Brothers have capped off a consistent and memorable season with an emphatic 22-8 victory over the Burdekin Roosters in the TDRL Grand Final at the Townsville Sports Reserve on Sunday afternoon.
Getting out to an early 10 point lead thanks to tries to Leo Faaugutu and Nathan Norford, Brothers looked in control early however a reply four pointer from Rooster Ben Cavanagh set the scene for a bruising first half.
Brothers crossed again late to take a commanding lead into the break however, a try to Karmon Power early in the second half led a Burdekin resurgence.
However, the Brothers defence stood up and gritted their way to victory. The relief was evident after having victory snatched away in last years decider.
It was a particularly special day for retiring Brothers stalwart and co-captain Roy Baira after receiving the fairy tale send off he was chasing. Baira has had a great career with Brothers as well as a stint with the Mackay Cutters in the Intrust Super Cup.
BROTHERS 22 (Tries: Michael Parker-Walsh 1, Jonico Hardwick 2, Nathan Norford 1, Leo Faagutu1, Goals: Nathaniel Bowman 1) def BURDEKIN 8 (Tries: Ben Cavanagh 1, Kurt Perry 1)
NORTHS 16 (Tries: Luke Ketchup 1, Clinton Pearson 1, Travis Blackman 1, Goals: Clinton Pearson 2) def BROTHERS 10 (Tries: Blake Carter 1, Jason Norford 1, Goals: Freddy Haines 1)
CENTRALS 34 (Tries: Andrew Williams 4, Andrew Barnes 1, Julyess Jarvis 1, Goals: Andrew Barnes 5) def BROTHERS 24 (Tries: Gideon Mosby-Gela 2, Rhein Frank 1, Henco Oosthuizen 2, Goals: Zak Parker 2)