Josh Bateman looks to spread the ball wide in his side’s win over Valleys.
Josh Bateman looks to spread the ball wide in his side’s win over Valleys. Mike Richards

Brothers start season well with an eye on winning the flag

JOSH Bateman won a premiership with Brothers back when he first arrived in Gladstone, but the pickings have been slim since.

This season has started well for the club though, with Brothers playing good rugby league and sitting on top of the Gladstone Rugby League competition.

Now 27-years-old, Bateman's representative days are behind him, so the drive motivating him is that of another premiership calling in the distance.

"I have done my rep stuff. We won the premiership my first year, so it is something to strive for," he said.

A New South Wales boy, Bateman played a bit of his rugby league in Penrith and the western suburbs of Sydney.

Now in Gladstone, he is astounded by his luck of walking into such a classy competition.

"It is a good comp up here, with ex-NRL players, so I enjoy it," he said.

Not only does he get to play against the top level players, the chance to watch the Queensland Cup also keeps Bateman happy.

After missing the first Capras match at Marley Brown Oval because of work, the forward says he will be on hand to watch the PNG Hunters.

"I was working. I will be out to watch for the next one. They have always been hard and I have seen on TV they have skill too," he said.

As for this season with his local club, Bateman sees no reason the team won't lead the way and take the flag.

With plenty of time left in his legs, if this season is not the one, Bateman will continue to chase the premiership for as long as he can.

"I've got a daughter up here now who has started school, so we are settled."

Valleys v Brothers

U18 - Valleys 30 d Brothers 16

Reserves - Valleys 40 d Brothers 12

A-grade - Brothers 36 d Valleys 24

A-grade ladder: Brothers 9, Valleys 7, Wallabys 5, Calliope 5, Tannum Sands 2