Goal kicking brings Fish victory
BROTHERS' under-20 side set the tone for the Gladstone club's grand final day by defeating Valleys 30-26 in the first of the premiership deciders at Marley Brown Oval on Sunday.
Goal kicking proved the difference between the sides in an explosive match that included two sin bins and three send-offs.
Both sides crossed for five tries, but Brothers' Pryce Trevor kicked five goals to Michael Slatter's three for Valleys which left the Fish with a four-point buffer and a premiership trophy.
Valleys coach Joe Hayward said the late spate of questionable dismissals was game breaking.
“It definitely turned the game when they lost one player and we lost two with 10 minutes to go, we were in front at that stage and just couldn't hang on,” he said.
“Full credit to Brothers, they're a young side they did well and they deserved their win.”
Michael Deacon, Matt Luff, Jason O'Hara, Nelson Corones and Greg Thomas all crossed for Brothers, while Craig Francis, Faga Rabakewa, Ben Atkinson, Michael White and Hayden Turner scored for Valleys.
Brothers went on to win both Reserve Grade and A-grade for the club.