IT WAS the biggest game of the year and Maryborough Wallaroos reserve grade coach Adam Churchward couldn't be there.
On Saturday his team took on the Hervey Bay Seagulls as the two sides battled it out for the right to play Bundaberg Brothers in the Bundaberg Rugby League reserve grade grand final on Sunday.
Unfortunately for him, Saturday was also the day his sister Holly got married and he was unable to watch his team romp to victory over the Seagulls.
"I was being updated by three or four people," Churchward said.
His team was locked in a tight battle in the early stages of the first half, with Hervey Bay leading 10-4 at one stage.
It was Dalton Harry who turned the game around for the Wallaroos, with a hat-trick of tries.
The Wallaroos then raced away to a comfortable half-time lead of 28-10.
The full-time score of 50-26 was not one Churchward had been expecting but he was proud of the team's effort.
He said the group would be discussing the importance of turning up and playing as a team on Sunday.
"The side we've got is capable of doing it," he said.
He said the Bundaberg team was capable of putting quick tries on any side and the Wallaroos would be aware of that when they played Brothers.
Churchward said all the pressure would be on the minor premiers while the Wallaroos had "nothing to lose and everything to gain".
No individual players were nominated by Churchward as having to perform on the day; he said if the team was to win, it would be a group effort.
"I'll be counting on all of them," he said.
"They can all play footy."
The game kicks off at 12.30pm at Bundaberg's Salter Oval.