It?s down to Brothers, Glenmore
ROCKHAMPTON'S Stenlake Park will host an all-Rockhampton A-grade grand final for the first time in 14 years when minor premiers Glenmore and Brothers clash in the 2005 decider on Saturday.
The last all-Rockhampton final was between Wandal (now Glenmore) and Parkana (now defunct) in 1989.
Brothers booked their start with an impressive 16-11-107 to 8-10-58 win over the BITS (Boyne Island Tannum Sands) Saints in the Trend Interiors Carpet Court AFL Capricornia preliminary final at Victoria Park on Saturday ? Brothers' last game at Victoria Park before relocating to Kele Park next season.
The damage was done in the opening 15 minutes when Brothers kicked five straight goals before BITS registered their first score.
"That first 15 minutes was the best I've seen all year,'' Brothers captain/coach Steve Smithwick said.
To BITS' credit they fought back and had Brothers under pressure in the third quarter and early in the final term be- fore a goal from Brothers full forward Tim Grose steadied the ship and coupled with some accurate long range goals from Greg Lavey had their team heading to the 2005 grand final.
It was a relaxed Brothers team before the game with the team having "little goals'' to pursue.
"I watched the video from our last game and I had an A4 list of things we had to do to beat them ? it was all about preparation,'' Smithwick said.
In a further boost for Brothers, it was one of the few games this season they finished without any major injuries.
BITS coach Rod Spice said it was back to scratch for next season with this year's grand final the first time since 1999 that BITS have not played in the decider.
Spice could only reflect on the opening 15 minutes of play and Brothers' three goals in the final three minutes ? the scoreline difference in the end.
"Unless you kick goals possession's not much good,'' Spice said.
Spice did praise the efforts of his fullback Dan Shipard.