Brothers win player of the year
EAST'S stalwart Alan Herbert reckons there must be something in the water in Booyal.
The under-16s and under-18s coach has been blow away by the raw talent and football finesse of brothers Zac and Robert Suter.
“They’ve got it all,” he said.
“They’re talented footballers, they love their footy and what’s more they’re committed.”
Zac was named as the Bundaberg Rugby League Representative Under-18 Player of the Year after a sensational performance with Queensland United in the Queensland Championships.
The versatile forward switched between second row, front row and lock in the competition.
His brother Robert has garnered praise as the Under-16 Player of the Year.
“The awards are well deserved in my opinion,” Herbert said.
“You couldn’t have asked for more from them on the training paddock from them and they both stood up when they were needed in games as well.”
The talented twosome travelled a two-hour round trip two days a week to campaign with the Magpies and both turned heads on the football field.
“With those kids it’s always been full dedication and commitment and it’s really benefited their game.”
Zac was called up into the A-grade team mid-season and did not disappoint playing a crucial role in the Magpies’ ascension into the grand final.
Herbert said Zac had emerged as a force to reckon with in the BRL competition and expected Robert to follow in his footsteps.
“I think Robert wants to play like his big brother and he’s well on his way to doing it.”
“I think they’re names you’ll see in local league in the future.”
Zac said the key to the brother’s on-field success was the simple fact they enjoyed their football.
“We didn’t expect the awards; we were just playing footy and trying to enjoy ourselves,” he said.
“We’re just happy to be running around out there, the awards were a bonus.”