BIG CLASH: Matt McConnell and Cameron Masters will leave nothing in the tank when they battle for the Mac Baker Shield today.
BIG CLASH: Matt McConnell and Cameron Masters will leave nothing in the tank when they battle for the Mac Baker Shield today. Mike Richards

Rivals ready to battle for Mac Baker Shield

THE Mac Baker Shield will be hoisted today in the biggest day of home and away Gladstone rugby league.

The annual match between Calliope Roosters and Brothers reserves honours two men who played for both clubs.

The shield will be given to the winning team while the Lloyd House trophy will be awarded to the player of the match.

The game raises the stakes for both teams and will be a demonstration of grassroots footy with physical play, aggression and a friendly drink once it's all said and done.

Both teams have had a slow start to the season with Brothers having two wins, a loss and a draw and Calliope having two wins and two losses.

Calliope captain Cameron Masters said everyone will be up for the match.

"The team gives 100% every week but for this game they put in 110% because it means so much," he said.

"In a game like this we need the big forwards to get the roll on and make some space for the backs when they have the ball," he said.

He said because they only had a reserve team this game was almost equal to a grand final.

Calliope have only held the shield up once in its five year history.

Brothers have won three of the matches and kept the shield in 2011 after the match was a draw.

Brothers currently hold the shield and captain Matt McConnell said he was expecting Tim Smith to have a good game for them.

"It's not hard for the boys to get up for this game," he said.

"Being a special occasion everyone will grow another leg."

Kick-off for the Mac Baker Shield is at 5.30pm at Bunting Park Calliope and will be followed by the A-grade game between Brothers and Wallabys.

Mac Baker shield:

  • 2010 - Brothers
  • 2011 - Draw and Brothers kept the shield
  • 2012 - Calliope
  • 2013 - Brothers
  • 2014 - Brothers