ON THE RUN: Maroochydore's Zac Epstein is chased by a Brothers player earlier this season in their clash at Brothers.
ON THE RUN: Maroochydore's Zac Epstein is chased by a Brothers player earlier this season in their clash at Brothers. Paul Donaldson BUN020717AFL5

Brothers grab final spot

AUSSIE RULES: The comeback is almost complete for the Brothers Bulldogs.

The side is one game away from going from bottom to premiers after becoming the the first team to qualify in the new QFA Wide Bay Sunshine Coast league with an 11 point win over Maroochydore.

But the Bulldogs concede they were lucky to win.

In a game of two halves, the Bundaberg side started strong racing to a 40 point lead at half-time on the back of eight goals to just two.

The side was then challenged by the Roos who kicked six final term goals to just fell short as the Dogs held on.

"It was in jeopardy for a little while,” Bulldogs coach Jason Baulch conceded.

"They really wanted it and kept coming at us.

"We're a pretty fit side so if they were facing another side I'm sure they would have won.”

Baulch said the side did well after a poor performance against Bay Power last week.

A move to a smaller and mobile side ultimately worked with Bulldogs vice-captain Jack Sickerdick admitting that was the difference in the end.

"We had a quicker team and were able to run it from the back,” he said.

"We also stopped their half backs from pushing off and running up the ground.”

Sickerdick said the side would now enjoy the week off.

"It was a physical match with a lot of running around,” he said.

"We'll make sure we train hard and we might do a simulation match to be ready.”

Bulldogs coach Jason Baulch said the side has outperformed expectations.

"Not in our mindset did we predict we'd be in the grand final at the start of the year,” he said.

"All we aimed for was improvement and a spot in the finals but this is a great performance.”

The Bulldogs will now play Hervey Bay or the Roos in the decider.



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