Blazers book grand final
HERVEY Bay Cosmos were out of sorts and ill-prepared for their elimination final with Blazers on Saturday afternoon, but the Bundaberg young guns took no mercy, destroying them 45-29 to book their first grand final appearance.
The inside word at Daph Geddes Park was all on Hervey Bay to upset the red and black, but they were never in it and Blazers made sure it remained that way.
“A few of us were nervous because we knew how well Cosmos had been playing,” Corrigan said.
“But the win came a lot easier than we thought in the end.”
A brilliant first quarter by Blazers – when they kept Hervey Bay almost scoreless – set up a lead which they furthered at every change from then on.
Blazers centre and coach Kisstee Corrigan was thrilled with their historic efforts in the club's fourth year in the competition.
“Each year we've gone one step better,” Corrigan said.
“Hopefully we can go two better this year, though.”
They were hopeful of a finals' berth last year but were outmuscled by Alloway Purple, who went on to win the championship.
Blazers will be hoping to mirror the efforts of Purple this year, and have put on a brave face in preparation for their clash with Across The Waves Gold.
“It's hard to tell whether we are ready to beat them,” Corrigan said.
“I know we can if we play well the entire game, but we haven't managed to do that yet.”
In the qualifying semi-final Blazers stuck with Gold for the first half, but a few mistimed substitutions put them on the back foot and Gold pounced and capitalised.
“I think our subs weren't ready when they came on,” Corrigan said.
“I've definitely learnt from that mistake. I'm usually very fair, but I've told the girls from now on, though, that we won't be changing our combinations if they are working.”