Holbrook lock in Sharp and new recruits

Matthew Sharp.

It was a bittersweet end to the Hume League season for the Holbrook Brookers, finishing second behind Osborne in first-grade before the season was brought to an early close due to the state-wide Covid-19 lockdown. 

The Brookers only lost two games in their 16 matches – both to Osborne – and the Green and Golds looked destined for a grand final match against the always-strong Tigers. 

It wasn’t to be though, and instead of resting on their laurels, the Brookers have been busy, re-signing coach Matthew Sharp, while locking in Andrew Mackinlay as assistant coach and signing fresh talent. 

The former Lavington centreman took over the Brookers in 2018, and 2022 will be his fifth season at the helm of the club. 

“It was an easy decision for me to commit and I’m pretty stoked and honoured to be able to lead the club for another season,” Sharp said.

“I’m fortunate to have a young, talented list and I’m just rapt to be part of their development for at least another season.

“I love the club, the supporters and what the club stands for and there is a really good culture and it’s a place that you just want to be a part of.”

Lavington’s Michael Oates and Albury’s Kolby Heiner-Hennessy also signed with the Brookers this week.

Both Oates and Heiner-Hennessy played reserves this season but have played in the top grade in the strong Ovens and Murray competition.

In a further bonus, Lavington premiership defender Brad Carman has returned back to the border.

Carman was the Brookers’ best and fairest in 2017 and is set to play full-time for his home club next year.