ATW’s Keegan Lankowski prepares for a catch.
ATW’s Keegan Lankowski prepares for a catch.

The decade of destruction

VICTORIOUS Brothers captain David Boge said yesterday’s NewsMail Cup final win over Across The Waves was a perfect end to the club’s dominant decade in the Bundaberg Cricket Association premiership.

“It’s always good to win the NewsMail Cup final, and we love beating Waves,” he said.

“They’re our bitter rivals so we do like to get the better of them.”

It was the seventh year in a row that Brothers have lifted the News- Mail Cup.

And the last game in a decade that has been dominated by the club.

“It’s been a good run for us,” Boge said.

“About eight years ago we had a reputation as being chokers, we had the better team on paper but we didn’t always deliver in the finals.”

2009 was supposed to be the year where Brothers dropped back down to earth, with the core of its team aging and unlikely to play consistent cricket.

But that theory was disproved on the weekend as the premiers cruised to another NewsMail Cup final.

While Boge, Boyd Williams and batsmen Adam Rayner starred in the victory, the emergence of some of the younger Brothers excited Boge.

Young quick Allistair Rathbone bowls was dominant as Brothers pressed toward victory yesterday and newcomer Mitch Sartori has proved himself all season.

Boge was also impressed by the performance of some of Waves young players.

“They’re a young team but they’ve got some good players, Prossy (Brendan Prossliner) has been around a while, but Zac Keune and Curtis Janke are both very good players with big futures.”



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