STAT ATTACK: Race for top four blown wide open

AFL ACTION: Bulldogs player Lewis McLure dodges The Waves tackle.
AFL ACTION: Bulldogs player Lewis McLure dodges The Waves tackle. Mike Knott BUN080717AFL2

THE combination of lower-ranked teams beating their local rivals and a forfeiture has blown open the race to the QFA Wide Bay Sunshine Coast finals.

Bay Power kicked its 700th point of the season in its 14-point win over Hervey Bay Bombers at Keith Dunne Oval.

The Power became the third team to pass the 100-goal mark this season, and are behind the Bombers (120) and Brothers Bulldogs (105) in terms of the overall number of goals.

Hervey Bay Bombers passed the 800-point mark in the second half.

While they have produced more goals and points than any other club (816 points), and boast the best attacking rate (74.18 points per game), the Bombers slipped to fourth on the table (28 points).

The Power are third on 30 points, level with Maroochydore Roos but behind on percentage (Power's 104.63% to Roos' 184.15%).

Maroochydore had the week off after a forfeit from bottom-ranked Gympie Cats, and now have a strong chance of fighting its way to the top of the table as the regular season reaches its conclusion.

Across The Waves' 34-point win over Brothers Bulldogs ensures the defending premiers keep the heat on the top four.

ATW boasts the third-best percentage in the competition, but, most importantly, it is superior to both the Power and Bombers.

The same fixture saw Brothers concede more than 60 points for the fourth time this season, but Bundaberg's best-performing club is yet to allow 70 or more points in one game.

It is a testament to Brothers' defence, which concedes an average of 50.18 points per game.

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