RUN: Isis Devil Courtney Thomas, in action against Hervey Bay, face Past Brothers last Saturday at Salter Oval.
RUN: Isis Devil Courtney Thomas, in action against Hervey Bay, face Past Brothers last Saturday at Salter Oval. Paul Donaldson BUN190817WRL10

Devils lose but confident of finals rebound

LEAGUE: The Bundaberg Rugby League women's title is not over according to the Isis Devils.

The Childers based side lost to Past Brothers 16-8 on Saturday to fall short of its second straight grand final.

A double to Rebecca Kenny in seven minutes guided the Brethren to a seventh straight grand final after scores were locked at 4-4 at half time.

"Absolutely Brothers are beatable in my personal view,” Isis coach Glen Darby said.

"If we can get 50/50 possession then the team can score enough points.

"On Saturday we only got 10% possession in the first half and around 20% to 30% in the second half.”

Darby said that cost the team dearly.

"We were forced to do a lot of tackling,” he said.

"It took a lot of juice (energy) out of us as we tried to sustain a lot of defensive work.”

The side can't afford to look too far ahead as Hervey Bay wait for them this week in the preliminary final.

The Seagulls defeated Burnett Heads 32-8 in an elimination final to set up a rematch with the Devils from two weeks ago.

The Devils won that game 32-18 and are confident of a repeat performance.

"We've just got to be dominant at the contest,” Darby said.

"If we stick to our game plan we should be right.

"It will be a lot different to last week.”

Darby expects a couple of players to return to the side.

"Amber Saltner is expected to be back and we are hoping Brittany Holding is too,” he said.

"The only concern for us is our captain and she'll be running against the clock to make it.

"It will be a big loss if we lose her but I'm confident of getting the job done.”

Isis will take on Hervey Bay in the preliminary final at 2pm this Saturday at Salter Oval.

There will be more on the Brothers side later in the week.



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