AN 11-goal haul to Brothers big man Aaron Purcell was the highlight for the visitors in their victory against Bay Power on Saturday.
Purcell took his season tally to 75 goals and in the process left a lasting memory in the minds of Power before they meet again in two weeks for the elimination semi-final.
The Dogs forward was given tremendous service from his midfield as the side ran out 27.15-177 to 9.10-64 winners.
“We managed to feed him pretty well all day and when he gets opportunities he rarely misses out,” skipper Jamieson Webb said following the victory.
“It’s good to have your key men in form heading into semis.”
The Bundaberg team travelled to Hervey Bay light on experienced players, so it was with relief that Webb returned home.
“We had a fair few out, so we were happy with the result,” he said.
“There were concerns with us being flat and undermanned. It’s always bad to lose your momentum this close to semis, so I’m glad we won like we did.”
Many of Power’s top side backed up for the reserve grade team on the weekend, indicating that they will focus their energy on a lower grade title this year.
“It means the reggies are going to have to lift their game,” Webb said.
Brothers had kicked 18 majors before half-time in one of their best showings for the season.
“Our first two quarters were great, before we took the foot off the gas a little in the back end,” Webb said.
Across The Waves had a bye and Hervey Bay Bombers were far too good for Maryborough Bears.