Brothers’ John Sleaford and his teammates return home this weekend.
Brothers’ John Sleaford and his teammates return home this weekend. Chris Ison

Roos bound for home

BROTHERS spearhead Steve Smithwick and his teammates are aiming for a happy homecoming at Kele Park this weekend.

The defending premiers play their first game of the 2011 AFL Capricornia Trend Interiors Carpet and Tile Court premiership season after flooding earlier in the year destroyed the playing surface and forced the abandonment of their round one fixture.

Smithwick starred last weekend for Brothers, kicking six goals against Yeppoon, and will line-up on the forward line again when Brothers take on Glenmore Bulls.

“We’ve saddled Steve up at full-forward,” Brothers coach Don Pollock said. “We’ve asked a fair bit of his body over the last few years, so we’ve plonked him up at full-forward where he can use his experience.”

While Brothers will be boosted by their home crowd support, Bulls coach Ross Borg said the conditions could work in his side’s favour.

Following an inspection on Wednesday, the field was deemed playable despite plenty of sand still visible on the surface.

“You’ve just got to mentally get that out of your head and get on with it,” he said. “A bit of a scrappy surface might just suit us – we’re a bit of a scrappy side.”

Borg said his troops would need to contain the Roos’ main goal scorer, Smithwick.

“If we can shut him down we’ll have enough to have a win,” he said.

Borg said his side’s win over Gladstone Mudcrabs on the weekend wasn’t the best effort, but was pleased to travel home from Gladstone with the points.

“Our skill levels weren’t where they should be. I think we’ve got the youth and the speed, and we’ll work on our skill level as the year wears on,” he said.

Pollock was pleased with the side’s effort on the weekend, despite the 31-point loss to Yeppoon.

In the other round three fixtures, Gladstone faces the daunting task of a high-flying BITS outfit after their 253-point win over an under strength Rockhampton Panthers, while Yeppoon is hoping to continue its winning run at home, against the Panthers.

AFL CAPRICORNIA ROUND 3

Saturday, March 16 – reserves 12.15pm, A grade 2.15pm

BITS v Gladstone – Boyne Oval, Boyne Island.

Brothers v Glenmore – Kele Park, Rockhampton.

Yeppoon v Panthers – Swan Oval, Yeppoon.



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