HALF BACK: Brothers halfback Cameron Picker returns to action against Norths this evening following a month out due to injury and Oztag representation.
HALF BACK: Brothers halfback Cameron Picker returns to action against Norths this evening following a month out due to injury and Oztag representation. Kate Czerny

Brothers welcome Tigers for Matthew Dennis Memorial Day

NORTHS' demolition of Swifts last week should have served as a warning to future opponents.

The Tigers have most of their big guns back on deck and appear set to only get better.

The options they have in attack must cause headaches for opposing coaches trying to find ways to nullify them.

But don't think Brothers halfback Cam Picker has been losing sleep heading into this evening's clash with the Tigers at Brother Seery Park.

Picker slots back into the Brothers number seven jersey after a month out and admits he hasn't given Norths much thought.

"I wouldn't know," he said when asked how the Brethren would counter the Tigers' threat.

"I haven't thought about playing them really.

"We'll just do our job really and it should be a good game.

"Everyone lifts for Denno day."

Picker was referring to the clash being on Brothers' annual Matthew Dennis Memorial Day against the Tigers, remembering the late former Brothers player, who has good friends in both clubs.

Picker was named on the bench but trained at halfback, with Sam Krueger at five-eighth.

He has come back from representing Indigenous Australia at an Oztag tournament in Sydney this weekend, after missing a round of IRL fixtures through injury.

In Sydney, Picker's Indigenous Aussies thrashed China and had a narrow win over Malta.

"The first game we played was not bad," Picker said.

"In the second game we clicked and played really well."

It was part of the preparation for the Oztag world championships in December, but now Picker is looking forward to being back in Brothers colours.

"I can' wait to play again," he said. "It feels like I haven't played forever."

Norths have their own adjustments to make this week with hooker Chris Porter out of action for at least one round.

Porter was concussed when he copped a knee in the head trying to make a tackle against Swifts.

His absence sees Steven West shift from five-eighth to hooker with Brendon Marshall moving from centre to five-eighth and Matthew Bettiens coming into the team at centre.

The Matthew Dennis Day clash is one of two IRL A-grade fixtures today, with Swifts hosting West End at Llewellyn Motors Field.

The Bluebirds will hope to find some more fight than they showed against the Tigers last week.

Particularly given West End are high on confidence after beating Fassifern and are closer to full strength with the return of Andrew Walker, Lionel Foote and possibly Fili Notoa.

In the weekend's other A grade match, Fassifern welcomes Goodna to Hayes Oval, Harrisville tomorrow.

 

GAME DAY

Today

  • Swifts v West End at Llewellyn Motors Field (A grade 5.30pm, Reserve grade 4pm, U19 2.30pm, 2nd Div 1.15pm)
  • Brothers v Norths at Brother Seery Park (A grade 6pm, Reserve grade 4.30pm, U19 3pm
  • Valleys v Cobras at Laidley Recreational Reserve (Reserve grade 4.45pm, U19 3.15pm)
  • 2nd Div: Leprechauns v Bears at Brother Seery Park, 1.45pm; Eagles v Cubs at Laidley Recreational Reserve, 2pm.

Tomorrow

  • Fassifern v Goodna at Hayes Oval (A grade 3pm, Reserve grade 1.30pm, U19 noon).