Rovers ride high on band of broth­ers united for fi­nals

Geraldton Guardian - - Sport - Vic­tor Tanti

A big part of Rovers’ suc­cess in 2017 was Clay­ton Dann, along with his broth­ers Trevor, Far­ren and Gabriel Parfitt.

They have played to­gether be­fore, but not in a fi­nals match and are the fourth group­ing of four broth­ers to have played to­gether since the GNFL was founded in 1961.

The first was Alan, Charlie, Clar­rie and Mick Wren­sted, who rep­re­sented Rail­ways in the 1960s.

There was also Bryce, Eric, Lance and Phil Cooper for Bri­gades in the 1980s and Mullewa’s cur­rent fab four of Leed­ham, Kris­tian, Jamien and Zac Papertalk.

There have also been 25 known in­stances of three broth­ers in the same team. These in­clude two sets of the Pat­trick boys from Bri­gades and one of the Wil­liamson fam­ily and the broth­ers Far­rell and Knight from Chap­man Val­ley.

From Mullewa, we have seen trios of broth­ers Tun­bridge, Shiosaki, Comea­gain, Wall and Wal­lam, with Smith, Var­ney and Teakle triples from Northamp­ton.

Cu­ri­ously there have been none from Rail­ways, ex­cept when three of the four Wren­st­eds played, while at Rovers we have the three Crudeli broth­ers.

At Towns, there have been com­bi­na­tions from the broth­ers Patten, Sewell, Hunt, Cross and Car­lyon, while the fa­mous Col­lard three­some played for both Norths and the Val­ley.

Though the Kennedy broth­ers were from Kal­go­or­lie, some played in the GNFL. All six played league at the same time for Kal­go­or­lie’s Mines Rovers, which may be un­ri­valled any­where.

Broth­ers Trevor, Far­ren and Gabriel Parfitt and Clay­ton Dann.

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