Brothers debutant spurred on by Broncos' Joe Ofahengaue
BROTHERS product Joe Ofahengaue was on hand to watch two good mates in action for the club on the weekend and both are developing at a rate that has stunned club officials.
The Broncos forward, who played his juniors at the club, cheered on Reserve grader John Sika and bench forward Halafihi Tai, who was the players' player in the 40-16 A Grade win over Cobras.
Brothers club secretary Luke Smith said Tai made an outstanding top grade debut.
"Halafihi played front-row and came to the club last year,” Smith said.
"He was a bit nervous before the game but he is a big boy who runs hard and tackles hard.
"That is what coach Pat O'Doherty told him to do and he went out and played good minutes and had an impact off the bench.
"Joe Ofahengaue is close to Halafihi and John Sika and he got them to play for the club last year when they were in C Grade. Now John is a starter in Reserve Grade and Halafihi has made his A Grade debut.
"It is great to see Joe on Instragram and football pages making positive comments when he sees the boys going good.”
Second-rower Lionel Foote received the referees' three points.
"Lionel has been one of our best players the last two or three weeks after coming up from Reserve Grade,” Smith said.
"We've had a few injuries and he has really stood out with his strong runs and fend. He's a real menace in defence.
"He is a natural footballer and he scored the first try last week and the first one this week.
"Lionel has been around the club a few years now and is one of the more experienced guys in a team full of a lot of young fellas.”
Tough as teak prop Matthew Kuss also made his presence felt.
"He's a Brothers junior who has been at the club his whole life and he just tackles all day and takes it up all day,” Smith said.
"It hasn't been a great year for us results wise and you can lean on guys like Matt Kuss and Matt Hamill who have been there through the good times and bad.
"They are the old level heads who can help the club out during this tough period and assist the young fellas as well.”
The club has a bright future with the young guns doing a great job when stepping up a level.
"Last week we had Monson Lang-Siu and Harry Douglas from under 19s make their debut,” Smith said.
"Both had strong games against Swifts as well, and Luke O'Doherty has been starting lock the last fortnight and is playing good footy.
"Luke has come up from the under 19s and fitted right in.
"This year hasn't been our year but the boys showed a lot of character to go out there and win.
"It meant a fair bit to them and maybe that was a monkey off their backs after losing a few on the trot.
"There are four games left and we'll be looking to win as many as we can and make it hard for the other teams.”
State of play
Points: Fassifern 45, Goodna 43, Norths 42, Swifts 38, Cobras 27, Brothers 26, West End 25.