FINALS FEVER: Brothers Hurricanes' Jamie Burgess stretches for the ball.
FINALS FEVER: Brothers Hurricanes' Jamie Burgess stretches for the ball. Alan Bowmaker

Brothers reach for new netball goals

NETBALL: Brothers Hurricanes is one game away for a major milestone for the club.

The side will take on The Waves Gold tonight in Bundaberg netball for a spot in its first grand final in Division 1.

The problem? The Waves have done it all before and know how to win titles after taking out last year's competition.

It will be the first time Brothers have played a preliminary final after their best season so far, finishing second on the table at the end of the regular season.

"It will definitely be tough to get the nerves down. Some will be playing a major final for the first time,” Brothers player Katie-Jay Illingworth said.

"It will be hard against The Waves, they have plenty of experience.”

But the challenge does not deter Brothers.

The side defeated The Waves earlier this season, before losing by one goal in the final regular season match two weeks ago.

"They are a pretty strong unit so we'll be working to put pressure on them,” Illingworth said.

"Our defence needs no work.”

The Waves will also be using pressure as their focus to make another grand final.

Gold coach Sandy Baker said the side would make its experience count.

"It will be a tough grind out there tonight - expect a low scoring game,” she said.

"We'll be putting our effort into stopping their defence.”

Baker said her players were fit ahead of the match.

"Last week we had our full-strength squad and we'll have that this week,” she said.

"We're hitting our peak right now in the competition.”

The sides play at 6.30pm at the Bundaberg Super park.



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