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Maryborough Brothers wants to forge a dynasty in the BRL

KINGS AGAIN: Maryborough Brothers won its second straight Bundaberg Rugby League reserve grade premiership.
KINGS AGAIN: Maryborough Brothers won its second straight Bundaberg Rugby League reserve grade premiership. contributed

IT HAS only been four days since Maryborough Brothers won its second straight Bundaberg Rugby League reserve grade title but the players' sights have already shifted to an unprecedented third-straight premiership.

A Harvey Warner try with just 53 seconds left on the clock levelled Sunday's grand final against Past Brothers, before Gareth Willmot slotted the last-gasp conversion to seal a memorable 28-26 win.

While the premiership confirmed the club's strength and provided a good sign for its future, reserve grade coach Lincoln Willmot is not yet ready to rest on his laurels.

Successful title defence evidence of a successful season

He has already challenged the team to win a third consecutive premiership.

"It is a bit early to call but that's to give them a good idea of what we're working towards," Willmot said.

"It was the goal this year.

Rugby League, Maryborough - Reserve grade.  Brothers versus Wallaroos.
Rugby League, Maryborough - Reserve grade. Brothers versus Wallaroos. Valerie Horton

"I told Nic (Golusin, president) I wanted to bring (the premiership) back to Maryborough.

"We stayed positive."

Maryborough Brothers trailed 20-0 just 23 minutes into the final, and led only for the final 53 seconds of the most important game of the season.

"I always had confidence in them," Willmot said. "The only thing we really had to do was make sure we held the ball in the second half."

Prior to the final, Golusin said a win would make 2017 a successful year for the club, despite A-grade's struggle for results.

The A-grade team won one and drew one of its 14 games in the club's first season in the top grade in about 15 years.

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