Brothers captain: 'You couldn't write it better than this'
MACKAY Brothers retained their premiership title with a blitzing chip-and-chase try at the death against Moranbah Miners.
The grand final clash was sent into overtime at 12-12 when the two forces seemed an even match.
Miners took no chances in overtime, attempting a field goal as soon as they were within range.
The ball veered to the right and bounced off the post. Players from both sides squabbled to gain control but Moranbah's Fetau Unite who gained possession.
Without hesitating the Miner broke free from the grip of Brothers players and dived to give her team the lead.
In their final play of the game the Brethren trailed the Miners by a try and needed a game shaking play to change the tides.
The ball was chipped from the centres where Maggie Brosnan snatched the ball on the wing and slammed an equalising try seconds before the buzzer.
A successful conversion sent Brothers sailing to claim the premiership trophy.
"I'm on top of the world right now,” captain Imogen Healy said.
"You couldn't write it better than this,” Healy said.
She commended Brosnan on her heroics.
"We practised that play at training every week. To see it pulled off, I can't believe it,” she said.
Brothers maintained most of their 2018 roster, losing some veterans who moved in efforts to develop the Mackay competition.
Healy said the young girls who filled the gaps had gone above and beyond this season.
"You saw a lot of girls become women today,” she said.
"Our forwards turn up week in week out.
"They have a thankless job and they jam in attack, in defence and get the job done.”