Blues brothers

Tom Warner streaks away for a try against Temora.

They have probably been called many things over the years; the bash brothers is one name that comes to mind when trying to describe their style of play.

Now the Warner boys can officially be called the Blues brothers, after well and truly earning their stripes as Tumut Blues.

The talented trio have already made an impact, setting the standard in the forwards and helping Tumut take out the inaugural Coota nines.

Ben, Tom and Joey Warner have all made their way to Tumut this season after most recently spending time at Yass (Ben and Tom) and Cootamundra (Joey).

Ben who is the senior of the three at 29, first debuted for the Cootamundra Bulldogs in 2009.

His career has seen him play first grade for the Bulldogs, Yenda and Yass and now the former Group 20 representative is donning a Blues jersey with his brothers.

“I made my grade debut on the wing back when I was a young bloke and only 69kgs and now I’m in the middle,” laughed Warner.

“I just love playing in the middle and getting into blokes and Tumut seems a great fit for us.”

The Warner brothers have already made a huge difference to the Blues pack with Ben and Tom adding some much needed starch to the middle.

Middle brother Tom has been electric on the right edge for the Blues, even busting over for a couple of meat pies in his second match against Temora, earning players’ player recognition.

The 26-year-old debuted for the Bulldogs in 2010 and has also spent time with Yenda, making the Group 20 side as well.

Ben and Tom then spent two years playing first grade in Yass before making the move to Tumut.

“It’s just a great feeling to be playing footy with your brothers and that was something we saw possible with Tumut,” he said.

“Hopefully Joey gets an opportunity of the bench this year and gets some exposure and who knows, we might all get on at the same time.”

Tom Warner was pretty candid about how they ended up in Tumut.

“We discussed it as brothers and thought Tumut were heading in the right direction,” he said.

“We wanted to be closer to home (Cootamundra) and thought if any team was going in the right direction, it was the Blues.”

The Warner brothers had already made connections with Tumut through players who had spent some time away from the club

“Pearcy (Adam Pearce) and Toppo (Jacob Toppin) were obviously our biggest connections to Tumut,” he said.

“I’ve had a bit to do with Adam (Pearce) and I played with Toppo last season at Yass and when we approached Pearcey (Adam Pearce), it came together pretty quickly and just felt right.”

The eldest of the talented trio further explained it was Tom’s initial message that sealed the Warner brothers fate 2019.

“We were sitting there in the lounge room and we all agreed Tumut had some great upside,” he said.

“Tom sent a message to Pearcy (Adam Pearce) and not long later that evening we had agreed to play for the Blues.”

“It all happened pretty quickly.”

The biggest upside for Ben and Tom was the chance to play football with their youngest brother, Joey.

One could be forgiven for thinking Joey is in his mid 20s; the intimidating forward with his bustling style of play and rough ginger beard doesn’t necessarily spruik the image of a typical 18-year year old.

“Yeah, I get that a bit. Not everyone knows I’m 18,” he laughed.

The young talent who is still eligible to be play in the under 19s competition is on the precipice of the first grade squad and continues to train hard with them.

“Yeah, I train with them and hope to get a crack sooner or later,” he said.

The youngest Warner brother has eyes set on two goals in the near future.

“Playing first grade with my brothers would be pretty special and making Group 9 reps.”

When quizzed on growing up with two older brothers like Ben and Tom, the youngest brother didn’t hold back.

“Yeah, growing up was pretty fun. Watching WWE and having us smash each other was pretty common,” he laughed.

“It was never boring.”

The three Cootamundra brothers will be a key asset for the Tumut Blues in 2019 and further emphasise the depth of playing talent within the club at the moment.