RESPECT: Power captain Josh Wheeler (sitting) and Bombers captain Lachie Woodham shake hands after the game.
RESPECT: Power captain Josh Wheeler (sitting) and Bombers captain Lachie Woodham shake hands after the game. Matthew McInerney

VERDICT: Bombers were better when it mattered most

VERDICT: One of my most favourite parts of this job is to watch people play sport and succeed, and see the genuine excitement that success brings.

Among the least favourites is the interview with a losing coach, captain or player.

Saturday's preliminary final between Hervey Bay Bombers and Bay Power provided both within minutes.

As disappointed as they were, Power's captain and coach duo Josh Wheeler and Michael Gay not only fronted up for interviews, but spoke from the heart about what was genuinely a devastating afternoon for the boys in teal.

The thing about sport is that there is always a winner, there is always a loser, and no matter the number of many hours of work you put into achieving that success, something as simple as the bounce of the ball can lead to defeat.

The day belonged to the Bombers, who qualified for its first grand final since 2014.

Hervey Bay has not won a title since 2013, and have a chance to do so in front of its fans against Gympie.

Darren Hunter was yesterday named coach of the year, but the thing that will mean the most to he and his talented troops would be to celebrate the club's 23rd premiership.