.
Waves tried hard to the end in the match, but Surfers Paradise Apollo simply had too many guns, with Joel Russell leading the charge with a hat-trick of goals.
But in a statement released by FQ this afternoon, they said “Accordingly and in line with the Rules of Competition, the following sanction has been determined: The result of the match will be overturned and recorded as a 3-0 win in favour of Across the Waves FC; Surfers Paradise Apollo FC to be fined $1,000; and Surfers Paradise Apollo FC’s highest ranked Senior Men’s team to receive a three point deduction for the 2024 season and begin the season on –3 points.”
Further, “the three players are charged under offence code 21-01 ‘Breach of Football QLD Rules and Regulations or FA National Registration Regulations relating to registration’ from Table E of the FQ Disciplinary Regulations and suspended for eight (8) matches, with seven (7) matches suspended and activated by another breach of registration regulations during the 2024 season.”
While it is not the way they would have liked it, what a wonderful achievement by this youthful Waves team under first-season coach Rick Irvine.
The club will have extra cause for celebration at their Senior Dinner and Awards Night tomorrow.
CRICKET: Opener Adam Pozzebon returned to his brutal best, blazing 106 from just 102 balls with 16 fours and two sixes to spearhead Waves to a seven-wicket victory over Norths in their Rum City Foods Division 1 Premiership clash at Salter Oval on Saturday.
Norths compiled a competitive 8-231 thanks mainly to opener Scott Irwin, who turned back the clock in his comeback season after a 10-year absence with 84, and captain Brendan Handley with 76, but they could do nothing to stop Waves cruising home with 12 overs to spare with Michael Loader also chipping in with a signature 73.
Reigning champions Brothers also made it three wins to start their title defence with a four-wicket dispatch of Easts, with Luke Solano laying the platform with 64 after spinners Harry Kuorikoski and Patrick Marshman were the co-destroyers with three wickets each as the Magpies were bundled out for 166.
Tomorrow, at 11am at Salter Oval, it will be a battle royale between Brothers and Waves, while Norths will be desperate to open their account against East.
Meanwhile, Easts’ English import Ollie Horne was Player of the Match with 3-12 for Betta Heat in their 10/10 first-round victory over reigning champions Headland Pies in the Aussie Bundy Big Bash on Friday night.
Takalvans Taipans were also successful against Searles RV Centre Vikings with their all-rounder Trent Seeds the Player of the Match with 2-14, but Luke Solano the probable match winner with a round-high 41.
The Pies will be looking to bounce back against Taipans tonight at 6.30pm when the T/20 format returns.
BROTHERS 6-168 (Luke Solano 64, Sam Pearson 33, Roy Heath 7-1-35-2, Trent Seeds 7-1-39-2) d EASTS 10-166 (River Felstead 39, Ollie Horne 29, Harry Kuorikoski 5-0-21-3, Patrick Marshman 9-0-40-3).
WAVES 3-237 (Adam Pozzebon 106, Michael Loader 73, Patrick Power 8-0-63-2) d NORTHS 8-231 (Scott Irwin 84, Brendan Handley 76, Hayden Pope 7-0-22-2, Mitchell Waters 9-1-36-2).
WAVES 4-258 (Ryan Maclean 106no, Kynan Hard 34, Kyle Stallan 31 retired) d BROTHERS 10-184 (Scott Lamond 84, Giles Cunningham 37, Brody Coates 6-0-34-3, Drew McAullay 6-0-31-2, Storme Martin 4-0-22-2).
EASTS WHITE 5-91 (Lex Webster 50, Andrew Santacaterina 3-1-12-3) d ISIS 10-89 (Wesley Bramley 7-3-6-3, Jack Ford 7-0-43-3, Peter Miller 4-0-11-2).
WAVES 9-201 (Scott Rub 45, Sarbjit Singh 7-1-26-4, Jasmer Singh 7-0-34-3) d EASTS BLACK 159 (Rajbir Singh 42, Jack Kleidon 7-0-27-5).
BROTHERS 8-172 (Josh McInnes 50, Neil Trebbin 34, Michael Eade 6-0-39-3, Liam Denning 7-0-22-2, Steve Tucker 7-0-25-2) d NORTHS 10-133 (Brad Baxter 54, Jaxon Hill 5-2-23-3, Josh McInnes 7-0-37-3, Mark Austerberry 7-1-31-2).
UNDER-16 (JUNIOR 3)
MARYBOROUGH 5-228 (Harrison Murree 109, Alex Cordie 48, Alex Stuchbery 6-0-30-2) d WAVES 8-147 (Tom DeLacy 60, Jye Young 39, Rorley Robinson 6-0-17-2, Thomas Titmarsh 6-1-23-2).
NORTHS KNIGHTS 9-214 (Levi Faint 71, Oliver Wendt 57, Jordan Mather 25, Travis Kapernick 6-0-29-4, Lachlan McDonald 5-1-29-3, Marcus Crawford 3-0-29-2) d NORTHS TALLONS 7-50 (Harrison Single 6-2-23-4).
