FOCUSED ON FINALS: A Goodna Gladiators player works on his passing at training.
FOCUSED ON FINALS: A Goodna Gladiators player works on his passing at training. Inga Williams

'We are family' motto for Goodna's seconds

IT IS no surprise the Goodna Reserve grade side has sailed into the Pegg Cup semi-finals in second spot.

The team is a family affair, featuring players who could be playing higher grades, but choose to play alongside their kin for fun.

The team is coached by Heta Pamatatau who has previously led the Gladiators to triumph in the higher Barber Cup.

The Goodna team he coaches this season includes Pamatatau's sons George, David and Nathan.

Add to that cousins Dave Titi, Marvell and Michael Baice and uncle Poko and you have a strong family core.

George was playing Premier grade at Souths and Michael Baice Reserve grade when they left to join the Gladiators in the Brisbane Subdistricts second grade competition.

Both are convinced that the move was worth it.

"I had no ride out there," George said of why he stopped playing for Souths.

"I used to go to training with my cousins, then they all came here."

Michael Baice said having such close family ties could only help form a strong bond within the team.

"It's just the camaraderie," he said.

"It's something we've got over other teams."

They are a competitive bunch so Michael had no concerns the family feel might take the edge off their approach.

Heta Pamatatau admitted the influx of family had been a factor in the team's success.

But he paid tribute to those players there from the start, on which it was built.

"They've held the team together," he said.

With the club's women's team falling short of finals and the men's first grade side missing out in cruel circumstances, it will be up to the boys in the Pegg Cup to provide the club with some glory this season.

They take on minor premiers Wynnum tomorrow.

A win will hand them a spot in the grand final, potentially against neighbours Springfield.

The Hawks reached the finals in fourth spot and take on third-placed Pine Rivers.

The winner will progress to week two of finals while the loser's season will be over.



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