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MA OLYMPIC coach Michael Brooks has lauded his side’s 2- 1 ma­jor semi- fi­nal vic­tory over Brothers as their “best per­for­mance of the year”.

Olympic are through to their third con­sec­u­tive North Queens­land Premier League grand fi­nal af­ter over­pow­er­ing the mi­nor pre­miers in the sec­ond half at Brolga Park on Satur­day night.

Brothers came out fir­ing and scored the open­ing goal in­side the first 10 min­utes be­fore Olympic started to work their way into the con­test be­fore the break.

Olympic lifted in the sec­ond half and bagged an early equaliser and from there they dom­i­nated to se­cure a di­rect path to the grand fi­nal.

Brothers and Olympic have played some high qual­ity bat­tles al­ready this sea­son and Brooks be­lieved it was the strong team per­for­mance on Satur­day night which got his side over the line.

“It was prob­a­bly our best of the year to be hon­est,” he said.

“It was our most com­plete team per­for­mance, which was helped by the fact that I ac­tu­ally had ev­ery­one avail­able for the first time this year.

“Nor­mally there’d be one stand­out player, but I could have picked out seven or eight of them with­out think­ing about it. “Ev­ery­one was amaz­ing. “Some­times you need a bit of luck to go your way, but even if it hadn’t, I still would have been pretty happy with the ef­fort and de­ter­mi­na­tion they showed.

“We were very strong de­fen­sively and worked hard for each other and took of our chances that came up.”

Brooks ex­pected both teams would be feel­ing the ef­fects of the fast- paced and phys­i­cal semi- fi­nal, but he said Olympic won’t take things too easy as they pre­pare for the grand fi­nal.

“Tues­day ( at train­ing) might be a lit­tle bit light with how quick and phys­i­cal the game was, but it was just good to get through so we can have week off to re­coup and get fo­cused for grand fi­nal,” Brooks said.

Mean­while, Rebels kept their ti­tle de­fence alive in the most dra­matic fash­ion against War­riors in the mi­nor semi- fi­nal.

Scores were locked at 3- 3 at full­time be­fore they went to penal­ties, with Rebels pre­vail­ing 6- 5 in the nerve- rack­ing shootout.

Rebels will now take on Brothers in Satur­day’s pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal at Brolga Park, with the win­ner to meet MA Olympic in the grand fi­nal.

NO QUAR­TER: Brothers player An­thony Roul­ston ( and Olympic's Stephen Black­burn clash in Satur­day night’s show­down. Pic­ture: EVAN MOR­GAN


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