Broth­ers eye top of re­gion hon­our

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - TRENT SLATTER

THEY claimed a clean sweep of the Townsville com­pe­ti­tion and Broth­ers in­sist they aren’t done win­ning tro­phies ahead of tonight’s Crad Evans Shield clash with South­side in Cairns.

The an­nual fix­ture pits the premiership win­ners from the North Queens­land and Far North Queens­land com­pe­ti­tions against each other to be crowned the re­gion’s top team.

Broth­ers haven’t won the pres­ti­gious tro­phy since 2002, but it has al­ready been a drought- break­ing sea­son for the club af­ter win­ning their first premiership- grand fi­nal dou­ble since 2010.

The Brethren also took out the NQ Cup knock­out com­pe­ti­tion and coach Paul Daly said his side was de­ter­mined to con­tinue their win­ning run tonight in Cairns.

“We’ve got a good side and they’re all in­jury- free. The cou­ple of weeks be­tween the grand fi­nal and the Crad Evans has helped us re­pair a few bro­ken bod­ies,” Daly said.

“The hard part was who to leave out. We’ve had a good year and it’s dif­fi­cult when you’ve got to tell the boys who haven’t made the fi­nal side, but they’re all com­ing up to be part of the team ef­fort.

“It’s been a long time since Broth­ers have had this sort of suc­cess. Olympic have been the bench­mark for a while and we’ve had to work to match them this sea­son.

“We’ve planned well and if we go out and lose, it won’t be be­cause of our prepa­ra­tion or ef­fort. We’re qui­etly con­fi­dent that we can lift the tro­phy.”

Bur­dekin will take on South­side in the Youth divi­sion, with MA Olympic up against In­n­is­fail in the Pre­mier Ladies, while MA Olympic will also be in ac­tion against In­n­is­fail in Re­serve Grade.

“We’re go­ing up there de­ter­mined to have a good show … hope­fully the Townsville sides will bring back the tro­phies in all grades,” Daly said. at Walker Road Sport­ing Precinct, Ed­mon­ton South­side Comets v Bur­dekin Pan­thers. Mar­lin Coast Rangers v MA Olympic. In­n­is­fail United v MA Olympic. United v MA Olympic. Comets v Broth­ers. In­n­is­fail South­side

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