Brothers Old Boys at Ballymore, and those watching from home, last night rejoiced following their Premier Grade side’s 18-10 win over traditional rivals University of Queensland, in the BLK Queensland Premier Rugby major semi-final. But it wasn’t the only win for the Crosby Park faithful to celebrate from the weekend.
Brothers registered an astonishing eight from a possible nine victories across the grades throughout the semi-finals.
The Brethren have booked their place in four grand finals so far, with wins in Premier Reserve, First Grade, and Colts 1 major semi-finals.
On top of their success in the major semis, Brothers registered another four minor semi-final victories as their Premier Colts, Second Grade, Third Grade and Colts 2 sides came out on top. All four sides will play in the preliminary finals this weekend.
Despite the weekend’s success, Brothers Director of Rugby, Ben McCormack, is adamant that the job is not done yet.
“We’re ecstatic, we’re obviously really happy with the results, but the boys are very aware that they haven’t won anything yet. They’ve progressed through to the next stage but there’s a lot of hard work ahead,” he said.
With four sides handed the week off to recover and prepare for their respective grand final encounters, Brothers are expecting a large turn out of supporters at Ballymore for the preliminary finals.
“This weekend, all the teams that have the week off will be out there supporting their club mates, trying to get them through. But, to be honest, with the way the club is running at the moment, there’s great culture and we won’t have to push hard to encourage supporters to come down.”
If the Brethren’s Premier Colts side can knock off Bond University in their preliminary final match, Brothers will field a side in all four of the grand finals to be played on Sunday, August 7th.
Brothers have put a lot of hard work into the development of their colts system, so McCormack is happy that the club is starting to see results for their efforts.
“Colts is an area that we identified we were struggling, so in 2012/2013 we started to put some effort in there and the results have slowly been coming. We haven’t won a grand final yet, but in the last few years we’ve started to produce some really good young footballers.”
Adding to the success of the Colts program, Brothers completed a clean sweep over their oldest rival University in each of the two clubs’ match-ups this past weekend. But McCormack was particularly happy to see the Brethren knock off the Red Heavies typically strong Premier Colts side.
“Everybody knows how hard it is to beat University in a Colts game because of the strength of their player base year on year. They have a list of representative players that is really impressive, so to beat Uni in Prem Colts is a fantastic effort.”
The Brethren’s quest to field eight sides on grand final weekend begins this Saturday, at Ballymore