Brothers and Roosters battle it out for shield
IT is rare a reserve-grade match outshines A-Grade, but one day every year the Mack Baker Shield is the highlight of the day.
That day is this Saturday, with Brothers and Calliope set to battle for the shield.
"The Brothers reggies are extremely passionate about it, it is second to a grand final," Brothers president David Ahern said.
"Mack played for both clubs, a top bloke who is majorly respected."
Boasting a 3-1 winning tally in the Mack Baker Shield, Brothers are keen to hold onto the honour for another year after a narrow win last year.
But the Calliope Roosters are just as keen to reclaim it and fancy their chances of doing so.
"They are always close. It is one of the only games that makes me want to come out of retirement," Calliope president Trevor Huth said. "He was a champion bloke. He was my first ever coach when I was at Brothers myself," he said.
Huth went as far as to tip the Roosters to win at Marley Brown Oval come Saturday when the match kicks off at 3.30pm.
Never more than eight-point margins, the match is likely to again be close and a great lead-in to a night that includes the Capras playing the Sunshine Coast.
Brothers also have an old boys' day on to recognise the significant clash, while the man of the match is another award to remember a player for both teams.
"Lloyd House was another bloke who played for both clubs and that is the man-of-the-match medal," Huth said.