Hervey Bay Seagulls have a chance to make history
WHEN Hervey Bay Seagulls meet Past Brothers at Salter Oval it will be for more than just two competition points.
The game was already one of the most anticipated of the regular season, and Brothers' 36-32 loss to Wests Panthers last week has made it more important than any spectator would have thought.
The winner will virtually seal the Bundaberg Rugby League minor premiership, and for Hervey Bay it will mean a slice of history.
"I'm told we've never won the minor premiership since we've been in the BRL," coach Tye Ingebrigtsen said.
"We won the comp back in 2001, but we haven't won the BRL minor premiership.
"Everyone knows how long it was since the last grand final, but we had no idea about this."
While a great opportunity for the current flock of Seagulls, Ingebrigtsen admitted it added a bit more pressure to Sunday's road trip.
The mind games have already started between the clubs, as some suggest the near-full strength Seagulls will crush the reportedly understrength Brothers outfit.
Brothers have lost only two games so far this season, including a first-round 16-10 loss to Hervey Bay, but they proved their depth to sweep all before them.
Hervey Bay, while not as dominant, have snapped at Brothers' heels all season, and Ingebrigtsen said the unexpected opportunity would help his side lift.
And with the eleventh round 56-22 caning at the hands of Brothers still fresh in their memory, the Seagulls will be ready.
"They hammered us by 30 last time and they definitely let us know about it," he said.
"It gives us a bit of motivation.
"We expect them to come out strong, but we'll be treating this like a grand final."
The game will kick off at 3pm.