Goodna player faces suspension after bitter finish
YESTERDAY'S tight, tough, thrilling Reserve grade grand final was missing just one thing - a suitable ending.
Full-time was called with two seconds left on the clock and Brothers ahead 26-24, due to an ugly brawl.
Until that point, it was a match worthy of a grand final as Brothers came from 24-16 down with 20 minutes remaining, having led 12-8 at half-time.
For Brothers skipper Nathan Lee, the win was a fitting note to announce his retirement on.
"We said it all year, that if we've got to, we'll win it in the 70th minute," the man known as Fridge said.
"We always back our fitness.
"We put the hard yards in early in the year."
The front rower bows out with more grand final wins than he can count and he said it was a credit to the club.
"It is always hard in Reserve grade," he said.
"You've got such a high turnover of players.
"I think we used 41 this year.
"But we've got it down pat at Brothers. It's a real simple game plan so whether you're just up from the under-18s or 38, everyone can play it."
Proving the point was the performance of Brothers five-eighth Josh Leisemann.
"He's a kid on the rise," Lee said.
"He's an absolute freak.
"He's an A-grade footballer and I reckon will play at a higher level to be honest. He's got a touch footy background and doesn't know the game that well.
"He's still learning."
Brothers halfback Cameron Picker was man-of-the match.
The early end to the game is likely to mean a lengthy suspension for Goodna second rower Malaki Oloitoa.
Time was called off due to injury when Oloitoa ignored the referee's calls to stay where he was.
Instead he approached the Brothers player huddle and started throwing punches, leading to players from both teams becoming involved.