GLAD TO BE BACK: Brothers Old Boys team took on the Moranbah Miners at Leprechaun Park.
GLAD TO BE BACK: Brothers Old Boys team took on the Moranbah Miners at Leprechaun Park. Nikki Hay

Brothers unbeatable on their home ground

MACKAY Brothers were unbeatable on their home soil on Saturday, beating Moranbah across all divisions.

Celebrating their 100th anniversary at Leprechaun Park, Brothers' found victory across Women's, Reserve men's and A-Grade men's sides, but it was the annual clash between the old boys that stole the show.

While most players admitted their bodies were a few years past their prime, former stars from Brothers and Miners gathered to shake off the cobwebs in a curtain raiser to the A-Grade men.

Brightly coloured mouth guards made it hard for the players to mask their grins as they flung around flick passes and smashed the ball up and down the field.

Brothers forward and organiser of the game Andrew Battaia said while his men found a 16-12 victory, it was a game where losing did not really matter.

"A lot of the boys who wouldn't usually be throwing cut-out passes and chipping kicks were doing that in the game,” he said.

Battaia said the game was all in good fun and was a chance to play the sport he loved after a few years off the turf.

The Brothers forward got in the spirit of the match, which he admitted cost him an injury.

"I threw out my hammy when I went for a kick,” he said with a chuckle while he nursed his leg.

"So I learned that forwards should never kick.”

Battaia said it was impressive to see some of the players "still had it”.

"From Moranbah, Davies Robinson still has it. He's a good, little scheming player,” he said.

"Dave Nixon is still as tough and strong as he ever was. Matt Parnis played hard too, but most of us just had some fun.”



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