By ADAM WRATTEN
SOUTH Tweed Koalas will be armed with seven sets of brothers in its A-grade squad this season as it looks to battle back after a disappointing 2004 campaign.
Keen to return to winning ways this year, club president Robert Loring said the brothers-in-arms package could be an invaluable weapon.
Loring said the club had always prided itself on being a family club.
"Most of (the brothers) have come up through our junior ranks," Loring said.
"This is definitely a club record."
He said the brothers would bring a unity to the squad, which was to the team's advantage.
"It makes for a lot of harmony on the field," Loring said.
"And, we only have to deal with half of the mothers."
The brothers are:
o? Brock and Ben Mathers Brock is the coach and a forward and Ben is a second rower;
o? Warren and Bruce Bright - Both are forwards;
o? Doug and Gene Slockee Doug is a five-eigth and Gene a fullback;
o? Robert and Michael Kelly - Both are forwards;
o? Reece and Blaine Sandy Reece is a halfback and Blaine a hooker;
o? Dillon and Kane Stannard - Dillon is a centre/winger and Kane a hooker; and
o? Heath and Trevor Jacky - Heath is a lock and Trevor a second rower (their other brother Isaac will hook up with the Koalas next month).
Coach Brock Mathers, who is in one of the sets, said it was good to know there was someone in your corner when the going got tough.
"When you are out there playing and it's (with) your brother you always keep an eye out for each other," Mathers said.
Not only does the club have more sets of brothers in its under-18 and reserve grades, it's also talking to another pair about returning to the fold this year.