Brothers’ Scott Smithwick gets his kick away despite the attention of a Panthers player during Saturday’s match at Rockhampton Cricket Ground.
Brothers’ Scott Smithwick gets his kick away despite the attention of a Panthers player during Saturday’s match at Rockhampton Cricket Ground. Chris Ison Rokcafl

Helping get the party started

WES Hawke isn't one to miss a party, especially when it is in his honour.

Playing his 200th game for the Yeppoon Swans, Hawke helped guide his team to victory over the Mudcrabs at Gladstone by scoring six goals to be named one of his side's best on ground.

It was a stuttering display from the Mudcrabs who failed to score a major in the first and third quarters. That allowed the Swans to get away to a flyer taking a 37-point lead in to the first break.

At Rockhampton Cricket Ground it was hardly vintage footy as Panthers and Brothers battled for the championship points on offer.

Both teams were in desperate need of points with defending champion Brothers trying to get some cohesion in their new look line-up.

There is little doubt the spark that was Aiden Coulbourne will be almost impossible to replace but he is just one player out of the line-up with up to eight players missing from the team that won the 2010 flag.

Brothers got off to the type of start they could only have dreamed of, moving their score into the 30s before Panthers kicked a major.

Panthers were always going to struggle to get points as their forwards lack size to dominate defenders and the team's movement of ball from the middle of the park was too inaccurate to find the spaces where fast players could hurt Brothers.

Credit to Panthers though, they never let Brothers get too far away on the scoreboard and finished the match within a goal of victory.

He might have the nickname “Animal” but John Berouti is a favourite with the BITS Saints faithful.

Last season he showed how dangerous he can be when he gets the football but this year, with better service from an influential midfield, Berouti is lethal, scoring another 10 goals against Glenmore at Boyne Island.

It was the battle of the top two teams but a massive 10-goal haul by BITS in the final quarter killed the game off with the home team victorious by 61 points.



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