Kangaroos end 10-year drought

THERE was an outpouring of Brothers' pride when the Kangaroos produced their first Agrade premiership win in 10 years at Rockhampton's Stenlake Park on Saturday.

Watching the game was like deja vu in Brothers' 12-16-88 to 79-51 victory over minor premiers the Glenmore Bulls in the Trend Interiors Carpet Court AFL Capricornia 2005 grand final.

One satisfied player was Brothers half back flanker Roy West who, after 15 years with the club, is hanging up the boots on a winning note.

West was there when Brothers won the premiership in 1995.

"There's nothing like winning that first flag, but for me I'm finished now and it's a great way to go out,'' West said.

"Several mates retired after that 1995 win and now it's my turn.''

Glenmore were on the back foot from the start, with the damage done in the opening quarter as Brothers burst to a 42-1 lead at the first break ? just as they destroyed the BITS (Boyne Island Tannum Sands) Saints in the first quarter their preliminary final the previous week.

Brothers played hard, physical football.

They constantly created the open man, played in front and successfully niggled their opposition.

Glenmore's only real charge unfolded in the final quarter when they kicked three majors in a row to reduce the deficit to four goals with about six minutes remaining before Brothers, as they had also done against BITS, kicked a rally of late goals to finish off a polished performance.

After the full-time siren the sadness was evident on the face of Brothers captain/coach Steve Smithwick.

"The tears will be flowing,'' Smithwick said.

"We just wanted to play footy and win ? we played the same game plan we'd had all year.''

Glenmore coach Greg Bowler, in his last game as coach before moving to Brisbane, said Brothers were just too good.

However, Bowler also praised his team for never giving up.

"The true quality of a person comes out under adversity and this time will be a better side for it next year,'' Bowler said.



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