RANK outsiders, Brothers claimed the 1974 Woolies pre-season title with a 9-8 win over Redcliffe at Lang Park, claiming $3,000 in prizemoney for their trouble.
Coached by former St George (Sydney) lower grade coach, Paul Broughton, Brothers’ superior fitness was evident in the final 10 minutes when Redcliffe were reduced to a walk.
Brothers’ star was halfback, Tony White, a Walgett product who had played under-23s at St George. He just shaded fellow 19-year-old, Peter McNamara for the best player honour, with prop, McNamara standing up to the experienced Redcliffe forwards.
Fullback, Wayne Bennett, one of the stars of the pre-season, had another outstanding game, while lock, Greg Thomas; second rower, Bob Cock and Dubbo import, Ron Pilon also stood tall for the Fighting Irish.
Brothers’ only try came from a smart pass by Test hooker, Brian Fitzsimmons, who put robust forward, Noel ‘Chips’ Harrington over near the posts.
Young Brothers’ centres, Graham Quinn and Murray Schultz were tigerish in defence.