Brewers toast win
BUNDY Brewers were able to raise their glasses - for a reason - after achieving their first silverware with victory in their inaugural Luxfield Communications AFL Masters Sugar Coast Cup.
The round-robin tournament was played at Frank Coulthard Oval on Saturday with games of two 20-minute halves and the Brewers got their name on the trophy by winning their two games.
They outgunned Hervey Bay Fruit Bats 6.4 (40) to 4.0 (24) and Capricorn Barbarians 8.10 (58) to 5.0 (30).
Bill Moorhead, who is now one of Wide Bay's top umpires, kicked two goals against the Fruit Bats.
Ron Blair, who took out the AFL Wide Bay senior leading goal-kicking award this season and was a star in Across The Waves Eagles' unbeaten premiership and received an Wide Bay Player Life Membership award, also picked up two goals.
But their best in that game was Brendan Murchie, who captained the Eagles' to the senior title and received the Umpires Medal for Best on Ground in their grand final victory last month and was a joint-winner of the Stedman Medal for the league's Best and Fairest in 2010.
Fatigue was a factor as the Fruit Bats were blasted off the park by the Barbarians 7.3 (45) to 1.2 (8).
With the title up for grabs, Capricorn was then no match for Bundy, with Shaun Stone, who shared the Stedman Medal with Murchie last year and was an integral part of their 2011 premiership, grabbing two majors for the Brewers and heading a galaxy of stars.
Brett Partridge also featured with two goals.
Carnival co-ordinator Steve Paterson, who also played, said it was a shame that Hervey Bay, which have played in the Sunshine Coast masters league for at least five years, "travelled a bit lightly". But their clash with them was still close throughout.
"But the Brewers got over the line just before the final siren with Brendan Murchie stamping his name on the game, along with Martin Lynch and Brothers Bulldogs ex-legend Royce Bedford, whom I signed up at the bar the night before," Paterson said.
"Backing up against Barbarians, Fruit Bats were unable to keep up, then in the decider, Capricorn struck early and scores were even at half-time, but in the second half, we ran home stronger, led by Shaun Stone and the rock solid defence of Steven Egan and Mark Linwood.
"All games were played in good spirit, there were no major injuries, and they were followed by a few lemonades, which is what it is all about."
Paterson was delighted with the response to the carnival, and he said the Brewers were now looking to bigger and better things next year.
"Fruit Bats included Grant Staunton, who is another of the real legends of our game, and we got a half-dozen new players who came along, and we will only get stronger," he said.
"Our next games will be in Cairns on the first weekend in March - we'll go up there and have a crack at that at the very famous Cazaly's Grounds and we'll have other matches during the year, and new players are always welcome."