HANDPASS: Brothers Bulldog Michael Lovett plays last year against the Hervey Bay Bombers.
HANDPASS: Brothers Bulldog Michael Lovett plays last year against the Hervey Bay Bombers. Paul Donaldson BUN300716AFL4

Brothers to rise as one

AUSSIE RULES: A focus on team culture at the Brothers Bulldogs is what they hope will move them from the bottom to the top in the new Aussie Rules competition.

This weekend they face Pomona at home as they make their debut in the QFA Wide Bay Sunshine Coast competition after finishing last in the AFL Wide Bay competition last season.

And an emphasis on making the club a great place to be has already worked wonders.

Hiring new coach Jason Baulch he said player involvement was high already.

"We've had 34 to 40 players most nights at training and only once has that been under 30,” he said.

"Considering how far some have to travel to train it is great to see the commitment.”

A coach in other sides at the Bulldogs this is Baulch's first crack at the senior role.

And he can't wait.

"I'm pretty excited,” he said.

"Former coach Brad Grogan left some great stuff in place so I hope to pick that up and run with it.”

While player involvement has been great the coach is also excited by their new recruits in under-17 who have to play seniors this year with no competition.

"Some of them will slot into first grade, they are a fantastic crop,” he said.

"While we haven't gained too many personal we hope our approach to the footy will make the difference.”

And that starts against Pomona.

"They've won a couple of Sunshine Coast flags so they'll be good,” he said.

"I want my team to understand changes in tempo in the game and know when to attack and when to defend.

"We also need to know when to keep possession.”

Baulch said while a couple of players were out of the side he was confident the team would play well.

They will take on Pomona at 3pm tomorrow.