TOUGH GAME: Brothers Jackson McEwan.
TOUGH GAME: Brothers Jackson McEwan. Mike Richards GLA060816RUGB

Brothers team loses out in season but wins off-field

THE Past Brothers rugby league side may have had more wins off-field than on, with the team losing its chance to secure a spot in the finals.

Taking on third-ranked Yeppoon, they knew it would be a difficult game on Saturday at Marley Brown.

Last time they met Yeppoon won 72 to nil.

For the Past Brothers team, the game was their chance to leave the competition with their heads held high.

Jackson McEwan played his best game of the season, being a key player in attack and defence.

But it wasn't enough, with Yeppoon showing their fitness and speed with a dominant second half, winning the match 30 - 16.

"In the first half I definitely thought we could have won it," he said.

 

Gladstone Brothers vs Yeppoon.Photo Mike Richards / The Observer
Gladstone Brothers vs Yeppoon.Photo Mike Richards / The Observer Mike Richards GLA060816RUGB

"The first half they were up by six points and we talked about it at half time, that we would just continue to do what we're doing but it didn't happen when we got back out there."

With the Gladstone and Rockhampton competitions merging this year, it meant the team would travel together to matches and take on tougher games.

They're optimistic about 2017, with plans to start training earlier and continue the close bond they've created.

"I think if it was still just the local league we wouldn't have got the camaraderie that we have now," McEwan said, still at the clubhouse with his fellow players on Sunday.

"With all the bus trips and having the under 20s mixing with the ressies and A-grade it was really good, it's like one big family."

Club president David Ahern was with the teams on Sunday.

"On field we didn't get the results we wanted.

"We had really good family involvement, everyone got involved in that sense so we had plenty of wins off-field," he said.



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