Brethren to put icing on season

TO win a local title is special, but to win the Challenge Cup on top of that is something extraordinary.

Gladstone Brothers reserves have a chance to achieve that remarkable feat this weekend when they take on CQU Norths in the Challenge Cup grand final at Browne Park in Rockhampton.

Ben Meredith (shoulder) and Matt McConnell (knee) are in doubt, but captain-coach Russel Groth is hopeful they will play.

“It's going to make it very difficult without them, but the guys who would take their place will be prepared,” he said.

The Brethren have been on a roll this season and are the only Harbour City side to have made the Challenge Cup final, something Groth put down to their on and off-field chemistry.

“I think it just comes down to the attitude of the team; it's not just running out having a game of footy but we've become pretty good mates over the last nine months so it's been really good in that way,” he said.

“We've just found that niche between each other and we all trust and rely on each other.”

Brothers will take two buses of supporters to Rockhampton for the game.



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