Swap from League to Aussie Rules

By , 24 September 2009

Swap from League to Aussie Rules
Swap from League to Aussie Rules

Ide Brothers Living the Dream.....

Swap from League to Aussie Rules

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From the Redcliffe Herald

WHILE soon-to-be-former Brisbane Broncos star Karmichael Hunt contemplates life in the AFL, two brothers already know what it’s like to swap from rugby league to Aussie Rules.
Locals Gary and Robbo Ide ``converted’’ to Australian Rules this season after years of being hardened league men.
But for these two 40-somethings it wasn’t the lure of money or fame. It came down to purely mates.
``We started going down to the Redcliffe Tigers clubhouse for social drinks and some of the blokes said `You league blokes wouldn’t be able to handle a game’, so we gave it a go,’’ Robbo said.
``They’re a great bunch of blokes and it’s a good club to be around.’’
It was a big step for a rugby league devotee who has barracked for the St George Dragons since he was 10 years old and only gave up playing competitive league at the age of 41, eight years ago.
``We did play some Aussie Rules as kids - playing it for the school on Fridays and league for the club on Saturdays,’’ Robbo said.
His younger brother Gary, 43, a Parramatta Eels fan, said the transition at first to the 18-man game was a hard lesson.
``It’s a lot more athletic and not as much contact, so we’d give away a few penalties because of our tackling style,’’ he said.
``But we’ve become very fit and only play every second week to cope with injuries.
``We’ve found it’s the same kind of blokes ... everyone has the same players in their teams for both codes.’’
His big brother agreed about the amount of running involved but found some similarities in the codes.
``I’ve always liked playing hard at any sport, just run and give it a go. I’m always at the bottom of the rucks.’’
As for Karmichael Hunt’s progress in AFL the Ide brothers could give the Bronco’s star a few pointers.
``He’s fit enough but it’ll take him a bit of time to get to the top grade, reading the play will be the big test,’’ Robbo said.
Robbo now cheers for St Kilda while Gary is a Brisbane Lions fan and can see some of their league mates making the conversion next season.
``We won’t be playing rugby league again, besides I just bought a new pair of football boots,’’ Robbo said.
His brother said he told his wife he’d give Aussie Rules another 20 years before finally hanging up the boots.

 

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