Katie Green could not hide her joy when she broke through the opposition's defence at the 30 metre mark and got a free run to the try line.
Katie Green could not hide her joy when she broke through the opposition's defence at the 30 metre mark and got a free run to the try line. Aidan Cureton

Last year's champions through to take on minor premiers

MACKAY Brothers thundered into the women's semi-finals after a 20-8 dismissal of Sarina Crocodiles on Saturday.

Last years champions will go on to face minor premiers Souths Sharks next week for a spot in the A-Grade Women's grand final.

Brothers captain Imogen Healy said her women had to play smart to get the better of Sarina.

"They always bring it, they're a tough side and quite mobile," she said.

Brothers' key to success came from their speed on the wings.

"Just turning them around early (gave us an advantage)," Healy said.

"We have a fair few fast wingers and centres out there.

"When I put a kick through I can back our speed to get out there, get it done and force errors."

The Brothers' leader commended Katie Green for her on field heroics.

"Katie is an absolute weapon. She finds gaps and break the lines consistently," Healy said.

Souths are yet to be defeated by Brothers, but Healy was confident that if her side played like they did on Saturday victory would be theirs.

"They have a few players who played for us last year. They're a strong opponent and I love playing them," she said.

"We're a young side and we're going to give it our all."

In an earlier match Magpies were eliminated from the finals race after a 32-10 beating by Moranbah Miners.

Miners coach Michael Curcio said their defence was the key to their success.

Miners kept Magpies to four points in the first half, but took their foot off in the second.

"We try to keep most teams below 12. Defence wins games," he said. "They came out a bit more fired up. We had to get fired up again; if we didn't have half-time that would be better."

Curcio said that lull in the second half could be fatal if they came up against a stronger team.



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