Hervey Bay players Jacob Brockfield and Mitchell Yarra attempt to stop Wests’ Iain Ells from scoring in the under-18 game at Salter Oval.
Hervey Bay players Jacob Brockfield and Mitchell Yarra attempt to stop Wests’ Iain Ells from scoring in the under-18 game at Salter Oval.

Underdogs run riot

THREE semi-finals and three massive victories to the lower-placed teams.

Yesterday's preliminary finals at Salter Oval did not produce the tense, high-quality football that local pundits were hoping for and expecting, meaning it wasn't much fun for about half the people in attendance.

Isis fans in particular had a day to forget; slaughtered in both League 11s and A-grade.

The drubbings started with Hervey Bay ousting Wests in under-18s, continued when Across The Waves ran rings around Isis in League 11s and finished when Brothers gave Isis a lesson in finals footy in A-grade.

The results mean that all clubs except Isis will be represented in grand finals next Sunday, despite the Childers-based club collecting the joint club championship with Hervey Bay.

Their League 11s side were completely off the boil against Across The Waves and trailed 26-4 at the break.

They rallied early in the second half, scoring twice to give themselves a sniff before a more motivated and desperate Waves ran away with the match.

Whatever problems the League 11s team had, the top side had tenfold, although they weren't helped when some line-ball calls went against them early in the match.

It was all Brothers in the opening stages but the Devils were able to hold them out.

That was until Steve Irwin broke the defence and looked to have been tackled five metres out from the line under the black dot.

He popped the ball up and play was allowed to continue, despite the Isis players and supporters appealing that the tackle had been made.

Matt Hall crossed unchallenged and Brothers were off to the perfect start.

The Brethren dominated from then on, enforcing themselves physically and mentally on an Isis outfit missing stars Manny Blair and Barry Blackman.

The few opportunities Devils had to register points were snuffed out by some solid defence and the inability of Isis to hold on to possession.

Brothers went to the break up 36-0, not before centre Mat Templeman was sin-binned for dropping his shoulder into an Isis player on the ground.

Brent Kuskey was on fire and continued after the break, setting up fullback Tien Nguyen for his first try of the day and officially stamping an end to the Isis season.

Earlier in the day Wests were unable to pose a threat to Hervey Bay, who were still riding high from their extra-time victory last time the teams met.

The win gives the Hervey Bay club something to be interested in next Sunday at Salter Oval.



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