Tassie trio target footy?s grand prize
By RACHAEL BORICH
ROCKHAMPTON'S Stenlake Park is a long way from Queechi High School in Launceston, Tasmania.
But it is this Tassie invasion that could help the Glenmore Bulls secure an A-grade premiership when they clash with Brothers in the Trend Interiors AFL Capricornia 2005 grand final at the Bulls home ground of Stenlake Park today.
Glenmore onballer James Miller, 25, and centre half forward Andrew Abraham, 24, are team-mates again after they first played together in Launceston.
Best mates at school, from Year 7 to 12, Miller and Abraham will be called on for big roles today against their arch-rival club in the first all-Rockhampton grand final in 14 years.
"We played a lot of footy together for a while and still played in Launceston for a couple of years after school,'' Miller said.
Abraham then became an Australian Football journeyman, playing in Darwin, Western Australia and Victoria before arriving in Central Queensland ? he will return to Victoria after the grand final.
Miller played his football in Sydney during a five-year stint with the Navy.
It was after he finished with the Navy that Miller was reunited with his older brother Scott, 29, who was living in Rockhampton and playing at full forward for the Bulls.
"He talked about the footy up here and used to say no one could beat this Boyne Island team,'' James said.
"I got here and rang Andrew, who was in Perth, to see if we could win a grand final up here.
"It's pretty weird, it's not something that we pictured ourselves doing.''
Another Bulls player ready for a big game today is young centre Derek Mangan who plays his 100th game for Glenmore.
This grand final is set to be a thriller between Glenmore's towering players against a Brothers team ready to put their bodies on the line.