New club President Brent Kinnane (left) and new coach Nev Paulsen.
New club President Brent Kinnane (left) and new coach Nev Paulsen. Kate Czerny

New president ready for play

BRENT Kinnane seemed destined to one day fill the role of Brothers Cricket Club president.

Kinnane has been involved with the club since he joined up to play as a 10-year-old in 1980.

He grew up on Cascade Street, about a kilometre from where the Brothers clubhouse. He now lives about 2km away in Flinders View.

His father Les held the role, as did uncle Kevin and cousin Mark Kinnane, who he has succeeded for this coming season.

"I was always going to be involved," Brent Kinnane said.

"I'm interested in sports administration."

Kinnane runs a government-registered rural industry training organisation called the Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges. So he has both the pedigree and experience to fit his new role.

However he is likely to break his pledge to his wife to stop playing if he took over the presidency.

"I'll play if I'm needed," he said.

"I'm not going to take the spot of a younger or better player."

Kinnane doesn't know how many senior games he's played for the club, but reckons it would be about 140-150.

That has included four Division One titles, more in Division 2.

He has also been crowned Div 2 leading run scorer several times.

"I've got most of them since I've been over 35," Kinnane said.

"You learn a bit more patience over time.

"It's also a sign of the bowlers getting a bit slower. Division 2 is not as hard as it used to be."

One of the first things Kinnane and his committee did was bring in Nev Paulsen as club coach, replacing player-coach Mukesh Sharma.

Sharma has departed, along with the likes of leading players Indi Singh and Tyrone De Silva.

"The player-coach role didn't work for us," Kinnane said.

"Where the coach is not captain it creates a sense of angst with who is in charge.''

Kinnane admits their absence will be felt, but the long-term future of the club was more important that short-term success.

"Results are always important," Kinnane said. "People notice names in the paper. But it's not the end of the world."

The presence of Paulsen should ensure long-term strength, irrespective of how the team performs this summer.

"When someone like Nev knocks on your door and says, 'I can help', you don't look a gift horse in the mouth," Kinnane said.


  • Earliest memories of Brothers Cricket Club: Fielding at the back of the St Mary's nets watching A-grade.
  • Favourite players growing up: AB (Allan Border) and Greg Chappell.
  • Cricketing highlights: My first Division One grand final win in 1987-88 and my last one in 2003-04.
  • Biggest challenge as club president: It's about continuing to grow the club.

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