Brethren holster ?top guns

By STEVE SPINKS

YOU could call it the code change of the century.

Marist Brothers rugby league icon David Krause has hung up the boots and will concentrate on a new sport . . . rock 'n' roll dancing.

Well at least that is what his wife Nikki is hoping for.

However Krause indicated it would take a fair bit of persuasion to see him on the dance floor.

"I'll probably just get into mowing the lawn," he laughed.

Sunday's 14-12 Group One grand final loss to Mullumbimby was the last game for the veteran five-eighth.

He has played the game professionally for the NRL Crushers and the London Broncos.

But he will be best remembered by the Brethren faithful because of the outstanding service he has given to the Rams.

A Woodlawn student, Krause has played in nine straight grand finals.

However, after Sunday's game he still couldn't believe his footballing days were finished.

"It hasn't sunk in yet," he said.

"It will take a bit of time. I have been playing since I was seven."

It was also disappointing for the captain to go out after losing a close grand final.

"It's just one of those things," he said.

"I've got a bit of a hollow feeling, but we tried so hard . . . it was a 50-50 game."

Joining Krause on the sidelines from next season will be hooker Adam Mayes and centre Scott McKinnon.

Mayes played plenty of years in reserve grade behind former hooker Troy MacRae.

However, he earned a grand final victory last season even though he received a broken jaw in the process.

McKinnon has played with Brothers since his school days at Trinity Catholic College.

He has been consistently one of the Brethren's best performers over the years.

It is also rumoured hard-running backrower Damien Bryant may be hanging up the boots.



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