JOSH and Ethan Hyde have an ingrained dislike, or some might even say hatred, of the Port Sharks.
But Sunday’s 26-6 win over their cross-town rivals meant a bit more because it was their first premiership they’d won together as brothers.
They’ve won a couple with bat in hand, but this one was more pleasing.
“You bust your backside all year and to win one not only over the Sharks, but with your brother meant a lot more,” 28-year-old Josh said.
“We’ve both been Breakers juniors and have played all our careers there except for one year with the Vikings.”
The older Hyde said the 20-point win was the first time the Breakers had beaten the Sharks in the finals since 2013.
“We both saw the Sharks give us a touch-up earlier in the season and after that we both wanted to come back,” he said.
He refused to claim bragging rights for scoring a try in a grand final where his brother didn’t.
“I can’t do that because he’ll say he did the hard work and set me up; I just had to run through the hole.”
24-year-old Ethan has suffered the heartbreak of losing three grand finals previously.
He was overcome with emotion when he hugged his mum after full-time.
“I wouldn’t say I was a blubbering mess, but mum would probably disagree,” he said.
“I’ve always wanted to win a competition with Josh and when he went through the run of injuries I was wondering if it would ever happen.
“Being four years apart we didn’t really play together in the juniors so to win one with him got to me a little bit.”