New president plans to bring celebratory feel back to club
BROTHERS Senior Rugby League Club were not too far off the mark in the 2013 competition, finishing fourth and being beaten by just two tries by the eventual premiers Valleys.
The 28-16 departure from last year's competition has sparked a movement in the club, with subtle changes leading to resurrection.
While a change at the helm saw Paul Smith hand over to Dave O'Hern as president after 35 years of leadership, the club was also approached by Steve Southern, who offered his tenure as the A Grade coach.
"He approached the club last year, we hadn't offered to anyone so jumped at the opportunity," O'Hern said.
"There will not be massive differences, our biggest goal is to get families and past players involved."
While a former NRL player will boost the club and offer the players leadership, it is as much an off-the-field change which O'Hern is trying to instil.
The new president believes the lack of a celebratory feeling could be holding the passion within the players and preventing out and out attacks at victory.
"For the past few years we haven't had the club feel of celebrating and commiserating," O'Hern said.
"We will be going to the clubhouse and then to the Grand after every game this year."
Another of the changes to the club is the addition of an Old Boys Committee, who would be handing out shirts and player-of-the match awards after each game.
The whole club is focussed on becoming a family-welcoming environment with a lot of social interaction.
O'Hern is confident the team will once again be a competitive outfit.
"I wouldn't say we are rebuilding, we are refocussing," he said.