Brave fight delivers shield
GLADSTONE Brothers claimed the Mac Baker Shield from an at-home Calliope Roosters with a hard-fought 34-26 victory during their reserve-grade game on Saturday night.
The commemorative shield is a tribute to its namesake, who played for both clubs.
The physical encounter saw the Gladstone club take home the shield, but Calliope five-eighth Craig Hogan earned the Lloyd House Trophy for best on ground.
House also represented both clubs in his day.
Down 18-nil at half-time, the Roosters fought back to almost level the scores at 28-26 in the back end of the game.
But a failed conversion attempt left them two short before Brothers ran in a late converted try to seal the win.
Calliope secretary Peter Masters said it was a great game. But, he said, the loss was a bitter pill.
“It’s always disappointing when you give 100 per cent,” Master said.
“The more effort you put in the more it hurts when you don’t get the win,” he said.
Young under-18 Rooster Dylan Chapman picked up the players’ player award.
Masters said the whole day of fixtures was a “great show of club solidarity” as the junior and senior affiliates united in memory of Baker.
“And that’s what it’s all about. Mac Baker, he was really great at getting people together,” he said.