Age has not wearied enthusiastic vet as grand final berth looms

THE season is on the line with knockout semi-finals in Division 2 today.

Goodna plays Brothers and Rosewood meets Swifts for a place in the grand final.

"If we play to our ability, I'm fairly confident," Brothers captain-coach Shane Milham said of tonight's battle at Woogaroo Field.

"But Goodna are such a big side, they always cause problems and they're fairly skilful.

"It's a big test."

Milham said his team had played to its potential only "a couple of times" this season.

Such is the nature of Division Two, where every time a player is injured or returns from injury in a higher grade, it has an impact on the grades below.

"We've got to defend well," the water treatment plant worker said.

"We know we can score points.

"But stopping Goodna scoring is our challenge.

"It's at night so conditions will suit them."

If Brothers get past Goodna, Milham would not be surprised to face undefeated Rosewood in the decider.

"They're a very well-drilled side and are good across the park," he said.

There is not much Milham has not been through in his 30 years with the club, starting from under-15s through A grade titles to his current role, aged 44.

In that time he has missed "only a handful of seasons".

Now it is his love of the Brothers club and the players around him, along with the old competitive fire, which keeps him playing.

"It's just the mateship," Milham said.

"You've always got new blokes coming through and old blokes staying on."

Milham admits the end of his playing days is not too far off, but don't bet on it happening this weekend.

"I think there has to be an end," he said. "But never say never. You're a long time retired."



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