Priestley ready to hit a home run for Brothers in decider
PAST Brothers centre Tyrrell Priestley admits his softball background might count for little as he prepares to face one of the toughest tests in the Bundaberg Rugby League.
The Australian Steelers representative will trade spike shoes for football boots this weekend to play for the Brethren in the BRL A-Grade final against the Wallaroos.
It will be his first major grand final in the sport, but definitely not his first in the region.
Earlier this year he won his third Bundaberg Softball title with South Sluggers/Eels.
"It's my second year playing in A-Grade but I played for a different team last year,” he said.
"I followed my brother (Hayden) over here and I know a couple of the other boys.”
Now, he's preparing to stop Wallaroos enforcer Shaun Collins.
The BRL player of the season is the leading scorer this year in the competition with 29 tries and is one of the keys in the Roos attack.
Priestley did well on Collins last time, keeping him tryless, but the Roos centre has scored four tries in the other two contests.
"I always stress every game we play against them and him,” he said.
"He's a brilliant player, he's something different, real good at what he does.”
Priestley has his plans to stop him.
"I just need to stick on him,” he said.
"Every time he gets the ball, I give him no room to move.”
He'll also look to attack when he can after scoring seven tries in 12 matches this year.
"I've been playing pretty good actually,” Priestley said.
"I love being in grand finals and I can't wait.”
He said while the sports were different to play there were a couple of similarities between the two.
"I can use my hand-eye co-ordination and speed off the mark,” he said.
"I've just got to be more fitter for footy, that's about it.”
Priestley has the all-clear from softball to play league and represented Queensland in the former recently.
"We played Western Australia and won in the grand final,” he said.
"They just ask where my fitness comes from and I just say I play footy.”
Past Brothers face the Roos at 3.30pm on Sunday at Salter Oval.
The Brethren also has teams in the under-18s, reserves and the women's final. Grab the NewsMail for the final action.