THE MAN who established the Brothers Roos AFL Capricornia club, Tony Clifford, some 35 years ago, would be proud.

Last Saturday, at his team's beloved home ground of Kele Park, the Brothers Roos celebrated the Tony Clifford Memorial Day in style, with a resounding win over arch Rocky rivals, the Glenmore Bulls 72-53.

It was a fitting tribute to Tony, the third time the club has won on the club founder's day, but most importantly, the first win against the Bulls since 2010.

That is a long time between drinks and the Brothers boys no doubt enjoyed a few themselves afterwards.

As it transpired, it was all the Roos up until half time. They lead at the main break 44-25.

Key Roos players, Peter Slee were hard at work bringing the ball forward to Scott Smithwick, particularly up the right wing.

And they had the right wing man. Jacob Hawksworth was outstanding under the high ball. He took the marks directed his way with ease in the forward right pocket and was a class above.

Hawksworth's pin point centre kicks towards goal laid a platform the Roos could only dine on. It was a shame more weren't converted. But as it was, enough were, for the Roos to be in command.

The Roos had obviously lifted for their celebratory day of the year and were playing high precision footy.

It wasn't that that the Bulls were playing badly, because they weren't. When in possession they moved the ball well. But always fell short towards goal.

At three quarter time the Roos looked to have it in the bag 63-28.

The messages in the huddle were telling. On their biggest club day of the year Roos' player/coach Steve Smithwick told his brothers to: "Compete for every single contest as if it is your last."

Meanwhile, half way up Kele Park, Glenmore Bulls' player/coach Cameron Imrie was going ballistic.

All that could be heard was "work harder, work much f---ing harder."

And the Bulls did work much harder. They had all the running in the final quarter. If there had been a fifth, the Bulls would have won the game. But they ran out of time.

"We ran out of legs there at the end and didn't have a bench," Roos' coach, Scott Smithwick said.

"But early in the game we were on fire. We used the footy well. We stuck to a simple game plan. That was, when we had the footy, run, when we didn't, then man-up."

On a great day for the Roos, the U13s also had a great win, strong showings in the U17s and Reserves as well as the U15s benefiting from a forfeit


Brothers Roos 2.4, 6.8, 9.9, 10.12 (72) def Glenmore Bulls 1.3, 3.7, 3.10, 7.11 (53)

Yeppoon Swans 3.2, 12.3, 14.3, 18.5 (113) def Rockhampton Panthers 1.3, 5.4, 6.4, 12.5 (77)

BITS 5.2, 5.6, 6.10, 9.16 (70) def Gladstone Mudcrabs 2.1, 5.3, 6.7, 8.7 (55)