Pearce: Union's new driving force
RUGBY UNION: Brothers might have faltered in the 2009 finals but that didn’t stop Anthony Pearce from filling his trophy cabinet.
“I had a monster year,” the solid Brothers forward admitted.
Pearce was a driving force of the Brothers team with match-turning performances throughout the campaign earning him selection for the Brahmans.
In 2009 he was named the Best and Fairest player in the A-grade competition, Player of the Year for 2009, and also his club’s Player of the Year.
Not a bad haul for the “Boy from Jericho” playing in just his second year of local A-grade rugby with the Brothers club.
Last season was a different outcome to his first year at the club.
“I only played five games that year,” he said.
Early in the campaign injury forced Pearce out limiting his impact.
Prior to arriving in Rockhampton the 24-year-old had experienced success as a member of the Barcaldine Boars rugby team, winning a premiership.
“It was good physical rugby,” he reported.
Now he is keen to play his part in representative football.
“I’m an uncapped Brahman,” Pearce joked.
With the Brahmans starting their program late next month, Pearce is looking forward to being a part of it.
“All the boys have been putting in a hard pre-season,” he said.
“We are certainly hoping for good results.”
Should the Brahmans have the luxury of putting their preferred 15 players on the park each week, he is confident they will be a very competitive unit.
“We’ll be giving it our best crack,” he said.
While most of the players in the squad are known to Pearce, he has also been impressed with the work put in by some of the younger members of the Brahmans squad.
“Aaron Longbottom has been putting in the hard yards, he’s one big unit,” he said.
Pearce also believes the combination of Jack Lloyd junior and Frank Busby will work well for the Brahmans as the pair have different philosophies of the game.
“It will be a good mix,” he predicted.
Pearce is one player you won’t hear complaining about playing rugby for 12 months of the year and he’s not even too concerned about the Brahmans having to play two games over a weekend (Friday and Saturday) at Townsville.
“I’m sure all the boys will be tucked up in bed by nine o’clock that night,” he said with a huge grin.
With his best years of rugby still to come what does Pearce hope to achieve in the game?
Firstly he hopes for another good season and for Brothers to achieve success in their 40th year.
“I’ll be trying for a repeat performance next year,” he said.
And long-term goals?
“My goal is to reach the playing potential of Zac Jones (Colts),” he cheekily replied.
However, Pearce does admit Jones is a good footballer.
“He’s got a lot of talent,” he confirmed.