ST PATRICK’S Primary School at Holbrook has stamped its reputation as a football factory.
Former students Dylan Fairall, Hayden Wishart, Andrew Mackinlay, Andrew Taylor, Jim Grills, Josh Jones, Daniel McCarthy, Stewart Williams, Travis Jones and William Heriot are all regulars in the Brookers line-up.
The third-placed Brookers have the most “home” talent in the Hume league — 16 of the 21 players in their round 16 clash against Howlong played juniors at the club.
Fourteen of the 16 went to school in Holbrook.
The father-son rule has also been kind to Holbrook. The fathers of seven of these 10 players also played in the green and gold.
Coach Jarrod Twitt, Hayden Hibberson and siblings Tom and James Breen are also the sons of Brookers.
Only Brett and Matt Doswell, James and Sam Hodges and Brad Thompson are senior regulars who didn’t play juniors or have family ties to the club.
And the local talent in reserves is even stronger — it’s 100 per cent.
The Auskick program has been an amazing breeding ground for a decade.
It started in 2003 after Holbrook entered three teams in the under-9s at the annual Rand carnival.
The little Brookers finished first second and third in the 14-team competition.
That talented crop formed the nucleus of the Holbrook fourths team that won 44 games in a row from 2007-09.
Holbrook made five thirds grand finals from 2006-10, only to lose four before the ultimate success in 2010.
Twitt, who will coach the club for a fourth season next year, said the club was proud of its tradition.
“A lot of these kids play key forward and back roles and rotate through the midfield. They play major roles for us,” Twitt said.
“Our officials and supporters are delighted about the future of the club.”
Holbrook host a red-hot Osborne this weekend but will start as the underdogs, thanks to a crippling injury toll.
Twitt (broken finger), Aaron Baker (leg), Michael Lamb (knee), Grills (unavailable), James and Sam Hodges (unavailable), Brad Thompson (hamstring), Tom Breen (knee) and Sam Nichols (groin) will all miss the clash.
The Brookers then face flag favourite Henty before the bye in the final round.