Miriam Vale Magpies prop Darren Brennan runs a painting business in Agnes Water and is one of a number of players from the coastal town.
Miriam Vale Magpies prop Darren Brennan runs a painting business in Agnes Water and is one of a number of players from the coastal town. Rob Black

Prop set to paint last masterpiece

HE’S gotcha covered whether it’s on the footy field or in his working life - Magpies stalwart Darren Brennan is the man for the job.

Darren is one of a few old stagers that have gelled so well with the young guns at Miriam Vale and it should pay dividends in the Northern Districts grand final this Saturday night, when the Maggies take on reigning premiers Gin Gin at Gary Larson Oval.

Gotcha Covered is the Brennan family’s painting business and Darren is busy covering walls and ceilings during the week and making bone-crunching cover tackles at the weekends.

“Yeah I’ll stick my hand up to make the tackle, or take the ball up,” Darren said.

“We’ve good core of young blokes and with a few of us older heads it’s been pretty good this year.”

Darren has been with the Magpies for seven seasons after moving from Toowoomba, and now at age 36 years reckons 2010 may be his last.

“It’s been great. It’s a great club and a good bunch of blokes,” he said.

“We won the grand final in 2005 and 2008 and got knocked out in the semis last year, but we’ve come back stronger than ever.

“A home grand final is fantastic and a big advantage, but we don’t want to be over-confident or Gin Gin will knock us off.”

The MV Magpies won the 2010 minor premiership and with home-ground advantage will start favourites against Gin Gin on Saturday night.

And while Darren said the week off had been good, the team, player/coach Ryan Walker, manager Gary Cox and president Owen Harms were all wary of Gin Gin, who upset Avondale in a tough preliminary final.



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