Brant continues tradition
IT'S not that often that you get to play on a field that's named after your great grandfather, but that's what young Brant Burger can do down at the Tweed Coast Raiders' ground at Bogangar.
The Raiders' home ground, Les Burger Field, is named after Brant's great grandfather who was a stalwart of rugby league on the Tweed, particularly South Murwillumbah which later 'evolved' into the Tweed Coast Raiders.
Brant continues that proud league heritage and, as the fourth generation pulling on the footy boots, he is a member of the Tweed Coast under-10 side in which he plays as a half-back.
“I've been playing for the club now for five years and started in the under sevens where I played for a couple of seasons,” said Brant, sounding every bit the 'veteran' junior.
“It's good to play with your friends and being part of the team which has been together for a while.”
Apart from playing with the junior club, Brant also has a presence in the senior Raiders where he is charged with the responsibility of organising the ball boys for the under-18s, reserve grade and A-grade games.
There's no prize for guessing just who he will be supporting when the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League competition gets underway this year.
Perhaps a grand final appearance by the Raiders could also mean a grand final ball boy appearance for Brant.
With Brant's mother Lynn also involved in the Tweed Coast Raiders senior club, serving on the committee, it seems that rugby league runs deep in the Burger household.