Selectors facing a finals dilemma
BROTHERS Bulldogs' Wide Bay Senior title defence will go on the line when they host Hervey Bay Bombers in the preliminary final today.
They were not disgraced in a 35-point second semi-final loss to the unbeaten Across The Waves Eagles last Saturday and coach Robert McGill said selectors faced a dilemma.
Robert Short, Grant Irwin, Josh Bedford, Des Glenn and Braden Krebs are all available after missing last week.
"But we've got to find five spots and some people might be unlucky - we've got 28 to pick from but that's a good position to be in, rather than having a bare number," McGill said.
Despite beating the Bombers in their past two clashes, McGill said the Bulldogs "looked good" in their 82-64 first semi-final victory over Bay Power on Sunday and finals always brought out their best.
"They had three or four big blokes who we haven't seen all year and they will be hard - they are a proud club," McGill said.
"Playing at home, we should win but it's finals footy and anything can happy - Waves had their least winning margin all year last week despite being on their home ground.
"But we've got a lot of kids playing too and it might be a bit overwhelming for them, and we might have to pick a tall side instead of a fast-running side, just in case, to make sure they can't get an edge in that area."
McGill said they needed their big guns to fire, such as Bradyn Webb, Luke Sicker, captain Jamieson Webb, Daniel Steemson and Ben Turnbull.
"But we have to come prepared to play four (quarters), like we did last week, or don't expect to win," he said.
"We played the full 100 minutes against Waves but we just lacked a bit of experience.
"If we can get through to the grand final, anything is possible - we proved we can match it with them with five players out.
"But we have to get there first."
The Bulldogs will also line-up in the reserves and under-15 preliminaries against ATW and the Bombers respectively, while Waves will do battle with the Bombers in the under-17s.