Brothers expect Swans to be tough

BROTHERS co-captain Scott Smithwick isn’t reading much into Yeppoon’s 36-point loss last weekend to BITS.

Brothers open their 2011 AFL Capricornia A grade season with a “grudge” match against the Swans at Swan Oval, Yeppoon, today, after their round one fixture against Gladstone was postponed last weekend.

Smithwick said the margin in Yeppoon’s round one loss wasn’t an issue considering BITS’ dominant record on their home turf at Boyne Oval.

“Definitely. At home (Yeppoon) are a different side,” he said.

“They’re very good off the half-back flank. Their speed at home catches you out.”

Yeppoon coach Brett Motton agreed.

“I think the home crowd and ground gives you some advantage. It depends if we use the ground right,” Motton said.

Smithwick said contests between the two sides were always “tough, physical matches”, and he was expecting the same today.

The match marks the debut in the top grade for Brothers youngster Ben Ivers, while new recruit Dave Scott has his first official hit-out for the Brethren.

Scott, who hails from North Launceston, Tasmania, impressed during the pre-season competition and will be a valuable asset on the half-forward line.

Despite his side winning both its matches last season down at BITS, Smithwick admitted travelling down to Boyne Island was a difficult ask for any team.

“It was a fantastic effort to get that close to them. They are hard to beat at home,” he said.

Meanwhile, Rockhampton Panthers face an in-form BITS outfit at Boyne Oval today in front of a vocal home crowd without at least six of their top A grade players. However, Panthers assistant coach Rob Taylor is confident the side they put on the park will be competitive.

AFL CAPRICORNIA ROUND 2

BITS v Panthers Saturday A-grade 2.15pm, reserves 12.15pm. Boyne Oval, Boyne Island.

Gladstone v Glenmore A-grade 2.15pm, reserves 12.15pm. Clinton Park, Gladstone.

Yeppoon v Brothers A-grade 2.15pm, reserves 12.15pm. Swan Oval, Yeppoon.



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