Smithwick three times winner of Tony Clifford medal
SCOTT Smithwick will wear the Tony Clifford medal with pride this week after winning the award for the third time.
Emotions ran high at Kele Park as Brothers Roos broke their duck in the Capricornia Aussie rules competition to lock in a 92-74 win over Gladstone, in a match dedicated to founding father Tony Clifford.
Claiming player of the match honours on Saturday, Brothers standout Smithwick was brimming with pride and said the timing of the win made it even more memorable
"It feels pretty special to receive the Tony Clifford medal for the third time, I've been a friend of Wayne Clifford's (Tony's son) for a long time," Smithwick said.
"Winning on the memorial day made it even more worth it, the boys were very emotional."
The Roos trailed by five points at three-quarter time and looked destined for another bad day but with determination in the last quarter bolstered by loyal supporters, Smithwick said they managed to get across the line.
"I think the crowd had a lot to do with getting us across the line," Smithwick said.
"Just when you thought you couldn't keep running, you hear the crowd roaring and it makes you keep pushing."
Smithwick praised fellow Brothers players Daniel Trinca, Liam Kronk and Jacob Hawkworth for their strong performances.
Looking ahead, Brothers will make the long trip south to Boyne Island to take on competition heavyweights BITS Saints in their last clash of the season.
Smithwick said while the outcome of this weekend might be a bit of a reverse of their last game, the main thing was that the team got out there and had a go.
"We've focused on improving week by week throughout this season," Smithwick said.
"We don't have any plans for 2014 yet but after this weekend we'll start to reassess for next season."
In further results for the A-grade round, Yeppoon Swans thrashed BITS Saints 135-33 while Glenmore Bulls took down Panthers 89-71.