Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Brothers Set to Celebrate; Four Decades of Blood, Sweat and Tears on and off the Field to Be Honoured This Weekend

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Brothers Set to Celebrate; Four Decades of Blood, Sweat and Tears on and off the Field to Be Honoured This Weekend

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Byline: Liam Butterworth Liam.Butterworth@capnews.com.au

Celebration Time

Brothers 40th Anniversary

Friday: Welcome drinks at the Ginger Mule tapas bar

Saturday: Matches at Victoria Park

2pm: Brothers Reserves v Blackwater

3.30pm: Brothers a[approximately]A' v University a[approximately]A' (Annual Fox Memorial Trophy)

7pm: 40th anniversary cocktail party at the Ginger Mule

For tickets to the party contact Fraser Booth on 0407 573 616.

RUGBY UNION: A bar room conversation in January 1970 sparked the idea, and 40 years and eight A-grade premierships on; Brothers Old Boys Rugby Club Rockhampton is still going strong.

Brothers will welcome past players and members from across the state to celebrate its 40th anniversary on Saturday.

Former Brothers Rugby Club Brisbane players Brian Fanning and Peter Costello spoke about forming a club in Rockhampton while at the Criterion Hotel in 1970 after the start of the Rockhampton rugby union competition in 1969.

Costello, as a player, coach and talent recruiter was one of the driving forces behind establishing the club.

"We were very lucky that we had a base of people from some very talented and knowledgeable rugby backgrounds," club patron Fanning said.

Students from The Christian Boys College and St Brendan's College added to this core and the club continued to grow.

Within a couple of years the club was able to field two sides in the competition (A-grade and reserve-grade) and have seen times of success and of rebuilding.

The first A-grade premiership came in 1982 and over the next 30 years the club has seen seven more A-grade titles and two reserve grade championships.

While looking back over the past 40 years, Fanning remembers some of the players who pulled on the shirt over the past four decades.

Former Queensland player Epi Bola, who moved to Rockhampton to work as a dentist, brought in the crowds through his running style of rugby. …

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