A dramatic turnaround in the space of 12 months has seen the Beaudesert Kingfishers Gelita Mununjali Housing and Development under-13s qualify for the grand final.
After picking up the wooden spoon last year, the team has improved immeasurably this season and will face Nerang at Parkwood on Sunday for the QTEP Division Three premiership.
The Kingfishers earned their place in the decider by overcoming the Helensvale Hornets 18-10 in Saturday’s knockout semi at Ormeau.
With each side desperate to stay in the title hunt, it was always going to be a torrid encounter.
Helensvale broke through for the first try to take an early 6-0 lead but Beaudesert struck back through Jack Hollindale who carved up the opposition to break away and score under the posts.
Riley Leith-Puschmann easily banged over the conversion to tie the game going into half-time.
The Hornets returned to the field with intent and they again posted the first four pointer of the half.
The conversion missed narrowly to see the score remain at 10-6.
The Kingfishers, however, were not about to let their outstanding season end prematurely.
The team rallied, coming back with a vengeance with Riley Leith Puschmann fending off countless defenders on his way to the stripe, before nailing the conversion to edge his side in front 12-10.
Inspired by Leith Puschmann’s heroics, Beaudesert were playing with renewed confidence and Adam Barton soon crossed for the Kingfishers’ third.
Aiden Long stepped up and sent home the conversion to hand his side an 18-10 advantage.
In the end it was enough to see Beaudesert seal the triumph and cap what has been a remarkable season.
Publicity officer Sarah Berg said the team had come a long way this season.
“They have fought to turn it around and to secure a place in the grand final has been a tremendous effort, and the boys should be commended,” she said.
The Beaudesert Times wishes the Kingfishers the best of luck for the grand final.