Bulls and Swan brothers to go head-to-head in the A-grade
AUSSIE RULES: There will be a strong brotherhood in this evening's AFL Capricornia grand final between Yeppoon Swans and Glenmore Bulls at BITS Oval.
Tom and Leigh Cossens will run out for the Swans while Bulls' Darcy and Tyson Payne, along with Nick and Toby, will take to the field.
Bernie Gottke medallist Tom missed the euphoria of last season after a season-ending knee injury. But he's back with a bang and a century of goals for the undefeated Swans.
"Being back playing and training has been massive for me and playing alongside my brother has been a massive bonus," Tom said.
Leigh added to have such a dominant forward like his brother has made life easier for the star midfielder. "It's been awesome playing footy alongside TC again and he makes my job easy from the midfield," Leigh said.
The brothers, as a collective have brought the best out of each other and they loom large for their respective teams. Tom remembers it as an opportunity to continue to push each other.
"I think we just keep trying to get one up on each other and it pays dividends as this season has shown," he said. So who is the best Cossens brother?
"We both have different traits to our game which is good, but I'd happily take second spot there," Tom said.
But Leigh was equally as humble. "I don't think there is even a contest between us, he is the better brother," he said. For the Payne men, there is obviously a lot of passion in the guernsey that has been a big part of their lives and both are happy to back in the colours as Darcy reflected.
"The Glenmore jumper always will hold a special place in my heart," he said. Tyson added it's been a long time coming to get together.
"It's been surreal and a privilege to wear the Glenmore jumper again. Not since 2014 have we been able to string games together and that turned out to be quite the year," he said.
The Bulls' women's team will gun for its sixth successive premiership and a fifth-in-a-row against 2018 minor premiers Rockhampton Panthers when the two teams clash at 3.30pm.
Glenmore Bulls have come home with a wet sail brilliantly led by by Maree Lambart Medallist Bree Grentel while leading goal-kicker Taylah Pringle will hope to add to her 57 she has already booted.
Meanwhile purchase your special Grand Final edition of The Observer at the gate at BITS Oval today at 7am when gates open.
Junior games start at 8.30am, reserves at 1.20pm, women's at 3.30pm and A-grade at 5.15pm
- with Brad Matheson