Killarney Cutters make BRL A-grade grand final with victory
KILLARNEY has booked its first Border Rugby League A-grade grand final spot in four years after beating Goondiwindi Blue 46-24 at Gilbert Oval.
Killarney coach Neil Parfitt said halfback Coedie Tandy was his best player in the preliminary final.
"We conceded the first try but then took the lead and were never headed," Parfitt said.
"Defence won the game for us. It surprised me how much the defence lifted for the game."
Parfitt said the defence of Nathan Green, Dion Galloway and their fellow forwards played a major role in slowing star Goondiwindi Blue prop Sililo Stavenow.
"Sililo and fellow prop Andrew Lawrence played strongly for Goondiwindi and Wade Gresty was also impressive in the backs," Parfitt said.
Without an organised bus, the Killarney crowd drove to Goondiwindi in their numbers, providing 100 of an estimated crowd of 500.
"It is great what Goondiwindi has done to the Border League, which has helped lift the standard of the whole league," Parfitt said.
Killarney will now play Inglewood in the grand final at 2pm Saturday at the Macintyre Sports Complex at Inglewood.
Parfitt won't change much for the grand final with Tuesday and Friday night training.
"We just have to keep our defensive line strong," he said.
The Cutters have no major injuries with only five-eighth Chris McGregor suffered a minor ankle injury.
The Killarney club will organise a bus to Inglewood.
Grand final day will start with a breakfast at the Killarney Recreation Club at 8.30am. Patrons are welcome to book for the bus with a club official.