Brothers bring A-game for final

EMERALD Brothers under-15s White saved their best performance for last when they finally overcame the Peak Downs Pirates after weeks of failed attempts.

Their 34-16 grand final win put the icing on the cake for Jim Fabish's side that crept closer to Peak Downs in their matches throughout the year.

It was a bitter pill for the Pirates to swallow because the team went undefeated throughout the season.

The game was won in the forwards, made up of Reef Johnson, Mitch Moriarty, John Finau, Willie Venter and man of the match Joe Fabish.

"Our forwards were just awesome, just brilliant," Fabish said.

"The game was won in the middle.

"We said right from the beginning that as long as our boys did their job up front, eventually the ball would move to the edges and we would put on points.

"The boys have been building to that all year and they just pulled it off - they were all awesome.

"Reef was sensational for us. He normally plays on the wing and I brought him into second row and he is just loving it."

Peak Downs can hold their heads high after a strong season but the best side when it mattered was Brothers who held a two-try lead for most of the match.

Fabish said he really felt for the Pirates in defeat.

"They went through undefeated, but each time we played them we got closer and closer and closer," he said.

"The last time we played them we scored more tries but didn't convert them - we knew we could get it done.

"But I really do feel for them, they had a great year and worked so hard for it all.

"It is a very tough way to lose."


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