THE minor premiership is headed Gladstone's way after the Goats wrapped up the season's first piece of serious silverware on Saturday afternoon, downing Brothers 20-5 at Victoria Park.
After posting early points, Goats skipper and halfback Aubre Harmse said the match became an arm wrestle, with both sides enjoying time with the ball.
The league-leading Goats prevailed despite a spirited second-half effort from Brothers, with Harmse praising his side for hanging tough to secure the minor premiership.
"It started off very quickly and we scored a few quick tries," Harmse said.
"But it became a bit of a battle. They (Brothers) came out in the second half and gave it to us."
The win means the Goats have sewn up the minor premiership, and with three relatively straightforward matches remaining, they now have options as to whether they look to rest players with niggles and give fringe players an opportunity, or look to build the momentum leading into the finals.
Harmse praised Goats outside centre Adam Conway, who was man of the match on Saturday, for a superb all-round game.
"He was really strong in defence and attack for us," Harmse said after the game.
The Goats will play Frenchville away next weekend.