Brothers face off in semis
IT WILL be the battle of the Ricciardi brothers in the elimination semi-final at Salter Oval on Sunday.
In one corner little brother Simon will pilot his Isis Devils towards an elusive grand final, while big brother Cameron hopes to do it all again with the Brethren.
Like most brothers the competitive streak is not lost when they do battle, and it has been that way since they were young.
Bundaberg representative coach Craig Buckley vouched for it and so did Isis coach David Jones.
“They get fired up over a game of marbles,” Buckley said.
“It's always been the case and I'd say they are two of the most competitive blokes I know in any sport.”
Jones acknowledged that Simon was dead keen to get one back on Cameron.
“I know they always enjoy playing each other and the result is not lost on them,” he said.
“There's an undercurrent that only they understand and you can see them at each other before, during and after the game.”
Both skippers are 100% loyal to their clubs and when the two teams play there is nothing left in tank.
The sudden-death nature of the contest will only add to this battle and whoever triumphs has the task of facing a well-drilled Easts in the decider seven days later.
Their personal battle will be watched with interest, but will not be the only contest of interest.
Brothers' left-flank defence has been exposed all season and a livewire Devils backline will be ready to tear it apart for themselves on Sunday.
Big-game players Mat Templeman, Brent Kuskey and Steve Irwin are in familiar territory and will be looked upon to make the big plays in the crucial moments.
Finally former Brothers flyer Lyal Darby has the chance to finish with the last laugh if he inspires Isis to a win against his former club.