Brothers win emotional premiership
AN OUTPOURING of Brothers pride was unleashed when the Kangaroos produced their first A grade premiership win in 10 years at Rockhampton's Stenlake Park on Saturday.
Watching the game was like deja vu in Brothers 12-16-88 to 7-951 victory over minor premiers the Glenmore Bulls in the Trend Interiors Carpet Court AFL Capricornia 2005 grand final.
One satisfied player was Brothers half back flanker Roy West who after 15 years with the club is hanging up the boots on a winning note.
West was there when Brothers won the premiership in 1995.
'There's nothing like winning that first flag, but for me I'm finished now and it's a great way to go out,' West said.
'Several mates retired after that win and now it's my turn.'
Glenmore were on the back foot from the start with the damage done in the opening quarter as Brothers burst to a 42-1 lead at the first break ? just as they destroyed the BITS Saints in the first quarter their preliminary final the previous week.
Brothers played hard, physical football ? they constantly created the open man, played in front and successfully niggled their opposition.
Glenmore's only real charge unfolded in the final quarter when they kicked three majors in a row to reduce the deficit to four goals with about six minutes remaining before Brothers, as they had also done against BITS, kicked a rally of late goals to finish off a polished performance.
After the full time siren the tears were already flowing from Brothers captain/coach Steve Smithwick.
'We just wanted to play footy and win,' he said.
'We played the same game plan we'd had all year.'