SMASH HIT: Maryborough Brothers player Dane Anderson, pictured making a tackle in a game against the Seagulls earlier this year, is expected to play against Eastern Suburbs tomorrow.
SMASH HIT: Maryborough Brothers player Dane Anderson, pictured making a tackle in a game against the Seagulls earlier this year, is expected to play against Eastern Suburbs tomorrow. Tracey Joynson

Brothers in arms take aim

MARYBOROUGH Brothers will aim to tick off another major goal in their inaugural season in the Bundaberg Rugby League reserves competition when they face Eastern Suburbs at Salter Oval.

Despite a slow start to the season, Brothers head into tomorrow's semi-final on the back of three thumping wins.

And even though Brothers can't be eliminated, player-coach Ryan McCarroll said the motivation was there to book a grand final qualifier against Hervey Bay.

"We're confident if we play our best we can give it a shake," he said.

"We've had a two-week break, which hasn't helped our momentum, but before the break we had some good solid wins and we're happy with how we're travelling."

McCarroll, a hard-running prop, said youthful exuberance had helped Brothers come this far with the likes of explosive fullback James Brown and utility Dalton Harry providing the team with a lot of attacking punch.

While most in the competition are surprised at Brothers' quick rise, McCarroll said the prospect of playing finals had fuelled their stunning charge.

"The morale is awesome," he said.

"We had expectations on ourselves in our first year to play well and be competitive and we've had to keep adjusting our goals as the season progressed.

"We always thought we could make the finals and now we're here it would be good to take it out."

First priority, however, will be toppling an Eastern Suburbs side that has lost just three games this season.

Having beaten the Magpies in their last meeting, McCarroll believed Brothers were well placed to handle the demands of finals football.

"We've just got to stick to our game plan, do the hard stuff in the middle and give our halves some room to move," he said.

"We've got a pretty potent backline and players that can hurt you all over the field.

"If we can control the ball, we will go a long way to winning."



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