Basilica Vaihu of Across The Waves is slammed by Cameron Ricciardi, Aaron Watson, Andrew Cooke and Brent Kuskey.
Basilica Vaihu of Across The Waves is slammed by Cameron Ricciardi, Aaron Watson, Andrew Cooke and Brent Kuskey. Mike Knott

Brothers conquer the Waves to win

IT WOULD have been easy to forgive Brothers captain Cameron Ricciardi for having his mind elsewhere on Saturday night.

It was an elimination semi-final – lose to Waves and it would be curtains for the BRL glamour club.

But Ricciardi had more than just a game of footy to worry about.

He was expecting his third child at any minute and coach Andrew Hamilton was ready to pull him off if any news came through.

The hard-running Ricciardi managed to play the full 80 minutes and lead his team to a convincing win.

His role changed quickly from captain to dad as he raced to the hospital straight after the hooter and his baby boy, Chace, was born shortly after 9pm.

It was perfect timing and the Brothers skipper, for all his toughness on the field, could not hide his delight.

“It was pretty amazing, we’re pretty happy right now,” he said.

He acknowledged that the impending birth was in the back of his mind during the game, and couldn’t believe how well timed it was.

“We basically went straight from the ground to hospital and he was born straight away,” he said.

Little Chace won’t remember the 2010 finals campaign, but he will be the source of inspiration for Ricciardi as his team continues to mount a serious case for the premiership.



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