Brock-Burrum Saints on a mission

Brock-Burrum co-coach Luke Brauer has enjoyed a strong start to the season.

Brock-Burrum co-coach Luke Brauer has enjoyed a strong start to the season.

HISTORY says back-to-back flags are Osborne’s domain.

The perennial powerhouse has achieved the feat on a staggering five occasions since its golden era started in 1990.

Before that, you have to go back to Walla in 1980-81 as the last club to go back-to-back.

Brock-Burrum broke one of the longest premiership droughts last season to finally deliver a fairytale flag to its success-starved supporters, and the Saints have a compelling case that they can defy history.

Not only has Brock-Burrum kept its premiership list intact, but has also added some class in Lavington’s Luke Brauer and Nick Sedgwick.

After close to 100 games with the Panthers, Brauer has been reunited for former Lavington teammates Darryn McKimmie and Luke Schilg.

Brauer, 32, joins Schilg as co-coach with McKimmie stepping down after three years at the helm.

The super-fit midfielder said it had been a seamless transition.

“I’ve been good mates with Schilgy for years and jumped at the opportunity to coach alongside him,” Brauer said.

“Being new, it has work- ed well because Schilgy knows the club, the players and the style of play.

“I handle more of the preparation and conditioning and all the fitness stuff, which Schilgy will be the first to admit is not his favourite part of footy.”

The Saints started their flag defence with a hard-fought win over Howlong before Osborne stunned the reigning premier with a 56-point win at Brocklesby in round 2.

The loss sparked talk of a premiership hangover but the Saints have responded emphatically with convincing wins over Jindera and Holbrook in the grand final rematch.

Brauer admitted some complacency may have crept into the Saints’ camp in the opening rounds.

“As a coach, one of your challenges is to not allow your players to become complacent and think winning another flag is just going to happen,” he said.

“It was obviously an issue in our first two games.

“Osborne taught us a lesson and gave us the wake-up we needed.

“That was evident in our next game against Jindera because we came out firing and played our style of footy.”

Brock-Burrum meets Henty, who has emerged as its biggest threat after five rounds, on Saturday.

The Swampies were the only team to beat Brock-Burrum last year (twice).

Schilg (ankle) has already been ruled out while Azzi medallist Trent Storey (ankle) faces a fitness test tonight.

“We have been talking about Henty for a while and genuinely think they are the biggest threat this season,” Brauer said.

“We are not underestimating any side but rate Henty highly and know if we don’t bring our A-game that we will probably get beat.”

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