Gladstone Brothers take out carnival

GLADSTONE Brothers gave the club purse a significant boost by taking out the top prize with a gripping golden point grand final victory over Tannum Sands in the Bundaberg Brothers carnival yesterday.

A sole try to 17-year-old winger Nathan Kupfolt in golden point extra time provided the only points of an exciting grand final win for Brothers over their fellow Gladstone district opponents.

Kupfolt scored after Todd Martin flew high to accept a Brent Loudon kick before offloading to send the winger across the line.

Brothers fullback Mitch Graving was named the player of the carnival as the Brethren and the Seagulls both upset more fancied outfits to reach the decider.

Brothers coach Matt Jones was thrilled with the win.

'It was good for Gladstone to have two local teams in the final,' Jones said.

'It was great to win but we would've been pleased to see Tannum win as well.

"It was tough and we played very well. It's a different style of footy, with 10-minute halves there's no time to work your way into it ? it's full on.'

Tannum Sands captain Aaron Earnshaw was just as pleased with his side's performance, particularly the manner in which the team's new faces and young players worked together despite limited preparation.

'We all got to know one another over the weekend and went undefeated into the grand final but that's how it goes ? full credit to Brothers for playing well,' Earnshaw said.

'That was the only try we conceded over the weekend ... it was a good start to the year for us.'

Earnshaw praised the performance of young Canberra halfback recruit Damian Major and under-19s coach Allan Morgan who took charge of the team for the weekend.

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