RUGBY LEAGUE: Killarney has missed the Border Rugby League grand final after a 24-16 loss to Tenterfield at Rugby League Park, Tenterfield.
Killarney hooker Jamie Watts scored the first try but Jacob Polzin missed the kick for a 4-0 lead in the first five minutes.
Tenterfield Tigers scored 10 minutes later and were never headed despite a strong performance by Killarney.
Cutters co-coach Ray Wagner said his side was in the game throughout.
"It was 18-16 with 10 minutes to go before Geoff Swan scored for Tenterfield,” he said.
"The penalty count went against us so we didn't have half of the possession.
"It wasn't our day, the wind made it hard for both teams.
"I was happy with the effort, we had 18 players for the game.”
Wagner rated fullback Matthew Cole, hooker Watts and five-eighth/lock Brent Lambert as his best.
As for Tenterfield, Wagner said backs Geoff Swan and Coedie Tandy were two who worried his team.
"The Tigers forwards went well,” he said.
Captain-coach Brendan Minns rated hooker Wayne Brown and prop Nathan Dearden as his best.
"I was relatively happy with the performance,” he said.
"Without taking anything away from Killarney we should have won by more as we bombed four or five tries in the first half.
"We have quite a few injuries out of Saturday's game but will field a strong side for the grand final next Saturday.”
The Macintyre Sports Complex, Inglewood, will be the venue for the Inglewood game against Tenterfield in the grand final on Saturday.