Columbia’s Dave Arthur needs to play well today to help Columbia win the Mecano Cup grand final.
Columbia’s Dave Arthur needs to play well today to help Columbia win the Mecano Cup grand final. Craig Warhurst

Columbia gears up for final

COLUMBIA gear up for second and final leg of the finals of the Mecano Cup today.

The fit side hopes to bring its A-game against rival Doon Villa after a dismal loss to Maryborough last week.

Columbia lost 4-2 in the fiery first leg last Saturday, but this time it hopes for a cooler game and to achieve more possession of the ball.

The Mecano Cup is in Doon Villa's sights, but Columbia is far from out of this competition.

Columbia striker Joel Bond said a Wednesday night 4-1 win over Diggers in the usual Fraser Coast competition has left the boys rearing to go tonight.

He said the win was just the confidence-boosting trick Columbia needed to swing their focus back on to a win for tonight.

He said the win came despite missing Dave Arthur and coach Jason Lord, both of whom were catching up big at the Rainbow Beach Fishing Classic, and Joel Freshney.

He said B-grader Jason Wykes stepped up to the plate for the match which saw the young side play strongly. Today, however, Columbia will be back to full-strength.

Bond said Columbia needed a handsome win to take out the final series of the cup.

A Columbia win by around three goals will give the side enough to take the Mecano finals dream from Doon Villa.

Seeing as Columbia has handed it to Doon Villa before, Bond says it's not a dream goal. "We can beat them. It's not like it's a dream," Bond said.

Bond said if Columbia could evoke a bit more patience, hold its possession and play higher in the park, it would be in with a strong chance. Columbia plays Doon Villa in the second leg of the Mecano Cup finals today at Federation Park, Mary-borough.

It returns to the Fraser Coast comp next Sunday, August 5, to play Lions.

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