Four-try haul from Curtis a winner
QUEENSLAND women's representative Nicole Curtis bagged four tries as Brothers claimed the inaugural Bundaberg women's premiership with a 30-18 grand final win over Cherbourg.
Brothers trailed 14-12 at half-time but coach Mark Barrett was still confident and they controlled the second half, although the match remained in the balance at 24-18 with four minutes to go, until Curtis completed her haul.
"It was a big event for the girls with the first ever premiership, and I was not worried at the break. We had to refocus. The girls came up against an opposition which played very well and we had to readjust some things that we were doing," Barrett said.
Despite Curtis's heroics, centre Kady Tinker took the player of the final award, which Barrett said was well deserved.
"Gee she's tough. Kady got an elbow in the jaw and went down in a tackle and we thought we had lost her for the game but she got back on her feet and did three or four tackles in a row and just about collapsed before we took her off the field," Barrett said.
"But she went back with 10 to go because we needed defence. Courageous is probably the best word to describe her.
"I also really liked the performance of our forwards early on under a lot of pressure, but in the second half we got a bit of momentum and based on possession and just the size of them allowed Nicole to do what she does best.
"Our front row of captain Margaret Grant and Kate Daly made our two biggest impacts and Sheree Beddows, with her size and enthusiasm, was really good as well.
"We didn't have Malia Kaufusi but with our other Central Division representatives Klarissa Onoprienko and Margaret Grant, they were a class above the rest all year."