Kawana out of Sunshine Coast league finals
AFTER dominating all season, Kawana's late-season capitulation in the Sunshine Coast rugby league competition was completed on Saturday night, losing the preliminary final 28-10 to the Maroochydore Swans.
Ruthless Maroochydore denied Kawana legend Paul Cohen a fairytale finish to his glittering 23-year career, with their dominant display booking their spot in this weekend's grand final against Caloundra.
The Swans' forwards stepped up to the challenge of handling the competition's best pack, and allowed attacking aces Nat Mcgavin and Troy Mendham to put the game out of reach in the final 20 minutes.
Kawana was by-far the standout team of the 2014 season, but they also proved that anything can happen come finals' time.
Finishing the regular season as minor premiers with just two losses, both coming in the last three matches, Kawana went down 18-16 to Caloundra in week one of the finals, and 20-4 to Maroochydore in week two.
Thrown yet another lifeline the next week, they restored hope with a 16-6 win over Caboolture, but it was short-lived as Maroochydore ended their season on Saturday.
The Swans proved they could win in a battle of the forwards, but coach Mark Brandon said a different tactic would be needed to end the club's 14-year premiership drought on Saturday.
"Caloundra play a completely different game than Kawana; very fleet-footed game," he said.