Treble finals glory for brothers
THE three Williamson brothers, from the Collegians Dragons, are the fittest of their careers for three different grand finals in the Warwick and District Junior Rugby League today at Goondiwindi.
All will play prop and are aiming to win their first grand finals.
The oldest of the trio, Darcy, first played rugby league for Brothers St Brendans at Rocklea in Brisbane at Under-7 level before he joined Collegians the next year with brother Riley.
Under-14 Dragons player Darcy was presented with an award this season by regional development officer Chris McEwan for an outstanding effort in losing 18kg in three months at the start of the season and keeping it off.
Chris has no doubt his improved fitness has helped his rugby league.
“I was more mobile and made my first Warwick and District team,” Darcy said.
The U14 Dragons had previously made the semi-finals but its win in the preliminary final on Saturday was its first victory in finals footy. “We have previously been knocked out in our first finals game, but this season we are playing more as a team and for each other,” he said.
Riley lost 10kg through fitness work and a new diet adopted by the three boys and their parents.
“I am in the best form of my career,” he said.
He is in the U13 team which will play defending premier Eastern Suburbs in the grand final. In the last round of fixtures, Suburbs won 16-6, but Riley said the Dragons had a stronger team for today’s grand final.
“I marked (Suburbs prop) James Hansen in the last game and will be trying to keep him quiet.”
Sam is in the U11 grand final and isn’t expecting a high-scoring game.
It was 10-10 at Goondiwindi in the first round and 6-0 to Goondiwindi in round two in Warwick. “It will be hard, as it is on their home ground,” Sam said.
Their father, Glen, is coach of the U13 side and tips a group of 200 Collegians supporters will make the trek to Goondiwindi today.