Blues bank on sibling success

Dean Bristow, Jed Pearce, Adam Pearce and Lachlan Bristow will shoot for back-to-back Group 9 premierships for the Tumut Blues on Sunday.

It’s hard to argue that the Tumut Blues nucleus doesn’t revolve around the brother’s pairings of Dean and Lachlan Bristow and Adam and Jed Pearce. 

The four players were pivotal in Tumut’s success in 2019, with Dean Bristow and Adam Pearce co-coaching the squad, Lachlan Bristow winning the John Hill medal for his grand final ‘man of the match’ performance against Southcity, and Jed Pearce named as one of the front rowers of the year.

2020 might look different in many ways, but for the Blues, they will call upon the same players in key roles. 

The Bristow brothers might be at the helm of the club, with Adam Pearce stepping aside for this season, but the in-form second rower is having a season to remember, while Jed Pearce is again among the competition’s best handful of front rowers. 

Three-time premiership winner Adam, who should probably be nearing retirement after winning his first premiership way back in 2007, has turned back the clock this season, showcasing energy in defence and spark in attack, a feat noticed by younger brother, Jed. 

“He has been playing very well this year,” Jed said. 

“He has shown some pretty good intensity, he is very vocal out there and not afraid to call a spade a spade and sometimes you need that.”

Jed said winning a second-straight premiership with Adam would create family history for the years to come. 

“I am definitely keen. These are the stories you are going to tell your kids and grandkids when you are looking back at old pics,” Jed said. 

“It’s a good feeling being out there with him, but you don’t really think about it so much now, but I think in the future it will be something to look back on and have good memories,” Jed said. 

While Adam Pearce hasn’t confirmed if this will be his last game, Dean Bristow will be making his final appearance for the Blues, and younger sibling Lachlan Bristow wants to help him go out on top.  

“It obviously means so much to me and it would be massive to win it for Dean,” Lachlan said. 

“I know how much Dean loves the club and the game of footy, and for his last game, to potentially go out with back-to-back premierships would be special.” 

Lachlan said the strong friendship between the four players made the experience of playing together so much greater. 

“It’s just the mateship off the field that is awesome, we are so close off the field, and then to be able to go out and play together is pretty special,” Lachlan said. 

“It’s hard to describe the bond of playing with your close mate, but you hold it pretty closely and try your best not to let them down.”

Blues president Bryan Black was proud of all four players and their rugby league achievements, both with Tumut and with other clubs. 

“It makes me really proud of their achievements and everything they have done footy-wise,” Black said. 

“They’ve been great players all the way through, from their first-grade debuts, and going back-to-back would be pretty great for them and the club.”