Tell us about Bundaberg Waves AFL Club?
The Waves Eagles, affectionately known as The Waves, is a football club steeped in history and tradition.
Formed in 1997 through the merger of North Bundaberg Kangaroos and South Bundaberg Magpies, The Waves Eagles have since become a dominant force in the local AFL scene.
As they enter their 26th year, the club continues to make waves both on and off the field.
With an impressive record of 16 Senior premierships, The Waves Eagles have proven their mettle as a formidable force on the football field.
When and where do you meet?
The club's home ground, Frank Coulthard Oval on Clayton Road, Norville, has been the hallowed turf where players and members unite for weekly training sessions and club events.
The sense of camaraderie and community is palpable as aspiring talents, ranging from ages six to adults, gather every Tuesday and Thursday night to hone their skills and build friendships that will last a lifetime.
Who can join the group?
At The Waves Eagles, the philosophy is simple: it's 'One Club' a big, inclusive family that welcomes players, sponsors and volunteers.
With mixed junior and youth teams, U17 boys, reserve men’s, senior men’s and women's teams, there's a place for everyone at the Eagles.
The club takes pride in fostering an environment where individuals can develop their skills, form lifelong bonds and embrace the true spirit of Australian Rules football.
What does the club mean to the region?
Not ones to rest on their laurels, The Waves Eagles have also demonstrated their commitment to diversity and inclusivity in the sport.
In 2022 the club made history by designing and playing in an Indigenous guernsey, honouring and celebrating the rich Aboriginal culture.
In 2023, they further expanded their revolutionary approach by introducing a 23rd player to the reserves list under the inclusion rule, a move that has been praised for promoting equality and opportunity within the club and the league.
Furthermore, The Waves Eagles showcased their pioneering spirit by being the first club to design and play in an Anzac guernsey.
This symbolic gesture pays tribute to the brave servicemen and women who have served the nation, creating a strong connection between the club and the local community.
As the 2023 season wraps up, The Waves Eagles have proven time and again that they are not just a football club but a symbol of unity and progress.
By celebrating milestones and embracing innovation, they continue to pave the way for a brighter and more inclusive future for AFL.
For more information about The Waves Eagles AFL Club and their upcoming events, you can find them on Facebook @Frankcoulthardoval.