Kapunda's Brown family has grand final fever

When you think about Kapunda sporting history, football or netball, not many can go past the Browns.

Kerry is the queen of Barossa, Light and Gawler netball, winning eight Senior 1 premierships for the Bombers and one for the Redlegs, when she jumped ship for a year.

While Rod starred in Kapunda’s reserves premiership in 2003 and coached the side to glory again in 2006.

However, now it’s time for their children, Joey, 21, Kallum, 19, and Darcie, 14, to claim their spot in Bombers history as they prepare for this weekend’s BLG grand finals.

Darcie already won a premiership with Kapunda in the inaugural BLG Female Football Competition, but all three said they would love a win on Saturday.

“I'm looking forward to the challenge, Barossa will be a challenge, we're quite a young side and they're an experienced and physical team, so it would be a good challenge and it'll be exciting to see if we can stand up,” Joey said.

“It's pretty good to make it, but playing juniors we were winning one or two games a year, so it's just good to finally be in a winning side,” Kallum added.

“That'd be pretty cool (winning)... I'm a little bit nervous, but excited at the same time,” Darcie said.

It’s the first time the boys have played together after both played at Central District and Joey played with the Adelaide Crows SANFL side, but the older of the pair said it’s just a natural progression.

“It just happened naturally because you'd play together in the backyard. We'd play together and kick the ball out the front,” Joey said.

Both Rod and Kerry said they would prefer to be playing than nervously watching their children play, but added seeing them in a grand final is very exciting and a proud moment.

“It would be pretty good, they've still got to play the game and win it - as long as they go out there and play the best they can on the day that’s all we can ask,” Kerry said.

“If we can get two wins that’d be great, if we get two losses then as long as they’ve done their best then that’s all we can ask.”

Darcie is said to be “pretty casual” like her mum, but Joey insists the boys, despite being good runners like their dad, like to pave their own way.

“I hear with Darcie some people trying to compare her to mum, but with us (boys) we're just trying to play our own game of footy,” he said.

Joey, who was coached by his dad in 2012, said he hadn’t really considered how special it would be to look back on playing at the same club as his parents.

“We probably take it for granted because a lot of people do it at this club, like the Ryans, the McCarthys and the Leslies,” Joey said.

“We've grown up playing so it's probably good to be able to play for a club we've grown up playing for - it's good to be able to play with friends that we've grown up with and they’ve done the same thing and we’re still playing together.

“Kapunda is a strong family club… in the A grade team this year there are three lots of brothers, the Hockings, the Matters and the Browns - that's pretty unique,” Rod added.