Close but no cigar for Hervey Bay Bombers
A RED-HOT Brothers Bulldogs was all that stood between Hervey Bay Bombers and a grand final berth.
The Bombers finished third on the AFL Wide Bay table but were knocked out.
Their four regular season encounters were evenly split results-wise, with each game blowing out to 50+ point margins, so came down to which team was better prepared and ready to play.
On that August day it was Brothers who prevailed, but the result did not take away from the Bombers' season.
They overcame a horror run of four consecutive losses to put together a hot streak of four consecutive wins, and despite another three-loss run finished on a high.
The Bombers reached the reserve grade grand final but were defeated by Brothers in the final, though Dean Stanley was awarded his second consecutive prestigious Coulthard Medal for his performances in the lower grade.
The future remains bright for the club which has stayed at or near the top for the last four years, and they will look at 2015 as a chance to gain some revenge on ATW.
Maryborough Bears continued to rebuild their club with another strong season.
The Bears finished fourth in their return to AFL Wide Bay's reserve grade competition, and looked strong during each of their four wins.