Brothers bowler Dylan Schoenfisch delivers a ball during last weekend’s first division match against Northsiders.
Brothers bowler Dylan Schoenfisch delivers a ball during last weekend’s first division match against Northsiders. David Nielsen

Brothers' added motivation to make semi-final

EXPERIENCED Brothers captain Craig Cumming has played in enough finals to know how tough they are.

However, he welcomes this season's last qualifying game predicament, especially after what happened in a previous clash.

To have any chance of playing in the semi-final, Brothers have to beat Centrals at Mark Marsh Oval in the two-day first division match starting tomorrow.

While always backing his team, Cumming conceded a match against Centrals this time last year reminded Brothers how they must be on their game.

"We are in the same sort of situation as we were last year in the last game,'' Cumming said.

"We got bowled out for 30 odd by these guys.''

Centrals easily overhauled the target.

Given the revamped Brothers side have gained momentum after a slow start this season, Cumming expects a more disciplined batting effort this weekend.

"We always like a challenge,'' Cumming said, having enjoyed some terrific battles with regular grand final opponents Laidley.

"We always seem to play better when we are under the pump.''

Having made a late start to the season after a hernia operation, Cumming is also keen for a decent score batting at three or five.

His 39 against Northsiders last weekend was his highest score in recent innings.

But those who have seen Cumming perform so reliably over many years would never dare rate him anything but a threat.

With Brothers having lost a number of players in the off-season, Cumming remains one of the stalwarts vital to the team's prospects.

Making the recent one-day final against Laidley showed Brothers still have plenty of ability, even though the two-day competition provides different challenges.

Cumming praised Brothers' young bowling attack with talents like Johnathon Bill, Dylan Schoenfisch and Lachlan Bilyj, helped by "the old fellas again''.

Those loyal clubmen include Mark Sharrad, Jacob Sarra, Craig Mackay and David Richardson, who have shared in many finals like Cumming.

Brothers were knocked out of last year's semi-final by Swifts after being regular grand finalists in the previous seasons.

Game Day

IWMCA first division final round matches: Tomorrow and February 27

  • Centrals v Brothers at Mark Marsh Oval.
  • Laidley v Eastern Taipans at Bichel Oval.
  • Northsiders v Swifts at Keith Sternberg Oval.


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