Hoping perfect wave continues
GOODNA Eagles player/coach Amani Sami never dreamt his team would go through the season undefeated, let alone be one win away from gracing Qld Group Stadium on September 23.
"We knew we had a chance of finishing in the top three and playing semi-final footy," Sami said.
"But we never thought we could go through the season undefeated.
"Anything that happens from here on out is just an added bonus."
The Eagles tackle Brothers in the highly-anticipated major semi-final at Qld Group Stadium at 3pm on Sunday.
The winner of the match will go straight through to the IRL grand final.
"There is a lot riding on this game," Sami said.
"The boys want to remain undefeated, but that is not our priority.
"The priority is to win the match so we can go straight into the grand final.
"It would mean a lot to them (because) well some of the boys are mentioning about hanging the boots up and this being their last hurrah."
Goodna will have to be at their best if they are any chance of toppling Brothers and remaining undefeated.
Brothers showed glimpses of their potential when they convincingly defeated South Burnett 26-12 in the qualifying semi-final last week.
"It's going to be a tough match, that's for sure," Sami said.
"It will all depend on whether the boys turn up with their game hats on and whether they are in the right frame of mind.
"If we don't turn up ready to play then it is going to be a long afternoon.
"I have just told the boys to go out there and enjoy it.
"It's semi-final football. You can't get any better than that."
Sami is expecting "big things" from his halves combination of Corey Kirk and Shaun Hill.
"I really think the game will come down to the halves for both sides," he said.
"Filli (Notoa) and Jai (Beutel) are dangerous. I think the decisions made by our halves and their halves will make all the difference."
The Eagles will be heading into Sunday's clash fresh after enjoying the week off.
"We haven't done much this week in terms of training," Sami said.
"We just enjoyed the break and had a bit of fun.
"I just wanted the boys to enjoy a little downtime.
"We actually needed the week off to allow some of the guys to get over some niggling injuries."
The minor premiers welcome back forwards Leon Johnston and Patrick Lea from injury for the major semi-final, while Damon Viellaris and Shane Washington drop back to reserve grade.
"I am looking for a team effort. I have told them that there is no tomorrow so they need to go out there and give it their all," Sami said.
"I don't want them to wonder after the game if they did something differently what could have happened."