Brothers reunite to watch league legacy live on
THE iconic blue and white butcher stripes will make a grand reappearance on the footy field this weekend for the Brothers reunion round, as the Diehards take to the field in Brothers jerseys for their final home game of the season.
Past players and supporters will gather to celebrate Dalby's rich rugby league history and cheer on a new generation, decked out in uniforms of their own - a blue and white Brothers reunion polo and stubby holder to match.
Organisers are preparing for a huge day, with more than 140 polo shirts sold and Old Boys coming from as far as Perth to join in the celebrations.
The day will start with a barbecue at noon, followed by a jersey presentation during the under-18s and an auction following the A-grade game, with all funds going back into the Diehards.
Tony Nobbs will be among the Old Boys celebrating their history tomorrow and says he is looking forward to catching up with old friends.
"It's a chance for past Brothers players to get back together, tell tall stories and have a few sherbets,” he said.
Before the clubs amalgamated to become the Diehards in 1994, Dalby supported three clubs - Colts, Waratahs and Brothers - all of whom went head-to-head along with teams from St George, Chinchilla and Tara in the Dalby and District Rugby League competition.
Playing for the Brothers for more than 10 years and winning five premierships during his time on the team, Mr Nobbs has fond memories of his club days.
"Just teammates and having a great time, we were all mates, we all seemed to get along,” he said.
For Mr Nobbs, the memories that stick out the most are bus trips to competitions, particularly the three hours to St George.
"The bus trip to St George was always a very big day, reasonably quiet on the way out because we played cards but on the way home everyone was having a good time because obviously there was a lot of beer involved and some of them were very long trips but they were a lot of fun,” he said.
"We managed to get up the next day and go to work, which was good.”
In the years since he played for Brothers, Mr Nobbs has seen many changes to teams in Dalby and event the rules of the game but he's glad to see the game surviving in our town.
"It's good to see Dalby go well and when a team is going well they get more support but it's great rugby league is still going and that the local side is a strong side and always finish in the top half of the ladder,” he said.
"It's good to see the tradition of rugby league carrying on.”