A happy Mitch Porter salutes the opening try for the Seagulls after carrying three or four Brothers players over the line with him during the grand final at Browne Park.
A happy Mitch Porter salutes the opening try for the Seagulls after carrying three or four Brothers players over the line with him during the grand final at Browne Park. Chris Ison

Seagulls dominate Brothers

BROWNE Park was “wired for sound” with the 2GB Continuous Call team giving the crowd the rundown on the final between Brothers and Yeppoon Seagulls.

In the first quarter of an hour of the game they entertained the crowd but as the match turned into a procession even they seemed to be struggling to come up with something to say other than “another try to Yeppoon”.

The Seagulls went into the game as a strong favourite but few would have expected the minor premier to be so brutally dominant and run away to a 58-14 win.

It is not that Brothers were particularly bad but more a case of the Seagulls being bigger, stronger and faster than their opponent.

Brothers gave it their best shot and took the game to the Seagulls who looked rattled during the early exchanges and were guilty of a number of fundamental errors.

Lock Chris Gesch began as if he was going to win the game for Brothers on his own, monstering Seagulls winger Luke Richmond with a tackle when he tried to run the ball up.

For once the Seagulls defence dissipated as hooker Damien Siebold fed the ball to Mitch Ireland who ran through some average defence to score. Brothers’ afternoon ended there.

If the Yeppoon boys needed a moment of inspiration to get on track, then it was provided by Mitch Porter.

Receiving the ball about 10 metres out, Porter still had all the work to do as the Brothers defence swarmed over him.

The big man didn’t deviate from his task, crossing the line with three or four tacklers still trying to hold on to the bullocking forward.

The last thing Brothers needed was for luck to go against them but shortly afterwards a little grubber kick from Caleb Littleboy took a wicked deflection to take the Brothers defence out of the equation and allow Jakk Kavanagh to get the ball down for the try.

By the half time siren even a diehard Brothers supporter would have been aware it was not to be their day as the score had ballooned out to 30-10 after Brothers’ best player Reece Baker crossed for a try in the dying seconds.

However, that was merely a consolation as the Seagulls’ big men had started to carve a path through the middle of the ruck and the Brethren had few answers.

Little wonder as Cheyenne Motu was calling the tune and picking his runners well to take full advantage of every gap that appeared in the Brothers defensive line.

Brothers’ plight could be summed up with the eighth of the Seagulls’ ten tries.

On the fifth tackle Brothers normally find five-eighth Gavin Duffy for the kick but instead the ball ended up with Gesch who sent up a “nothing kick” surrendering the ball to Kavanagh 20 metres from his own line.

The hooker saw a gap and then ran the length of the park to score with Tim Harlow adding insult to injury by taking the kick to put the score out to 48-14.

By the time the siren went it was a very tired Brothers that trudged from the Browne Park pitch, well beaten on the day by a good Seagulls team.

Gladstone Brothers were convincing 48-14 winners over Tannum Sands Seagulls in the Gladstone Rugby League A-grade grand final yesterday.

To see more photos from the match online go to www.themorningbulletin.com.au

A-GRADE GRAND FINAL

Yeppoon Seagulls 58 ( Jakk Kavanagh (2), Mitch Porter (2), Christian Davies, Malcom Darkin, Tim Harlow, Kane Hardy, Gavin Hiscox, Lewis McPhail tries, Chris Littleboy (5) Caleb Littleboy (3), Tim Harlow goals) def Brothers 14 (Reece Baker, Mitchell Ireland, Daniel Williams tries, Anthony Raymond goal)



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