Columbia Captain Josh Nichols and players Doug Rose and Harry Johnson have unfinished business with ATW and are looking to take a win.
Columbia Captain Josh Nichols and players Doug Rose and Harry Johnson have unfinished business with ATW and are looking to take a win. Craig Warhurst

Score to settle

COLUMBIA coach/player Dave Arthur says his team has been flying under the radar recently, but they will not be able to for long.

The Gympie open men’s team will play a grudge match against Bundaberg’s Across the Waves tonight – a semi final in the Wide Bay Mecano Cup series.

So far winning all its games this season, Columbia has a good chance of making it to the finals and taking the cup this year.

Arthur said tonight would be a replay of last year’s semi which saw ATW win and head to the finals.

“It’s unfinished business tonight,” Arthur said.

This season Columbia has so far been undefeated and the team plans to hold firmly on to that winning streak.

To make it into the Wide Bay competition the Gympie team had to be successful in a series of qualifying rounds; they made it along with the Diggers men’s side.

Diggers were knocked out in the quarter final last week by ATW.

Columbia however, won over Maryborough’s Doon Villa in a thrilling match that saw them win 4 – 3.

Arthur said his team’s dream run continued not only in Gympie games but in the South Burnett competition also.

“There’s only been six goals scored against us all year and three were in last week’s game against Doon Villa.

“We’re looking pretty good.”

Arthur did say he was a “little worried” as ATW had knocked them out last year and went on to take the cup.

But after speaking to the Diggers team he was quietly confident.

“The diggers boys said when they played us it was a harder game than ATW. So we’re going in fairly confident.”

A knock-out competition, the Mecano Cup, will determine the best football side between Gympie, Fraser Coast and Bundaberg leagues.

“We would love to see a whole lot of Gympie support. It will be a good showcase of men’s football,” Arthur said.

With $2500 prize money up for grabs it’s set to be a match to remember.

The game kicks off at 5pm, field one, One Mile Oval.

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