Past Brothers survive late charge
LEAGUE: There is no stopping Past Brothers in the Bundaberg Rugby League women's competition.
The side won an unprecedented sixth premiership in seven years after beating Isis 16-14 in the final on Sunday.
But only just.
Leading 16-10 with a few minutes left, Isis scored a try and could have levelled the scores if they kicked the conversion.
Missing the vital kick handed Brothers the win.
"Our mix of youth and experience, I would say come through in the end,” Brothers coach Andrew Filo said.
"The girls knowing as well that the girl standing beside them are not just another player but their family as well goes a long way in the final.”
Filo wasn't entirely happy.
"I wouldn't say it was our toughest game of the year but a lot of things didn't go our way and the girls had to stand tall,” he said.
"Not converting our tries made it harder for ourselves.”
Brothers scored one more try than Isis but only won by two points.
Filo said one player stood out for the side.
"Kady Tinker played out of her skin and was the best on field,” he said.
"Our forward pack held their own in the middle of the field as well.
"Also using the full 19 players with interchanges at the right time changed the momentum in our favour.”
It was also the perfect way to end Filo's first year as coach after taking over from Glen Darby, who coached Isis.
"I was very impressed to take out the grand final but the game didn't show the potential of the team and the structure we have worked on,” he said.
"I wouldn't have made it this far without all the coaching staff and the players helping me along the way.”