Brothers snap a four-year streak

THEY still remember their victory song and even got to sing it last Friday night.

The under-16 Brothers side is back in tune after snapping a four-year losing streak to the Yeppoon Seagulls with a tough 12-4 win over the champion side at Victoria Park.

Brothers hadn't sung about a victory so far this season, with coach Justen Parle retreating the side to the dressing room after being inspired by the win.

"The team song after the game was inspirational," he said.

"All the other Brothers teams, coaches, officials, volunteers and parents crowded in our dressing room to help chant along.

"It was great to be a part of, especially for those boys who have been in the side for the past four to five years."

Rating the game as "solid", Parle said the enthusiasm in attack by all the players was what won it.

"Men-of-the-match Lachlan Hall and Jayden Tew carted the ball forward all night, allowing us to explore the Yeppoon line," he said.

"The two forwards worked hard all game setting the platform for us throughout the entire match."

With a considerable amount of players out on both sides due to injury and the Cyril Connell Cup, under-15 players stood up to fill in numbers.

"We had about five or six under-15 players step up, with several of them playing a pivotal roll in helping us win," Parle said.

"It was a huge credit to them. Lachlan Norris may look like an under-14 player but he proved dangerous for our side all night."

Parle is hopeful the win will further benefit his under-16 side ahead of this weekend's round 5 clash against Gracemere Cubs.

"The biggest thing for me as a coach is for them to gain a bit more confidence," Parle said.

"The aim for the rest of the season is to ensure they are physically and mentally strong enough heading into the semi-finals."

With under-16 Capras players returning to the Rockhampton club competition this weekend, Parle is looking forward to a hard week at training.

"I have upped the ante a bit," he said.



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