The Beaudesert Kingfishers Enviropost under-12s have reached the Grand Final after defeating the Burleigh Bears 14-6 in the preliminary final on Sunday.
Kingfishers’ coach John Evile said the hard-fought victory was as an ideal preparation for his team ahead of the big dance.
“It was a terrific game,” he said.
“It was full of drama and excitement, and had an atmosphere fitting of a Grand Final.”
The Kingfishers were boosted by the return of talented halfback Luke Bostock, who steered the forwards around the paddock seamlessly.
At half-time Beaudesert led 4-0 after James McClure crossed the stripe to open the scoring.
During the break, the side’s leadership group took charge, delivering a rev-up that inspired teammates to rise to the occasion.
The pep talk paid immediate dividends as the Kingfishers responded by dishing out some punishing hits.
Their forward pack was relentless as they commanded the middle third, with Evile full of praise for workhorse second rowers Reuben Tyson and Beau Frazer, and powerhouse front rowers Darcy Riddle, Joe Guest, Jase Browne and Roy O’Halloran.
Off the back of the sustained pressure, slick execution enabled Aidan Maguire to jag Beaudesert’s second try out-wide.
With their season on the line, the Bears were desperate to stay in the fight as they fired shot after shot in attack, but the Kingfishers resisted, shutting Burleigh down with magnificent line defence.
The triumph was sealed when some classy ball movement unleashed athletic winger Matthew Hamblin, whose sensational solo effort thrilled spectators.
Luke Bostock nailed the conversion with two minutes remaining to put the result beyond doubt.
A proud Evile was ecstatic to see his determined charges earn their place in the Grand Final.
He thanked the strong and very vocal contingent of supporters who rallied behind the boys and lifted them with every play.
The Kingfishers will face Helensvale at Parkwood Sharks on Sunday from 9.40am.
They will need to be at their devastating best if they are to upset a Helensvale squad that progressed through the entire QTEP Division two under-12s regular season undefeated.
Congratulations to the Beaudesert Kingfishers under-12s and best of luck for the Grand Final.