Brothers end 2013 season for Brahmans
MACKAY Brothers ended the grand final aspirations of the Proserpine Brahmans with a 26-20 win in their preliminary final on Saturday.
The Brahmans were left to wonder what could have been after rallying late in the game before falling just short of a grand final spot.
Coach Anthony Blackwood said it was a game of two halves and they let Brothers get too much of a lead.
"We almost brought it back at the end and unfortunately we just lacked a little bit of belief that we could win. They are only a young side and a lot of our players will be back next year but it is disappointing for the guys playing their last year of under-18s," he said.
"Ronald Pendelwebb played really well in his first game back from suspension and Sam McNeill had another great game. He has had a great season this year."
Blackwood is returning as the club's A grade coach next year after taking over the role late in the season and said he wants to get locals back involved with the club.
"From my first year playing football in Australia I've learnt that you are only as strong as your locals and I really want to help develop local talent," he said.
"There's a lot of raw talent in the area and I want to continue the progression of these players and work on coaching the club as one big team."
The club's presentation night is on at the Reef Gateway Hotel on Saturday, September 14 with all the end of season awards to be handed out and eight signed NRL jerseys up for grab in an auction.
Tickets can be bought on the door at the night and Blackwood said everyone is welcome to come along for a fun night out.