Recently appointed Brothers coach Roy West looks forward to today’s trial match at Kele Park against the Hervey Bay Power.
Recently appointed Brothers coach Roy West looks forward to today’s trial match at Kele Park against the Hervey Bay Power. File

Brothers set for wet start

IT'S back to the football fields for the Australian rules boys, with Brothers having their first hit-out of the year at Kele Park.

Conditions underfoot are likely to make players think winter is here, with the playing surface saturated by recent heavy rain.

Brothers coach Roy West said the heavy conditions would cause a change to his team's original game plan.

"It is a matter of the players realising the ball is not going to carry or bounce," he said yesterday.

"I will be telling them to get more numbers to the play and to carry the ball more."

However, while that sounds like hard work on a heavy pitch for players in a trial game, West said the number of players available gave him the opportunity to make changes.

"There are 27 who are keen to play," he said.

"We won't be running anybody into the ground."

Opponent today is the Hervey Bay Power and West admits he knows nothing about the strengths or weaknesses of the visitor.

"It is just a trial match so I'm more interested in the way we play," he said.

"We have had good numbers, but training is training and we don't know how we will go until we play a match."

The trial will be played in six 15-minute segments to give coaches the opportunity to provide instruction and allow for tactical inter-change of players.

One of Brothers' newcomers, who is ready to make his first appearance for the club, is on-baller Ben Hinton.

"The rest of the team are mainly locals," West said.



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