BROTHERS 6-180 (Riley Collett 35, Isaac Law 31, Ryan Quigley 3-0-11-2) d HERVEY BAY COLTS 74 (Charlie Steele 6-2-8-3, Riley Collin 6-0-17-3, Jaxon Hill 4-0-17-3).
UNDER-14 (JUNIOR 2)
NORTHS BEARS 6-177 (Samson Juster 36no, Corin Driver 33) d HERVEY BAY COLTS 7-120 (Liam Fitzpatrick 49ret).
MARYBOROUGH BULLDOGS 5-171 d EASTS 10-114.
BROTHERS INLINE CABINETS 2-175 (Cale Anderson 45no, Ashton Lamond 36no, Hunter Schnabel 33, Adrian Cunningham 27) d BROTHERS PETE WILD’S CONCRETING 9-101 (Xavier Holzberger 26, James Cronin 4-2-5-3, Cale Anderson 3-0-7-2, Ashton Lamond 3-1-8-2).
UNDER-12A (JUNIOR 2)
NORTHS AVENGERS 3-258 (Rhyan Balaam 62no, Jack Juster 32ret, Jackson Harm 32no, Oliver Begeda 29) d BROTHERS BEACH 360 7-26 (Jackson Harm 2-1-2-3, Rhyan Balaam 3-2-3-2).
NORTHS SEI STRIKERS 8-100 (Leyton McDonald 36no, James Atkinson 22no, Felix Joseph 2-0-5-3, Govindh Kuzhuppilly Sunil 2-0-5-2) d EASTS 8-92 (Govindh Kuzhuppilly Sunil 31, Lewis Rowan 2-0-6-2).
BROTHERS HOOPERS PAINITING CONTRACTORS 5-130 (Hamish Blair 20no, Jay Jensen 5-0-16-2, Alex Kelly 5-0-19-2) d BROTHERS DENTAL EXCELLENCE 6-33 (Hamish Blair 2-1-5-3, Orlando Honor 2-0-6-2).
AUSSIE BUNDY BIG BASH
BETTA HEAT 7-70 (Patrick Marshman 27, Patrick Power 2-0-5-2, Hayden Pope 2-0-16-2) d HEADLAND PIES 7-64 (Ollie Horne 2-0-12-3). Player of Match: Ollie Horne.
TAKALVANS TAIPANS 6-87 (Luke Solano 41, Jeremy Haaksma 2-1-1-2) d SEARLES RV CENTRE VIKINGS 7-86 (Adam Pozzebon 32, Shaun Pinney 23, Trent Seeds 2-0-14-2, Mitch Waters 2-0-16-2). Player of Match: Trent Seeds.
RUGBY: Electrifying left winger Netava Naruma cut loose with five tries as long-time battlers Waves Falcons put former glamour team Brothers Turtles to the sword 107-6 in their Rugby Bundaberg Spring Cup first-round clash at Waves Sports Complex on Saturday.
Teenage sensation fullback Tumeli Naco also had a field day, amassing 30 points with two tries and 10 conversions, while centres Alfred Norman and Lachlan Andrews, and Substitute Liam Price each also bagged doubles.
Meanwhile, Gladstone made a winning debut in the competition, outgunning perennial grand finalists Fraser Coast Mariners 29-19, and Eastern Suburbs Pythons started their title defence, receiving the points on a Wests Barbarians forfeit.
Tomorrow, there is a triple-header at Waves Sports Complex, with Mariners up against Turtles at 3pm, before Gladstone does battle with Pythons at 5pm, and Falcons aim to swoop on Barbarians at 7pm.
GLADSTONE 29 (Alexander Paterson 2, Jack Abbott, David Driver tries; David Driver 2 conversions) d FRASER COAST MARINERS 19 (Michael O’Shea, Apisai Boila tries; Paula Bete, Toua Toka conversions).
WAVES FALCONS 107 (Netava Naruma 5, Cornelis Van Der Merwe, Alfred Norman 2, Tumeli Naco 2, Lachlan Andrews 2, Liam Price 2, Jordan Poole, Tom Akers, Tom Gregory tries; Tumeli Naco 10, Sam Puusaari conversions) d BROTHERS TURTLES 6 (Dylan Harradine-Hall penalty goal, drop goal).
SOFTBALL: Waves Breakers will take on Brothers United Firesticks in the second round of the Coral Coast/Hervey Bay Softball A1 Ladies League at Brothers Sports Club tomorrow at 12.10pm, while Bargara Bullets venture to Hervey Bay to meet Terrors.
But there are no A Grade Men’s fixtures tomorrow due to the 2023 Queensland Open Men’s Softball Championships in Rockhampton from today through to Sunday.
Bundaberg is well represented in the CCCHB men’s team which includes: Colton Brockhurst, Sam Field, Tom Halt, Josh Hartwig, Kyle Jenkins, Lucas Jenkins, Jamison Kaye, Troy Law, Patrick O’Neall, Connor Pashley, Austin Gooden, and Ethan Murphy.