QRL article written by Michael Hillier
Central Queensland Capras and Burleigh Bears have secured home semi-finals following a thrilling finish to the BMD Premiership regular season.
The minor premiership-winning Capras will play the Wynnum Manly Seagulls (fourth) next weekend, while the Bears (second) meet the North Queensland Gold Stars (third).
The winners of the respective semi-finals advance to the 2022 BMD Premiership grand final at Moreton Daily Stadium on Saturday, June 4 at 2pm.
Central will look to recapture the form that carried them to six-straight wins after the Bears stunned the previously unbeaten Capras team in Emerald yesterday.
Burleigh scored five tries to three as a Karina Brown double lifted the Bears to a 26-16 win at McIndoe Park.
Burleigh’s win ensured the defending premiers nailed down second spot and a home semi-final against the Gold Stars, who were also impressive final round winners.
Captain Romy Teitzel crossed for a double in the Gold Stars’ 28-0 win over the Brisbane Tigers at Leo Williams Oval.
The fourth and final spot in next weekend’s play-offs went on the line at Emerson Park today when the West Brisbane Panthers clashed with the Wynnum Manly Seagulls.
In a tight contest, Wynnum Manly prevailed 16-10 to seal a finals berth against the plucky Panthers.
BMD Premiership semi-finals
Semi-final 1 – 1v4
Central Queensland Capras v Wynnum Manly Seagulls at Browne Park on Saturday, May 28, 3pm
Semi-final 2 – 2v3
Burleigh Bears v North Queensland Gold Stars at Pizzey Park on Sunday, May 29 at 1.30pm