THROW: Brothers' Demi Burgess tries to pass the ball. The side will take on Alloway on Saturday.
THROW: Brothers' Demi Burgess tries to pass the ball. The side will take on Alloway on Saturday. Alan Bowmaker

Brothers qualify for their first ever decider

NETBALL: The end goal of premiership glory is almost in sight for the Brothers Hurricanes.

The side tomorrow will aim to win its first ever Division 1 premiership in Bundaberg Netball after beating The Waves Gold 41-32 in the preliminary final on Wednesday night at the Bundaberg Super Park.

Brothers are taking advantage of a strong start to eliminate last year's premiers.

It will be the first time in three years that The Waves side have made it.

"We've been working hard to get to this for years so to almost be there is exciting,” Brothers player Tegan Illingworth said.

"Our discipline and backing each other up paid off as well.”

The side also starting well was a bonus.

"We came out really strong and it won us the game,” Illingworth said.

"We worked on matching them from the outset and we knew if we came out that way we would win.

"We did that well.”

The win puts the side in a scramble to get ready for the grand final.

From Wednesday night to Saturday afternoon, the side has less than 72 hours to prepare for Alloway Blue.

"We won't fit in a training session and the team will recover in their own way,” Illingworth said.

"We'll prepare to have a catch up Saturday over breakfast to discuss the game.”

The grand final is expected to be similar to Wednesday night's match.

Brothers will have to take on another team who are familiar with grand finals after Alloway won in 2014 and 2015.

"The simple goal for us is to keep it calm,” Illingworth said.

"The girls have worked their butts off to get here and it's exciting for us.

"We just need to keep playing well and be consistent.”

There will be more on the grand final in tomorrow's NewsMail.



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