Brothers Bulldogs celebrate after ending the club’s 15-year drought in the AFL Bundaberg/Wide Bay senior division with a grand final victory over Across The Waves.
Brothers Bulldogs celebrate after ending the club’s 15-year drought in the AFL Bundaberg/Wide Bay senior division with a grand final victory over Across The Waves. Submitted

Bulldogs regain bark

IT was a red-letter year in 2010 for Brothers teams in Bundaberg sport after claiming a string of premierships across five sports – AFL, cricket, football, rugby league and softball.

Included in the haul were the Bundaberg Rugby League A-Grade title, a sixth straight Bundaberg Cricket Division 1 premiership and the Bundaberg Softball A-Grade Ladies-Men's double.

But nothing could beat Brothers Bulldogs' feat of making a clean sweep across five AFL divisions.

After taking out the Bundaberg Juniors under-13 decider, the Dogs made the AFL Bundaberg/Wide Bay grand final day their own.

They had wins over Hervey Bay Bombers in the under-15 and under-17 play-offs, before successfully defending the reserves title by defeating hosts Bay Power.

But the sweetest win of all was the Andrew Hatfield-inspired 10.8 (68) to 7.16 (58) upset of arch-rivals Across The Waves in the blue riband senior final, ending 15 years of heartbreak.

Brothers won three of the four senior cricket grand finals in March, but it took a hat-trick from player-coach Boyd Williams then a few cracking shots from the bat of Chris Anderson to beat off a spirited Country/Wests in Division 1.

Brothers United were the toast of Bundaberg softball with their A-Grade women and men remarkably both triumphing with 11-4 score-lines over Moray Eels and ATW respectively.

Brothers came from fourth on the ladder to clinch BRL's top prize with halfback Aaron Watson picking up the Les Somerville Medal in a 23-14 despatch of Easts.

Another of their stars, Matt Templeman, played a leading hand in a second title victory for the year a few months later, scoring a game-breaking try as Bundaberg Turtles completed a perfect comeback season in the Bundaberg and District Rugby Union with a 20-10 grand final victory over Mariners.

ATW flexed their muscle in Bundaberg netball, reigning supreme in five of the nine grades, including Division 1 where they downed a valiant Blazers 38-35.

Cities completed the Hockey Premier League-Bundaberg men's Division 1 double by defeating Rovers 3-2, while their women bounced back from losing the premier decider to make it four straight Division 1 crowns.

Diggers became the first team in years to take out the football Bundaberg Premier League unbeaten, downing ATW 3-1 for their 20th straight win, while Moore Park mauled Brothers-Aston Villa 11-1 in the ladies' Division 1 finale.

Miriam Vale also savoured premiership glory at home in Northern Districts Rugby League 38-10 over Gin Gin.



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