Seagulls out for revenge
WHAT wins premierships?
Skill, practice, defence.
Hervey Bay Seagulls coach Peter Regan knows it takes all those things and more, but the one thing he believed his side has over the rampant Brothers side in tomorrow's Bundaberg Rugby League grand final was the Seagulls' brotherhood.
"One thing we have got that Brothers hasn't got is friendships," he said.
"That's what will carry the side a long way."
While most would argue the Seagulls need a miracle to deny the all-conquering, undefeated Brothers another premiership at Bundaberg's Salter Oval, Regan said it is the tight-knit nature of the playing group which could help them cause an upset.
"They've all grown up together and are all local boys who have grown up in town," he said.
"They're all mates and there's no bickering inside the camp.
"During the season we've had so many injuries and work commitments and that's why we have come so far this year because they all play for each other.
"Sometimes premierships are won because of attitude and friendships and not money."
The Seagulls have gone down in all four games to Brothers this season by an average losing margin of 48 points, which means they have yet to exact revenge for last year's 38-12 grand final loss to the Bundaberg side. Their chances of taking out the BRL premiership has been buoyed by the return of halfback Clinton Horne and dynamic back-rower Clancy Fallon.
However, the Seagulls will be sweating on the fitness of injured stars Tyrone Hopgood, Tomas Quill and skipper Mitch Yarrow.
Regan, who named a 21-man squad at Thursday's training, has given the trio until 11am today to prove their injuries can survive a bruising title decider.
With hard-running back-rower Robbie O'Donnell already ruled out because of a collarbone injury, the Seagulls can't afford to lose any more of their big guns for the clash.
But Regan had faith in his troops.
"Grand finals are a different ball game," he said.
"If we can get them into an arm wrestle with 15 to go and it's 10 points either way, I'll put $1000 on my blokes."
A supporter's bus will leave Torquay Hotel at 12.30pm tomorrow.
BROTHERS V HERVEY BAY SEAGULLS
Bundaberg Rugby League grand final
Salter Oval, Bundaberg 3.30pm tomorrow.