Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Footballing Mates Adding Bite to Taipans Title Hopes

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Footballing Mates Adding Bite to Taipans Title Hopes

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SOME of the region's most talented footballers make handy cricketers.

That's been highlighted in the Eastern Taipans Orange side which won this season's minor premiership in third division.

Although some of the regular footballers are back playing the round ball game this weekend, Taipans captain Nick Paterson said the team had an enjoyable year.

"We just go and have a laugh,'' he said, preparing for today's grand final against Northsiders.

"We're in for fun first and then winning second.''

The Taipans side this season has included Brown brothers Phil, Michael and Chris, Nick Parfitt, Brodie Kenyon, Zayne Freiberg and Beahan brothers Troy and Jamie.

The football mates have played together or against each other in teams like the Ipswich Knights, Western Spirit and Ipswich City Bulls.

"It's been up and down,'' Paterson said, having players moving between the sports.

"It's a bit hard now with all the boys backing up for soccer. …

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