Williams plays key role

By AARON KELLY

THEY'RE the unsung heroes of every footy team.

All coaches insist they need one, in fact, they're the behind-the-scenes match-winners that can often mean the difference between winning or losing.

With a water bottle in both hands and a medical kit around the waist, Rockhampton Brothers head trainer Jacob Williams will hit the field tonight for his club's reserve grade and under-19 CQ Extended League premiership charge at Browne Park tonight.

Sporting the latest in fluoro clothing, Williams is back on deck for A grade duties in tomorrow's all-Brethren elimination semi-final at Gladstone's Marley Brown Oval.

While injury forced the 22year-old to hang up the boots a couple of seasons ago, it has not stopped him from playing a leading role at Victoria Park.

A game day for Williams includes strapping and running the water for all three grades, putting a few dislocated fingers back in and even dragging a player from the field to collect the members' draw this season.

"One of the boys' names came over the loudspeaker, so we got him off and he had won $1200,'' Williams said.

"We ended up winning the match and he put on a keg!''

Rockhampton Brothers coach Steve Parle described Williams, who also plays the role as thirst quencher for TCC in the schoolboys rugby league, as "a coach's dream''.



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